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Macon Employment

Employment and Industries in the Macon, Georgia Area

The Macon economy is powered by services, retail, manufacturing and the government. Jobs are provided in manufacturing industries such as aircraft parts, textiles, bricks and tiles and paper products. The other major sectors for employment in the region are healthcare, manufacturing, education, accommodation and food services; finance and insurance; and construction. Also, the nearby Robins Air Force Base is a major employer in the region.

The county is a prominent agricultural area. Milk and poultry are significant elements of the region's economy. Jobs are also provided in the processing and distribution centers that are involved with the region's farmland. The forest products industry also provides jobs in the region. The area includes a large Weyerhaeuser pulp processing plant.

Jobs more common in Macon than most other cities include bailiffs, paper goods machine setters, operators and tenders; production workers, correctional officers and jailers; insurance claims and policy processing clerks; probation officers and correctional treatment specialists; and insurance underwriters.

Notable employers in the Macon region are:

  • GEICO - Insurance
  • YKK Corporation of America - Zipper manufacturer
  • Coliseum Health System - Healthcare
  • Weyerhaeuser - Forest products
  • Southern Wood Suppliers - Produces hard wood chips
  • Birds Eye Foods
  • Watkins Engineering
  • Boeing Company
  • Schwartz Precision Manufacturing

Noteworthy information about Macon: About 17% of the population over the age of 25 have a bachelor's degree or better. In 2008 the cost of living index was at 80.5 which is low when compared to the national average of 100. In 2009 the average salary in Macon was $28,000.

Macon companies have access to helpful business organizations such as:

The Macon Telegraph offers current information about the business endeavors in Macon.

Most Popular Jobs in Macon, Georgia 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 3,350 $59,640 $43,210 - 79,200 24% 56%
2 Elementary school teachers, except special education 1,150 $48,320 $34,920 - 63,520 14% 95%
3 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 920 $55,100 $25,260 - 90,710 8% 51%
4 Accountants and auditors 550 $58,780 $34,560 - 89,950 18% 79%
5 Chief executives 440 $134,770 $64,480 - 2% 65%
6 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 440 $53,090 $36,320 - 68,240 6% 96%
7 Social and human service assistants 440 $20,620 $13,600 - 31,250 34% 58%
8 Child, family, and school social workers 380 $32,210 $17,280 - 53,030 19% 77%
9 Financial managers 300 $88,350 $48,590 - 133,460 13% 60%
10 Pharmacists 280 $112,960 $91,250 - 135,230 22% 97%
11 Sales managers 280 $83,350 $44,750 - 136,000 10% 69%
12 Training and development specialists 280 $53,110 $33,750 - 77,110 18% 56%
13 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 250 $51,510 $38,860 - 67,400 20% 87%
14 Network and computer systems administrators 240 $65,230 $42,970 - 94,460 27% 50%
15 Insurance underwriters 230 $46,490 $34,440 - 65,090 6% 53%
16 Instructional coordinators 220 $51,410 $29,010 - 74,640 23% 79%
17 Lawyers 200 $97,550 $42,080 - 165,850 11% 99%
18 Detectives and criminal investigators 180 $50,570 $33,210 - 83,190 17% 54%
19 Computer systems analysts 180 $50,470 $35,020 - 75,230 29% 68%
20 Medical and public health social workers 180 $38,800 $27,280 - 59,170 24% 77%
21 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 170 $52,930 $37,610 - 65,600 12% 51%
22 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 170 $47,650 $27,360 - 71,470 13% 73%
23 Medical and health services managers 160 $79,920 $35,380 - 127,450 16% 57%
24 Management analysts 160 $72,740 $42,220 - 116,800 22% 78%
25 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 160 $42,960 $27,460 - 66,350 5% 58%
26 Physical therapists 150 $82,760 $58,600 - 116,760 27% 89%
27 Physician assistants 140 $88,080 $69,430 - 104,300 27% 67%
28 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 140 $78,420 $59,730 - 101,760 8% 78%
29 Network systems and data communications analysts 140 $44,300 $35,340 - 56,910 53% 57%
30 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 140 $34,170 $26,230 - 49,810 15% 51%
31 Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 130 $67,270 $34,740 - 138,750 25% 67%
32 Computer programmers 130 $64,700 $39,360 - 92,430 -4% 73%
33 Social and community service managers 130 $47,120 $22,400 - 81,040 25% 72%
34 Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists 130 $33,330 $26,390 - 41,750 11% 58%
35 Managers, all other 120 $74,650 $44,340 - 122,510 7% 55%
36 Advertising sales agents 120 $30,500 $18,720 - 48,010 20% 56%
37 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 110 $37,150 $22,320 - 52,520 18% 56%
38 Community and social service specialists, all other 110 $30,890 $22,270 - 42,820 25% 58%
39 Personal financial advisors 100 $103,460 $43,270 - 159,940 41% 81%
40 Education administrators, postsecondary 100 $101,640 $56,700 - 162,370 14% 78%
41 Mechanical engineers 100 $62,910 $46,000 - 81,120 4% 78%
42 Dentists, general 90 $155,020 $88,750 - 9% 100%
43 Computer and information systems managers 90 $84,590 $49,540 - 135,680 16% 73%
44 Speech-language pathologists 80 $58,260 $39,400 - 81,100 11% 98%
45 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 80 $54,370 $34,460 - 80,410 17% 56%
46 Librarians 80 $50,840 $36,790 - 63,660 4% 85%
47 Electrical engineers 70 $81,430 $59,190 - 110,680 6% 81%
48 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 70 $67,610 $27,930 - 106,040 12% 51%
49 Market research analysts 70 $43,530 $30,850 - 64,760 20% 82%
50 Public relations specialists 70 $43,420 $26,520 - 72,380 18% 81%
51 Industrial engineers 60 $76,490 $45,010 - 112,440 20% 74%
52 Occupational therapists 60 $67,920 $49,630 - 90,460 23% 90%
53 Computer software engineers, applications 60 $54,040 $26,900 - 101,560 45% 85%
54 Financial specialists, all other 60 $44,860 $32,090 - 61,740 12% 50%
55 Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors 60 $37,820 $25,920 - 54,570 34% 73%
56 Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists 50 $70,790 $35,600 - 120,030 16% 99%
57 Credit analysts 50 $54,300 $30,260 - 95,110 2% 60%
58 Education administrators, preschool and child care center/program 50 $46,770 $28,080 - 85,970 24% 78%
59 Sales and related workers, all other 50 $41,390 $15,000 - 72,290 14% 62%
60 Dietitians and nutritionists 50 $40,450 $16,130 - 63,110 9% 72%
61 Coaches and scouts 50 $38,550 $15,770 - 64,190 15% 60%
62 Graphic designers 50 $35,160 $24,260 - 49,610 10% 55%
63 Reporters and correspondents 50 $0 $ - 1% 85%
64 Engineering managers 40 $102,890 $62,170 - 134,990 7% 84%
65 Architects, except landscape and naval 40 $96,560 $62,750 - 137,980 18% 88%
66 Engineers, all other 40 $56,500 $34,040 - 87,010 6% 82%
67 Vocational education teachers, secondary school 40 $51,440 $35,560 - 66,950 -5% 96%
68 Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 40 $47,110 $33,180 - 65,870 18% 56%
69 Environmental scientists and specialists, including health 40 $43,810 $32,270 - 60,540 25% 93%
70 Mental health and substance abuse social workers 40 $41,210 $14,430 - 62,080 30% 77%
71 Producers and directors 40 $40,970 $15,550 - 56,920 11% 75%
72 Adult literacy, remedial education, and GED teachers and instructors 40 $39,540 $32,110 - 55,350 14% 54%
73 Merchandise displayers and window trimmers 40 $24,890 $14,690 - 37,670 11% 55%
74 Editors 40 $0 $ - 2% 81%
75 Judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates 30 $78,940 $34,620 - 131,320 5% 99%
76 Marketing managers 30 $63,490 $38,330 - 97,250 14% 69%
77 Budget analysts 30 $50,870 $28,920 - 76,790 7% 78%

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 3,890 $23,820 $13,730 - 39,400 12% 25%
2 Cashiers 2,970 $16,130 $12,870 - 20,380 -3% 10%
3 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 2,530 $15,090 $12,810 - 18,640 18% 5%
4 Office clerks, general 2,320 $21,680 $13,940 - 31,430 13% 19%
5 Stock clerks and order fillers 2,030 $22,540 $14,610 - 31,840 -8% 8%
6 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 1,950 $17,020 $12,990 - 23,230 15% 4%
7 Customer service representatives 1,840 $29,570 $18,350 - 41,160 25% 22%
8 General and operations managers 1,820 $85,330 $37,760 - 159,550 2% 48%
9 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 1,660 $29,120 $20,460 - 39,630 13% 16%
10 Waiters and waitresses 1,600 $15,470 $12,850 - 20,260 11% 14%
11 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 1,550 $23,640 $15,610 - 33,260 2% 5%
12 Teacher assistants 1,490 $16,480 $13,000 - 22,050 10% 18%
13 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 1,410 $45,860 $28,420 - 65,820 6% 29%
14 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 1,350 $25,040 $16,120 - 33,380 1% 18%
15 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 1,260 $18,680 $13,550 - 25,930 18% 7%
16 Maintenance and repair workers, general 1,230 $35,280 $20,870 - 55,690 10% 6%
17 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 1,210 $27,900 $13,930 - 52,020 8% 4%
18 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 1,040 $34,560 $23,730 - 47,540 15% 18%
19 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 1,030 $30,890 $21,730 - 44,410 10% 4%
20 Construction laborers 1,000 $23,810 $13,970 - 36,080 11% 5%
21 Security guards 990 $23,240 $14,430 - 36,190 17% 13%
22 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 910 $33,970 $25,960 - 42,950 14% 7%
23 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 900 $34,340 $21,770 - 49,300 4% 25%
24 Insurance claims and policy processing clerks 790 $30,140 $22,840 - 38,980 -1% 22%
25 Production workers, all other 780 $32,090 $16,700 - 49,520 2% 5%
26 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 750 $16,400 $13,130 - 20,060 13% 5%
27 Insurance sales agents 710 $48,100 $26,630 - 65,220 13% 45%
28 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 690 $28,790 $22,420 - 35,580 4% 15%
29 Cooks, restaurant 680 $17,690 $13,050 - 24,550 12% 5%
30 Bus drivers, school 680 $15,980 $12,830 - 22,930 9% 4%
31 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 660 $28,990 $18,780 - 41,550 11% 14%
32 Correctional officers and jailers 650 $28,040 $22,170 - 33,130 17% 11%
33 Receptionists and information clerks 650 $22,670 $16,670 - 30,940 17% 13%
34 Medical assistants 610 $26,210 $19,170 - 33,480 35% 10%
35 Dishwashers 590 $14,470 $12,770 - 16,660 10% 3%
36 Home health aides 570 $17,220 $13,810 - 20,100 49% 7%
37 Industrial truck and tractor operators 560 $29,340 $17,940 - 46,450 -2% 2%
38 Medical secretaries 560 $24,480 $19,080 - 31,310 17% 18%
39 Bill and account collectors 550 $31,340 $24,970 - 39,210 23% 13%
40 Child care workers 550 $18,360 $13,140 - 28,580 18% 15%
41 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 540 $56,230 $34,380 - 85,750 7% 13%
42 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 530 $36,190 $20,940 - 59,730 14% 4%
43 Electricians 510 $39,970 $28,250 - 58,450 7% 7%
44 Packers and packagers, hand 510 $18,000 $13,280 - 25,190 -12% 3%
45 Preschool teachers, except special education 500 $22,680 $13,470 - 44,300 26% 43%
46 Food preparation workers 490 $17,880 $13,050 - 27,640 15% 7%
47 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 470 $22,850 $16,480 - 30,430 18% 6%
48 Tellers 460 $23,750 $18,500 - 30,710 14% 16%
49 Cooks, fast food 440 $17,270 $13,250 - 23,310 8% 5%
50 Legal secretaries 410 $28,460 $20,870 - 44,050 12% 18%
51 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 410 $24,610 $16,620 - 36,090 4% 6%
52 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 390 $51,640 $26,290 - 79,570 -5% 15%
53 Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance 380 $26,400 $21,260 - 35,490 2% 11%
54 Postsecondary teachers, all other 360 $41,980 $33,800 - 54,170 0% 0%
55 Pharmacy technicians 360 $28,340 $20,660 - 37,660 32% 16%
56 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 350 $50,720 $34,360 - 68,580 9% 10%
57 Kindergarten teachers, except special education 350 $45,150 $33,910 - 61,220 16% 43%
58 Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 350 $26,700 $21,420 - 31,850 10% 24%
59 Team assemblers 340 $29,760 $17,660 - 46,100 0% 5%
60 Computer support specialists 320 $37,370 $26,570 - 50,030 13% 43%
61 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 320 $17,380 $13,310 - 22,580 11% 5%
62 Paper goods machine setters, operators, and tenders 310 $30,040 $26,950 - 32,860 -18% 0%
63 Counter and rental clerks 290 $25,600 $14,990 - 35,580 23% 16%
64 Machinists 280 $22,820 $13,230 - 39,330 -3% 3%
65 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 270 $14,370 $12,770 - 16,280 12% 6%
66 Business operations specialists, all other 260 $58,660 $33,880 - 86,390 21% 49%
67 Postal service mail carriers 260 $0 $ - 1% 11%
68 Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators 260 $0 $ - -8% 12%
69 Administrative services managers 250 $67,520 $36,880 - 108,100 12% 40%
70 Driver/sales workers 250 $27,630 $14,310 - 56,870 -5% 4%
71 Painters, construction and maintenance 250 $24,240 $16,110 - 34,660 12% 6%
72 Personal and home care aides 250 $18,350 $16,330 - 20,730 51% 10%
73 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 240 $16,810 $13,130 - 22,600 10% 17%
74 Radiologic technologists and technicians 230 $47,420 $26,650 - 63,650 15% 25%
75 Vocational education teachers, postsecondary 230 $43,190 $33,820 - 51,630 0% 0%
76 First-line supervisors/managers of housekeeping and janitorial workers 230 $30,830 $21,170 - 40,650 13% 11%
77 Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 220 $46,840 $26,540 - 65,220 12% 3%
78 Production, planning, and expediting clerks 220 $38,420 $23,990 - 52,390 4% 30%
79 Medical records and health information technicians 220 $26,090 $20,080 - 34,410 18% 12%
80 Respiratory therapists 210 $48,500 $35,790 - 63,380 23% 28%
81 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 200 $33,180 $20,200 - 49,720 -7% 14%
82 Emergency medical technicians and paramedics 200 $26,500 $17,570 - 38,780 19% 14%
83 Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers 200 $26,340 $19,140 - 36,250 12% 0%
84 Helpers--electricians 200 $22,680 $14,430 - 31,250 7% 3%
85 Helpers--production workers 200 $18,220 $13,300 - 24,770 -1% 4%
86 Dental hygienists 190 $50,800 $30,560 - 68,240 30% 33%
87 Real estate sales agents 190 $34,170 $25,480 - 47,680 11% 45%
88 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 190 $30,890 $16,620 - 46,000 5% 2%
89 Surgical technologists 180 $32,530 $26,810 - 39,230 25% 16%
90 Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 180 $15,300 $12,840 - 19,040 10% 5%
91 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 170 $43,940 $32,130 - 62,300 11% 4%
92 Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 170 $36,250 $19,820 - 50,240 9% 3%
93 Carpenters 170 $33,930 $22,190 - 43,200 10% 6%
94 Parts salespersons 170 $31,490 $20,790 - 45,730 -2% 6%
95 Amusement and recreation attendants 170 $15,770 $12,910 - 20,070 24% 22%
96 Industrial machinery mechanics 160 $34,270 $21,610 - 52,990 9% 5%
97 Data entry keyers 160 $27,260 $18,030 - 34,410 -5% 18%
98 Switchboard operators, including answering service 160 $22,930 $16,630 - 30,590 -8% 10%
99 Bartenders 160 $18,850 $13,020 - 29,580 11% 17%
100 First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 150 $46,450 $30,230 - 65,180 10% 17%
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Jobs More Common Near Macon Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Bailiffs 15,740 140 18.9
Separating, filtering, clarifying, precipitating, and still machine setters, operators, and tenders 35,820 110 7.3
Paper goods machine setters, operators, and tenders 30,040 310 5.6
Production workers, all other 32,090 780 5.1
Correctional officers and jailers 28,040 650 4.8
Insurance claims and policy processing clerks 30,140 790 4.8
Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists 33,330 130 4.1
Vocational education teachers, postsecondary 43,190 230 3.5
Insurance underwriters 46,490 230 3.3
Kindergarten teachers, except special education 45,150 350 3.2
Respiratory therapists 48,500 210 3.1
Detectives and criminal investigators 50,570 180 3.1
Postsecondary teachers, all other 41,980 360 3.1
Insurance sales agents 48,100 710 3
Surgical technologists 32,530 180 3
Credit authorizers, checkers, and clerks 33,410 120 2.9
Physician assistants 88,080 140 2.9
Tax examiners, collectors, and revenue agents 41,210 110 2.9
Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance 26,400 380 2.8
Helpers--electricians 22,680 200 2.8
Instructional coordinators 51,410 220 2.6
Bus drivers, school 15,980 680 2.4
Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 26,700 350 2.3
Legal secretaries 28,460 410 2.2
Chief executives 134,770 440 2.2
Child, family, and school social workers 32,210 380 2.1
Social and human service assistants 20,620 440 2
Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers 26,340 200 2
Court, municipal, and license clerks 29,500 120 2
Medical and public health social workers 38,800 180 1.9
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 33,970 910 1.9
Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 28,790 690 1.9
Medical records and health information technicians 26,090 220 1.9
Truck drivers, light or delivery services 27,900 1,210 1.9
Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators 0 260 1.9
Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines 43,340 150 1.9
Training and development specialists 53,110 280 1.9
Registered nurses 59,640 3,350 1.8
Bill and account collectors 31,340 550 1.8
Medical transcriptionists 28,530 100 1.8
Preschool teachers, except special education 22,680 500 1.8
Teacher assistants 16,480 1,490 1.8
First-line supervisors/managers of housekeeping and janitorial workers 30,830 230 1.8
Medical assistants 26,210 610 1.8
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 56,230 540 1.8
Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 51,510 250 1.8
Education administrators, postsecondary 101,640 100 1.8
Machine feeders and offbearers 26,300 120 1.8
Medical secretaries 24,480 560 1.7
Emergency medical technicians and paramedics 26,500 200 1.7

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Macon, Georgia Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Loan officers 81,380 1.38 110
Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 46,840 1.19 220
Physical therapists 82,760 1.13 150
Production workers, all other 32,090 1.11 780
Counter and rental clerks 25,600 1.1 290
Team assemblers 29,760 1.09 340
Physician assistants 88,080 1.08 140
Pharmacists 112,960 1.08 280
Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers 26,340 1.06 200
Network and computer systems administrators 65,230 1.06 240
Driver/sales workers 27,630 1.06 250
Training and development specialists 53,110 1.05 280
Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 26,340 1.05 140
Data entry keyers 27,260 1.05 160
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 53,090 1.04 440
Parts salespersons 31,490 1.03 170
Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 51,510 1.03 250
Maintenance and repair workers, general 35,280 1.03 1,230
Payroll and timekeeping clerks 34,380 1.03 150
Bill and account collectors 31,340 1.02 550
First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 45,860 1.02 1,410
Machine feeders and offbearers 26,300 1.01 120
Pharmacy technicians 28,340 1.01 360
Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines 43,340 1.01 150
Computer programmers 64,700 1.01 130
Credit authorizers, checkers, and clerks 33,410 1.01 120
Tellers 23,750 1 460
Automotive service technicians and mechanics 36,190 1 530
Customer service representatives 29,570 1 1,840
Business operations specialists, all other 58,660 1 260
Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 52,930 0.99 170
Cooks, fast food 17,270 0.99 440
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 33,180 0.99 200
Management analysts 72,740 0.99 160
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 56,230 0.99 540
Stock clerks and order fillers 22,540 0.99 2,030
Printing machine operators 32,230 0.98 120
Accountants and auditors 58,780 0.98 550
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 23,640 0.98 1,550
Dental assistants 31,540 0.98 130
Industrial truck and tractor operators 29,340 0.98 560
Retail salespersons 23,820 0.98 3,890
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 51,640 0.98 390
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 55,100 0.98 920
Bartenders 18,850 0.97 160
Elementary school teachers, except special education 48,320 0.97 1,150
Registered nurses 59,640 0.97 3,350
Order clerks 27,180 0.97 120
Truck drivers, light or delivery services 27,900 0.96 1,210
Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 78,420 0.96 140

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