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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 Occupations111090$43,590$20.96100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations20530$33,740$16.2214.35
3Sales and Related Occupations10130$32,890$15.819.9
4Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations9780$72,600$34.915.8
5Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations8210$22,640$10.888.55
6Transportation and Material Moving Occupations7390$34,250$16.476.55
7Management Occupations6080$82,400$39.616.15
8Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations5810$42,730$20.543.8
9Construction and Extraction Occupations5280$48,750$23.444.45
10Business and Financial Operations Occupations4970$57,090$27.455.25
11Education, Training, and Library Occupations4820$44,230$21.266.05
12Office Clerks, General4130$30,350$14.591.9
13Production Occupations3860$42,960$20.655.7
14Personal Care and Service Occupations3790$22,790$10.964.3
15Registered Nurses3530$59,980$28.831.95
16Protective Service Occupations3450$33,300$16.012.2
17Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food3190$20,200$9.712.3
18Retail Salespersons3130$24,590$11.822.85
19Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations3090$24,050$11.563.65
20Healthcare Support Occupations3020$27,370$13.163
21Customer Service Representatives2890$34,250$16.471.75
22Cashiers2820$20,450$9.832.2
23Computer and Mathematical Occupations2620$60,500$29.092.9
24Community and Social Service Occupations2170$40,440$19.441.65
25General and Operations Managers2060$92,850$44.641.5
26Personal Care Aides2020$19,740$9.491.5
27Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand1970$27,240$13.11.7
28Legal Occupations1900$73,110$35.150.8
29Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive1800$31,680$15.231.5
30Maintenance and Repair Workers, General1790$34,130$16.410.9
31Architecture and Engineering Occupations1650$70,870$34.071.7
32Security Guards1630$24,580$11.820.7
33First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers1610$48,020$23.090.95
34Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks1400$34,830$16.741.05
35Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1400$23,260$11.181.55
36Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers1390$40,390$19.421.2
37Waiters and Waitresses1360$23,760$11.421.7
38Stock Clerks and Order Fillers1320$24,140$11.611.3
39Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations1280$56,870$27.340.8
40Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations1170$53,580$25.761.8
41Nursing Assistants1010$25,100$12.071
42First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers980$37,590$18.071
43Construction Laborers960$36,020$17.320.8
44Lawyers960$96,040$46.170.5
45Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products930$53,440$25.690.9
46Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners890$21,600$10.380.9
47Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators890$44,710$21.50.2
48Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers860$32,350$15.550.6
49Accountants and Auditors820$57,860$27.820.9
50Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers760$45,930$22.080.4
51First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers730$31,180$14.990.6
52Cooks, Restaurant690$25,200$12.120.8
53Receptionists and Information Clerks680$27,300$13.130.7
54Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators660$48,470$23.30.2
55First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers660$70,300$33.80.4
56Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses660$37,470$18.010.5
57Medical Assistants630$29,350$14.110.45
58Computer User Support Specialists610$45,020$21.640.4
59Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria600$23,870$11.480.3
60Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics570$36,070$17.340.5
61Business Operations Specialists, All Other550$66,710$32.070.7
62First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers550$55,560$26.710.3
63Paralegals and Legal Assistants550$44,520$21.410.2
64Sales Representatives, Services, All Other540$57,310$27.550.6
65Tellers540$25,880$12.440.3
66Administrative Services Managers530$65,620$31.550.2
67Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers520$30,030$14.440
68Physicians and Surgeons, All Other520$236,870$113.880.25
69Social and Human Service Assistants520$36,730$17.660.25
70Billing and Posting Clerks470$33,470$16.090.3
71Pharmacy Technicians460$26,560$12.770.3
72Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment450$22,450$10.790.2
73Electricians440$50,020$24.050.4
74Home Health Aides420$20,810$10.010.7
75Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks420$40,910$19.670.2
76Management Analysts420$68,240$32.810.5
77Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders410$65,660$31.570
78Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants400$50,150$24.110.35
79Human Resources Specialists400$50,860$24.450.35
80Pharmacists400$118,130$56.80.2
81Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators400$45,620$21.930.1
82Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers370$24,570$11.810.8
83Financial Managers340$94,620$45.490.4
84Food Preparation Workers340$22,070$10.610.6
85Insurance Sales Agents340$49,480$23.790.3
86Medical Secretaries340$30,380$14.610.4
87Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines340$49,680$23.890.1
88Bartenders330$20,910$10.050.4
89Carpenters330$44,180$21.240.7
90Compliance Officers330$53,260$25.610.2
91First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors330$51,920$24.960
92Industrial Machinery Mechanics330$51,450$24.740.2
93Legal Secretaries320$37,660$18.10.1
94Driver/Sales Workers310$27,450$13.20.3
95Computer Programmers300$57,240$27.520.2
96Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors290$47,310$22.740.2
97First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers290$70,640$33.960.4
98Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers290$59,540$28.620.15
99Childcare Workers280$22,380$10.760.8
100Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers280$49,480$23.790.3
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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 Occupations$43,590111,090
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$33,74020,530
Sales and Related Occupations$32,89010,130
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$72,6009,780
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$22,6408,210
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$34,2507,390
Management Occupations$82,4006,080
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$42,7305,810
Construction and Extraction Occupations$48,7505,280
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$57,0904,970
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$44,2304,820
Office Clerks, General$30,3504,130
Production Occupations$42,9603,860
Personal Care and Service Occupations$22,7903,790
Registered Nurses$59,9803,530
Protective Service Occupations$33,3003,450
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$20,2003,190
Retail Salespersons$24,5903,130
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$24,0503,090
Healthcare Support Occupations$27,3703,020
Customer Service Representatives$34,2502,890
Cashiers$20,4502,820
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$60,5002,620
Community and Social Service Occupations$40,4402,170
General and Operations Managers$92,8502,060
Personal Care Aides$19,7402,020
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$27,2401,970
Legal Occupations$73,1101,900
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$31,6801,800
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$34,1301,790
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$70,8701,650
Security Guards$24,5801,630
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$48,0201,610
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$34,8301,400
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$23,2601,400
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$40,3901,390
Waiters and Waitresses$23,7601,360
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$24,1401,320
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$56,8701,280
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$53,5801,170
Nursing Assistants$25,1001,010
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$37,590980
Construction Laborers$36,020960
Lawyers$96,040960
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$53,440930
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$21,600890
Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators$44,710890
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$32,350860
Accountants and Auditors$57,860820
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers$45,930760

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 Occupations$43,590111,090
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$33,74020,530
Sales and Related Occupations$32,89010,130
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$72,6009,780
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$34,2507,390
Management Occupations$82,4006,080
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$42,7305,810
Construction and Extraction Occupations$48,7505,280
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$57,0904,970
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$44,2304,820
Office Clerks, General$30,3504,130
Production Occupations$42,9603,860
Registered Nurses$59,9803,530
Protective Service Occupations$33,3003,450
Healthcare Support Occupations$27,3703,020
Customer Service Representatives$34,2502,890
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$60,5002,620
Community and Social Service Occupations$40,4402,170
General and Operations Managers$92,8502,060
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$27,2401,970
Legal Occupations$73,1101,900
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$31,6801,800
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$34,1301,790
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$70,8701,650
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$48,0201,610
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$34,8301,400
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$40,3901,390
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$56,8701,280
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$53,5801,170
Nursing Assistants$25,1001,010
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$37,590980
Construction Laborers$36,020960
Lawyers$96,040960
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$53,440930
Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators$44,710890
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$32,350860
Accountants and Auditors$57,860820
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers$45,930760
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$31,180730
Cooks, Restaurant$25,200690
Receptionists and Information Clerks$27,300680
Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators$48,470660
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers$70,300660
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$37,470660
Medical Assistants$29,350630
Computer User Support Specialists$45,020610
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$36,070570
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$66,710550
First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers$55,560550
Paralegals and Legal Assistants$44,520550

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