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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

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 395980 $44460 $21.38 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 53650 $33730 $16.22 14.8
3 Construction and Extraction Occupations 39390 $47620 $22.89 4.4
4 Sales and Related Occupations 38420 $32460 $15.61 10.15
5 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 34180 $20540 $9.88 8.3
6 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 29710 $36810 $17.7 6.45
7 Production Occupations 25090 $52450 $25.22 5.85
8 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 22910 $64470 $30.99 5.75
9 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 20800 $52240 $25.12 6.15
10 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 19500 $45530 $21.89 3.8
11 Management Occupations 18040 $102160 $49.11 6.05
12 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 16740 $59150 $28.44 5.05
13 Personal Care and Service Occupations 13430 $21430 $10.3 4.1
14 Cashiers 12140 $19010 $9.14 2.25
15 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 11790 $22820 $10.97 3.7
16 Protective Service Occupations 11530 $35640 $17.14 2.25
17 Retail Salespersons 11470 $23780 $11.43 3.1
18 Healthcare Support Occupations 10250 $25590 $12.3 3.05
19 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 10200 $28400 $13.66 1.6
20 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 8800 $84730 $40.73 1.65
21 Registered Nurses 7960 $59320 $28.52 1.9
22 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 7060 $31260 $15.03 1.6
23 Office Clerks, General 6940 $26570 $12.78 2
24 Waiters and Waitresses 6510 $19020 $9.14 1.6
25 Food Preparation Workers 6480 $18320 $8.81 0.6
26 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 6000 $20430 $9.82 1.6
27 General and Operations Managers 5960 $119140 $57.28 1.4
28 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 5910 $61730 $29.68 2.8
29 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 5700 $18120 $8.71 2.15
30 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 5670 $35110 $16.88 0.9
31 Personal Care Aides 5250 $18580 $8.93 1.3
32 Customer Service Representatives 4890 $30370 $14.6 1.75
33 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 4850 $42640 $20.5 1.2
34 Community and Social Service Occupations 4780 $44980 $21.62 1.65
35 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 4480 $23860 $11.47 1.2
36 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 4470 $59260 $28.49 1.7
37 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 4470 $69610 $33.47 0.4
38 Construction Laborers 4230 $33980 $16.34 0.8
39 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 4190 $52370 $25.18 0.7
40 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 4130 $51340 $24.68 1
41 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 4040 $62670 $30.13 1
42 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 3950 $36590 $17.59 1.1
43 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 3920 $53590 $25.77 0.3
44 Nursing Assistants 3850 $22740 $10.93 1.05
45 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 3730 $43160 $20.75 0.5
46 Electricians 3710 $55070 $26.48 0.4
47 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 3590 $63650 $30.6 0.9
48 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 3590 $38130 $18.33 1
49 Security Guards 3370 $25910 $12.46 0.7
50 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 3320 $39030 $18.76 0.5
51 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 3320 $30200 $14.52 0.6
52 Carpenters 3310 $41710 $20.05 0.6
53 Cooks, Restaurant 3290 $23760 $11.42 0.75
54 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 3290 $54010 $25.97 0.3
55 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 2800 $31490 $15.14 0.6
56 Correctional Officers and Jailers 2740 $34840 $16.75 0.3
57 Receptionists and Information Clerks 2680 $23800 $11.44 0.7
58 Legal Occupations 2650 $78430 $37.71 0.8
59 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 2580 $90250 $43.39 0.4
60 Accountants and Auditors 2540 $64610 $31.06 0.9
61 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 2450 $19560 $9.4 1
62 Chemical Plant and System Operators 2410 $66610 $32.02 0
63 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 2290 $50750 $24.4 0.3
64 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 2220 $26270 $12.63 0.8
65 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 2110 $41810 $20.1 0.2
66 Insulation Workers, Mechanical 2060 $46470 $22.34 0
67 Childcare Workers 1940 $18580 $8.93 0.8
68 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 1760 $69930 $33.62 0.3
69 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 1730 $54760 $26.33 0.6
70 Home Health Aides 1690 $19930 $9.58 0.7
71 Production Workers, All Other 1680 $39930 $19.2 0.2
72 Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers 1660 $71780 $34.51 0
73 Painters, Construction and Maintenance 1560 $40710 $19.57 0.2
74 Firefighters 1480 $30490 $14.66 0.2
75 Managers, All Other 1450 $93610 $45.01 0.65
76 Tellers 1430 $25520 $12.27 0.3
77 Lawyers 1420 $103510 $49.76 0.5
78 Helpers--Electricians 1400 $31860 $15.32 0.05
79 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 1390 $41910 $20.15 0.5
80 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 1380 $18700 $8.99 0.3
81 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 1330 $38440 $18.48 0.35
82 Counter and Rental Clerks 1330 $25320 $12.17 0.3
83 Cooks, Fast Food 1280 $18080 $8.69 0.3
84 Construction Managers 1260 $95550 $45.94 0.2
85 Structural Iron and Steel Workers 1250 $56780 $27.3 0
86 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 1210 $31820 $15.3 0.4
87 Medical Assistants 1210 $26770 $12.87 0.45
88 Chemical Engineers 1200 $117410 $56.45 0
89 Bartenders 1190 $20900 $10.05 0.4
90 Industrial Machinery Mechanics 1180 $58240 $28 0.2
91 Financial Managers 1170 $107000 $51.44 0.4
92 Compliance Officers 1160 $56110 $26.98 0.2
93 Insurance Sales Agents 1150 $52380 $25.18 0.3
94 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 1120 $18380 $8.84 0.3
95 Billing and Posting Clerks 1100 $35570 $17.1 0.35
96 Boilermakers 1090 $57330 $27.56 0
97 Machinists 1080 $52940 $25.45 0.3
98 Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors 1040 $56100 $26.97 0.2
99 Helpers--Production Workers 1030 $28960 $13.92 0.3
100 Engineers, All Other 1020 $81090 $38.98 0.1
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Jobs More Common Near Baton Rouge Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 44,460 395,980
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 33,730 53,650
Construction and Extraction Occupations 47,620 39,390
Sales and Related Occupations 32,460 38,420
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 20,540 34,180
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 36,810 29,710
Production Occupations 52,450 25,090
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 64,470 22,910
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 52,240 20,800
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 45,530 19,500
Management Occupations 102,160 18,040
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 59,150 16,740
Personal Care and Service Occupations 21,430 13,430
Cashiers 19,010 12,140
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 22,820 11,790
Protective Service Occupations 35,640 11,530
Retail Salespersons 23,780 11,470
Healthcare Support Occupations 25,590 10,250
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 28,400 10,200
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 84,730 8,800
Registered Nurses 59,320 7,960
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 31,260 7,060
Office Clerks, General 26,570 6,940
Waiters and Waitresses 19,020 6,510
Food Preparation Workers 18,320 6,480
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 20,430 6,000
General and Operations Managers 119,140 5,960
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 61,730 5,910
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 18,120 5,700
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 35,110 5,670
Personal Care Aides 18,580 5,250
Customer Service Representatives 30,370 4,890
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 42,640 4,850
Community and Social Service Occupations 44,980 4,780
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 23,860 4,480
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 59,260 4,470
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 69,610 4,470
Construction Laborers 33,980 4,230
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 52,370 4,190
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 51,340 4,130
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 62,670 4,040
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 36,590 3,950
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 53,590 3,920
Nursing Assistants 22,740 3,850
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 43,160 3,730
Electricians 55,070 3,710
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 63,650 3,590
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 38,130 3,590
Security Guards 25,910 3,370
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 39,030 3,320

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 44,460 395,980
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 33,730 53,650
Construction and Extraction Occupations 47,620 39,390
Sales and Related Occupations 32,460 38,420
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 36,810 29,710
Production Occupations 52,450 25,090
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 64,470 22,910
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 52,240 20,800
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 45,530 19,500
Management Occupations 102,160 18,040
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 59,150 16,740
Protective Service Occupations 35,640 11,530
Healthcare Support Occupations 25,590 10,250
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 28,400 10,200
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 84,730 8,800
Registered Nurses 59,320 7,960
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 31,260 7,060
Office Clerks, General 26,570 6,940
General and Operations Managers 119,140 5,960
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 61,730 5,910
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 35,110 5,670
Customer Service Representatives 30,370 4,890
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 42,640 4,850
Community and Social Service Occupations 44,980 4,780
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 59,260 4,470
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 69,610 4,470
Construction Laborers 33,980 4,230
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 52,370 4,190
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 51,340 4,130
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 62,670 4,040
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 36,590 3,950
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 53,590 3,920
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 43,160 3,730
Electricians 55,070 3,710
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 63,650 3,590
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 38,130 3,590
Security Guards 25,910 3,370
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 39,030 3,320
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 30,200 3,320
Carpenters 41,710 3,310
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 54,010 3,290
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 31,490 2,800
Correctional Officers and Jailers 34,840 2,740
Legal Occupations 78,430 2,650
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 90,250 2,580
Accountants and Auditors 64,610 2,540
Chemical Plant and System Operators 66,610 2,410
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 50,750 2,290
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 26,270 2,220
Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 41,810 2,110

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