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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

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 185430 $40330 $19.39 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 27120 $33180 $15.95 14.8
3 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 24240 $21970 $10.56 8.3
4 Sales and Related Occupations 20880 $34620 $16.64 10.15
5 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 16170 $78490 $37.74 5.75
6 Production Occupations 14900 $33940 $16.32 5.85
7 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 11400 $32050 $15.41 6.45
8 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 10160 $41760 $20.08 6.15
9 Healthcare Support Occupations 9240 $28830 $13.86 3.05
10 Retail Salespersons 7530 $26020 $12.51 3.1
11 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 7120 $24520 $11.79 3.7
12 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 7120 $41550 $19.98 3.8
13 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 6990 $18860 $9.07 2.15
14 Registered Nurses 5920 $62050 $29.83 1.9
15 Cashiers 5780 $21040 $10.12 2.25
16 Management Occupations 5760 $102670 $49.36 6.05
17 Construction and Extraction Occupations 5650 $35870 $17.24 4.4
18 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 5630 $63150 $30.36 5.05
19 Waiters and Waitresses 5390 $21600 $10.38 1.6
20 Personal Care and Service Occupations 4890 $26640 $12.81 4.1
21 Nursing Assistants 4240 $25270 $12.15 1.05
22 Protective Service Occupations 4110 $35810 $17.22 2.25
23 Office Clerks, General 3750 $28900 $13.9 2
24 Customer Service Representatives 3550 $29820 $14.34 1.75
25 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 3550 $26980 $12.97 1.6
26 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 2990 $26930 $12.95 1.2
27 Team Assemblers 2790 $29880 $14.36 0.75
28 Community and Social Service Occupations 2680 $41560 $19.98 1.65
29 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 2580 $63230 $30.4 1.65
30 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 2550 $23010 $11.06 1.6
31 Cooks, Restaurant 2510 $24430 $11.74 0.75
32 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 2440 $34800 $16.73 1.6
33 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 2330 $20150 $9.69 1
34 General and Operations Managers 2040 $115300 $55.43 1.4
35 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 2020 $37910 $18.22 1.1
36 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 1940 $66850 $32.14 2.8
37 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 1940 $43190 $20.77 1
38 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 1890 $33050 $15.89 0.6
39 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 1800 $40680 $19.56 1.2
40 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 1750 $37940 $18.24 0.9
41 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 1740 $48660 $23.39 1
42 Receptionists and Information Clerks 1720 $28590 $13.75 0.7
43 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 1720 $58420 $28.09 1
44 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 1590 $27150 $13.05 0.8
45 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 1520 $40400 $19.43 1.7
46 Home Health Aides 1440 $22760 $10.94 0.7
47 Food Preparation Workers 1420 $20890 $10.04 0.6
48 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 1310 $35580 $17.11 0.6
49 Medical Assistants 1200 $31000 $14.9 0.45
50 Bartenders 1190 $23650 $11.37 0.4
51 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 1150 $37150 $17.86 0.5
52 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 1140 $41860 $20.13 0.5
53 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 1050 $20220 $9.72 0.3
54 Accountants and Auditors 1020 $67900 $32.65 0.9
55 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 1010 $63330 $30.45 0.9
56 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 990 $70340 $33.82 0.6
57 Firefighters 970 $31600 $15.19 0.2
58 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 960 $33330 $16.02 0.3
59 Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks 940 $20460 $9.84 0.2
60 Legal Occupations 910 $61630 $29.63 0.8
61 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 910 $55720 $26.79 0.4
62 Security Guards 910 $27060 $13.01 0.7
63 Carpenters 890 $36910 $17.75 0.6
64 Packers and Packagers, Hand 890 $21340 $10.26 0.45
65 Billing and Posting Clerks 840 $33410 $16.06 0.35
66 Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 840 $238400 $114.62 0.2
67 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 820 $18800 $9.04 0.25
68 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 820 $42460 $20.42 0.45
69 Dishwashers 810 $19870 $9.55 0.3
70 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 770 $55300 $26.59 0.7
71 Medical Secretaries 770 $31800 $15.29 0.4
72 Machinists 770 $34520 $16.6 0.3
73 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 760 $31380 $15.09 0.4
74 Personal Care Aides 750 $24170 $11.62 1.3
75 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 730 $49990 $24.03 0.4
76 Childcare Workers 710 $24740 $11.9 0.8
77 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers 700 $39560 $19.02 0.2
78 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 670 $27180 $13.07 0.3
79 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 660 $32090 $15.43 0.35
80 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 640 $60140 $28.91 0.3
81 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 630 $21010 $10.1 0.3
82 Pharmacy Technicians 630 $31380 $15.09 0.25
83 Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics 620 $37250 $17.91 0.2
84 Construction Laborers 620 $26140 $12.57 0.8
85 Substitute Teachers 620 $26140 $12.57 0
86 Counter and Rental Clerks 610 $25750 $12.38 0.3
87 Amusement and Recreation Attendants 590 $19840 $9.54 0.2
88 Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other 580 $27770 $13.35 0.2
89 Tellers 570 $29370 $14.12 0.3
90 Paralegals and Legal Assistants 560 $39130 $18.81 0.2
91 Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 550 $37440 $18 0.1
92 Social and Human Service Assistants 540 $26800 $12.89 0.3
93 Child, Family, and School Social Workers 540 $43460 $20.89 0.2
94 Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic 530 $36420 $17.51 0.1
95 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 530 $49270 $23.69 0.5
96 Helpers--Production Workers 520 $25280 $12.15 0.3
97 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 520 $62310 $29.96 0.35
98 Vocational Education Teachers, Postsecondary 520 $50760 $24.4 0.1
99 Medical and Health Services Managers 510 $109830 $52.8 0.2
100 Pharmacists 510 $115890 $55.71 0.2
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Jobs More Common Near Asheville Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 40,330 185,430
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 33,180 27,120
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 21,970 24,240
Sales and Related Occupations 34,620 20,880
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 78,490 16,170
Production Occupations 33,940 14,900
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 32,050 11,400
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 41,760 10,160
Healthcare Support Occupations 28,830 9,240
Retail Salespersons 26,020 7,530
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 24,520 7,120
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 41,550 7,120
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 18,860 6,990
Registered Nurses 62,050 5,920
Cashiers 21,040 5,780
Management Occupations 102,670 5,760
Construction and Extraction Occupations 35,870 5,650
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 63,150 5,630
Waiters and Waitresses 21,600 5,390
Personal Care and Service Occupations 26,640 4,890
Nursing Assistants 25,270 4,240
Protective Service Occupations 35,810 4,110
Office Clerks, General 28,900 3,750
Customer Service Representatives 29,820 3,550
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 26,980 3,550
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 26,930 2,990
Team Assemblers 29,880 2,790
Community and Social Service Occupations 41,560 2,680
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 63,230 2,580
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 23,010 2,550
Cooks, Restaurant 24,430 2,510
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 34,800 2,440
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 20,150 2,330
General and Operations Managers 115,300 2,040
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 37,910 2,020
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 66,850 1,940
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 43,190 1,940
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 33,050 1,890
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 40,680 1,800
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 37,940 1,750
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 48,660 1,740
Receptionists and Information Clerks 28,590 1,720
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 58,420 1,720
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 27,150 1,590
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 40,400 1,520
Home Health Aides 22,760 1,440
Food Preparation Workers 20,890 1,420
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 35,580 1,310
Medical Assistants 31,000 1,200
Bartenders 23,650 1,190

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 40,330 185,430
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 33,180 27,120
Sales and Related Occupations 34,620 20,880
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 78,490 16,170
Production Occupations 33,940 14,900
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 32,050 11,400
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 41,760 10,160
Healthcare Support Occupations 28,830 9,240
Retail Salespersons 26,020 7,530
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 41,550 7,120
Registered Nurses 62,050 5,920
Management Occupations 102,670 5,760
Construction and Extraction Occupations 35,870 5,650
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 63,150 5,630
Personal Care and Service Occupations 26,640 4,890
Nursing Assistants 25,270 4,240
Protective Service Occupations 35,810 4,110
Office Clerks, General 28,900 3,750
Customer Service Representatives 29,820 3,550
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 26,980 3,550
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 26,930 2,990
Team Assemblers 29,880 2,790
Community and Social Service Occupations 41,560 2,680
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 63,230 2,580
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 34,800 2,440
General and Operations Managers 115,300 2,040
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 37,910 2,020
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 66,850 1,940
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 43,190 1,940
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 33,050 1,890
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 40,680 1,800
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 37,940 1,750
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 48,660 1,740
Receptionists and Information Clerks 28,590 1,720
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 58,420 1,720
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 27,150 1,590
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 40,400 1,520
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 35,580 1,310
Medical Assistants 31,000 1,200
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 37,150 1,150
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 41,860 1,140
Accountants and Auditors 67,900 1,020
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 63,330 1,010
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 70,340 990
Firefighters 31,600 970
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 33,330 960
Legal Occupations 61,630 910
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 55,720 910
Security Guards 27,060 910
Carpenters 36,910 890

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