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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

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 382310 $42540 $20.45 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 63690 $33890 $16.29 14.8
3 Sales and Related Occupations 40170 $34160 $16.42 10.15
4 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 35600 $20620 $9.91 8.3
5 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 30470 $32400 $15.58 6.45
6 Production Occupations 27160 $35050 $16.85 5.85
7 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 26540 $64440 $30.98 5.75
8 Management Occupations 21710 $96450 $46.37 6.05
9 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 19340 $46120 $22.17 6.15
10 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 17290 $42460 $20.41 3.8
11 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 15080 $62670 $30.13 5.05
12 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 14000 $24790 $11.92 3.7
13 Retail Salespersons 13230 $25480 $12.25 3.1
14 Construction and Extraction Occupations 13220 $40920 $19.67 4.4
15 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 10650 $18540 $8.91 2.15
16 Personal Care and Service Occupations 10350 $22810 $10.97 4.1
17 Healthcare Support Occupations 10090 $28010 $13.47 3.05
18 Cashiers 9830 $19800 $9.52 2.25
19 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 8810 $27370 $13.16 1.6
20 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 8450 $24050 $11.56 1.6
21 Protective Service Occupations 8420 $39580 $19.03 2.25
22 Registered Nurses 8280 $55540 $26.7 1.9
23 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 8110 $43020 $20.68 1.2
24 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 8110 $84880 $40.81 1.65
25 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 7780 $31790 $15.29 1.6
26 Office Clerks, General 7470 $31270 $15.04 2
27 Customer Service Representatives 7400 $30860 $14.84 1.75
28 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 7390 $69400 $33.37 2.8
29 Waiters and Waitresses 7360 $20100 $9.66 1.6
30 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 6990 $25360 $12.19 1.2
31 General and Operations Managers 6100 $110470 $53.11 1.4
32 Team Assemblers 5810 $31470 $15.13 0.75
33 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 4850 $54700 $26.3 1
34 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 4620 $36140 $17.37 1.1
35 Community and Social Service Occupations 4380 $37380 $17.97 1.65
36 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 3990 $43350 $20.84 1
37 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 3660 $45080 $21.68 1.7
38 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 3600 $37620 $18.09 0.9
39 Nursing Assistants 3540 $24330 $11.7 1.05
40 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 3110 $59250 $28.48 1
41 Security Guards 3080 $35230 $16.94 0.7
42 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 3030 $65950 $31.71 0.9
43 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 2800 $38060 $18.3 0.5
44 Cooks, Restaurant 2720 $22620 $10.87 0.75
45 Construction Laborers 2700 $30550 $14.69 0.8
46 Receptionists and Information Clerks 2470 $26620 $12.8 0.7
47 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 2440 $43020 $20.68 0.6
48 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 2430 $29850 $14.35 0.6
49 Accountants and Auditors 2380 $67140 $32.28 0.9
50 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 2350 $19380 $9.32 1
51 Packers and Packagers, Hand 2250 $20440 $9.83 0.45
52 Driver/Sales Workers 2150 $23140 $11.13 0.3
53 Medical Assistants 2140 $30220 $14.53 0.45
54 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 2050 $62590 $30.09 0.7
55 Legal Occupations 1990 $98320 $47.27 0.8
56 Personal Care Aides 1950 $20090 $9.66 1.3
57 Cooks, Fast Food 1890 $18350 $8.82 0.3
58 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 1860 $36980 $17.78 0.5
59 Financial Managers 1830 $103680 $49.85 0.4
60 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 1830 $28780 $13.84 0.4
61 Electricians 1820 $48940 $23.53 0.4
62 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 1770 $37260 $17.91 0.6
63 Food Preparation Workers 1740 $20460 $9.84 0.6
64 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 1730 $56310 $27.07 0.4
65 Billing and Posting Clerks 1710 $32430 $15.59 0.35
66 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 1640 $26440 $12.71 0.8
67 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 1630 $58620 $28.18 0.3
68 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 1600 $58030 $27.9 0.4
69 Pharmacy Technicians 1590 $28380 $13.64 0.25
70 Computer User Support Specialists 1420 $44340 $21.32 0.4
71 Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers 1390 $17590 $8.46 0.1
72 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 1360 $18810 $9.04 0.25
73 Medical Secretaries 1360 $29700 $14.28 0.4
74 Dishwashers 1350 $18810 $9.04 0.3
75 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers 1330 $42720 $20.54 0.2
76 Medical and Health Services Managers 1320 $90970 $43.73 0.2
77 Food Service Managers 1290 $45980 $22.11 0.2
78 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 1290 $42620 $20.49 0.45
79 Human Resources Specialists 1280 $55210 $26.54 0.3
80 Childcare Workers 1270 $18560 $8.93 0.8
81 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 1260 $23240 $11.17 0.3
82 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 1260 $36980 $17.78 0.3
83 Helpers--Production Workers 1240 $27540 $13.24 0.3
84 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 1220 $29020 $13.95 0.35
85 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products 1200 $77770 $37.39 0.2
86 Tellers 1190 $27350 $13.15 0.3
87 Correctional Officers and Jailers 1180 $31660 $15.22 0.3
88 First-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers 1180 $72580 $34.89 0.3
89 Home Health Aides 1180 $20050 $9.64 0.7
90 Telemarketers 1150 $25430 $12.23 0.15
91 Lawyers 1130 $133300 $64.09 0.5
92 Sales Managers 1120 $101770 $48.93 0.2
93 Managers, All Other 1110 $94040 $45.21 0.65
94 Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks 1110 $55320 $26.6 0.2
95 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 1110 $18550 $8.92 0.3
96 Pharmacists 1080 $125310 $60.24 0.2
97 Civil Engineers 1070 $104780 $50.38 0.2
98 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 1050 $24320 $11.69 0.3
99 Interviewers, Except Eligibility and Loan 1050 $27460 $13.2 0.1
100 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 1030 $28590 $13.75 0.25
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Jobs More Common Near Knoxville Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 42,540 382,310
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 33,890 63,690
Sales and Related Occupations 34,160 40,170
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 20,620 35,600
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 32,400 30,470
Production Occupations 35,050 27,160
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 64,440 26,540
Management Occupations 96,450 21,710
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 46,120 19,340
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 42,460 17,290
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 62,670 15,080
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 24,790 14,000
Retail Salespersons 25,480 13,230
Construction and Extraction Occupations 40,920 13,220
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 18,540 10,650
Personal Care and Service Occupations 22,810 10,350
Healthcare Support Occupations 28,010 10,090
Cashiers 19,800 9,830
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 27,370 8,810
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 24,050 8,450
Protective Service Occupations 39,580 8,420
Registered Nurses 55,540 8,280
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 43,020 8,110
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 84,880 8,110
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 31,790 7,780
Office Clerks, General 31,270 7,470
Customer Service Representatives 30,860 7,400
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 69,400 7,390
Waiters and Waitresses 20,100 7,360
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 25,360 6,990
General and Operations Managers 110,470 6,100
Team Assemblers 31,470 5,810
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 54,700 4,850
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 36,140 4,620
Community and Social Service Occupations 37,380 4,380
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 43,350 3,990
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 45,080 3,660
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 37,620 3,600
Nursing Assistants 24,330 3,540
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 59,250 3,110
Security Guards 35,230 3,080
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 65,950 3,030
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 38,060 2,800
Cooks, Restaurant 22,620 2,720
Construction Laborers 30,550 2,700
Receptionists and Information Clerks 26,620 2,470
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 43,020 2,440
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 29,850 2,430
Accountants and Auditors 67,140 2,380
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 19,380 2,350

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 42,540 382,310
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 33,890 63,690
Sales and Related Occupations 34,160 40,170
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 32,400 30,470
Production Occupations 35,050 27,160
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 64,440 26,540
Management Occupations 96,450 21,710
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 46,120 19,340
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 42,460 17,290
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 62,670 15,080
Retail Salespersons 25,480 13,230
Construction and Extraction Occupations 40,920 13,220
Healthcare Support Occupations 28,010 10,090
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 27,370 8,810
Protective Service Occupations 39,580 8,420
Registered Nurses 55,540 8,280
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 43,020 8,110
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 84,880 8,110
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 31,790 7,780
Office Clerks, General 31,270 7,470
Customer Service Representatives 30,860 7,400
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 69,400 7,390
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 25,360 6,990
General and Operations Managers 110,470 6,100
Team Assemblers 31,470 5,810
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 54,700 4,850
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 36,140 4,620
Community and Social Service Occupations 37,380 4,380
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 43,350 3,990
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 45,080 3,660
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 37,620 3,600
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 59,250 3,110
Security Guards 35,230 3,080
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 65,950 3,030
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 38,060 2,800
Construction Laborers 30,550 2,700
Receptionists and Information Clerks 26,620 2,470
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 43,020 2,440
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 29,850 2,430
Accountants and Auditors 67,140 2,380
Medical Assistants 30,220 2,140
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 62,590 2,050
Legal Occupations 98,320 1,990
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 36,980 1,860
Financial Managers 103,680 1,830
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 28,780 1,830
Electricians 48,940 1,820
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 37,260 1,770
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 56,310 1,730
Billing and Posting Clerks 32,430 1,710

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