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Harrisonburg Employment

Employment and Industries in the Harrisonburg, Virginia Area

James Madison University and Pilgrim's Pride/Wampler Foods have a significant impact on the Harrisonburg economy. The food processing industry is important to the local economy. Other leading industries are educational services, health and social services, arts, entertainment, recreation, and accommodation and food services.

The primary fields of employment in Harrisonburg are educational services, accommodation and food services, healthcare; professional, scientific and technical services; and construction. Management, professional and related occupations (28% of the workforce). Sales and office occupations (24% of the jobs).

The major employers in Greater Harrisonburg:

  • Pilgrim's Pride/Wampler Foods
  • James Madison University
  • Rockingham County School Board
  • Rockingham Memorial Hospital
  • Walmart
  • Rocco Poultry Operations
  • E.I. Dupont De Nemours & Co
  • VF Jeanswear LP
  • Merck & Company Inc
  • R.R. Donnelley and Sons Company

Harrisonburg has a number of popular jobs which are mostly filled by those with college degrees including registered nurses, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives; teachers, educational, vocational and school counselors; computer programmers, training and development specialists, pharmacists, child, family and school social workers; and network systems and data communications analysts.

Noteworthy information about Harrisonburg, Virginia: Expansion Magazine named Harrisonburg a 5 star quality of life metro. Average salary in 2009: $26,000. Cost of living index in 2008: 95.8 (U.S. average: 100). Adult residents holding a bachelor's degree or higher: 31%.

Harrisonburg businesses are invited to work with associations such as:

The Daily News Record provides local business and economic news.

Most Popular Jobs in Harrisonburg, Virginia 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 790 $56,320 $39,360 - 77,130 24% 56%
2 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 590 $54,700 $31,260 - 83,910 8% 51%
3 Accountants and auditors 340 $53,720 $33,670 - 78,930 18% 79%
4 Teachers and instructors, all other 170 $25,760 $17,250 - 50,430 9% 54%
5 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 160 $57,670 $37,080 - 84,690 13% 73%
6 Training and development specialists 130 $58,180 $19,060 - 97,940 18% 56%
7 Computer programmers 130 $48,630 $25,360 - 67,460 -4% 73%
8 Pharmacists 120 $107,040 $84,110 - 130,100 22% 97%
9 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 120 $47,590 $34,290 - 63,830 5% 58%
10 Child, family, and school social workers 120 $31,180 $23,060 - 41,360 19% 77%
11 Computer software engineers, applications 110 $86,260 $49,740 - 124,830 45% 85%
12 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 110 $59,050 $29,250 - 81,320 12% 51%
13 Network systems and data communications analysts 110 $49,270 $28,190 - 73,780 53% 57%
14 Management analysts 100 $81,780 $44,510 - 125,290 22% 78%
15 Computer systems analysts 100 $77,700 $40,740 - 128,060 29% 68%
16 Market research analysts 100 $40,510 $29,040 - 58,510 20% 82%
17 Financial managers 80 $82,330 $51,160 - 133,490 13% 60%
18 Managers, all other 80 $71,390 $46,970 - 105,550 7% 55%
19 Librarians 80 $59,070 $37,630 - 93,050 4% 85%
20 Public relations specialists 80 $48,130 $30,220 - 75,180 18% 81%
21 Lawyers 70 $110,920 $49,310 - 11% 99%
22 Medical and health services managers 70 $98,970 $60,820 - 160,850 16% 57%
23 Sales managers 70 $96,400 $44,270 - 10% 69%
24 Mechanical engineers 70 $68,900 $41,140 - 98,390 4% 78%
25 Computer software engineers, systems software 70 $61,280 $30,960 - 118,570 28% 85%
26 Network and computer systems administrators 70 $55,160 $36,790 - 67,550 27% 50%
27 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 70 $54,180 $37,650 - 71,840 12% 51%
28 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 70 $50,170 $34,670 - 74,530 17% 56%
29 Rehabilitation counselors 70 $43,930 $21,860 - 113,100 23% 73%
30 Social and human service assistants 60 $28,800 $21,940 - 38,010 34% 58%
31 Chief executives 50 $151,480 $15,640 - 2% 65%
32 Computer and information systems managers 50 $124,120 $62,700 - 16% 73%
33 Producers and directors 50 $72,850 $29,780 - 113,500 11% 75%
34 Civil engineers 50 $59,310 $26,360 - 99,520 18% 87%
35 Graphic designers 50 $38,050 $24,640 - 55,560 10% 55%
36 Veterinarians 40 $117,490 $55,190 - 35% 100%
37 Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 40 $74,290 $39,350 - 122,060 18% 56%
38 Industrial engineers 40 $59,230 $37,290 - 94,690 20% 74%
39 Sales and related workers, all other 40 $54,160 $18,870 - 76,000 14% 62%
40 Environmental scientists and specialists, including health 40 $53,810 $39,040 - 70,880 25% 93%
41 Meeting and convention planners 40 $46,780 $29,950 - 72,580 20% 67%
42 Technical writers 40 $45,080 $30,020 - 63,450 20% 74%
43 Advertising sales agents 40 $41,230 $23,520 - 75,470 20% 56%
44 Dentists, general 30 $184,590 $147,640 - 9% 100%
45 Speech-language pathologists 30 $91,420 $41,510 - 11% 98%
46 Occupational health and safety specialists 30 $51,530 $34,430 - 73,770 8% 72%
47 Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists 30 $45,600 $34,110 - 62,750 11% 58%
48 Floral designers 30 $22,630 $16,050 - 30,380 -9% 55%

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 Office clerks, general 2,340 $25,630 $15,170 - 35,230 13% 19%
2 Retail salespersons 2,340 $22,420 $13,930 - 32,520 12% 25%
3 Cashiers 2,060 $17,660 $13,310 - 23,160 -3% 10%
4 Meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers 1,700 $22,030 $18,430 - 25,340 11% 2%
5 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 1,570 $16,460 $12,880 - 21,820 18% 5%
6 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 1,420 $19,930 $14,950 - 26,530 15% 4%
7 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 1,190 $24,380 $16,470 - 34,050 2% 5%
8 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 1,160 $37,740 $26,120 - 52,330 10% 4%
9 Stock clerks and order fillers 1,010 $23,230 $14,300 - 33,780 -8% 8%
10 Waiters and waitresses 930 $21,480 $13,130 - 35,530 11% 14%
11 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 850 $30,840 $18,450 - 46,320 13% 16%
12 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 790 $24,390 $20,740 - 30,450 18% 7%
13 Carpenters 690 $36,100 $25,570 - 49,840 10% 6%
14 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 650 $37,610 $21,680 - 60,140 4% 25%
15 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 630 $24,360 $13,920 - 39,240 8% 4%
16 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 630 $18,300 $13,540 - 23,430 13% 5%
17 Maintenance and repair workers, general 600 $34,490 $22,640 - 48,300 10% 6%
18 Customer service representatives 540 $30,760 $21,530 - 40,550 25% 22%
19 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 530 $43,120 $23,520 - 64,330 6% 29%
20 General and operations managers 510 $104,090 $38,810 - 2% 48%
21 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 510 $25,360 $17,780 - 34,700 4% 6%
22 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 490 $21,660 $14,810 - 29,880 18% 6%
23 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 470 $38,280 $23,590 - 54,820 11% 4%
24 Security guards 460 $27,270 $17,250 - 40,170 17% 13%
25 Receptionists and information clerks 460 $24,210 $15,920 - 31,870 17% 13%
26 Cooks, restaurant 440 $20,860 $16,480 - 28,190 12% 5%
27 Industrial machinery mechanics 360 $42,700 $28,710 - 59,910 9% 5%
28 Production workers, all other 360 $24,180 $17,290 - 32,500 2% 5%
29 Industrial truck and tractor operators 350 $31,650 $22,480 - 40,330 -2% 2%
30 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 340 $31,120 $20,600 - 41,630 11% 14%
31 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 330 $44,280 $32,930 - 64,560 -5% 15%
32 Separating, filtering, clarifying, precipitating, and still machine setters, operators, and tenders 330 $39,740 $24,840 - 50,710 -3% 14%
33 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 330 $37,000 $28,140 - 48,150 14% 7%
34 Dishwashers 330 $16,320 $13,070 - 20,210 10% 3%
35 Coating, painting, and spraying machine setters, operators, and tenders 320 $24,290 $21,620 - 26,390 -13% 4%
36 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 310 $30,980 $21,460 - 46,060 -7% 14%
37 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 300 $29,470 $22,570 - 38,940 4% 15%
38 Construction laborers 290 $24,870 $18,160 - 34,620 11% 5%
39 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 280 $31,470 $19,590 - 40,910 14% 4%
40 Tellers 280 $22,530 $18,440 - 26,920 14% 16%
41 Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 270 $32,250 $18,610 - 48,820 -5% 5%
42 Home health aides 270 $21,130 $16,780 - 27,320 49% 7%
43 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 260 $51,460 $35,400 - 71,630 9% 10%
44 Food preparation workers 260 $20,530 $14,390 - 27,850 15% 7%
45 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 260 $16,750 $12,970 - 22,850 10% 17%
46 Sales representatives, services, all other 250 $39,740 $21,240 - 64,200 28% 48%
47 Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 250 $38,110 $26,490 - 54,650 9% 3%
48 Electricians 240 $40,220 $24,060 - 54,360 7% 7%
49 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 240 $34,840 $26,270 - 43,610 5% 2%
50 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 220 $52,180 $36,460 - 70,020 7% 13%
51 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 200 $29,370 $21,470 - 39,640 1% 18%
52 Cost estimators 190 $78,530 $35,390 - 154,040 19% 32%
53 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 190 $43,020 $30,140 - 61,140 11% 33%
54 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 190 $20,980 $14,720 - 25,460 14% 3%
55 Preschool teachers, except special education 190 $19,480 $13,870 - 24,570 26% 43%
56 Farmworkers, farm and ranch animals 180 $21,260 $14,330 - 26,540 3% 4%
57 Pharmacy technicians 170 $25,910 $18,260 - 34,200 32% 16%
58 Counter and rental clerks 170 $25,170 $13,570 - 38,490 23% 16%
59 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 170 $0 $ - 12% 6%
60 Bill and account collectors 160 $31,380 $23,310 - 40,010 23% 13%
61 Parts salespersons 160 $27,960 $19,360 - 38,410 -2% 6%
62 Helpers--production workers 160 $23,770 $18,000 - 30,480 -1% 4%
63 Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 150 $37,980 $27,810 - 50,310 12% 3%
64 Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 150 $29,070 $19,210 - 41,780 10% 24%
65 Amusement and recreation attendants 150 $18,950 $13,170 - 24,670 24% 22%
66 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 150 $16,540 $12,950 - 22,170 12% 6%
67 Insurance sales agents 140 $43,620 $28,350 - 68,650 13% 45%
68 Postal service mail carriers 140 $0 $ - 1% 11%
69 Brickmasons and blockmasons 130 $38,980 $14,060 - 59,990 10% 3%
70 Prepress technicians and workers 130 $36,980 $23,820 - 50,360 -21% 16%
71 Computer support specialists 130 $34,370 $19,170 - 50,750 13% 43%
72 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 130 $32,130 $26,870 - 40,080 8% 3%
73 Dental assistants 130 $26,160 $19,530 - 32,770 29% 9%
74 Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 130 $18,260 $13,470 - 24,480 17% 14%
75 Sheet metal workers 120 $34,510 $23,240 - 49,340 7% 4%
76 Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 120 $25,550 $17,460 - 34,360 27% 47%
77 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 120 $22,510 $15,280 - 29,180 11% 5%
78 Family and general practitioners 110 $198,400 $133,810 - 0% 0%
79 First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 110 $65,580 $18,850 - 115,380 4% 38%
80 First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 110 $58,240 $36,310 - 80,840 10% 17%
81 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 110 $42,290 $27,270 - 56,530 0% 42%
82 Medical records and health information technicians 110 $39,170 $27,520 - 50,310 18% 12%
83 Real estate sales agents 110 $31,530 $19,320 - 50,310 11% 45%
84 Automotive body and related repairers 110 $30,410 $15,280 - 43,150 12% 3%
85 Construction managers 100 $58,870 $28,260 - 121,560 16% 29%
86 Business operations specialists, all other 100 $49,700 $34,340 - 69,120 21% 49%
87 Roofers 100 $31,900 $24,250 - 39,960 14% 3%
88 Tire repairers and changers 100 $27,160 $21,350 - 33,080 20% 6%
89 Medical assistants 100 $24,530 $18,630 - 31,190 35% 10%
90 Child care workers 100 $17,220 $13,110 - 22,150 18% 15%
91 Loan officers 90 $63,970 $41,500 - 101,630 12% 49%
92 Production, planning, and expediting clerks 90 $40,290 $27,660 - 57,250 4% 30%
93 First-line supervisors/managers of housekeeping and janitorial workers 90 $37,860 $26,980 - 51,840 13% 11%
94 Medical secretaries 90 $26,190 $19,930 - 33,830 17% 18%
95 Refuse and recyclable material collectors 90 $25,600 $18,380 - 33,010 7% 3%
96 Bartenders 90 $24,290 $14,130 - 33,440 11% 17%
97 Food servers, nonrestaurant 90 $16,760 $13,410 - 19,690 16% 9%
98 Food service managers 80 $50,180 $27,130 - 77,280 5% 24%
99 Water and liquid waste treatment plant and system operators 80 $39,230 $26,540 - 59,020 14% 8%
100 Payroll and timekeeping clerks 80 $31,150 $21,660 - 44,830 3% 18%
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Jobs More Common Near Harrisonburg Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers 22,030 1,700 72.5
Separating, filtering, clarifying, precipitating, and still machine setters, operators, and tenders 39,740 330 42.4
Farmworkers, farm and ranch animals 21,260 180 36
Coating, painting, and spraying machine setters, operators, and tenders 24,290 320 10.8
Prepress technicians and workers 36,980 130 6.3
Production workers, all other 24,180 360 4.6
Industrial machinery mechanics 42,700 360 4
Brickmasons and blockmasons 38,980 130 3.7
Tire repairers and changers 27,160 100 3.3
Family and general practitioners 198,400 110 3.3
Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 38,280 470 3
Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 38,110 250 2.7
Roofers 31,900 100 2.4
Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 32,250 270 2.4
Cost estimators 78,530 190 2.3
Office clerks, general 25,630 2,340 2.3
Carpenters 36,100 690 2.2
Sheet metal workers 34,510 120 2.2
Automotive body and related repairers 30,410 110 2.1
Parts salespersons 27,960 160 2.1
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 37,740 1,160 2.1
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 18,300 630 2
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 30,980 310 2
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 34,840 240 2
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 16,750 260 2
Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 29,070 150 1.9
Truck drivers, light or delivery services 24,360 630 1.9
Educational, vocational, and school counselors 57,670 160 1.9
Real estate sales agents 31,530 110 1.9
Medical records and health information technicians 39,170 110 1.9
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 25,360 510 1.8
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 19,930 1,420 1.8
Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 37,980 150 1.8
Amusement and recreation attendants 18,950 150 1.8
Dishwashers 16,320 330 1.8
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 18,260 130 1.7
Training and development specialists 58,180 130 1.7
Cashiers 17,660 2,060 1.7
Industrial truck and tractor operators 31,650 350 1.7
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 24,390 790 1.6
Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 20,980 190 1.6
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 16,460 1,570 1.6
Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 29,470 300 1.6
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 37,610 650 1.6
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 44,280 330 1.5
Stock clerks and order fillers 23,230 1,010 1.5
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 21,660 490 1.5
Pharmacy technicians 25,910 170 1.5
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 24,380 1,190 1.5
First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 58,240 110 1.4

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Harrisonburg, Virginia Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Cost estimators 78,530 1.4 190
Medical records and health information technicians 39,170 1.24 110
Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 32,250 1.23 270
Family and general practitioners 198,400 1.21 110
Training and development specialists 58,180 1.16 130
Waiters and waitresses 21,480 1.15 930
First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 58,240 1.12 110
Educational, vocational, and school counselors 57,670 1.12 160
Computer software engineers, applications 86,260 1.12 110
Security guards 27,270 1.08 460
Counter and rental clerks 25,170 1.08 170
General and operations managers 104,090 1.08 510
Food preparation workers 20,530 1.07 260
Industrial truck and tractor operators 31,650 1.05 350
Separating, filtering, clarifying, precipitating, and still machine setters, operators, and tenders 39,740 1.05 330
Prepress technicians and workers 36,980 1.05 130
Customer service representatives 30,760 1.04 540
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 31,120 1.03 340
Amusement and recreation attendants 18,950 1.02 150
Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 29,070 1.02 150
Pharmacists 107,040 1.02 120
Bill and account collectors 31,380 1.02 160
Stock clerks and order fillers 23,230 1.02 1,010
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 24,390 1.02 790
Receptionists and information clerks 24,210 1.01 460
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 24,380 1.01 1,190
Office clerks, general 25,630 1.01 2,340
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 29,370 1.01 200
Helpers--production workers 23,770 1.01 160
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 37,740 1.01 1,160
Maintenance and repair workers, general 34,490 1 600
Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 20,980 1 190
Home health aides 21,130 0.99 270
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 34,840 0.99 240
Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 29,470 0.97 300
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 37,610 0.97 650
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 54,700 0.97 590
Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 37,980 0.97 150
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 30,840 0.96 850
Cooks, restaurant 20,860 0.96 440
Industrial machinery mechanics 42,700 0.96 360
First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 43,120 0.96 530
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 18,300 0.96 630
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 16,460 0.96 1,570
Cashiers 17,660 0.95 2,060
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 22,510 0.95 120
Tellers 22,530 0.95 280
Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 16,540 0.95 150
Dishwashers 16,320 0.95 330
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 16,750 0.94 260

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