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Bowling Green Employment

Employment and Industries in the Bowling Green, Kentucky Area

Bowling Green is developing a more knowledge-based, technology powered economy. Bowling Green is also a commercial center. Some of the city's important companies are Fruit of the Loom, Houchen's Industries, MedioArts.com, Camping World, SCA and Holley Performance Products. The major employers for the region are Commonwealth Health Corporation, Western Kentucky University and the Warren County Board of Education. In addition, Bowling Green was ranked 14th in Forbes' list of "Best Small Places for Business."

The largest job providing sectors in Bowling Green are education, healthcare, accommodation and food services, construction, social assistance and manufacturing. About 28% of the workforce is comprised of sales and office workers. About 27% of the labor force is found in management, professional and related occupations.

Some of the most common jobs in Bowling Green where the majority of the workers are college graduates include registered nurses, teachers, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, financial managers, social and human service assistants, physical therapists; securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents; and rehabilitation counselors.

Bowling Green's top employers are:

  • Commonwealth Health Corporation
  • Western Kentucky University
  • Warren County Board of Education
  • Fruit of the Loom, Inc
  • Union Underwear Company, Inc
  • Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems, Inc
  • S-R of Kentucky Inc
  • Bowling Green-Warren County Community
  • Barren River Development Council Inc
  • Hospital Corporation
  • Desa LLC
  • Rafferty's, Inc
  • Medical Center at Bowling Green
  • Camping World
  • Wendys of Bowling Green Inc
  • CWI, Inc
  • Huish Detergents Inc
  • Bowling Green Metalforming LLC
  • Eagle Industries LLC
  • Houchen's Industries
  • Holley Performance Products
  • Halton Company
  • International Paper
  • Trace Die Cast
  • Shopnbc
  • Country Oven Bakery
  • MedioArts.com

Pertinent data regarding Bowling Green, Kentucky: In 2007 the estimated median household income was $33,000. In 2008 the cost of living index in Bowling Green was 87.2 which is less than the nation's average of 100. Regarding the adult residents, about 27% have earned a bachelor's degree or better.

Some of the helpful business organizations for local companies are:

The Bowling Green Daily News provides local news about business and industry.

Most Popular Jobs in Bowling Green, Kentucky 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 1,100 $57,210 $44,080 - 67,170 24% 56%
2 Elementary school teachers, except special education 650 $41,970 $29,580 - 52,480 14% 95%
3 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 560 $44,420 $23,050 - 80,230 8% 51%
4 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 350 $47,090 $34,360 - 62,160 6% 96%
5 Accountants and auditors 320 $50,920 $34,120 - 65,860 18% 79%
6 Financial managers 230 $79,390 $50,800 - 117,600 13% 60%
7 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 200 $45,620 $35,050 - 57,270 11% 95%
8 Social and human service assistants 170 $26,280 $20,180 - 37,320 34% 58%
9 Physical therapists 150 $79,520 $57,010 - 104,750 27% 89%
10 Sales managers 140 $112,780 $52,160 - 10% 69%
11 Lawyers 140 $90,910 $35,540 - 11% 99%
12 Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 140 $83,040 $26,870 - 25% 67%
13 Rehabilitation counselors 140 $36,340 $19,540 - 51,550 23% 73%
14 Industrial engineers 130 $68,500 $46,030 - 94,230 20% 74%
15 Medical and health services managers 120 $79,640 $56,730 - 106,780 16% 57%
16 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 110 $44,940 $29,000 - 62,280 13% 73%
17 Public relations specialists 110 $35,090 $19,190 - 51,200 18% 81%
18 Pharmacists 100 $103,580 $89,560 - 127,730 22% 97%
19 Managers, all other 100 $67,170 $27,780 - 136,260 7% 55%
20 Management analysts 90 $80,550 $51,750 - 117,280 22% 78%
21 Education, training, and library workers, all other 90 $37,700 $18,600 - 67,650 11% 79%
22 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 90 $33,900 $26,720 - 44,690 18% 56%
23 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 80 $73,330 $59,640 - 86,970 8% 78%
24 Social and community service managers 80 $58,840 $32,240 - 94,020 25% 72%
25 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 80 $47,640 $32,690 - 63,910 17% 56%
26 Mental health and substance abuse social workers 80 $35,680 $27,320 - 47,800 30% 77%
27 Self-enrichment education teachers 80 $21,790 $13,340 - 32,290 23% 54%
28 Chief executives 70 $155,830 $67,460 - 2% 65%
29 Network and computer systems administrators 70 $43,100 $19,860 - 63,250 27% 50%
30 Teachers and instructors, all other 70 $31,640 $16,810 - 60,480 9% 54%
31 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 70 $0 $ - 12% 51%
32 Computer and information systems managers 60 $74,600 $54,120 - 103,110 16% 73%
33 Mechanical engineers 60 $73,990 $53,630 - 107,680 4% 78%
34 Librarians 60 $50,380 $32,230 - 65,060 4% 85%
35 Instructional coordinators 60 $46,030 $30,690 - 71,400 23% 79%
36 Engineering managers 50 $84,880 $53,970 - 110,530 7% 84%
37 Public relations managers 50 $69,840 $37,940 - 102,970 17% 75%
38 Marketing managers 50 $64,400 $38,360 - 116,280 14% 69%
39 Computer software engineers, applications 50 $56,550 $35,180 - 79,450 45% 85%
40 Training and development specialists 50 $45,850 $25,740 - 74,990 18% 56%
41 Graphic designers 50 $37,420 $21,840 - 53,850 10% 55%
42 Human resources managers, all other 40 $82,680 $50,650 - 138,840 11% 58%
43 Network systems and data communications analysts 40 $54,070 $32,880 - 80,270 53% 57%
44 Computer programmers 40 $46,060 $29,220 - 61,780 -4% 73%
45 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 40 $43,090 $33,250 - 58,240 5% 58%
46 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 40 $34,790 $18,220 - 45,410 15% 51%
47 Purchasing managers 30 $80,600 $54,580 - 124,020 3% 57%
48 Detectives and criminal investigators 30 $63,600 $34,340 - 98,440 17% 54%
49 Electrical engineers 30 $61,440 $40,480 - 97,790 6% 81%
50 Computer specialists, all other 30 $55,500 $34,770 - 80,110 15% 68%
51 Civil engineers 30 $54,090 $38,940 - 74,540 18% 87%
52 Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists 30 $50,270 $42,180 - 63,140 16% 99%
53 Medical and public health social workers 30 $39,310 $27,880 - 55,470 24% 77%
54 Tax preparers 30 $34,370 $17,470 - 70,450 -8% 54%

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 2,540 $20,240 $13,360 - 30,480 12% 25%
2 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 2,130 $14,760 $12,780 - 17,960 18% 5%
3 Cashiers 1,330 $16,740 $12,930 - 22,500 -3% 10%
4 Customer service representatives 1,270 $23,990 $17,060 - 35,470 25% 22%
5 Stock clerks and order fillers 1,130 $22,470 $13,330 - 40,750 -8% 8%
6 Team assemblers 1,060 $28,770 $20,040 - 37,240 0% 5%
7 Waiters and waitresses 1,030 $15,270 $12,800 - 19,950 11% 14%
8 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 1,020 $21,600 $13,570 - 33,940 2% 5%
9 Helpers--production workers 860 $26,120 $16,980 - 37,800 -1% 4%
10 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 850 $22,280 $14,350 - 36,540 15% 4%
11 Office clerks, general 810 $22,550 $14,190 - 31,800 13% 19%
12 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 790 $28,240 $18,950 - 39,630 13% 16%
13 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 770 $33,790 $19,640 - 51,170 4% 25%
14 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 750 $31,430 $21,950 - 46,280 10% 4%
15 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 700 $21,450 $16,560 - 26,560 18% 7%
16 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 680 $36,450 $18,910 - 56,840 6% 29%
17 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 650 $33,850 $22,850 - 47,840 15% 18%
18 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 640 $23,410 $17,110 - 31,350 1% 18%
19 Teacher assistants 640 $19,910 $13,380 - 29,790 10% 18%
20 General and operations managers 630 $81,080 $37,940 - 142,020 2% 48%
21 Maintenance and repair workers, general 610 $29,580 $17,190 - 46,290 10% 6%
22 Cooks, restaurant 560 $20,060 $14,280 - 26,100 12% 5%
23 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 510 $24,010 $15,320 - 32,430 11% 14%
24 Industrial truck and tractor operators 500 $26,740 $20,680 - 38,670 -2% 2%
25 Receptionists and information clerks 490 $19,940 $13,830 - 26,730 17% 13%
26 Assemblers and fabricators, all other 490 $0 $ - -9% 5%
27 Driver/sales workers 470 $23,590 $13,420 - 38,050 -5% 4%
28 Child care workers 470 $15,680 $12,920 - 19,400 18% 15%
29 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 450 $16,950 $13,130 - 22,490 13% 5%
30 Construction laborers 440 $26,990 $18,430 - 38,590 11% 5%
31 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 430 $46,100 $29,980 - 72,780 -5% 15%
32 Electricians 400 $36,260 $22,210 - 68,860 7% 7%
33 Machinists 360 $30,360 $20,660 - 41,660 -3% 3%
34 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 340 $34,340 $17,100 - 61,040 8% 4%
35 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 340 $28,110 $17,730 - 44,500 -7% 14%
36 Counter and rental clerks 330 $20,280 $12,870 - 38,570 23% 16%
37 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 320 $20,790 $15,960 - 27,390 18% 6%
38 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 310 $44,160 $30,380 - 63,940 9% 10%
39 Bus drivers, school 310 $28,740 $26,190 - 31,960 9% 4%
40 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 300 $21,040 $16,750 - 25,110 11% 5%
41 Carpenters 290 $32,920 $23,720 - 42,270 10% 6%
42 Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 290 $28,720 $20,300 - 40,220 -5% 5%
43 Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 290 $22,420 $15,790 - 30,420 -15% 0%
44 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 280 $27,230 $19,390 - 33,730 4% 15%
45 Packers and packagers, hand 280 $22,690 $15,990 - 28,510 -12% 3%
46 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 250 $29,640 $17,670 - 41,440 4% 6%
47 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 240 $38,710 $28,400 - 50,560 8% 3%
48 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 240 $32,930 $18,240 - 51,170 14% 4%
49 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 230 $47,140 $28,480 - 73,510 7% 13%
50 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 230 $34,150 $28,110 - 41,120 14% 7%
51 Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic 230 $24,550 $16,970 - 35,850 -3% 6%
52 Medical assistants 230 $23,940 $18,180 - 31,460 35% 10%
53 Food preparation workers 230 $20,350 $14,640 - 29,470 15% 7%
54 Industrial machinery mechanics 220 $45,660 $28,910 - 71,730 9% 5%
55 Paper goods machine setters, operators, and tenders 220 $0 $ - -18% 0%
56 Business operations specialists, all other 210 $57,350 $34,500 - 82,690 21% 49%
57 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 210 $40,490 $28,750 - 54,970 11% 33%
58 Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 210 $34,550 $23,410 - 48,730 9% 3%
59 Tellers 200 $21,320 $16,980 - 26,170 14% 16%
60 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 200 $15,860 $13,040 - 19,500 10% 17%
61 Sales representatives, services, all other 180 $39,950 $17,480 - 78,180 28% 48%
62 Pharmacy technicians 180 $23,310 $17,400 - 31,230 32% 16%
63 Recreation workers 180 $19,400 $13,210 - 27,370 13% 47%
64 Medical secretaries 170 $23,430 $19,270 - 29,440 17% 18%
65 Insurance sales agents 160 $56,670 $26,300 - 94,740 13% 45%
66 Paralegals and legal assistants 160 $33,840 $26,290 - 44,840 22% 45%
67 Dental assistants 160 $30,740 $23,390 - 38,620 29% 9%
68 Loan officers 140 $57,600 $24,920 - 88,540 12% 49%
69 Computer support specialists 140 $34,250 $21,810 - 49,720 13% 43%
70 Printing machine operators 140 $30,140 $17,770 - 47,040 -6% 6%
71 Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 140 $24,610 $20,200 - 31,430 10% 24%
72 Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 140 $16,940 $13,150 - 22,650 17% 14%
73 Production, planning, and expediting clerks 130 $43,360 $28,930 - 60,570 4% 30%
74 First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 130 $38,860 $18,520 - 63,420 4% 38%
75 Bill and account collectors 130 $28,210 $17,050 - 42,060 23% 13%
76 Real estate sales agents 130 $25,390 $13,290 - 46,410 11% 45%
77 Parts salespersons 130 $24,930 $14,500 - 38,880 -2% 6%
78 Preschool teachers, except special education 130 $22,700 $13,590 - 40,910 26% 43%
79 Postal service mail carriers 130 $0 $ - 1% 11%
80 Vocational education teachers, postsecondary 120 $47,800 $23,290 - 72,950 0% 0%
81 Mixing and blending machine setters, operators, and tenders 120 $31,740 $21,220 - 39,950 -5% 4%
82 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 120 $22,100 $16,110 - 30,110 12% 6%
83 Dishwashers 120 $16,010 $12,950 - 20,330 10% 3%
84 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 120 $14,970 $12,740 - 19,350 12% 6%
85 Tool and die makers 110 $49,890 $41,260 - 72,480 -10% 5%
86 First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 110 $43,010 $26,430 - 62,780 10% 17%
87 First-line supervisors/managers of housekeeping and janitorial workers 110 $30,520 $20,470 - 51,490 13% 11%
88 Painters, construction and maintenance 110 $29,740 $22,720 - 39,190 12% 6%
89 Woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders, except sawing 110 $20,520 $16,780 - 26,290 6% 0%
90 Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 110 $17,130 $13,150 - 22,810 10% 5%
91 Bartenders 110 $16,200 $12,860 - 23,940 11% 17%
92 Appraisers and assessors of real estate 100 $62,570 $35,200 - 106,010 17% 44%
93 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 100 $51,150 $24,680 - 79,350 11% 4%
94 Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 100 $37,050 $22,900 - 50,270 27% 47%
95 Surgical technologists 100 $35,280 $27,620 - 40,860 25% 16%
96 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 100 $18,080 $13,560 - 23,250 14% 3%
97 Radiologic technologists and technicians 100 $0 $ - 15% 25%
98 Construction managers 90 $59,620 $38,530 - 82,100 16% 29%
99 Respiratory therapists 90 $47,800 $34,610 - 61,690 23% 28%
100 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 90 $47,320 $29,020 - 67,110 0% 42%
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Jobs More Common Near Bowling Green Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Paper goods machine setters, operators, and tenders 0 220 7.2
Woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders, except sawing 20,520 110 5.4
Helpers--production workers 26,120 860 5.2
Assemblers and fabricators, all other 0 490 5.2
Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic 24,550 230 5
Appraisers and assessors of real estate 62,570 100 4.6
Rehabilitation counselors 36,340 140 3.9
Tool and die makers 49,890 110 3.9
Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 22,420 290 3.6
Driver/sales workers 23,590 470 3.4
Vocational education teachers, postsecondary 47,800 120 3.3
Surgical technologists 35,280 100 3
Team assemblers 28,770 1,060 2.8
Mixing and blending machine setters, operators, and tenders 31,740 120 2.6
Machinists 30,360 360 2.5
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 21,040 300 2.4
Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 28,720 290 2.4
Physical therapists 79,520 150 2.3
Industrial machinery mechanics 45,660 220 2.3
Industrial truck and tractor operators 26,740 500 2.2
Child care workers 15,680 470 2.1
Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 34,550 210 2.1
Real estate sales agents 25,390 130 2.1
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 14,760 2,130 2.1
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 28,110 340 2
Bus drivers, school 28,740 310 2
Printing machine operators 30,140 140 1.9
Counter and rental clerks 20,280 330 1.9
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 46,100 430 1.8
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 38,710 240 1.8
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 16,940 140 1.7
Recreation workers 19,400 180 1.7
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 33,790 770 1.7
Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 24,610 140 1.7
Industrial engineers 68,500 130 1.7
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 24,010 510 1.7
Electricians 36,260 400 1.6
Cooks, restaurant 20,060 560 1.6
Parts salespersons 24,930 130 1.6
First-line supervisors/managers of housekeeping and janitorial workers 30,520 110 1.6
Stock clerks and order fillers 22,470 1,130 1.5
Paralegals and legal assistants 33,840 160 1.5
Retail salespersons 20,240 2,540 1.5
Pharmacy technicians 23,310 180 1.5
Social and human service assistants 26,280 170 1.4
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 15,860 200 1.4
Teacher assistants 19,910 640 1.4
Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 27,230 280 1.4
First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 44,160 310 1.4
Dental assistants 30,740 160 1.4

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Bowling Green, Kentucky Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Truck drivers, light or delivery services 34,340 1.19 340
Sales managers 112,780 1.15 140
Packers and packagers, hand 22,690 1.11 280
Helpers--production workers 26,120 1.11 860
Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 28,720 1.1 290
Tool and die makers 49,890 1.1 110
Bus drivers, school 28,740 1.1 310
Physical therapists 79,520 1.08 150
Production, planning, and expediting clerks 43,360 1.06 130
Food preparation workers 20,350 1.06 230
Team assemblers 28,770 1.05 1,060
Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 83,040 1.05 140
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 29,640 1.04 250
Industrial machinery mechanics 45,660 1.03 220
Rehabilitation counselors 36,340 1.01 140
Insurance sales agents 56,670 1.01 160
Stock clerks and order fillers 22,470 0.98 1,130
Mixing and blending machine setters, operators, and tenders 31,740 0.98 120
Vocational education teachers, postsecondary 47,800 0.98 120
Business operations specialists, all other 57,350 0.97 210
Loan officers 57,600 0.97 140
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 22,280 0.97 850
Dental assistants 30,740 0.95 160
Medical and health services managers 79,640 0.94 120
Industrial engineers 68,500 0.94 130
Dishwashers 16,010 0.93 120
Registered nurses 57,210 0.93 1,100
Social and human service assistants 26,280 0.93 170
Cooks, restaurant 20,060 0.92 560
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 47,090 0.92 350
Printing machine operators 30,140 0.92 140
Bill and account collectors 28,210 0.92 130
Automotive service technicians and mechanics 32,930 0.91 240
Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 45,620 0.91 200
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 38,710 0.9 240
Cashiers 16,740 0.9 1,330
Driver/sales workers 23,590 0.9 470
Tellers 21,320 0.9 200
Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 27,230 0.9 280
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 21,600 0.89 1,020
Teacher assistants 19,910 0.89 640
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 15,860 0.89 200
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 21,450 0.89 700
Preschool teachers, except special education 22,700 0.89 130
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 21,040 0.89 300
Industrial truck and tractor operators 26,740 0.89 500
Lawyers 90,910 0.89 140
Office clerks, general 22,550 0.89 810
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 16,950 0.89 450
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 28,240 0.88 790

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