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Anniston Employment

Employment and Industries in the Anniston, Alabama Area

Anniston is located in a tree lined valley of the Appalachian foothills in the state of Alabama. Anniston is the county seat and the commercial and industrial center of Calhoun County. The area offers plenty of outdoor recreational activities. Residents also have opportunities to enhance their education by attending the Harry M Ayers State Technical College and the Gadsden Business College. Jackson State University is nearby.

The Anniston Army Depot is Anniston's largest employer. The depot is used for maintenance of most of the Army's tracked vehicles. In addition, the depot has numerous affiliated defense contractors. Part of the former Fort McClellan is utilized for the Alabama National Guard Training and the US Homeland Security anti-terrorism department. The Jacksonville State Higher Education Consortium is also located on the former military base. In addition, a United States courthouse, circuit and district courts, the district attorney's office and numerous county administrative offices also provide jobs in Anniston. Also, Anniston/Calhoun was selected for the development of Kronospan's 700 employee wood product plant.

Expansion Magazine, produces a "Best Cities for Business Recruitment and Attraction" list. The magazine evaluates the relocation activity of 19 million companies during an eight year timeframe. The list includes the most popular commercial relocation designations in the nation. Anniston was ranked number 15 in Expansion Magazine's top 20 small metro area list. For those considering relocating to Anniston, the city's cost of living is about 28% lower than the U.S. average.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the major industry employers in 2009, in descending order, for Anniston/Oxford are:

  • Government
  • Trade, Transportation and Utilities
  • Manufacturing
  • Professional and Business Services
  • Leisure and Hospitality

Some major employers and companies of note in the Anniston Area include:

  • Anniston Army Depot
  • Alabama Regional Medical Center
  • Center for Domestic Preparedness/DHS
  • Jacksonville State University
  • Calhoun County Schools
  • Honda Plant
  • BAE Systems
  • NABI
  • Stringfellow Hospital
  • Bostrom Seating, Inc
  • Oxford School System
  • Legacy Cabinet
  • Federal Mogul
  • Anniston School System
  • Union Foundry
  • M & H Valve
  • Honeywell
  • Super Valu
  • Anniston Sportswear
  • YKK/Tape Craft
  • Alabama Power

Some of the major business related organizations in Anniston include:

The Central Alabama Business Journal is an excellent daily newspaper which provides current information on business activities in the Anniston area.

Most Popular Jobs in Anniston, Alabama Metro Area (2008 data)

Where the Majority of Workers Have College Degrees

Rank Title Local Jobs Local Mean Salary Typical Local Salary National Growth % 2006-2016 National % With College Degree
1 Registered nurses 1,030 $61,590 $39,430 - 70,030 24% 56%
2 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 540 $45,690 $20,980 - 84,780 8% 51%
3 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 510 $43,330 $33,760 - 53,260 6% 96%
4 Elementary school teachers, except special education 460 $44,370 $35,480 - 53,120 14% 95%
5 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 230 $43,340 $34,480 - 53,120 11% 95%
6 Accountants and auditors 170 $52,150 $35,350 - 77,430 18% 79%
7 Child, family, and school social workers 130 $36,350 $19,320 - 52,590 19% 77%
8 Management analysts 100 $81,830 $48,320 - 132,520 22% 78%
9 Mechanical engineers 100 $72,480 $54,110 - 97,970 4% 78%
10 Pharmacists 90 $114,610 $91,530 - 135,340 22% 97%
11 Industrial engineers 90 $64,060 $46,170 - 84,190 20% 74%
12 Librarians 90 $45,620 $30,770 - 57,910 4% 85%
13 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 80 $70,800 $55,780 - 89,630 8% 78%
14 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 80 $42,980 $32,290 - 53,850 13% 73%
15 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 80 $40,950 $29,850 - 52,610 20% 87%
16 Social and human service assistants 80 $19,710 $13,030 - 31,300 34% 58%
17 Financial managers 70 $83,770 $55,050 - 128,670 13% 60%
18 Sales managers 70 $81,090 $43,000 - 106,750 10% 69%
19 Lawyers 70 $62,440 $41,230 - 130,790 11% 99%
20 Vocational education teachers, secondary school 70 $47,650 $35,430 - 65,560 -5% 96%
21 Chief executives 60 $151,030 $74,800 - 2% 65%
22 Advertising sales agents 60 $68,090 $18,760 - 152,620 20% 56%
23 Materials engineers 60 $49,770 $42,010 - 69,680 4% 77%
24 Medical and health services managers 50 $81,600 $45,850 - 111,160 16% 57%
25 Environmental scientists and specialists, including health 50 $61,990 $31,230 - 88,700 25% 93%
26 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 50 $50,790 $39,080 - 65,110 12% 51%
27 Detectives and criminal investigators 50 $44,880 $34,160 - 62,580 17% 54%
28 Coaches and scouts 50 $43,200 $17,440 - 79,050 15% 60%
29 Graphic designers 50 $41,870 $25,060 - 65,950 10% 55%
30 Medical and public health social workers 50 $38,890 $30,230 - 50,010 24% 77%
31 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 50 $35,040 $22,750 - 47,760 15% 51%
32 Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors 50 $29,450 $21,990 - 41,670 34% 73%
33 Managers, all other 50 $0 $ - 7% 55%
34 Engineers, all other 40 $95,190 $72,530 - 119,120 6% 82%
35 Engineering managers 40 $91,570 $69,310 - 123,010 7% 84%
36 Environmental engineers 40 $76,850 $59,580 - 98,310 25% 86%
37 Network and computer systems administrators 40 $58,200 $41,560 - 78,030 27% 50%
38 Training and development specialists 40 $47,010 $23,680 - 65,730 18% 56%
39 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 40 $46,200 $27,810 - 72,830 5% 58%
40 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 40 $43,800 $13,440 - 79,460 17% 56%
41 Public relations specialists 40 $42,560 $25,570 - 62,290 18% 81%
42 Rehabilitation counselors 40 $36,330 $17,130 - 61,090 23% 73%
43 Legislators 40 $15,740 $12,810 - 23,120 1% 65%
44 Physical therapists 30 $70,860 $48,690 - 100,940 27% 89%

Where the Majority of Workers Do Not Have College Degrees

Rank Title Local Jobs Local Mean Salary Typical Local Salary National Growth % 2006-2016 National % With College Degree
1 Cashiers 1,700 $15,940 $12,870 - 20,610 -3% 10%
2 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 1,450 $22,720 $13,870 - 32,220 2% 5%
3 Team assemblers 1,250 $24,930 $14,010 - 37,620 0% 5%
4 Retail salespersons 1,230 $21,870 $13,430 - 33,310 12% 25%
5 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 1,190 $27,670 $18,550 - 38,590 1% 18%
6 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 1,100 $15,510 $12,790 - 19,920 18% 5%
7 Waiters and waitresses 970 $14,190 $12,690 - 16,020 11% 14%
8 Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines 910 $43,380 $35,220 - 50,000 12% 3%
9 Stock clerks and order fillers 750 $22,850 $13,480 - 37,650 -8% 8%
10 Installation, maintenance, and repair workers, all other 710 $37,620 $32,060 - 47,780 8% 9%
11 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 680 $37,650 $21,870 - 57,790 10% 4%
12 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 650 $20,080 $13,720 - 28,820 15% 4%
13 General and operations managers 640 $80,250 $37,350 - 142,010 2% 48%
14 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 610 $31,280 $18,610 - 47,490 4% 25%
15 Office clerks, general 610 $20,580 $13,480 - 30,730 13% 19%
16 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 530 $39,590 $27,910 - 49,610 5% 2%
17 Machinists 530 $37,960 $26,940 - 49,220 -3% 3%
18 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 530 $20,640 $16,520 - 26,360 18% 7%
19 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 480 $27,050 $18,320 - 37,950 13% 16%
20 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 460 $25,820 $17,710 - 35,300 11% 14%
21 Business operations specialists, all other 450 $61,200 $42,010 - 84,060 21% 49%
22 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 420 $41,000 $26,310 - 59,550 6% 29%
23 Security guards 420 $29,550 $13,990 - 44,860 17% 13%
24 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 410 $30,970 $20,150 - 40,120 14% 7%
25 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 390 $53,650 $32,540 - 88,540 -5% 15%
26 Cooks, fast food 390 $15,440 $12,880 - 19,650 8% 5%
27 Food preparation workers 360 $16,340 $12,990 - 21,960 15% 7%
28 Teacher assistants 360 $16,150 $13,020 - 20,710 10% 18%
29 Customer service representatives 350 $30,790 $17,140 - 50,540 25% 22%
30 Industrial truck and tractor operators 350 $28,970 $17,000 - 39,360 -2% 2%
31 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 350 $28,090 $17,720 - 39,500 -7% 14%
32 Sewing machine operators 350 $21,880 $15,620 - 29,500 -27% 5%
33 Cooks, restaurant 350 $18,620 $13,240 - 26,630 12% 5%
34 Maintenance and repair workers, general 340 $32,590 $19,250 - 46,890 10% 6%
35 Receptionists and information clerks 310 $20,350 $14,330 - 26,570 17% 13%
36 Helpers--production workers 290 $19,300 $13,130 - 29,400 -1% 4%
37 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 270 $52,770 $30,740 - 75,330 7% 13%
38 Industrial machinery mechanics 270 $38,100 $28,040 - 49,960 9% 5%
39 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 270 $26,390 $15,760 - 45,180 8% 4%
40 Tellers 250 $20,190 $16,170 - 25,920 14% 16%
41 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 240 $39,460 $27,350 - 56,720 11% 33%
42 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 240 $29,370 $16,070 - 47,290 14% 4%
43 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 240 $25,560 $17,300 - 38,080 18% 6%
44 Medical assistants 240 $25,140 $17,300 - 35,310 35% 10%
45 Construction laborers 240 $22,870 $16,420 - 29,950 11% 5%
46 Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 220 $27,770 $22,600 - 32,100 -15% 0%
47 Painters, construction and maintenance 210 $38,780 $27,570 - 48,940 12% 6%
48 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 210 $29,270 $18,560 - 39,600 4% 6%
49 Electrical and electronics repairers, commercial and industrial equipment 200 $44,580 $33,840 - 59,400 7% 0%
50 First-line supervisors/managers of landscaping, lawn service, and groundskeeping workers 200 $31,580 $27,610 - 36,370 18% 15%
51 Electricians 190 $38,340 $27,100 - 49,460 7% 7%
52 Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 190 $27,500 $17,750 - 39,340 9% 3%
53 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 190 $15,690 $12,950 - 19,410 13% 5%
54 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 180 $46,860 $26,020 - 64,990 9% 10%
55 Fire fighters 180 $36,600 $18,790 - 50,150 12% 18%
56 Tree trimmers and pruners 180 $29,870 $27,360 - 33,360 11% 6%
57 Production, planning, and expediting clerks 170 $41,260 $29,980 - 55,970 4% 30%
58 Counter and rental clerks 170 $20,920 $13,660 - 31,080 23% 16%
59 Control and valve installers and repairers, except mechanical door 140 $43,920 $32,950 - 55,560 0% 7%
60 Carpenters 140 $32,300 $21,240 - 49,250 10% 6%
61 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 140 $16,330 $13,020 - 21,390 10% 17%
62 First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 130 $52,510 $32,510 - 79,280 4% 38%
63 Procurement clerks 130 $36,530 $25,470 - 47,650 -2% 24%
64 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 130 $33,790 $22,420 - 49,050 8% 3%
65 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 130 $29,150 $22,130 - 40,690 4% 15%
66 Driver/sales workers 130 $28,450 $13,800 - 47,190 -5% 4%
67 Paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators 130 $27,250 $22,490 - 32,890 9% 0%
68 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 130 $17,830 $13,140 - 24,660 11% 5%
69 Home health aides 130 $17,810 $13,270 - 24,340 49% 7%
70 Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 130 $15,490 $12,890 - 19,760 17% 14%
71 Postal service mail carriers 130 $0 $ - 1% 11%
72 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 120 $53,590 $27,950 - 81,210 0% 42%
73 Pharmacy technicians 120 $22,390 $15,690 - 30,630 32% 16%
74 Cooks, short order 120 $16,220 $12,920 - 20,470 5% 5%
75 Bus drivers, school 120 $14,500 $12,810 - 16,100 9% 4%
76 Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 110 $25,110 $18,030 - 31,850 -5% 5%
77 Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 110 $18,120 $14,760 - 20,850 10% 5%
78 Bartenders 110 $14,840 $12,840 - 17,650 11% 17%
79 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 100 $41,750 $31,120 - 57,150 15% 18%
80 Dental hygienists 100 $39,260 $27,540 - 51,120 30% 33%
81 Child care workers 100 $14,340 $12,710 - 16,450 18% 15%
82 Kindergarten teachers, except special education 90 $42,850 $35,020 - 52,010 16% 43%
83 Painters, transportation equipment 90 $35,250 $27,040 - 51,440 8% 4%
84 Crushing, grinding, and polishing machine setters, operators, and tenders 90 $33,710 $27,650 - 39,230 -12% 4%
85 Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic 90 $30,510 $21,790 - 39,000 -3% 6%
86 Parts salespersons 90 $29,840 $22,530 - 36,050 -2% 6%
87 Medical secretaries 90 $25,080 $17,460 - 36,380 17% 18%
88 Bill and account collectors 90 $24,320 $18,290 - 31,160 23% 13%
89 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 90 $23,920 $16,230 - 35,780 12% 6%
90 Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 90 $21,360 $14,250 - 28,840 10% 24%
91 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 90 $20,580 $14,030 - 29,880 14% 3%
92 Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers 90 $17,990 $12,910 - 28,000 12% 0%
93 Dishwashers 90 $15,730 $12,950 - 20,020 10% 3%
94 Insurance sales agents 80 $45,500 $32,380 - 71,800 13% 45%
95 First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand 80 $42,760 $26,080 - 61,020 13% 17%
96 Radiologic technologists and technicians 80 $39,330 $27,650 - 52,920 15% 25%
97 Motor vehicle operators, all other 80 $36,150 $27,530 - 47,910 11% 0%
98 Metal-refining furnace operators and tenders 80 $32,800 $23,160 - 40,700 -19% 0%
99 Cement masons and concrete finishers 80 $30,410 $24,600 - 37,000 11% 2%
100 Photographers 80 $19,560 $13,120 - 35,270 10% 46%
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Jobs More Common Near Anniston Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Tree trimmers and pruners 29,870 180 60.8
Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines 43,380 910 25.4
Installation, maintenance, and repair workers, all other 37,620 710 17.3
Control and valve installers and repairers, except mechanical door 43,920 140 14.8
Electrical and electronics repairers, commercial and industrial equipment 44,580 200 9.2
Paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators 27,250 130 8.9
Sewing machine operators 21,880 350 8.6
First-line supervisors/managers of landscaping, lawn service, and groundskeeping workers 31,580 200 6
Procurement clerks 36,530 130 5.4
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 39,590 530 5
Machinists 37,960 530 4.5
Team assemblers 24,930 1,250 4
Industrial machinery mechanics 38,100 270 3.5
Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 27,770 220 3.4
Cooks, short order 16,220 120 2.6
Painters, construction and maintenance 38,780 210 2.6
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 28,090 350 2.6
Cooks, fast food 15,440 390 2.4
Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 27,500 190 2.3
Fire fighters 36,600 180 2.3
Helpers--production workers 19,300 290 2.1
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 27,670 1,190 2.1
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 53,650 390 2
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 22,720 1,450 2
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 15,490 130 2
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 52,770 270 2
Production, planning, and expediting clerks 41,260 170 2
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 30,970 410 1.9
Industrial truck and tractor operators 28,970 350 1.9
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 25,820 460 1.8
Dental hygienists 39,260 100 1.8
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 43,330 510 1.7
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 31,280 610 1.7
Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 18,120 110 1.7
Child, family, and school social workers 36,350 130 1.6
Cashiers 15,940 1,700 1.6
Medical assistants 25,140 240 1.6
Mechanical engineers 72,480 100 1.4
First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 52,510 130 1.4
Tellers 20,190 250 1.4
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 37,650 680 1.4
Food preparation workers 16,340 360 1.3
Business operations specialists, all other 61,200 450 1.3
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 15,510 1,100 1.3
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 17,830 130 1.3
Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 53,590 120 1.3
Police and sheriff's patrol officers 39,460 240 1.3
Waiters and waitresses 14,190 970 1.3
Registered nurses 61,590 1,030 1.3
Stock clerks and order fillers 22,850 750 1.3

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Anniston, Alabama Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Security guards 29,550 1.17 420
Painters, construction and maintenance 38,780 1.13 210
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 39,590 1.12 530
Driver/sales workers 28,450 1.09 130
Procurement clerks 36,530 1.06 130
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 25,560 1.05 240
Installation, maintenance, and repair workers, all other 37,620 1.04 710
Business operations specialists, all other 61,200 1.04 450
Customer service representatives 30,790 1.04 350
Machinists 37,960 1.03 530
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 29,270 1.03 210
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 53,650 1.01 390
Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 53,590 1.01 120
Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines 43,380 1.01 910
Production, planning, and expediting clerks 41,260 1.01 170
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 37,650 1 680
Stock clerks and order fillers 22,850 1 750
Registered nurses 61,590 1 1,030
Sewing machine operators 21,880 0.97 350
Industrial truck and tractor operators 28,970 0.96 350
Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 29,150 0.96 130
Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 25,110 0.96 110
Control and valve installers and repairers, except mechanical door 43,920 0.95 140
Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 27,770 0.95 220
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 27,670 0.95 1,190
Maintenance and repair workers, general 32,590 0.95 340
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 22,720 0.94 1,450
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 52,770 0.93 270
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 16,330 0.92 140
Team assemblers 24,930 0.91 1,250
Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 18,120 0.91 110
Truck drivers, light or delivery services 26,390 0.91 270
First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 41,000 0.91 420
Electrical and electronics repairers, commercial and industrial equipment 44,580 0.91 200
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 15,510 0.9 1,100
Tree trimmers and pruners 29,870 0.9 180
Counter and rental clerks 20,920 0.9 170
Retail salespersons 21,870 0.9 1,230
Medical assistants 25,140 0.9 240
Child, family, and school social workers 36,350 0.89 130
Elementary school teachers, except special education 44,370 0.89 460
Cooks, fast food 15,440 0.89 390
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 20,080 0.88 650
Accountants and auditors 52,150 0.87 170
Fire fighters 36,600 0.87 180
Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 43,340 0.86 230
Cashiers 15,940 0.86 1,700
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 20,640 0.86 530
Cooks, restaurant 18,620 0.86 350
Industrial machinery mechanics 38,100 0.86 270

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