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Louisville Employment

Employment and Industries in the Louisville, Kentucky Area

Louisville is an important industry and commerce center. Louisville has also become a major center for healthcare and medical sciences. Over the years the economy has become more diversified which has provided more high-tech and skilled job opportunities. Jobs are also provided by firm's which manufacture items such as automobiles, chemicals, electrical appliances, machinery, processed foods, farm tools and baked goods. The Greater Louisville area also employs a vast number of federal, state and local workers. In addition, tourism is the region's largest services industry.

The city is home to the headquarters of Fortune 500 companies including Yum! Brands Inc, Kindred Healthcare and Humana. Also, the Ford Motor Co has two plants in the region.

Louisville has low costs of doing business, low taxes and provides various financial incentives. The Greater Louisville Inc., collaborates with new and existing companies to create new jobs and capital investment in the city.

The top private sector employers in Louisville are:

  • United States Parcel Service - International air hub
  • Humana Inc - Managed care, HMO, PPO, POS
  • Norton Healthcare - Healthcare provider
  • Jewish Hospital Healthcare - Healthcare facilities
  • Ford Motor Co - Automotive manufacturer
  • GE Consumer & Industrial - Home appliances, light bulbs
  • Kroger Co - Retail grocer
  • Baptist Hospital East - Healthcare provider
  • Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville - Churches, agencies and schools
  • University Hospital - Hospital
  • YUM! Brands, Inc - KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, A & W and Long John Silvers
  • Kindred Healthcare Inc - Healthcare
  • Publishers Printing - Prints trade magazines
  • Horseshoe Southern Indiana - Gaming and entertainment resort
  • AT&T - Telecommunications
  • American Commercial Lines Inc - Transportation services and manufacturing
  • JP Morgan Chase & Co - Banking
  • Papa John's International Inc - Quick-service restaurants
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield - Health insurance sales/service
  • JBS Swift & Co - Pork product manufacturing

The largest employment sectors in Louisville Kentucky are:

  • Services
  • Wholesale and retail trade
  • Manufacturing
  • Government
  • Transportation, communications and utilities
  • Finance, insurance and real estate

Pertinent information regarding Louisville Kentucky: Louisville has been named #1 in Entrepreneur magazine's "Best city for small business growth" list. Louisville was also ranked #15 in Entrepreneur Magazine's "Top 25 best cities for entrepreneurs" list. In 2008 the cost of living index in the city was 85. The country's average is 100. Regarding the adult population, approximately 21% have achieved a bachelor's degree or higher. The estimated median household income in 2007 was $32,000.

Some of the helpful organizations for Lexington businesses are:

louisville.bizjournals.com provides up-to-date information about business and industry in Louisville, Kentucky.

Jobs in Louisville

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 643840 $44270 $21.28 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 102630 $35490 $17.06 14.8
3 Production Occupations 67460 $37520 $18.04 5.85
4 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 66340 $39750 $19.11 6.45
5 Sales and Related Occupations 61530 $37980 $18.26 10.15
6 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 59980 $21260 $10.22 8.3
7 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 43300 $72430 $34.82 5.75
8 Management Occupations 29690 $100530 $48.33 6.05
9 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 28320 $52070 $25.04 6.15
10 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 27520 $63100 $30.34 5.05
11 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 27070 $46000 $22.11 3.8
12 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 23830 $28990 $13.94 1.6
13 Construction and Extraction Occupations 22400 $45470 $21.86 4.4
14 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 20380 $18430 $8.86 2.15
15 Personal Care and Service Occupations 19540 $24880 $11.96 4.1
16 Retail Salespersons 18670 $24280 $11.67 3.1
17 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 16610 $26090 $12.54 3.7
18 Healthcare Support Occupations 16140 $30900 $14.86 3.05
19 Team Assemblers 16010 $40770 $19.6 0.75
20 Registered Nurses 15750 $63130 $30.35 1.9
21 Customer Service Representatives 14790 $35390 $17.01 1.75
22 Cashiers 14300 $20330 $9.78 2.25
23 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 13860 $72790 $34.99 2.8
24 Protective Service Occupations 13140 $35760 $17.19 2.25
25 Waiters and Waitresses 11170 $20720 $9.96 1.6
26 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 9650 $26400 $12.69 1.2
27 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 9140 $46000 $22.12 1.2
28 General and Operations Managers 8770 $97730 $46.99 1.4
29 Office Clerks, General 8670 $31740 $15.26 2
30 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 8410 $33300 $16.01 1.6
31 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 8130 $25350 $12.19 1.6
32 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 7620 $69230 $33.29 1.65
33 Community and Social Service Occupations 7490 $44040 $21.17 1.65
34 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 7280 $68450 $32.91 1
35 Nursing Assistants 7250 $26640 $12.81 1.05
36 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 7220 $53830 $25.88 1
37 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 7220 $38060 $18.3 1.1
38 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 6730 $45810 $22.03 1.7
39 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 6620 $30480 $14.65 0.35
40 Cooks, Restaurant 6250 $22680 $10.9 0.75
41 Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other 5950 $24880 $11.96 0.2
42 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 5760 $40130 $19.29 0.9
43 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 5560 $34290 $16.49 0.4
44 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 5220 $37980 $18.26 1
45 Security Guards 4940 $25320 $12.17 0.7
46 Personal Care Aides 4890 $24430 $11.74 1.3
47 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 4650 $39560 $19.02 0.6
48 Receptionists and Information Clerks 4640 $27680 $13.31 0.7
49 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 4420 $32040 $15.41 0.6
50 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 4400 $40110 $19.28 0.3
51 Accountants and Auditors 4280 $64490 $31 0.9
52 Packers and Packagers, Hand 4030 $24460 $11.76 0.45
53 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 3980 $21710 $10.44 1
54 Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 3910 $46160 $22.19 0.1
55 Childcare Workers 3790 $20610 $9.91 0.8
56 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 3620 $41370 $19.89 0.5
57 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 3570 $56810 $27.31 0.4
58 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 3560 $69210 $33.27 0.7
59 Legal Occupations 3540 $77260 $37.15 0.8
60 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 3520 $56360 $27.09 0.6
61 Construction Laborers 3420 $34710 $16.69 0.8
62 Billing and Posting Clerks 3390 $36240 $17.42 0.35
63 Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks 3360 $34380 $16.53 0.2
64 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 3320 $40580 $19.51 0.3
65 Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators 3000 $52070 $25.03 0.2
66 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 2920 $56610 $27.22 0.3
67 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 2860 $37890 $18.21 0.5
68 Helpers--Production Workers 2810 $26810 $12.89 0.3
69 Software Developers, Applications 2800 $81910 $39.38 0.5
70 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 2710 $26250 $12.62 0.8
71 Electricians 2630 $56080 $26.96 0.4
72 Food Preparation Workers 2570 $21110 $10.15 0.6
73 Medical Assistants 2530 $31620 $15.2 0.45
74 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 2510 $26650 $12.81 0.3
75 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 2430 $38510 $18.52 0.3
76 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 2410 $18550 $8.92 0.25
77 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 2390 $48040 $23.09 0.45
78 Financial Managers 2370 $115650 $55.6 0.4
79 Driver/Sales Workers 2350 $25280 $12.16 0.3
80 Medical Secretaries 2310 $32070 $15.42 0.4
81 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 2290 $66080 $31.77 0.3
82 Insurance Sales Agents 2280 $56950 $27.38 0.3
83 Bartenders 2270 $20940 $10.07 0.4
84 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 2240 $60250 $28.97 0.9
85 Education, Training, and Library Workers, All Other 2210 $31450 $15.12 0.1
86 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 2180 $59190 $28.46 0.4
87 Computer User Support Specialists 2120 $45390 $21.82 0.4
88 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 2100 $32660 $15.7 0.25
89 Pharmacy Technicians 2080 $29710 $14.28 0.25
90 Interviewers, Except Eligibility and Loan 2030 $33020 $15.88 0.1
91 Industrial Machinery Mechanics 2030 $50020 $24.05 0.2
92 Human Resources Specialists 2030 $53330 $25.64 0.3
93 Production Workers, All Other 2010 $29120 $14 0.2
94 Dishwashers 2000 $19370 $9.31 0.3
95 Carpenters 1910 $40720 $19.58 0.6
96 Counter and Rental Clerks 1870 $29460 $14.16 0.3
97 Tellers 1860 $27640 $13.29 0.3
98 Managers, All Other 1840 $99670 $47.92 0.65
99 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 1830 $48490 $23.31 0.5
100 Computer Systems Analysts 1820 $74190 $35.67 0.4
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Jobs More Common Near Louisville Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 44,270 643,840
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 35,490 102,630
Production Occupations 37,520 67,460
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 39,750 66,340
Sales and Related Occupations 37,980 61,530
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 21,260 59,980
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 72,430 43,300
Management Occupations 100,530 29,690
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 52,070 28,320
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 63,100 27,520
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 46,000 27,070
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 28,990 23,830
Construction and Extraction Occupations 45,470 22,400
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 18,430 20,380
Personal Care and Service Occupations 24,880 19,540
Retail Salespersons 24,280 18,670
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 26,090 16,610
Healthcare Support Occupations 30,900 16,140
Team Assemblers 40,770 16,010
Registered Nurses 63,130 15,750
Customer Service Representatives 35,390 14,790
Cashiers 20,330 14,300
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 72,790 13,860
Protective Service Occupations 35,760 13,140
Waiters and Waitresses 20,720 11,170
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 26,400 9,650
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 46,000 9,140
General and Operations Managers 97,730 8,770
Office Clerks, General 31,740 8,670
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 33,300 8,410
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 25,350 8,130
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 69,230 7,620
Community and Social Service Occupations 44,040 7,490
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 68,450 7,280
Nursing Assistants 26,640 7,250
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 53,830 7,220
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 38,060 7,220
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 45,810 6,730
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 30,480 6,620
Cooks, Restaurant 22,680 6,250
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other 24,880 5,950
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 40,130 5,760
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 34,290 5,560
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 37,980 5,220
Security Guards 25,320 4,940
Personal Care Aides 24,430 4,890
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 39,560 4,650
Receptionists and Information Clerks 27,680 4,640
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 32,040 4,420
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 40,110 4,400

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 44,270 643,840
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 35,490 102,630
Production Occupations 37,520 67,460
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 39,750 66,340
Sales and Related Occupations 37,980 61,530
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 72,430 43,300
Management Occupations 100,530 29,690
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 52,070 28,320
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 63,100 27,520
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 46,000 27,070
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 28,990 23,830
Construction and Extraction Occupations 45,470 22,400
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 26,090 16,610
Healthcare Support Occupations 30,900 16,140
Team Assemblers 40,770 16,010
Registered Nurses 63,130 15,750
Customer Service Representatives 35,390 14,790
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 72,790 13,860
Protective Service Occupations 35,760 13,140
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 26,400 9,650
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 46,000 9,140
General and Operations Managers 97,730 8,770
Office Clerks, General 31,740 8,670
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 33,300 8,410
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 25,350 8,130
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 69,230 7,620
Community and Social Service Occupations 44,040 7,490
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 68,450 7,280
Nursing Assistants 26,640 7,250
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 53,830 7,220
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 38,060 7,220
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 45,810 6,730
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 30,480 6,620
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 40,130 5,760
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 34,290 5,560
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 37,980 5,220
Security Guards 25,320 4,940
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 39,560 4,650
Receptionists and Information Clerks 27,680 4,640
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 32,040 4,420
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 40,110 4,400
Accountants and Auditors 64,490 4,280
Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 46,160 3,910
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 41,370 3,620
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 56,810 3,570
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 69,210 3,560
Legal Occupations 77,260 3,540
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 56,360 3,520
Construction Laborers 34,710 3,420
Billing and Posting Clerks 36,240 3,390

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