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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

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 102460 $39490 $18.98 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 12900 $30600 $14.71 14.8
3 Construction and Extraction Occupations 10560 $45900 $22.07 4.4
4 Sales and Related Occupations 10400 $27690 $13.31 10.15
5 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 10250 $19430 $9.34 8.3
6 Production Occupations 8260 $51200 $24.61 5.85
7 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 7330 $33600 $16.15 6.45
8 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 6560 $45300 $21.78 3.8
9 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 6190 $53540 $25.74 5.75
10 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 5260 $42900 $20.62 6.15
11 Personal Care and Service Occupations 4180 $21070 $10.13 4.1
12 Management Occupations 3590 $92910 $44.67 6.05
13 Retail Salespersons 3470 $23220 $11.17 3.1
14 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 3340 $22780 $10.95 3.7
15 Cashiers 3290 $19240 $9.25 2.25
16 Protective Service Occupations 3260 $33330 $16.03 2.25
17 Healthcare Support Occupations 3000 $25080 $12.06 3.05
18 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 2540 $27600 $13.27 1.6
19 Office Clerks, General 2320 $24660 $11.86 2
20 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 2250 $59210 $28.47 5.05
21 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 2170 $39990 $19.23 0.9
22 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 2150 $87460 $42.05 1.65
23 Waiters and Waitresses 2030 $17930 $8.62 1.6
24 Food Preparation Workers 1900 $18310 $8.8 0.6
25 Registered Nurses 1830 $57550 $27.67 1.9
26 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1730 $22140 $10.65 1.6
27 Personal Care Aides 1660 $18550 $8.92 1.3
28 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 1610 $52900 $25.43 0.3
29 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 1600 $51180 $24.6 0.3
30 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 1560 $28160 $13.54 1.6
31 Construction Laborers 1400 $31840 $15.31 0.8
32 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 1330 $18160 $8.73 2.15
33 Carpenters 1280 $44600 $21.44 0.6
34 General and Operations Managers 1260 $103250 $49.64 1.4
35 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 1190 $34270 $16.48 1
36 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 1180 $35290 $16.97 1.1
37 Nursing Assistants 1180 $20410 $9.82 1.05
38 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 1070 $37780 $18.16 1.2
39 Chemical Plant and System Operators 1040 $71630 $34.44 0
40 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1020 $18880 $9.08 1
41 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 1020 $23000 $11.06 1.2
42 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 970 $34280 $16.48 0.5
43 Security Guards 920 $26550 $12.76 0.7
44 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 920 $46590 $22.4 1
45 Gaming Dealers 910 $17070 $8.21 0
46 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 880 $60760 $29.21 0.4
47 Community and Social Service Occupations 870 $42000 $20.19 1.65
48 Cooks, Restaurant 840 $20680 $9.94 0.75
49 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 820 $27280 $13.11 0.6
50 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 820 $62070 $29.84 0.9
51 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 810 $44990 $21.63 0.3
52 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 800 $73290 $35.24 0.4
53 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 750 $48590 $23.36 1
54 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 720 $36630 $17.61 0.45
55 Electricians 720 $50660 $24.35 0.4
56 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 710 $31480 $15.13 0.6
57 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 680 $65550 $31.51 0.3
58 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 670 $47400 $22.79 0.2
59 Customer Service Representatives 640 $29910 $14.38 1.75
60 Receptionists and Information Clerks 600 $23840 $11.46 0.7
61 Industrial Machinery Mechanics 590 $63910 $30.73 0.2
62 Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics 590 $27710 $13.32 0.2
63 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 540 $17800 $8.56 0.3
64 Production Workers, All Other 540 $37190 $17.88 0.2
65 Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians 510 $54590 $26.24 0.1
66 Helpers--Production Workers 510 $31210 $15.01 0.3
67 Bartenders 500 $18430 $8.86 0.4
68 Accountants and Auditors 490 $59710 $28.71 0.9
69 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant 490 $17340 $8.34 0.2
70 Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers 480 $66540 $31.99 0
71 Tellers 460 $26840 $12.9 0.3
72 Legal Occupations 460 $54020 $25.97 0.8
73 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 430 $57420 $27.6 2.8
74 Chemical Engineers 430 $107740 $51.8 0
75 Medical Assistants 430 $28460 $13.68 0.45
76 Structural Iron and Steel Workers 420 $49550 $23.82 0
77 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 410 $18160 $8.73 0.3
78 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 410 $33930 $16.31 0.5
79 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 400 $39090 $18.79 0.5
80 Firefighters 400 $28340 $13.62 0.2
81 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 390 $37920 $18.23 1.7
82 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 370 $67820 $32.61 0.7
83 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 370 $34970 $16.81 0.4
84 Helpers--Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers 350 $28360 $13.63 0.1
85 Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers 350 $49430 $23.76 0.1
86 Helpers--Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 330 $34530 $16.6 0
87 Billing and Posting Clerks 320 $33120 $15.92 0.35
88 Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment 310 $22830 $10.98 0.2
89 Engineers, All Other 310 $72530 $34.87 0.1
90 Painters, Construction and Maintenance 310 $40950 $19.69 0.2
91 Chemical Technicians 300 $59090 $28.41 0
92 Insurance Sales Agents 300 $42820 $20.59 0.3
93 Dental Assistants 300 $27320 $13.14 0.2
94 Roustabouts, Oil and Gas 300 $42890 $20.62 0.1
95 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 290 $18400 $8.85 0.25
96 Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks 290 $19710 $9.48 0.2
97 Childcare Workers 290 $18670 $8.97 0.8
98 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 290 $30470 $14.65 0.8
99 Civil Engineers 280 $101500 $48.8 0.2
100 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 280 $34480 $16.58 0.35
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Jobs More Common Near Lake Charles Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 39,490 102,460
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 30,600 12,900
Construction and Extraction Occupations 45,900 10,560
Sales and Related Occupations 27,690 10,400
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 19,430 10,250
Production Occupations 51,200 8,260
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 33,600 7,330
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 45,300 6,560
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 53,540 6,190
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 42,900 5,260
Personal Care and Service Occupations 21,070 4,180
Management Occupations 92,910 3,590
Retail Salespersons 23,220 3,470
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 22,780 3,340
Cashiers 19,240 3,290
Protective Service Occupations 33,330 3,260
Healthcare Support Occupations 25,080 3,000
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 27,600 2,540
Office Clerks, General 24,660 2,320
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 59,210 2,250
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 39,990 2,170
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 87,460 2,150
Waiters and Waitresses 17,930 2,030
Food Preparation Workers 18,310 1,900
Registered Nurses 57,550 1,830
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 22,140 1,730
Personal Care Aides 18,550 1,660
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 52,900 1,610
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 51,180 1,600
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 28,160 1,560
Construction Laborers 31,840 1,400
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 18,160 1,330
Carpenters 44,600 1,280
General and Operations Managers 103,250 1,260
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 34,270 1,190
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 35,290 1,180
Nursing Assistants 20,410 1,180
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 37,780 1,070
Chemical Plant and System Operators 71,630 1,040
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 18,880 1,020
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 23,000 1,020
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 34,280 970
Security Guards 26,550 920
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 46,590 920
Gaming Dealers 17,070 910
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 60,760 880
Community and Social Service Occupations 42,000 870
Cooks, Restaurant 20,680 840
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 27,280 820
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 62,070 820

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 39,490 102,460
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 30,600 12,900
Construction and Extraction Occupations 45,900 10,560
Sales and Related Occupations 27,690 10,400
Production Occupations 51,200 8,260
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 33,600 7,330
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 45,300 6,560
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 53,540 6,190
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 42,900 5,260
Management Occupations 92,910 3,590
Protective Service Occupations 33,330 3,260
Healthcare Support Occupations 25,080 3,000
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 27,600 2,540
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 59,210 2,250
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 39,990 2,170
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 87,460 2,150
Registered Nurses 57,550 1,830
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 52,900 1,610
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 51,180 1,600
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 28,160 1,560
Construction Laborers 31,840 1,400
Carpenters 44,600 1,280
General and Operations Managers 103,250 1,260
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 34,270 1,190
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 35,290 1,180
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 37,780 1,070
Chemical Plant and System Operators 71,630 1,040
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 34,280 970
Security Guards 26,550 920
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 46,590 920
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 60,760 880
Community and Social Service Occupations 42,000 870
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 27,280 820
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 62,070 820
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 44,990 810
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 73,290 800
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 48,590 750
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 36,630 720
Electricians 50,660 720
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 31,480 710
First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 65,550 680
Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 47,400 670
Customer Service Representatives 29,910 640
Industrial Machinery Mechanics 63,910 590
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics 27,710 590
Production Workers, All Other 37,190 540
Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians 54,590 510
Helpers--Production Workers 31,210 510
Accountants and Auditors 59,710 490
Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers 66,540 480

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