Workforce

Virginia is a right-to-work state with the third lowest unionization rate in the country. Wages in Martinsville-Henry County MSA are extremely competitive. Workers' compensation and unemployment insurance are among the lowest in the nation. The unemployment tax burden is 32% lower than the national average, and right-to-work laws allow individuals to work regardless of membership in a labor union.

 Wages for Food Processing Occupations

 

 

Wages

SOC

Occupation

Entry

Median

Experienced

51-3011

Bakers

$9.08

$12.71

$15.98

53-3031

Driver/Sales Workers

$10.16

$11.51

$14.25

51-1011

First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers

$14.85

$21.36

$26.75

51-3092

Food Batchmakers

$9.45

$12.43

$15.42

51-3093

Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders

$8.26

$12.22

$15.89

53-3032

Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

11.39

$15.74

$18.20

51-9198

Helpers--Production Workers

$8.08

$8.68

$9.39

49-9041

Industrial Machinery Mechanics

$15.12

$18.16

$23.02

53-7051

Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators

$9.88

$10.87

$12.35

37-2011

Janitors and Cleaners

$8.15

$9.21

$10.20

53-7062

Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers

$8.26

$10.75

$12.52

49-9071

Maintenance Repair Workers, General

$9.18

$13.69

$17.42

51-9023

Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

$8.09

$12.31

$12.72

51-9111

Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders

$8.04

$9.19

$10.74

53-7064

Packers and Packagers, Hand

$8.36

$9.50

$11.29

51-9399

Production Workers, All Other

$8.22

$9.89

$10.79

41-4012

Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing

$11.68

$24.38

$36.00

51-2092

Team Assemblers

$8.91

$13.10

$15.97

Source: O-Net Wage Date May 2011 for Martinsville Micropolitan Area. State data utilized if local data confidential.