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Top 100 Jobs Relatively More Common in Kentucky Than Elsewhere

Whether you're looking for a career to pursue, or just want to get a feel for occupations in the state, the table below should be helpful. And we haven't seen anything like it from anyone else.

This table tells us which jobs are more common in Kentucky, relative to the state population, compared to their popularity in every other US state. A Local Popularity Index of 1.0 matches the average across all US states; higher and lower numbers indicate the job is proportionally more or less popular here.

RankJobMean Local Salary .Local Jobs .Local Popularity Index
1Farmworkers, farm and ranch animals$21,0952,06015.9
2Statistical assistants$28,61099011.6
3Automotive glass installers and repairers$34,8402107.0
4Fence erectors$25,6201605.9
5Animal trainers$28,6901204.9
6Umpires, referees, and other sports officials$17,8401203.8
7Food and tobacco roasting, baking, and drying machine operators and tenders$35,3801703.4
8Chemical plant and system operators$50,9607503.3
9Medical equipment repairers$39,7304903.2
10Cleaning, washing, and metal pickling equipment operators and tenders$25,3401303.1
11Woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders, except sawing$25,4301,2103.1
12Nonfarm animal caretakers$18,4751,9603.0
13Machine feeders and offbearers$28,3332,1403.0
14Multiple machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic$26,9161,1902.9
16Cementing and gluing machine operators and tenders$25,8862402.7
17Outdoor power equipment and other small engine mechanics$24,8702002.7
18Insulation workers, mechanical$44,5701402.6
19First-line supervisors/managers of farming, fishing, and forestry workers$36,4201902.5
20Electrical power-line installers and repairers$44,1901,0802.5
21Respiratory therapy technicians$37,5452402.5
22Team assemblers$30,33418,3402.4
23Funeral directors$46,7301702.4
24Philosophy and religion teachers, postsecondary$56,6602002.4
25Industrial machinery mechanics$40,2963,2702.3
26Residential advisors$21,0456002.2
27Meter readers, utilities$25,6404402.2
28Cardiovascular technologists and technicians$37,0855602.2
29Power plant operators$50,7401902.2
30Tour guides and escorts$19,3332602.1
31Helpers--pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters$24,6909502.1
32Tool and die makers$43,7271,2202.0
33Extruding, forming, pressing, and compacting machine setters, operators, and tenders$30,9536902.0
34Furnace, kiln, oven, drier, and kettle operators and tenders$31,3401502.0
36Painting, coating, and decorating workers$23,5502101.9
37Sawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, wood$22,3703501.9
38Teachers and instructors$28,9025,6101.9
39Cutting and slicing machine setters, operators, and tenders$29,2167301.9
40Crane and tower operators$37,2364401.9
41Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines$37,9841,3901.8
42Medical transcriptionists$26,5039901.8
43Prepress technicians and workers$34,1057801.8
44Chief executives$124,7254,0501.8
45All other information and record clerks$33,2123,6901.8
46Surgical technologists$33,3468901.7
47Industrial truck and tractor operators$28,3627,3301.7
48Pesticide handlers, sprayers, and applicators, vegetation$29,5351801.7
49Coating, painting, and spraying machine setters, operators, and tenders$28,3961,0001.7
50Floral designers$19,7606801.7
51Psychiatric technicians$23,5804501.7
53Correspondence clerks$28,2601301.7
54Paper goods machine setters, operators, and tenders$30,4009001.7
55Tire repairers and changers$19,7159401.7
56Vocational education teachers, postsecondary$42,9509201.7
57Helpers--brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and tile and marble setters$30,4635901.7
58Food service managers$35,6322,2701.7
59Molding, coremaking, and casting machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic$27,7331,3501.7
60Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers$32,5443,5501.6
61Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters$27,8601,1901.6
62Separating, filtering, clarifying, precipitating, and still machine setters, operators, and tenders$33,6702601.6
63Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic$28,1452,6101.6
64Billing and posting clerks and machine operators$26,5875,9801.6
65Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders$28,6904,0801.6
66Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers$32,6765,2401.6
67Medical equipment preparers$24,4003701.6
68Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer$33,31215,9801.6
69Dental laboratory technicians$29,4803801.5
70Furniture finishers$25,2801701.5
71Farm equipment mechanics$25,1401201.5
72Healthcare support workers$27,1601,7601.5
73Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers$19,2356401.5
74First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand$36,9621,8801.5
75First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers$46,2786,7301.5
76Internists, general$121,9053201.5
77First-line supervisors/managers of housekeeping and janitorial workers$26,8521,9901.5
78Education administrators$50,0902001.5
79First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers$45,4284,6901.5
80Police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers$29,9157201.5
81Electric motor, power tool, and related repairers$39,7401001.5
82Health technologists and technicians$37,7156401.5
83Surveying and mapping technicians$29,5936001.5
84Helpers--production workers$24,8344,7901.5
85Human resources managers$75,3006201.5
86Nuclear medicine technologists$50,9201501.5
87Respiratory therapists$39,5828601.5
88Structural iron and steel workers$44,7465501.5
89Mental health and substance abuse social workers$33,7901,0901.5
90Mixing and blending machine setters, operators, and tenders$31,1721,1101.5
91Physical therapist assistants$38,7435501.4
92Insulation workers, floor, ceiling, and wall$33,4902001.4
93Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists$40,6921,8201.4
94Broadcast technicians$36,3432901.4
95Purchasing managers$63,6677001.4
97Pharmacy technicians$21,8982,6101.4
98Industrial production managers$73,0921,4701.4
99Radiologic technologists and technicians$43,4451,7201.4
100Health and safety engineers, except mining safety engineers and inspectors$57,1352101.4


The Most Common Jobs in Kentucky

Unlike the table above, which shows where jobs in Kentucky are unusually common compared to other states, the table below lists jobs which are the most common in raw numbers in the state.

RankJob Local Jobs .Mean Local Salary .Local Popularity Index
1Retail salespersons31,760$20,8101.0
3Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand21,720$21,0661.3
4Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food21,070$13,7681.3
5Registered nurses19,070$52,6651.2
6Team assemblers18,340$30,3342.4
7Waiters and waitresses17,040$13,6721.0
8Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer15,980$33,3121.6
9Customer service representatives15,930$25,3101.0
10Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners15,300$18,7961.0
11Stock clerks and order fillers15,070$22,2141.3
12Office clerks, general13,390$22,2750.6
13General and operations managers12,660$71,4571.1
14Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants12,160$20,8051.3
15Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks12,090$26,1120.9
16Executive secretaries and administrative assistants10,910$31,0271.0
17Maintenance and repair workers, general10,860$30,1481.2
18Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive10,610$24,1100.9
19Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products10,160$46,7721.0
20First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers9,770$38,2651.0
21Receptionists and information clerks9,330$20,3061.2
22First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers9,300$32,6041.2
23Truck drivers, light or delivery services7,560$25,4341.1
24Industrial truck and tractor operators7,330$28,3621.7
25First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers7,310$24,4381.4
26Packers and packagers, hand6,850$19,4481.2
27Elementary school teachers, except special education6,790$41,1400.7
28First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers6,730$46,2781.5
29Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks6,640$25,9741.2
30Construction laborers6,630$23,4661.0
31Maids and housekeeping cleaners6,470$16,4261.1
32Security guards6,250$20,1000.8
33Cooks, restaurant6,100$17,6001.1
34Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses6,000$33,2661.3
35Billing and posting clerks and machine operators5,980$26,5871.6
36Accountants and auditors5,780$48,8550.7
37Teachers and instructors5,610$28,9021.9
39Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers5,240$32,6761.6
40Landscaping and groundskeeping workers5,160$19,7180.8
41Child care workers5,110$15,5561.3
42Cooks, fast food5,100$14,2901.2
43Food preparation workers4,830$17,7760.8
44Teacher assistants4,810$19,0400.6
45Helpers--production workers4,790$24,8341.5
46First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers4,690$45,4281.5
47Automotive service technicians and mechanics4,620$29,2481.0
49First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers4,160$45,8741.0
50Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders4,080$28,6901.6
51Chief executives4,050$124,7251.8
52Bill and account collectors3,960$27,8031.3
54Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters3,810$43,6701.3
55All other information and record clerks3,690$33,2121.8
56Driver/sales workers3,640$24,9201.3
57Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education3,610$42,3700.6
58Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers3,550$32,5441.6
59Medical assistants3,520$22,8281.2
60Business operations specialists3,380$49,2000.5
61Computer support specialists3,360$35,2550.9
62Financial managers3,350$75,9070.9
63Cooks, institution and cafeteria3,290$20,0971.4
64Industrial machinery mechanics3,270$40,2962.3
65Sales representatives, services3,240$41,0221.1
66Counter and rental clerks3,240$16,7581.0
67Police and sheriff's patrol officers3,100$34,8700.9
70Computer systems analysts2,910$62,2120.8
71Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators2,850$35,4101.2
72Loan officers2,720$43,7621.2
73First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers2,690$51,5481.2
75Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic2,610$28,1451.6
76Pharmacy technicians2,610$21,8981.4
77Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop2,570$14,8661.1
78Postal service mail carriers2,520$43,0721.1
79Preschool teachers, except special education2,520$23,7231.0
80Computer software engineers, applications2,480$62,1960.7
81Sales managers2,320$74,5421.0
82Production workers2,300$30,1001.4
83Dental assistants2,290$25,4051.2
84Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop2,290$15,2930.7
85Food service managers2,270$35,6321.7
86Insurance sales agents2,270$49,9501.1
87Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education2,220$41,8800.6
88Cleaners of vehicles and equipment2,190$17,8580.9
90Machine feeders and offbearers2,140$28,3333.0
91Computer programmers2,140$56,8270.7
92First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators2,130$44,8841.4
93Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers2,070$15,3600.7
94Farmworkers, farm and ranch animals2,060$21,09515.9
95First-line supervisors/managers of housekeeping and janitorial workers1,990$26,8521.5
96Nonfarm animal caretakers1,960$18,4753.0
97Medical and health services managers1,950$71,3671.2
98Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists1,950$32,6041.2
99Social and human service assistants1,930$23,4320.9
100Production, planning, and expediting clerks1,900$37,8420.9


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