dcsimg

Asheville Employment

Employment and Industries in the Asheville, North Carolina Area

Asheville is the economic hub for the western part of North Carolina. Asheville's economy includes manufacturing industries such as furniture, textiles, electrical products and printed products. Other sectors playing important roles for the economy include healthcare, tourism, and the government. The developing technology sector has also been adding jobs in the city.

The major fields of employment in Asheville are healthcare, education, construction, professional, scientific and technical services; social assistance, and accommodation and food services. Management, professional and related occupations comprise 36% of the workforce. Sales and office occupations comprise 21% of the labor force.

Praise for Asheville: The city has been ranked as the #1 place to live by Relocate-America.com. Rated the 7th best place to live in the nation in Frommer's "Cities Ranked and Rated" list. Ranked 23rd out of 200 metro areas for business and careers by Forbes.

Facts about Asheville, North Carolina: Regarding the adult residents, 30% have earned a bachelor's degree or higher. In 2008 the cost of living index was 91.3 (nation's average: 100). In 2009 the average salary in Asheville was $30,000.

The Asheville region's primary employers are provided below:

  • Mission-St. Joseph's Health System
  • Baxter Healthcare
  • Drexel Heritage
  • Cone Mills Corp
  • Champion International
  • Ingles Markets Inc
  • ITT Automotive, Sterling Diagnostic Imaging, Inc
  • General Electric Lighting Systems
  • Grove Park Inn Resort
  • Pillowtex Corp., Sonopress, Inc
  • Eaton Culter Hammer
  • J. Crew Group
  • Biltmore Estate
  • Collins & Aikman
  • Wilsonart International
  • VA Hospital
  • American Thread Co
  • Ecusta Division of P.H. Glatfelter Co

Helpful organizations offering to work with local businesses include:

The Citizen-Times is a good resource for keeping up-to-date regarding Asheville business and industry news.

Jobs in Asheville

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations191430$41,210$19.81100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations28340$33,580$16.1514.35
3Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations24770$24,390$11.728.55
4Sales and Related Occupations22100$34,050$16.379.9
5Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations16790$78,860$37.915.8
6Production Occupations14710$35,030$16.845.7
7Transportation and Material Moving Occupations11140$33,190$15.966.55
8Education, Training, and Library Occupations10440$42,340$20.366.05
9Healthcare Support Occupations8810$29,210$14.043
10Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations7900$43,390$20.863.8
11Retail Salespersons7730$26,940$12.952.85
12Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations7210$25,540$12.283.65
13Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food7000$19,380$9.322.3
14Cashiers6470$21,260$10.222.2
15Construction and Extraction Occupations6290$37,250$17.914.45
16Registered Nurses6190$62,880$30.231.95
17Management Occupations5930$103,930$49.976.15
18Business and Financial Operations Occupations5890$63,870$30.715.25
19Personal Care and Service Occupations5690$26,300$12.644.3
20Waiters and Waitresses5610$26,630$12.81.7
21Nursing Assistants4200$26,610$12.791
22Protective Service Occupations4070$37,370$17.972.2
23Customer Service Representatives3630$29,730$14.291.75
24Office Clerks, General3590$29,010$13.951.9
25Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand3380$28,390$13.651.7
26Stock Clerks and Order Fillers3150$27,340$13.151.3
27Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive3010$34,360$16.521.5
28Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners2830$23,600$11.351.55
29Cooks, Restaurant2610$27,350$13.150.8
30Community and Social Service Occupations2590$44,200$21.251.65
31Architecture and Engineering Occupations2560$63,520$30.541.7
32Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers2300$28,730$13.810
33Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners2250$21,240$10.210.9
34Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks2150$37,790$18.171.05
35First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers2070$43,460$20.91
36Computer and Mathematical Occupations2040$69,970$33.642.9
37General and Operations Managers2030$116,790$56.151.5
38First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers2010$35,530$17.080.6
39Receptionists and Information Clerks1920$28,350$13.630.7
40Maintenance and Repair Workers, General1890$38,430$18.470.9
41Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products1850$56,140$26.990.9
42Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers1840$42,880$20.621.2
43First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers1830$50,240$24.160.95
44Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations1800$42,400$20.391.8
45Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers1510$28,620$13.760.8
46Food Preparation Workers1420$21,730$10.450.6
47Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers1280$35,710$17.170.6
48Home Health Aides1260$22,760$10.940.7
49Personal Care Aides1110$24,180$11.621.5
50Medical Assistants1110$31,590$15.190.45
51Sales Representatives, Services, All Other1090$64,100$30.820.6
52Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses1080$41,970$20.180.5
53Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop1060$20,280$9.750.3
54Electrical, Electronic, and Electromechanical Assemblers, Except Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers1030$33,220$15.970
55Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics1020$39,130$18.810.5
56Firefighters1000$31,200$150.2
57Accountants and Auditors1000$71,400$34.330.9
58Bartenders990$29,660$14.260.4
59Carpenters960$36,440$17.520.7
60Security Guards960$32,060$15.410.7
61Medical Secretaries910$32,790$15.760.4
62Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations910$64,640$31.080.8
63Physicians and Surgeons, All Other900$241,220$115.970.25
64Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers900$44,530$21.410.4
65First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers900$58,540$28.150.4
66Legal Occupations900$57,010$27.410.8
67Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers890$35,310$16.980.3
68Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers860$39,660$19.070.2
69First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers860$52,810$25.390.4
70Childcare Workers850$24,250$11.660.8
71Packers and Packagers, Hand840$22,900$11.010.45
72Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks820$30,820$14.820.4
73Business Operations Specialists, All Other810$56,010$26.930.7
74Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks790$21,790$10.480.2
75Dishwashers790$20,880$10.040.3
76Billing and Posting Clerks790$34,130$16.410.3
77Substitute Teachers720$25,040$12.040
78Construction Laborers710$27,990$13.460.8
79Amusement and Recreation Attendants710$20,440$9.830.2
80Bus Drivers, School or Special Client710$27,890$13.410.3
81Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators690$34,290$16.480.35
82Tellers680$30,410$14.620.3
83First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers680$64,250$30.890.3
84Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education650$32,090$15.430.3
85Pharmacy Technicians630$31,950$15.360.3
86Machinists630$38,920$18.710.25
87Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics630$37,500$18.030.2
88Child, Family, and School Social Workers630$43,220$20.780.2
89Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders630$28,170$13.540.2
90Radiologic Technologists610$50,370$24.210.1
91Electricians600$41,450$19.930.4
92Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers590$22,180$10.660.3
93Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists580$60,470$29.070.4
94Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations570$24,940$11.990.65
95Computer User Support Specialists570$42,920$20.630.4
96Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop560$21,450$10.310.3
97Vocational Education Teachers, Postsecondary550$51,200$24.610.1
98Counter and Rental Clerks540$25,000$12.020.3
99Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic540$39,870$19.170.1
100Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic540$37,020$17.80.1
You are visiting:

Additional Details

Asheville Colleges
Asheville colleges and trade schools.

Jobs More Common Near Asheville Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$41,210191,430
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$33,58028,340
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$24,39024,770
Sales and Related Occupations$34,05022,100
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$78,86016,790
Production Occupations$35,03014,710
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$33,19011,140
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$42,34010,440
Healthcare Support Occupations$29,2108,810
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$43,3907,900
Retail Salespersons$26,9407,730
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$25,5407,210
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$19,3807,000
Cashiers$21,2606,470
Construction and Extraction Occupations$37,2506,290
Registered Nurses$62,8806,190
Management Occupations$103,9305,930
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$63,8705,890
Personal Care and Service Occupations$26,3005,690
Waiters and Waitresses$26,6305,610
Nursing Assistants$26,6104,200
Protective Service Occupations$37,3704,070
Customer Service Representatives$29,7303,630
Office Clerks, General$29,0103,590
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$28,3903,380
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$27,3403,150
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$34,3603,010
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$23,6002,830
Cooks, Restaurant$27,3502,610
Community and Social Service Occupations$44,2002,590
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$63,5202,560
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$28,7302,300
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$21,2402,250
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$37,7902,150
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$43,4602,070
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$69,9702,040
General and Operations Managers$116,7902,030
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$35,5302,010
Receptionists and Information Clerks$28,3501,920
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$38,4301,890
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$56,1401,850
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$42,8801,840
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$50,2401,830
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$42,4001,800
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$28,6201,510
Food Preparation Workers$21,7301,420
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$35,7101,280
Home Health Aides$22,7601,260
Personal Care Aides$24,1801,110
Medical Assistants$31,5901,110

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Asheville, North Carolina Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$41,210191,430
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$33,58028,340
Sales and Related Occupations$34,05022,100
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$78,86016,790
Production Occupations$35,03014,710
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$33,19011,140
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$42,34010,440
Healthcare Support Occupations$29,2108,810
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$43,3907,900
Retail Salespersons$26,9407,730
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$25,5407,210
Construction and Extraction Occupations$37,2506,290
Registered Nurses$62,8806,190
Management Occupations$103,9305,930
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$63,8705,890
Personal Care and Service Occupations$26,3005,690
Waiters and Waitresses$26,6305,610
Nursing Assistants$26,6104,200
Protective Service Occupations$37,3704,070
Customer Service Representatives$29,7303,630
Office Clerks, General$29,0103,590
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$28,3903,380
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$27,3403,150
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$34,3603,010
Cooks, Restaurant$27,3502,610
Community and Social Service Occupations$44,2002,590
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$63,5202,560
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$28,7302,300
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$37,7902,150
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$43,4602,070
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$69,9702,040
General and Operations Managers$116,7902,030
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$35,5302,010
Receptionists and Information Clerks$28,3501,920
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$38,4301,890
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$56,1401,850
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$42,8801,840
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$50,2401,830
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$42,4001,800
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$28,6201,510
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$35,7101,280
Medical Assistants$31,5901,110
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$64,1001,090
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$41,9701,080
Electrical, Electronic, and Electromechanical Assemblers, Except Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers$33,2201,030
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$39,1301,020
Firefighters$31,2001,000
Accountants and Auditors$71,4001,000
Bartenders$29,660990
Carpenters$36,440960

Career and College Resources on CityTownInfo

Real-World Career Reports

Career Stories from workers: daily activities, job tips, best/worst job aspects, training, etc.
Daily Career & Education News from our staff. We're an approved Google News provider!

Career References and Original Articles

Resource Center. A starting point for all CityTownInfo career and college resources.
Career Overviews of hundreds of careers: descriptions, salaries, forecasts, schools, more.
Best Careers Not Requiring Degrees: Good pay, job growth, low need for degrees.
Helpful Articles, many in "how-to" format; e.g., "How to Become a Chef".
Infographics covering employment and educational trends.

College Directories and Lists

These lists link to thousands of detailed school profiles.

Colleges by State. Nearly every college and trade school in the country.
Colleges Listed Alphabetically. About 7,000 colleges & trade schools, including online schools.
Colleges by Major City. Browse cities with multiple college options.
Online Colleges. Colleges with online degree programs.
Graduate Schools by State. Colleges offering graduate degree programs.
Graduate Schools by Major City. Find cities with multiple graduate school options.