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 Occupations57650$39,860$19.17100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations7800$33,210$15.9713.75
3Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations7290$21,550$10.368.7
4Production Occupations6520$30,950$14.885.6
5Sales and Related Occupations6320$30,380$14.69.5
6Education, Training, and Library Occupations4990$62,890$30.246
7Transportation and Material Moving Occupations4400$29,040$13.966.7
8Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations3090$62,540$30.075.85
9Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations2370$42,330$20.353.75
10Retail Salespersons2340$23,210$11.162.7
11Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food2170$17,980$8.642.45
12Cashiers2020$20,560$9.892.2
13Personal Care and Service Occupations1990$23,950$11.524.65
14Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations1980$25,960$12.483.6
15Management Occupations1980$108,170$526.35
16Business and Financial Operations Occupations1690$61,790$29.715.35
17Construction and Extraction Occupations1680$38,860$18.684.6
18Waiters and Waitresses1570$21,570$10.371.65
19Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive1300$33,300$16.011.4
20Healthcare Support Occupations1270$25,790$12.42.85
21Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand1230$25,620$12.321.8
22Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1000$23,610$11.351.5
23Office Clerks, General1000$25,920$12.461.9
24Registered Nurses960$59,250$28.491.95
25Stock Clerks and Order Fillers920$31,970$15.371.25
26Protective Service Occupations870$40,690$19.562.2
27Customer Service Representatives860$30,340$14.591.75
28Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers850$27,150$13.050.8
29Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers790$35,430$17.031.2
30First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers720$43,060$20.70.95
31Computer and Mathematical Occupations690$71,320$34.293
32Architecture and Engineering Occupations680$72,230$34.731.7
33First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers680$34,300$16.490.6
34Community and Social Service Occupations650$45,460$21.851.75
35General and Operations Managers650$112,200$53.941.5
36Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations620$55,450$26.661.8
37Cooks, Restaurant620$23,220$11.160.9
38Bus Drivers, School or Special Client590$17,640$8.480.3
39First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers580$50,520$24.290.95
40Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks570$37,810$18.181.05
41Nursing Assistants570$22,700$10.910.95
42Food Preparation Workers550$20,060$9.640.5
43Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators530$35,820$17.220.4
44Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers520$27,350$13.150.75
45Helpers--Production Workers500$23,670$11.380.2
46Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations490$52,690$25.330.8
47Childcare Workers480$19,840$9.540.7
48Maintenance and Repair Workers, General480$32,810$15.770.9
49Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers470$26,970$12.970.35
50Accountants and Auditors400$61,220$29.430.9
51Construction Laborers400$28,800$13.850.9
52First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers400$58,880$28.310.4
53Personal Care Aides390$19,580$9.411.7
54Cooks, Fast Food360$19,720$9.480.3
55Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products360$64,890$31.20.85
56Business Operations Specialists, All Other350$68,090$32.740.7
57Receptionists and Information Clerks340$25,090$12.060.7
58Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics330$50,340$24.20.5
59Pharmacy Technicians330$31,100$14.950.3
60Industrial Machinery Mechanics320$45,110$21.690.2
61Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic320$31,920$15.350.1
62Tellers320$27,680$13.310.25
63First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers310$59,590$28.650.4
64Machinists310$40,760$19.60.2
65Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers300$46,730$22.470.4
66Computer User Support Specialists290$60,000$28.840.4
67Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors280$53,460$25.70.2
68Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers280$35,710$17.170.2
69Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders280$22,290$10.720.2
70Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners270$18,580$8.930.9
71Recreation Workers250$23,370$11.230.3
72Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers250$37,690$18.120.3
73Bartenders240$20,360$9.790.4
74Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop240$19,120$9.190.3
75Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks240$20,370$9.790.15
76Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists230$23,530$11.310.4
77Industrial Engineers230$77,560$37.290.2
78Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria220$23,470$11.280.3
79Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop220$18,670$8.980.3
80Electricians220$39,040$18.770.45
81Packers and Packagers, Hand210$20,950$10.070.4
82Sales Representatives, Services, All Other210$46,440$22.330.7
83Medical Assistants200$29,640$14.250.45
84Carpenters190$39,520$190.6
85First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers190$60,390$29.030.3
86Pharmacists190$93,610$45.010.2
87Veterinary Technologists and Technicians190$34,470$16.570.1
88Counter and Rental Clerks180$27,350$13.150.3
89First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors180$55,770$26.810.3
90Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses180$37,000$17.790.5
91Dishwashers170$20,460$9.840.3
92Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations160$37,290$17.930.65
93Insurance Sales Agents160$57,620$27.70.3
94Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks160$31,910$15.340.4
95Postal Service Mail Carriers150$49,560$23.820.2
96Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors140$37,930$18.240.2
97Instructional Coordinators140$60,610$29.140.1
98Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic130$28,660$13.780.1
99First-Line Supervisors of Personal Service Workers130$37,890$18.210.2
100Highway Maintenance Workers130$31,930$15.350.1
Source: 2019 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2018-28 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov
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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$39,86057,650
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$33,2107,800
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$21,5507,290
Production Occupations$30,9506,520
Sales and Related Occupations$30,3806,320
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$62,8904,990
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$29,0404,400
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$62,5403,090
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$42,3302,370
Retail Salespersons$23,2102,340
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$17,9802,170
Cashiers$20,5602,020
Personal Care and Service Occupations$23,9501,990
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$25,9601,980
Management Occupations$108,1701,980
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$61,7901,690
Construction and Extraction Occupations$38,8601,680
Waiters and Waitresses$21,5701,570
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$33,3001,300
Healthcare Support Occupations$25,7901,270
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$25,6201,230
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$23,6101,000
Office Clerks, General$25,9201,000
Registered Nurses$59,250960
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$31,970920
Protective Service Occupations$40,690870
Customer Service Representatives$30,340860
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$27,150850
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$35,430790
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$43,060720
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$71,320690
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$72,230680
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$34,300680
Community and Social Service Occupations$45,460650
General and Operations Managers$112,200650
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$55,450620
Cooks, Restaurant$23,220620
Bus Drivers, School or Special Client$17,640590
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$50,520580
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$37,810570
Nursing Assistants$22,700570
Food Preparation Workers$20,060550
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$35,820530
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$27,350520
Helpers--Production Workers$23,670500
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$52,690490
Childcare Workers$19,840480
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$32,810480
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers$26,970470
Accountants and Auditors$61,220400

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$39,86057,650
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$33,2107,800
Production Occupations$30,9506,520
Sales and Related Occupations$30,3806,320
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$62,8904,990
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$29,0404,400
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$62,5403,090
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$42,3302,370
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$25,9601,980
Management Occupations$108,1701,980
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$61,7901,690
Construction and Extraction Occupations$38,8601,680
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$33,3001,300
Healthcare Support Occupations$25,7901,270
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$25,6201,230
Office Clerks, General$25,9201,000
Registered Nurses$59,250960
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$31,970920
Protective Service Occupations$40,690870
Customer Service Representatives$30,340860
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$27,150850
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$35,430790
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$43,060720
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$71,320690
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$72,230680
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$34,300680
Community and Social Service Occupations$45,460650
General and Operations Managers$112,200650
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$55,450620
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$50,520580
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$37,810570
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$35,820530
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$27,350520
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$52,690490
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$32,810480
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers$26,970470
Accountants and Auditors$61,220400
Construction Laborers$28,800400
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$58,880400
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$64,890360
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$68,090350
Receptionists and Information Clerks$25,090340
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$50,340330
Pharmacy Technicians$31,100330
Industrial Machinery Mechanics$45,110320
Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$31,920320
Tellers$27,680320
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers$59,590310
Machinists$40,760310
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers$46,730300

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