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Chattanooga Employment

Employment and Industries in the Chattanooga, Tennessee Area

The economy in Chattanooga, Tennessee is primarily based on manufacturing and service industries. Tourism is also an important component of the economy. Growing sectors include financial, professional and business services, and information.

Companies with headquarters in Chattanooga include Brach & Confections, UNUM Provident Corp., Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Tennessee, Chattam Inc., Dixie Yarns, Olan Mills, and North American Royalties. The city also includes the headquarters of Division of Power of Tennessee Valley Authority, one of the nation's largest utilities.

Employment is provided in industries that produce iron and steel products, cosmetics, processed foods, petroleum products, textiles, machinery, pharmaceuticals and furniture.

Tennessee's Fast Track Training Services Program offers financial support to new and expanding companies. The program representatives help companies put together customized training programs. In addition, Tennessee's cost of labor remains lower than many other areas in the nation.

Details regarding Chattanooga, Tennessee: Estimated median household income in 2007: $36,000. Cost of living index in 2008: 84.2. Adult population that earned a bachelor's degree or higher: 22%.

The top non-manufactures in Chattanooga:

  • Hamilton County Department of Education
  • Covenant Transport
  • Erlanger Medical Center
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee
  • Memorial Hospital
  • Tennessee Valley Authority
  • City of Chattanooga
  • UnumProvident
  • Bi-Lo Incorporated
  • Cigna Health Care

Shown below is a list of Chattanooga's top manufactures:

  • McKee Foods Corporation
  • Synthetic Industries
  • Roper Corporation
  • Pilgrim Pride Corporation
  • Astec Industries, Incorporated
  • Invista Incorporated
  • Shaw Industries
  • Olan Mills

Some of the notable companies in Chattanooga, Tennessee:

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee
  • BASF
  • Plantronics
  • Access America Transport
  • Chattem
  • Alco Chemical
  • Alstom
  • Dupont
  • Krystal
  • Norfolk Southern

Chattanooga's leading nonagricultural job providing sectors:

  • Trade, transportation and utilities
  • Manufacturing
  • Government
  • Professional and business services
  • Educational and health services
  • Leisure and hospitality
  • Financial activities

Some of the organizations that offer information and help to Chattanooga businesses are:

Chattanooga Times Free Press offers details about the endeavors of the local business community.

Jobs in Chattanooga

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 237500 $41940 $20.16 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 39410 $33430 $16.07 14.8
3 Sales and Related Occupations 24470 $36320 $17.46 10.15
4 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 22370 $20430 $9.82 8.3
5 Production Occupations 21720 $32960 $15.85 5.85
6 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 19530 $32750 $15.75 6.45
7 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 16520 $65040 $31.27 5.75
8 Management Occupations 13820 $93220 $44.82 6.05
9 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 11630 $43740 $21.03 6.15
10 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 10900 $44470 $21.38 3.8
11 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 8950 $62850 $30.22 5.05
12 Retail Salespersons 8520 $28100 $13.51 3.1
13 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 7290 $22620 $10.87 3.7
14 Construction and Extraction Occupations 7150 $40890 $19.66 4.4
15 Customer Service Representatives 6900 $31510 $15.15 1.75
16 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 6760 $37660 $18.11 1.2
17 Healthcare Support Occupations 6470 $28440 $13.67 3.05
18 Cashiers 6380 $19580 $9.41 2.25
19 Personal Care and Service Occupations 6030 $23340 $11.22 4.1
20 Registered Nurses 5830 $55910 $26.88 1.9
21 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 5780 $18380 $8.84 2.15
22 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 5070 $28180 $13.55 1.6
23 Protective Service Occupations 4830 $35330 $16.98 2.25
24 Office Clerks, General 4800 $30020 $14.43 2
25 Waiters and Waitresses 4530 $19830 $9.53 1.6
26 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 4520 $74390 $35.76 2.8
27 Team Assemblers 4360 $29740 $14.3 0.75
28 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 4270 $78180 $37.59 1.65
29 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 4000 $32050 $15.41 1.6
30 General and Operations Managers 3930 $101880 $48.98 1.4
31 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 3800 $20890 $10.04 1.6
32 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 2980 $24230 $11.65 1.2
33 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 2820 $50890 $24.46 1
34 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 2780 $47060 $22.63 1
35 Nursing Assistants 2710 $24920 $11.98 1.05
36 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 2610 $36740 $17.66 1.1
37 Community and Social Service Occupations 2500 $40280 $19.37 1.65
38 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 2470 $38240 $18.38 0.9
39 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 2210 $44080 $21.19 1.7
40 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 1860 $67170 $32.29 1
41 Cooks, Restaurant 1850 $23790 $11.44 0.75
42 Personal Care Aides 1830 $20640 $9.93 1.3
43 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 1780 $31700 $15.24 0.6
44 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1730 $19290 $9.27 1
45 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 1690 $28760 $13.82 0.6
46 Receptionists and Information Clerks 1660 $25650 $12.33 0.7
47 Food Preparation Workers 1660 $19090 $9.18 0.6
48 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 1580 $38490 $18.5 0.5
49 Medical Assistants 1560 $30380 $14.61 0.45
50 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 1440 $54000 $25.96 0.6
51 Security Guards 1410 $28320 $13.62 0.7
52 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 1350 $41540 $19.97 0.3
53 Accountants and Auditors 1320 $66470 $31.95 0.9
54 Electricians 1300 $44550 $21.42 0.4
55 Legal Occupations 1300 $94670 $45.51 0.8
56 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 1260 $31000 $14.91 0.4
57 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 1250 $54570 $26.24 0.4
58 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 1220 $32160 $15.46 0.35
59 Billing and Posting Clerks 1180 $33630 $16.17 0.35
60 Construction Laborers 1160 $30840 $14.83 0.8
61 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 1150 $63990 $30.77 0.7
62 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 1130 $39720 $19.1 0.45
63 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 1110 $17850 $8.58 0.3
64 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 1090 $58900 $28.32 0.9
65 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 1080 $40150 $19.31 0.5
66 Cooks, Fast Food 1070 $18380 $8.84 0.3
67 Financial Managers 1060 $108360 $52.1 0.4
68 Industrial Machinery Mechanics 990 $54420 $26.16 0.2
69 Pharmacy Technicians 970 $29960 $14.4 0.25
70 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 930 $36210 $17.41 0.3
71 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 910 $62740 $30.16 0.3
72 Childcare Workers 900 $20370 $9.79 0.8
73 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 900 $25610 $12.31 0.8
74 Computer Systems Analysts 890 $83760 $40.27 0.4
75 Interviewers, Except Eligibility and Loan 880 $30510 $14.67 0.1
76 Medical Secretaries 880 $30730 $14.78 0.4
77 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 860 $17940 $8.63 0.25
78 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant 810 $20740 $9.97 0.2
79 Machinists 790 $39160 $18.83 0.3
80 Packers and Packagers, Hand 790 $22870 $11 0.45
81 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 750 $45080 $21.67 0.3
82 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 740 $47870 $23.01 0.5
83 Dishwashers 740 $18600 $8.94 0.3
84 Lawyers 730 $131920 $63.42 0.5
85 Medical and Health Services Managers 730 $96460 $46.37 0.2
86 Industrial Engineers 720 $86750 $41.71 0.2
87 Sales Managers 720 $100540 $48.34 0.2
88 Tellers 720 $27550 $13.25 0.3
89 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 710 $57560 $27.67 0.4
90 Driver/Sales Workers 700 $25940 $12.47 0.3
91 Printing Press Operators 680 $30540 $14.68 0.1
92 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 680 $24710 $11.88 0.25
93 Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks 670 $19470 $9.36 0.2
94 Software Developers, Applications 670 $84320 $40.54 0.5
95 Helpers--Production Workers 660 $25160 $12.1 0.3
96 Managers, All Other 660 $94620 $45.49 0.65
97 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers 660 $46780 $22.49 0.2
98 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 610 $21520 $10.34 0.3
99 Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers 610 $19650 $9.45 0.1
100 Firefighters 610 $27310 $13.13 0.2
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Jobs More Common Near Chattanooga Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 41,940 237,500
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 33,430 39,410
Sales and Related Occupations 36,320 24,470
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 20,430 22,370
Production Occupations 32,960 21,720
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 32,750 19,530
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 65,040 16,520
Management Occupations 93,220 13,820
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 43,740 11,630
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 44,470 10,900
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 62,850 8,950
Retail Salespersons 28,100 8,520
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 22,620 7,290
Construction and Extraction Occupations 40,890 7,150
Customer Service Representatives 31,510 6,900
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 37,660 6,760
Healthcare Support Occupations 28,440 6,470
Cashiers 19,580 6,380
Personal Care and Service Occupations 23,340 6,030
Registered Nurses 55,910 5,830
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 18,380 5,780
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 28,180 5,070
Protective Service Occupations 35,330 4,830
Office Clerks, General 30,020 4,800
Waiters and Waitresses 19,830 4,530
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 74,390 4,520
Team Assemblers 29,740 4,360
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 78,180 4,270
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 32,050 4,000
General and Operations Managers 101,880 3,930
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 20,890 3,800
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 24,230 2,980
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 50,890 2,820
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 47,060 2,780
Nursing Assistants 24,920 2,710
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 36,740 2,610
Community and Social Service Occupations 40,280 2,500
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 38,240 2,470
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 44,080 2,210
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 67,170 1,860
Cooks, Restaurant 23,790 1,850
Personal Care Aides 20,640 1,830
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 31,700 1,780
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 19,290 1,730
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 28,760 1,690
Receptionists and Information Clerks 25,650 1,660
Food Preparation Workers 19,090 1,660
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 38,490 1,580
Medical Assistants 30,380 1,560
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 54,000 1,440

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Chattanooga, Tennessee Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 41,940 237,500
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 33,430 39,410
Sales and Related Occupations 36,320 24,470
Production Occupations 32,960 21,720
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 32,750 19,530
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 65,040 16,520
Management Occupations 93,220 13,820
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 43,740 11,630
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 44,470 10,900
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 62,850 8,950
Retail Salespersons 28,100 8,520
Construction and Extraction Occupations 40,890 7,150
Customer Service Representatives 31,510 6,900
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 37,660 6,760
Healthcare Support Occupations 28,440 6,470
Registered Nurses 55,910 5,830
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 28,180 5,070
Protective Service Occupations 35,330 4,830
Office Clerks, General 30,020 4,800
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 74,390 4,520
Team Assemblers 29,740 4,360
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 78,180 4,270
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 32,050 4,000
General and Operations Managers 101,880 3,930
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 50,890 2,820
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 47,060 2,780
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 36,740 2,610
Community and Social Service Occupations 40,280 2,500
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 38,240 2,470
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 44,080 2,210
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 67,170 1,860
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 31,700 1,780
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 28,760 1,690
Receptionists and Information Clerks 25,650 1,660
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 38,490 1,580
Medical Assistants 30,380 1,560
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 54,000 1,440
Security Guards 28,320 1,410
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 41,540 1,350
Accountants and Auditors 66,470 1,320
Electricians 44,550 1,300
Legal Occupations 94,670 1,300
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 31,000 1,260
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 54,570 1,250
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 32,160 1,220
Billing and Posting Clerks 33,630 1,180
Construction Laborers 30,840 1,160
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 63,990 1,150
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 39,720 1,130
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 58,900 1,090

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