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Charleston Employment

Employment and Industries in the Charleston, South Carolina Area

The Charleston region is a center of finance, industry, distribution and retail trade. The region's transportation systems are a major economic asset. Healthcare, finance, automotive, professional services, telecommunications and tourism are important economic sectors for Charleston.

For years the chemical industry has been a major economic component for the region. Chemical companies in the area include Monsanto, Union Carbide Corporation, FMC, Clearon Corp and E.I. du Pont de Nemours. Other industries having significant roles in the region's economy are glass manufacturing, steel fabricating and energy development.

The Business and Industrial Development Corporation provides a variety of services to new and existing businesses. The organization provides assistance with worker training, financing, engineering services, professional economic development and site selection.

In Charleston the sectors providing the most jobs are trade, transportation and utilities; government, healthcare, education, professional and business services, leisure and hospitality, financial activities and manufacturing.

Approximately 38% of the jobs are provided by management, professional and related occupations. About 25% of the workers have sale and office jobs. About 17% of the labor force is working in service jobs.

Top employers in the Charleston metro area:

  • US Navy C/O Naval Weapons Station
  • Medical University of South Carolina
  • Charleston Air Force Base
  • Charleston County School District
  • Roper St. Francis Healthcare
  • Piggly Wiggly Carolina Co Inc
  • Robert Bosch Corporation
  • Charleston County Local Government
  • Walmart
  • Force Protection Inc
  • Trident Medical Center
  • City of Charleston
  • Santee Cooper Electric Utility
  • Bi-Lo Stores
  • MeadWestvaco Corporation
  • US Postal Service
  • College of Charleston
  • Eagan McAllister Associates, Inc
  • Giant Cement Company
  • Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center

Notable facts about Charleston, South Carolina: Average earnings in 2009: $34,000. The cost of living index in 2008: 94.0 (U.S. average: 100). Adult residents holding a bachelor's degree: 38%.

Some of the helpful organizations that provide assistance to local businesses are:

The Charleston Regional Business Journal provides news regarding business and the economy in Charleston, South Carolina.

Jobs in Charleston

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 327710 $44500 $21.39 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 49290 $35450 $17.04 14.8
3 Sales and Related Occupations 36660 $33230 $15.98 10.15
4 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 35410 $22360 $10.75 8.3
5 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 23040 $75290 $36.2 5.75
6 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 20420 $35910 $17.27 6.45
7 Production Occupations 19440 $41340 $19.88 5.85
8 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 18150 $48850 $23.49 6.15
9 Management Occupations 14860 $99600 $47.89 6.05
10 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 14660 $44330 $21.31 3.8
11 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 14570 $67470 $32.44 5.05
12 Construction and Extraction Occupations 14410 $39460 $18.97 4.4
13 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 12320 $24050 $11.56 3.7
14 Retail Salespersons 12210 $24830 $11.94 3.1
15 Cashiers 10400 $19480 $9.37 2.25
16 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 9990 $75920 $36.5 2.8
17 Registered Nurses 9410 $72910 $35.05 1.9
18 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 8660 $18260 $8.78 2.15
19 Healthcare Support Occupations 8640 $29720 $14.29 3.05
20 Personal Care and Service Occupations 8570 $24060 $11.57 4.1
21 Customer Service Representatives 8340 $31950 $15.36 1.75
22 Protective Service Occupations 8060 $38230 $18.38 2.25
23 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 7060 $73400 $35.29 1.65
24 Waiters and Waitresses 6320 $22140 $10.64 1.6
25 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 5940 $22230 $10.69 1.6
26 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 5660 $34260 $16.47 1.6
27 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 5220 $29080 $13.98 1.6
28 General and Operations Managers 5090 $97820 $47.03 1.4
29 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 4600 $52110 $25.05 1
30 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 4460 $39090 $18.8 0.9
31 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 4450 $44180 $21.24 1.2
32 Office Clerks, General 4300 $26830 $12.9 2
33 Cooks, Restaurant 4290 $24650 $11.85 0.75
34 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 4160 $25310 $12.17 1.2
35 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 3730 $41490 $19.95 1
36 Community and Social Service Occupations 3700 $44900 $21.58 1.65
37 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 3510 $60170 $28.93 1
38 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 3510 $44800 $21.54 1.7
39 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 3300 $35730 $17.18 1.1
40 Team Assemblers 3290 $32960 $15.84 0.75
41 Construction Laborers 3260 $28490 $13.7 0.8
42 Nursing Assistants 2820 $27750 $13.34 1.05
43 Legal Occupations 2820 $68180 $32.78 0.8
44 Accountants and Auditors 2690 $57770 $27.78 0.9
45 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 2680 $20490 $9.85 1
46 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 2650 $35720 $17.17 0.6
47 Food Preparation Workers 2520 $23440 $11.27 0.6
48 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 2400 $25280 $12.15 0.8
49 Receptionists and Information Clerks 2280 $29350 $14.11 0.7
50 Security Guards 2210 $31050 $14.93 0.7
51 Carpenters 2200 $41500 $19.95 0.6
52 Computer Systems Analysts 2150 $78300 $37.64 0.4
53 Medical Assistants 2070 $32490 $15.62 0.45
54 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 1960 $31280 $15.04 0.6
55 Cooks, Fast Food 1950 $18540 $8.91 0.3
56 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 1920 $44150 $21.23 0.45
57 Management Analysts 1860 $76300 $36.68 0.5
58 Bartenders 1850 $24320 $11.69 0.4
59 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 1830 $41510 $19.96 0.5
60 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 1660 $62060 $29.84 0.9
61 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 1660 $64240 $30.88 0.4
62 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 1650 $69420 $33.37 0.4
63 Driver/Sales Workers 1600 $25000 $12.02 0.3
64 Medical Secretaries 1600 $33500 $16.11 0.4
65 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 1560 $19230 $9.24 0.25
66 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 1540 $41050 $19.74 0.5
67 Lawyers 1530 $84700 $40.72 0.5
68 Computer User Support Specialists 1470 $51960 $24.98 0.4
69 Electricians 1470 $45770 $22.01 0.4
70 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 1430 $57880 $27.83 0.3
71 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 1410 $38090 $18.31 0.4
72 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 1340 $20200 $9.71 0.3
73 Personal Care Aides 1300 $19940 $9.59 1.3
74 Firefighters 1280 $34710 $16.69 0.2
75 Pharmacy Technicians 1250 $31730 $15.26 0.25
76 Amusement and Recreation Attendants 1240 $23060 $11.09 0.2
77 Dishwashers 1220 $19430 $9.34 0.3
78 Childcare Workers 1210 $19870 $9.55 0.8
79 Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks 1190 $20410 $9.81 0.2
80 Chefs and Head Cooks 1190 $30380 $14.6 0.1
81 Bill and Account Collectors 1190 $39800 $19.14 0.2
82 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 1170 $42740 $20.55 0.3
83 Packers and Packagers, Hand 1160 $22530 $10.83 0.45
84 Medical and Health Services Managers 1070 $97520 $46.89 0.2
85 Human Resources Specialists 1070 $62610 $30.1 0.3
86 Logisticians 1050 $69940 $33.62 0.1
87 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 1030 $27880 $13.4 0.4
88 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 1020 $84280 $40.52 0.3
89 Billing and Posting Clerks 1020 $35050 $16.85 0.35
90 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 1010 $26920 $12.94 0.3
91 Industrial Engineers 1010 $79290 $38.12 0.2
92 Pharmacists 1010 $117180 $56.33 0.2
93 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 990 $50560 $24.31 0.6
94 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 990 $58090 $27.93 0.35
95 Paralegals and Legal Assistants 990 $48190 $23.17 0.2
96 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 980 $78190 $37.59 0.7
97 Real Estate Sales Agents 970 $58020 $27.9 0.2
98 Tellers 970 $30830 $14.82 0.3
99 Software Developers, Applications 950 $82990 $39.9 0.5
100 Helpers--Production Workers 950 $26530 $12.76 0.3
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Jobs More Common Near Charleston Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 44,500 327,710
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 35,450 49,290
Sales and Related Occupations 33,230 36,660
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 22,360 35,410
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 75,290 23,040
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 35,910 20,420
Production Occupations 41,340 19,440
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 48,850 18,150
Management Occupations 99,600 14,860
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 44,330 14,660
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 67,470 14,570
Construction and Extraction Occupations 39,460 14,410
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 24,050 12,320
Retail Salespersons 24,830 12,210
Cashiers 19,480 10,400
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 75,920 9,990
Registered Nurses 72,910 9,410
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 18,260 8,660
Healthcare Support Occupations 29,720 8,640
Personal Care and Service Occupations 24,060 8,570
Customer Service Representatives 31,950 8,340
Protective Service Occupations 38,230 8,060
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 73,400 7,060
Waiters and Waitresses 22,140 6,320
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 22,230 5,940
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 34,260 5,660
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 29,080 5,220
General and Operations Managers 97,820 5,090
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 52,110 4,600
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 39,090 4,460
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 44,180 4,450
Office Clerks, General 26,830 4,300
Cooks, Restaurant 24,650 4,290
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 25,310 4,160
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 41,490 3,730
Community and Social Service Occupations 44,900 3,700
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 60,170 3,510
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 44,800 3,510
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 35,730 3,300
Team Assemblers 32,960 3,290
Construction Laborers 28,490 3,260
Nursing Assistants 27,750 2,820
Legal Occupations 68,180 2,820
Accountants and Auditors 57,770 2,690
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 20,490 2,680
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 35,720 2,650
Food Preparation Workers 23,440 2,520
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 25,280 2,400
Receptionists and Information Clerks 29,350 2,280
Security Guards 31,050 2,210

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Charleston, South Carolina Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 44,500 327,710
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 35,450 49,290
Sales and Related Occupations 33,230 36,660
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 75,290 23,040
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 35,910 20,420
Production Occupations 41,340 19,440
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 48,850 18,150
Management Occupations 99,600 14,860
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 44,330 14,660
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 67,470 14,570
Construction and Extraction Occupations 39,460 14,410
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 75,920 9,990
Registered Nurses 72,910 9,410
Healthcare Support Occupations 29,720 8,640
Customer Service Representatives 31,950 8,340
Protective Service Occupations 38,230 8,060
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 73,400 7,060
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 34,260 5,660
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 29,080 5,220
General and Operations Managers 97,820 5,090
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 52,110 4,600
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 39,090 4,460
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 44,180 4,450
Office Clerks, General 26,830 4,300
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 25,310 4,160
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 41,490 3,730
Community and Social Service Occupations 44,900 3,700
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 60,170 3,510
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 44,800 3,510
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 35,730 3,300
Team Assemblers 32,960 3,290
Construction Laborers 28,490 3,260
Nursing Assistants 27,750 2,820
Legal Occupations 68,180 2,820
Accountants and Auditors 57,770 2,690
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 35,720 2,650
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 25,280 2,400
Receptionists and Information Clerks 29,350 2,280
Security Guards 31,050 2,210
Carpenters 41,500 2,200
Computer Systems Analysts 78,300 2,150
Medical Assistants 32,490 2,070
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 31,280 1,960
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 44,150 1,920
Management Analysts 76,300 1,860
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 41,510 1,830
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 62,060 1,660
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 64,240 1,660
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 69,420 1,650
Medical Secretaries 33,500 1,600

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