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Owensboro Employment

Employment and Industries in the Owensboro, Kentucky Area

Owensboro is the business and retail center of Western Kentucky. The top job providing sectors in Owensboro are healthcare, education, construction, manufacturing, metal and metal products, accommodation and food services and social services. Jobs are provided by manufacturing industries such as aluminum, bourbon whiskey, chemicals, high-grade steel, paper, food products, furniture, smokeless tobacco and plastics. About 27% of the labor force is comprised of management, professional and related workers. Approximately 22% of the jobs are found in sales and office occupations.

OwensboroWorks.com helps job seekers, employers and economic development officials effectively build the workforce. The services of Bluegrass State Skills Corp., are offered to new and existing businesses. The organization offers training programs such as pre-employment skill training and assessment, entry-level skills upgrade, occupational upgrade training and other types of assistance.

Owensboro's top employers are:

  • Owensboro Medical Health System - Hospital
  • Davies County Public Schools - School System
  • US Bank Home Mortgage - Mortgage processing
  • Owensboro Public Schools - Education
  • Speciality Food Group - Meat processing
  • Walmart - Retail
  • Owensboro Community & Technical Colleges - Education
  • City of Owensboro - Government
  • Commonwealth of Kentucky - Government
  • Unilever Foods - Ragu spaghetti sauce
  • Toyotetsu Mid-America - Automotive parts
  • Titan Contracting - Mechanical construction
  • Swedish Match - Tobacco products
  • UniFirst - Uniform distribution
  • Kimberly-Clark - Paper products
  • Premium Allied Tool - Metal stamping and fabricated products
  • Boardwalk - Natural gas pipeline headquarters
  • Owensboro Municipal Utilities - Utility
  • MPD, Inc - Microwave products
  • Green River District Health - Health department
  • AT&T National directory call center
  • Sazerac Bottling/warehouse plant of whiskey, gin, etc

Notable information regarding Owensboro Kentucky: In 2009 the average earnings in Owensboro was $27,000. In 2008 the cost of living index in the city was 81.3 which is low when compared to the country's average of 100. Regarding the adult population, approximately 18% have earned a bachelor's degree or better.

Some of the helpful organizations that work with Owensboro businesses are:

The Messenger-Inquirer.com provides up-to-date news about business and industry in Owensboro.

Jobs in Owensboro

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations50520$39,460$18.97100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations8260$31,330$15.0614.35
3Production Occupations5550$39,190$18.845.7
4Sales and Related Occupations4980$28,790$13.849.9
5Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations4880$20,230$9.738.55
6Transportation and Material Moving Occupations3770$34,400$16.546.55
7Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations3640$69,470$33.45.8
8Education, Training, and Library Occupations2760$47,810$22.986.05
9Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations2570$45,780$22.013.8
10Construction and Extraction Occupations2170$43,320$20.834.45
11Retail Salespersons2090$22,310$10.722.85
12Management Occupations1840$91,320$43.96.15
13Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food1750$18,250$8.782.3
14Personal Care and Service Occupations1730$22,940$11.034.3
15Healthcare Support Occupations1670$29,630$14.253
16Business and Financial Operations Occupations1660$55,170$26.525.25
17Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations1640$23,790$11.443.65
18Registered Nurses1570$61,740$29.681.95
19Cashiers1340$19,450$9.352.2
20Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers1190$32,900$15.820
21Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand1140$33,140$15.931.7
22Protective Service Occupations950$31,260$15.032.2
23Community and Social Service Occupations950$42,650$20.511.65
24Customer Service Representatives940$27,260$13.11.75
25Stock Clerks and Order Fillers890$23,750$11.421.3
26Waiters and Waitresses800$18,390$8.841.7
27Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners770$23,850$11.471.55
28Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive730$29,730$14.291.5
29Nursing Assistants720$25,050$12.041
30General and Operations Managers660$90,670$43.591.5
31Maintenance and Repair Workers, General660$41,490$19.950.9
32Office Clerks, General620$28,870$13.881.9
33Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks610$35,410$17.031.05
34First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers550$48,280$23.210.95
35Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers550$45,350$21.811.2
36Architecture and Engineering Occupations540$72,290$34.751.7
37Security Guards530$23,080$11.10.7
38Receptionists and Information Clerks520$27,030$130.7
39Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers480$26,960$12.960.6
40First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers480$36,690$17.641
41Helpers--Production Workers470$25,070$12.050.3
42Personal Care Aides460$22,580$10.861.5
43First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers450$27,690$13.310.6
44Industrial Machinery Mechanics440$52,030$25.010.2
45Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners430$20,380$9.80.9
46Cooks, Restaurant430$20,710$9.960.8
47First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers400$63,590$30.570.4
48Construction Laborers370$27,980$13.450.8
49Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products350$48,290$23.220.9
50Computer and Mathematical Occupations350$63,060$30.322.9
51Bus Drivers, School or Special Client340$28,150$13.540.3
52Childcare Workers340$20,530$9.870.8
53Electricians340$49,840$23.960.4
54Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers320$42,780$20.570.3
55Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers320$24,400$11.730.8
56Medical Assistants280$27,950$13.440.45
57Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria280$24,610$11.830.3
58Loan Officers270$55,790$26.820.2
59Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters270$55,780$26.820.3
60Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders270$35,400$17.020.2
61Tellers250$27,550$13.240.3
62Residential Advisors250$20,550$9.880.1
63Pharmacy Technicians240$29,160$14.020.3
64Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics230$36,750$17.670.5
65Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators220$36,060$17.340.35
66First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers220$64,990$31.240.3
67Accountants and Auditors220$69,160$33.250.9
68Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors220$49,700$23.890
69Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks220$28,910$13.90.4
70Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations220$37,390$17.981.8
71Billing and Posting Clerks210$33,010$15.870.3
72Carpenters210$38,380$18.450.7
73Child, Family, and School Social Workers210$42,330$20.350.2
74Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses210$45,110$21.690.5
75First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors200$60,320$290
76Bartenders190$18,410$8.850.4
77Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic190$34,180$16.430.1
78Weighers, Measurers, Checkers, and Samplers, Recordkeeping190$28,140$13.530
79First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers190$63,760$30.650.4
80Social and Human Service Assistants190$26,220$12.610.25
81Driver/Sales Workers170$23,370$11.230.3
82Phlebotomists170$31,710$15.240.1
83Machinists170$34,700$16.680.25
84Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations160$59,540$28.620.8
85Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers160$18,260$8.780.3
86Dishwashers160$19,390$9.320.3
87Postal Service Mail Carriers150$48,940$23.530.2
88Packers and Packagers, Hand150$24,120$11.60.45
89Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators150$49,960$24.020.2
90Legal Occupations150$77,460$37.240.8
91Medical and Health Services Managers140$82,600$39.710.25
92Radiologic Technologists140$53,530$25.740.1
93Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers130$41,040$19.730.3
94Education, Training, and Library Workers, All Other130$46,800$22.50.1
95Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment130$22,050$10.60.2
96Legal Secretaries130$29,390$14.130.1
97First-Line Supervisors of Personal Service Workers120$30,490$14.660.2
98Industrial Production Managers120$111,330$53.530.1
99Financial Managers120$112,780$54.220.4
100Counter and Rental Clerks120$26,050$12.520.3
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Jobs More Common Near Owensboro Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$39,46050,520
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$31,3308,260
Production Occupations$39,1905,550
Sales and Related Occupations$28,7904,980
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$20,2304,880
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$34,4003,770
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$69,4703,640
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$47,8102,760
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$45,7802,570
Construction and Extraction Occupations$43,3202,170
Retail Salespersons$22,3102,090
Management Occupations$91,3201,840
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$18,2501,750
Personal Care and Service Occupations$22,9401,730
Healthcare Support Occupations$29,6301,670
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$55,1701,660
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$23,7901,640
Registered Nurses$61,7401,570
Cashiers$19,4501,340
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$32,9001,190
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$33,1401,140
Protective Service Occupations$31,260950
Community and Social Service Occupations$42,650950
Customer Service Representatives$27,260940
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$23,750890
Waiters and Waitresses$18,390800
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$23,850770
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$29,730730
Nursing Assistants$25,050720
General and Operations Managers$90,670660
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$41,490660
Office Clerks, General$28,870620
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$35,410610
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$48,280550
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$45,350550
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$72,290540
Security Guards$23,080530
Receptionists and Information Clerks$27,030520
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$26,960480
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$36,690480
Helpers--Production Workers$25,070470
Personal Care Aides$22,580460
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$27,690450
Industrial Machinery Mechanics$52,030440
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$20,380430
Cooks, Restaurant$20,710430
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$63,590400
Construction Laborers$27,980370
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$48,290350
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$63,060350

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$39,46050,520
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$31,3308,260
Production Occupations$39,1905,550
Sales and Related Occupations$28,7904,980
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$34,4003,770
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$69,4703,640
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$47,8102,760
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$45,7802,570
Construction and Extraction Occupations$43,3202,170
Management Occupations$91,3201,840
Healthcare Support Occupations$29,6301,670
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$55,1701,660
Registered Nurses$61,7401,570
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$32,9001,190
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$33,1401,140
Protective Service Occupations$31,260950
Community and Social Service Occupations$42,650950
Customer Service Representatives$27,260940
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$29,730730
Nursing Assistants$25,050720
General and Operations Managers$90,670660
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$41,490660
Office Clerks, General$28,870620
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$35,410610
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$48,280550
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$45,350550
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$72,290540
Receptionists and Information Clerks$27,030520
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$26,960480
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$36,690480
Helpers--Production Workers$25,070470
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$27,690450
Industrial Machinery Mechanics$52,030440
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$63,590400
Construction Laborers$27,980370
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$48,290350
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$63,060350
Bus Drivers, School or Special Client$28,150340
Electricians$49,840340
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers$42,780320
Medical Assistants$27,950280
Loan Officers$55,790270
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters$55,780270
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders$35,400270
Tellers$27,550250
Pharmacy Technicians$29,160240
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$36,750230
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$36,060220
First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers$64,990220
Accountants and Auditors$69,160220

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