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Parkersburg Employment

Employment and Industries in the Parkersburg, West Virginia Area

The leading manufacturing sectors in Parkersburg, West Virginia are chemicals, glass, ferrous metals, laboratory equipment, aluminum products, tools, wooden products and plastics. Educational services and healthcare are also significant economic forces. In addition, Parkersburg is located in a major agricultural region which includes fruit, vegetables and dairying. Parkersburg is also a shipping center.

The top job providing sectors in Parkersburg are healthcare, construction, accommodation and food services, education, chemicals, and the government. Sales and office occupations (28% of the jobs). Management, professional and related occupations (23% of the labor force).

In Parkersburg, there are numerous popular jobs where the majority of the workers have a college degree including registered nurses, teachers, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives; social and human service assistants; child, family and school social workers; computer specialists, human resources, training and labor relations specialists; and medical and health services managers.

Noteworthy information regarding Parkersburg, West Virginia: Adult population holding a bachelor's degree or better: 12%. Average earnings in 2009: $25,000. Cost of living index in 2008: 81.9 (U.S. average: 100).

The largest employers in Parkersburg, West Virginia:

  • Camden Clark Memorial Hospital Corporation
  • St Joseph Hospital of Parkersburg
  • United Construction Company, Inc
  • Treasury Franchise Fund, US
  • Mountain State Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Inc
  • West Virginia Department of Transportation
  • Winans Services
  • Extras Support Staffing
  • Civic Development Group, LLC
  • Walmart, Stores, Inc
  • City of Parkersburg
  • West Virginia University at Parkersburg
  • Teknetix, Inc
  • West Virginia Rehabilitation Services Inc
  • The Ogden Newspapers Inc
  • Eaglecare, Inc
  • Central Distributing
  • Larry Simmons Inc

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Parkersburg News and Sentinel offers details about the local business community.

Most Popular Jobs in Parkersburg, 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 Registered nurses 1,700 $49,630 $34,760 - 65,830 24% 56%
2 Elementary school teachers, except special education 980 $44,370 $32,160 - 57,620 14% 95%
3 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 570 $47,600 $32,800 - 64,090 6% 96%
4 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 570 $45,760 $18,170 - 81,600 8% 51%
5 Accountants and auditors 500 $63,830 $32,130 - 96,000 18% 79%
6 Social and human service assistants 300 $21,290 $14,350 - 37,250 34% 58%
7 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 290 $43,710 $29,720 - 58,450 11% 95%
8 Child, family, and school social workers 290 $28,710 $20,450 - 38,460 19% 77%
9 Computer specialists, all other 280 $75,660 $55,880 - 99,530 15% 68%
10 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 230 $62,640 $39,180 - 87,860 17% 56%
11 Chief executives 210 $116,530 $32,570 - 2% 65%
12 Medical and health services managers 160 $77,940 $47,370 - 117,910 16% 57%
13 Management analysts 160 $76,660 $62,120 - 97,730 22% 78%
14 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 160 $67,810 $46,450 - 84,170 8% 78%
15 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 150 $45,060 $31,270 - 60,290 20% 87%
16 Financial managers 140 $76,360 $31,750 - 127,900 13% 60%
17 Pharmacists 120 $105,950 $89,130 - 127,320 22% 97%
18 Civil engineers 120 $67,290 $42,280 - 101,410 18% 87%
19 Medical and public health social workers 120 $43,580 $28,020 - 59,360 24% 77%
20 Education, training, and library workers, all other 110 $18,440 $14,700 - 24,650 11% 79%
21 Financial specialists, all other 100 $58,260 $32,050 - 80,910 12% 50%
22 Speech-language pathologists 100 $54,620 $38,840 - 75,400 11% 98%
23 Vocational education teachers, secondary school 100 $41,700 $29,260 - 53,820 -5% 96%
24 Sales managers 90 $82,200 $52,670 - 114,100 10% 69%
25 Managers, all other 90 $81,710 $32,000 - 124,960 7% 55%
26 Special education teachers, secondary school 90 $48,000 $34,730 - 63,880 9% 87%
27 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 90 $45,350 $24,340 - 65,000 13% 73%
28 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 90 $44,440 $33,150 - 58,200 12% 51%
29 Lawyers 80 $92,280 $38,960 - 11% 99%
30 Electrical engineers 80 $83,140 $53,020 - 107,770 6% 81%
31 Industrial engineers 80 $70,120 $41,110 - 101,560 20% 74%
32 Training and development specialists 80 $45,870 $27,860 - 66,200 18% 56%
33 Chemical engineers 70 $91,660 $60,570 - 128,680 8% 91%
34 Physical therapists 70 $88,120 $56,400 - 128,630 27% 89%
35 Mechanical engineers 70 $72,040 $40,930 - 101,180 4% 78%
36 Librarians 70 $42,730 $28,250 - 60,040 4% 85%
37 Teachers and instructors, all other 70 $40,160 $20,970 - 65,790 9% 54%
38 Graphic designers 70 $37,290 $25,620 - 58,240 10% 55%
39 Mental health counselors 70 $33,510 $17,930 - 57,630 30% 73%
40 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 70 $32,120 $25,180 - 39,750 15% 51%
41 Instructional coordinators 60 $61,660 $38,590 - 82,590 23% 79%
42 Network and computer systems administrators 60 $51,640 $24,070 - 85,720 27% 50%
43 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 60 $42,220 $27,630 - 61,690 5% 58%
44 Special education teachers, middle school 60 $40,970 $30,780 - 54,980 16% 87%
45 Advertising sales agents 60 $38,870 $16,540 - 51,550 20% 56%
46 Mental health and substance abuse social workers 60 $30,090 $21,480 - 48,530 30% 77%
47 Floral designers 60 $0 $ - -9% 55%
48 Engineering managers 50 $98,530 $57,960 - 132,890 7% 84%
49 Physician assistants 50 $85,930 $66,580 - 106,740 27% 67%
50 Public relations specialists 50 $55,470 $19,480 - 114,080 18% 81%
51 Social and community service managers 50 $36,850 $25,720 - 50,120 25% 72%
52 Legislators 50 $27,320 $14,240 - 16,600 1% 65%
53 Self-enrichment education teachers 50 $26,130 $16,960 - 39,770 23% 54%
54 Computer systems analysts 40 $72,820 $33,770 - 129,460 29% 68%
55 Computer programmers 40 $56,150 $37,310 - 90,500 -4% 73%
56 Coaches and scouts 40 $34,500 $17,990 - 49,130 15% 60%
57 Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists 40 $0 $ - 16% 99%
58 Detectives and criminal investigators 30 $45,420 $27,140 - 81,430 17% 54%
59 Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists 30 $36,390 $22,290 - 57,810 11% 58%
60 Sales and related workers, all other 30 $26,930 $16,780 - 52,290 14% 62%

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 2,620 $21,700 $14,450 - 32,840 12% 25%
2 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 2,570 $15,710 $14,270 - 18,000 18% 5%
3 Cashiers 2,160 $16,500 $14,260 - 20,040 -3% 10%
4 Office clerks, general 2,010 $23,340 $15,290 - 32,830 13% 19%
5 Customer service representatives 1,980 $25,070 $16,330 - 33,290 25% 22%
6 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 1,390 $31,330 $17,990 - 46,490 10% 4%
7 Waiters and waitresses 1,240 $16,560 $14,300 - 20,910 11% 14%
8 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 1,210 $21,270 $14,680 - 30,000 2% 5%
9 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 1,050 $21,690 $14,960 - 31,930 15% 4%
10 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 1,050 $19,030 $15,020 - 24,740 18% 7%
11 Stock clerks and order fillers 1,020 $20,930 $14,770 - 29,860 -8% 8%
12 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 900 $25,620 $15,260 - 38,740 1% 18%
13 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 840 $29,640 $17,700 - 43,640 13% 16%
14 Electrical power-line installers and repairers 770 $48,620 $28,680 - 76,760 7% 6%
15 Construction laborers 770 $26,590 $14,480 - 51,760 11% 5%
16 Maintenance and repair workers, general 700 $33,260 $17,400 - 57,290 10% 6%
17 Industrial truck and tractor operators 680 $26,460 $17,860 - 39,350 -2% 2%
18 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 650 $30,740 $23,690 - 39,150 14% 7%
19 General and operations managers 630 $80,700 $30,240 - 141,020 2% 48%
20 Carpenters 600 $39,810 $23,070 - 63,490 10% 6%
21 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 600 $33,100 $20,550 - 48,770 4% 25%
22 Electricians 550 $44,280 $23,990 - 75,630 7% 7%
23 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 520 $43,230 $22,830 - 71,140 6% 29%
24 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 480 $48,970 $28,200 - 75,680 -5% 15%
25 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 480 $26,290 $16,390 - 42,510 11% 14%
26 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 460 $25,670 $15,320 - 46,890 8% 4%
27 Cooks, restaurant 460 $18,430 $14,740 - 24,110 12% 5%
28 Home health aides 450 $17,190 $14,320 - 20,780 49% 7%
29 Business operations specialists, all other 430 $57,860 $37,220 - 79,560 21% 49%
30 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 430 $32,530 $21,190 - 53,460 8% 3%
31 Personal and home care aides 430 $15,650 $14,120 - 18,500 51% 10%
32 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 420 $25,750 $14,790 - 40,670 14% 4%
33 Security guards 400 $27,580 $15,090 - 42,440 17% 13%
34 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 390 $34,760 $21,810 - 50,130 15% 18%
35 Team assemblers 380 $24,000 $15,360 - 37,640 0% 5%
36 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 370 $16,970 $14,320 - 20,820 13% 5%
37 Receptionists and information clerks 360 $20,730 $15,200 - 29,010 17% 13%
38 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 350 $20,300 $14,540 - 30,120 11% 5%
39 Tellers 350 $20,150 $15,260 - 26,600 14% 16%
40 Child care workers 350 $16,360 $14,100 - 21,500 18% 15%
41 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 340 $52,800 $28,360 - 82,170 7% 13%
42 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 340 $25,770 $18,280 - 35,690 4% 15%
43 Food preparation workers 340 $17,380 $14,310 - 23,310 15% 7%
44 Teacher assistants 310 $19,860 $14,760 - 27,580 10% 18%
45 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 300 $20,680 $15,070 - 30,290 18% 6%
46 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 290 $43,130 $27,900 - 62,590 11% 33%
47 Driver/sales workers 290 $22,670 $14,580 - 42,330 -5% 4%
48 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 280 $26,890 $16,800 - 38,980 4% 6%
49 Medical assistants 280 $22,360 $16,050 - 31,510 35% 10%
50 Packers and packagers, hand 270 $19,350 $15,320 - 20,780 -12% 3%
51 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 260 $51,940 $34,630 - 76,840 9% 10%
52 Sheet metal workers 260 $42,660 $22,220 - 62,810 7% 4%
53 Bartenders 250 $16,960 $14,390 - 22,070 11% 17%
54 Counter and rental clerks 230 $22,120 $14,480 - 37,030 23% 16%
55 Cooks, fast food 230 $16,140 $14,760 - 18,990 8% 5%
56 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 220 $31,790 $21,810 - 43,320 5% 2%
57 Postal service mail carriers 220 $0 $ - 1% 11%
58 Insurance sales agents 210 $43,070 $21,790 - 90,340 13% 45%
59 Extruding and drawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 210 $25,710 $17,820 - 37,480 -7% 0%
60 Medical secretaries 210 $24,370 $17,400 - 33,190 17% 18%
61 Pharmacy technicians 200 $22,970 $16,340 - 30,630 32% 16%
62 Electrical and electronics repairers, powerhouse, substation, and relay 190 $57,310 $49,780 - 64,510 -5% 0%
63 Dishwashers 190 $16,300 $14,200 - 19,620 10% 3%
64 Radiologic technologists and technicians 180 $38,820 $27,980 - 52,090 15% 25%
65 Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 180 $32,010 $21,440 - 47,070 12% 3%
66 Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 180 $30,470 $18,970 - 38,930 -15% 0%
67 Loan interviewers and clerks 180 $26,580 $18,340 - 37,550 -1% 24%
68 Fire fighters 170 $41,790 $27,390 - 61,450 12% 18%
69 Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 170 $24,840 $14,490 - 39,680 -5% 5%
70 Insurance claims and policy processing clerks 170 $24,200 $17,190 - 32,150 -1% 22%
71 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 170 $18,960 $14,720 - 29,170 12% 6%
72 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 170 $16,720 $14,340 - 20,250 10% 8%
73 First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 160 $45,640 $26,450 - 66,700 10% 17%
74 Paralegals and legal assistants 160 $37,490 $26,500 - 48,950 22% 45%
75 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 160 $29,960 $16,700 - 47,500 -7% 14%
76 Industrial production managers 150 $93,750 $45,570 - 145,910 -6% 43%
77 Loan officers 150 $51,280 $29,210 - 87,750 12% 49%
78 Food batchmakers 150 $32,700 $15,290 - 47,540 11% 5%
79 Wellhead pumpers 150 $25,480 $19,850 - 31,130 -12% 0%
80 Parts salespersons 140 $28,040 $17,900 - 39,730 -2% 6%
81 Legal secretaries 140 $27,110 $21,060 - 33,550 12% 18%
82 Helpers--production workers 140 $25,240 $16,260 - 39,280 -1% 4%
83 Dental assistants 140 $24,570 $17,720 - 31,450 29% 9%
84 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 140 $20,510 $14,830 - 29,200 14% 3%
85 Food servers, nonrestaurant 140 $17,380 $14,740 - 22,250 16% 9%
86 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 130 $55,090 $35,550 - 79,720 0% 42%
87 All other information and record clerks 130 $33,730 $18,810 - 50,270 -13% 21%
88 Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 130 $30,220 $20,970 - 40,970 9% 3%
89 Emergency medical technicians and paramedics 130 $21,690 $15,420 - 30,710 19% 14%
90 Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 130 $17,770 $14,520 - 22,450 10% 5%
91 Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators 120 $51,880 $23,360 - 80,150 9% 47%
92 Kindergarten teachers, except special education 120 $45,900 $33,240 - 61,730 16% 43%
93 Mixing and blending machine setters, operators, and tenders 120 $39,060 $21,530 - 62,530 -5% 4%
94 Water and liquid waste treatment plant and system operators 120 $38,500 $25,770 - 51,200 14% 8%
95 Human resources assistants, except payroll and timekeeping 120 $36,540 $25,280 - 48,880 11% 29%
96 Machinists 120 $34,400 $16,860 - 56,870 -3% 3%
97 Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 120 $17,570 $14,440 - 23,310 17% 14%
98 Family and general practitioners 110 $176,100 $75,010 - 0% 0%
99 Cost estimators 110 $55,360 $29,020 - 82,510 19% 32%
100 Word processors and typists 110 $33,860 $27,310 - 39,350 -12% 19%
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Jobs More Common Near Parkersburg Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Wellhead pumpers 25,480 150 66.7
Electrical and electronics repairers, powerhouse, substation, and relay 57,310 190 32.6
Electrical power-line installers and repairers 48,620 770 21.2
Septic tank servicers and sewer pipe cleaners 31,450 100 15.9
Extruding and drawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 25,710 210 6.4
Food batchmakers 32,700 150 4.1
Sheet metal workers 42,660 260 3.6
Education, training, and library workers, all other 18,440 110 3.2
Vocational education teachers, secondary school 41,700 100 3.1
Computer specialists, all other 75,660 280 2.9
Water and liquid waste treatment plant and system operators 38,500 120 2.9
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 32,530 430 2.6
Family and general practitioners 176,100 110 2.5
Industrial truck and tractor operators 26,460 680 2.4
Highway maintenance workers 34,220 100 2.4
Child, family, and school social workers 28,710 290 2.4
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 20,300 350 2.3
Industrial production managers 93,750 150 2.2
Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 62,640 230 2.2
Mixing and blending machine setters, operators, and tenders 39,060 120 2.1
Social and human service assistants 21,290 300 2.1
Library assistants, clerical 21,530 100 2
Personal and home care aides 15,650 430 2
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 30,740 650 2
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 15,710 2,570 2
Speech-language pathologists 54,620 100 2
Word processors and typists 33,860 110 1.9
Medical and public health social workers 43,580 120 1.9
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 31,330 1,390 1.9
Radiologic technologists and technicians 38,820 180 1.8
Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines 38,130 100 1.8
Electricians 44,280 550 1.8
Roofers 36,430 100 1.8
Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 30,470 180 1.8
Customer service representatives 25,070 1,980 1.8
Loan interviewers and clerks 26,580 180 1.8
Driver/sales workers 22,670 290 1.7
Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 67,810 160 1.7
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 48,970 480 1.7
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 52,800 340 1.7
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 19,030 1,050 1.6
Emergency medical technicians and paramedics 21,690 130 1.6
Construction laborers 26,590 770 1.6
Kindergarten teachers, except special education 45,900 120 1.6
Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 32,010 180 1.6
Installation, maintenance, and repair workers, all other 24,690 100 1.6
Food servers, nonrestaurant 17,380 140 1.6
First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 45,640 160 1.6
Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 45,060 150 1.6
Chief executives 116,530 210 1.5

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Food batchmakers 32,700 1.27 150
Mixing and blending machine setters, operators, and tenders 39,060 1.21 120
Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 62,640 1.16 230
Computer specialists, all other 75,660 1.12 280
Security guards 27,580 1.09 400
Word processors and typists 33,860 1.08 110
Family and general practitioners 176,100 1.07 110
Accountants and auditors 63,830 1.07 500
Helpers--production workers 25,240 1.07 140
Industrial production managers 93,750 1.06 150
Human resources assistants, except payroll and timekeeping 36,540 1.05 120
Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 30,470 1.05 180
Management analysts 76,660 1.04 160
Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 55,090 1.04 130
Sheet metal workers 42,660 1.02 260
All other information and record clerks 33,730 1.02 130
Carpenters 39,810 1.02 600
Pharmacists 105,950 1.01 120
Fire fighters 41,790 0.99 170
Cost estimators 55,360 0.99 110
Business operations specialists, all other 57,860 0.98 430
Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 20,510 0.98 140
Maintenance and repair workers, general 33,260 0.97 700
Electrical and electronics repairers, powerhouse, substation, and relay 57,310 0.97 190
Kindergarten teachers, except special education 45,900 0.97 120
First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 43,230 0.96 520
Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 24,840 0.95 170
Counter and rental clerks 22,120 0.95 230
Packers and packagers, hand 19,350 0.95 270
Medical and public health social workers 43,580 0.95 120
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 21,690 0.95 1,050
Dishwashers 16,300 0.95 190
Water and liquid waste treatment plant and system operators 38,500 0.95 120
Electricians 44,280 0.94 550
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 26,890 0.94 280
Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 16,720 0.94 170
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 47,600 0.93 570
Machinists 34,400 0.93 120
Cooks, fast food 16,140 0.93 230
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 52,800 0.93 340
Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators 51,880 0.93 120
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 29,640 0.93 840
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 48,970 0.93 480
Medical and health services managers 77,940 0.92 160
Civil engineers 67,290 0.92 120
Parts salespersons 28,040 0.92 140
Office clerks, general 23,340 0.92 2,010
Stock clerks and order fillers 20,930 0.92 1,020
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 15,710 0.91 2,570
Recreation workers 21,880 0.91 110

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