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Wheeling Employment

Employment and Industries in the Wheeling, West Virginia Area

The iron, steel and coal sectors still have important roles in the Wheeling region economy. Severstal-Wheeling is one of the largest steel companies in the world and provides a large number of jobs. There are also primary metal facilities, custom mills, machine shops and mold shops situated in the area. Other industries providing jobs include cleaning supplies, paper, dairy products, optical goods, tools, pipe fittings, welding equipment and bath fixtures. In addition, close to Wheeling are facilities for Miles, Inc., Ormet Aluminum and PPG.

Wheeling is also involved with technology. Wheeling's Touchstone Research Laboratory has developed numerous technologies for their clients, which are located all over the world.

The major employment sectors in Wheeling, West Virginia are healthcare, educational services, accommodation and food services, metal and metal products; professional, scientific and technical services; and finance and insurance. Management, professional and related occupations (31% of the workforce). Sales and office occupations (25% of the jobs).

Noteworthy details regarding Wheeling, West Virginia: Adult population which has achieved a bachelor's degree or higher: 23%. Cost of living in 2008: 80.9 (national average: 100). Average salary in 2009: $26,000.

The major job providers in Wheeling, West Virginia:

  • Ohio Valley Health Services and Education
  • Oglebay Resort Conference Center
  • Wheeling Hospital Inc
  • Wheeling Island Gaming, Inc
  • Ohio Valley Medical Center Incorporated
  • Aladdin Food Management Services, Inc
  • Northwood Health Systems, Inc
  • Spi Healthcare
  • Severstal Wheeling, Inc
  • Kalkreuth Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc
  • HVHC Inc
  • Wesbanco Bank, Inc
  • Ogden News Publishing of West Virginia
  • Sledd Company, Chas M
  • Wheeling Health Right, Inc
  • Tri-State Machine, Inc
  • Jim Robinson Inc

Companies in Wheeling can collaborate with helpful associations such as:

The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register is a good resource regarding local business and industry news.

Most Popular Jobs in Wheeling, 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 1,770 $46,670 $32,070 - 65,280 24% 56%
2 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 810 $60,960 $15,560 - 107,890 8% 51%
3 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 680 $44,390 $28,120 - 61,440 6% 96%
4 Elementary school teachers, except special education 450 $43,300 $22,520 - 61,900 14% 95%
5 Accountants and auditors 390 $55,640 $32,680 - 92,840 18% 79%
6 Social and human service assistants 260 $18,210 $14,610 - 24,180 34% 58%
7 Chief executives 230 $109,570 $43,640 - 2% 65%
8 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 200 $43,560 $27,580 - 64,030 17% 56%
9 Financial managers 180 $81,870 $36,280 - 132,370 13% 60%
10 Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 170 $52,080 $22,530 - 97,020 25% 67%
11 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 170 $41,930 $26,600 - 59,600 11% 95%
12 Pharmacists 130 $99,560 $83,570 - 126,060 22% 97%
13 Lawyers 130 $89,490 $46,730 - 164,230 11% 99%
14 Rehabilitation counselors 130 $27,900 $17,100 - 47,800 23% 73%
15 Sales managers 120 $77,150 $39,450 - 132,150 10% 69%
16 Medical and health services managers 120 $67,530 $43,260 - 99,190 16% 57%
17 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 120 $39,520 $27,980 - 55,870 20% 87%
18 Coaches and scouts 120 $32,030 $14,480 - 63,660 15% 60%
19 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 110 $70,400 $49,420 - 90,420 8% 78%
20 Teachers and instructors, all other 110 $43,680 $21,520 - 61,780 9% 54%
21 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 110 $43,030 $18,300 - 65,190 13% 73%
22 Computer systems analysts 100 $60,430 $32,560 - 103,850 29% 68%
23 Vocational education teachers, secondary school 100 $49,040 $35,890 - 63,680 -5% 96%
24 Special education teachers, secondary school 100 $39,990 $22,770 - 60,410 9% 87%
25 Public relations specialists 100 $28,040 $14,870 - 46,010 18% 81%
26 Mental health and substance abuse social workers 100 $26,620 $18,870 - 37,130 30% 77%
27 Managers, all other 90 $77,530 $33,730 - 157,800 7% 55%
28 Network and computer systems administrators 90 $50,800 $32,860 - 79,690 27% 50%
29 Computer and information systems managers 80 $94,410 $59,840 - 131,470 16% 73%
30 Computer programmers 80 $57,040 $34,220 - 86,990 -4% 73%
31 Social and community service managers 80 $45,510 $24,490 - 70,450 25% 72%
32 Physical therapists 70 $69,890 $46,090 - 99,740 27% 89%
33 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 70 $44,580 $25,240 - 77,090 5% 58%
34 Market research analysts 70 $41,220 $22,680 - 60,470 20% 82%
35 Computer software engineers, applications 60 $64,060 $38,480 - 86,370 45% 85%
36 Legislators 60 $37,950 $14,790 - 76,860 1% 65%
37 Librarians 60 $36,750 $16,740 - 58,480 4% 85%
38 Training and development specialists 60 $34,970 $20,970 - 59,900 18% 56%
39 Mental health counselors 60 $33,600 $22,110 - 58,090 30% 73%
40 Sales and related workers, all other 60 $0 $ - 14% 62%
41 Industrial engineers 50 $69,640 $46,090 - 97,340 20% 74%
42 Education administrators, postsecondary 50 $67,870 $31,250 - 107,370 14% 78%
43 Mechanical engineers 50 $62,470 $36,580 - 92,890 4% 78%
44 Medical and public health social workers 50 $37,200 $29,680 - 44,230 24% 77%
45 Meeting and convention planners 50 $34,570 $15,030 - 56,480 20% 67%
46 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 50 $33,510 $21,820 - 42,260 15% 51%
47 Graphic designers 50 $31,640 $14,910 - 60,880 10% 55%
48 Advertising sales agents 50 $0 $ - 20% 56%
49 Dentists, general 40 $170,960 $73,620 - 9% 100%
50 Marketing managers 40 $112,080 $59,210 - 14% 69%
51 Electrical engineers 40 $81,890 $64,410 - 101,780 6% 81%
52 Occupational health and safety specialists 40 $63,630 $29,600 - 92,100 8% 72%
53 Civil engineers 40 $60,410 $37,720 - 86,910 18% 87%
54 Postmasters and mail superintendents 40 $56,990 $41,630 - 76,490 -1% 55%
55 Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors 40 $34,820 $26,410 - 47,510 34% 73%
56 Floral designers 40 $19,000 $16,050 - 22,910 -9% 55%
57 Physician assistants 30 $79,460 $38,760 - 126,630 27% 67%
58 Occupational therapists 30 $61,870 $40,850 - 86,390 23% 90%
59 Management analysts 30 $61,210 $32,890 - 111,580 22% 78%
60 Health and safety engineers, except mining safety engineers and inspectors 30 $59,070 $39,310 - 76,080 10% 74%
61 Computer specialists, all other 30 $57,600 $16,600 - 99,070 15% 68%
62 Speech-language pathologists 30 $53,760 $38,580 - 71,940 11% 98%
63 Financial specialists, all other 30 $51,690 $30,750 - 82,850 12% 50%
64 Social workers, all other 30 $34,330 $21,410 - 63,900 18% 77%
65 Education, training, and library workers, all other 30 $27,380 $21,010 - 37,460 11% 79%
66 Tax preparers 30 $17,850 $14,150 - 27,290 -8% 54%

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 2,330 $21,090 $14,670 - 31,960 12% 25%
2 Cashiers 2,180 $16,440 $14,420 - 19,980 -3% 10%
3 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 2,170 $15,730 $14,330 - 17,870 18% 5%
4 Office clerks, general 2,120 $23,260 $14,960 - 35,850 13% 19%
5 Waiters and waitresses 1,590 $15,980 $14,230 - 18,230 11% 14%
6 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 1,350 $22,680 $14,790 - 36,770 2% 5%
7 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 1,140 $20,790 $16,320 - 25,920 18% 7%
8 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 1,120 $20,590 $14,550 - 30,680 15% 4%
9 Customer service representatives 1,010 $23,990 $15,010 - 37,400 25% 22%
10 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 940 $22,980 $15,440 - 32,380 1% 18%
11 Stock clerks and order fillers 930 $19,110 $14,490 - 26,690 -8% 8%
12 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 770 $30,620 $23,290 - 40,340 14% 7%
13 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 730 $26,300 $15,330 - 39,410 13% 16%
14 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 690 $30,850 $17,080 - 52,540 10% 4%
15 Home health aides 660 $17,880 $14,630 - 25,400 49% 7%
16 Personal and home care aides 640 $16,930 $14,380 - 20,080 51% 10%
17 Maintenance and repair workers, general 630 $28,250 $15,930 - 47,920 10% 6%
18 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 580 $35,730 $20,330 - 55,320 6% 29%
19 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 570 $34,830 $24,740 - 48,460 15% 18%
20 Security guards 570 $19,790 $14,780 - 26,220 17% 13%
21 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 550 $33,570 $21,490 - 50,250 4% 25%
22 Tellers 550 $19,850 $15,440 - 25,200 14% 16%
23 General and operations managers 530 $69,500 $29,760 - 114,440 2% 48%
24 Cooks, restaurant 530 $18,700 $14,920 - 24,220 12% 5%
25 Receptionists and information clerks 510 $20,460 $15,100 - 26,540 17% 13%
26 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 500 $29,820 $17,620 - 48,520 11% 14%
27 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 490 $17,940 $14,670 - 23,420 13% 5%
28 Electricians 470 $49,290 $26,460 - 76,520 7% 7%
29 Food preparation workers 450 $17,710 $14,720 - 23,430 15% 7%
30 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 430 $35,790 $18,420 - 60,540 8% 3%
31 Carpenters 410 $32,110 $15,660 - 49,470 10% 6%
32 Construction laborers 410 $29,660 $17,660 - 43,630 11% 5%
33 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 410 $24,430 $14,920 - 38,970 8% 4%
34 Bartenders 370 $15,830 $14,220 - 17,590 11% 17%
35 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 340 $20,290 $15,010 - 26,770 11% 5%
36 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 330 $18,880 $14,600 - 26,490 12% 6%
37 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 310 $36,090 $21,470 - 52,480 11% 33%
38 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 300 $26,150 $18,350 - 34,850 4% 15%
39 Teacher assistants 300 $21,460 $15,020 - 31,210 10% 18%
40 Dishwashers 300 $16,220 $14,520 - 19,170 10% 3%
41 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 290 $28,120 $16,010 - 40,550 14% 4%
42 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 280 $53,130 $26,840 - 83,250 7% 13%
43 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 270 $50,150 $26,600 - 86,030 -5% 15%
44 Industrial machinery mechanics 270 $45,650 $27,940 - 62,500 9% 5%
45 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 270 $19,500 $14,650 - 25,130 18% 6%
46 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 270 $17,400 $14,280 - 23,320 10% 8%
47 Packers and packagers, hand 250 $19,460 $14,450 - 35,460 -12% 3%
48 Cooks, fast food 240 $16,270 $14,360 - 19,610 8% 5%
49 Amusement and recreation attendants 240 $15,620 $14,070 - 16,330 24% 22%
50 Radiologic technologists and technicians 220 $40,190 $26,870 - 54,410 15% 25%
51 Insurance sales agents 210 $45,310 $21,770 - 84,960 13% 45%
52 Business operations specialists, all other 210 $40,790 $15,170 - 76,400 21% 49%
53 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 210 $15,390 $14,280 - 16,700 12% 6%
54 Medical assistants 200 $22,270 $15,640 - 29,820 35% 10%
55 Child care workers 200 $16,560 $14,130 - 20,170 18% 15%
56 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 200 $16,160 $14,310 - 19,270 10% 17%
57 Computer support specialists 190 $36,160 $21,470 - 51,710 13% 43%
58 Pharmacy technicians 190 $24,670 $17,530 - 32,220 32% 16%
59 Bus drivers, school 190 $24,410 $15,920 - 32,640 9% 4%
60 Medical secretaries 190 $24,230 $17,210 - 33,040 17% 18%
61 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 190 $23,650 $15,280 - 38,040 4% 6%
62 Driver/sales workers 190 $19,030 $14,580 - 30,410 -5% 4%
63 Postal service mail carriers 190 $0 $ - 1% 11%
64 Machinists 180 $34,180 $25,100 - 50,360 -3% 3%
65 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 170 $39,580 $24,940 - 59,560 5% 2%
66 Fire fighters 170 $22,630 $15,680 - 33,670 12% 18%
67 Counter and rental clerks 170 $20,870 $14,740 - 33,820 23% 16%
68 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 160 $63,220 $33,540 - 99,130 9% 10%
69 Maintenance workers, machinery 160 $42,870 $30,990 - 52,790 -1% 0%
70 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 160 $33,210 $21,540 - 54,220 11% 4%
71 Preschool teachers, except special education 160 $21,380 $15,230 - 25,280 26% 43%
72 Paralegals and legal assistants 150 $39,610 $25,900 - 56,420 22% 45%
73 Electrical power-line installers and repairers 140 $56,810 $38,540 - 72,980 7% 6%
74 Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines 140 $37,160 $21,640 - 52,970 12% 3%
75 Couriers and messengers 140 $20,650 $14,120 - 30,370 -0% 12%
76 Recreation workers 140 $18,320 $14,230 - 26,380 13% 47%
77 Sales representatives, services, all other 130 $46,120 $24,450 - 79,350 28% 48%
78 Parts salespersons 130 $26,900 $15,410 - 44,780 -2% 6%
79 Insurance claims and policy processing clerks 130 $26,250 $21,040 - 31,860 -1% 22%
80 Emergency medical technicians and paramedics 130 $24,250 $17,060 - 38,730 19% 14%
81 Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 130 $17,070 $14,290 - 21,150 10% 5%
82 Industrial production managers 120 $76,190 $42,560 - 122,190 -6% 43%
83 Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators 120 $41,740 $26,990 - 70,190 9% 47%
84 Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 120 $35,630 $21,130 - 50,240 12% 3%
85 Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 120 $24,820 $17,960 - 33,020 10% 24%
86 Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 120 $21,500 $14,490 - 31,580 27% 47%
87 Cooks, short order 120 $19,970 $15,000 - 25,310 5% 5%
88 Taxi drivers and chauffeurs 120 $18,430 $15,120 - 23,130 13% 15%
89 Dental hygienists 110 $45,070 $33,010 - 55,880 30% 33%
90 Respiratory therapists 110 $44,240 $34,950 - 54,720 23% 28%
91 Roofers 110 $40,440 $19,210 - 58,650 14% 3%
92 Highway maintenance workers 110 $32,980 $21,700 - 42,130 9% 5%
93 Funeral attendants 110 $18,480 $14,040 - 22,730 14% 29%
94 Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 110 $17,030 $14,760 - 20,050 17% 14%
95 Family and general practitioners 100 $169,990 $79,760 - 0% 0%
96 First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 100 $46,290 $25,260 - 73,070 10% 17%
97 Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 100 $31,400 $17,530 - 48,910 9% 3%
98 Payroll and timekeeping clerks 100 $28,840 $19,120 - 42,600 3% 18%
99 Bill and account collectors 100 $28,820 $19,040 - 41,870 23% 13%
100 First-line supervisors/managers of personal service workers 100 $26,760 $14,810 - 55,920 16% 26%
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Jobs More Common Near Wheeling Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Funeral attendants 18,480 110 12.1
Maintenance workers, machinery 42,870 160 6.1
Electrical power-line installers and repairers 56,810 140 4.3
Vocational education teachers, secondary school 49,040 100 3.4
Couriers and messengers 20,650 140 3.4
Personal and home care aides 16,930 640 3.4
Rehabilitation counselors 27,900 130 3.3
Highway maintenance workers 32,980 110 2.9
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 35,790 430 2.9
Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines 37,160 140 2.9
Tire repairers and changers 20,870 100 2.8
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 30,620 770 2.7
Respiratory therapists 44,240 110 2.7
Family and general practitioners 169,990 100 2.5
Industrial machinery mechanics 45,650 270 2.5
Radiologic technologists and technicians 40,190 220 2.5
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 20,290 340 2.5
Amusement and recreation attendants 15,620 240 2.4
Tellers 19,850 550 2.3
Roofers 40,440 110 2.2
Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 18,880 330 2.1
Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 43,560 200 2.1
Mental health and substance abuse social workers 26,620 100 2
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 20,790 1,140 2
Social and human service assistants 18,210 260 2
Industrial production managers 76,190 120 1.9
Cooks, short order 19,970 120 1.9
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 15,730 2,170 1.9
Chief executives 109,570 230 1.9
Special education teachers, secondary school 39,990 100 1.8
Emergency medical technicians and paramedics 24,250 130 1.8
Home health aides 17,880 660 1.8
First-line supervisors/managers of personal service workers 26,760 100 1.8
Bartenders 15,830 370 1.7
Coaches and scouts 32,030 120 1.7
Electricians 49,290 470 1.7
Office clerks, general 23,260 2,120 1.7
Taxi drivers and chauffeurs 18,430 120 1.7
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 44,390 680 1.7
Registered nurses 46,670 1,770 1.6
Fire fighters 22,630 170 1.6
Waiters and waitresses 15,980 1,590 1.5
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 53,130 280 1.5
Cashiers 16,440 2,180 1.5
Dental hygienists 45,070 110 1.5
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 29,820 500 1.5
Insurance sales agents 45,310 210 1.5
Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 17,070 130 1.4
Parts salespersons 26,900 130 1.4
Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 39,520 120 1.4

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Teachers and instructors, all other 43,680 1.15 110
Roofers 40,440 1.15 110
Maintenance workers, machinery 42,870 1.14 160
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 39,580 1.12 170
First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 63,220 1.09 160
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 60,960 1.08 810
Electricians 49,290 1.05 470
Electrical power-line installers and repairers 56,810 1.04 140
Industrial machinery mechanics 45,650 1.03 270
Cooks, short order 19,970 1 120
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 29,820 0.99 500
Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 17,400 0.97 270
Teacher assistants 21,460 0.96 300
Packers and packagers, hand 19,460 0.95 250
Construction laborers 29,660 0.95 410
Pharmacists 99,560 0.95 130
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 50,150 0.95 270
Dishwashers 16,220 0.94 300
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 22,680 0.94 1,350
Highway maintenance workers 32,980 0.94 110
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 17,940 0.94 490
Cooks, fast food 16,270 0.94 240
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 53,130 0.93 280
Bus drivers, school 24,410 0.93 190
Accountants and auditors 55,640 0.93 390
Machinists 34,180 0.93 180
Paralegals and legal assistants 39,610 0.92 150
Food preparation workers 17,710 0.92 450
Office clerks, general 23,260 0.91 2,120
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 15,730 0.91 2,170
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 16,160 0.91 200
Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 35,630 0.91 120
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 20,590 0.9 1,120
Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 34,830 0.9 570
Coaches and scouts 32,030 0.9 120
Counter and rental clerks 20,870 0.9 170
Sales representatives, services, all other 46,120 0.89 130
Cashiers 16,440 0.89 2,180
Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 15,390 0.88 210
Financial managers 81,870 0.88 180
Parts salespersons 26,900 0.88 130
Pharmacy technicians 24,670 0.88 190
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 17,030 0.88 110
Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 24,820 0.88 120
Lawyers 89,490 0.87 130
Elementary school teachers, except special education 43,300 0.87 450
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 44,390 0.87 680
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 33,570 0.87 550
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 20,790 0.87 1,140
Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines 37,160 0.86 140

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