Another crucial factor in McPherson's industrial success is its workforce, which local business executives consistently cite as one of the city's strongest assets. 

McPherson industries import labor from all adjacent counties, drawing from a workforce of over 500,000 people.  Commuting to our community is easy and fast being located at the intersection of two highways (I-135 and US-56). 




Major Communities Importing Labor to McPherson Businesses  
Community Population Travel Time to McPherson (minutes)
Wichita 382,368 45
Hutchinson 42,080 20
Salina 47,707 30
Newton 19,132 30

Many of the city's workers are McPherson natives and products of a public school system that ranks higher than state and national averages. All graduates of McPherson Public Schools are required to obtain a Silver Level on the WorkReady certificate in order to graduate, as part of an agreement that made our school system the first in the nation to opt out of No Child Left Behind. 

The workforce also benefits from our two four-year colleges - McPherson College and Central Christian College.  These schools produce high-quality graduates whose skill sets dovetail perfectly with the needs of local manufacturers. 

In addition, Hutchinson Community College (HCC) has a great breadth of training available for manufacturing and other industrial businesses. HCC offers classes both for college credit or as non-credit offerings, to address any of your workforce needs. 

HCC is the lead institution in the state of Kansas for the Manufacturing Skills Certificate in which students cover Shop Math, Precision Measurement, Blueprint Reading, Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing, Workplace Safety and Employability Skills. To build on that they offer additional training in Mechanical, Electrical, Welding, Construction, Fluid Power, Supervisory Skills, Communication, Teamwork, Workplace Safety, Lean Manufacturing, etc.  Furthermore, if your business has other specialized needs, they work with businesses to develop specialized training.

County Labor Workforce
McPherson 17,359
Harvey 17,131
Marion 6,456
Reno 34,104
Rice 6,110
Saline 31,521


McPherson County & Adjacent County Labor  
Description McPherson County

Adjacent Counties, including     McPherson County

Civilian Labor Force 17,359 111,009
Employment 16,665 106,857
Unemployment 694 5,820
Unemployment Rate 4.0% 5.2%


McPherson County Commuting Patterns (Total Workforce)  
County of Residence

Working in McPherson County

Percentage of Workforce
McPherson County 12,427 80%
Reno County 853 5.5%
Harvey County 539 3.5%
Saline County 491 3.2%
Marion County 334 2.2%
Rice County 333 2.2%


McPherson County Wage Levels  
Position Entry Level/ hour Experienced/ hour
Electricians $16.30 $26.70
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, ... $14.00 $18.20
Line Supervisors $18.60 $28.70
Machinists $14.10 $23.90
Milling & Planing Machine Setters, Operators & Tenders - Metal & Plastics $19.50 $23.00
Office Clerks $  9.80 $15.40
Production Helpers $  8.20 $11.10
Welders, Cutters, Solderers & Brazers $12.50 $19.20