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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

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations241810$42,870$20.61100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations38980$34,020$16.3614.35
3Sales and Related Occupations25230$36,260$17.439.9
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations23250$20,950$10.078.55
5Production Occupations22750$34,720$16.695.7
6Transportation and Material Moving Occupations20630$33,490$16.16.55
7Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations16160$66,810$32.125.8
8Management Occupations13530$94,990$45.676.15
9Education, Training, and Library Occupations11250$48,320$23.236.05
10Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations10400$45,630$21.943.8
11Business and Financial Operations Occupations10090$62,590$30.095.25
12Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers8750$36,510$17.561.2
13Retail Salespersons7840$28,420$13.662.85
14Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations7650$24,240$11.653.65
15Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food7450$19,190$9.232.3
16Cashiers6940$20,010$9.622.2
17Healthcare Support Occupations6910$29,090$13.993
18Construction and Extraction Occupations6870$41,840$20.114.45
19Personal Care and Service Occupations6370$23,840$11.464.3
20Customer Service Representatives6070$32,490$15.621.75
21Registered Nurses5670$57,040$27.421.95
22Office Clerks, General5130$29,840$14.351.9
23Computer and Mathematical Occupations4990$76,470$36.772.9
24Protective Service Occupations4950$36,790$17.692.2
25Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers4790$32,240$15.50
26Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand4560$28,400$13.651.7
27Waiters and Waitresses4440$19,780$9.511.7
28Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners4030$22,640$10.881.55
29Architecture and Engineering Occupations3960$79,320$38.131.7
30Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive3790$32,780$15.761.5
31Stock Clerks and Order Fillers3770$25,970$12.491.3
32General and Operations Managers3570$106,600$51.251.5
33First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers2970$52,610$25.30.95
34First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers2870$44,210$21.261
35Nursing Assistants2640$25,680$12.351
36Community and Social Service Occupations2500$42,150$20.261.65
37Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks2430$37,150$17.861.05
38Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations2390$47,110$22.651.8
39Personal Care Aides2280$21,270$10.231.5
40Maintenance and Repair Workers, General2250$38,590$18.550.9
41Business Operations Specialists, All Other2120$57,830$27.80.7
42Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1960$20,800$100.9
43Food Preparation Workers1900$20,000$9.620.6
44Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses1770$39,010$18.750.5
45Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers1770$43,460$20.890.3
46Cooks, Restaurant1720$24,950$120.8
47Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers1720$33,320$16.020.6
48Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products1720$71,300$34.280.9
49Receptionists and Information Clerks1630$27,240$13.10.7
50First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers1620$28,690$13.80.6
51Medical Assistants1490$31,320$15.060.45
52Sales Representatives, Services, All Other1490$58,350$28.050.6
53Security Guards1450$29,650$14.260.7
54First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers1410$55,320$26.60.4
55Electricians1350$48,640$23.390.4
56Human Resources Specialists1280$52,400$25.190.35
57Accountants and Auditors1240$66,580$32.010.9
58Billing and Posting Clerks1190$32,670$15.710.3
59Construction Laborers1180$31,720$15.250.8
60Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers1090$40,710$19.570.4
61Financial Managers1080$109,230$52.510.4
62Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks1080$31,780$15.280.4
63Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators1070$32,260$15.510.35
64Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers1070$36,030$17.320.3
65Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop1060$18,530$8.910.3
66Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics1050$41,800$20.10.5
67Managers, All Other1050$95,770$46.040.6
68Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations1030$55,050$26.470.8
69First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers980$64,160$30.850.3
70Computer Systems Analysts950$83,050$39.930.4
71Industrial Machinery Mechanics940$49,010$23.560.2
72Helpers--Production Workers910$27,440$13.190.3
73Textile Winding, Twisting, and Drawing Out Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders910$27,800$13.360
74Pharmacy Technicians870$30,350$14.590.3
75Packers and Packagers, Hand830$22,340$10.740.45
76Interviewers, Except Eligibility and Loan810$32,930$15.830.1
77Printing Press Operators810$30,100$14.470.1
78Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop800$18,700$8.990.3
79Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks800$36,960$17.770.2
80Medical Secretaries800$31,610$15.20.4
81First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors780$54,450$26.180
82Childcare Workers770$20,840$10.020.8
83Computer User Support Specialists750$55,550$26.710.4
84First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers730$57,260$27.530.4
85Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers730$26,650$12.810.8
86Software Developers, Applications730$85,350$41.040.55
87Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products720$79,700$38.320.2
88Computer Programmers710$84,960$40.850.2
89Nurse Practitioners710$102,440$49.250.1
90Tellers710$28,160$13.540.3
91Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists690$44,280$21.290.2
92Medical and Health Services Managers680$99,680$47.920.25
93Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks670$42,930$20.640.2
94Counter and Rental Clerks660$26,420$12.70.3
95Cooks, Fast Food640$21,050$10.120.3
96Dishwashers630$19,700$9.470.3
97Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations630$29,190$14.030.65
98Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators630$27,440$13.190
99Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants620$51,550$24.790.35
100Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers620$45,720$21.980.2
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Jobs More Common Near Chattanooga Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$42,870241,810
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$34,02038,980
Sales and Related Occupations$36,26025,230
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$20,95023,250
Production Occupations$34,72022,750
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$33,49020,630
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$66,81016,160
Management Occupations$94,99013,530
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$48,32011,250
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$45,63010,400
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$62,59010,090
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$36,5108,750
Retail Salespersons$28,4207,840
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$24,2407,650
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$19,1907,450
Cashiers$20,0106,940
Healthcare Support Occupations$29,0906,910
Construction and Extraction Occupations$41,8406,870
Personal Care and Service Occupations$23,8406,370
Customer Service Representatives$32,4906,070
Registered Nurses$57,0405,670
Office Clerks, General$29,8405,130
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$76,4704,990
Protective Service Occupations$36,7904,950
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$32,2404,790
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$28,4004,560
Waiters and Waitresses$19,7804,440
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$22,6404,030
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$79,3203,960
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$32,7803,790
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$25,9703,770
General and Operations Managers$106,6003,570
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$52,6102,970
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$44,2102,870
Nursing Assistants$25,6802,640
Community and Social Service Occupations$42,1502,500
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$37,1502,430
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$47,1102,390
Personal Care Aides$21,2702,280
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$38,5902,250
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$57,8302,120
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$20,8001,960
Food Preparation Workers$20,0001,900
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$39,0101,770
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers$43,4601,770
Cooks, Restaurant$24,9501,720
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$33,3201,720
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$71,3001,720
Receptionists and Information Clerks$27,2401,630
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$28,6901,620

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$42,870241,810
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$34,02038,980
Sales and Related Occupations$36,26025,230
Production Occupations$34,72022,750
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$33,49020,630
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$66,81016,160
Management Occupations$94,99013,530
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$48,32011,250
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$45,63010,400
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$62,59010,090
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$36,5108,750
Retail Salespersons$28,4207,840
Healthcare Support Occupations$29,0906,910
Construction and Extraction Occupations$41,8406,870
Customer Service Representatives$32,4906,070
Registered Nurses$57,0405,670
Office Clerks, General$29,8405,130
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$76,4704,990
Protective Service Occupations$36,7904,950
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$32,2404,790
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$28,4004,560
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$79,3203,960
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$32,7803,790
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$25,9703,770
General and Operations Managers$106,6003,570
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$52,6102,970
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$44,2102,870
Nursing Assistants$25,6802,640
Community and Social Service Occupations$42,1502,500
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$37,1502,430
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$47,1102,390
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$38,5902,250
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$57,8302,120
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$39,0101,770
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers$43,4601,770
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$33,3201,720
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$71,3001,720
Receptionists and Information Clerks$27,2401,630
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$28,6901,620
Medical Assistants$31,3201,490
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$58,3501,490
Security Guards$29,6501,450
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$55,3201,410
Electricians$48,6401,350
Human Resources Specialists$52,4001,280
Accountants and Auditors$66,5801,240
Billing and Posting Clerks$32,6701,190
Construction Laborers$31,7201,180
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers$40,7101,090
Financial Managers$109,2301,080

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