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Lexington Employment

Employment and Industries in the Lexington, Kentucky Area

Lexington has a large number of technology and government jobs. Lexington also includes numerous manufacturing and technology jobs. Also, the University of Kentucky is a large employer. The Fortune 500 companies Lexmark International, Hewlett Packard and Affiliated Computer Services are located in the city. Amazon.com, Trane and United Parcel Service have a large presence in Lexington. In addition, the JIF peanut butter facility is one of the world's largest producers of peanut butter.

Lexington has been ranked as the 5th best city for "Businesses and careers" by Forbes Magazine. Kiplinger named Lexington the 5th best city for young professionals.

The following is a list of the top employers in the Lexington region:

  • University of Kentucky
  • Toyota Motor Manufacturing
  • Fayette Co. Public Schools
  • Lexington-Fayette Urban County Gov't
  • Lexmark International
  • Central Baptist Hospital
  • Eastern Kentucky University
  • St. Joseph Hospital
  • Veterans Medical Center
  • The Trane Company
  • ACS
  • NACCO Materials Handling Group Inc
  • Lexington Clinic
  • Amazon.com
  • Osram Sylvania Inc
  • U.S. Postal Service
  • Kentucky Utilities
  • Walmart
  • IBM Global Services
  • TOKICO (USA) Inc
  • Valvoline Co
  • L-3 Communications Integrated Systems
  • Chase
  • ALLTEL
  • Quebecor World

Some of the most popular occupations which are primarily filled by those with a college degree are registered nurses, teachers, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, financial managers, computer systems analysts, lawyers; child, family and school social workers; computer applications software engineers, and pharmacists.

Lexington's top job providing sectors are:

  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Government
  • Technology
  • Professional, scientific and technical services
  • Accommodation and food services
  • Finance and insurance

Noteworthy information regarding Lexington Kentucky: Lexington is known as the "Horse Capital of the World." Has been ranked #10 among the nation's cities regarding college education rate with 39.5% of the residents having earned at least a bachelor's degree. In 2008 the city's cost of living index was at 86.2. The nation's average is 100. Lexington's estimated median household income in 2007 was $46,000.

Some of the helpful organizations for Lexington businesses are:

The Lexington Herald-Leader provides news about business and industry in Lexington.

Jobs in Lexington

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations269790$43620$20.97100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations39590$33660$16.1814.35
3Production Occupations27650$40290$19.375.7
4Sales and Related Occupations25730$33850$16.289.9
5Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations25460$20840$10.028.55
6Transportation and Material Moving Occupations21130$33760$16.236.55
7Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations20450$71600$34.425.8
8Education, Training, and Library Occupations15720$57330$27.566.05
9Management Occupations13200$95400$45.866.15
10Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations10910$45070$21.673.8
11Team Assemblers9430$45900$22.070.65
12Business and Financial Operations Occupations9390$63890$30.725.25
13Retail Salespersons9190$26510$12.752.85
14Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food8600$18290$8.792.3
15Construction and Extraction Occupations8590$43980$21.144.45
16Personal Care and Service Occupations8230$24840$11.944.3
17Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations7990$25520$12.273.65
18Healthcare Support Occupations7710$29500$14.183
19Registered Nurses7580$60840$29.251.95
20Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand6460$26680$12.831.7
21Protective Service Occupations6100$35140$16.892.2
22Cashiers6060$20150$9.692.2
23Customer Service Representatives6020$32640$15.691.75
24Architecture and Engineering Occupations4980$70910$34.091.7
25Computer and Mathematical Occupations4950$68190$32.792.9
26Waiters and Waitresses4920$20200$9.711.7
27Stock Clerks and Order Fillers4200$25270$12.151.3
28Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive4100$35440$17.041.5
29Office Clerks, General4000$30090$14.471.9
30Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers3970$46100$22.171.2
31General and Operations Managers3850$91790$44.131.5
32Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners3690$25240$12.141.55
33Nursing Assistants3390$26410$12.71
34Community and Social Service Occupations3260$43410$20.871.65
35Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations3140$45840$22.041.8
36Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks3060$36900$17.741.05
37First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers2630$49150$23.630.95
38Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations2600$46960$22.580.8
39Cooks, Restaurant2520$21390$10.280.8
40Maintenance and Repair Workers, General2510$35050$16.850.9
41Receptionists and Information Clerks2370$27060$13.010.7
42Security Guards2360$21530$10.350.7
43Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products2260$52710$25.340.9
44First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers2240$27700$13.320.6
45First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers2180$40390$19.421
46Childcare Workers2030$20580$9.90.8
47Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers1990$25330$12.180.8
48Accountants and Auditors1830$67790$32.590.9
49Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations1610$29620$14.240.65
50First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers1480$68130$32.760.4
51Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers1460$37100$17.840.6
52Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers1450$34330$16.50.3
53Personal Care Aides1410$23460$11.281.5
54Legal Occupations1390$80490$38.70.8
55Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1380$19940$9.590.9
56Sales Representatives, Services, All Other1310$66000$31.730.6
57Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals1300$26340$12.670.2
58Cooks, Fast Food1270$18370$8.830.3
59Business Operations Specialists, All Other1260$63120$30.350.7
60Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks1230$31050$14.930.4
61Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria1230$27510$13.230.3
62Construction Laborers1160$31750$15.260.8
63Food Preparation Workers1130$22110$10.630.6
64Driver/Sales Workers1120$23740$11.410.3
65Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses1120$41370$19.890.5
66Physicians and Surgeons, All Other1110$153710$73.90.25
67Counter and Rental Clerks1110$24660$11.850.3
68Packers and Packagers, Hand1100$24730$11.890.45
69Software Developers, Applications1080$77940$37.470.55
70Billing and Posting Clerks1070$36410$17.510.3
71First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers1060$59390$28.550.4
72Pharmacy Technicians1060$30250$14.550.3
73Medical Assistants1060$31060$14.930.45
74First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers1030$64340$30.930.3
75Industrial Machinery Mechanics1020$57960$27.860.2
76Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers980$46000$22.120.4
77Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics980$37700$18.120.5
78Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators980$30540$14.680.35
79Nonfarm Animal Caretakers960$25120$12.080.2
80Electricians960$42460$20.410.4
81Mechanical Engineers950$89390$42.970.2
82Lawyers930$92340$44.40.5
83Financial Managers920$124190$59.710.4
84Carpenters900$49060$23.590.7
85Helpers--Production Workers880$25910$12.460.3
86Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers860$43590$20.960.2
87Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop840$18400$8.850.3
88Medical Records and Health Information Technicians840$40140$19.30.1
89Tellers830$26070$12.530.3
90Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists820$67850$32.620.4
91Bus Drivers, School or Special Client810$34110$16.40.3
92Computer User Support Specialists790$43900$21.110.4
93Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators790$43330$20.830.2
94Child, Family, and School Social Workers780$42130$20.250.2
95Medical Secretaries770$30480$14.650.4
96Human Resources Specialists770$52530$25.250.35
97Industrial Production Managers760$84180$40.470.1
98Dental Assistants750$34540$16.60.2
99Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants740$48140$23.140.35
100Correctional Officers and Jailers740$39800$19.140.25
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Jobs More Common Near Lexington Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations43,620269,790
Office and Administrative Support Occupations33,66039,590
Production Occupations40,29027,650
Sales and Related Occupations33,85025,730
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations20,84025,460
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations33,76021,130
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations71,60020,450
Education, Training, and Library Occupations57,33015,720
Management Occupations95,40013,200
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations45,07010,910
Team Assemblers45,9009,430
Business and Financial Operations Occupations63,8909,390
Retail Salespersons26,5109,190
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food18,2908,600
Construction and Extraction Occupations43,9808,590
Personal Care and Service Occupations24,8408,230
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations25,5207,990
Healthcare Support Occupations29,5007,710
Registered Nurses60,8407,580
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand26,6806,460
Protective Service Occupations35,1406,100
Cashiers20,1506,060
Customer Service Representatives32,6406,020
Architecture and Engineering Occupations70,9104,980
Computer and Mathematical Occupations68,1904,950
Waiters and Waitresses20,2004,920
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers25,2704,200
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive35,4404,100
Office Clerks, General30,0904,000
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers46,1003,970
General and Operations Managers91,7903,850
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners25,2403,690
Nursing Assistants26,4103,390
Community and Social Service Occupations43,4103,260
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations45,8403,140
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks36,9003,060
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers49,1502,630
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations46,9602,600
Cooks, Restaurant21,3902,520
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General35,0502,510
Receptionists and Information Clerks27,0602,370
Security Guards21,5302,360
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products52,7102,260
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers27,7002,240
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers40,3902,180
Childcare Workers20,5802,030
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers25,3301,990
Accountants and Auditors67,7901,830
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations29,6201,610
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers68,1301,480

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations43,620269,790
Office and Administrative Support Occupations33,66039,590
Production Occupations40,29027,650
Sales and Related Occupations33,85025,730
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations33,76021,130
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations71,60020,450
Education, Training, and Library Occupations57,33015,720
Management Occupations95,40013,200
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations45,07010,910
Team Assemblers45,9009,430
Business and Financial Operations Occupations63,8909,390
Retail Salespersons26,5109,190
Construction and Extraction Occupations43,9808,590
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations25,5207,990
Healthcare Support Occupations29,5007,710
Registered Nurses60,8407,580
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand26,6806,460
Protective Service Occupations35,1406,100
Customer Service Representatives32,6406,020
Architecture and Engineering Occupations70,9104,980
Computer and Mathematical Occupations68,1904,950
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers25,2704,200
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive35,4404,100
Office Clerks, General30,0904,000
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers46,1003,970
General and Operations Managers91,7903,850
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners25,2403,690
Nursing Assistants26,4103,390
Community and Social Service Occupations43,4103,260
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations45,8403,140
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks36,9003,060
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers49,1502,630
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations46,9602,600
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General35,0502,510
Receptionists and Information Clerks27,0602,370
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products52,7102,260
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers27,7002,240
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers40,3902,180
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers25,3301,990
Accountants and Auditors67,7901,830
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations29,6201,610
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers68,1301,480
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers37,1001,460
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers34,3301,450
Legal Occupations80,4901,390
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other66,0001,310
Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals26,3401,300
Business Operations Specialists, All Other63,1201,260
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks31,0501,230
Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria27,5101,230

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