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Morgantown Employment

Employment and Industries in the Morgantown, West Virginia Area

Morgantown, West Virginia is a prominent regional commercial center. Morgantown is home to West Virginia University. The school has a significant impact on the local economy. The large healthcare industry and the region's high tech corridor are integral parts of the economy. Significant manufacturing industries in Morgantown are pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and glass and glassware.

In Morgantown the top employment sectors are educational services, accommodation and food services, healthcare; professional, scientific and technical services; and construction. Management, professional and related occupations (38% of the workforce). Sales and office occupations (23% of the jobs).

Accolades for Morgantown, West Virginia: Named the #1 small city in the country by bizjournals.com. Forbes named Morgantown as one of the best small metro areas for business and careers. The city was named as one of the top smart places to live by Kiplinger's.

Facts about Morgantown, West Virginia: Average earnings in 2009: $29,000. Cost of living index in 2008: 92.2 (U.S. average: 100). Adult population which has achieved a bachelor's degree or higher: 48%.

The largest employers in Morgantown and the surrounding area:

  • West Virginia University
  • West Virginia University Hospitals
  • Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Inc
  • Monongalia County Board of Education
  • University Health Associates
  • Monongalia General Hospital
  • Teletech Customer Care Management (WV), Inc
  • Walmart
  • Gabriel Brothers Inc
  • Mulberry Street Management Services Inc
  • The Cooperative State Research Education and Extension Service
  • West Virginia Rehabilitation Hospital Inc
  • Synovate, Inc
  • March-Westin Company, Inc
  • Lowe's Home Centers, Inc
  • The Kroger Co

Businesses in Morgantown can collaborate with useful organizations such as:

The Dominion Post is a good resource regarding local business and industry news.

Most Popular Jobs in Morgantown, West Virginia Metro Area (2008 data)

Where the Majority of Workers Have College Degrees

Rank Title Local Jobs Local Mean Salary Typical Local Salary National Growth % 2006-2016 National % With College Degree
1 Accountants and auditors 310 $53,200 $27,330 - 90,830 18% 79%
2 Social and human service assistants 310 $17,690 $14,360 - 23,190 34% 58%
3 Child, family, and school social workers 300 $30,570 $22,040 - 40,860 19% 77%
4 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 270 $54,140 $27,420 - 80,830 8% 51%
5 Civil engineers 230 $57,940 $40,060 - 80,990 18% 87%
6 Elementary school teachers, except special education 230 $41,920 $31,390 - 51,840 14% 95%
7 Chief executives 220 $114,380 $24,160 - 2% 65%
8 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 210 $36,190 $21,810 - 52,260 15% 51%
9 Lawyers 180 $86,260 $54,530 - 125,640 11% 99%
10 Managers, all other 140 $78,860 $36,130 - 127,610 7% 55%
11 Medical and health services managers 140 $69,380 $31,850 - 120,360 16% 57%
12 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 140 $50,580 $27,930 - 81,490 17% 56%
13 Training and development specialists 140 $35,530 $19,350 - 60,730 18% 56%
14 Pharmacists 130 $99,200 $60,690 - 132,240 22% 97%
15 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 130 $41,480 $31,470 - 52,060 11% 95%
16 Financial managers 110 $72,270 $35,890 - 131,840 13% 60%
17 Physical therapists 90 $80,130 $43,740 - 108,010 27% 89%
18 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 90 $36,290 $22,440 - 51,290 13% 73%
19 Physician assistants 80 $69,610 $55,660 - 84,050 27% 67%
20 Occupational health and safety specialists 80 $68,140 $46,360 - 94,480 8% 72%
21 Biological scientists, all other 80 $61,270 $52,580 - 75,290 4% 95%
22 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 80 $54,570 $34,660 - 79,770 8% 78%
23 Computer programmers 80 $51,590 $28,590 - 75,800 -4% 73%
24 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 80 $49,480 $27,820 - 66,350 12% 51%
25 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 80 $42,840 $25,780 - 65,590 5% 58%
26 Medical and public health social workers 80 $42,460 $29,020 - 61,470 24% 77%
27 Public relations specialists 80 $40,580 $26,420 - 67,440 18% 81%
28 Social scientists and related workers, all other 60 $60,770 $38,550 - 79,510 5% 90%
29 Network and computer systems administrators 60 $53,710 $33,920 - 83,420 27% 50%
30 Speech-language pathologists 60 $47,000 $32,010 - 66,720 11% 98%
31 Social and community service managers 60 $42,950 $29,560 - 60,280 25% 72%
32 Network systems and data communications analysts 60 $42,910 $26,440 - 64,690 53% 57%
33 Sales and related workers, all other 60 $36,210 $16,890 - 72,890 14% 62%
34 Engineering managers 50 $118,190 $85,220 - 162,510 7% 84%
35 Computer and information systems managers 50 $95,750 $55,750 - 146,540 16% 73%
36 Human resources managers, all other 50 $78,570 $51,150 - 108,810 11% 58%
37 Computer software engineers, applications 50 $72,330 $41,650 - 114,150 45% 85%
38 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 50 $38,770 $26,490 - 55,090 18% 56%
39 Librarians 50 $0 $ - 4% 85%
40 Sales managers 40 $134,130 $31,390 - 10% 69%
41 Computer hardware engineers 40 $70,320 $53,000 - 87,360 5% 70%
42 Occupational therapists 40 $66,400 $42,330 - 100,810 23% 90%
43 Database administrators 40 $55,600 $27,870 - 84,290 29% 72%
44 Environmental scientists and specialists, including health 40 $53,930 $33,210 - 91,350 25% 93%
45 Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists 40 $43,310 $25,610 - 58,930 16% 99%
46 Health educators 40 $42,000 $25,640 - 69,010 26% 58%
47 Graphic designers 40 $35,690 $22,700 - 51,780 10% 55%
48 Natural sciences managers 30 $101,530 $66,890 - 140,280 11% 93%
49 Management analysts 30 $68,660 $43,360 - 95,580 22% 78%
50 Budget analysts 30 $57,030 $33,700 - 80,290 7% 78%
51 Instructional coordinators 30 $46,140 $19,600 - 66,420 23% 79%
52 Mental health counselors 30 $28,890 $17,760 - 44,710 30% 73%
53 Education, training, and library workers, all other 30 $26,060 $21,840 - 32,540 11% 79%

Where the Majority of Workers Do Not Have College Degrees

Rank Title Local Jobs Local Mean Salary Typical Local Salary National Growth % 2006-2016 National % With College Degree
1 Retail salespersons 2,150 $21,220 $14,330 - 32,940 12% 25%
2 Office clerks, general 1,820 $24,870 $15,200 - 36,050 13% 19%
3 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 1,510 $15,340 $14,040 - 16,610 18% 5%
4 Cashiers 1,450 $16,290 $14,070 - 19,380 -3% 10%
5 Waiters and waitresses 1,310 $17,490 $14,160 - 24,360 11% 14%
6 Maintenance and repair workers, general 1,040 $32,440 $16,470 - 51,080 10% 6%
7 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 1,000 $20,780 $16,220 - 26,140 18% 7%
8 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 890 $21,910 $14,690 - 33,930 2% 5%
9 Stock clerks and order fillers 830 $21,060 $14,690 - 30,610 -8% 8%
10 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 710 $32,310 $21,590 - 41,740 10% 4%
11 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 690 $29,640 $17,780 - 45,300 13% 16%
12 Construction laborers 670 $27,210 $18,990 - 44,930 11% 5%
13 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 660 $21,140 $14,750 - 32,340 15% 4%
14 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 610 $26,200 $16,350 - 40,580 1% 18%
15 Carpenters 560 $29,660 $14,590 - 52,990 10% 6%
16 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 530 $31,680 $26,590 - 39,470 14% 7%
17 General and operations managers 470 $71,390 $35,600 - 125,390 2% 48%
18 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 460 $43,350 $23,270 - 66,090 6% 29%
19 Cooks, restaurant 450 $19,060 $15,430 - 24,000 12% 5%
20 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 450 $17,670 $14,220 - 24,700 13% 5%
21 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 440 $22,400 $14,980 - 34,450 11% 14%
22 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 430 $29,920 $17,630 - 47,360 4% 25%
23 Food preparation workers 430 $18,880 $14,490 - 26,600 15% 7%
24 Bus drivers, school 410 $21,840 $17,460 - 26,220 9% 4%
25 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 380 $35,470 $21,490 - 52,880 8% 3%
26 Bartenders 360 $18,530 $14,080 - 29,340 11% 17%
27 Security guards 350 $22,350 $14,830 - 32,300 17% 13%
28 Personal and home care aides 340 $16,890 $14,330 - 19,710 51% 10%
29 Tellers 330 $20,450 $16,060 - 26,110 14% 16%
30 Correctional officers and jailers 320 $45,390 $34,010 - 59,530 17% 11%
31 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 310 $21,230 $14,800 - 29,940 8% 4%
32 Electricians 290 $40,340 $26,680 - 60,820 7% 7%
33 Helpers--production workers 290 $30,370 $15,310 - 47,130 -1% 4%
34 Customer service representatives 290 $25,090 $14,840 - 37,720 25% 22%
35 Receptionists and information clerks 290 $19,230 $14,730 - 25,680 17% 13%
36 Medical assistants 250 $22,410 $17,120 - 29,770 35% 10%
37 Home health aides 250 $16,330 $14,140 - 19,220 49% 7%
38 Machinists 220 $32,340 $21,740 - 40,210 -3% 3%
39 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 220 $27,950 $16,840 - 41,990 14% 4%
40 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 220 $15,910 $14,140 - 18,450 10% 8%
41 Business operations specialists, all other 210 $61,600 $30,230 - 87,630 21% 49%
42 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 210 $54,290 $33,170 - 79,720 7% 13%
43 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 210 $26,120 $18,940 - 35,940 4% 15%
44 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 210 $21,880 $14,780 - 33,830 12% 6%
45 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 210 $20,300 $16,070 - 25,360 11% 5%
46 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 210 $18,970 $14,310 - 26,640 18% 6%
47 Computer support specialists 200 $40,300 $22,660 - 56,410 13% 43%
48 Driver/sales workers 200 $24,150 $14,270 - 47,350 -5% 4%
49 Teacher assistants 200 $21,530 $15,710 - 27,350 10% 18%
50 Pharmacy technicians 190 $26,580 $17,150 - 38,150 32% 16%
51 Counter and rental clerks 190 $18,490 $14,120 - 25,710 23% 16%
52 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 190 $16,450 $14,320 - 19,440 10% 17%
53 Physicians and surgeons, all other 180 $160,660 $92,180 - 0% 0%
54 Dishwashers 180 $16,390 $14,210 - 19,950 10% 3%
55 Radiologic technologists and technicians 170 $43,400 $30,250 - 60,600 15% 25%
56 Water and liquid waste treatment plant and system operators 170 $31,040 $18,750 - 51,240 14% 8%
57 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 160 $35,700 $17,610 - 48,580 -7% 14%
58 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 160 $34,380 $22,130 - 49,300 11% 33%
59 Preschool teachers, except special education 160 $27,540 $18,770 - 38,400 26% 43%
60 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 160 $16,700 $14,130 - 21,670 12% 6%
61 Child care workers 160 $15,630 $14,100 - 18,450 18% 15%
62 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 150 $59,020 $41,380 - 81,850 -5% 15%
63 Packers and packagers, hand 150 $0 $ - -12% 3%
64 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 140 $63,660 $40,990 - 86,050 9% 10%
65 Production, planning, and expediting clerks 140 $34,400 $22,170 - 50,920 4% 30%
66 Postal service mail carriers 140 $0 $ - 1% 11%
67 Dental assistants 130 $23,770 $17,180 - 31,270 29% 9%
68 Amusement and recreation attendants 130 $19,540 $14,490 - 25,900 24% 22%
69 Chemical technicians 120 $41,520 $26,460 - 56,290 6% 37%
70 Insurance sales agents 120 $39,350 $23,460 - 65,240 13% 45%
71 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 120 $33,330 $16,380 - 50,380 4% 6%
72 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 120 $29,160 $20,650 - 43,810 5% 2%
73 Data entry keyers 120 $26,200 $16,680 - 38,400 -5% 18%
74 Computer operators 120 $25,410 $16,210 - 37,440 -25% 27%
75 Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 120 $21,210 $14,890 - 30,820 10% 5%
76 Medical transcriptionists 110 $31,390 $21,180 - 43,240 14% 10%
77 Automotive body and related repairers 110 $29,560 $18,130 - 39,940 12% 3%
78 Sales representatives, services, all other 100 $48,610 $25,090 - 102,050 28% 48%
79 Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 100 $35,490 $23,710 - 48,340 9% 3%
80 Legal secretaries 100 $31,450 $22,230 - 40,320 12% 18%
81 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 100 $18,840 $14,240 - 24,700 14% 3%
82 Electrical and electronic engineering technicians 90 $51,580 $30,630 - 79,240 4% 18%
83 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 90 $47,420 $23,400 - 74,630 0% 42%
84 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 90 $37,550 $19,520 - 64,310 11% 4%
85 Food service managers 90 $36,730 $27,730 - 48,790 5% 24%
86 Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 90 $26,170 $16,020 - 34,140 12% 3%
87 Parts salespersons 90 $20,440 $14,230 - 30,620 -2% 6%
88 Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 90 $17,090 $14,490 - 20,090 17% 14%
89 Family and general practitioners 80 $151,560 $94,270 - 0% 0%
90 Administrative services managers 80 $56,510 $30,840 - 87,010 12% 40%
91 Loan officers 70 $67,160 $38,160 - 99,770 12% 49%
92 First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 70 $44,530 $27,960 - 64,870 10% 17%
93 Team assemblers 70 $36,060 $24,240 - 46,610 0% 5%
94 Dental hygienists 60 $52,070 $36,710 - 77,980 30% 33%
95 Logisticians 60 $47,590 $28,890 - 66,090 17% 43%
96 Medical equipment repairers 60 $37,070 $21,680 - 58,060 22% 15%
97 Mail clerks and mail machine operators, except postal service 60 $23,180 $14,360 - 32,010 -12% 9%
98 Bakers 60 $20,570 $15,450 - 28,020 10% 8%
99 Nonfarm animal caretakers 60 $15,950 $14,130 - 19,790 18% 16%
100 First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 50 $59,910 $41,710 - 78,440 4% 38%
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Jobs More Common Near Morgantown Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Chemical technicians 41,520 120 6.5
Water and liquid waste treatment plant and system operators 31,040 170 6.3
Correctional officers and jailers 45,390 320 5.4
Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 36,190 210 4.7
Medical transcriptionists 31,390 110 4.7
Child, family, and school social workers 30,570 300 3.8
Computer operators 25,410 120 3.8
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 35,470 380 3.6
Bus drivers, school 21,840 410 3.4
Social and human service assistants 17,690 310 3.3
Civil engineers 57,940 230 2.8
Radiologic technologists and technicians 43,400 170 2.7
Maintenance and repair workers, general 32,440 1,040 2.7
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 31,680 530 2.6
Chief executives 114,380 220 2.5
Automotive body and related repairers 29,560 110 2.5
Personal and home care aides 16,890 340 2.5
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 20,780 1,000 2.4
Bartenders 18,530 360 2.4
Physicians and surgeons, all other 160,660 180 2.2
Construction laborers 27,210 670 2.2
Helpers--production workers 30,370 290 2.2
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 20,300 210 2.2
Training and development specialists 35,530 140 2.2
Carpenters 29,660 560 2.1
Office clerks, general 24,870 1,820 2.1
Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 50,580 140 2.1
Pharmacy technicians 26,580 190 2
Tellers 20,450 330 1.9
Machinists 32,340 220 1.9
Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 21,880 210 1.9
Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 21,210 120 1.9
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 15,340 1,510 1.9
Amusement and recreation attendants 19,540 130 1.8
Driver/sales workers 24,150 200 1.8
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 22,400 440 1.8
Waiters and waitresses 17,490 1,310 1.8
Medical and health services managers 69,380 140 1.8
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 16,450 190 1.7
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 17,670 450 1.7
Medical assistants 22,410 250 1.7
Production, planning, and expediting clerks 34,400 140 1.7
Food preparation workers 18,880 430 1.7
Cooks, restaurant 19,060 450 1.7
Pharmacists 99,200 130 1.6
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 54,290 210 1.6
Retail salespersons 21,220 2,150 1.6
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 32,310 710 1.5
Electricians 40,340 290 1.5
Stock clerks and order fillers 21,060 830 1.4

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Helpers--production workers 30,370 1.29 290
Correctional officers and jailers 45,390 1.2 320
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 33,330 1.17 120
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 59,020 1.12 150
First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 63,660 1.1 140
Preschool teachers, except special education 27,540 1.08 160
Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 21,210 1.07 120
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 35,700 1.07 160
Amusement and recreation attendants 19,540 1.06 130
Business operations specialists, all other 61,600 1.05 210
Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 36,190 1.02 210
Data entry keyers 26,200 1.01 120
Chemical technicians 41,520 0.99 120
Food preparation workers 18,880 0.98 430
Office clerks, general 24,870 0.98 1,820
Medical transcriptionists 31,390 0.97 110
Teacher assistants 21,530 0.97 200
First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 43,350 0.96 460
Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 16,700 0.96 160
Computer support specialists 40,300 0.96 200
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 54,140 0.96 270
Bartenders 18,530 0.95 360
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 54,290 0.95 210
Managers, all other 78,860 0.95 140
Dishwashers 16,390 0.95 180
Pharmacy technicians 26,580 0.95 190
Pharmacists 99,200 0.95 130
Maintenance and repair workers, general 32,440 0.94 1,040
Waiters and waitresses 17,490 0.93 1,310
Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 50,580 0.93 140
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 16,450 0.93 190
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 29,640 0.93 690
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 17,670 0.92 450
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 21,140 0.92 660
Stock clerks and order fillers 21,060 0.92 830
Driver/sales workers 24,150 0.92 200
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 21,910 0.91 890
Physicians and surgeons, all other 160,660 0.9 180
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 26,200 0.9 610
Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 15,910 0.89 220
Accountants and auditors 53,200 0.89 310
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 15,340 0.89 1,510
Security guards 22,350 0.89 350
Cashiers 16,290 0.88 1,450
Cooks, restaurant 19,060 0.88 450
Machinists 32,340 0.88 220
Construction laborers 27,210 0.88 670
Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 21,880 0.87 210
Retail salespersons 21,220 0.87 2,150
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 20,780 0.87 1,000

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