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Savannah Employment

Employment and Industries in the Savannah, Georgia Area

Tourism is a significant contributor to Savannah's economy, due to the popular architecture and historic buildings. Other major economic elements are the Port of Savannah, the military and manufacturing. The diverse manufacturing sector employs a large number of workers. The county is home to over 250 manufacturing facilities. International Paper is one of the city's largest employers. In addition, the area is home to Gulfstream Aerospace, a prominent producer of private jets. Savannah is also home to the North American headquarters of JCB, one of the world's largest manufactures of construction equipment.

The Port of Savannah is one of the largest container ports in the nation. Hunter Army Airfield and Fort Stewart military bases are also located in the region and employ a vast number of people. The transportation industry is also a significant economic factor.

Several workforce development and training programs are available which offer students educational and professional technical skills via internships, apprenticeships and professional development programs. The programs include Project Workforce, Coastal Empire Tech Prep Consortium, Coastal Workforce Services, the Intellectual Capital Partnership Program and the Quick Start Pre-employment Training Program.

The largest employers in the Savannah region are shown below:

  • Memorial Health
  • Gulfstream Aerospace Corp
  • St. Joseph's/Candler
  • Fort Stewart Hunter Army Airfield
  • City of Savannah
  • Walmart
  • Chatham County
  • Georgia Pacific Corp
  • Kroger
  • Savannah College of Art & Design
  • International Paper
  • Home Depot
  • Great Dane Trailers
  • Sitel
  • Savannah Electric
  • South Coast Medical Group
  • Derst Baking Company
  • Publix
  • The Landings Club
  • Imperial Sugar
  • JCB Inc
  • R.B. Baker
  • The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa
  • Savannah Morning News
  • AirTran Airways
  • Sun Trust Bank
  • Colonial Group
  • Brasseler USA

Savannah's Major sectors for employment are shown below:

  • Trade, transportation and utilities
  • Government
  • Education and health services
  • Leisure and hospitality
  • Professional and business services
  • Manufacturing
  • Construction

Noteworthy information regarding the city of Savannah: Approximately 20% of the city's residents hold a bachelor's degree or better. In 2008 the cost of living index was at 85.9. The nation's average is 100. The estimated median household income in 2007 was $35,000.

Savannah companies have access to helpful business organizations including:

The Savannah Morning News offers up-to-date information regarding the business activities in Savannah.

Jobs in Savannah

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 165610 $43600 $20.96 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 23910 $34830 $16.74 14.8
3 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 20400 $20550 $9.88 8.3
4 Sales and Related Occupations 17830 $34580 $16.62 10.15
5 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 15880 $35840 $17.23 6.45
6 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 10120 $74930 $36.03 5.75
7 Production Occupations 9450 $43750 $21.04 5.85
8 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 9080 $45140 $21.7 6.15
9 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 9000 $47990 $23.07 3.8
10 Management Occupations 8210 $97940 $47.08 6.05
11 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 6540 $30700 $14.76 1.6
12 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 6040 $64120 $30.83 5.05
13 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 5780 $23450 $11.28 3.7
14 Construction and Extraction Occupations 5650 $41050 $19.74 4.4
15 Retail Salespersons 5570 $24700 $11.88 3.1
16 Cashiers 5400 $19360 $9.31 2.25
17 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 5330 $18910 $9.09 2.15
18 Waiters and Waitresses 5260 $19030 $9.15 1.6
19 Protective Service Occupations 4690 $35950 $17.29 2.25
20 Healthcare Support Occupations 4230 $26780 $12.88 3.05
21 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 4200 $92120 $44.29 1.65
22 General and Operations Managers 3530 $98070 $47.15 1.4
23 Personal Care and Service Occupations 3280 $23140 $11.13 4.1
24 Registered Nurses 3250 $62980 $30.28 1.9
25 Office Clerks, General 3110 $31710 $15.25 2
26 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 2770 $35030 $16.84 1.6
27 Customer Service Representatives 2600 $33340 $16.03 1.75
28 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 2420 $25100 $12.07 1.2
29 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 2340 $41970 $20.18 1.2
30 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 2310 $37670 $18.11 0.9
31 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 2300 $22930 $11.03 1.6
32 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 2200 $48070 $23.11 1.7
33 Cooks, Restaurant 2160 $21350 $10.27 0.75
34 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 2020 $19070 $9.17 1
35 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 2000 $78130 $37.56 2.8
36 Community and Social Service Occupations 1930 $43030 $20.69 1.65
37 Security Guards 1790 $28160 $13.54 0.7
38 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 1730 $39450 $18.97 1
39 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 1710 $66470 $31.96 1
40 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 1620 $35780 $17.2 0.35
41 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 1560 $31040 $14.92 0.6
42 Food Preparation Workers 1490 $21700 $10.43 0.6
43 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 1470 $39570 $19.03 1.1
44 Nursing Assistants 1400 $22940 $11.03 1.05
45 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 1400 $50520 $24.29 1
46 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 1310 $32460 $15.61 0.6
47 Construction Laborers 1290 $32700 $15.72 0.8
48 Receptionists and Information Clerks 1220 $27630 $13.28 0.7
49 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 1170 $40840 $19.63 0.45
50 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 1150 $40080 $19.27 0.5
51 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 1130 $40310 $19.38 0.4
52 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 1110 $65870 $31.67 0.7
53 Legal Occupations 1090 $75460 $36.28 0.8
54 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 1010 $43400 $20.87 0.5
55 Accountants and Auditors 970 $69170 $33.26 0.9
56 Dishwashers 920 $18310 $8.8 0.3
57 Medical Assistants 910 $31000 $14.9 0.45
58 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 820 $50620 $24.34 0.6
59 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 820 $25420 $12.22 0.8
60 Medical Secretaries 820 $30470 $14.65 0.4
61 Home Health Aides 790 $20460 $9.84 0.7
62 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 770 $61840 $29.73 0.3
63 Team Assemblers 760 $31870 $15.32 0.75
64 Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks 750 $20400 $9.81 0.2
65 Cooks, Fast Food 730 $17370 $8.35 0.3
66 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 720 $18260 $8.78 0.25
67 Childcare Workers 680 $18520 $8.9 0.8
68 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 670 $61030 $29.34 0.3
69 Carpenters 660 $43440 $20.89 0.6
70 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 640 $67960 $32.67 0.4
71 Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 630 $198180 $95.28 0.2
72 Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment 620 $23000 $11.06 0.2
73 Electricians 620 $46720 $22.46 0.4
74 Industrial Engineers 610 $89560 $43.06 0.2
75 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 590 $48570 $23.35 0.5
76 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 580 $27050 $13 0.3
77 Insurance Sales Agents 560 $89200 $42.88 0.3
78 Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks 560 $51880 $24.94 0.2
79 Lawyers 550 $92290 $44.37 0.5
80 Billing and Posting Clerks 530 $34520 $16.6 0.35
81 Industrial Machinery Mechanics 520 $57610 $27.7 0.2
82 Human Resources Specialists 510 $58290 $28.02 0.3
83 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 510 $32830 $15.78 0.2
84 Food Service Managers 510 $52540 $25.26 0.2
85 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 510 $67460 $32.44 0.9
86 Tellers 500 $30240 $14.54 0.3
87 Bartenders 500 $18360 $8.83 0.4
88 Correctional Officers and Jailers 490 $32390 $15.57 0.3
89 Driver/Sales Workers 480 $30250 $14.54 0.3
90 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers 480 $43990 $21.15 0.2
91 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 480 $17780 $8.55 0.3
92 Pharmacists 470 $101620 $48.86 0.2
93 Firefighters 470 $31530 $15.16 0.2
94 Pharmacy Technicians 460 $30030 $14.44 0.25
95 Substitute Teachers 460 $22650 $10.89 0
96 Computer User Support Specialists 460 $47370 $22.77 0.4
97 First-Line Supervisors of Helpers, Laborers, and Material Movers, Hand 450 $52850 $25.41 0.1
98 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 440 $60220 $28.95 0.4
99 Real Estate Sales Agents 430 $64200 $30.87 0.2
100 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 410 $43450 $20.89 0.3
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Jobs More Common Near Savannah Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 43,600 165,610
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 34,830 23,910
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 20,550 20,400
Sales and Related Occupations 34,580 17,830
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 35,840 15,880
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 74,930 10,120
Production Occupations 43,750 9,450
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 45,140 9,080
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 47,990 9,000
Management Occupations 97,940 8,210
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 30,700 6,540
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 64,120 6,040
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 23,450 5,780
Construction and Extraction Occupations 41,050 5,650
Retail Salespersons 24,700 5,570
Cashiers 19,360 5,400
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 18,910 5,330
Waiters and Waitresses 19,030 5,260
Protective Service Occupations 35,950 4,690
Healthcare Support Occupations 26,780 4,230
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 92,120 4,200
General and Operations Managers 98,070 3,530
Personal Care and Service Occupations 23,140 3,280
Registered Nurses 62,980 3,250
Office Clerks, General 31,710 3,110
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 35,030 2,770
Customer Service Representatives 33,340 2,600
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 25,100 2,420
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 41,970 2,340
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 37,670 2,310
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 22,930 2,300
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 48,070 2,200
Cooks, Restaurant 21,350 2,160
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 19,070 2,020
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 78,130 2,000
Community and Social Service Occupations 43,030 1,930
Security Guards 28,160 1,790
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 39,450 1,730
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 66,470 1,710
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 35,780 1,620
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 31,040 1,560
Food Preparation Workers 21,700 1,490
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 39,570 1,470
Nursing Assistants 22,940 1,400
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 50,520 1,400
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 32,460 1,310
Construction Laborers 32,700 1,290
Receptionists and Information Clerks 27,630 1,220
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 40,840 1,170
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 40,080 1,150

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Savannah, Georgia Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 43,600 165,610
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 34,830 23,910
Sales and Related Occupations 34,580 17,830
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 35,840 15,880
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 74,930 10,120
Production Occupations 43,750 9,450
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 45,140 9,080
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 47,990 9,000
Management Occupations 97,940 8,210
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 30,700 6,540
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 64,120 6,040
Construction and Extraction Occupations 41,050 5,650
Protective Service Occupations 35,950 4,690
Healthcare Support Occupations 26,780 4,230
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 92,120 4,200
General and Operations Managers 98,070 3,530
Registered Nurses 62,980 3,250
Office Clerks, General 31,710 3,110
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 35,030 2,770
Customer Service Representatives 33,340 2,600
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 25,100 2,420
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 41,970 2,340
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 37,670 2,310
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 48,070 2,200
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 78,130 2,000
Community and Social Service Occupations 43,030 1,930
Security Guards 28,160 1,790
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 39,450 1,730
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 66,470 1,710
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 35,780 1,620
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 31,040 1,560
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 39,570 1,470
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 50,520 1,400
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 32,460 1,310
Construction Laborers 32,700 1,290
Receptionists and Information Clerks 27,630 1,220
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 40,840 1,170
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 40,080 1,150
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 40,310 1,130
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 65,870 1,110
Legal Occupations 75,460 1,090
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 43,400 1,010
Accountants and Auditors 69,170 970
Medical Assistants 31,000 910
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 50,620 820
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 25,420 820
Medical Secretaries 30,470 820
First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 61,840 770
Team Assemblers 31,870 760
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 61,030 670

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