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Mobile Employment

Employment and Industries in the Mobile, Alabama Area

The major factors for Mobile's economy are medicine and research, retail trade, aerospace, construction and manufacturing. A variety of goods are produced in Mobile such as engines, aircraft, wood pulp and paper, chemicals, paint, aluminum, cement, pumps, rayon fibers and ship-related items. Some of the major sectors for employment are: trade, transportation and utilities; education, healthcare, manufacturing, government, professional and business services, construction and mining as well as leisure and hospitality.

The thriving Port of Mobile is very important to the economy. It's served by a vast number of steamship lines and includes two large ship repair companies and ship building firms such as Austal USA. Over 300 businesses are involved in the area's maritime industry. The Brookley Complex is a prominent trade and industrial center and is designated as a Foreign Trade Zone. The complex is home to over 100 companies including numerous aerospace firms. Mobile Aerospace Engineering, a subsidiary of Singapore Technologies Engineering, is one of the largest private employers in Mobile County.

Thyssen Krupp is building a state-of-the-art steel and stainless steel processing facility which is slated to begin operations in 2010 and employ about 2,700 people. Mobile is also home to numerous hi-tech and computer related businesses. The automotive industry also provides jobs. In addition, EADS North America provides a large number of engineering jobs involved with designing Airbus's long-range jets.

The median earnings in early 2009 was $30,000. The cost of living index in 2008 was 84.1 which is less than the nation's average of 100. Also, about 16% of the residents over the age of 25 have a bachelor's degree and approximately 10% have a graduate degree.

Alabama has created a progressive state business environment. The chamber of commerce reports that both state and local incentives are provided to help companies lower their initial capital costs. The city also helps companies develop a labor force. Long term taxes have also been reduced. Alabama's effective Industrial Development Training Program helps local companies in a variety of ways including training and providing employees. In Mobile, the Center for Workforce Development has been operating and helping businesses since the year 2000. One of the center's primary goals is to improve the quality of Mobile's workforce. Companies are attracted to Mobile due to the highly skilled workforce, good tax practices, power rates and transportation logistics.

Shown below are the major employers in non-manufacturing sectors in the Mobile area:

  • Mobile County School System
  • Mobile Infirmary Medical Center
  • Providence Hospital
  • University of South Alabama & USA Health System
  • Walmart
  • City of Mobile
  • Mobile County
  • Springhill Medical Center
  • Regions Bank

The largest manufacturers in Mobile:

  • ST Mobile Aerospace and Engineering - Aircraft, refurbishing
  • Austal USA - Ship building
  • Atlantic Marine Alabama - Ship repair
  • Bender Shipbuilding & Repair - Ship building and repair
  • Kimberly Clark - Paper products
  • Evonik Degussa - Chemicals
  • CPSI - Software
  • Teledyne Continental Motors - Aircraft piston engines
  • SSAB Alabama - Steel mill
  • Barnett Millworks - Wood products
  • Coca-Cola Bottling Company - Soft drinks
  • Olin - Chemicals
  • Masland Carpets - Carpet manufacturer
  • Gulf Lumber Company - Wood products
  • Shell Chemical LP/Shell Mobile site - Petroleum refining
  • Armstrong World Industries - Tile
  • Arkema - Chemicals
  • Tate & Lyle Sucralose - Sucralose
  • Holcim - Dry Cement

Mobile has received numerous rankings and favorable comments from prominent sources including:

  • Southern Business & Development - Ranked #7 in their best places list for locating companies in mid-markets
  • Southern Business & Development - Thyssen Krupp steel processing facility ranked #2 on the top 100 projects for jobs
  • Forbes.com - Ever since the Australian ship builder, Austal began operations in Mobile the area has bloomed as a manufacturing center
  • Site Selection - Recognized the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce as one of the top economic development groups.
  • Expansion Magazine - Included in their list of "America's Hottest Cities"
  • Entrepreneur.com - Ranked Mobile #1 on their list of "Hot Cities For Entrepreneurs"

Some of the major business related organizations associated with Mobile:

The Mobile Bay Business Journal Online provides current information regarding the business activities in the Mobile area.

Most Popular Jobs in Mobile, 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 4,690 $55,240 $39,520 - 68,680 24% 56%
2 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 2,000 $55,080 $30,040 - 86,220 8% 51%
3 Elementary school teachers, except special education 1,600 $42,220 $33,820 - 52,140 14% 95%
4 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 1,220 $43,090 $33,400 - 52,320 11% 95%
5 Accountants and auditors 1,170 $50,880 $32,860 - 76,020 18% 79%
6 Lawyers 520 $112,290 $58,420 - 11% 99%
7 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 490 $41,630 $30,820 - 53,560 6% 96%
8 Financial managers 450 $86,260 $48,440 - 132,940 13% 60%
9 Civil engineers 420 $75,150 $47,520 - 109,670 18% 87%
10 Public relations specialists 380 $41,300 $27,560 - 60,790 18% 81%
11 Computer programmers 370 $59,450 $33,380 - 85,740 -4% 73%
12 Pharmacists 340 $120,970 $89,730 - 162,240 22% 97%
13 Child, family, and school social workers 330 $39,830 $26,130 - 58,810 19% 77%
14 Network and computer systems administrators 320 $51,970 $39,470 - 74,510 27% 50%
15 Chief executives 310 $158,980 $90,910 - 2% 65%
16 Computer systems analysts 310 $68,450 $37,350 - 105,580 29% 68%
17 Advertising sales agents 290 $50,480 $13,650 - 98,310 20% 56%
18 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 290 $48,240 $36,290 - 62,050 12% 51%
19 Mechanical engineers 280 $77,700 $52,710 - 110,870 4% 78%
20 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 270 $66,910 $49,560 - 83,560 8% 78%
21 Computer software engineers, applications 270 $64,480 $32,150 - 97,850 45% 85%
22 Sales managers 260 $95,560 $46,730 - 10% 69%
23 Self-enrichment education teachers 260 $38,450 $22,100 - 54,130 23% 54%
24 Librarians 250 $42,960 $28,800 - 55,010 4% 85%
25 Teachers and instructors, all other 250 $23,630 $13,160 - 42,040 9% 54%
26 Social and human service assistants 240 $25,600 $15,110 - 33,730 34% 58%
27 Managers, all other 230 $86,880 $46,750 - 131,000 7% 55%
28 Medical and health services managers 230 $86,200 $54,170 - 136,480 16% 57%
29 Management analysts 230 $77,540 $37,180 - 120,020 22% 78%
30 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 230 $26,110 $19,310 - 33,380 15% 51%
31 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 220 $46,410 $27,180 - 77,390 5% 58%
32 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 220 $34,830 $22,990 - 47,170 18% 56%
33 Electrical engineers 210 $80,580 $50,650 - 106,390 6% 81%
34 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 210 $66,770 $25,000 - 108,300 12% 51%
35 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 200 $47,640 $30,950 - 66,500 17% 56%
36 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 200 $43,560 $27,140 - 59,950 13% 73%
37 Medical and public health social workers 200 $39,070 $26,910 - 51,610 24% 77%
38 Computer and information systems managers 190 $97,860 $54,050 - 140,660 16% 73%
39 Engineers, all other 180 $63,600 $24,860 - 122,210 6% 82%
40 Mental health counselors 180 $43,470 $28,580 - 65,990 30% 73%
41 Engineering managers 170 $116,630 $70,350 - 7% 84%
42 Architects, except landscape and naval 170 $77,870 $37,170 - 102,380 18% 88%
43 Industrial engineers 160 $75,850 $46,560 - 103,480 20% 74%
44 Training and development specialists 160 $46,210 $29,830 - 69,840 18% 56%
45 Personal financial advisors 140 $120,950 $38,870 - 41% 81%
46 Physical therapists 140 $72,260 $52,020 - 96,880 27% 89%
47 Speech-language pathologists 140 $47,370 $37,100 - 60,170 11% 98%
48 Social and community service managers 140 $46,730 $28,640 - 74,060 25% 72%
49 Education, training, and library workers, all other 140 $22,560 $17,140 - 31,520 11% 79%
50 Floral designers 140 $19,970 $13,350 - 30,130 -9% 55%
51 Network systems and data communications analysts 130 $54,010 $33,440 - 87,270 53% 57%
52 Surveyors 130 $39,560 $21,600 - 70,660 24% 82%
53 Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists 130 $33,410 $24,700 - 46,730 11% 58%
54 Coaches and scouts 110 $41,220 $18,870 - 63,880 15% 60%
55 Instructional coordinators 110 $41,060 $27,750 - 61,310 23% 79%
56 Healthcare practitioners and technical workers, all other 110 $26,670 $16,920 - 31,380 15% 72%
57 Dentists, general 100 $173,490 $110,150 - 9% 100%
58 Chemical engineers 100 $94,010 $61,190 - 128,600 8% 91%
59 Occupational therapists 100 $56,030 $33,450 - 70,230 23% 90%
60 Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 100 $49,770 $26,880 - 65,730 25% 67%
61 Dietitians and nutritionists 100 $44,370 $28,540 - 61,190 9% 72%
62 Graphic designers 100 $41,590 $22,990 - 71,380 10% 55%
63 Purchasing managers 90 $80,120 $47,170 - 121,530 3% 57%
64 Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists 90 $59,800 $45,340 - 77,610 16% 99%
65 Chemists 90 $53,670 $27,990 - 82,560 9% 93%
66 Environmental scientists and specialists, including health 90 $51,700 $35,420 - 73,590 25% 93%
67 Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors 90 $40,300 $22,910 - 59,620 34% 73%
68 Social workers, all other 90 $36,330 $15,200 - 51,250 18% 77%
69 Tax preparers 90 $22,240 $14,300 - 30,230 -8% 54%
70 Recreational therapists 80 $28,350 $21,870 - 39,700 4% 77%
71 Database administrators 70 $48,410 $31,840 - 74,570 29% 72%
72 Legislators 70 $21,390 $13,020 - 33,280 1% 65%
73 Judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates 60 $110,060 $27,930 - 5% 99%
74 Occupational health and safety specialists 60 $60,970 $36,860 - 90,680 8% 72%
75 Biological technicians 60 $35,920 $26,460 - 49,730 16% 60%
76 Financial analysts 60 $0 $ - 34% 87%
77 Sales engineers 50 $107,930 $48,980 - 9% 79%
78 Electronics engineers, except computer 50 $93,010 $61,210 - 128,910 4% 81%
79 Marketing managers 50 $83,960 $41,920 - 130,530 14% 69%
80 Veterinarians 50 $77,910 $51,920 - 112,060 35% 100%
81 Human resources managers, all other 50 $77,450 $43,730 - 130,480 11% 58%
82 Computer hardware engineers 50 $72,330 $45,980 - 106,830 5% 70%
83 Market research analysts 50 $66,940 $40,980 - 82,270 20% 82%
84 Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 50 $45,390 $30,680 - 68,090 18% 56%
85 Clergy 50 $39,240 $28,370 - 49,650 19% 75%
86 Community and social service specialists, all other 50 $35,240 $14,320 - 52,500 25% 58%
87 Environmental engineers 40 $89,380 $65,740 - 121,110 25% 86%
88 Biological scientists, all other 40 $75,930 $51,280 - 115,690 4% 95%
89 Physician assistants 40 $74,190 $56,010 - 99,770 27% 67%
90 Public relations managers 40 $70,720 $41,970 - 112,140 17% 75%
91 Budget analysts 40 $57,910 $43,300 - 74,870 7% 78%
92 Microbiologists 40 $51,430 $31,920 - 75,560 11% 95%
93 Writers and authors 40 $47,060 $24,620 - 94,250 13% 84%
94 Insurance underwriters 40 $38,000 $27,530 - 56,560 6% 53%
95 Chiropractors 40 $0 $ - 14% 98%
96 Financial specialists, all other 30 $59,260 $42,310 - 86,390 12% 50%

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 6,180 $16,080 $12,910 - 20,210 -3% 10%
2 Retail salespersons 5,490 $22,990 $13,630 - 38,960 12% 25%
3 Office clerks, general 4,610 $19,960 $13,510 - 28,320 13% 19%
4 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 4,000 $26,850 $18,870 - 36,890 1% 18%
5 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 3,630 $23,660 $14,320 - 34,000 2% 5%
6 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 3,600 $15,170 $12,850 - 18,660 18% 5%
7 General and operations managers 3,540 $90,110 $39,240 - 157,290 2% 48%
8 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 3,060 $37,370 $20,970 - 57,990 10% 4%
9 Waiters and waitresses 2,870 $14,370 $12,710 - 16,120 11% 14%
10 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 2,680 $28,810 $19,140 - 40,340 13% 16%
11 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 2,650 $18,620 $13,600 - 24,420 15% 4%
12 Stock clerks and order fillers 2,450 $20,420 $13,900 - 29,120 -8% 8%
13 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 2,290 $43,580 $25,390 - 63,030 6% 29%
14 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 2,140 $36,290 $21,850 - 52,490 4% 25%
15 Customer service representatives 2,050 $27,880 $15,890 - 41,240 25% 22%
16 Construction laborers 2,010 $21,190 $13,900 - 30,070 11% 5%
17 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 1,880 $16,030 $13,000 - 19,620 13% 5%
18 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 1,690 $19,820 $16,250 - 24,850 18% 7%
19 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 1,510 $52,530 $32,780 - 77,610 9% 10%
20 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 1,500 $33,420 $23,010 - 44,220 5% 2%
21 Carpenters 1,480 $30,800 $21,550 - 42,790 10% 6%
22 Helpers--production workers 1,470 $22,970 $16,280 - 31,390 -1% 4%
23 Maintenance and repair workers, general 1,450 $33,300 $20,910 - 49,720 10% 6%
24 Security guards 1,450 $18,710 $13,270 - 26,390 17% 13%
25 Industrial truck and tractor operators 1,370 $28,130 $20,090 - 42,150 -2% 2%
26 Receptionists and information clerks 1,360 $21,100 $16,060 - 27,970 17% 13%
27 Electricians 1,290 $37,480 $24,500 - 52,090 7% 7%
28 Food preparation workers 1,290 $15,730 $12,910 - 19,550 15% 7%
29 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 1,250 $35,580 $23,090 - 49,120 11% 4%
30 Home health aides 1,230 $18,560 $13,450 - 26,770 49% 7%
31 Counter and rental clerks 1,220 $18,980 $13,330 - 25,820 23% 16%
32 Bus drivers, school 1,200 $16,670 $13,220 - 20,810 9% 4%
33 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 1,190 $25,080 $16,740 - 37,420 11% 14%
34 Teacher assistants 1,190 $18,300 $13,880 - 20,280 10% 18%
35 Child care workers 1,170 $15,510 $12,890 - 19,320 18% 15%
36 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 1,150 $31,770 $25,480 - 39,720 14% 7%
37 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 1,100 $26,930 $14,930 - 47,700 8% 4%
38 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 1,100 $26,240 $17,850 - 34,180 4% 15%
39 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 1,090 $52,620 $29,530 - 81,450 -5% 15%
40 Bill and account collectors 1,080 $25,990 $17,680 - 37,740 23% 13%
41 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 1,050 $54,120 $33,790 - 80,120 7% 13%
42 Structural metal fabricators and fitters 1,030 $32,180 $25,460 - 40,720 -0% 0%
43 Cooks, restaurant 1,020 $20,940 $16,270 - 25,580 12% 5%
44 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 890 $32,680 $19,590 - 51,930 14% 4%
45 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 830 $20,890 $14,840 - 30,260 18% 6%
46 Tellers 810 $21,440 $17,320 - 26,230 14% 16%
47 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 790 $33,640 $24,940 - 46,130 11% 33%
48 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 790 $31,650 $24,850 - 41,060 8% 3%
49 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 770 $28,490 $16,330 - 47,030 4% 6%
50 Cooks, fast food 770 $15,540 $12,870 - 20,120 8% 5%
51 Dishwashers 740 $15,770 $12,930 - 19,580 10% 3%
52 Parts salespersons 720 $26,350 $19,320 - 38,730 -2% 6%
53 Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 690 $31,110 $22,370 - 43,730 9% 3%
54 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 680 $39,730 $26,840 - 57,780 15% 18%
55 Medical assistants 670 $22,420 $17,520 - 28,590 35% 10%
56 Painters, construction and maintenance 650 $30,860 $19,000 - 41,050 12% 6%
57 Control and valve installers and repairers, except mechanical door 610 $39,130 $25,320 - 50,230 0% 7%
58 Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 610 $34,040 $23,320 - 48,170 12% 3%
59 Sheet metal workers 590 $34,600 $20,230 - 49,370 7% 4%
60 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 590 $17,770 $13,250 - 24,160 11% 5%
61 Machinists 570 $38,870 $27,400 - 50,950 -3% 3%
62 First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 560 $54,580 $30,360 - 85,310 10% 17%
63 Chemical equipment operators and tenders 530 $55,830 $41,150 - 65,250 -4% 14%
64 Driver/sales workers 530 $28,530 $14,520 - 46,800 -5% 4%
65 Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers 530 $22,010 $16,020 - 32,920 12% 0%
66 Sailors and marine oilers 510 $26,180 $16,150 - 35,800 16% 17%
67 Helpers--electricians 510 $24,080 $17,020 - 32,480 7% 3%
68 Helpers--pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 490 $27,980 $20,260 - 38,440 12% 3%
69 Pharmacy technicians 490 $24,660 $17,500 - 31,670 32% 16%
70 Legal secretaries 480 $35,950 $25,610 - 46,880 12% 18%
71 Insurance sales agents 470 $56,640 $26,140 - 98,410 13% 45%
72 Industrial machinery mechanics 470 $47,680 $27,240 - 85,740 9% 5%
73 Aircraft mechanics and service technicians 470 $34,320 $22,450 - 49,130 11% 11%
74 Packers and packagers, hand 470 $17,860 $12,950 - 28,450 -12% 3%
75 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 460 $15,310 $12,840 - 19,490 10% 8%
76 Captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels 450 $67,070 $40,490 - 100,580 18% 21%
77 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 440 $50,180 $28,780 - 78,370 0% 42%
78 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 440 $19,610 $13,570 - 26,550 14% 3%
79 Installation, maintenance, and repair workers, all other 430 $30,910 $18,590 - 42,750 8% 9%
80 Business operations specialists, all other 420 $57,560 $25,690 - 90,240 21% 49%
81 Structural iron and steel workers 420 $34,630 $27,600 - 43,840 6% 4%
82 Loan interviewers and clerks 420 $31,070 $21,830 - 42,690 -1% 24%
83 Tire repairers and changers 420 $22,450 $16,410 - 30,500 20% 6%
84 Production workers, all other 420 $0 $ - 2% 5%
85 Computer support specialists 410 $36,710 $25,580 - 50,340 13% 43%
86 Meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers 410 $17,530 $13,080 - 23,840 11% 2%
87 Office and administrative support workers, all other 400 $30,750 $16,870 - 46,840 -9% 32%
88 Postal service mail carriers 400 $0 $ - 1% 11%
89 Switchboard operators, including answering service 390 $20,700 $16,360 - 26,370 -8% 10%
90 Assemblers and fabricators, all other 380 $32,290 $26,160 - 40,610 -9% 5%
91 Construction managers 370 $68,400 $35,060 - 107,570 16% 29%
92 Payroll and timekeeping clerks 370 $29,230 $18,630 - 43,890 3% 18%
93 First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 360 $76,780 $36,690 - 144,140 4% 38%
94 Food servers, nonrestaurant 360 $19,280 $15,650 - 24,440 16% 9%
95 Radiologic technologists and technicians 350 $45,190 $34,360 - 58,920 15% 25%
96 Automotive body and related repairers 350 $44,850 $22,830 - 64,650 12% 3%
97 Kindergarten teachers, except special education 350 $41,490 $31,370 - 52,410 16% 43%
98 Team assemblers 350 $29,380 $18,800 - 42,630 0% 5%
99 Cement masons and concrete finishers 340 $29,770 $21,180 - 40,120 11% 2%
100 Bus drivers, transit and intercity 340 $22,530 $14,670 - 30,980 13% 4%
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Jobs More Common Near Mobile Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Choreographers 43,550 150 20.1
Insulation workers, floor, ceiling, and wall 36,010 290 16.6
Ship engineers 47,200 160 16.2
Sailors and marine oilers 26,180 510 15.1
Control and valve installers and repairers, except mechanical door 39,130 610 15
Captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels 67,070 450 13.6
Chemical equipment operators and tenders 55,830 530 11.2
Structural metal fabricators and fitters 32,180 1,030 7.8
Transportation inspectors 41,960 140 7.7
Respiratory therapy technicians 39,510 100 7.5
Power plant operators 56,580 160 7.4
Crane and tower operators 50,140 250 6.2
Locksmiths and safe repairers 21,600 100 6.1
Chemical plant and system operators 55,330 230 6
Structural iron and steel workers 34,630 420 5.6
Helpers--pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 27,980 490 5.2
Biological science teachers, postsecondary 141,250 230 5.1
Meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers 17,530 410 4.7
Reinforcing iron and rebar workers 33,400 100 4.4
Tire repairers and changers 22,450 420 3.7
Welding, soldering, and brazing machine setters, operators, and tenders 40,240 170 3.7
Helpers--electricians 24,080 510 3.7
Aircraft mechanics and service technicians 34,320 470 3.5
Pest control workers 22,270 270 3.4
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 33,420 1,500 3.3
Woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders, except sawing 18,720 230 3.3
Pipelayers 26,270 190 3.1
Sheet metal workers 34,600 590 2.9
Broadcast technicians 29,330 110 2.8
Helpers--brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and tile and marble setters 19,720 170 2.8
Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers 54,000 110 2.8
Chemical engineers 94,010 100 2.8
Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers 22,010 530 2.8
Civil engineering technicians 38,390 310 2.8
Chemical technicians 46,390 210 2.6
Cardiovascular technologists and technicians 42,540 150 2.6
Painters, transportation equipment 35,760 140 2.6
Highway maintenance workers 24,190 300 2.5
Helpers--production workers 22,970 1,470 2.5
Millwrights 33,210 100 2.5
Medical equipment repairers 39,960 100 2.5
Office machine operators, except computer 17,010 270 2.5
Parts salespersons 26,350 720 2.5
Installation, maintenance, and repair workers, all other 30,910 430 2.4
Eligibility interviewers, government programs 37,390 250 2.4
Hazardous materials removal workers 29,460 110 2.4
Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters 27,310 320 2.3
Bus drivers, school 16,670 1,200 2.3
Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists 33,410 130 2.2
Electrical power-line installers and repairers 50,920 220 2.1

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Biological science teachers, postsecondary 141,250 1.92 230
Real estate sales agents 76,530 1.63 160
Personal financial advisors 120,950 1.52 140
Chemical equipment operators and tenders 55,830 1.31 530
Mechanical drafters 61,240 1.29 160
Assemblers and fabricators, all other 32,290 1.22 380
Welding, soldering, and brazing machine setters, operators, and tenders 40,240 1.22 170
Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators 67,920 1.21 290
Preschool teachers, except special education 30,310 1.19 120
Physicians and surgeons, all other 211,850 1.19 220
Coaches and scouts 41,220 1.15 110
Pharmacists 120,970 1.15 340
Automotive body and related repairers 44,850 1.14 350
Architectural and civil drafters 48,820 1.12 120
Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 32,350 1.11 120
Captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels 67,070 1.11 450
Chemical technicians 46,390 1.11 210
Wholesale and retail buyers, except farm products 56,240 1.11 130
Crane and tower operators 50,140 1.1 250
First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 76,780 1.1 360
Lawyers 112,290 1.1 520
Chemical plant and system operators 55,330 1.09 230
Driver/sales workers 28,530 1.09 530
Advertising sales agents 50,480 1.08 290
Team assemblers 29,380 1.08 350
Industrial machinery mechanics 47,680 1.07 470
Architects, except landscape and naval 77,870 1.07 170
Food service managers 51,950 1.07 280
Mental health counselors 43,470 1.07 180
Engineering managers 116,630 1.06 170
Chief executives 158,980 1.06 310
Management analysts 77,540 1.05 230
Helpers--pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 27,980 1.05 490
Machinists 38,870 1.05 570
First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 54,580 1.05 560
Managers, all other 86,880 1.05 230
Mechanical engineers 77,700 1.05 280
Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers 54,000 1.05 110
Industrial engineers 75,850 1.04 160
Insulation workers, floor, ceiling, and wall 36,010 1.03 290
Civil engineers 75,150 1.03 420
Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 39,730 1.02 680
Medical and health services managers 86,200 1.02 230
Paralegals and legal assistants 43,510 1.01 230
Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 30,510 1.01 270
Taxi drivers and chauffeurs 21,850 1.01 220
Loan officers 59,710 1.01 240
Electrical engineers 80,580 1.01 210
Insurance sales agents 56,640 1.01 470
Reservation and transportation ticket agents and travel clerks 29,180 1 120

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