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. 

Sample Wage Rates 2018

Occupation Median Wage Mean Wage Annual Mean Wage
Assembler $16.83 $17.41 36,220
Customer Service Reps $13.64 $14.23 29,590
Shipping Clerk $17.06 $17.25 35,890
Executive Secretary $23.53 $24.33 50,610
Welder $20.73 $22.90 47,620
Administrative Assistant $16.35 $16.61 34,550
Electrician $21.71 $22.34 46,460
Industrial Machinery Mechanic $26.32 $25.88 43,830
Machinist $22.85 $22.75 47,320
Civil Engineer $46.12 $49.96 103,910
Network and Computer Systems Administrators $34.49 $35.65 74,140
Ind Production Mgrs $52.94 $55.02 114,450
Computer Network Architects $42.27 $47.92 99,670
Chemical Engineers $38.52 $41.79 86,920
Computer Occupations $38.81 $39.77 82,720
Engineering Managers $71.31 $77.97 162,190
  Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Augusta MSA
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