South Carolina Occupational Statistics

  • Total Employees in the State: 2,062,260
  • 1 Year Change in Employment: -148,510 (-6.7%)
  • Average Annual Pay in the State: $43,224
  • 1 Year Change in Annual Pay: $4,809 (12.5%)

Occupation Categories

There are 2,062,260 employed workers in South Carolina. The occupation with the greatest number of workers is Office and Administrative Support Occupations, which employs 304,960 people. This represents 14.8% 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 227,570 and 209,530 respectively.

Occupation Category# Employees% of State
Office and Administrative Support Occupations304,96014.8%
Sales and Related Occupations227,57011.0%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations209,53010.2%
Production Occupations199,4809.7%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations153,6807.5%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations125,6906.1%
Education Training and Library Occupations114,2705.5%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations95,0504.6%
Management Occupations89,1904.3%
Construction and Extraction Occupations83,0404.0%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations75,5603.7%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations70,9603.4%
Personal Care and Service Occupations59,5102.9%
Healthcare Support Occupations54,7502.7%
Protective Service Occupations47,8202.3%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations40,4002.0%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations39,7401.9%
Community and Social Service Occupations25,0901.2%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations18,7600.9%
Legal Occupations13,8000.7%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations9,3500.5%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations4,0600.2%

Occupation Changes Since Last Year

The occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers is Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations, which currently employs 209,530 people. In the last year, the number of workers has increased from 200,840 an increase of 8,690 or 4.3%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Sales and Related Occupations and Transportation and Material Moving Occupations, which increased 6,500 and 5,170 respectively.

The occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Life Physical and Social Science Occupations, which currently employs 9,350 people. In the last year, the number of workers has decreased from 9,700 or 3.6%.

Occupation Changes Since 2009

The occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers, since the recession ended in 2009, is Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations, which currently employs 209,530 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has increased from 170,030 an increase of 39,500 or 23.2%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Sales and Related Occupations and Transportation and Material Moving Occupations, which increased 31,040 and 30,910 respectively.

The occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Life Physical and Social Science Occupations, which currently employs 9,350 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has decreased from 11,530 or 18.9%.
Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Computer and Mathematical Occupations39,74048.8%
Personal Care and Service Occupations59,51045.3%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations75,56028.4%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations153,68025.2%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations125,69023.3%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations209,53023.2%
Legal Occupations13,80020.6%
Sales and Related Occupations227,57015.8%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations18,76015.6%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations40,40013.8%
Community and Social Service Occupations25,09013.8%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations95,05012.7%
Production Occupations199,48011.0%
Management Occupations89,19010.9%
Healthcare Support Occupations54,7508.5%
Education Training and Library Occupations114,2708.1%
Construction and Extraction Occupations83,0407.8%
Protective Service Occupations47,8207.3%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations70,9605.2%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations304,9604.0%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations9,350-18.9%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations4,060-22.8%


Detailed Occupations

The detailed occupation with the greatest number of workers is Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food, which employs 71,480 people. This represents 3.5% of all workers in the state. The next 2 occupations that have the most workers are Retail Salespersons and Cashiers, which employ 70,740 and 66,960 respectively.

The Top 10 Occupations in South Carolina are:
Occupation Category# Employees% of State
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food71,4803.5%
Retail Salespersons70,7403.4%
Cashiers66,9603.2%
Laborers and Freight Stock and Material Movers Hand56,6002.7%
Customer Service Representatives54,0502.6%
Assemblers and Fabricators All Other Including Team Assemblers46,9902.3%
Registered Nurses44,3502.2%
Waiters and Waitresses37,8101.8%
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants Except Legal Medical and Executive34,5501.7%
Office Clerks General33,3101.6%

Detailed Occupations Since 2009

The detailed occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers is Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food, which currently employs 71,480 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has increased from 34,350 an increase of 37,130 or 108.1%. The next 2 detailed occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Laborers and Freight Stock and Material Movers Hand and Customer Service Representatives, which increased 25,530 and 22,050 respectively.

The detailed occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants, which currently employs 3,990 people. In the last year, the number of workers has decreased from 12,090 or 67.0%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Counter Attendants Cafeteria Food Concession and Coffee Shop and Food Preparation Workers, which decreased 5,100 and 4,890 respectively.


The Top 10 Detailed Occupations With The Largest Increase Since 2009 are:
Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Foundry Mold and Coremakers3801,166.7%
Financial Examiners560522.2%
Athletes and Sports Competitors220450.0%
Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers1,770331.7%
Mechanical Door Repairers370311.1%
Occupational Health and Safety Specialists2,140303.8%
Carpet Installers380280.0%
Personal Care Aides18,040275.1%
Occupational Health and Safety Technicians370270.0%
Social Workers All Other2,660254.7%


The 10 Occupations With The Largest Decrease Since 2009 are:
Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Economics Teachers Postsecondary50-84.4%
Correspondence Clerks30-84.2%
Environmental Science and Protection Technicians Including Health150-83.5%
Desktop Publishers30-83.3%
Grounds Maintenance Workers All Other60-83.3%
Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers Motor Vehicles70-82.1%
Education Administrators All Other240-78.8%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Workers All Other60-77.8%
Word Processors and Typists140-75.9%
Geoscientists Except Hydrologists and Geographers190-75.6%

Occupation Pay

The occupation with the highest annual pay is Management Occupations, which pays an average of $103,100 per year. This represents 138.5% above the state average pay. The next 2 occupations that have the highest average pay are Architecture and Engineering Occupations and Computer and Mathematical Occupations, which pay $79,960 and $74,030 per year, respectively.

Occupation CategoryAvg Payvs State Avg
Management Occupations$103,100238.5%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$79,960185.0%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$74,030171.3%
Legal Occupations$73,070169.1%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$73,040169.0%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations$65,430151.4%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$64,640149.5%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations$48,550112.3%
Education Training and Library Occupations$48,050111.2%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations$44,730103.5%
Community and Social Service Occupations$43,17099.9%
Construction and Extraction Occupations$41,22095.4%
Production Occupations$39,00090.2%
Protective Service Occupations$38,67089.5%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations$36,30084.0%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$34,97080.9%
Sales and Related Occupations$34,59080.0%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$33,87078.4%
Healthcare Support Occupations$29,07067.3%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$25,17058.2%
Personal Care and Service Occupations$24,21056.0%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$21,91050.7%

Occupation Pay Changes Since 2009

The occupation with the largest increase in the average annual pay, since the recession ended in 2009, is Computer and Mathematical Occupations, which currently pays an average of $74,030 per year. Since 2009, pay has increased from $60,290 an increase of $13,740 or 22.8%. The next 2 occupations that pay the most to their workers are Architecture and Engineering Occupations and Life Physical and Social Science Occupations, which increased $13,270 and $13,200 respectively.

Occupation CategoryAnnual $% Change
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations$36,30034.3%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations$65,43025.3%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$74,03022.8%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$79,96019.9%
Healthcare Support Occupations$29,07019.8%
Construction and Extraction Occupations$41,22019.7%
Community and Social Service Occupations$43,17019.2%
Production Occupations$39,00019.1%
Protective Service Occupations$38,67018.3%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations$48,55018.1%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$33,87017.8%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$34,97017.1%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations$44,73016.6%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$64,64016.3%
Sales and Related Occupations$34,59016.0%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$21,91015.7%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$73,04015.5%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$25,17013.9%
Management Occupations$103,10013.5%
Education Training and Library Occupations$48,05011.1%
Personal Care and Service Occupations$24,2108.3%
Legal Occupations$73,0702.0%


Detailed Occupation Annual Compensation

The detailed occupation that pays their workers the most is Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which pays $283,910 per year. This represents 656.8% above the state average of $43,224. The next 2 occupations that pay their workers the most are Orthodontists and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, which pay $279,610 and $256,650 respectively.

Highest Paid Occupations

The Top 10 Paying Occupations in South Carolina are:
Occupation CategoryAnn'l Pay% of State
Obstetricians and Gynecologists$283,910656.8%
Orthodontists$279,610646.9%
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons$256,650593.8%
Anesthesiologists$254,420588.6%
Family and General Practitioners$235,790545.5%
Psychiatrists$226,120523.1%
Internists General$223,900518.0%
Podiatrists$195,380452.0%
Physicians and Surgeons All Other$185,210428.5%
Chief Executives$182,760422.8%

Lowest Paid Occupations

The 10 Lowest Paying Occupations in South Carolina are:
Occupation CategoryAnn'l Pay% of State
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food$18,91043.7%
Ushers Lobby Attendants and Ticket Takers$19,63045.4%
Baggage Porters and Bellhops$19,77045.7%
Cooks Fast Food$19,81045.8%
Dishwashers$19,98046.2%
Counter Attendants Cafeteria Food Concession and Coffee Shop$20,01046.3%
Cashiers$20,16046.6%
Waiters and Waitresses$20,29046.9%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers All Other$20,40047.2%
Hosts and Hostesses Restaurant Lounge and Coffee Shop$20,46047.3%



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This page was created and is maintained by Kurt Tietjen, Founder of Stavera, High Peak Media & HomeGearWorks.com. Kurt is an executive, data scientist and software engineer who holds an MBA in Management Information Systems. In 2010, he partnered with scientists at Northwestern University to launch The Street Wire. This was one of the first mainstream uses of what would become “Narrative Science”, an artificial intelligence platform specializing in natural language generation. You can contact Kurt on LinkedIn here.