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Knoxville Employment

Employment and Industries in the Knoxville, Tennessee Area

Knoxville is at the center of the Tennessee Valley Corridor, which is known for its high-tech industry. Knoxville has a diversified economy. The University of Tennessee at Knoxville, the nearby U.S. Department of Energy facility, and the Tennessee Valley Authority headquarters have important economic roles for the region. These institutions participate in a technology transfer program that has led to the creation of numerous businesses. The region also includes an unusually high number of incubator facilities.

Knoxville is the home of numerous manufacturing firms, distribution and warehousing companies and several telemarketing divisions of large companies. Knoxville also includes a thriving tourist industry due to being near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and other attractions. Other significant economic factors are zinc and coal mining, tobacco, livestock and dairy products and food crops. The professional, scientific and technical services sector and the food services industry are growing sectors for the economy.

Employment is provided by companies producing items such as manufactured housing, motor vehicle supplies, clothing, aluminum products, processed foods, plastics and pleasure boats.

Tennessee's FastTrack Training Services Program offers financial assistance for new and expanding companies and industry training. The program's representatives work with companies to create customized training programs.

The Knoxville region's largest employers:

  • Covenant Health
  • The University of Tennessee at Knoxville
  • Knox County Public School System
  • Walmart Stores
  • St. Mary's Health System
  • Baptists Health System of East Tennessee
  • City of Knoxville
  • University of Tennessee Medical Center
  • Clayton Homes
  • State of Tennessee Regional Offices
  • Aluminum Company of America
  • Denso Manufacturing Tennessee
  • Food City
  • Blount Memorial Hospital
  • Kroger Company
  • U.S. Postal Service
  • Tennessee Valley Authority
  • Sea Ray Boats
  • DeRoyal Industries
  • East Tennessee Children's Hospital

Knoxville's primary nonagricultural job providing sectors:

  • Trade, transportation and utilities
  • Government
  • Leisure and hospitality
  • Manufacturing
  • Professional and business services
  • Health services
  • Educational services

Noteworthy information about Knoxville, Tennessee: Estimated median household income in 2007: $34,000. Cost of living index in 2008: 82.5 (U.S. average: 100). Adult population which has earned a bachelor's degree or higher: 25%.

Local companies have access to useful associations including:

Local business and economic news is provided by the Knoxville News Sentinel.

Jobs in Knoxville

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations380260$43,840$21.08100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations63440$34,800$16.7314.35
3Sales and Related Occupations41700$34,300$16.499.9
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations35050$20,840$10.028.55
5Transportation and Material Moving Occupations28530$33,730$16.226.55
6Production Occupations26270$37,610$18.085.7
7Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations25320$67,220$32.325.8
8Management Occupations21830$98,850$47.526.15
9Education, Training, and Library Occupations19320$47,350$22.766.05
10Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations16510$44,090$21.23.8
11Business and Financial Operations Occupations15130$63,930$30.745.25
12Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations14510$24,550$11.83.65
13Construction and Extraction Occupations13160$41,150$19.784.45
14Retail Salespersons12440$25,340$12.182.85
15Cashiers11050$19,710$9.482.2
16Personal Care and Service Occupations10370$23,540$11.324.3
17Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food10320$18,790$9.032.3
18Healthcare Support Occupations10050$28,680$13.793
19Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners8620$22,710$10.921.55
20Architecture and Engineering Occupations8510$86,760$41.711.7
21Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand8490$29,070$13.971.7
22Computer and Mathematical Occupations8130$70,610$33.952.9
23Protective Service Occupations7800$41,110$19.762.2
24Office Clerks, General7580$32,230$15.491.9
25Stock Clerks and Order Fillers7380$26,180$12.591.3
26Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive7380$33,430$16.071.5
27Registered Nurses7370$56,700$27.261.95
28Customer Service Representatives7320$32,150$15.461.75
29Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers7100$43,390$20.861.2
30Waiters and Waitresses7090$19,280$9.271.7
31General and Operations Managers5740$111,410$53.561.5
32First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers5030$55,460$26.660.95
33Community and Social Service Occupations4600$38,290$18.411.65
34Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers4570$33,760$16.230
35First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers4560$41,490$19.951
36Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks4080$37,560$18.061.05
37Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations3920$48,470$23.31.8
38Maintenance and Repair Workers, General3620$38,920$18.710.9
39Nursing Assistants3520$24,600$11.831
40Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations3360$70,590$33.940.8
41Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products3010$58,950$28.340.9
42Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses3000$38,210$18.370.5
43Cooks, Restaurant2920$22,700$10.910.8
44First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers2760$29,800$14.330.6
45Construction Laborers2670$30,460$14.650.8
46Security Guards2620$36,330$17.470.7
47Sales Representatives, Services, All Other2540$45,590$21.920.6
48Personal Care Aides2460$20,060$9.651.5
49Receptionists and Information Clerks2200$26,920$12.940.7
50Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners2200$19,450$9.350.9
51Legal Occupations2170$97,030$46.650.8
52Accountants and Auditors2120$71,550$34.40.9
53First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers2070$60,430$29.050.4
54Business Operations Specialists, All Other2050$65,390$31.440.7
55Medical Assistants2000$30,890$14.850.45
56Electricians2000$49,290$23.70.4
57Financial Managers1950$103,660$49.840.4
58Driver/Sales Workers1920$23,050$11.080.3
59Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks1890$29,530$14.20.4
60Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics1870$37,090$17.830.5
61Food Preparation Workers1850$21,020$10.110.6
62Computer User Support Specialists1850$44,980$21.630.4
63Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers1830$27,830$13.380.8
64Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers1790$37,480$18.020.6
65Packers and Packagers, Hand1750$21,640$10.40.45
66Billing and Posting Clerks1730$34,180$16.430.3
67First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers1610$56,710$27.270.4
68First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers1610$60,020$28.860.3
69Dishwashers1540$19,420$9.330.3
70Cooks, Fast Food1530$19,470$9.360.3
71Production Workers, All Other1480$49,700$23.90.2
72Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers1450$42,330$20.350.4
73Pharmacy Technicians1430$28,500$13.70.3
74Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers1400$39,780$19.130.3
75Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers1400$18,350$8.820.1
76Medical Secretaries1400$30,250$14.540.4
77Helpers--Production Workers1370$27,590$13.260.3
78Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop1350$18,350$8.820.3
79Childcare Workers1330$19,430$9.340.8
80First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors1330$53,750$25.840
81Human Resources Specialists1310$59,700$28.70.35
82Tellers1300$27,360$13.150.3
83Medical and Health Services Managers1250$98,020$47.120.25
84Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria1250$24,210$11.640.3
85Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products1240$80,480$38.690.2
86Insurance Sales Agents1240$56,590$27.20.3
87Managers, All Other1220$103,820$49.910.6
88First-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers1210$66,060$31.760.3
89Nurse Practitioners1210$93,920$45.150.1
90Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers1190$45,150$21.710.2
91Telemarketers1180$25,220$12.120.1
92Lawyers1160$138,030$66.360.5
93Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop1140$19,220$9.240.3
94Correctional Officers and Jailers1130$32,910$15.820.25
95Home Health Aides1130$21,420$10.30.7
96Carpenters1120$37,740$18.140.7
97Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers1100$39,120$18.810.3
98Bill and Account Collectors1090$29,770$14.310.2
99Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators1080$31,050$14.930.35
100Bus Drivers, School or Special Client1050$27,680$13.310.3
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Jobs More Common Near Knoxville Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$43,840380,260
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$34,80063,440
Sales and Related Occupations$34,30041,700
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$20,84035,050
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$33,73028,530
Production Occupations$37,61026,270
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$67,22025,320
Management Occupations$98,85021,830
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$47,35019,320
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$44,09016,510
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$63,93015,130
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$24,55014,510
Construction and Extraction Occupations$41,15013,160
Retail Salespersons$25,34012,440
Cashiers$19,71011,050
Personal Care and Service Occupations$23,54010,370
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$18,79010,320
Healthcare Support Occupations$28,68010,050
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$22,7108,620
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$86,7608,510
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$29,0708,490
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$70,6108,130
Protective Service Occupations$41,1107,800
Office Clerks, General$32,2307,580
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$26,1807,380
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$33,4307,380
Registered Nurses$56,7007,370
Customer Service Representatives$32,1507,320
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$43,3907,100
Waiters and Waitresses$19,2807,090
General and Operations Managers$111,4105,740
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$55,4605,030
Community and Social Service Occupations$38,2904,600
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$33,7604,570
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$41,4904,560
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$37,5604,080
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$48,4703,920
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$38,9203,620
Nursing Assistants$24,6003,520
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$70,5903,360
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$58,9503,010
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$38,2103,000
Cooks, Restaurant$22,7002,920
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$29,8002,760
Construction Laborers$30,4602,670
Security Guards$36,3302,620
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$45,5902,540
Personal Care Aides$20,0602,460
Receptionists and Information Clerks$26,9202,200
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$19,4502,200

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$43,840380,260
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$34,80063,440
Sales and Related Occupations$34,30041,700
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$33,73028,530
Production Occupations$37,61026,270
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$67,22025,320
Management Occupations$98,85021,830
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$47,35019,320
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$44,09016,510
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$63,93015,130
Construction and Extraction Occupations$41,15013,160
Retail Salespersons$25,34012,440
Healthcare Support Occupations$28,68010,050
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$86,7608,510
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$29,0708,490
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$70,6108,130
Protective Service Occupations$41,1107,800
Office Clerks, General$32,2307,580
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$26,1807,380
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$33,4307,380
Registered Nurses$56,7007,370
Customer Service Representatives$32,1507,320
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$43,3907,100
General and Operations Managers$111,4105,740
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$55,4605,030
Community and Social Service Occupations$38,2904,600
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$33,7604,570
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$41,4904,560
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$37,5604,080
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$48,4703,920
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$38,9203,620
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$70,5903,360
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$58,9503,010
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$38,2103,000
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$29,8002,760
Construction Laborers$30,4602,670
Security Guards$36,3302,620
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$45,5902,540
Receptionists and Information Clerks$26,9202,200
Legal Occupations$97,0302,170
Accountants and Auditors$71,5502,120
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$60,4302,070
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$65,3902,050
Medical Assistants$30,8902,000
Electricians$49,2902,000
Financial Managers$103,6601,950
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks$29,5301,890
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$37,0901,870
Computer User Support Specialists$44,9801,850
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$27,8301,830

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