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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 Occupations111890$41,990$20.19100
2Construction and Extraction Occupations19110$51,530$24.774.45
3Office and Administrative Support Occupations14020$31,510$15.1514.35
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations9920$19,650$9.458.55
5Sales and Related Occupations9810$27,890$13.419.9
6Production Occupations8320$54,720$26.315.7
7Transportation and Material Moving Occupations6690$35,270$16.966.55
8Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations6410$44,840$21.563.8
9Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations6220$57,580$27.695.8
10Education, Training, and Library Occupations6120$40,270$19.366.05
11Personal Care and Service Occupations4330$21,660$10.414.3
12Construction Laborers3910$41,050$19.730.8
13Management Occupations3840$93,880$45.146.15
14Cashiers3280$20,160$9.692.2
15Retail Salespersons3220$23,870$11.482.85
16Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations3120$23,950$11.513.65
17Protective Service Occupations2980$34,340$16.512.2
18Healthcare Support Occupations2850$25,470$12.253
19Office Clerks, General2400$25,060$12.051.9
20Business and Financial Operations Occupations2350$61,770$29.75.25
21Waiters and Waitresses2340$17,940$8.631.7
22Carpenters2190$59,390$28.550.7
23Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand2170$29,170$14.031.7
24Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters2100$60,030$28.860.3
25Architecture and Engineering Occupations2040$85,800$41.251.7
26Food Preparation Workers1980$18,450$8.870.6
27Registered Nurses1890$58,000$27.891.95
28Personal Care Aides1740$18,860$9.071.5
29Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive1670$28,120$13.521.5
30Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers1630$57,120$27.460.3
31Maintenance and Repair Workers, General1620$34,090$16.390.9
32Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food1390$18,120$8.712.3
33Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1330$24,150$11.611.55
34Chemical Plant and System Operators1320$70,740$34.010
35General and Operations Managers1310$100,830$48.481.5
36Stock Clerks and Order Fillers1290$25,340$12.181.3
37Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks1250$35,620$17.121.05
38Community and Social Service Occupations1160$46,040$22.141.65
39First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers1110$35,590$17.111
40Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers1100$40,060$19.261.2
41Nursing Assistants1080$21,230$10.211
42First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers1040$65,220$31.360.4
43Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1020$19,180$9.220.9
44First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers1010$46,560$22.390.95
45Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations1000$62,470$30.030.8
46Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators970$55,270$26.570.2
47Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers960$50,190$24.130.3
48Security Guards930$27,120$13.040.7
49First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers860$73,450$35.310.4
50Customer Service Representatives850$30,090$14.471.75
51Cooks, Restaurant840$21,400$10.290.8
52Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers840$28,190$13.550.6
53Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses830$35,360$170.5
54First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers670$63,940$30.740.3
55Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products670$54,970$26.430.9
56First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers640$29,670$14.260.6
57Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics600$28,420$13.660.2
58Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers580$38,050$18.290.4
59Receptionists and Information Clerks580$24,330$11.70.7
60Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants570$42,490$20.430.35
61Legal Occupations550$55,490$26.680.8
62Computer and Mathematical Occupations520$55,490$26.682.9
63Production Workers, All Other510$36,980$17.780.2
64Bartenders480$18,220$8.760.4
65Industrial Machinery Mechanics480$56,990$27.40.2
66Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers480$67,420$32.410
67Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations450$52,290$25.141.8
68Business Operations Specialists, All Other440$68,560$32.960.7
69Accountants and Auditors430$60,260$28.970.9
70Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks430$37,010$17.790.4
71Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors420$59,400$28.560.2
72Food Servers, Nonrestaurant410$18,040$8.670.2
73Tellers410$27,630$13.280.3
74Managers, All Other400$94,850$45.60.6
75Medical Assistants390$26,350$12.670.45
76Helpers--Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers380$32,790$15.760.1
77Helpers--Production Workers370$32,180$15.470.3
78Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop360$18,280$8.790.3
79First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors360$53,690$25.810
80Chemical Engineers350$92,080$44.270
81Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics320$36,240$17.420.5
82Engineers, All Other320$94,150$45.260.1
83Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks320$20,250$9.740.2
84Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers310$29,040$13.960.8
85Lawyers310$68,050$32.720.5
86Childcare Workers300$18,180$8.740.8
87Correctional Officers and Jailers300$33,670$16.190.25
88Dental Assistants300$26,620$12.80.2
89Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop300$18,960$9.110.3
90Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators300$35,420$17.030.35
91Pharmacy Technicians300$32,890$15.810.3
92Roustabouts, Oil and Gas300$46,130$22.180
93Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment280$23,950$11.510.2
94Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers270$18,000$8.650.3
95Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers270$39,240$18.870.2
96Postal Service Mail Carriers260$47,840$230.2
97Billing and Posting Clerks250$32,080$15.420.3
98Counter and Rental Clerks240$22,960$11.040.3
99Gaming Cage Workers240$23,880$11.480
100Recreation Workers240$23,110$11.110.25
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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$41,990111,890
Construction and Extraction Occupations$51,53019,110
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$31,51014,020
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$19,6509,920
Sales and Related Occupations$27,8909,810
Production Occupations$54,7208,320
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$35,2706,690
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$44,8406,410
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$57,5806,220
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$40,2706,120
Personal Care and Service Occupations$21,6604,330
Construction Laborers$41,0503,910
Management Occupations$93,8803,840
Cashiers$20,1603,280
Retail Salespersons$23,8703,220
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$23,9503,120
Protective Service Occupations$34,3402,980
Healthcare Support Occupations$25,4702,850
Office Clerks, General$25,0602,400
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$61,7702,350
Waiters and Waitresses$17,9402,340
Carpenters$59,3902,190
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$29,1702,170
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters$60,0302,100
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$85,8002,040
Food Preparation Workers$18,4501,980
Registered Nurses$58,0001,890
Personal Care Aides$18,8601,740
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$28,1201,670
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers$57,1201,630
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$34,0901,620
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$18,1201,390
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$24,1501,330
Chemical Plant and System Operators$70,7401,320
General and Operations Managers$100,8301,310
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$25,3401,290
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$35,6201,250
Community and Social Service Occupations$46,0401,160
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$35,5901,110
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$40,0601,100
Nursing Assistants$21,2301,080
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers$65,2201,040
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$19,1801,020
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$46,5601,010
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$62,4701,000
Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators$55,270970
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers$50,190960
Security Guards$27,120930
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$73,450860
Customer Service Representatives$30,090850

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$41,990111,890
Construction and Extraction Occupations$51,53019,110
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$31,51014,020
Sales and Related Occupations$27,8909,810
Production Occupations$54,7208,320
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$35,2706,690
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$44,8406,410
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$57,5806,220
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$40,2706,120
Construction Laborers$41,0503,910
Management Occupations$93,8803,840
Protective Service Occupations$34,3402,980
Healthcare Support Occupations$25,4702,850
Office Clerks, General$25,0602,400
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$61,7702,350
Carpenters$59,3902,190
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$29,1702,170
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters$60,0302,100
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$85,8002,040
Registered Nurses$58,0001,890
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$28,1201,670
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers$57,1201,630
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$34,0901,620
Chemical Plant and System Operators$70,7401,320
General and Operations Managers$100,8301,310
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$25,3401,290
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$35,6201,250
Community and Social Service Occupations$46,0401,160
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$35,5901,110
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$40,0601,100
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers$65,2201,040
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$46,5601,010
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$62,4701,000
Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators$55,270970
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers$50,190960
Security Guards$27,120930
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$73,450860
Customer Service Representatives$30,090850
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$28,190840
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$35,360830
First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers$63,940670
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$54,970670
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$29,670640
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics$28,420600
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers$38,050580
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants$42,490570
Legal Occupations$55,490550
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$55,490520
Production Workers, All Other$36,980510
Industrial Machinery Mechanics$56,990480

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