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Lawrence Employment

Employment and Industries in the Lawrence, Kansas Area

Lawrence is known as a college town. It's home to the University of Kansas and Haskell Indian Nations University. Lawrence is home to an emerging bio-science industry, a notable call center industry and numerous small technology companies.

The Lawrence Technology Association offers networking opportunities for researchers, scientists, entrepreneurs and businesses. The Lawrence Regional Technology Center, is a business incubator, which offers useful resources and services for technology based firms. The Kansas University's Office of Technology works with companies and industries in order to connect technology development with commercial applications.

The largest job providers in the Lawrence region are:

  • The University of Kansas - Education
  • Lawrence Public Schools
  • Pearson Government Solutions - Information service company
  • City of Lawrence - Government
  • Lawrence Memorial Hospital - Hospitals
  • Hallmark Cards, Inc - Social expression products
  • The World Company - Newspaper and cable/Internet/telephone company
  • Berry Plastics - Manufactures plastic containers and lids
  • Baker University - Education
  • Amarr Garage Doors - Manufacturer of garage door components
  • DCCCA Center - Counseling services
  • Community Living Opportunities Inc - Provides services for adults with developmental disabilities
  • K-Mart Distribution Center - Distribution Center
  • Douglas County - Government
  • Allen Press - Publishing
  • Cottonwood Incorporated - Provides services for people with developmental disabilities
  • Hamm Companies - Rock production and sales, highway construction asphalt and waste management
  • Haskell Indian Nations University - Education
  • DST - Financial processing services
  • Lawrence Paper Company - Manufactures cardboard boxes

The top job providing sectors in Lawrence Kansas include:

  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Accommodation and food services
  • Professional, scientific and technical services
  • Government
  • Finance and insurance

Pertinent data regarding Lawrence Kansas: In 2007 the estimated median household income was $39,000. In 2008 the cost of living index in the city was 86.8 which is less than the country's average of 100. About 48% of the adult population has earned a bachelor's degree of higher.

In Lawrence, businesses collaborate with organizations such as:

Those interested in staying current with local business activities can visit LJWorld.com

Most Popular Jobs in Lawrence, Kansas 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 580 $53,600 $39,550 - 67,180 24% 56%
2 Elementary school teachers, except special education 530 $39,230 $22,800 - 52,640 14% 95%
3 Accountants and auditors 310 $56,100 $35,780 - 79,220 18% 79%
4 Computer programmers 280 $62,900 $30,060 - 94,710 -4% 73%
5 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 270 $41,000 $26,070 - 54,530 6% 96%
6 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 250 $55,000 $17,410 - 104,260 8% 51%
7 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 240 $40,300 $23,930 - 53,520 11% 95%
8 Chief executives 230 $115,230 $61,160 - 2% 65%
9 Network and computer systems administrators 230 $45,450 $29,250 - 67,140 27% 50%
10 Coaches and scouts 180 $40,460 $13,510 - 111,150 15% 60%
11 Financial managers 140 $75,940 $42,000 - 129,130 13% 60%
12 Teachers and instructors, all other 140 $35,150 $21,010 - 69,080 9% 54%
13 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 120 $47,910 $32,220 - 64,240 13% 73%
14 Graphic designers 120 $33,180 $21,350 - 50,980 10% 55%
15 Pharmacists 110 $94,570 $27,820 - 22% 97%
16 Self-enrichment education teachers 110 $49,540 $23,200 - 93,770 23% 54%
17 Librarians 110 $40,190 $21,710 - 59,670 4% 85%
18 Umpires, referees, and other sports officials 110 $21,100 $13,640 - 29,630 16% 60%
19 Network systems and data communications analysts 110 $0 $ - 53% 57%
20 Civil engineers 90 $70,420 $46,830 - 109,840 18% 87%
21 Public relations specialists 90 $66,170 $29,060 - 106,690 18% 81%
22 Architects, except landscape and naval 90 $65,520 $44,550 - 93,710 18% 88%
23 Physical therapists 90 $58,540 $44,760 - 77,000 27% 89%
24 Advertising sales agents 90 $42,740 $25,320 - 59,320 20% 56%
25 Rehabilitation counselors 90 $26,430 $19,400 - 34,130 23% 73%
26 Lawyers 80 $89,560 $52,850 - 158,920 11% 99%
27 Management analysts 70 $107,940 $48,150 - 22% 78%
28 Medical and health services managers 70 $74,060 $52,250 - 103,240 16% 57%
29 Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists 70 $73,700 $41,290 - 127,870 16% 99%
30 Special education teachers, secondary school 70 $44,600 $34,340 - 57,170 9% 87%
31 Veterinarians 60 $75,220 $28,820 - 119,150 35% 100%
32 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 60 $74,190 $56,120 - 95,300 8% 78%
33 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 60 $54,670 $42,610 - 66,350 12% 51%
34 Special education teachers, middle school 60 $43,330 $34,200 - 53,310 16% 87%
35 Market research analysts 60 $0 $ - 20% 82%
36 Computer and information systems managers 50 $74,650 $48,860 - 97,110 16% 73%
37 Speech-language pathologists 50 $49,710 $35,180 - 64,130 11% 98%
38 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 50 $0 $ - 12% 51%
39 Dentists, general 40 $210,890 $95,020 - 9% 100%
40 Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 40 $81,390 $37,080 - 135,090 25% 67%
41 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 40 $52,500 $33,330 - 81,610 5% 58%
42 Occupational health and safety specialists 40 $52,150 $35,730 - 66,620 8% 72%
43 Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 40 $49,830 $35,520 - 73,400 18% 56%
44 Instructional coordinators 40 $46,470 $28,300 - 71,160 23% 79%
45 Editors 40 $44,310 $29,280 - 78,230 2% 81%
46 Vocational education teachers, secondary school 40 $42,660 $34,060 - 51,240 -5% 96%
47 Athletic trainers 40 $37,610 $14,900 - 59,700 24% 72%
48 Meeting and convention planners 40 $36,150 $15,900 - 50,740 20% 67%
49 Sales managers 30 $87,980 $36,070 - 155,780 10% 69%
50 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 30 $59,130 $39,940 - 87,140 17% 56%
51 Mechanical engineers 30 $57,330 $42,700 - 85,750 4% 78%
52 Environmental scientists and specialists, including health 30 $49,730 $39,190 - 62,590 25% 93%

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 Cashiers 1,650 $18,760 $13,090 - 29,140 -3% 10%
2 Retail salespersons 1,530 $21,200 $13,270 - 32,070 12% 25%
3 Waiters and waitresses 1,510 $19,360 $13,110 - 25,520 11% 14%
4 Office clerks, general 1,460 $20,410 $13,330 - 31,850 13% 19%
5 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 1,000 $15,650 $12,860 - 19,970 18% 5%
6 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 930 $27,260 $19,130 - 37,590 1% 18%
7 Personal and home care aides 780 $17,670 $15,240 - 20,030 51% 10%
8 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 770 $35,100 $26,210 - 46,810 15% 18%
9 Teacher assistants 770 $22,140 $17,630 - 26,870 10% 18%
10 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 750 $29,520 $16,670 - 41,770 13% 16%
11 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 690 $27,210 $17,090 - 38,350 2% 5%
12 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 690 $20,300 $15,860 - 29,010 15% 4%
13 General and operations managers 600 $80,600 $41,990 - 143,350 2% 48%
14 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 590 $33,360 $16,020 - 50,950 4% 25%
15 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 570 $26,490 $17,170 - 39,130 11% 14%
16 Food preparation workers 540 $17,350 $13,200 - 23,100 15% 7%
17 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 500 $42,890 $26,500 - 63,430 6% 29%
18 Maintenance and repair workers, general 500 $30,320 $14,280 - 52,010 10% 6%
19 Stock clerks and order fillers 470 $21,160 $14,490 - 29,900 -8% 8%
20 Cooks, restaurant 470 $20,470 $14,870 - 27,730 12% 5%
21 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 470 $15,960 $12,930 - 20,010 12% 6%
22 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 380 $24,370 $19,530 - 30,850 18% 7%
23 Bartenders 380 $18,790 $13,150 - 25,370 11% 17%
24 Driver/sales workers 370 $15,500 $12,880 - 20,040 -5% 4%
25 Carpenters 360 $41,030 $27,470 - 60,090 10% 6%
26 Cooks, fast food 340 $16,150 $13,050 - 20,040 8% 5%
27 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 330 $23,280 $16,820 - 31,750 18% 6%
28 Tellers 320 $21,210 $17,250 - 26,120 14% 16%
29 Customer service representatives 310 $28,020 $18,870 - 38,530 25% 22%
30 Receptionists and information clerks 310 $22,410 $14,740 - 30,490 17% 13%
31 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 310 $18,820 $13,460 - 26,190 13% 5%
32 Child care workers 310 $17,120 $13,270 - 21,740 18% 15%
33 Construction laborers 300 $31,760 $22,130 - 43,800 11% 5%
34 Packers and packagers, hand 280 $18,410 $13,230 - 26,190 -12% 3%
35 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 270 $22,560 $15,380 - 35,400 11% 5%
36 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 250 $48,870 $28,380 - 75,080 7% 13%
37 Home health aides 250 $22,060 $18,800 - 25,150 49% 7%
38 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 250 $20,030 $14,060 - 26,160 12% 6%
39 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 240 $39,280 $26,750 - 56,160 8% 3%
40 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 240 $33,660 $25,540 - 44,040 10% 4%
41 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 230 $51,980 $35,400 - 66,290 11% 33%
42 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 230 $51,190 $32,180 - 76,440 -5% 15%
43 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 210 $31,080 $18,650 - 49,600 14% 4%
44 Dishwashers 210 $16,510 $13,000 - 21,200 10% 3%
45 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 200 $51,980 $34,030 - 68,530 9% 10%
46 Electricians 200 $40,880 $28,450 - 53,320 7% 7%
47 Counter and rental clerks 200 $20,410 $13,210 - 32,540 23% 16%
48 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 200 $16,090 $12,960 - 20,310 10% 17%
49 Business operations specialists, all other 190 $51,290 $33,220 - 69,730 21% 49%
50 Industrial truck and tractor operators 190 $34,410 $26,440 - 46,430 -2% 2%
51 Recreation workers 180 $22,640 $14,470 - 32,390 13% 47%
52 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 170 $32,440 $15,200 - 62,480 8% 4%
53 Printing machine operators 160 $37,400 $22,300 - 50,980 -6% 6%
54 Bus drivers, school 160 $24,280 $20,230 - 31,520 9% 4%
55 Cooks, short order 160 $17,500 $13,280 - 23,370 5% 5%
56 Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 150 $25,600 $14,410 - 44,990 27% 47%
57 Security guards 150 $22,800 $13,330 - 44,010 17% 13%
58 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 140 $26,530 $14,610 - 40,000 4% 6%
59 Food servers, nonrestaurant 140 $14,680 $12,810 - 17,450 16% 9%
60 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 130 $35,620 $29,090 - 41,220 14% 7%
61 Loan officers 120 $56,050 $27,420 - 96,650 12% 49%
62 Sales representatives, services, all other 120 $43,970 $21,530 - 77,230 28% 48%
63 Computer support specialists 120 $36,590 $27,030 - 49,540 13% 43%
64 Dental assistants 120 $34,550 $25,150 - 43,130 29% 9%
65 First-line supervisors/managers of housekeeping and janitorial workers 120 $33,220 $23,370 - 46,280 13% 11%
66 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 120 $28,840 $20,520 - 40,170 4% 15%
67 Pharmacy technicians 120 $24,020 $18,370 - 30,770 32% 16%
68 Postal service mail carriers 110 $0 $ - 1% 11%
69 Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 100 $40,620 $27,330 - 59,880 9% 3%
70 Painters, construction and maintenance 100 $34,320 $19,070 - 59,860 12% 6%
71 Preschool teachers, except special education 100 $29,500 $18,220 - 46,880 26% 43%
72 Order clerks 100 $27,340 $16,080 - 38,930 -24% 16%
73 Helpers--production workers 100 $23,570 $16,380 - 30,340 -1% 4%
74 Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 100 $19,860 $16,250 - 24,750 17% 14%
75 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 100 $15,090 $12,860 - 18,700 10% 8%
76 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 90 $44,300 $28,160 - 61,420 11% 4%
77 Industrial machinery mechanics 90 $41,870 $27,650 - 56,520 9% 5%
78 Medical assistants 90 $26,550 $20,790 - 35,110 35% 10%
79 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 90 $21,100 $13,920 - 28,350 14% 3%
80 File clerks 90 $19,030 $13,480 - 27,220 -41% 20%
81 Administrative services managers 80 $59,590 $28,390 - 92,580 12% 40%
82 Electrical power-line installers and repairers 80 $49,940 $24,050 - 64,430 7% 6%
83 First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand 80 $43,710 $25,760 - 62,790 13% 17%
84 Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 80 $29,180 $25,630 - 34,910 -15% 0%
85 Legal secretaries 80 $28,880 $21,350 - 34,270 12% 18%
86 Parts salespersons 80 $25,490 $13,470 - 40,200 -2% 6%
87 Data entry keyers 80 $24,060 $17,290 - 31,680 -5% 18%
88 Mail clerks and mail machine operators, except postal service 80 $20,650 $16,280 - 27,540 -12% 9%
89 Library assistants, clerical 80 $20,190 $13,600 - 28,470 8% 37%
90 Bakers 80 $18,800 $13,220 - 28,150 10% 8%
91 Nonfarm animal caretakers 80 $17,760 $13,130 - 26,060 18% 16%
92 Physicians and surgeons, all other 70 $185,320 $75,460 - 0% 0%
93 Cost estimators 70 $50,100 $31,950 - 75,700 19% 32%
94 Food service managers 70 $41,110 $20,110 - 65,440 5% 24%
95 First-line supervisors/managers of landscaping, lawn service, and groundskeeping workers 70 $36,630 $25,910 - 53,200 18% 15%
96 Library technicians 70 $23,350 $16,850 - 33,690 9% 27%
97 Dental hygienists 60 $61,600 $49,360 - 76,820 30% 33%
98 Insurance sales agents 60 $56,060 $27,650 - 144,840 13% 45%
99 First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 60 $48,840 $22,690 - 80,640 4% 38%
100 First-line supervisors/managers of personal service workers 60 $41,040 $25,920 - 65,110 16% 26%
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Jobs More Common Near Lawrence Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Umpires, referees, and other sports officials 21,100 110 63.2
Personal and home care aides 17,670 780 5.9
Coaches and scouts 40,460 180 3.8
Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 15,960 470 3.7
Cooks, short order 17,500 160 3.7
Driver/sales workers 15,500 370 3.4
Printing machine operators 37,400 160 2.8
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 22,560 270 2.8
Chief executives 115,230 230 2.7
Bartenders 18,790 380 2.6
Food servers, nonrestaurant 14,680 140 2.6
Librarians 40,190 110 2.5
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 26,490 570 2.4
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 39,280 240 2.3
Self-enrichment education teachers 49,540 110 2.3
Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 20,030 250 2.3
Recreation workers 22,640 180 2.3
Cooks, fast food 16,150 340 2.2
First-line supervisors/managers of housekeeping and janitorial workers 33,220 120 2.2
Teacher assistants 22,140 770 2.2
Network and computer systems administrators 45,450 230 2.2
Computer programmers 62,900 280 2.2
Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 25,600 150 2.2
Food preparation workers 17,350 540 2.1
Waiters and waitresses 19,360 1,510 2.1
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 48,870 250 1.9
Tellers 21,210 320 1.9
Graphic designers 33,180 120 1.9
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 16,090 200 1.8
Child care workers 17,120 310 1.8
Cooks, restaurant 20,470 470 1.8
Educational, vocational, and school counselors 47,910 120 1.7
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 33,360 590 1.7
Office clerks, general 20,410 1,460 1.7
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 27,260 930 1.7
Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 35,100 770 1.7
Cashiers 18,760 1,650 1.6
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 19,860 100 1.6
Counter and rental clerks 20,410 200 1.5
Network systems and data communications analysts 0 110 1.5
Pharmacists 94,570 110 1.4
Order clerks 27,340 100 1.4
Carpenters 41,030 360 1.4
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 29,520 750 1.4
Dishwashers 16,510 210 1.4
Dental assistants 34,550 120 1.4
Bus drivers, school 24,280 160 1.4
Maintenance and repair workers, general 30,320 500 1.3
Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 40,300 240 1.3
Elementary school teachers, except special education 39,230 530 1.3

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Lawrence, Kansas Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Self-enrichment education teachers 49,540 1.29 110
Industrial truck and tractor operators 34,410 1.15 190
Printing machine operators 37,400 1.14 160
Coaches and scouts 40,460 1.13 180
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 27,210 1.13 690
Truck drivers, light or delivery services 32,440 1.12 170
Police and sheriff's patrol officers 51,980 1.07 230
Dental assistants 34,550 1.07 120
Carpenters 41,030 1.05 360
Home health aides 22,060 1.04 250
Waiters and waitresses 19,360 1.03 1,510
Construction laborers 31,760 1.02 300
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 24,370 1.01 380
Cashiers 18,760 1.01 1,650
Teacher assistants 22,140 0.99 770
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 18,820 0.98 310
Computer programmers 62,900 0.98 280
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 55,000 0.97 250
Bartenders 18,790 0.97 380
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 51,190 0.97 230
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 23,280 0.96 330
Dishwashers 16,510 0.96 210
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 22,560 0.95 270
Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 28,840 0.95 120
First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 42,890 0.95 500
First-line supervisors/managers of housekeeping and janitorial workers 33,220 0.95 120
Loan officers 56,050 0.95 120
Customer service representatives 28,020 0.94 310
Cooks, restaurant 20,470 0.94 470
Accountants and auditors 56,100 0.94 310
Recreation workers 22,640 0.94 180
Receptionists and information clerks 22,410 0.94 310
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 27,260 0.94 930
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 26,530 0.93 140
Educational, vocational, and school counselors 47,910 0.93 120
Bus drivers, school 24,280 0.93 160
Cooks, fast food 16,150 0.93 340
Stock clerks and order fillers 21,160 0.93 470
Teachers and instructors, all other 35,150 0.92 140
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 29,520 0.92 750
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 39,280 0.92 240
Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 15,960 0.92 470
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 15,650 0.91 1,000
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 16,090 0.91 200
Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 35,100 0.9 770
Security guards 22,800 0.9 150
Food preparation workers 17,350 0.9 540
Packers and packagers, hand 18,410 0.9 280
Pharmacists 94,570 0.9 110
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 35,620 0.9 130

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