Georgia Occupational Statistics

  • Total Employees in the State: 4,394,740
  • 1 Year Change in Employment: -362,710 (-7.6%)
  • Average Annual Pay in the State: $48,272
  • 1 Year Change in Annual Pay: $5,554 (13.0%)

Occupation Categories

There are 4,394,740 employed workers in Georgia. The occupation with the greatest number of workers is Office and Administrative Support Occupations, which employs 643,490 people. This represents 14.6% of all workers in the state. The next 2 occupations that have the most workers are Sales and Related Occupations and Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations, which employ 472,320 and 418,900 respectively.

Occupation Category# Employees% of State
Office and Administrative Support Occupations643,49014.6%
Sales and Related Occupations472,32010.7%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations418,9009.5%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations385,0808.8%
Production Occupations311,8207.1%
Education Training and Library Occupations270,5306.2%
Management Occupations248,8405.7%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations247,8505.6%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations242,4005.5%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations182,3904.2%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations148,6903.4%
Construction and Extraction Occupations147,4103.4%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations112,3402.6%
Personal Care and Service Occupations108,1102.5%
Protective Service Occupations106,4402.4%
Healthcare Support Occupations103,6402.4%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations62,5701.4%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations61,0401.4%
Community and Social Service Occupations50,5401.2%
Legal Occupations33,4100.8%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations25,5800.6%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations11,3500.3%

Occupation Changes Since Last Year

The occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers is Transportation and Material Moving Occupations, which currently employs 385,080 people. In the last year, the number of workers has increased from 362,710 an increase of 22,370 or 6.2%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Personal Care and Service Occupations and Sales and Related Occupations, which increased 12,520 and 9,890 respectively.

The occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Office and Administrative Support Occupations, which currently employs 643,490 people. In the last year, the number of workers has decreased from 654,430 or 1.7%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations and Education Training and Library Occupations, which decreased 3,120 and 1,990 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 418,900 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has increased from 337,300 an increase of 81,600 or 24.2%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Transportation and Material Moving Occupations and Sales and Related Occupations, which increased 76,310 and 66,330 respectively.

The occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Office and Administrative Support Occupations, which currently employs 643,490 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has decreased from 701,390 or 8.3%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Education Training and Library Occupations and Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations, which decreased 5,710 and 3,890 respectively.

Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Computer and Mathematical Occupations148,69056.2%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations61,04052.7%
Personal Care and Service Occupations108,11036.8%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations242,40032.5%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations247,85026.4%
Legal Occupations33,41025.4%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations385,08024.7%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations418,90024.2%
Healthcare Support Occupations103,64023.0%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations11,35021.0%
Community and Social Service Occupations50,54019.8%
Sales and Related Occupations472,32016.3%
Production Occupations311,82013.4%
Management Occupations248,84013.0%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations62,57011.8%
Protective Service Occupations106,4409.7%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations182,3908.7%
Construction and Extraction Occupations147,4100.9%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations25,5800.7%
Education Training and Library Occupations270,530-2.1%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations112,340-3.3%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations643,490-8.3%


Detailed Occupations

The detailed occupation with the greatest number of workers is Retail Salespersons, which employs 144,770 people. This represents 3.3% of all workers in the state. The next 2 occupations that have the most workers are Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food and Laborers and Freight Stock and Material Movers Hand, which employ 136,200 and 121,850 respectively.

The Top 10 Occupations in Georgia are:
Occupation Category# Employees% of State
Retail Salespersons144,7703.3%
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food136,2003.1%
Laborers and Freight Stock and Material Movers Hand121,8502.8%
Cashiers120,3202.7%
Customer Service Representatives109,9402.5%
General and Operations Managers85,9202.0%
Waiters and Waitresses81,9201.9%
Office Clerks General77,0601.8%
Registered Nurses76,6401.7%
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants Except Legal Medical and Executive66,3301.5%

Detailed Occupations Since 2009

The detailed occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers is Laborers and Freight Stock and Material Movers Hand, which currently employs 121,850 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has increased from 83,520 an increase of 38,330 or 45.9%. The next 2 detailed occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food and Sales Representatives Services All Other, which increased 34,760 and 30,950 respectively.

The detailed occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants, which currently employs 13,760 people. In the last year, the number of workers has decreased from 52,220 or 73.6%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Bookkeeping Accounting and Auditing Clerks and Management Analysts, which decreased 15,060 and 10,740 respectively.


The Top 10 Detailed Occupations With The Largest Increase Since 2009 are:
Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Railroad Brake Signal and Switch Operators1,0902,625.0%
Entertainers and Performers Sports and Related Workers All Other2,4601,792.3%
Health Technologists and Technicians All Other3,030604.7%
Life Physical and Social Science Technicians All Other2,020531.3%
Sales Representatives Services All Other36,860523.7%
Audio-Visual and Multimedia Collections Specialists1,100423.8%
Counselors All Other1,020410.0%
Film and Video Editors1,330375.0%
Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders2,740372.4%
Epidemiologists420366.7%


The 10 Occupations With The Largest Decrease Since 2009 are:
Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Materials Scientists50-93.0%
Helpers--Roofers70-92.6%
Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers100-89.2%
Statistical Assistants240-89.2%
Boilermakers110-87.6%
Painting Coating and Decorating Workers150-83.5%
Rail Yard Engineers Dinkey Operators and Hostlers60-79.3%
Mining Machine Operators All Other50-78.3%
Recreation and Fitness Studies Teachers Postsecondary70-78.1%
Helpers--Painters Paperhangers Plasterers and Stucco Masons110-76.1%

Occupation Pay

The occupation with the highest annual pay is Management Occupations, which pays an average of $117,910 per year. This represents 144.3% above the state average pay. The next 2 occupations that have the highest average pay are Legal Occupations and Computer and Mathematical Occupations, which pay $101,500 and $88,590 per year, respectively.

Occupation CategoryAvg Payvs State Avg
Management Occupations$117,910244.3%
Legal Occupations$101,500210.3%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$88,590183.5%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$80,970167.7%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$75,690156.8%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$72,920151.1%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations$67,610140.1%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations$54,850113.6%
Education Training and Library Occupations$51,130105.9%
Community and Social Service Occupations$46,77096.9%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations$46,73096.8%
Construction and Extraction Occupations$43,08089.2%
Protective Service Occupations$39,51081.8%
Sales and Related Occupations$37,77078.2%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$36,67076.0%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$35,83074.2%
Production Occupations$35,00072.5%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations$30,26062.7%
Healthcare Support Occupations$29,91062.0%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$26,40054.7%
Personal Care and Service Occupations$26,04053.9%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$21,52044.6%

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 $117,910 per year. Since 2009, pay has increased from $99,180 an increase of $18,730 or 18.9%. The next 2 occupations that pay the most to their workers are Computer and Mathematical Occupations and Architecture and Engineering Occupations, which increased $14,900 and $13,080 respectively.

Occupation CategoryAnnual $% Change
Healthcare Support Occupations$29,91021.5%
Construction and Extraction Occupations$43,08020.9%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$88,59020.2%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$80,97019.3%
Management Occupations$117,91018.9%
Protective Service Occupations$39,51017.5%
Education Training and Library Occupations$51,13016.9%
Production Occupations$35,00016.7%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$75,69016.3%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$26,40016.3%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations$46,73015.6%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$35,83015.2%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$36,67014.5%
Community and Social Service Occupations$46,77013.9%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations$30,26013.2%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations$67,61012.2%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations$54,85011.6%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$21,52010.5%
Sales and Related Occupations$37,7709.9%
Personal Care and Service Occupations$26,0409.0%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$72,9205.6%
Legal Occupations$101,5003.8%


Detailed Occupation Annual Compensation

The detailed occupation that pays their workers the most is Surgeons, which pays $273,450 per year. This represents 566.5% above the state average of $48,272. The next 2 occupations that pay their workers the most are Obstetricians and Gynecologists and Physicians and Surgeons All Other, which pay $242,220 and $235,060 respectively.

Highest Paid Occupations

The Top 10 Paying Occupations in Georgia are:
Occupation CategoryAnn'l Pay% of State
Surgeons$273,450566.5%
Obstetricians and Gynecologists$242,220501.8%
Physicians and Surgeons All Other$235,060486.9%
Psychiatrists$231,410479.4%
Anesthesiologists$224,300464.7%
Chief Executives$218,590452.8%
Family and General Practitioners$190,950395.6%
Pediatricians General$181,000375.0%
Dentists General$176,600365.8%
Law Teachers Postsecondary$172,320357.0%

Lowest Paid Occupations

The 10 Lowest Paying Occupations in Georgia are:
Occupation CategoryAnn'l Pay% of State
Shoe and Leather Workers and Repairers$19,14039.6%
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food$19,18039.7%
Dishwashers$19,49040.4%
Hosts and Hostesses Restaurant Lounge and Coffee Shop$19,80041.0%
Counter Attendants Cafeteria Food Concession and Coffee Shop$19,83041.1%
Pressers Textile Garment and Related Materials$20,04041.5%
Parking Lot Attendants$20,15041.7%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers All Other$20,24041.9%
Amusement and Recreation Attendants$20,25041.9%
Waiters and Waitresses$20,28042.0%



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