West Virginia Occupational Statistics

  • Total Employees in the State: 696,620
  • 1 Year Change in Employment: -53,350 (-7.1%)
  • Average Annual Pay in the State: $42,372
  • 1 Year Change in Annual Pay: $4,346 (11.4%)

Occupation Categories

There are 696,620 employed workers in West Virginia. The occupation with the greatest number of workers is Office and Administrative Support Occupations, which employs 104,270 people. This represents 15.0% of all workers in the state. The next 2 occupations that have the most workers are Sales and Related Occupations and Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations, which employ 67,260 and 63,300 respectively.

Occupation Category# Employees% of State
Office and Administrative Support Occupations104,27015.0%
Sales and Related Occupations67,2609.7%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations63,3009.1%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations59,0008.5%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations53,7007.7%
Education Training and Library Occupations44,8406.4%
Construction and Extraction Occupations43,4406.2%
Production Occupations37,9305.4%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations35,7205.1%
Management Occupations30,7804.4%
Personal Care and Service Occupations27,1103.9%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations23,0503.3%
Healthcare Support Occupations21,5403.1%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations20,6203.0%
Protective Service Occupations14,7802.1%
Community and Social Service Occupations11,4801.6%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations11,0101.6%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations9,3101.3%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations6,2000.9%
Legal Occupations5,2300.8%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations4,6800.7%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations1,3700.2%

Occupation Changes Since Last Year

The occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers is Construction and Extraction Occupations, which currently employs 43,440 people. In the last year, the number of workers has increased from 38,620 an increase of 4,820 or 12.5%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Education Training and Library Occupations and Personal Care and Service Occupations, which increased 1,790 and 1,340 respectively.

The occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Office and Administrative Support Occupations, which currently employs 104,270 people. In the last year, the number of workers has decreased from 105,330 or 1.0%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Legal Occupations and Protective Service Occupations, which decreased 770 and 700 respectively.


Occupation Changes Since 2009

The occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers, since the recession ended in 2009, is Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations, which currently employs 59,000 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has increased from 49,520 an increase of 9,480 or 19.1%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Personal Care and Service Occupations and Education Training and Library Occupations, which increased 8,000 and 4,800 respectively.

The occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Office and Administrative Support Occupations, which currently employs 104,270 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has decreased from 118,820 or 12.2%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Construction and Extraction Occupations and Transportation and Material Moving Occupations, which decreased 5,230 and 5,020 respectively.

Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Computer and Mathematical Occupations11,01044.5%
Personal Care and Service Occupations27,11041.9%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations1,37029.2%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations59,00019.1%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations23,05013.1%
Education Training and Library Occupations44,84012.0%
Management Occupations30,78011.9%
Protective Service Occupations14,7804.6%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations9,3101.9%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations6,2001.3%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations20,620-1.4%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations35,720-1.7%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations63,300-2.3%
Legal Occupations5,230-4.6%
Sales and Related Occupations67,260-6.5%
Community and Social Service Occupations11,480-8.2%
Healthcare Support Occupations21,540-8.5%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations53,700-8.5%
Construction and Extraction Occupations43,440-10.7%
Production Occupations37,930-11.2%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations4,680-11.5%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations104,270-12.2%


Detailed Occupations

The detailed occupation with the greatest number of workers is Retail Salespersons, which employs 23,100 people. This represents 3.3% of all workers in the state. The next 2 occupations that have the most workers are Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food and Cashiers, which employ 21,890 and 20,210 respectively.

The Top 10 Occupations in West Virginia are:
Occupation Category# Employees% of State
Retail Salespersons23,1003.3%
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food21,8903.1%
Cashiers20,2102.9%
Registered Nurses19,9302.9%
Office Clerks General19,1102.7%
Personal Care Aides12,5001.8%
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers12,1101.7%
Waiters and Waitresses11,8001.7%
Customer Service Representatives11,7801.7%
Laborers and Freight Stock and Material Movers Hand11,7701.7%

Detailed Occupations Since 2009

The detailed occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers is Personal Care Aides, which currently employs 12,500 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has increased from 5,710 an increase of 6,790 or 118.9%. The next 2 detailed occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Customer Service Representatives and General and Operations Managers, which increased 3,620 and 3,320 respectively.

The detailed occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Office Clerks General, which currently employs 19,110 people. In the last year, the number of workers has decreased from 28,980 or 34.1%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Telemarketers and Laborers and Freight Stock and Material Movers Hand, which decreased 3,760 and 3,700 respectively.


The Top 10 Detailed Occupations With The Largest Increase Since 2009 are:
Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Operations Research Analysts250733.3%
Medical Scientists Except Epidemiologists190533.3%
Highway Maintenance Workers1,250495.2%
Human Resources Specialists1,800350.0%
Pipelayers890323.8%
Community and Social Service Specialists All Other450309.1%
Social Science Research Assistants160300.0%
Loading Machine Operators Underground Mining820290.5%
Counselors All Other300275.0%
Transportation Workers All Other290262.5%


The 10 Occupations With The Largest Decrease Since 2009 are:
Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Family and General Practitioners100-89.4%
Welding Soldering and Brazing Machine Setters Operators and Tenders40-88.2%
Food Servers Nonrestaurant140-87.2%
Mine Cutting and Channeling Machine Operators220-86.6%
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers160-86.1%
Locker Room Coatroom and Dressing Room Attendants40-85.2%
Helpers--Brickmasons Blockmasons Stonemasons and Tile and Marble Setters50-83.9%
Advertising and Promotions Managers50-83.3%
Boilermakers100-81.8%
Helpers--Extraction Workers240-81.7%

Occupation Pay

The occupation with the highest annual pay is Management Occupations, which pays an average of $89,690 per year. This represents 111.7% above the state average pay. The next 2 occupations that have the highest average pay are Legal Occupations and Architecture and Engineering Occupations, which pay $74,990 and $74,880 per year, respectively.

Occupation CategoryAvg Payvs State Avg
Management Occupations$89,690211.7%
Legal Occupations$74,990177.0%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$74,880176.7%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$71,400168.5%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$68,460161.6%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$62,480147.5%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations$58,330137.7%
Construction and Extraction Occupations$48,490114.4%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations$44,570105.2%
Education Training and Library Occupations$43,460102.6%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations$42,980101.4%
Production Occupations$40,59095.8%
Community and Social Service Occupations$38,89091.8%
Protective Service Occupations$36,62086.4%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$36,09085.2%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$33,09078.1%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations$32,11075.8%
Sales and Related Occupations$30,65072.3%
Healthcare Support Occupations$28,19066.5%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$26,00061.4%
Personal Care and Service Occupations$23,26054.9%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$22,84053.9%

Occupation Pay Changes Since 2009

The occupation with the largest increase in the average annual pay, since the recession ended in 2009, is Management Occupations, which currently pays an average of $89,690 per year. Since 2009, pay has increased from $72,050 an increase of $17,640 or 24.5%. The next 2 occupations that pay the most to their workers are Legal Occupations and Architecture and Engineering Occupations, which increased $16,560 and $15,150 respectively.

Occupation CategoryAnnual $% Change
Legal Occupations$74,99028.3%
Community and Social Service Occupations$38,89028.3%
Healthcare Support Occupations$28,19027.8%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$74,88025.4%
Management Occupations$89,69024.5%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$71,40024.2%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$22,84023.3%
Protective Service Occupations$36,62023.1%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$26,00021.8%
Production Occupations$40,59021.7%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$33,09021.3%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations$44,57021.0%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$36,09020.6%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$68,46018.7%
Personal Care and Service Occupations$23,26018.6%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations$42,98018.4%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations$32,11018.2%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$62,48018.2%
Construction and Extraction Occupations$48,49017.6%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations$58,33015.2%
Sales and Related Occupations$30,65014.1%
Education Training and Library Occupations$43,4607.9%


Detailed Occupation Annual Compensation

The detailed occupation that pays their workers the most is Anesthesiologists, which pays $281,000 per year. This represents 663.2% above the state average of $42,372. The next 2 occupations that pay their workers the most are Physicians and Surgeons All Other and Family and General Practitioners, which pay $222,270 and $214,270 respectively.

Highest Paid Occupations

The Top 10 Paying Occupations in West Virginia are:
Occupation CategoryAnn'l Pay% of State
Anesthesiologists$281,000663.2%
Physicians and Surgeons All Other$222,270524.6%
Family and General Practitioners$214,270505.7%
Nurse Anesthetists$183,080432.1%
Podiatrists$175,530414.3%
Psychiatrists$166,400392.7%
Chief Executives$153,880363.2%
Dentists General$139,170328.5%
Architectural and Engineering Managers$139,030328.1%
Purchasing Managers$132,930313.7%

Lowest Paid Occupations

The 10 Lowest Paying Occupations in West Virginia are:
Occupation CategoryAnn'l Pay% of State
Gaming Dealers$20,41048.2%
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food$20,60048.6%
Hosts and Hostesses Restaurant Lounge and Coffee Shop$20,63048.7%
Cooks Short Order$20,68048.8%
Personal Care Aides$20,76049.0%
Ushers Lobby Attendants and Ticket Takers$20,87049.3%
Amusement and Recreation Attendants$21,02049.6%
Lifeguards Ski Patrol and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers$21,27050.2%
Cooks Fast Food$21,33050.3%
Cashiers$21,35050.4%



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