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Jefferson City Employment

Employment and Industries in the Jefferson City, Missouri Area

The tables here illustrate essential information about work and employment in the area. Information includes:

  • A table of the most numerous types of work found here, both for jobs generally requiring college degrees and jobs not requiring college degrees.
  • A table listing those careers significantly more common in Jefferson City than in other US cities; this is useful both for career planning and for understanding the nature of Jefferson City.
  • A list of the highest-paying jobs in Jefferson City.
  • A list of any large public companies in Jefferson City.

Most Popular Jobs in Jefferson City, Missouri Metro Area (2008 data)

Where the Majority of Workers Have College Degrees

Rank Title Local Jobs Local Mean Salary Typical Local Salary National Growth % 2006-2016 National % With College Degree
1 Registered nurses 1,260 $53,410 $29,410 - 71,900 24% 56%
2 Accountants and auditors 890 $50,100 $30,080 - 82,460 18% 79%
3 Computer programmers 670 $49,680 $35,760 - 64,510 -4% 73%
4 Teachers and instructors, all other 630 $25,850 $20,000 - 32,030 9% 54%
5 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 560 $39,830 $28,450 - 55,900 6% 96%
6 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 550 $39,710 $15,620 - 63,960 8% 51%
7 Computer software engineers, applications 490 $63,050 $43,610 - 97,200 45% 85%
8 Elementary school teachers, except special education 410 $36,260 $27,520 - 48,720 14% 95%
9 Public relations specialists 360 $51,180 $25,970 - 86,970 18% 81%
10 Managers, all other 290 $60,370 $42,530 - 92,590 7% 55%
11 Environmental scientists and specialists, including health 290 $41,950 $33,360 - 51,110 25% 93%
12 Lawyers 280 $82,810 $37,090 - 159,350 11% 99%
13 Civil engineers 250 $67,720 $44,970 - 96,600 18% 87%
14 Chief executives 240 $109,710 $59,010 - 2% 65%
15 Computer systems analysts 230 $66,080 $45,080 - 90,820 29% 68%
16 Management analysts 230 $55,810 $36,020 - 89,180 22% 78%
17 Medical and health services managers 210 $59,750 $41,090 - 80,960 16% 57%
18 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 210 $39,610 $28,850 - 52,560 11% 95%
19 Training and development specialists 200 $44,500 $32,830 - 63,060 18% 56%
20 Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 200 $43,910 $26,360 - 69,710 18% 56%
21 Child, family, and school social workers 190 $33,690 $25,580 - 46,480 19% 77%
22 Vocational education teachers, secondary school 180 $42,530 $33,200 - 54,620 -5% 96%
23 Detectives and criminal investigators 170 $42,020 $30,540 - 61,520 17% 54%
24 Financial managers 160 $98,190 $52,140 - 13% 60%
25 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 160 $49,270 $28,200 - 84,180 5% 58%
26 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 160 $39,510 $24,300 - 51,590 18% 56%
27 Health educators 160 $33,970 $15,430 - 46,920 26% 58%
28 Network and computer systems administrators 150 $51,840 $35,240 - 74,730 27% 50%
29 Social and community service managers 150 $43,870 $32,350 - 60,220 25% 72%
30 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 140 $47,200 $34,090 - 66,230 17% 56%
31 Education, training, and library workers, all other 140 $40,470 $33,660 - 49,840 11% 79%
32 Computer and information systems managers 130 $75,430 $49,420 - 106,200 16% 73%
33 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 130 $40,810 $25,780 - 59,600 13% 73%
34 Special education teachers, secondary school 120 $41,350 $29,700 - 56,680 9% 87%
35 Rehabilitation counselors 120 $31,130 $20,960 - 39,830 23% 73%
36 Computer software engineers, systems software 100 $97,950 $70,920 - 137,590 28% 85%
37 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 100 $63,950 $45,750 - 82,460 8% 78%
38 Environmental engineers 100 $60,100 $42,740 - 79,340 25% 86%
39 Mental health and substance abuse social workers 100 $44,580 $27,430 - 74,750 30% 77%
40 Librarians 90 $41,810 $31,520 - 55,830 4% 85%
41 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 90 $37,080 $27,760 - 50,900 20% 87%
42 Pharmacists 80 $106,020 $83,950 - 129,280 22% 97%
43 Financial analysts 80 $60,570 $35,350 - 88,750 34% 87%
44 Network systems and data communications analysts 80 $57,410 $34,640 - 94,270 53% 57%
45 Social and human service assistants 80 $24,520 $16,720 - 39,580 34% 58%
46 Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 70 $85,470 $25,320 - 25% 67%
47 Natural sciences managers 70 $60,930 $46,700 - 79,010 11% 93%
48 Budget analysts 70 $46,720 $31,140 - 62,270 7% 78%
49 Mental health counselors 70 $41,170 $23,170 - 59,840 30% 73%
50 Special education teachers, middle school 70 $39,420 $29,260 - 51,600 16% 87%
51 Self-enrichment education teachers 70 $31,420 $15,370 - 50,260 23% 54%
52 Medical and public health social workers 70 $28,090 $17,360 - 46,680 24% 77%
53 Industrial engineers 60 $58,800 $35,110 - 83,030 20% 74%
54 Occupational health and safety specialists 60 $48,920 $36,550 - 63,500 8% 72%
55 Financial specialists, all other 60 $48,800 $28,410 - 81,800 12% 50%
56 Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists 60 $43,330 $23,930 - 65,370 16% 99%
57 Graphic designers 60 $30,020 $19,110 - 39,790 10% 55%
58 Sales managers 50 $96,270 $38,730 - 162,390 10% 69%
59 Human resources managers, all other 50 $64,370 $47,100 - 83,860 11% 58%
60 Database administrators 50 $59,700 $30,700 - 113,400 29% 72%
61 Reporters and correspondents 50 $33,040 $19,160 - 47,740 1% 85%
62 Sales and related workers, all other 50 $30,480 $16,640 - 56,720 14% 62%
63 Floral designers 50 $22,590 $16,250 - 31,780 -9% 55%
64 Personal financial advisors 40 $98,830 $39,670 - 41% 81%
65 Computer specialists, all other 40 $72,290 $51,260 - 100,450 15% 68%
66 Public relations managers 40 $69,940 $44,840 - 111,350 17% 75%
67 Conservation scientists 40 $55,170 $34,760 - 78,320 5% 86%
68 Insurance underwriters 40 $50,760 $33,320 - 77,680 6% 53%
69 Speech-language pathologists 40 $45,680 $27,470 - 63,140 11% 98%
70 Editors 40 $41,530 $20,730 - 58,510 2% 81%
71 Coaches and scouts 40 $34,230 $20,070 - 52,460 15% 60%
72 Recreational therapists 40 $24,010 $14,870 - 39,030 4% 77%
73 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 30 $80,550 $35,370 - 109,680 12% 51%
74 Engineering managers 30 $79,040 $54,580 - 116,140 7% 84%
75 Education administrators, postsecondary 30 $68,530 $42,840 - 102,670 14% 78%
76 Veterinarians 30 $67,360 $46,530 - 99,650 35% 100%
77 Postmasters and mail superintendents 30 $52,660 $34,420 - 68,480 -1% 55%
78 Advertising sales agents 30 $40,400 $16,800 - 49,920 20% 56%
79 Dietitians and nutritionists 30 $38,060 $22,740 - 51,750 9% 72%

Where the Majority of Workers Do Not Have College Degrees

Rank Title Local Jobs Local Mean Salary Typical Local Salary National Growth % 2006-2016 National % With College Degree
1 Cashiers 2,040 $17,040 $14,320 - 20,650 -3% 10%
2 Office clerks, general 1,880 $26,050 $16,240 - 38,680 13% 19%
3 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 1,870 $16,580 $14,290 - 20,230 18% 5%
4 Retail salespersons 1,600 $24,830 $14,700 - 39,790 12% 25%
5 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 1,350 $28,360 $18,920 - 38,670 1% 18%
6 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 1,340 $26,580 $16,460 - 36,580 13% 16%
7 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 1,030 $35,760 $25,780 - 49,630 15% 18%
8 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 1,010 $21,650 $16,900 - 30,050 2% 5%
9 General and operations managers 920 $75,950 $40,560 - 127,150 2% 48%
10 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 880 $19,900 $15,820 - 24,980 18% 7%
11 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 840 $20,000 $14,590 - 27,560 15% 4%
12 Maintenance and repair workers, general 790 $30,700 $15,470 - 48,710 10% 6%
13 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 770 $32,900 $20,900 - 45,680 10% 4%
14 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 760 $40,070 $26,590 - 60,740 6% 29%
15 Construction laborers 750 $32,630 $20,540 - 59,230 11% 5%
16 Stock clerks and order fillers 740 $19,380 $14,400 - 27,950 -8% 8%
17 Team assemblers 720 $27,360 $18,340 - 38,010 0% 5%
18 Order clerks 700 $21,740 $17,550 - 27,990 -24% 16%
19 Waiters and waitresses 680 $17,930 $14,270 - 24,960 11% 14%
20 Carpenters 670 $37,260 $23,710 - 50,900 10% 6%
21 Business operations specialists, all other 660 $51,040 $16,320 - 89,980 21% 49%
22 Customer service representatives 640 $27,000 $17,130 - 39,000 25% 22%
23 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 580 $32,940 $26,580 - 40,510 14% 7%
24 Industrial truck and tractor operators 520 $27,530 $18,520 - 38,560 -2% 2%
25 Security guards 450 $22,000 $15,980 - 30,220 17% 13%
26 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 440 $18,470 $14,650 - 23,200 13% 5%
27 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 410 $31,670 $18,320 - 47,990 4% 6%
28 Receptionists and information clerks 410 $23,000 $16,580 - 31,040 17% 13%
29 Cooks, restaurant 400 $19,450 $14,510 - 28,240 12% 5%
30 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 370 $30,330 $16,820 - 50,240 14% 4%
31 Teacher assistants 370 $19,580 $14,920 - 25,270 10% 18%
32 Computer support specialists 360 $39,220 $26,900 - 52,300 13% 43%
33 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 360 $29,380 $16,400 - 39,930 11% 14%
34 Child care workers 360 $23,270 $14,740 - 45,460 18% 15%
35 Tellers 360 $21,900 $16,500 - 30,330 14% 16%
36 Electricians 350 $53,690 $32,420 - 67,600 7% 7%
37 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 350 $46,740 $28,560 - 66,680 11% 4%
38 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 340 $37,140 $22,290 - 62,830 4% 25%
39 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 340 $32,810 $22,720 - 46,280 11% 33%
40 Emergency medical technicians and paramedics 330 $31,390 $21,980 - 45,650 19% 14%
41 Driver/sales workers 330 $22,830 $14,480 - 36,730 -5% 4%
42 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 320 $24,150 $15,940 - 33,560 18% 6%
43 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 310 $49,590 $30,450 - 79,860 7% 13%
44 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 300 $51,360 $29,420 - 82,020 8% 3%
45 Cement masons and concrete finishers 300 $35,740 $22,510 - 61,280 11% 2%
46 Medical secretaries 290 $26,460 $17,370 - 37,800 17% 18%
47 Court, municipal, and license clerks 290 $24,470 $20,490 - 30,530 9% 24%
48 Administrative services managers 280 $58,330 $34,470 - 80,630 12% 40%
49 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 280 $43,850 $27,810 - 63,600 -5% 15%
50 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 280 $19,930 $15,350 - 24,910 11% 5%
51 Counter and rental clerks 270 $21,540 $14,370 - 36,850 23% 16%
52 Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 260 $33,750 $23,020 - 42,180 9% 3%
53 Personal and home care aides 260 $18,590 $15,070 - 23,600 51% 10%
54 Dishwashers 260 $17,070 $14,320 - 20,550 10% 3%
55 Bus drivers, school 250 $25,080 $16,260 - 39,110 9% 4%
56 Preschool teachers, except special education 250 $22,320 $14,310 - 32,380 26% 43%
57 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 230 $19,670 $15,430 - 24,740 14% 3%
58 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 220 $30,230 $18,610 - 56,190 8% 4%
59 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 220 $30,190 $19,120 - 40,480 4% 15%
60 Highway maintenance workers 210 $30,270 $23,480 - 38,740 9% 5%
61 Sheet metal workers 200 $48,430 $27,390 - 65,690 7% 4%
62 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 190 $52,050 $36,440 - 70,530 9% 10%
63 Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 190 $23,080 $14,470 - 37,960 27% 47%
64 First-line supervisors/managers of police and detectives 180 $67,820 $47,180 - 89,770 9% 33%
65 Insurance sales agents 180 $42,250 $19,170 - 79,570 13% 45%
66 Legal support workers, all other 180 $33,700 $22,130 - 49,040 5% 38%
67 Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 180 $23,770 $20,780 - 28,390 -5% 5%
68 Food preparation workers 180 $17,330 $14,470 - 21,510 15% 7%
69 Postal service mail carriers 180 $0 $ - 1% 11%
70 Loan officers 170 $48,670 $32,680 - 74,790 12% 49%
71 Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance 170 $32,010 $20,940 - 46,780 2% 11%
72 Construction and building inspectors 160 $32,310 $26,280 - 44,730 18% 23%
73 Healthcare support workers, all other 160 $25,300 $19,960 - 32,540 16% 10%
74 Physicians and surgeons, all other 150 $167,650 $106,540 - 0% 0%
75 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 150 $46,680 $32,910 - 66,030 0% 42%
76 Computer, automated teller, and office machine repairers 150 $36,500 $20,480 - 54,520 3% 25%
77 Roofers 150 $33,380 $22,240 - 59,890 14% 3%
78 Eligibility interviewers, government programs 150 $31,130 $26,190 - 38,460 3% 38%
79 Mail clerks and mail machine operators, except postal service 150 $25,390 $18,310 - 36,480 -12% 9%
80 Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 150 $25,350 $18,340 - 31,840 10% 24%
81 Recreation workers 150 $22,720 $14,690 - 33,850 13% 47%
82 Data entry keyers 150 $21,540 $15,610 - 30,630 -5% 18%
83 Home health aides 150 $21,100 $17,090 - 25,950 49% 7%
84 Bartenders 150 $18,810 $14,340 - 25,600 11% 17%
85 Electrical power-line installers and repairers 140 $42,860 $27,110 - 64,760 7% 6%
86 Cost estimators 140 $41,060 $27,780 - 61,790 19% 32%
87 Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators 140 $41,000 $26,710 - 66,440 9% 47%
88 Human resources assistants, except payroll and timekeeping 140 $31,320 $24,990 - 39,980 11% 29%
89 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 140 $28,110 $15,440 - 49,830 12% 6%
90 All other information and record clerks 140 $27,190 $17,570 - 37,920 -13% 21%
91 Helpers--production workers 140 $25,950 $17,170 - 36,190 -1% 4%
92 Bill and account collectors 140 $23,420 $17,420 - 31,880 23% 13%
93 Cooks, fast food 140 $15,850 $14,160 - 19,130 8% 5%
94 Sales representatives, services, all other 130 $58,840 $28,370 - 105,070 28% 48%
95 Radiologic technologists and technicians 130 $44,340 $27,490 - 60,800 15% 25%
96 Telecommunications line installers and repairers 130 $41,320 $22,760 - 71,060 5% 8%
97 Dental assistants 130 $31,150 $22,320 - 39,670 29% 9%
98 Medical assistants 130 $24,390 $16,770 - 32,960 35% 10%
99 Cooks, short order 130 $17,090 $14,320 - 21,670 5% 5%
100 File clerks 120 $21,950 $17,180 - 29,530 -41% 20%
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Jobs More Common Near Jefferson City Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Legal support workers, all other 33,700 180 11.2
Environmental scientists and specialists, including health 41,950 290 7.9
Court, municipal, and license clerks 24,470 290 7.1
Order clerks 21,740 700 6.2
Health educators 33,970 160 5.9
Vocational education teachers, secondary school 42,530 180 5.6
First-line supervisors/managers of police and detectives 67,820 180 5.2
Highway maintenance workers 30,270 210 5.1
Detectives and criminal investigators 42,020 170 4.3
Environmental engineers 60,100 100 4.3
Emergency medical technicians and paramedics 31,390 330 4.2
Education, training, and library workers, all other 40,470 140 4.2
Eligibility interviewers, government programs 31,130 150 4.1
Electrical power-line installers and repairers 42,860 140 3.9
Construction and building inspectors 32,310 160 3.6
Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 43,910 200 3.5
Computer programmers 49,680 670 3.3
Cement masons and concrete finishers 35,740 300 3.2
Motor vehicle operators, all other 16,120 100 3.1
Public relations specialists 51,180 360 3
Teachers and instructors, all other 25,850 630 2.8
Social and community service managers 43,870 150 2.8
Sheet metal workers 48,430 200 2.8
Rehabilitation counselors 31,130 120 2.8
Roofers 33,380 150 2.7
Computer, automated teller, and office machine repairers 36,500 150 2.5
Administrative services managers 58,330 280 2.3
Mail clerks and mail machine operators, except postal service 25,390 150 2.3
Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 33,750 260 2.1
Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters 26,400 100 2.1
Training and development specialists 44,500 200 2
Special education teachers, secondary school 41,350 120 2
Driver/sales workers 22,830 330 1.9
Civil engineers 67,720 250 1.9
Industrial truck and tractor operators 27,530 520 1.9
Cooks, short order 17,090 130 1.9
Computer software engineers, applications 63,050 490 1.9
Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance 32,010 170 1.9
Healthcare support workers, all other 25,300 160 1.9
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 19,930 280 1.9
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 51,360 300 1.8
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 32,940 580 1.8
Mental health and substance abuse social workers 44,580 100 1.8
Chief executives 109,710 240 1.8
Human resources assistants, except payroll and timekeeping 31,320 140 1.8
Installation, maintenance, and repair workers, all other 42,740 110 1.8
Telecommunications line installers and repairers 41,320 130 1.8
Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 23,080 190 1.7
Medical and health services managers 59,750 210 1.7
Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 46,740 350 1.7

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Jefferson City, Missouri Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Child care workers 23,270 1.21 360
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 51,360 1.2 300
Installation, maintenance, and repair workers, all other 42,740 1.18 110
Sheet metal workers 48,430 1.16 200
Electricians 53,690 1.15 350
Sales representatives, services, all other 58,840 1.13 130
Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 28,110 1.12 140
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 31,670 1.11 410
Helpers--production workers 25,950 1.1 140
Financial managers 98,190 1.06 160
Construction laborers 32,630 1.05 750
Truck drivers, light or delivery services 30,230 1.04 220
Office clerks, general 26,050 1.02 1,880
Retail salespersons 24,830 1.02 1,600
Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 46,740 1.01 350
Public relations specialists 51,180 1.01 360
Team assemblers 27,360 1 720
Emergency medical technicians and paramedics 31,390 1 330
Mail clerks and mail machine operators, except postal service 25,390 1 150
Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 30,190 1 220
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 24,150 1 320
Home health aides 21,100 0.99 150
Production, planning, and expediting clerks 40,610 0.99 110
Dishwashers 17,070 0.99 260
Education, training, and library workers, all other 40,470 0.98 140
Computer, automated teller, and office machine repairers 36,500 0.98 150
Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 49,270 0.98 160
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 28,360 0.97 1,350
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 29,380 0.97 360
Bartenders 18,810 0.97 150
Dental assistants 31,150 0.97 130
Cement masons and concrete finishers 35,740 0.97 300
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 18,470 0.97 440
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 16,580 0.96 1,870
Computer systems analysts 66,080 0.96 230
Receptionists and information clerks 23,000 0.96 410
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 37,140 0.96 340
Bus drivers, school 25,080 0.96 250
Waiters and waitresses 17,930 0.96 680
Carpenters 37,260 0.95 670
Roofers 33,380 0.95 150
Physicians and surgeons, all other 167,650 0.94 150
Recreation workers 22,720 0.94 150
Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 19,670 0.94 230
Computer support specialists 39,220 0.93 360
First-line supervisors/managers of police and detectives 67,820 0.93 180
Personal and home care aides 18,590 0.93 260
File clerks 21,950 0.93 120
Civil engineers 67,720 0.93 250
Tellers 21,900 0.92 360

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