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Little Rock Employment

Employment and Industries in the Little Rock, Arkansas Area

Little Rock is regarded as the economic center of Arkansas. Local, state and federal government, medical facilities and banks are major sectors for employment. Other industries providing a significant number of jobs are computer related services, manufacturing, transportation, education and aviation. The University Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Arkansas Children's Hospital and Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System have a major economic impact on the city.

Agriculture is still an important part of Little Rock's economy. Aircraft and spacecraft combined are a major export for the state. Biotechnology is an emerging industry for the city with the University of Arkansas medical biotechnology research program being a primary factor. A major part of the program is the support the university provides to start-up biotechnology companies.

The Arkansas Science and Technology Authority, situated in Little Rock, promotes scientific research, technology development and business innovation in Arkansas. The program offers financial assistance regarding the transfer and development of innovative technology to companies based in Arkansas. In addition, the Small Business Loan program offers up to 50% of a small business loan to candidates that qualify. The Arkansas Department of Economic Development sponsors the Business and Industry Training Program which creates customized training programs to meet the demands of specific industries. The program focuses on recruiting workers, on-the-job training and pre-employment training.

Noteworthy information about Little Rock: The estimated median household income in 2007 was $43,000. In 2008 the cost of living index was at 86. The national average is 100. For the population over the age of 25 about 35% have a bachelor's degree or higher.

Little Rock has received numerous high rankings from notable sources including:

  • Little Rock was ranked #22 by Forbes Magazine out of 361 metropolitan areas in their list of best places for business
  • Little Rock was ranked as the second most diverse economy in the country by Moody's Investor Services
  • Ranked 14th best mid-sized city for entrepreneurs by Entrepreneurs Magazine
  • Placed 21st in cost of living by Forbes
  • Ranked 23rd by Forbes for best cities to find a job
  • Ranked 27th in cost of doing business by Forbes
  • Included in Expansion Magazine's 50 hottest cities for business expansion.

The major employers in Little Rock are shown below:

  • Baptist Health Medical CTR
  • Arkansas Cancer Research CTR
  • UAMS Medical Center
  • Medical College Physicians Group
  • University Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • University Hospital
  • Highway & Transportation Dept
  • Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System
  • Alltel Corp
  • St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center
  • Arkansas Children's Hospital
  • Fidelity Information SVC
  • Human Services Department
  • Acxiom Corp
  • Dillard's INC
  • Blue Cross
  • Blue Shield
  • Siemens
  • Kroger
  • AT&T Mobility
  • Timex
  • Affiliated Foods Southwest
  • Dassault Falcon Jet
  • Raytheon Aircraft Company
  • Fidelity National Information Services

Many major and large corporations have their headquarters in Little Rock including:

  • Alltel
  • Acxiom
  • Windstream Communications
  • Dillard's Department Stores
  • Rose Law Firm
  • Stephens Inc
  • Metropolitan National Bank
  • Central Flying Services, Nuvell Financial Services

Assistance is available for companies in Little Rock by business organizations such as:

The Arkansas Democratic Gazette provides information about the current business activities in Little Rock.

Jobs in Little Rock

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations347590$43,780$21.05100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations53690$34,230$16.4614.35
3Sales and Related Occupations36410$35,460$17.059.9
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations30250$22,360$10.758.55
5Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations28890$67,540$32.475.8
6Transportation and Material Moving Occupations23470$34,040$16.366.55
7Management Occupations20020$89,150$42.866.15
8Business and Financial Operations Occupations19430$59,710$28.715.25
9Education, Training, and Library Occupations17760$55,100$26.496.05
10Production Occupations16750$36,100$17.365.7
11Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations15650$41,380$19.93.8
12Construction and Extraction Occupations14820$38,200$18.364.45
13Healthcare Support Occupations11790$27,220$13.083
14Personal Care and Service Occupations10810$23,190$11.154.3
15Retail Salespersons10570$24,660$11.862.85
16Computer and Mathematical Occupations10300$69,310$33.322.9
17Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations10200$24,280$11.673.65
18Registered Nurses9690$62,910$30.251.95
19Cashiers9210$20,710$9.962.2
20Protective Service Occupations8570$38,480$18.52.2
21Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food8560$19,730$9.492.3
22Office Clerks, General7350$29,580$14.221.9
23General and Operations Managers6360$94,390$45.381.5
24Customer Service Representatives6280$33,130$15.931.75
25Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers6200$42,930$20.641.2
26Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand5960$26,670$12.821.7
27Waiters and Waitresses5880$21,810$10.491.7
28Stock Clerks and Order Fillers5590$25,980$12.491.3
29First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers5050$49,600$23.850.95
30Personal Care Aides4900$21,000$10.091.5
31Architecture and Engineering Occupations4600$70,770$34.021.7
32Community and Social Service Occupations4520$42,140$20.261.65
33Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive4510$32,640$15.691.5
34Nursing Assistants4480$26,060$12.531
35Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners4320$22,700$10.911.55
36Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products4210$56,590$27.210.9
37Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks3930$37,720$18.131.05
38Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses3540$40,750$19.590.5
39First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers3460$30,110$14.470.6
40Cooks, Restaurant3440$24,600$11.830.8
41Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations3410$44,030$21.171.8
42Legal Occupations3210$73,280$35.230.8
43First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers3150$41,990$20.191
44Home Health Aides3020$21,110$10.150.7
45Security Guards2840$27,200$13.080.7
46Accountants and Auditors2830$64,760$31.130.9
47Maintenance and Repair Workers, General2760$32,730$15.730.9
48Management Analysts2700$52,560$25.270.5
49Receptionists and Information Clerks2690$26,800$12.880.7
50Business Operations Specialists, All Other2550$60,940$29.30.7
51Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations2390$56,980$27.40.8
52Construction Laborers2270$27,720$13.330.8
53Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners2220$20,530$9.870.9
54Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers1980$24,670$11.860.8
55Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers1950$32,390$15.570.6
56Childcare Workers1920$21,470$10.320.8
57Food Preparation Workers1880$22,500$10.820.6
58Carpenters1840$35,090$16.870.7
59Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers1780$28,720$13.810
60Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics1760$38,470$18.490.5
61Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers1710$45,620$21.930.4
62Electricians1680$43,140$20.740.4
63Pharmacy Technicians1670$32,270$15.510.3
64First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers1630$53,970$25.950.4
65First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers1630$56,940$27.380.3
66Sales Representatives, Services, All Other1620$46,110$22.170.6
67Cooks, Fast Food1590$19,630$9.440.3
68Medical and Health Services Managers1540$85,230$40.980.25
69Lawyers1530$92,030$44.250.5
70Pharmacists1500$110,160$52.960.2
71Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria1490$22,520$10.830.3
72Medical Assistants1490$30,830$14.820.45
73Medical Secretaries1480$31,930$15.350.4
74Physicians and Surgeons, All Other1450$141,930$68.230.25
75Computer Systems Analysts1430$69,310$33.320.4
76Billing and Posting Clerks1420$33,940$16.320.3
77Bus Drivers, School or Special Client1420$21,260$10.220.3
78Financial Managers1420$90,120$43.320.4
79Computer User Support Specialists1390$44,550$21.420.4
80Network and Computer Systems Administrators1320$68,700$33.030.25
81Highway Maintenance Workers1310$31,230$15.010.1
82Computer Programmers1250$72,260$34.740.2
83Dishwashers1250$19,480$9.370.3
84Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators1200$31,350$15.070.35
85Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists1170$62,000$29.810.4
86Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers1170$48,230$23.190.15
87Human Resources Specialists1150$54,870$26.380.35
88Counter and Rental Clerks1140$26,710$12.840.3
89First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers1130$59,090$28.410.4
90Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks1120$30,920$14.870.4
91Compliance Officers1110$54,680$26.290.2
92Training and Development Specialists1110$54,080$260.2
93Tellers1090$24,730$11.890.3
94Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants1080$49,710$23.90.35
95Managers, All Other1080$84,400$40.580.6
96Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products1080$69,060$33.20.2
97Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers1070$38,330$18.430.2
98Driver/Sales Workers1060$24,830$11.940.3
99Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists1050$43,390$20.860.2
100Insurance Sales Agents1050$75,670$36.380.3
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Jobs More Common Near Little Rock Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$43,780347,590
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$34,23053,690
Sales and Related Occupations$35,46036,410
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$22,36030,250
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$67,54028,890
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$34,04023,470
Management Occupations$89,15020,020
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$59,71019,430
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$55,10017,760
Production Occupations$36,10016,750
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$41,38015,650
Construction and Extraction Occupations$38,20014,820
Healthcare Support Occupations$27,22011,790
Personal Care and Service Occupations$23,19010,810
Retail Salespersons$24,66010,570
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$69,31010,300
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$24,28010,200
Registered Nurses$62,9109,690
Cashiers$20,7109,210
Protective Service Occupations$38,4808,570
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$19,7308,560
Office Clerks, General$29,5807,350
General and Operations Managers$94,3906,360
Customer Service Representatives$33,1306,280
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$42,9306,200
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$26,6705,960
Waiters and Waitresses$21,8105,880
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$25,9805,590
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$49,6005,050
Personal Care Aides$21,0004,900
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$70,7704,600
Community and Social Service Occupations$42,1404,520
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$32,6404,510
Nursing Assistants$26,0604,480
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$22,7004,320
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$56,5904,210
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$37,7203,930
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$40,7503,540
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$30,1103,460
Cooks, Restaurant$24,6003,440
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$44,0303,410
Legal Occupations$73,2803,210
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$41,9903,150
Home Health Aides$21,1103,020
Security Guards$27,2002,840
Accountants and Auditors$64,7602,830
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$32,7302,760
Management Analysts$52,5602,700
Receptionists and Information Clerks$26,8002,690
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$60,9402,550

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$43,780347,590
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$34,23053,690
Sales and Related Occupations$35,46036,410
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$67,54028,890
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$34,04023,470
Management Occupations$89,15020,020
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$59,71019,430
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$55,10017,760
Production Occupations$36,10016,750
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$41,38015,650
Construction and Extraction Occupations$38,20014,820
Healthcare Support Occupations$27,22011,790
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$69,31010,300
Registered Nurses$62,9109,690
Protective Service Occupations$38,4808,570
Office Clerks, General$29,5807,350
General and Operations Managers$94,3906,360
Customer Service Representatives$33,1306,280
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$42,9306,200
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$26,6705,960
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$25,9805,590
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$49,6005,050
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$70,7704,600
Community and Social Service Occupations$42,1404,520
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$32,6404,510
Nursing Assistants$26,0604,480
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$56,5904,210
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$37,7203,930
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$40,7503,540
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$30,1103,460
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$44,0303,410
Legal Occupations$73,2803,210
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$41,9903,150
Security Guards$27,2002,840
Accountants and Auditors$64,7602,830
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$32,7302,760
Management Analysts$52,5602,700
Receptionists and Information Clerks$26,8002,690
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$60,9402,550
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$56,9802,390
Construction Laborers$27,7202,270
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$32,3901,950
Carpenters$35,0901,840
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$28,7201,780
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$38,4701,760
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers$45,6201,710
Electricians$43,1401,680
Pharmacy Technicians$32,2701,670
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers$53,9701,630
First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers$56,9401,630

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