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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

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations100100$40,740$19.59100
2Production Occupations14920$39,530$195.7
3Office and Administrative Support Occupations13620$32,750$15.7514.35
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations10230$20,940$10.078.55
5Sales and Related Occupations9220$30,530$14.689.9
6Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations7060$61,960$29.795.8
7Transportation and Material Moving Occupations6680$30,830$14.826.55
8Education, Training, and Library Occupations6390$49,880$23.986.05
9Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers5530$44,110$21.210
10Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations4710$46,690$22.453.8
11Construction and Extraction Occupations4620$40,680$19.564.45
12Healthcare Support Occupations3870$26,070$12.543
13Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food3580$18,440$8.862.3
14Cashiers3210$19,010$9.142.2
15Management Occupations3020$104,840$50.46.15
16Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations2990$27,370$13.163.65
17Retail Salespersons2680$26,150$12.572.85
18Registered Nurses2610$57,350$27.571.95
19Business and Financial Operations Occupations2440$66,640$32.045.25
20Personal Care and Service Occupations2350$22,350$10.754.3
21Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive2260$35,130$16.891.5
22Protective Service Occupations2080$43,040$20.692.2
23Waiters and Waitresses1700$19,820$9.531.7
24Architecture and Engineering Occupations1560$88,920$42.751.7
25Office Clerks, General1550$24,840$11.941.9
26Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers1510$40,350$19.41.2
27Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1510$26,210$12.61.55
28Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand1490$22,910$11.021.7
29Nursing Assistants1470$23,920$11.51
30Stock Clerks and Order Fillers1450$23,210$11.161.3
31Helpers--Production Workers1330$24,960$120.3
32Community and Social Service Occupations1290$41,340$19.881.65
33Customer Service Representatives1210$29,110$141.75
34First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers1200$37,960$18.251
35Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks1170$35,650$17.141.05
36Computer and Mathematical Occupations1100$66,600$32.022.9
37General and Operations Managers1100$110,260$53.011.5
38First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers1080$51,270$24.650.95
39Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses1030$36,540$17.570.5
40Cooks, Restaurant1000$21,450$10.310.8
41Industrial Machinery Mechanics980$60,860$29.260.2
42Psychiatric Aides950$26,460$12.720
43First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers910$31,280$15.040.6
44Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators820$35,560$17.10.35
45Personal Care Aides780$18,290$8.791.5
46Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations750$53,120$25.541.8
47Maintenance and Repair Workers, General680$33,600$16.160.9
48Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers650$29,600$14.230.8
49Receptionists and Information Clerks650$24,950$120.7
50First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers640$57,480$27.640.4
51Counter and Rental Clerks630$27,340$13.150.3
52Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers630$52,870$25.420.4
53Accountants and Auditors610$65,790$31.630.9
54Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria600$21,310$10.250.3
55Driver/Sales Workers600$24,430$11.740.3
56Industrial Engineers600$103,320$49.670.2
57First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers570$57,610$27.70.4
58Food Preparation Workers560$22,030$10.590.6
59Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products560$63,820$30.680.9
60Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners550$20,190$9.710.9
61Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations530$62,800$30.190.8
62Bus Drivers, School or Special Client510$17,870$8.590.3
63Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood510$25,770$12.390
64Childcare Workers480$20,900$10.050.8
65Construction Laborers480$28,480$13.690.8
66Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers480$38,520$18.520.3
67Security Guards470$27,750$13.340.7
68Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators460$39,860$19.170.2
69Education Administrators, Postsecondary440$121,910$58.610.1
70Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic430$36,410$17.50.1
71Carpenters410$39,920$19.190.7
72Electricians410$49,700$23.890.4
73Tellers400$26,300$12.650.3
74Legal Occupations390$65,040$31.270.8
75Pharmacy Technicians380$29,200$14.040.3
76Computer Programmers350$71,740$34.490.2
77Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop350$17,970$8.640.3
78First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers340$62,760$30.170.3
79Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers340$45,470$21.860.2
80Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics330$43,090$20.710.5
81Home Health Aides320$20,350$9.790.7
82Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters320$47,010$22.60.3
83Sales Representatives, Services, All Other320$55,870$26.860.6
84Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers320$46,960$22.580.3
85Bartenders310$21,640$10.410.4
86Medical Assistants310$27,800$13.370.45
87Computer User Support Specialists300$46,500$22.360.4
88Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks300$33,470$16.090.4
89Dishwashers290$18,860$9.070.3
90Billing and Posting Clerks280$34,000$16.350.3
91Correctional Officers and Jailers280$44,130$21.220.25
92Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors280$45,020$21.650.2
93Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers280$27,470$13.210.6
94Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations270$39,720$19.10.65
95Postal Service Mail Carriers260$48,760$23.440.2
96First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors250$52,320$25.160
97Loan Officers250$82,720$39.770.2
98Machinists250$42,460$20.420.25
99Pharmacists250$116,970$56.240.2
100Firefighters240$49,290$23.70.2
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Jobs More Common Near Tuscaloosa Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$40,740100,100
Production Occupations$39,53014,920
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$32,75013,620
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$20,94010,230
Sales and Related Occupations$30,5309,220
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$61,9607,060
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$30,8306,680
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$49,8806,390
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$44,1105,530
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$46,6904,710
Construction and Extraction Occupations$40,6804,620
Healthcare Support Occupations$26,0703,870
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$18,4403,580
Cashiers$19,0103,210
Management Occupations$104,8403,020
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$27,3702,990
Retail Salespersons$26,1502,680
Registered Nurses$57,3502,610
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$66,6402,440
Personal Care and Service Occupations$22,3502,350
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$35,1302,260
Protective Service Occupations$43,0402,080
Waiters and Waitresses$19,8201,700
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$88,9201,560
Office Clerks, General$24,8401,550
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$40,3501,510
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$26,2101,510
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$22,9101,490
Nursing Assistants$23,9201,470
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$23,2101,450
Helpers--Production Workers$24,9601,330
Community and Social Service Occupations$41,3401,290
Customer Service Representatives$29,1101,210
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$37,9601,200
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$35,6501,170
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$66,6001,100
General and Operations Managers$110,2601,100
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$51,2701,080
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$36,5401,030
Cooks, Restaurant$21,4501,000
Industrial Machinery Mechanics$60,860980
Psychiatric Aides$26,460950
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$31,280910
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$35,560820
Personal Care Aides$18,290780
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$53,120750
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$33,600680
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$29,600650
Receptionists and Information Clerks$24,950650
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers$57,480640

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$40,740100,100
Production Occupations$39,53014,920
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$32,75013,620
Sales and Related Occupations$30,5309,220
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$61,9607,060
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$30,8306,680
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$49,8806,390
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$44,1105,530
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$46,6904,710
Construction and Extraction Occupations$40,6804,620
Healthcare Support Occupations$26,0703,870
Management Occupations$104,8403,020
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$27,3702,990
Retail Salespersons$26,1502,680
Registered Nurses$57,3502,610
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$66,6402,440
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$35,1302,260
Protective Service Occupations$43,0402,080
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$88,9201,560
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$40,3501,510
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$26,2101,510
Community and Social Service Occupations$41,3401,290
Customer Service Representatives$29,1101,210
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$37,9601,200
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$35,6501,170
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$66,6001,100
General and Operations Managers$110,2601,100
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$51,2701,080
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$36,5401,030
Industrial Machinery Mechanics$60,860980
Psychiatric Aides$26,460950
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$31,280910
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$35,560820
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$53,120750
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$33,600680
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$29,600650
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers$57,480640
Counter and Rental Clerks$27,340630
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers$52,870630
Accountants and Auditors$65,790610
Industrial Engineers$103,320600
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$57,610570
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$63,820560
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$62,800530
Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood$25,770510
Construction Laborers$28,480480
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers$38,520480
Security Guards$27,750470
Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators$39,860460
Education Administrators, Postsecondary$121,910440

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