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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

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations646670$45,100$21.68100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations104920$34,710$16.6914.35
3Transportation and Material Moving Occupations66380$40,120$19.296.55
4Production Occupations63550$37,390$17.975.7
5Sales and Related Occupations61090$38,620$18.579.9
6Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations60050$22,030$10.598.55
7Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations41600$74,500$35.825.8
8Management Occupations30890$102,320$49.196.15
9Business and Financial Operations Occupations30640$63,990$30.775.25
10Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations28060$47,360$22.773.8
11Education, Training, and Library Occupations26040$52,150$25.076.05
12Construction and Extraction Occupations22420$46,480$22.354.45
13Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand21570$29,700$14.281.7
14Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers21530$35,750$17.190
15Personal Care and Service Occupations20250$26,580$12.784.3
16Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food19890$18,970$9.122.3
17Retail Salespersons18410$24,710$11.882.85
18Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations16850$27,180$13.073.65
19Customer Service Representatives16090$34,920$16.791.75
20Healthcare Support Occupations16020$31,290$15.043
21Computer and Mathematical Occupations15200$73,130$35.162.9
22Registered Nurses14880$63,580$30.571.95
23Cashiers14430$20,230$9.732.2
24Office Clerks, General12080$29,170$14.031.9
25Protective Service Occupations11940$35,290$16.962.2
26Waiters and Waitresses11170$21,620$10.391.7
27Architecture and Engineering Occupations9820$72,730$34.971.7
28Stock Clerks and Order Fillers9420$26,700$12.841.3
29General and Operations Managers9240$100,860$48.491.5
30Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners8770$25,880$12.441.55
31Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers8580$47,350$22.761.2
32Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive7980$33,050$15.891.5
33Community and Social Service Occupations7680$44,710$21.491.65
34Cooks, Restaurant7600$24,170$11.620.8
35First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers7540$53,600$25.770.95
36Nursing Assistants6960$27,430$13.191
37Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations6890$47,460$22.821.8
38Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products6850$69,850$33.580.9
39Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks6640$39,190$18.841.05
40Maintenance and Repair Workers, General6060$41,790$20.090.9
41Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators5450$32,240$15.50.35
42First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers5400$37,670$18.111
43Personal Care Aides5310$26,000$12.51.5
44Receptionists and Information Clerks5210$27,870$13.40.7
45Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers5200$38,390$18.460.6
46Security Guards4760$23,240$11.180.7
47Accountants and Auditors4660$69,150$33.240.9
48First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers4510$32,780$15.760.6
49Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks4120$31,670$15.220.4
50Sales Representatives, Services, All Other3760$57,070$27.440.6
51Business Operations Specialists, All Other3730$67,000$32.210.7
52Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers3720$39,680$19.080.3
53Legal Occupations3640$81,870$39.360.8
54First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers3620$59,490$28.60.4
55Construction Laborers3590$36,170$17.390.8
56Childcare Workers3530$21,430$10.30.8
57Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses3420$42,910$20.630.5
58Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners3420$22,760$10.940.9
59Food Preparation Workers3350$21,630$10.40.6
60Software Developers, Applications3120$80,740$38.820.55
61Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators3090$52,000$250.2
62Electricians3020$56,430$27.130.4
63Billing and Posting Clerks2950$35,880$17.250.3
64First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors2950$49,920$240
65Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers2890$27,690$13.310.8
66Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic2870$43,580$20.950.1
67Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics2860$39,310$18.90.5
68Medical Assistants2780$33,020$15.880.45
69Helpers--Production Workers2700$27,080$13.020.3
70Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers2630$51,370$24.70.4
71Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks2580$32,380$15.570.2
72Financial Managers2490$124,370$59.790.4
73Computer User Support Specialists2480$45,730$21.980.4
74Bus Drivers, School or Special Client2450$38,250$18.390.3
75Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters2410$56,510$27.170.3
76Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers2400$37,800$18.180.3
77Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria2390$26,340$12.660.3
78Carpenters2380$44,630$21.460.7
79Pharmacy Technicians2370$30,520$14.670.3
80First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers2310$67,430$32.420.3
81Human Resources Specialists2290$57,110$27.460.35
82Bartenders2180$19,130$9.20.4
83Driver/Sales Workers2150$26,420$12.70.3
84Computer Systems Analysts2130$74,720$35.920.4
85Mechanical Engineers2110$83,900$40.340.2
86Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop2090$19,290$9.270.3
87Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists2090$58,050$27.910.4
88Insurance Sales Agents2070$53,100$25.530.3
89Medical Secretaries2070$33,600$16.160.4
90Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations2050$66,910$32.170.8
91Industrial Machinery Mechanics2010$50,220$24.140.2
92First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers1970$60,260$28.970.4
93Lawyers1950$108,820$52.320.5
94Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants1930$49,880$23.980.35
95Amusement and Recreation Attendants1920$19,750$9.490.2
96Counter and Rental Clerks1880$28,320$13.610.3
97Management Analysts1860$77,610$37.310.5
98Cooks, Fast Food1850$20,890$10.040.3
99Printing Press Operators1830$37,080$17.830.1
100Sales Managers1830$124,730$59.970.2
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Jobs More Common Near Louisville Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$45,100646,670
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$34,710104,920
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$40,12066,380
Production Occupations$37,39063,550
Sales and Related Occupations$38,62061,090
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$22,03060,050
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$74,50041,600
Management Occupations$102,32030,890
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$63,99030,640
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$47,36028,060
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$52,15026,040
Construction and Extraction Occupations$46,48022,420
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$29,70021,570
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$35,75021,530
Personal Care and Service Occupations$26,58020,250
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$18,97019,890
Retail Salespersons$24,71018,410
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$27,18016,850
Customer Service Representatives$34,92016,090
Healthcare Support Occupations$31,29016,020
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$73,13015,200
Registered Nurses$63,58014,880
Cashiers$20,23014,430
Office Clerks, General$29,17012,080
Protective Service Occupations$35,29011,940
Waiters and Waitresses$21,62011,170
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$72,7309,820
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$26,7009,420
General and Operations Managers$100,8609,240
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$25,8808,770
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$47,3508,580
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$33,0507,980
Community and Social Service Occupations$44,7107,680
Cooks, Restaurant$24,1707,600
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$53,6007,540
Nursing Assistants$27,4306,960
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$47,4606,890
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$69,8506,850
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$39,1906,640
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$41,7906,060
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$32,2405,450
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$37,6705,400
Personal Care Aides$26,0005,310
Receptionists and Information Clerks$27,8705,210
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$38,3905,200
Security Guards$23,2404,760
Accountants and Auditors$69,1504,660
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$32,7804,510
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks$31,6704,120
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$57,0703,760

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$45,100646,670
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$34,710104,920
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$40,12066,380
Production Occupations$37,39063,550
Sales and Related Occupations$38,62061,090
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$74,50041,600
Management Occupations$102,32030,890
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$63,99030,640
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$47,36028,060
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$52,15026,040
Construction and Extraction Occupations$46,48022,420
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$29,70021,570
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$35,75021,530
Personal Care and Service Occupations$26,58020,250
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$27,18016,850
Customer Service Representatives$34,92016,090
Healthcare Support Occupations$31,29016,020
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$73,13015,200
Registered Nurses$63,58014,880
Office Clerks, General$29,17012,080
Protective Service Occupations$35,29011,940
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$72,7309,820
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$26,7009,420
General and Operations Managers$100,8609,240
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$25,8808,770
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$47,3508,580
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$33,0507,980
Community and Social Service Occupations$44,7107,680
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$53,6007,540
Nursing Assistants$27,4306,960
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$47,4606,890
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$69,8506,850
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$39,1906,640
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$41,7906,060
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$32,2405,450
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$37,6705,400
Personal Care Aides$26,0005,310
Receptionists and Information Clerks$27,8705,210
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$38,3905,200
Accountants and Auditors$69,1504,660
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$32,7804,510
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks$31,6704,120
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$57,0703,760
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$67,0003,730
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers$39,6803,720
Legal Occupations$81,8703,640
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$59,4903,620
Construction Laborers$36,1703,590
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$42,9103,420
Software Developers, Applications$80,7403,120

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