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Gadsden Employment

Employment and Industries in the Gadsden, Alabama Area

Gadsden's leading industries are education, health and social services, manufacturing and retail trade. The services industry is the #1 employer. Some of the other significant industries for jobs are: goods processing, education, healthcare, retail and wholesale trade, manufacturing, leisure and hospitality and the government.

Only about 6% of the industries in Gadsden are affiliated with unions. Benefits typically provided by Gadsden manufactures are about 28% of wages paid. The Gadsden - Etowah County Industrial Development Authority regularly conducts surveys with local plant managers regarding labor relations. The studies indicate that on a scale from 1 to 5, with 5 being the most favorable, 39% of the managers gave a ranking of 4 and 45% gave a ranking of 5.

In early 2009, the average earnings in Gadsden was $25,000. In 2008 the cost of living index was at 78.5 and the nation's average is 100. About 8% of the residents over the age of 25 have a bachelor's degree and approximately 6% have a graduate degree.

The major employers in the Gadsden area are shown below:

  • Goodyear Tire & Rubber
  • Gadsden Regional Medical Center - Hospital
  • Mid-South Industries - Metalworking
  • OHG of Gadsden
  • Etowah County Board of Education
  • Riverview Regional Medical Center - Hospital
  • Gadsden City Board of Education
  • SAIC
  • DuPont Hospital
  • Gentiva Health Services
  • City of Gadsden
  • Equity Group of Alabama - Further poultry processing
  • Mid-South Electronics
  • Koch - Primary poultry processing
  • Inteva Products - Plastic injection molding
  • The Bridge
  • Dixie Pacific Manufacturing
  • Bama Bells
  • Hardin & Company
  • County of Etowah
  • Mcguffey Health Care - Nursing home
  • Mountain View Hospital
  • Attala City Schools
  • Jay-Mid South - Robotic welding
  • Crown Column & Millwork - Wood Columns
  • Stamped Products

Helpful Gadsden business organizations are:

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

Most Popular Jobs in Gadsden, 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 980 $55,630 $37,090 - 72,870 24% 56%
2 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 490 $46,760 $35,950 - 57,260 6% 96%
3 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 480 $46,250 $24,060 - 86,270 8% 51%
4 Elementary school teachers, except special education 330 $42,810 $34,790 - 51,480 14% 95%
5 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 290 $42,150 $30,160 - 53,240 11% 95%
6 Accountants and auditors 220 $45,750 $29,090 - 69,410 18% 79%
7 Mental health counselors 170 $25,110 $20,460 - 32,500 30% 73%
8 Rehabilitation counselors 140 $30,250 $25,320 - 38,290 23% 73%
9 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 110 $68,600 $47,760 - 87,520 8% 78%
10 Child, family, and school social workers 110 $37,590 $19,940 - 58,160 19% 77%
11 Pharmacists 90 $127,520 $59,350 - 22% 97%
12 Social and human service assistants 80 $23,690 $13,660 - 44,570 34% 58%
13 Lawyers 70 $121,160 $51,060 - 11% 99%
14 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 70 $52,360 $43,370 - 64,720 13% 73%
15 Chief executives 60 $121,520 $60,510 - 2% 65%
16 Physical therapists 60 $83,730 $60,630 - 120,710 27% 89%
17 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 60 $26,490 $21,600 - 31,840 15% 51%
18 Medical and health services managers 50 $93,510 $57,730 - 132,140 16% 57%
19 Financial managers 50 $76,810 $46,990 - 116,670 13% 60%
20 Occupational therapists 50 $76,460 $58,820 - 100,160 23% 90%
21 Industrial engineers 50 $71,840 $48,540 - 96,520 20% 74%
22 Librarians 40 $48,050 $35,840 - 60,070 4% 85%
23 Medical and public health social workers 40 $42,630 $34,760 - 50,100 24% 77%
24 Public relations specialists 40 $36,820 $25,990 - 60,220 18% 81%
25 Coaches and scouts 40 $27,970 $13,350 - 57,070 15% 60%
26 Speech-language pathologists 40 $0 $ - 11% 98%
27 Social workers, all other 30 $0 $ - 18% 77%

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 Retail salespersons 1,440 $22,050 $13,770 - 32,090 12% 25%
2 Cashiers 1,410 $15,960 $12,820 - 20,150 -3% 10%
3 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 920 $14,760 $12,800 - 17,310 18% 5%
4 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 790 $26,620 $18,390 - 35,400 1% 18%
5 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 760 $26,380 $14,400 - 46,590 2% 5%
6 Waiters and waitresses 740 $14,600 $12,750 - 16,150 11% 14%
7 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 730 $36,790 $19,270 - 51,960 10% 4%
8 Office clerks, general 680 $21,740 $13,690 - 33,240 13% 19%
9 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 680 $20,770 $14,890 - 26,430 18% 7%
10 General and operations managers 600 $78,160 $37,540 - 137,190 2% 48%
11 Stock clerks and order fillers 580 $17,750 $13,080 - 25,750 -8% 8%
12 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 490 $33,620 $20,190 - 47,020 4% 25%
13 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 480 $29,580 $21,970 - 38,830 14% 7%
14 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 480 $28,630 $18,360 - 39,660 13% 16%
15 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 400 $40,780 $24,920 - 61,480 6% 29%
16 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 370 $19,060 $13,330 - 28,270 15% 4%
17 Maintenance and repair workers, general 350 $32,140 $19,200 - 45,720 10% 6%
18 Customer service representatives 350 $26,300 $14,360 - 42,030 25% 22%
19 Home health aides 340 $16,970 $13,410 - 20,130 49% 7%
20 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 330 $25,760 $16,990 - 39,200 11% 14%
21 Cooks, restaurant 290 $20,010 $13,930 - 26,380 12% 5%
22 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 270 $15,600 $12,880 - 20,310 11% 5%
23 Child care workers 270 $15,290 $12,870 - 18,990 18% 15%
24 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 260 $52,840 $26,830 - 80,580 -5% 15%
25 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 230 $17,510 $13,290 - 22,790 13% 5%
26 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 220 $36,570 $18,330 - 49,780 14% 4%
27 Receptionists and information clerks 220 $22,800 $16,440 - 35,380 17% 13%
28 Industrial truck and tractor operators 210 $26,290 $18,370 - 34,910 -2% 2%
29 Pharmacy technicians 210 $21,960 $14,010 - 31,160 32% 16%
30 Construction laborers 210 $21,510 $16,010 - 29,660 11% 5%
31 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 210 $20,520 $13,620 - 28,850 18% 6%
32 Helpers--production workers 210 $20,470 $14,070 - 30,930 -1% 4%
33 Tellers 210 $20,360 $16,640 - 28,400 14% 16%
34 Food preparation workers 210 $15,420 $12,890 - 19,280 15% 7%
35 Cooks, fast food 210 $14,980 $12,790 - 18,650 8% 5%
36 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 200 $31,520 $16,200 - 55,700 8% 4%
37 Counter and rental clerks 190 $20,750 $13,130 - 36,630 23% 16%
38 Industrial machinery mechanics 180 $49,320 $30,770 - 62,460 9% 5%
39 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 180 $32,300 $23,430 - 39,390 11% 33%
40 Teacher assistants 180 $17,180 $13,180 - 20,490 10% 18%
41 Electricians 170 $40,410 $27,200 - 60,050 7% 7%
42 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 170 $30,270 $17,620 - 47,750 -7% 14%
43 Medical assistants 170 $23,900 $17,950 - 31,340 35% 10%
44 Sheet metal workers 160 $29,790 $20,720 - 43,310 7% 4%
45 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 160 $27,760 $20,660 - 42,400 8% 3%
46 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 160 $22,920 $14,480 - 31,330 4% 6%
47 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 150 $27,570 $20,140 - 38,690 4% 15%
48 Postal service mail carriers 140 $0 $ - 1% 11%
49 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 130 $51,290 $33,390 - 75,400 7% 13%
50 Packers and packagers, hand 130 $16,850 $12,860 - 24,000 -12% 3%
51 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 130 $15,040 $12,850 - 18,560 10% 17%
52 Radiologic technologists and technicians 120 $43,800 $29,310 - 60,050 15% 25%
53 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 120 $32,080 $22,590 - 46,160 11% 4%
54 Carpenters 120 $29,800 $22,640 - 38,550 10% 6%
55 Personal and home care aides 120 $15,840 $12,990 - 19,790 51% 10%
56 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 110 $43,570 $33,920 - 55,630 9% 10%
57 Insurance sales agents 110 $43,220 $22,660 - 74,780 13% 45%
58 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 110 $25,740 $18,090 - 35,980 5% 2%
59 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 100 $17,870 $13,260 - 20,780 14% 3%
60 Dishwashers 100 $15,450 $12,950 - 19,100 10% 3%
61 Physicians and surgeons, all other 100 $0 $ - 0% 0%
62 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 90 $45,490 $30,910 - 62,950 15% 18%
63 Machinists 90 $34,570 $21,040 - 47,610 -3% 3%
64 Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 90 $29,930 $14,830 - 46,380 27% 47%
65 Medical secretaries 90 $25,960 $17,910 - 37,770 17% 18%
66 Security guards 90 $19,940 $13,110 - 30,840 17% 13%
67 Physical therapist assistants 80 $52,530 $42,540 - 63,750 32% 23%
68 Drywall and ceiling tile installers 80 $38,670 $25,980 - 61,230 7% 2%
69 Bill and account collectors 80 $27,230 $15,520 - 40,540 23% 13%
70 Welding, soldering, and brazing machine setters, operators, and tenders 80 $21,140 $16,760 - 30,200 3% 2%
71 Helpers--electricians 80 $19,180 $16,900 - 22,030 7% 3%
72 Assemblers and fabricators, all other 80 $17,030 $13,060 - 21,530 -9% 5%
73 Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 70 $29,420 $16,010 - 49,460 10% 24%
74 Coating, painting, and spraying machine setters, operators, and tenders 70 $19,960 $13,910 - 28,220 -13% 4%
75 Switchboard operators, including answering service 70 $19,070 $13,410 - 28,370 -8% 10%
76 Bartenders 70 $16,980 $12,940 - 27,810 11% 17%
77 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 70 $14,900 $12,860 - 17,840 12% 6%
78 Sales representatives, services, all other 60 $52,070 $29,840 - 118,380 28% 48%
79 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 60 $49,370 $22,870 - 85,940 0% 42%
80 Cost estimators 60 $43,110 $28,360 - 57,670 19% 32%
81 First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 60 $41,840 $23,110 - 64,830 10% 17%
82 Dental hygienists 60 $38,270 $31,500 - 43,830 30% 33%
83 Paralegals and legal assistants 60 $36,330 $27,940 - 45,370 22% 45%
84 Grinding, lapping, polishing, and buffing machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 60 $33,400 $19,980 - 48,600 -16% 0%
85 Dental assistants 60 $30,590 $22,320 - 38,940 29% 9%
86 Parts salespersons 60 $27,990 $14,910 - 39,540 -2% 6%
87 Recreation workers 60 $21,110 $16,970 - 26,700 13% 47%
88 Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 60 $15,570 $12,920 - 19,210 17% 14%
89 Bus drivers, school 60 $14,270 $12,790 - 15,970 9% 4%
90 Mixing and blending machine setters, operators, and tenders 60 $0 $ - -5% 4%
91 First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 50 $58,690 $42,240 - 83,070 4% 38%
92 Highway maintenance workers 50 $27,910 $20,220 - 38,470 9% 5%
93 Payroll and timekeeping clerks 50 $27,080 $20,960 - 35,650 3% 18%
94 Police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers 50 $24,310 $19,830 - 30,520 14% 11%
95 First-line supervisors/managers of personal service workers 50 $23,960 $14,740 - 33,040 16% 26%
96 Medical records and health information technicians 50 $22,980 $15,190 - 32,160 18% 12%
97 Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers 50 $20,060 $13,260 - 29,840 12% 0%
98 Nonfarm animal caretakers 50 $15,880 $12,980 - 19,770 18% 16%
99 Food service managers 40 $47,630 $29,150 - 74,760 5% 24%
100 Respiratory therapists 40 $44,220 $33,290 - 55,480 23% 28%
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Jobs More Common Near Gadsden Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Mental health counselors 25,110 170 8.2
Rehabilitation counselors 30,250 140 7
Sheet metal workers 29,790 160 4.9
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 15,600 270 3.9
Industrial machinery mechanics 49,320 180 3.4
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 29,580 480 3.3
Pharmacy technicians 21,960 210 3
Radiologic technologists and technicians 43,800 120 2.7
Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 68,600 110 2.5
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 46,760 490 2.4
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 20,770 680 2.3
Helpers--production workers 20,470 210 2.3
Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 42,150 290 2.2
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 36,790 730 2.2
Child care workers 15,290 270 2.2
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 27,760 160 2.1
Child, family, and school social workers 37,590 110 2
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 52,840 260 2
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 26,620 790 2
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 33,620 490 2
Counter and rental clerks 20,750 190 2
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 25,760 330 1.9
Cashiers 15,960 1,410 1.9
Cooks, fast food 14,980 210 1.9
Postal service mail carriers 0 140 1.9
Home health aides 16,970 340 1.9
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 30,270 170 1.8
Physicians and surgeons, all other 0 100 1.8
Registered nurses 55,630 980 1.8
Tellers 20,360 210 1.7
General and operations managers 78,160 600 1.7
Industrial truck and tractor operators 26,290 210 1.7
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 15,040 130 1.7
Medical assistants 23,900 170 1.6
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 14,760 920 1.6
Automotive service technicians and mechanics 36,570 220 1.6
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 26,380 760 1.5
Insurance sales agents 43,220 110 1.5
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 25,740 110 1.5
Cooks, restaurant 20,010 290 1.5
Retail salespersons 22,050 1,440 1.5
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 46,250 480 1.4
Waiters and waitresses 14,600 740 1.4
Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 17,870 100 1.4
Stock clerks and order fillers 17,750 580 1.4
Police and sheriff's patrol officers 32,300 180 1.4
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 51,290 130 1.4
Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 27,570 150 1.3
First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 40,780 400 1.3
Maintenance and repair workers, general 32,140 350 1.3

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Industrial machinery mechanics 49,320 1.11 180
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 26,380 1.09 760
Truck drivers, light or delivery services 31,520 1.09 200
Automotive service technicians and mechanics 36,570 1.01 220
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 52,840 1 260
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 36,790 0.98 730
Receptionists and information clerks 22,800 0.95 220
Maintenance and repair workers, general 32,140 0.94 350
Child, family, and school social workers 37,590 0.93 110
Cooks, restaurant 20,010 0.92 290
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 46,760 0.91 490
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 17,510 0.91 230
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 26,620 0.91 790
Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 27,570 0.91 150
First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 40,780 0.9 400
Retail salespersons 22,050 0.9 1,440
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 30,270 0.9 170
Registered nurses 55,630 0.9 980
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 51,290 0.9 130
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 28,630 0.89 480
Counter and rental clerks 20,750 0.89 190
Customer service representatives 26,300 0.89 350
Industrial truck and tractor operators 26,290 0.87 210
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 33,620 0.87 490
Helpers--production workers 20,470 0.87 210
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 20,770 0.86 680
Electricians 40,410 0.86 170
Cooks, fast food 14,980 0.86 210
Cashiers 15,960 0.86 1,410
Tellers 20,360 0.86 210
Elementary school teachers, except special education 42,810 0.86 330
Radiologic technologists and technicians 43,800 0.86 120
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 14,760 0.86 920
Office clerks, general 21,740 0.86 680
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 25,760 0.85 330
Medical assistants 23,900 0.85 170
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 15,040 0.85 130
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 20,520 0.85 210
Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 68,600 0.84 110
Rehabilitation counselors 30,250 0.84 140
Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 42,150 0.84 290
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 19,060 0.83 370
Packers and packagers, hand 16,850 0.83 130
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 46,250 0.82 480
General and operations managers 78,160 0.81 600
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 22,920 0.8 160
Food preparation workers 15,420 0.8 210
Home health aides 16,970 0.8 340
Personal and home care aides 15,840 0.79 120
Child care workers 15,290 0.79 270

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