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Wichita Employment

Employment and Industries in the Wichita, Kansas Area

Manufacturing is a major economic sector in Wichita, especially the manufacturing of aircraft. Jobs are provided in manufacturing industries including airplanes, outdoor recreational equipment and supplies, industrial-commercial machinery, fabricated metal products and instrumentation and controls. Other job providing manufacturing sectors are plastic and composite products, photographic equipment, meat products, chemicals, amusement rides and household appliances.

The county is one of the nation's top counties regarding concentration of manufacturing jobs and skilled labor. The area also includes numerous firms using high technology design. Healthcare is the second major economic factor and is a major employment sector. In addition, notable companies based in Wichita include Cargill Meat Solution, Coleman Company, Koch Industries and Chance Rides.

A list of the city's top job providers is shown below:

  • Spirit Aero Systems - Aircraft parts
  • Cessna Aircraft - Aircraft
  • Raytheon Aircraft Co - Aircraft
  • Hawker Beechcraft - Aircraft
  • USD 259 - Wichita - Public primary education
  • Via Christi Health System - Healthcare
  • State of Kansas - Government
  • City of Wichita - Government
  • Sedwick County - Government
  • Boeing Integrated Defense System - Aircraft modification
  • United States Government - Government
  • Bombardier Lear Jet - Aircraft
  • Koch Industries
  • Wichita State University
  • Wesley Medical Center
  • Catholic Diocese of Wichita - Primary Education
  • York Intl - Johnsons Controls - Residential HVAC Equipment
  • Wichita Clinic PA - Healthcare
  • USD 260 Derby - Public primary education
  • Cargill- Meat products
  • The Coleman Company - Recreational products

Some of the occupations more common in Wichita than most other cities are aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging and systems assemblers; aerospace engineering and operations technicians; avionics technicians, aerospace engineers, pattern makers, metal and plastic; pesticide handlers, sprayers and applicators, vegetation; aircraft mechanics and service technicians; and insulation workers, mechanical.

The top non-agricultural job providing sectors in Wichita are:

  • Manufacturing
  • Trade, transportation and utilities
  • Government
  • Education and health services
  • Professional and business services
  • Financial activities

Pertinent information about Wichita Kansas: About 25% of the adult residents have achieved a bachelor's degree or better. The cost of living index in 2008 was 77.7 and the national average is 100. The estimated median household income in Wichita in 2007 was $43,000.

Wichita businesses collaborate with associations such as:

People interested in staying current with Wichita business activities may want to read the Wichita Business Journal.

Most Popular Jobs in Wichita, Kansas Metro Area (2008 data)

Where the Majority of Workers Have College Degrees

Rank Title Local Jobs Local Mean Salary Typical Local Salary National Growth % 2006-2016 National % With College Degree
1 Registered nurses 5,510 $53,390 $39,050 - 67,810 24% 56%
2 Elementary school teachers, except special education 3,920 $45,200 $28,200 - 61,810 14% 95%
3 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 3,150 $54,280 $20,700 - 98,020 8% 51%
4 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 2,680 $46,370 $28,400 - 63,010 6% 96%
5 Aerospace engineers 2,670 $83,760 $57,760 - 117,510 10% 87%
6 Accountants and auditors 2,270 $56,280 $37,320 - 83,210 18% 79%
7 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 1,870 $46,630 $29,470 - 62,790 11% 95%
8 Industrial engineers 1,460 $72,310 $53,230 - 98,240 20% 74%
9 Chief executives 1,360 $132,530 $64,310 - 2% 65%
10 Financial managers 1,040 $85,250 $44,630 - 132,160 13% 60%
11 Mechanical engineers 930 $67,460 $46,010 - 95,740 4% 78%
12 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 880 $68,940 $33,970 - 100,610 12% 51%
13 Social and human service assistants 780 $26,490 $18,270 - 35,030 34% 58%
14 Engineers, all other 740 $85,520 $61,100 - 116,350 6% 82%
15 Management analysts 730 $72,080 $51,370 - 98,690 22% 78%
16 Computer systems analysts 700 $62,360 $35,770 - 93,560 29% 68%
17 Lawyers 630 $109,050 $45,200 - 11% 99%
18 Computer programmers 620 $64,990 $37,340 - 90,740 -4% 73%
19 Computer software engineers, applications 620 $59,780 $36,180 - 88,460 45% 85%
20 Coaches and scouts 600 $22,250 $13,170 - 38,040 15% 60%
21 Engineering managers 590 $111,560 $73,260 - 152,350 7% 84%
22 Network and computer systems administrators 590 $53,480 $34,170 - 79,590 27% 50%
23 Medical and health services managers 580 $77,270 $46,640 - 120,670 16% 57%
24 Pharmacists 560 $105,140 $87,220 - 130,840 22% 97%
25 Computer software engineers, systems software 550 $82,090 $54,100 - 118,000 28% 85%
26 Market research analysts 540 $52,760 $29,320 - 82,790 20% 82%
27 Sales managers 530 $92,230 $46,990 - 162,360 10% 69%
28 Electrical engineers 520 $72,990 $51,450 - 100,310 6% 81%
29 Child, family, and school social workers 510 $42,030 $26,180 - 61,610 19% 77%
30 Graphic designers 500 $40,280 $21,330 - 62,210 10% 55%
31 Managers, all other 460 $84,080 $42,840 - 129,270 7% 55%
32 Training and development specialists 460 $45,330 $22,730 - 66,670 18% 56%
33 Public relations specialists 440 $42,300 $25,590 - 63,400 18% 81%
34 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 430 $72,320 $56,710 - 91,540 8% 78%
35 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 420 $47,860 $28,540 - 73,920 5% 58%
36 Technical writers 410 $53,390 $36,640 - 73,740 20% 74%
37 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 400 $52,100 $30,090 - 70,210 13% 73%
38 Physical therapists 380 $72,170 $53,650 - 87,160 27% 89%
39 Computer and information systems managers 370 $88,930 $56,950 - 126,320 16% 73%
40 Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 370 $84,900 $29,410 - 25% 67%
41 Community and social service specialists, all other 360 $31,270 $19,200 - 46,240 25% 58%
42 Commercial pilots 350 $85,810 $56,190 - 125,530 13% 74%
43 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 340 $56,970 $34,680 - 84,050 17% 56%
44 Financial analysts 330 $64,050 $40,770 - 86,080 34% 87%
45 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 320 $41,660 $24,530 - 62,990 18% 56%
46 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 310 $51,570 $35,960 - 66,220 12% 51%
47 Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 310 $48,190 $27,120 - 79,420 18% 56%
48 Advertising sales agents 310 $44,040 $19,200 - 79,340 20% 56%
49 Computer specialists, all other 300 $74,140 $55,810 - 97,840 15% 68%
50 Civil engineers 300 $59,110 $42,400 - 85,040 18% 87%
51 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 300 $45,310 $30,630 - 61,610 20% 87%
52 Librarians 290 $51,500 $35,750 - 67,140 4% 85%
53 Teachers and instructors, all other 290 $29,770 $20,560 - 55,000 9% 54%
54 Marketing managers 280 $96,540 $43,650 - 150,850 14% 69%
55 Network systems and data communications analysts 270 $65,400 $34,040 - 101,320 53% 57%
56 Insurance underwriters 270 $56,050 $25,670 - 90,240 6% 53%
57 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 260 $27,900 $18,830 - 39,390 15% 51%
58 Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists 240 $58,050 $38,080 - 82,030 16% 99%
59 Medical and public health social workers 240 $43,810 $28,800 - 60,300 24% 77%
60 Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors 240 $31,380 $25,870 - 38,840 34% 73%
61 Speech-language pathologists 230 $58,130 $44,170 - 75,640 11% 98%
62 Purchasing managers 220 $82,130 $45,560 - 121,780 3% 57%
63 Occupational therapists 210 $66,530 $50,570 - 80,310 23% 90%
64 Mental health and substance abuse social workers 210 $39,900 $25,470 - 58,140 30% 77%
65 Physician assistants 200 $73,920 $56,190 - 94,530 27% 67%
66 Electronics engineers, except computer 200 $63,800 $33,730 - 107,520 4% 81%
67 Social and community service managers 200 $56,770 $29,820 - 91,010 25% 72%
68 Education administrators, postsecondary 190 $72,940 $37,460 - 128,760 14% 78%
69 Budget analysts 180 $64,630 $45,350 - 85,680 7% 78%
70 Personal financial advisors 170 $65,260 $34,010 - 117,980 41% 81%
71 Vocational education teachers, secondary school 170 $47,500 $34,990 - 62,350 -5% 96%
72 Rehabilitation counselors 160 $37,010 $18,690 - 75,060 23% 73%
73 Musicians and singers 160 $0 $ - 10% 53%
74 Database administrators 150 $57,210 $31,760 - 88,230 29% 72%
75 Self-enrichment education teachers 150 $45,970 $28,900 - 62,120 23% 54%
76 Occupational health and safety specialists 140 $59,350 $38,790 - 79,790 8% 72%
77 Special education teachers, secondary school 140 $45,180 $25,790 - 61,110 9% 87%
78 Tax preparers 140 $27,820 $17,870 - 39,870 -8% 54%
79 Special education teachers, middle school 130 $44,740 $26,800 - 60,160 16% 87%
80 Reporters and correspondents 130 $44,230 $15,210 - 64,400 1% 85%
81 Legislators 130 $34,560 $14,000 - 65,140 1% 65%
82 Dentists, general 120 $192,910 $132,890 - 9% 100%
83 Financial specialists, all other 120 $73,420 $36,380 - 113,560 12% 50%
84 Health educators 120 $42,720 $26,900 - 61,270 26% 58%
85 Editors 120 $41,010 $18,620 - 72,040 2% 81%
86 Human resources managers, all other 110 $91,360 $58,860 - 128,620 11% 58%
87 Chiropractors 110 $61,840 $35,450 - 97,050 14% 98%
88 Public relations managers 100 $73,150 $43,440 - 104,490 17% 75%
89 Dietitians and nutritionists 100 $53,170 $37,930 - 67,400 9% 72%
90 Producers and directors 100 $47,610 $25,990 - 67,820 11% 75%
91 Education administrators, preschool and child care center/program 100 $46,980 $29,320 - 72,240 24% 78%
92 Interior designers 90 $47,340 $22,850 - 76,420 20% 55%
93 Healthcare practitioners and technical workers, all other 90 $43,200 $27,770 - 66,470 15% 72%
94 Sales and related workers, all other 90 $36,170 $18,200 - 54,340 14% 62%
95 Veterinarians 80 $118,520 $59,170 - 35% 100%
96 Credit analysts 80 $60,910 $39,890 - 93,990 2% 60%
97 Chemists 80 $51,630 $34,240 - 88,110 9% 93%
98 Commercial and industrial designers 80 $51,140 $32,440 - 78,090 7% 55%
99 Surveyors 80 $39,330 $26,520 - 57,160 24% 82%
100 Mental health counselors 80 $38,890 $23,820 - 57,620 30% 73%

Where the Majority of Workers Do Not Have College Degrees

Rank Title Local Jobs Local Mean Salary Typical Local Salary National Growth % 2006-2016 National % With College Degree
1 Retail salespersons 8,590 $24,750 $13,640 - 40,910 12% 25%
2 Customer service representatives 7,660 $27,290 $17,940 - 39,300 25% 22%
3 Cashiers 7,580 $17,150 $13,040 - 22,570 -3% 10%
4 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 5,990 $15,530 $12,860 - 19,640 18% 5%
5 Waiters and waitresses 5,530 $15,510 $12,820 - 21,130 11% 14%
6 Aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers 5,450 $42,450 $29,330 - 58,340 13% 0%
7 Office clerks, general 5,130 $25,660 $15,750 - 36,480 13% 19%
8 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 4,980 $22,090 $14,230 - 32,230 15% 4%
9 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 4,310 $29,620 $19,170 - 40,450 13% 16%
10 General and operations managers 4,020 $83,280 $38,890 - 141,830 2% 48%
11 Team assemblers 3,830 $28,750 $16,530 - 45,020 0% 5%
12 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 3,700 $24,030 $13,940 - 37,540 2% 5%
13 Teacher assistants 3,690 $23,550 $15,820 - 31,980 10% 18%
14 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 3,590 $22,720 $17,690 - 29,300 18% 7%
15 Stock clerks and order fillers 3,570 $23,750 $14,030 - 40,770 -8% 8%
16 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 3,290 $42,460 $25,910 - 65,400 6% 29%
17 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 3,180 $37,720 $23,420 - 55,840 10% 4%
18 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 3,050 $35,490 $20,200 - 59,010 4% 25%
19 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 3,030 $26,090 $16,950 - 37,040 1% 18%
20 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 3,000 $55,920 $34,170 - 80,630 -5% 15%
21 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 2,880 $36,870 $26,890 - 50,270 15% 18%
22 Personal and home care aides 2,850 $18,340 $15,870 - 20,760 51% 10%
23 Sheet metal workers 2,750 $45,160 $24,440 - 73,660 7% 4%
24 Receptionists and information clerks 2,720 $22,800 $16,180 - 30,730 17% 13%
25 Aircraft mechanics and service technicians 2,710 $51,560 $36,640 - 63,850 11% 11%
26 Construction laborers 2,680 $24,220 $15,560 - 32,740 11% 5%
27 Maintenance and repair workers, general 2,370 $33,670 $20,730 - 50,060 10% 6%
28 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 2,350 $27,190 $16,960 - 39,430 11% 14%
29 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 2,160 $43,710 $24,850 - 63,220 -7% 14%
30 Home health aides 2,080 $19,750 $16,350 - 24,910 49% 7%
31 Bus drivers, school 1,880 $24,780 $17,610 - 35,130 9% 4%
32 Security guards 1,830 $24,670 $16,560 - 40,700 17% 13%
33 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 1,800 $27,200 $16,400 - 40,650 8% 4%
34 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 1,780 $30,060 $18,170 - 50,380 4% 6%
35 Cooks, fast food 1,770 $15,580 $12,910 - 19,970 8% 5%
36 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 1,740 $18,370 $13,580 - 24,310 13% 5%
37 Cooks, restaurant 1,660 $20,290 $14,510 - 27,160 12% 5%
38 Data entry keyers 1,600 $31,350 $24,640 - 45,860 -5% 18%
39 Production, planning, and expediting clerks 1,580 $43,350 $28,810 - 57,670 4% 30%
40 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 1,570 $48,480 $29,370 - 73,200 9% 10%
41 Food preparation workers 1,570 $17,710 $13,400 - 23,640 15% 7%
42 Electricians 1,520 $43,380 $29,190 - 60,400 7% 7%
43 Business operations specialists, all other 1,480 $57,730 $36,820 - 83,920 21% 49%
44 Machinists 1,460 $34,380 $20,500 - 49,660 -3% 3%
45 Carpenters 1,440 $33,570 $22,500 - 47,060 10% 6%
46 Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers 1,410 $40,020 $25,850 - 51,820 -27% 6%
47 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 1,410 $36,600 $28,980 - 44,870 14% 7%
48 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 1,410 $35,000 $22,280 - 49,680 5% 2%
49 Computer support specialists 1,400 $39,840 $24,240 - 59,310 13% 43%
50 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 1,350 $21,940 $14,270 - 31,440 18% 6%
51 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 1,340 $56,570 $34,690 - 79,820 7% 13%
52 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 1,310 $56,610 $34,820 - 81,910 0% 42%
53 Child care workers 1,300 $17,580 $13,440 - 23,090 18% 15%
54 Packers and packagers, hand 1,290 $19,060 $13,090 - 29,900 -12% 3%
55 Tellers 1,270 $21,720 $17,070 - 28,390 14% 16%
56 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 1,220 $41,990 $28,500 - 58,800 11% 33%
57 Helpers--production workers 1,190 $24,300 $15,100 - 37,470 -1% 4%
58 Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic 1,180 $38,530 $25,300 - 56,910 -3% 6%
59 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 1,160 $34,990 $18,020 - 53,550 14% 4%
60 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 1,130 $20,910 $14,350 - 29,710 11% 5%
61 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 1,110 $31,530 $21,140 - 38,530 4% 15%
62 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 1,030 $33,120 $24,910 - 43,120 8% 3%
63 Driver/sales workers 1,000 $23,140 $13,320 - 39,360 -5% 4%
64 Sales representatives, services, all other 990 $54,030 $23,440 - 102,980 28% 48%
65 Medical assistants 940 $25,060 $18,310 - 32,440 35% 10%
66 Aerospace engineering and operations technicians 920 $50,640 $37,860 - 63,630 10% 18%
67 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 900 $44,140 $27,600 - 64,300 11% 4%
68 Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 900 $25,990 $14,290 - 38,890 27% 47%
69 Bartenders 880 $15,980 $12,880 - 20,850 11% 17%
70 Dishwashers 880 $15,680 $12,930 - 19,490 10% 3%
71 Industrial truck and tractor operators 870 $31,320 $21,470 - 43,680 -2% 2%
72 Painters, construction and maintenance 850 $30,830 $16,930 - 50,910 12% 6%
73 Counter and rental clerks 840 $28,760 $15,300 - 54,270 23% 16%
74 Bill and account collectors 820 $30,070 $22,000 - 39,810 23% 13%
75 Avionics technicians 810 $48,130 $34,060 - 62,600 8% 0%
76 Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 790 $31,790 $17,840 - 49,450 -15% 0%
77 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 760 $15,650 $12,870 - 19,660 10% 8%
78 Pharmacy technicians 750 $25,520 $18,470 - 33,230 32% 16%
79 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 750 $21,740 $13,950 - 33,830 12% 6%
80 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 720 $15,030 $12,850 - 18,160 12% 6%
81 Loan officers 710 $47,130 $23,640 - 81,310 12% 49%
82 Dental assistants 710 $31,860 $22,940 - 41,080 29% 9%
83 Postal service mail carriers 710 $0 $ - 1% 11%
84 Parts salespersons 690 $30,390 $17,610 - 44,860 -2% 6%
85 Recreation workers 680 $24,310 $14,740 - 38,880 13% 47%
86 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 680 $17,880 $13,160 - 24,150 14% 3%
87 Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 660 $24,690 $16,240 - 32,820 -5% 5%
88 Fire fighters 630 $34,060 $25,440 - 45,660 12% 18%
89 Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators 610 $54,650 $31,470 - 78,950 9% 47%
90 Industrial machinery mechanics 610 $42,670 $23,530 - 62,490 9% 5%
91 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 610 $15,950 $12,970 - 19,880 10% 17%
92 First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 600 $54,950 $30,980 - 91,730 10% 17%
93 Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 600 $38,080 $25,600 - 52,210 12% 3%
94 Medical secretaries 600 $26,250 $20,850 - 33,220 17% 18%
95 Cost estimators 590 $58,240 $34,810 - 84,090 19% 32%
96 First-line supervisors/managers of housekeeping and janitorial workers 570 $31,620 $20,070 - 44,130 13% 11%
97 Physicians and surgeons, all other 560 $128,470 $42,410 - 0% 0%
98 Tool and die makers 560 $52,450 $34,730 - 65,260 -10% 5%
99 Industrial production managers 530 $82,830 $47,940 - 126,000 -6% 43%
100 First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 520 $65,800 $31,260 - 116,230 4% 38%
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Jobs More Common Near Wichita Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers 42,450 5,450 181.9
Aerospace engineering and operations technicians 50,640 920 100.9
Avionics technicians 48,130 810 32.1
Aerospace engineers 83,760 2,670 26.3
Patternmakers, metal and plastic 52,700 120 25.5
Pesticide handlers, sprayers, and applicators, vegetation 30,570 270 12.3
Recreational vehicle service technicians 0 130 12.3
Aircraft mechanics and service technicians 51,560 2,710 11.7
Milling and planing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 34,530 430 10.7
Insulation workers, mechanical 31,790 450 9.5
Commercial pilots 85,810 350 8.7
Insurance appraisers, auto damage 54,150 130 8.4
Sheet metal workers 45,160 2,750 7.9
Heat treating equipment setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 42,600 290 7.9
Fiberglass laminators and fabricators 37,000 190 6.1
Numerical tool and process control programmers 53,210 160 5.9
Painters, transportation equipment 49,430 510 5.5
Upholsterers 40,520 270 5.2
Coil winders, tapers, and finishers 31,630 120 4.9
Grinding and polishing workers, hand 25,920 300 4.6
Chemical equipment operators and tenders 47,230 360 4.5
Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic 38,530 1,180 4.4
Transportation inspectors 67,710 130 4.2
Farm equipment mechanics 29,970 100 4.2
Technical writers 53,390 410 3.8
Drilling and boring machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 34,060 170 3.4
Sawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, wood 22,640 170 3.3
Tool and die makers 52,450 560 3.3
Anesthesiologists 208,720 140 3.3
Industrial engineers 72,310 1,460 3.2
Welding, soldering, and brazing machine setters, operators, and tenders 41,760 240 3.1
Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers 40,020 1,410 3.1
Industrial engineering technicians 54,290 420 3
Extruding and drawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 30,580 450 2.9
Painting, coating, and decorating workers 26,180 150 2.8
First-line supervisors/managers of fire fighting and prevention workers 51,360 270 2.8
Personal and home care aides 18,340 2,850 2.8
Roustabouts, oil and gas 35,790 130 2.7
Coating, painting, and spraying machine setters, operators, and tenders 29,140 480 2.6
Conveyor operators and tenders 26,980 120 2.5
Production, planning, and expediting clerks 43,350 1,580 2.5
Data entry keyers 31,350 1,600 2.5
Grinding, lapping, polishing, and buffing machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 31,470 410 2.4
Plating and coating machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 30,930 180 2.4
Chiropractors 61,840 110 2.4
Business teachers, postsecondary 62,440 290 2.3
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 43,710 2,160 2.2
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 55,920 3,000 2.2
Surgeons 0 210 2.1
Musicians and singers 0 160 2.1

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Wichita, Kansas Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Cutting and slicing machine setters, operators, and tenders 46,690 1.54 170
Assemblers and fabricators, all other 38,380 1.45 290
Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers 40,020 1.36 1,410
Production workers, all other 38,540 1.33 360
Upholsterers 40,520 1.32 270
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 43,710 1.3 2,160
Financial specialists, all other 73,420 1.28 120
Heat treating equipment setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 42,600 1.28 290
Fiberglass laminators and fabricators 37,000 1.28 190
Welding, soldering, and brazing machine setters, operators, and tenders 41,760 1.26 240
Patternmakers, metal and plastic 52,700 1.25 120
Painters, transportation equipment 49,430 1.24 510
Counter and rental clerks 28,760 1.23 840
Commercial pilots 85,810 1.23 350
Printing machine operators 39,500 1.21 350
Data entry keyers 31,350 1.2 1,600
Self-enrichment education teachers 45,970 1.2 150
Dentists, general 192,910 1.19 120
Vocational education teachers, postsecondary 57,020 1.17 390
Tool and die makers 52,450 1.16 560
Numerical tool and process control programmers 53,210 1.14 160
Family and general practitioners 186,080 1.13 200
Roustabouts, oil and gas 35,790 1.13 130
Structural metal fabricators and fitters 37,870 1.12 430
Industrial engineering technicians 54,290 1.12 420
Chemical equipment operators and tenders 47,230 1.11 360
Office machine operators, except computer 29,590 1.11 110
Anesthesiologists 208,720 1.11 140
Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic 38,530 1.11 1,180
Computer specialists, all other 74,140 1.1 300
Multiple machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 34,510 1.09 120
Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 31,790 1.09 790
Coil winders, tapers, and finishers 31,630 1.09 120
Transportation inspectors 67,710 1.09 130
Sheet metal workers 45,160 1.08 2,750
Reporters and correspondents 44,230 1.08 130
Aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers 42,450 1.08 5,450
Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 84,900 1.07 370
Amusement and recreation attendants 19,820 1.07 370
Couriers and messengers 25,860 1.07 150
Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 56,610 1.07 1,310
Lawyers 109,050 1.06 630
Engineers, all other 85,520 1.06 740
Production, planning, and expediting clerks 43,350 1.06 1,580
First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 54,950 1.06 600
Teacher assistants 23,550 1.06 3,690
Nonfarm animal caretakers 21,830 1.06 240
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 55,920 1.06 3,000
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 30,060 1.05 1,780
Team assemblers 28,750 1.05 3,830

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