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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

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 148590 $38940 $18.72 100
2 Production Occupations 30480 $33620 $16.17 5.85
3 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 19760 $32470 $15.61 14.8
4 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 14500 $32400 $15.58 6.45
5 Sales and Related Occupations 13970 $34860 $16.76 10.15
6 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 12680 $20850 $10.03 8.3
7 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 8930 $76900 $36.97 5.75
8 Healthcare Support Occupations 7710 $26190 $12.59 3.05
9 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 7400 $41220 $19.82 6.15
10 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 6340 $41030 $19.73 3.8
11 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 5260 $18360 $8.83 2.15
12 Management Occupations 4760 $108770 $52.29 6.05
13 Retail Salespersons 4580 $28250 $13.58 3.1
14 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 4260 $26230 $12.61 1.6
15 Cashiers 3950 $19950 $9.59 2.25
16 Team Assemblers 3870 $28160 $13.54 0.75
17 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 3570 $61510 $29.57 5.05
18 Nursing Assistants 3530 $24390 $11.73 1.05
19 Protective Service Occupations 3450 $32140 $15.45 2.25
20 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 3410 $43840 $21.08 1.2
21 Upholsterers 3310 $40680 $19.56 0
22 Registered Nurses 3280 $54750 $26.32 1.9
23 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 3040 $24250 $11.66 3.7
24 Construction and Extraction Occupations 3010 $37090 $17.83 4.4
25 Office Clerks, General 2850 $28380 $13.64 2
26 Customer Service Representatives 2630 $30290 $14.56 1.75
27 Home Health Aides 2480 $23140 $11.12 0.7
28 Personal Care and Service Occupations 2400 $24160 $11.62 4.1
29 Waiters and Waitresses 2360 $20640 $9.92 1.6
30 Sewing Machine Operators 2310 $32550 $15.65 0.1
31 Community and Social Service Occupations 2140 $40690 $19.56 1.65
32 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 1950 $23740 $11.41 1.2
33 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 1930 $53270 $25.61 0.4
34 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 1740 $31940 $15.36 1.6
35 General and Operations Managers 1590 $121910 $58.61 1.4
36 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 1570 $62680 $30.13 1
37 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 1560 $31460 $15.12 0.3
38 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 1550 $36590 $17.59 0.9
39 Packers and Packagers, Hand 1500 $25880 $12.44 0.45
40 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 1480 $30550 $14.69 0.4
41 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 1430 $34710 $16.69 1.1
42 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1420 $23930 $11.51 1.6
43 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 1420 $68610 $32.99 1.65
44 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 1410 $47650 $22.91 1
45 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 1290 $65860 $31.66 2.8
46 Helpers--Production Workers 1250 $26670 $12.82 0.3
47 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 1230 $34790 $16.73 0.6
48 Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing 1220 $31090 $14.95 0
49 Cooks, Restaurant 1210 $20420 $9.82 0.75
50 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 1050 $51590 $24.8 1
51 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 1010 $32200 $15.48 0.6
52 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 980 $30600 $14.71 0.35
53 Correctional Officers and Jailers 940 $31390 $15.09 0.3
54 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 920 $28940 $13.92 0.25
55 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 890 $46780 $22.49 1.7
56 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 820 $18900 $9.08 1
57 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 780 $34790 $16.73 0.5
58 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 740 $38330 $18.43 0.45
59 Accountants and Auditors 730 $70820 $34.05 0.9
60 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 690 $29440 $14.15 0.3
61 Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 680 $32120 $15.44 0
62 Receptionists and Information Clerks 650 $26840 $12.9 0.7
63 Cutters and Trimmers, Hand 640 $36880 $17.73 0
64 Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 630 $42410 $20.39 0
65 Maintenance Workers, Machinery 610 $41540 $19.97 0.1
66 Firefighters 610 $26360 $12.67 0.2
67 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 610 $42930 $20.64 0.5
68 Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks 600 $38540 $18.53 0.2
69 Childcare Workers 580 $19870 $9.56 0.8
70 Textile Bleaching and Dyeing Machine Operators and Tenders 570 $28070 $13.5 0
71 Medical Assistants 570 $29330 $14.1 0.45
72 Pharmacy Technicians 570 $28520 $13.71 0.25
73 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 570 $38550 $18.53 0.3
74 Medical Secretaries 550 $30420 $14.62 0.4
75 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 530 $60180 $28.93 0.3
76 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 520 $25420 $12.22 0.8
77 Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters 520 $28670 $13.78 0.1
78 Driver/Sales Workers 510 $27720 $13.33 0.3
79 Tellers 510 $30170 $14.5 0.3
80 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 510 $53790 $25.86 0.6
81 Security Guards 500 $24080 $11.58 0.7
82 Food Preparation Workers 490 $19400 $9.33 0.6
83 Textile Knitting and Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 480 $28250 $13.58 0
84 Machinists 480 $39570 $19.02 0.3
85 Textile Winding, Twisting, and Drawing Out Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 470 $25620 $12.32 0
86 Child, Family, and School Social Workers 470 $43140 $20.74 0.2
87 Furniture Finishers 460 $29870 $14.36 0
88 Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 460 $26590 $12.78 0.1
89 Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 460 $30660 $14.74 0.1
90 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 440 $33940 $16.32 0.2
91 Industrial Engineers 440 $75490 $36.29 0.2
92 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 440 $49260 $23.68 0.5
93 Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 430 $30320 $14.58 0.1
94 Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics 430 $31290 $15.04 0.2
95 Machine Feeders and Offbearers 410 $25220 $12.12 0.1
96 Industrial Machinery Mechanics 410 $53720 $25.83 0.2
97 Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 410 $36570 $17.58 0
98 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 400 $50570 $24.31 0.9
99 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 380 $55070 $26.48 0.7
100 Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 370 $30110 $14.48 0
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Jobs More Common Near Hickory Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 38,940 148,590
Production Occupations 33,620 30,480
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 32,470 19,760
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 32,400 14,500
Sales and Related Occupations 34,860 13,970
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 20,850 12,680
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 76,900 8,930
Healthcare Support Occupations 26,190 7,710
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 41,220 7,400
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 41,030 6,340
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 18,360 5,260
Management Occupations 108,770 4,760
Retail Salespersons 28,250 4,580
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 26,230 4,260
Cashiers 19,950 3,950
Team Assemblers 28,160 3,870
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 61,510 3,570
Nursing Assistants 24,390 3,530
Protective Service Occupations 32,140 3,450
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 43,840 3,410
Upholsterers 40,680 3,310
Registered Nurses 54,750 3,280
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 24,250 3,040
Construction and Extraction Occupations 37,090 3,010
Office Clerks, General 28,380 2,850
Customer Service Representatives 30,290 2,630
Home Health Aides 23,140 2,480
Personal Care and Service Occupations 24,160 2,400
Waiters and Waitresses 20,640 2,360
Sewing Machine Operators 32,550 2,310
Community and Social Service Occupations 40,690 2,140
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 23,740 1,950
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 53,270 1,930
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 31,940 1,740
General and Operations Managers 121,910 1,590
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 62,680 1,570
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 31,460 1,560
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 36,590 1,550
Packers and Packagers, Hand 25,880 1,500
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 30,550 1,480
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 34,710 1,430
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 23,930 1,420
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 68,610 1,420
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 47,650 1,410
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 65,860 1,290
Helpers--Production Workers 26,670 1,250
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 34,790 1,230
Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing 31,090 1,220
Cooks, Restaurant 20,420 1,210
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 51,590 1,050

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 38,940 148,590
Production Occupations 33,620 30,480
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 32,470 19,760
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 32,400 14,500
Sales and Related Occupations 34,860 13,970
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 76,900 8,930
Healthcare Support Occupations 26,190 7,710
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 41,220 7,400
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 41,030 6,340
Management Occupations 108,770 4,760
Retail Salespersons 28,250 4,580
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 26,230 4,260
Team Assemblers 28,160 3,870
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 61,510 3,570
Protective Service Occupations 32,140 3,450
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 43,840 3,410
Upholsterers 40,680 3,310
Registered Nurses 54,750 3,280
Construction and Extraction Occupations 37,090 3,010
Office Clerks, General 28,380 2,850
Customer Service Representatives 30,290 2,630
Sewing Machine Operators 32,550 2,310
Community and Social Service Occupations 40,690 2,140
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 53,270 1,930
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 31,940 1,740
General and Operations Managers 121,910 1,590
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 62,680 1,570
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 31,460 1,560
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 36,590 1,550
Packers and Packagers, Hand 25,880 1,500
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 30,550 1,480
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 34,710 1,430
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 68,610 1,420
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 47,650 1,410
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 65,860 1,290
Helpers--Production Workers 26,670 1,250
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 34,790 1,230
Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing 31,090 1,220
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 51,590 1,050
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 32,200 1,010
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 30,600 980
Correctional Officers and Jailers 31,390 940
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 28,940 920
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 46,780 890
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 34,790 780
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 38,330 740
Accountants and Auditors 70,820 730
Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 29,440 690
Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 32,120 680
Receptionists and Information Clerks 26,840 650

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