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Kokomo Employment

Employment and Industries in the Kokomo, Indiana Area

Although the manufacturing sectors have experienced a decline, manufacturing is still a significant part of Kokomo's economy. The manufacturing of automobile transmissions and other automobile items are significant elements of the local economy. Kokomo also provides jobs for metals and plastic workers, assemblers and fabricators, engineers and production related occupations. Management, professional and related occupations provide about 22% of the jobs in Kokomo.

The city benefits from having a pro-business local and state government. Also, Inventrek Technology Park helps to create new high-tech firms and supports the development of new technologies by local companies.

Kokomo Indiana's top employers are:

  • Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Kokomo
  • Kokomo Center Township Consolidated School District
  • Chrysler LLC
  • Delphi Corporation
  • Haynes International, Inc
  • Holder Mattress
  • Howard Community Hospital
  • St Joseph Memorial Hospital
  • Howard County
  • Harbaugh Enterprises Inc
  • Staffing Resources Inc
  • Syndicate Sales, Inc
  • Coca-Cola bottling plant
  • Electronic Data Systems
  • First National Bank and Trust
  • Northwestern School Corp Howard Co
  • Vista Bona Programs Inc
  • Taylor Community School Building Corporation
  • Saber Management LLC
  • F D L Inc
  • Pizza Hut of Kokomo Inc
  • H E Mcgonigal Inc
  • Miles & Finch, Inc

Some of the more common jobs in Kokomo where the majority of the workers hold a college degree are registered nurses, teachers, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, human resources, training and labor relations specialists; pharmacists, medical and health services managers and financial managers.

Kokomo's primary industries for jobs are:

  • Transportation Equipment
  • Manufacturing
  • Healthcare
  • Accommodation and food services
  • Education
  • Government
  • Computer and electronic products
  • Metal and plastics
  • Social services

Pertinent information about Kokomo: Kokomo has been named by Expansion Management Magazine as #1 in the nation for European direct manufacturing investment. Kokomo has also been ranked #1 in the nation for its manufacturing presence by Industry Week. In 2007 the estimated median household income in Kokomo was about $37,000. In 2008 Kokomo's cost of living index was at 78.1 which is low compared to the country's average of 100. Regarding Kokomo's adult population, about 16% hold a bachelor's degree or better.

Some of the helpful business organizations for local companies are:

Kokomo's daily newspaper the Kokomo Tribune is a good resource for local business and industry news.

Most Popular Jobs in Kokomo, Indiana Metro Area (2008 data)

Where the Majority of Workers Have College Degrees

Rank Title Local Jobs Local Mean Salary Typical Local Salary National Growth % 2006-2016 National % With College Degree
1 Registered nurses 840 $51,930 $36,150 - 66,210 24% 56%
2 Elementary school teachers, except special education 510 $45,970 $24,150 - 65,180 14% 95%
3 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 280 $42,770 $18,910 - 62,660 11% 95%
4 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 270 $54,780 $18,090 - 106,990 8% 51%
5 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 230 $44,130 $18,690 - 65,290 6% 96%
6 Teachers and instructors, all other 160 $28,710 $14,230 - 31,040 9% 54%
7 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 150 $37,940 $13,180 - 80,620 17% 56%
8 Accountants and auditors 120 $63,170 $36,780 - 99,220 18% 79%
9 Pharmacists 100 $100,020 $88,290 - 119,930 22% 97%
10 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 90 $48,670 $34,580 - 64,410 20% 87%
11 Medical and health services managers 80 $71,170 $29,900 - 106,660 16% 57%
12 Dentists, general 70 $188,920 $57,850 - 9% 100%
13 Financial managers 70 $105,630 $46,580 - 13% 60%
14 Lawyers 70 $78,930 $34,480 - 11% 99%
15 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 70 $71,740 $57,630 - 86,990 8% 78%
16 Physical therapists 60 $67,290 $39,030 - 88,460 27% 89%
17 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 60 $51,030 $38,080 - 64,320 12% 51%
18 Public relations specialists 60 $41,630 $27,490 - 63,000 18% 81%
19 Community and social service specialists, all other 60 $36,430 $21,100 - 62,280 25% 58%
20 Coaches and scouts 60 $25,010 $13,490 - 52,630 15% 60%
21 Sales managers 50 $111,960 $43,510 - 164,220 10% 69%
22 Computer and information systems managers 50 $99,790 $61,110 - 130,960 16% 73%
23 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 50 $76,190 $31,030 - 139,840 12% 51%
24 Librarians 50 $47,800 $31,930 - 66,590 4% 85%
25 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 50 $39,400 $26,600 - 62,990 18% 56%
26 Child, family, and school social workers 50 $36,840 $27,050 - 50,690 19% 77%
27 Chief executives 40 $119,070 $53,060 - 2% 65%
28 Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 40 $77,170 $36,290 - 162,720 25% 67%
29 Management analysts 40 $68,250 $47,830 - 85,040 22% 78%
30 Speech-language pathologists 40 $60,100 $38,490 - 90,040 11% 98%
31 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 40 $52,180 $36,280 - 66,550 13% 73%
32 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 40 $47,010 $33,560 - 61,850 5% 58%
33 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 40 $29,080 $19,740 - 41,450 15% 51%
34 Legislators 40 $0 $ - 1% 65%
35 Market research analysts 30 $74,640 $51,210 - 103,010 20% 82%
36 Occupational therapists 30 $72,780 $54,740 - 106,090 23% 90%
37 Financial specialists, all other 30 $52,410 $25,830 - 97,610 12% 50%
38 Training and development specialists 30 $51,610 $30,790 - 70,650 18% 56%
39 Managers, all other 30 $51,580 $37,700 - 64,430 7% 55%
40 Special education teachers, middle school 30 $48,290 $37,130 - 61,490 16% 87%

Where the Majority of Workers Do Not Have College Degrees

Rank Title Local Jobs Local Mean Salary Typical Local Salary National Growth % 2006-2016 National % With College Degree
1 Retail salespersons 1,560 $23,080 $13,680 - 37,320 12% 25%
2 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 1,550 $15,020 $12,800 - 18,840 18% 5%
3 Cashiers 1,290 $16,540 $12,860 - 22,990 -3% 10%
4 Waiters and waitresses 820 $16,160 $12,910 - 21,130 11% 14%
5 Office clerks, general 700 $23,950 $13,720 - 38,080 13% 19%
6 Teacher assistants 590 $19,890 $14,380 - 26,490 10% 18%
7 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 580 $28,090 $17,590 - 39,490 13% 16%
8 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 530 $27,030 $20,380 - 35,320 1% 18%
9 Stock clerks and order fillers 530 $23,830 $14,670 - 34,520 -8% 8%
10 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 520 $39,100 $26,350 - 57,990 10% 4%
11 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 500 $27,650 $15,330 - 48,130 15% 4%
12 Maintenance and repair workers, general 480 $39,770 $19,040 - 63,800 10% 6%
13 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 480 $34,950 $18,300 - 52,640 4% 25%
14 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 460 $23,290 $18,090 - 30,370 18% 7%
15 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 440 $0 $ - -7% 14%
16 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 430 $64,860 $35,900 - 90,620 -5% 15%
17 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 420 $41,000 $15,410 - 64,160 2% 5%
18 Helpers--production workers 420 $20,990 $15,680 - 35,690 -1% 4%
19 Electricians 390 $65,880 $38,590 - 86,050 7% 7%
20 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 340 $25,810 $16,360 - 40,810 11% 14%
21 Food preparation workers 340 $18,060 $13,310 - 24,620 15% 7%
22 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 330 $26,450 $17,040 - 41,920 8% 4%
23 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 310 $35,790 $28,180 - 43,550 14% 7%
24 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 300 $41,230 $28,110 - 55,760 15% 18%
25 Tellers 300 $23,270 $16,870 - 31,260 14% 16%
26 Business operations specialists, all other 280 $84,640 $56,640 - 120,810 21% 49%
27 Customer service representatives 280 $33,290 $18,090 - 58,860 25% 22%
28 Cooks, restaurant 280 $18,020 $13,250 - 23,980 12% 5%
29 Cooks, fast food 280 $15,080 $12,820 - 18,570 8% 5%
30 Receptionists and information clerks 260 $23,390 $14,440 - 32,380 17% 13%
31 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 250 $70,600 $42,620 - 95,290 7% 13%
32 Industrial truck and tractor operators 240 $48,680 $24,870 - 64,760 -2% 2%
33 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 240 $19,160 $14,260 - 24,180 13% 5%
34 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 220 $35,050 $21,680 - 51,560 14% 4%
35 Carpenters 200 $36,320 $18,350 - 62,050 10% 6%
36 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 190 $47,120 $24,400 - 78,170 6% 29%
37 Packers and packagers, hand 190 $0 $ - -12% 3%
38 Pharmacy technicians 180 $23,770 $19,070 - 30,000 32% 16%
39 General and operations managers 170 $99,710 $40,850 - 2% 48%
40 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 170 $21,920 $16,310 - 26,350 11% 5%
41 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 170 $0 $ - 14% 3%
42 Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 160 $50,000 $25,660 - 78,870 9% 3%
43 Construction laborers 160 $36,210 $23,370 - 54,120 11% 5%
44 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 160 $30,130 $17,920 - 58,260 4% 6%
45 Personal and home care aides 160 $17,690 $15,950 - 19,840 51% 10%
46 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 150 $21,900 $15,330 - 30,840 12% 6%
47 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 150 $21,250 $12,830 - 33,450 18% 6%
48 Counter and rental clerks 150 $19,450 $13,040 - 36,700 23% 16%
49 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 150 $16,150 $13,230 - 19,390 12% 6%
50 Industrial production managers 150 $0 $ - -6% 43%
51 Team assemblers 150 $0 $ - 0% 5%
52 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 140 $43,680 $36,670 - 50,390 11% 33%
53 Bus drivers, school 140 $28,100 $14,170 - 49,370 9% 4%
54 Bartenders 140 $17,300 $13,020 - 25,780 11% 17%
55 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 140 $16,090 $12,990 - 20,250 10% 17%
56 Fire fighters 130 $35,770 $24,680 - 45,460 12% 18%
57 Medical secretaries 120 $29,560 $21,600 - 40,500 17% 18%
58 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 120 $25,860 $20,220 - 32,250 4% 15%
59 Postal service mail carriers 120 $0 $ - 1% 11%
60 Loan officers 110 $57,220 $31,190 - 90,470 12% 49%
61 Insurance sales agents 110 $48,110 $26,800 - 71,310 13% 45%
62 Medical assistants 110 $30,840 $22,150 - 40,790 35% 10%
63 Dental hygienists 100 $60,950 $49,680 - 75,700 30% 33%
64 Food servers, nonrestaurant 100 $17,090 $13,610 - 20,090 16% 9%
65 Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators 100 $0 $ - -8% 12%
66 Respiratory therapists 90 $49,800 $37,960 - 62,630 23% 28%
67 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 90 $47,870 $26,780 - 67,430 5% 2%
68 Dental assistants 90 $32,210 $21,630 - 48,870 29% 9%
69 Dishwashers 90 $16,200 $13,110 - 19,840 10% 3%
70 Radiologic technologists and technicians 80 $49,190 $36,500 - 63,690 15% 25%
71 Security guards 80 $30,980 $20,970 - 44,230 17% 13%
72 Parts salespersons 80 $27,750 $16,890 - 41,110 -2% 6%
73 Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 80 $19,520 $17,070 - 22,770 -5% 5%
74 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 70 $69,470 $38,440 - 101,180 0% 42%
75 First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 70 $53,500 $18,830 - 92,450 4% 38%
76 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 70 $51,650 $30,270 - 75,990 9% 10%
77 Food service managers 70 $39,280 $25,010 - 62,190 5% 24%
78 Order clerks 70 $36,260 $20,500 - 50,320 -24% 16%
79 Medical records and health information technicians 70 $30,400 $19,560 - 44,690 18% 12%
80 Preschool teachers, except special education 70 $26,110 $13,590 - 54,250 26% 43%
81 Machine feeders and offbearers 70 $22,870 $12,970 - 48,090 -15% 0%
82 Tire repairers and changers 70 $22,090 $16,570 - 30,110 20% 6%
83 Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 70 $18,160 $13,470 - 24,220 10% 5%
84 Child care workers 70 $17,200 $13,260 - 21,660 18% 15%
85 Family and general practitioners 60 $170,130 $95,880 - 0% 0%
86 Production, planning, and expediting clerks 60 $51,680 $32,330 - 67,260 4% 30%
87 Cost estimators 60 $46,340 $28,650 - 74,090 19% 32%
88 Paralegals and legal assistants 60 $41,770 $34,610 - 51,520 22% 45%
89 Legal secretaries 60 $41,680 $28,250 - 53,120 12% 18%
90 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 60 $34,490 $22,780 - 40,800 8% 3%
91 Cement masons and concrete finishers 60 $33,130 $21,920 - 54,390 11% 2%
92 Emergency medical technicians and paramedics 60 $32,720 $23,800 - 41,370 19% 14%
93 Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 60 $32,590 $19,400 - 53,340 10% 24%
94 Healthcare support workers, all other 60 $25,780 $16,970 - 36,450 16% 10%
95 Library technicians 60 $25,470 $17,190 - 37,490 9% 27%
96 Data entry keyers 60 $22,530 $15,450 - 30,040 -5% 18%
97 Home health aides 60 $22,120 $17,250 - 26,190 49% 7%
98 Cooks, short order 60 $19,770 $17,120 - 23,730 5% 5%
99 Physicians and surgeons, all other 50 $212,120 $139,110 - 0% 0%
100 Sales representatives, services, all other 50 $50,490 $17,310 - 95,270 28% 48%
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Jobs More Common Near Kokomo Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Industrial production managers 0 150 4.5
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 0 440 4.5
Helpers--production workers 20,990 420 4.3
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 64,860 430 3.1
Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 37,940 150 2.9
Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 50,000 160 2.7
Electricians 65,880 390 2.7
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 70,600 250 2.5
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 15,020 1,550 2.5
Dental hygienists 60,950 100 2.5
Pharmacy technicians 23,770 180 2.5
Cooks, fast food 15,080 280 2.4
Food servers, nonrestaurant 17,090 100 2.4
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 21,920 170 2.3
Tellers 23,270 300 2.3
Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 0 170 2.3
Fire fighters 35,770 130 2.3
Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators 0 100 2.2
Teacher assistants 19,890 590 2.2
Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 42,770 280 2
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 35,790 310 2
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 25,810 340 1.9
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 34,950 480 1.8
Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 21,900 150 1.8
Industrial truck and tractor operators 48,680 240 1.8
Food preparation workers 18,060 340 1.8
Pharmacists 100,020 100 1.7
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 16,090 140 1.7
Maintenance and repair workers, general 39,770 480 1.7
Elementary school teachers, except special education 45,970 510 1.7
Cashiers 16,540 1,290 1.7
Truck drivers, light or delivery services 26,450 330 1.6
Personal and home care aides 17,690 160 1.6
Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 16,150 150 1.6
Bus drivers, school 28,100 140 1.6
Postal service mail carriers 0 120 1.5
Retail salespersons 23,080 1,560 1.5
Automotive service technicians and mechanics 35,050 220 1.5
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 23,290 460 1.5
Waiters and waitresses 16,160 820 1.5
Loan officers 57,220 110 1.5
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 39,100 520 1.5
Teachers and instructors, all other 28,710 160 1.5
Counter and rental clerks 19,450 150 1.5
Insurance sales agents 48,110 110 1.4
Registered nurses 51,930 840 1.4
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 28,090 580 1.4
Cooks, restaurant 18,020 280 1.4
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 27,030 530 1.3
Bartenders 17,300 140 1.2

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Kokomo, Indiana Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 41,000 1.7 420
Industrial truck and tractor operators 48,680 1.62 240
Business operations specialists, all other 84,640 1.44 280
Electricians 65,880 1.41 390
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 70,600 1.24 250
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 64,860 1.23 430
Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 50,000 1.22 160
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 27,650 1.21 500
Construction laborers 36,210 1.16 160
Maintenance and repair workers, general 39,770 1.16 480
Customer service representatives 33,290 1.12 280
Medical assistants 30,840 1.1 110
Bus drivers, school 28,100 1.07 140
Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 41,230 1.06 300
Accountants and auditors 63,170 1.06 120
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 30,130 1.06 160
First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 47,120 1.04 190
Stock clerks and order fillers 23,830 1.04 530
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 39,100 1.04 520
General and operations managers 99,710 1.03 170
Medical secretaries 29,560 1.02 120
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 19,160 1 240
Tellers 23,270 0.98 300
Receptionists and information clerks 23,390 0.98 260
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 23,290 0.97 460
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 54,780 0.97 270
Loan officers 57,220 0.97 110
Automotive service technicians and mechanics 35,050 0.97 220
Retail salespersons 23,080 0.95 1,560
Office clerks, general 23,950 0.94 700
Food preparation workers 18,060 0.94 340
Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 16,150 0.93 150
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 21,920 0.93 170
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 27,030 0.93 530
Carpenters 36,320 0.93 200
Elementary school teachers, except special education 45,970 0.92 510
Truck drivers, light or delivery services 26,450 0.91 330
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 16,090 0.91 140
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 35,790 0.9 310
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 34,950 0.9 480
Police and sheriff's patrol officers 43,680 0.9 140
Teacher assistants 19,890 0.89 590
Cashiers 16,540 0.89 1,290
Bartenders 17,300 0.89 140
Helpers--production workers 20,990 0.89 420
Personal and home care aides 17,690 0.89 160
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 28,090 0.88 580
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 21,250 0.88 150
Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 21,900 0.87 150
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 15,020 0.87 1,550

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