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Harrisonburg Employment

Employment and Industries in the Harrisonburg, Virginia Area

James Madison University and Pilgrim's Pride/Wampler Foods have a significant impact on the Harrisonburg economy. The food processing industry is important to the local economy. Other leading industries are educational services, health and social services, arts, entertainment, recreation, and accommodation and food services.

The primary fields of employment in Harrisonburg are educational services, accommodation and food services, healthcare; professional, scientific and technical services; and construction. Management, professional and related occupations (28% of the workforce). Sales and office occupations (24% of the jobs).

The major employers in Greater Harrisonburg:

  • Pilgrim's Pride/Wampler Foods
  • James Madison University
  • Rockingham County School Board
  • Rockingham Memorial Hospital
  • Walmart
  • Rocco Poultry Operations
  • E.I. Dupont De Nemours & Co
  • VF Jeanswear LP
  • Merck & Company Inc
  • R.R. Donnelley and Sons Company

Harrisonburg has a number of popular jobs which are mostly filled by those with college degrees including registered nurses, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives; teachers, educational, vocational and school counselors; computer programmers, training and development specialists, pharmacists, child, family and school social workers; and network systems and data communications analysts.

Noteworthy information about Harrisonburg, Virginia: Expansion Magazine named Harrisonburg a 5 star quality of life metro. Average salary in 2009: $26,000. Cost of living index in 2008: 95.8 (U.S. average: 100). Adult residents holding a bachelor's degree or higher: 31%.

Harrisonburg businesses are invited to work with associations such as:

The Daily News Record provides local business and economic news.

Jobs in Harrisonburg

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations63440$41,080$19.75100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations8960$33,170$15.9514.35
3Production Occupations6890$35,030$16.845.7
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations6780$22,500$10.828.55
5Sales and Related Occupations6050$34,120$16.49.9
6Transportation and Material Moving Occupations5690$37,180$17.886.55
7Education, Training, and Library Occupations4740$59,980$28.846.05
8Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations3100$44,820$21.553.8
9Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations2990$67,050$32.245.8
10Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations2750$24,490$11.773.65
11Construction and Extraction Occupations2680$39,970$19.224.45
12Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food2240$19,580$9.422.3
13Business and Financial Operations Occupations2220$59,700$28.75.25
14Personal Care and Service Occupations2020$26,440$12.714.3
15Retail Salespersons1930$24,880$11.962.85
16Management Occupations1910$102,600$49.336.15
17Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers1860$43,560$20.941.2
18Cashiers1730$20,270$9.742.2
19Waiters and Waitresses1700$20,770$9.991.7
20Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1630$24,200$11.631.55
21Stock Clerks and Order Fillers1490$27,660$13.31.3
22Healthcare Support Occupations1450$29,530$14.23
23Office Clerks, General1250$30,100$14.471.9
24Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers1110$26,970$12.970.1
25Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand980$28,890$13.891.7
26Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations890$43,770$21.041.8
27Protective Service Occupations870$42,640$20.52.2
28Computer and Mathematical Occupations790$67,940$32.662.9
29Customer Service Representatives780$32,200$15.481.75
30Community and Social Service Occupations760$45,330$21.791.65
31Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive710$32,370$15.561.5
32Nursing Assistants690$26,330$12.661
33First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers680$48,810$23.470.95
34Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks660$36,940$17.761.05
35Architecture and Engineering Occupations650$64,910$31.211.7
36First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers610$44,590$21.441
37Maintenance and Repair Workers, General590$38,530$18.530.9
38General and Operations Managers560$94,680$45.521.5
39Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators550$38,150$18.340.35
40Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners550$20,050$9.640.9
41Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products550$58,930$28.330.9
42Food Preparation Workers540$23,980$11.530.6
43Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations520$62,810$30.20.8
44Receptionists and Information Clerks500$28,150$13.530.7
45Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations480$33,180$15.950.65
46First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers460$34,320$16.50.6
47Personal Care Aides420$19,940$9.581.5
48Accountants and Auditors410$69,270$33.30.9
49First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers410$55,440$26.650.4
50Industrial Machinery Mechanics410$54,980$26.430.2
51Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers390$26,400$12.690.8
52Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses390$42,050$20.220.5
53First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers370$57,660$27.720.4
54Construction Laborers360$29,170$14.020.8
55Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors330$41,650$20.020.2
56Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers330$37,070$17.820.3
57Sales Representatives, Services, All Other330$53,220$25.590.6
58Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks330$29,400$14.130.4
59Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists310$46,770$22.480.2
60Billing and Posting Clerks300$35,070$16.860.3
61Bus Drivers, School or Special Client300$36,670$17.630.3
62First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers290$60,480$29.080.3
63Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics270$35,130$16.890.5
64Helpers--Production Workers260$34,010$16.350.3
65Recreation Workers260$23,490$11.290.25
66Tellers250$30,970$14.890.3
67Cooks, Restaurant240$24,450$11.750.8
68Legal Occupations240$85,200$40.960.8
69Carpenters230$39,770$19.120.7
70Childcare Workers230$19,780$9.510.8
71Dishwashers230$19,990$9.610.3
72Food Servers, Nonrestaurant230$20,780$9.990.2
73Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators230$41,360$19.880.2
74Packers and Packagers, Hand220$26,410$12.70.45
75Pharmacy Technicians220$29,300$14.090.3
76Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters220$44,790$21.540.3
77Counter and Rental Clerks210$28,170$13.540.3
78Electricians210$42,970$20.660.4
79First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors210$55,770$26.810
80Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers210$45,990$22.110.2
81Loan Officers210$48,870$23.50.2
82Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers210$46,330$22.280.4
83Printing Press Operators210$36,290$17.450.1
84Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals200$26,520$12.750.2
85Food Processing Workers, All Other200$29,030$13.960
86Medical Assistants200$30,060$14.450.45
87Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks190$19,680$9.460.2
88Parts Salespersons190$35,550$17.090.2
89Amusement and Recreation Attendants180$20,810$100.2
90Security Guards180$34,650$16.660.7
91Sheet Metal Workers180$42,970$20.660.1
92Bartenders170$29,890$14.370.4
93Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria170$24,930$11.990.3
94Home Health Aides170$20,080$9.650.7
95Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop170$19,930$9.580.3
96Cost Estimators160$58,580$28.170.1
97Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors160$46,470$22.340.2
98Human Resources Specialists160$55,550$26.710.35
99Print Binding and Finishing Workers160$38,050$18.290
100Production Workers, All Other160$26,850$12.910.2
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Jobs More Common Near Harrisonburg Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$41,08063,440
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$33,1708,960
Production Occupations$35,0306,890
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$22,5006,780
Sales and Related Occupations$34,1206,050
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$37,1805,690
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$59,9804,740
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$44,8203,100
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$67,0502,990
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$24,4902,750
Construction and Extraction Occupations$39,9702,680
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$19,5802,240
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$59,7002,220
Personal Care and Service Occupations$26,4402,020
Retail Salespersons$24,8801,930
Management Occupations$102,6001,910
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$43,5601,860
Cashiers$20,2701,730
Waiters and Waitresses$20,7701,700
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$24,2001,630
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$27,6601,490
Healthcare Support Occupations$29,5301,450
Office Clerks, General$30,1001,250
Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers$26,9701,110
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$28,890980
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$43,770890
Protective Service Occupations$42,640870
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$67,940790
Customer Service Representatives$32,200780
Community and Social Service Occupations$45,330760
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$32,370710
Nursing Assistants$26,330690
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$48,810680
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$36,940660
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$64,910650
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$44,590610
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$38,530590
General and Operations Managers$94,680560
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$38,150550
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$20,050550
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$58,930550
Food Preparation Workers$23,980540
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$62,810520
Receptionists and Information Clerks$28,150500
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations$33,180480
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$34,320460
Personal Care Aides$19,940420
Accountants and Auditors$69,270410
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$55,440410
Industrial Machinery Mechanics$54,980410

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Harrisonburg, Virginia Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$41,08063,440
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$33,1708,960
Production Occupations$35,0306,890
Sales and Related Occupations$34,1206,050
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$37,1805,690
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$59,9804,740
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$44,8203,100
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$67,0502,990
Construction and Extraction Occupations$39,9702,680
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$59,7002,220
Personal Care and Service Occupations$26,4402,020
Management Occupations$102,6001,910
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$43,5601,860
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$27,6601,490
Healthcare Support Occupations$29,5301,450
Office Clerks, General$30,1001,250
Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers$26,9701,110
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$28,890980
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$43,770890
Protective Service Occupations$42,640870
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$67,940790
Customer Service Representatives$32,200780
Community and Social Service Occupations$45,330760
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$32,370710
Nursing Assistants$26,330690
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$48,810680
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$36,940660
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$64,910650
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$44,590610
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$38,530590
General and Operations Managers$94,680560
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$38,150550
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$58,930550
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$62,810520
Receptionists and Information Clerks$28,150500
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations$33,180480
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$34,320460
Accountants and Auditors$69,270410
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$55,440410
Industrial Machinery Mechanics$54,980410
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$26,400390
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$42,050390
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers$57,660370
Construction Laborers$29,170360
Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors$41,650330
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers$37,070330
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$53,220330
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks$29,400330
Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists$46,770310
Billing and Posting Clerks$35,070300

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