Labor Force

Diverse & Growing

The quality of Augusta’s labor force is recognized as one of the best in the nation, due to our history of providing workers for manufacturing and distribution for over 150 years. Augusta has been nationally recognized by multiple publications as one of the nations "Best of" communities.

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The entire Augusta MSA has a growing population, which is young, diverse, educated and upwardly mobile. An area population of more than 600,000 and a workforce of more than 270,000 represent a strong and stable labor pool for new and expanding companies. The millennial population in Augusta has increased by more than 25% in the last 5 years.

The Augusta labor force is strong for many reasons, one being the presence of Fort Gordon, home to the US Army Cyber Command. On average, 150 military personnel separate from the military each month. Of these, 60% have a background in information technology or intellegence and 70% self report as wanting to stay in the Augusta Metro Area.

Sample Wage Rates 2016

Occupation Median Wage Mean Wage Annual Mean Wage
Assembler $14.48 $14.32 29,780
Customer Service Reps $12.93 $13.55 28,180
Shipping Clerk $14.32 $15.58 32,400
Executive Secretary $19.89 $21.93 45,610
Welder $19.22 $21.11 43,900
Administrative Assistant $14.92 $15.51 32,260
Electrician $20.59 $22.03 45,810
Maintenance Mechanic $18.67 $20.87 43,410
Machinist $20.84 $20.89 43,440
Civil Engineer $42.50 $45.99 95,650
Network and Computer Systems Administrators $34.40 $35.73 74,320
Ind Production Mgrs $47.05 $50.08 104,160
Computer Network Architects $42.43 $45.04 93,690
Chemical Engineers $36.00 $38.43 79,940
Computer Occupations $37.56 $38.80 80,700
Engineering Managers $65.34 $69.50 144,570
  Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Augusta MSA
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