Average wages in the Roanoke Region offer employers the opportunity to provide a skilled workforce competitive salaries, while ensuring the long-term viability of the businesses.

Average Income

Per Capita Personal Income (2021)$50,215
Median Household Income (2021)$57,362
Source: BEA, 2020: ESRI, Inc, RRP Region, 2021

Average Income by Occupation

Packers and packagers, hand$22,390
Home Health and Personal Care Aides $23,100
Sewing machine operators$27,340
Construction laborers$28,370
Receptionists and information clerks$28,770
Laborers and freight, stock, material movers$29,880
Officer clerks, general$32,880
Customer service representatives$34,310
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks$37,180
Industrial truck and tractor operators$37,200
Maintenance and repair workers$38,690
Light truck drivers$42,570
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer$45,090
Licensed practical and vocational nurses$45,430
First-line supervisors of office and admin.$54,750
Registered nurses$67,600
Sales representatives, wholesale, and manufacturing$67,930
Elementary school teachers$78,550
General and operations managers$105,870
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Roanoke MSA-May 2020


The Roanoke Region offers a range of diverse industries providing competitive job opportunities. The following charts outline the average wages for each general profession. For more information on jobs not listed here, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Professional, Technical, and ManagerialMedian Hourly Wage
Manager, Computer/Information Systems$65.50
Manager, Human Resources$54.67
Manager, Industrial Production/Plant$55.27
Environmental Engineers$32.22
Engineer, Electrical$48.80
Engineer, Mechanical$41.52
ClericalMedian Hourly Wage
Bookkeeping/Accounting Clerk$17.87
Executive Secretary/Admin Assistant$26.77
Receptionist Information Clerk$13.83
General Office Clerk$15.81
ComputerMedian Hourly Wage
Computer Programmer$32.45
Computer User Support Specialist$25.98
ProductionMedian Hourly Wage
Industrial Machinery Mechanic$25.09
Welder and Cutter$19.39
Tool and Die Maker$19.15
Printing Press Machine Operator$18.41
Electric and Electronics Equipment Assembler$16.65
Stockers and Order Filler$12.65
Packer and Packager$10.76
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics-Roanoke MSA-May 2020