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Lexington Employment

Employment and Industries in the Lexington, Kentucky Area

Lexington has a large number of technology and government jobs. Lexington also includes numerous manufacturing and technology jobs. Also, the University of Kentucky is a large employer. The Fortune 500 companies Lexmark International, Hewlett Packard and Affiliated Computer Services are located in the city. Amazon.com, Trane and United Parcel Service have a large presence in Lexington. In addition, the JIF peanut butter facility is one of the world's largest producers of peanut butter.

Lexington has been ranked as the 5th best city for "Businesses and careers" by Forbes Magazine. Kiplinger named Lexington the 5th best city for young professionals.

The following is a list of the top employers in the Lexington region:

  • University of Kentucky
  • Toyota Motor Manufacturing
  • Fayette Co. Public Schools
  • Lexington-Fayette Urban County Gov't
  • Lexmark International
  • Central Baptist Hospital
  • Eastern Kentucky University
  • St. Joseph Hospital
  • Veterans Medical Center
  • The Trane Company
  • ACS
  • NACCO Materials Handling Group Inc
  • Lexington Clinic
  • Amazon.com
  • Osram Sylvania Inc
  • U.S. Postal Service
  • Kentucky Utilities
  • Walmart
  • IBM Global Services
  • TOKICO (USA) Inc
  • Valvoline Co
  • L-3 Communications Integrated Systems
  • Chase
  • ALLTEL
  • Quebecor World

Some of the most popular occupations which are primarily filled by those with a college degree are registered nurses, teachers, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, financial managers, computer systems analysts, lawyers; child, family and school social workers; computer applications software engineers, and pharmacists.

Lexington's top job providing sectors are:

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

Noteworthy information regarding Lexington Kentucky: Lexington is known as the "Horse Capital of the World." Has been ranked #10 among the nation's cities regarding college education rate with 39.5% of the residents having earned at least a bachelor's degree. In 2008 the city's cost of living index was at 86.2. The nation's average is 100. Lexington's estimated median household income in 2007 was $46,000.

Some of the helpful organizations for Lexington businesses are:

The Lexington Herald-Leader provides news about business and industry in Lexington.

Jobs in Lexington

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 269790 $43620 $20.97 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 39590 $33660 $16.18 14.8
3 Production Occupations 27650 $40290 $19.37 5.85
4 Sales and Related Occupations 25730 $33850 $16.28 10.15
5 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 25460 $20840 $10.02 8.3
6 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 21130 $33760 $16.23 6.45
7 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 20450 $71600 $34.42 5.75
8 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 15720 $57330 $27.56 6.15
9 Management Occupations 13200 $95400 $45.86 6.05
10 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 10910 $45070 $21.67 3.8
11 Team Assemblers 9430 $45900 $22.07 0.75
12 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 9390 $63890 $30.72 5.05
13 Retail Salespersons 9190 $26510 $12.75 3.1
14 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 8600 $18290 $8.79 2.15
15 Construction and Extraction Occupations 8590 $43980 $21.14 4.4
16 Personal Care and Service Occupations 8230 $24840 $11.94 4.1
17 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 7990 $25520 $12.27 3.7
18 Healthcare Support Occupations 7710 $29500 $14.18 3.05
19 Registered Nurses 7580 $60840 $29.25 1.9
20 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 6460 $26680 $12.83 1.6
21 Protective Service Occupations 6100 $35140 $16.89 2.25
22 Cashiers 6060 $20150 $9.69 2.25
23 Customer Service Representatives 6020 $32640 $15.69 1.75
24 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 4980 $70910 $34.09 1.65
25 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 4950 $68190 $32.79 2.8
26 Waiters and Waitresses 4920 $20200 $9.71 1.6
27 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 4200 $25270 $12.15 1.2
28 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 4100 $35440 $17.04 1.6
29 Office Clerks, General 4000 $30090 $14.47 2
30 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 3970 $46100 $22.17 1.2
31 General and Operations Managers 3850 $91790 $44.13 1.4
32 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 3690 $25240 $12.14 1.6
33 Nursing Assistants 3390 $26410 $12.7 1.05
34 Community and Social Service Occupations 3260 $43410 $20.87 1.65
35 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 3140 $45840 $22.04 1.7
36 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 3060 $36900 $17.74 1.1
37 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 2630 $49150 $23.63 1
38 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 2600 $46960 $22.58 0.9
39 Cooks, Restaurant 2520 $21390 $10.28 0.75
40 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 2510 $35050 $16.85 0.9
41 Receptionists and Information Clerks 2370 $27060 $13.01 0.7
42 Security Guards 2360 $21530 $10.35 0.7
43 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 2260 $52710 $25.34 1
44 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 2240 $27700 $13.32 0.6
45 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 2180 $40390 $19.42 1
46 Childcare Workers 2030 $20580 $9.9 0.8
47 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 1990 $25330 $12.18 0.8
48 Accountants and Auditors 1830 $67790 $32.59 0.9
49 Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 1610 $29620 $14.24 0.6
50 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 1480 $68130 $32.76 0.4
51 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 1460 $37100 $17.84 0.6
52 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 1450 $34330 $16.5 0.3
53 Personal Care Aides 1410 $23460 $11.28 1.3
54 Legal Occupations 1390 $80490 $38.7 0.8
55 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1380 $19940 $9.59 1
56 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 1310 $66000 $31.73 0.6
57 Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals 1300 $26340 $12.67 0.1
58 Cooks, Fast Food 1270 $18370 $8.83 0.3
59 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 1260 $63120 $30.35 0.7
60 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 1230 $31050 $14.93 0.4
61 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 1230 $27510 $13.23 0.3
62 Construction Laborers 1160 $31750 $15.26 0.8
63 Food Preparation Workers 1130 $22110 $10.63 0.6
64 Driver/Sales Workers 1120 $23740 $11.41 0.3
65 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 1120 $41370 $19.89 0.5
66 Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 1110 $153710 $73.9 0.2
67 Counter and Rental Clerks 1110 $24660 $11.85 0.3
68 Packers and Packagers, Hand 1100 $24730 $11.89 0.45
69 Software Developers, Applications 1080 $77940 $37.47 0.5
70 Billing and Posting Clerks 1070 $36410 $17.51 0.35
71 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 1060 $59390 $28.55 0.4
72 Pharmacy Technicians 1060 $30250 $14.55 0.25
73 Medical Assistants 1060 $31060 $14.93 0.45
74 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 1030 $64340 $30.93 0.3
75 Industrial Machinery Mechanics 1020 $57960 $27.86 0.2
76 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 980 $46000 $22.12 0.45
77 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 980 $37700 $18.12 0.5
78 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 980 $30540 $14.68 0.35
79 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers 960 $25120 $12.08 0.1
80 Electricians 960 $42460 $20.41 0.4
81 Mechanical Engineers 950 $89390 $42.97 0.2
82 Lawyers 930 $92340 $44.4 0.5
83 Financial Managers 920 $124190 $59.71 0.4
84 Carpenters 900 $49060 $23.59 0.6
85 Helpers--Production Workers 880 $25910 $12.46 0.3
86 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers 860 $43590 $20.96 0.2
87 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 840 $18400 $8.85 0.25
88 Medical Records and Health Information Technicians 840 $40140 $19.3 0.1
89 Tellers 830 $26070 $12.53 0.3
90 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 820 $67850 $32.62 0.35
91 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 810 $34110 $16.4 0.3
92 Computer User Support Specialists 790 $43900 $21.11 0.4
93 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 790 $43330 $20.83 0.2
94 Child, Family, and School Social Workers 780 $42130 $20.25 0.2
95 Medical Secretaries 770 $30480 $14.65 0.4
96 Human Resources Specialists 770 $52530 $25.25 0.3
97 Industrial Production Managers 760 $84180 $40.47 0.1
98 Dental Assistants 750 $34540 $16.6 0.2
99 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 740 $48140 $23.14 0.5
100 Correctional Officers and Jailers 740 $39800 $19.14 0.3
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Jobs More Common Near Lexington Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 43,620 269,790
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 33,660 39,590
Production Occupations 40,290 27,650
Sales and Related Occupations 33,850 25,730
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 20,840 25,460
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 33,760 21,130
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 71,600 20,450
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 57,330 15,720
Management Occupations 95,400 13,200
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 45,070 10,910
Team Assemblers 45,900 9,430
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 63,890 9,390
Retail Salespersons 26,510 9,190
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 18,290 8,600
Construction and Extraction Occupations 43,980 8,590
Personal Care and Service Occupations 24,840 8,230
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 25,520 7,990
Healthcare Support Occupations 29,500 7,710
Registered Nurses 60,840 7,580
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 26,680 6,460
Protective Service Occupations 35,140 6,100
Cashiers 20,150 6,060
Customer Service Representatives 32,640 6,020
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 70,910 4,980
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 68,190 4,950
Waiters and Waitresses 20,200 4,920
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 25,270 4,200
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 35,440 4,100
Office Clerks, General 30,090 4,000
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 46,100 3,970
General and Operations Managers 91,790 3,850
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 25,240 3,690
Nursing Assistants 26,410 3,390
Community and Social Service Occupations 43,410 3,260
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 45,840 3,140
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 36,900 3,060
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 49,150 2,630
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 46,960 2,600
Cooks, Restaurant 21,390 2,520
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 35,050 2,510
Receptionists and Information Clerks 27,060 2,370
Security Guards 21,530 2,360
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 52,710 2,260
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 27,700 2,240
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 40,390 2,180
Childcare Workers 20,580 2,030
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 25,330 1,990
Accountants and Auditors 67,790 1,830
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 29,620 1,610
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 68,130 1,480

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 43,620 269,790
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 33,660 39,590
Production Occupations 40,290 27,650
Sales and Related Occupations 33,850 25,730
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 33,760 21,130
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 71,600 20,450
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 57,330 15,720
Management Occupations 95,400 13,200
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 45,070 10,910
Team Assemblers 45,900 9,430
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 63,890 9,390
Retail Salespersons 26,510 9,190
Construction and Extraction Occupations 43,980 8,590
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 25,520 7,990
Healthcare Support Occupations 29,500 7,710
Registered Nurses 60,840 7,580
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 26,680 6,460
Protective Service Occupations 35,140 6,100
Customer Service Representatives 32,640 6,020
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 70,910 4,980
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 68,190 4,950
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 25,270 4,200
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 35,440 4,100
Office Clerks, General 30,090 4,000
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 46,100 3,970
General and Operations Managers 91,790 3,850
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 25,240 3,690
Nursing Assistants 26,410 3,390
Community and Social Service Occupations 43,410 3,260
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 45,840 3,140
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 36,900 3,060
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 49,150 2,630
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 46,960 2,600
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 35,050 2,510
Receptionists and Information Clerks 27,060 2,370
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 52,710 2,260
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 27,700 2,240
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 40,390 2,180
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 25,330 1,990
Accountants and Auditors 67,790 1,830
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 29,620 1,610
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 68,130 1,480
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 37,100 1,460
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 34,330 1,450
Legal Occupations 80,490 1,390
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 66,000 1,310
Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals 26,340 1,300
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 63,120 1,260
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 31,050 1,230
Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 27,510 1,230

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