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Tuscaloosa Employment

Employment and Industries in the Tuscaloosa, Alabama Area

Tuscaloosa is the center for industry, commerce, education and healthcare for West Alabama. The University of Alabama is the dominant factor for the economy. Tuscaloosa is home to a Mercedes-Benz automotive assembly plant. The Tuscaloosa plants that provide the components to the Mercedes-Benz facility also are significant factors for the economy. Tuscaloosa has attracted companies from countries such as Germany, France, Italy, Japan, Canada and the United Kingdom.

About 25% of the workforce is employed by local, state and federal government agencies. Approximately 16% are employed in the manufacturing sector. The diversified manufacturing sector includes industries such as automotive, plastic injection molding, electronics, wood products, steel, food items and chemicals. About 11% of Tuscaloosa's workers are employed in the arts, entertainment, accommodation, recreation and food services industries. Approximately one-fifth of the jobs are in retail and wholesale trade. Healthcare jobs are provided by the DCH Regional Medical Center, Bryce Hospital and the VA Medical Center.

Notable information regarding Tuscaloosa: The Tuscaloosa-Birmingham corridor is consistently ranked in the top 20 markets in the nation for entrepreneurial success. For the population over the age of 25, about 31% have a bachelor's degree or higher. The cost of living index was 90.1 in 2008 and the nations's average is 100. The average earnings in early 2009 was $32,000.

Tuscaloosa's industrial base includes:

  • Mercedes-Benz U.S. International - Vehicles
  • JVC America - CDs/magnetic tape
  • Nucor Steel
  • Elk Corporation of America - Asphalt, shingles
  • BF Goodrich Tire Manufacturing - Tires
  • Phifer Wire Products
  • Gulf States Paper Corporation
  • Johnson Controls - Automotive components
  • ZF Industries - Automotive axle systems
  • Radicispandex
  • Ai3 - Parts sequencing for MBUSI
  • Coral Industries - Bathroom fixtures
  • Delphi Automotive Systems - Automotive cockpit assemblies

Shown below is a list of the top employers in Tuscaloosa:

  • The University of Alabama - Higher education
  • DCH Regional Medical Center - Medical services
  • Mercedes-Benz U.S. International - Vehicles
  • Tuscaloosa County Board of Education - Public education
  • BF Goodrich Tire Manufacturing - Tires
  • Phifer Wire Products - Aluminum/fiberglass screening
  • Jim Walter Resources - Coal mining
  • City Board of Education - Public education
  • Northport Medical Center - Medical services
  • City of Tuscaloosa - Local government services
  • Community Srv Programs of W Alabama Inc
  • Bunn Bros Materials
  • Tuscaloosa Housing Authority
  • Pritchett-Moore
  • Pine Valley LLC

Helpful business organizations for Tuscaloosa companies:

The Tuscaloosa News provides information about the current business activities in the Tuscaloosa area.

Jobs in Tuscaloosa

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 99790 $41120 $19.77 100
2 Production Occupations 14740 $41780 $20.09 5.85
3 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 13430 $32820 $15.78 14.8
4 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 9910 $20520 $9.87 8.3
5 Sales and Related Occupations 9460 $30970 $14.89 10.15
6 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 7790 $30660 $14.74 6.45
7 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 6710 $62800 $30.19 5.75
8 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 6350 $50280 $24.17 6.15
9 Team Assemblers 5670 $44830 $21.55 0.75
10 Construction and Extraction Occupations 4900 $41940 $20.16 4.4
11 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 4510 $47210 $22.7 3.8
12 Healthcare Support Occupations 3520 $26460 $12.72 3.05
13 Cashiers 3470 $18860 $9.07 2.25
14 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 3290 $18750 $9.01 2.15
15 Management Occupations 3060 $106900 $51.4 6.05
16 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 3010 $26910 $12.94 3.7
17 Retail Salespersons 2870 $27880 $13.4 3.1
18 Registered Nurses 2530 $58160 $27.96 1.9
19 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 2510 $64850 $31.18 5.05
20 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 2320 $34530 $16.6 1.6
21 Personal Care and Service Occupations 2180 $21230 $10.21 4.1
22 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 2120 $23900 $11.49 1.6
23 Waiters and Waitresses 1910 $19380 $9.32 1.6
24 Protective Service Occupations 1900 $42230 $20.31 2.25
25 Office Clerks, General 1810 $25060 $12.05 2
26 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1550 $24600 $11.83 1.6
27 Helpers--Production Workers 1450 $27620 $13.28 0.3
28 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 1450 $35920 $17.27 1.2
29 Community and Social Service Occupations 1360 $41040 $19.73 1.65
30 Nursing Assistants 1320 $24810 $11.93 1.05
31 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 1280 $87290 $41.96 1.65
32 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 1210 $43330 $20.83 1
33 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 1190 $54490 $26.2 1
34 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 1180 $69140 $33.24 2.8
35 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 1180 $23570 $11.33 1.2
36 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 1170 $35010 $16.83 1.1
37 Customer Service Representatives 1110 $28310 $13.61 1.75
38 General and Operations Managers 1060 $123760 $59.5 1.4
39 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 1050 $36120 $17.37 0.5
40 Industrial Machinery Mechanics 990 $63370 $30.47 0.2
41 Cooks, Restaurant 950 $20660 $9.93 0.75
42 Psychiatric Aides 900 $26210 $12.6 0.1
43 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 880 $29750 $14.3 0.6
44 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 880 $48980 $23.55 1.7
45 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 860 $31710 $15.25 0.35
46 Personal Care Aides 820 $18190 $8.74 1.3
47 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 720 $65940 $31.7 0.4
48 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 650 $43530 $20.93 0.3
49 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 650 $35170 $16.91 0.9
50 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 650 $28100 $13.51 0.8
51 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 640 $51920 $24.96 0.45
52 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 630 $59950 $28.82 0.4
53 Driver/Sales Workers 600 $26600 $12.79 0.3
54 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 590 $64590 $31.05 1
55 Receptionists and Information Clerks 590 $24430 $11.74 0.7
56 Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood 580 $24870 $11.96 0
57 Accountants and Auditors 570 $64150 $30.84 0.9
58 Counter and Rental Clerks 570 $27230 $13.09 0.3
59 Electricians 540 $52680 $25.33 0.4
60 Carpenters 530 $33040 $15.89 0.6
61 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 510 $20170 $9.7 0.3
62 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 510 $17270 $8.3 0.3
63 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 510 $59500 $28.61 0.9
64 Childcare Workers 490 $19760 $9.5 0.8
65 Construction Laborers 480 $29020 $13.95 0.8
66 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 480 $20930 $10.06 1
67 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 480 $28750 $13.82 0.6
68 Cooks, Fast Food 450 $18590 $8.94 0.3
69 Education Administrators, Postsecondary 430 $120130 $57.76 0.1
70 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 410 $48300 $23.22 0.3
71 Food Preparation Workers 400 $20490 $9.85 0.6
72 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 400 $38220 $18.37 0.2
73 Security Guards 400 $24500 $11.78 0.7
74 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 400 $40860 $19.64 0.5
75 Tellers 380 $26790 $12.88 0.3
76 Legal Occupations 370 $80500 $38.7 0.8
77 Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 370 $37790 $18.17 0.1
78 Pharmacy Technicians 350 $27980 $13.45 0.25
79 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 340 $28460 $13.68 0.25
80 Billing and Posting Clerks 340 $32420 $15.59 0.35
81 Home Health Aides 320 $20180 $9.7 0.7
82 Industrial Engineers 320 $105380 $50.66 0.2
83 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 320 $70910 $34.09 0.3
84 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 310 $17870 $8.59 0.25
85 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers 310 $42810 $20.58 0.2
86 Computer User Support Specialists 310 $47970 $23.06 0.4
87 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 280 $44810 $21.54 0.3
88 Bartenders 280 $21720 $10.44 0.4
89 Dishwashers 270 $18560 $8.92 0.3
90 Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors 270 $45840 $22.04 0.2
91 Machinists 270 $42000 $20.19 0.3
92 Human Resources Specialists 270 $56880 $27.35 0.3
93 Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment 260 $20050 $9.64 0.2
94 Medical Assistants 260 $27950 $13.44 0.45
95 Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 250 $192540 $92.57 0.2
96 Computer Programmers 250 $70270 $33.78 0.2
97 Loan Officers 240 $78690 $37.83 0.2
98 Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 240 $43440 $20.88 0.6
99 Postal Service Mail Carriers 240 $49560 $23.83 0.15
100 Pharmacists 240 $116070 $55.8 0.2
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Jobs More Common Near Tuscaloosa Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 41,120 99,790
Production Occupations 41,780 14,740
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 32,820 13,430
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 20,520 9,910
Sales and Related Occupations 30,970 9,460
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 30,660 7,790
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 62,800 6,710
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 50,280 6,350
Team Assemblers 44,830 5,670
Construction and Extraction Occupations 41,940 4,900
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 47,210 4,510
Healthcare Support Occupations 26,460 3,520
Cashiers 18,860 3,470
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 18,750 3,290
Management Occupations 106,900 3,060
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 26,910 3,010
Retail Salespersons 27,880 2,870
Registered Nurses 58,160 2,530
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 64,850 2,510
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 34,530 2,320
Personal Care and Service Occupations 21,230 2,180
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 23,900 2,120
Waiters and Waitresses 19,380 1,910
Protective Service Occupations 42,230 1,900
Office Clerks, General 25,060 1,810
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 24,600 1,550
Helpers--Production Workers 27,620 1,450
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 35,920 1,450
Community and Social Service Occupations 41,040 1,360
Nursing Assistants 24,810 1,320
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 87,290 1,280
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 43,330 1,210
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 54,490 1,190
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 69,140 1,180
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 23,570 1,180
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 35,010 1,170
Customer Service Representatives 28,310 1,110
General and Operations Managers 123,760 1,060
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 36,120 1,050
Industrial Machinery Mechanics 63,370 990
Cooks, Restaurant 20,660 950
Psychiatric Aides 26,210 900
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 29,750 880
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 48,980 880
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 31,710 860
Personal Care Aides 18,190 820
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 65,940 720
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 43,530 650
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 35,170 650
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 28,100 650

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 41,120 99,790
Production Occupations 41,780 14,740
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 32,820 13,430
Sales and Related Occupations 30,970 9,460
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 30,660 7,790
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 62,800 6,710
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 50,280 6,350
Team Assemblers 44,830 5,670
Construction and Extraction Occupations 41,940 4,900
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 47,210 4,510
Healthcare Support Occupations 26,460 3,520
Management Occupations 106,900 3,060
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 26,910 3,010
Retail Salespersons 27,880 2,870
Registered Nurses 58,160 2,530
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 64,850 2,510
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 34,530 2,320
Protective Service Occupations 42,230 1,900
Office Clerks, General 25,060 1,810
Helpers--Production Workers 27,620 1,450
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 35,920 1,450
Community and Social Service Occupations 41,040 1,360
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 87,290 1,280
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 43,330 1,210
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 54,490 1,190
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 69,140 1,180
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 35,010 1,170
Customer Service Representatives 28,310 1,110
General and Operations Managers 123,760 1,060
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 36,120 1,050
Industrial Machinery Mechanics 63,370 990
Psychiatric Aides 26,210 900
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 29,750 880
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 48,980 880
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 31,710 860
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 65,940 720
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 43,530 650
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 35,170 650
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 28,100 650
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 51,920 640
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 59,950 630
Driver/Sales Workers 26,600 600
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 64,590 590
Accountants and Auditors 64,150 570
Counter and Rental Clerks 27,230 570
Electricians 52,680 540
Carpenters 33,040 530
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 59,500 510
Construction Laborers 29,020 480
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 28,750 480

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