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Bowling Green Employment

Employment and Industries in the Bowling Green, Kentucky Area

Bowling Green is developing a more knowledge-based, technology powered economy. Bowling Green is also a commercial center. Some of the city's important companies are Fruit of the Loom, Houchen's Industries, MedioArts.com, Camping World, SCA and Holley Performance Products. The major employers for the region are Commonwealth Health Corporation, Western Kentucky University and the Warren County Board of Education. In addition, Bowling Green was ranked 14th in Forbes' list of "Best Small Places for Business."

The largest job providing sectors in Bowling Green are education, healthcare, accommodation and food services, construction, social assistance and manufacturing. About 28% of the workforce is comprised of sales and office workers. About 27% of the labor force is found in management, professional and related occupations.

Some of the most common jobs in Bowling Green where the majority of the workers are college graduates include registered nurses, teachers, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, financial managers, social and human service assistants, physical therapists; securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents; and rehabilitation counselors.

Bowling Green's top employers are:

  • Commonwealth Health Corporation
  • Western Kentucky University
  • Warren County Board of Education
  • Fruit of the Loom, Inc
  • Union Underwear Company, Inc
  • Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems, Inc
  • S-R of Kentucky Inc
  • Bowling Green-Warren County Community
  • Barren River Development Council Inc
  • Hospital Corporation
  • Desa LLC
  • Rafferty's, Inc
  • Medical Center at Bowling Green
  • Camping World
  • Wendys of Bowling Green Inc
  • CWI, Inc
  • Huish Detergents Inc
  • Bowling Green Metalforming LLC
  • Eagle Industries LLC
  • Houchen's Industries
  • Holley Performance Products
  • Halton Company
  • International Paper
  • Trace Die Cast
  • Shopnbc
  • Country Oven Bakery
  • MedioArts.com

Pertinent data regarding Bowling Green, Kentucky: In 2007 the estimated median household income was $33,000. In 2008 the cost of living index in Bowling Green was 87.2 which is less than the nation's average of 100. Regarding the adult residents, about 27% have earned a bachelor's degree or better.

Some of the helpful business organizations for local companies are:

The Bowling Green Daily News provides local news about business and industry.

Jobs in Bowling Green

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations74020$39,700$19.09100
2Production Occupations10070$36,690$17.645.7
3Office and Administrative Support Occupations9990$32,200$15.4814.35
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations8160$22,180$10.678.55
5Sales and Related Occupations7240$31,490$15.149.9
6Transportation and Material Moving Occupations5890$31,770$15.276.55
7Education, Training, and Library Occupations4560$51,340$24.686.05
8Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations4490$69,410$33.375.8
9Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations3410$41,450$19.933.8
10Management Occupations3180$87,380$42.016.15
11Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food3040$19,240$9.252.3
12Construction and Extraction Occupations2620$41,870$20.134.45
13Retail Salespersons2620$27,970$13.452.85
14Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers2430$38,790$18.650
15Personal Care and Service Occupations2350$23,680$11.394.3
16Business and Financial Operations Occupations2240$58,540$28.145.25
17Healthcare Support Occupations2040$27,850$13.393
18Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand2030$27,580$13.261.7
19Cashiers1890$19,360$9.312.2
20Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations1830$24,410$11.743.65
21Registered Nurses1640$59,520$28.611.95
22Office Clerks, General1540$28,870$13.881.9
23Waiters and Waitresses1360$26,160$12.581.7
24Architecture and Engineering Occupations1350$67,280$32.351.7
25Protective Service Occupations1310$34,340$16.512.2
26Production Workers, All Other1260$26,570$12.770.2
27Community and Social Service Occupations1110$38,290$18.411.65
28Customer Service Representatives1100$30,190$14.511.75
29Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive1090$31,260$15.031.5
30General and Operations Managers1070$83,970$40.371.5
31Nursing Assistants990$23,780$11.431
32Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners970$24,430$11.751.55
33Maintenance and Repair Workers, General970$37,240$17.910.9
34Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders900$40,100$19.280.2
35Stock Clerks and Order Fillers860$24,530$11.791.3
36Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers850$39,740$19.111.2
37Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations770$38,590$18.551.8
38First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers750$33,060$15.890.6
39Personal Care Aides750$23,840$11.461.5
40Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks730$37,870$18.211.05
41Cooks, Restaurant730$21,160$10.170.8
42First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers690$47,730$22.950.95
43Industrial Machinery Mechanics680$50,060$24.070.2
44Computer and Mathematical Occupations670$57,830$27.82.9
45Packers and Packagers, Hand620$23,910$11.50.45
46First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers610$34,340$16.511
47Receptionists and Information Clerks610$25,930$12.470.7
48Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products600$53,170$25.560.9
49Medical Assistants530$30,140$14.490.45
50First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers520$55,960$26.90.4
51Industrial Engineers510$79,090$38.020.2
52Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers480$42,040$20.210.3
53Construction Laborers470$31,790$15.280.8
54Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers470$39,580$19.030.6
55Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria440$24,340$11.70.3
56Childcare Workers430$18,790$9.030.8
57Carpenters420$42,240$20.310.7
58Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators410$32,200$15.480.35
59Legal Occupations410$63,770$30.660.8
60Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers400$37,390$17.980.3
61Bus Drivers, School or Special Client390$31,270$15.030.3
62Security Guards390$22,820$10.970.7
63Electricians370$50,490$24.270.4
64Food Preparation Workers370$20,220$9.720.6
65Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners350$19,560$9.40.9
66First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors340$51,740$24.870
67Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers340$41,240$19.830.4
68Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop320$18,180$8.740.3
69Billing and Posting Clerks310$33,320$16.020.3
70Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers310$17,790$8.560.3
71First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers310$55,530$26.70.4
72Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers300$25,200$12.120.8
73Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders300$39,760$19.120.1
74Pharmacy Technicians300$27,760$13.350.3
75Tellers300$28,000$13.460.3
76Business Operations Specialists, All Other280$63,000$30.290.7
77Child, Family, and School Social Workers280$38,380$18.450.2
78Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks280$30,580$14.70.4
79Accountants and Auditors260$64,670$31.090.9
80Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics260$31,030$14.920.5
81Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations260$64,470$310.8
82Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment250$25,060$12.050.2
83Counter and Rental Clerks250$28,850$13.870.3
84Human Resources Specialists250$48,730$23.430.35
85Insurance Sales Agents250$49,920$240.3
86Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors230$49,960$24.020.2
87Lawyers220$78,950$37.950.5
88Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses220$41,130$19.770.5
89Machinists220$45,950$22.090.25
90Parts Salespersons220$26,590$12.780.2
91Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic210$34,350$16.520.1
92Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators210$45,020$21.640.2
93Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks210$48,060$23.10.2
94Sales Representatives, Services, All Other210$49,490$23.790.6
95Social and Human Service Assistants210$26,820$12.890.25
96Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers200$41,470$19.940.2
97Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders200$29,120$140.1
98Industrial Production Managers190$95,460$45.890.1
99Nonfarm Animal Caretakers190$19,440$9.350.2
100Amusement and Recreation Attendants180$20,450$9.830.2
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Jobs More Common Near Bowling Green Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$39,70074,020
Production Occupations$36,69010,070
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$32,2009,990
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$22,1808,160
Sales and Related Occupations$31,4907,240
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$31,7705,890
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$51,3404,560
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$69,4104,490
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$41,4503,410
Management Occupations$87,3803,180
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$19,2403,040
Construction and Extraction Occupations$41,8702,620
Retail Salespersons$27,9702,620
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$38,7902,430
Personal Care and Service Occupations$23,6802,350
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$58,5402,240
Healthcare Support Occupations$27,8502,040
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$27,5802,030
Cashiers$19,3601,890
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$24,4101,830
Registered Nurses$59,5201,640
Office Clerks, General$28,8701,540
Waiters and Waitresses$26,1601,360
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$67,2801,350
Protective Service Occupations$34,3401,310
Production Workers, All Other$26,5701,260
Community and Social Service Occupations$38,2901,110
Customer Service Representatives$30,1901,100
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$31,2601,090
General and Operations Managers$83,9701,070
Nursing Assistants$23,780990
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$24,430970
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$37,240970
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders$40,100900
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$24,530860
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$39,740850
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$38,590770
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$33,060750
Personal Care Aides$23,840750
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$37,870730
Cooks, Restaurant$21,160730
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$47,730690
Industrial Machinery Mechanics$50,060680
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$57,830670
Packers and Packagers, Hand$23,910620
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$34,340610
Receptionists and Information Clerks$25,930610
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$53,170600
Medical Assistants$30,140530
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$55,960520

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Bowling Green, Kentucky Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$39,70074,020
Production Occupations$36,69010,070
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$32,2009,990
Sales and Related Occupations$31,4907,240
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$31,7705,890
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$51,3404,560
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$69,4104,490
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$41,4503,410
Management Occupations$87,3803,180
Construction and Extraction Occupations$41,8702,620
Retail Salespersons$27,9702,620
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$38,7902,430
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$58,5402,240
Healthcare Support Occupations$27,8502,040
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$27,5802,030
Registered Nurses$59,5201,640
Office Clerks, General$28,8701,540
Waiters and Waitresses$26,1601,360
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$67,2801,350
Protective Service Occupations$34,3401,310
Production Workers, All Other$26,5701,260
Community and Social Service Occupations$38,2901,110
Customer Service Representatives$30,1901,100
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$31,2601,090
General and Operations Managers$83,9701,070
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$37,240970
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders$40,100900
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$39,740850
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$38,590770
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$33,060750
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$37,870730
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$47,730690
Industrial Machinery Mechanics$50,060680
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$57,830670
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$34,340610
Receptionists and Information Clerks$25,930610
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$53,170600
Medical Assistants$30,140530
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$55,960520
Industrial Engineers$79,090510
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers$42,040480
Construction Laborers$31,790470
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$39,580470
Carpenters$42,240420
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$32,200410
Legal Occupations$63,770410
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers$37,390400
Bus Drivers, School or Special Client$31,270390
Electricians$50,490370
First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors$51,740340

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