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Auburn Employment

Employment and Industries in the Auburn, Alabama Area

Auburn is located in Lee County and is the largest city in eastern Alabama. Auburn is the fastest growing metropolitan area in the state. The city is home to Auburn University and is regarded as a college town. In addition, the city's cost of living index is close to the national average. The average salary in Auburn in 2009 was $34,000. According to Auburn employment statistics, 27% of employees have a bachelor's degree and 29% have a graduate degree.

For workers with children, Auburn's school system has repeatedly been placed among the top public school systems in Alabama and the country. Parenting Magazine ranked Auburn city school districts in the top 100 school districts in the nation.

Auburn University and university-associated services are major factors for the economy. The university employs about one-quarter of the city's workforce. Also, a large number of residents have federal and state government jobs that are generally connected with Auburn University. Roughly half of the Auburn workforce is employed in service sector positions. Some of the most common jobs in the city are management, professional and related professions. Sales and office jobs are also prevalent.

Auburn University is known for its business, agriculture, engineering and veterinary medicine programs. The school typically has over 20,000 students. The university is regarded as a research institution. The university emphasizes the areas of molecular biosciences, engineering, aqua culture, forest sustainability and transportation. The university's facilities include the Center for Micorfibrous Materials Manufacturing, the Space Power Institute, the Forest Products Development Center and the National Center for Asphalt Technology.

The city's Economic Development Department recruited numerous small to medium size technology companies to Auburn. About 30% of the jobs in Auburn are in the manufacturing sector. Mid-sized high-tech manufacturing and research companies are major factors for the city's industrial base. The city includes companies that manufacture automotive wheels, small engines, plastic injection technology, tools, vehicle armor, fuel cells and other items. Auburn also has several research centers including the Ludwig von Misies Institute.

Some major employers in Auburn are:

  • Auburn University
  • Briggs & Stratton
  • Auburn City Schools
  • Master Brand Cabinet Company
  • Federal Government
  • City of Auburn and the Water Works Board
  • Falk Corporation
  • Donaldson Company
  • EPOS Corporation
  • Hoerbiger Hydraulics
  • Touchstone Precision
  • Stahlschmidt & Maiworm
  • Weidmann Plastics
  • Capitol Vial

The leading industries in Auburn are:

  • Education
  • Health and social services
  • Manufacturing
  • Technology
  • Entertainment and recreation
  • Food services
  • Retail trade

Some of the major business related organizations in Auburn include:

The Central Alabama Business Journal is an excellent publication to help individuals stay current on business activities in the Auburn area.

Jobs in Auburn

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations56410$40,210$19.33100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations7950$32,380$15.5714.35
3Production Occupations7060$29,450$14.165.7
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations7010$20,970$10.088.55
5Sales and Related Occupations6520$29,040$13.969.9
6Education, Training, and Library Occupations4780$73,970$35.576.05
7Transportation and Material Moving Occupations3690$30,360$14.66.55
8Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations2890$66,180$31.825.8
9Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food2310$17,790$8.552.3
10Cashiers2120$19,520$9.382.2
11Retail Salespersons2100$24,080$11.582.85
12Management Occupations2080$106,460$51.186.15
13Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations2030$42,260$20.323.8
14Personal Care and Service Occupations1940$23,490$11.34.3
15Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations1840$24,920$11.983.65
16Construction and Extraction Occupations1680$37,860$18.24.45
17Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive1670$34,960$16.811.5
18Waiters and Waitresses1490$22,060$10.611.7
19Healthcare Support Occupations1430$24,740$11.93
20Business and Financial Operations Occupations1390$59,420$28.575.25
21Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand1220$24,430$11.751.7
22Stock Clerks and Order Fillers1040$29,470$14.171.3
23Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners960$21,300$10.241.55
24Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers930$26,130$12.560
25Customer Service Representatives840$26,730$12.851.75
26Registered Nurses820$57,620$27.71.95
27Computer and Mathematical Occupations790$65,500$31.492.9
28First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers790$40,750$19.591
29Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers780$37,850$18.21.2
30Architecture and Engineering Occupations730$71,260$34.261.7
31Helpers--Production Workers720$22,920$11.020.3
32Protective Service Occupations720$33,070$15.92.2
33Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks670$35,900$17.261.05
34First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers670$31,420$15.110.6
35Nursing Assistants660$21,510$10.341
36Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations660$57,040$27.421.8
37Office Clerks, General630$22,700$10.911.9
38General and Operations Managers600$120,930$58.141.5
39Childcare Workers570$19,450$9.350.8
40First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers570$46,580$22.390.95
41Community and Social Service Occupations560$45,360$21.811.65
42Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators500$34,890$16.780.35
43Cooks, Restaurant490$21,110$10.150.8
44Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers470$25,980$12.490.3
45Maintenance and Repair Workers, General460$34,180$16.430.9
46Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations460$56,950$27.380.8
47Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers420$26,380$12.680.8
48Education Administrators, Postsecondary410$125,690$60.430.1
49Accountants and Auditors380$61,590$29.610.9
50First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers380$57,960$27.870.4
51Bus Drivers, School or Special Client370$17,280$8.310.3
52Cooks, Fast Food350$18,570$8.930.3
53Personal Care Aides350$19,130$9.21.5
54Receptionists and Information Clerks350$24,190$11.630.7
55Tellers340$26,410$12.70.3
56Machinists340$38,830$18.670.25
57Recreation Workers330$19,800$9.520.25
58Industrial Machinery Mechanics330$43,890$21.10.2
59Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products320$64,680$31.10.9
60Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors310$50,570$24.310.2
61First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers310$59,270$28.50.4
62Construction Laborers300$24,560$11.810.8
63Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria290$21,250$10.220.3
64Counter and Rental Clerks290$27,610$13.270.3
65Pharmacy Technicians270$28,820$13.850.3
66Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop260$18,380$8.840.3
67Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop250$18,740$9.010.3
68Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics250$45,550$21.90.5
69Industrial Engineers240$71,850$34.540.2
70Computer User Support Specialists240$52,750$25.360.4
71Electricians240$39,460$18.970.4
72Food Preparation Workers220$20,650$9.930.6
73Bartenders220$19,140$9.20.4
74Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses210$35,980$17.30.5
75Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers210$36,600$17.590.6
76Carpenters210$33,470$16.090.7
77Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers200$39,770$19.120.2
78Home Health Aides190$21,710$10.440.7
79Security Guards180$23,950$11.520.7
80Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks180$20,360$9.790.2
81Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners180$19,020$9.150.9
82Pharmacists180$94,100$45.240.2
83Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers170$41,450$19.930.4
84Medical Assistants170$28,480$13.690.45
85Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks170$31,140$14.970.4
86Nonfarm Animal Caretakers170$21,580$10.370.2
87Billing and Posting Clerks160$30,700$14.760.3
88First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors160$52,810$25.390
89First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers160$59,600$28.650.3
90Packers and Packagers, Hand160$19,670$9.460.45
91Dishwashers150$21,490$10.330.3
92Insurance Sales Agents150$57,120$27.460.3
93Sales Representatives, Services, All Other140$48,850$23.480.6
94Industrial Production Managers130$88,060$42.340.1
95Computer Network Support Specialists130$63,960$30.750.1
96Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators130$43,030$20.690.2
97Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic130$28,430$13.670.1
98Financial Managers130$116,800$56.160.4
99Postal Service Mail Carriers130$50,700$24.380.2
100Computer Programmers130$64,090$30.820.2
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Jobs More Common Near Auburn Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$40,21056,410
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$32,3807,950
Production Occupations$29,4507,060
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$20,9707,010
Sales and Related Occupations$29,0406,520
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$73,9704,780
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$30,3603,690
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$66,1802,890
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$17,7902,310
Cashiers$19,5202,120
Retail Salespersons$24,0802,100
Management Occupations$106,4602,080
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$42,2602,030
Personal Care and Service Occupations$23,4901,940
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$24,9201,840
Construction and Extraction Occupations$37,8601,680
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$34,9601,670
Waiters and Waitresses$22,0601,490
Healthcare Support Occupations$24,7401,430
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$59,4201,390
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$24,4301,220
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$29,4701,040
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$21,300960
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$26,130930
Customer Service Representatives$26,730840
Registered Nurses$57,620820
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$65,500790
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$40,750790
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$37,850780
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$71,260730
Helpers--Production Workers$22,920720
Protective Service Occupations$33,070720
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$35,900670
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$31,420670
Nursing Assistants$21,510660
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$57,040660
Office Clerks, General$22,700630
General and Operations Managers$120,930600
Childcare Workers$19,450570
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$46,580570
Community and Social Service Occupations$45,360560
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$34,890500
Cooks, Restaurant$21,110490
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers$25,980470
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$34,180460
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$56,950460
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$26,380420
Education Administrators, Postsecondary$125,690410
Accountants and Auditors$61,590380
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$57,960380

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Auburn, Alabama Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$40,21056,410
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$32,3807,950
Production Occupations$29,4507,060
Sales and Related Occupations$29,0406,520
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$73,9704,780
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$30,3603,690
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$66,1802,890
Management Occupations$106,4602,080
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$42,2602,030
Construction and Extraction Occupations$37,8601,680
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$34,9601,670
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$59,4201,390
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$29,4701,040
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$26,130930
Customer Service Representatives$26,730840
Registered Nurses$57,620820
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$65,500790
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$40,750790
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$37,850780
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$71,260730
Protective Service Occupations$33,070720
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$35,900670
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$31,420670
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$57,040660
General and Operations Managers$120,930600
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$46,580570
Community and Social Service Occupations$45,360560
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$34,890500
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers$25,980470
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$34,180460
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$56,950460
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$26,380420
Education Administrators, Postsecondary$125,690410
Accountants and Auditors$61,590380
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$57,960380
Tellers$26,410340
Machinists$38,830340
Industrial Machinery Mechanics$43,890330
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$64,680320
Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors$50,570310
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers$59,270310
Counter and Rental Clerks$27,610290
Pharmacy Technicians$28,820270
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$45,550250
Industrial Engineers$71,850240
Computer User Support Specialists$52,750240
Electricians$39,460240
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$35,980210
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$36,600210
Carpenters$33,470210

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