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Lakeland Employment

Employment and Industries in the Lakeland, Florida Area

The Lakeland region's economy is primarily based on phosphate mining, tourism and the citrus industry. There are numerous industries in the region which rely on and support the phosphate mining industry. Mosaic is one of the world's largest fertilizer manufacturers and is a prominent employer in the area. The counties thriving citrus industry employs about 8,000 workers. The beef and dairy cattle industries are also significant factors for the region's economy.

About 26% of the jobs in Lakeland are in management, professional and related occupations. Lakeland includes jobs in food processing, trucking and manufacturing industries such as automotive parts, tile and packaging. In addition, the local economy is bolstered by the city being a popular winter resort and recreational area.

The region's major employment sectors are:

  • Phosphate mining
  • Agriculture
  • Tourism
  • Healthcare
  • Construction
  • Government
  • Finance
  • Manufacturing

Some of the occupations more common in Lakeland when compared to most cities are agricultural inspectors; food scientists and technologists; graders and sorters of agricultural products; farm workers and laborers, crop, nursery and greenhouse; first-line supervisors/managers of farming, fishing and forestry workers; outdoor power equipment and other small engine mechanics; and farm equipment mechanics.

The major employers in the Lakeland region are:

  • Lakeland Regional Medical Center - Hospital
  • Polk County Public Schools
  • Florida Zephyrhills
  • Publix Supermarkets - Supermarkets (stores & warehouse)
  • GEICO - Insurance
  • Watson Clinic - Medical clinic
  • GC Services - Teleservices
  • Rooms to Go - Furniture Distributor
  • FedEx National LTL - Trucking
  • Saddle Creek Corporation - Trucking & Logistics
  • Summit Consulting - Insurance
  • ICT Group - Teleservices
  • Walmart - Retail
  • Mosaic - Phosphates
  • Winterhaven Hospital - Hospital
  • Florida Natural Growers - Citrus Processing

Noteworthy information about Lakeland: In 2009 the average salary in Lakeland was $29,000. In 2008 the cost of living index was at 84.5 which is less than the nation's average of 100. The estimated household income in 2007 was $42,000. About 21% of the residents over the age of 25 hold a bachelor's degree or better.

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The Ledger offers up-to-date information regarding the business activities in Lakeland.

Jobs in Lakeland

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations214340$40,560$19.5100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations35380$33,470$16.0914.35
3Sales and Related Occupations24660$35,900$17.269.9
4Transportation and Material Moving Occupations22740$34,200$16.446.55
5Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations19180$23,330$11.228.55
6Production Occupations13820$34,940$16.85.7
7Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations12160$71,500$34.375.8
8Education, Training, and Library Occupations11830$45,950$22.096.05
9Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations11210$41,780$20.083.8
10Construction and Extraction Occupations10420$37,230$17.94.45
11Business and Financial Operations Occupations9110$61,080$29.375.25
12Retail Salespersons7610$25,810$12.412.85
13Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand7240$27,820$13.371.7
14Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations7230$24,600$11.833.65
15Management Occupations6870$104,290$50.146.15
16Cashiers6360$20,450$9.832.2
17Healthcare Support Occupations6160$28,570$13.743
18Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food5990$19,950$9.592.3
19Customer Service Representatives5830$31,250$15.021.75
20Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers5410$43,120$20.731.2
21Personal Care and Service Occupations4900$24,070$11.574.3
22Protective Service Occupations4870$37,240$17.92.2
23Waiters and Waitresses4220$27,240$13.11.7
24Registered Nurses3930$60,730$29.21.95
25Office Clerks, General3800$29,120$141.9
26Stock Clerks and Order Fillers3780$28,780$13.841.3
27Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive3740$31,430$15.111.5
28Computer and Mathematical Occupations3290$66,990$32.212.9
29Nursing Assistants2800$25,580$12.31
30Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners2580$24,190$11.631.55
31Maintenance and Repair Workers, General2550$35,200$16.930.9
32Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators2550$34,890$16.770.35
33First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers2330$53,310$25.630.95
34General and Operations Managers2290$113,820$54.721.5
35Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products2290$64,510$31.020.9
36Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers2270$24,430$11.740.8
37Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations2190$23,610$11.350.65
38Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks2190$37,720$18.131.05
39Architecture and Engineering Occupations2160$63,810$30.681.7
40First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers2160$41,940$20.161
41Community and Social Service Occupations1970$44,110$21.211.65
42Construction Laborers1920$27,680$13.310.8
43Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations1830$39,580$19.031.8
44Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse1780$22,220$10.680.3
45Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers1750$29,350$14.110
46Food Preparation Workers1740$20,470$9.840.6
47Cooks, Restaurant1730$24,240$11.650.8
48Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1720$20,690$9.950.9
49Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers1600$39,380$18.930.6
50Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses1580$41,590$19.990.5
51Receptionists and Information Clerks1560$26,830$12.90.7
52Accountants and Auditors1530$64,920$31.210.9
53Legal Occupations1440$74,260$35.70.8
54Industrial Machinery Mechanics1430$48,970$23.540.2
55Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop1370$19,450$9.350.3
56Sales Representatives, Services, All Other1370$50,730$24.390.6
57Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics1360$39,390$18.940.5
58First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers1230$33,720$16.210.6
59Medical Assistants1210$28,660$13.780.45
60Business Operations Specialists, All Other1190$62,330$29.970.7
61Carpenters1160$33,430$16.070.7
62First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers1150$55,380$26.620.4
63Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks1140$35,220$16.940.4
64Security Guards1110$22,530$10.830.7
65Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders1080$31,150$14.980.2
66First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers1040$63,190$30.380.3
67Computer Systems Analysts1030$80,810$38.850.4
68Packers and Packagers, Hand1020$24,060$11.570.45
69Helpers--Production Workers1020$24,820$11.930.3
70First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers1010$59,070$28.40.4
71Electricians960$44,360$21.330.4
72Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks960$35,850$17.230.2
73Insurance Sales Agents900$56,400$27.110.3
74Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations900$56,960$27.390.8
75Amusement and Recreation Attendants870$19,700$9.470.2
76Billing and Posting Clerks870$32,570$15.660.3
77First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors870$54,430$26.170
78Childcare Workers840$19,890$9.560.8
79Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers830$37,460$18.010.2
80Tellers830$28,880$13.890.3
81Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers830$36,140$17.370.3
82Personal Care Aides820$21,270$10.231.5
83Correctional Officers and Jailers810$39,230$18.860.25
84Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment750$26,040$12.520.2
85Parts Salespersons750$28,790$13.840.2
86Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists710$42,800$20.580.2
87Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers700$29,040$13.960.3
88Human Resources Specialists690$51,150$24.590.35
89Computer User Support Specialists680$43,810$21.060.4
90Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers670$48,790$23.450.4
91Lawyers670$96,900$46.590.5
92Dishwashers650$19,980$9.610.3
93Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants610$43,580$20.950.35
94Pharmacy Technicians610$29,710$14.280.3
95Bus Drivers, School or Special Client600$26,360$12.680.3
96Postal Service Mail Carriers580$50,090$24.080.2
97Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators570$35,210$16.930.2
98Management Analysts570$71,200$34.230.5
99Firefighters550$36,470$17.530.2
100Physicians and Surgeons, All Other530$264,680$127.250.25
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Jobs More Common Near Lakeland Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$40,560214,340
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$33,47035,380
Sales and Related Occupations$35,90024,660
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$34,20022,740
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$23,33019,180
Production Occupations$34,94013,820
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$71,50012,160
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$45,95011,830
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$41,78011,210
Construction and Extraction Occupations$37,23010,420
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$61,0809,110
Retail Salespersons$25,8107,610
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$27,8207,240
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$24,6007,230
Management Occupations$104,2906,870
Cashiers$20,4506,360
Healthcare Support Occupations$28,5706,160
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$19,9505,990
Customer Service Representatives$31,2505,830
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$43,1205,410
Personal Care and Service Occupations$24,0704,900
Protective Service Occupations$37,2404,870
Waiters and Waitresses$27,2404,220
Registered Nurses$60,7303,930
Office Clerks, General$29,1203,800
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$28,7803,780
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$31,4303,740
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$66,9903,290
Nursing Assistants$25,5802,800
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$24,1902,580
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$35,2002,550
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$34,8902,550
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$53,3102,330
General and Operations Managers$113,8202,290
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$64,5102,290
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$24,4302,270
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations$23,6102,190
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$37,7202,190
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$63,8102,160
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$41,9402,160
Community and Social Service Occupations$44,1101,970
Construction Laborers$27,6801,920
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$39,5801,830
Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse$22,2201,780
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$29,3501,750
Food Preparation Workers$20,4701,740
Cooks, Restaurant$24,2401,730
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$20,6901,720
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$39,3801,600
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$41,5901,580

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Lakeland, Florida Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$40,560214,340
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$33,47035,380
Sales and Related Occupations$35,90024,660
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$34,20022,740
Production Occupations$34,94013,820
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$71,50012,160
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$45,95011,830
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$41,78011,210
Construction and Extraction Occupations$37,23010,420
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$61,0809,110
Retail Salespersons$25,8107,610
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$27,8207,240
Management Occupations$104,2906,870
Healthcare Support Occupations$28,5706,160
Customer Service Representatives$31,2505,830
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$43,1205,410
Protective Service Occupations$37,2404,870
Waiters and Waitresses$27,2404,220
Registered Nurses$60,7303,930
Office Clerks, General$29,1203,800
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$28,7803,780
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$31,4303,740
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$66,9903,290
Nursing Assistants$25,5802,800
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$35,2002,550
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$34,8902,550
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$53,3102,330
General and Operations Managers$113,8202,290
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$64,5102,290
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$37,7202,190
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$63,8102,160
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$41,9402,160
Community and Social Service Occupations$44,1101,970
Construction Laborers$27,6801,920
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$39,5801,830
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$29,3501,750
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$39,3801,600
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$41,5901,580
Receptionists and Information Clerks$26,8301,560
Accountants and Auditors$64,9201,530
Legal Occupations$74,2601,440
Industrial Machinery Mechanics$48,9701,430
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$50,7301,370
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$39,3901,360
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$33,7201,230
Medical Assistants$28,6601,210
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$62,3301,190
Carpenters$33,4301,160
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers$55,3801,150
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks$35,2201,140

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