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Huntsville Employment

Employment and Industries in the Huntsville, Alabama Area

More than 40 Fortune 500 companies have facilities in Huntsville. The city also has a large number of international hi-tech companies. Research and development as well as aerospace and military technology are major economic factors for Huntsville. US space and defense agencies are also located in Huntsville. The Cummings Research Park, the Redstone Arsenal and NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center are the main centers for the technology based economy. Cummings Research Park is the second largest research park in the nation and the fourth largest in the world.

Most of the major aerospace companies have operations in Huntsville. The city is also home to commercial technology, computer graphics and telecommunications companies. Manufacturing, retail, education and healthcare are also prominent factors for the economy. The manufacturing sector has more than 200 companies and includes about one-fifth of the local area jobs. Many of the highly trained and skilled manufacturing workers are involved with technology-based precision manufacturing. Military and support contract employment also accounts for a large number of jobs.

Some of the major employers in the Huntsville area are shown below:

  • SCI Systems
  • SCI Technology
  • Sanmina-SCI Systems Holdings
  • The Health Care Authority of the City of Huntsville
  • Huntsville City Board of Education
  • NASA/George C Marshall Space Flight Center
  • Siemens VDO Automotive Electronics
  • City of Huntsville
  • Deltacom - Telecommunications provider
  • ITC Deltacom
  • Madison County Board of Education
  • Teledyne Brown Engineering - Aerospace and Defense
  • Adtran - Telecommunications
  • Teledyne Isotopes
  • Intergraph - Computer graphics
  • Avocent Software - Switch manufacturer
  • Wolverine Tube - Copper tube manufacturer and distributor
  • Boeing - Aerospace and Defense
  • General Dynamics
  • Raytheon
  • L-3 Communications
  • SAIC - Aerospace and Defense
  • University of Alabama in Huntsville - Education
  • Benchmark Electronics - Electronic components
  • Northrop Grumman - Aerospace and Defense
  • COLSA - Aerospace and Defense
  • Huntsville Hospital System

Additional information of interest about Huntsville: The city has one of the highest rates of engineers per total employment in the nation. The city has a large number of computer specialists. In early 2009 the average salary in Huntsville was $41,000. In Huntsville about 27% of the residents over the age of 25 have a bachelor's degree and 15% have a graduate degree. The cost of living index was 83.1% in 2008.

The city has received numerous high rankings from prominent sources including:

  • Computer World - Included in their top 5 technology cities list
  • Expansion Magazine - One of the nation's leading 5 star Business Metros
  • Kiplinger's Personal Finance - Included in the top 25 list of best cities for mid-level professionals
  • Manpower - One of the top ten cities for job growth markets
  • MSN/Sperling's - Part of their top ten cities list for job growth and affordability
  • Forbes Magazine - Included in the nation's top 20 for leading cities for business and careers
  • Careerbuilder.com - Part of their top 10 great cities for job seekers list.

Some of the major business related organizations associated with Huntsville:

The Huntsville Times offers current information on business activities in the Huntsville area.

Most Popular Jobs in Huntsville, 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 3,990 $58,030 $37,740 - 77,600 24% 56%
2 Engineers, all other 3,400 $100,700 $63,000 - 140,780 6% 82%
3 Computer software engineers, systems software 3,190 $89,390 $56,500 - 125,440 28% 85%
4 Computer systems analysts 2,860 $75,200 $45,730 - 108,610 29% 68%
5 Elementary school teachers, except special education 2,410 $48,290 $36,170 - 62,110 14% 95%
6 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 2,270 $49,470 $23,390 - 87,180 8% 51%
7 Aerospace engineers 1,920 $97,890 $66,160 - 129,430 10% 87%
8 Mechanical engineers 1,720 $85,000 $56,490 - 114,020 4% 78%
9 Accountants and auditors 1,580 $62,910 $34,790 - 100,120 18% 79%
10 Management analysts 1,560 $90,890 $47,230 - 160,100 22% 78%
11 Computer software engineers, applications 1,290 $86,880 $51,430 - 127,560 45% 85%
12 Electronics engineers, except computer 1,200 $91,400 $55,870 - 133,450 4% 81%
13 Teachers and instructors, all other 1,150 $22,500 $13,170 - 32,130 9% 54%
14 Computer programmers 1,140 $72,970 $41,920 - 108,820 -4% 73%
15 Engineering managers 1,020 $114,640 $76,510 - 155,530 7% 84%
16 Electrical engineers 970 $84,070 $54,470 - 120,820 6% 81%
17 Computer hardware engineers 950 $90,760 $58,170 - 126,870 5% 70%
18 Industrial engineers 830 $80,640 $52,120 - 112,580 20% 74%
19 Network and computer systems administrators 830 $61,610 $36,960 - 90,450 27% 50%
20 Computer specialists, all other 820 $88,120 $52,330 - 128,550 15% 68%
21 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 760 $50,000 $35,820 - 66,600 6% 96%
22 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 660 $72,920 $34,010 - 117,770 12% 51%
23 Computer and information systems managers 560 $101,680 $53,610 - 152,940 16% 73%
24 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 560 $66,630 $38,390 - 97,450 17% 56%
25 Chief executives 510 $164,350 $62,650 - 2% 65%
26 Financial managers 490 $105,800 $57,760 - 159,990 13% 60%
27 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 470 $48,740 $30,790 - 73,650 18% 56%
28 Network systems and data communications analysts 460 $68,460 $32,350 - 105,260 53% 57%
29 Public relations specialists 450 $44,260 $26,640 - 71,210 18% 81%
30 Budget analysts 440 $70,110 $43,960 - 98,790 7% 78%
31 Managers, all other 430 $95,150 $58,270 - 131,500 7% 55%
32 Lawyers 400 $108,790 $57,680 - 162,850 11% 99%
33 Child, family, and school social workers 400 $38,340 $26,360 - 52,410 19% 77%
34 Chemical engineers 350 $83,770 $55,330 - 123,210 8% 91%
35 Database administrators 350 $65,430 $38,160 - 101,720 29% 72%
36 Pharmacists 310 $109,800 $86,980 - 133,190 22% 97%
37 Training and development specialists 310 $44,390 $24,060 - 73,710 18% 56%
38 Technical writers 300 $54,210 $34,210 - 77,510 20% 74%
39 Sales managers 290 $94,970 $48,580 - 145,760 10% 69%
40 Graphic designers 280 $45,790 $26,980 - 70,910 10% 55%
41 Purchasing managers 260 $104,890 $69,360 - 141,730 3% 57%
42 Operations research analysts 260 $85,760 $41,120 - 128,730 11% 71%
43 Computer and information scientists, research 250 $99,310 $73,290 - 129,000 22% 68%
44 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 250 $52,370 $28,460 - 84,690 5% 58%
45 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 240 $54,950 $33,090 - 72,980 13% 73%
46 Physical therapists 230 $81,710 $55,820 - 104,590 27% 89%
47 Materials engineers 220 $99,500 $61,950 - 136,470 4% 77%
48 Education administrators, postsecondary 220 $87,410 $45,330 - 131,320 14% 78%
49 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 220 $74,930 $56,320 - 99,640 8% 78%
50 Coaches and scouts 220 $32,360 $13,320 - 64,420 15% 60%
51 Advertising sales agents 200 $48,110 $26,270 - 73,520 20% 56%
52 Editors 180 $52,160 $28,850 - 78,740 2% 81%
53 Self-enrichment education teachers 180 $39,630 $14,930 - 65,980 23% 54%
54 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 180 $28,840 $21,660 - 38,110 15% 51%
55 Librarians 170 $57,320 $40,840 - 81,670 4% 85%
56 Personal financial advisors 160 $122,180 $47,620 - 41% 81%
57 Physicists 160 $99,200 $68,300 - 139,400 7% 95%
58 Medical and health services managers 160 $70,810 $36,120 - 114,100 16% 57%
59 Financial specialists, all other 160 $69,980 $29,020 - 115,990 12% 50%
60 Social and human service assistants 160 $22,190 $16,560 - 31,220 34% 58%
61 Marketing managers 150 $104,630 $43,140 - 164,390 14% 69%
62 Detectives and criminal investigators 140 $62,180 $43,630 - 89,830 17% 54%
63 Medical and public health social workers 140 $44,020 $33,550 - 60,240 24% 77%
64 Surveyors 140 $41,990 $25,570 - 63,130 24% 82%
65 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 130 $50,150 $35,860 - 64,630 12% 51%
66 Dentists, general 110 $142,090 $49,100 - 9% 100%
67 Human resources managers, all other 100 $88,990 $61,170 - 126,120 11% 58%
68 Health and safety engineers, except mining safety engineers and inspectors 100 $85,120 $55,970 - 119,740 10% 74%
69 Environmental scientists and specialists, including health 100 $69,420 $34,810 - 118,720 25% 93%
70 Architects, except landscape and naval 90 $78,900 $37,830 - 148,210 18% 88%
71 Chemists 90 $73,330 $41,620 - 128,280 9% 93%
72 Farm and home management advisors 90 $50,600 $23,000 - 79,310 5% 79%
73 Social and community service managers 90 $48,880 $30,220 - 80,870 25% 72%
74 Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 90 $43,080 $29,140 - 63,120 18% 56%
75 Merchandise displayers and window trimmers 90 $25,180 $17,440 - 35,000 11% 55%
76 Occupational health and safety specialists 80 $73,970 $44,650 - 100,790 8% 72%
77 Instructional coordinators 80 $63,470 $34,880 - 93,590 23% 79%
78 Financial analysts 80 $62,240 $44,870 - 87,460 34% 87%
79 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 80 $47,490 $27,000 - 63,730 20% 87%
80 Floral designers 80 $20,010 $14,350 - 28,900 -9% 55%
81 Veterinarians 70 $87,280 $54,300 - 140,080 35% 100%
82 Commercial pilots 70 $61,260 $44,630 - 79,980 13% 74%
83 Healthcare practitioners and technical workers, all other 70 $26,880 $14,730 - 38,790 15% 72%
84 Social scientists and related workers, all other 60 $81,450 $52,720 - 106,090 5% 90%
85 Mathematicians 50 $95,670 $67,860 - 121,290 10% 93%
86 Occupational therapists 50 $72,410 $48,970 - 98,100 23% 90%
87 Public relations managers 50 $70,790 $42,890 - 105,530 17% 75%
88 Education administrators, preschool and child care center/program 50 $46,170 $27,640 - 78,910 24% 78%
89 Adult literacy, remedial education, and GED teachers and instructors 50 $42,950 $26,560 - 78,900 14% 54%
90 Optometrists 40 $90,330 $34,510 - 11% 100%
91 Compensation and benefits managers 40 $79,370 $49,310 - 124,250 12% 58%
92 Sales and related workers, all other 40 $79,010 $14,520 - 14% 62%
93 Speech-language pathologists 40 $69,780 $52,920 - 90,530 11% 98%
94 Training and development managers 40 $68,690 $46,790 - 107,940 16% 58%
95 Judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates 40 $59,070 $30,480 - 115,690 5% 99%
96 Cartographers and photogrammetrists 40 $52,120 $36,820 - 77,780 20% 82%
97 Dietitians and nutritionists 40 $49,730 $30,980 - 66,140 9% 72%
98 Urban and regional planners 40 $49,610 $28,970 - 68,830 15% 92%
99 Legislators 40 $23,050 $12,750 - 31,740 1% 65%
100 Rehabilitation counselors 40 $0 $ - 23% 73%

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 6,880 $21,710 $13,550 - 32,660 12% 25%
2 Cashiers 6,310 $16,350 $12,900 - 21,420 -3% 10%
3 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 4,250 $15,300 $12,910 - 18,830 18% 5%
4 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 4,050 $29,820 $20,240 - 40,700 1% 18%
5 General and operations managers 3,620 $99,000 $43,590 - 2% 48%
6 Team assemblers 3,340 $24,790 $15,370 - 39,180 0% 5%
7 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 3,240 $19,850 $13,480 - 28,110 15% 4%
8 Waiters and waitresses 3,210 $16,440 $12,820 - 24,470 11% 14%
9 Office clerks, general 3,100 $22,440 $13,830 - 34,080 13% 19%
10 Telemarketers 2,890 $22,430 $20,100 - 25,260 -10% 14%
11 Stock clerks and order fillers 2,760 $22,160 $13,940 - 34,540 -8% 8%
12 Business operations specialists, all other 2,670 $79,310 $46,160 - 121,970 21% 49%
13 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 2,580 $22,320 $15,280 - 31,850 2% 5%
14 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 2,350 $35,810 $21,320 - 53,560 4% 25%
15 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 2,260 $29,650 $15,860 - 44,730 13% 16%
16 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 2,080 $44,320 $24,680 - 70,870 6% 29%
17 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 1,820 $70,750 $39,380 - 101,460 0% 42%
18 Logisticians 1,810 $78,860 $49,890 - 104,450 17% 43%
19 Customer service representatives 1,740 $28,880 $18,060 - 44,550 25% 22%
20 Security guards 1,740 $23,150 $14,300 - 35,220 17% 13%
21 Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers 1,640 $32,250 $20,720 - 41,260 -27% 6%
22 Receptionists and information clerks 1,630 $22,270 $16,520 - 30,440 17% 13%
23 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 1,560 $19,350 $14,760 - 24,710 18% 7%
24 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 1,530 $38,170 $23,820 - 57,430 10% 4%
25 Helpers--production workers 1,520 $20,630 $14,610 - 29,180 -1% 4%
26 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 1,480 $26,540 $16,890 - 40,960 11% 14%
27 Maintenance and repair workers, general 1,390 $32,940 $18,170 - 48,940 10% 6%
28 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 1,340 $55,970 $31,800 - 84,480 -5% 15%
29 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 1,330 $18,970 $13,850 - 24,130 13% 5%
30 Cooks, restaurant 1,280 $19,830 $14,260 - 26,040 12% 5%
31 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 1,260 $31,490 $18,180 - 49,420 -7% 14%
32 Home health aides 1,260 $18,150 $13,200 - 26,360 49% 7%
33 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 1,210 $42,740 $29,630 - 59,390 15% 18%
34 Teacher assistants 1,160 $17,960 $13,040 - 28,580 10% 18%
35 Cooks, fast food 1,150 $15,130 $12,860 - 18,470 8% 5%
36 Computer support specialists 1,100 $41,060 $22,420 - 66,250 13% 43%
37 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 1,090 $29,970 $16,690 - 49,930 8% 4%
38 Food preparation workers 1,070 $16,270 $12,990 - 20,570 15% 7%
39 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 1,020 $26,270 $16,740 - 38,150 4% 6%
40 Machinists 970 $37,840 $25,120 - 50,410 -3% 3%
41 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 940 $19,860 $14,290 - 27,610 18% 6%
42 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 830 $33,730 $25,640 - 42,600 14% 7%
43 Electrical and electronic engineering technicians 800 $47,080 $28,540 - 68,520 4% 18%
44 Electricians 800 $42,770 $23,130 - 72,840 7% 7%
45 Counter and rental clerks 760 $22,940 $13,520 - 35,080 23% 16%
46 Child care workers 740 $15,820 $12,960 - 19,810 18% 15%
47 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 730 $54,960 $30,250 - 87,980 7% 13%
48 Industrial truck and tractor operators 730 $26,720 $18,100 - 37,650 -2% 2%
49 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 720 $42,990 $28,110 - 59,220 11% 33%
50 Production workers, all other 720 $32,110 $17,800 - 61,700 2% 5%
51 Packers and packagers, hand 720 $18,780 $13,330 - 25,600 -12% 3%
52 Industrial machinery mechanics 710 $49,830 $30,120 - 76,620 9% 5%
53 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 710 $48,510 $26,060 - 68,290 9% 10%
54 Construction laborers 710 $26,920 $17,350 - 40,650 11% 5%
55 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 710 $22,800 $13,620 - 38,950 12% 6%
56 Engineering technicians, except drafters, all other 700 $54,400 $22,110 - 85,240 2% 18%
57 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 700 $36,980 $19,570 - 60,290 14% 4%
58 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 670 $17,840 $13,000 - 28,590 11% 5%
59 Tellers 640 $21,730 $15,280 - 26,500 14% 16%
60 Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 630 $28,930 $21,040 - 38,770 -15% 0%
61 Medical assistants 630 $23,890 $17,810 - 30,290 35% 10%
62 Carpenters 620 $29,070 $19,440 - 39,070 10% 6%
63 Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic 620 $25,730 $17,600 - 38,500 -3% 6%
64 Dishwashers 590 $16,260 $13,120 - 19,630 10% 3%
65 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 580 $38,340 $24,630 - 51,860 11% 4%
66 First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 570 $54,800 $23,620 - 104,080 4% 38%
67 All other information and record clerks 550 $37,230 $21,200 - 50,680 -13% 21%
68 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 530 $28,700 $18,770 - 39,500 4% 15%
69 Recreation workers 530 $23,880 $15,840 - 33,040 13% 47%
70 Pharmacy technicians 510 $27,170 $15,290 - 39,840 32% 16%
71 Driver/sales workers 510 $21,680 $13,430 - 37,340 -5% 4%
72 Sales representatives, services, all other 490 $48,810 $20,450 - 99,010 28% 48%
73 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 480 $21,380 $15,570 - 29,880 14% 3%
74 Production, planning, and expediting clerks 460 $36,500 $24,000 - 51,680 4% 30%
75 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 460 $33,420 $22,320 - 47,170 8% 3%
76 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 450 $16,180 $13,010 - 20,580 10% 8%
77 Postal service mail carriers 450 $0 $ - 1% 11%
78 Bill and account collectors 410 $26,760 $17,500 - 37,850 23% 13%
79 Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 400 $22,600 $16,160 - 32,100 -5% 5%
80 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 400 $15,770 $12,900 - 19,920 10% 17%
81 Bus drivers, school 400 $15,130 $12,910 - 18,460 9% 4%
82 Loan officers 380 $62,290 $31,880 - 111,590 12% 49%
83 Assemblers and fabricators, all other 380 $31,290 $18,470 - 61,030 -9% 5%
84 Residential advisors 380 $20,480 $15,900 - 30,460 19% 28%
85 Computer, automated teller, and office machine repairers 370 $47,630 $27,230 - 64,840 3% 25%
86 Fire fighters 370 $0 $ - 12% 18%
87 Cost estimators 350 $49,670 $27,690 - 80,760 19% 32%
88 Civil engineering technicians 350 $44,960 $24,810 - 63,050 10% 18%
89 Telecommunications line installers and repairers 340 $39,670 $23,560 - 58,970 5% 8%
90 Food service managers 330 $51,550 $28,950 - 79,320 5% 24%
91 Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 330 $37,630 $26,540 - 51,330 9% 3%
92 Human resources assistants, except payroll and timekeeping 330 $33,050 $22,220 - 46,420 11% 29%
93 Parts salespersons 330 $29,870 $15,450 - 49,850 -2% 6%
94 Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 330 $26,520 $18,520 - 38,530 10% 24%
95 Dental hygienists 320 $46,510 $37,480 - 57,110 30% 33%
96 Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines 320 $42,500 $27,670 - 62,540 12% 3%
97 Office and administrative support workers, all other 320 $33,680 $24,020 - 48,610 -9% 32%
98 Dental assistants 320 $29,670 $21,620 - 40,000 29% 9%
99 Physicians and surgeons, all other 320 $0 $ - 0% 0%
100 Insurance sales agents 310 $51,360 $26,670 - 90,620 13% 45%
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Jobs More Common Near Huntsville Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Aerospace engineers 97,890 1,920 28.2
Choreographers 30,080 130 15.3
Engineers, all other 100,700 3,400 13.9
Mechanical door repairers 29,180 120 13.5
Logisticians 78,860 1,810 11.6
Computer hardware engineers 90,760 950 10.3
Physicists 99,200 160 9.6
Chemical engineers 83,770 350 8.6
Materials engineers 99,500 220 8
Engineering technicians, except drafters, all other 54,400 700 7.5
Computer and information scientists, research 99,310 250 7.1
Environmental engineering technicians 35,570 170 6.8
Residential advisors 20,480 380 6.2
Telemarketers 22,430 2,890 5.9
Electronics engineers, except computer 91,400 1,200 5.6
Electrical and electronics drafters 54,520 260 5.5
Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers 32,250 1,640 5.3
Computer software engineers, systems software 89,390 3,190 5
Mechanical engineers 85,000 1,720 5
Dental laboratory technicians 31,480 260 4.9
Budget analysts 70,110 440 4.7
Rolling machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 30,750 150 4.2
Technical writers 54,210 300 4.2
Mechanical engineering technicians 48,840 240 4.1
Electrical engineers 84,070 970 4
Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 70,750 1,820 4
Cardiovascular technologists and technicians 34,670 250 3.8
Engineering managers 114,640 1,020 3.6
Extruding, forming, pressing, and compacting machine setters, operators, and tenders 29,730 290 3.5
Computer systems analysts 75,200 2,860 3.4
Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic 25,730 620 3.4
Electrical and electronic engineering technicians 47,080 800 3.1
Health and safety engineers, except mining safety engineers and inspectors 85,120 100 3
Extruding and drawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 24,490 310 2.9
Multiple machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 36,430 290 2.8
Education teachers, postsecondary 48,730 170 2.8
Civil engineering technicians 44,960 350 2.7
Industrial engineers 80,640 830 2.7
Surveying and mapping technicians 31,130 280 2.7
Computer specialists, all other 88,120 820 2.7
Operations research analysts 85,760 260 2.6
Chemical equipment operators and tenders 31,690 140 2.6
Purchasing managers 104,890 260 2.6
Industrial engineering technicians 38,870 220 2.3
Electrical and electronics repairers, commercial and industrial equipment 44,640 250 2.3
Helpers--production workers 20,630 1,520 2.3
Pest control workers 26,550 210 2.3
Grinding, lapping, polishing, and buffing machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 28,580 260 2.3
Team assemblers 24,790 3,340 2.2
Tire repairers and changers 22,500 280 2.2

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Personal financial advisors 122,180 1.53 160
Tool and die makers 62,920 1.39 150
Business operations specialists, all other 79,310 1.35 2,670
Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 70,750 1.33 1,820
Computer specialists, all other 88,120 1.31 820
Computer, automated teller, and office machine repairers 47,630 1.28 370
Real estate sales agents 59,330 1.26 210
Engineers, all other 100,700 1.25 3,400
Management analysts 90,890 1.24 1,560
Materials engineers 99,500 1.23 220
Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 66,630 1.23 560
Financial specialists, all other 69,980 1.22 160
Logisticians 78,860 1.22 1,810
Operations research analysts 85,760 1.22 260
Assemblers and fabricators, all other 31,290 1.18 380
Purchasing managers 104,890 1.18 260
Multiple machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 36,430 1.15 290
Service station attendants 23,610 1.15 160
Managers, all other 95,150 1.15 430
Mechanical engineers 85,000 1.15 1,720
Financial managers 105,800 1.14 490
Graphic designers 45,790 1.14 280
Computer programmers 72,970 1.13 1,140
All other information and record clerks 37,230 1.13 550
Computer software engineers, applications 86,880 1.12 1,290
Mechanical drafters 53,330 1.12 160
Industrial machinery mechanics 49,830 1.12 710
Physical therapists 81,710 1.11 230
Production workers, all other 32,110 1.11 720
Industrial engineers 80,640 1.11 830
Electronics engineers, except computer 91,400 1.11 1,200
Budget analysts 70,110 1.11 440
Coating, painting, and spraying machine setters, operators, and tenders 32,800 1.1 210
Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 42,740 1.1 1,210
Computer systems analysts 75,200 1.09 2,860
Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers 32,250 1.09 1,640
Chief executives 164,350 1.09 510
Librarians 57,320 1.09 170
Office and administrative support workers, all other 33,680 1.09 320
Administrative services managers 79,060 1.09 150
Computer software engineers, systems software 89,390 1.07 3,190
Educational, vocational, and school counselors 54,950 1.07 240
Aerospace engineers 97,890 1.06 1,920
Food service managers 51,550 1.06 330
Lawyers 108,790 1.06 400
Network systems and data communications analysts 68,460 1.06 460
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 55,970 1.06 1,340
Procurement clerks 36,470 1.06 120
Loan officers 62,290 1.05 380
Accountants and auditors 62,910 1.05 1,580

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