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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

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 233110 $44980 $21.63 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 33300 $33140 $15.93 14.8
3 Sales and Related Occupations 26600 $39240 $18.87 10.15
4 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 22440 $34710 $16.69 6.45
5 Production Occupations 21080 $30260 $14.55 5.85
6 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 20680 $20940 $10.07 8.3
7 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 15900 $70960 $34.11 5.05
8 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 14470 $49270 $23.69 6.15
9 Management Occupations 13500 $115830 $55.69 6.05
10 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 10910 $71940 $34.59 5.75
11 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 9820 $42840 $20.6 1.2
12 Retail Salespersons 8200 $25700 $12.36 3.1
13 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 8120 $74050 $35.6 2.8
14 Construction and Extraction Occupations 8050 $36440 $17.52 4.4
15 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 7950 $41120 $19.77 3.8
16 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 6650 $25060 $12.05 3.7
17 Personal Care and Service Occupations 6080 $22720 $10.92 4.1
18 Cashiers 5710 $19750 $9.49 2.25
19 Office Clerks, General 5230 $27820 $13.38 2
20 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 5200 $19430 $9.34 2.15
21 Healthcare Support Occupations 4730 $27570 $13.26 3.05
22 General and Operations Managers 4140 $101230 $48.67 1.4
23 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 4120 $73040 $35.12 1
24 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 4120 $26050 $12.53 1.6
25 Waiters and Waitresses 4080 $18930 $9.1 1.6
26 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 3810 $33870 $16.29 1.6
27 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 3510 $25620 $12.32 1.2
28 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 3490 $23590 $11.34 1.6
29 Protective Service Occupations 3370 $38020 $18.28 2.25
30 Registered Nurses 3280 $56680 $27.25 1.9
31 Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers 3200 $24490 $11.77 0.1
32 Customer Service Representatives 2650 $35220 $16.93 1.75
33 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 2630 $49310 $23.71 1
34 Cooks, Restaurant 2450 $23440 $11.27 0.75
35 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 2260 $39060 $18.78 1
36 Personal Care Aides 2210 $21120 $10.15 1.3
37 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 2170 $43040 $20.69 1.7
38 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 2160 $64200 $30.87 1.65
39 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 2120 $36250 $17.43 1.1
40 Nursing Assistants 1910 $22820 $10.97 1.05
41 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 1880 $34790 $16.73 0.9
42 Team Assemblers 1820 $28420 $13.66 0.75
43 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 1610 $29000 $13.94 0.6
44 Community and Social Service Occupations 1510 $44370 $21.33 1.65
45 Managers, All Other 1470 $144550 $69.5 0.65
46 Childcare Workers 1430 $19700 $9.47 0.8
47 Receptionists and Information Clerks 1370 $24880 $11.96 0.7
48 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 1350 $50620 $24.34 0.4
49 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 1320 $31150 $14.98 0.6
50 Cooks, Fast Food 1300 $19080 $9.17 0.3
51 Construction Laborers 1290 $26460 $12.72 0.8
52 Software Developers, Applications 1280 $91290 $43.89 0.5
53 Legal Occupations 1270 $99190 $47.69 0.8
54 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 1260 $73500 $35.34 0.35
55 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 1250 $25420 $12.22 0.8
56 Accountants and Auditors 1210 $72140 $34.68 0.9
57 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 1190 $48650 $23.39 0.9
58 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 1180 $21700 $10.43 0.3
59 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 1160 $29570 $14.22 0.35
60 Packers and Packagers, Hand 1150 $24330 $11.7 0.45
61 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1140 $19640 $9.44 1
62 Electricians 1120 $39680 $19.08 0.4
63 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 1110 $31060 $14.93 0.3
64 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 1040 $43880 $21.09 0.6
65 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 1030 $28020 $13.47 0.25
66 Food Preparation Workers 1020 $19590 $9.42 0.6
67 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 1000 $42010 $20.2 0.5
68 Tellers 980 $24340 $11.7 0.3
69 Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 970 $28400 $13.65 0.6
70 Sales Managers 970 $156900 $75.43 0.2
71 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 960 $77630 $37.32 0.3
72 Computer User Support Specialists 960 $41310 $19.86 0.4
73 Carpenters 920 $36970 $17.78 0.6
74 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 910 $32130 $15.45 0.4
75 Management Analysts 900 $80480 $38.69 0.5
76 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 870 $51040 $24.54 0.4
77 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 860 $39730 $19.1 0.45
78 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 830 $24170 $11.62 0.3
79 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 820 $40420 $19.43 0.5
80 Food Processing Workers, All Other 810 $24100 $11.59 0
81 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 790 $50350 $24.21 0.5
82 Driver/Sales Workers 770 $26520 $12.75 0.3
83 Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment 760 $23810 $11.45 0.2
84 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 740 $59830 $28.76 0.3
85 Security Guards 720 $26880 $12.92 0.7
86 Lawyers 720 $141050 $67.81 0.5
87 Bartenders 710 $21650 $10.41 0.4
88 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 710 $19350 $9.31 0.3
89 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 710 $19170 $9.22 0.25
90 Financial Managers 700 $140870 $67.73 0.4
91 First-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers 690 $97840 $47.04 0.3
92 Substitute Teachers 690 $23960 $11.52 0
93 Slaughterers and Meat Packers 680 $24730 $11.89 0.1
94 Medical Assistants 680 $30480 $14.65 0.45
95 Counter and Rental Clerks 670 $25590 $12.3 0.3
96 Home Health Aides 670 $20210 $9.72 0.7
97 Production Workers, All Other 660 $27040 $13 0.2
98 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 650 $34660 $16.66 0.2
99 Dental Assistants 640 $34060 $16.38 0.2
100 Computer Systems Analysts 640 $70480 $33.89 0.4
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Jobs More Common Near Fayetteville Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 44,980 233,110
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 33,140 33,300
Sales and Related Occupations 39,240 26,600
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 34,710 22,440
Production Occupations 30,260 21,080
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 20,940 20,680
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 70,960 15,900
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 49,270 14,470
Management Occupations 115,830 13,500
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 71,940 10,910
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 42,840 9,820
Retail Salespersons 25,700 8,200
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 74,050 8,120
Construction and Extraction Occupations 36,440 8,050
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 41,120 7,950
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 25,060 6,650
Personal Care and Service Occupations 22,720 6,080
Cashiers 19,750 5,710
Office Clerks, General 27,820 5,230
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 19,430 5,200
Healthcare Support Occupations 27,570 4,730
General and Operations Managers 101,230 4,140
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 73,040 4,120
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 26,050 4,120
Waiters and Waitresses 18,930 4,080
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 33,870 3,810
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 25,620 3,510
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 23,590 3,490
Protective Service Occupations 38,020 3,370
Registered Nurses 56,680 3,280
Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers 24,490 3,200
Customer Service Representatives 35,220 2,650
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 49,310 2,630
Cooks, Restaurant 23,440 2,450
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 39,060 2,260
Personal Care Aides 21,120 2,210
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 43,040 2,170
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 64,200 2,160
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 36,250 2,120
Nursing Assistants 22,820 1,910
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 34,790 1,880
Team Assemblers 28,420 1,820
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 29,000 1,610
Community and Social Service Occupations 44,370 1,510
Managers, All Other 144,550 1,470
Childcare Workers 19,700 1,430
Receptionists and Information Clerks 24,880 1,370
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 50,620 1,350
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 31,150 1,320
Cooks, Fast Food 19,080 1,300

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 44,980 233,110
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 33,140 33,300
Sales and Related Occupations 39,240 26,600
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 34,710 22,440
Production Occupations 30,260 21,080
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 70,960 15,900
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 49,270 14,470
Management Occupations 115,830 13,500
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 71,940 10,910
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 42,840 9,820
Retail Salespersons 25,700 8,200
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 74,050 8,120
Construction and Extraction Occupations 36,440 8,050
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 41,120 7,950
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 25,060 6,650
Office Clerks, General 27,820 5,230
Healthcare Support Occupations 27,570 4,730
General and Operations Managers 101,230 4,140
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 73,040 4,120
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 26,050 4,120
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 33,870 3,810
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 25,620 3,510
Protective Service Occupations 38,020 3,370
Registered Nurses 56,680 3,280
Customer Service Representatives 35,220 2,650
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 49,310 2,630
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 39,060 2,260
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 43,040 2,170
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 64,200 2,160
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 36,250 2,120
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 34,790 1,880
Team Assemblers 28,420 1,820
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 29,000 1,610
Community and Social Service Occupations 44,370 1,510
Managers, All Other 144,550 1,470
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 50,620 1,350
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 31,150 1,320
Construction Laborers 26,460 1,290
Software Developers, Applications 91,290 1,280
Legal Occupations 99,190 1,270
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 73,500 1,260
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 25,420 1,250
Accountants and Auditors 72,140 1,210
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 48,650 1,190
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 29,570 1,160
Electricians 39,680 1,120
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 31,060 1,110
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 43,880 1,040
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 28,020 1,030
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 42,010 1,000

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