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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

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 53050 $41620 $20.01 100
2 Production Occupations 8540 $43260 $20.8 5.85
3 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 6910 $32460 $15.61 14.8
4 Sales and Related Occupations 5730 $33300 $16.01 10.15
5 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 4960 $29610 $14.24 6.45
6 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 4480 $19370 $9.31 8.3
7 Construction and Extraction Occupations 2870 $43380 $20.85 4.4
8 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 2700 $63670 $30.61 5.75
9 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 2690 $50020 $24.05 3.8
10 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 2640 $39530 $19.01 6.15
11 Cashiers 2020 $18790 $9.03 2.25
12 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 1670 $20780 $9.99 1.6
13 Management Occupations 1620 $106940 $51.41 6.05
14 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 1500 $95740 $46.03 1.65
15 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 1480 $24840 $11.94 3.7
16 Personal Care and Service Occupations 1480 $21340 $10.26 4.1
17 Retail Salespersons 1350 $26390 $12.69 3.1
18 Team Assemblers 1290 $36260 $17.43 0.75
19 Protective Service Occupations 1280 $41940 $20.16 2.25
20 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 1280 $66700 $32.07 5.05
21 Healthcare Support Occupations 1180 $26510 $12.75 3.05
22 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 1090 $17990 $8.65 2.15
23 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 1080 $36400 $17.5 1.2
24 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 1080 $32970 $15.85 1.6
25 Waiters and Waitresses 1050 $18500 $8.89 1.6
26 Registered Nurses 920 $50520 $24.29 1.9
27 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 870 $23810 $11.45 1.6
28 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 840 $64360 $30.94 1
29 Personal Care Aides 770 $18190 $8.75 1.3
30 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 750 $36870 $17.73 1
31 Office Clerks, General 690 $25460 $12.24 2
32 Customer Service Representatives 670 $30520 $14.67 1.75
33 General and Operations Managers 670 $113040 $54.35 1.4
34 Substitute Teachers 660 $19060 $9.16 0
35 Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders 570 $62750 $30.17 0
36 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 560 $69850 $33.58 0.4
37 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 540 $24600 $11.83 1.2
38 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 530 $36210 $17.41 1.1
39 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 470 $25370 $12.2 0.6
40 Cooks, Restaurant 460 $20060 $9.65 0.75
41 Community and Social Service Occupations 460 $45980 $22.11 1.65
42 Accountants and Auditors 450 $65920 $31.69 0.9
43 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 440 $72480 $34.84 2.8
44 Electricians 420 $55370 $26.62 0.4
45 Nursing Assistants 420 $21840 $10.5 1.05
46 Machinists 390 $50370 $24.22 0.3
47 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 380 $53730 $25.83 1
48 Cooks, Fast Food 370 $17950 $8.63 0.3
49 Industrial Machinery Mechanics 360 $74480 $35.81 0.2
50 Security Guards 360 $41270 $19.84 0.7
51 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 350 $77190 $37.11 0.9
52 Tellers 340 $27660 $13.3 0.3
53 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 340 $57650 $27.72 0.4
54 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 330 $39720 $19.1 0.9
55 Construction Laborers 330 $27980 $13.45 0.8
56 Driver/Sales Workers 320 $26690 $12.83 0.3
57 Carpenters 320 $40810 $19.62 0.6
58 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 310 $37230 $17.9 0.3
59 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 310 $34270 $16.47 0.4
60 Receptionists and Information Clerks 300 $24260 $11.66 0.7
61 Mechanical Engineers 300 $93040 $44.73 0.2
62 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 300 $45440 $21.85 0.35
63 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 270 $25160 $12.09 0.8
64 Helpers--Production Workers 270 $27050 $13 0.3
65 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 270 $17550 $8.44 0.3
66 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 270 $41880 $20.14 0.3
67 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 270 $35150 $16.9 0.5
68 Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment 270 $24590 $11.82 0.2
69 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 260 $30360 $14.6 0.6
70 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 260 $19620 $9.43 0.3
71 Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing 260 $28860 $13.88 0
72 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 240 $76840 $36.94 0.3
73 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers 240 $35300 $16.97 0.2
74 Industrial Engineers 230 $102650 $49.35 0.2
75 Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 220 $30380 $14.6 0.1
76 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 220 $31450 $15.12 0.5
77 Pharmacy Technicians 210 $25420 $12.22 0.25
78 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 210 $34580 $16.62 1.7
79 Counter and Rental Clerks 200 $27690 $13.31 0.3
80 Correctional Officers and Jailers 200 $32030 $15.4 0.3
81 Childcare Workers 200 $17430 $8.38 0.8
82 Medical Secretaries 190 $30250 $14.54 0.4
83 Billing and Posting Clerks 190 $28620 $13.76 0.35
84 Bill and Account Collectors 190 $29220 $14.05 0.2
85 Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks 180 $22350 $10.75 0.2
86 Industrial Production Managers 180 $118050 $56.76 0.1
87 Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists 180 $39030 $18.77 0.2
88 Medical Assistants 180 $27280 $13.12 0.45
89 Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation, and Relay 170 $79430 $38.19 0
90 Home Health Aides 170 $20190 $9.71 0.7
91 Postal Service Mail Carriers 160 $50640 $24.35 0.15
92 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 160 $19540 $9.4 1
93 Pharmacists 150 $126480 $60.81 0.2
94 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 150 $57420 $27.61 0.3
95 Packers and Packagers, Hand 140 $23700 $11.4 0.45
96 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 140 $47850 $23 0.6
97 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 140 $37810 $18.18 0.2
98 Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 140 $219910 $105.72 0.2
99 Insurance Sales Agents 130 $65010 $31.25 0.3
100 Court, Municipal, and License Clerks 130 $32940 $15.84 0.1
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Jobs More Common Near Decatur Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 41,620 53,050
Production Occupations 43,260 8,540
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 32,460 6,910
Sales and Related Occupations 33,300 5,730
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 29,610 4,960
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 19,370 4,480
Construction and Extraction Occupations 43,380 2,870
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 63,670 2,700
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 50,020 2,690
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 39,530 2,640
Cashiers 18,790 2,020
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 20,780 1,670
Management Occupations 106,940 1,620
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 95,740 1,500
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 24,840 1,480
Personal Care and Service Occupations 21,340 1,480
Retail Salespersons 26,390 1,350
Team Assemblers 36,260 1,290
Protective Service Occupations 41,940 1,280
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 66,700 1,280
Healthcare Support Occupations 26,510 1,180
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 17,990 1,090
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 36,400 1,080
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 32,970 1,080
Waiters and Waitresses 18,500 1,050
Registered Nurses 50,520 920
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 23,810 870
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 64,360 840
Personal Care Aides 18,190 770
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 36,870 750
Office Clerks, General 25,460 690
Customer Service Representatives 30,520 670
General and Operations Managers 113,040 670
Substitute Teachers 19,060 660
Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders 62,750 570
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 69,850 560
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 24,600 540
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 36,210 530
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 25,370 470
Cooks, Restaurant 20,060 460
Community and Social Service Occupations 45,980 460
Accountants and Auditors 65,920 450
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 72,480 440
Electricians 55,370 420
Nursing Assistants 21,840 420
Machinists 50,370 390
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 53,730 380
Cooks, Fast Food 17,950 370
Industrial Machinery Mechanics 74,480 360
Security Guards 41,270 360

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 41,620 53,050
Production Occupations 43,260 8,540
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 32,460 6,910
Sales and Related Occupations 33,300 5,730
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 29,610 4,960
Construction and Extraction Occupations 43,380 2,870
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 63,670 2,700
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 50,020 2,690
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 39,530 2,640
Management Occupations 106,940 1,620
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 95,740 1,500
Retail Salespersons 26,390 1,350
Team Assemblers 36,260 1,290
Protective Service Occupations 41,940 1,280
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 66,700 1,280
Healthcare Support Occupations 26,510 1,180
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 36,400 1,080
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 32,970 1,080
Registered Nurses 50,520 920
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 64,360 840
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 36,870 750
Office Clerks, General 25,460 690
Customer Service Representatives 30,520 670
General and Operations Managers 113,040 670
Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders 62,750 570
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 69,850 560
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 36,210 530
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 25,370 470
Community and Social Service Occupations 45,980 460
Accountants and Auditors 65,920 450
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 72,480 440
Electricians 55,370 420
Machinists 50,370 390
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 53,730 380
Industrial Machinery Mechanics 74,480 360
Security Guards 41,270 360
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 77,190 350
Tellers 27,660 340
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 57,650 340
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 39,720 330
Construction Laborers 27,980 330
Driver/Sales Workers 26,690 320
Carpenters 40,810 320
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 37,230 310
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 34,270 310
Mechanical Engineers 93,040 300
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 45,440 300
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 25,160 270
Helpers--Production Workers 27,050 270
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 41,880 270

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