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Owensboro Employment

Employment and Industries in the Owensboro, Kentucky Area

Owensboro is the business and retail center of Western Kentucky. The top job providing sectors in Owensboro are healthcare, education, construction, manufacturing, metal and metal products, accommodation and food services and social services. Jobs are provided by manufacturing industries such as aluminum, bourbon whiskey, chemicals, high-grade steel, paper, food products, furniture, smokeless tobacco and plastics. About 27% of the labor force is comprised of management, professional and related workers. Approximately 22% of the jobs are found in sales and office occupations.

OwensboroWorks.com helps job seekers, employers and economic development officials effectively build the workforce. The services of Bluegrass State Skills Corp., are offered to new and existing businesses. The organization offers training programs such as pre-employment skill training and assessment, entry-level skills upgrade, occupational upgrade training and other types of assistance.

Owensboro's top employers are:

  • Owensboro Medical Health System - Hospital
  • Davies County Public Schools - School System
  • US Bank Home Mortgage - Mortgage processing
  • Owensboro Public Schools - Education
  • Speciality Food Group - Meat processing
  • Walmart - Retail
  • Owensboro Community & Technical Colleges - Education
  • City of Owensboro - Government
  • Commonwealth of Kentucky - Government
  • Unilever Foods - Ragu spaghetti sauce
  • Toyotetsu Mid-America - Automotive parts
  • Titan Contracting - Mechanical construction
  • Swedish Match - Tobacco products
  • UniFirst - Uniform distribution
  • Kimberly-Clark - Paper products
  • Premium Allied Tool - Metal stamping and fabricated products
  • Boardwalk - Natural gas pipeline headquarters
  • Owensboro Municipal Utilities - Utility
  • MPD, Inc - Microwave products
  • Green River District Health - Health department
  • AT&T National directory call center
  • Sazerac Bottling/warehouse plant of whiskey, gin, etc

Notable information regarding Owensboro Kentucky: In 2009 the average earnings in Owensboro was $27,000. In 2008 the cost of living index in the city was 81.3 which is low when compared to the country's average of 100. Regarding the adult population, approximately 18% have earned a bachelor's degree or better.

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Most Popular Jobs in Owensboro, 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 1,520 $50,320 $36,850 - 62,700 24% 56%
2 Elementary school teachers, except special education 540 $46,350 $35,010 - 61,990 14% 95%
3 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 390 $51,420 $23,370 - 82,200 8% 51%
4 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 340 $50,230 $35,950 - 65,490 6% 96%
5 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 230 $48,190 $35,660 - 63,420 11% 95%
6 Child, family, and school social workers 230 $39,940 $26,600 - 53,360 19% 77%
7 Accountants and auditors 210 $56,000 $33,900 - 91,600 18% 79%
8 Financial managers 170 $94,110 $57,860 - 139,710 13% 60%
9 Social and human service assistants 140 $24,390 $16,960 - 36,560 34% 58%
10 Education, training, and library workers, all other 130 $48,520 $29,440 - 75,380 11% 79%
11 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 130 $45,860 $34,690 - 61,690 20% 87%
12 Chief executives 110 $148,760 $79,460 - 2% 65%
13 Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 110 $0 $ - 25% 67%
14 Medical and health services managers 100 $64,690 $44,440 - 83,550 16% 57%
15 Pharmacists 90 $101,120 $57,450 - 130,490 22% 97%
16 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 90 $84,300 $64,290 - 104,770 8% 78%
17 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 90 $0 $ - 12% 51%
18 Special education teachers, secondary school 80 $48,080 $34,630 - 63,480 9% 87%
19 Lawyers 70 $80,860 $36,010 - 11% 99%
20 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 70 $51,180 $25,380 - 74,830 13% 73%
21 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 70 $49,530 $38,330 - 61,580 12% 51%
22 Special education teachers, middle school 70 $46,510 $35,510 - 61,530 16% 87%
23 Teachers and instructors, all other 70 $44,360 $15,600 - 65,390 9% 54%
24 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 70 $33,690 $13,270 - 65,620 17% 56%
25 Sales managers 60 $76,680 $37,260 - 103,370 10% 69%
26 Mechanical engineers 60 $75,500 $47,910 - 100,370 4% 78%
27 Managers, all other 60 $61,820 $31,160 - 119,490 7% 55%
28 Network systems and data communications analysts 60 $58,820 $36,930 - 80,910 53% 57%
29 Instructional coordinators 60 $55,640 $36,110 - 85,510 23% 79%
30 Librarians 60 $48,870 $36,200 - 63,330 4% 85%
31 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 60 $33,490 $21,140 - 48,980 15% 51%
32 Physical therapists 50 $73,190 $62,570 - 83,840 27% 89%
33 Engineers, all other 50 $66,780 $13,620 - 103,530 6% 82%
34 Purchasing managers 50 $62,710 $43,150 - 97,200 3% 57%
35 Industrial engineers 50 $62,610 $41,080 - 83,160 20% 74%
36 Social and community service managers 50 $54,670 $39,440 - 66,340 25% 72%
37 Network and computer systems administrators 50 $48,270 $35,940 - 63,860 27% 50%
38 Surveyors 50 $0 $ - 24% 82%
39 Education administrators, postsecondary 40 $73,460 $41,790 - 127,540 14% 78%
40 Human resources managers, all other 40 $70,100 $40,430 - 108,480 11% 58%
41 Speech-language pathologists 40 $54,980 $39,460 - 68,100 11% 98%
42 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 40 $39,160 $17,270 - 65,480 5% 58%
43 Public relations specialists 40 $38,740 $25,470 - 54,870 18% 81%
44 Graphic designers 40 $29,270 $21,890 - 37,680 10% 55%
45 Engineering managers 30 $105,700 $69,360 - 152,700 7% 84%
46 Physician assistants 30 $104,050 $56,970 - 153,530 27% 67%
47 Computer and information systems managers 30 $87,430 $51,770 - 124,610 16% 73%
48 Occupational therapists 30 $63,140 $51,890 - 78,270 23% 90%
49 Advertising sales agents 30 $44,680 $21,960 - 95,440 20% 56%
50 Personal financial advisors 30 $44,460 $24,560 - 66,940 41% 81%
51 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 30 $32,060 $21,600 - 49,220 18% 56%
52 Floral designers 30 $20,510 $16,980 - 28,970 -9% 55%

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 1,770 $20,880 $13,500 - 30,960 12% 25%
2 Cashiers 1,200 $15,960 $12,860 - 20,130 -3% 10%
3 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 1,110 $15,150 $12,850 - 18,840 18% 5%
4 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 900 $18,900 $13,380 - 24,660 15% 4%
5 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 870 $20,000 $15,850 - 25,070 18% 7%
6 Waiters and waitresses 870 $15,310 $12,800 - 19,440 11% 14%
7 Maintenance and repair workers, general 740 $33,410 $17,360 - 49,440 10% 6%
8 Stock clerks and order fillers 740 $21,220 $13,570 - 33,450 -8% 8%
9 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 730 $24,960 $16,920 - 33,180 1% 18%
10 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 700 $28,170 $16,920 - 40,270 13% 16%
11 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 650 $24,640 $15,980 - 37,600 2% 5%
12 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 590 $33,490 $18,360 - 52,460 4% 25%
13 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 590 $32,990 $22,760 - 48,250 10% 4%
14 Industrial truck and tractor operators 580 $30,570 $17,590 - 49,100 -2% 2%
15 Industrial machinery mechanics 550 $47,340 $37,220 - 61,010 9% 5%
16 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 550 $32,590 $21,830 - 51,470 5% 2%
17 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 530 $53,860 $30,560 - 85,210 -5% 15%
18 General and operations managers 520 $88,680 $33,800 - 2% 48%
19 Helpers--production workers 520 $24,060 $16,990 - 35,530 -1% 4%
20 Teacher assistants 520 $23,130 $18,950 - 28,110 10% 18%
21 Office clerks, general 510 $20,910 $13,560 - 30,340 13% 19%
22 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 490 $33,120 $22,800 - 47,350 15% 18%
23 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 480 $36,980 $22,120 - 54,320 6% 29%
24 Receptionists and information clerks 460 $23,420 $16,950 - 31,400 17% 13%
25 Security guards 420 $19,430 $15,660 - 24,630 17% 13%
26 Child care workers 400 $17,420 $13,050 - 24,100 18% 15%
27 Cooks, restaurant 390 $18,720 $13,230 - 27,600 12% 5%
28 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 380 $29,890 $19,510 - 45,000 -7% 14%
29 Team assemblers 350 $33,460 $15,860 - 50,820 0% 5%
30 Rolling machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 340 $41,220 $33,620 - 50,940 -12% 0%
31 Electricians 330 $47,410 $32,080 - 62,300 7% 7%
32 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 330 $29,990 $18,560 - 47,250 11% 14%
33 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 330 $28,750 $20,580 - 38,870 4% 15%
34 Customer service representatives 330 $27,970 $18,330 - 38,580 25% 22%
35 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 330 $15,660 $12,860 - 19,690 13% 5%
36 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 320 $35,110 $27,980 - 41,220 14% 7%
37 Food preparation workers 310 $16,490 $12,930 - 22,610 15% 7%
38 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 300 $27,450 $16,230 - 39,560 4% 6%
39 Construction laborers 290 $24,800 $18,400 - 32,720 11% 5%
40 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 290 $21,350 $17,000 - 25,160 11% 5%
41 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 290 $17,610 $13,390 - 22,490 18% 6%
42 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 280 $23,650 $15,500 - 33,220 8% 4%
43 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 270 $30,730 $19,880 - 44,170 14% 4%
44 Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 270 $28,160 $20,690 - 36,300 -15% 0%
45 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 250 $43,350 $29,820 - 60,050 11% 4%
46 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 250 $39,160 $28,170 - 58,400 8% 3%
47 Counter and rental clerks 250 $19,970 $12,890 - 35,520 23% 16%
48 Machinists 240 $29,020 $17,670 - 44,150 -3% 3%
49 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 240 $15,070 $12,820 - 18,650 10% 17%
50 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 230 $57,670 $35,530 - 81,500 7% 13%
51 Carpenters 230 $30,740 $20,220 - 40,300 10% 6%
52 Bus drivers, school 230 $28,750 $26,170 - 32,150 9% 4%
53 Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 220 $37,740 $18,150 - 50,050 -5% 5%
54 Loan officers 210 $57,420 $37,030 - 94,730 12% 49%
55 Loan interviewers and clerks 200 $23,230 $16,970 - 34,010 -1% 24%
56 Tellers 200 $22,120 $17,060 - 27,770 14% 16%
57 Pharmacy technicians 200 $20,720 $14,760 - 27,760 32% 16%
58 Medical assistants 190 $24,380 $17,980 - 31,890 35% 10%
59 Sales representatives, services, all other 180 $36,060 $17,570 - 61,960 28% 48%
60 Sewing machine operators 180 $19,260 $16,080 - 27,140 -27% 5%
61 Bartenders 180 $16,100 $13,040 - 19,930 11% 17%
62 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 150 $50,490 $30,160 - 81,230 9% 10%
63 Radiologic technologists and technicians 150 $47,010 $36,020 - 60,030 15% 25%
64 Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 150 $20,240 $16,730 - 24,160 10% 5%
65 Packers and packagers, hand 150 $19,230 $13,120 - 29,940 -12% 3%
66 Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 150 $15,200 $12,890 - 18,670 17% 14%
67 Postal service mail carriers 150 $0 $ - 1% 11%
68 Production workers, all other 140 $36,820 $16,590 - 54,120 2% 5%
69 Driver/sales workers 140 $26,460 $13,500 - 45,330 -5% 4%
70 Dishwashers 140 $15,310 $12,850 - 19,190 10% 3%
71 Industrial production managers 130 $85,200 $55,130 - 132,250 -6% 43%
72 Business operations specialists, all other 130 $53,230 $14,390 - 82,710 21% 49%
73 First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 130 $49,060 $22,840 - 81,020 4% 38%
74 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 130 $44,810 $31,880 - 69,910 0% 42%
75 First-line supervisors/managers of personal service workers 130 $25,020 $20,520 - 32,410 16% 26%
76 Assemblers and fabricators, all other 130 $21,470 $15,700 - 29,790 -9% 5%
77 Computer support specialists 120 $36,440 $24,340 - 47,080 13% 43%
78 Surgical technologists 120 $31,230 $26,150 - 38,120 25% 16%
79 Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 120 $25,140 $20,680 - 31,160 10% 24%
80 Bakers 120 $0 $ - 10% 8%
81 Parts salespersons 110 $27,060 $16,300 - 44,190 -2% 6%
82 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 110 $20,120 $14,100 - 26,210 12% 6%
83 Taxi drivers and chauffeurs 110 $19,630 $16,540 - 24,830 13% 15%
84 First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 100 $45,200 $29,130 - 63,430 10% 17%
85 Bill and account collectors 100 $22,770 $17,380 - 29,070 23% 13%
86 Couriers and messengers 100 $17,790 $14,250 - 22,010 -0% 12%
87 Dental hygienists 90 $53,280 $39,170 - 66,480 30% 33%
88 Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance 90 $32,380 $13,460 - 55,230 2% 11%
89 Milling and planing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 90 $29,430 $17,920 - 39,110 -21% 3%
90 Medical secretaries 90 $27,240 $20,820 - 35,460 17% 18%
91 Painters, construction and maintenance 90 $25,380 $18,350 - 33,430 12% 6%
92 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 90 $17,340 $13,200 - 22,760 14% 3%
93 Cost estimators 80 $61,770 $29,300 - 105,150 19% 32%
94 Food service managers 80 $43,790 $35,340 - 53,870 5% 24%
95 Insurance sales agents 80 $42,670 $24,640 - 73,360 13% 45%
96 Metal workers and plastic workers, all other 80 $34,510 $19,840 - 40,780 -25% 3%
97 Payroll and timekeeping clerks 80 $32,000 $22,940 - 41,870 3% 18%
98 Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 80 $31,630 $25,860 - 39,470 12% 3%
99 Plating and coating machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 80 $29,920 $20,080 - 39,950 -12% 0%
100 Legal secretaries 80 $29,120 $19,730 - 44,700 12% 18%
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Jobs More Common Near Owensboro Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Rolling machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 41,220 340 46.2
Industrial machinery mechanics 47,340 550 6.9
Education, training, and library workers, all other 48,520 130 5.7
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 32,590 550 5.1
Sewing machine operators 19,260 180 4.4
Surgical technologists 31,230 120 4.4
Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 28,160 270 4
Helpers--production workers 24,060 520 3.8
Couriers and messengers 17,790 100 3.3
First-line supervisors/managers of personal service workers 25,020 130 3.2
Industrial truck and tractor operators 30,570 580 3.1
Loan interviewers and clerks 23,230 200 2.9
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 21,350 290 2.8
Child, family, and school social workers 39,940 230 2.8
Industrial production managers 85,200 130 2.8
Bakers 0 120 2.8
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 29,890 380 2.8
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 53,860 530 2.7
Radiologic technologists and technicians 47,010 150 2.3
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 15,200 150 2.3
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 39,160 250 2.3
Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 20,240 150 2.2
Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 37,740 220 2.2
Child care workers 17,420 400 2.2
Taxi drivers and chauffeurs 19,630 110 2.1
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 15,070 240 2.1
Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 45,860 130 2
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 20,000 870 2
Loan officers 57,420 210 2
Production workers, all other 36,820 140 2
Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 28,750 330 2
Machinists 29,020 240 2
Pharmacy technicians 20,720 200 2
Registered nurses 50,320 1,520 1.8
Maintenance and repair workers, general 33,410 740 1.8
Bus drivers, school 28,750 230 1.8
Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 43,350 250 1.8
Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 25,140 120 1.8
Counter and rental clerks 19,970 250 1.7
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 57,670 230 1.7
Assemblers and fabricators, all other 21,470 130 1.7
Electricians 47,410 330 1.6
Parts salespersons 27,060 110 1.6
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 33,490 590 1.6
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 35,110 320 1.5
First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 45,200 100 1.5
Social and human service assistants 24,390 140 1.4
First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 49,060 130 1.4
Teacher assistants 23,130 520 1.4
Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 44,810 130 1.4

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 37,740 1.44 220
Production workers, all other 36,820 1.27 140
Team assemblers 33,460 1.22 350
Rolling machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 41,220 1.21 340
Education, training, and library workers, all other 48,520 1.18 130
Bus drivers, school 28,750 1.1 230
Industrial machinery mechanics 47,340 1.06 550
Teacher assistants 23,130 1.04 520
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 24,640 1.02 650
Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 20,240 1.02 150
Helpers--production workers 24,060 1.02 520
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 53,860 1.02 530
Industrial truck and tractor operators 30,570 1.02 580
Financial managers 94,110 1.01 170
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 57,670 1.01 230
Electricians 47,410 1.01 330
Driver/sales workers 26,460 1.01 140
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 29,990 0.99 330
Chief executives 148,760 0.99 110
Child, family, and school social workers 39,940 0.98 230
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 50,230 0.98 340
Receptionists and information clerks 23,420 0.98 460
Maintenance and repair workers, general 33,410 0.97 740
Loan officers 57,420 0.97 210
Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 28,160 0.97 270
Industrial production managers 85,200 0.97 130
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 27,450 0.96 300
Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 48,190 0.96 230
Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 28,750 0.95 330
Packers and packagers, hand 19,230 0.94 150
Customer service representatives 27,970 0.94 330
Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 43,350 0.94 250
Accountants and auditors 56,000 0.94 210
Tellers 22,120 0.93 200
Elementary school teachers, except special education 46,350 0.93 540
Stock clerks and order fillers 21,220 0.93 740
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 32,590 0.93 550
General and operations managers 88,680 0.92 520
Radiologic technologists and technicians 47,010 0.92 150
Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 45,860 0.92 130
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 39,160 0.92 250
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 51,420 0.91 390
Taxi drivers and chauffeurs 19,630 0.91 110
Business operations specialists, all other 53,230 0.9 130
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 21,350 0.9 290
Child care workers 17,420 0.9 400
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 29,890 0.89 380
Dishwashers 15,310 0.89 140
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 35,110 0.89 320
Parts salespersons 27,060 0.89 110

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