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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

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 53940 $39080 $18.79 100
2 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 7040 $20330 $9.77 8.3
3 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 6920 $31580 $15.18 14.8
4 Production Occupations 6630 $29320 $14.1 5.85
5 Sales and Related Occupations 6330 $29540 $14.2 10.15
6 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 4830 $68410 $32.89 6.15
7 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 3900 $28750 $13.82 6.45
8 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 2940 $64800 $31.15 5.75
9 Retail Salespersons 2250 $24710 $11.88 3.1
10 Cashiers 1970 $19750 $9.5 2.25
11 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 1940 $41420 $19.91 3.8
12 Management Occupations 1920 $104020 $50.01 6.05
13 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 1910 $17500 $8.41 2.15
14 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 1780 $23990 $11.54 3.7
15 Personal Care and Service Occupations 1720 $22260 $10.7 4.1
16 Waiters and Waitresses 1720 $20280 $9.75 1.6
17 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 1590 $23520 $11.31 1.6
18 Construction and Extraction Occupations 1500 $34110 $16.4 4.4
19 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 1470 $35890 $17.26 1.6
20 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 1380 $59070 $28.4 5.05
21 Healthcare Support Occupations 1370 $24230 $11.65 3.05
22 Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 1080 $24420 $11.74 0.1
23 Team Assemblers 990 $25990 $12.5 0.75
24 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 880 $20650 $9.93 1.6
25 Registered Nurses 810 $56650 $27.24 1.9
26 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 780 $67030 $32.23 2.8
27 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 770 $43140 $20.74 1
28 Customer Service Representatives 750 $26970 $12.97 1.75
29 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 680 $39000 $18.75 1.2
30 Protective Service Occupations 680 $32130 $15.45 2.25
31 Nursing Assistants 660 $20650 $9.93 1.05
32 Office Clerks, General 660 $21730 $10.45 2
33 Cooks, Restaurant 630 $20020 $9.62 0.75
34 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 620 $32380 $15.57 0.6
35 Helpers--Production Workers 600 $22090 $10.62 0.3
36 Substitute Teachers 590 $17670 $8.49 0
37 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 570 $69220 $33.28 1.65
38 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 570 $27540 $13.24 0.35
39 Community and Social Service Occupations 560 $43900 $21.1 1.65
40 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 540 $58270 $28.01 1.7
41 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 540 $33850 $16.27 1.1
42 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 540 $23440 $11.27 1.2
43 General and Operations Managers 520 $114240 $54.92 1.4
44 Food Preparation Workers 480 $18830 $9.05 0.6
45 Childcare Workers 470 $19080 $9.17 0.8
46 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 460 $47880 $23.02 1
47 Education Administrators, Postsecondary 410 $125610 $60.39 0.1
48 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 410 $26800 $12.88 0.3
49 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 410 $35170 $16.91 0.9
50 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 400 $25330 $12.18 0.8
51 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 390 $54070 $25.99 0.9
52 Receptionists and Information Clerks 370 $23780 $11.43 0.7
53 Accountants and Auditors 360 $54510 $26.21 0.9
54 Personal Care Aides 350 $18480 $8.89 1.3
55 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 340 $56960 $27.39 0.4
56 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 330 $20490 $9.85 0.3
57 Counter and Rental Clerks 330 $27740 $13.33 0.3
58 Machinists 310 $38150 $18.34 0.3
59 Recreation Workers 310 $19310 $9.29 0.3
60 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 300 $35720 $17.18 0.5
61 Tellers 300 $25840 $12.43 0.3
62 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 290 $57890 $27.83 1
63 Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors 280 $49550 $23.82 0.2
64 Construction Laborers 280 $23190 $11.15 0.8
65 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 270 $42380 $20.38 0.5
66 Carpenters 260 $32890 $15.81 0.6
67 Industrial Machinery Mechanics 260 $43190 $20.76 0.2
68 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 250 $17390 $8.36 0.25
69 Computer User Support Specialists 250 $50690 $24.37 0.4
70 Dishwashers 250 $19230 $9.25 0.3
71 Cooks, Fast Food 230 $17630 $8.48 0.3
72 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 220 $18500 $8.9 1
73 Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 210 $20660 $9.93 0.1
74 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 210 $18320 $8.81 0.3
75 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 210 $36010 $17.31 0.6
76 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 210 $52370 $25.18 0.4
77 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 210 $29620 $14.24 0.4
78 Pharmacy Technicians 200 $27420 $13.18 0.25
79 Bartenders 200 $19430 $9.34 0.4
80 Security Guards 190 $24300 $11.68 0.7
81 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 180 $53900 $25.91 0.3
82 Production Workers, All Other 180 $23160 $11.14 0.2
83 Medical Assistants 180 $28130 $13.53 0.45
84 Packers and Packagers, Hand 180 $19330 $9.3 0.45
85 Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 180 $29710 $14.28 0.1
86 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 170 $40600 $19.52 0.45
87 Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks 170 $20370 $9.79 0.2
88 Electricians 160 $38670 $18.59 0.4
89 Industrial Engineers 160 $73570 $35.37 0.2
90 Billing and Posting Clerks 160 $31560 $15.17 0.35
91 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers 150 $20300 $9.76 0.1
92 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers 140 $35220 $16.93 0.2
93 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 140 $18200 $8.75 0.3
94 Home Health Aides 130 $20890 $10.05 0.7
95 Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 130 $236590 $113.74 0.2
96 Computer Network Support Specialists 130 $61400 $29.52 0.1
97 Financial Managers 130 $105170 $50.56 0.4
98 Pharmacists 120 $100990 $48.55 0.2
99 Postal Service Mail Carriers 120 $50330 $24.2 0.15
100 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 120 $26730 $12.85 0.25
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Jobs More Common Near Auburn Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 39,080 53,940
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 20,330 7,040
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 31,580 6,920
Production Occupations 29,320 6,630
Sales and Related Occupations 29,540 6,330
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 68,410 4,830
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 28,750 3,900
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 64,800 2,940
Retail Salespersons 24,710 2,250
Cashiers 19,750 1,970
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 41,420 1,940
Management Occupations 104,020 1,920
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 17,500 1,910
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 23,990 1,780
Personal Care and Service Occupations 22,260 1,720
Waiters and Waitresses 20,280 1,720
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 23,520 1,590
Construction and Extraction Occupations 34,110 1,500
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 35,890 1,470
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 59,070 1,380
Healthcare Support Occupations 24,230 1,370
Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 24,420 1,080
Team Assemblers 25,990 990
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 20,650 880
Registered Nurses 56,650 810
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 67,030 780
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 43,140 770
Customer Service Representatives 26,970 750
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 39,000 680
Protective Service Occupations 32,130 680
Nursing Assistants 20,650 660
Office Clerks, General 21,730 660
Cooks, Restaurant 20,020 630
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 32,380 620
Helpers--Production Workers 22,090 600
Substitute Teachers 17,670 590
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 69,220 570
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 27,540 570
Community and Social Service Occupations 43,900 560
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 58,270 540
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 33,850 540
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 23,440 540
General and Operations Managers 114,240 520
Food Preparation Workers 18,830 480
Childcare Workers 19,080 470
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 47,880 460
Education Administrators, Postsecondary 125,610 410
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 26,800 410
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 35,170 410
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 25,330 400

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 39,080 53,940
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 31,580 6,920
Production Occupations 29,320 6,630
Sales and Related Occupations 29,540 6,330
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 68,410 4,830
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 28,750 3,900
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 64,800 2,940
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 41,420 1,940
Management Occupations 104,020 1,920
Construction and Extraction Occupations 34,110 1,500
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 35,890 1,470
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 59,070 1,380
Team Assemblers 25,990 990
Registered Nurses 56,650 810
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 67,030 780
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 43,140 770
Customer Service Representatives 26,970 750
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 39,000 680
Protective Service Occupations 32,130 680
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 32,380 620
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 69,220 570
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 27,540 570
Community and Social Service Occupations 43,900 560
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 58,270 540
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 33,850 540
General and Operations Managers 114,240 520
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 47,880 460
Education Administrators, Postsecondary 125,610 410
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 26,800 410
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 35,170 410
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 25,330 400
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 54,070 390
Accountants and Auditors 54,510 360
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 56,960 340
Counter and Rental Clerks 27,740 330
Machinists 38,150 310
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 35,720 300
Tellers 25,840 300
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 57,890 290
Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors 49,550 280
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 42,380 270
Carpenters 32,890 260
Industrial Machinery Mechanics 43,190 260
Computer User Support Specialists 50,690 250
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 36,010 210
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 52,370 210
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 29,620 210
Pharmacy Technicians 27,420 200
First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 53,900 180
Medical Assistants 28,130 180

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