Special Report

The Most Iconic Job in Each State

46. Virginia
> Most iconic job:
Legal Support Workers, All Other
> Number of people employed in occupation in state: 8,948
> Annual median salary, iconic job: $95,320

The most iconic job in Virginia was the legal support worker. These jobs were more than seven times more prevalent in the Virginia workforce than in the average state. Legal activity plays a larger role in the state’s economy than the average share among states due its proximity to Washington D.C.

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47. Washington
> Most iconic job:
Aircraft Assemblers
> Number of people employed in occupation in state: 14,311
> Annual median salary, iconic job: $48,710

The most iconic job in Washington was the aircraft assembler. This job was more than 15 times more prevalent in Washington than it was in the average state. Also, about a third of all of the nation’s aircraft assemblers worked in the state. Washington is widely recognized as the nation’s center for commercial aircraft manufacturing. For example, most of Boeing’s employees located in Washington.

48. West Virginia
> Most iconic job:
Mine Shuttle Car Operators
> Number of people employed in occupation in state: 1,122
> Annual median salary, iconic job: $54,090

The most iconic job in West Virginia was the mine shuttle car operator. The share of this job in West Virginia’s employment was more than 76 times that of the average state, and over 40% of the nation’s mine shuttle car operators worked in the state. This is attributable to the large amount of coal mining activity, with West Virginia producing the second largest amount of coal after Wyoming.

49. Wisconsin
> Most iconic job:
Foundry Mold and Coremakers
> Number of people employed in occupation in state: 1,672
> Annual median salary, iconic job: $30,580

The most iconic job in Wisconsin was the foundry mold and coremaker. These jobs were more than six times more prevalent in Wisconsin than they were in the average state. This is attributable to the above average contribution that manufacturing makes to the Wisconsin economy.

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50. Wyoming
> Most iconic job:
Extraction Workers, All Other
> Number of people employed in occupation in state: 488
> Annual median salary, iconic job: $42,430

The most prevalent job in Wyoming relative to the rest of the nation was the extraction worker. The state’s booming energy sector, particularly the fracking industry, likely employs most such workers.