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Auburn Employment

Employment and Industries in the Auburn, Alabama Area

Auburn is located in Lee County and is the largest city in eastern Alabama. Auburn is the fastest growing metropolitan area in the state. The city is home to Auburn University and is regarded as a college town. In addition, the city's cost of living index is close to the national average. The average salary in Auburn in 2009 was $34,000. According to Auburn employment statistics, 27% of employees have a bachelor's degree and 29% have a graduate degree.

For workers with children, Auburn's school system has repeatedly been placed among the top public school systems in Alabama and the country. Parenting Magazine ranked Auburn city school districts in the top 100 school districts in the nation.

Auburn University and university-associated services are major factors for the economy. The university employs about one-quarter of the city's workforce. Also, a large number of residents have federal and state government jobs that are generally connected with Auburn University. Roughly half of the Auburn workforce is employed in service sector positions. Some of the most common jobs in the city are management, professional and related professions. Sales and office jobs are also prevalent.

Auburn University is known for its business, agriculture, engineering and veterinary medicine programs. The school typically has over 20,000 students. The university is regarded as a research institution. The university emphasizes the areas of molecular biosciences, engineering, aqua culture, forest sustainability and transportation. The university's facilities include the Center for Micorfibrous Materials Manufacturing, the Space Power Institute, the Forest Products Development Center and the National Center for Asphalt Technology.

The city's Economic Development Department recruited numerous small to medium size technology companies to Auburn. About 30% of the jobs in Auburn are in the manufacturing sector. Mid-sized high-tech manufacturing and research companies are major factors for the city's industrial base. The city includes companies that manufacture automotive wheels, small engines, plastic injection technology, tools, vehicle armor, fuel cells and other items. Auburn also has several research centers including the Ludwig von Misies Institute.

Some major employers in Auburn are:

  • Auburn University
  • Briggs & Stratton
  • Auburn City Schools
  • Master Brand Cabinet Company
  • Federal Government
  • City of Auburn and the Water Works Board
  • Falk Corporation
  • Donaldson Company
  • EPOS Corporation
  • Hoerbiger Hydraulics
  • Touchstone Precision
  • Stahlschmidt & Maiworm
  • Weidmann Plastics
  • Capitol Vial

The leading industries in Auburn are:

  • Education
  • Health and social services
  • Manufacturing
  • Technology
  • Entertainment and recreation
  • Food services
  • Retail trade

Some of the major business related organizations in Auburn include:

The Central Alabama Business Journal is an excellent publication to help individuals stay current on business activities in the Auburn area.

Most Popular Jobs in Auburn, 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 680 $52,940 $40,310 - 65,720 24% 56%
2 Elementary school teachers, except special education 660 $39,870 $29,390 - 52,320 14% 95%
3 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 340 $41,890 $31,620 - 51,320 11% 95%
4 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 320 $44,670 $18,770 - 76,140 8% 51%
5 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 290 $42,960 $30,770 - 54,860 6% 96%
6 Accountants and auditors 240 $50,220 $26,370 - 80,080 18% 79%
7 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 150 $46,020 $32,950 - 59,980 13% 73%
8 Coaches and scouts 150 $0 $ - 15% 60%
9 Pharmacists 140 $87,420 $27,750 - 127,050 22% 97%
10 Industrial engineers 120 $71,510 $51,760 - 99,970 20% 74%
11 Public relations specialists 120 $42,700 $22,200 - 70,320 18% 81%
12 Network and computer systems administrators 100 $61,830 $42,460 - 82,490 27% 50%
13 Social and human service assistants 100 $23,520 $17,370 - 34,340 34% 58%
14 Librarians 90 $52,720 $39,810 - 70,830 4% 85%
15 Training and development specialists 90 $36,990 $26,560 - 55,940 18% 56%
16 Mechanical engineers 80 $69,380 $48,410 - 82,210 4% 78%
17 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 80 $69,000 $52,480 - 92,320 8% 78%
18 Civil engineers 80 $58,190 $15,680 - 87,990 18% 87%
19 Computer and information systems managers 70 $100,590 $62,370 - 146,500 16% 73%
20 Financial managers 70 $90,760 $49,370 - 157,690 13% 60%
21 Managers, all other 70 $82,050 $32,740 - 134,530 7% 55%
22 Computer systems analysts 70 $64,720 $46,140 - 82,790 29% 68%
23 Child, family, and school social workers 70 $39,510 $28,320 - 57,430 19% 77%
24 Chief executives 60 $150,480 $70,210 - 2% 65%
25 Management analysts 60 $89,990 $45,180 - 129,670 22% 78%
26 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 60 $53,510 $32,000 - 84,070 17% 56%
27 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 60 $45,850 $37,920 - 52,770 20% 87%
28 Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists 50 $37,740 $33,640 - 40,820 11% 58%
29 Medical and public health social workers 40 $43,340 $33,660 - 51,310 24% 77%
30 Detectives and criminal investigators 40 $40,640 $30,580 - 52,980 17% 54%
31 Graphic designers 40 $37,130 $24,750 - 49,400 10% 55%
32 Legislators 40 $17,190 $13,060 - 23,590 1% 65%
33 Engineering managers 30 $91,340 $65,020 - 123,490 7% 84%
34 Medical and health services managers 30 $86,340 $44,670 - 130,790 16% 57%
35 Foresters 30 $63,860 $41,190 - 115,830 5% 86%
36 Vocational education teachers, secondary school 30 $54,970 $44,350 - 75,690 -5% 96%
37 Advertising sales agents 30 $53,180 $21,910 - 127,000 20% 56%
38 Special education teachers, secondary school 30 $43,970 $36,130 - 52,600 9% 87%

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 2,020 $15,850 $12,850 - 19,860 -3% 10%
2 Retail salespersons 1,800 $23,010 $13,440 - 39,100 12% 25%
3 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 1,340 $15,000 $12,830 - 18,460 18% 5%
4 Team assemblers 1,280 $22,960 $20,000 - 28,100 0% 5%
5 Waiters and waitresses 1,280 $15,350 $12,770 - 19,600 11% 14%
6 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 1,140 $27,670 $19,660 - 37,320 1% 18%
7 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 1,020 $20,270 $13,370 - 30,900 15% 4%
8 Office clerks, general 960 $21,190 $13,700 - 31,980 13% 19%
9 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 860 $32,130 $15,470 - 50,090 4% 25%
10 Stock clerks and order fillers 820 $21,220 $13,580 - 34,500 -8% 8%
11 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 690 $27,550 $19,770 - 37,490 10% 4%
12 General and operations managers 680 $89,300 $34,800 - 164,750 2% 48%
13 Customer service representatives 610 $25,360 $17,050 - 34,990 25% 22%
14 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 590 $40,290 $24,980 - 61,030 6% 29%
15 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 540 $28,530 $16,580 - 40,580 13% 16%
16 Cooks, restaurant 500 $18,060 $13,290 - 24,500 12% 5%
17 Helpers--production workers 480 $22,750 $14,000 - 36,490 -1% 4%
18 Maintenance and repair workers, general 470 $29,520 $17,330 - 44,570 10% 6%
19 Construction laborers 460 $21,000 $15,670 - 29,700 11% 5%
20 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 400 $20,320 $14,240 - 30,350 18% 6%
21 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 390 $28,810 $19,010 - 39,320 11% 14%
22 Child care workers 390 $17,780 $12,990 - 25,560 18% 15%
23 Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 380 $21,520 $16,540 - 29,200 -15% 0%
24 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 370 $29,930 $15,370 - 47,760 -7% 14%
25 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 350 $37,560 $27,250 - 51,310 11% 33%
26 Carpenters 340 $28,900 $18,210 - 40,130 10% 6%
27 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 330 $50,370 $32,680 - 73,150 -5% 15%
28 Counter and rental clerks 310 $20,670 $13,010 - 33,810 23% 16%
29 Receptionists and information clerks 300 $18,130 $13,390 - 24,520 17% 13%
30 Industrial machinery mechanics 290 $42,370 $33,520 - 56,180 9% 5%
31 Tellers 270 $21,900 $16,880 - 26,830 14% 16%
32 Recreation workers 270 $18,120 $12,840 - 32,850 13% 47%
33 Teacher assistants 270 $17,040 $13,070 - 22,020 10% 18%
34 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 260 $47,410 $29,100 - 66,860 7% 13%
35 Electricians 260 $39,100 $26,120 - 59,130 7% 7%
36 Security guards 260 $19,100 $13,820 - 24,380 17% 13%
37 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 260 $16,880 $13,040 - 23,200 13% 5%
38 Food preparation workers 250 $16,150 $13,030 - 19,560 15% 7%
39 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 240 $24,690 $14,540 - 45,430 8% 4%
40 Cooks, fast food 240 $14,140 $12,680 - 15,910 8% 5%
41 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 230 $48,230 $31,250 - 69,780 9% 10%
42 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 220 $28,080 $21,030 - 38,740 8% 3%
43 Preschool teachers, except special education 220 $22,950 $14,750 - 32,560 26% 43%
44 Industrial truck and tractor operators 210 $29,990 $21,570 - 44,800 -2% 2%
45 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 200 $44,470 $33,280 - 62,770 15% 18%
46 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 200 $29,020 $14,200 - 47,750 4% 6%
47 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 200 $15,720 $12,880 - 19,120 10% 17%
48 Extruding, forming, pressing, and compacting machine setters, operators, and tenders 190 $39,840 $22,560 - 58,640 -8% 0%
49 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 190 $34,370 $17,730 - 57,780 14% 4%
50 Molding, coremaking, and casting machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 190 $22,850 $15,600 - 31,640 -13% 0%
51 Computer support specialists 180 $37,250 $20,260 - 54,720 13% 43%
52 Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic 180 $27,630 $20,600 - 39,690 -3% 6%
53 Multiple machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 170 $26,390 $13,300 - 46,920 0% 3%
54 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 160 $32,580 $22,920 - 41,890 14% 7%
55 Bus drivers, school 160 $23,010 $13,010 - 38,050 9% 4%
56 Dishwashers 160 $16,540 $13,020 - 21,380 10% 3%
57 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 150 $16,740 $13,130 - 22,320 11% 5%
58 Bartenders 150 $15,510 $12,750 - 21,990 11% 17%
59 Sales representatives, services, all other 150 $0 $ - 28% 48%
60 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 140 $26,630 $17,690 - 34,370 4% 15%
61 Pharmacy technicians 140 $24,390 $17,100 - 32,380 32% 16%
62 Medical assistants 130 $23,590 $16,510 - 32,510 35% 10%
63 First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand 120 $39,380 $24,840 - 51,260 13% 17%
64 Machinists 120 $35,220 $26,550 - 47,400 -3% 3%
65 Packers and packagers, hand 120 $17,020 $12,970 - 26,410 -12% 3%
66 Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 120 $15,790 $12,980 - 19,710 17% 14%
67 Postal service mail carriers 120 $0 $ - 1% 11%
68 Insurance sales agents 110 $33,220 $25,420 - 41,480 13% 45%
69 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 110 $25,620 $17,890 - 31,100 5% 2%
70 Library assistants, clerical 110 $22,140 $13,800 - 32,960 8% 37%
71 Bill and account collectors 110 $21,220 $16,460 - 26,280 23% 13%
72 Kindergarten teachers, except special education 100 $42,190 $31,810 - 52,880 16% 43%
73 Automotive body and related repairers 100 $35,150 $20,450 - 48,580 12% 3%
74 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 100 $33,950 $25,670 - 43,820 11% 4%
75 Bakers 100 $33,760 $20,570 - 39,740 10% 8%
76 Industrial production managers 90 $72,700 $45,750 - 101,750 -6% 43%
77 Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 90 $31,160 $19,700 - 39,550 9% 3%
78 Legal secretaries 90 $28,870 $21,500 - 38,500 12% 18%
79 Pest control workers 90 $20,380 $13,540 - 31,280 16% 9%
80 Driver/sales workers 90 $19,880 $13,200 - 31,080 -5% 4%
81 Amusement and recreation attendants 90 $15,470 $12,880 - 19,070 24% 22%
82 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 90 $15,420 $12,890 - 19,340 12% 6%
83 Loan officers 80 $77,880 $56,090 - 103,760 12% 49%
84 Production, planning, and expediting clerks 80 $38,230 $25,330 - 58,260 4% 30%
85 Pipelayers 80 $28,290 $20,440 - 34,610 9% 4%
86 Dental assistants 80 $26,300 $18,220 - 33,800 29% 9%
87 Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 80 $26,020 $14,440 - 37,040 27% 47%
88 Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters 80 $23,710 $17,780 - 31,250 3% 4%
89 Food service managers 70 $47,110 $35,760 - 61,870 5% 24%
90 Dental hygienists 70 $45,250 $33,040 - 61,210 30% 33%
91 First-line supervisors/managers of landscaping, lawn service, and groundskeeping workers 70 $38,120 $23,170 - 54,770 18% 15%
92 First-line supervisors/managers of housekeeping and janitorial workers 70 $31,240 $16,980 - 46,130 13% 11%
93 Office and administrative support workers, all other 70 $22,500 $13,180 - 38,020 -9% 32%
94 Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers 70 $19,560 $13,150 - 30,680 16% 10%
95 Food servers, nonrestaurant 70 $16,880 $13,120 - 22,400 16% 9%
96 Correctional officers and jailers 70 $0 $ - 17% 11%
97 First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 60 $67,520 $44,910 - 99,530 4% 38%
98 Construction managers 60 $67,240 $40,020 - 101,350 16% 29%
99 First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 60 $41,900 $27,710 - 66,210 10% 17%
100 Water and liquid waste treatment plant and system operators 60 $39,370 $27,880 - 50,790 14% 8%
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Jobs More Common Near Auburn Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Extruding, forming, pressing, and compacting machine setters, operators, and tenders 39,840 190 11.7
Multiple machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 26,390 170 8.5
Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 21,520 380 6.1
Molding, coremaking, and casting machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 22,850 190 5.6
Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic 27,630 180 5.1
Team assemblers 22,960 1,280 4.4
Industrial machinery mechanics 42,370 290 3.9
Helpers--production workers 22,750 480 3.8
Library assistants, clerical 22,140 110 3.6
Recreation workers 18,120 270 3.4
Coaches and scouts 0 150 3.1
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 29,930 370 2.9
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 32,130 860 2.5
Bakers 33,760 100 2.5
Automotive body and related repairers 35,150 100 2.4
Counter and rental clerks 20,670 310 2.3
Child care workers 17,780 390 2.3
First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand 39,380 120 2.2
Kindergarten teachers, except special education 42,190 100 2.2
Educational, vocational, and school counselors 46,020 150 2.2
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 28,080 220 2.1
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 27,670 1,140 2.1
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 47,410 260 2
Industrial engineers 71,510 120 2
Police and sheriff's patrol officers 37,560 350 2
Cashiers 15,850 2,020 2
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 15,790 120 2
Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 41,890 340 1.9
Preschool teachers, except special education 22,950 220 1.9
Cooks, restaurant 18,060 500 1.9
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 15,720 200 1.9
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 50,370 330 1.8
Pharmacists 87,420 140 1.8
Waiters and waitresses 15,350 1,280 1.8
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 15,000 1,340 1.7
Elementary school teachers, except special education 39,870 660 1.7
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 28,810 390 1.7
Tellers 21,900 270 1.6
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 20,270 1,020 1.6
Public relations specialists 42,700 120 1.6
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 16,740 150 1.6
Cooks, fast food 14,140 240 1.6
Construction laborers 21,000 460 1.6
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 27,550 690 1.5
Pharmacy technicians 24,390 140 1.5
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 20,320 400 1.5
Stock clerks and order fillers 21,220 820 1.5
General and operations managers 89,300 680 1.4
First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 40,290 590 1.4
Electricians 39,100 260 1.4

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Extruding, forming, pressing, and compacting machine setters, operators, and tenders 39,840 1.3 190
Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 44,470 1.15 200
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 29,020 1.02 200
Industrial truck and tractor operators 29,990 1 210
Industrial engineers 71,510 0.98 120
Helpers--production workers 22,750 0.96 480
Dishwashers 16,540 0.96 160
Machinists 35,220 0.95 120
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 28,810 0.95 390
Industrial machinery mechanics 42,370 0.95 290
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 50,370 0.95 330
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 27,670 0.95 1,140
Automotive service technicians and mechanics 34,370 0.95 190
Retail salespersons 23,010 0.94 1,800
Stock clerks and order fillers 21,220 0.93 820
General and operations managers 89,300 0.93 680
Tellers 21,900 0.92 270
Library assistants, clerical 22,140 0.92 110
Child care workers 17,780 0.92 390
First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand 39,380 0.92 120
Preschool teachers, except special education 22,950 0.9 220
First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 40,290 0.89 590
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 29,930 0.89 370
Educational, vocational, and school counselors 46,020 0.89 150
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 28,530 0.89 540
Computer support specialists 37,250 0.89 180
Counter and rental clerks 20,670 0.89 310
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 15,720 0.89 200
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 20,270 0.89 1,020
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 16,880 0.88 260
Bus drivers, school 23,010 0.88 160
Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 26,630 0.88 140
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 15,000 0.87 1,340
Pharmacy technicians 24,390 0.87 140
Maintenance and repair workers, general 29,520 0.86 470
Registered nurses 52,940 0.86 680
Cashiers 15,850 0.86 2,020
Customer service representatives 25,360 0.85 610
Truck drivers, light or delivery services 24,690 0.85 240
Public relations specialists 42,700 0.85 120
Food preparation workers 16,150 0.84 250
Accountants and auditors 50,220 0.84 240
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 42,960 0.84 290
Team assemblers 22,960 0.84 1,280
Medical assistants 23,590 0.84 130
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 20,320 0.84 400
Multiple machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 26,390 0.84 170
Packers and packagers, hand 17,020 0.83 120
Electricians 39,100 0.83 260
Pharmacists 87,420 0.83 140

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