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Roanoke Employment

Employment and Industries in the Roanoke, Virginia Area

Roanoke is a notable regional commercial center. Northfolk Southern is a major employer in the city. Advanced Auto Parts is headquartered in Roanoke. The corporate offices of Virginia Transformer Corporation, a major transformer manufacturing company and the regional offices of Kroger are also located in Roanoke.

ITT produces night vision goggles in it's facility in Roanoke County. Due to the location of automotive assembly facilities in the South, Roanoke has facilities for companies such as Koyo, Dynax, Yokohama and Metalsa.

Roanoke's leading job sectors are healthcare, finance and insurance, accommodation and food services, construction, professional, scientific and technical services, and education. Management, professional and related occupations comprise about 27% of the labor force. About 27% of the workers have sales and office jobs.

Facts about Roanoke, Virginia: Residents holding a bachelor's degree or better: 19%. Cost of living index in 2008: 80.0 (U.S. average: 100). Average earnings in 2009: $31,000.

Major employers for the Roanoke area:

  • Carilion Clinic
  • Roanoke City Public Schools
  • Roanoke County Public Schools
  • Commonwealth of Virginia
  • City of Roanoke
  • Kroger
  • Norfolk Southern
  • Wachovia
  • Veterans Administration Hospital
  • Walmart
  • Advance Auto Parts
  • United States Government
  • Allstate
  • MW Manufactures Inc
  • Lewis-Gale Medical Center
  • United Parcel Service
  • Roanoke County
  • Yokohama Tire Corp
  • Home Shopping Network
  • Manpower Temporary Services

Roanoke includes numerous popular jobs where the majority of the workers are college graduates including registered nurses, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, teachers, management analysts, child, family and school social workers; medical and clinical laboratory technologists; computer systems analysts, and electrical engineers.

Shown below are some of the organizations offering assistance to Roanoke businesses:

Roanoke.com offers local business and industry news.

Jobs in Roanoke

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations152640$43,530$20.93100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations24850$34,470$16.5714.35
3Sales and Related Occupations16510$38,190$18.369.9
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations13080$20,870$10.038.55
5Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations12410$82,440$39.635.8
6Transportation and Material Moving Occupations12090$33,340$16.036.55
7Production Occupations11090$35,690$17.165.7
8Education, Training, and Library Occupations7960$44,860$21.576.05
9Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations6940$44,330$21.313.8
10Business and Financial Operations Occupations6900$66,700$32.075.25
11Construction and Extraction Occupations6250$39,070$18.784.45
12Protective Service Occupations5390$37,160$17.872.2
13Healthcare Support Occupations5370$29,680$14.273
14Retail Salespersons5120$25,520$12.272.85
15Management Occupations4640$103,740$49.886.15
16Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations4610$24,800$11.923.65
17Registered Nurses4310$63,420$30.491.95
18Personal Care and Service Occupations4100$24,010$11.544.3
19Cashiers3920$19,790$9.512.2
20Office Clerks, General3600$31,470$15.131.9
21Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand3460$28,510$13.711.7
22Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food3220$18,310$8.82.3
23Waiters and Waitresses2930$20,150$9.691.7
24Customer Service Representatives2810$32,780$15.761.75
25Nursing Assistants2710$25,850$12.431
26Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers2670$43,470$20.91.2
27Community and Social Service Occupations2590$44,010$21.161.65
28Stock Clerks and Order Fillers2500$25,480$12.251.3
29Computer and Mathematical Occupations2390$76,180$36.622.9
30Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers2290$29,310$14.090
31Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive2160$32,450$15.61.5
32Architecture and Engineering Occupations2060$72,830$35.021.7
33Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners2050$23,990$11.531.55
34Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products2050$65,650$31.560.9
35Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks1770$36,560$17.581.05
36First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers1650$53,800$25.860.95
37General and Operations Managers1630$101,660$48.881.5
38Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations1470$44,540$21.411.8
39Receptionists and Information Clerks1320$25,550$12.290.7
40Maintenance and Repair Workers, General1320$38,220$18.370.9
41First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers1240$42,330$20.351
42Cooks, Restaurant1210$21,720$10.440.8
43Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers1160$24,670$11.860.8
44Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses1160$42,310$20.340.5
45First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers1140$31,740$15.260.6
46Accountants and Auditors1140$75,840$36.460.9
47Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers1130$32,880$15.810.6
48Personal Care Aides1010$18,660$8.971.5
49Carpenters980$36,670$17.630.7
50Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners970$20,350$9.790.9
51Legal Occupations970$81,270$39.070.8
52Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop950$18,810$9.040.3
53Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators890$32,800$15.770.35
54First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers890$58,780$28.260.4
55Bus Drivers, School or Special Client880$25,050$12.040.3
56Sales Representatives, Services, All Other870$60,670$29.170.6
57Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics860$41,970$20.180.5
58Construction Laborers830$28,620$13.760.8
59Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks830$41,090$19.760.2
60Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers810$46,830$22.510.4
61Food Preparation Workers790$19,660$9.450.6
62Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations710$65,250$31.370.8
63Electricians700$45,530$21.890.4
64Tellers680$29,910$14.380.3
65Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers680$42,110$20.250.3
66Physicians and Surgeons, All Other670$234,890$112.930.25
67Management Analysts650$85,780$41.240.5
68Childcare Workers620$18,980$9.120.8
69First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers620$61,860$29.740.3
70Correctional Officers and Jailers600$40,620$19.530.25
71Loan Interviewers and Clerks590$37,550$18.050.15
72Cooks, Fast Food580$19,680$9.460.3
73Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks580$33,500$16.110.4
74Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers570$37,350$17.950.3
75Counter and Rental Clerks570$27,900$13.420.3
76Lawyers560$104,140$50.070.5
77First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers510$55,340$26.610.4
78Business Operations Specialists, All Other510$60,650$29.160.7
79First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors510$53,280$25.620
80Pharmacy Technicians500$29,840$14.350.3
81Dishwashers490$19,230$9.250.3
82Firefighters490$43,110$20.730.2
83Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors480$46,320$22.270
84Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers480$43,520$20.920.2
85Industrial Machinery Mechanics480$44,730$21.50.2
86Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters470$37,930$18.240.3
87Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment470$24,050$11.560.2
88Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors470$31,860$15.320.2
89Packers and Packagers, Hand470$21,790$10.480.45
90Medical Assistants460$32,070$15.420.45
91Human Resources Specialists450$54,940$26.410.35
92Recreation Workers450$25,200$12.110.25
93Billing and Posting Clerks440$34,940$16.80.3
94Home Health Aides430$20,660$9.930.7
95Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists430$56,200$27.020.4
96Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria410$22,680$10.90.3
97Insurance Sales Agents410$74,130$35.640.3
98Electrical, Electronic, and Electromechanical Assemblers, Except Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers410$34,930$16.790
99Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists390$41,100$19.760.2
100Cost Estimators380$58,340$28.050.1
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Jobs More Common Near Roanoke Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$43,530152,640
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$34,47024,850
Sales and Related Occupations$38,19016,510
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$20,87013,080
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$82,44012,410
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$33,34012,090
Production Occupations$35,69011,090
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$44,8607,960
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$44,3306,940
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$66,7006,900
Construction and Extraction Occupations$39,0706,250
Protective Service Occupations$37,1605,390
Healthcare Support Occupations$29,6805,370
Retail Salespersons$25,5205,120
Management Occupations$103,7404,640
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$24,8004,610
Registered Nurses$63,4204,310
Personal Care and Service Occupations$24,0104,100
Cashiers$19,7903,920
Office Clerks, General$31,4703,600
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$28,5103,460
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$18,3103,220
Waiters and Waitresses$20,1502,930
Customer Service Representatives$32,7802,810
Nursing Assistants$25,8502,710
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$43,4702,670
Community and Social Service Occupations$44,0102,590
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$25,4802,500
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$76,1802,390
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$29,3102,290
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$32,4502,160
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$72,8302,060
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$23,9902,050
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$65,6502,050
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$36,5601,770
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$53,8001,650
General and Operations Managers$101,6601,630
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$44,5401,470
Receptionists and Information Clerks$25,5501,320
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$38,2201,320
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$42,3301,240
Cooks, Restaurant$21,7201,210
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$24,6701,160
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$42,3101,160
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$31,7401,140
Accountants and Auditors$75,8401,140
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$32,8801,130
Personal Care Aides$18,6601,010
Carpenters$36,670980
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$20,350970

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Roanoke, Virginia Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$43,530152,640
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$34,47024,850
Sales and Related Occupations$38,19016,510
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$82,44012,410
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$33,34012,090
Production Occupations$35,69011,090
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$44,8607,960
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$44,3306,940
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$66,7006,900
Construction and Extraction Occupations$39,0706,250
Protective Service Occupations$37,1605,390
Healthcare Support Occupations$29,6805,370
Retail Salespersons$25,5205,120
Management Occupations$103,7404,640
Registered Nurses$63,4204,310
Office Clerks, General$31,4703,600
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$28,5103,460
Customer Service Representatives$32,7802,810
Nursing Assistants$25,8502,710
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$43,4702,670
Community and Social Service Occupations$44,0102,590
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$25,4802,500
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$76,1802,390
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$29,3102,290
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$32,4502,160
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$72,8302,060
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$65,6502,050
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$36,5601,770
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$53,8001,650
General and Operations Managers$101,6601,630
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$44,5401,470
Receptionists and Information Clerks$25,5501,320
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$38,2201,320
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$42,3301,240
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$42,3101,160
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$31,7401,140
Accountants and Auditors$75,8401,140
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$32,8801,130
Carpenters$36,670980
Legal Occupations$81,270970
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$32,800890
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$58,780890
Bus Drivers, School or Special Client$25,050880
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$60,670870
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$41,970860
Construction Laborers$28,620830
Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks$41,090830
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers$46,830810
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$65,250710
Electricians$45,530700

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