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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 Occupations272410$43,720$21.02100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations44560$33,020$15.8714.35
3Production Occupations28130$41,530$19.975.7
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations26830$20,900$10.058.55
5Sales and Related Occupations26310$34,810$16.739.9
6Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations19480$75,910$36.55.8
7Transportation and Material Moving Occupations19230$34,260$16.476.55
8Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers14080$44,140$21.220
9Management Occupations13190$95,900$46.16.15
10Education, Training, and Library Occupations12830$52,110$25.056.05
11Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations10530$46,620$22.413.8
12Business and Financial Operations Occupations10330$64,100$30.825.25
13Construction and Extraction Occupations9480$44,660$21.474.45
14Retail Salespersons8950$26,940$12.952.85
15Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food8760$19,080$9.172.3
16Personal Care and Service Occupations8290$25,980$12.494.3
17Healthcare Support Occupations8190$31,100$14.953
18Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations8020$26,690$12.833.65
19Registered Nurses7250$62,530$30.071.95
20Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand7000$27,420$13.181.7
21Cashiers6430$19,990$9.612.2
22Customer Service Representatives6060$30,860$14.841.75
23Protective Service Occupations6030$35,730$17.182.2
24Computer and Mathematical Occupations5060$69,500$33.422.9
25Waiters and Waitresses4990$18,670$8.981.7
26Stock Clerks and Order Fillers4880$25,560$12.291.3
27Architecture and Engineering Occupations4860$73,290$35.241.7
28General and Operations Managers4170$91,830$44.151.5
29Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners3950$25,970$12.481.55
30Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive3890$35,390$17.011.5
31Nursing Assistants3780$27,530$13.241
32Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers3420$44,430$21.361.2
33Community and Social Service Occupations3300$44,100$21.21.65
34Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations2960$47,880$23.021.8
35Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks2910$37,720$18.131.05
36Cooks, Restaurant2900$20,890$10.040.8
37Maintenance and Repair Workers, General2890$35,930$17.270.9
38First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers2590$53,190$25.570.95
39Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products2580$56,910$27.360.9
40Security Guards2400$23,010$11.060.7
41First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers2370$29,180$14.030.6
42First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers2340$39,810$19.141
43Receptionists and Information Clerks2240$27,830$13.380.7
44Childcare Workers1930$21,050$10.120.8
45Business Operations Specialists, All Other1900$62,230$29.920.7
46Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers1830$27,300$13.120.8
47Accountants and Auditors1750$66,500$31.970.9
48Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations1750$28,620$13.760.65
49Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations1640$55,850$26.850.8
50Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers1610$37,440$180.6
51First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers1590$69,300$33.320.4
52Sales Representatives, Services, All Other1560$58,130$27.950.6
53Personal Care Aides1530$23,730$11.411.5
54Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers1500$35,390$17.010.3
55Legal Occupations1420$84,340$40.550.8
56Construction Laborers1390$32,250$15.50.8
57Cooks, Fast Food1370$19,170$9.220.3
58Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals1360$26,180$12.590.2
59Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1360$21,320$10.250.9
60Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria1260$27,400$13.170.3
61First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers1240$57,050$27.430.4
62Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks1230$31,840$15.310.4
63Nonfarm Animal Caretakers1130$26,120$12.560.2
64Driver/Sales Workers1110$23,850$11.470.3
65Medical Assistants1110$32,810$15.770.45
66Electricians1100$47,070$22.630.4
67Child, Family, and School Social Workers1090$42,610$20.490.2
68Pharmacy Technicians1080$30,690$14.750.3
69Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers1060$44,970$21.620.4
70Billing and Posting Clerks1050$36,680$17.640.3
71Carpenters1040$49,490$23.790.7
72First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers1040$68,150$32.770.3
73Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics1020$41,600$200.5
74Food Preparation Workers1020$22,260$10.70.6
75Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists1000$64,580$31.050.4
76Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses970$43,450$20.890.5
77Software Developers, Applications970$79,040$380.55
78Lawyers950$98,970$47.580.5
79Industrial Machinery Mechanics940$63,710$30.630.2
80Packers and Packagers, Hand940$26,000$12.50.45
81Counter and Rental Clerks890$27,000$12.980.3
82Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators890$35,140$16.890.35
83Computer User Support Specialists880$48,210$23.180.4
84First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors870$46,550$22.380
85Financial Managers860$123,510$59.380.4
86Human Resources Specialists860$53,220$25.590.35
87Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop850$18,370$8.830.3
88Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants830$47,940$23.050.35
89Mechanical Engineers830$90,390$43.460.2
90Industrial Production Managers790$87,720$42.170.1
91Medical Records and Health Information Technicians790$40,990$19.710.1
92Bus Drivers, School or Special Client770$34,810$16.730.3
93Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers770$18,440$8.870.3
94Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators770$43,890$21.10.2
95Medical Secretaries740$31,260$15.030.4
96Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters740$56,130$26.980.3
97Production Workers, All Other730$29,830$14.340.2
98Dental Assistants720$35,300$16.970.2
99Medical and Health Services Managers720$104,760$50.360.25
100Bartenders710$19,140$9.20.4
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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 Occupations$43,720272,410
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$33,02044,560
Production Occupations$41,53028,130
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$20,90026,830
Sales and Related Occupations$34,81026,310
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$75,91019,480
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$34,26019,230
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$44,14014,080
Management Occupations$95,90013,190
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$52,11012,830
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$46,62010,530
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$64,10010,330
Construction and Extraction Occupations$44,6609,480
Retail Salespersons$26,9408,950
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$19,0808,760
Personal Care and Service Occupations$25,9808,290
Healthcare Support Occupations$31,1008,190
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$26,6908,020
Registered Nurses$62,5307,250
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$27,4207,000
Cashiers$19,9906,430
Customer Service Representatives$30,8606,060
Protective Service Occupations$35,7306,030
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$69,5005,060
Waiters and Waitresses$18,6704,990
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$25,5604,880
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$73,2904,860
General and Operations Managers$91,8304,170
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$25,9703,950
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$35,3903,890
Nursing Assistants$27,5303,780
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$44,4303,420
Community and Social Service Occupations$44,1003,300
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$47,8802,960
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$37,7202,910
Cooks, Restaurant$20,8902,900
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$35,9302,890
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$53,1902,590
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$56,9102,580
Security Guards$23,0102,400
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$29,1802,370
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$39,8102,340
Receptionists and Information Clerks$27,8302,240
Childcare Workers$21,0501,930
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$62,2301,900
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$27,3001,830
Accountants and Auditors$66,5001,750
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations$28,6201,750
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$55,8501,640
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$37,4401,610

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 Occupations$43,720272,410
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$33,02044,560
Production Occupations$41,53028,130
Sales and Related Occupations$34,81026,310
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$75,91019,480
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$34,26019,230
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$44,14014,080
Management Occupations$95,90013,190
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$52,11012,830
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$46,62010,530
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$64,10010,330
Construction and Extraction Occupations$44,6609,480
Retail Salespersons$26,9408,950
Personal Care and Service Occupations$25,9808,290
Healthcare Support Occupations$31,1008,190
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$26,6908,020
Registered Nurses$62,5307,250
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$27,4207,000
Customer Service Representatives$30,8606,060
Protective Service Occupations$35,7306,030
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$69,5005,060
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$25,5604,880
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$73,2904,860
General and Operations Managers$91,8304,170
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$25,9703,950
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$35,3903,890
Nursing Assistants$27,5303,780
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$44,4303,420
Community and Social Service Occupations$44,1003,300
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$47,8802,960
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$37,7202,910
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$35,9302,890
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$53,1902,590
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$56,9102,580
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$29,1802,370
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$39,8102,340
Receptionists and Information Clerks$27,8302,240
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$62,2301,900
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$27,3001,830
Accountants and Auditors$66,5001,750
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations$28,6201,750
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$55,8501,640
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$37,4401,610
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$69,3001,590
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$58,1301,560
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers$35,3901,500
Legal Occupations$84,3401,420
Construction Laborers$32,2501,390
Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals$26,1801,360
Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria$27,4001,260

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