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Jackson Employment

Employment and Industries in the Jackson, Tennessee Area

West Tennessee Healthcare is the largest employer in Jackson, Tennessee. The important industries in Jackson are agriculture, flooring, food processing, power tools, air compressors and appliances. Healthcare and education also have important economic roles.

In Jackson, the leading employment providing segments are healthcare, educational services, construction, accommodation and food services, metal and metal products and machinery. Management, professional and related occupations (29% of the workforce). Sales and office occupations (24% of the labor force). Production, transportation and material moving occupations (19% of the jobs).

Details about Jackson, Tennessee: Cost of living index in 2008: 82.9 (national average: 100). Average salary in 2009: $28,000. Adult population holding a bachelor's degree or higher: 23%.

Top manufacturers in Jackson, Tennessee:

  • Procter and Gamble
  • Black and Decker (DeVilbiss Air Power)
  • Delta Faucet Company
  • Pinnacle Foods
  • Black and Decker - North (Porter Cable)
  • Persues Distribution
  • TBDN Tennessee Company
  • Armstrong Hardwood Flooring Company
  • Gerdau Amristeel

The primary non-manufacturing employers in Jackson, Tennessee:

  • West Tennessee Healthcare
  • Jackson-Madison County School System
  • City of Jackson
  • Union University
  • Madison County
  • Regional Hospital
  • Walmart
  • Madison-Haywood Developmental Center
  • Jackson Energy Authority
  • Lane College

Some of the most popular jobs filled by those with college degrees are registered nurses, teachers, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, medical and clinical laboratory technicians, medical and health services managers, child, family and school social workers; financial managers and pharmacists.

Jackson businesses can work with helpful organizations such as:

News regarding the business endeavors of local companies is available at jacksonsun.com.

Most Popular Jobs in Jackson, 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 1,900 $52,020 $40,980 - 64,390 24% 56%
2 Elementary school teachers, except special education 640 $43,060 $32,190 - 54,730 14% 95%
3 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 340 $46,420 $34,640 - 61,060 6% 96%
4 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 320 $50,850 $19,290 - 80,390 8% 51%
5 Accountants and auditors 300 $50,120 $30,040 - 79,170 18% 79%
6 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 290 $25,110 $17,190 - 37,420 15% 51%
7 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 250 $44,600 $33,170 - 57,640 11% 95%
8 Medical and health services managers 240 $68,690 $46,960 - 90,190 16% 57%
9 Child, family, and school social workers 230 $28,080 $14,090 - 40,020 19% 77%
10 Financial managers 210 $64,020 $39,370 - 97,480 13% 60%
11 Chief executives 190 $122,180 $48,980 - 2% 65%
12 Pharmacists 190 $104,690 $82,710 - 130,740 22% 97%
13 Physical therapists 170 $61,880 $38,010 - 82,330 27% 89%
14 Lawyers 160 $121,550 $44,360 - 11% 99%
15 Instructional coordinators 130 $0 $ - 23% 79%
16 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 120 $85,720 $34,090 - 12% 51%
17 Coaches and scouts 120 $0 $ - 15% 60%
18 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 110 $69,480 $53,990 - 83,800 8% 78%
19 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 110 $49,730 $28,680 - 73,220 5% 58%
20 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 110 $43,930 $32,550 - 54,420 20% 87%
21 Network and computer systems administrators 100 $55,070 $38,010 - 79,230 27% 50%
22 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 100 $44,470 $26,140 - 61,240 13% 73%
23 Mental health and substance abuse social workers 90 $33,990 $26,660 - 47,440 30% 77%
24 Advertising sales agents 80 $39,550 $24,820 - 57,030 20% 56%
25 Industrial engineers 70 $65,200 $41,200 - 93,350 20% 74%
26 Detectives and criminal investigators 70 $51,780 $34,460 - 86,480 17% 54%
27 Vocational education teachers, secondary school 70 $46,950 $36,190 - 60,180 -5% 96%
28 Medical and public health social workers 70 $33,590 $23,690 - 46,920 24% 77%
29 Occupational therapists 60 $63,090 $53,100 - 78,090 23% 90%
30 Mechanical engineers 60 $60,140 $36,370 - 90,400 4% 78%
31 Librarians 60 $45,670 $35,420 - 57,530 4% 85%
32 Training and development specialists 60 $44,070 $27,170 - 61,290 18% 56%
33 Social and human service assistants 60 $24,690 $15,770 - 37,090 34% 58%
34 Dentists, general 50 $164,960 $94,290 - 9% 100%
35 Engineering managers 50 $94,770 $68,820 - 139,480 7% 84%
36 Computer and information systems managers 50 $75,200 $44,730 - 107,780 16% 73%
37 Special education teachers, secondary school 50 $46,910 $36,440 - 59,610 9% 87%
38 Public relations specialists 50 $42,100 $26,690 - 65,410 18% 81%
39 Social and community service managers 50 $38,950 $22,010 - 62,270 25% 72%
40 Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists 50 $36,590 $27,040 - 50,090 11% 58%
41 Health educators 50 $28,670 $18,520 - 38,420 26% 58%
42 Legislators 50 $17,650 $12,870 - 16,430 1% 65%
43 Management analysts 50 $0 $ - 22% 78%
44 Speech-language pathologists 40 $54,350 $42,430 - 66,930 11% 98%
45 Dietitians and nutritionists 40 $40,600 $13,950 - 72,710 9% 72%
46 Purchasing managers 30 $60,620 $28,680 - 95,940 3% 57%
47 Sales and related workers, all other 30 $46,620 $18,570 - 100,170 14% 62%

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 2,090 $22,660 $14,140 - 33,300 12% 25%
2 Cashiers 1,740 $15,950 $12,820 - 20,640 -3% 10%
3 Office clerks, general 1,370 $24,340 $16,650 - 32,980 13% 19%
4 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 1,270 $33,820 $21,740 - 50,490 10% 4%
5 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 1,090 $19,670 $13,940 - 26,650 2% 5%
6 Maintenance and repair workers, general 1,050 $34,200 $19,960 - 46,270 10% 6%
7 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 1,050 $15,000 $12,800 - 18,770 18% 5%
8 Waiters and waitresses 1,030 $17,420 $12,980 - 25,140 11% 14%
9 Team assemblers 830 $28,120 $18,430 - 37,680 0% 5%
10 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 820 $37,720 $24,190 - 58,680 6% 29%
11 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 800 $21,910 $16,890 - 28,590 18% 7%
12 Production workers, all other 770 $20,160 $16,460 - 30,610 2% 5%
13 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 760 $32,000 $23,990 - 40,660 14% 7%
14 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 750 $25,120 $17,810 - 33,260 1% 18%
15 General and operations managers 740 $69,790 $33,030 - 126,710 2% 48%
16 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 720 $35,030 $20,910 - 52,050 4% 25%
17 Stock clerks and order fillers 710 $21,070 $14,170 - 30,660 -8% 8%
18 Industrial truck and tractor operators 650 $26,270 $21,180 - 31,900 -2% 2%
19 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 640 $18,770 $13,300 - 27,220 15% 4%
20 Assemblers and fabricators, all other 620 $26,490 $19,180 - 31,420 -9% 5%
21 Customer service representatives 610 $30,600 $20,610 - 47,720 25% 22%
22 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 590 $32,440 $22,570 - 42,470 15% 18%
23 Security guards 590 $19,250 $13,170 - 29,270 17% 13%
24 Home health aides 560 $18,910 $16,840 - 21,190 49% 7%
25 Teacher assistants 550 $15,520 $12,920 - 19,520 10% 18%
26 Electricians 490 $39,740 $28,720 - 50,850 7% 7%
27 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 490 $28,970 $19,690 - 39,940 13% 16%
28 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 490 $18,180 $13,560 - 23,980 11% 5%
29 Receptionists and information clerks 480 $21,530 $15,440 - 27,970 17% 13%
30 Construction laborers 450 $23,640 $17,030 - 30,800 11% 5%
31 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 440 $44,060 $28,560 - 62,750 -5% 15%
32 Packers and packagers, hand 440 $18,170 $13,270 - 24,970 -12% 3%
33 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 440 $17,500 $13,410 - 22,640 13% 5%
34 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 400 $26,480 $18,390 - 32,620 4% 6%
35 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 390 $27,760 $15,790 - 47,220 8% 4%
36 Machinists 380 $34,180 $26,400 - 45,690 -3% 3%
37 Personal and home care aides 350 $16,040 $13,060 - 19,330 51% 10%
38 Cooks, restaurant 330 $19,940 $14,800 - 26,330 12% 5%
39 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 320 $38,110 $25,810 - 49,740 11% 33%
40 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 320 $26,520 $20,140 - 34,550 4% 15%
41 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 320 $26,300 $17,260 - 37,220 11% 14%
42 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 300 $36,240 $20,520 - 51,890 14% 4%
43 Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 300 $29,160 $19,680 - 39,890 -15% 0%
44 Medical assistants 300 $23,560 $17,420 - 30,730 35% 10%
45 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 290 $34,080 $21,930 - 49,270 -7% 14%
46 Medical secretaries 270 $24,390 $19,650 - 31,010 17% 18%
47 Counter and rental clerks 270 $19,470 $12,940 - 32,430 23% 16%
48 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 240 $44,300 $32,180 - 62,150 9% 10%
49 Cooks, fast food 240 $15,510 $12,940 - 19,400 8% 5%
50 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 230 $47,000 $18,420 - 77,360 7% 13%
51 Radiologic technologists and technicians 230 $43,870 $32,380 - 60,170 15% 25%
52 Extruding and drawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 230 $32,960 $24,320 - 39,780 -7% 0%
53 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 230 $21,910 $16,020 - 30,710 18% 6%
54 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 230 $14,320 $12,740 - 16,130 10% 8%
55 Industrial machinery mechanics 200 $40,340 $33,070 - 49,930 9% 5%
56 Parts salespersons 200 $24,620 $13,140 - 40,710 -2% 6%
57 Food preparation workers 190 $20,060 $14,750 - 27,530 15% 7%
58 Pharmacy technicians 180 $25,920 $20,800 - 33,190 32% 16%
59 Tellers 180 $21,570 $17,270 - 28,930 14% 16%
60 Child care workers 180 $16,380 $13,100 - 20,350 18% 15%
61 Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic 170 $29,120 $22,810 - 36,880 -3% 6%
62 Business operations specialists, all other 160 $54,280 $34,170 - 79,050 21% 49%
63 Food service managers 160 $44,830 $26,540 - 71,520 5% 24%
64 Highway maintenance workers 160 $28,390 $18,300 - 45,340 9% 5%
65 Bill and account collectors 160 $26,920 $21,040 - 34,570 23% 13%
66 Dishwashers 160 $15,820 $12,900 - 19,900 10% 3%
67 Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 150 $34,600 $23,020 - 47,850 12% 3%
68 Preschool teachers, except special education 150 $21,670 $13,130 - 40,530 26% 43%
69 Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 150 $19,670 $14,840 - 24,870 10% 5%
70 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 150 $15,310 $12,830 - 19,240 10% 17%
71 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 140 $31,420 $22,240 - 45,990 5% 2%
72 Medical records and health information technicians 140 $25,750 $20,040 - 37,780 18% 12%
73 Rolling machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 140 $19,350 $16,150 - 25,260 -12% 0%
74 Cost estimators 130 $51,840 $29,970 - 76,610 19% 32%
75 Paralegals and legal assistants 130 $35,970 $26,490 - 47,980 22% 45%
76 Fire fighters 130 $33,600 $25,560 - 39,550 12% 18%
77 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 130 $24,830 $13,820 - 40,960 12% 6%
78 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 130 $16,440 $13,330 - 19,620 12% 6%
79 Postal service mail carriers 130 $0 $ - 1% 11%
80 Business teachers, postsecondary 120 $76,720 $31,990 - 141,000 0% 0%
81 Respiratory therapists 120 $35,900 $26,470 - 50,330 23% 28%
82 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 120 $31,950 $25,590 - 41,970 8% 3%
83 Dental assistants 120 $27,800 $19,060 - 37,350 29% 9%
84 Printing machine operators 120 $26,140 $16,820 - 37,400 -6% 6%
85 Loan officers 110 $44,320 $27,850 - 74,950 12% 49%
86 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 110 $37,070 $17,390 - 61,690 0% 42%
87 Sales representatives, services, all other 110 $36,540 $17,130 - 61,330 28% 48%
88 First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 100 $59,860 $42,260 - 84,720 4% 38%
89 Construction managers 100 $53,310 $24,490 - 92,220 16% 29%
90 Tool and die makers 100 $42,780 $33,820 - 56,620 -10% 5%
91 First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand 100 $41,660 $27,790 - 64,160 13% 17%
92 Kindergarten teachers, except special education 100 $41,240 $30,420 - 50,870 16% 43%
93 Production, planning, and expediting clerks 100 $38,340 $21,700 - 60,720 4% 30%
94 Computer support specialists 100 $35,040 $24,570 - 49,500 13% 43%
95 Driver/sales workers 100 $30,800 $15,390 - 49,870 -5% 4%
96 Butchers and meat cutters 100 $24,430 $15,560 - 36,430 2% 2%
97 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 100 $20,130 $15,430 - 25,900 14% 3%
98 File clerks 100 $19,370 $15,030 - 24,130 -41% 20%
99 Bartenders 100 $16,200 $13,030 - 19,490 11% 17%
100 Structural iron and steel workers 90 $30,710 $26,270 - 38,470 6% 4%
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Jobs More Common Near Jackson Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Rolling machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 19,350 140 15.7
Production workers, all other 20,160 770 9.2
Extruding and drawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 32,960 230 8.7
Assemblers and fabricators, all other 26,490 620 6.5
Business teachers, postsecondary 76,720 120 5.6
Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 25,110 290 5.2
Highway maintenance workers 28,390 160 4.7
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 18,180 490 4
Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic 29,120 170 3.7
Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 29,160 300 3.7
Tool and die makers 42,780 100 3.5
Respiratory therapists 35,900 120 3.2
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 32,000 760 2.9
Radiologic technologists and technicians 43,870 230 2.9
Industrial truck and tractor operators 26,270 650 2.9
Instructional coordinators 0 130 2.8
Physical therapists 61,880 170 2.6
Machinists 34,180 380 2.6
Parts salespersons 24,620 200 2.4
Medical and health services managers 68,690 240 2.4
Child, family, and school social workers 28,080 230 2.3
Butchers and meat cutters 24,430 100 2.3
Medical records and health information technicians 25,750 140 2.2
Team assemblers 28,120 830 2.2
Maintenance and repair workers, general 34,200 1,050 2.2
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 33,820 1,270 2.1
Food service managers 44,830 160 2.1
Industrial machinery mechanics 40,340 200 2.1
Personal and home care aides 16,040 350 2
Electricians 39,740 490 2
Coaches and scouts 0 120 1.9
Registered nurses 52,020 1,900 1.9
Pharmacists 104,690 190 1.9
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 44,060 440 1.9
Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 19,670 150 1.9
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 34,080 290 1.7
Chief executives 122,180 190 1.7
Home health aides 18,910 560 1.7
Kindergarten teachers, except special education 41,240 100 1.7
Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 34,600 150 1.7
Printing machine operators 26,140 120 1.6
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 35,030 720 1.6
Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 26,520 320 1.6
Medical assistants 23,560 300 1.6
Packers and packagers, hand 18,170 440 1.6
Counter and rental clerks 19,470 270 1.6
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 21,910 800 1.5
Medical secretaries 24,390 270 1.5
First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 37,720 820 1.5
Cost estimators 51,840 130 1.5

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Lawyers 121,550 1.19 160
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 85,720 1.18 120
Extruding and drawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 32,960 1.05 230
Food preparation workers 20,060 1.04 190
Business teachers, postsecondary 76,720 1.04 120
Customer service representatives 30,600 1.03 610
Team assemblers 28,120 1.03 830
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 34,080 1.02 290
Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 29,160 1 300
Assemblers and fabricators, all other 26,490 1 620
Automotive service technicians and mechanics 36,240 1 300
Pharmacists 104,690 1 190
Maintenance and repair workers, general 34,200 1 1,050
Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 19,670 0.99 150
Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 24,830 0.99 130
Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 49,730 0.99 110
Truck drivers, light or delivery services 27,760 0.96 390
Office clerks, general 24,340 0.96 1,370
Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 16,440 0.95 130
Waiters and waitresses 17,420 0.93 1,030
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 26,480 0.93 400
Retail salespersons 22,660 0.93 2,090
Cost estimators 51,840 0.93 130
Machinists 34,180 0.93 380
Food service managers 44,830 0.92 160
Stock clerks and order fillers 21,070 0.92 710
Pharmacy technicians 25,920 0.92 180
Business operations specialists, all other 54,280 0.92 160
Dishwashers 15,820 0.92 160
Cooks, restaurant 19,940 0.92 330
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 17,500 0.91 440
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 21,910 0.91 800
Tellers 21,570 0.91 180
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 46,420 0.91 340
Industrial machinery mechanics 40,340 0.91 200
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 28,970 0.91 490
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 35,030 0.91 720
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 21,910 0.9 230
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 33,820 0.9 1,270
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 50,850 0.9 320
Receptionists and information clerks 21,530 0.9 480
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 31,420 0.89 140
Cooks, fast food 15,510 0.89 240
Packers and packagers, hand 18,170 0.89 440
Home health aides 18,910 0.89 560
Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 44,600 0.89 250
Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 34,600 0.88 150
Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 43,930 0.88 110
Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 26,520 0.88 320
Industrial truck and tractor operators 26,270 0.87 650

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