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* ($45,500) is well below the Virginia ($54,500) and U.S. ($50,600) 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 $45,500 $68,100 $50,600
    Chemical Technicians $50,300 $52,200 $51,000
    Construction Laborers $31,500 $35,600 $38,900
    Electrical Engineers $100,500 $117,300 $99,600
    Financial Specialists $77,600 $94,600 $82,200
    Food Batchmakers $37,800 $27,900 $30,900
    Freight, Stock, and Material Movers $29,000 $30,900 $29,700
    Health Technologists $46,700 $54,900 $47,400
    Healthcare Support $36,700 $44,800 $38,600
    Human Resource Specialists $69,300 $85,900 $66,200
    Industrial Machinery Mechanics $50,400 $58,000 $53,100
    Industrial Truck & Tractor Operators $36,100 $41,500 $35,400
    Licensed Practical Nurse $39,700 $50,800 $45,700
    Machine Tool Operators $37,600 $38,000 $36,200
    Machine Feeders $29,000 $32,600 $30,700
    Market Research Analysts $53,300 $79,400 $71,500
    Mixing and Blending Machine Setters $35,900 $60,700 $38,700
    Nursing Assistants $27,300 $30,900 $28,500
    Office and Administrative Support $36,000 $44,700 $38,000
    Packers and Packagers, Hand $24,000 $25,700 $25,400
    Printing Press Operators $34,700 $51,100 $37,900
    Production Helpers $28,500 $27,600 $28,100
    Radiologic Technologists $59,500 $71,800 $60,300
    Sales Representatives $65,600 $78,600 $69,300
    Training & Development Specialists $55,100 $76,500 $64,700
    Welders, Cutters, and Solderers $42,400 $50,300 $43,400

Source: JobsEQ as of 2017 |  Updated: October 2018
*Note: Winchester MSA includes City of Winchester, and Frederick County, VA; and Hampshire County, WV

Taxes **

Corporate Tax Rate (State - 2018)  6%
Sales & Use Tax Rate (State - 2018:  4.3% & Local 1%)  5.3%
Workers Compensation  (State- 2017 estimate) $0.77 per $100 of payroll
Unemployment Insurance Per Employee (State - 2017 estimate)  $125
Real Estate - Frederick County (per $100 assessed value) $0.61
Personal Property - Frederick County (per $100 assessed value) $4.86
Machinery & Tools - Frederick County (per $100 assessed value) $2.00

Source: Virginia Economic Development Partnership | Updated: July 2018

Utilities

Electric

Rappahannock & Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperatives (assuming 80% power factor)
$0.073 - $0.095 p/KWH

Source: Estimates from REC and SVEC combined to form range for commercial and industrial users | Updated: January 2018

Natural Gas

Washington Gas
$0.40 - $0.90/Therm*

Source: Estimate from Washington Gas for commercial and industrial users; price includes gas, distribution charge, and applicable riders
Updated: January 2018
*Note: 1 Therm = 29.31 kWH

Water & Wastewater

Frederick Water
Base Rates

  Meter Size   Billing Frequency   Water   Sewer
  3/4 INCH   Monthly   $18.60   $33.63
  1 INCH   Monthly   $26.33   $49.87
  1 1/2 INCH   Monthly   $44.48   $88.59
  2 INCH   Monthly   $68.37   $138.39
  3 INCH   Monthly   $142.97   $284.29
  4 INCH   Monthly   $220.32   $446.70
  6 INCH   Monthly   $411.99   $850.03
  8 INCH   Monthly   $640.64   $1,331.89
  10 INCH   Monthly   $902.85    na

Consumption per Meter Read
# of thousand gallons x rate
  in thousand gallons     Water   Sewer
  0-1 included in Base Rate   $-   $-
  2-20     $4.32   $5.17
  21-50     $4.57   $5.47
  51-100     $4.98   $5.96
  101+     $6.17   $6.50

Source: Frederick Water | Updated July 2018

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Winchester, VA 22601

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