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 Specialty Plastics Occupations

   

Wages

SOC Occupation Entry Median

Experienced

51-2099

Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other $8.24 $9.71 $11.67

51-4011

Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic $13.75 $18.36 $21.27

51-4031

Cutting, Punching and Press Machine Setters, Operators, Metal and Plastic $12.06 $13.47 $15.49

51-4021

Extruding and Drawing Machine Setter, Operators, Metal and Plastic $8.26 $12.22 $15.89

51-9041

Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators $10.93 $13.35 $14.61

51-1011

First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers $14.85 $21.36 $26.75

11-1021

General and Operations Managers $13.47 $24.21 $38.35

51-9198

Helpers--Production Workers $8.08 $8.68 $9.39

49-9041

Industrial Machinery Mechanics $15.12 $18.16 $23.02

11-3051

Industrial Production Managers $34.36 $45.43 $64.54

53-7051

Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators $9.88 $10.87 $12.35

51-9061

Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers $8.03 $9.71 $13.32

53-7062

Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand $8.26 $10.75 $12.52

53-7063

Machine Feeders and Offbearers $9.26 $10.92 $13.33

49-9071

Maintenance and Repair Workers, General  $9.18 $13.69 $17.42

51-4072

Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, Metal and Plastic $10.82 $15.30 $16.91

51-4081

Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, Metal and Plastic $9.94 $14.40 $17.67

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

41-4012

Sales Representative, Wholesale and Manufacturing $11.68 $24.38 $36.00

43-5071

Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks $8.14 $10.09 $12.14

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.