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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

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 48500 $38200 $18.36 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 7960 $30930 $14.87 14.8
3 Production Occupations 5740 $37420 $17.99 5.85
4 Sales and Related Occupations 5020 $29030 $13.96 10.15
5 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 4690 $20370 $9.79 8.3
6 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 3630 $34870 $16.76 6.45
7 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 2790 $47070 $22.63 6.15
8 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 2740 $64300 $30.92 5.75
9 Construction and Extraction Occupations 2350 $42830 $20.59 4.4
10 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 2110 $42400 $20.38 3.8
11 Retail Salespersons 2090 $21130 $10.16 3.1
12 Management Occupations 1970 $91750 $44.11 6.05
13 Personal Care and Service Occupations 1860 $21360 $10.27 4.1
14 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 1620 $23760 $11.42 3.7
15 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 1530 $17760 $8.54 2.15
16 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 1410 $54870 $26.38 5.05
17 Healthcare Support Occupations 1340 $28760 $13.83 3.05
18 Cashiers 1270 $19950 $9.59 2.25
19 Team Assemblers 1060 $30320 $14.58 0.75
20 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 1030 $34410 $16.54 1.6
21 Helpers--Production Workers 940 $28210 $13.56 0.3
22 Protective Service Occupations 910 $28510 $13.71 2.25
23 Community and Social Service Occupations 870 $41890 $20.14 1.65
24 Customer Service Representatives 850 $28010 $13.46 1.75
25 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 850 $28530 $13.71 1.6
26 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 830 $24350 $11.71 1.6
27 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 820 $22290 $10.71 1.2
28 Waiters and Waitresses 760 $18590 $8.94 1.6
29 General and Operations Managers 640 $93850 $45.12 1.4
30 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 620 $33680 $16.19 1.1
31 Tellers 590 $27370 $13.16 0.3
32 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 580 $40020 $19.24 1.2
33 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 570 $50690 $24.37 1
34 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 560 $38410 $18.46 0.9
35 Office Clerks, General 560 $28350 $13.63 2
36 Nursing Assistants 550 $24470 $11.77 1.05
37 Security Guards 540 $21850 $10.51 0.7
38 Receptionists and Information Clerks 500 $26100 $12.55 0.7
39 Personal Care Aides 500 $19850 $9.54 1.3
40 Industrial Machinery Mechanics 490 $45950 $22.09 0.2
41 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 480 $72240 $34.73 1.65
42 Construction Laborers 470 $28980 $13.93 0.8
43 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 470 $36910 $17.75 1
44 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 440 $61550 $29.59 0.4
45 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 420 $30250 $14.55 0.6
46 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 400 $29780 $14.32 0.6
47 Childcare Workers 390 $20410 $9.81 0.8
48 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 380 $57800 $27.79 1
49 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 370 $20170 $9.7 1
50 Cooks, Restaurant 360 $21510 $10.34 0.75
51 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 360 $61640 $29.63 2.8
52 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 350 $24160 $11.61 0.3
53 Electricians 330 $48480 $23.31 0.4
54 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 320 $42510 $20.44 0.3
55 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 320 $27760 $13.35 0.3
56 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 310 $22830 $10.98 0.8
57 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 300 $31850 $15.31 0.35
58 Residential Advisors 290 $21020 $10.11 0.1
59 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 270 $48830 $23.47 0.3
60 Child, Family, and School Social Workers 260 $41330 $19.87 0.2
61 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 260 $43890 $21.1 0.5
62 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 250 $54480 $26.19 0.3
63 Medical Assistants 230 $28360 $13.64 0.45
64 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 230 $36390 $17.5 1.7
65 Billing and Posting Clerks 210 $34070 $16.38 0.35
66 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 210 $27400 $13.17 0.4
67 Accountants and Auditors 210 $61570 $29.6 0.9
68 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 210 $37920 $18.23 0.25
69 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 210 $34230 $16.46 0.5
70 Loan Officers 200 $57210 $27.51 0.2
71 Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 200 $33930 $16.31 0.1
72 Pharmacy Technicians 190 $27090 $13.02 0.25
73 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 190 $60780 $29.22 0.3
74 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 190 $64380 $30.95 0.4
75 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 180 $54730 $26.31 0.9
76 Counter and Rental Clerks 180 $25080 $12.06 0.3
77 Carpenters 180 $33560 $16.13 0.6
78 Bartenders 180 $20180 $9.7 0.4
79 Legal Occupations 180 $68800 $33.08 0.8
80 Weighers, Measurers, Checkers, and Samplers, Recordkeeping 170 $25600 $12.31 0
81 Dishwashers 170 $19290 $9.28 0.3
82 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 160 $17900 $8.6 0.25
83 Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers 150 $31190 $15 0.1
84 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 150 $17750 $8.53 0.3
85 Education, Training, and Library Workers, All Other 150 $44980 $21.63 0.1
86 Social and Human Service Assistants 150 $27210 $13.08 0.3
87 Postal Service Mail Carriers 140 $49440 $23.77 0.15
88 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 140 $47420 $22.8 0.2
89 Medical Secretaries 140 $34740 $16.7 0.4
90 Parts Salespersons 130 $35030 $16.84 0.2
91 Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment 130 $21410 $10.3 0.2
92 First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators 130 $62270 $29.94 0.1
93 Machinists 130 $30920 $14.87 0.3
94 Financial Managers 130 $113300 $54.47 0.4
95 Driver/Sales Workers 130 $21860 $10.51 0.3
96 Industrial Production Managers 120 $95290 $45.81 0.1
97 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 120 $54980 $26.43 0.6
98 Mental Health Counselors 120 $56380 $27.11 0.1
99 Human Resources Specialists 120 $52600 $25.29 0.3
100 Office and Administrative Support Workers, All Other 120 $26450 $12.72 0.2
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Jobs More Common Near Owensboro Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 38,200 48,500
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 30,930 7,960
Production Occupations 37,420 5,740
Sales and Related Occupations 29,030 5,020
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 20,370 4,690
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 34,870 3,630
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 47,070 2,790
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 64,300 2,740
Construction and Extraction Occupations 42,830 2,350
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 42,400 2,110
Retail Salespersons 21,130 2,090
Management Occupations 91,750 1,970
Personal Care and Service Occupations 21,360 1,860
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 23,760 1,620
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 17,760 1,530
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 54,870 1,410
Healthcare Support Occupations 28,760 1,340
Cashiers 19,950 1,270
Team Assemblers 30,320 1,060
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 34,410 1,030
Helpers--Production Workers 28,210 940
Protective Service Occupations 28,510 910
Community and Social Service Occupations 41,890 870
Customer Service Representatives 28,010 850
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 28,530 850
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 24,350 830
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 22,290 820
Waiters and Waitresses 18,590 760
General and Operations Managers 93,850 640
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 33,680 620
Tellers 27,370 590
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 40,020 580
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 50,690 570
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 38,410 560
Office Clerks, General 28,350 560
Nursing Assistants 24,470 550
Security Guards 21,850 540
Receptionists and Information Clerks 26,100 500
Personal Care Aides 19,850 500
Industrial Machinery Mechanics 45,950 490
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 72,240 480
Construction Laborers 28,980 470
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 36,910 470
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 61,550 440
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 30,250 420
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 29,780 400
Childcare Workers 20,410 390
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 57,800 380
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 20,170 370
Cooks, Restaurant 21,510 360

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 38,200 48,500
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 30,930 7,960
Production Occupations 37,420 5,740
Sales and Related Occupations 29,030 5,020
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 34,870 3,630
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 47,070 2,790
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 64,300 2,740
Construction and Extraction Occupations 42,830 2,350
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 42,400 2,110
Management Occupations 91,750 1,970
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 54,870 1,410
Healthcare Support Occupations 28,760 1,340
Team Assemblers 30,320 1,060
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 34,410 1,030
Helpers--Production Workers 28,210 940
Protective Service Occupations 28,510 910
Community and Social Service Occupations 41,890 870
Customer Service Representatives 28,010 850
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 28,530 850
General and Operations Managers 93,850 640
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 33,680 620
Tellers 27,370 590
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 40,020 580
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 50,690 570
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 38,410 560
Office Clerks, General 28,350 560
Receptionists and Information Clerks 26,100 500
Industrial Machinery Mechanics 45,950 490
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 72,240 480
Construction Laborers 28,980 470
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 36,910 470
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 61,550 440
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 30,250 420
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 29,780 400
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 57,800 380
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 61,640 360
Electricians 48,480 330
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 42,510 320
Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 27,760 320
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 31,850 300
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 48,830 270
Child, Family, and School Social Workers 41,330 260
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 43,890 260
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 54,480 250
Medical Assistants 28,360 230
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 36,390 230
Billing and Posting Clerks 34,070 210
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 27,400 210
Accountants and Auditors 61,570 210
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 37,920 210

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