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 Occupations64210$44,460$21.38100
2Transportation and Material Moving Occupations7600$35,460$17.056.7
3Office and Administrative Support Occupations7220$36,000$17.3113.75
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations6690$23,650$11.378.7
5Sales and Related Occupations6300$33,950$16.329.5
6Production Occupations6050$38,640$18.575.6
7Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations3420$47,190$22.693.75
8Construction and Extraction Occupations2940$42,520$20.444.6
9Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations2940$88,180$42.45.85
10Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations2660$26,170$12.583.6
11Fast Food and Counter Workers2320$20,920$10.062.45
12Business and Financial Operations Occupations2250$65,260$31.375.35
13Cashiers2130$21,850$10.512.2
14Management Occupations2130$109,160$52.486.35
15Healthcare Support Occupations1980$29,080$13.982.85
16Retail Salespersons1890$28,870$13.882.7
17Stockers and Order Fillers1850$28,910$13.91.25
18Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1680$25,310$12.171.5
19Waiters and Waitresses1460$22,870$111.65
20Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand1350$30,260$14.551.8
21Personal Care and Service Occupations1230$28,110$13.524.65
22Office Clerks, General1150$30,230$14.531.9
23Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers1090$47,750$22.961.2
24Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators1060$43,220$20.780.4
25Computer and Mathematical Occupations990$71,970$34.63
26Community and Social Service Occupations970$48,940$23.531.75
27Protective Service Occupations870$42,750$20.552.2
28Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations800$71,250$34.250.8
29Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations790$47,070$22.631.8
30Maintenance and Repair Workers, General780$41,380$19.90.9
31Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive780$33,710$16.211.4
32Customer Service Representatives750$33,360$16.041.75
33Nursing Assistants740$27,420$13.180.95
34Architecture and Engineering Occupations700$79,120$38.041.7
35Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks670$38,800$18.651.05
36General and Operations Managers660$104,240$50.111.5
37First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers650$52,740$25.360.95
38Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers640$27,070$13.010.1
39First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers620$33,370$16.040.6
40First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers620$45,470$21.860.95
41Home Health and Personal Care Aides580$22,520$10.830
42Cooks, Restaurant530$22,500$10.820.9
43Receptionists and Information Clerks510$28,220$13.570.7
44Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products490$51,600$24.810.85
45Food Preparation Workers460$26,820$12.90.5
46Light Truck Drivers460$40,280$19.360.6
47Accountants and Auditors440$69,990$33.650.9
48Construction Laborers440$32,840$15.790.9
49Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses430$43,990$21.150.5
50Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations410$32,100$15.430.65
51First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers410$66,300$31.870.4
52Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners410$22,590$10.860.9
53Carpenters390$41,400$19.90.6
54Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers390$27,840$13.380.75
55Passenger Vehicle Drivers, Except Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity390$22,550$10.840.3
56First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers370$59,980$28.840.3
57First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers360$61,560$29.60.4
58Print Binding and Finishing Workers360$42,270$20.320
59Industrial Machinery Mechanics340$57,560$27.670.2
60Legal Occupations320$69,050$33.20.8
61Food Servers, Nonrestaurant290$22,870$110.2
62Sales Representatives of Services, Except Advertising, Insurance, Financial Services, and Travel290$56,570$27.20.7
63Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics280$40,110$19.280.5
64Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers280$47,450$22.810.2
65Tellers280$31,230$15.010.25
66Medical Assistants270$33,250$15.980.45
67Shipping, Receiving, and Inventory Clerks270$36,080$17.350.4
68Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists260$54,940$26.410.45
69Billing and Posting Clerks250$36,480$17.540.3
70Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators250$40,060$19.260.25
71Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists230$51,080$24.560.2
72Electricians230$49,040$23.580.45
73Cost Estimators220$65,870$31.670.1
74Counter and Rental Clerks220$29,330$14.10.3
75Dishwashers220$19,010$9.140.3
76Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters220$46,550$22.380.3
77Printing Press Operators210$43,090$20.720.1
78Software Developers and Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers210$90,700$43.610.65
79Pharmacy Technicians200$31,080$14.940.3
80Amusement and Recreation Attendants190$23,160$11.140.2
81Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment190$30,410$14.620.3
82Educational, Guidance, and Career Counselors and Advisors190$59,470$28.590.2
83Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop190$20,220$9.720.3
84Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks190$22,520$10.830.15
85Paralegals and Legal Assistants190$37,280$17.930.2
86Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers190$46,150$22.190.4
87Bartenders180$27,230$13.090.4
88Project Management Specialists and Business Operations Specialists, All Other180$66,170$31.810.7
89Recreation Workers180$25,250$12.140.3
90Sheet Metal Workers180$41,040$19.730.1
91Buyers and Purchasing Agents170$56,020$26.930.25
92Computer User Support Specialists170$42,910$20.630.4
93First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors170$55,440$26.660.3
94Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks170$41,600$200.2
95Dental Assistants160$36,240$17.430.2
96Human Resources Specialists160$57,950$27.860.4
97Security Guards160$28,920$13.910.7
98Childcare Workers150$21,150$10.170.7
99Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers150$19,230$9.240.3
100Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers150$41,540$19.970.35
Source: 2019 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2018-28 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov
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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$44,46064,210
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$35,4607,600
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$36,0007,220
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$23,6506,690
Sales and Related Occupations$33,9506,300
Production Occupations$38,6406,050
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$47,1903,420
Construction and Extraction Occupations$42,5202,940
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$88,1802,940
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$26,1702,660
Fast Food and Counter Workers$20,9202,320
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$65,2602,250
Cashiers$21,8502,130
Management Occupations$109,1602,130
Healthcare Support Occupations$29,0801,980
Retail Salespersons$28,8701,890
Stockers and Order Fillers$28,9101,850
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$25,3101,680
Waiters and Waitresses$22,8701,460
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$30,2601,350
Personal Care and Service Occupations$28,1101,230
Office Clerks, General$30,2301,150
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$47,7501,090
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$43,2201,060
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$71,970990
Community and Social Service Occupations$48,940970
Protective Service Occupations$42,750870
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$71,250800
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$47,070790
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$41,380780
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$33,710780
Customer Service Representatives$33,360750
Nursing Assistants$27,420740
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$79,120700
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$38,800670
General and Operations Managers$104,240660
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$52,740650
Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers$27,070640
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$33,370620
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$45,470620
Home Health and Personal Care Aides$22,520580
Cooks, Restaurant$22,500530
Receptionists and Information Clerks$28,220510
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$51,600490
Food Preparation Workers$26,820460
Light Truck Drivers$40,280460
Accountants and Auditors$69,990440
Construction Laborers$32,840440
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$43,990430
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations$32,100410

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$44,46064,210
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$35,4607,600
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$36,0007,220
Sales and Related Occupations$33,9506,300
Production Occupations$38,6406,050
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$47,1903,420
Construction and Extraction Occupations$42,5202,940
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$88,1802,940
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$26,1702,660
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$65,2602,250
Management Occupations$109,1602,130
Healthcare Support Occupations$29,0801,980
Retail Salespersons$28,8701,890
Stockers and Order Fillers$28,9101,850
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$25,3101,680
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$30,2601,350
Personal Care and Service Occupations$28,1101,230
Office Clerks, General$30,2301,150
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$47,7501,090
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$43,2201,060
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$71,970990
Community and Social Service Occupations$48,940970
Protective Service Occupations$42,750870
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$71,250800
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$47,070790
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$41,380780
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$33,710780
Customer Service Representatives$33,360750
Nursing Assistants$27,420740
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$79,120700
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$38,800670
General and Operations Managers$104,240660
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$52,740650
Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers$27,070640
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$33,370620
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$45,470620
Receptionists and Information Clerks$28,220510
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$51,600490
Food Preparation Workers$26,820460
Light Truck Drivers$40,280460
Accountants and Auditors$69,990440
Construction Laborers$32,840440
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$43,990430
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations$32,100410
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$66,300410
Carpenters$41,400390
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$27,840390
First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers$59,980370
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers$61,560360
Print Binding and Finishing Workers$42,270360

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