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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

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 165010 $40660 $19.55 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 25770 $33480 $16.1 14.8
3 Sales and Related Occupations 17160 $32610 $15.68 10.15
4 Production Occupations 16800 $32350 $15.55 5.85
5 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 14630 $20550 $9.88 8.3
6 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 12710 $29070 $13.98 6.45
7 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 9340 $64770 $31.14 5.75
8 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 8990 $42610 $20.49 6.15
9 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 7650 $67990 $32.69 5.05
10 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 7040 $44890 $21.58 3.8
11 Management Occupations 6090 $103270 $49.65 6.05
12 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 5780 $24190 $11.63 3.7
13 Cashiers 5640 $19250 $9.25 2.25
14 Personal Care and Service Occupations 5470 $23570 $11.33 4.1
15 Protective Service Occupations 5240 $36460 $17.53 2.25
16 Construction and Extraction Occupations 4890 $37520 $18.04 4.4
17 Retail Salespersons 4820 $28340 $13.62 3.1
18 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 4680 $23030 $11.07 1.6
19 Team Assemblers 4470 $31760 $15.27 0.75
20 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 4000 $34770 $16.72 1.6
21 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 3990 $73300 $35.24 2.8
22 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 3880 $17650 $8.49 2.15
23 Healthcare Support Occupations 3740 $25880 $12.44 3.05
24 Office Clerks, General 3630 $26450 $12.72 2
25 Registered Nurses 3610 $59560 $28.63 1.9
26 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 3430 $22930 $11.03 1.6
27 Waiters and Waitresses 2850 $19700 $9.47 1.6
28 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 2810 $69000 $33.17 1.65
29 Customer Service Representatives 2350 $30830 $14.82 1.75
30 General and Operations Managers 2160 $119100 $57.26 1.4
31 Accountants and Auditors 2100 $62930 $30.25 0.9
32 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 2030 $24760 $11.9 1.2
33 Community and Social Service Occupations 1920 $48980 $23.55 1.65
34 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 1870 $39740 $19.1 1
35 Helpers--Production Workers 1850 $21440 $10.31 0.3
36 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 1780 $41900 $20.15 1.7
37 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 1680 $39940 $19.2 1.2
38 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 1670 $36400 $17.5 1.1
39 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 1600 $52670 $25.32 1
40 Legal Occupations 1540 $93610 $45.01 0.8
41 Cooks, Restaurant 1470 $21580 $10.38 0.75
42 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 1470 $57610 $27.7 1
43 Substitute Teachers 1450 $17430 $8.38 0
44 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 1420 $30200 $14.52 0.6
45 Nursing Assistants 1420 $22370 $10.76 1.05
46 Security Guards 1410 $23020 $11.07 0.7
47 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 1390 $30280 $14.56 0.6
48 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 1360 $30170 $14.51 0.3
49 Food Preparation Workers 1240 $20570 $9.89 0.6
50 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 1170 $19670 $9.46 0.3
51 Personal Care Aides 1150 $17790 $8.55 1.3
52 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 1150 $58520 $28.13 0.9
53 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 1150 $37590 $18.07 0.9
54 Correctional Officers and Jailers 1120 $35520 $17.08 0.3
55 Childcare Workers 1060 $18310 $8.8 0.8
56 Receptionists and Information Clerks 1050 $26200 $12.6 0.7
57 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 1030 $38850 $18.68 0.5
58 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 1020 $44910 $21.59 0.45
59 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 1010 $53430 $25.69 0.4
60 Lawyers 980 $115610 $55.58 0.5
61 Packers and Packagers, Hand 980 $23470 $11.28 0.45
62 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 950 $23510 $11.3 0.8
63 Industrial Machinery Mechanics 950 $54280 $26.1 0.2
64 Computer Programmers 930 $73900 $35.53 0.2
65 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 860 $74450 $35.8 0.7
66 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 840 $53370 $25.66 0.4
67 Civil Engineers 830 $69590 $33.46 0.2
68 Counter and Rental Clerks 750 $28580 $13.74 0.3
69 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 740 $29110 $13.99 0.35
70 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 740 $19660 $9.45 1
71 Tellers 700 $27120 $13.04 0.3
72 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 670 $42210 $20.29 0.5
73 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 640 $62130 $29.87 0.3
74 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 610 $43670 $21 0.6
75 Medical Assistants 610 $27230 $13.09 0.45
76 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 590 $17670 $8.5 0.3
77 Vocational Education Teachers, Postsecondary 580 $44740 $21.51 0.1
78 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 580 $31590 $15.19 0.3
79 Electricians 570 $37830 $18.19 0.4
80 Computer Occupations, All Other 570 $86850 $41.76 0.2
81 Home Health Aides 550 $20700 $9.95 0.7
82 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 550 $18710 $9 0.25
83 Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 540 $27020 $12.99 0.6
84 Human Resources Specialists 530 $57080 $27.44 0.3
85 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 530 $28220 $13.57 0.4
86 Computer User Support Specialists 530 $52480 $25.23 0.4
87 Pharmacy Technicians 530 $29980 $14.41 0.25
88 Carpenters 520 $36190 $17.4 0.6
89 Firefighters 510 $42960 $20.65 0.2
90 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 500 $22360 $10.75 0.4
91 Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment 490 $21900 $10.53 0.2
92 Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products 490 $60500 $29.09 0.2
93 Legal Secretaries 490 $39050 $18.78 0.1
94 Recreation Workers 480 $22920 $11.02 0.3
95 Telemarketers 480 $22130 $10.64 0.15
96 Financial Managers 470 $118870 $57.15 0.4
97 Cooks, Fast Food 460 $17620 $8.47 0.3
98 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers 460 $39730 $19.1 0.2
99 Construction Laborers 460 $25360 $12.19 0.8
100 Billing and Posting Clerks 460 $31740 $15.26 0.35
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Jobs More Common Near Montgomery Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 40,660 165,010
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 33,480 25,770
Sales and Related Occupations 32,610 17,160
Production Occupations 32,350 16,800
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 20,550 14,630
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 29,070 12,710
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 64,770 9,340
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 42,610 8,990
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 67,990 7,650
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 44,890 7,040
Management Occupations 103,270 6,090
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 24,190 5,780
Cashiers 19,250 5,640
Personal Care and Service Occupations 23,570 5,470
Protective Service Occupations 36,460 5,240
Construction and Extraction Occupations 37,520 4,890
Retail Salespersons 28,340 4,820
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 23,030 4,680
Team Assemblers 31,760 4,470
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 34,770 4,000
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 73,300 3,990
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 17,650 3,880
Healthcare Support Occupations 25,880 3,740
Office Clerks, General 26,450 3,630
Registered Nurses 59,560 3,610
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 22,930 3,430
Waiters and Waitresses 19,700 2,850
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 69,000 2,810
Customer Service Representatives 30,830 2,350
General and Operations Managers 119,100 2,160
Accountants and Auditors 62,930 2,100
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 24,760 2,030
Community and Social Service Occupations 48,980 1,920
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 39,740 1,870
Helpers--Production Workers 21,440 1,850
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 41,900 1,780
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 39,940 1,680
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 36,400 1,670
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 52,670 1,600
Legal Occupations 93,610 1,540
Cooks, Restaurant 21,580 1,470
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 57,610 1,470
Substitute Teachers 17,430 1,450
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 30,200 1,420
Nursing Assistants 22,370 1,420
Security Guards 23,020 1,410
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 30,280 1,390
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 30,170 1,360
Food Preparation Workers 20,570 1,240
Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 19,670 1,170

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 40,660 165,010
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 33,480 25,770
Sales and Related Occupations 32,610 17,160
Production Occupations 32,350 16,800
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 29,070 12,710
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 64,770 9,340
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 42,610 8,990
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 67,990 7,650
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 44,890 7,040
Management Occupations 103,270 6,090
Protective Service Occupations 36,460 5,240
Construction and Extraction Occupations 37,520 4,890
Retail Salespersons 28,340 4,820
Team Assemblers 31,760 4,470
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 34,770 4,000
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 73,300 3,990
Healthcare Support Occupations 25,880 3,740
Office Clerks, General 26,450 3,630
Registered Nurses 59,560 3,610
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 69,000 2,810
Customer Service Representatives 30,830 2,350
General and Operations Managers 119,100 2,160
Accountants and Auditors 62,930 2,100
Community and Social Service Occupations 48,980 1,920
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 39,740 1,870
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 41,900 1,780
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 39,940 1,680
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 36,400 1,670
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 52,670 1,600
Legal Occupations 93,610 1,540
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 57,610 1,470
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 30,200 1,420
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 30,280 1,390
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 30,170 1,360
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 58,520 1,150
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 37,590 1,150
Correctional Officers and Jailers 35,520 1,120
Receptionists and Information Clerks 26,200 1,050
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 38,850 1,030
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 44,910 1,020
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 53,430 1,010
Lawyers 115,610 980
Industrial Machinery Mechanics 54,280 950
Computer Programmers 73,900 930
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 74,450 860
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 53,370 840
Civil Engineers 69,590 830
Counter and Rental Clerks 28,580 750
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 29,110 740
Tellers 27,120 700

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