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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

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations123730$42,550$20.46100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations19380$34,670$16.6714.35
3Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations16780$20,900$10.058.55
4Sales and Related Occupations14920$37,380$17.979.9
5Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations8770$70,970$34.125.8
6Transportation and Material Moving Occupations7510$31,090$14.956.55
7Education, Training, and Library Occupations7390$43,660$20.996.05
8Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food5760$18,740$9.012.3
9Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations5160$44,500$21.393.8
10Retail Salespersons5090$25,440$12.232.85
11Healthcare Support Occupations4930$27,330$13.143
12Management Occupations4890$115,480$55.526.15
13Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations4860$25,470$12.243.65
14Construction and Extraction Occupations4820$40,160$19.314.45
15Business and Financial Operations Occupations4750$68,820$33.095.25
16Production Occupations4320$37,940$18.245.7
17Cashiers3600$19,980$9.612.2
18Waiters and Waitresses3370$19,310$9.291.7
19Registered Nurses3170$60,010$28.851.95
20Protective Service Occupations2940$40,120$19.292.2
21Office Clerks, General2890$30,300$14.571.9
22Personal Care and Service Occupations2880$25,640$12.334.3
23Customer Service Representatives2640$33,530$16.121.75
24Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand2420$25,260$12.141.7
25Computer and Mathematical Occupations2330$69,650$33.482.9
26Cooks, Restaurant1950$23,300$11.20.8
27Nursing Assistants1930$23,620$11.361
28Stock Clerks and Order Fillers1920$25,270$12.151.3
29Architecture and Engineering Occupations1740$79,440$38.191.7
30Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1680$22,970$11.041.55
31Community and Social Service Occupations1670$44,690$21.481.65
32Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive1650$34,500$16.591.5
33Receptionists and Information Clerks1600$27,460$13.20.7
34General and Operations Managers1450$118,740$57.091.5
35Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations1440$60,500$29.090.8
36Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1420$21,470$10.320.9
37First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers1410$47,220$22.71
38Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products1340$63,650$30.60.9
39First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers1330$54,050$25.990.95
40First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers1300$31,970$15.370.6
41Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations1260$47,350$22.771.8
42Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks1260$37,800$18.171.05
43Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers1260$28,400$13.650.8
44Home Health Aides1160$20,640$9.920.7
45Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers1110$39,470$18.981.2
46Maintenance and Repair Workers, General1030$37,880$18.210.9
47Sales Representatives, Services, All Other1000$52,940$25.450.6
48Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers870$45,700$21.970.4
49Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers860$31,050$14.930.6
50Carpenters790$40,630$19.540.7
51Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers750$24,500$11.780
52Personal Care Aides750$22,480$10.811.5
53First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers740$58,730$28.240.4
54Accountants and Auditors730$72,750$34.970.9
55Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers730$44,620$21.450.2
56Computer User Support Specialists720$50,970$24.50.4
57Construction Laborers700$29,650$14.260.8
58Legal Occupations700$71,620$34.430.8
59Medical Assistants700$32,500$15.620.45
60Business Operations Specialists, All Other680$70,650$33.970.7
61Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers680$19,120$9.190.3
62Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop670$18,370$8.830.3
63Bartenders660$19,710$9.480.4
64Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics640$40,210$19.330.5
65Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses640$40,730$19.580.5
66Cooks, Fast Food620$18,230$8.760.3
67Medical Secretaries620$33,080$15.90.4
68Security Guards580$29,360$14.110.7
69Substitute Teachers580$25,740$12.370
70Food Preparation Workers560$22,590$10.860.6
71Billing and Posting Clerks540$35,880$17.250.3
72Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education520$26,420$12.70.3
73Firefighters500$33,840$16.270.2
74Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks500$21,810$10.490.2
75Dishwashers490$18,430$8.860.3
76Loan Officers470$67,920$32.650.2
77Counter and Rental Clerks460$27,250$13.10.3
78Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists460$62,350$29.980.4
79Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment440$22,490$10.810.2
80Pharmacy Technicians440$28,580$13.740.3
81Software Developers, Applications440$85,400$41.060.55
82Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants430$52,920$25.440.35
83Biological Technicians410$44,310$21.30.1
84Correctional Officers and Jailers410$37,320$17.940.25
85First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers410$66,820$32.120.3
86Electricians380$42,280$20.330.4
87Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators380$33,790$16.250.35
88Radiologic Technologists380$54,020$25.970.1
89Amusement and Recreation Attendants370$19,920$9.580.2
90Paralegals and Legal Assistants370$46,470$22.340.2
91Childcare Workers360$20,690$9.950.8
92Driver/Sales Workers360$31,770$15.270.3
93Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks360$30,610$14.720.4
94First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors350$56,610$27.210
95Financial Managers340$143,530$69.010.4
96Human Resources Specialists340$59,700$28.70.35
97Tellers340$31,690$15.230.3
98Insurance Sales Agents330$75,920$36.50.3
99Postal Service Mail Carriers330$49,360$23.730.2
100Managers, All Other320$114,870$55.230.6
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Jobs More Common Near Wilmington Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$42,550123,730
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$34,67019,380
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$20,90016,780
Sales and Related Occupations$37,38014,920
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$70,9708,770
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$31,0907,510
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$43,6607,390
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$18,7405,760
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$44,5005,160
Retail Salespersons$25,4405,090
Healthcare Support Occupations$27,3304,930
Management Occupations$115,4804,890
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$25,4704,860
Construction and Extraction Occupations$40,1604,820
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$68,8204,750
Production Occupations$37,9404,320
Cashiers$19,9803,600
Waiters and Waitresses$19,3103,370
Registered Nurses$60,0103,170
Protective Service Occupations$40,1202,940
Office Clerks, General$30,3002,890
Personal Care and Service Occupations$25,6402,880
Customer Service Representatives$33,5302,640
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$25,2602,420
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$69,6502,330
Cooks, Restaurant$23,3001,950
Nursing Assistants$23,6201,930
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$25,2701,920
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$79,4401,740
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$22,9701,680
Community and Social Service Occupations$44,6901,670
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$34,5001,650
Receptionists and Information Clerks$27,4601,600
General and Operations Managers$118,7401,450
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$60,5001,440
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$21,4701,420
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$47,2201,410
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$63,6501,340
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$54,0501,330
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$31,9701,300
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$47,3501,260
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$37,8001,260
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$28,4001,260
Home Health Aides$20,6401,160
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$39,4701,110
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$37,8801,030
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$52,9401,000
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers$45,700870
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$31,050860
Carpenters$40,630790

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$42,550123,730
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$34,67019,380
Sales and Related Occupations$37,38014,920
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$70,9708,770
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$31,0907,510
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$43,6607,390
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$44,5005,160
Retail Salespersons$25,4405,090
Healthcare Support Occupations$27,3304,930
Management Occupations$115,4804,890
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$25,4704,860
Construction and Extraction Occupations$40,1604,820
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$68,8204,750
Production Occupations$37,9404,320
Registered Nurses$60,0103,170
Protective Service Occupations$40,1202,940
Office Clerks, General$30,3002,890
Personal Care and Service Occupations$25,6402,880
Customer Service Representatives$33,5302,640
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$25,2602,420
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$69,6502,330
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$25,2701,920
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$79,4401,740
Community and Social Service Occupations$44,6901,670
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$34,5001,650
Receptionists and Information Clerks$27,4601,600
General and Operations Managers$118,7401,450
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$60,5001,440
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$47,2201,410
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$63,6501,340
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$54,0501,330
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$31,9701,300
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$47,3501,260
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$37,8001,260
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$28,4001,260
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$39,4701,110
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$37,8801,030
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$52,9401,000
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers$45,700870
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$31,050860
Carpenters$40,630790
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers$58,730740
Accountants and Auditors$72,750730
Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers$44,620730
Computer User Support Specialists$50,970720
Construction Laborers$29,650700
Legal Occupations$71,620700
Medical Assistants$32,500700
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$70,650680
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$40,210640

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