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Rocky Mount Employment

Employment and Industries in the Rocky Mount, North Carolina Area

Rocky Mount's diversified manufacturing base includes furniture, pharmaceuticals, textiles, chemicals and fabricated metals. In addition, a number of financial institutions have offices in the city. Rocky Mount also has one of the world's largest bright-leaf tobacco markets. Barcalounger, a prominent furniture manufacturing company, is headquartered in Rocky Mount.

Details about Rocky Mount: For the population 25 years of age and older, 20% have earned a bachelor's degree or better. The estimated median household income in 2007 was $40,000. The cost of living index in 2008 was 80.0 (national average: 100).

The leading fields of employment in Rocky Mount are educational services, healthcare, manufacturing, construction, accommodation and food services, finance and insurance and social assistance.

About 27% of the workforce is employed in management, professional and related occupations. Approximately 23% of the workers are employed in sales and office occupations. Production, transportation and material moving jobs comprise about 19% of the labor force.

The following is a list of the Rocky Mount region's major employers:

  • Nash Health Care Systems, Inc
  • LLCO Unican Holding Corporation
  • Kalba LLCO Corp
  • Honeywell International Inc
  • Walmart Stores, Inc
  • Robertson-Ceco LI Corporation
  • Inco, Inc
  • Barcalounger Corporation
  • American Fibers and Yarns Company
  • City of Rocky Mount
  • Interstate Brands Corporation
  • Belk, Inc
  • Boddie-Noell Enterprises, Inc
  • Harris Teeter, Inc
  • Smithson, Inc
  • Eastern Electric Supply, Inc
  • SE & M Constructors, Inc
  • Consolidated Diesel Co
  • Sara Lee Bakery Company
  • McLane
  • East Industries

Occupations which are more common in Rocky Mount when compared to most other cities include team assemblers, physical therapists assistants, home health aides; weighers, measurers, checkers and samplers, record keeping; pipe layers, electricians helpers, and healthcare support workers.

Rocky Mount businesses may want to contact some of the following helpful associations:

The Rocky Mount Telegram newspaper is a good resource for local business news.

Most Popular Jobs in Rocky Mount, North Carolina 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 1,140 $56,700 $42,660 - 75,440 24% 56%
2 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 790 $39,980 $15,590 - 62,790 8% 51%
3 Elementary school teachers, except special education 730 $42,830 $30,660 - 55,830 14% 95%
4 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 300 $43,580 $30,220 - 56,760 11% 95%
5 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 290 $41,460 $28,080 - 54,380 6% 96%
6 Accountants and auditors 260 $54,200 $39,500 - 74,210 18% 79%
7 Sales managers 250 $0 $ - 10% 69%
8 Financial managers 210 $91,410 $51,280 - 151,020 13% 60%
9 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 200 $39,730 $27,830 - 55,410 20% 87%
10 Teachers and instructors, all other 180 $21,650 $17,430 - 30,440 9% 54%
11 Medical and health services managers 160 $88,690 $58,630 - 128,930 16% 57%
12 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 150 $70,340 $44,650 - 100,140 8% 78%
13 Child, family, and school social workers 140 $39,780 $28,120 - 52,380 19% 77%
14 Mechanical engineers 120 $64,580 $31,780 - 94,500 4% 78%
15 Social and human service assistants 120 $28,250 $21,370 - 35,730 34% 58%
16 Industrial engineers 110 $67,280 $54,290 - 84,200 20% 74%
17 Computer programmers 110 $58,860 $36,810 - 80,710 -4% 73%
18 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 110 $44,590 $31,210 - 60,050 13% 73%
19 Managers, all other 100 $64,530 $35,900 - 94,940 7% 55%
20 Computer systems analysts 90 $59,440 $38,350 - 90,520 29% 68%
21 Financial analysts 90 $46,590 $31,100 - 70,550 34% 87%
22 Training and development specialists 90 $42,310 $23,470 - 65,160 18% 56%
23 Self-enrichment education teachers 90 $35,160 $24,960 - 60,930 23% 54%
24 Pharmacists 80 $102,080 $39,710 - 130,030 22% 97%
25 Physical therapists 80 $82,750 $57,860 - 114,920 27% 89%
26 Network and computer systems administrators 80 $66,990 $45,010 - 83,540 27% 50%
27 Instructional coordinators 80 $56,280 $37,210 - 79,410 23% 79%
28 Lawyers 70 $151,960 $51,620 - 11% 99%
29 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 70 $60,090 $37,010 - 83,920 5% 58%
30 Computer and information systems managers 60 $88,500 $69,400 - 114,310 16% 73%
31 Management analysts 60 $74,440 $52,890 - 100,700 22% 78%
32 Librarians 60 $47,100 $34,660 - 64,200 4% 85%
33 Special education teachers, secondary school 60 $39,970 $31,130 - 52,410 9% 87%
34 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 60 $35,580 $22,710 - 48,770 15% 51%
35 Chief executives 50 $152,140 $77,070 - 2% 65%
36 Occupational therapists 50 $77,180 $58,530 - 99,770 23% 90%
37 Speech-language pathologists 50 $69,980 $50,000 - 96,260 11% 98%
38 Electrical engineers 50 $62,190 $44,580 - 83,330 6% 81%
39 Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 50 $51,210 $32,930 - 76,100 18% 56%
40 Advertising sales agents 50 $50,840 $18,690 - 82,570 20% 56%
41 Medical and public health social workers 50 $43,180 $28,860 - 60,160 24% 77%
42 Special education teachers, middle school 50 $42,420 $29,820 - 57,220 16% 87%
43 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 50 $37,380 $21,730 - 52,890 18% 56%
44 Coaches and scouts 50 $25,380 $17,020 - 35,250 15% 60%
45 Computer software engineers, applications 40 $84,460 $59,670 - 109,790 45% 85%
46 Computer software engineers, systems software 40 $78,420 $66,970 - 98,180 28% 85%
47 Purchasing managers 40 $75,470 $56,190 - 101,060 3% 57%
48 Civil engineers 40 $75,450 $54,700 - 100,240 18% 87%
49 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 40 $51,260 $23,580 - 108,440 12% 51%
50 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 40 $48,800 $34,630 - 68,120 17% 56%
51 Public relations specialists 40 $46,950 $30,300 - 69,960 18% 81%
52 Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists 30 $54,860 $37,470 - 75,970 16% 99%
53 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 30 $52,220 $35,340 - 75,790 12% 51%
54 Health educators 30 $46,590 $25,660 - 72,210 26% 58%
55 Community and social service specialists, all other 30 $38,130 $29,550 - 47,810 25% 58%

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 Team assemblers 3,000 $23,290 $17,170 - 31,380 0% 5%
2 Cashiers 1,950 $16,440 $13,510 - 21,260 -3% 10%
3 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 1,850 $15,730 $13,570 - 19,130 18% 5%
4 Retail salespersons 1,660 $23,480 $14,550 - 37,440 12% 25%
5 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 1,490 $22,050 $15,060 - 31,320 2% 5%
6 Home health aides 1,460 $18,840 $14,180 - 24,620 49% 7%
7 Office clerks, general 1,070 $23,190 $14,960 - 32,670 13% 19%
8 Stock clerks and order fillers 1,050 $21,720 $14,440 - 30,800 -8% 8%
9 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 980 $37,090 $22,650 - 58,980 10% 4%
10 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 960 $27,570 $18,040 - 38,290 1% 18%
11 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 930 $19,560 $13,900 - 26,560 15% 4%
12 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 880 $31,770 $15,840 - 49,300 4% 25%
13 Waiters and waitresses 820 $15,170 $13,480 - 16,610 11% 14%
14 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 760 $30,760 $21,100 - 41,840 13% 16%
15 General and operations managers 730 $95,160 $44,450 - 158,710 2% 48%
16 Teacher assistants 730 $19,510 $14,570 - 24,600 10% 18%
17 Customer service representatives 700 $28,650 $20,490 - 39,240 25% 22%
18 Maintenance and repair workers, general 630 $33,960 $20,900 - 50,820 10% 6%
19 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 600 $43,640 $27,110 - 70,130 6% 29%
20 Personal and home care aides 600 $18,040 $13,790 - 21,200 51% 10%
21 Industrial truck and tractor operators 580 $24,690 $19,430 - 31,120 -2% 2%
22 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 540 $47,000 $33,780 - 65,380 9% 10%
23 Receptionists and information clerks 480 $23,530 $15,350 - 31,790 17% 13%
24 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 460 $37,150 $24,640 - 53,810 15% 18%
25 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 450 $36,670 $20,050 - 61,460 8% 4%
26 Food preparation workers 440 $16,420 $13,590 - 20,660 15% 7%
27 Machinists 430 $42,020 $24,470 - 61,940 -3% 3%
28 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 420 $48,330 $28,630 - 72,960 -5% 15%
29 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 410 $27,540 $18,130 - 41,750 11% 14%
30 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 410 $25,960 $17,400 - 36,480 4% 6%
31 Helpers--production workers 400 $24,710 $15,020 - 31,430 -1% 4%
32 Molding, coremaking, and casting machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 390 $18,520 $16,350 - 20,050 -13% 0%
33 Electricians 380 $38,270 $29,070 - 48,690 7% 7%
34 Cooks, restaurant 380 $18,050 $13,840 - 24,100 12% 5%
35 Packers and packagers, hand 370 $19,460 $14,550 - 26,790 -12% 3%
36 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 310 $17,200 $13,730 - 22,750 13% 5%
37 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 270 $29,420 $18,180 - 40,890 14% 4%
38 Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 270 $24,300 $14,620 - 31,560 17% 14%
39 Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 270 $23,160 $16,240 - 32,280 -15% 0%
40 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 260 $48,570 $29,720 - 67,100 7% 13%
41 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 260 $37,500 $25,940 - 52,600 11% 33%
42 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 260 $20,610 $14,310 - 29,720 18% 6%
43 Carpenters 250 $32,340 $22,910 - 41,820 10% 6%
44 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 240 $31,460 $22,200 - 43,440 -7% 14%
45 Child care workers 240 $16,870 $14,080 - 19,780 18% 15%
46 Preschool teachers, except special education 230 $19,390 $15,070 - 24,790 26% 43%
47 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 220 $27,950 $21,520 - 36,510 4% 15%
48 Healthcare support workers, all other 220 $21,520 $16,880 - 26,570 16% 10%
49 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 210 $40,950 $30,740 - 51,100 14% 7%
50 Bill and account collectors 210 $26,870 $21,170 - 32,520 23% 13%
51 Tellers 210 $22,450 $16,980 - 29,910 14% 16%
52 Counter and rental clerks 210 $20,010 $13,700 - 29,990 23% 16%
53 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 200 $30,820 $22,100 - 41,190 11% 4%
54 First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 190 $52,700 $35,710 - 77,890 10% 17%
55 Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators 190 $0 $ - -8% 12%
56 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 180 $29,170 $17,680 - 40,340 5% 2%
57 Business operations specialists, all other 170 $58,180 $32,300 - 85,720 21% 49%
58 Computer support specialists 170 $37,160 $26,130 - 53,700 13% 43%
59 Driver/sales workers 170 $30,880 $21,480 - 46,650 -5% 4%
60 First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand 160 $39,220 $26,720 - 49,950 13% 17%
61 Dental assistants 160 $30,700 $21,430 - 45,900 29% 9%
62 Dishwashers 160 $16,260 $13,560 - 19,940 10% 3%
63 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 160 $15,520 $13,480 - 18,790 10% 17%
64 Bus drivers, school 150 $29,620 $19,220 - 39,660 9% 4%
65 Medical secretaries 150 $24,450 $20,210 - 30,580 17% 18%
66 Postal service mail carriers 150 $0 $ - 1% 11%
67 Loan officers 140 $43,150 $28,710 - 62,110 12% 49%
68 Cement masons and concrete finishers 140 $26,320 $19,220 - 32,670 11% 2%
69 Medical assistants 140 $25,250 $18,800 - 31,940 35% 10%
70 Pharmacy technicians 140 $21,800 $15,390 - 30,010 32% 16%
71 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 140 $15,710 $13,630 - 18,920 12% 6%
72 Industrial machinery mechanics 130 $36,280 $24,540 - 49,650 9% 5%
73 Data entry keyers 130 $26,790 $19,040 - 36,910 -5% 18%
74 Helpers--electricians 130 $26,040 $18,990 - 32,800 7% 3%
75 Refuse and recyclable material collectors 130 $21,590 $14,020 - 31,050 7% 3%
76 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 130 $19,670 $14,000 - 26,650 11% 5%
77 Sewing machine operators 130 $19,150 $13,740 - 26,660 -27% 5%
78 Construction managers 120 $80,340 $54,250 - 119,270 16% 29%
79 Paralegals and legal assistants 120 $32,470 $22,240 - 48,430 22% 45%
80 Painters, construction and maintenance 120 $28,170 $19,840 - 38,010 12% 6%
81 First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 110 $61,690 $35,240 - 104,710 4% 38%
82 Dental hygienists 110 $55,680 $44,570 - 73,710 30% 33%
83 Physical therapist assistants 110 $51,290 $37,270 - 64,700 32% 23%
84 Radiologic technologists and technicians 110 $47,420 $34,090 - 63,380 15% 25%
85 Security guards 110 $34,640 $18,890 - 47,880 17% 13%
86 Telecommunications line installers and repairers 100 $53,220 $31,400 - 64,750 5% 8%
87 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 100 $52,750 $31,680 - 78,030 0% 42%
88 Payroll and timekeeping clerks 100 $31,670 $21,470 - 42,260 3% 18%
89 Parts salespersons 100 $24,750 $15,990 - 36,130 -2% 6%
90 Helpers--pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 100 $22,650 $17,520 - 30,160 12% 3%
91 Weighers, measurers, checkers, and samplers, recordkeeping 100 $19,010 $13,500 - 29,170 -11% 13%
92 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 100 $17,080 $13,650 - 22,290 14% 3%
93 Automotive body and related repairers 100 $0 $ - 12% 3%
94 Structural metal fabricators and fitters 90 $32,630 $22,210 - 41,380 -0% 0%
95 Human resources assistants, except payroll and timekeeping 90 $32,460 $21,240 - 40,480 11% 29%
96 Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers 90 $29,390 $16,630 - 47,970 12% 0%
97 Farmworkers, farm and ranch animals 90 $25,670 $14,560 - 39,940 3% 4%
98 Bakers 90 $23,980 $16,900 - 31,430 10% 8%
99 Medical records and health information technicians 90 $23,420 $16,300 - 30,580 18% 12%
100 Food servers, nonrestaurant 90 $17,370 $13,640 - 24,120 16% 9%
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Jobs More Common Near Rocky Mount Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Molding, coremaking, and casting machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 18,520 390 8.7
Team assemblers 23,290 3,000 7.7
Physical therapist assistants 51,290 110 5
Home health aides 18,840 1,460 4.4
Weighers, measurers, checkers, and samplers, recordkeeping 19,010 100 4.1
Helpers--pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 22,650 100 3.7
Personal and home care aides 18,040 600 3.4
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 24,300 270 3.3
Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 23,160 270 3.3
Helpers--electricians 26,040 130 3.2
Healthcare support workers, all other 21,520 220 3.1
Refuse and recyclable material collectors 21,590 130 3.1
Machinists 42,020 430 2.9
Sewing machine operators 19,150 130 2.6
Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 39,730 200 2.5
Industrial truck and tractor operators 24,690 580 2.5
Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators 0 190 2.5
First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 47,000 540 2.4
Helpers--production workers 24,710 400 2.4
First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 52,700 190 2.3
First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand 39,220 160 2.2
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 31,770 880 1.9
Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 70,340 150 1.9
Sales managers 0 250 1.8
Cement masons and concrete finishers 26,320 140 1.8
Automotive body and related repairers 0 100 1.8
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 48,330 420 1.8
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 15,730 1,850 1.8
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 22,050 1,490 1.7
Telecommunications line installers and repairers 53,220 100 1.6
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 37,090 980 1.6
Dental hygienists 55,680 110 1.6
Teacher assistants 19,510 730 1.6
Medical and health services managers 88,690 160 1.6
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 48,570 260 1.5
Electricians 38,270 380 1.5
Preschool teachers, except special education 19,390 230 1.5
Cashiers 16,440 1,950 1.4
Stock clerks and order fillers 21,720 1,050 1.4
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 31,460 240 1.4
Industrial engineers 67,280 110 1.4
Child, family, and school social workers 39,780 140 1.4
Elementary school teachers, except special education 42,830 730 1.4
Dental assistants 30,700 160 1.4
Radiologic technologists and technicians 47,420 110 1.4
Mechanical engineers 64,580 120 1.4
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 29,170 180 1.4
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 25,960 410 1.4
Industrial machinery mechanics 36,280 130 1.3
Construction managers 80,340 120 1.3

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Rocky Mount, North Carolina Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Security guards 34,640 1.37 110
Truck drivers, light or delivery services 36,670 1.27 450
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 24,300 1.25 270
Driver/sales workers 30,880 1.18 170
Machinists 42,020 1.14 430
Bus drivers, school 29,620 1.13 150
Physical therapist assistants 51,290 1.12 110
Medical and health services managers 88,690 1.05 160
Helpers--production workers 24,710 1.05 400
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 40,950 1.03 210
Data entry keyers 26,790 1.03 130
First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 52,700 1.01 190
Social and human service assistants 28,250 1 120
Maintenance and repair workers, general 33,960 0.99 630
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 37,090 0.99 980
Business operations specialists, all other 58,180 0.99 170
General and operations managers 95,160 0.99 730
Financial managers 91,410 0.99 210
Receptionists and information clerks 23,530 0.98 480
Child, family, and school social workers 39,780 0.98 140
Helpers--electricians 26,040 0.98 130
First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 43,640 0.97 600
Customer service representatives 28,650 0.97 700
Retail salespersons 23,480 0.96 1,660
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 30,760 0.96 760
Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 37,150 0.96 460
Packers and packagers, hand 19,460 0.95 370
Construction managers 80,340 0.95 120
Dental assistants 30,700 0.95 160
Stock clerks and order fillers 21,720 0.95 1,050
Tellers 22,450 0.95 210
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 27,570 0.95 960
Dishwashers 16,260 0.94 160
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 31,460 0.94 240
Radiologic technologists and technicians 47,420 0.93 110
Industrial engineers 67,280 0.92 110
Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 27,950 0.92 220
Registered nurses 56,700 0.92 1,140
Computer programmers 58,860 0.92 110
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 22,050 0.91 1,490
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 48,330 0.91 420
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 15,730 0.91 1,850
Office clerks, general 23,190 0.91 1,070
First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand 39,220 0.91 160
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 25,960 0.91 410
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 27,540 0.91 410
Accountants and auditors 54,200 0.91 260
Personal and home care aides 18,040 0.9 600
Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 15,710 0.9 140
Medical assistants 25,250 0.9 140

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