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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

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 90670 $43210 $20.77 100
2 Production Occupations 14310 $39530 $19.01 5.85
3 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 11000 $32110 $15.44 14.8
4 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 10400 $60410 $29.04 6.15
5 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 9610 $21350 $10.26 8.3
6 Sales and Related Occupations 8160 $30570 $14.7 10.15
7 Team Assemblers 5430 $37880 $18.21 0.75
8 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 5290 $36170 $17.39 6.45
9 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 5090 $69570 $33.45 5.75
10 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 3730 $40780 $19.61 3.8
11 Management Occupations 3590 $97950 $47.09 6.05
12 Retail Salespersons 3320 $24240 $11.65 3.1
13 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 3180 $25300 $12.16 3.7
14 Construction and Extraction Occupations 2840 $51070 $24.55 4.4
15 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 2780 $17990 $8.65 2.15
16 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 2520 $59920 $28.81 5.05
17 Healthcare Support Occupations 2130 $27910 $13.42 3.05
18 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1990 $23180 $11.15 1.6
19 Personal Care and Service Occupations 1920 $25120 $12.08 4.1
20 Registered Nurses 1910 $60250 $28.97 1.9
21 Cashiers 1910 $19620 $9.43 2.25
22 Waiters and Waitresses 1840 $19900 $9.57 1.6
23 Office Clerks, General 1570 $28670 $13.78 2
24 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 1530 $31540 $15.16 1.6
25 Protective Service Occupations 1390 $40760 $19.6 2.25
26 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 1340 $68130 $32.76 2.8
27 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 1310 $35350 $17 0.9
28 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 1280 $49940 $24.01 1.2
29 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 1230 $76560 $36.81 1.65
30 Customer Service Representatives 1220 $28800 $13.85 1.75
31 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 1150 $34850 $16.76 1.6
32 General and Operations Managers 1140 $89640 $43.1 1.4
33 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 1110 $24470 $11.77 1.2
34 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 1110 $34430 $16.56 1.1
35 Community and Social Service Occupations 1090 $40240 $19.35 1.65
36 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 1040 $56840 $27.33 0.4
37 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 900 $37590 $18.07 1
38 Cooks, Restaurant 880 $25700 $12.36 0.75
39 Nursing Assistants 880 $25160 $12.1 1.05
40 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 790 $34450 $16.56 0.6
41 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 710 $56360 $27.09 0.9
42 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 700 $43800 $21.06 1.7
43 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 700 $33710 $16.21 0.3
44 Production Workers, All Other 700 $48000 $23.08 0.2
45 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 670 $23240 $11.17 0.3
46 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 670 $43880 $21.1 1
47 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 550 $66460 $31.95 1
48 Substitute Teachers 540 $31910 $15.34 0
49 Security Guards 530 $35070 $16.86 0.7
50 Receptionists and Information Clerks 520 $26870 $12.92 0.7
51 Electricians 470 $61960 $29.79 0.4
52 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 440 $33200 $15.96 0.35
53 Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 440 $50680 $24.36 0.1
54 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 430 $20470 $9.84 1
55 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 420 $26540 $12.76 0.8
56 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 410 $27250 $13.1 0.3
57 Medical Assistants 410 $34110 $16.4 0.45
58 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 410 $36530 $17.56 0.5
59 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 390 $27780 $13.35 0.6
60 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 380 $41620 $20.01 0.3
61 Accountants and Auditors 370 $63330 $30.45 0.9
62 Home Health Aides 370 $21350 $10.27 0.7
63 Personal Care Aides 370 $20630 $9.92 1.3
64 Carpenters 370 $40510 $19.48 0.6
65 Industrial Machinery Mechanics 370 $51750 $24.88 0.2
66 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 370 $17970 $8.64 0.3
67 Food Preparation Workers 360 $21240 $10.21 0.6
68 Construction Laborers 360 $37490 $18.02 0.8
69 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 350 $33290 $16 0.4
70 Industrial Engineers 350 $88270 $42.44 0.2
71 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 340 $45200 $21.73 0.5
72 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 340 $44110 $21.21 0.5
73 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 340 $55380 $26.62 0.7
74 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 320 $54660 $26.28 0.3
75 Tellers 320 $24940 $11.99 0.3
76 Cooks, Fast Food 310 $21600 $10.38 0.3
77 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 300 $17600 $8.46 0.25
78 Dishwashers 300 $18800 $9.04 0.3
79 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 300 $43560 $20.94 0.6
80 Counter and Rental Clerks 300 $22330 $10.73 0.3
81 Bartenders 280 $17740 $8.53 0.4
82 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 270 $54700 $26.3 0.35
83 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 260 $51080 $24.56 0.45
84 Human Resources Specialists 260 $50730 $24.39 0.3
85 Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks 250 $47850 $23 0.2
86 Mechanical Engineers 250 $78880 $37.93 0.2
87 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 250 $28410 $13.66 0.4
88 Medical and Health Services Managers 250 $89560 $43.06 0.2
89 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 240 $28270 $13.59 0.25
90 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant 240 $20580 $9.89 0.2
91 Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors 240 $31410 $15.1 0.2
92 Legal Occupations 240 $64290 $30.91 0.8
93 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 230 $62640 $30.12 0.4
94 Parts Salespersons 230 $31480 $15.13 0.2
95 Child, Family, and School Social Workers 230 $33040 $15.88 0.2
96 Recreation Workers 230 $21310 $10.25 0.3
97 Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors 220 $46760 $22.48 0.2
98 Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics 220 $30700 $14.76 0.2
99 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 220 $24760 $11.9 0.3
100 Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment 220 $21800 $10.48 0.2
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Jobs More Common Near Lafayette Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 43,210 90,670
Production Occupations 39,530 14,310
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 32,110 11,000
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 60,410 10,400
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 21,350 9,610
Sales and Related Occupations 30,570 8,160
Team Assemblers 37,880 5,430
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 36,170 5,290
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 69,570 5,090
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 40,780 3,730
Management Occupations 97,950 3,590
Retail Salespersons 24,240 3,320
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 25,300 3,180
Construction and Extraction Occupations 51,070 2,840
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 17,990 2,780
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 59,920 2,520
Healthcare Support Occupations 27,910 2,130
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 23,180 1,990
Personal Care and Service Occupations 25,120 1,920
Registered Nurses 60,250 1,910
Cashiers 19,620 1,910
Waiters and Waitresses 19,900 1,840
Office Clerks, General 28,670 1,570
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 31,540 1,530
Protective Service Occupations 40,760 1,390
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 68,130 1,340
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 35,350 1,310
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 49,940 1,280
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 76,560 1,230
Customer Service Representatives 28,800 1,220
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 34,850 1,150
General and Operations Managers 89,640 1,140
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 24,470 1,110
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 34,430 1,110
Community and Social Service Occupations 40,240 1,090
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 56,840 1,040
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 37,590 900
Cooks, Restaurant 25,700 880
Nursing Assistants 25,160 880
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 34,450 790
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 56,360 710
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 43,800 700
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 33,710 700
Production Workers, All Other 48,000 700
Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 23,240 670
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 43,880 670
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 66,460 550
Substitute Teachers 31,910 540
Security Guards 35,070 530
Receptionists and Information Clerks 26,870 520

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 43,210 90,670
Production Occupations 39,530 14,310
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 32,110 11,000
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 60,410 10,400
Sales and Related Occupations 30,570 8,160
Team Assemblers 37,880 5,430
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 36,170 5,290
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 69,570 5,090
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 40,780 3,730
Management Occupations 97,950 3,590
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 25,300 3,180
Construction and Extraction Occupations 51,070 2,840
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 59,920 2,520
Healthcare Support Occupations 27,910 2,130
Personal Care and Service Occupations 25,120 1,920
Registered Nurses 60,250 1,910
Office Clerks, General 28,670 1,570
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 31,540 1,530
Protective Service Occupations 40,760 1,390
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 68,130 1,340
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 35,350 1,310
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 49,940 1,280
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 76,560 1,230
Customer Service Representatives 28,800 1,220
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 34,850 1,150
General and Operations Managers 89,640 1,140
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 34,430 1,110
Community and Social Service Occupations 40,240 1,090
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 56,840 1,040
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 37,590 900
Cooks, Restaurant 25,700 880
Nursing Assistants 25,160 880
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 34,450 790
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 56,360 710
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 43,800 700
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 33,710 700
Production Workers, All Other 48,000 700
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 43,880 670
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 66,460 550
Substitute Teachers 31,910 540
Security Guards 35,070 530
Receptionists and Information Clerks 26,870 520
Electricians 61,960 470
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 33,200 440
Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 50,680 440
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 26,540 420
Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 27,250 410
Medical Assistants 34,110 410
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 36,530 410
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 27,780 390

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