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Anderson Employment

Employment and Industries in the Anderson, South Carolina Area

Manufacturing has a major presence in Anderson's economy. The city has more than 230 manufacturers including numerous international companies. The significant industries in Anderson are metal products, automotive products, plastics, consumer products, industrial machinery and textiles. In addition, the county is a major player in the plastics industry.

Anderson is the headquarters of numerous notable companies including Alpha Technology Inc., Metco Inc, Consolidated Southern Industries, Peoples Bank, Electrolux, Electric City Signs & Neon and Westwind Inc. Anderson also includes international companies from a number of countries including Germany, Canada, Ireland, France, United Kingdom, Italy and Japan.

In Anderson, the sectors providing the most jobs are healthcare, educational services, accommodation and food services, construction, textile mills and textile products, plastic goods, rubber products and the government.

About 27% of the workers are employed in management, professional and related occupations. Sales and office occupations comprise about 23% of the workforce. Approximately 18% of the labor force consists of production, transportation and material moving workers.

Noteworthy details regarding Anderson, South Carolina: Population 25 years of age and older holding a bachelor's degree: 20%. Cost of living index in 2008: 83.8 (U.S. average: 100). Average earnings in 2009: $26,000.

The largest employers located in Anderson and the surrounding area:

  • AnMed Health - Healthcare
  • Anderson County School District #5
  • Electrolux Home Products
  • State of SC - Budget & Control
  • Robert Bosch Corporation
  • Anderson County School District #1
  • Anderson County Government
  • Michelin North America Mfg., Division
  • Glen Raven Custom Fabrics
  • Milliken-Cushman Facility
  • Tri-County Technical College
  • Owens Corning
  • Shaw Industries
  • City of Anderson
  • Timken US Corporation
  • Nutra
  • Hexcel Corporation
  • Blair Mills, L.P.
  • Hydro Aluminum North America
  • Plastic Omnium, LLC

Some of the helpful organizations that work with Anderson businesses are:

The IndependentMail.com provides up-to-date news about business and industry in Anderson, South Carolina.

Most Popular Jobs in Anderson, South 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 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 860 $46,400 $33,520 - 63,390 11% 95%
2 Elementary school teachers, except special education 670 $43,260 $34,140 - 55,540 14% 95%
3 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 460 $48,220 $26,380 - 73,430 8% 51%
4 Industrial engineers 380 $74,150 $53,580 - 99,370 20% 74%
5 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 330 $46,210 $34,460 - 63,770 6% 96%
6 Accountants and auditors 230 $53,480 $34,600 - 77,270 18% 79%
7 Social and human service assistants 190 $26,380 $20,280 - 35,390 34% 58%
8 Child, family, and school social workers 180 $35,690 $26,280 - 47,450 19% 77%
9 Pharmacists 170 $105,910 $76,280 - 130,740 22% 97%
10 Chief executives 150 $164,240 $84,590 - 2% 65%
11 Medical and health services managers 150 $77,260 $45,580 - 133,250 16% 57%
12 Social workers, all other 140 $32,160 $26,050 - 42,060 18% 77%
13 Mechanical engineers 130 $76,820 $55,020 - 105,010 4% 78%
14 Sales managers 120 $91,680 $40,870 - 158,580 10% 69%
15 Financial managers 110 $92,030 $47,920 - 145,480 13% 60%
16 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 110 $75,790 $56,950 - 99,550 8% 78%
17 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 110 $56,950 $44,610 - 68,540 13% 73%
18 Engineering managers 100 $97,430 $56,870 - 148,950 7% 84%
19 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 100 $68,250 $41,530 - 85,370 12% 51%
20 Special education teachers, middle school 100 $45,460 $32,730 - 63,270 16% 87%
21 Lawyers 80 $114,490 $43,560 - 11% 99%
22 Computer programmers 80 $49,330 $28,920 - 78,470 -4% 73%
23 Librarians 70 $50,240 $36,390 - 64,300 4% 85%
24 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 70 $45,100 $31,340 - 60,300 20% 87%
25 Medical and public health social workers 70 $33,550 $23,340 - 48,190 24% 77%
26 Training and development specialists 60 $46,610 $28,750 - 65,650 18% 56%
27 Physical therapists 50 $74,010 $48,960 - 115,930 27% 89%
28 Network and computer systems administrators 50 $54,780 $37,130 - 75,820 27% 50%
29 Management analysts 50 $54,380 $29,870 - 68,740 22% 78%
30 Public relations specialists 50 $45,370 $32,850 - 63,200 18% 81%
31 Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 50 $41,240 $27,120 - 63,350 25% 67%
32 Self-enrichment education teachers 50 $32,400 $15,970 - 57,420 23% 54%
33 Speech-language pathologists 40 $59,130 $34,920 - 83,400 11% 98%
34 Personal financial advisors 40 $57,110 $25,830 - 93,140 41% 81%
35 Education administrators, postsecondary 40 $55,360 $44,020 - 68,480 14% 78%
36 Civil engineers 40 $52,670 $28,150 - 79,140 18% 87%
37 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 40 $51,020 $30,650 - 74,250 17% 56%
38 Instructional coordinators 40 $46,080 $21,860 - 76,550 23% 79%
39 Legislators 40 $18,680 $12,990 - 36,780 1% 65%
40 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 40 $0 $ - 12% 51%
41 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 30 $39,460 $26,820 - 69,350 5% 58%
42 Graphic designers 30 $32,770 $23,200 - 42,690 10% 55%
43 Floral designers 30 $20,820 $13,730 - 27,120 -9% 55%

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 2,190 $22,500 $14,020 - 35,420 12% 25%
2 Cashiers 1,850 $16,870 $12,950 - 23,190 -3% 10%
3 Team assemblers 1,780 $26,920 $19,050 - 32,090 0% 5%
4 Waiters and waitresses 1,460 $15,400 $12,820 - 17,730 11% 14%
5 Office clerks, general 1,360 $23,110 $14,100 - 33,500 13% 19%
6 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 1,040 $15,470 $12,900 - 19,420 18% 5%
7 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 990 $26,740 $18,150 - 37,570 1% 18%
8 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 990 $19,000 $13,650 - 25,350 15% 4%
9 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 910 $21,860 $15,770 - 30,190 2% 5%
10 General and operations managers 860 $90,280 $42,690 - 154,190 2% 48%
11 Cooks, fast food 860 $15,250 $12,810 - 19,470 8% 5%
12 Maintenance and repair workers, general 810 $34,930 $22,040 - 49,400 10% 6%
13 Textile knitting and weaving machine setters, operators, and tenders 760 $26,140 $20,370 - 32,110 -31% 0%
14 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 730 $29,790 $20,060 - 40,410 13% 16%
15 Cooks, restaurant 710 $21,060 $15,970 - 29,060 12% 5%
16 Helpers--production workers 710 $20,160 $16,530 - 25,040 -1% 4%
17 Stock clerks and order fillers 700 $21,240 $14,020 - 31,090 -8% 8%
18 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 700 $19,770 $15,800 - 24,670 18% 7%
19 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 670 $34,310 $20,760 - 51,420 4% 25%
20 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 610 $51,730 $31,710 - 81,820 -5% 15%
21 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 590 $32,610 $23,000 - 43,010 10% 4%
22 Packers and packagers, hand 580 $23,260 $16,850 - 30,270 -12% 3%
23 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 570 $40,340 $26,780 - 60,690 6% 29%
24 Customer service representatives 570 $26,170 $14,410 - 38,440 25% 22%
25 Construction laborers 560 $20,310 $13,880 - 26,370 11% 5%
26 Bus drivers, school 520 $18,500 $14,010 - 24,590 9% 4%
27 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 510 $28,100 $16,490 - 46,620 8% 4%
28 Food preparation workers 480 $16,810 $13,210 - 20,640 15% 7%
29 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 470 $27,540 $17,480 - 40,720 11% 14%
30 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 460 $27,530 $17,550 - 41,020 -7% 14%
31 Machinists 440 $31,640 $19,360 - 45,600 -3% 3%
32 Industrial truck and tractor operators 420 $28,900 $21,120 - 38,890 -2% 2%
33 Receptionists and information clerks 420 $24,070 $17,340 - 31,890 17% 13%
34 Electricians 410 $33,340 $19,060 - 49,650 7% 7%
35 Textile winding, twisting, and drawing out machine setters, operators, and tenders 410 $25,440 $20,960 - 31,510 -24% 0%
36 Teacher assistants 410 $17,090 $13,200 - 22,590 10% 18%
37 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 400 $50,250 $34,810 - 68,290 9% 10%
38 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 390 $19,590 $14,480 - 25,580 18% 6%
39 Industrial engineering technicians 380 $53,840 $37,390 - 65,810 10% 18%
40 Industrial machinery mechanics 370 $42,120 $26,450 - 61,660 9% 5%
41 Medical assistants 370 $26,850 $20,550 - 38,350 35% 10%
42 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 360 $27,330 $20,800 - 36,350 4% 15%
43 Emergency medical technicians and paramedics 340 $24,980 $19,260 - 31,580 19% 14%
44 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 330 $27,510 $17,050 - 40,480 4% 6%
45 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 320 $37,140 $19,640 - 59,860 14% 4%
46 Child care workers 320 $15,150 $12,860 - 18,890 18% 15%
47 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 310 $30,440 $23,160 - 40,600 5% 2%
48 Dishwashers 300 $17,300 $13,270 - 22,920 10% 3%
49 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 290 $15,280 $12,880 - 19,280 10% 8%
50 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 280 $36,040 $26,870 - 47,320 11% 33%
51 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 280 $34,840 $27,310 - 42,040 14% 7%
52 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 280 $15,030 $12,850 - 18,390 10% 17%
53 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 270 $49,510 $27,790 - 74,300 7% 13%
54 Tellers 270 $23,850 $19,830 - 30,430 14% 16%
55 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 270 $17,590 $13,210 - 24,320 11% 5%
56 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 250 $38,170 $22,970 - 57,920 15% 18%
57 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 240 $33,080 $16,330 - 43,190 11% 4%
58 Carpenters 240 $29,200 $15,660 - 39,230 10% 6%
59 Driver/sales workers 240 $29,120 $15,210 - 39,470 -5% 4%
60 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 220 $15,160 $12,840 - 18,450 12% 6%
61 Home health aides 210 $19,020 $15,840 - 23,550 49% 7%
62 Engine and other machine assemblers 200 $19,050 $16,700 - 20,360 -9% 0%
63 Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 200 $16,720 $12,700 - 28,530 10% 5%
64 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 200 $16,440 $12,920 - 20,890 13% 5%
65 Postal service mail carriers 200 $0 $ - 1% 11%
66 Extruding and forming machine setters, operators, and tenders, synthetic and glass fibers 190 $37,120 $25,510 - 47,770 -18% 10%
67 Sheet metal workers 180 $34,760 $27,430 - 40,760 7% 4%
68 Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 180 $26,420 $19,130 - 36,570 -15% 0%
69 Pharmacy technicians 180 $26,380 $15,570 - 38,220 32% 16%
70 Machine feeders and offbearers 170 $30,950 $19,590 - 40,020 -15% 0%
71 Dental hygienists 160 $54,610 $44,630 - 64,500 30% 33%
72 Grinding, lapping, polishing, and buffing machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 160 $34,240 $22,120 - 40,800 -16% 0%
73 Construction managers 150 $79,310 $44,400 - 128,990 16% 29%
74 Bill and account collectors 150 $26,100 $16,800 - 38,010 23% 13%
75 Sewing machine operators 150 $25,220 $16,570 - 42,710 -27% 5%
76 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 150 $19,370 $13,910 - 25,780 14% 3%
77 Bartenders 150 $16,860 $12,990 - 21,110 11% 17%
78 Industrial production managers 140 $76,990 $44,130 - 106,860 -6% 43%
79 Parts salespersons 140 $29,110 $17,810 - 52,970 -2% 6%
80 Security guards 140 $27,550 $19,500 - 39,690 17% 13%
81 Counter and rental clerks 140 $20,500 $13,560 - 30,380 23% 16%
82 Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers 140 $19,540 $13,970 - 27,610 12% 0%
83 Production, planning, and expediting clerks 130 $38,870 $23,920 - 61,710 4% 30%
84 Dental assistants 130 $32,320 $26,410 - 40,050 29% 9%
85 Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 130 $31,690 $19,460 - 40,790 12% 3%
86 Refuse and recyclable material collectors 130 $23,500 $17,850 - 30,250 7% 3%
87 Insurance sales agents 130 $0 $ - 13% 45%
88 Physicians and surgeons, all other 120 $186,630 $49,460 - 0% 0%
89 Structural metal fabricators and fitters 120 $33,760 $26,660 - 40,090 -0% 0%
90 Helpers--electricians 120 $26,420 $20,040 - 31,630 7% 3%
91 Coating, painting, and spraying machine setters, operators, and tenders 120 $24,420 $16,780 - 31,490 -13% 4%
92 Weighers, measurers, checkers, and samplers, recordkeeping 120 $23,960 $17,350 - 31,630 -11% 13%
93 Medical records and health information technicians 120 $0 $ - 18% 12%
94 Molding, coremaking, and casting machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 120 $0 $ - -13% 0%
95 First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 110 $61,490 $38,220 - 87,760 4% 38%
96 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 110 $52,360 $31,740 - 79,480 0% 42%
97 Food service managers 110 $42,150 $27,670 - 63,740 5% 24%
98 Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 110 $22,190 $17,160 - 30,030 -5% 5%
99 Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 110 $16,180 $13,070 - 20,080 17% 14%
100 Maintenance workers, machinery 100 $31,530 $23,090 - 40,080 -1% 0%
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Jobs More Common Near Anderson Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Textile knitting and weaving machine setters, operators, and tenders 26,140 760 113.2
Extruding and forming machine setters, operators, and tenders, synthetic and glass fibers 37,120 190 94.5
Textile winding, twisting, and drawing out machine setters, operators, and tenders 25,440 410 55.9
Engine and other machine assemblers 19,050 200 32
Ambulance drivers and attendants, except emergency medical technicians 17,870 100 21.8
Industrial engineering technicians 53,840 380 15.3
Social workers, all other 32,160 140 5.7
Grinding, lapping, polishing, and buffing machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 34,240 160 5.3
Emergency medical technicians and paramedics 24,980 340 5
Weighers, measurers, checkers, and samplers, recordkeeping 23,960 120 4.8
Industrial engineers 74,150 380 4.7
Team assemblers 26,920 1,780 4.4
Machine feeders and offbearers 30,950 170 4.3
Cooks, fast food 15,250 860 4.1
Helpers--production workers 20,160 710 4.1
Maintenance workers, machinery 31,530 100 4.1
Industrial machinery mechanics 42,120 370 3.7
Coating, painting, and spraying machine setters, operators, and tenders 24,420 120 3.6
Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 46,400 860 3.5
Bus drivers, school 18,500 520 3.2
Structural metal fabricators and fitters 33,760 120 3
Refuse and recyclable material collectors 23,500 130 3
Sheet metal workers 34,760 180 2.9
Helpers--electricians 26,420 120 2.9
Machinists 31,640 440 2.9
Sewing machine operators 25,220 150 2.8
Special education teachers, middle school 45,460 100 2.7
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 27,530 460 2.6
Molding, coremaking, and casting machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 0 120 2.6
Lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers 19,280 100 2.5
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 51,730 610 2.5
Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers 19,540 140 2.4
Industrial production managers 76,990 140 2.4
Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 16,720 200 2.3
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 30,440 310 2.3
Dental hygienists 54,610 160 2.3
Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 26,420 180 2.1
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 17,590 270 2.1
Cooks, restaurant 21,060 710 2
Packers and packagers, hand 23,260 580 1.9
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 15,030 280 1.9
Medical assistants 26,850 370 1.9
Medical records and health information technicians 0 120 1.8
Industrial truck and tractor operators 28,900 420 1.8
Child, family, and school social workers 35,690 180 1.7
Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 27,330 360 1.7
First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 50,250 400 1.7
Driver/sales workers 29,120 240 1.6
Parts salespersons 29,110 140 1.6
Pharmacists 105,910 170 1.6

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Anderson, South Carolina Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Machine feeders and offbearers 30,950 1.19 170
Packers and packagers, hand 23,260 1.14 580
Grinding, lapping, polishing, and buffing machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 34,240 1.13 160
Extruding and forming machine setters, operators, and tenders, synthetic and glass fibers 37,120 1.12 190
Sewing machine operators 25,220 1.12 150
Industrial engineering technicians 53,840 1.11 380
Driver/sales workers 29,120 1.11 240
Educational, vocational, and school counselors 56,950 1.1 110
Security guards 27,550 1.09 140
Chief executives 164,240 1.09 150
Physicians and surgeons, all other 186,630 1.05 120
Mechanical engineers 76,820 1.04 130
Automotive service technicians and mechanics 37,140 1.02 320
Industrial engineers 74,150 1.02 380
Maintenance and repair workers, general 34,930 1.02 810
Textile winding, twisting, and drawing out machine setters, operators, and tenders 25,440 1.02 410
Pharmacists 105,910 1.01 170
Tellers 23,850 1.01 270
Receptionists and information clerks 24,070 1.01 420
Dishwashers 17,300 1 300
Dental assistants 32,320 1 130
Structural metal fabricators and fitters 33,760 1 120
Textile knitting and weaving machine setters, operators, and tenders 26,140 1 760
Financial managers 92,030 0.99 110
Helpers--electricians 26,420 0.99 120
Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 52,360 0.99 110
Team assemblers 26,920 0.99 1,780
Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 38,170 0.98 250
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 51,730 0.98 610
Cooks, restaurant 21,060 0.97 710
Truck drivers, light or delivery services 28,100 0.97 510
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 27,510 0.97 330
Industrial truck and tractor operators 28,900 0.96 420
Medical assistants 26,850 0.96 370
Parts salespersons 29,110 0.95 140
Production, planning, and expediting clerks 38,870 0.95 130
Industrial machinery mechanics 42,120 0.95 370
Construction managers 79,310 0.94 150
Pharmacy technicians 26,380 0.94 180
General and operations managers 90,280 0.94 860
Sales managers 91,680 0.93 120
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 29,790 0.93 730
Stock clerks and order fillers 21,240 0.93 700
Social and human service assistants 26,380 0.93 190
Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 75,790 0.93 110
Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 19,370 0.92 150
Retail salespersons 22,500 0.92 2,190
Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 46,400 0.92 860
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 26,740 0.92 990
Medical and health services managers 77,260 0.91 150

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