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Florence Employment

Employment and Industries in the Florence, Alabama Area

Florence is the major economic center of northwestern Alabama. It's located in the center of the triangle consisting of Memphis, Nashville and Birmingham which places the city in one of the fastest growing areas in the nation. The city's location has led to significant economic development. The leading industries in Florence are education, health and social services, manufacturing (especially textiles, flooring and furniture) distribution, retail and food processing. Florence also has companies in industries such as primary metals, rubber products, chemical and allied products, agriculture (especially cotton) and fabricated metals. Regarding non-agricultural positions, about 25% of the jobs are in the construction, mining and manufacturing sectors.

In 2009 the average earnings in Florence was $28,000. Approximately 15% of the residents have bachelor's degrees and about 10% have a graduate degree. In 2008 the cost of living index was at 82.8. The average in the nation is 100.

The city of Florence offers a variety of incentives to increase manufacturing investments in the city. The Alabama Industrial Development Training program also helps companies by implementing a client approved training program at no charge for new and expanding businesses.

Some of the major employers in Florence and other areas in the metropolitan region known as the Shoals:

  • The local healthcare industry includes Gentiva Health Services, Coffee Health Group, Helen Keller Hospital and the Healthcare Authority of Lauderdale County and the city of Florence Alabama
  • The field of education includes Lauderdale County Schools, University of Northern Alabama, Florence City Schools and NW-Shoals Community College
  • Government employers such as the City of Florence, Tennessee Valley Authority and Lauderdale County
  • Sara Lee Foods - meat processing
  • Wise Alloys - aluminum can sheet
  • American Wholesale Books - distributor
  • SCA Tissue Barton Operation - paper mill converting
  • Jami- furniture
  • Northern Southern Railroad - transportation
  • The HON Company - office furniture manufacturer
  • Tarkett Alabama Inc - floor tile
  • Flexco - rubber and vinyl flooring
  • Whitesell Corporation - Fasteners
  • Bank Independent - financial
  • Monarch Ceramic Tile - porcelain tile manufacturer
  • South Wire - insulated copper/electrical wire
  • Southeastern Extrusion - precision tool & die

Helpful Florence business organizations are:

The Times Daily provides information about the current business activities in the Florence area.

Jobs in Florence

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations53450$38,130$18.33100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations7940$30,730$14.7714.35
3Production Occupations7770$34,530$16.65.7
4Sales and Related Occupations6170$31,590$15.199.9
5Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations5850$20,830$10.018.55
6Transportation and Material Moving Occupations3950$29,170$14.026.55
7Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations3720$65,980$31.725.8
8Education, Training, and Library Occupations3020$43,800$21.066.05
9Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations2750$45,810$22.023.8
10Construction and Extraction Occupations2280$40,400$19.424.45
11Cashiers2050$20,130$9.682.2
12Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food1740$17,860$8.592.3
13Retail Salespersons1730$23,780$11.432.85
14Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations1700$25,580$12.33.65
15Management Occupations1670$101,030$48.576.15
16Registered Nurses1460$49,710$23.91.95
17Healthcare Support Occupations1440$26,170$12.583
18Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive1340$31,780$15.281.5
19Business and Financial Operations Occupations1260$62,860$30.225.25
20Waiters and Waitresses1260$21,060$10.131.7
21Personal Care and Service Occupations1230$20,250$9.744.3
22Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand1170$25,660$12.341.7
23Office Clerks, General1040$22,680$10.91.9
24Customer Service Representatives930$31,820$15.31.75
25Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers840$34,950$16.80.3
26Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners760$24,490$11.771.55
27Architecture and Engineering Occupations720$76,680$36.871.7
28Cooks, Restaurant720$21,270$10.230.8
29First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers720$41,460$19.931
30Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products700$57,410$27.60.9
31Stock Clerks and Order Fillers700$22,720$10.921.3
32Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic690$36,120$17.360.1
33General and Operations Managers690$112,650$54.161.5
34Nursing Assistants630$22,670$10.91
35Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers590$31,080$14.941.2
36First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers570$31,570$15.180.6
37Community and Social Service Occupations560$44,310$21.31.65
38Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks540$33,440$16.081.05
39Protective Service Occupations520$37,500$18.032.2
40First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers470$57,540$27.670.4
41Personal Care Aides470$18,450$8.871.5
42Tellers450$29,480$14.170.3
43First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers440$47,290$22.740.95
44Maintenance and Repair Workers, General430$38,600$18.560.9
45Receptionists and Information Clerks430$24,800$11.920.7
46Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria410$19,890$9.560.3
47Industrial Machinery Mechanics410$51,050$24.540.2
48Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers410$23,760$11.420.8
49Bus Drivers, School or Special Client390$18,500$8.890.3
50Construction Laborers390$29,580$14.220.8
51Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers380$32,920$15.830.6
52Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic370$31,820$15.30
53First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers360$60,120$28.90.4
54Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers360$31,280$15.040.3
55Accountants and Auditors330$62,430$30.010.9
56Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses330$34,870$16.760.5
57Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations320$35,780$17.21.8
58Driver/Sales Workers320$28,290$13.60.3
59Electricians320$47,590$22.880.4
60Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators310$38,590$18.550.35
61Machinists290$44,460$21.380.25
62Cooks, Fast Food280$17,470$8.40.3
63Helpers--Production Workers280$25,430$12.220.3
64Food Preparation Workers260$18,750$9.010.6
65Childcare Workers250$17,840$8.580.8
66Counter and Rental Clerks250$26,110$12.550.3
67Medical Assistants240$25,010$12.030.45
68Pharmacy Technicians240$30,740$14.780.3
69Computer and Mathematical Occupations220$56,810$27.312.9
70Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners220$18,590$8.940.9
71Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers220$39,840$19.150.4
72Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics210$41,560$19.980.5
73First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers210$72,830$35.010.3
74Sales Representatives, Services, All Other210$45,570$21.910.6
75Billing and Posting Clerks200$28,980$13.930.3
76Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders190$33,220$15.970
77Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters190$46,720$22.460.3
78Medical Secretaries180$29,540$14.20.4
79Postal Service Mail Carriers180$50,430$24.250.2
80Nurse Practitioners170$100,660$48.390.1
81Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks170$30,130$14.490.4
82First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors160$49,210$23.660
83Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop160$18,800$9.040.3
84Industrial Engineers160$83,610$40.20.2
85Parts Salespersons160$26,640$12.810.2
86Pharmacists160$137,500$66.110.2
87Carpenters150$37,270$17.920.7
88Insurance Sales Agents150$63,330$30.450.3
89Legal Occupations150$86,380$41.530.8
90Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment140$53,650$25.790
91Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics140$24,980$12.010.2
92Physicians and Surgeons, All Other140$278,030$133.670.25
93Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers140$54,020$25.970.15
94Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers130$35,000$16.830.1
95Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors130$50,460$24.260.2
96Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers130$64,090$30.810.1
97Legal Secretaries130$36,970$17.780.1
98Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators130$44,380$21.340.2
99Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood130$30,250$14.550
100Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs130$18,100$8.70.2
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Jobs More Common Near Florence Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$38,13053,450
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$30,7307,940
Production Occupations$34,5307,770
Sales and Related Occupations$31,5906,170
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$20,8305,850
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$29,1703,950
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$65,9803,720
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$43,8003,020
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$45,8102,750
Construction and Extraction Occupations$40,4002,280
Cashiers$20,1302,050
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$17,8601,740
Retail Salespersons$23,7801,730
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$25,5801,700
Management Occupations$101,0301,670
Registered Nurses$49,7101,460
Healthcare Support Occupations$26,1701,440
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$31,7801,340
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$62,8601,260
Waiters and Waitresses$21,0601,260
Personal Care and Service Occupations$20,2501,230
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$25,6601,170
Office Clerks, General$22,6801,040
Customer Service Representatives$31,820930
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers$34,950840
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$24,490760
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$76,680720
Cooks, Restaurant$21,270720
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$41,460720
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$57,410700
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$22,720700
Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$36,120690
General and Operations Managers$112,650690
Nursing Assistants$22,670630
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$31,080590
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$31,570570
Community and Social Service Occupations$44,310560
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$33,440540
Protective Service Occupations$37,500520
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$57,540470
Personal Care Aides$18,450470
Tellers$29,480450
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$47,290440
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$38,600430
Receptionists and Information Clerks$24,800430
Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria$19,890410
Industrial Machinery Mechanics$51,050410
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$23,760410
Bus Drivers, School or Special Client$18,500390
Construction Laborers$29,580390

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$38,13053,450
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$30,7307,940
Production Occupations$34,5307,770
Sales and Related Occupations$31,5906,170
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$29,1703,950
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$65,9803,720
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$43,8003,020
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$45,8102,750
Construction and Extraction Occupations$40,4002,280
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$25,5801,700
Management Occupations$101,0301,670
Registered Nurses$49,7101,460
Healthcare Support Occupations$26,1701,440
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$31,7801,340
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$62,8601,260
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$25,6601,170
Customer Service Representatives$31,820930
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers$34,950840
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$76,680720
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$41,460720
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$57,410700
Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$36,120690
General and Operations Managers$112,650690
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$31,080590
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$31,570570
Community and Social Service Occupations$44,310560
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$33,440540
Protective Service Occupations$37,500520
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$57,540470
Tellers$29,480450
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$47,290440
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$38,600430
Industrial Machinery Mechanics$51,050410
Construction Laborers$29,580390
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$32,920380
Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$31,820370
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers$60,120360
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers$31,280360
Accountants and Auditors$62,430330
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$34,870330
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$35,780320
Driver/Sales Workers$28,290320
Electricians$47,590320
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$38,590310
Machinists$44,460290
Helpers--Production Workers$25,430280
Counter and Rental Clerks$26,110250
Medical Assistants$25,010240
Pharmacy Technicians$30,740240
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$56,810220

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