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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

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations336560$44,970$21.62100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations50260$35,590$17.1114.35
3Sales and Related Occupations36950$34,220$16.459.9
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations36680$22,430$10.798.55
5Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations23170$77,300$37.165.8
6Transportation and Material Moving Occupations22980$36,590$17.596.55
7Production Occupations19760$41,000$19.715.7
8Education, Training, and Library Occupations15970$48,890$23.516.05
9Construction and Extraction Occupations15860$40,240$19.354.45
10Business and Financial Operations Occupations15610$67,470$32.445.25
11Management Occupations15090$102,090$49.086.15
12Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations14620$44,920$21.63.8
13Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations13830$24,350$11.713.65
14Retail Salespersons12460$25,270$12.152.85
15Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food10760$18,460$8.882.3
16Computer and Mathematical Occupations10430$79,460$38.22.9
17Cashiers9640$19,540$9.42.2
18Personal Care and Service Occupations9510$23,950$11.524.3
19Registered Nurses9440$74,140$35.641.95
20Customer Service Representatives8820$32,080$15.421.75
21Healthcare Support Occupations8720$30,980$14.93
22Protective Service Occupations7960$38,870$18.692.2
23Architecture and Engineering Occupations7020$75,630$36.361.7
24Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand6750$31,720$15.251.7
25Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners6610$21,900$10.531.55
26Waiters and Waitresses6050$21,550$10.361.7
27Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive5810$35,790$17.211.5
28General and Operations Managers5060$101,910$48.991.5
29Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers4880$45,490$21.871.2
30First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers4870$52,480$25.230.95
31Cooks, Restaurant4420$24,610$11.830.8
32Maintenance and Repair Workers, General4400$39,340$18.910.9
33Office Clerks, General4190$26,980$12.971.9
34Stock Clerks and Order Fillers4170$26,420$12.71.3
35Construction Laborers3880$28,750$13.820.8
36Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations3700$47,180$22.681.8
37First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers3570$42,150$20.271
38Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks3500$36,280$17.441.05
39Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products3460$61,260$29.450.9
40Community and Social Service Occupations3360$46,010$22.121.65
41Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners3340$21,560$10.360.9
42Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers3210$31,850$15.310
43First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers3020$35,170$16.910.6
44Legal Occupations2940$67,390$32.40.8
45Accountants and Auditors2920$57,790$27.790.9
46Nursing Assistants2890$28,680$13.791
47Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers2550$26,840$12.90.8
48Medical Assistants2310$33,120$15.920.45
49Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers2280$32,530$15.640.6
50Receptionists and Information Clerks2270$28,740$13.820.7
51Carpenters2230$43,750$21.030.7
52Management Analysts2210$75,850$36.470.5
53Security Guards2180$30,970$14.890.7
54Computer Systems Analysts2050$80,240$38.580.4
55Food Preparation Workers2000$24,170$11.620.6
56First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers1910$64,220$30.880.4
57Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers1900$43,860$21.090.4
58Bartenders1830$23,620$11.360.4
59Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics1760$41,910$20.150.5
60Childcare Workers1750$20,240$9.730.8
61First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers1740$67,090$32.250.4
62Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations1730$62,610$30.10.8
63Electricians1660$42,970$20.660.4
64Medical Secretaries1640$34,790$16.720.4
65Driver/Sales Workers1630$28,670$13.780.3
66Lawyers1570$81,200$39.040.5
67Personal Care Aides1560$19,530$9.391.5
68First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers1480$57,300$27.550.3
69Computer User Support Specialists1470$52,620$25.30.4
70Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop1450$19,880$9.560.3
71Chefs and Head Cooks1430$29,720$14.290.1
72Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks1430$39,500$18.990.4
73Software Developers, Applications1430$95,800$46.060.55
74Cooks, Fast Food1390$18,700$8.990.3
75Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers1360$43,970$21.140.3
76Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses1350$41,770$20.080.5
77Real Estate Sales Agents1340$56,180$27.010.2
78Amusement and Recreation Attendants1330$23,980$11.530.2
79Pharmacy Technicians1270$33,280$160.3
80Dishwashers1220$20,920$10.060.3
81Firefighters1200$34,970$16.810.2
82Human Resources Specialists1170$65,320$31.40.35
83Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria1150$21,180$10.180.3
84Sales Representatives, Services, All Other1140$52,660$25.320.6
85Bill and Account Collectors1130$36,710$17.650.2
86Medical and Health Services Managers1120$102,040$49.060.25
87First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors1110$57,100$27.450
88Network and Computer Systems Administrators1110$85,390$41.050.25
89Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators1110$40,600$19.520.2
90Billing and Posting Clerks1100$35,330$16.990.3
91Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks1090$22,330$10.730.2
92Logisticians1080$71,460$34.360.1
93Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists1080$59,630$28.670.4
94Training and Development Specialists1070$59,270$28.50.2
95Paralegals and Legal Assistants1060$50,910$24.480.2
96Industrial Engineers1040$83,220$40.010.2
97Pharmacists1030$114,230$54.920.2
98Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists980$20,820$10.010.4
99Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers980$45,900$22.070.2
100Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators970$41,290$19.850.35
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Jobs More Common Near Charleston Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$44,970336,560
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$35,59050,260
Sales and Related Occupations$34,22036,950
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$22,43036,680
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$77,30023,170
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$36,59022,980
Production Occupations$41,00019,760
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$48,89015,970
Construction and Extraction Occupations$40,24015,860
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$67,47015,610
Management Occupations$102,09015,090
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$44,92014,620
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$24,35013,830
Retail Salespersons$25,27012,460
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$18,46010,760
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$79,46010,430
Cashiers$19,5409,640
Personal Care and Service Occupations$23,9509,510
Registered Nurses$74,1409,440
Customer Service Representatives$32,0808,820
Healthcare Support Occupations$30,9808,720
Protective Service Occupations$38,8707,960
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$75,6307,020
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$31,7206,750
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$21,9006,610
Waiters and Waitresses$21,5506,050
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$35,7905,810
General and Operations Managers$101,9105,060
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$45,4904,880
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$52,4804,870
Cooks, Restaurant$24,6104,420
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$39,3404,400
Office Clerks, General$26,9804,190
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$26,4204,170
Construction Laborers$28,7503,880
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$47,1803,700
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$42,1503,570
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$36,2803,500
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$61,2603,460
Community and Social Service Occupations$46,0103,360
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$21,5603,340
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$31,8503,210
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$35,1703,020
Legal Occupations$67,3902,940
Accountants and Auditors$57,7902,920
Nursing Assistants$28,6802,890
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$26,8402,550
Medical Assistants$33,1202,310
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$32,5302,280
Receptionists and Information Clerks$28,7402,270

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$44,970336,560
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$35,59050,260
Sales and Related Occupations$34,22036,950
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$77,30023,170
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$36,59022,980
Production Occupations$41,00019,760
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$48,89015,970
Construction and Extraction Occupations$40,24015,860
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$67,47015,610
Management Occupations$102,09015,090
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$44,92014,620
Retail Salespersons$25,27012,460
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$79,46010,430
Registered Nurses$74,1409,440
Customer Service Representatives$32,0808,820
Healthcare Support Occupations$30,9808,720
Protective Service Occupations$38,8707,960
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$75,6307,020
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$31,7206,750
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$35,7905,810
General and Operations Managers$101,9105,060
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$45,4904,880
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$52,4804,870
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$39,3404,400
Office Clerks, General$26,9804,190
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$26,4204,170
Construction Laborers$28,7503,880
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$47,1803,700
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$42,1503,570
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$36,2803,500
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$61,2603,460
Community and Social Service Occupations$46,0103,360
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$31,8503,210
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$35,1703,020
Legal Occupations$67,3902,940
Accountants and Auditors$57,7902,920
Nursing Assistants$28,6802,890
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$26,8402,550
Medical Assistants$33,1202,310
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$32,5302,280
Receptionists and Information Clerks$28,7402,270
Carpenters$43,7502,230
Management Analysts$75,8502,210
Security Guards$30,9702,180
Computer Systems Analysts$80,2402,050
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers$64,2201,910
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers$43,8601,900
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$41,9101,760
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$67,0901,740
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$62,6101,730

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