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Birmingham Employment

Employment and Industries in the Birmingham, Alabama Area

Birmingham, Alabama is nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and is the county seat of Jefferson County. As the largest city in Alabama, Birmingham and Jefferson County are home to over 55,000 businesses - making it one of the most significant business centers located in the southeastern United States. Some of the major industries for employment are manufacturing, banking, trade, government, research, medicine, biotechnology and publishing. The city is also a major distribution center.

According to a 2014 report from the Birmingham Business Alliance and their analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, Birmingham gets high marks regarding per capita income growth. From 2001-2012, Birmingham's per capita income growth has ranked in the top half of southeastern cities in its peer metropolitan group. The Bureau of Economic Analysis also reports that Birmingham's 2013 per capita personal income (PCPI) of $42,570 ranked 119 of 381 national metropolitan statistical areas. They also conclude that Birmingham ranks 51st nationally in total personal income. Although the city ranks well against its southeastern peers in per capita income growth, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reports that Birmingham's 2013 growth ranks slightly below the national average.

With approximately 23,000 employees, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is both the city's largest employer and one of the largest employers in the state. Bio-technology and medical research at the university are significant economic factors for the city. Some of Birmingham's other largest employers include the U.S. Government, Alabama Power, St. Vincent's Health, AT&T, and the Marshall Durbin Food Corporation.

The banking industry plays a large role in Birmingham's local economy. The city is home to the corporate offices of Regions Financial Corporation, the nation's 25th largest financial institution by holdings. In addition, the steel production and processing industries are also major economic contributors. Several of the largest steel makers in the country have operations in Birmingham. The city is also home to major insurance companies. In addition, the food services industry provides nearly 38,000 jobs for area workers.

Automobile manufacturing is still one of the Birmingham's largest industries, with both a Mercedes-Benz and a Honda plant in nearby Vance and Lincoln, respectively. In addition, Birmingham is a major technology center for the region. In 2013, NetworkWorld named Birmingham the "Silicon Valley of the Southeast" while ValuePenguin cited the city as one of their "Top 20 Cities for Computer Programmers in the South."

Some major employers and companies of note in the Birmingham area include:

  • The University of Alabama Birmingham. Other colleges that provide employment are Samford University, Birmingham-Southern College, University of Montevallo, Birmingham School of Law, Miles College and several others.
  • Steel companies and metal fabrication companies including U.S. Steel, American Cast Iron Pipe Co., Alabama Metal Industries, and CMC Steel Alabama among others.
  • Banking firms including the headquarters of major regional banks such as Regions Financial Corporation, BBVA Compass, and Wells Fargo.
  • The telecommunications company AT&T has several large offices in the area while Altec provides products and services to the electric utility and telecommunications contractor markets.
  • Regional headquarters of major insurance companies including Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Alabama, State Farm, and Protective Life.
  • Construction and engineering companies such as BE&K and B.L. Herbert International.
  • Engineering and technical services divisions of several power and natural resource mining companies such as Drummund Company, Energen Corporation, Alabama Power Company, Southern Company Services, and Kinder Morgan (SNG).
  • Major medical centers include, St. Vincent's Health System, Baptist Health, Children's Health System/Children's of Alabama, Brookwood Medical Center, Trinity Medical Center, Birmingham Veteran's Affairs Medical Center, and Medical West.
  • Bell South
  • Jefferson County Public Schools
  • Saks Incorporated
  • Marshall Durbin Food Corporation
  • Vulcan Materials Company
  • Health South Corporation
  • Brasfield & Gorrie
  • EBSCO Industries
  • Harbert Management Corporation
  • Belk
  • SunGard
  • URS Corporation
  • Southern Progress Corporation
  • McDonald's/CLP Corp

Some additional information of interest about Birmingham: According to Forbes, the cost of living in Birmingham is 0.4% below the national average. As of February 2015, the U.S. Census Bureau reports that 30% of Birmingham residents who are 25 and older have a Bachelor's degree. The Birmingham-Shullesworth International Airport serviced about 2.6 million passengers in 2014.

Some of the major business and education related organizations associated with Birmingham include:

  • Birmingham Business Alliance
  • Economic Development Partnership of Alabama
  • Alabama Education Association Regional Office

Most Popular Jobs in Birmingham-Hoover, Alabama Area (The Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013)

Where the Majority of Workers Have College Degrees:

Occupation

Number of Local Jobs

Local Annual Mean Wage

National Growth 2012-2022

Registered Nurses

14,970

$57,260

10%

Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products

9,650

$68,000

10%

Accountants and auditors

4,690

$65,390

13%

Teachers and instructors, all other

270

$35,450

11%

Elementary school teachers, except special education

6,400

$50,550

12%

Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education

2,290

$49,740

6%

Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education

2,590

$49,740

12%

Lawyers

2,060

$114,420

10%

Computer systems analysts

2,280

$72,830

25%

Computer programmers

1,640

$83,330

8%

Management analysts

1,110

$91,360

19%

Sales managers

1,000

$118,670

8%

Pharmacists

1,670

$111,480

14%

Network and computer systems administrators

1,800

$71,980

12%

Electrical engineers

1,780

$81,720

5%

Chief executives

350

$209,470

5%

Managers, all other

800

$96,570

7%

Child, family, and school social workers

960

$40,140

19%

Human resources specialists

1,270

$55,720

8%

Coaches and scouts

1,120

$26,940

15%

Medical and clinical laboratory technologists

1,060

$55,350

14%

Medical and clinical laboratory technicians

1,070

$36,600

30%

Advertising and promotions managers

50

$80,350

7%

Medical and health services managers

740

$100,250

23%

Personal financial advisors

530

$97,930

27%

Civil engineers

670

$76,130

20%

Architects, except landscape and naval

500

$67,800

17%

Architectural and Engineering managers

640

$120,260

7%

Graphic designers

480

$44,870

7%

Social and human service assistants

340

$26,010

22%

Education administrators, postsecondary

480

$102,790

15%

Physical therapists

730

$82,410

22%

Librarians

360

$55,950

7%

Mechanical engineers

920

$74,800

5%

Occupational therapists

500

$72,440

29%

Surveyors

180

$54,100

10%

Financial analysts

580

$101,840

16%

Marketing managers

200

$118,690

13%

Database administrators

710

$73,370

15%

Environmental scientists and specialists, including health

160

$67,640

15%

Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school

340

$50,460

6%

Industrial engineers

450

$78,790

5%

Speech-language pathologists

340

$64,540

19%

Rehabilitation counselors

160

$42,140

20%

Financial examiners

100

$87,070

6%

Special education teachers, middle school

140

$53,580

6%

Special education teachers, secondary school

170

$59,210

6%

Insurance underwriters

220

$57,160

-6%

Dentists

180

$21,680

16%

Occupational health and safety specialists

270

$65,620

7%

Detectives and criminal investigators

220

$72,390

5%

Producers and directors

180

$59,650

Correctional officers and jailers

1,120

$36,580

5%

Human resources managers, all other

320

$103,190

13%

Veterinarians

280

$73,290

12%

Dietitians and nutritionists

410

$42,030

21%

Commercial pilots

120

$90,070

9%

Editors

150

$44,220

-2%

Purchasing managers

190

$115,280

4%

Interior designers

150

$46,190

13%

Social and community service managers

170

$66,750

21%

Public relations and fundraising managers

160

$93,960

13%

Electronics engineers, except computer

370

$100,100

3%

Market research analysts and marketing specialists

890

$62,490

32%

Chemists

180

$63,690

6%

Social workers, all other

80

$61,740

19%

Floral designers

200

$25,180

-8%

Art directors

110

$80,300

3%

Engineers, all other

300

$94,470

9%

Where the Majority of Workers Do Not Have College Degrees (BLS, 2013):

Occupation

Number of Local Jobs

Local Annual Mean Wage

National Growth 2012-2022

Cashiers

16,150

$18,140

3%

Retail salespersons

15,710

$24,820

10%

Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive

12,120

$35,060

12%

Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food

9,720

$17,080

9%

Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer

8,240

$46,650

11%

Customer service representatives

9,980

$32,390

13%

Waiters and waitresses

7,230

$19,330

6%

First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers

5,690

$55,470

7%

First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers

6,540

$41,070

7%

Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks

6,910

$36,610

11%

Nursing assistants

5,290

$23,350

21%

Security guards

5,710

$23,510

12%

Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses

3,570

$36,410

25%

Maintenance and repair workers, general

2,900

$35,040

9%

Receptionists and information clerks

3,280

$25,240

14%

Construction laborers

2,620

$28,790

24%

Cooks, restaurant

4,270

$21,440

10%

First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers

4,020

$29,590

7%

First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers

2,800

$60,340

7%

First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers

2,540

$56,390

7%

Electricians

2,900

$43,500

20%

Maids and housekeeping cleaners

2,400

$19,070

13%

Team assemblers

3,410

$31,690

4%

Cooks, fast food

2,550

$17,490

10%

Tellers

2,180

$26,290

1%

Police and sheriff's patrol officers

3,110

$46,420

5%

Executive secretaries and administrative assistants

1,070

$53,080

12%

Child care workers

2,240

$18,870

14%

Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks

2,540

$28,870

1%

Food preparation workers

2,710

$20,670

10%

Home health aides

1,030

$18,260

48%

Bus drivers, school

1,740

$17,850

9%

Automotive service technicians and mechanics

2,260

$39,310

9%

Carpenters

1,880

$34,450

24%

First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers

2,030

$57,500

7%

Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

1,880

$39,180

19%

Helpers -- production workers

1,960

$25,040

1%

Insurance sales agents

2,760

$55,010

10%

Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers

1,760

$36,930

6%

Teacher assistants

2,260

$20,490

9%

Pharmacy technicians

1,960

$25,800

20%

Industrial machinery mechanics

1,820

$45,570

19%

Machinists

1,400

$40,460

9%

Cooks, institution and cafeteria

1,720

$19,770

10%

Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

1,790

$42,810

21%

First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers

1,290

$78,800

7%

Medical assistants

1,890

$28,440

29%

Computer network support specialists

450

$64,280

7%

Bill and account collectors

2,730

$32,950

15%

Loan officers

1,250

$71,000

8%

Personal and home care aides

2,810

$18,220

49%

Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

2,010

$56,010

4%

Firefighters

1,760

$43,000

7%

Postal service mail carriers

1,270

$49,940

-28%

Sales representatives, services, all other

2,220

$51,150

10%

Construction managers

840

$99,140

16%

Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists

1,210

$43,770

9%

Correctional officers and jailers

1,120

$36,580

5%

Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers

1,320

$39,600

21%

First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators

880

$51,690

7%

Paralegals and legal assistants

1,190

$48,860

17%

Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers

760

$17,700

9%

Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

1,220

$31,040

-6%

First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand

670

$43,860

7%

Office and administrative support workers, all other

370

$36,980

7%

Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop

400

$19,510

9%

Cost estimators

860

$57,800

26%

Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products

930

$59,560

4%

Payroll and timekeeping clerks

940

$40,310

7%

Sources:

  1. State & County Quick Facts - Jefferson County, Alabama, U.S. Census Bureau, http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/01/01073.html, March 11,2015.
  2. Quick Facts Beta, U.S. Census Bureau, www.census.gov/quickfacts/table/, March 11, 2015.
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Most Popular Jobs in Birmingham, 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 13,810 $58,330 $41,960 - 76,880 24% 56%
2 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 9,400 $53,870 $22,660 - 95,990 8% 51%
3 Accountants and auditors 4,730 $61,300 $35,730 - 95,050 18% 79%
4 Teachers and instructors, all other 4,480 $28,910 $17,040 - 36,410 9% 54%
5 Elementary school teachers, except special education 3,910 $45,410 $34,660 - 58,650 14% 95%
6 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 3,710 $48,070 $36,050 - 62,200 6% 96%
7 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 2,860 $46,600 $35,920 - 59,450 11% 95%
8 Lawyers 2,440 $129,790 $58,650 - 11% 99%
9 Computer systems analysts 2,070 $67,440 $42,420 - 93,720 29% 68%
10 Financial managers 1,870 $99,450 $56,230 - 156,110 13% 60%
11 Computer programmers 1,730 $72,590 $43,560 - 102,810 -4% 73%
12 Management analysts 1,720 $80,600 $35,900 - 159,650 22% 78%
13 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 1,690 $77,170 $39,040 - 117,650 12% 51%
14 Sales managers 1,370 $96,150 $40,250 - 163,240 10% 69%
15 Pharmacists 1,300 $99,150 $78,200 - 126,880 22% 97%
16 Network and computer systems administrators 1,250 $67,120 $40,220 - 100,710 27% 50%
17 Electrical engineers 1,180 $81,940 $57,840 - 105,240 6% 81%
18 Public relations specialists 1,170 $46,850 $28,050 - 69,850 18% 81%
19 Chief executives 1,110 $167,590 $76,840 - 2% 65%
20 Managers, all other 1,090 $94,560 $49,520 - 143,270 7% 55%
21 Child, family, and school social workers 1,050 $40,510 $27,560 - 58,640 19% 77%
22 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 1,030 $50,740 $15,930 - 82,890 17% 56%
23 Coaches and scouts 1,020 $26,810 $13,040 - 47,490 15% 60%
24 Computer software engineers, systems software 1,010 $73,140 $45,610 - 103,710 28% 85%
25 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 990 $48,470 $34,160 - 64,440 12% 51%
26 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 930 $30,890 $21,150 - 43,130 15% 51%
27 Advertising sales agents 790 $57,490 $22,540 - 107,150 20% 56%
28 Medical and health services managers 780 $84,880 $40,000 - 140,840 16% 57%
29 Training and development specialists 760 $51,490 $31,910 - 79,450 18% 56%
30 Computer and information systems managers 730 $101,780 $65,430 - 147,980 16% 73%
31 Personal financial advisors 720 $95,450 $34,750 - 41% 81%
32 Computer software engineers, applications 720 $71,610 $39,990 - 102,380 45% 85%
33 Civil engineers 710 $71,640 $43,980 - 103,700 18% 87%
34 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 700 $76,550 $56,660 - 101,150 8% 78%
35 Architects, except landscape and naval 690 $68,270 $36,650 - 109,520 18% 88%
36 Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 680 $72,950 $27,210 - 131,220 25% 67%
37 Graphic designers 650 $46,610 $26,540 - 75,630 10% 55%
38 Network systems and data communications analysts 630 $64,750 $41,970 - 92,590 53% 57%
39 Vocational education teachers, secondary school 610 $52,240 $36,900 - 64,940 -5% 96%
40 Engineering managers 590 $106,000 $74,350 - 138,130 7% 84%
41 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 590 $52,370 $29,680 - 83,410 5% 58%
42 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 580 $52,960 $26,710 - 89,220 18% 56%
43 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 560 $54,180 $34,490 - 75,640 13% 73%
44 Medical and public health social workers 540 $44,730 $30,200 - 62,280 24% 77%
45 Social and human service assistants 540 $23,440 $16,730 - 32,280 34% 58%
46 Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 530 $51,900 $36,650 - 71,190 18% 56%
47 Education administrators, postsecondary 500 $97,290 $41,440 - 14% 78%
48 Physical therapists 490 $75,040 $53,210 - 100,760 27% 89%
49 Librarians 480 $47,050 $26,840 - 65,270 4% 85%
50 Merchandise displayers and window trimmers 460 $26,460 $18,090 - 33,350 11% 55%
51 Computer specialists, all other 440 $65,960 $39,350 - 97,730 15% 68%
52 Occupational therapists 430 $65,670 $45,000 - 86,400 23% 90%
53 Surveyors 420 $50,540 $24,910 - 86,770 24% 82%
54 Mechanical engineers 390 $76,530 $51,290 - 106,290 4% 78%
55 Financial analysts 380 $66,110 $36,340 - 103,970 34% 87%
56 Legislators 380 $15,130 $12,890 - 17,510 1% 65%
57 Marketing managers 350 $102,170 $58,480 - 161,230 14% 69%
58 Database administrators 350 $65,090 $36,230 - 100,020 29% 72%
59 Environmental scientists and specialists, including health 350 $55,780 $32,820 - 85,630 25% 93%
60 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 350 $46,100 $35,170 - 58,130 20% 87%
61 Industrial engineers 340 $70,980 $46,880 - 104,610 20% 74%
62 Self-enrichment education teachers 340 $36,300 $14,880 - 61,110 23% 54%
63 Speech-language pathologists 330 $55,850 $36,560 - 77,150 11% 98%
64 Rehabilitation counselors 320 $31,400 $15,150 - 58,530 23% 73%
65 Financial examiners 310 $51,280 $33,390 - 86,940 11% 76%
66 Special education teachers, middle school 310 $47,320 $34,900 - 60,280 16% 87%
67 Healthcare practitioners and technical workers, all other 310 $45,670 $21,360 - 101,450 15% 72%
68 Special education teachers, secondary school 290 $48,740 $38,600 - 61,320 9% 87%
69 Insurance underwriters 280 $51,610 $35,370 - 69,350 6% 53%
70 Dentists, general 270 $142,040 $60,400 - 9% 100%
71 Occupational health and safety specialists 270 $67,200 $45,080 - 99,820 8% 72%
72 Detectives and criminal investigators 260 $61,290 $32,730 - 93,930 17% 54%
73 Producers and directors 260 $52,870 $28,110 - 83,730 11% 75%
74 Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists 260 $0 $ - 11% 58%
75 Human resources managers, all other 250 $101,360 $56,320 - 11% 58%
76 Veterinarians 250 $62,000 $28,820 - 103,420 35% 100%
77 Dietitians and nutritionists 250 $46,790 $34,810 - 63,550 9% 72%
78 Commercial pilots 230 $77,720 $45,610 - 118,560 13% 74%
79 Financial specialists, all other 230 $55,890 $20,270 - 94,210 12% 50%
80 Editors 230 $47,060 $28,850 - 66,320 2% 81%
81 Purchasing managers 220 $96,800 $57,110 - 150,300 3% 57%
82 Credit analysts 220 $57,110 $33,420 - 84,550 2% 60%
83 Education, training, and library workers, all other 220 $43,830 $19,140 - 64,340 11% 79%
84 Tax preparers 220 $25,390 $13,400 - 47,220 -8% 54%
85 Sales and related workers, all other 210 $0 $ - 14% 62%
86 Sales engineers 200 $71,780 $42,670 - 99,920 9% 79%
87 Interior designers 200 $54,740 $33,600 - 117,150 20% 55%
88 Social and community service managers 200 $51,760 $33,900 - 80,500 25% 72%
89 Public relations managers 190 $91,490 $44,530 - 143,250 17% 75%
90 Electronics engineers, except computer 190 $78,050 $55,000 - 111,310 4% 81%
91 Market research analysts 190 $65,460 $38,910 - 97,340 20% 82%
92 Mental health counselors 190 $32,680 $18,740 - 48,240 30% 73%
93 Chemists 180 $63,240 $31,750 - 103,380 9% 93%
94 Social workers, all other 180 $47,500 $26,880 - 69,680 18% 77%
95 Floral designers 170 $23,970 $16,550 - 31,420 -9% 55%
96 Judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates 160 $58,600 $27,380 - 128,960 5% 99%
97 Instructional coordinators 160 $55,090 $36,460 - 77,010 23% 79%
98 Art directors 150 $63,040 $36,310 - 98,250 9% 58%
99 Adult literacy, remedial education, and GED teachers and instructors 150 $39,240 $31,700 - 49,730 14% 54%
100 Engineers, all other 140 $69,640 $37,270 - 89,370 6% 82%

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 17,210 $17,190 $13,080 - 22,960 -3% 10%
2 Retail salespersons 16,180 $24,590 $14,120 - 39,750 12% 25%
3 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 12,180 $29,990 $20,830 - 40,870 1% 18%
4 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 11,000 $21,830 $15,100 - 31,050 2% 5%
5 Office clerks, general 10,600 $22,400 $13,670 - 32,800 13% 19%
6 General and operations managers 10,520 $102,360 $43,880 - 2% 48%
7 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 9,930 $15,410 $12,850 - 19,350 18% 5%
8 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 8,590 $40,590 $26,590 - 58,940 10% 4%
9 Customer service representatives 8,590 $30,890 $18,700 - 47,410 25% 22%
10 Waiters and waitresses 7,430 $15,630 $12,780 - 20,280 11% 14%
11 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 7,270 $45,680 $26,520 - 67,990 6% 29%
12 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 7,090 $37,310 $22,080 - 54,520 4% 25%
13 Stock clerks and order fillers 7,080 $21,410 $13,960 - 31,370 -8% 8%
14 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 7,030 $31,860 $19,910 - 45,370 13% 16%
15 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 6,720 $19,030 $13,200 - 28,270 15% 4%
16 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 6,070 $22,090 $17,350 - 26,660 18% 7%
17 Security guards 5,210 $20,540 $13,660 - 30,340 17% 13%
18 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 4,220 $35,190 $26,620 - 47,770 14% 7%
19 Maintenance and repair workers, general 4,090 $33,690 $20,270 - 47,820 10% 6%
20 Receptionists and information clerks 3,930 $24,040 $16,520 - 32,350 17% 13%
21 Construction laborers 3,730 $24,680 $15,850 - 34,240 11% 5%
22 Cooks, restaurant 3,510 $19,470 $13,540 - 26,770 12% 5%
23 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 3,490 $27,960 $17,400 - 41,490 11% 14%
24 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 3,480 $54,940 $33,620 - 83,750 9% 10%
25 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 3,360 $29,000 $16,910 - 48,960 8% 4%
26 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 3,090 $53,440 $31,360 - 79,540 -5% 15%
27 Industrial truck and tractor operators 2,990 $28,870 $20,920 - 39,600 -2% 2%
28 Electricians 2,980 $41,980 $28,190 - 53,720 7% 7%
29 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 2,930 $17,530 $13,290 - 22,860 13% 5%
30 Team assemblers 2,900 $23,400 $14,360 - 35,940 0% 5%
31 Cooks, fast food 2,890 $15,390 $12,880 - 19,160 8% 5%
32 Tellers 2,830 $21,450 $16,600 - 27,410 14% 16%
33 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 2,810 $41,370 $24,430 - 61,770 11% 33%
34 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 2,790 $43,000 $30,310 - 59,130 15% 18%
35 Child care workers 2,790 $17,130 $13,250 - 21,700 18% 15%
36 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 2,780 $27,820 $16,940 - 40,620 4% 6%
37 Food preparation workers 2,590 $17,600 $13,170 - 24,030 15% 7%
38 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 2,580 $22,110 $16,380 - 30,520 18% 6%
39 Home health aides 2,460 $18,650 $13,560 - 24,990 49% 7%
40 Bus drivers, school 2,460 $15,360 $12,840 - 19,750 9% 4%
41 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 2,440 $37,090 $21,000 - 53,220 14% 4%
42 Carpenters 2,410 $36,200 $24,430 - 51,640 10% 6%
43 Counter and rental clerks 2,400 $22,260 $13,580 - 33,190 23% 16%
44 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 2,370 $58,010 $34,030 - 83,680 7% 13%
45 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 2,310 $36,070 $25,880 - 51,290 8% 3%
46 Helpers--production workers 2,310 $27,600 $16,990 - 39,960 -1% 4%
47 Insurance sales agents 2,260 $62,830 $25,880 - 125,600 13% 45%
48 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 2,260 $30,590 $22,150 - 40,180 4% 15%
49 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 2,110 $33,500 $24,600 - 44,510 5% 2%
50 Teacher assistants 1,950 $18,710 $15,090 - 23,000 10% 18%
51 Pharmacy technicians 1,890 $23,670 $16,920 - 32,250 32% 16%
52 Industrial machinery mechanics 1,850 $41,520 $27,860 - 52,830 9% 5%
53 Legal secretaries 1,830 $36,040 $22,120 - 50,790 12% 18%
54 Machinists 1,810 $39,970 $22,590 - 62,240 -3% 3%
55 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 1,780 $18,660 $13,600 - 25,000 11% 5%
56 Telemarketers 1,770 $21,600 $16,790 - 25,530 -10% 14%
57 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 1,750 $37,080 $24,680 - 51,860 11% 4%
58 First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 1,710 $71,410 $33,080 - 120,950 4% 38%
59 Medical assistants 1,690 $26,920 $18,410 - 34,860 35% 10%
60 Business operations specialists, all other 1,680 $63,540 $32,140 - 97,100 21% 49%
61 Computer support specialists 1,650 $45,360 $28,930 - 68,060 13% 43%
62 Packers and packagers, hand 1,650 $18,550 $13,610 - 24,640 -12% 3%
63 Bill and account collectors 1,590 $30,330 $19,150 - 42,420 23% 13%
64 Driver/sales workers 1,540 $23,370 $13,300 - 39,110 -5% 4%
65 Loan officers 1,530 $74,760 $35,030 - 131,470 12% 49%
66 Personal and home care aides 1,520 $16,360 $13,040 - 20,090 51% 10%
67 Parts salespersons 1,480 $33,700 $17,860 - 56,360 -2% 6%
68 Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators 1,450 $55,870 $34,600 - 81,520 9% 47%
69 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 1,450 $29,730 $16,090 - 47,710 -7% 14%
70 Physicians and surgeons, all other 1,440 $94,420 $37,760 - 0% 0%
71 Insurance claims and policy processing clerks 1,430 $29,980 $22,550 - 39,770 -1% 22%
72 Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers 1,410 $19,990 $13,150 - 30,580 12% 0%
73 Fire fighters 1,400 $37,640 $21,300 - 60,860 12% 18%
74 Postal service mail carriers 1,380 $0 $ - 1% 11%
75 Sales representatives, services, all other 1,370 $47,990 $25,770 - 80,340 28% 48%
76 Dishwashers 1,370 $17,060 $13,220 - 22,270 10% 3%
77 Construction managers 1,330 $77,140 $45,210 - 126,790 16% 29%
78 Data entry keyers 1,280 $26,970 $17,600 - 41,370 -5% 18%
79 Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 1,270 $41,240 $27,100 - 59,640 12% 3%
80 Correctional officers and jailers 1,230 $33,130 $21,770 - 47,070 17% 11%
81 Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 1,230 $27,870 $16,610 - 43,930 -5% 5%
82 Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 1,210 $38,320 $24,020 - 52,580 9% 3%
83 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 1,210 $21,280 $14,490 - 29,970 14% 3%
84 First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 1,200 $48,700 $30,040 - 75,020 10% 17%
85 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 1,160 $16,900 $12,940 - 22,880 10% 17%
86 Eligibility interviewers, government programs 1,150 $42,550 $29,330 - 57,100 3% 38%
87 Paralegals and legal assistants 1,110 $47,440 $33,410 - 62,720 22% 45%
88 Loan interviewers and clerks 1,090 $29,660 $19,490 - 40,430 -1% 24%
89 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 1,030 $15,710 $12,950 - 19,410 12% 6%
90 Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 1,000 $29,090 $20,840 - 38,230 -15% 0%
91 First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand 980 $43,630 $27,520 - 65,520 13% 17%
92 Office and administrative support workers, all other 980 $35,280 $23,930 - 50,440 -9% 32%
93 Switchboard operators, including answering service 980 $23,430 $16,260 - 31,830 -8% 10%
94 Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 970 $27,940 $20,620 - 38,000 10% 24%
95 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 950 $17,580 $13,350 - 22,590 10% 8%
96 Cost estimators 940 $58,500 $33,730 - 86,090 19% 32%
97 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 940 $52,450 $30,230 - 80,070 0% 42%
98 Payroll and timekeeping clerks 930 $33,670 $22,850 - 46,840 3% 18%
99 Order clerks 930 $28,260 $17,030 - 40,630 -24% 16%
100 Amusement and recreation attendants 920 $17,320 $13,010 - 23,560 24% 22%
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Jobs More Common Near Birmingham Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Mine cutting and channeling machine operators 31,850 300 60.2
Mining machine operators, all other 40,050 140 49.5
Tank car, truck, and ship loaders 26,030 270 16.8
Logging equipment operators 24,150 230 8.6
Pourers and casters, metal 38,170 250 8.3
Electrical and electronics repairers, powerhouse, substation, and relay 51,140 390 8
Rolling machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 47,670 680 7.4
Tree trimmers and pruners 30,870 250 6.7
Metal-refining furnace operators and tenders 36,740 280 6.5
Choreographers 30,500 140 6.4
Shampooers 15,860 280 6
Power plant operators 52,930 360 5.6
Foundry mold and coremakers 31,270 130 5.4
Audiologists 53,220 120 4.8
Crane and tower operators 39,920 510 4.3
Anesthesiologists 162,720 310 4.2
Graders and sorters, agricultural products 21,620 310 4.1
Eligibility interviewers, government programs 42,550 1,150 3.8
Conveyor operators and tenders 27,210 310 3.7
Pipelayers 33,680 650 3.6
Respiratory therapy technicians 40,500 140 3.5
Control and valve installers and repairers, except mechanical door 40,910 420 3.5
Excavating and loading machine and dragline operators 36,380 580 3.5
Construction and related workers, all other 42,490 510 3.4
Commercial pilots 77,720 230 3.3
Electric motor, power tool, and related repairers 35,210 170 3.3
Separating, filtering, clarifying, precipitating, and still machine setters, operators, and tenders 36,280 280 3.3
Financial examiners 51,280 310 3.2
Judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates 58,600 160 3.2
Furnace, kiln, oven, drier, and kettle operators and tenders 32,590 120 3
Transportation workers, all other 18,980 310 3
Multiple machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 28,150 780 2.9
Extruding and drawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 25,040 770 2.8
Millwrights 39,230 320 2.8
Paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators 29,760 500 2.7
Forging machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 29,610 170 2.7
Coating, painting, and spraying machine setters, operators, and tenders 27,760 850 2.6
Meter readers, utilities 36,250 330 2.6
Crushing, grinding, and polishing machine setters, operators, and tenders 26,210 260 2.6
Electrical power-line installers and repairers 50,970 770 2.5
Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers 19,990 1,410 2.5
Nuclear medicine technologists 56,800 170 2.4
Radio and television announcers 50,390 190 2.4
Teachers and instructors, all other 28,910 4,480 2.4
Merchandise displayers and window trimmers 26,460 460 2.4
Sawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, wood 28,480 200 2.3
Vocational education teachers, secondary school 52,240 610 2.3
Helpers--roofers 18,360 100 2.2
Ambulance drivers and attendants, except emergency medical technicians 18,960 100 2.2
Reinforcing iron and rebar workers 41,660 150 2.2

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Rolling machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 47,670 1.4 680
Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 34,060 1.36 780
Real estate sales agents 61,290 1.3 560
Radio and television announcers 50,390 1.29 190
Lawyers 129,790 1.27 2,440
Loan officers 74,760 1.26 1,530
Property, real estate, and community association managers 66,970 1.25 290
Advertising sales agents 57,490 1.23 790
Business teachers, postsecondary 88,800 1.21 140
Pourers and casters, metal 38,170 1.2 250
Personal financial advisors 95,450 1.2 720
Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers 35,290 1.2 160
Computer, automated teller, and office machine repairers 44,120 1.19 810
Helpers--production workers 27,600 1.17 2,310
Construction and related workers, all other 42,490 1.16 510
Interior designers 54,740 1.16 200
Graphic designers 46,610 1.16 650
Managers, all other 94,560 1.14 1,090
Office and administrative support workers, all other 35,280 1.14 980
Construction and building inspectors 55,820 1.14 360
Eligibility interviewers, government programs 42,550 1.13 1,150
Computer programmers 72,590 1.13 1,730
Appraisers and assessors of real estate 57,670 1.12 170
Insurance sales agents 62,830 1.12 2,260
Market research analysts 65,460 1.11 190
Chief executives 167,590 1.11 1,110
Commercial pilots 77,720 1.11 230
Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 43,000 1.11 2,790
Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 52,960 1.11 580
Nursing instructors and teachers, postsecondary 69,110 1.11 200
Paralegals and legal assistants 47,440 1.11 1,110
Travel agents 34,770 1.11 170
Parts salespersons 33,700 1.1 1,480
Mechanical drafters 52,490 1.1 170
Occupational health and safety specialists 67,200 1.1 270
Management analysts 80,600 1.1 1,720
Network and computer systems administrators 67,120 1.09 1,250
Education administrators, postsecondary 97,290 1.09 500
Purchasing managers 96,800 1.09 220
Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers 55,500 1.08 800
Automotive body and related repairers 42,610 1.08 450
Machinists 39,970 1.08 1,810
Transportation, storage, and distribution managers 87,280 1.08 250
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 40,590 1.08 8,590
Computer support specialists 45,360 1.08 1,650
Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 32,570 1.08 760
Business operations specialists, all other 63,540 1.08 1,680
Financial managers 99,450 1.07 1,870
Sawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, wood 28,480 1.07 200
Logisticians 69,160 1.07 170

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