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Fort Smith Employment

Employment and Industries in the Fort Smith, Arkansas Area

Fort Smith has for years been a prominent regional manufacturing center. However, a large number of the manufacturing jobs have been relocated overseas. Fort Smith has been ranked number six in the nation regarding the lowest cost of doing business cities. The important elements of the economy are manufacturing, trucking, healthcare, food-processing, tourism, recreation and conventions. A variety of products are produced in Fort Smith including appliances, food products, wood and paper products, composite building materials and air conditioning systems.

The most popular jobs in Fort Smith which are typically filled by college graduates are registered nurses, teachers, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, accountant and auditors and social and human service assistants. Some of the high paying jobs in the region are physical therapists and physical therapist assistants, truck drivers, heavy and tractor trailers; sales managers, purchasing managers and lawyers.

Notable information about Fort Smith: Fort Smith has been mentioned by Forbes as having the lowest cost of living in the nation. For the population over 25 years of age, about 18% have a bachelor's degree or higher. In addition, the daytime population increases by about 35% due to commuters from the surrounding area.

In association with the Arkansas Department of Economic Development, the city offers various types of investment and job creation incentives in order to attract new companies and retain flourishing businesses. Tax Back, InvestArk and Advantage Arkansas are a few of the incentives that are available to businesses. The Arkansas Construction Education Foundation Training Program provides classroom and real-world experience via apprenticeship programs. In addition, the University of Arkansas Fort Smith's Center for Business and Professional Development partners with local businesses with the objective of developing the skills of employees.

The major employers in Fort Smith are:

  • Baldor Electric Company
  • Fort Smith Public Schools
  • O.K. Industries
  • City of Fort Smith
  • Whirlpool
  • Rheem Manufacturing Company
  • Sparks Health System
  • Arkansas Best Corporation
  • University of Arkansas Fort Smith
  • Golden Living
  • St. Edward Mercy Medical Center
  • Hiram Walker
  • Bost
  • Owens-Corning
  • Cooper Clinic
  • Area Agency on Aging
  • Gerber Products
  • Kraft-Planters
  • MacSteel
  • Riverside Furniture
  • The Trane Company
  • Twin Rivers

The list shown below displays the major industries for employment in Fort Smith:

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

Business organizations offering assistance to Fort Smith companies:

The Times Record is an excellent publication to help individuals keep up-to-date with the business activities in the Fort Smith area.

Jobs in Fort Smith

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations107840$37,120$17.85100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations15800$31,290$15.0514.35
3Production Occupations13050$29,290$14.085.7
4Sales and Related Occupations11410$30,480$14.659.9
5Transportation and Material Moving Occupations10800$31,000$14.96.55
6Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations10120$20,690$9.958.55
7Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations6510$67,690$32.545.8
8Education, Training, and Library Occupations5340$44,310$21.316.05
9Management Occupations5070$85,780$41.246.15
10Construction and Extraction Occupations4970$35,960$17.294.45
11Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations4870$38,990$18.753.8
12Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers3760$37,620$18.091.2
13Personal Care and Service Occupations3630$22,020$10.594.3
14Retail Salespersons3610$24,900$11.972.85
15Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food3510$18,900$9.092.3
16Healthcare Support Occupations3440$25,820$12.413
17Cashiers3270$20,230$9.722.2
18Business and Financial Operations Occupations3100$57,910$27.845.25
19Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand2710$25,770$12.391.7
20Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations2680$24,130$11.63.65
21Office Clerks, General2600$27,290$13.121.9
22Helpers--Production Workers2300$22,830$10.980.3
23Registered Nurses2090$56,510$27.171.95
24Nursing Assistants2070$23,370$11.231
25Protective Service Occupations1960$34,590$16.632.2
26Personal Care Aides1920$19,960$9.591.5
27General and Operations Managers1620$86,520$41.61.5
28Stock Clerks and Order Fillers1590$24,830$11.941.3
29Waiters and Waitresses1480$19,250$9.251.7
30Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks1350$32,630$15.691.05
31Food Processing Workers, All Other1350$22,910$11.010
32First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers1340$47,350$22.770.95
33Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive1320$30,120$14.481.5
34Computer and Mathematical Occupations1260$64,910$31.212.9
35Community and Social Service Occupations1250$39,540$19.011.65
36Maintenance and Repair Workers, General1210$33,610$16.160.9
37Customer Service Representatives1190$29,590$14.231.75
38Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses1180$39,850$19.160.5
39First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers1150$36,970$17.781
40Architecture and Engineering Occupations1110$72,070$34.651.7
41Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products1080$54,440$26.170.9
42Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1070$24,940$11.991.55
43Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers1030$22,930$11.030.1
44Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers990$26,690$12.830
45First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers990$28,190$13.550.6
46First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers920$47,990$23.070.4
47Cooks, Restaurant890$22,240$10.690.8
48Food Preparation Workers850$19,500$9.370.6
49Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners850$20,100$9.660.9
50Receptionists and Information Clerks750$26,000$12.50.7
51Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators690$27,300$13.130.35
52Tellers620$25,640$12.320.3
53Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics560$34,930$16.790.5
54Childcare Workers550$19,850$9.540.8
55Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers550$31,400$15.10.3
56Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers550$26,950$12.960.6
57Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria540$19,900$9.570.3
58Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers540$37,500$18.030.4
59Security Guards540$25,830$12.420.7
60Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders500$29,760$14.310.2
61Cooks, Fast Food490$19,230$9.240.3
62Home Health Aides490$21,670$10.420.7
63Sales Representatives, Services, All Other490$40,510$19.480.6
64Billing and Posting Clerks480$29,340$14.110.3
65First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers470$54,330$26.120.3
66Accountants and Auditors450$59,490$28.60.9
67First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers450$51,030$24.530.4
68Industrial Machinery Mechanics450$42,800$20.580.2
69Construction Laborers440$27,400$13.170.8
70Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters440$39,470$18.970.3
71Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers440$38,760$18.640.3
72Electricians430$42,430$20.40.4
73Medical and Health Services Managers430$88,390$42.50.25
74Parts Salespersons430$26,330$12.660.2
75Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations410$39,820$19.151.8
76Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks410$41,340$19.880.2
77Bus Drivers, School or Special Client400$19,750$9.490.3
78Legal Occupations400$58,270$28.010.8
79Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators400$36,280$17.440.2
80Business Operations Specialists, All Other390$59,540$28.630.7
81Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers380$24,640$11.850.8
82Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment370$21,810$10.490.2
83Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations370$25,170$12.10.65
84First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors370$46,800$22.50
85Machine Feeders and Offbearers360$23,330$11.220.1
86Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks360$30,370$14.60.4
87Pharmacy Technicians350$29,940$14.390.3
88Managers, All Other340$82,160$39.50.6
89Carpenters330$30,150$14.50.7
90Medical Secretaries330$31,270$15.030.4
91Packers and Packagers, Hand330$24,800$11.920.45
92Counter and Rental Clerks320$26,490$12.740.3
93Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists310$38,490$18.510.2
94Financial Managers310$94,110$45.250.4
95Bartenders300$22,170$10.660.4
96Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers300$20,100$9.670.3
97Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators300$33,730$16.220.1
98Human Resources Specialists290$48,410$23.270.35
99Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders280$32,750$15.750
100Driver/Sales Workers280$30,260$14.550.3
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Jobs More Common Near Fort Smith Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$37,120107,840
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$31,29015,800
Production Occupations$29,29013,050
Sales and Related Occupations$30,48011,410
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$31,00010,800
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$20,69010,120
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$67,6906,510
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$44,3105,340
Management Occupations$85,7805,070
Construction and Extraction Occupations$35,9604,970
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$38,9904,870
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$37,6203,760
Personal Care and Service Occupations$22,0203,630
Retail Salespersons$24,9003,610
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$18,9003,510
Healthcare Support Occupations$25,8203,440
Cashiers$20,2303,270
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$57,9103,100
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$25,7702,710
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$24,1302,680
Office Clerks, General$27,2902,600
Helpers--Production Workers$22,8302,300
Registered Nurses$56,5102,090
Nursing Assistants$23,3702,070
Protective Service Occupations$34,5901,960
Personal Care Aides$19,9601,920
General and Operations Managers$86,5201,620
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$24,8301,590
Waiters and Waitresses$19,2501,480
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$32,6301,350
Food Processing Workers, All Other$22,9101,350
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$47,3501,340
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$30,1201,320
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$64,9101,260
Community and Social Service Occupations$39,5401,250
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$33,6101,210
Customer Service Representatives$29,5901,190
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$39,8501,180
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$36,9701,150
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$72,0701,110
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$54,4401,080
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$24,9401,070
Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers$22,9301,030
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$26,690990
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$28,190990
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$47,990920
Cooks, Restaurant$22,240890
Food Preparation Workers$19,500850
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$20,100850
Receptionists and Information Clerks$26,000750

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$37,120107,840
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$31,29015,800
Production Occupations$29,29013,050
Sales and Related Occupations$30,48011,410
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$31,00010,800
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$67,6906,510
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$44,3105,340
Management Occupations$85,7805,070
Construction and Extraction Occupations$35,9604,970
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$38,9904,870
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$37,6203,760
Healthcare Support Occupations$25,8203,440
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$57,9103,100
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$25,7702,710
Office Clerks, General$27,2902,600
Registered Nurses$56,5102,090
Protective Service Occupations$34,5901,960
General and Operations Managers$86,5201,620
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$32,6301,350
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$47,3501,340
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$30,1201,320
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$64,9101,260
Community and Social Service Occupations$39,5401,250
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$33,6101,210
Customer Service Representatives$29,5901,190
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$39,8501,180
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$36,9701,150
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$72,0701,110
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$54,4401,080
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$26,690990
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$28,190990
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$47,990920
Receptionists and Information Clerks$26,000750
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$27,300690
Tellers$25,640620
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$34,930560
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers$31,400550
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$26,950550
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers$37,500540
Security Guards$25,830540
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders$29,760500
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$40,510490
Billing and Posting Clerks$29,340480
First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers$54,330470
Accountants and Auditors$59,490450
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers$51,030450
Industrial Machinery Mechanics$42,800450
Construction Laborers$27,400440
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters$39,470440
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers$38,760440

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