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Cleveland Employment

Employment and Industries in the Cleveland, Tennessee Area

Cleveland, Tennessee is home to industries such as textiles, cooking equipment, foodstuff, storage batteries, industrial cleaning products, pharmaceuticals, automotive parts, furniture, and industrial and domestic chemicals. The city includes close to 150 manufacturing firms. Educational, health and social services are also important to the economy. Cleveland is the headquarters of Life Care Centers of America, one of the nation's largest privately-held nursing facility companies.

Whirlpool Corporation, Cleveland Division, is the area's largest employer. In Cleveland, Tennessee the significant job providing segments are educational services, healthcare, electrical equipment, appliances and components; accommodation and food services, manufacturing, and professional, scientific and technical services.

Management, professional and related occupations comprise about 29% of the labor force. Approximately 24% of the workers are employed in sales and office jobs. About 21% of the labor force is employed in production, transportation and material moving occupations.

Details regarding Cleveland, Tennessee: Adult population which has achieved a bachelors degree or higher: 22%. Average earnings in 2009: $26,000. Cost of living index in 2008: 85.0 (U.S. average: 100).

The top manufactures in Cleveland, Tennessee:

  • Whirlpool Corporation, Cleveland Division
  • Peyton's Southeastern Inc
  • Cleveland Chair Company
  • Jackson Manufacturing Company
  • Schering Plough
  • Mars Snackfood U.S.
  • Procter & Gamble Co., Duracell
  • Advanced Photographic Solutions
  • Olin Corporation
  • Exel Inc
  • Arch Chemicals Inc
  • Hardwick Clothes Inc
  • Johnston Coca-Cola Bottling Company
  • Rubbermaid Cleaning Products
  • Renfro Corporation
  • Eaton Electrical
  • Flowers Bakery of Cleveland LLC
  • Newly Weds Foods
  • Georgia Pacific Corp

The city's top employers:

  • Whirlpool Corporation, Cleveland Division
  • Skyridge Medical Center
  • Peyton's Southeastern
  • Bradley County Schools
  • Walmart
  • Cleveland City Schools
  • Bradley County Government
  • Lee University
  • Jackson Furniture Industries
  • Schering-Plough Inc

Some of the organizations that provide assistance to Cleveland, Tennessee businesses are shown below:

Cleveland Daily Banner is a good source of information regarding local business and industry.

Most Popular Jobs in Cleveland, Tennessee 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 600 $56,180 $39,920 - 74,700 24% 56%
2 Elementary school teachers, except special education 540 $43,290 $34,050 - 55,020 14% 95%
3 Financial managers 300 $57,020 $32,420 - 89,900 13% 60%
4 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 300 $45,340 $34,030 - 59,860 6% 96%
5 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 230 $43,640 $33,950 - 56,850 11% 95%
6 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 220 $68,790 $34,860 - 125,640 8% 51%
7 Accountants and auditors 170 $50,870 $33,640 - 70,660 18% 79%
8 Chief executives 110 $125,980 $44,900 - 2% 65%
9 Computer and information systems managers 100 $50,320 $33,100 - 82,000 16% 73%
10 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 90 $41,000 $25,270 - 58,360 13% 73%
11 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 80 $72,820 $59,060 - 84,090 8% 78%
12 Pharmacists 70 $122,980 $95,180 - 142,360 22% 97%
13 Sales managers 70 $84,920 $39,930 - 10% 69%
14 Vocational education teachers, secondary school 70 $41,900 $33,670 - 51,920 -5% 96%
15 Child, family, and school social workers 70 $35,000 $26,770 - 40,450 19% 77%
16 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 70 $0 $ - 15% 51%
17 Medical and health services managers 60 $73,360 $33,660 - 119,200 16% 57%
18 Special education teachers, secondary school 60 $42,280 $33,590 - 52,260 9% 87%
19 Legislators 60 $14,600 $12,790 - 15,970 1% 65%
20 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 50 $55,260 $32,360 - 91,500 12% 51%
21 Computer systems analysts 50 $47,430 $34,400 - 62,840 29% 68%
22 Managers, all other 40 $60,350 $23,740 - 93,580 7% 55%
23 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 40 $49,700 $23,950 - 78,940 5% 58%
24 Financial specialists, all other 40 $44,420 $25,310 - 61,930 12% 50%
25 Librarians 40 $43,880 $28,710 - 58,680 4% 85%
26 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 40 $42,590 $33,380 - 55,680 20% 87%
27 Computer programmers 40 $40,680 $31,840 - 56,820 -4% 73%
28 Coaches and scouts 40 $36,160 $22,780 - 55,150 15% 60%
29 Graphic designers 40 $30,000 $19,520 - 40,490 10% 55%
30 Purchasing managers 30 $58,820 $29,110 - 89,250 3% 57%
31 Detectives and criminal investigators 30 $43,850 $31,420 - 60,320 17% 54%
32 Training and development specialists 30 $39,250 $18,050 - 62,350 18% 56%

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 1,170 $16,500 $13,060 - 20,050 -3% 10%
2 Retail salespersons 1,010 $23,550 $13,520 - 39,570 12% 25%
3 Production workers, all other 990 $26,680 $17,310 - 36,810 2% 5%
4 Team assemblers 970 $28,830 $21,300 - 37,860 0% 5%
5 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 940 $14,760 $12,770 - 17,420 18% 5%
6 Office clerks, general 890 $23,570 $15,160 - 33,980 13% 19%
7 Waiters and waitresses 760 $17,530 $12,900 - 26,400 11% 14%
8 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 690 $23,290 $14,810 - 31,120 2% 5%
9 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 660 $37,960 $24,130 - 51,180 10% 4%
10 Maintenance and repair workers, general 530 $35,290 $21,370 - 51,430 10% 6%
11 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 510 $24,400 $16,540 - 32,170 1% 18%
12 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 480 $22,130 $17,430 - 25,780 18% 7%
13 Teacher assistants 440 $17,330 $13,000 - 24,060 10% 18%
14 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 440 $16,740 $13,110 - 21,860 13% 5%
15 General and operations managers 430 $80,060 $32,010 - 153,750 2% 48%
16 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 430 $28,440 $20,750 - 37,630 13% 16%
17 Customer service representatives 430 $25,310 $18,100 - 35,310 25% 22%
18 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 400 $44,960 $27,080 - 67,350 6% 29%
19 Stock clerks and order fillers 400 $19,510 $13,570 - 29,130 -8% 8%
20 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 390 $34,450 $19,280 - 52,730 4% 25%
21 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 380 $32,930 $27,100 - 39,830 14% 7%
22 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 350 $40,090 $25,100 - 58,610 -5% 15%
23 Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 330 $22,340 $16,900 - 31,200 -5% 5%
24 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 320 $24,500 $15,120 - 37,200 11% 14%
25 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 300 $18,520 $13,420 - 26,500 11% 5%
26 Packers and packagers, hand 290 $20,930 $13,650 - 29,360 -12% 3%
27 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 290 $17,730 $13,300 - 23,320 15% 4%
28 Food preparation workers 290 $16,260 $13,030 - 20,510 15% 7%
29 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 280 $31,480 $21,930 - 41,180 15% 18%
30 Chemical equipment operators and tenders 260 $59,070 $54,100 - 65,680 -4% 14%
31 Assemblers and fabricators, all other 260 $24,420 $16,800 - 30,880 -9% 5%
32 Sewing machine operators 250 $19,600 $15,400 - 24,190 -27% 5%
33 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 230 $29,850 $17,920 - 44,050 -7% 14%
34 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 220 $27,000 $16,390 - 46,710 8% 4%
35 Construction laborers 220 $26,280 $19,090 - 33,360 11% 5%
36 Receptionists and information clerks 220 $22,420 $14,490 - 29,870 17% 13%
37 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 210 $40,750 $27,570 - 56,590 11% 33%
38 Tellers 210 $24,030 $18,100 - 31,910 14% 16%
39 Cooks, restaurant 210 $20,520 $16,380 - 25,720 12% 5%
40 Cooks, fast food 210 $16,430 $13,150 - 19,800 8% 5%
41 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 190 $22,560 $15,910 - 30,990 4% 6%
42 Loan officers 180 $37,220 $18,060 - 55,060 12% 49%
43 Grinding, lapping, polishing, and buffing machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 180 $27,370 $19,590 - 38,560 -16% 0%
44 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 170 $29,350 $15,950 - 46,260 14% 4%
45 Industrial truck and tractor operators 170 $26,230 $21,360 - 32,440 -2% 2%
46 Machine feeders and offbearers 160 $23,860 $19,920 - 30,130 -15% 0%
47 Electricians 150 $61,000 $29,580 - 79,950 7% 7%
48 Painters, construction and maintenance 150 $30,410 $26,040 - 37,760 12% 6%
49 Pharmacy technicians 150 $26,200 $19,840 - 32,560 32% 16%
50 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 150 $22,990 $16,720 - 31,150 18% 6%
51 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 140 $45,540 $28,200 - 64,820 7% 13%
52 Machinists 130 $38,710 $26,640 - 51,370 -3% 3%
53 Industrial machinery mechanics 130 $35,230 $28,270 - 40,270 9% 5%
54 Helpers--production workers 130 $25,350 $17,860 - 38,720 -1% 4%
55 Medical assistants 120 $26,890 $20,690 - 31,980 35% 10%
56 Dishwashers 120 $16,520 $13,130 - 20,340 10% 3%
57 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 120 $0 $ - 10% 8%
58 Insurance sales agents 110 $56,090 $21,300 - 85,770 13% 45%
59 Food service managers 110 $42,450 $24,390 - 82,710 5% 24%
60 Parts salespersons 110 $28,200 $19,300 - 43,530 -2% 6%
61 Preschool teachers, except special education 110 $25,620 $13,970 - 46,920 26% 43%
62 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 110 $16,440 $13,180 - 19,890 10% 17%
63 Postal service mail carriers 110 $0 $ - 1% 11%
64 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 100 $50,050 $29,210 - 72,730 9% 10%
65 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 100 $28,760 $21,640 - 35,720 4% 15%
66 Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 100 $26,600 $17,320 - 38,850 -15% 0%
67 Bakers 100 $25,140 $19,940 - 31,530 10% 8%
68 Child care workers 100 $17,000 $13,200 - 20,640 18% 15%
69 Recreation workers 100 $15,600 $12,750 - 21,850 13% 47%
70 Administrative services managers 90 $37,730 $25,060 - 73,450 12% 40%
71 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 90 $34,680 $25,840 - 47,540 8% 3%
72 Carpenters 90 $33,520 $25,420 - 47,210 10% 6%
73 Home health aides 90 $18,860 $16,610 - 22,310 49% 7%
74 Counter and rental clerks 90 $18,370 $13,010 - 24,230 23% 16%
75 Business operations specialists, all other 80 $45,430 $14,630 - 77,810 21% 49%
76 Kindergarten teachers, except special education 80 $41,370 $33,880 - 49,940 16% 43%
77 Loan interviewers and clerks 80 $36,060 $25,770 - 48,260 -1% 24%
78 Cement masons and concrete finishers 80 $31,330 $26,160 - 38,890 11% 2%
79 Medical secretaries 80 $27,390 $21,920 - 34,140 17% 18%
80 Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters 80 $21,680 $17,730 - 25,140 3% 4%
81 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 80 $14,620 $12,790 - 16,560 12% 6%
82 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 70 $38,350 $20,990 - 52,170 0% 42%
83 First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand 70 $33,310 $14,020 - 56,870 13% 17%
84 Water and liquid waste treatment plant and system operators 70 $30,670 $19,410 - 45,130 14% 8%
85 Driver/sales workers 70 $29,790 $18,160 - 41,130 -5% 4%
86 Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 70 $28,910 $21,790 - 38,090 12% 3%
87 Production, planning, and expediting clerks 70 $28,620 $16,150 - 54,270 4% 30%
88 Photographers 70 $23,030 $13,820 - 38,080 10% 46%
89 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 70 $21,040 $16,560 - 30,110 14% 3%
90 Security guards 70 $19,980 $13,570 - 31,730 17% 13%
91 Amusement and recreation attendants 70 $15,670 $12,850 - 20,720 24% 22%
92 Dental hygienists 60 $52,040 $30,460 - 67,190 30% 33%
93 Payroll and timekeeping clerks 60 $30,010 $21,430 - 40,950 3% 18%
94 Order clerks 60 $27,170 $18,730 - 39,550 -24% 16%
95 Highway maintenance workers 60 $22,530 $19,340 - 25,820 9% 5%
96 Switchboard operators, including answering service 60 $19,040 $13,900 - 24,790 -8% 10%
97 Bartenders 60 $18,020 $13,140 - 24,910 11% 17%
98 Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 60 $15,220 $12,800 - 19,160 17% 14%
99 Industrial production managers 50 $77,850 $52,820 - 101,550 -6% 43%
100 Chemical technicians 50 $53,670 $31,290 - 67,730 6% 37%
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Jobs More Common Near Cleveland Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Chemical equipment operators and tenders 59,070 260 32.5
Production workers, all other 26,680 990 20.1
Grinding, lapping, polishing, and buffing machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 27,370 180 10.6
Sewing machine operators 19,600 250 8.5
Machine feeders and offbearers 23,860 160 7.3
Assemblers and fabricators, all other 24,420 260 4.7
Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 22,340 330 4.6
Team assemblers 28,830 970 4.3
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 18,520 300 4.2
Bakers 25,140 100 3.3
Painters, construction and maintenance 30,410 150 2.6
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 40,090 350 2.5
Financial managers 57,020 300 2.5
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 32,930 380 2.5
Food service managers 42,450 110 2.5
Loan officers 37,220 180 2.5
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 29,850 230 2.3
Industrial machinery mechanics 35,230 130 2.3
Parts salespersons 28,200 110 2.3
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 16,740 440 2.2
Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 26,600 100 2.1
Pharmacy technicians 26,200 150 2.1
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 37,960 660 1.9
Maintenance and repair workers, general 35,290 530 1.9
Cooks, fast food 16,430 210 1.8
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 24,500 320 1.8
Elementary school teachers, except special education 43,290 540 1.8
Packers and packagers, hand 20,930 290 1.7
Chief executives 125,980 110 1.7
Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 43,640 230 1.7
Teacher assistants 17,330 440 1.7
Recreation workers 15,600 100 1.6
Tellers 24,030 210 1.6
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 22,130 480 1.6
Police and sheriff's patrol officers 40,750 210 1.6
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 14,760 940 1.6
Machinists 38,710 130 1.5
Cashiers 16,500 1,170 1.5
Food preparation workers 16,260 290 1.5
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 34,450 390 1.5
Computer and information systems managers 50,320 100 1.5
Insurance sales agents 56,090 110 1.5
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 45,540 140 1.4
Postal service mail carriers 0 110 1.4
Waiters and waitresses 17,530 760 1.4
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 45,340 300 1.4
Office clerks, general 23,570 890 1.4
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 23,290 690 1.3
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 16,440 110 1.3
Helpers--production workers 25,350 130 1.3

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Cleveland, Tennessee Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Chemical equipment operators and tenders 59,070 1.39 260
Electricians 61,000 1.3 150
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 68,790 1.22 220
Helpers--production workers 25,350 1.07 130
Team assemblers 28,830 1.06 970
Machinists 38,710 1.05 130
Maintenance and repair workers, general 35,290 1.03 530
Packers and packagers, hand 20,930 1.03 290
Tellers 24,030 1.01 210
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 37,960 1.01 660
Preschool teachers, except special education 25,620 1.01 110
Insurance sales agents 56,090 1 110
First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 44,960 1 400
Retail salespersons 23,550 0.97 1,010
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 23,290 0.96 690
Dishwashers 16,520 0.96 120
Medical assistants 26,890 0.96 120
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 22,990 0.95 150
Cooks, restaurant 20,520 0.95 210
Cooks, fast food 16,430 0.94 210
Waiters and waitresses 17,530 0.94 760
Receptionists and information clerks 22,420 0.94 220
Pharmacy technicians 26,200 0.93 150
Truck drivers, light or delivery services 27,000 0.93 220
Office clerks, general 23,570 0.93 890
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 16,440 0.93 110
Parts salespersons 28,200 0.92 110
Assemblers and fabricators, all other 24,420 0.92 260
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 22,130 0.92 480
Production workers, all other 26,680 0.92 990
Machine feeders and offbearers 23,860 0.92 160
Registered nurses 56,180 0.91 600
Grinding, lapping, polishing, and buffing machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 27,370 0.9 180
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 29,850 0.89 230
Cashiers 16,500 0.89 1,170
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 34,450 0.89 390
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 28,440 0.89 430
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 45,340 0.89 300
Painters, construction and maintenance 30,410 0.89 150
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 16,740 0.87 440
Food service managers 42,450 0.87 110
Industrial truck and tractor operators 26,230 0.87 170
Sewing machine operators 19,600 0.87 250
Elementary school teachers, except special education 43,290 0.87 540
Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 43,640 0.87 230
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 14,760 0.86 940
Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 22,340 0.86 330
Stock clerks and order fillers 19,510 0.85 400
Customer service representatives 25,310 0.85 430
Accountants and auditors 50,870 0.85 170

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