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Wichita Employment

Employment and Industries in the Wichita, Kansas Area

Manufacturing is a major economic sector in Wichita, especially the manufacturing of aircraft. Jobs are provided in manufacturing industries including airplanes, outdoor recreational equipment and supplies, industrial-commercial machinery, fabricated metal products and instrumentation and controls. Other job providing manufacturing sectors are plastic and composite products, photographic equipment, meat products, chemicals, amusement rides and household appliances.

The county is one of the nation's top counties regarding concentration of manufacturing jobs and skilled labor. The area also includes numerous firms using high technology design. Healthcare is the second major economic factor and is a major employment sector. In addition, notable companies based in Wichita include Cargill Meat Solution, Coleman Company, Koch Industries and Chance Rides.

A list of the city's top job providers is shown below:

  • Spirit Aero Systems - Aircraft parts
  • Cessna Aircraft - Aircraft
  • Raytheon Aircraft Co - Aircraft
  • Hawker Beechcraft - Aircraft
  • USD 259 - Wichita - Public primary education
  • Via Christi Health System - Healthcare
  • State of Kansas - Government
  • City of Wichita - Government
  • Sedwick County - Government
  • Boeing Integrated Defense System - Aircraft modification
  • United States Government - Government
  • Bombardier Lear Jet - Aircraft
  • Koch Industries
  • Wichita State University
  • Wesley Medical Center
  • Catholic Diocese of Wichita - Primary Education
  • York Intl - Johnsons Controls - Residential HVAC Equipment
  • Wichita Clinic PA - Healthcare
  • USD 260 Derby - Public primary education
  • Cargill- Meat products
  • The Coleman Company - Recreational products

Some of the occupations more common in Wichita than most other cities are aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging and systems assemblers; aerospace engineering and operations technicians; avionics technicians, aerospace engineers, pattern makers, metal and plastic; pesticide handlers, sprayers and applicators, vegetation; aircraft mechanics and service technicians; and insulation workers, mechanical.

The top non-agricultural job providing sectors in Wichita are:

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

Pertinent information about Wichita Kansas: About 25% of the adult residents have achieved a bachelor's degree or better. The cost of living index in 2008 was 77.7 and the national average is 100. The estimated median household income in Wichita in 2007 was $43,000.

Wichita businesses collaborate with associations such as:

People interested in staying current with Wichita business activities may want to read the Wichita Business Journal.

Jobs in Wichita

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 296980 $43280 $20.81 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 48020 $34260 $16.47 14.8
3 Production Occupations 31200 $42380 $20.37 5.85
4 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 27970 $20400 $9.81 8.3
5 Sales and Related Occupations 27930 $36280 $17.44 10.15
6 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 17870 $42610 $20.48 6.15
7 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 17330 $71420 $34.34 5.75
8 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 17190 $33770 $16.23 6.45
9 Construction and Extraction Occupations 14210 $41080 $19.75 4.4
10 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 13750 $47430 $22.8 3.8
11 Management Occupations 13150 $95680 $46 6.05
12 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 12980 $65550 $31.51 5.05
13 Personal Care and Service Occupations 10020 $24600 $11.83 4.1
14 Retail Salespersons 9130 $27210 $13.08 3.1
15 Healthcare Support Occupations 8240 $26960 $12.96 3.05
16 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 8160 $26650 $12.82 3.7
17 Cashiers 7220 $20610 $9.91 2.25
18 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 7020 $80530 $38.72 1.65
19 Customer Service Representatives 6710 $31270 $15.03 1.75
20 Registered Nurses 6200 $55310 $26.59 1.9
21 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 6090 $18840 $9.06 2.15
22 Protective Service Occupations 5990 $38710 $18.61 2.25
23 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 5960 $68350 $32.86 2.8
24 Waiters and Waitresses 5470 $19740 $9.49 1.6
25 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 5240 $33030 $15.88 1.6
26 Office Clerks, General 4930 $29180 $14.03 2
27 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 4700 $25110 $12.07 1.2
28 Nursing Assistants 4470 $24000 $11.54 1.05
29 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 4310 $26590 $12.78 1.6
30 Personal Care Aides 4190 $20980 $10.09 1.3
31 General and Operations Managers 3790 $99330 $47.76 1.4
32 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 3640 $41520 $19.96 1.7
33 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 3600 $27010 $12.99 1.6
34 Community and Social Service Occupations 3580 $40220 $19.34 1.65
35 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 3330 $36370 $17.49 1.1
36 Team Assemblers 3320 $32430 $15.59 0.75
37 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 3160 $43960 $21.13 1.2
38 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 2930 $37530 $18.04 0.9
39 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 2870 $52790 $25.38 1
40 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 2840 $69460 $33.4 1
41 Food Preparation Workers 2760 $19560 $9.4 0.6
42 Cooks, Fast Food 2660 $18420 $8.86 0.3
43 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 2660 $40450 $19.45 1
44 Substitute Teachers 2560 $31000 $14.9 0
45 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 2550 $27360 $13.15 0.6
46 Accountants and Auditors 2540 $64780 $31.15 0.9
47 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 2520 $52400 $25.19 0.3
48 Receptionists and Information Clerks 2370 $26050 $12.53 0.7
49 Construction Laborers 2370 $28460 $13.68 0.8
50 Cooks, Restaurant 2260 $21890 $10.52 0.75
51 Aerospace Engineers 2040 $100060 $48.11 0
52 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 1880 $26180 $12.59 0.3
53 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 1860 $32380 $15.57 0.4
54 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 1810 $29370 $14.12 0.6
55 Machinists 1810 $42200 $20.29 0.3
56 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 1760 $63380 $30.47 0.4
57 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 1720 $53190 $25.57 0.6
58 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 1720 $68870 $33.11 0.7
59 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 1650 $51720 $24.87 0.5
60 Electricians 1630 $53180 $25.57 0.4
61 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 1600 $26860 $12.91 0.8
62 Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks 1580 $56010 $26.93 0.2
63 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1530 $20360 $9.79 1
64 Industrial Machinery Mechanics 1480 $57750 $27.77 0.2
65 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 1470 $40780 $19.61 0.5
66 Medical Assistants 1450 $28470 $13.69 0.45
67 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 1430 $58120 $27.94 0.4
68 Legal Occupations 1430 $77460 $37.24 0.8
69 Carpenters 1380 $38230 $18.38 0.6
70 Security Guards 1370 $29930 $14.39 0.7
71 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 1350 $41910 $20.15 0.3
72 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 1270 $45610 $21.93 0.45
73 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 1260 $61470 $29.55 0.3
74 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 1250 $37110 $17.84 0.2
75 Tellers 1240 $23770 $11.43 0.3
76 Computer User Support Specialists 1230 $37130 $17.85 0.4
77 Billing and Posting Clerks 1200 $31320 $15.06 0.35
78 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 1200 $42300 $20.34 0.5
79 Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products 1160 $66260 $31.86 0.2
80 Counter and Rental Clerks 1120 $29470 $14.17 0.3
81 Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other 1090 $35910 $17.27 0.2
82 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 1070 $66000 $31.73 0.9
83 Driver/Sales Workers 1010 $26310 $12.65 0.3
84 Bartenders 980 $19100 $9.18 0.4
85 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 980 $23960 $11.52 0.3
86 Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment 970 $23350 $11.23 0.2
87 Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters 970 $53830 $25.88 0.1
88 Chief Executives 960 $155180 $74.6 0.2
89 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 950 $59000 $28.36 0.35
90 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 950 $44390 $21.34 0.3
91 Human Resources Specialists 920 $57370 $27.58 0.3
92 Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians 920 $61650 $29.64 0.1
93 Dishwashers 900 $18890 $9.08 0.3
94 Financial Managers 890 $104220 $50.1 0.4
95 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 880 $64400 $30.96 0.3
96 Pharmacy Technicians 860 $29170 $14.03 0.25
97 Recreation Workers 850 $26730 $12.85 0.3
98 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 840 $19000 $9.13 0.3
99 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 830 $18590 $8.94 0.25
100 Industrial Engineers 820 $86120 $41.41 0.2
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Jobs More Common Near Wichita Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 43,280 296,980
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 34,260 48,020
Production Occupations 42,380 31,200
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 20,400 27,970
Sales and Related Occupations 36,280 27,930
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 42,610 17,870
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 71,420 17,330
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 33,770 17,190
Construction and Extraction Occupations 41,080 14,210
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 47,430 13,750
Management Occupations 95,680 13,150
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 65,550 12,980
Personal Care and Service Occupations 24,600 10,020
Retail Salespersons 27,210 9,130
Healthcare Support Occupations 26,960 8,240
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 26,650 8,160
Cashiers 20,610 7,220
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 80,530 7,020
Customer Service Representatives 31,270 6,710
Registered Nurses 55,310 6,200
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 18,840 6,090
Protective Service Occupations 38,710 5,990
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 68,350 5,960
Waiters and Waitresses 19,740 5,470
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 33,030 5,240
Office Clerks, General 29,180 4,930
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 25,110 4,700
Nursing Assistants 24,000 4,470
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 26,590 4,310
Personal Care Aides 20,980 4,190
General and Operations Managers 99,330 3,790
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 41,520 3,640
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 27,010 3,600
Community and Social Service Occupations 40,220 3,580
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 36,370 3,330
Team Assemblers 32,430 3,320
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 43,960 3,160
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 37,530 2,930
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 52,790 2,870
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 69,460 2,840
Food Preparation Workers 19,560 2,760
Cooks, Fast Food 18,420 2,660
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 40,450 2,660
Substitute Teachers 31,000 2,560
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 27,360 2,550
Accountants and Auditors 64,780 2,540
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 52,400 2,520
Receptionists and Information Clerks 26,050 2,370
Construction Laborers 28,460 2,370
Cooks, Restaurant 21,890 2,260

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Wichita, Kansas Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 43,280 296,980
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 34,260 48,020
Production Occupations 42,380 31,200
Sales and Related Occupations 36,280 27,930
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 42,610 17,870
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 71,420 17,330
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 33,770 17,190
Construction and Extraction Occupations 41,080 14,210
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 47,430 13,750
Management Occupations 95,680 13,150
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 65,550 12,980
Retail Salespersons 27,210 9,130
Healthcare Support Occupations 26,960 8,240
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 26,650 8,160
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 80,530 7,020
Customer Service Representatives 31,270 6,710
Registered Nurses 55,310 6,200
Protective Service Occupations 38,710 5,990
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 68,350 5,960
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 33,030 5,240
Office Clerks, General 29,180 4,930
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 25,110 4,700
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 26,590 4,310
General and Operations Managers 99,330 3,790
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 41,520 3,640
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 27,010 3,600
Community and Social Service Occupations 40,220 3,580
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 36,370 3,330
Team Assemblers 32,430 3,320
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 43,960 3,160
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 37,530 2,930
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 52,790 2,870
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 69,460 2,840
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 40,450 2,660
Substitute Teachers 31,000 2,560
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 27,360 2,550
Accountants and Auditors 64,780 2,540
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 52,400 2,520
Receptionists and Information Clerks 26,050 2,370
Construction Laborers 28,460 2,370
Aerospace Engineers 100,060 2,040
Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 26,180 1,880
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 32,380 1,860
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 29,370 1,810
Machinists 42,200 1,810
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 63,380 1,760
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 53,190 1,720
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 68,870 1,720
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 51,720 1,650
Electricians 53,180 1,630

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