What kind of jobs are there in Wichita, KS?

Education is a prominent industry in Wichita. There are several universities, including Wichita State University and the University of Kansas School of Medicine, and the Wichita Public School system is one of the region's largest employers. Meanwhile, Wichita's location in oil and cattle country has created jobs in the energy industry with companies like Berexco LLC and Cargill Meat Solutions.

Wichita is a hub for the aviation industry. Prominent aerospace companies Cessna Aircraft Co. and Spirit AeroSystems Inc. utilize many manufacturers in the Wichita area. The area is also home to McConnell Air Force Base.

The local economy took several big hits over the past few years due to the closing of the Boeing and Hawker Beechcraft facilities. Although Wichita's unemployment rate is lower than the national average, local job growth is lagging behind the national average.

Job Market Index

Index Score: 6.3 /10

How we calculate this.


Wichita has a comparable job market to similarly sized metro areas.

Average Annual Salary


Wichita
$43,880

USA
$50,620

Unemployment Rate 2018

3.7%
of people are without a job

0.2% lower than national average

Unemployment Rate Over Time

Data sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Top Industries in Wichita

Health Care and Social Assistance

Total Employment
37,600
Nursing Aide
Salary: $23k - $32k

Accommodation and Food Services

Total Employment
26,800
Waiter and Waitress
Salary: $18k - $27k

Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services

Total Employment
18,300
Janitor
Salary: $20k - $32k