Lake Charles Employment

Employment and Industries in the Lake Charles, Louisiana Area

Lake Charles is a major petrochemical refining center and it's also a popular gaming center. Many of the residents work in the region's petrochemical refineries. Some of the notable companies in the region are Conoco Philips, PPG Industries and Citgo Petroleum Corporation. Manufacturing is also part of the economy. Lake Charles is also home to the Trunkline LNG terminal. In addition, the city is known as the Festival Capital of Louisiana, thus tourism is a significant contributor to the economy.

The Southwest Louisiana Business Incubator offers a variety of support to young businesses. The organization offers facilities, counseling and training. Also, the Fusion Five organization was created by and for young professionals with the goal of changing the economic and social landscape in Southwest Louisiana.

The city's largest job providing sectors include healthcare, education, construction, petrochemicals, accommodation and food services, arts, entertainment and recreation; and social assistance. About 28% of the workforce is comprised of management, professional and related workers. Approximately 24% of the workers are employed in sales and office occupations.

Shown below is a list of the top employers in Lake Charles:

  • Calcasieu Veterinary Medical Association, Inc
  • MBS Answering Service
  • St. Charles Gaming Co, Inc
  • PNK (Lake Charles), LLC
  • SWLHS Inc
  • Southwest Louisiana Hospital Association
  • Southwest Louisiana Memorial Foundation
  • City of Lake Charles
  • Christus Health Southwestern Louisiana
  • McNeese State University
  • Era Helicopters, LLC
  • Parish of Calcasieu
  • US Unwired Inc
  • The American Citidel Guard Inc
  • W & R Food Services, Inc
  • Turner Industries Group, LLC
  • PPG Industries
  • CITGO Petroleum Corporation - Lake Charles
  • Conoco Phillips
  • Westlake Chemical Corporation
  • Sasal North America
  • AEROFRAME Services
  • Dunham Price Group, LLC
  • ReCon Management Services
  • AT&T

Notable data about Lake Charles, Louisiana: The average earnings in the city in 2009 was $34,000. In 2008 the cost of living index in the city was 83.1 which is low when compared to the national average of 100. Regarding the adult residents, approximately 20% have achieved a bachelor's degree or higher.

Local companies have opportunities to work in partnership with helpful associations including:

People interested in staying up-to-date with local business and industry activities can read the American Press.

Jobs in Lake Charles

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations115950$45,030$21.65100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations14840$32,300$15.5313.75
3Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations10130$20,090$9.668.7
4Sales and Related Occupations9630$29,960$14.419.5
5Transportation and Material Moving Occupations7070$37,270$17.926.7
6Production Occupations7020$59,500$28.65.6
7Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations6510$48,910$23.513.75
8Education, Training, and Library Occupations6290$40,780$19.616
9Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations6240$62,670$30.135.85
10Management Occupations4820$101,210$48.666.35
11Personal Care and Service Occupations4230$22,200$10.674.65
12Cashiers3490$20,530$9.872.2
13Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations3030$24,020$11.553.6
14Business and Financial Operations Occupations2900$64,010$30.775.35
15Retail Salespersons2790$25,240$12.132.7
16Architecture and Engineering Occupations2720$87,900$42.261.7
17Protective Service Occupations2630$35,420$17.032.2
18Office Clerks, General2580$26,280$12.631.9
19Healthcare Support Occupations2530$28,260$13.592.85
20Waiters and Waitresses2310$18,210$8.761.65
21Food Preparation Workers2140$18,750$9.010.5
22Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand2120$28,690$13.81.8
23First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers1780$68,570$32.970.4
24Personal Care Aides1740$19,050$9.161.7
25Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive1630$29,760$14.311.4
26General and Operations Managers1560$123,040$59.161.5
27Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food1520$18,390$8.842.45
28Stock Clerks and Order Fillers1520$23,980$11.531.25
29Registered Nurses1510$60,740$29.21.95
30Maintenance and Repair Workers, General1450$35,760$17.190.9
31Helpers--Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters1350$41,700$20.050
32Community and Social Service Occupations1240$47,280$22.731.75
33Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1220$23,720$11.41.5
34Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers1210$43,630$20.981.2
35Chemical Plant and System Operators1170$70,160$33.730
36Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers1170$65,410$31.450.3
37Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks1140$36,660$17.621.05
38First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers1110$47,240$22.710.95
39Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1060$19,290$9.270.9
40Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations980$64,770$31.140.8
41Security Guards970$28,920$13.910.7
42Nursing Assistants930$22,760$10.940.95
43Customer Service Representatives910$31,450$15.121.75
44First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers910$38,170$18.350.95
45Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers840$31,480$15.140.6
46Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses830$39,180$18.830.5
47Helpers--Electricians820$41,100$19.760
48Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products780$62,560$30.080.85
49Business Operations Specialists, All Other760$65,740$31.610.7
50Cooks, Restaurant760$22,160$10.650.9
51Receptionists and Information Clerks750$23,550$11.320.7
52First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers740$76,850$36.950.4
53Computer and Mathematical Occupations690$56,940$27.373
54Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants690$41,610$200.35
55Legal Occupations660$62,340$29.970.8
56First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers650$30,500$14.660.6
57Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics610$29,240$14.060.2
58First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers610$70,370$33.830.3
59Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers600$58,980$28.360.35
60Chemical Technicians550$62,790$30.190
61Structural Iron and Steel Workers540$60,650$29.160.05
62Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers530$70,850$34.060
63Managers, All Other520$93,980$45.180.7
64Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations510$59,720$28.711.8
65Industrial Machinery Mechanics480$58,600$28.180.2
66Tellers470$27,420$13.190.25
67Civil Engineers460$94,810$45.580.2
68Riggers450$53,330$25.640
69Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors440$60,380$29.030.2
70Food Servers, Nonrestaurant440$19,070$9.170.2
71Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks440$38,600$18.560.4
72Bartenders430$18,850$9.060.4
73Correctional Officers and Jailers410$32,610$15.680.25
74Accountants and Auditors390$66,170$31.810.9
75Chemical Engineers390$92,040$44.250
76First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors390$52,640$25.310.3
77Millwrights390$64,780$31.150
78Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks370$20,410$9.810.15
79Lawyers370$78,200$37.590.5
80Production Workers, All Other370$51,040$24.540.15
81Engineers, All Other360$104,260$50.130.1
82Helpers--Carpenters340$40,550$19.490
83Medical Assistants340$26,580$12.780.45
84Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics330$38,660$18.590.5
85Helpers--Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers, and Stucco Masons330$36,360$17.480
86Pharmacy Technicians330$33,180$15.950.3
87Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers330$38,340$18.430.4
88Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop300$19,120$9.190.3
89Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators300$35,180$16.910.4
90Occupational Health and Safety Specialists300$73,110$35.150.1
91Boilermakers290$61,310$29.480
92Cost Estimators290$64,330$30.930.1
93Counter and Rental Clerks290$27,230$13.090.3
94Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers290$19,570$9.410.3
95Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop290$19,620$9.430.3
96Bill and Account Collectors280$30,310$14.570.15
97Childcare Workers280$18,700$8.990.7
98Cooks, Short Order280$19,130$9.20.1
99Dental Assistants280$32,400$15.580.2
100First-Line Supervisors of Gaming Workers280$43,760$21.040
Source: 2018 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov
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Jobs More Common Near Lake Charles Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$45,030115,950
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$32,30014,840
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$20,09010,130
Sales and Related Occupations$29,9609,630
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$37,2707,070
Production Occupations$59,5007,020
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$48,9106,510
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$40,7806,290
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$62,6706,240
Management Occupations$101,2104,820
Personal Care and Service Occupations$22,2004,230
Cashiers$20,5303,490
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$24,0203,030
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$64,0102,900
Retail Salespersons$25,2402,790
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$87,9002,720
Protective Service Occupations$35,4202,630
Office Clerks, General$26,2802,580
Healthcare Support Occupations$28,2602,530
Waiters and Waitresses$18,2102,310
Food Preparation Workers$18,7502,140
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$28,6902,120
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers$68,5701,780
Personal Care Aides$19,0501,740
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$29,7601,630
General and Operations Managers$123,0401,560
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$18,3901,520
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$23,9801,520
Registered Nurses$60,7401,510
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$35,7601,450
Helpers--Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters$41,7001,350
Community and Social Service Occupations$47,2801,240
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$23,7201,220
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$43,6301,210
Chemical Plant and System Operators$70,1601,170
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers$65,4101,170
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$36,6601,140
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$47,2401,110
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$19,2901,060
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$64,770980
Security Guards$28,920970
Nursing Assistants$22,760930
Customer Service Representatives$31,450910
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$38,170910
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$31,480840
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$39,180830
Helpers--Electricians$41,100820
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$62,560780
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$65,740760
Cooks, Restaurant$22,160760

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Lake Charles, Louisiana Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$45,030115,950
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$32,30014,840
Sales and Related Occupations$29,9609,630
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$37,2707,070
Production Occupations$59,5007,020
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$48,9106,510
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$40,7806,290
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$62,6706,240
Management Occupations$101,2104,820
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$64,0102,900
Retail Salespersons$25,2402,790
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$87,9002,720
Protective Service Occupations$35,4202,630
Office Clerks, General$26,2802,580
Healthcare Support Occupations$28,2602,530
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$28,6902,120
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers$68,5701,780
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$29,7601,630
General and Operations Managers$123,0401,560
Registered Nurses$60,7401,510
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$35,7601,450
Helpers--Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters$41,7001,350
Community and Social Service Occupations$47,2801,240
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$43,6301,210
Chemical Plant and System Operators$70,1601,170
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers$65,4101,170
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$36,6601,140
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$47,2401,110
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$64,770980
Security Guards$28,920970
Customer Service Representatives$31,450910
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$38,170910
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$31,480840
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$39,180830
Helpers--Electricians$41,100820
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$62,560780
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$65,740760
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$76,850740
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$56,940690
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants$41,610690
Legal Occupations$62,340660
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$30,500650
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics$29,240610
First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers$70,370610
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers$58,980600
Chemical Technicians$62,790550
Structural Iron and Steel Workers$60,650540
Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers$70,850530
Managers, All Other$93,980520
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$59,720510

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