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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

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations263840$44,910$21.59100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations39560$35,310$16.9714.35
3Production Occupations27360$35,000$16.835.7
4Sales and Related Occupations25210$37,850$18.29.9
5Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations24110$20,960$10.088.55
6Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations21980$69,300$33.325.8
7Transportation and Material Moving Occupations21580$30,510$14.676.55
8Education, Training, and Library Occupations17980$57,610$27.76.05
9Business and Financial Operations Occupations11650$74,420$35.785.25
10Healthcare Support Occupations11070$28,730$13.813
11Management Occupations10450$128,130$61.66.15
12Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations10110$42,960$20.653.8
13Registered Nurses9850$62,390$301.95
14Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food8430$19,140$9.22.3
15Construction and Extraction Occupations8200$38,710$18.614.45
16Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations8030$23,840$11.463.65
17Retail Salespersons7850$24,490$11.772.85
18Cashiers7010$19,590$9.422.2
19Personal Care and Service Occupations6310$24,780$11.914.3
20Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand5800$26,780$12.881.7
21Customer Service Representatives5630$33,040$15.881.75
22Nursing Assistants5310$25,790$12.41
23Protective Service Occupations4840$36,670$17.632.2
24Computer and Mathematical Occupations4490$77,800$37.42.9
25Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers4400$28,850$13.870
26Office Clerks, General4390$30,040$14.441.9
27Waiters and Waitresses4130$20,430$9.821.7
28Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive3730$36,200$17.411.5
29Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners3710$21,650$10.411.55
30Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers3470$42,570$20.471.2
31Stock Clerks and Order Fillers3310$26,310$12.651.3
32Packers and Packagers, Hand3180$23,220$11.160.45
33General and Operations Managers2900$135,340$65.071.5
34Architecture and Engineering Occupations2830$74,040$35.61.7
35Community and Social Service Occupations2730$46,760$22.481.65
36Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products2710$69,700$33.510.9
37Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks2690$37,280$17.931.05
38First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers2570$54,890$26.390.95
39Receptionists and Information Clerks2400$26,680$12.830.7
40Cooks, Restaurant2360$21,480$10.330.8
41Maintenance and Repair Workers, General2340$39,470$18.970.9
42First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers2280$45,840$22.041
43Helpers--Production Workers2230$29,640$14.250.3
44First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers2120$30,970$14.890.6
45Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations2100$55,260$26.571.8
46Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1950$20,160$9.690.9
47Driver/Sales Workers1880$21,560$10.360.3
48Accountants and Auditors1740$73,900$35.530.9
49Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers1730$30,430$14.630.6
50Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers1710$27,060$13.010.8
51Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators1700$31,520$15.150.35
52Home Health Aides1670$21,050$10.120.7
53Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses1640$43,610$20.970.5
54Legal Occupations1630$76,520$36.790.8
55First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers1540$61,350$29.50.4
56Cooks, Fast Food1420$17,780$8.550.3
57Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations1420$60,040$28.860.8
58Sales Representatives, Services, All Other1400$60,610$29.140.6
59Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics1390$39,580$19.030.5
60Business Operations Specialists, All Other1380$67,530$32.470.7
61Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks1370$31,760$15.270.4
62Medical Assistants1360$33,900$16.30.45
63Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers1330$35,260$16.950.3
64Medical Secretaries1310$33,460$16.080.4
65Substitute Teachers1300$25,630$12.320
66Childcare Workers1190$22,180$10.670.8
67Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants1190$51,160$24.590.35
68First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers1190$55,680$26.770.4
69Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers1160$45,020$21.640.4
70Loan Officers1110$86,690$41.680.2
71Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders1090$41,620$20.010.2
72Financial Managers1070$158,840$76.370.4
73Firefighters1070$33,750$16.230.2
74Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators1060$62,610$30.10.2
75Personal Care Aides1040$21,200$10.191.5
76Computer User Support Specialists1010$48,500$23.320.4
77Security Guards990$29,780$14.320.7
78Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers990$36,410$17.50.3
79Electricians980$50,520$24.290.4
80Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education980$33,220$15.970.3
81Computer Systems Analysts970$85,260$40.990.4
82Food Preparation Workers970$21,380$10.280.6
83Textile Winding, Twisting, and Drawing Out Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders930$29,590$14.230
84Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic920$31,160$14.980.1
85Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop910$18,820$9.050.3
86Pharmacy Technicians910$32,390$15.570.3
87Billing and Posting Clerks900$37,690$18.120.3
88Construction Laborers890$29,410$14.140.8
89Machinists890$41,920$20.150.25
90Bus Drivers, School or Special Client880$27,350$13.150.3
91Pharmacists880$122,920$59.10.2
92Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors860$32,220$15.490.2
93Paralegals and Legal Assistants860$37,610$18.080.2
94Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers840$39,790$19.130.2
95Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists830$75,520$36.310.4
96First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers810$64,290$30.910.3
97Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing800$29,470$14.170
98Postal Service Mail Carriers790$49,790$23.940.2
99First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors760$54,010$25.970
100Human Resources Specialists760$58,830$28.280.35
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Jobs More Common Near Winston Salem Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$44,910263,840
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$35,31039,560
Production Occupations$35,00027,360
Sales and Related Occupations$37,85025,210
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$20,96024,110
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$69,30021,980
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$30,51021,580
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$57,61017,980
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$74,42011,650
Healthcare Support Occupations$28,73011,070
Management Occupations$128,13010,450
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$42,96010,110
Registered Nurses$62,3909,850
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$19,1408,430
Construction and Extraction Occupations$38,7108,200
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$23,8408,030
Retail Salespersons$24,4907,850
Cashiers$19,5907,010
Personal Care and Service Occupations$24,7806,310
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$26,7805,800
Customer Service Representatives$33,0405,630
Nursing Assistants$25,7905,310
Protective Service Occupations$36,6704,840
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$77,8004,490
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$28,8504,400
Office Clerks, General$30,0404,390
Waiters and Waitresses$20,4304,130
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$36,2003,730
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$21,6503,710
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$42,5703,470
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$26,3103,310
Packers and Packagers, Hand$23,2203,180
General and Operations Managers$135,3402,900
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$74,0402,830
Community and Social Service Occupations$46,7602,730
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$69,7002,710
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$37,2802,690
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$54,8902,570
Receptionists and Information Clerks$26,6802,400
Cooks, Restaurant$21,4802,360
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$39,4702,340
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$45,8402,280
Helpers--Production Workers$29,6402,230
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$30,9702,120
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$55,2602,100
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$20,1601,950
Driver/Sales Workers$21,5601,880
Accountants and Auditors$73,9001,740
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$30,4301,730
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$27,0601,710

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$44,910263,840
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$35,31039,560
Production Occupations$35,00027,360
Sales and Related Occupations$37,85025,210
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$69,30021,980
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$30,51021,580
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$57,61017,980
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$74,42011,650
Healthcare Support Occupations$28,73011,070
Management Occupations$128,13010,450
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$42,96010,110
Registered Nurses$62,3909,850
Construction and Extraction Occupations$38,7108,200
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$26,7805,800
Customer Service Representatives$33,0405,630
Nursing Assistants$25,7905,310
Protective Service Occupations$36,6704,840
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$77,8004,490
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$28,8504,400
Office Clerks, General$30,0404,390
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$36,2003,730
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$42,5703,470
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$26,3103,310
General and Operations Managers$135,3402,900
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$74,0402,830
Community and Social Service Occupations$46,7602,730
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$69,7002,710
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$37,2802,690
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$54,8902,570
Receptionists and Information Clerks$26,6802,400
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$39,4702,340
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$45,8402,280
Helpers--Production Workers$29,6402,230
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$30,9702,120
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$55,2602,100
Accountants and Auditors$73,9001,740
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$30,4301,730
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$27,0601,710
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$31,5201,700
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$43,6101,640
Legal Occupations$76,5201,630
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$61,3501,540
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$60,0401,420
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$60,6101,400
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$39,5801,390
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$67,5301,380
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks$31,7601,370
Medical Assistants$33,9001,360
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers$35,2601,330
Medical Secretaries$33,4601,310

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