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Lafayette Employment

Employment and Industries in the Lafayette, Indiana Area

Much of the Lafayette region's economy is based on the academic and industrial activities of nearby Purdue University. The biggest portion of the city's workforce is employed by Purdue University and by its associated businesses. Lafayette is home to companies such as Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Caterpillar, Wabash National and Fairfield Manufacturing. The city includes companies that manufacture items such as electrical, industrial products, aluminum, motor vehicles, pharmaceuticals and rubber products.

The major job providing industries are education, transportation equipment, healthcare, accommodation and food services, manufacturing, professional and scientific and technical services; and metal and metal products. About 28% of the workforce is employed in management, professional and related jobs. About 23% of the workforce is employed in sales and office jobs.

Lafayette has numerous employers. The Lafayette region's top employers include:

  • Purdue University
  • Wabash National Corp
  • Greater Lafayette Health Services
  • Subaru of Indiana Automotive
  • Caterpillar Inc
  • Arnett Clinic
  • Lilly Tippecanoe Labs
  • Tippecanoe School Corp
  • Lafayette School Corp
  • Fairfield Mfg
  • ALCOA
  • Lafayette Venetian Blind
  • State Farm Insurance
  • City of Lafayette
  • Tippecanoe Co Government
  • Ross Gear Division-TRW
  • Tate & Lyle
  • Rea Magnet Wire Corp
  • Chemtura
  • Lafayette Life Insurance Company
  • TRW
  • Landis+Gyr
  • Alorica
  • Lafayette Community Bank

Jobs more prevalent in the city of Lafayette than most cities include agricultural and food science technicians, team assemblers, industrial engineering technicians, industrial production managers, chemists and mechanical engineers.

Interesting information about Lafayette Indiana: The city offers job training funds and enterprise zone incentives via the Greater Lafayette Commerce. In 2008 the cost of living index in the city of Lafayette was 80.7. The nation's average is 100. For the adult population, about 24% hold a bachelor's degree or better. In 2009 the average salary in Lafayette, Indiana was $28,000.

In Lafayette Indiana, companies are provided assistance from associations such as:

Those interested in staying current on Lafayette business activities may want to read the Journal & Courier

Jobs in Lafayette

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations91980$43,860$21.09100
2Production Occupations14320$40,430$19.445.7
3Office and Administrative Support Occupations11210$33,230$15.9814.35
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations9580$21,890$10.528.55
5Sales and Related Occupations7970$31,370$15.089.9
6Education, Training, and Library Occupations7760$58,750$28.256.05
7Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations5790$64,080$30.815.8
8Transportation and Material Moving Occupations5560$36,840$17.716.55
9Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers5470$39,880$19.170
10Management Occupations4520$98,770$47.486.15
11Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations3600$42,830$20.593.8
12Construction and Extraction Occupations3240$51,200$24.624.45
13Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food3220$19,280$9.272.3
14Retail Salespersons3200$22,510$10.822.85
15Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations3180$27,000$12.983.65
16Business and Financial Operations Occupations2970$61,080$29.365.25
17Personal Care and Service Occupations2240$26,080$12.544.3
18Registered Nurses2130$62,490$30.041.95
19Waiters and Waitresses1990$20,400$9.811.7
20Healthcare Support Occupations1940$29,140$14.013
21Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1810$24,740$11.891.55
22Cashiers1640$19,050$9.162.2
23Office Clerks, General1620$31,070$14.941.9
24Computer and Mathematical Occupations1510$64,980$31.242.9
25Protective Service Occupations1510$40,620$19.532.2
26Community and Social Service Occupations1500$43,320$20.831.65
27Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive1450$33,740$16.221.5
28Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand1380$36,910$17.751.7
29Architecture and Engineering Occupations1360$76,130$36.61.7
30General and Operations Managers1310$92,600$44.521.5
31Customer Service Representatives1290$29,140$14.011.75
32Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers1170$51,330$24.681.2
33Stock Clerks and Order Fillers1150$24,680$11.861.3
34First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers1090$59,360$28.540.4
35Maintenance and Repair Workers, General1060$40,420$19.430.9
36Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks910$33,560$16.141.05
37Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations870$57,710$27.740.8
38First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers860$33,930$16.310.6
39Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations840$49,130$23.621.8
40Cooks, Restaurant840$25,430$12.220.8
41First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers830$46,990$22.590.95
42Nursing Assistants830$26,470$12.731
43First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers820$35,590$17.111
44Production Workers, All Other810$49,600$23.840.2
45Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products770$61,840$29.730.9
46Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic630$48,490$23.310.1
47Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers590$39,400$18.940.3
48Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics540$36,870$17.730.5
49Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners520$21,240$10.210.9
50Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks510$38,090$18.310.4
51Construction Laborers490$38,470$18.50.8
52Security Guards490$31,910$15.340.7
53Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria480$23,190$11.150.3
54Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators480$31,950$15.360.35
55Receptionists and Information Clerks470$25,080$12.060.7
56Accountants and Auditors450$61,500$29.570.9
57Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers450$27,310$13.130.8
58Personal Care Aides450$22,810$10.961.5
59Substitute Teachers430$19,460$9.360
60Business Operations Specialists, All Other420$61,200$29.430.7
61Carpenters420$43,850$21.080.7
62Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors420$48,380$23.260.2
63Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders420$26,050$12.520.2
64Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers410$40,720$19.580.3
65Electricians400$62,290$29.950.4
66Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers400$32,670$15.710.6
67Industrial Engineers390$87,080$41.870.2
68Food Preparation Workers360$22,620$10.880.6
69Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop360$18,020$8.660.3
70Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers350$18,220$8.760.3
71Medical Assistants330$32,090$15.430.45
72Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators320$54,120$26.020.2
73Recreation Workers320$23,720$11.410.25
74First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers300$57,250$27.520.3
75Legal Occupations300$66,310$31.880.8
76Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses300$45,090$21.680.5
77Parts Salespersons300$28,460$13.690.2
78Tellers300$24,990$12.020.3
79First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors290$57,260$27.530
80Industrial Machinery Mechanics290$48,570$23.350.2
81Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers290$53,270$25.610.4
82Bus Drivers, School or Special Client280$26,100$12.550.3
83Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics280$32,620$15.690.2
84Human Resources Specialists280$51,870$24.940.35
85Food Servers, Nonrestaurant270$21,590$10.380.2
86Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists270$54,010$25.960.4
87Bartenders260$19,640$9.440.4
88Child, Family, and School Social Workers260$37,200$17.880.2
89First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers260$65,050$31.270.4
90Home Health Aides260$24,480$11.770.7
91Pharmacists260$101,410$48.750.2
92Sales Representatives, Services, All Other260$50,710$24.380.6
93Social and Human Service Assistants260$30,050$14.450.25
94Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment250$21,800$10.480.2
95Computer User Support Specialists250$45,060$21.660.4
96First-Line Supervisors of Housekeeping and Janitorial Workers250$44,640$21.460.2
97Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters250$58,750$28.240.3
98Counter and Rental Clerks240$23,190$11.150.3
99Pharmacy Technicians240$30,630$14.720.3
100Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks240$46,810$22.50.2
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Jobs More Common Near Lafayette Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$43,86091,980
Production Occupations$40,43014,320
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$33,23011,210
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$21,8909,580
Sales and Related Occupations$31,3707,970
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$58,7507,760
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$64,0805,790
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$36,8405,560
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$39,8805,470
Management Occupations$98,7704,520
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$42,8303,600
Construction and Extraction Occupations$51,2003,240
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$19,2803,220
Retail Salespersons$22,5103,200
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$27,0003,180
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$61,0802,970
Personal Care and Service Occupations$26,0802,240
Registered Nurses$62,4902,130
Waiters and Waitresses$20,4001,990
Healthcare Support Occupations$29,1401,940
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$24,7401,810
Cashiers$19,0501,640
Office Clerks, General$31,0701,620
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$64,9801,510
Protective Service Occupations$40,6201,510
Community and Social Service Occupations$43,3201,500
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$33,7401,450
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$36,9101,380
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$76,1301,360
General and Operations Managers$92,6001,310
Customer Service Representatives$29,1401,290
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$51,3301,170
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$24,6801,150
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$59,3601,090
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$40,4201,060
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$33,560910
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$57,710870
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$33,930860
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$49,130840
Cooks, Restaurant$25,430840
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$46,990830
Nursing Assistants$26,470830
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$35,590820
Production Workers, All Other$49,600810
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$61,840770
Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$48,490630
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers$39,400590
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$36,870540
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$21,240520
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks$38,090510

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Lafayette, Indiana Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$43,86091,980
Production Occupations$40,43014,320
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$33,23011,210
Sales and Related Occupations$31,3707,970
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$58,7507,760
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$64,0805,790
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$36,8405,560
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$39,8805,470
Management Occupations$98,7704,520
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$42,8303,600
Construction and Extraction Occupations$51,2003,240
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$27,0003,180
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$61,0802,970
Personal Care and Service Occupations$26,0802,240
Registered Nurses$62,4902,130
Healthcare Support Occupations$29,1401,940
Office Clerks, General$31,0701,620
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$64,9801,510
Protective Service Occupations$40,6201,510
Community and Social Service Occupations$43,3201,500
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$33,7401,450
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$36,9101,380
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$76,1301,360
General and Operations Managers$92,6001,310
Customer Service Representatives$29,1401,290
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$51,3301,170
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$59,3601,090
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$40,4201,060
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$33,560910
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$57,710870
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$33,930860
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$49,130840
Cooks, Restaurant$25,430840
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$46,990830
Nursing Assistants$26,470830
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$35,590820
Production Workers, All Other$49,600810
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$61,840770
Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$48,490630
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers$39,400590
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$36,870540
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks$38,090510
Construction Laborers$38,470490
Security Guards$31,910490
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$31,950480
Receptionists and Information Clerks$25,080470
Accountants and Auditors$61,500450
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$27,310450
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$61,200420
Carpenters$43,850420

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