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Baton Rouge Employment

Employment and Industries in the Baton Rouge, Louisiana Area

Baton Rouge includes one of the country's largest deep-water ports. The area served by the port flourishes due to the large chemical and industrial complexes. A variety of items are shipped through the port. Petrochemicals is Baton Rouge's largest industry. The Exxon Mobil refinery, situated in the Baton Rouge area, is one of the nation's largest refineries. In addition, the Greater Baton Rouge area includes a significant natural resource basin.

Some of the items produced in Baton Rouge include petrochemicals, plastics, rubber, paper products, wood, concrete, food and scientific instruments.

The major job providing sectors in Baton Rouge are government, tourism, healthcare, professional and business services, education, and finance and insurance. The government is the largest employer.

The Job Training Partnership Act helps companies select applicants, offers training for specific job skills and reimburses industry up to 50% for wages paid.

The following employers are the largest in the Baton Rouge region:

  • BASF Wyandotte Corporation
  • Baton Rouge General Medical Center
  • Dow Chemical Company
  • Entergy/Gulf States Utilities
  • Exxon Mobil
  • Georgia Gulf Corporation
  • Harmony Corporation
  • The Shaw Group
  • East Baton Rouge Paris
  • Jacobs
  • International Maintenance Corporation
  • J.E. Merit Construction, Inc
  • Our Lady of the Lake Medical Center
  • Bank One
  • South Central Bell Telephone
  • Turner Industries
  • Baton Rouge City Parish Government
  • Earl K. Long Memorial Hospital
  • East Baton Rouge Parish School Board
  • Louisiana State Government
  • Louisiana State Penitentiary
  • Louisiana State University
  • Southern University
  • United States Post Office
  • NanYa Plastics

Some of the most popular jobs in Baton Rouge which are primarily filled by those with college degrees are registered nurses, teachers, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, computer systems analysts, managers, educational, vocational and school counselors; lawyers, engineers and financial managers.

Notable information regarding Baton Rouge Louisiana: The estimated median household income in 2007 was $33,000. Regarding the population over the age of 25, about 32% have earned a bachelor's degree or higher. The cost of living index in Baton Rouge in 2008 was at 87.8 and the country's average is 100.

In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, businesses have opportunities to work with helpful associations such as:

Those interested in staying current on Baton Rouge business and industry activities can read the Baton Rouge Business Report.

Jobs in Baton Rouge

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations392000$44,500$21.39100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations52970$33,970$16.3314.35
3Sales and Related Occupations38830$32,160$15.469.9
4Construction and Extraction Occupations37280$46,940$22.574.45
5Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations34320$20,490$9.858.55
6Transportation and Material Moving Occupations30110$36,340$17.476.55
7Production Occupations24340$53,570$25.755.7
8Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations22890$65,110$31.35.8
9Education, Training, and Library Occupations22700$50,780$24.426.05
10Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations18860$46,130$22.183.8
11Management Occupations17430$103,950$49.976.15
12Business and Financial Operations Occupations16870$59,840$28.775.25
13Personal Care and Service Occupations12500$22,780$10.954.3
14Retail Salespersons12210$23,980$11.532.85
15Protective Service Occupations11730$36,540$17.572.2
16Cashiers11220$19,110$9.192.2
17Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand11120$28,460$13.681.7
18Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations11100$23,140$11.133.65
19Healthcare Support Occupations9750$26,740$12.863
20Architecture and Engineering Occupations9030$83,660$40.221.7
21Registered Nurses7780$59,550$28.631.95
22Office Clerks, General7550$25,750$12.381.9
23Food Preparation Workers6950$18,680$8.980.6
24Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive6740$31,810$15.291.5
25Waiters and Waitresses6580$18,210$8.761.7
26Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food6520$18,590$8.942.3
27Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners6030$20,740$9.971.55
28Maintenance and Repair Workers, General5470$36,470$17.530.9
29General and Operations Managers5430$124,290$59.751.5
30Customer Service Representatives5230$31,540$15.161.75
31Computer and Mathematical Occupations5070$62,140$29.872.9
32Personal Care Aides5060$18,720$91.5
33Community and Social Service Occupations4780$45,120$21.691.65
34Construction Laborers4780$34,160$16.420.8
35Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers4410$43,990$21.151.2
36Business Operations Specialists, All Other4390$55,770$26.810.7
37First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers4100$52,030$25.020.95
38Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products4080$60,390$29.040.9
39First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers4040$67,750$32.570.4
40Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations4030$57,250$27.521.8
41Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations4030$60,650$29.160.8
42Stock Clerks and Order Fillers4010$24,370$11.721.3
43Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks3950$37,500$18.031.05
44Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers3720$55,880$26.870.3
45First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers3680$37,060$17.821
46Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters3570$55,740$26.80.3
47Electricians3440$53,730$25.830.4
48Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants3350$42,880$20.610.35
49Carpenters3330$42,210$20.290.7
50Nursing Assistants3320$22,740$10.931
51Security Guards3180$29,010$13.950.7
52Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses3080$37,820$18.180.5
53Receptionists and Information Clerks2840$24,410$11.730.7
54First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers2800$31,920$15.340.6
55Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers2790$32,060$15.420.6
56Legal Occupations2700$75,240$36.170.8
57Cooks, Restaurant2670$23,290$11.20.8
58Correctional Officers and Jailers2630$33,520$16.120.25
59Chemical Plant and System Operators2450$68,080$32.730
60First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers2430$93,050$44.740.4
61Accountants and Auditors2370$65,090$31.290.9
62Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators2160$42,380$20.370.2
63Sales Representatives, Services, All Other2130$43,960$21.130.6
64Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners2090$19,930$9.580.9
65Production Workers, All Other2080$39,820$19.140.2
66Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers2010$27,920$13.420.8
67Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers1970$54,490$26.20.3
68First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers1890$69,750$33.530.3
69Childcare Workers1800$19,110$9.190.8
70Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers1760$41,990$20.190.4
71Managers, All Other1660$94,730$45.540.6
72Home Health Aides1510$20,540$9.870.7
73First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors1470$58,530$28.140
74Painters, Construction and Maintenance1470$40,230$19.340.2
75Firefighters1410$28,660$13.780.2
76Insulation Workers, Mechanical1410$45,050$21.660
77Lawyers1410$102,120$49.10.5
78Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks1390$36,060$17.340.4
79Cooks, Fast Food1380$19,750$9.50.3
80Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics1370$40,700$19.570.5
81Helpers--Electricians1360$29,640$14.250
82Structural Iron and Steel Workers1350$55,250$26.560
83Tellers1350$25,820$12.410.3
84Financial Managers1280$104,990$50.470.4
85Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers1280$71,930$34.580
86Compliance Officers1270$56,060$26.950.2
87Construction Managers1250$98,170$47.20.3
88Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers1250$19,140$9.20.3
89Education, Training, and Library Workers, All Other1250$44,730$21.50.1
90Engineers, All Other1240$84,750$40.750.1
91Insurance Sales Agents1240$48,060$23.110.3
92Bus Drivers, School or Special Client1230$19,560$9.410.3
93Medical Assistants1220$28,450$13.680.45
94Bartenders1210$20,330$9.770.4
95Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators1150$40,260$19.360.35
96Chemical Engineers1090$117,980$56.720
97Computer User Support Specialists1090$47,030$22.610.4
98Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria1080$21,010$10.10.3
99Civil Engineers1070$99,140$47.670.2
100Pharmacy Technicians1070$31,500$15.140.3
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Jobs More Common Near Baton Rouge Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$44,500392,000
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$33,97052,970
Sales and Related Occupations$32,16038,830
Construction and Extraction Occupations$46,94037,280
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$20,49034,320
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$36,34030,110
Production Occupations$53,57024,340
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$65,11022,890
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$50,78022,700
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$46,13018,860
Management Occupations$103,95017,430
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$59,84016,870
Personal Care and Service Occupations$22,78012,500
Retail Salespersons$23,98012,210
Protective Service Occupations$36,54011,730
Cashiers$19,11011,220
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$28,46011,120
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$23,14011,100
Healthcare Support Occupations$26,7409,750
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$83,6609,030
Registered Nurses$59,5507,780
Office Clerks, General$25,7507,550
Food Preparation Workers$18,6806,950
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$31,8106,740
Waiters and Waitresses$18,2106,580
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$18,5906,520
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$20,7406,030
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$36,4705,470
General and Operations Managers$124,2905,430
Customer Service Representatives$31,5405,230
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$62,1405,070
Personal Care Aides$18,7205,060
Community and Social Service Occupations$45,1204,780
Construction Laborers$34,1604,780
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$43,9904,410
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$55,7704,390
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$52,0304,100
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$60,3904,080
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers$67,7504,040
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$57,2504,030
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$60,6504,030
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$24,3704,010
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$37,5003,950
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers$55,8803,720
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$37,0603,680
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters$55,7403,570
Electricians$53,7303,440
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants$42,8803,350
Carpenters$42,2103,330
Nursing Assistants$22,7403,320

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Baton Rouge, Louisiana Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$44,500392,000
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$33,97052,970
Sales and Related Occupations$32,16038,830
Construction and Extraction Occupations$46,94037,280
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$36,34030,110
Production Occupations$53,57024,340
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$65,11022,890
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$50,78022,700
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$46,13018,860
Management Occupations$103,95017,430
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$59,84016,870
Protective Service Occupations$36,54011,730
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$28,46011,120
Healthcare Support Occupations$26,7409,750
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$83,6609,030
Registered Nurses$59,5507,780
Office Clerks, General$25,7507,550
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$31,8106,740
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$36,4705,470
General and Operations Managers$124,2905,430
Customer Service Representatives$31,5405,230
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$62,1405,070
Community and Social Service Occupations$45,1204,780
Construction Laborers$34,1604,780
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$43,9904,410
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$55,7704,390
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$52,0304,100
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$60,3904,080
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers$67,7504,040
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$57,2504,030
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$60,6504,030
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$37,5003,950
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers$55,8803,720
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$37,0603,680
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters$55,7403,570
Electricians$53,7303,440
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants$42,8803,350
Carpenters$42,2103,330
Security Guards$29,0103,180
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$37,8203,080
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$31,9202,800
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$32,0602,790
Legal Occupations$75,2402,700
Correctional Officers and Jailers$33,5202,630
Chemical Plant and System Operators$68,0802,450
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$93,0502,430
Accountants and Auditors$65,0902,370
Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators$42,3802,160
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$43,9602,130
Production Workers, All Other$39,8202,080

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