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Florence Employment

Employment and Industries in the Florence, Alabama Area

Florence is the major economic center of northwestern Alabama. It's located in the center of the triangle consisting of Memphis, Nashville and Birmingham which places the city in one of the fastest growing areas in the nation. The city's location has led to significant economic development. The leading industries in Florence are education, health and social services, manufacturing (especially textiles, flooring and furniture) distribution, retail and food processing. Florence also has companies in industries such as primary metals, rubber products, chemical and allied products, agriculture (especially cotton) and fabricated metals. Regarding non-agricultural positions, about 25% of the jobs are in the construction, mining and manufacturing sectors.

In 2009 the average earnings in Florence was $28,000. Approximately 15% of the residents have bachelor's degrees and about 10% have a graduate degree. In 2008 the cost of living index was at 82.8. The average in the nation is 100.

The city of Florence offers a variety of incentives to increase manufacturing investments in the city. The Alabama Industrial Development Training program also helps companies by implementing a client approved training program at no charge for new and expanding businesses.

Some of the major employers in Florence and other areas in the metropolitan region known as the Shoals:

  • The local healthcare industry includes Gentiva Health Services, Coffee Health Group, Helen Keller Hospital and the Healthcare Authority of Lauderdale County and the city of Florence Alabama
  • The field of education includes Lauderdale County Schools, University of Northern Alabama, Florence City Schools and NW-Shoals Community College
  • Government employers such as the City of Florence, Tennessee Valley Authority and Lauderdale County
  • Sara Lee Foods - meat processing
  • Wise Alloys - aluminum can sheet
  • American Wholesale Books - distributor
  • SCA Tissue Barton Operation - paper mill converting
  • Jami- furniture
  • Northern Southern Railroad - transportation
  • The HON Company - office furniture manufacturer
  • Tarkett Alabama Inc - floor tile
  • Flexco - rubber and vinyl flooring
  • Whitesell Corporation - Fasteners
  • Bank Independent - financial
  • Monarch Ceramic Tile - porcelain tile manufacturer
  • South Wire - insulated copper/electrical wire
  • Southeastern Extrusion - precision tool & die

Helpful Florence business organizations are:

The Times Daily provides information about the current business activities in the Florence area.

Most Popular Jobs in Florence, 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 1,330 $51,310 $34,750 - 66,340 24% 56%
2 Elementary school teachers, except special education 990 $43,600 $31,060 - 54,670 14% 95%
3 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 640 $45,800 $18,360 - 70,510 8% 51%
4 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 470 $43,440 $29,050 - 58,790 6% 96%
5 Accountants and auditors 280 $48,570 $26,350 - 75,840 18% 79%
6 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 260 $41,500 $27,850 - 53,250 11% 95%
7 Teachers and instructors, all other 260 $19,580 $13,420 - 31,160 9% 54%
8 Lawyers 130 $80,300 $51,320 - 121,820 11% 99%
9 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 90 $74,120 $60,160 - 91,250 8% 78%
10 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 90 $56,660 $30,520 - 85,440 17% 56%
11 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 90 $51,750 $36,800 - 66,930 13% 73%
12 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 90 $31,010 $22,010 - 40,990 15% 51%
13 Chief executives 80 $141,570 $60,090 - 2% 65%
14 Financial managers 80 $83,750 $51,260 - 135,650 13% 60%
15 Librarians 80 $48,530 $27,500 - 63,840 4% 85%
16 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 80 $44,390 $35,200 - 53,880 20% 87%
17 Medical and public health social workers 80 $37,860 $27,690 - 50,640 24% 77%
18 Child, family, and school social workers 80 $37,550 $27,100 - 53,610 19% 77%
19 Civil engineers 70 $62,540 $36,770 - 88,350 18% 87%
20 Mechanical engineers 60 $69,360 $33,980 - 107,080 4% 78%
21 Medical and health services managers 60 $67,420 $44,320 - 107,520 16% 57%
22 Network and computer systems administrators 60 $52,960 $36,030 - 70,230 27% 50%
23 Legislators 60 $15,000 $12,860 - 16,830 1% 65%
24 Coaches and scouts 60 $0 $ - 15% 60%
25 Electrical engineers 50 $74,450 $51,240 - 101,810 6% 81%
26 Physical therapists 50 $59,220 $39,600 - 91,300 27% 89%
27 Special education teachers, secondary school 50 $39,750 $27,920 - 52,150 9% 87%
28 Public relations specialists 50 $36,980 $21,730 - 58,980 18% 81%
29 Graphic designers 50 $24,640 $18,290 - 30,130 10% 55%
30 Healthcare practitioners and technical workers, all other 50 $0 $ - 15% 72%
31 Sales managers 40 $96,020 $39,390 - 10% 69%
32 Managers, all other 40 $63,890 $41,150 - 94,750 7% 55%
33 Vocational education teachers, secondary school 40 $45,990 $29,440 - 61,130 -5% 96%
34 Computer software engineers, applications 40 $44,330 $29,320 - 64,600 45% 85%
35 Training and development specialists 40 $43,280 $27,150 - 62,580 18% 56%
36 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 40 $40,280 $26,520 - 56,960 5% 58%
37 Advertising sales agents 40 $37,510 $22,940 - 60,470 20% 56%
38 Social and community service managers 30 $48,780 $29,340 - 74,780 25% 72%

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 2,110 $16,380 $12,890 - 22,130 -3% 10%
2 Retail salespersons 2,090 $21,060 $13,150 - 34,880 12% 25%
3 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 1,350 $14,570 $12,760 - 16,630 18% 5%
4 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 1,260 $21,560 $13,390 - 40,760 2% 5%
5 Stock clerks and order fillers 1,220 $21,040 $13,540 - 31,080 -8% 8%
6 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 1,140 $26,000 $19,280 - 34,760 1% 18%
7 Team assemblers 1,020 $19,940 $15,130 - 24,200 0% 5%
8 Waiters and waitresses 880 $15,120 $12,780 - 19,070 11% 14%
9 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 850 $34,620 $18,160 - 56,570 4% 25%
10 Office clerks, general 850 $19,860 $13,520 - 28,470 13% 19%
11 General and operations managers 790 $83,740 $41,310 - 143,050 2% 48%
12 Customer service representatives 770 $27,120 $19,670 - 37,410 25% 22%
13 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 660 $20,510 $14,630 - 25,910 15% 4%
14 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 630 $19,110 $13,860 - 24,600 18% 7%
15 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 600 $31,850 $15,490 - 56,130 10% 4%
16 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 540 $41,230 $25,190 - 64,560 6% 29%
17 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 520 $25,700 $17,120 - 39,180 11% 14%
18 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 500 $26,810 $17,180 - 38,170 13% 16%
19 Cooks, fast food 500 $14,490 $12,710 - 16,690 8% 5%
20 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 480 $23,960 $14,020 - 38,260 8% 4%
21 Maintenance and repair workers, general 470 $33,120 $17,800 - 55,010 10% 6%
22 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 460 $29,640 $21,460 - 38,450 14% 7%
23 Receptionists and information clerks 430 $20,690 $14,720 - 28,690 17% 13%
24 Tellers 400 $23,120 $17,050 - 30,600 14% 16%
25 Home health aides 390 $18,320 $13,180 - 24,890 49% 7%
26 Cooks, restaurant 380 $19,440 $14,150 - 25,450 12% 5%
27 Food preparation workers 380 $15,970 $13,040 - 19,320 15% 7%
28 Helpers--production workers 370 $20,310 $16,390 - 27,470 -1% 4%
29 Teacher assistants 340 $17,030 $13,160 - 21,160 10% 18%
30 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 320 $15,880 $12,940 - 20,040 13% 5%
31 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 310 $46,300 $26,250 - 69,830 -5% 15%
32 Industrial truck and tractor operators 300 $27,420 $19,430 - 37,010 -2% 2%
33 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 290 $25,890 $18,290 - 33,460 4% 6%
34 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 290 $18,850 $13,720 - 25,730 11% 5%
35 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 280 $34,880 $25,420 - 47,120 11% 33%
36 Electricians 260 $34,880 $25,830 - 47,800 7% 7%
37 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 250 $18,540 $13,240 - 25,440 14% 3%
38 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 240 $28,840 $17,520 - 45,090 14% 4%
39 Counter and rental clerks 240 $21,800 $15,470 - 31,330 23% 16%
40 Carpenters 230 $35,440 $22,300 - 50,730 10% 6%
41 Extruding and drawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 230 $31,130 $25,780 - 38,100 -7% 0%
42 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 230 $14,520 $12,700 - 17,530 10% 17%
43 Child care workers 220 $15,540 $12,900 - 19,460 18% 15%
44 Industrial machinery mechanics 210 $36,740 $26,680 - 49,700 9% 5%
45 Pharmacy technicians 210 $24,640 $16,380 - 34,260 32% 16%
46 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 200 $48,010 $33,300 - 77,620 9% 10%
47 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 200 $47,370 $31,190 - 64,250 7% 13%
48 Bus drivers, transit and intercity 200 $23,020 $13,980 - 36,150 13% 4%
49 Machinists 190 $40,970 $28,050 - 50,470 -3% 3%
50 Medical secretaries 190 $24,710 $17,500 - 33,260 17% 18%
51 Medical assistants 190 $22,600 $17,200 - 29,570 35% 10%
52 Postal service mail carriers 190 $0 $ - 1% 11%
53 Multiple machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 180 $19,350 $13,880 - 26,890 0% 3%
54 Dishwashers 180 $15,670 $12,860 - 20,530 10% 3%
55 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 170 $51,260 $36,490 - 62,870 11% 4%
56 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 170 $33,280 $25,080 - 48,240 8% 3%
57 Driver/sales workers 170 $28,480 $15,460 - 44,850 -5% 4%
58 Bill and account collectors 170 $25,640 $18,080 - 37,510 23% 13%
59 Helpers--electricians 170 $21,360 $16,040 - 27,740 7% 3%
60 Security guards 170 $20,440 $13,150 - 40,120 17% 13%
61 Parts salespersons 160 $27,140 $14,180 - 40,460 -2% 6%
62 Bus drivers, school 160 $16,350 $12,910 - 23,070 9% 4%
63 Extruding, forming, pressing, and compacting machine setters, operators, and tenders 150 $27,210 $21,300 - 32,330 -8% 0%
64 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 150 $26,930 $21,320 - 32,750 5% 2%
65 Butchers and meat cutters 150 $24,840 $15,490 - 35,140 2% 2%
66 Packers and packagers, hand 150 $21,740 $14,720 - 36,790 -12% 3%
67 Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 150 $15,690 $12,890 - 19,870 17% 14%
68 Loan interviewers and clerks 140 $27,920 $20,090 - 40,350 -1% 24%
69 Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 140 $27,890 $19,640 - 39,660 -15% 0%
70 Tree trimmers and pruners 140 $25,680 $17,620 - 35,280 11% 6%
71 Insurance claims and policy processing clerks 140 $25,610 $21,740 - 31,650 -1% 22%
72 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 140 $25,570 $18,370 - 35,280 4% 15%
73 Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 140 $16,240 $13,090 - 19,620 10% 5%
74 Dental hygienists 130 $31,270 $22,910 - 41,160 30% 33%
75 Painters, construction and maintenance 130 $30,270 $20,660 - 40,080 12% 6%
76 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 120 $39,680 $27,660 - 57,470 15% 18%
77 Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 120 $35,290 $22,460 - 52,820 12% 3%
78 Tool and die makers 120 $35,010 $21,410 - 48,740 -10% 5%
79 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 120 $26,660 $18,310 - 36,030 18% 6%
80 Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 120 $24,250 $19,840 - 30,160 -5% 5%
81 Electrical power-line installers and repairers 110 $55,660 $42,890 - 67,520 7% 6%
82 Kindergarten teachers, except special education 110 $42,600 $30,140 - 52,380 16% 43%
83 Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic 110 $25,720 $18,620 - 33,170 -3% 6%
84 Construction laborers 110 $25,360 $14,800 - 42,850 11% 5%
85 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 110 $23,860 $16,630 - 32,880 -7% 14%
86 Radiologic technologists and technicians 110 $0 $ - 15% 25%
87 Construction managers 100 $61,550 $37,430 - 111,990 16% 29%
88 Loan officers 100 $60,100 $34,600 - 100,470 12% 49%
89 Mixing and blending machine setters, operators, and tenders 100 $27,340 $21,260 - 35,440 -5% 4%
90 First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 90 $44,950 $24,540 - 79,980 10% 17%
91 Dental assistants 90 $24,960 $17,230 - 36,170 29% 9%
92 Recreation workers 90 $20,030 $14,030 - 30,880 13% 47%
93 Insurance sales agents 80 $69,490 $32,710 - 133,550 13% 45%
94 First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 80 $57,500 $27,950 - 128,250 4% 38%
95 Payroll and timekeeping clerks 80 $27,840 $18,230 - 39,140 3% 18%
96 Grinding, lapping, polishing, and buffing machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 80 $27,640 $17,110 - 40,340 -16% 0%
97 Refuse and recyclable material collectors 80 $26,930 $18,410 - 38,330 7% 3%
98 Medical records and health information technicians 80 $25,940 $18,800 - 34,590 18% 12%
99 Sawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, wood 80 $22,950 $17,560 - 30,120 4% 0%
100 Switchboard operators, including answering service 80 $21,460 $15,220 - 28,690 -8% 10%
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Jobs More Common Near Florence 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 25,680 140 43.7
Extruding and drawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 31,130 230 9.9
Extruding, forming, pressing, and compacting machine setters, operators, and tenders 27,210 150 8.1
Multiple machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 19,350 180 7.8
Helpers--electricians 21,360 170 4.9
Tool and die makers 35,010 120 4.8
Electrical power-line installers and repairers 55,660 110 4.2
Bus drivers, transit and intercity 23,020 200 4
Butchers and meat cutters 24,840 150 4
Team assemblers 19,940 1,020 3
Cooks, fast food 14,490 500 2.9
Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic 25,720 110 2.7
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 18,850 290 2.7
Helpers--production workers 20,310 370 2.5
Industrial machinery mechanics 36,740 210 2.5
Mixing and blending machine setters, operators, and tenders 27,340 100 2.5
Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 18,540 250 2.3
Parts salespersons 27,140 160 2.2
Dental hygienists 31,270 130 2.2
Elementary school teachers, except special education 43,600 990 2.2
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 34,620 850 2.2
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 15,690 150 2.1
Kindergarten teachers, except special education 42,600 110 2.1
Tellers 23,120 400 2.1
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 29,640 460 2
Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 27,890 140 2
Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 16,240 140 2
Pharmacy technicians 24,640 210 1.9
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 25,700 520 1.9
Loan interviewers and clerks 27,920 140 1.9
Stock clerks and order fillers 21,040 1,220 1.9
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 14,520 230 1.9
Cashiers 16,380 2,110 1.8
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 26,000 1,140 1.8
Insurance claims and policy processing clerks 25,610 140 1.8
Postal service mail carriers 0 190 1.6
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 21,560 1,260 1.6
Teachers and instructors, all other 19,580 260 1.6
Radiologic technologists and technicians 0 110 1.6
Counter and rental clerks 21,800 240 1.6
Truck drivers, light or delivery services 23,960 480 1.6
Registered nurses 51,310 1,330 1.5
Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 35,290 120 1.5
Industrial truck and tractor operators 27,420 300 1.5
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 46,300 310 1.5
Painters, construction and maintenance 30,270 130 1.5
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 14,570 1,350 1.5
Machinists 40,970 190 1.5
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 43,440 470 1.5
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 33,280 170 1.4

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 51,260 1.11 170
Machinists 40,970 1.11 190
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 26,660 1.1 120
Driver/sales workers 28,480 1.09 170
Packers and packagers, hand 21,740 1.07 150
Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 39,680 1.02 120
Electrical power-line installers and repairers 55,660 1.02 110
Extruding and drawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 31,130 1 230
Tellers 23,120 0.98 400
Maintenance and repair workers, general 33,120 0.96 470
Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 27,890 0.96 140
Counter and rental clerks 21,800 0.94 240
Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 24,250 0.93 120
Stock clerks and order fillers 21,040 0.92 1,220
First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 41,230 0.91 540
Customer service representatives 27,120 0.91 770
Industrial truck and tractor operators 27,420 0.91 300
Dishwashers 15,670 0.91 180
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 25,890 0.91 290
Carpenters 35,440 0.9 230
Kindergarten teachers, except special education 42,600 0.9 110
Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 35,290 0.9 120
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 20,510 0.9 660
Cooks, restaurant 19,440 0.9 380
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 34,620 0.89 850
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 21,560 0.89 1,260
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 26,000 0.89 1,140
Parts salespersons 27,140 0.89 160
Extruding, forming, pressing, and compacting machine setters, operators, and tenders 27,210 0.89 150
Cashiers 16,380 0.88 2,110
Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 18,540 0.88 250
Painters, construction and maintenance 30,270 0.88 130
Pharmacy technicians 24,640 0.88 210
Loan interviewers and clerks 27,920 0.88 140
Elementary school teachers, except special education 43,600 0.88 990
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 46,300 0.87 310
General and operations managers 83,740 0.87 790
Receptionists and information clerks 20,690 0.86 430
Retail salespersons 21,060 0.86 2,090
Home health aides 18,320 0.86 390
Helpers--production workers 20,310 0.86 370
Medical secretaries 24,710 0.85 190
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 43,440 0.85 470
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 25,700 0.85 520
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 31,850 0.85 600
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 14,570 0.85 1,350
Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 25,570 0.84 140
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 26,810 0.84 500
Cooks, fast food 14,490 0.83 500
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 47,370 0.83 200

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