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Montgomery Employment

Employment and Industries in the Montgomery, Alabama Area

Montgomery's economy benefits from the numerous state and regional government agencies located in the city. The economy is also bolstered by the Maxwell Air Force Base, high-tech manufacturing, the Hyundai Motor Manufacturing plant and the public universities; Alabama State University and Auburn University-Montgomery. The city is also a prominent regional wholesale and distribution center for a wide variety of industries. In addition, Montgomery is a major processing center for crops including soybeans, cotton and peanuts.

The primary sectors for employment are the government, military, wholesale and retail trade, healthcare, agriculture, construction, finance and insurance, transportation, utilities, professional and business services, manufacturing, education and leisure and hospitality. Metal fabrication and lumber production also provide numerous jobs. Government agencies provide about 25% of the jobs in Montgomery and manufacturing provides about 8% of the positions. In addition, about 37% of the workforce is employed in management and professional positions.

Additional information of interest about Montgomery: During the daytime the population increases by about 17% due to workers commuting to Montgomery from the surrounding area. In 2008 the cost of living index for Montgomery was 83.5. The nation's average is 100. For residents over the age of 25 about 32% have a bachelor's or a higher degree. The average earnings in 2009 was $33,000. The city has an exceptionally low rate of worker and company unionization. Alabama passed the Right-to-Work act which means that employees cannot be forced to join a union.

The Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce provides a variety of assistance to companies operating in and moving to the city. The chamber of commerce helps industries with expansion plans by offering a conduit to statutory incentives, utilities, employee selection and training and also site location infrastructure.

Shown below are the cities largest employers:

  • Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base
  • The state of Alabama
  • Montgomery Public Schools
  • Baptist Health - Hospitals/clinics
  • Hyundai Motor Manufacturing - Automobile manufacturing
  • Alfa Insurance
  • The City of Montgomery
  • 754th Electronics Systems Group - Information technology firms
  • Jackson Hospital & Clinic
  • Rheem Water Heaters - Water heater manufacturing
  • Regions Bank
  • Koch Foods - Poultry processing
  • U.S. Postal Service
  • MOBIS Alabama, LLC - Cockpit & chassis modules, bumper assembly & service parts
  • Colonial BancGroup
  • Alabama State University
  • Montgomery County
  • Neptune Technology Group - Water meters and electronic reading systems manufacturing
  • GKN Aerospace - Aircraft parts manufacturing
  • Montgomery County Commission
  • Alabama Power Company
  • Webster Industries - Plastic freezer and garbage bags manufacturing
  • US Foodservice
  • Central Alabama Veterans' Health Care Sys., West Campus
  • Auburn University Montgomery

Some of the primary business organizations associated with Mobile:

The Central Alabama Business Journal keeps up-to-date with the business activities in Montgomery.

Jobs in Montgomery

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations164610$41,460$19.93100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations25590$33,720$16.2114.35
3Sales and Related Occupations17430$32,570$15.669.9
4Production Occupations17060$32,590$15.675.7
5Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations14270$20,890$10.058.55
6Transportation and Material Moving Occupations12740$29,540$14.26.55
7Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations9600$67,300$32.355.8
8Education, Training, and Library Occupations8770$45,220$21.746.05
9Business and Financial Operations Occupations7710$70,170$33.745.25
10Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations6910$45,870$22.053.8
11Management Occupations6060$102,220$49.156.15
12Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations5800$23,850$11.473.65
13Cashiers5380$19,330$9.292.2
14Personal Care and Service Occupations5320$23,980$11.534.3
15Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers5260$31,570$15.180
16Protective Service Occupations5060$37,550$18.052.2
17Retail Salespersons4990$27,180$13.072.85
18Construction and Extraction Occupations4950$37,860$18.24.45
19Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand4540$23,340$11.221.7
20Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food4510$17,880$8.62.3
21Healthcare Support Occupations4030$26,650$12.813
22Computer and Mathematical Occupations3980$77,850$37.432.9
23Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive3860$35,060$16.861.5
24Registered Nurses3650$64,260$30.91.95
25Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners3640$22,700$10.911.55
26Office Clerks, General3280$26,490$12.731.9
27Waiters and Waitresses2800$20,090$9.661.7
28Customer Service Representatives2770$30,860$14.841.75
29Architecture and Engineering Occupations2570$70,800$34.041.7
30Accountants and Auditors2150$64,840$31.170.9
31General and Operations Managers2070$114,550$55.071.5
32Community and Social Service Occupations2010$48,850$23.481.65
33Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers1910$41,230$19.821.2
34Stock Clerks and Order Fillers1890$25,110$12.071.3
35First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers1790$38,310$18.421
36Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations1720$44,450$21.371.8
37Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks1670$36,280$17.441.05
38Nursing Assistants1630$23,230$11.171
39Helpers--Production Workers1620$21,530$10.350.3
40Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers1550$28,900$13.890.6
41First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers1540$51,170$24.60.95
42Security Guards1510$23,260$11.180.7
43Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers1490$29,490$14.180.3
44Legal Occupations1490$102,190$49.130.8
45First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers1440$28,930$13.910.6
46Cooks, Restaurant1360$22,350$10.750.8
47Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products1330$59,340$28.530.9
48Receptionists and Information Clerks1150$27,100$13.030.7
49Personal Care Aides1150$17,740$8.531.5
50Industrial Machinery Mechanics1110$52,400$25.190.2
51Maintenance and Repair Workers, General1110$38,460$18.490.9
52Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations1100$59,300$28.510.8
53First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers1040$52,500$25.240.4
54Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers1030$46,140$22.180.4
55Correctional Officers and Jailers1020$36,390$17.490.25
56Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria1010$20,050$9.640.3
57Lawyers980$125,200$60.190.5
58Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers980$24,130$11.60.8
59Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses960$39,650$19.060.5
60First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers920$54,140$26.030.4
61Computer Programmers900$77,740$37.370.2
62Childcare Workers900$18,520$8.90.8
63Packers and Packagers, Hand840$26,700$12.840.45
64Telemarketers810$22,280$10.710.1
65Business Operations Specialists, All Other780$75,600$36.350.7
66Tellers770$27,270$13.110.3
67Bill and Account Collectors750$39,410$18.950.2
68Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment730$22,130$10.640.2
69Civil Engineers730$72,860$35.030.2
70Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics710$41,300$19.860.5
71Counter and Rental Clerks700$29,090$13.990.3
72First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers680$63,340$30.450.3
73Cooks, Fast Food670$17,270$8.30.3
74Medical Assistants670$26,760$12.870.45
75Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners650$20,120$9.670.9
76Sales Representatives, Services, All Other630$48,270$23.210.6
77Bus Drivers, School or Special Client610$17,710$8.520.3
78Food Preparation Workers600$23,510$11.30.6
79Recreation Workers590$22,600$10.860.25
80Firefighters580$42,460$20.410.2
81Computer Occupations, All Other560$87,960$42.290.2
82First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors550$52,820$25.40
83Pharmacy Technicians540$30,270$14.550.3
84Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists540$24,660$11.860.4
85Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators540$29,530$14.20.35
86Human Resources Specialists540$58,690$28.220.35
87Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks520$31,150$14.970.4
88Home Health Aides510$21,590$10.380.7
89Vocational Education Teachers, Postsecondary500$39,010$18.750.1
90Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers500$43,220$20.780.2
91Computer User Support Specialists490$55,580$26.720.4
92Management Analysts480$127,460$61.280.5
93Financial Managers470$120,680$58.020.4
94Electricians470$37,490$18.030.4
95Substitute Teachers470$17,790$8.550
96Office and Administrative Support Workers, All Other460$37,560$18.060.2
97Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop460$19,270$9.260.3
98Carpenters450$38,220$18.380.7
99Database Administrators450$77,820$37.410.1
100Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations450$29,640$14.250.65
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Jobs More Common Near Montgomery Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$41,460164,610
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$33,72025,590
Sales and Related Occupations$32,57017,430
Production Occupations$32,59017,060
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$20,89014,270
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$29,54012,740
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$67,3009,600
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$45,2208,770
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$70,1707,710
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$45,8706,910
Management Occupations$102,2206,060
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$23,8505,800
Cashiers$19,3305,380
Personal Care and Service Occupations$23,9805,320
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$31,5705,260
Protective Service Occupations$37,5505,060
Retail Salespersons$27,1804,990
Construction and Extraction Occupations$37,8604,950
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$23,3404,540
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$17,8804,510
Healthcare Support Occupations$26,6504,030
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$77,8503,980
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$35,0603,860
Registered Nurses$64,2603,650
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$22,7003,640
Office Clerks, General$26,4903,280
Waiters and Waitresses$20,0902,800
Customer Service Representatives$30,8602,770
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$70,8002,570
Accountants and Auditors$64,8402,150
General and Operations Managers$114,5502,070
Community and Social Service Occupations$48,8502,010
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$41,2301,910
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$25,1101,890
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$38,3101,790
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$44,4501,720
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$36,2801,670
Nursing Assistants$23,2301,630
Helpers--Production Workers$21,5301,620
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$28,9001,550
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$51,1701,540
Security Guards$23,2601,510
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers$29,4901,490
Legal Occupations$102,1901,490
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$28,9301,440
Cooks, Restaurant$22,3501,360
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$59,3401,330
Receptionists and Information Clerks$27,1001,150
Personal Care Aides$17,7401,150
Industrial Machinery Mechanics$52,4001,110

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$41,460164,610
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$33,72025,590
Sales and Related Occupations$32,57017,430
Production Occupations$32,59017,060
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$29,54012,740
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$67,3009,600
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$45,2208,770
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$70,1707,710
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$45,8706,910
Management Occupations$102,2206,060
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$31,5705,260
Protective Service Occupations$37,5505,060
Retail Salespersons$27,1804,990
Construction and Extraction Occupations$37,8604,950
Healthcare Support Occupations$26,6504,030
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$77,8503,980
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$35,0603,860
Registered Nurses$64,2603,650
Office Clerks, General$26,4903,280
Customer Service Representatives$30,8602,770
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$70,8002,570
Accountants and Auditors$64,8402,150
General and Operations Managers$114,5502,070
Community and Social Service Occupations$48,8502,010
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$41,2301,910
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$25,1101,890
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$38,3101,790
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$44,4501,720
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$36,2801,670
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$28,9001,550
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$51,1701,540
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers$29,4901,490
Legal Occupations$102,1901,490
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$28,9301,440
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$59,3401,330
Receptionists and Information Clerks$27,1001,150
Industrial Machinery Mechanics$52,4001,110
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$38,4601,110
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$59,3001,100
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$52,5001,040
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers$46,1401,030
Correctional Officers and Jailers$36,3901,020
Lawyers$125,200980
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$39,650960
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers$54,140920
Computer Programmers$77,740900
Packers and Packagers, Hand$26,700840
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$75,600780
Tellers$27,270770
Bill and Account Collectors$39,410750

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