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Wilmington Employment

Employment and Industries in the Wilmington, North Carolina Area

Wilmington is part of North Carolina's research coast, one of the nation's largest and most successful research centers. Wilmington's industrial base includes sectors such as medical, electrical, clothing, electronic and telecommunications equipment, paper products and food processing. Wilmington is also home to EUE Screen Gems Studios, one of the largest TV and movie production facilities outside of California.

The primary employment segments in Wilmington are healthcare, educational services, construction, accommodation and food services, professional, scientific and professional services and social assistance.

Wilmington has numerous jobs where the majority of the workers are college graduates including registered nurses, teachers, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, management analysts, financial managers; child, family and school social workers; social and human service assistants and sales managers.

Facts regarding Wilmington, North Carolina: For the population 25 years of age and older, 31% have a bachelor's degree or better. In 2008 the cost of living index was at 94.6 (national average: 100). In Wilmington, the median household income in 2007 was $40,000.

The top employers located in Wilmington, North Carolina:

  • New Hanover Regional Medical Center/Cape Fear Hospital
  • New Hanover County Schools
  • General Electric
  • University of NC Wilmington
  • PPD, Inc
  • New Hanover County
  • Verizon Wireless
  • City of Wilmington
  • Walmart
  • Progress Energy
  • Corning, Inc
  • AAIPharma
  • DEL Laboratories
  • International Paper
  • Wachovia
  • LL Building Products
  • KoSa
  • Louisiana Pacific Corp
  • Star News
  • Invista
  • Bedford Fair Industries
  • International Paper Carton Div
  • Elementis Chromium LP
  • Castle Branch
  • Chemtex Engineers

Local businesses are invited to work with helpful associations such as:

The Star News Online offers information regarding the latest business endeavors in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Jobs in Wilmington

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 123150 $42050 $20.22 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 19490 $33610 $16.16 14.8
3 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 15990 $20700 $9.95 8.3
4 Sales and Related Occupations 15040 $39170 $18.83 10.15
5 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 8790 $71060 $34.16 5.75
6 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 7460 $30070 $14.45 6.45
7 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 7130 $44090 $21.2 6.15
8 Construction and Extraction Occupations 5380 $40570 $19.51 4.4
9 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 5270 $44420 $21.35 3.8
10 Retail Salespersons 5220 $26150 $12.57 3.1
11 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 5070 $18030 $8.67 2.15
12 Production Occupations 4880 $40470 $19.46 5.85
13 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 4800 $24750 $11.9 3.7
14 Healthcare Support Occupations 4800 $27070 $13.01 3.05
15 Management Occupations 4510 $113290 $54.47 6.05
16 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 4470 $68840 $33.1 5.05
17 Waiters and Waitresses 3490 $20260 $9.74 1.6
18 Cashiers 3360 $19830 $9.53 2.25
19 Office Clerks, General 3240 $29410 $14.14 2
20 Protective Service Occupations 3210 $36780 $17.68 2.25
21 Personal Care and Service Occupations 3190 $24890 $11.97 4.1
22 Registered Nurses 3050 $58860 $28.3 1.9
23 Customer Service Representatives 2730 $32680 $15.71 1.75
24 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 2300 $24760 $11.9 1.6
25 Nursing Assistants 2040 $22330 $10.74 1.05
26 Cooks, Restaurant 2030 $22320 $10.73 0.75
27 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 1870 $64870 $31.19 2.8
28 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 1810 $23560 $11.33 1.2
29 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 1700 $75790 $36.44 1.65
30 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 1610 $62460 $30.03 1
31 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1530 $22620 $10.88 1.6
32 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 1500 $35520 $17.08 1.6
33 Community and Social Service Occupations 1500 $44700 $21.49 1.65
34 General and Operations Managers 1490 $120950 $58.15 1.4
35 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1470 $21120 $10.15 1
36 Receptionists and Information Clerks 1450 $26380 $12.68 0.7
37 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 1430 $46880 $22.54 1
38 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 1420 $34760 $16.71 1.1
39 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 1380 $59330 $28.52 0.9
40 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 1340 $31330 $15.06 0.6
41 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 1310 $46830 $22.51 1.7
42 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 1310 $27100 $13.03 0.8
43 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 1140 $54260 $26.09 1
44 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 1110 $37440 $18 1.2
45 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 1090 $36660 $17.62 0.9
46 Security Guards 960 $27130 $13.04 0.7
47 Home Health Aides 940 $21580 $10.38 0.7
48 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 930 $60100 $28.89 0.6
49 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 820 $57510 $27.65 0.4
50 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 810 $44110 $21.21 0.45
51 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 720 $31820 $15.3 0.6
52 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 720 $17600 $8.46 0.25
53 Billing and Posting Clerks 700 $35880 $17.25 0.35
54 Construction Laborers 700 $30270 $14.55 0.8
55 Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks 680 $21080 $10.13 0.2
56 Carpenters 670 $44170 $21.24 0.6
57 Accountants and Auditors 670 $72720 $34.96 0.9
58 Bartenders 660 $19900 $9.57 0.4
59 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 660 $40450 $19.45 0.5
60 Personal Care Aides 660 $21990 $10.57 1.3
61 Computer User Support Specialists 650 $46360 $22.29 0.4
62 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 650 $73430 $35.3 0.7
63 Childcare Workers 640 $21120 $10.15 0.8
64 Medical Assistants 620 $30980 $14.89 0.45
65 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 580 $42720 $20.54 0.5
66 Electricians 550 $43460 $20.89 0.4
67 Substitute Teachers 550 $25650 $12.33 0
68 Food Preparation Workers 540 $21140 $10.17 0.6
69 Driver/Sales Workers 520 $25990 $12.49 0.3
70 Pharmacy Technicians 480 $26970 $12.97 0.25
71 Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other 460 $23500 $11.3 0.2
72 Counter and Rental Clerks 460 $27900 $13.42 0.3
73 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers 460 $44240 $21.27 0.2
74 Dishwashers 450 $18460 $8.88 0.3
75 Loan Officers 440 $65370 $31.43 0.2
76 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 440 $52800 $25.39 0.5
77 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 430 $65460 $31.47 0.3
78 Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment 430 $21150 $10.17 0.2
79 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 420 $61140 $29.39 0.35
80 Amusement and Recreation Attendants 410 $19170 $9.22 0.2
81 Packers and Packagers, Hand 410 $22390 $10.76 0.45
82 Medical Secretaries 410 $32210 $15.49 0.4
83 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 400 $28040 $13.48 0.3
84 Firefighters 400 $31730 $15.26 0.2
85 Insurance Sales Agents 390 $76350 $36.7 0.3
86 Correctional Officers and Jailers 390 $35170 $16.91 0.3
87 Paralegals and Legal Assistants 360 $47170 $22.68 0.2
88 Biological Technicians 360 $42400 $20.38 0.1
89 Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 360 $212070 $101.96 0.2
90 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 360 $21010 $10.1 0.3
91 Human Resources Specialists 350 $57760 $27.77 0.3
92 Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics 350 $37210 $17.89 0.2
93 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 340 $52390 $25.19 0.3
94 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 340 $29130 $14.01 0.4
95 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 330 $33000 $15.86 0.35
96 Pharmacists 330 $117470 $56.47 0.2
97 Team Assemblers 310 $28360 $13.63 0.75
98 Radiologic Technologists 310 $56850 $27.33 0.1
99 Financial Managers 310 $142350 $68.44 0.4
100 Lawyers 310 $130880 $62.92 0.5
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Jobs More Common Near Wilmington Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 42,050 123,150
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 33,610 19,490
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 20,700 15,990
Sales and Related Occupations 39,170 15,040
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 71,060 8,790
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 30,070 7,460
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 44,090 7,130
Construction and Extraction Occupations 40,570 5,380
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 44,420 5,270
Retail Salespersons 26,150 5,220
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 18,030 5,070
Production Occupations 40,470 4,880
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 24,750 4,800
Healthcare Support Occupations 27,070 4,800
Management Occupations 113,290 4,510
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 68,840 4,470
Waiters and Waitresses 20,260 3,490
Cashiers 19,830 3,360
Office Clerks, General 29,410 3,240
Protective Service Occupations 36,780 3,210
Personal Care and Service Occupations 24,890 3,190
Registered Nurses 58,860 3,050
Customer Service Representatives 32,680 2,730
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 24,760 2,300
Nursing Assistants 22,330 2,040
Cooks, Restaurant 22,320 2,030
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 64,870 1,870
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 23,560 1,810
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 75,790 1,700
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 62,460 1,610
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 22,620 1,530
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 35,520 1,500
Community and Social Service Occupations 44,700 1,500
General and Operations Managers 120,950 1,490
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 21,120 1,470
Receptionists and Information Clerks 26,380 1,450
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 46,880 1,430
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 34,760 1,420
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 59,330 1,380
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 31,330 1,340
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 46,830 1,310
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 27,100 1,310
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 54,260 1,140
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 37,440 1,110
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 36,660 1,090
Security Guards 27,130 960
Home Health Aides 21,580 940
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 60,100 930
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 57,510 820
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 44,110 810

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Wilmington, North Carolina Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 42,050 123,150
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 33,610 19,490
Sales and Related Occupations 39,170 15,040
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 71,060 8,790
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 30,070 7,460
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 44,090 7,130
Construction and Extraction Occupations 40,570 5,380
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 44,420 5,270
Retail Salespersons 26,150 5,220
Production Occupations 40,470 4,880
Healthcare Support Occupations 27,070 4,800
Management Occupations 113,290 4,510
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 68,840 4,470
Office Clerks, General 29,410 3,240
Protective Service Occupations 36,780 3,210
Registered Nurses 58,860 3,050
Customer Service Representatives 32,680 2,730
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 64,870 1,870
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 75,790 1,700
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 62,460 1,610
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 35,520 1,500
Community and Social Service Occupations 44,700 1,500
General and Operations Managers 120,950 1,490
Receptionists and Information Clerks 26,380 1,450
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 46,880 1,430
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 34,760 1,420
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 59,330 1,380
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 31,330 1,340
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 46,830 1,310
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 27,100 1,310
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 54,260 1,140
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 37,440 1,110
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 36,660 1,090
Security Guards 27,130 960
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 60,100 930
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 57,510 820
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 44,110 810
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 31,820 720
Billing and Posting Clerks 35,880 700
Construction Laborers 30,270 700
Carpenters 44,170 670
Accountants and Auditors 72,720 670
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 40,450 660
Computer User Support Specialists 46,360 650
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 73,430 650
Medical Assistants 30,980 620
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 42,720 580
Electricians 43,460 550
Substitute Teachers 25,650 550
Driver/Sales Workers 25,990 520

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