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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

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations743960$47,410$22.79100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations109100$36,200$17.414.35
3Sales and Related Occupations84250$33,840$16.279.9
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations71330$23,240$11.178.55
5Transportation and Material Moving Occupations50890$37,030$17.86.55
6Education, Training, and Library Occupations44980$57,710$27.756.05
7Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations44120$77,270$37.155.8
8Business and Financial Operations Occupations41890$74,450$35.85.25
9Construction and Extraction Occupations37250$44,050$21.184.45
10Production Occupations34120$41,280$19.855.7
11Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations33990$47,960$23.063.8
12Personal Care and Service Occupations27260$25,060$12.054.3
13Retail Salespersons26460$24,550$11.82.85
14Management Occupations26120$116,620$56.076.15
15Cashiers24650$19,170$9.222.2
16Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations23960$25,280$12.163.65
17Architecture and Engineering Occupations21800$81,490$39.181.7
18Computer and Mathematical Occupations21420$83,610$40.22.9
19Healthcare Support Occupations21010$31,730$15.263
20Protective Service Occupations20490$42,580$20.472.2
21Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food19070$20,250$9.732.3
22Waiters and Waitresses16820$23,070$11.091.7
23Office Clerks, General15730$32,250$15.51.9
24Customer Service Representatives14300$31,370$15.081.75
25Registered Nurses13490$63,730$30.641.95
26Stock Clerks and Order Fillers11890$28,030$13.481.3
27Community and Social Service Occupations11130$48,550$23.341.65
28Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners11040$23,280$11.191.55
29Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand10230$30,630$14.731.7
30General and Operations Managers8970$122,570$58.931.5
31Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive8950$35,620$17.121.5
32Nursing Assistants8860$29,980$14.411
33Personal Care Aides8390$19,000$9.141.5
34Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations7910$48,720$23.421.8
35Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks7760$40,510$19.481.05
36First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers7750$56,920$27.370.95
37First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers7060$42,530$20.451
38Cooks, Restaurant6770$24,510$11.790.8
39Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers6720$41,990$20.191.2
40Business Operations Specialists, All Other6630$76,330$36.70.7
41Maintenance and Repair Workers, General6620$38,560$18.540.9
42Management Analysts6140$95,930$46.120.5
43Receptionists and Information Clerks6130$27,100$13.030.7
44First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers6090$33,610$16.160.6
45Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations5760$70,160$33.730.8
46Accountants and Auditors5750$76,410$36.740.9
47Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners5320$21,050$10.120.9
48Security Guards5230$29,850$14.350.7
49Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products5150$69,960$33.640.9
50Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters5030$46,630$22.420.3
51Electricians4810$49,450$23.780.4
52Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers4610$31,970$15.370.6
53Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers4560$52,770$25.370.4
54Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses4530$41,440$19.920.5
55Construction Laborers4520$28,160$13.540.8
56Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers4510$25,920$12.460.8
57Legal Occupations4320$77,970$37.490.8
58First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers4240$64,970$31.240.4
59Sales Representatives, Services, All Other4240$60,800$29.230.6
60Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics3980$43,120$20.730.5
61Driver/Sales Workers3980$23,170$11.140.3
62Food Preparation Workers3870$20,840$10.020.6
63Substitute Teachers3850$29,300$14.090
64Counter and Rental Clerks3620$29,840$14.340.3
65Bus Drivers, School or Special Client3590$28,580$13.740.3
66Carpenters3560$43,220$20.780.7
67Recreation Workers3500$24,720$11.890.25
68Computer User Support Specialists3290$51,060$24.550.4
69First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers3130$69,010$33.180.4
70First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers3070$66,500$31.970.3
71Human Resources Specialists3060$65,300$31.390.35
72Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers3000$33,380$16.050
73Medical Assistants2880$31,740$15.260.45
74Computer Systems Analysts2870$84,940$40.840.4
75Firefighters2770$50,130$24.10.2
76Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators2760$44,080$21.190.35
77Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks2750$34,010$16.350.4
78Cooks, Fast Food2690$19,090$9.180.3
79Packers and Packagers, Hand2670$22,270$10.710.45
80Software Developers, Applications2580$100,350$48.240.55
81Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop2560$20,280$9.750.3
82Dishwashers2550$19,380$9.320.3
83Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks2550$58,520$28.140.2
84Bartenders2540$26,090$12.540.4
85Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers2520$45,120$21.690.2
86Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators2450$43,280$20.810.2
87Computer Occupations, All Other2440$88,910$42.750.2
88Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers2440$44,410$21.350.3
89Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors2410$48,410$23.280
90Billing and Posting Clerks2320$36,730$17.660.3
91Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers2300$49,140$23.630.3
92Telemarketers2290$20,770$9.990.1
93Pharmacy Technicians2280$30,650$14.740.3
94Amusement and Recreation Attendants2270$19,600$9.430.2
95Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians2250$69,030$33.190.1
96Childcare Workers2200$21,170$10.180.8
97Machinists2200$49,800$23.940.25
98Sailors and Marine Oilers2180$43,480$20.910
99Home Health Aides2160$22,680$10.910.7
100Network and Computer Systems Administrators2160$82,560$39.690.25
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Jobs More Common Near Virginia Beach Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$47,410743,960
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$36,200109,100
Sales and Related Occupations$33,84084,250
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$23,24071,330
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$37,03050,890
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$57,71044,980
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$77,27044,120
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$74,45041,890
Construction and Extraction Occupations$44,05037,250
Production Occupations$41,28034,120
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$47,96033,990
Personal Care and Service Occupations$25,06027,260
Retail Salespersons$24,55026,460
Management Occupations$116,62026,120
Cashiers$19,17024,650
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$25,28023,960
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$81,49021,800
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$83,61021,420
Healthcare Support Occupations$31,73021,010
Protective Service Occupations$42,58020,490
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$20,25019,070
Waiters and Waitresses$23,07016,820
Office Clerks, General$32,25015,730
Customer Service Representatives$31,37014,300
Registered Nurses$63,73013,490
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$28,03011,890
Community and Social Service Occupations$48,55011,130
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$23,28011,040
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$30,63010,230
General and Operations Managers$122,5708,970
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$35,6208,950
Nursing Assistants$29,9808,860
Personal Care Aides$19,0008,390
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$48,7207,910
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$40,5107,760
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$56,9207,750
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$42,5307,060
Cooks, Restaurant$24,5106,770
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$41,9906,720
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$76,3306,630
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$38,5606,620
Management Analysts$95,9306,140
Receptionists and Information Clerks$27,1006,130
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$33,6106,090
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$70,1605,760
Accountants and Auditors$76,4105,750
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$21,0505,320
Security Guards$29,8505,230
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$69,9605,150
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters$46,6305,030

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$47,410743,960
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$36,200109,100
Sales and Related Occupations$33,84084,250
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$37,03050,890
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$57,71044,980
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$77,27044,120
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$74,45041,890
Construction and Extraction Occupations$44,05037,250
Production Occupations$41,28034,120
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$47,96033,990
Personal Care and Service Occupations$25,06027,260
Management Occupations$116,62026,120
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$25,28023,960
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$81,49021,800
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$83,61021,420
Healthcare Support Occupations$31,73021,010
Protective Service Occupations$42,58020,490
Office Clerks, General$32,25015,730
Customer Service Representatives$31,37014,300
Registered Nurses$63,73013,490
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$28,03011,890
Community and Social Service Occupations$48,55011,130
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$30,63010,230
General and Operations Managers$122,5708,970
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$35,6208,950
Nursing Assistants$29,9808,860
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$48,7207,910
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$40,5107,760
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$56,9207,750
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$42,5307,060
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$41,9906,720
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$76,3306,630
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$38,5606,620
Management Analysts$95,9306,140
Receptionists and Information Clerks$27,1006,130
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$33,6106,090
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$70,1605,760
Accountants and Auditors$76,4105,750
Security Guards$29,8505,230
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$69,9605,150
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters$46,6305,030
Electricians$49,4504,810
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$31,9704,610
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers$52,7704,560
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$41,4404,530
Construction Laborers$28,1604,520
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$25,9204,510
Legal Occupations$77,9704,320
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers$64,9704,240
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$60,8004,240

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