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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

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations296330$43,880$21.09100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations46940$35,020$16.8414.35
3Production Occupations30730$44,950$21.615.7
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations28310$21,690$10.438.55
5Sales and Related Occupations27390$35,780$17.29.9
6Education, Training, and Library Occupations18790$44,460$21.386.05
7Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations17270$68,410$32.895.8
8Transportation and Material Moving Occupations16620$34,610$16.646.55
9Construction and Extraction Occupations14540$41,300$19.864.45
10Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations13830$47,470$22.823.8
11Business and Financial Operations Occupations13060$65,960$31.715.25
12Management Occupations12810$98,880$47.546.15
13Personal Care and Service Occupations10470$24,720$11.884.3
14Retail Salespersons8830$25,850$12.432.85
15Healthcare Support Occupations8650$27,810$13.373
16Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations8080$26,500$12.743.65
17Architecture and Engineering Occupations7270$82,710$39.771.7
18Cashiers7260$20,410$9.812.2
19Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food7000$19,650$9.452.3
20Customer Service Representatives6940$32,360$15.561.75
21Protective Service Occupations6300$39,020$18.762.2
22Registered Nurses6220$56,830$27.321.95
23Waiters and Waitresses5840$22,050$10.61.7
24Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive5730$32,720$15.731.5
25Computer and Mathematical Occupations5410$69,880$33.62.9
26Stock Clerks and Order Fillers4880$26,380$12.681.3
27Personal Care Aides4830$21,540$10.361.5
28Nursing Assistants4340$24,180$11.621
29Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners4150$24,860$11.951.55
30Office Clerks, General3820$29,590$14.231.9
31Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand3660$29,840$14.351.7
32Community and Social Service Occupations3610$41,020$19.721.65
33General and Operations Managers3560$95,600$45.961.5
34Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks3420$36,450$17.521.05
35Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations3400$42,440$20.411.8
36First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers3190$53,580$25.760.95
37Maintenance and Repair Workers, General3140$37,300$17.930.9
38Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers3050$43,480$20.91.2
39Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers2950$31,400$15.090
40Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers2800$49,290$23.70.3
41First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers2700$38,590$18.551
42Cooks, Restaurant2650$23,870$11.480.8
43Accountants and Auditors2630$64,610$31.060.9
44Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products2620$69,760$33.540.9
45First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers2520$28,270$13.590.6
46Food Preparation Workers2520$20,670$9.940.6
47Construction Laborers2480$30,390$14.610.8
48Receptionists and Information Clerks2180$27,740$13.340.7
49Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers2000$32,200$15.480.6
50Aerospace Engineers1890$104,710$50.340
51Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks1890$54,710$26.30.2
52Substitute Teachers1890$34,090$16.390
53Industrial Machinery Mechanics1780$57,320$27.560.2
54Sales Representatives, Services, All Other1700$52,300$25.140.6
55Bus Drivers, School or Special Client1680$28,520$13.710.3
56First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers1600$64,640$31.080.4
57Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers1600$27,710$13.320.8
58Legal Occupations1600$69,530$33.430.8
59Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1540$21,390$10.290.9
60Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks1540$32,990$15.860.4
61First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers1520$60,560$29.120.4
62Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers1480$42,710$20.530.3
63Cooks, Fast Food1450$18,850$9.060.3
64Business Operations Specialists, All Other1440$74,480$35.810.7
65Medical Assistants1440$29,530$14.20.45
66Electricians1430$55,570$26.720.4
67Carpenters1420$36,520$17.560.7
68Security Guards1420$31,220$15.010.7
69Machinists1390$42,560$20.460.25
70Billing and Posting Clerks1360$32,120$15.440.3
71Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses1330$43,300$20.820.5
72Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators1280$37,570$18.060.2
73Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics1270$44,270$21.280.5
74Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers1260$47,310$22.740.4
75Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria1220$23,920$11.50.3
76Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters1220$43,900$21.110.3
77Computer User Support Specialists1210$43,410$20.870.4
78Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants1200$51,050$24.540.35
79Tellers1150$25,180$12.110.3
80Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop1070$19,550$9.40.3
81First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers1050$62,830$30.210.3
82Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists1050$63,180$30.370.4
83Counter and Rental Clerks1010$30,590$14.710.3
84Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations990$65,320$31.40.8
85Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment980$25,590$12.30.2
86Driver/Sales Workers930$29,220$14.050.3
87Human Resources Specialists930$60,890$29.270.35
88Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop910$19,120$9.190.3
89Bartenders900$20,320$9.770.4
90Home Health Aides890$25,520$12.270.7
91Medical and Health Services Managers890$94,030$45.210.25
92Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic880$38,980$18.740.1
93First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors880$55,020$26.450
94Industrial Engineers880$88,130$42.370.2
95Chief Executives870$162,350$78.050.2
96Social and Human Service Assistants860$33,220$15.970.25
97Financial Managers840$119,730$57.560.4
98Pharmacy Technicians840$30,740$14.780.3
99Management Analysts810$68,320$32.850.5
100Physicians and Surgeons, All Other800$136,640$65.690.25
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Jobs More Common Near Wichita Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$43,880296,330
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$35,02046,940
Production Occupations$44,95030,730
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$21,69028,310
Sales and Related Occupations$35,78027,390
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$44,46018,790
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$68,41017,270
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$34,61016,620
Construction and Extraction Occupations$41,30014,540
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$47,47013,830
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$65,96013,060
Management Occupations$98,88012,810
Personal Care and Service Occupations$24,72010,470
Retail Salespersons$25,8508,830
Healthcare Support Occupations$27,8108,650
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$26,5008,080
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$82,7107,270
Cashiers$20,4107,260
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$19,6507,000
Customer Service Representatives$32,3606,940
Protective Service Occupations$39,0206,300
Registered Nurses$56,8306,220
Waiters and Waitresses$22,0505,840
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$32,7205,730
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$69,8805,410
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$26,3804,880
Personal Care Aides$21,5404,830
Nursing Assistants$24,1804,340
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$24,8604,150
Office Clerks, General$29,5903,820
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$29,8403,660
Community and Social Service Occupations$41,0203,610
General and Operations Managers$95,6003,560
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$36,4503,420
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$42,4403,400
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$53,5803,190
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$37,3003,140
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$43,4803,050
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$31,4002,950
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers$49,2902,800
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$38,5902,700
Cooks, Restaurant$23,8702,650
Accountants and Auditors$64,6102,630
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$69,7602,620
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$28,2702,520
Food Preparation Workers$20,6702,520
Construction Laborers$30,3902,480
Receptionists and Information Clerks$27,7402,180
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$32,2002,000
Aerospace Engineers$104,7101,890

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$43,880296,330
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$35,02046,940
Production Occupations$44,95030,730
Sales and Related Occupations$35,78027,390
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$44,46018,790
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$68,41017,270
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$34,61016,620
Construction and Extraction Occupations$41,30014,540
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$47,47013,830
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$65,96013,060
Management Occupations$98,88012,810
Retail Salespersons$25,8508,830
Healthcare Support Occupations$27,8108,650
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$26,5008,080
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$82,7107,270
Customer Service Representatives$32,3606,940
Protective Service Occupations$39,0206,300
Registered Nurses$56,8306,220
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$32,7205,730
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$69,8805,410
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$26,3804,880
Office Clerks, General$29,5903,820
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$29,8403,660
Community and Social Service Occupations$41,0203,610
General and Operations Managers$95,6003,560
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$36,4503,420
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$42,4403,400
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$53,5803,190
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$37,3003,140
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$43,4803,050
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$31,4002,950
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers$49,2902,800
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$38,5902,700
Accountants and Auditors$64,6102,630
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$69,7602,620
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$28,2702,520
Construction Laborers$30,3902,480
Receptionists and Information Clerks$27,7402,180
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$32,2002,000
Aerospace Engineers$104,7101,890
Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks$54,7101,890
Substitute Teachers$34,0901,890
Industrial Machinery Mechanics$57,3201,780
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$52,3001,700
Bus Drivers, School or Special Client$28,5201,680
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$64,6401,600
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$27,7101,600
Legal Occupations$69,5301,600
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks$32,9901,540
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers$60,5601,520

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