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Kansas City Employment

Employment and Industries in the Kansas City, Missouri Area

The Kansas City metropolitan area sprawls across parts of both Missouri and Kansas. As might be expected for a large metropolitan area, the Kansas City area has a thriving economy. The Kansas City metropolitan area is home to eight Fortune 1000 company headquarters. The largest company headquartered in the Kansas City area is YRC Worldwide, the most famous is probably H&R Block.

Historically known for beef and its large rail network, major industries in the Kansas City area now include:

  • Distribution
  • Education
  • Government
  • Health services
  • Inter modal transportation
  • Manufacturing
  • Professional and business services
  • Warehousing

Helping to fuel the Kansas City economy is a well educated work force. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, almost 27% of the Kansas City population has a college degree or higher. In 2005, Central Connecticut State University ranked Kansas City in the top 15 most literate cities in the United States.

Business honors and awards received by the Kansas City area include:

  • The Kansas City metropolitan area was ranked 11th among the top fifty large U.S. cities on Entrepreneur magazine's 2005 list of "Hot Cities for Entrepreneurs". Entrepreneur also ranked Kansas City tenth for "rapid growth rank".
  • The Kansas City metropolitan area was ranked 20th on Expansion Management's list of "America's 50 Hottest Cities".
  • Expansion Management also ranks Kansas City as a "Five Star Business Opportunity Metro".
  • The Kansas City metropolitan area ranked in the top fifty among large U.S. Cities in Inc. magazine's 2006 list of "Best Cities for Doing Business". In 2004 and 2005, Kansas city ranked second for "Most Balanced Economy and Growth".
  • The Kansas City area was ranked 68th on Forbes magazine's list of the "Best Places For Business And Careers" (out of the 200 largest metropolitan areas).

For business travelers, the Kansas City area is served by the Kansas City International Airport (MCI). The airport serves almost ten million passengers a year making it one of the busier airports in the United States.

Fortune 1000 companies with headquarters in the Kansas City area include:

  • AMC Entertainment
  • Aquila
  • DST Systems
  • Ferrellgas Partners
  • Great Plains Energy
  • H&R Block
  • Seaboard
  • YRC Worldwide

Other companies with headquarters or major operations in the Kansas City metropolitan area include:

  • American Century Companies
  • Andrews McMeel Universal
  • Applebee's restaurant chain
  • Black and Veatch
  • Burns and McDonnell
  • Cerner
  • Commerce Bancshares
  • Garmin
  • Hallmark Cards
  • Inergy
  • Interstate Bakeries Corporation
  • J.E. Dunn Construction Group
  • Kansas City Power and Light Company
  • Kansas City Southern Industries
  • Lockton Companies
  • Premium Standard Farms
  • Russell Stover Candies
  • Sprint Nextel Corporation
  • The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States of America
  • Wolferman's bakery

Business organizations and associations in the Kansas City area include:

The Kansas City Business Journal and the "Business Section" of the Kansas City Star are good sources of information on the Kansas City area economy and Kansas City business.

Most Popular Jobs in Kansas 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 19,900 $59,680 $43,180 - 79,530 24% 56%
2 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 15,570 $60,570 $27,330 - 105,430 8% 51%
3 Elementary school teachers, except special education 12,100 $45,580 $31,830 - 64,540 14% 95%
4 Accountants and auditors 10,430 $57,210 $34,710 - 88,220 18% 79%
5 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 7,510 $43,960 $31,280 - 61,120 6% 96%
6 Computer systems analysts 6,330 $70,350 $45,320 - 101,740 29% 68%
7 Computer programmers 5,100 $73,220 $47,370 - 102,280 -4% 73%
8 Lawyers 5,000 $108,500 $42,810 - 11% 99%
9 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 4,790 $43,970 $30,960 - 61,110 11% 95%
10 Network and computer systems administrators 4,580 $63,820 $39,560 - 92,770 27% 50%
11 Management analysts 3,990 $77,210 $43,860 - 116,380 22% 78%
12 Computer software engineers, systems software 3,800 $77,610 $54,450 - 107,630 28% 85%
13 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 3,760 $77,980 $33,430 - 132,180 12% 51%
14 Chief executives 3,710 $154,530 $71,720 - 2% 65%
15 Financial managers 3,550 $98,460 $53,040 - 162,050 13% 60%
16 Computer software engineers, applications 3,510 $75,650 $48,450 - 104,550 45% 85%
17 Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 3,200 $105,030 $41,510 - 25% 67%
18 Computer and information systems managers 3,140 $105,440 $70,130 - 152,070 16% 73%
19 Teachers and instructors, all other 2,880 $36,060 $21,590 - 68,270 9% 54%
20 Civil engineers 2,810 $82,300 $49,970 - 113,000 18% 87%
21 Public relations specialists 2,510 $54,080 $32,230 - 87,810 18% 81%
22 Financial analysts 2,380 $74,000 $42,630 - 111,830 34% 87%
23 Electronics engineers, except computer 2,360 $77,720 $54,900 - 108,600 4% 81%
24 Sales managers 2,260 $107,490 $47,800 - 10% 69%
25 Network systems and data communications analysts 2,230 $69,840 $36,510 - 104,610 53% 57%
26 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 2,160 $56,330 $33,710 - 87,150 5% 58%
27 Managers, all other 2,140 $87,280 $39,390 - 138,130 7% 55%
28 Training and development specialists 2,130 $51,600 $27,150 - 81,150 18% 56%
29 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 2,100 $49,530 $33,940 - 71,250 20% 87%
30 Pharmacists 2,050 $103,330 $82,940 - 130,190 22% 97%
31 Graphic designers 2,000 $45,700 $26,700 - 71,580 10% 55%
32 Market research analysts 1,970 $62,520 $35,290 - 99,420 20% 82%
33 Mechanical engineers 1,960 $73,150 $46,630 - 105,140 4% 78%
34 Electrical engineers 1,900 $82,050 $51,200 - 112,930 6% 81%
35 Medical and health services managers 1,880 $79,020 $41,300 - 120,510 16% 57%
36 Self-enrichment education teachers 1,650 $37,340 $20,480 - 56,780 23% 54%
37 Child, family, and school social workers 1,570 $36,550 $24,100 - 52,550 19% 77%
38 Insurance underwriters 1,560 $60,650 $34,910 - 92,550 6% 53%
39 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 1,550 $32,280 $22,410 - 45,250 15% 51%
40 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 1,540 $52,830 $37,880 - 66,080 12% 51%
41 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 1,540 $51,540 $29,650 - 75,630 13% 73%
42 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 1,530 $82,880 $59,490 - 109,640 8% 78%
43 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 1,490 $43,850 $29,280 - 63,010 18% 56%
44 Computer specialists, all other 1,480 $77,390 $53,470 - 101,600 15% 68%
45 Engineering managers 1,460 $108,420 $75,440 - 146,370 7% 84%
46 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 1,440 $62,260 $37,120 - 94,230 17% 56%
47 Architects, except landscape and naval 1,390 $66,570 $35,310 - 101,100 18% 88%
48 Physical therapists 1,250 $65,800 $49,710 - 84,440 27% 89%
49 Social and human service assistants 1,220 $28,410 $19,590 - 39,380 34% 58%
50 Advertising sales agents 1,200 $51,040 $20,650 - 92,800 20% 56%
51 Marketing managers 1,150 $113,580 $60,720 - 14% 69%
52 Librarians 1,150 $54,100 $35,580 - 74,650 4% 85%
53 Special education teachers, secondary school 1,080 $48,280 $34,130 - 65,580 9% 87%
54 Rehabilitation counselors 1,050 $29,350 $20,450 - 40,500 23% 73%
55 Industrial engineers 1,020 $72,390 $51,470 - 99,790 20% 74%
56 Personal financial advisors 1,010 $81,960 $27,100 - 41% 81%
57 Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 1,010 $55,920 $35,000 - 82,910 18% 56%
58 Mental health and substance abuse social workers 980 $34,680 $24,120 - 48,080 30% 77%
59 Medical and public health social workers 950 $40,970 $26,520 - 58,920 24% 77%
60 Financial specialists, all other 870 $69,670 $41,220 - 97,420 12% 50%
61 Speech-language pathologists 870 $59,510 $40,860 - 86,970 11% 98%
62 Occupational therapists 850 $63,020 $46,390 - 81,100 23% 90%
63 Detectives and criminal investigators 830 $57,320 $33,460 - 89,060 17% 54%
64 Chemists 810 $63,830 $36,020 - 98,560 9% 93%
65 Coaches and scouts 790 $30,180 $15,020 - 49,860 15% 60%
66 Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists 720 $58,060 $35,870 - 84,910 16% 99%
67 Editors 670 $60,060 $26,280 - 99,540 2% 81%
68 Special education teachers, middle school 670 $47,940 $33,060 - 66,180 16% 87%
69 Budget analysts 660 $59,340 $38,570 - 82,960 7% 78%
70 Medical scientists, except epidemiologists 650 $62,940 $41,680 - 97,720 20% 99%
71 Sales and related workers, all other 640 $36,590 $15,130 - 69,820 14% 62%
72 Community and social service specialists, all other 640 $36,000 $24,150 - 49,860 25% 58%
73 Vocational education teachers, secondary school 630 $48,040 $34,900 - 63,910 -5% 96%
74 Instructional coordinators 620 $59,170 $35,600 - 85,240 23% 79%
75 Environmental scientists and specialists, including health 600 $57,420 $34,800 - 92,450 25% 93%
76 Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists 600 $36,890 $28,800 - 47,540 11% 58%
77 Education administrators, postsecondary 590 $82,310 $42,440 - 130,700 14% 78%
78 Writers and authors 590 $56,940 $28,140 - 88,890 13% 84%
79 Social and community service managers 590 $49,730 $30,320 - 77,190 25% 72%
80 Mental health counselors 550 $38,610 $20,200 - 53,990 30% 73%
81 Public relations managers 530 $96,920 $55,190 - 156,780 17% 75%
82 Dietitians and nutritionists 530 $42,450 $18,380 - 71,680 9% 72%
83 Dentists, general 520 $159,920 $76,240 - 9% 100%
84 Private detectives and investigators 520 $39,410 $24,370 - 60,160 18% 52%
85 Operations research analysts 510 $77,070 $49,400 - 110,540 11% 71%
86 Human resources managers, all other 490 $95,010 $55,890 - 140,480 11% 58%
87 Credit analysts 490 $58,820 $36,490 - 91,870 2% 60%
88 Health educators 490 $46,540 $27,740 - 71,550 26% 58%
89 Surveyors 490 $45,160 $30,840 - 67,280 24% 82%
90 Floral designers 480 $24,520 $18,760 - 32,270 -9% 55%
91 Engineers, all other 470 $92,460 $57,350 - 132,720 6% 82%
92 Actuaries 460 $94,060 $46,600 - 154,050 24% 99%
93 Art directors 460 $80,340 $37,830 - 129,810 9% 58%
94 Healthcare practitioners and technical workers, all other 460 $50,630 $27,410 - 99,530 15% 72%
95 Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors 450 $37,220 $25,460 - 51,620 34% 73%
96 Purchasing managers 440 $95,370 $56,730 - 139,250 3% 57%
97 Environmental engineers 430 $81,380 $56,000 - 103,780 25% 86%
98 Veterinarians 420 $82,300 $48,700 - 126,030 35% 100%
99 Occupational health and safety specialists 420 $68,610 $41,620 - 100,880 8% 72%
100 Producers and directors 420 $60,140 $26,470 - 84,860 11% 75%

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 Retail salespersons 31,360 $25,380 $14,620 - 42,540 12% 25%
2 Cashiers 24,350 $18,380 $14,250 - 24,140 -3% 10%
3 Office clerks, general 22,850 $28,780 $16,620 - 42,270 13% 19%
4 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 22,260 $17,160 $14,010 - 22,350 18% 5%
5 Customer service representatives 21,140 $31,440 $20,690 - 45,620 25% 22%
6 Waiters and waitresses 18,610 $19,290 $14,000 - 29,310 11% 14%
7 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 17,170 $26,760 $16,930 - 40,630 2% 5%
8 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 15,330 $23,140 $15,570 - 33,770 15% 4%
9 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 14,850 $41,220 $27,390 - 59,120 10% 4%
10 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 14,430 $33,520 $20,580 - 48,120 13% 16%
11 General and operations managers 13,630 $97,240 $43,210 - 2% 48%
12 Stock clerks and order fillers 12,970 $22,790 $15,630 - 32,430 -8% 8%
13 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 10,930 $47,490 $27,400 - 72,190 6% 29%
14 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 10,720 $40,530 $28,170 - 54,850 15% 18%
15 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 10,630 $24,280 $18,060 - 31,530 18% 7%
16 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 9,690 $29,160 $18,410 - 40,890 1% 18%
17 Maintenance and repair workers, general 9,090 $36,030 $20,710 - 54,680 10% 6%
18 Business operations specialists, all other 8,730 $69,140 $39,030 - 103,370 21% 49%
19 Teacher assistants 8,450 $20,820 $14,480 - 28,920 10% 18%
20 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 8,210 $39,400 $23,300 - 59,320 4% 25%
21 Receptionists and information clerks 7,750 $25,590 $17,730 - 33,690 17% 13%
22 Team assemblers 7,660 $28,640 $15,830 - 41,230 0% 5%
23 Cooks, restaurant 7,580 $22,160 $15,830 - 30,130 12% 5%
24 Security guards 7,430 $29,890 $18,820 - 49,280 17% 13%
25 Construction laborers 7,250 $39,460 $24,040 - 59,740 11% 5%
26 Bill and account collectors 6,580 $30,280 $21,520 - 40,310 23% 13%
27 Industrial truck and tractor operators 6,580 $30,240 $21,240 - 40,980 -2% 2%
28 Sales representatives, services, all other 6,530 $61,310 $27,770 - 109,600 28% 48%
29 Carpenters 6,520 $49,420 $26,950 - 79,250 10% 6%
30 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 6,450 $25,170 $16,920 - 36,680 18% 6%
31 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 5,940 $19,700 $15,170 - 25,060 13% 5%
32 Packers and packagers, hand 5,830 $20,590 $14,120 - 30,160 -12% 3%
33 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 5,680 $31,630 $19,350 - 46,290 11% 14%
34 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 5,630 $30,210 $18,750 - 46,440 4% 6%
35 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 5,580 $29,700 $17,350 - 49,540 8% 4%
36 Food preparation workers 5,490 $20,070 $14,760 - 25,700 15% 7%
37 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 5,430 $36,780 $28,200 - 46,210 14% 7%
38 Computer support specialists 5,270 $43,980 $28,100 - 63,150 13% 43%
39 Child care workers 5,270 $19,880 $14,640 - 26,410 18% 15%
40 Medical secretaries 5,040 $30,030 $22,050 - 39,420 17% 18%
41 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 5,020 $38,400 $19,880 - 58,640 14% 4%
42 Electricians 4,620 $52,700 $28,470 - 78,960 7% 7%
43 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 4,600 $47,800 $30,730 - 68,480 11% 33%
44 Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 4,440 $30,180 $19,600 - 44,500 -5% 5%
45 Assemblers and fabricators, all other 4,390 $0 $ - -9% 5%
46 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 4,240 $47,830 $28,920 - 66,680 8% 3%
47 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 4,230 $63,890 $37,950 - 95,460 9% 10%
48 Home health aides 4,070 $21,290 $16,750 - 28,510 49% 7%
49 Tellers 4,040 $23,470 $17,330 - 31,070 14% 16%
50 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 4,030 $33,180 $25,470 - 42,720 4% 15%
51 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 4,010 $53,760 $33,190 - 79,100 -5% 15%
52 Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators 3,730 $57,010 $32,920 - 83,730 9% 47%
53 Personal and home care aides 3,730 $19,770 $14,870 - 25,210 51% 10%
54 Dishwashers 3,710 $17,270 $14,010 - 21,650 10% 3%
55 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 3,550 $17,270 $13,950 - 22,910 12% 6%
56 Bus drivers, school 3,530 $25,980 $16,280 - 36,310 9% 4%
57 Insurance sales agents 3,470 $56,930 $25,260 - 100,230 13% 45%
58 Data entry keyers 3,450 $28,300 $21,290 - 36,690 -5% 18%
59 Pharmacy technicians 3,370 $24,670 $15,710 - 33,560 32% 16%
60 Bartenders 3,370 $18,750 $14,060 - 29,230 11% 17%
61 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 3,360 $58,480 $35,270 - 83,540 7% 13%
62 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 3,320 $40,530 $22,780 - 62,740 -7% 14%
63 Helpers--production workers 3,270 $24,780 $16,980 - 32,880 -1% 4%
64 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 3,270 $22,630 $16,000 - 30,470 11% 5%
65 Counter and rental clerks 3,210 $25,310 $15,290 - 39,010 23% 16%
66 Medical assistants 3,130 $29,290 $21,840 - 38,100 35% 10%
67 Driver/sales workers 3,060 $29,100 $14,580 - 49,700 -5% 4%
68 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 3,040 $17,120 $13,980 - 20,940 10% 17%
69 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 2,970 $23,370 $15,240 - 33,380 14% 3%
70 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 2,920 $24,700 $15,090 - 39,980 12% 6%
71 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 2,890 $17,510 $13,830 - 23,070 10% 8%
72 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 2,830 $55,520 $29,570 - 83,330 11% 4%
73 Cooks, fast food 2,800 $16,770 $13,940 - 20,540 8% 5%
74 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 2,740 $36,060 $21,220 - 59,000 5% 2%
75 Loan officers 2,630 $60,090 $29,600 - 104,360 12% 49%
76 Postal service mail carriers 2,520 $0 $ - 1% 11%
77 Printing machine operators 2,450 $34,530 $19,370 - 50,910 -6% 6%
78 Telemarketers 2,450 $26,350 $16,860 - 36,050 -10% 14%
79 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 2,410 $54,830 $33,370 - 81,350 0% 42%
80 Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 2,410 $26,670 $17,950 - 37,520 10% 24%
81 Correctional officers and jailers 2,370 $34,160 $25,520 - 49,350 17% 11%
82 Production, planning, and expediting clerks 2,360 $41,680 $25,020 - 63,070 4% 30%
83 Painters, construction and maintenance 2,360 $35,560 $21,550 - 59,110 12% 6%
84 Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers 2,340 $48,110 $28,390 - 64,010 3% 13%
85 Preschool teachers, except special education 2,320 $25,490 $16,200 - 40,800 26% 43%
86 Paralegals and legal assistants 2,310 $49,330 $32,050 - 68,290 22% 45%
87 Fire fighters 2,300 $44,400 $25,170 - 64,230 12% 18%
88 Production workers, all other 2,140 $36,230 $21,140 - 61,440 2% 5%
89 First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 2,110 $81,510 $39,070 - 134,330 4% 38%
90 Machinists 2,050 $37,090 $21,150 - 55,580 -3% 3%
91 Amusement and recreation attendants 2,050 $18,740 $14,050 - 26,670 24% 22%
92 Insurance claims and policy processing clerks 2,010 $35,550 $24,260 - 49,400 -1% 22%
93 Loan interviewers and clerks 2,010 $31,630 $19,890 - 42,340 -1% 24%
94 Cost estimators 1,910 $60,620 $35,570 - 93,490 19% 32%
95 Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators 1,910 $0 $ - -8% 12%
96 Dental assistants 1,880 $34,360 $24,270 - 47,540 29% 9%
97 Order clerks 1,860 $27,760 $16,860 - 41,740 -24% 16%
98 Construction managers 1,850 $83,260 $46,670 - 127,380 16% 29%
99 Radiologic technologists and technicians 1,850 $48,780 $35,030 - 64,200 15% 25%
100 Cement masons and concrete finishers 1,840 $41,230 $26,340 - 59,810 11% 2%
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Jobs More Common Near Kansas City Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Rail car repairers 34,210 360 13
Bookbinders 28,180 130 9.5
Automotive glass installers and repairers 33,430 300 9.3
Dancers 0 550 8.9
Telephone operators 39,550 540 8.1
Engine and other machine assemblers 31,580 800 6.6
Umpires, referees, and other sports officials 31,320 290 6.3
Air traffic controllers 117,880 520 5.5
Food scientists and technologists 60,730 170 4.7
Floor sanders and finishers 32,960 110 4.3
Atmospheric and space scientists 86,940 130 4.3
Motorcycle mechanics 33,840 250 4.3
Power plant operators 48,430 550 4.3
Psychiatric technicians 25,710 840 3.8
Reinforcing iron and rebar workers 38,210 500 3.7
Actuaries 94,060 460 3.7
Slot key persons 30,480 200 3.7
Gaming cage workers 22,770 270 3.6
Extruding and forming machine setters, operators, and tenders, synthetic and glass fibers 41,570 140 3.6
Ophthalmic laboratory technicians 31,110 610 3.5
Anesthesiologists 216,870 510 3.5
Cartographers and photogrammetrists 55,260 220 3.4
Museum technicians and conservators 36,800 190 3.3
Private detectives and investigators 39,410 520 3.2
Stonemasons 42,080 230 3.2
Motion picture projectionists 19,810 130 3
Purchasing agents and buyers, farm products 101,370 160 3
Eligibility interviewers, government programs 39,420 1,750 2.9
Millwrights 53,610 640 2.8
Tax examiners, collectors, and revenue agents 42,680 1,170 2.7
Locker room, coatroom, and dressing room attendants 17,550 340 2.7
Farm equipment mechanics 30,860 220 2.7
Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers, all other 26,600 110 2.6
Molders, shapers, and casters, except metal and plastic 28,090 550 2.6
Tree trimmers and pruners 29,330 190 2.6
Agricultural and food science technicians 38,440 150 2.5
Desktop publishers 31,270 360 2.4
Cutters and trimmers, hand 0 280 2.4
Structural iron and steel workers 52,660 1,060 2.4
Civil engineering technicians 52,360 1,560 2.4
Conveyor operators and tenders 28,260 380 2.3
Paper goods machine setters, operators, and tenders 28,290 1,430 2.3
Painters, transportation equipment 46,610 730 2.3
Assemblers and fabricators, all other 0 4,390 2.3
Photographic process workers 26,540 230 2.2
Optometrists 102,240 320 2.2
Electronics engineers, except computer 77,720 2,360 2.1
Fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators 0 100 2.1
Insurance appraisers, auto damage 52,340 110 2.1
Animal control workers 28,090 130 2.1

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Purchasing agents and buyers, farm products 101,370 1.83 160
Radio and television announcers 57,130 1.47 240
Survey researchers 59,200 1.39 130
Roofers 48,760 1.38 920
Mechanical engineering technicians 65,670 1.35 200
Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 105,030 1.33 3,200
Property, real estate, and community association managers 70,460 1.32 900
Carpet installers 55,080 1.31 360
Tile and marble setters 53,420 1.3 260
Construction laborers 39,460 1.27 7,250
Photographers 40,020 1.27 550
Helpers--brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and tile and marble setters 37,460 1.27 540
Judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates 121,830 1.26 150
Carpenters 49,420 1.26 6,520
Extruding and forming machine setters, operators, and tenders, synthetic and glass fibers 41,570 1.26 140
Pipelayers 45,980 1.25 210
Insulation workers, mechanical 51,810 1.25 160
Production workers, all other 36,230 1.25 2,140
Tool and die makers 56,700 1.25 560
Automotive body and related repairers 48,460 1.23 1,010
Reporters and correspondents 50,180 1.23 360
Real estate sales agents 57,560 1.22 890
Legislators 43,510 1.22 160
Machine feeders and offbearers 31,710 1.22 950
Brickmasons and blockmasons 55,470 1.22 890
Financial specialists, all other 69,670 1.22 870
Editors 60,060 1.21 670
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 40,530 1.21 3,320
Engineering technicians, except drafters, all other 65,080 1.2 230
Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 55,520 1.2 2,830
Computer, automated teller, and office machine repairers 44,480 1.2 940
Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 34,760 1.19 1,750
Mixing and blending machine setters, operators, and tenders 38,440 1.19 1,410
Security guards 29,890 1.18 7,430
Sales representatives, services, all other 61,310 1.18 6,530
Life, physical, and social science technicians, all other 50,960 1.18 250
Telephone operators 39,550 1.18 540
Tapers 54,780 1.18 260
Business operations specialists, all other 69,140 1.17 8,730
First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 81,510 1.17 2,110
Chiropractors 91,870 1.17 170
Painters, transportation equipment 46,610 1.16 730
Healthcare support workers, all other 33,900 1.16 840
Civil engineering technicians 52,360 1.16 1,560
File clerks 27,370 1.16 1,800
Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 47,420 1.16 1,510
Family and general practitioners 190,260 1.16 960
Helpers--carpenters 30,040 1.16 410
Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 30,180 1.16 4,440
Structural iron and steel workers 52,660 1.15 1,060

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