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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

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 61360 $40050 $19.25 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 8610 $32690 $15.72 14.8
3 Production Occupations 6760 $33280 $16 5.85
4 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 6260 $22200 $10.68 8.3
5 Sales and Related Occupations 6070 $34380 $16.53 10.15
6 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 5750 $36130 $17.37 6.45
7 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 4280 $59110 $28.42 6.15
8 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 3140 $43810 $21.06 3.8
9 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 3020 $68690 $33.03 5.75
10 Construction and Extraction Occupations 2660 $38550 $18.54 4.4
11 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 2650 $24840 $11.94 3.7
12 Retail Salespersons 2070 $25090 $12.06 3.1
13 Personal Care and Service Occupations 2020 $25320 $12.17 4.1
14 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 2010 $42600 $20.48 1.2
15 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 1980 $57600 $27.69 5.05
16 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 1850 $18830 $9.05 2.15
17 Management Occupations 1700 $99870 $48.01 6.05
18 Cashiers 1600 $20010 $9.62 2.25
19 Healthcare Support Occupations 1600 $29560 $14.21 3.05
20 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1580 $24020 $11.55 1.6
21 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 1510 $27120 $13.04 1.2
22 Waiters and Waitresses 1430 $21350 $10.27 1.6
23 Office Clerks, General 1320 $29580 $14.22 2
24 Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers 1280 $25720 $12.36 0.1
25 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 1000 $61710 $29.67 2.8
26 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 970 $27170 $13.06 1.6
27 Protective Service Occupations 920 $40270 $19.36 2.25
28 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 820 $43460 $20.89 1.7
29 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 740 $56710 $27.26 1
30 Nursing Assistants 740 $26610 $12.79 1.05
31 Customer Service Representatives 690 $31470 $15.13 1.75
32 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 680 $35330 $16.99 1.1
33 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 670 $32310 $15.53 1.6
34 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 600 $32310 $15.53 0.25
35 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 600 $34530 $16.6 0.9
36 Community and Social Service Occupations 590 $46160 $22.19 1.65
37 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 550 $50590 $24.32 1
38 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 540 $34920 $16.79 0.35
39 General and Operations Managers 540 $93340 $44.87 1.4
40 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 520 $46410 $22.31 1
41 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 500 $20180 $9.7 1
42 Driver/Sales Workers 500 $30040 $14.44 0.3
43 Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 490 $33180 $15.95 0.6
44 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 480 $35450 $17.04 0.6
45 Receptionists and Information Clerks 480 $26430 $12.71 0.7
46 Personal Care Aides 470 $19050 $9.16 1.3
47 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 450 $65190 $31.34 1.65
48 Industrial Machinery Mechanics 420 $46360 $22.29 0.2
49 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 410 $49370 $23.73 0.4
50 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 370 $27720 $13.33 0.8
51 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 370 $29470 $14.17 0.4
52 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 360 $37620 $18.09 0.5
53 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 360 $65970 $31.72 0.9
54 Accountants and Auditors 340 $64840 $31.17 0.9
55 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 340 $25990 $12.5 0.6
56 Cooks, Fast Food 330 $20180 $9.7 0.3
57 Carpenters 330 $39340 $18.91 0.6
58 Food Preparation Workers 330 $21530 $10.35 0.6
59 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 320 $35600 $17.12 0.3
60 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 300 $40770 $19.6 0.5
61 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 300 $53520 $25.73 0.4
62 Recreation Workers 300 $23270 $11.19 0.3
63 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 290 $46990 $22.59 0.6
64 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 290 $63850 $30.7 0.3
65 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 260 $34870 $16.76 0.3
66 Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors 260 $41590 $20 0.2
67 Cooks, Restaurant 260 $24690 $11.87 0.75
68 Tellers 260 $31080 $14.94 0.3
69 Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists 260 $43940 $21.13 0.2
70 Construction Laborers 260 $26570 $12.77 0.8
71 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant 250 $20890 $10.04 0.2
72 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers 240 $45500 $21.88 0.2
73 Loan Officers 230 $46090 $22.16 0.2
74 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 230 $41780 $20.09 0.3
75 Packers and Packagers, Hand 230 $24200 $11.63 0.45
76 Electricians 230 $42560 $20.46 0.4
77 Dishwashers 230 $20510 $9.86 0.3
78 Legal Occupations 220 $68880 $33.11 0.8
79 Home Health Aides 220 $18740 $9.01 0.7
80 Childcare Workers 220 $19090 $9.18 0.8
81 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 220 $44740 $21.51 0.45
82 Parts Salespersons 210 $34300 $16.49 0.2
83 Printing Press Operators 190 $37370 $17.96 0.1
84 Counter and Rental Clerks 190 $33630 $16.17 0.3
85 Sheet Metal Workers 190 $42300 $20.34 0.1
86 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 190 $23640 $11.37 0.3
87 Cost Estimators 180 $57810 $27.79 0.1
88 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 180 $41210 $19.81 0.2
89 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 180 $44590 $21.44 0.3
90 Bartenders 180 $29050 $13.97 0.4
91 Pharmacy Technicians 170 $29220 $14.05 0.25
92 Team Assemblers 170 $35320 $16.98 0.75
93 Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers 170 $36000 $17.31 0.1
94 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 170 $49280 $23.69 0.35
95 Security Guards 170 $33670 $16.19 0.7
96 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 160 $19620 $9.43 0.25
97 Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 160 $45200 $21.73 0.1
98 Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks 160 $20300 $9.76 0.2
99 Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment 150 $22500 $10.82 0.2
100 Interpreters and Translators 150 $44890 $21.58 0
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Jobs More Common Near Harrisonburg Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 40,050 61,360
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 32,690 8,610
Production Occupations 33,280 6,760
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 22,200 6,260
Sales and Related Occupations 34,380 6,070
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 36,130 5,750
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 59,110 4,280
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 43,810 3,140
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 68,690 3,020
Construction and Extraction Occupations 38,550 2,660
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 24,840 2,650
Retail Salespersons 25,090 2,070
Personal Care and Service Occupations 25,320 2,020
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 42,600 2,010
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 57,600 1,980
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 18,830 1,850
Management Occupations 99,870 1,700
Cashiers 20,010 1,600
Healthcare Support Occupations 29,560 1,600
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 24,020 1,580
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 27,120 1,510
Waiters and Waitresses 21,350 1,430
Office Clerks, General 29,580 1,320
Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers 25,720 1,280
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 61,710 1,000
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 27,170 970
Protective Service Occupations 40,270 920
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 43,460 820
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 56,710 740
Nursing Assistants 26,610 740
Customer Service Representatives 31,470 690
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 35,330 680
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 32,310 670
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 32,310 600
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 34,530 600
Community and Social Service Occupations 46,160 590
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 50,590 550
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 34,920 540
General and Operations Managers 93,340 540
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 46,410 520
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 20,180 500
Driver/Sales Workers 30,040 500
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 33,180 490
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 35,450 480
Receptionists and Information Clerks 26,430 480
Personal Care Aides 19,050 470
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 65,190 450
Industrial Machinery Mechanics 46,360 420
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 49,370 410
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 27,720 370

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 40,050 61,360
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 32,690 8,610
Production Occupations 33,280 6,760
Sales and Related Occupations 34,380 6,070
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 36,130 5,750
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 59,110 4,280
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 43,810 3,140
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 68,690 3,020
Construction and Extraction Occupations 38,550 2,660
Retail Salespersons 25,090 2,070
Personal Care and Service Occupations 25,320 2,020
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 42,600 2,010
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 57,600 1,980
Management Occupations 99,870 1,700
Healthcare Support Occupations 29,560 1,600
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 27,120 1,510
Office Clerks, General 29,580 1,320
Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers 25,720 1,280
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 61,710 1,000
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 27,170 970
Protective Service Occupations 40,270 920
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 43,460 820
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 56,710 740
Nursing Assistants 26,610 740
Customer Service Representatives 31,470 690
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 35,330 680
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 32,310 670
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 32,310 600
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 34,530 600
Community and Social Service Occupations 46,160 590
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 50,590 550
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 34,920 540
General and Operations Managers 93,340 540
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 46,410 520
Driver/Sales Workers 30,040 500
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 33,180 490
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 35,450 480
Receptionists and Information Clerks 26,430 480
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 65,190 450
Industrial Machinery Mechanics 46,360 420
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 49,370 410
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 27,720 370
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 29,470 370
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 37,620 360
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 65,970 360
Accountants and Auditors 64,840 340
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 25,990 340
Carpenters 39,340 330
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 35,600 320
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 40,770 300

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