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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

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 153130 $43650 $20.98 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 25220 $33820 $16.26 14.8
3 Sales and Related Occupations 16380 $37370 $17.97 10.15
4 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 13020 $21040 $10.12 8.3
5 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 12320 $80500 $38.7 5.75
6 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 11870 $34610 $16.64 6.45
7 Production Occupations 11130 $34630 $16.65 5.85
8 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 7950 $50280 $24.17 6.15
9 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 7090 $42640 $20.5 3.8
10 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 6880 $65910 $31.69 5.05
11 Construction and Extraction Occupations 6530 $38810 $18.66 4.4
12 Retail Salespersons 5390 $25380 $12.2 3.1
13 Healthcare Support Occupations 5290 $28740 $13.82 3.05
14 Management Occupations 5000 $107500 $51.68 6.05
15 Protective Service Occupations 4530 $36670 $17.63 2.25
16 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 4510 $24570 $11.81 3.7
17 Personal Care and Service Occupations 4230 $25100 $12.07 4.1
18 Registered Nurses 4170 $61990 $29.8 1.9
19 Office Clerks, General 3860 $30240 $14.54 2
20 Cashiers 3780 $19690 $9.47 2.25
21 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 3330 $18100 $8.7 2.15
22 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 3200 $26780 $12.87 1.6
23 Customer Service Representatives 3010 $31670 $15.23 1.75
24 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 2930 $72540 $34.87 2.8
25 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 2920 $41680 $20.04 1.2
26 Community and Social Service Occupations 2870 $44600 $21.44 1.65
27 Waiters and Waitresses 2760 $20210 $9.72 1.6
28 Nursing Assistants 2690 $24980 $12.01 1.05
29 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 2540 $24890 $11.96 1.2
30 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 2110 $32670 $15.71 1.6
31 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 2070 $71760 $34.5 1.65
32 Team Assemblers 1990 $27850 $13.39 0.75
33 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1940 $23520 $11.31 1.6
34 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 1930 $62100 $29.86 1
35 Security Guards 1870 $23660 $11.37 0.7
36 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 1820 $35890 $17.25 1.1
37 General and Operations Managers 1750 $109840 $52.81 1.4
38 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 1590 $54240 $26.08 1
39 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 1480 $35280 $16.96 0.9
40 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 1480 $41310 $19.86 1.7
41 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 1330 $42260 $20.32 1
42 Receptionists and Information Clerks 1310 $24890 $11.97 0.7
43 Accountants and Auditors 1220 $76830 $36.94 0.9
44 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 1180 $40870 $19.65 0.5
45 Cooks, Restaurant 1160 $21660 $10.41 0.75
46 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 1150 $32630 $15.69 0.6
47 Personal Care Aides 1130 $20520 $9.86 1.3
48 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 1110 $32310 $15.53 0.6
49 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1070 $19720 $9.48 1
50 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 1060 $25560 $12.29 0.8
51 Food Preparation Workers 1040 $19830 $9.53 0.6
52 Carpenters 960 $35370 $17 0.6
53 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 950 $32580 $15.67 0.35
54 Legal Occupations 920 $78290 $37.64 0.8
55 Construction Laborers 880 $28090 $13.5 0.8
56 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 860 $38020 $18.28 0.5
57 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 840 $58730 $28.24 0.4
58 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 820 $18620 $8.95 0.25
59 Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks 790 $41020 $19.72 0.2
60 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 780 $61680 $29.66 0.6
61 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 740 $45400 $21.83 0.45
62 Loan Interviewers and Clerks 740 $36250 $17.43 0.1
63 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 730 $65530 $31.5 0.9
64 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 710 $31130 $14.96 0.4
65 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 660 $57110 $27.46 0.3
66 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 640 $40380 $19.41 0.3
67 Electricians 640 $47520 $22.85 0.4
68 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 640 $56340 $27.09 0.4
69 Counter and Rental Clerks 620 $27500 $13.22 0.3
70 Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 620 $232470 $111.76 0.2
71 Billing and Posting Clerks 610 $34510 $16.59 0.35
72 Management Analysts 570 $79790 $38.36 0.5
73 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 550 $60980 $29.32 0.7
74 Helpers--Production Workers 540 $27590 $13.26 0.3
75 Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators 540 $64130 $30.83 0.2
76 Packers and Packagers, Hand 540 $20700 $9.95 0.45
77 Dishwashers 540 $18590 $8.94 0.3
78 Home Health Aides 530 $21420 $10.3 0.7
79 Pharmacy Technicians 530 $29090 $13.99 0.25
80 Tellers 520 $30210 $14.52 0.3
81 Correctional Officers and Jailers 510 $40260 $19.36 0.3
82 Childcare Workers 500 $19240 $9.25 0.8
83 Human Resources Specialists 500 $55700 $26.78 0.3
84 Industrial Machinery Mechanics 500 $45300 $21.78 0.2
85 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 490 $38660 $18.58 0.3
86 Machinists 490 $41300 $19.85 0.3
87 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 490 $37490 $18.02 0.3
88 Firefighters 490 $41610 $20.01 0.2
89 Bill and Account Collectors 490 $33510 $16.11 0.2
90 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 470 $28590 $13.75 0.4
91 Lawyers 450 $113090 $54.37 0.5
92 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers 450 $49130 $23.62 0.2
93 Computer User Support Specialists 440 $44600 $21.44 0.4
94 Medical Assistants 440 $31350 $15.07 0.45
95 Recreation Workers 440 $25530 $12.27 0.3
96 Cost Estimators 430 $59760 $28.73 0.1
97 Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors 430 $34380 $16.53 0.2
98 Driver/Sales Workers 430 $30640 $14.73 0.3
99 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 430 $57720 $27.75 0.35
100 Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers 410 $35390 $17.02 0.1
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Jobs More Common Near Roanoke Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 43,650 153,130
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 33,820 25,220
Sales and Related Occupations 37,370 16,380
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 21,040 13,020
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 80,500 12,320
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 34,610 11,870
Production Occupations 34,630 11,130
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 50,280 7,950
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 42,640 7,090
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 65,910 6,880
Construction and Extraction Occupations 38,810 6,530
Retail Salespersons 25,380 5,390
Healthcare Support Occupations 28,740 5,290
Management Occupations 107,500 5,000
Protective Service Occupations 36,670 4,530
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 24,570 4,510
Personal Care and Service Occupations 25,100 4,230
Registered Nurses 61,990 4,170
Office Clerks, General 30,240 3,860
Cashiers 19,690 3,780
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 18,100 3,330
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 26,780 3,200
Customer Service Representatives 31,670 3,010
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 72,540 2,930
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 41,680 2,920
Community and Social Service Occupations 44,600 2,870
Waiters and Waitresses 20,210 2,760
Nursing Assistants 24,980 2,690
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 24,890 2,540
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 32,670 2,110
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 71,760 2,070
Team Assemblers 27,850 1,990
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 23,520 1,940
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 62,100 1,930
Security Guards 23,660 1,870
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 35,890 1,820
General and Operations Managers 109,840 1,750
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 54,240 1,590
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 35,280 1,480
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 41,310 1,480
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 42,260 1,330
Receptionists and Information Clerks 24,890 1,310
Accountants and Auditors 76,830 1,220
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 40,870 1,180
Cooks, Restaurant 21,660 1,160
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 32,630 1,150
Personal Care Aides 20,520 1,130
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 32,310 1,110
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 19,720 1,070
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 25,560 1,060

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 43,650 153,130
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 33,820 25,220
Sales and Related Occupations 37,370 16,380
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 80,500 12,320
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 34,610 11,870
Production Occupations 34,630 11,130
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 50,280 7,950
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 42,640 7,090
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 65,910 6,880
Construction and Extraction Occupations 38,810 6,530
Retail Salespersons 25,380 5,390
Healthcare Support Occupations 28,740 5,290
Management Occupations 107,500 5,000
Protective Service Occupations 36,670 4,530
Personal Care and Service Occupations 25,100 4,230
Registered Nurses 61,990 4,170
Office Clerks, General 30,240 3,860
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 26,780 3,200
Customer Service Representatives 31,670 3,010
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 72,540 2,930
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 41,680 2,920
Community and Social Service Occupations 44,600 2,870
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 32,670 2,110
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 71,760 2,070
Team Assemblers 27,850 1,990
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 62,100 1,930
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 35,890 1,820
General and Operations Managers 109,840 1,750
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 54,240 1,590
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 35,280 1,480
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 41,310 1,480
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 42,260 1,330
Accountants and Auditors 76,830 1,220
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 40,870 1,180
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 32,630 1,150
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 32,310 1,110
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 25,560 1,060
Carpenters 35,370 960
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 32,580 950
Legal Occupations 78,290 920
Construction Laborers 28,090 880
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 38,020 860
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 58,730 840
Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks 41,020 790
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 61,680 780
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 45,400 740
Loan Interviewers and Clerks 36,250 740
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 65,530 730
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 31,130 710
First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 57,110 660

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