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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

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 53210 $36950 $17.76 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 8260 $29780 $14.32 14.8
3 Production Occupations 7170 $33480 $16.1 5.85
4 Sales and Related Occupations 6750 $31440 $15.11 10.15
5 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 5600 $20430 $9.82 8.3
6 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 3950 $29120 $14 6.45
7 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 3750 $61760 $29.69 5.75
8 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 2980 $42870 $20.61 6.15
9 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 2500 $43970 $21.14 3.8
10 Construction and Extraction Occupations 2480 $40680 $19.56 4.4
11 Cashiers 2260 $19100 $9.19 2.25
12 Retail Salespersons 1980 $23440 $11.27 3.1
13 Management Occupations 1720 $96490 $46.39 6.05
14 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 1650 $23880 $11.48 3.7
15 Registered Nurses 1460 $49170 $23.64 1.9
16 Team Assemblers 1440 $24310 $11.69 0.75
17 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 1420 $32010 $15.39 1.6
18 Healthcare Support Occupations 1400 $26080 $12.54 3.05
19 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 1400 $17920 $8.62 2.15
20 Personal Care and Service Occupations 1200 $20750 $9.97 4.1
21 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 1170 $59640 $28.67 5.05
22 Waiters and Waitresses 1160 $20720 $9.96 1.6
23 Office Clerks, General 1070 $21980 $10.57 2
24 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 980 $24910 $11.98 1.6
25 Customer Service Representatives 880 $31300 $15.05 1.75
26 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 870 $21680 $10.42 1.2
27 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 840 $33990 $16.34 0.3
28 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 830 $57140 $27.47 1
29 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 730 $22770 $10.95 1.6
30 General and Operations Managers 720 $110050 $52.91 1.4
31 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 710 $42800 $20.58 1
32 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 660 $72890 $35.04 1.65
33 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 640 $33360 $16.04 1.2
34 Protective Service Occupations 620 $34380 $16.53 2.25
35 Nursing Assistants 590 $22190 $10.67 1.05
36 Cooks, Restaurant 560 $20340 $9.78 0.75
37 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 540 $30550 $14.69 0.6
38 Receptionists and Information Clerks 520 $24340 $11.7 0.7
39 Community and Social Service Occupations 520 $44260 $21.28 1.65
40 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 500 $31720 $15.25 1.1
41 Cooks, Fast Food 480 $17660 $8.49 0.3
42 Tellers 460 $29540 $14.2 0.3
43 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 440 $55400 $26.63 0.4
44 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 440 $23980 $11.53 0.8
45 Personal Care Aides 440 $18530 $8.91 1.3
46 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 420 $18860 $9.07 0.3
47 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 390 $46590 $22.4 1
48 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 390 $30590 $14.71 0.6
49 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 390 $38380 $18.45 0.9
50 Industrial Machinery Mechanics 380 $50410 $24.24 0.2
51 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 370 $59240 $28.48 0.4
52 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 360 $33680 $16.19 0.5
53 Construction Laborers 350 $28870 $13.88 0.8
54 Machinists 340 $46910 $22.55 0.3
55 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 340 $19130 $9.2 0.3
56 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 330 $37130 $17.85 0.35
57 Accountants and Auditors 330 $56760 $27.29 0.9
58 Electricians 310 $49250 $23.68 0.4
59 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 300 $31100 $14.95 1.7
60 Food Preparation Workers 290 $18650 $8.96 0.6
61 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 290 $31510 $15.15 0.3
62 Helpers--Production Workers 280 $21300 $10.24 0.3
63 Medical Assistants 260 $24030 $11.55 0.45
64 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 260 $38960 $18.73 0.45
65 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 260 $50850 $24.45 0.3
66 Counter and Rental Clerks 260 $26990 $12.97 0.3
67 Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics 240 $27210 $13.08 0.2
68 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 240 $18060 $8.69 1
69 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 240 $46790 $22.5 0.6
70 Pharmacy Technicians 240 $29590 $14.23 0.25
71 Childcare Workers 230 $17770 $8.55 0.8
72 Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 230 $29990 $14.42 0
73 Driver/Sales Workers 220 $30680 $14.75 0.3
74 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 220 $39300 $18.89 0.5
75 Packers and Packagers, Hand 220 $19630 $9.44 0.45
76 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 200 $18150 $8.72 0.25
77 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 200 $17600 $8.46 0.3
78 Billing and Posting Clerks 190 $31500 $15.14 0.35
79 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 190 $53820 $25.88 2.8
80 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 190 $71510 $34.38 0.3
81 Postal Service Mail Carriers 180 $49930 $24 0.15
82 Pharmacists 170 $130670 $62.82 0.2
83 Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers 170 $32000 $15.38 0.1
84 Tire Repairers and Changers 170 $24970 $12.01 0.1
85 Insurance Sales Agents 160 $67040 $32.23 0.3
86 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 160 $28030 $13.47 0.4
87 Legal Occupations 150 $77640 $37.33 0.8
88 Helpers--Electricians 140 $29000 $13.94 0.05
89 Parts Salespersons 130 $28340 $13.63 0.2
90 Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 130 $280200 $134.71 0.2
91 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 130 $38360 $18.44 0.2
92 Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other 130 $20360 $9.79 0.2
93 Industrial Engineers 130 $83130 $39.97 0.2
94 Radiologic Technologists 120 $41270 $19.84 0.1
95 Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists 120 $38950 $18.73 0.2
96 Carpenters 120 $38930 $18.72 0.6
97 Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors 120 $53080 $25.52 0.2
98 Painters, Construction and Maintenance 120 $31320 $15.06 0.2
99 Construction Managers 110 $79380 $38.16 0.2
100 Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators 110 $62680 $30.13 0.1
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Jobs More Common Near Florence Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 36,950 53,210
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 29,780 8,260
Production Occupations 33,480 7,170
Sales and Related Occupations 31,440 6,750
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 20,430 5,600
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 29,120 3,950
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 61,760 3,750
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 42,870 2,980
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 43,970 2,500
Construction and Extraction Occupations 40,680 2,480
Cashiers 19,100 2,260
Retail Salespersons 23,440 1,980
Management Occupations 96,490 1,720
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 23,880 1,650
Registered Nurses 49,170 1,460
Team Assemblers 24,310 1,440
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 32,010 1,420
Healthcare Support Occupations 26,080 1,400
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 17,920 1,400
Personal Care and Service Occupations 20,750 1,200
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 59,640 1,170
Waiters and Waitresses 20,720 1,160
Office Clerks, General 21,980 1,070
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 24,910 980
Customer Service Representatives 31,300 880
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 21,680 870
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 33,990 840
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 57,140 830
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 22,770 730
General and Operations Managers 110,050 720
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 42,800 710
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 72,890 660
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 33,360 640
Protective Service Occupations 34,380 620
Nursing Assistants 22,190 590
Cooks, Restaurant 20,340 560
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 30,550 540
Receptionists and Information Clerks 24,340 520
Community and Social Service Occupations 44,260 520
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 31,720 500
Cooks, Fast Food 17,660 480
Tellers 29,540 460
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 55,400 440
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 23,980 440
Personal Care Aides 18,530 440
Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 18,860 420
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 46,590 390
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 30,590 390
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 38,380 390
Industrial Machinery Mechanics 50,410 380

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 36,950 53,210
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 29,780 8,260
Production Occupations 33,480 7,170
Sales and Related Occupations 31,440 6,750
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 29,120 3,950
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 61,760 3,750
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 42,870 2,980
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 43,970 2,500
Construction and Extraction Occupations 40,680 2,480
Management Occupations 96,490 1,720
Registered Nurses 49,170 1,460
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 32,010 1,420
Healthcare Support Occupations 26,080 1,400
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 59,640 1,170
Customer Service Representatives 31,300 880
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 33,990 840
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 57,140 830
General and Operations Managers 110,050 720
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 42,800 710
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 72,890 660
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 33,360 640
Protective Service Occupations 34,380 620
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 30,550 540
Community and Social Service Occupations 44,260 520
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 31,720 500
Tellers 29,540 460
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 55,400 440
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 46,590 390
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 30,590 390
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 38,380 390
Industrial Machinery Mechanics 50,410 380
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 59,240 370
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 33,680 360
Construction Laborers 28,870 350
Machinists 46,910 340
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 37,130 330
Accountants and Auditors 56,760 330
Electricians 49,250 310
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 31,100 300
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 31,510 290
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 38,960 260
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 50,850 260
Counter and Rental Clerks 26,990 260
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics 27,210 240
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 46,790 240
Pharmacy Technicians 29,590 240
Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 29,990 230
Driver/Sales Workers 30,680 220
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 39,300 220
Billing and Posting Clerks 31,500 190

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