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Winston-Salem Employment

Employment and Industries in the Winston-Salem, North Carolina Area

Winston-Salem is the location of the corporate headquarters of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, TW Garner Food Company, Branch Banking and Trust Company and Hanes Brands Inc. Other notable companies headquartered in the city include Reynolda Manufacturing Solutions, Southern Community Bank, ISP Sports and Lowes Foods Stores. Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center is the largest employer in Winston-Salem.

The economy has traditionally been based on textile, tobacco and the furniture industries. Medical research has become a prominent industry. The Piedmont Triad Research Park includes biomedical and information technology research and development facilities. The city includes high-tech, bio-tech, life sciences and nanotech companies. Winston-Salem is also a large financial center.

Some of the occupations in Winston-Salem where the majority of the workers are college graduates are registered nurses, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, teachers, financial managers, computer systems analysts, social and human service assistants and computer programmers.

Facts about Winston-Salem, North Carolina: The city was ranked as the #18 best place in the nation for business and careers by Forbes Magazine. Regarding the adult population, 30% have achieved a bachelor's degree or better. In 2007 the estimated median household income was $40,000. The cost of living index in the city in 2008 was 83.7. The nation's average is 100.

The top employers in the Winston-Salem area:

  • Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center - Healthcare
  • Novant Health - Hospitals
  • Winston-Salem/Forsyth Co., School System - Education
  • Hanes Brands, Inc - Marketing and sales
  • Reynolds American Inc - Tobacco products
  • Wachovia - Banking
  • Winston-Salem City Government - Government
  • The Budd Group - Janitorial services and landscaping
  • Forsyth County Government - Government
  • BB&T - Banking
  • Wake Forest University (Reynolda Campus) - Education
  • Forsyth Tech (Community College) - Education
  • GMAC Insurance - Insurance
  • Dell Inc - Computer manufacturing
  • US Airways - Reservations
  • YMCA Fitness
  • Roadway Express - Trucking Contract Haulers
  • Lowe's Foods - Grocers
  • Pepsi Bottling Company - Beverages-Distributors & Bottlers
  • Hayward Industries - Pools & spas

In Winston-Salem the leading employment segments are:

  • Healthcare
  • Educational services
  • Construction
  • Accommodations and food services
  • Finance and insurance
  • Professional, scientific and technical services

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Local business and industry information is provided by the Winston-Salem JournalNow.

Jobs in Winston Salem

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 258860 $44100 $21.2 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 38700 $34490 $16.58 14.8
3 Production Occupations 27740 $34720 $16.69 5.85
4 Sales and Related Occupations 24800 $35520 $17.08 10.15
5 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 22900 $20770 $9.98 8.3
6 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 22110 $29940 $14.4 6.45
7 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 20770 $71000 $34.13 5.75
8 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 17890 $55930 $26.89 6.15
9 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 11200 $72100 $34.66 5.05
10 Healthcare Support Occupations 11090 $26600 $12.79 3.05
11 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 9860 $43460 $20.89 3.8
12 Management Occupations 9690 $124390 $59.8 6.05
13 Registered Nurses 8600 $60730 $29.2 1.9
14 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 8270 $18590 $8.94 2.15
15 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 7980 $22930 $11.02 3.7
16 Retail Salespersons 7760 $23840 $11.46 3.1
17 Construction and Extraction Occupations 7520 $38380 $18.45 4.4
18 Cashiers 7120 $19140 $9.2 2.25
19 Personal Care and Service Occupations 6590 $24990 $12.02 4.1
20 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 6110 $26330 $12.66 1.6
21 Customer Service Representatives 5390 $33630 $16.17 1.75
22 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 4740 $76970 $37.01 2.8
23 Office Clerks, General 4650 $29200 $14.04 2
24 Protective Service Occupations 4600 $36050 $17.33 2.25
25 Nursing Assistants 4600 $24190 $11.63 1.05
26 Waiters and Waitresses 4120 $20780 $9.99 1.6
27 Team Assemblers 3520 $27080 $13.02 0.75
28 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 3430 $20850 $10.02 1.6
29 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 3240 $35080 $16.87 1.6
30 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 3210 $24690 $11.87 1.2
31 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 3160 $41680 $20.04 1.2
32 Packers and Packagers, Hand 3030 $22630 $10.88 0.45
33 General and Operations Managers 2800 $126910 $61.02 1.4
34 Home Health Aides 2750 $20390 $9.8 0.7
35 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 2610 $36930 $17.76 1.1
36 Community and Social Service Occupations 2610 $43850 $21.08 1.65
37 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 2550 $72810 $35 1.65
38 Cooks, Restaurant 2480 $19910 $9.57 0.75
39 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 2420 $53340 $25.64 1
40 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 2380 $38960 $18.73 0.9
41 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 2350 $63510 $30.54 1
42 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 2220 $41970 $20.18 1
43 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 2170 $19370 $9.31 1
44 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 2170 $31290 $15.04 0.35
45 Receptionists and Information Clerks 2160 $27100 $13.03 0.7
46 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 2150 $31700 $15.24 0.6
47 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 1870 $52500 $25.24 1.7
48 Childcare Workers 1760 $22420 $10.78 0.8
49 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 1750 $30780 $14.8 0.6
50 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 1660 $25880 $12.44 0.8
51 Driver/Sales Workers 1560 $21870 $10.51 0.3
52 Accountants and Auditors 1550 $71640 $34.44 0.9
53 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 1540 $66800 $32.11 0.7
54 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 1510 $34790 $16.72 0.3
55 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 1500 $39930 $19.2 0.25
56 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 1490 $60180 $28.93 0.4
57 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 1490 $41400 $19.9 0.5
58 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 1460 $60060 $28.88 0.9
59 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 1420 $43260 $20.8 0.5
60 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 1390 $57000 $27.4 0.6
61 Substitute Teachers 1340 $23860 $11.47 0
62 Medical Assistants 1260 $32450 $15.6 0.45
63 Computer User Support Specialists 1240 $45080 $21.67 0.4
64 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 1220 $26640 $12.81 0.3
65 Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 1180 $27790 $13.36 0.1
66 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 1160 $31280 $15.04 0.4
67 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 1140 $42210 $20.29 0.45
68 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 1110 $50260 $24.17 0.5
69 Textile Winding, Twisting, and Drawing Out Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 1100 $29100 $13.99 0
70 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 1080 $55870 $26.86 0.4
71 Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators 1060 $58510 $28.13 0.2
72 Security Guards 1050 $28570 $13.73 0.7
73 Medical Secretaries 1050 $33160 $15.94 0.4
74 Loan Officers 1040 $73530 $35.35 0.2
75 Computer Systems Analysts 1040 $92800 $44.61 0.4
76 Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing 1030 $26350 $12.67 0
77 Financial Managers 990 $151400 $72.79 0.4
78 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 970 $34630 $16.65 0.3
79 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 950 $18960 $9.12 0.25
80 Firefighters 950 $33760 $16.23 0.2
81 Billing and Posting Clerks 930 $37350 $17.96 0.35
82 Pharmacy Technicians 890 $31240 $15.02 0.25
83 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 870 $76300 $36.68 0.35
84 Electricians 860 $53250 $25.6 0.4
85 Personal Care Aides 860 $21560 $10.36 1.3
86 Pharmacists 860 $119600 $57.5 0.2
87 Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 850 $60990 $29.32 0
88 Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors 840 $30010 $14.43 0.2
89 Interviewers, Except Eligibility and Loan 830 $32440 $15.6 0.1
90 Paralegals and Legal Assistants 830 $42230 $20.3 0.2
91 Food Preparation Workers 820 $20600 $9.9 0.6
92 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 800 $65660 $31.57 0.3
93 Machinists 800 $41210 $19.81 0.3
94 Tellers 780 $30650 $14.73 0.3
95 Self-Enrichment Education Teachers 760 $31410 $15.1 0.25
96 Dishwashers 750 $18090 $8.7 0.3
97 Postal Service Mail Carriers 750 $50550 $24.3 0.15
98 Amusement and Recreation Attendants 740 $19310 $9.28 0.2
99 Construction Laborers 730 $29760 $14.31 0.8
100 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 730 $18750 $9.01 0.3
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Jobs More Common Near Winston Salem Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 44,100 258,860
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 34,490 38,700
Production Occupations 34,720 27,740
Sales and Related Occupations 35,520 24,800
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 20,770 22,900
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 29,940 22,110
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 71,000 20,770
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 55,930 17,890
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 72,100 11,200
Healthcare Support Occupations 26,600 11,090
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 43,460 9,860
Management Occupations 124,390 9,690
Registered Nurses 60,730 8,600
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 18,590 8,270
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 22,930 7,980
Retail Salespersons 23,840 7,760
Construction and Extraction Occupations 38,380 7,520
Cashiers 19,140 7,120
Personal Care and Service Occupations 24,990 6,590
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 26,330 6,110
Customer Service Representatives 33,630 5,390
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 76,970 4,740
Office Clerks, General 29,200 4,650
Protective Service Occupations 36,050 4,600
Nursing Assistants 24,190 4,600
Waiters and Waitresses 20,780 4,120
Team Assemblers 27,080 3,520
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 20,850 3,430
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 35,080 3,240
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 24,690 3,210
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 41,680 3,160
Packers and Packagers, Hand 22,630 3,030
General and Operations Managers 126,910 2,800
Home Health Aides 20,390 2,750
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 36,930 2,610
Community and Social Service Occupations 43,850 2,610
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 72,810 2,550
Cooks, Restaurant 19,910 2,480
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 53,340 2,420
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 38,960 2,380
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 63,510 2,350
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 41,970 2,220
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 19,370 2,170
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 31,290 2,170
Receptionists and Information Clerks 27,100 2,160
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 31,700 2,150
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 52,500 1,870
Childcare Workers 22,420 1,760
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 30,780 1,750
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 25,880 1,660

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 44,100 258,860
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 34,490 38,700
Production Occupations 34,720 27,740
Sales and Related Occupations 35,520 24,800
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 29,940 22,110
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 71,000 20,770
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 55,930 17,890
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 72,100 11,200
Healthcare Support Occupations 26,600 11,090
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 43,460 9,860
Management Occupations 124,390 9,690
Registered Nurses 60,730 8,600
Construction and Extraction Occupations 38,380 7,520
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 26,330 6,110
Customer Service Representatives 33,630 5,390
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 76,970 4,740
Office Clerks, General 29,200 4,650
Protective Service Occupations 36,050 4,600
Team Assemblers 27,080 3,520
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 35,080 3,240
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 41,680 3,160
General and Operations Managers 126,910 2,800
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 36,930 2,610
Community and Social Service Occupations 43,850 2,610
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 72,810 2,550
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 53,340 2,420
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 38,960 2,380
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 63,510 2,350
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 41,970 2,220
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 31,290 2,170
Receptionists and Information Clerks 27,100 2,160
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 31,700 2,150
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 52,500 1,870
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 30,780 1,750
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 25,880 1,660
Accountants and Auditors 71,640 1,550
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 66,800 1,540
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 34,790 1,510
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 39,930 1,500
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 60,180 1,490
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 41,400 1,490
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 60,060 1,460
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 43,260 1,420
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 57,000 1,390
Medical Assistants 32,450 1,260
Computer User Support Specialists 45,080 1,240
Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 26,640 1,220
Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 27,790 1,180
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 31,280 1,160
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 42,210 1,140

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