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Virginia Beach Employment

Employment and Industries in the Virginia Beach, Virginia Area

The Virginia Beach economy includes a thriving tourism industry and a notable military presence due to having four military bases. Agriculture also has a significant impact on the local economy.

Tourism has created a large number of service jobs. Retail and wholesale businesses provide approximately one-third of the jobs in Virginia Beach. Jobs are also provided by businesses that produce items such as furniture, power tools, welding equipment, coated abrasives and recreational products.

The area includes numerous international companies. Virginia Beach has the North American headquarters for Stihl and the headquarters for Lillian Vernon.

Noteworthy facts regarding Virginian Beach, Virginia: Estimated median household income in 2007: $61,000. Cost of living index in 2008: 89.2 (U.S. average: 100). Adult residents holding a bachelor's degree or higher: 28%.

Virginia Beach's largest private employers:

  • American Systems Engineering
  • Amerigroup
  • Manpower
  • Geico Direct
  • Gold Key Resorts
  • Stihl
  • Christian Broadcasting Network
  • Virginian-Pilot Production Plant
  • Lillian Vernon Corporation
  • UPS

Virginia Beach's primary nonagricultural employment sectors:

  • Government
  • Trade, transportation and utilities
  • Professional and business services
  • Educational and health services
  • Leisure and hospitality
  • Manufacturing

Virginia Beach, Virginia has numerous popular jobs which are mostly filled by those with college degrees including registered nurses, teachers, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, management analysts, computer systems analysts, computer applications software engineers, mechanical engineers, and child, family and school social workers.

Virginia Beach businesses are invited to work with the following associations:

Information about local business and industry is offered at HamptonRoads.com/PilotOnline.com.

Jobs in Virginia Beach

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 738300 $46470 $22.34 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 109750 $35920 $17.27 14.8
3 Sales and Related Occupations 84820 $33100 $15.92 10.15
4 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 73270 $23800 $11.44 8.3
5 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 47990 $37150 $17.86 6.45
6 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 45410 $52890 $25.43 6.15
7 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 43160 $76170 $36.62 5.75
8 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 40140 $73040 $35.12 5.05
9 Construction and Extraction Occupations 36120 $42920 $20.63 4.4
10 Production Occupations 35160 $40110 $19.28 5.85
11 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 33280 $46340 $22.28 3.8
12 Retail Salespersons 27780 $24220 $11.65 3.1
13 Management Occupations 26280 $114770 $55.18 6.05
14 Personal Care and Service Occupations 25100 $24160 $11.62 4.1
15 Cashiers 24740 $19190 $9.23 2.25
16 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 23400 $25560 $12.29 3.7
17 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 22180 $82630 $39.73 2.8
18 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 21580 $80730 $38.82 1.65
19 Healthcare Support Occupations 20920 $29070 $13.98 3.05
20 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 20880 $20240 $9.73 2.15
21 Protective Service Occupations 18860 $42900 $20.62 2.25
22 Office Clerks, General 16710 $31880 $15.33 2
23 Waiters and Waitresses 15750 $24910 $11.98 1.6
24 Registered Nurses 13460 $62940 $30.26 1.9
25 Customer Service Representatives 13150 $30760 $14.79 1.75
26 Community and Social Service Occupations 11760 $46050 $22.14 1.65
27 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 10970 $27780 $13.36 1.2
28 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 10610 $24210 $11.64 1.6
29 General and Operations Managers 9120 $121360 $58.35 1.4
30 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 9090 $28400 $13.65 1.6
31 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 8870 $34460 $16.57 1.6
32 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 8300 $56990 $27.4 1
33 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 8230 $48190 $23.17 1.7
34 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 8110 $39690 $19.08 1.1
35 Personal Care Aides 7910 $18700 $8.99 1.3
36 Nursing Assistants 7490 $25640 $12.33 1.05
37 Cooks, Restaurant 7240 $24230 $11.65 0.75
38 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 7060 $42170 $20.27 1
39 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 6960 $36720 $17.65 0.9
40 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 6680 $40090 $19.27 1.2
41 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 6300 $74140 $35.65 0.7
42 Receptionists and Information Clerks 6250 $26430 $12.71 0.7
43 Accountants and Auditors 6070 $77440 $37.23 0.9
44 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 5870 $36530 $17.56 0.6
45 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 5540 $68740 $33.05 0.9
46 Management Analysts 5480 $92120 $44.29 0.5
47 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 5280 $21120 $10.15 1
48 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 5060 $45050 $21.66 0.3
49 Electricians 4870 $48740 $23.44 0.4
50 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 4690 $69330 $33.33 1
51 Security Guards 4660 $30250 $14.54 0.7
52 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 4510 $40620 $19.53 0.5
53 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 4510 $51090 $24.56 0.45
54 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 4470 $58320 $28.04 0.6
55 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 4440 $25460 $12.24 0.8
56 Legal Occupations 4350 $77360 $37.19 0.8
57 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 4280 $42170 $20.27 0.5
58 Construction Laborers 4180 $26890 $12.93 0.8
59 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 4130 $32300 $15.53 0.6
60 Substitute Teachers 3930 $27190 $13.07 0
61 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 3900 $62980 $30.28 0.4
62 Food Preparation Workers 3770 $21680 $10.42 0.6
63 Carpenters 3730 $39900 $19.18 0.6
64 Home Health Aides 3510 $23030 $11.07 0.7
65 Counter and Rental Clerks 3510 $28650 $13.77 0.3
66 Computer User Support Specialists 3390 $50270 $24.17 0.4
67 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 3360 $70150 $33.73 0.4
68 Software Developers, Applications 3210 $102200 $49.13 0.5
69 Human Resources Specialists 3120 $64520 $31.02 0.3
70 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 3030 $63510 $30.53 0.3
71 Recreation Workers 3010 $23550 $11.32 0.3
72 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 2990 $28320 $13.61 0.3
73 Medical Assistants 2970 $30790 $14.8 0.45
74 Computer Systems Analysts 2910 $85570 $41.14 0.4
75 Driver/Sales Workers 2890 $25700 $12.36 0.3
76 Telemarketers 2820 $23370 $11.23 0.15
77 Dishwashers 2790 $19260 $9.26 0.3
78 Bartenders 2750 $29870 $14.36 0.4
79 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 2680 $18960 $9.12 0.3
80 Packers and Packagers, Hand 2670 $23470 $11.28 0.45
81 Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks 2650 $57130 $27.47 0.2
82 Team Assemblers 2550 $31780 $15.28 0.75
83 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 2510 $19290 $9.27 0.25
84 Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products 2500 $68560 $32.96 0.2
85 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 2470 $41450 $19.93 0.35
86 Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment 2350 $24190 $11.63 0.2
87 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 2340 $84570 $40.66 0.3
88 Computer Occupations, All Other 2320 $87070 $41.86 0.2
89 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers 2310 $43720 $21.02 0.2
90 Software Developers, Systems Software 2300 $103400 $49.71 0.3
91 Billing and Posting Clerks 2250 $35460 $17.05 0.35
92 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 2250 $49140 $23.62 0.3
93 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 2230 $43750 $21.04 0.3
94 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 2200 $53180 $25.57 0.5
95 Sailors and Marine Oilers 2200 $42950 $20.65 0
96 Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other 2140 $74340 $35.74 0
97 Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels 2130 $78350 $37.67 0
98 Tellers 2120 $29050 $13.97 0.3
99 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 2110 $41290 $19.85 0.2
100 Mental Health Counselors 2090 $46840 $22.52 0.1
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Jobs More Common Near Virginia Beach Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 46,470 738,300
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 35,920 109,750
Sales and Related Occupations 33,100 84,820
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 23,800 73,270
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 37,150 47,990
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 52,890 45,410
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 76,170 43,160
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 73,040 40,140
Construction and Extraction Occupations 42,920 36,120
Production Occupations 40,110 35,160
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 46,340 33,280
Retail Salespersons 24,220 27,780
Management Occupations 114,770 26,280
Personal Care and Service Occupations 24,160 25,100
Cashiers 19,190 24,740
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 25,560 23,400
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 82,630 22,180
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 80,730 21,580
Healthcare Support Occupations 29,070 20,920
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 20,240 20,880
Protective Service Occupations 42,900 18,860
Office Clerks, General 31,880 16,710
Waiters and Waitresses 24,910 15,750
Registered Nurses 62,940 13,460
Customer Service Representatives 30,760 13,150
Community and Social Service Occupations 46,050 11,760
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 27,780 10,970
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 24,210 10,610
General and Operations Managers 121,360 9,120
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 28,400 9,090
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 34,460 8,870
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 56,990 8,300
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 48,190 8,230
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 39,690 8,110
Personal Care Aides 18,700 7,910
Nursing Assistants 25,640 7,490
Cooks, Restaurant 24,230 7,240
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 42,170 7,060
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 36,720 6,960
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 40,090 6,680
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 74,140 6,300
Receptionists and Information Clerks 26,430 6,250
Accountants and Auditors 77,440 6,070
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 36,530 5,870
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 68,740 5,540
Management Analysts 92,120 5,480
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 21,120 5,280
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 45,050 5,060
Electricians 48,740 4,870
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 69,330 4,690

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 46,470 738,300
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 35,920 109,750
Sales and Related Occupations 33,100 84,820
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 37,150 47,990
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 52,890 45,410
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 76,170 43,160
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 73,040 40,140
Construction and Extraction Occupations 42,920 36,120
Production Occupations 40,110 35,160
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 46,340 33,280
Management Occupations 114,770 26,280
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 25,560 23,400
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 82,630 22,180
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 80,730 21,580
Healthcare Support Occupations 29,070 20,920
Protective Service Occupations 42,900 18,860
Office Clerks, General 31,880 16,710
Registered Nurses 62,940 13,460
Customer Service Representatives 30,760 13,150
Community and Social Service Occupations 46,050 11,760
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 27,780 10,970
General and Operations Managers 121,360 9,120
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 28,400 9,090
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 34,460 8,870
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 56,990 8,300
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 48,190 8,230
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 39,690 8,110
Nursing Assistants 25,640 7,490
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 42,170 7,060
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 36,720 6,960
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 40,090 6,680
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 74,140 6,300
Receptionists and Information Clerks 26,430 6,250
Accountants and Auditors 77,440 6,070
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 36,530 5,870
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 68,740 5,540
Management Analysts 92,120 5,480
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 45,050 5,060
Electricians 48,740 4,870
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 69,330 4,690
Security Guards 30,250 4,660
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 40,620 4,510
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 51,090 4,510
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 58,320 4,470
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 25,460 4,440
Legal Occupations 77,360 4,350
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 42,170 4,280
Construction Laborers 26,890 4,180
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 32,300 4,130
Substitute Teachers 27,190 3,930

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