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Mobile Employment

Employment and Industries in the Mobile, Alabama Area

The major factors for Mobile's economy are medicine and research, retail trade, aerospace, construction and manufacturing. A variety of goods are produced in Mobile such as engines, aircraft, wood pulp and paper, chemicals, paint, aluminum, cement, pumps, rayon fibers and ship-related items. Some of the major sectors for employment are: trade, transportation and utilities; education, healthcare, manufacturing, government, professional and business services, construction and mining as well as leisure and hospitality.

The thriving Port of Mobile is very important to the economy. It's served by a vast number of steamship lines and includes two large ship repair companies and ship building firms such as Austal USA. Over 300 businesses are involved in the area's maritime industry. The Brookley Complex is a prominent trade and industrial center and is designated as a Foreign Trade Zone. The complex is home to over 100 companies including numerous aerospace firms. Mobile Aerospace Engineering, a subsidiary of Singapore Technologies Engineering, is one of the largest private employers in Mobile County.

Thyssen Krupp is building a state-of-the-art steel and stainless steel processing facility which is slated to begin operations in 2010 and employ about 2,700 people. Mobile is also home to numerous hi-tech and computer related businesses. The automotive industry also provides jobs. In addition, EADS North America provides a large number of engineering jobs involved with designing Airbus's long-range jets.

The median earnings in early 2009 was $30,000. The cost of living index in 2008 was 84.1 which is less than the nation's average of 100. Also, about 16% of the residents over the age of 25 have a bachelor's degree and approximately 10% have a graduate degree.

Alabama has created a progressive state business environment. The chamber of commerce reports that both state and local incentives are provided to help companies lower their initial capital costs. The city also helps companies develop a labor force. Long term taxes have also been reduced. Alabama's effective Industrial Development Training Program helps local companies in a variety of ways including training and providing employees. In Mobile, the Center for Workforce Development has been operating and helping businesses since the year 2000. One of the center's primary goals is to improve the quality of Mobile's workforce. Companies are attracted to Mobile due to the highly skilled workforce, good tax practices, power rates and transportation logistics.

Shown below are the major employers in non-manufacturing sectors in the Mobile area:

  • Mobile County School System
  • Mobile Infirmary Medical Center
  • Providence Hospital
  • University of South Alabama & USA Health System
  • Walmart
  • City of Mobile
  • Mobile County
  • Springhill Medical Center
  • Regions Bank

The largest manufacturers in Mobile:

  • ST Mobile Aerospace and Engineering - Aircraft, refurbishing
  • Austal USA - Ship building
  • Atlantic Marine Alabama - Ship repair
  • Bender Shipbuilding & Repair - Ship building and repair
  • Kimberly Clark - Paper products
  • Evonik Degussa - Chemicals
  • CPSI - Software
  • Teledyne Continental Motors - Aircraft piston engines
  • SSAB Alabama - Steel mill
  • Barnett Millworks - Wood products
  • Coca-Cola Bottling Company - Soft drinks
  • Olin - Chemicals
  • Masland Carpets - Carpet manufacturer
  • Gulf Lumber Company - Wood products
  • Shell Chemical LP/Shell Mobile site - Petroleum refining
  • Armstrong World Industries - Tile
  • Arkema - Chemicals
  • Tate & Lyle Sucralose - Sucralose
  • Holcim - Dry Cement

Mobile has received numerous rankings and favorable comments from prominent sources including:

  • Southern Business & Development - Ranked #7 in their best places list for locating companies in mid-markets
  • Southern Business & Development - Thyssen Krupp steel processing facility ranked #2 on the top 100 projects for jobs
  • Forbes.com - Ever since the Australian ship builder, Austal began operations in Mobile the area has bloomed as a manufacturing center
  • Site Selection - Recognized the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce as one of the top economic development groups.
  • Expansion Magazine - Included in their list of "America's Hottest Cities"
  • Entrepreneur.com - Ranked Mobile #1 on their list of "Hot Cities For Entrepreneurs"

Some of the major business related organizations associated with Mobile:

The Mobile Bay Business Journal Online provides current information regarding the business activities in the Mobile area.

Jobs in Mobile

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations172750$43,830$21.07100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations27810$33,810$16.2514.35
3Sales and Related Occupations18670$35,850$17.249.9
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations15220$21,150$10.178.55
5Production Occupations13880$45,100$21.685.7
6Transportation and Material Moving Occupations13830$34,870$16.766.55
7Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations13280$68,890$33.125.8
8Construction and Extraction Occupations9800$41,540$19.974.45
9Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations9430$45,540$21.93.8
10Education, Training, and Library Occupations7320$50,200$24.146.05
11Management Occupations6650$115,020$55.36.15
12Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations5890$23,440$11.273.65
13Cashiers5840$19,580$9.412.2
14Business and Financial Operations Occupations5740$64,940$31.225.25
15Registered Nurses5120$56,760$27.291.95
16Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food4990$18,790$9.032.3
17Healthcare Support Occupations4900$25,340$12.183
18Retail Salespersons4660$31,280$15.042.85
19Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive4620$34,730$16.71.5
20Personal Care and Service Occupations4580$22,390$10.774.3
21Customer Service Representatives4070$34,290$16.491.75
22Protective Service Occupations3630$35,220$16.932.2
23Architecture and Engineering Occupations3610$83,840$40.311.7
24Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand3510$27,410$13.181.7
25Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners3480$21,830$10.51.55
26Waiters and Waitresses3200$19,020$9.141.7
27Office Clerks, General3180$26,280$12.641.9
28Computer and Mathematical Occupations3010$62,010$29.812.9
29General and Operations Managers2910$123,360$59.311.5
30Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers2370$43,400$20.871.2
31Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products2210$60,910$29.280.9
32Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks2190$36,400$17.51.05
33Stock Clerks and Order Fillers2120$24,970$12.011.3
34Nursing Assistants1940$22,530$10.831
35First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers1920$42,370$20.371
36Community and Social Service Occupations1890$41,170$19.81.65
37First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers1860$51,690$24.850.95
38Electricians1790$47,780$22.970.4
39Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers1640$49,400$23.750.3
40Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations1560$44,200$21.251.8
41First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers1540$32,330$15.540.6
42Receptionists and Information Clerks1390$25,060$12.050.7
43Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers1340$32,250$15.510.6
44Maintenance and Repair Workers, General1320$37,020$17.80.9
45Accountants and Auditors1310$64,720$31.110.9
46Helpers--Production Workers1290$27,310$13.130.3
47First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers1230$58,020$27.90.4
48Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses1180$35,880$17.250.5
49Sales Representatives, Services, All Other1150$44,170$21.240.6
50Legal Occupations1110$89,200$42.890.8
51First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers1090$70,150$33.720.4
52Cooks, Restaurant1080$22,610$10.870.8
53Security Guards1020$24,610$11.830.7
54Industrial Machinery Mechanics1000$57,040$27.420.2
55Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters990$45,260$21.760.3
56Personal Care Aides990$19,200$9.231.5
57First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers990$60,840$29.250.3
58Billing and Posting Clerks970$31,990$15.380.3
59Construction Laborers970$28,590$13.750.8
60Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines960$54,460$26.180.1
61Computer User Support Specialists950$48,080$23.120.4
62Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners900$18,340$8.820.9
63Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment900$24,370$11.710.2
64Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers860$24,360$11.710.8
65Childcare Workers860$18,720$90.8
66Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers840$38,130$18.330.4
67Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria810$19,140$9.20.3
68Counter and Rental Clerks800$27,600$13.270.3
69Bus Drivers, School or Special Client790$18,970$9.120.3
70Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks780$38,630$18.570.4
71Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations780$59,580$28.650.8
72Medical Assistants770$26,280$12.640.45
73Food Preparation Workers750$20,770$9.990.6
74Carpenters740$41,030$19.730.7
75First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors710$51,510$24.770
76Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators710$43,190$20.770.2
77Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators690$38,310$18.420.35
78Physicians and Surgeons, All Other640$166,270$79.940.25
79Lawyers640$119,820$57.60.5
80Civil Engineers630$91,510$440.2
81Home Health Aides630$20,580$9.890.7
82Tellers620$27,310$13.130.3
83Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics600$41,750$20.070.5
84Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists590$40,740$19.590.2
85Painters, Construction and Maintenance580$34,770$16.720.2
86Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers560$54,810$26.350.3
87Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers540$42,640$20.50.2
88Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers540$23,700$11.390.1
89Cooks, Short Order520$20,710$9.960.1
90Medical Secretaries520$32,260$15.510.4
91Residential Advisors490$21,910$10.530.1
92Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators480$64,300$30.910.2
93Packers and Packagers, Hand480$22,350$10.750.45
94Pharmacists480$120,000$57.690.2
95Insurance Sales Agents470$68,820$33.090.3
96Network and Computer Systems Administrators470$66,070$31.760.25
97Computer Programmers470$71,170$34.210.2
98First-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers460$72,450$34.830.3
99Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers460$33,050$15.890
100Driver/Sales Workers460$33,090$15.910.3
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Jobs More Common Near Mobile Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$43,830172,750
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$33,81027,810
Sales and Related Occupations$35,85018,670
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$21,15015,220
Production Occupations$45,10013,880
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$34,87013,830
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$68,89013,280
Construction and Extraction Occupations$41,5409,800
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$45,5409,430
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$50,2007,320
Management Occupations$115,0206,650
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$23,4405,890
Cashiers$19,5805,840
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$64,9405,740
Registered Nurses$56,7605,120
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$18,7904,990
Healthcare Support Occupations$25,3404,900
Retail Salespersons$31,2804,660
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$34,7304,620
Personal Care and Service Occupations$22,3904,580
Customer Service Representatives$34,2904,070
Protective Service Occupations$35,2203,630
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$83,8403,610
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$27,4103,510
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$21,8303,480
Waiters and Waitresses$19,0203,200
Office Clerks, General$26,2803,180
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$62,0103,010
General and Operations Managers$123,3602,910
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$43,4002,370
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$60,9102,210
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$36,4002,190
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$24,9702,120
Nursing Assistants$22,5301,940
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$42,3701,920
Community and Social Service Occupations$41,1701,890
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$51,6901,860
Electricians$47,7801,790
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers$49,4001,640
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$44,2001,560
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$32,3301,540
Receptionists and Information Clerks$25,0601,390
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$32,2501,340
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$37,0201,320
Accountants and Auditors$64,7201,310
Helpers--Production Workers$27,3101,290
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers$58,0201,230
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$35,8801,180
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$44,1701,150
Legal Occupations$89,2001,110

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$43,830172,750
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$33,81027,810
Sales and Related Occupations$35,85018,670
Production Occupations$45,10013,880
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$34,87013,830
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$68,89013,280
Construction and Extraction Occupations$41,5409,800
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$45,5409,430
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$50,2007,320
Management Occupations$115,0206,650
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$64,9405,740
Registered Nurses$56,7605,120
Healthcare Support Occupations$25,3404,900
Retail Salespersons$31,2804,660
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$34,7304,620
Customer Service Representatives$34,2904,070
Protective Service Occupations$35,2203,630
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$83,8403,610
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$27,4103,510
Office Clerks, General$26,2803,180
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$62,0103,010
General and Operations Managers$123,3602,910
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$43,4002,370
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$60,9102,210
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$36,4002,190
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$42,3701,920
Community and Social Service Occupations$41,1701,890
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$51,6901,860
Electricians$47,7801,790
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers$49,4001,640
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$44,2001,560
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$32,3301,540
Receptionists and Information Clerks$25,0601,390
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$32,2501,340
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$37,0201,320
Accountants and Auditors$64,7201,310
Helpers--Production Workers$27,3101,290
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers$58,0201,230
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$35,8801,180
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$44,1701,150
Legal Occupations$89,2001,110
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$70,1501,090
Industrial Machinery Mechanics$57,0401,000
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters$45,260990
First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers$60,840990
Billing and Posting Clerks$31,990970
Construction Laborers$28,590970
Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines$54,460960
Computer User Support Specialists$48,080950
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers$38,130840

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