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Lake Charles Employment

Employment and Industries in the Lake Charles, Louisiana Area

Lake Charles is a major petrochemical refining center and it's also a popular gaming center. Many of the residents work in the region's petrochemical refineries. Some of the notable companies in the region are Conoco Philips, PPG Industries and Citgo Petroleum Corporation. Manufacturing is also part of the economy. Lake Charles is also home to the Trunkline LNG terminal. In addition, the city is known as the Festival Capital of Louisiana, thus tourism is a significant contributor to the economy.

The Southwest Louisiana Business Incubator offers a variety of support to young businesses. The organization offers facilities, counseling and training. Also, the Fusion Five organization was created by and for young professionals with the goal of changing the economic and social landscape in Southwest Louisiana.

The city's largest job providing sectors include healthcare, education, construction, petrochemicals, accommodation and food services, arts, entertainment and recreation; and social assistance. About 28% of the workforce is comprised of management, professional and related workers. Approximately 24% of the workers are employed in sales and office occupations.

Shown below is a list of the top employers in Lake Charles:

  • Calcasieu Veterinary Medical Association, Inc
  • MBS Answering Service
  • St. Charles Gaming Co, Inc
  • PNK (Lake Charles), LLC
  • SWLHS Inc
  • Southwest Louisiana Hospital Association
  • Southwest Louisiana Memorial Foundation
  • City of Lake Charles
  • Christus Health Southwestern Louisiana
  • McNeese State University
  • Era Helicopters, LLC
  • Parish of Calcasieu
  • US Unwired Inc
  • The American Citidel Guard Inc
  • W & R Food Services, Inc
  • Turner Industries Group, LLC
  • PPG Industries
  • CITGO Petroleum Corporation - Lake Charles
  • Conoco Phillips
  • Westlake Chemical Corporation
  • Sasal North America
  • AEROFRAME Services
  • Dunham Price Group, LLC
  • ReCon Management Services
  • AT&T

Notable data about Lake Charles, Louisiana: The average earnings in the city in 2009 was $34,000. In 2008 the cost of living index in the city was 83.1 which is low when compared to the national average of 100. Regarding the adult residents, approximately 20% have achieved a bachelor's degree or higher.

Local companies have opportunities to work in partnership with helpful associations including:

People interested in staying up-to-date with local business and industry activities can read the American Press.

Most Popular Jobs in Lake Charles, Louisiana 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 1,820 $56,750 $41,900 - 85,490 24% 56%
2 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 790 $46,820 $26,450 - 76,620 8% 51%
3 Accountants and auditors 490 $48,430 $31,560 - 65,140 18% 79%
4 Managers, all other 290 $72,740 $45,080 - 102,160 7% 55%
5 Engineers, all other 210 $78,720 $51,720 - 114,440 6% 82%
6 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 210 $51,260 $32,700 - 77,920 5% 58%
7 Detectives and criminal investigators 210 $40,090 $29,410 - 53,880 17% 54%
8 Social and human service assistants 200 $31,730 $18,250 - 48,950 34% 58%
9 Pharmacists 190 $99,980 $55,220 - 141,230 22% 97%
10 Sales managers 190 $68,340 $36,330 - 105,590 10% 69%
11 Instructional coordinators 190 $0 $ - 23% 79%
12 Lawyers 180 $102,080 $38,690 - 11% 99%
13 Chemical engineers 170 $86,360 $61,000 - 123,280 8% 91%
14 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 160 $83,030 $42,540 - 107,290 12% 51%
15 Financial managers 160 $82,340 $40,050 - 127,610 13% 60%
16 Engineering managers 130 $122,410 $71,860 - 164,910 7% 84%
17 Mechanical engineers 130 $83,400 $47,490 - 122,620 4% 78%
18 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 130 $50,710 $35,280 - 65,610 12% 51%
19 Medical and health services managers 120 $62,620 $44,030 - 80,520 16% 57%
20 Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 110 $64,320 $28,520 - 101,100 25% 67%
21 Computer programmers 110 $56,200 $32,200 - 80,740 -4% 73%
22 Child, family, and school social workers 110 $44,800 $27,170 - 67,780 19% 77%
23 Teachers and instructors, all other 110 $40,710 $24,430 - 56,660 9% 54%
24 Physical therapists 100 $71,900 $42,120 - 109,230 27% 89%
25 Community and social service specialists, all other 100 $27,360 $13,570 - 56,900 25% 58%
26 Chief executives 90 $133,310 $68,710 - 2% 65%
27 Civil engineers 90 $77,040 $46,010 - 114,380 18% 87%
28 Librarians 90 $46,160 $36,780 - 56,540 4% 85%
29 Training and development specialists 90 $42,670 $23,120 - 71,490 18% 56%
30 Advertising sales agents 90 $39,500 $15,090 - 66,040 20% 56%
31 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 90 $25,880 $16,750 - 36,160 15% 51%
32 Chemists 80 $74,630 $48,250 - 111,260 9% 93%
33 Computer systems analysts 80 $54,590 $31,960 - 82,020 29% 68%
34 Medical and public health social workers 80 $43,090 $31,810 - 54,780 24% 77%
35 Mental health and substance abuse social workers 80 $41,770 $30,640 - 53,260 30% 77%
36 Surveyors 70 $37,650 $18,240 - 64,780 24% 82%
37 Dietitians and nutritionists 70 $36,350 $15,180 - 53,060 9% 72%
38 Industrial engineers 60 $91,860 $68,330 - 130,180 20% 74%
39 Health and safety engineers, except mining safety engineers and inspectors 60 $64,650 $48,410 - 83,150 10% 74%
40 Public relations specialists 60 $47,630 $25,650 - 76,990 18% 81%
41 Self-enrichment education teachers 60 $45,620 $36,730 - 53,180 23% 54%
42 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 60 $39,720 $22,280 - 66,100 18% 56%
43 Sales and related workers, all other 60 $33,280 $22,440 - 42,910 14% 62%
44 Graphic designers 60 $27,730 $18,790 - 39,170 10% 55%
45 Environmental engineers 50 $67,390 $46,190 - 96,150 25% 86%
46 Computer and information systems managers 50 $65,720 $38,990 - 100,760 16% 73%
47 Occupational health and safety specialists 50 $63,330 $44,470 - 82,440 8% 72%
48 Social and community service managers 50 $53,200 $32,740 - 80,050 25% 72%
49 Counselors, all other 50 $31,530 $19,430 - 43,910 17% 73%
50 Floral designers 50 $19,840 $13,560 - 28,020 -9% 55%
51 Environmental scientists and specialists, including health 50 $0 $ - 25% 93%
52 Management analysts 40 $83,430 $56,550 - 113,160 22% 78%
53 Network and computer systems administrators 40 $53,520 $37,350 - 75,360 27% 50%
54 Network systems and data communications analysts 40 $51,990 $32,640 - 81,330 53% 57%
55 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 40 $44,060 $29,510 - 63,800 17% 56%
56 Legislators 40 $13,950 $12,750 - 15,660 1% 65%
57 Marketing managers 30 $77,570 $46,770 - 146,500 14% 69%
58 Occupational therapists 30 $74,910 $57,950 - 98,730 23% 90%
59 Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 30 $46,370 $28,020 - 65,760 18% 56%
60 Dentists, general 30 $0 $ - 9% 100%

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 3,330 $15,770 $12,840 - 19,610 -3% 10%
2 Retail salespersons 3,140 $22,290 $13,770 - 35,520 12% 25%
3 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 2,020 $24,140 $15,470 - 36,030 2% 5%
4 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 1,710 $22,910 $15,740 - 31,630 1% 18%
5 Waiters and waitresses 1,700 $16,020 $12,830 - 21,120 11% 14%
6 General and operations managers 1,550 $84,300 $41,920 - 153,920 2% 48%
7 Office clerks, general 1,530 $22,080 $13,900 - 32,550 13% 19%
8 Maintenance and repair workers, general 1,430 $34,650 $20,770 - 56,350 10% 6%
9 Food preparation workers 1,430 $16,060 $12,940 - 20,310 15% 7%
10 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 1,370 $19,480 $13,680 - 24,970 15% 4%
11 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 1,310 $30,500 $19,830 - 41,880 13% 16%
12 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 1,290 $37,360 $23,270 - 58,350 10% 4%
13 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 1,100 $17,860 $13,470 - 23,250 18% 7%
14 Construction laborers 1,080 $25,720 $17,040 - 37,780 11% 5%
15 Chemical plant and system operators 1,070 $61,860 $46,420 - 78,540 -15% 7%
16 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 1,070 $31,530 $20,090 - 46,430 4% 25%
17 Receptionists and information clerks 1,050 $20,780 $14,100 - 28,090 17% 13%
18 Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers 990 $59,930 $46,670 - 75,200 -13% 7%
19 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 950 $35,480 $21,490 - 56,310 6% 29%
20 Stock clerks and order fillers 930 $19,500 $13,770 - 26,550 -8% 8%
21 Teacher assistants 900 $15,450 $12,950 - 19,060 10% 18%
22 Carpenters 860 $36,980 $21,940 - 51,090 10% 6%
23 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 850 $34,990 $27,160 - 46,170 14% 7%
24 Gaming dealers 740 $14,440 $12,790 - 16,250 24% 11%
25 Electricians 730 $39,790 $25,750 - 52,940 7% 7%
26 Cooks, fast food 730 $15,360 $12,900 - 18,890 8% 5%
27 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 720 $54,720 $37,350 - 76,260 9% 10%
28 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 700 $34,990 $23,580 - 48,720 15% 18%
29 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 680 $46,850 $27,560 - 77,940 5% 2%
30 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 670 $16,390 $13,060 - 20,360 13% 5%
31 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 660 $44,660 $32,660 - 56,100 11% 4%
32 Customer service representatives 650 $22,440 $14,850 - 33,760 25% 22%
33 Home health aides 650 $16,310 $13,000 - 20,170 49% 7%
34 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 630 $31,870 $22,160 - 43,290 11% 33%
35 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 600 $25,980 $17,650 - 36,270 11% 14%
36 Security guards 590 $20,560 $13,770 - 28,970 17% 13%
37 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 580 $15,310 $12,820 - 20,280 11% 5%
38 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 550 $27,090 $16,060 - 41,440 8% 4%
39 Painters, construction and maintenance 480 $34,360 $23,780 - 49,170 12% 6%
40 Tellers 480 $19,780 $15,000 - 25,280 14% 16%
41 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 470 $58,560 $34,740 - 97,800 7% 13%
42 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 450 $61,540 $37,630 - 93,000 -5% 15%
43 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 450 $43,490 $22,800 - 68,260 -7% 14%
44 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 440 $16,140 $12,950 - 20,120 18% 5%
45 Cooks, restaurant 420 $22,750 $16,970 - 30,030 12% 5%
46 Bartenders 410 $14,860 $12,800 - 17,210 11% 17%
47 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 400 $34,930 $20,700 - 50,470 8% 3%
48 Chemical technicians 390 $59,700 $46,710 - 73,850 6% 37%
49 Child care workers 390 $16,690 $12,990 - 22,380 18% 15%
50 Bus drivers, school 390 $14,220 $12,770 - 15,730 9% 4%
51 Business operations specialists, all other 380 $46,690 $27,970 - 69,510 21% 49%
52 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 340 $33,100 $17,670 - 48,690 14% 4%
53 Correctional officers and jailers 340 $26,920 $18,330 - 38,420 17% 11%
54 Machinists 330 $46,310 $28,470 - 62,340 -3% 3%
55 Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance 330 $28,840 $15,590 - 43,500 2% 11%
56 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 330 $17,660 $13,130 - 25,780 14% 3%
57 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 320 $23,420 $16,000 - 31,640 18% 6%
58 Industrial machinery mechanics 300 $47,190 $28,440 - 64,250 9% 5%
59 Counter and rental clerks 300 $24,040 $14,010 - 38,510 23% 16%
60 Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines 290 $38,410 $26,940 - 51,430 12% 3%
61 Recreation workers 290 $20,830 $14,470 - 26,330 13% 47%
62 Personal and home care aides 280 $13,870 $12,640 - 15,510 51% 10%
63 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 270 $28,010 $16,210 - 43,130 4% 6%
64 Amusement and recreation attendants 270 $17,310 $13,350 - 23,280 24% 22%
65 Insurance sales agents 260 $38,050 $21,790 - 67,180 13% 45%
66 Industrial truck and tractor operators 260 $31,650 $22,030 - 46,750 -2% 2%
67 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 260 $26,320 $18,490 - 35,480 4% 15%
68 Driver/sales workers 260 $19,150 $13,010 - 32,200 -5% 4%
69 Captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels 250 $65,520 $46,880 - 86,920 18% 21%
70 Maintenance workers, machinery 250 $36,960 $23,230 - 55,710 -1% 0%
71 Pharmacy technicians 250 $26,180 $20,590 - 32,400 32% 16%
72 Fire fighters 250 $24,990 $17,810 - 34,560 12% 18%
73 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 240 $16,060 $13,020 - 20,150 10% 8%
74 Radiologic technologists and technicians 230 $45,020 $32,280 - 61,290 15% 25%
75 Sailors and marine oilers 230 $40,250 $28,730 - 50,770 16% 17%
76 Medical assistants 230 $20,440 $16,050 - 27,510 35% 10%
77 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 230 $14,710 $12,750 - 17,200 12% 6%
78 Construction managers 220 $74,080 $48,940 - 104,240 16% 29%
79 Production workers, all other 220 $34,670 $22,090 - 54,110 2% 5%
80 Legal secretaries 220 $32,140 $25,450 - 39,830 12% 18%
81 Helpers--electricians 220 $26,910 $19,640 - 32,100 7% 3%
82 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 220 $17,420 $13,200 - 23,370 10% 17%
83 Dishwashers 220 $15,460 $12,970 - 18,990 10% 3%
84 Postal service mail carriers 220 $0 $ - 1% 11%
85 Service unit operators, oil, gas, and mining 210 $40,970 $29,670 - 53,770 -5% 0%
86 Data entry keyers 210 $21,470 $16,740 - 31,780 -5% 18%
87 Paralegals and legal assistants 200 $33,730 $22,150 - 45,020 22% 45%
88 Helpers--carpenters 200 $23,230 $14,890 - 31,360 12% 3%
89 Crane and tower operators 190 $41,850 $29,350 - 51,480 3% 0%
90 Gaming change persons and booth cashiers 190 $20,410 $14,950 - 26,340 7% 10%
91 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 190 $18,130 $13,140 - 27,080 12% 6%
92 Sheet metal workers 180 $37,320 $22,330 - 55,200 7% 4%
93 Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 180 $19,870 $13,750 - 27,490 17% 14%
94 Aircraft mechanics and service technicians 170 $44,850 $30,980 - 59,370 11% 11%
95 Loan officers 170 $41,960 $27,110 - 64,850 12% 49%
96 Emergency medical technicians and paramedics 170 $27,810 $14,870 - 42,700 19% 14%
97 Helpers--pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 170 $25,530 $19,700 - 36,860 12% 3%
98 Preschool teachers, except special education 170 $20,240 $13,110 - 36,930 26% 43%
99 Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 170 $15,300 $12,860 - 19,110 10% 5%
100 Parts salespersons 160 $26,450 $17,820 - 35,400 -2% 6%
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Jobs More Common Near Lake Charles Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Chemical plant and system operators 61,860 1,070 62.1
Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers 59,930 990 56
Riggers 28,300 140 33.4
Gaming change persons and booth cashiers 20,410 190 27.6
Gaming dealers 14,440 740 18.3
Service unit operators, oil, gas, and mining 40,970 210 17.2
Captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels 65,520 250 16.8
Sailors and marine oilers 40,250 230 15.1
Chemical technicians 59,700 390 10.7
Chemical engineers 86,360 170 10.5
Crane and tower operators 41,850 190 10.5
Insulation workers, mechanical 32,550 120 9.6
Helpers, construction trades, all other 26,340 100 9.1
Control and valve installers and repairers, except mechanical door 56,070 140 7.6
Maintenance workers, machinery 36,960 250 6.8
Helpers--carpenters 23,230 200 4.9
Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines 38,410 290 4.2
Detectives and criminal investigators 40,090 210 4.2
Structural iron and steel workers 38,180 140 4.1
Helpers--pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 25,530 170 4
Personal care and service workers, all other 16,470 130 4
Engineering technicians, except drafters, all other 57,540 140 3.8
Helpers--electricians 26,910 220 3.6
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 46,850 680 3.3
Painters, construction and maintenance 34,360 480 3.1
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 15,310 580 3
Correctional officers and jailers 26,920 340 2.9
Mechanical drafters 66,500 120 2.9
Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance 28,840 330 2.8
Aircraft mechanics and service technicians 44,850 170 2.8
Food preparation workers 16,060 1,430 2.8
Instructional coordinators 0 190 2.6
Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 44,660 660 2.5
Construction and building inspectors 54,920 140 2.4
Cooks, fast food 15,360 730 2.3
Brickmasons and blockmasons 37,870 140 2.3
Chefs and head cooks 40,780 130 2.3
Police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers 27,540 110 2.2
Engineers, all other 78,720 210 2.2
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 34,990 850 2.1
First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 54,720 720 2.1
Refuse and recyclable material collectors 23,780 130 2
Industrial machinery mechanics 47,190 300 2
Sheet metal workers 37,320 180 2
Parking lot attendants 15,900 160 1.9
Amusement and recreation attendants 17,310 270 1.9
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 34,930 400 1.9
Electricians 39,790 730 1.9
Respiratory therapists 46,650 110 1.9
Maintenance and repair workers, general 34,650 1,430 1.9

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Lake Charles, Louisiana Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Chemical technicians 59,700 1.43 390
Mechanical drafters 66,500 1.4 120
Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 57,120 1.39 110
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 46,850 1.33 680
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 43,490 1.3 450
Machinists 46,310 1.25 330
Chemical plant and system operators 61,860 1.22 1,070
Control and valve installers and repairers, except mechanical door 56,070 1.22 140
Production workers, all other 34,670 1.2 220
Sailors and marine oilers 40,250 1.17 230
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 61,540 1.16 450
Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers 59,930 1.16 990
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 83,030 1.14 160
Mechanical engineers 83,400 1.13 130
Construction and building inspectors 54,920 1.12 140
Social and human service assistants 31,730 1.12 200
Engineering managers 122,410 1.12 130
Child, family, and school social workers 44,800 1.1 110
Captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels 65,520 1.08 250
Teachers and instructors, all other 40,710 1.07 110
Engineering technicians, except drafters, all other 57,540 1.07 140
Industrial machinery mechanics 47,190 1.06 300
Industrial truck and tractor operators 31,650 1.05 260
Computer support specialists 44,050 1.05 120
Cooks, restaurant 22,750 1.05 420
Service unit operators, oil, gas, and mining 40,970 1.04 210
Counter and rental clerks 24,040 1.03 300
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 58,560 1.03 470
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 19,870 1.02 180
Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 51,260 1.02 210
Chemical engineers 86,360 1.01 170
Electrical and electronic engineering technicians 52,620 1.01 110
Maintenance and repair workers, general 34,650 1.01 1,430
Helpers--electricians 26,910 1.01 220
Chefs and head cooks 40,780 1.01 130
Painters, construction and maintenance 34,360 1 480
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 24,140 1 2,020
Lawyers 102,080 1 180
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 37,360 1 1,290
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 28,010 0.98 270
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 17,420 0.98 220
Maintenance workers, machinery 36,960 0.98 250
Engineers, all other 78,720 0.98 210
Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers 24,190 0.98 120
Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 44,660 0.97 660
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 23,420 0.97 320
Helpers--pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 25,530 0.96 170
Pharmacists 99,980 0.95 190
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 30,500 0.95 1,310
Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 50,710 0.95 130

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