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Fayetteville Employment

Employment and Industries in the Fayetteville, Arkansas Area

Fayetteville has been ranked 8th in Forbes Magazine's Top 10 Best Places in America for Business and Careers. It was also in Kiplinger's Best Cities Work, Live and Play list. Fayetteville was mentioned as one of the "Best Places to Live in America" by Money Magazine. The Milken Institute rated Fayetteville MSA as one of the Best Performing Cities; wages/salary growth and job growth. Fayetteville MSA is ranked #4 in the country for Best Transportation & Warehousing work forces by Expansion Management.

Technology-based companies have an important role in the city's economy. Radio frequency identification, database and telecommunications and biotechnology sectors provide a large number of jobs. The city is regarded as a prominent center for research and technology projects. Fayetteville, Rogers, Springfield, Bentoville, the University of Arkansas, the GENESIS Technology Incubator and managers from the Arkansas Research and Technology Park have created a favorable environment for technology-based companies. The University provides vital assistance to the local technology companies.

The city has a wide variety of manufactures that play a prominent role in the economy and also provide a substantial amount of jobs. In addition, education, accommodation, transportation and logistics, food services and healthcare are significant elements of the economy.

The major industries for employment, in descending order, are provided below:

  • Services - 36%
  • Manufacturing - 17%
  • Wholesale Trade - 15%
  • Government - 12%
  • Transportation and Retail Trade - 10%
  • Finance, Insurance and Real Estate - 5%

Noteworthy items about Fayetteville: In 2008 Fayetteville had a cost of living index of 90.6. The average in the nation is 100. About 41% of the workers over the age of 25 have a bachelor's degree or higher. The daytime population expands by about 20% due to people commuting to work from the surrounding area.

The major employers in the Fayetteville area are shown below:

  • University of Arkansas - Education
  • Pinnacle Foods Int'l - Frozen Dinners
  • Superior Industries - Cast aluminum wheels
  • Washington Regional Medical Center - Medical
  • Fayetteville School District - Education
  • Arkansas Western Gas Company - Utilities
  • Ayrshire Electronics - Manufacturing
  • City of Fayetteville - Government
  • Dillards - Retail
  • Hanna's - Potpourri/Candles
  • McClinton-Anchor - Limestone/Hot mix
  • Tyson's Entree Division - Frozen dinner entrees
  • Veteran's Medical Center - Medical
  • Walmart Supercenter - Retail
  • Washington County - Government
  • American Air Filter - Air filters
  • Marshalltown - Cement finishing tools
  • Standard Register - Business forms
  • AEP/SWEPCO - Utilities
  • Arvest Bank & Trust - Financial

Business organizations offering assistance to Fayetteville companies:

ArkansasBusiness.com provides information about the current business activities in Fayetteville.

Jobs in Fayetteville

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations239920$45,830$22.03100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations33390$34,450$16.5614.35
3Sales and Related Occupations26140$41,160$19.799.9
4Transportation and Material Moving Occupations24020$36,140$17.386.55
5Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations21470$21,740$10.458.55
6Production Occupations21380$31,350$15.075.7
7Business and Financial Operations Occupations15300$71,050$34.165.25
8Education, Training, and Library Occupations14970$49,060$23.596.05
9Management Occupations13690$116,170$55.856.15
10Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations11310$70,840$34.065.8
11Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers9960$44,210$21.261.2
12Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations9280$42,330$20.353.8
13Computer and Mathematical Occupations8760$73,710$35.442.9
14Retail Salespersons8440$25,680$12.352.85
15Construction and Extraction Occupations8140$38,990$18.754.45
16Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations6920$25,230$12.133.65
17Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food5990$20,480$9.852.3
18Personal Care and Service Occupations5730$24,590$11.824.3
19Cashiers5320$20,490$9.852.2
20Healthcare Support Occupations5250$28,440$13.673
21Office Clerks, General5130$29,840$14.351.9
22Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand4730$26,310$12.651.7
23General and Operations Managers4230$102,550$49.31.5
24Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products4210$75,870$36.480.9
25Waiters and Waitresses3950$19,600$9.431.7
26Protective Service Occupations3930$39,050$18.782.2
27Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners3550$23,630$11.361.55
28Stock Clerks and Order Fillers3550$26,790$12.881.3
29Customer Service Representatives3490$35,190$16.921.75
30Registered Nurses3490$57,850$27.811.95
31Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers3330$25,330$12.180.1
32Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations3260$53,710$25.821.8
33First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers2960$53,640$25.790.95
34Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks2600$37,050$17.811.05
35Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive2550$32,570$15.661.5
36First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers2480$39,560$19.021
37Software Developers, Applications2410$90,920$43.710.55
38Cooks, Restaurant2360$23,720$11.410.8
39Architecture and Engineering Occupations2320$64,760$31.141.7
40Maintenance and Repair Workers, General2270$35,600$17.110.9
41Helpers--Production Workers2250$25,060$12.050.3
42Nursing Assistants2070$23,900$11.491
43Personal Care Aides2070$22,280$10.711.5
44Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators1980$32,420$15.590.35
45First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers1950$28,930$13.910.6
46Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers1910$29,040$13.960
47Computer Systems Analysts1570$71,240$34.250.4
48Accountants and Auditors1520$75,130$36.120.9
49Community and Social Service Occupations1520$43,470$20.91.65
50First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers1440$52,330$25.160.4
51Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers1400$31,440$15.110.6
52Logisticians1400$67,500$32.450.1
53Receptionists and Information Clerks1370$25,530$12.270.7
54Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers1340$31,200$150.3
55Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers1340$25,980$12.490.8
56Management Analysts1310$85,950$41.320.5
57Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria1280$22,640$10.880.3
58Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks1260$32,760$15.750.2
59Cooks, Fast Food1240$19,860$9.550.3
60Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1210$20,690$9.950.9
61Childcare Workers1190$20,480$9.850.8
62Legal Occupations1180$92,330$44.390.8
63Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses1100$42,870$20.610.5
64Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders1100$30,580$14.70.2
65Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations1050$51,610$24.810.8
66First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors1040$59,690$28.70
67Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics1030$38,860$18.680.5
68Marketing Managers1030$160,840$77.330.1
69Sales Representatives, Services, All Other1030$52,830$25.40.6
70First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers1010$56,080$26.960.4
71Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks1010$34,110$16.40.4
72First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers1000$62,740$30.160.3
73Tellers1000$25,000$12.020.3
74Human Resources Specialists990$68,980$33.160.35
75Financial Managers970$141,630$68.090.4
76Construction Laborers960$28,480$13.690.8
77Security Guards950$26,070$12.530.7
78Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers940$39,640$19.060.4
79Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations920$29,550$14.210.65
80Electricians900$40,700$19.570.4
81Managers, All Other850$111,300$53.510.6
82Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education850$28,530$13.720.3
83Home Health Aides840$21,620$10.40.7
84Carpenters830$38,410$18.470.7
85Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop800$19,950$9.590.3
86Computer Network Support Specialists790$42,880$20.610.1
87Packers and Packagers, Hand790$23,430$11.260.45
88Computer User Support Specialists780$42,680$20.520.4
89Driver/Sales Workers780$25,080$12.060.3
90Food Preparation Workers770$20,970$10.080.6
91Bus Drivers, School or Special Client760$25,340$12.180.3
92Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters760$48,430$23.280.3
93First-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers750$100,840$48.480.3
94Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists740$38,860$18.680.2
95Substitute Teachers730$24,660$11.850
96Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop720$20,000$9.620.3
97Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment710$25,160$12.10.2
98Medical Assistants710$31,170$14.980.45
99Billing and Posting Clerks690$35,690$17.160.3
100Food Processing Workers, All Other670$24,070$11.570
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Jobs More Common Near Fayetteville Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$45,830239,920
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$34,45033,390
Sales and Related Occupations$41,16026,140
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$36,14024,020
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$21,74021,470
Production Occupations$31,35021,380
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$71,05015,300
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$49,06014,970
Management Occupations$116,17013,690
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$70,84011,310
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$44,2109,960
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$42,3309,280
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$73,7108,760
Retail Salespersons$25,6808,440
Construction and Extraction Occupations$38,9908,140
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$25,2306,920
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$20,4805,990
Personal Care and Service Occupations$24,5905,730
Cashiers$20,4905,320
Healthcare Support Occupations$28,4405,250
Office Clerks, General$29,8405,130
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$26,3104,730
General and Operations Managers$102,5504,230
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$75,8704,210
Waiters and Waitresses$19,6003,950
Protective Service Occupations$39,0503,930
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$23,6303,550
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$26,7903,550
Customer Service Representatives$35,1903,490
Registered Nurses$57,8503,490
Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers$25,3303,330
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$53,7103,260
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$53,6402,960
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$37,0502,600
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$32,5702,550
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$39,5602,480
Software Developers, Applications$90,9202,410
Cooks, Restaurant$23,7202,360
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$64,7602,320
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$35,6002,270
Helpers--Production Workers$25,0602,250
Nursing Assistants$23,9002,070
Personal Care Aides$22,2802,070
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$32,4201,980
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$28,9301,950
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$29,0401,910
Computer Systems Analysts$71,2401,570
Accountants and Auditors$75,1301,520
Community and Social Service Occupations$43,4701,520
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$52,3301,440

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Fayetteville, Arkansas Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$45,830239,920
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$34,45033,390
Sales and Related Occupations$41,16026,140
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$36,14024,020
Production Occupations$31,35021,380
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$71,05015,300
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$49,06014,970
Management Occupations$116,17013,690
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$70,84011,310
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$44,2109,960
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$42,3309,280
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$73,7108,760
Retail Salespersons$25,6808,440
Construction and Extraction Occupations$38,9908,140
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$25,2306,920
Healthcare Support Occupations$28,4405,250
Office Clerks, General$29,8405,130
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$26,3104,730
General and Operations Managers$102,5504,230
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$75,8704,210
Protective Service Occupations$39,0503,930
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$26,7903,550
Customer Service Representatives$35,1903,490
Registered Nurses$57,8503,490
Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers$25,3303,330
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$53,7103,260
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$53,6402,960
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$37,0502,600
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$32,5702,550
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$39,5602,480
Software Developers, Applications$90,9202,410
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$64,7602,320
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$35,6002,270
Helpers--Production Workers$25,0602,250
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$32,4201,980
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$28,9301,950
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$29,0401,910
Computer Systems Analysts$71,2401,570
Accountants and Auditors$75,1301,520
Community and Social Service Occupations$43,4701,520
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$52,3301,440
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$31,4401,400
Logisticians$67,5001,400
Receptionists and Information Clerks$25,5301,370
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers$31,2001,340
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$25,9801,340
Management Analysts$85,9501,310
Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks$32,7601,260
Legal Occupations$92,3301,180
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$42,8701,100

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