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Decatur Employment

Employment and Industries in the Decatur, Alabama Area

Decatur is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies. They were attracted by the large amount of barge traffic on the Tennessee River. The city is sometimes called "Home of Meow Mix" due to the manufacturer purchasing a large facility in Decatur. The Huntsville-Decatur area is known for having a large number of engineers. Approximately 16% of the residents have a bachelor's degree and 7% have a graduate degree. In addition, in early 2009 the average salary in Decatur was $30,000. In 2008 the cost of living index was 80.7. The average in the nation is 100.

The major industries in Decatur are manufacturing, cargo transit, hi-tech, education, health and social services and retail. About 30% of the jobs in Decatur are in management, professional and related occupations. Some of the other common occupations are sales positions, office jobs, production, transportation, material moving jobs, scientific and technical services, educational services and food services. Tourism has a notable influence on employment due to the popular festivals in the area such as the Alabama Jubilee, the Spirit of America Festival, Riverfest and the Racking Horse World Celebration.

The United Launch Alliance combined Boeing and Lockheed-Martin's rocket manufacturing contracts in a central location in Decatur. Currently all satellite launching rockets used by the United States Government are constructed in the city which brought a large number of jobs to Decatur. In addition, in 2008 a large development was announced for inside the city limits which will add numerous jobs in the areas of retail, medical, office workers and jobs related to entertainment venues.

Some major employers and companies of note in the Decatur area:

  • General Dynamics
  • Raytheon
  • L-3 Communications
  • General Electric
  • United Launch Alliance
  • 3M
  • Bunge International
  • Decatur City Schools
  • Meow Mix
  • Hyosung
  • Solutia
  • Nucor
  • Tennessee Valley Authority
  • MPW Industrial Services
  • BP
  • Primesco
  • City of Decatur
  • Mutual Savings Life Insurance Company
  • National Healthcare of Decatur
  • Goss Electric
  • McCatur

Two major business organizations associated with Decatur:

The Decatur Daily offers current information on business activities in Decatur.

Jobs in Decatur

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations52310$41,660$20.03100
2Production Occupations8230$43,170$20.755.7
3Office and Administrative Support Occupations6810$32,660$15.714.35
4Sales and Related Occupations5380$33,380$16.059.9
5Transportation and Material Moving Occupations5220$31,440$15.116.55
6Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations4920$19,730$9.498.55
7Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations2740$63,950$30.755.8
8Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations2620$51,190$24.613.8
9Construction and Extraction Occupations2500$42,460$20.414.45
10Education, Training, and Library Occupations2490$40,430$19.446.05
11Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand2080$22,470$10.81.7
12Cashiers1850$18,950$9.112.2
13Management Occupations1640$105,560$50.756.15
14Personal Care and Service Occupations1550$21,210$10.24.3
15Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations1530$25,940$12.473.65
16Architecture and Engineering Occupations1400$95,500$45.911.7
17Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive1320$32,530$15.641.5
18Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers1310$37,720$18.130
19Retail Salespersons1290$26,560$12.772.85
20Business and Financial Operations Occupations1280$69,470$33.45.25
21Protective Service Occupations1280$41,890$20.142.2
22Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food1130$18,400$8.852.3
23Waiters and Waitresses1120$18,530$8.911.7
24Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers1110$40,100$19.281.2
25Healthcare Support Occupations1020$26,770$12.873
26Registered Nurses930$52,040$25.021.95
27Personal Care Aides920$19,500$9.371.5
28Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners830$24,650$11.851.55
29Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products760$68,640$330.9
30Cooks, Restaurant700$19,570$9.410.8
31General and Operations Managers680$115,190$55.381.5
32Customer Service Representatives670$29,670$14.271.75
33First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers670$33,930$16.311
34Office Clerks, General560$26,160$12.581.9
35First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers550$71,460$34.360.4
36Stock Clerks and Order Fillers530$25,840$12.421.3
37Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks520$36,760$17.671.05
38Machinists450$50,760$24.40.25
39Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders440$65,570$31.520
40Computer and Mathematical Occupations440$68,810$33.082.9
41Community and Social Service Occupations430$47,400$22.791.65
42First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers420$26,930$12.950.6
43Nursing Assistants400$22,200$10.671
44First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers370$53,670$25.80.95
45Industrial Machinery Mechanics370$71,370$34.310.2
46Accountants and Auditors360$65,070$31.280.9
47Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria360$19,590$9.420.3
48Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations360$75,870$36.480.8
49Security Guards360$42,150$20.260.7
50Electricians350$56,320$27.080.4
51Cooks, Fast Food340$18,680$8.980.3
52First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers340$57,390$27.590.4
53Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks340$31,590$15.190.4
54Construction Laborers320$27,610$13.270.8
55Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers320$34,840$16.750.6
56Tellers320$27,090$13.020.3
57Receptionists and Information Clerks310$24,770$11.910.7
58Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers290$25,740$12.370.8
59Mechanical Engineers290$94,490$45.430.2
60Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers280$39,720$19.10.3
61Maintenance and Repair Workers, General270$38,260$18.390.9
62First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers260$76,780$36.920.3
63Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers250$39,400$18.940.3
64Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators240$44,660$21.470.35
65Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses240$36,760$17.670.5
66Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations230$38,900$18.71.8
67Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment230$26,150$12.570.2
68First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors230$57,370$27.580
69Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics210$33,130$15.930.5
70Helpers--Production Workers210$27,060$13.010.3
71Industrial Engineers210$104,630$50.310.2
72Pharmacy Technicians210$27,330$13.140.3
73Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing210$30,110$14.470
74Counter and Rental Clerks200$26,120$12.560.3
75Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners200$19,580$9.410.9
76Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic190$30,520$14.670.1
77Correctional Officers and Jailers180$28,050$13.480.25
78Medical Assistants180$26,820$12.890.45
79Billing and Posting Clerks170$29,360$14.120.3
80Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists170$39,960$19.210.2
81Childcare Workers170$17,460$8.40.8
82Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers170$51,010$24.520.2
83Industrial Production Managers170$119,350$57.380.1
84Medical Secretaries170$32,440$15.60.4
85Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters170$51,990$250.3
86Bill and Account Collectors160$30,440$14.640.2
87Carpenters160$35,100$16.880.7
88Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation, and Relay160$81,570$39.220
89Home Health Aides160$20,900$10.050.7
90Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators160$40,160$19.310.2
91Postal Service Mail Carriers160$49,730$23.910.2
92Sales Representatives, Services, All Other160$46,630$22.420.6
93Computer User Support Specialists150$47,300$22.740.4
94Insurance Sales Agents150$64,660$31.090.3
95Dental Hygienists140$46,120$22.170.1
96Driver/Sales Workers140$36,340$17.470.3
97Firefighters140$45,110$21.690.2
98Physicians and Surgeons, All Other140$219,930$105.740.25
99Legal Occupations130$58,170$27.970.8
100Child, Family, and School Social Workers120$45,070$21.670.2
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Jobs More Common Near Decatur Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$41,66052,310
Production Occupations$43,1708,230
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$32,6606,810
Sales and Related Occupations$33,3805,380
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$31,4405,220
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$19,7304,920
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$63,9502,740
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$51,1902,620
Construction and Extraction Occupations$42,4602,500
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$40,4302,490
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$22,4702,080
Cashiers$18,9501,850
Management Occupations$105,5601,640
Personal Care and Service Occupations$21,2101,550
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$25,9401,530
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$95,5001,400
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$32,5301,320
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$37,7201,310
Retail Salespersons$26,5601,290
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$69,4701,280
Protective Service Occupations$41,8901,280
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$18,4001,130
Waiters and Waitresses$18,5301,120
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$40,1001,110
Healthcare Support Occupations$26,7701,020
Registered Nurses$52,040930
Personal Care Aides$19,500920
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$24,650830
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$68,640760
Cooks, Restaurant$19,570700
General and Operations Managers$115,190680
Customer Service Representatives$29,670670
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$33,930670
Office Clerks, General$26,160560
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$71,460550
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$25,840530
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$36,760520
Machinists$50,760450
Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders$65,570440
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$68,810440
Community and Social Service Occupations$47,400430
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$26,930420
Nursing Assistants$22,200400
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$53,670370
Industrial Machinery Mechanics$71,370370
Accountants and Auditors$65,070360
Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria$19,590360
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$75,870360
Security Guards$42,150360
Electricians$56,320350

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$41,66052,310
Production Occupations$43,1708,230
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$32,6606,810
Sales and Related Occupations$33,3805,380
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$31,4405,220
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$63,9502,740
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$51,1902,620
Construction and Extraction Occupations$42,4602,500
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$40,4302,490
Management Occupations$105,5601,640
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$25,9401,530
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$95,5001,400
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$32,5301,320
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$37,7201,310
Retail Salespersons$26,5601,290
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$69,4701,280
Protective Service Occupations$41,8901,280
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$40,1001,110
Healthcare Support Occupations$26,7701,020
Registered Nurses$52,040930
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$68,640760
General and Operations Managers$115,190680
Customer Service Representatives$29,670670
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$33,930670
Office Clerks, General$26,160560
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$71,460550
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$25,840530
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$36,760520
Machinists$50,760450
Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders$65,570440
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$68,810440
Community and Social Service Occupations$47,400430
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$26,930420
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$53,670370
Industrial Machinery Mechanics$71,370370
Accountants and Auditors$65,070360
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$75,870360
Security Guards$42,150360
Electricians$56,320350
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers$57,390340
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks$31,590340
Construction Laborers$27,610320
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$34,840320
Tellers$27,090320
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$25,740290
Mechanical Engineers$94,490290
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers$39,720280
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$38,260270
First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers$76,780260
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers$39,400250

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