Alabama Occupational Statistics

  • Total Employees in the State: 1,943,750
  • 1 Year Change in Employment: -148,210 (-7.1%)
  • Average Annual Pay in the State: $43,791
  • 1 Year Change in Annual Pay: $4,099 (10.3%)

Occupation Categories

There are 1,943,750 employed workers in Alabama. The occupation with the greatest number of workers is Office and Administrative Support Occupations, which employs 280,290 people. This represents 14.4% of all workers in the state. The next 2 occupations that have the most workers are Production Occupations and Sales and Related Occupations, which employ 218,860 and 211,600 respectively.

Occupation Category# Employees% of State
Office and Administrative Support Occupations280,29014.4%
Production Occupations218,86011.3%
Sales and Related Occupations211,60010.9%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations178,5909.2%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations148,7007.7%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations131,0006.7%
Education Training and Library Occupations103,6405.3%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations93,1704.8%
Construction and Extraction Occupations77,8404.0%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations74,3703.8%
Management Occupations73,8603.8%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations58,3103.0%
Healthcare Support Occupations53,6302.8%
Personal Care and Service Occupations49,4602.5%
Protective Service Occupations44,5202.3%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations43,5102.2%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations41,5602.1%
Community and Social Service Occupations18,7201.0%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations17,7000.9%
Legal Occupations10,0600.5%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations8,5600.4%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations5,8000.3%

Occupation Changes Since Last Year

The occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers is Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations, which currently employs 178,590 people. In the last year, the number of workers has increased from 173,300 an increase of 5,290 or 3.1%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Construction and Extraction Occupations and Management Occupations, which increased 3,970 and 3,910 respectively.

The occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Office and Administrative Support Occupations, which currently employs 280,290 people. In the last year, the number of workers has decreased from 282,400 or 0.7%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Sales and Related Occupations and Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations, which decreased 2,070 and 560 respectively.


Occupation Changes Since 2009

The occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers, since the recession ended in 2009, is Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations, which currently employs 178,590 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has increased from 147,300 an increase of 31,290 or 21.2%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Production Occupations and Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations, which increased 26,240 and 17,480 respectively.

The occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Office and Administrative Support Occupations, which currently employs 280,290 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has decreased from 302,570 or 7.4%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Construction and Extraction Occupations and Education Training and Library Occupations, which decreased 13,780 and 3,870 respectively.

Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Personal Care and Service Occupations49,46036.1%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations41,56021.6%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations178,59021.2%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations74,37020.0%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations131,00015.4%
Production Occupations218,86013.6%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations43,5109.2%
Community and Social Service Occupations18,7209.0%
Legal Occupations10,0607.7%
Healthcare Support Occupations53,6305.6%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations58,3105.5%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations93,1703.0%
Protective Service Occupations44,5202.1%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations148,7001.3%
Sales and Related Occupations211,600-0.1%
Management Occupations73,860-1.7%
Education Training and Library Occupations103,640-3.6%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations17,700-6.8%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations280,290-7.4%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations5,800-12.1%
Construction and Extraction Occupations77,840-15.0%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations8,560-17.5%


Detailed Occupations

The detailed occupation with the greatest number of workers is Cashiers, which employs 65,540 people. This represents 3.4% of all workers in the state. The next 2 occupations that have the most workers are Retail Salespersons and Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food, which employ 63,530 and 62,030 respectively.

The Top 10 Occupations in Alabama are:
Occupation Category# Employees% of State
Cashiers65,5403.4%
Retail Salespersons63,5303.3%
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food62,0303.2%
Registered Nurses49,4902.5%
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants Except Legal Medical and Executive46,1002.4%
Laborers and Freight Stock and Material Movers Hand40,5102.1%
Assemblers and Fabricators All Other Including Team Assemblers37,7001.9%
Customer Service Representatives34,7501.8%
Waiters and Waitresses34,0201.8%
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers32,1701.7%

Detailed Occupations Since 2009

The detailed occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers is Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food, which currently employs 62,030 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has increased from 38,430 an increase of 23,600 or 61.4%. The next 2 detailed occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Personal Care Aides and Customer Service Representatives, which increased 10,760 and 9,270 respectively.

The detailed occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Cooks Fast Food, which currently employs 6,160 people. In the last year, the number of workers has decreased from 12,740 or 51.6%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Stock Clerks and Order Fillers and Home Health Aides, which decreased 5,020 and 4,870 respectively.


The Top 10 Detailed Occupations With The Largest Increase Since 2009 are:
Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Occupational Health and Safety Technicians290383.3%
Grounds Maintenance Workers All Other320357.1%
Personal Care Aides14,310303.1%
Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians420281.8%
Postsecondary Teachers All Other3,180278.6%
Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers3,350272.2%
Massage Therapists480242.9%
Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders320220.0%
Engine and Other Machine Assemblers1,620217.6%
Radio Cellular and Tower Equipment Installers and Repairers490206.3%


The 10 Occupations With The Largest Decrease Since 2009 are:
Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Etchers and Engravers40-84.6%
Respiratory Therapy Technicians130-75.9%
Medical Scientists Except Epidemiologists180-74.3%
Conveyor Operators and Tenders190-74.0%
Insulation Workers Mechanical340-73.4%
Railroad Brake Signal and Switch Operators120-73.3%
Order Clerks770-71.8%
Textile Bleaching and Dyeing Machine Operators and Tenders130-71.1%
Funeral Service Managers160-70.9%
Helpers--Carpenters380-70.8%

Occupation Pay

The occupation with the highest annual pay is Management Occupations, which pays an average of $109,680 per year. This represents 150.5% above the state average pay. The next 2 occupations that have the highest average pay are Architecture and Engineering Occupations and Legal Occupations, which pay $87,340 and $86,770 per year, respectively.

Occupation CategoryAvg Payvs State Avg
Management Occupations$109,680250.5%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$87,340199.4%
Legal Occupations$86,770198.1%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$84,290192.5%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$71,700163.7%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$67,090153.2%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations$64,860148.1%
Education Training and Library Occupations$48,690111.2%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations$46,220105.5%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations$46,120105.3%
Community and Social Service Occupations$44,790102.3%
Construction and Extraction Occupations$42,33096.7%
Protective Service Occupations$38,45087.8%
Production Occupations$35,85081.9%
Sales and Related Occupations$35,19080.4%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations$35,05080.0%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$34,81079.5%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$33,48076.5%
Healthcare Support Occupations$27,44062.7%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$25,56058.4%
Personal Care and Service Occupations$23,22053.0%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$21,38048.8%

Occupation Pay Changes Since 2009

The occupation with the largest increase in the average annual pay, since the recession ended in 2009, is Management Occupations, which currently pays an average of $109,680 per year. Since 2009, pay has increased from $91,650 an increase of $18,030 or 19.7%. The next 2 occupations that pay the most to their workers are Computer and Mathematical Occupations and Architecture and Engineering Occupations, which increased $15,350 and $14,650 respectively.

Occupation CategoryAnnual $% Change
Construction and Extraction Occupations$42,33024.1%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$84,29022.3%
Healthcare Support Occupations$27,44021.6%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations$35,05021.4%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$87,34020.2%
Sales and Related Occupations$35,19019.7%
Management Occupations$109,68019.7%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$25,56019.2%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$34,81018.8%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$21,38017.7%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations$46,12016.9%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$71,70016.5%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations$46,22015.9%
Protective Service Occupations$38,45015.1%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$33,48014.4%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations$64,86014.3%
Production Occupations$35,85013.8%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$67,09012.3%
Community and Social Service Occupations$44,79012.2%
Education Training and Library Occupations$48,6908.8%
Personal Care and Service Occupations$23,2208.1%
Legal Occupations$86,7700.8%


Detailed Occupation Annual Compensation

The detailed occupation that pays their workers the most is Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which pays $284,380 per year. This represents 649.4% above the state average of $43,791. The next 2 occupations that pay their workers the most are Surgeons and Internists General, which pay $278,810 and $236,850 respectively.

Highest Paid Occupations

The Top 10 Paying Occupations in Alabama are:
Occupation CategoryAnn'l Pay% of State
Obstetricians and Gynecologists$284,380649.4%
Surgeons$278,810636.7%
Internists General$236,850540.9%
Pediatricians General$220,910504.5%
Family and General Practitioners$211,550483.1%
Chief Executives$204,590467.2%
Physicians and Surgeons All Other$183,510419.1%
Dentists General$171,900392.5%
Psychiatrists$166,220379.6%
Nurse Anesthetists$161,780369.4%

Lowest Paid Occupations

The 10 Lowest Paying Occupations in Alabama are:
Occupation CategoryAnn'l Pay% of State
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food$18,68042.7%
Bus Drivers School or Special Client$18,72042.7%
Ushers Lobby Attendants and Ticket Takers$18,87043.1%
Substitute Teachers$19,11043.6%
Hosts and Hostesses Restaurant Lounge and Coffee Shop$19,18043.8%
Cooks Fast Food$19,22043.9%
Personal Care Aides$19,25044.0%
Lifeguards Ski Patrol and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers$19,30044.1%
Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers$19,43044.4%
Waiters and Waitresses$19,75045.1%



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