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Monroe Employment

Employment and Industries in the Monroe, Louisiana Area

Monroe includes numerous manufacturing, banking, healthcare and farm-related companies. Monroe is home to the corporate offices of notable companies such as Chase Manhattan Bank, Vantage Health Plan, Ouachita Fertilizer and Berry Plastics Group. Monroe is also home to CenturyTel, a prominent telecommunications provider. Nearby Angus Chemical, a subsidiary of Dow Chemical, contributes to the region's economy. In addition, the area includes four major hospitals which provide a large number of jobs.

The top job providing sectors in Monroe are healthcare, educational services, accommodation and food services, social services, finance and insurance and the government. About 28% of the jobs in Monroe are found in management, professional and related occupations. Sales and office jobs comprise about 25% of the jobs in Monroe Louisiana.

The Monroe region's top employers are:

  • CenturyTel, Inc
  • Ouachita Parish School Board
  • St Francis Speciality Hospital
  • Monroe City Schools Inc
  • University of Louisiana at Monroe
  • The City of Monroe
  • Century Service Group, LLC
  • Parish of Ouachita
  • Scott Equipment Company, LLC
  • Crystal Willstaff Inc
  • HCA Health Services of Louisiana, Inc
  • Chase Manhattan Bank
  • Vantage Health Plan
  • Ouachita Fertilizer
  • Berry Plastics Group
  • Bancroft Bag
  • Accent Marketing
  • Angus Chemical

Some of the occupations more prevalent in Monroe than most other cities include special education, teachers, secondary school; personal and home care aides; machine feeders and offbearers, production workers; paper goods machine setters, operators and tenders; community and social service specialists; and cooks, institution and cafeteria.

Noteworthy data about Monroe, Louisiana: In 2009 the average earnings of the workforce was $27,000. In 2008 the cost of living index in the city was 82.0 and the national average is 100. Regarding the adult residents, approximately 27% have achieved a bachelor's degree or better.

Monroe businesses are able to work in partnership with helpful associations including:

People interested in learning about local business and industry activities can read the Monroe News Star.

Most Popular Jobs in Monroe, 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 2,220 $60,390 $41,660 - 79,770 24% 56%
2 Elementary school teachers, except special education 1,240 $41,460 $33,690 - 50,930 14% 95%
3 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 720 $48,930 $25,570 - 77,230 8% 51%
4 Teachers and instructors, all other 610 $51,510 $22,300 - 95,850 9% 54%
5 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 570 $43,260 $33,890 - 52,410 6% 96%
6 Accountants and auditors 420 $48,790 $33,450 - 71,840 18% 79%
7 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 370 $50,220 $36,060 - 65,840 13% 73%
8 Special education teachers, secondary school 350 $44,080 $35,390 - 51,870 9% 87%
9 Lawyers 310 $65,110 $29,510 - 113,700 11% 99%
10 Managers, all other 300 $58,420 $33,410 - 90,980 7% 55%
11 Social and human service assistants 200 $32,600 $22,470 - 47,500 34% 58%
12 Pharmacists 190 $94,160 $62,400 - 122,840 22% 97%
13 Financial managers 190 $74,510 $40,750 - 116,940 13% 60%
14 Computer software engineers, applications 180 $52,600 $37,250 - 67,810 45% 85%
15 Community and social service specialists, all other 180 $37,000 $21,320 - 52,760 25% 58%
16 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 170 $64,770 $44,820 - 82,260 8% 78%
17 Medical and health services managers 140 $63,390 $41,680 - 85,870 16% 57%
18 Computer systems analysts 140 $42,810 $33,430 - 59,560 29% 68%
19 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 130 $47,510 $32,030 - 64,120 12% 51%
20 Child, family, and school social workers 130 $43,210 $27,610 - 65,080 19% 77%
21 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 130 $40,650 $23,980 - 63,070 5% 58%
22 Management analysts 130 $39,930 $24,230 - 52,550 22% 78%
23 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 130 $34,260 $21,380 - 52,030 15% 51%
24 Merchandise displayers and window trimmers 120 $27,400 $18,010 - 34,390 11% 55%
25 Self-enrichment education teachers 110 $47,080 $33,990 - 67,400 23% 54%
26 Training and development specialists 110 $45,060 $23,790 - 67,340 18% 56%
27 Network and computer systems administrators 100 $48,190 $33,010 - 70,120 27% 50%
28 Librarians 100 $44,880 $34,560 - 52,450 4% 85%
29 Sales managers 90 $69,920 $35,660 - 110,160 10% 69%
30 Network systems and data communications analysts 90 $47,560 $28,630 - 65,240 53% 57%
31 Instructional coordinators 90 $46,330 $22,830 - 65,980 23% 79%
32 Electrical engineers 80 $73,340 $41,190 - 103,540 6% 81%
33 Engineers, all other 80 $70,550 $38,870 - 111,290 6% 82%
34 Coaches and scouts 80 $41,300 $18,870 - 58,520 15% 60%
35 Detectives and criminal investigators 80 $35,820 $26,080 - 39,850 17% 54%
36 Tax preparers 80 $29,960 $14,430 - 49,440 -8% 54%
37 Chief executives 70 $149,570 $84,420 - 2% 65%
38 Physical therapists 70 $82,470 $57,610 - 116,220 27% 89%
39 Civil engineers 70 $80,090 $53,940 - 108,460 18% 87%
40 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 70 $53,400 $26,480 - 89,220 12% 51%
41 Dietitians and nutritionists 70 $39,340 $14,690 - 62,060 9% 72%
42 Advertising sales agents 70 $37,580 $15,200 - 84,010 20% 56%
43 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 60 $43,070 $33,990 - 51,770 20% 87%
44 Counselors, all other 60 $39,160 $28,240 - 49,950 17% 73%
45 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 60 $31,490 $18,220 - 41,530 18% 56%
46 Social and community service managers 50 $54,090 $29,000 - 81,320 25% 72%
47 Surveyors 50 $40,530 $25,020 - 61,980 24% 82%
48 Dentists, general 40 $116,890 $58,610 - 9% 100%
49 Computer and information systems managers 40 $75,090 $29,800 - 124,280 16% 73%
50 Financial analysts 40 $73,630 $35,040 - 104,590 34% 87%
51 Occupational therapists 40 $67,640 $49,520 - 91,840 23% 90%
52 Environmental scientists and specialists, including health 40 $46,980 $33,000 - 71,310 25% 93%
53 Vocational education teachers, secondary school 40 $41,760 $31,480 - 51,400 -5% 96%
54 Graphic designers 40 $40,360 $21,410 - 57,960 10% 55%
55 Computer specialists, all other 40 $39,180 $18,180 - 60,300 15% 68%
56 Legislators 40 $14,200 $12,790 - 16,080 1% 65%
57 Personal financial advisors 40 $0 $ - 41% 81%
58 Computer programmers 30 $66,720 $33,970 - 144,410 -4% 73%
59 Medical and public health social workers 30 $45,480 $32,000 - 61,380 24% 77%
60 Editors 30 $43,540 $27,780 - 63,580 2% 81%
61 Adult literacy, remedial education, and GED teachers and instructors 30 $43,510 $34,780 - 51,860 14% 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 3,070 $23,370 $13,720 - 37,050 12% 25%
2 Cashiers 2,660 $15,990 $12,920 - 19,850 -3% 10%
3 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 1,990 $20,500 $13,980 - 26,910 2% 5%
4 Office clerks, general 1,790 $19,100 $13,270 - 26,950 13% 19%
5 General and operations managers 1,750 $82,970 $37,300 - 150,100 2% 48%
6 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 1,750 $23,730 $16,460 - 32,320 1% 18%
7 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 1,580 $18,340 $13,610 - 23,900 18% 7%
8 Waiters and waitresses 1,460 $14,530 $12,720 - 16,700 11% 14%
9 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 1,330 $28,390 $20,360 - 38,410 13% 16%
10 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 1,290 $17,890 $13,200 - 24,500 15% 4%
11 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 1,190 $35,530 $20,660 - 54,660 6% 29%
12 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 1,180 $14,470 $12,720 - 16,480 18% 5%
13 Personal and home care aides 1,170 $15,080 $12,840 - 18,620 51% 10%
14 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 1,110 $33,610 $26,420 - 42,780 14% 7%
15 Customer service representatives 1,070 $26,210 $15,120 - 39,200 25% 22%
16 Maintenance and repair workers, general 1,020 $28,080 $16,960 - 40,250 10% 6%
17 Food preparation workers 920 $15,830 $12,940 - 19,390 15% 7%
18 Receptionists and information clerks 860 $18,710 $13,290 - 25,850 17% 13%
19 Home health aides 850 $18,820 $13,750 - 24,860 49% 7%
20 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 820 $34,350 $21,700 - 51,850 4% 25%
21 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 790 $23,940 $14,300 - 38,500 8% 4%
22 Stock clerks and order fillers 760 $19,620 $13,540 - 28,880 -8% 8%
23 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 750 $14,900 $12,840 - 17,720 13% 5%
24 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 720 $33,140 $21,670 - 50,380 10% 4%
25 Teacher assistants 710 $15,700 $12,920 - 19,910 10% 18%
26 Helpers--production workers 600 $23,860 $16,090 - 36,440 -1% 4%
27 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 580 $16,010 $12,970 - 20,040 11% 5%
28 Industrial truck and tractor operators 530 $28,350 $19,770 - 38,740 -2% 2%
29 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 530 $27,430 $18,260 - 38,650 11% 14%
30 Team assemblers 510 $23,240 $15,280 - 32,820 0% 5%
31 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 500 $32,140 $22,560 - 43,790 15% 18%
32 Tellers 480 $21,900 $17,410 - 27,570 14% 16%
33 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 460 $30,390 $21,090 - 39,570 11% 33%
34 Production workers, all other 460 $18,810 $13,260 - 25,430 2% 5%
35 Bus drivers, school 430 $15,390 $12,900 - 19,300 9% 4%
36 Construction laborers 400 $23,490 $14,110 - 31,240 11% 5%
37 Security guards 400 $21,870 $13,540 - 38,250 17% 13%
38 Cooks, fast food 400 $16,160 $12,920 - 20,750 8% 5%
39 Carpenters 390 $32,310 $22,340 - 42,080 10% 6%
40 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 380 $34,880 $16,540 - 55,580 14% 4%
41 Cooks, restaurant 380 $19,590 $15,070 - 25,720 12% 5%
42 Child care workers 380 $15,900 $12,840 - 22,150 18% 15%
43 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 360 $41,600 $23,890 - 62,510 7% 13%
44 Machinists 360 $37,860 $25,920 - 49,440 -3% 3%
45 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 340 $38,090 $21,960 - 52,200 -7% 14%
46 Electricians 340 $35,130 $25,250 - 49,110 7% 7%
47 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 340 $22,710 $13,490 - 38,620 18% 6%
48 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 320 $27,190 $19,370 - 39,160 4% 15%
49 Fire fighters 320 $22,360 $17,000 - 30,990 12% 18%
50 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 310 $35,060 $23,100 - 50,800 5% 2%
51 Packers and packagers, hand 310 $19,880 $13,570 - 26,320 -12% 3%
52 Insurance sales agents 300 $0 $ - 13% 45%
53 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 290 $44,050 $27,420 - 64,830 -5% 15%
54 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 270 $41,270 $19,940 - 61,220 11% 4%
55 Dishwashers 270 $15,220 $12,860 - 18,850 10% 3%
56 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 260 $38,850 $21,180 - 67,370 8% 3%
57 Data entry keyers 260 $21,990 $15,590 - 30,480 -5% 18%
58 Pharmacy technicians 250 $25,410 $20,760 - 32,270 32% 16%
59 Loan officers 240 $45,180 $28,920 - 66,160 12% 49%
60 Parts salespersons 230 $26,470 $16,790 - 40,220 -2% 6%
61 Driver/sales workers 230 $18,370 $12,950 - 31,620 -5% 4%
62 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 220 $49,710 $28,080 - 76,120 9% 10%
63 Machine feeders and offbearers 220 $31,360 $18,810 - 39,830 -15% 0%
64 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 220 $22,710 $13,560 - 31,640 4% 6%
65 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 220 $15,490 $12,820 - 19,540 10% 17%
66 Radiologic technologists and technicians 210 $48,160 $34,010 - 66,420 15% 25%
67 Business operations specialists, all other 210 $48,150 $27,650 - 80,190 21% 49%
68 Legal secretaries 210 $30,780 $21,260 - 44,040 12% 18%
69 Printing machine operators 210 $30,140 $19,310 - 40,330 -6% 6%
70 Dental assistants 210 $27,760 $21,630 - 35,910 29% 9%
71 Switchboard operators, including answering service 210 $18,660 $13,460 - 25,170 -8% 10%
72 Postal service mail carriers 210 $0 $ - 1% 11%
73 Counter and rental clerks 200 $19,500 $12,940 - 33,590 23% 16%
74 Bartenders 200 $14,680 $12,740 - 17,840 11% 17%
75 Computer support specialists 190 $30,490 $22,500 - 38,660 13% 43%
76 Kindergarten teachers, except special education 170 $41,420 $33,250 - 50,920 16% 43%
77 Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 160 $36,310 $26,980 - 49,090 9% 3%
78 Physicians and surgeons, all other 150 $162,830 $79,180 - 0% 0%
79 Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 150 $34,620 $25,730 - 45,300 12% 3%
80 Paper goods machine setters, operators, and tenders 150 $34,600 $26,890 - 41,650 -18% 0%
81 Painters, construction and maintenance 150 $30,330 $21,760 - 43,090 12% 6%
82 Helpers--electricians 150 $22,110 $17,100 - 28,360 7% 3%
83 Medical assistants 150 $21,810 $15,980 - 32,180 35% 10%
84 Food servers, nonrestaurant 150 $18,470 $13,270 - 26,580 16% 9%
85 Industrial production managers 140 $73,490 $48,760 - 102,350 -6% 43%
86 Healthcare support workers, all other 140 $21,040 $15,880 - 28,140 16% 10%
87 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 140 $19,600 $13,310 - 33,390 14% 3%
88 Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 140 $17,070 $13,060 - 24,280 10% 5%
89 Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators 130 $58,380 $23,360 - 84,530 9% 47%
90 Bill and account collectors 130 $26,530 $17,030 - 39,850 23% 13%
91 Respiratory therapists 120 $44,630 $33,740 - 59,680 23% 28%
92 First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand 120 $38,030 $24,900 - 54,730 13% 17%
93 Sheet metal workers 120 $33,390 $27,180 - 38,900 7% 4%
94 Property, real estate, and community association managers 120 $32,520 $18,770 - 41,480 15% 36%
95 Production, planning, and expediting clerks 120 $30,450 $18,680 - 49,000 4% 30%
96 Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance 120 $28,630 $18,320 - 40,820 2% 11%
97 Order clerks 120 $27,620 $18,340 - 38,000 -24% 16%
98 Sales representatives, services, all other 110 $65,980 $28,740 - 99,160 28% 48%
99 First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 110 $56,260 $35,080 - 84,090 4% 38%
100 Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines 100 $53,560 $27,360 - 77,420 12% 3%
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Jobs More Common Near Monroe Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Special education teachers, secondary school 44,080 350 5
Personal and home care aides 15,080 1,170 4.8
Merchandise displayers and window trimmers 27,400 120 4.5
Machine feeders and offbearers 31,360 220 4.2
Production workers, all other 18,810 460 3.9
Paper goods machine setters, operators, and tenders 34,600 150 3.5
Community and social service specialists, all other 37,000 180 3.4
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 16,010 580 3.4
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 33,610 1,110 3
Educational, vocational, and school counselors 50,220 370 2.9
Helpers--electricians 22,110 150 2.7
Helpers--carpenters 19,610 100 2.7
Helpers--production workers 23,860 600 2.6
Switchboard operators, including answering service 18,660 210 2.5
Fire fighters 22,360 320 2.4
Teachers and instructors, all other 51,510 610 2.3
Respiratory therapists 44,630 120 2.3
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 18,340 1,580 2.2
Printing machine operators 30,140 210 2
Kindergarten teachers, except special education 41,420 170 2
Bus drivers, school 15,390 430 2
Parts salespersons 26,470 230 2
Food preparation workers 15,830 920 2
General and operations managers 82,970 1,750 2
Couriers and messengers 17,830 100 1.9
Radiologic technologists and technicians 48,160 210 1.9
Home health aides 18,820 850 1.8
Industrial production managers 73,490 140 1.8
Machinists 37,860 360 1.8
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 23,730 1,750 1.7
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 35,060 310 1.7
Elementary school teachers, except special education 41,460 1,240 1.7
Data entry keyers 21,990 260 1.7
Industrial truck and tractor operators 28,350 530 1.7
Insurance sales agents 0 300 1.7
Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 34,260 130 1.6
Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines 53,560 100 1.6
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 20,500 1,990 1.6
Truck drivers, light or delivery services 23,940 790 1.6
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 14,900 750 1.6
Registered nurses 60,390 2,220 1.6
Tellers 21,900 480 1.6
Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 64,770 170 1.6
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 41,600 360 1.5
First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 35,530 1,190 1.5
Food servers, nonrestaurant 18,470 150 1.5
Maintenance and repair workers, general 28,080 1,020 1.5
Managers, all other 58,420 300 1.5
Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 47,510 130 1.5
Legal secretaries 30,780 210 1.5

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Teachers and instructors, all other 51,510 1.35 610
Sales representatives, services, all other 65,980 1.27 110
Self-enrichment education teachers 47,080 1.23 110
Machine feeders and offbearers 31,360 1.21 220
Social and human service assistants 32,600 1.15 200
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 38,090 1.14 340
Paper goods machine setters, operators, and tenders 34,600 1.09 150
Child, family, and school social workers 43,210 1.06 130
Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators 58,380 1.04 130
Machinists 37,860 1.03 360
Helpers--production workers 23,860 1.01 600
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 35,060 1 310
Order clerks 27,620 0.98 120
Registered nurses 60,390 0.98 2,220
Packers and packagers, hand 19,880 0.98 310
Educational, vocational, and school counselors 50,220 0.97 370
Community and social service specialists, all other 37,000 0.97 180
Merchandise displayers and window trimmers 27,400 0.97 120
Automotive service technicians and mechanics 34,880 0.96 380
Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 34,260 0.96 130
Retail salespersons 23,370 0.96 3,070
Industrial truck and tractor operators 28,350 0.94 530
Radiologic technologists and technicians 48,160 0.94 210
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 22,710 0.94 340
Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 19,600 0.93 140
Cooks, fast food 16,160 0.93 400
Tellers 21,900 0.92 480
Printing machine operators 30,140 0.92 210
Food servers, nonrestaurant 18,470 0.92 150
Physicians and surgeons, all other 162,830 0.91 150
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 38,850 0.91 260
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 27,430 0.91 530
Pharmacy technicians 25,410 0.9 250
Cooks, restaurant 19,590 0.9 380
Pharmacists 94,160 0.9 190
Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 27,190 0.9 320
Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 41,270 0.9 270
Training and development specialists 45,060 0.89 110
Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 47,510 0.89 130
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 34,350 0.89 820
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 28,390 0.89 1,330
Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 36,310 0.89 160
Home health aides 18,820 0.89 850
Painters, construction and maintenance 30,330 0.88 150
Dishwashers 15,220 0.88 270
First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand 38,030 0.88 120
Customer service representatives 26,210 0.88 1,070
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 33,140 0.88 720
Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 34,620 0.88 150
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 15,490 0.87 220

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