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.

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Jobs in Owensboro

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations52240$41,770$20.08100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations8070$32,740$15.7413.75
3Production Occupations6340$43,250$20.85.6
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations5000$21,160$10.188.7
5Sales and Related Occupations4610$31,540$15.169.5
6Transportation and Material Moving Occupations4230$36,900$17.746.7
7Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations3830$71,430$34.345.85
8Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations2970$47,710$22.943.75
9Education, Training, and Library Occupations2740$48,140$23.146
10Construction and Extraction Occupations2180$45,900$22.074.6
11Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food2110$19,440$9.352.45
12Management Occupations1920$91,640$44.066.35
13Business and Financial Operations Occupations1830$59,560$28.635.35
14Retail Salespersons1830$24,130$11.62.7
15Healthcare Support Occupations1740$30,520$14.672.85
16Personal Care and Service Occupations1680$23,530$11.314.65
17Registered Nurses1660$63,560$30.561.95
18Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations1620$24,410$11.733.6
19Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand1480$35,630$17.131.8
20Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers1350$37,070$17.820.8
21Cashiers1150$20,110$9.672.2
22Stock Clerks and Order Fillers1070$24,110$11.591.25
23Protective Service Occupations1000$31,800$15.292.2
24Customer Service Representatives960$28,490$13.71.75
25Community and Social Service Occupations870$42,840$20.61.75
26Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners800$23,590$11.341.5
27Nursing Assistants800$26,120$12.560.95
28Office Clerks, General780$30,370$14.61.9
29Waiters and Waitresses760$17,990$8.651.65
30General and Operations Managers710$86,880$41.771.5
31Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive710$30,730$14.771.4
32Maintenance and Repair Workers, General700$44,190$21.240.9
33Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers650$45,130$21.71.2
34Architecture and Engineering Occupations590$74,610$35.871.7
35Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks580$36,950$17.761.05
36Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers570$29,740$14.30.6
37Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders560$45,290$21.770.2
38Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders550$56,680$27.250.1
39Security Guards550$22,580$10.850.7
40First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers510$63,970$30.760.4
41First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers500$51,630$24.820.95
42Industrial Machinery Mechanics470$53,420$25.680.2
43First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers450$36,040$17.330.95
44Personal Care Aides450$25,000$12.021.7
45Receptionists and Information Clerks450$28,380$13.650.7
46Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers420$52,070$25.030.35
47First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers410$32,710$15.730.6
48Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products400$53,520$25.730.85
49Computer and Mathematical Occupations380$64,340$30.933
50Construction Laborers380$34,090$16.390.9
51Electricians370$48,870$23.50.45
52Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers360$24,740$11.890.75
53Bus Drivers, School or Special Client340$29,490$14.180.3
54Loan Officers340$59,060$28.390.2
55Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters330$59,280$28.50.3
56Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners320$21,370$10.270.9
57Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria310$25,420$12.220.3
58Cooks, Restaurant300$20,240$9.730.9
59Accountants and Auditors290$64,590$31.050.9
60First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers290$64,320$30.920.3
61Helpers--Production Workers290$29,820$14.340.2
62Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics280$39,380$18.930.5
63Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators270$41,420$19.910.4
64Residential Advisors260$21,470$10.320.1
65Tellers260$28,870$13.880.25
66Medical Assistants250$28,910$13.90.45
67Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks230$34,210$16.450.4
68Billing and Posting Clerks210$33,830$16.270.3
69First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers210$67,690$32.540.4
70Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses210$44,320$21.310.5
71Pharmacy Technicians210$30,440$14.640.3
72Carpenters200$41,430$19.920.6
73Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers200$39,970$19.220.3
74Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations190$37,400$17.981.8
75Child, Family, and School Social Workers190$43,150$20.750.2
76Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers190$18,850$9.060.3
77Food Batchmakers190$32,780$15.760.1
78Legal Occupations190$78,290$37.640.8
79First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors180$61,490$29.560.3
80Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations180$55,100$26.490.8
81Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors180$47,220$22.70.2
82Financial Managers170$107,950$51.90.4
83Insurance Sales Agents170$56,410$27.120.3
84Bartenders160$19,610$9.430.4
85Cooks, Fast Food160$19,260$9.260.3
86Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic160$37,530$18.040.1
87Phlebotomists160$32,140$15.450.1
88Radiologic Technologists160$53,060$25.510.1
89Pharmacists150$123,040$59.150.2
90Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers150$48,830$23.480.4
91Postal Service Mail Carriers150$50,660$24.360.2
92Human Resources Specialists140$57,090$27.450.4
93Industrial Engineers140$86,030$41.360.2
94Medical and Health Services Managers140$84,710$40.730.3
95Business Operations Specialists, All Other130$69,680$33.50.7
96Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians130$49,640$23.860.2
97Industrial Production Managers130$110,330$53.040.1
98Lawyers130$87,250$41.950.5
99Machinists130$41,540$19.970.2
100Surgical Technologists130$41,470$19.940.1
Source: 2019 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2018-28 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov
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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$41,77052,240
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$32,7408,070
Production Occupations$43,2506,340
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$21,1605,000
Sales and Related Occupations$31,5404,610
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$36,9004,230
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$71,4303,830
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$47,7102,970
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$48,1402,740
Construction and Extraction Occupations$45,9002,180
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$19,4402,110
Management Occupations$91,6401,920
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$59,5601,830
Retail Salespersons$24,1301,830
Healthcare Support Occupations$30,5201,740
Personal Care and Service Occupations$23,5301,680
Registered Nurses$63,5601,660
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$24,4101,620
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$35,6301,480
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$37,0701,350
Cashiers$20,1101,150
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$24,1101,070
Protective Service Occupations$31,8001,000
Customer Service Representatives$28,490960
Community and Social Service Occupations$42,840870
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$23,590800
Nursing Assistants$26,120800
Office Clerks, General$30,370780
Waiters and Waitresses$17,990760
General and Operations Managers$86,880710
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$30,730710
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$44,190700
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$45,130650
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$74,610590
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$36,950580
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$29,740570
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders$45,290560
Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders$56,680550
Security Guards$22,580550
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$63,970510
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$51,630500
Industrial Machinery Mechanics$53,420470
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$36,040450
Personal Care Aides$25,000450
Receptionists and Information Clerks$28,380450
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers$52,070420
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$32,710410
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$53,520400
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$64,340380
Construction Laborers$34,090380

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$41,77052,240
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$32,7408,070
Production Occupations$43,2506,340
Sales and Related Occupations$31,5404,610
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$36,9004,230
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$71,4303,830
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$47,7102,970
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$48,1402,740
Construction and Extraction Occupations$45,9002,180
Management Occupations$91,6401,920
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$59,5601,830
Healthcare Support Occupations$30,5201,740
Registered Nurses$63,5601,660
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$35,6301,480
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$37,0701,350
Protective Service Occupations$31,8001,000
Customer Service Representatives$28,490960
Community and Social Service Occupations$42,840870
Nursing Assistants$26,120800
Office Clerks, General$30,370780
General and Operations Managers$86,880710
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$30,730710
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$44,190700
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$45,130650
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$74,610590
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$36,950580
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$29,740570
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders$45,290560
Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders$56,680550
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$63,970510
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$51,630500
Industrial Machinery Mechanics$53,420470
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$36,040450
Receptionists and Information Clerks$28,380450
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers$52,070420
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$32,710410
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$53,520400
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$64,340380
Construction Laborers$34,090380
Electricians$48,870370
Bus Drivers, School or Special Client$29,490340
Loan Officers$59,060340
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters$59,280330
Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria$25,420310
Accountants and Auditors$64,590290
First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers$64,320290
Helpers--Production Workers$29,820290
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$39,380280
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$41,420270
Tellers$28,870260

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