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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

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 72040 $39090 $18.79 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 9770 $31720 $15.25 14.8
3 Production Occupations 9740 $36520 $17.56 5.85
4 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 7870 $21840 $10.5 8.3
5 Sales and Related Occupations 6950 $31250 $15.02 10.15
6 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 5250 $30780 $14.8 6.45
7 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 4980 $48720 $23.42 6.15
8 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 4640 $66460 $31.95 5.75
9 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 3110 $38830 $18.67 3.8
10 Management Occupations 3060 $86580 $41.63 6.05
11 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 2920 $18540 $8.92 2.15
12 Construction and Extraction Occupations 2860 $39710 $19.09 4.4
13 Retail Salespersons 2580 $25770 $12.39 3.1
14 Team Assemblers 2330 $38590 $18.55 0.75
15 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 2310 $56320 $27.08 5.05
16 Personal Care and Service Occupations 2130 $24110 $11.59 4.1
17 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 2100 $21970 $10.56 3.7
18 Healthcare Support Occupations 2040 $27260 $13.11 3.05
19 Cashiers 1680 $19180 $9.22 2.25
20 Registered Nurses 1570 $59270 $28.5 1.9
21 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 1550 $25640 $12.33 1.6
22 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 1270 $29450 $14.16 1.6
23 Waiters and Waitresses 1180 $27620 $13.28 1.6
24 Customer Service Representatives 1130 $31390 $15.09 1.75
25 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 1100 $70030 $33.67 1.65
26 Community and Social Service Occupations 1080 $38480 $18.5 1.65
27 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 1070 $33350 $16.04 0.9
28 General and Operations Managers 1040 $82970 $39.89 1.4
29 Nursing Assistants 1010 $22900 $11.01 1.05
30 Production Workers, All Other 990 $26860 $12.91 0.2
31 Office Clerks, General 970 $28530 $13.71 2
32 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 950 $37280 $17.92 1.2
33 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 900 $38590 $18.55 0.25
34 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 880 $18470 $8.88 1
35 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 860 $23920 $11.5 1.2
36 Protective Service Occupations 790 $37360 $17.96 2.25
37 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 780 $38950 $18.73 1.7
38 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 760 $33590 $16.15 1.1
39 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 740 $59260 $28.49 2.8
40 Cooks, Restaurant 710 $20680 $9.94 0.75
41 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 680 $34000 $16.35 0.6
42 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 660 $59670 $28.69 1
43 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 660 $46470 $22.34 1
44 Receptionists and Information Clerks 640 $24460 $11.76 0.7
45 Personal Care Aides 640 $23340 $11.22 1.3
46 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 620 $53430 $25.69 0.4
47 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 590 $22310 $10.72 1.6
48 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 570 $34300 $16.49 1
49 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 560 $42490 $20.43 0.3
50 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 520 $30090 $14.47 0.35
51 Medical Assistants 490 $29340 $14.11 0.45
52 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 480 $37350 $17.96 0.6
53 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 460 $23430 $11.26 0.3
54 Construction Laborers 460 $30060 $14.45 0.8
55 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 440 $25030 $12.03 0.8
56 Childcare Workers 430 $18960 $9.12 0.8
57 Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other 430 $25950 $12.47 0.2
58 Packers and Packagers, Hand 420 $22510 $10.82 0.45
59 Food Preparation Workers 400 $19500 $9.38 0.6
60 Legal Occupations 400 $62520 $30.06 0.8
61 Industrial Machinery Mechanics 400 $52530 $25.26 0.2
62 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 380 $17230 $8.28 0.3
63 Electricians 370 $45430 $21.84 0.4
64 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 370 $53740 $25.84 0.4
65 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 370 $30910 $14.86 0.3
66 Billing and Posting Clerks 330 $31200 $15 0.35
67 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 330 $60410 $29.04 0.9
68 Interviewers, Except Eligibility and Loan 320 $27370 $13.16 0.1
69 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 320 $18420 $8.86 0.25
70 Human Resources Specialists 320 $47540 $22.86 0.3
71 Pharmacy Technicians 320 $26820 $12.89 0.25
72 Accountants and Auditors 320 $60330 $29 0.9
73 Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 310 $34200 $16.44 0.1
74 Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 310 $38940 $18.72 0.1
75 Carpenters 310 $43040 $20.69 0.6
76 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 300 $31720 $15.25 0.5
77 Tellers 300 $28220 $13.57 0.3
78 Child, Family, and School Social Workers 290 $36610 $17.6 0.2
79 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 280 $31920 $15.34 0.4
80 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 270 $39980 $19.22 0.2
81 Helpers--Production Workers 260 $25710 $12.36 0.3
82 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 250 $42970 $20.66 0.3
83 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 250 $39700 $19.09 0.45
84 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 240 $37650 $18.1 0.5
85 Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks 240 $51140 $24.59 0.2
86 Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 240 $32310 $15.53 0.1
87 Driver/Sales Workers 240 $27670 $13.3 0.3
88 Counter and Rental Clerks 240 $28190 $13.55 0.3
89 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 240 $39900 $19.18 0.6
90 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 220 $41640 $20.02 0.3
91 Medical Secretaries 220 $28720 $13.81 0.4
92 Lawyers 220 $74530 $35.83 0.5
93 Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors 220 $49450 $23.78 0.2
94 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 210 $57190 $27.5 0.3
95 Insurance Sales Agents 210 $48890 $23.51 0.3
96 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers 200 $38670 $18.59 0.2
97 Financial Managers 200 $112350 $54.02 0.4
98 Computer User Support Specialists 190 $39610 $19.04 0.4
99 Loan Officers 190 $64620 $31.07 0.2
100 Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 180 $42190 $20.29 0
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Jobs More Common Near Bowling Green Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 39,090 72,040
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 31,720 9,770
Production Occupations 36,520 9,740
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 21,840 7,870
Sales and Related Occupations 31,250 6,950
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 30,780 5,250
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 48,720 4,980
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 66,460 4,640
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 38,830 3,110
Management Occupations 86,580 3,060
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 18,540 2,920
Construction and Extraction Occupations 39,710 2,860
Retail Salespersons 25,770 2,580
Team Assemblers 38,590 2,330
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 56,320 2,310
Personal Care and Service Occupations 24,110 2,130
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 21,970 2,100
Healthcare Support Occupations 27,260 2,040
Cashiers 19,180 1,680
Registered Nurses 59,270 1,570
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 25,640 1,550
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 29,450 1,270
Waiters and Waitresses 27,620 1,180
Customer Service Representatives 31,390 1,130
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 70,030 1,100
Community and Social Service Occupations 38,480 1,080
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 33,350 1,070
General and Operations Managers 82,970 1,040
Nursing Assistants 22,900 1,010
Production Workers, All Other 26,860 990
Office Clerks, General 28,530 970
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 37,280 950
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 38,590 900
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 18,470 880
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 23,920 860
Protective Service Occupations 37,360 790
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 38,950 780
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 33,590 760
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 59,260 740
Cooks, Restaurant 20,680 710
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 34,000 680
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 59,670 660
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 46,470 660
Receptionists and Information Clerks 24,460 640
Personal Care Aides 23,340 640
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 53,430 620
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 22,310 590
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 34,300 570
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 42,490 560
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 30,090 520

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 39,090 72,040
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 31,720 9,770
Production Occupations 36,520 9,740
Sales and Related Occupations 31,250 6,950
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 30,780 5,250
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 48,720 4,980
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 66,460 4,640
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 38,830 3,110
Management Occupations 86,580 3,060
Construction and Extraction Occupations 39,710 2,860
Retail Salespersons 25,770 2,580
Team Assemblers 38,590 2,330
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 56,320 2,310
Healthcare Support Occupations 27,260 2,040
Registered Nurses 59,270 1,570
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 25,640 1,550
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 29,450 1,270
Waiters and Waitresses 27,620 1,180
Customer Service Representatives 31,390 1,130
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 70,030 1,100
Community and Social Service Occupations 38,480 1,080
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 33,350 1,070
General and Operations Managers 82,970 1,040
Production Workers, All Other 26,860 990
Office Clerks, General 28,530 970
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 37,280 950
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 38,590 900
Protective Service Occupations 37,360 790
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 38,950 780
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 33,590 760
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 59,260 740
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 34,000 680
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 59,670 660
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 46,470 660
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 53,430 620
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 34,300 570
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 42,490 560
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 30,090 520
Medical Assistants 29,340 490
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 37,350 480
Construction Laborers 30,060 460
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 25,030 440
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other 25,950 430
Legal Occupations 62,520 400
Industrial Machinery Mechanics 52,530 400
Electricians 45,430 370
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 53,740 370
Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 30,910 370
Billing and Posting Clerks 31,200 330
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 60,410 330

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