Corporate, Professional and Financial Services
“The Hampton Roads region has a strong and capable labor pool which has allowed us to constantly grow our company. Since locating our regional office here in 1998, we have grown to more than 2,600 associates and remain very happy with our decision to locate and expand in Hampton Roads.”
- Joe Thomas, GEICO
Hampton Roads’ central location on the talent rich Eastern Seaboard of the United States makes it ideal for professional firms. Unchanged since 1972, the Commonwealth of Virginia enjoys a very favorable corporate tax rate, well below the national average. The added benefit of a lower-than-average cost of living makes Hampton Roads the perfect place to work and live. This winning combination is why companies such as New York Times Shared Services, Anthem, Inc., and GEICO, as well as Fortune 500 companies Norfolk Southern Corporation, Dollar Tree, Inc., and Huntington Ingalls Industries all call Hampton Roads home.
- Anthem, Inc.
- Bank of America
- Capital One
- Dollar Tree, Inc
- Ferguson Enterprises
- New York Times Shared Services
- Norfolk Southern
- PRA Group, Inc.
Regional Industry Highlights
- Existing concentration of businesses with a large, growing labor pool of skilled professional workers.
- Over 100,000 are directly employed in the Corporate, Professional and Financial Services industry.
Shown in the chart below, the region of Hampton Roads, Virginia hosts competitive costs within Class A & Class B office space as well as natural gas rates for commercial users when compared to other states and major metropolitan areas within the United States.
Source: CoStar National Market Reports (Q4 2017), U.S. Energy Information Administration
Notes: Office costs are displayed as price/sq. foot. within the metro economy. Commercial rates defined for nonmanufacturing establishments or agencies primarily engaged in the sale of goods or services such as hotels, restaurants, wholesale and retail stores and other service enterprises.
Average Wages and Salaries: the average salary in the corporate, professional and financial services sector is 10% lower than the national average. Below are examples of the regional average wage for various occupations in this field.
|Regional Average Wage||National Average Wage|
|Accountants and Auditors||$71,320||$73,670|
|Personal Financial Advisors||$94,220||$108,090|
|Sales Representatives, Services, All Other||$58,410||$61,960|
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2014
Average Costs of Benefits to Employers: the chart below shows the cost to the employer per hour worked for employee compensation in dollars and as a percentage of total compensation. Hampton Roads is part of the South Atlantic region. Benefits include paid leave, supplemental pay, insurance, retirement and savings, social security, unemployment, and workers’ compensation.
|Average Costs||Average percent of Costs|
|Midwest||East North Central||$9.01||30.70%|
|West North Central||$8.39||29.80%|
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, June 2015