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Joplin Employment

Employment and Industries in the Joplin, 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 Joplin than in other US cities; this is useful both for career planning and for understanding the nature of Joplin.
  • A list of the highest-paying jobs in Joplin.
  • A list of any large public companies in Joplin.

Most Popular Jobs in Joplin, 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 1,760 $50,900 $35,890 - 67,500 24% 56%
2 Elementary school teachers, except special education 970 $37,600 $29,170 - 48,270 14% 95%
3 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 570 $45,950 $19,990 - 76,230 8% 51%
4 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 530 $39,470 $28,490 - 51,770 6% 96%
5 Accountants and auditors 420 $47,420 $25,240 - 76,430 18% 79%
6 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 250 $36,640 $27,980 - 48,410 11% 95%
7 Industrial engineers 240 $61,520 $38,570 - 85,990 20% 74%
8 Medical and health services managers 190 $64,340 $23,450 - 101,110 16% 57%
9 Physical therapists 170 $61,550 $43,080 - 83,490 27% 89%
10 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 170 $42,060 $31,540 - 57,550 20% 87%
11 Pharmacists 160 $110,900 $84,690 - 135,170 22% 97%
12 Financial managers 160 $106,400 $59,040 - 13% 60%
13 Chief executives 150 $126,080 $58,660 - 2% 65%
14 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 150 $42,050 $27,810 - 59,530 13% 73%
15 Teachers and instructors, all other 150 $26,490 $19,110 - 38,920 9% 54%
16 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 140 $46,360 $27,800 - 63,860 12% 51%
17 Child, family, and school social workers 130 $31,160 $25,800 - 39,390 19% 77%
18 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 120 $71,210 $51,980 - 87,010 8% 78%
19 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 120 $25,980 $20,320 - 37,200 15% 51%
20 Advertising sales agents 110 $40,990 $21,470 - 59,270 20% 56%
21 Public relations specialists 110 $39,790 $28,970 - 51,540 18% 81%
22 Occupational therapists 100 $54,580 $43,240 - 70,510 23% 90%
23 Lawyers 100 $0 $ - 11% 99%
24 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 90 $54,860 $30,930 - 78,990 12% 51%
25 Special education teachers, secondary school 90 $38,610 $29,750 - 50,320 9% 87%
26 Training and development specialists 90 $35,300 $25,070 - 50,860 18% 56%
27 Civil engineers 80 $65,610 $44,090 - 102,340 18% 87%
28 Network and computer systems administrators 80 $49,760 $30,700 - 74,810 27% 50%
29 Medical and public health social workers 80 $43,130 $26,150 - 62,840 24% 77%
30 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 80 $34,890 $20,430 - 54,760 18% 56%
31 Mental health and substance abuse social workers 80 $26,910 $21,110 - 37,090 30% 77%
32 Sales managers 70 $78,710 $35,440 - 127,120 10% 69%
33 Computer systems analysts 70 $52,870 $34,660 - 79,930 29% 68%
34 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 70 $46,450 $26,620 - 66,860 17% 56%
35 Librarians 70 $42,740 $29,660 - 53,160 4% 85%
36 Vocational education teachers, secondary school 70 $40,470 $28,980 - 51,670 -5% 96%
37 Speech-language pathologists 70 $39,530 $23,930 - 59,110 11% 98%
38 Network systems and data communications analysts 60 $48,810 $22,970 - 79,100 53% 57%
39 Rehabilitation counselors 60 $33,210 $26,000 - 40,240 23% 73%
40 Reporters and correspondents 60 $25,190 $15,300 - 37,340 1% 85%
41 Financial analysts 50 $66,830 $24,300 - 128,260 34% 87%
42 Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists 50 $46,250 $22,690 - 67,950 16% 99%
43 Social and community service managers 50 $43,020 $32,480 - 63,850 25% 72%
44 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 50 $41,820 $25,860 - 62,580 5% 58%
45 Detectives and criminal investigators 50 $39,020 $29,020 - 53,880 17% 54%
46 Surveyors 50 $35,730 $21,380 - 59,300 24% 82%
47 Coaches and scouts 50 $34,920 $15,540 - 57,160 15% 60%
48 Graphic designers 50 $29,290 $18,760 - 41,020 10% 55%
49 Social and human service assistants 50 $29,170 $18,030 - 40,380 34% 58%
50 Floral designers 50 $19,360 $14,750 - 28,410 -9% 55%
51 Dentists, general 50 $0 $ - 9% 100%
52 Mechanical engineers 40 $88,270 $46,000 - 4% 78%
53 Computer and information systems managers 40 $83,410 $57,580 - 122,960 16% 73%
54 Purchasing managers 40 $81,190 $55,600 - 131,010 3% 57%
55 Management analysts 40 $67,140 $26,210 - 134,340 22% 78%
56 Market research analysts 40 $64,850 $27,990 - 123,540 20% 82%
57 Self-enrichment education teachers 40 $52,150 $35,090 - 64,560 23% 54%
58 Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 40 $40,690 $22,100 - 69,830 18% 56%
59 Special education teachers, middle school 40 $36,680 $28,550 - 48,050 16% 87%
60 Producers and directors 40 $25,860 $15,640 - 32,470 11% 75%
61 Sales and related workers, all other 40 $21,600 $14,440 - 25,300 14% 62%
62 Marketing managers 30 $89,040 $42,160 - 146,750 14% 69%
63 Engineering managers 30 $84,120 $59,600 - 113,880 7% 84%
64 Education administrators, postsecondary 30 $81,900 $45,600 - 109,840 14% 78%
65 Managers, all other 30 $72,670 $32,780 - 130,050 7% 55%
66 Database administrators 30 $59,480 $27,930 - 113,390 29% 72%
67 Health educators 30 $39,540 $14,840 - 65,350 26% 58%

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 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 4,480 $34,040 $15,230 - 56,540 10% 4%
2 Retail salespersons 2,970 $22,470 $14,980 - 33,230 12% 25%
3 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 2,500 $16,060 $14,190 - 19,130 18% 5%
4 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 2,480 $23,820 $16,620 - 34,160 2% 5%
5 Cashiers 2,450 $17,500 $14,320 - 22,750 -3% 10%
6 Office clerks, general 2,290 $23,410 $15,220 - 33,800 13% 19%
7 Team assemblers 2,000 $21,920 $14,770 - 32,370 0% 5%
8 Waiters and waitresses 1,410 $16,490 $14,310 - 20,710 11% 14%
9 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 990 $27,220 $17,050 - 39,660 13% 16%
10 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 970 $21,380 $15,340 - 29,390 15% 4%
11 Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 950 $25,750 $16,450 - 39,020 -5% 5%
12 Telemarketers 950 $18,380 $16,420 - 20,020 -10% 14%
13 Stock clerks and order fillers 880 $20,430 $14,820 - 28,500 -8% 8%
14 Personal and home care aides 860 $17,770 $14,710 - 20,540 51% 10%
15 Maintenance and repair workers, general 820 $31,340 $19,100 - 47,130 10% 6%
16 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 790 $19,800 $15,540 - 24,770 18% 7%
17 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 760 $25,970 $17,360 - 41,790 14% 4%
18 General and operations managers 730 $81,280 $41,560 - 137,430 2% 48%
19 Construction laborers 720 $26,280 $15,090 - 39,130 11% 5%
20 Industrial truck and tractor operators 710 $26,250 $18,990 - 32,970 -2% 2%
21 Customer service representatives 710 $25,940 $16,770 - 38,360 25% 22%
22 Teacher assistants 690 $18,820 $14,350 - 25,230 10% 18%
23 Packers and packagers, hand 670 $19,860 $14,630 - 27,340 -12% 3%
24 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 650 $34,310 $22,400 - 50,340 4% 25%
25 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 640 $39,160 $20,850 - 62,580 6% 29%
26 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 630 $22,800 $15,690 - 31,310 1% 18%
27 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 610 $27,070 $18,160 - 36,670 14% 7%
28 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 590 $42,810 $28,260 - 63,330 -5% 15%
29 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 550 $18,900 $14,580 - 25,030 13% 5%
30 Cooks, restaurant 530 $18,190 $14,330 - 24,960 12% 5%
31 Production workers, all other 510 $22,650 $17,030 - 28,310 2% 5%
32 Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers 490 $30,150 $22,510 - 38,130 -27% 6%
33 Medical secretaries 480 $24,250 $17,650 - 31,620 17% 18%
34 Receptionists and information clerks 480 $19,800 $14,790 - 25,720 17% 13%
35 Home health aides 470 $18,630 $15,910 - 22,820 49% 7%
36 Tellers 460 $20,820 $16,680 - 28,010 14% 16%
37 Cooks, fast food 410 $16,900 $14,300 - 22,310 8% 5%
38 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 390 $32,130 $18,520 - 47,790 11% 14%
39 Lathe and turning machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 390 $28,660 $23,710 - 32,670 -23% 0%
40 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 390 $25,230 $17,360 - 38,340 5% 2%
41 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 380 $28,300 $20,160 - 35,890 -7% 14%
42 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 380 $27,810 $17,560 - 45,590 8% 4%
43 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 380 $26,810 $18,010 - 38,260 4% 6%
44 Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 370 $36,620 $22,090 - 57,050 12% 3%
45 Printing machine operators 370 $33,720 $15,100 - 50,460 -6% 6%
46 Driver/sales workers 370 $25,120 $14,400 - 45,430 -5% 4%
47 Helpers--production workers 370 $18,660 $14,430 - 24,330 -1% 4%
48 Industrial machinery mechanics 360 $34,970 $26,550 - 41,450 9% 5%
49 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 330 $25,250 $18,380 - 33,210 4% 15%
50 Medical assistants 330 $25,050 $17,250 - 51,170 35% 10%
51 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 310 $31,280 $18,610 - 48,520 11% 33%
52 Electricians 300 $43,080 $28,780 - 53,720 7% 7%
53 Mixing and blending machine setters, operators, and tenders 300 $32,910 $20,930 - 45,990 -5% 4%
54 Carpenters 300 $30,960 $19,860 - 42,820 10% 6%
55 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 300 $21,920 $14,840 - 35,610 18% 6%
56 Pharmacy technicians 300 $21,710 $15,650 - 29,270 32% 16%
57 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 280 $35,570 $23,380 - 53,260 15% 18%
58 Counter and rental clerks 280 $19,670 $14,240 - 30,100 23% 16%
59 Food preparation workers 270 $17,730 $14,450 - 22,550 15% 7%
60 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 260 $46,110 $28,370 - 65,670 11% 4%
61 Emergency medical technicians and paramedics 260 $24,630 $17,390 - 35,820 19% 14%
62 Loan officers 240 $59,940 $30,270 - 106,970 12% 49%
63 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 240 $45,950 $27,690 - 74,950 7% 13%
64 Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance 240 $34,710 $24,170 - 46,050 2% 11%
65 Order clerks 240 $23,340 $16,790 - 32,530 -24% 16%
66 Bill and account collectors 230 $21,560 $15,120 - 27,750 23% 13%
67 Sales representatives, services, all other 220 $47,520 $19,570 - 87,090 28% 48%
68 Highway maintenance workers 220 $25,850 $16,460 - 33,030 9% 5%
69 Security guards 220 $23,610 $16,330 - 32,060 17% 13%
70 Business operations specialists, all other 210 $40,730 $15,600 - 70,200 21% 49%
71 Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 210 $26,040 $18,920 - 31,860 -15% 0%
72 Child care workers 210 $15,890 $14,230 - 17,090 18% 15%
73 Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic 200 $28,320 $22,590 - 34,190 -3% 6%
74 Preschool teachers, except special education 200 $22,960 $14,610 - 37,040 26% 43%
75 Bartenders 200 $19,700 $14,330 - 35,700 11% 17%
76 First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 190 $43,360 $27,500 - 66,710 10% 17%
77 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 180 $46,680 $29,990 - 66,380 8% 3%
78 Radiologic technologists and technicians 180 $38,790 $28,310 - 50,940 15% 25%
79 Kindergarten teachers, except special education 180 $38,740 $30,360 - 48,690 16% 43%
80 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 180 $19,050 $14,580 - 27,990 14% 3%
81 Production, planning, and expediting clerks 170 $35,430 $21,400 - 51,660 4% 30%
82 Bus drivers, school 170 $18,750 $14,310 - 23,550 9% 4%
83 Postal service mail carriers 170 $0 $ - 1% 11%
84 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 160 $57,910 $35,770 - 85,430 9% 10%
85 Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters 160 $23,920 $17,040 - 35,470 3% 4%
86 Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 160 $22,510 $17,310 - 29,130 10% 24%
87 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 160 $19,870 $14,460 - 28,810 12% 6%
88 First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand 150 $41,280 $16,020 - 72,860 13% 17%
89 Welding, soldering, and brazing machine setters, operators, and tenders 150 $27,740 $15,820 - 38,660 3% 2%
90 Legal secretaries 150 $26,480 $19,790 - 38,130 12% 18%
91 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 150 $17,070 $14,620 - 19,700 10% 17%
92 Dishwashers 150 $16,910 $14,400 - 20,480 10% 3%
93 Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers 140 $41,080 $18,850 - 62,620 3% 13%
94 Parts salespersons 140 $28,600 $17,100 - 41,430 -2% 6%
95 Fire fighters 140 $28,510 $18,430 - 41,280 12% 18%
96 Medical records and health information technicians 140 $26,830 $17,410 - 46,340 18% 12%
97 Painters, construction and maintenance 140 $26,700 $20,870 - 33,800 12% 6%
98 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 140 $20,150 $16,420 - 25,660 11% 5%
99 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 140 $16,580 $14,420 - 19,360 12% 6%
100 Vocational education teachers, postsecondary 130 $44,050 $28,180 - 64,720 0% 0%
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Jobs More Common Near Joplin Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Lathe and turning machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 28,660 390 16
Engine and other machine assemblers 0 130 15.2
Welding, soldering, and brazing machine setters, operators, and tenders 27,740 150 8
Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 25,750 950 5.4
Telemarketers 18,380 950 5.4
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 34,040 4,480 5.2
Mixing and blending machine setters, operators, and tenders 32,910 300 4.5
Highway maintenance workers 25,850 220 4.5
Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers 30,150 490 4.4
Production workers, all other 22,650 510 4.2
Team assemblers 21,920 2,000 3.6
Printing machine operators 33,720 370 3.5
Personal and home care aides 17,770 860 3.5
Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic 28,320 200 3
Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 36,620 370 2.8
Emergency medical technicians and paramedics 24,630 260 2.8
Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters 23,920 160 2.8
Surgical technologists 29,360 130 2.7
Industrial machinery mechanics 34,970 360 2.6
Electrical power-line installers and repairers 49,310 110 2.6
Food batchmakers 23,750 110 2.6
Vocational education teachers, postsecondary 44,050 130 2.5
Water and liquid waste treatment plant and system operators 37,570 120 2.4
Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance 34,710 240 2.2
Industrial truck and tractor operators 26,250 710 2.2
Industrial engineers 61,520 240 2.2
Automotive service technicians and mechanics 25,970 760 2.1
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 25,230 390 2.1
Kindergarten teachers, except special education 38,740 180 2.1
Respiratory therapists 37,170 110 2.1
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 23,820 2,480 2
Occupational therapists 54,580 100 1.9
Medical secretaries 24,250 480 1.9
Driver/sales workers 25,120 370 1.8
Physical therapists 61,550 170 1.8
Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 26,040 210 1.8
Order clerks 23,340 240 1.8
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 42,810 590 1.7
Library assistants, clerical 17,110 100 1.7
Pharmacy technicians 21,710 300 1.7
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 16,060 2,500 1.7
Packers and packagers, hand 19,860 670 1.6
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 27,070 610 1.6
First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 43,360 190 1.6
Radiologic technologists and technicians 38,790 180 1.6
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 28,300 380 1.6
Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 46,360 140 1.6
Helpers--production workers 18,660 370 1.5
Medical records and health information technicians 26,830 140 1.5
Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 42,060 170 1.5

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Physicians and surgeons, all other 205,800 1.15 120
Financial managers 106,400 1.15 160
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 46,680 1.09 180
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 32,130 1.06 390
Pharmacists 110,900 1.06 160
Printing machine operators 33,720 1.03 370
Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers 30,150 1.02 490
Mixing and blending machine setters, operators, and tenders 32,910 1.02 300
Bartenders 19,700 1.02 200
Loan officers 59,940 1.01 240
Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 46,110 1 260
Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance 34,710 1 240
First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 57,910 1 160
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 18,900 0.99 550
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 23,820 0.99 2,480
Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 25,750 0.99 950
Dishwashers 16,910 0.98 150
Packers and packagers, hand 19,860 0.97 670
Cost estimators 54,510 0.97 120
Cooks, fast food 16,900 0.97 410
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 17,070 0.96 150
Truck drivers, light or delivery services 27,810 0.96 380
Driver/sales workers 25,120 0.96 370
First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand 41,280 0.96 150
Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 16,580 0.95 140
Cashiers 17,500 0.94 2,450
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 26,810 0.94 380
Parts salespersons 28,600 0.94 140
Security guards 23,610 0.94 220
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 21,380 0.93 970
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 16,060 0.93 2,500
Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 36,620 0.93 370
Food batchmakers 23,750 0.92 110
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 17,980 0.92 130
Food preparation workers 17,730 0.92 270
Water and liquid waste treatment plant and system operators 37,570 0.92 120
Retail salespersons 22,470 0.92 2,970
Office clerks, general 23,410 0.92 2,290
Electricians 43,080 0.92 300
Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 35,570 0.92 280
Sales representatives, services, all other 47,520 0.92 220
Maintenance and repair workers, general 31,340 0.91 820
Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 19,050 0.91 180
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 34,040 0.91 4,480
Vocational education teachers, postsecondary 44,050 0.9 130
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 21,920 0.9 300
Preschool teachers, except special education 22,960 0.9 200
Electrical power-line installers and repairers 49,310 0.9 110
Dental hygienists 56,950 0.9 110
Stock clerks and order fillers 20,430 0.89 880

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