Cost of Doing Business

A Competitive Environment

Stable tax rates and below-average labor costs

Frederick County offers a competitive environment when it comes to operating your business. The annual average wage for Winchester MSA* ($44,400) is well below the Virginia ($50,900) and U.S. ($47,900) averages. Low and stable tax rates are attractive to companies seeking an advantageous and reliable community for its operations. Frederick County is the northern-most point of Virignia, a right-to-work state, and has an extensive road infrastrucutre allowing companies to move its products in-and-out quickly.

Sample Wage Comparison *

AVERAGE WAGES WINCHESTER MSA* D.C. METRO  U.S.
    All Occupations $44,400 $64,930 $47,900
    Chemical Technicians $39,800 $50,800 $48,700
    Construction Laborers $31,100 $34,000 $36,600
    Electrical Engineers $86,590 $108,860 $95,780
    Financial Specialists $70,810 $88,660 $76,320
    Food Batchmakers $35,750 $27,800 $28,790
    Freight, Stock, and Material Movers $25,340 $27,170 $27,180
    Health Technologists $49,940 $46,170 $45,060
    Healthcare Support $28,360 $40,070 $28,820
    Human Resource Specialists $69,690 $82,650 $62,590
    Industrial Machinery Mechanics $50,210 $57,520 $50,440
    Industrial Truck & Tractor Operators $33,930 $37,250 $33,320
    Licensed Practical Nurse $38,870 $49,890 $43,420
    Machine Tool Operators $40,560 $41,510 $37,920
    Machine Feeders $29,720 $30,660 $30,630
    Marketing Research Analysts $50,000 $75,550 $68,700
    Mixing and Blending Machine Setters $37,430 $40,050 $35,950
    Nursing Assistants $23,380 $28,760 $26,250
    Office and Administrative Support $32,680 $40,990 $35,530
    Packers and Packagers, Hand $36,690 $21,260 $23,040
    Printing Press Operators $33,570 $50,030 $36,700
    Production Helpers $25,010 $26,540 $25,600
    Radiologic Technologists $58,280 $66,830 $57,510
    Sales Representatives $49,550 $77,760 $68,870
    Training & Development Specialists $68,150 $75,580 $61,530
    Welders, Cutters, and Solderers $40,870 $46,400 $40,040

Taxes **

Corporate Tax Rate (State - 2015)  6%
Sales & Use Tax Rate (State - 2015:  4.3% & Local 1%)  5.3%
Workers Compensation (State - 2013)  $0.81 per $100 of payroll
Unemployment Insurance Per Employee (State - 2015 estimate)  $209
Real Estate - Frederick County (per $100 assessed value) $0.60
Personal Property - Frederick County (per $100 assessed value) $4.86
Machinery & Tools - Frederick County (per $100 assessed value) $2.00

Utilities

Electric

Rappahannock & Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperatives (assuming 80% power factor)
$0.06 - $0.075 p/KWH

Natural Gas

Washington Gas
$0.4 - $0.6 

Water

$3.99 per 1,000 gallons

Wastewater

$4.78 per 1,000 gallons


Sources:
*Bureau of Labor Statistics
**Compare Virginia - YesVirginia.org

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