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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.

Lakeland Florida companies may obtain assistance from business organizations such as:

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

Jobs in Lakeland

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 211730 $40180 $19.32 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 36010 $32950 $15.84 14.8
3 Sales and Related Occupations 24000 $35230 $16.94 10.15
4 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 21630 $34270 $16.47 6.45
5 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 19490 $22540 $10.84 8.3
6 Production Occupations 14560 $34470 $16.57 5.85
7 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 12450 $69870 $33.59 5.75
8 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 11950 $45170 $21.71 6.15
9 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 10840 $41070 $19.74 3.8
10 Construction and Extraction Occupations 10320 $36800 $17.69 4.4
11 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 8720 $62310 $29.95 5.05
12 Retail Salespersons 7650 $25340 $12.18 3.1
13 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 7340 $24280 $11.67 3.7
14 Management Occupations 6390 $113160 $54.4 6.05
15 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 6280 $19610 $9.43 2.15
16 Cashiers 6260 $20730 $9.97 2.25
17 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 5930 $28030 $13.48 1.6
18 Healthcare Support Occupations 5630 $27210 $13.08 3.05
19 Customer Service Representatives 5410 $30530 $14.68 1.75
20 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 5400 $41380 $19.9 1.2
21 Personal Care and Service Occupations 4660 $23420 $11.26 4.1
22 Protective Service Occupations 4400 $37620 $18.09 2.25
23 Waiters and Waitresses 4330 $25760 $12.38 1.6
24 Registered Nurses 4170 $61420 $29.53 1.9
25 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 3990 $31530 $15.16 1.6
26 Office Clerks, General 3730 $27120 $13.04 2
27 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 3410 $25820 $12.42 1.2
28 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 3240 $66650 $32.04 2.8
29 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 3030 $33080 $15.9 0.35
30 Nursing Assistants 2860 $24510 $11.78 1.05
31 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 2800 $23550 $11.32 1.6
32 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 2440 $35450 $17.05 0.9
33 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 2410 $65900 $31.68 1
34 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 2410 $35920 $17.27 1.1
35 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 2380 $55020 $26.45 1
36 Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 2360 $23820 $11.45 0.6
37 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 2280 $24040 $11.56 0.8
38 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 2280 $42920 $20.63 1
39 General and Operations Managers 2210 $127560 $61.33 1.4
40 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 2160 $61920 $29.77 1.65
41 Community and Social Service Occupations 1990 $45250 $21.76 1.65
42 Team Assemblers 1970 $29200 $14.04 0.75
43 Cooks, Restaurant 1860 $22250 $10.7 0.75
44 Packers and Packagers, Hand 1710 $25760 $12.38 0.45
45 Accountants and Auditors 1620 $65000 $31.25 0.9
46 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 1590 $36450 $17.53 0.5
47 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 1590 $41610 $20.01 0.5
48 Construction Laborers 1530 $26420 $12.7 0.8
49 Receptionists and Information Clerks 1510 $25080 $12.06 0.7
50 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 1500 $19100 $9.18 0.3
51 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1480 $20520 $9.86 1
52 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 1480 $43060 $20.7 1.7
53 Industrial Machinery Mechanics 1460 $47650 $22.91 0.2
54 Bill and Account Collectors 1410 $24800 $11.92 0.2
55 Food Preparation Workers 1390 $20840 $10.02 0.6
56 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 1300 $49550 $23.82 0.6
57 Helpers--Production Workers 1240 $25150 $12.09 0.3
58 Legal Occupations 1240 $68900 $33.12 0.8
59 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 1230 $61070 $29.36 0.7
60 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 1190 $51480 $24.75 0.4
61 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 1170 $32670 $15.71 0.6
62 Carpenters 1170 $36520 $17.56 0.6
63 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 1130 $33310 $16.01 0.4
64 Security Guards 1110 $23070 $11.09 0.7
65 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 1090 $30710 $14.77 0.25
66 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 1070 $35650 $17.14 0.6
67 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 1060 $62390 $30 0.3
68 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 1050 $61780 $29.7 0.4
69 Electricians 1030 $47940 $23.05 0.4
70 Tellers 1030 $27850 $13.39 0.3
71 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 960 $49540 $23.82 0.45
72 Billing and Posting Clerks 940 $31270 $15.03 0.35
73 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 880 $53020 $25.49 0.9
74 Medical Assistants 870 $28300 $13.61 0.45
75 Computer Systems Analysts 870 $79340 $38.14 0.4
76 Childcare Workers 850 $19480 $9.37 0.8
77 Driver/Sales Workers 830 $33410 $16.06 0.3
78 Amusement and Recreation Attendants 790 $19280 $9.27 0.2
79 Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators 760 $52460 $25.22 0.2
80 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 760 $35850 $17.23 0.3
81 Parts Salespersons 720 $29070 $13.97 0.2
82 Personal Care Aides 720 $20470 $9.84 1.3
83 Correctional Officers and Jailers 720 $41410 $19.91 0.3
84 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 710 $27510 $13.23 0.3
85 Insurance Sales Agents 700 $60480 $29.08 0.3
86 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 700 $25120 $12.08 0.3
87 Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment 690 $26490 $12.73 0.2
88 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers 660 $35420 $17.03 0.2
89 Pharmacy Technicians 660 $28540 $13.72 0.25
90 Human Resources Specialists 650 $52010 $25 0.3
91 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 620 $44730 $21.51 0.5
92 Dishwashers 600 $19190 $9.23 0.3
93 Computer User Support Specialists 590 $44620 $21.45 0.4
94 Postal Service Mail Carriers 590 $50500 $24.28 0.15
95 Counter and Rental Clerks 590 $25470 $12.24 0.3
96 Lawyers 590 $89190 $42.88 0.5
97 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 560 $34090 $16.39 0.2
98 Bartenders 550 $24340 $11.7 0.4
99 Roofers 540 $27990 $13.46 0.1
100 Firefighters 540 $35840 $17.23 0.2
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Jobs More Common Near Lakeland Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 40,180 211,730
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 32,950 36,010
Sales and Related Occupations 35,230 24,000
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 34,270 21,630
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 22,540 19,490
Production Occupations 34,470 14,560
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 69,870 12,450
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 45,170 11,950
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 41,070 10,840
Construction and Extraction Occupations 36,800 10,320
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 62,310 8,720
Retail Salespersons 25,340 7,650
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 24,280 7,340
Management Occupations 113,160 6,390
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 19,610 6,280
Cashiers 20,730 6,260
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 28,030 5,930
Healthcare Support Occupations 27,210 5,630
Customer Service Representatives 30,530 5,410
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 41,380 5,400
Personal Care and Service Occupations 23,420 4,660
Protective Service Occupations 37,620 4,400
Waiters and Waitresses 25,760 4,330
Registered Nurses 61,420 4,170
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 31,530 3,990
Office Clerks, General 27,120 3,730
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 25,820 3,410
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 66,650 3,240
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 33,080 3,030
Nursing Assistants 24,510 2,860
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 23,550 2,800
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 35,450 2,440
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 65,900 2,410
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 35,920 2,410
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 55,020 2,380
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 23,820 2,360
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 24,040 2,280
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 42,920 2,280
General and Operations Managers 127,560 2,210
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 61,920 2,160
Community and Social Service Occupations 45,250 1,990
Team Assemblers 29,200 1,970
Cooks, Restaurant 22,250 1,860
Packers and Packagers, Hand 25,760 1,710
Accountants and Auditors 65,000 1,620
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 36,450 1,590
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 41,610 1,590
Construction Laborers 26,420 1,530
Receptionists and Information Clerks 25,080 1,510
Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 19,100 1,500

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 40,180 211,730
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 32,950 36,010
Sales and Related Occupations 35,230 24,000
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 34,270 21,630
Production Occupations 34,470 14,560
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 69,870 12,450
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 45,170 11,950
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 41,070 10,840
Construction and Extraction Occupations 36,800 10,320
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 62,310 8,720
Retail Salespersons 25,340 7,650
Management Occupations 113,160 6,390
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 28,030 5,930
Healthcare Support Occupations 27,210 5,630
Customer Service Representatives 30,530 5,410
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 41,380 5,400
Protective Service Occupations 37,620 4,400
Waiters and Waitresses 25,760 4,330
Registered Nurses 61,420 4,170
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 31,530 3,990
Office Clerks, General 27,120 3,730
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 25,820 3,410
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 66,650 3,240
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 33,080 3,030
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 35,450 2,440
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 65,900 2,410
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 35,920 2,410
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 55,020 2,380
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 42,920 2,280
General and Operations Managers 127,560 2,210
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 61,920 2,160
Community and Social Service Occupations 45,250 1,990
Team Assemblers 29,200 1,970
Packers and Packagers, Hand 25,760 1,710
Accountants and Auditors 65,000 1,620
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 36,450 1,590
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 41,610 1,590
Construction Laborers 26,420 1,530
Receptionists and Information Clerks 25,080 1,510
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 43,060 1,480
Industrial Machinery Mechanics 47,650 1,460
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 49,550 1,300
Helpers--Production Workers 25,150 1,240
Legal Occupations 68,900 1,240
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 61,070 1,230
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 51,480 1,190
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 32,670 1,170
Carpenters 36,520 1,170
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 33,310 1,130
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 30,710 1,090

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