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Charleston Employment

Employment and Industries in the Charleston, West Virginia Area

Government, trade, utilities, education and medicine have major economic roles in Charleston, West Virginia. The chemical industry and the manufacturing sector are also significant economic assets. Charleston is the capital of West Virginia, thus government has a significant impact on the economy.

Some of the noteworthy companies headquartered in Charleston are United Bank of West Virginia, Inc., West Virginia-American Water Company, Charleston Stamping and Manufacturing, Appalachian Power and Tudor's Biscuit World. Charleston Area Medical Center is the region's largest employer.

The primary job sectors in Charleston, West Virginia are healthcare; professional, scientific and technical services; government, accommodation and food services, and finance and insurance. Management, professional and related occupations (41% of the labor force). Sales and office occupations (27% of the jobs).

Facts about Charleston, West Virginia: Cost of living index in 2008: 84.5 (U.S. average: 100). Average salary in 2009: $32,000. Adult residents holding a bachelor's degree or higher: 33%.

The largest employers in the Charleston area:

  • Charleston Area Medical Center
  • Kanawha County Board of Education
  • Thomas Memorial Hospital
  • U.S. Postal Service
  • Mc Junkin Red Man Corp
  • Verizon Wireless
  • BB&T
  • West Virginia Department of Administration
  • St. Francis Hospital
  • West Virginia Media

Charleston, West Virginia has a number of popular jobs where the majority of the workers have college degrees including registered nurses, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives; teachers, child, family and school social workers; social and human service assistants; computer programmers, civil engineers and medical and health services managers.

Charleston businesses can receive assistance from the following associations:

People looking for local business and economic news can read the Charleston Gazette.

Jobs in Charleston

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations113790$42890$20.62100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations21560$33430$16.0714.35
3Sales and Related Occupations10790$31930$15.359.9
4Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations10020$71170$34.225.8
5Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations8780$21830$10.58.55
6Transportation and Material Moving Occupations6860$33950$16.326.55
7Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations6150$40800$19.623.8
8Construction and Extraction Occupations5680$48980$23.554.45
9Management Occupations5400$87610$42.126.15
10Business and Financial Operations Occupations5200$54820$26.365.25
11Education, Training, and Library Occupations4900$45310$21.786.05
12Office Clerks, General4620$29890$14.371.9
13Production Occupations4300$42460$20.415.7
14Registered Nurses3940$57400$27.591.95
15Protective Service Occupations3640$33600$16.152.2
16Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations3500$23350$11.233.65
17Retail Salespersons3430$24180$11.632.85
18Healthcare Support Occupations3280$26910$12.943
19Personal Care and Service Occupations3210$22890$11.014.3
20Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food3090$19350$9.32.3
21Cashiers3070$20030$9.632.2
22Customer Service Representatives2790$33660$16.191.75
23Computer and Mathematical Occupations2490$58770$28.252.9
24General and Operations Managers2070$87640$42.131.5
25Community and Social Service Occupations1930$38470$18.491.65
26First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers1900$47270$22.720.95
27Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive1890$32560$15.651.5
28Maintenance and Repair Workers, General1820$31590$15.190.9
29Legal Occupations1800$82400$39.610.8
30Architecture and Engineering Occupations1710$72010$34.621.7
31Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1670$22490$10.811.55
32Personal Care Aides1650$19530$9.391.5
33Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand1630$26200$12.61.7
34Security Guards1620$26710$12.840.7
35Waiters and Waitresses1480$24080$11.581.7
36Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers1410$38710$18.611.2
37Stock Clerks and Order Fillers1360$24280$11.681.3
38Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations1350$53190$25.570.8
39Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations1190$43030$20.691.8
40Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks1180$33960$16.321.05
41First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers1110$36970$17.771
42Construction Laborers1100$37650$18.10.8
43Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers1060$29960$14.40.6
44Nursing Assistants1050$24690$11.871
45Accountants and Auditors950$55230$26.550.9
46Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners880$21100$10.140.9
47Lawyers880$112770$54.210.5
48Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products870$55410$26.640.9
49Cooks, Restaurant870$21750$10.460.8
50Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators840$46330$22.270.2
51Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses800$36560$17.580.5
52Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers770$44790$21.540.4
53Computer User Support Specialists760$50570$24.310.4
54Medical Assistants750$27710$13.320.45
55First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers740$30270$14.560.6
56Receptionists and Information Clerks710$26390$12.690.7
57First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers670$71890$34.560.4
58Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria640$23310$11.210.3
59Paralegals and Legal Assistants620$47990$23.070.2
60Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators610$47550$22.860.2
61Tellers590$25390$12.210.3
62Business Operations Specialists, All Other580$67520$32.460.7
63Physicians and Surgeons, All Other570$242610$116.640.25
64Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics560$33970$16.330.5
65First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers550$56830$27.320.3
66Administrative Services Managers550$63660$30.610.2
67Team Assemblers530$27840$13.380.65
68Home Health Aides490$19850$9.540.7
69Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders480$64150$30.840
70Billing and Posting Clerks480$33800$16.250.3
71Electricians470$47920$23.040.4
72Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers440$25100$12.070.8
73Pharmacy Technicians440$26330$12.660.3
74Insurance Sales Agents430$60230$28.960.3
75Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs420$33150$15.940.1
76Human Resources Specialists420$47870$23.010.35
77Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants410$49590$23.840.35
78Sales Representatives, Services, All Other410$57180$27.490.6
79Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks410$39290$18.890.2
80Civil Engineers410$79630$38.280.2
81Management Analysts400$67430$32.420.5
82Industrial Machinery Mechanics390$49420$23.760.2
83Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop380$19640$9.440.3
84Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators370$45220$21.740.1
85First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers370$62360$29.980.4
86Pharmacists370$118340$56.90.2
87Compliance Officers360$46860$22.530.2
88Carpenters360$46410$22.310.7
89Financial Managers360$87660$42.150.4
90Computer Programmers350$57190$27.50.2
91Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines350$48830$23.480.1
92Social and Human Service Assistants350$30590$14.710.25
93Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop350$19310$9.280.3
94Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists350$42790$20.570.2
95Medical Secretaries340$30580$14.70.4
96Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers330$56900$27.360.15
97Phlebotomists320$30400$14.620.1
98Driver/Sales Workers310$29590$14.230.3
99Dishwashers310$19530$9.390.3
100Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers310$45990$22.110.3
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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 Occupations42,890113,790
Office and Administrative Support Occupations33,43021,560
Sales and Related Occupations31,93010,790
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations71,17010,020
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations21,8308,780
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations33,9506,860
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations40,8006,150
Construction and Extraction Occupations48,9805,680
Management Occupations87,6105,400
Business and Financial Operations Occupations54,8205,200
Education, Training, and Library Occupations45,3104,900
Office Clerks, General29,8904,620
Production Occupations42,4604,300
Registered Nurses57,4003,940
Protective Service Occupations33,6003,640
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations23,3503,500
Retail Salespersons24,1803,430
Healthcare Support Occupations26,9103,280
Personal Care and Service Occupations22,8903,210
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food19,3503,090
Cashiers20,0303,070
Customer Service Representatives33,6602,790
Computer and Mathematical Occupations58,7702,490
General and Operations Managers87,6402,070
Community and Social Service Occupations38,4701,930
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers47,2701,900
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive32,5601,890
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General31,5901,820
Legal Occupations82,4001,800
Architecture and Engineering Occupations72,0101,710
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners22,4901,670
Personal Care Aides19,5301,650
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand26,2001,630
Security Guards26,7101,620
Waiters and Waitresses24,0801,480
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers38,7101,410
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers24,2801,360
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations53,1901,350
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations43,0301,190
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks33,9601,180
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers36,9701,110
Construction Laborers37,6501,100
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers29,9601,060
Nursing Assistants24,6901,050
Accountants and Auditors55,230950
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners21,100880
Lawyers112,770880
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products55,410870
Cooks, Restaurant21,750870
Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators46,330840

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations42,890113,790
Office and Administrative Support Occupations33,43021,560
Sales and Related Occupations31,93010,790
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations71,17010,020
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations33,9506,860
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations40,8006,150
Construction and Extraction Occupations48,9805,680
Management Occupations87,6105,400
Business and Financial Operations Occupations54,8205,200
Education, Training, and Library Occupations45,3104,900
Office Clerks, General29,8904,620
Production Occupations42,4604,300
Registered Nurses57,4003,940
Protective Service Occupations33,6003,640
Healthcare Support Occupations26,9103,280
Customer Service Representatives33,6602,790
Computer and Mathematical Occupations58,7702,490
General and Operations Managers87,6402,070
Community and Social Service Occupations38,4701,930
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers47,2701,900
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive32,5601,890
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General31,5901,820
Legal Occupations82,4001,800
Architecture and Engineering Occupations72,0101,710
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand26,2001,630
Security Guards26,7101,620
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers38,7101,410
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations53,1901,350
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations43,0301,190
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks33,9601,180
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers36,9701,110
Construction Laborers37,6501,100
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers29,9601,060
Accountants and Auditors55,230950
Lawyers112,770880
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products55,410870
Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators46,330840
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses36,560800
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers44,790770
Computer User Support Specialists50,570760
Medical Assistants27,710750
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers30,270740
Receptionists and Information Clerks26,390710
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers71,890670
Paralegals and Legal Assistants47,990620
Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators47,550610
Tellers25,390590
Business Operations Specialists, All Other67,520580
Physicians and Surgeons, All Other242,610570
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics33,970560

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