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Hickory Employment

Employment and Industries in the Hickory, North Carolina Area

Hickory, North Carolina is the economic center of the Catawaba River Valley. The Hickory region includes many of the leading furniture manufacturers. It is also one of the world's major producers of fiber optic cable. Hickory is headquarters to fiber cable maker, Corning Cable Systems and telecommunications cable manufacturer CommScope.

Praise for Hickory, North Carolina: Readers Digest named the Hickory Metro the 10th best place to live and raise a family in the nation. Forbes Magazine named the MSA (Hickory, Lenoir, Morganton) the 3rd best MSA in the nation for business cost. The region has been chosen by Inc Magazine as one of the nation's top entrepreneurial areas for traditional and high-tech industries.

In Hickory, the significant job providing segments are furniture and related products, healthcare, educational services, manufacturing, accommodation and food services, electrical equipment, appliances and components; and construction. About 31% of the workers are employed in management, professional and related occupations. Approximately 25% of the workers are employed in sales and office jobs. Production, transportation and material moving occupations comprise 22% of the labor force.

Facts about Hickory, North Carolina: Regarding the adult population, 28% have achieved a bachelor's degree or higher. In 2008 the cost of living index in Hickory was at 85.7. The national average is 100. In 2009 the average salary in Hickory was $28,000.

The major employers located in the Hickory region:

  • Catawaba County Schools
  • Frye Regional Medical Center
  • CommScope, Inc
  • Merchants Distributors, Inc
  • Hickory Springs
  • Catawaba Valley Medical Center
  • Sherrill Furniture Co
  • Catawaba County
  • McCreary Modern
  • CV Industries, Inc
  • Shurtape Technologies, Inc
  • Thomasville Furniture
  • Newton-Conover City Schools
  • Pierre Foods
  • City of Hickory
  • International Legwear (Ellis)
  • Hickory Public Schools
  • Gold Toe Moretz
  • Ethan Allen, Inc
  • Vanguard Furniture

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Hickory business and industry information is provided by the Hickory Daily Record.

Jobs in Hickory

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations153900$39,270$18.88100
2Production Occupations31630$34,370$16.535.7
3Office and Administrative Support Occupations19820$33,250$15.9914.35
4Sales and Related Occupations15160$34,680$16.679.9
5Transportation and Material Moving Occupations14470$33,160$15.946.55
6Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations12880$21,320$10.258.55
7Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations9540$72,800$355.8
8Healthcare Support Occupations8050$27,700$13.323
9Education, Training, and Library Occupations7760$41,590$206.05
10Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations6740$42,820$20.593.8
11Management Occupations4840$109,110$52.466.15
12Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food4730$18,740$9.012.3
13Retail Salespersons4710$26,090$12.542.85
14Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand4500$28,050$13.491.7
15Cashiers4290$19,670$9.462.2
16Nursing Assistants4200$26,390$12.691
17Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers4110$27,240$13.10
18Registered Nurses3740$56,380$27.111.95
19Upholsterers3670$41,350$19.880
20Business and Financial Operations Occupations3540$62,800$30.195.25
21Personal Care and Service Occupations3450$24,300$11.684.3
22Protective Service Occupations3400$33,990$16.342.2
23Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers3350$43,680$211.2
24Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations3140$24,960$123.65
25Construction and Extraction Occupations3050$37,940$18.244.45
26Office Clerks, General2880$30,120$14.481.9
27Customer Service Representatives2710$30,310$14.571.75
28Waiters and Waitresses2300$21,890$10.521.7
29Sewing Machine Operators2260$33,200$15.960.1
30Community and Social Service Occupations2020$43,270$20.81.65
31First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers1930$54,560$26.230.4
32Home Health Aides1910$23,950$11.520.7
33Stock Clerks and Order Fillers1900$24,630$11.841.3
34Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products1750$67,260$32.340.9
35Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive1670$32,690$15.721.5
36Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1650$23,760$11.421.55
37Maintenance and Repair Workers, General1630$37,290$17.930.9
38General and Operations Managers1610$123,260$59.261.5
39Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers1600$32,290$15.520.3
40Architecture and Engineering Occupations1570$67,720$32.561.7
41Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks1430$36,310$17.461.05
42Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks1400$30,410$14.620.4
43First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers1390$52,000$251
44Packers and Packagers, Hand1380$25,630$12.320.45
45Cooks, Restaurant1280$21,600$10.380.8
46Helpers--Production Workers1270$29,410$14.140.3
47First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers1180$34,650$16.660.6
48Computer and Mathematical Occupations1120$64,430$30.982.9
49First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers1090$51,150$24.590.95
50Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic1030$44,710$21.50
51Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers1020$35,690$17.160.6
52Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators1010$31,790$15.290.35
53Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing940$32,090$15.430
54Correctional Officers and Jailers920$35,110$16.880.25
55Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders900$28,600$13.750.2
56Receptionists and Information Clerks890$27,300$13.130.7
57Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations880$45,450$21.851.8
58Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics870$40,580$19.510.5
59Cutters and Trimmers, Hand860$37,160$17.870
60Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers760$40,140$19.30.4
61Sales Representatives, Services, All Other720$46,940$22.570.6
62Accountants and Auditors710$74,630$35.880.9
63Firefighters670$26,620$12.80.2
64Amusement and Recreation Attendants630$18,730$90.2
65Food Preparation Workers630$20,000$9.620.6
66Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks630$40,720$19.580.2
67Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers620$26,470$12.730.8
68Medical Assistants610$29,400$14.140.45
69Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders600$35,550$17.090
70Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners600$18,900$9.090.9
71Bus Drivers, School or Special Client590$28,960$13.920.3
72First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors590$55,510$26.690
73Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses590$44,360$21.330.5
74Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic590$30,280$14.560.1
75Maintenance Workers, Machinery580$45,820$22.030.1
76Telemarketers570$21,730$10.450.1
77Cooks, Fast Food550$17,640$8.480.3
78Security Guards540$23,140$11.130.7
79Tellers540$31,010$14.910.3
80Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers540$33,670$16.190.3
81Driver/Sales Workers530$27,540$13.240.3
82First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers530$62,690$30.140.3
83Pharmacy Technicians530$30,730$14.770.3
84Medical Secretaries510$31,290$15.050.4
85Textile Knitting and Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders510$29,460$14.160
86Textile Winding, Twisting, and Drawing Out Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders510$25,900$12.450
87Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic500$26,400$12.690.1
88Machinists490$40,960$19.690.25
89Industrial Machinery Mechanics480$49,790$23.940.2
90Childcare Workers470$20,730$9.970.8
91Child, Family, and School Social Workers460$44,260$21.280.2
92Furniture Finishers450$29,940$14.40
93Industrial Engineers450$72,150$34.690.2
94Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations450$52,780$25.370.8
95Textile, Apparel, and Furnishings Workers, All Other450$27,520$13.230
96Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics420$32,100$15.430.2
97Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders420$37,580$18.070
98Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants410$51,860$24.930.35
99Textile Bleaching and Dyeing Machine Operators and Tenders410$29,740$14.30
100Business Operations Specialists, All Other400$55,570$26.720.7
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Jobs More Common Near Hickory Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$39,270153,900
Production Occupations$34,37031,630
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$33,25019,820
Sales and Related Occupations$34,68015,160
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$33,16014,470
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$21,32012,880
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$72,8009,540
Healthcare Support Occupations$27,7008,050
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$41,5907,760
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$42,8206,740
Management Occupations$109,1104,840
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$18,7404,730
Retail Salespersons$26,0904,710
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$28,0504,500
Cashiers$19,6704,290
Nursing Assistants$26,3904,200
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$27,2404,110
Registered Nurses$56,3803,740
Upholsterers$41,3503,670
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$62,8003,540
Personal Care and Service Occupations$24,3003,450
Protective Service Occupations$33,9903,400
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$43,6803,350
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$24,9603,140
Construction and Extraction Occupations$37,9403,050
Office Clerks, General$30,1202,880
Customer Service Representatives$30,3102,710
Waiters and Waitresses$21,8902,300
Sewing Machine Operators$33,2002,260
Community and Social Service Occupations$43,2702,020
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$54,5601,930
Home Health Aides$23,9501,910
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$24,6301,900
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$67,2601,750
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$32,6901,670
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$23,7601,650
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$37,2901,630
General and Operations Managers$123,2601,610
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers$32,2901,600
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$67,7201,570
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$36,3101,430
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks$30,4101,400
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$52,0001,390
Packers and Packagers, Hand$25,6301,380
Cooks, Restaurant$21,6001,280
Helpers--Production Workers$29,4101,270
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$34,6501,180
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$64,4301,120
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$51,1501,090
Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$44,7101,030

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Hickory, North Carolina Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$39,270153,900
Production Occupations$34,37031,630
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$33,25019,820
Sales and Related Occupations$34,68015,160
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$33,16014,470
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$72,8009,540
Healthcare Support Occupations$27,7008,050
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$41,5907,760
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$42,8206,740
Management Occupations$109,1104,840
Retail Salespersons$26,0904,710
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$28,0504,500
Nursing Assistants$26,3904,200
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$27,2404,110
Registered Nurses$56,3803,740
Upholsterers$41,3503,670
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$62,8003,540
Protective Service Occupations$33,9903,400
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$43,6803,350
Construction and Extraction Occupations$37,9403,050
Office Clerks, General$30,1202,880
Customer Service Representatives$30,3102,710
Sewing Machine Operators$33,2002,260
Community and Social Service Occupations$43,2702,020
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$54,5601,930
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$67,2601,750
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$32,6901,670
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$37,2901,630
General and Operations Managers$123,2601,610
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers$32,2901,600
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$67,7201,570
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$36,3101,430
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks$30,4101,400
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$52,0001,390
Packers and Packagers, Hand$25,6301,380
Helpers--Production Workers$29,4101,270
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$34,6501,180
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$64,4301,120
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$51,1501,090
Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$44,7101,030
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$35,6901,020
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$31,7901,010
Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing$32,090940
Correctional Officers and Jailers$35,110920
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders$28,600900
Receptionists and Information Clerks$27,300890
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$45,450880
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$40,580870
Cutters and Trimmers, Hand$37,160860
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers$40,140760

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