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Top 200 Popular Jobs in Kentucky

What professions have the highest employment in Kentucky? In this article we show the top 200 jobs that employ the highest number of people in Kentucky. We note that the total employment in Kentucky is 1,808,010. The most popular job is the combined food preparation and serving worker, including fast food profession, which employs 59,750 people (3.30 percent of the total employment in Kentucky). The second most common job is the retail salesperson profession which employs 54,200 people (3.00 percent of the total employment). The employment and salary information in Kentucky is computed from data published by BLS in May 2015 [1].

Table 1. 200 Most Popular Jobs in Kentucky

Job Description # of
Empl. i
% of    
Empl. i
Average
Salary i
1 All Occupations
1,808,010
100.00% $31,830
2 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
59,750
3.30% $17,620
3 Retail Salespersons
54,200
3.00% $19,920
4 Cashiers
47,080
2.60% $18,300
5 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers
44,300
2.45% $24,120
6 Registered Nurses
43,740
2.42% $57,120
7 Team Assemblers
36,750
2.03% $33,290
8 Customer Service Representatives
31,720
1.75% $28,140
9 Waiters and Waitresses
30,140
1.67% $17,950
10 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive
28,650
1.58% $29,190
11 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers
28,630
1.58% $22,110
12 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
27,960
1.55% $38,010
13 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners
24,450
1.35% $20,450
14 Nursing Assistants
24,070
1.33% $23,140
15 General and Operations Managers
24,050
1.33% $74,660
16 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks
22,750
1.26% $33,780
17 Office Clerks, General
21,170
1.17% $27,190
18 Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education
19,240
1.06% $51,210
19 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers
18,520
1.02% $42,750
20 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General
18,050
1.00% $34,420
21 Teacher Assistants
16,980
0.94% $24,500
22 Wholesale and Manufacturing (Except Technical and Scientific Products) Sales Representatives
16,920
0.94% $50,480
23 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers
16,820
0.93% $32,990
24 Packers and Packagers
16,520
0.91% $20,490
25 Receptionists and Information Clerks
15,820
0.87% $24,400
26 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators
15,510
0.86% $29,810
27 Restaurant Cooks
15,070
0.83% $19,090
28 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers
14,390
0.80% $24,940
29 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners
13,590
0.75% $18,310
30 Childcare Workers
13,050
0.72% $18,660
31 Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
12,850
0.71% $52,080
32 Other Assemblers and Fabricators
11,530
0.64% $23,930
33 Helpers--Production Workers
11,380
0.63% $23,610
34 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers
11,340
0.63% $33,540
35 Institution and Cafeteria Cooks
11,310
0.63% $22,630
36 Accountants and Auditors
11,150
0.62% $55,250
37 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers
11,000
0.61% $27,960
38 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers
10,920
0.60% $52,340
39 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
10,780
0.60% $37,460
40 School or Special Client Bus Drivers
10,390
0.57% $31,280
41 Security Guards
10,360
0.57% $20,990
42 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders
9,900
0.55% $28,080
43 Billing and Posting Clerks
9,440
0.52% $31,570
44 Personal Care Aides
8,890
0.49% $19,460
45 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks
8,830
0.49% $29,830
46 Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
8,470
0.47% $51,300
47 Construction Laborers
8,400
0.46% $33,390
48 Other Production Workers
8,330
0.46% $22,840
49 Industrial Machinery Mechanics
8,300
0.46% $49,000
50 Medical Assistants
7,870
0.44% $27,550
51 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers
7,740
0.43% $22,550
52 Food Preparation Workers
7,670
0.42% $19,090
53 Other Business Operations Specialists
7,640
0.42% $57,460
54 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
7,600
0.42% $30,160
55 Other Sales Representatives
7,540
0.42% $44,860
56 Electricians
7,510
0.42% $46,530
57 Tellers
7,510
0.42% $24,080
58 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers
7,270
0.40% $55,960
59 Financial Managers
7,210
0.40% $83,430
60 Child, Family, and School Social Workers
7,070
0.39% $36,290
61 Driver/Sales Workers
7,010
0.39% $19,440
62 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers
6,930
0.38% $57,010
63 Pharmacy Technicians
6,920
0.38% $25,800
64 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators
6,810
0.38% $37,740
65 Carpenters
6,800
0.38% $37,080
66 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers
6,740
0.37% $41,550
67 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers
6,590
0.36% $35,550
68 Correctional Officers and Jailers
6,560
0.36% $27,840
69 Machinists
6,530
0.36% $42,960
70 Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
6,420
0.36% $33,830
71 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants
6,080
0.34% $41,550
72 Medical Secretaries
6,020
0.33% $28,350
73 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop
5,910
0.33% $17,800
74 Fast Food Cooks
5,720
0.32% $17,780
75 Applications Software Developers
5,480
0.30% $72,990
76 Human Resources Specialists
5,310
0.29% $51,500
77 Computer User Support Specialists
5,250
0.29% $38,910
78 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters
5,200
0.29% $45,010
79 Lawyers
5,090
0.28% $74,750
80 Counter and Rental Clerks
5,080
0.28% $19,230
81 Other Education, Training, and Library Workers
5,070
0.28% $32,880
82 Interviewers, Except Eligibility and Loan
4,650
0.26% $28,910
83 Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists
4,590
0.25% $37,740
84 Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics
4,540
0.25% $27,770
85 Medical Records and Health Information Technicians
4,450
0.25% $33,340
86 Insurance Sales Agents
4,430
0.25% $39,330
87 Dental Assistants
4,400
0.24% $32,990
88 Postal Service Mail Carriers
4,340
0.24% $54,900
89 Medical and Health Services Managers
4,340
0.24% $82,130
90 Pharmacists
4,330
0.24% $124,830
91 Dishwashers
4,130
0.23% $18,030
92 First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators
4,060
0.22% $49,560
93 Industrial Engineers
4,060
0.22% $76,310
94 Loan Officers
4,030
0.22% $57,040
95 Social and Human Service Assistants
4,020
0.22% $25,890
96 Home Health Aides
3,970
0.22% $21,270
97 All Other Managers
3,970
0.22% $85,810
98 Elementary and Secondary School Education Administrators
3,960
0.22% $81,900
99 Radiologic Technologists
3,840
0.21% $49,410
100 Bartenders
3,760
0.21% $18,080
101 Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products Sales Representatives
3,750
0.21% $77,200
102 Sewing Machine Operators
3,730
0.21% $20,140
103 Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks
3,680
0.20% $45,070
104 Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment
3,610
0.20% $20,030
105 Legal Secretaries
3,600
0.20% $31,090
106 Industrial Production Managers
3,580
0.20% $82,150
107 Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
3,520
0.19% $30,360
108 Food Service Managers
3,470
0.19% $45,080
109 Chief Executives
3,470
0.19% $145,920
110 Other Physicians and Surgeons
3,460
0.19% $174,570
111 Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors
3,460
0.19% $56,300
112 Kindergarten and Elementary School Special Education Teachers
3,450
0.19% $51,070
113 Network and Computer Systems Administrators
3,420
0.19% $58,430
114 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers
3,390
0.19% $38,140
115 Residential Advisors
3,370
0.19% $20,640
116 Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks
3,320
0.18% $18,590
117 First-Line Supervisors of Helpers, Laborers, and Material Movers
3,270
0.18% $43,130
118 Computer Systems Analysts
3,250
0.18% $65,050
119 Loan Interviewers and Clerks
3,230
0.18% $30,030
120 Management Analysts
3,220
0.18% $67,600
121 Construction Managers
3,220
0.18% $74,390
122 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop
3,200
0.18% $17,980
123 Firefighters
3,190
0.18% $32,400
124 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
3,160
0.17% $48,090
125 Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products
3,160
0.17% $55,070
126 Parts Salespersons
3,150
0.17% $24,120
127 Sales Managers
3,130
0.17% $93,420
128 Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks
3,120
0.17% $34,900
129 Training and Development Specialists
3,110
0.17% $50,350
130 Paralegals and Legal Assistants
3,070
0.17% $43,380
131 Unknown
3,040
0.17% $43,130
132 Bill and Account Collectors
3,020
0.17% $30,970
133 Recreation Workers
3,010
0.17% $21,350
134 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists
2,950
0.16% $19,880
135 Compliance Officers
2,950
0.16% $49,340
136 Court, Municipal, and License Clerks
2,940
0.16% $29,140
137 Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines
2,910
0.16% $44,800
138 Amusement and Recreation Attendants
2,870
0.16% $17,820
139 Postsecondary Vocational Education Teachers
2,850
0.16% $47,360
140 Printing Press Operators
2,830
0.16% $35,430
141 Food Batchmakers
2,800
0.15% $28,170
142 Mechanical Engineers
2,780
0.15% $76,940
143 Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
2,770
0.15% $31,600
144 First-Line Supervisors of Housekeeping and Janitorial Workers
2,700
0.15% $29,500
145 Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers
2,680
0.15% $46,810
146 Other Computer Occupations
2,640
0.15% $71,730
147 Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents
2,620
0.14% $44,600
148 Physical Therapists
2,610
0.14% $83,120
149 Order Clerks
2,600
0.14% $27,680
150 Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators
2,600
0.14% $58,560
151 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers
2,560
0.14% $19,170
152 Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks
2,530
0.14% $36,300
153 Postsecondary Health Specialties Teachers
2,530
0.14% $65,880
154 Other Office and Administrative Support Workers
2,520
0.14% $34,390
155 Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers
2,490
0.14% $60,790
156 Instructional Coordinators
2,470
0.14% $58,090
157 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education
2,470
0.14% $36,960
158 Respiratory Therapists
2,460
0.14% $46,730
159 Civil Engineers
2,460
0.14% $72,570
160 Computer, Automated Teller, and Office Machine Repairers
2,410
0.13% $29,950
161 First-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers
2,410
0.13% $60,440
162 Computer and Information Systems Managers
2,400
0.13% $97,610
163 Administrative Services Managers
2,370
0.13% $67,990
164 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers
2,350
0.13% $17,960
165 First-Line Supervisors of Personal Service Workers
2,320
0.13% $28,140
166 Librarians
2,270
0.13% $55,390
167 Highway Maintenance Workers
2,250
0.12% $26,980
168 Secondary School Special Education Teachers
2,230
0.12% $51,790
169 Dispatchers, Except Police, Fire, and Ambulance
2,200
0.12% $31,450
170 Nurse Practitioners
2,190
0.12% $89,510
171 Other Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers
2,160
0.12% $33,990
172 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
2,160
0.12% $56,450
173 Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll and Timekeeping
2,150
0.12% $39,000
174 Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education
2,130
0.12% $51,840
175 Social and Community Service Managers
2,110
0.12% $54,320
176 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians
2,100
0.12% $37,600
177 Speech-Language Pathologists
2,100
0.12% $62,190
178 Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
2,090
0.12% $36,920
179 Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders
2,080
0.12% $52,810
180 Short Order Cooks
2,040
0.11% $18,330
181 Dental Hygienists
2,040
0.11% $56,530
182 Information and Record Clerks, All Other
2,020
0.11% $36,130
183 Automotive and Watercraft Service Attendants
2,000
0.11% $20,900
184 Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents
1,990
0.11% $46,080
185 Maintenance Workers, Machinery
1,970
0.11% $43,140
186 Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors
1,960
0.11% $33,000
187 Phlebotomists
1,950
0.11% $27,490
188 Coaches and Scouts
1,940
0.11% $25,890
189 Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
1,910
0.11% $32,070
190 Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers
1,890
0.10% $31,370
191 Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
1,880
0.10% $36,240
192 Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers
1,880
0.10% $19,380
193 Public Relations Specialists
1,830
0.10% $45,300
194 Personal Financial Advisors
1,810
0.10% $51,670
195 Architectural and Engineering Managers
1,810
0.10% $108,130
196 Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals
1,800
0.10% $21,930
197 Systems Software Developers
1,800
0.10% $82,150
198 Property, Real Estate Managers
1,800
0.10% $42,130
199 Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers
1,770
0.10% $31,370
200 Occupational Therapists
1,770
0.10% $79,480

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