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St. Joseph Employment

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

Most Popular Jobs in St Joseph, 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 1,160 $0 $ - 24% 56%
2 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 570 $50,270 $19,900 - 79,080 8% 51%
3 Elementary school teachers, except special education 530 $36,490 $26,410 - 49,000 14% 95%
4 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 510 $37,270 $27,240 - 50,490 6% 96%
5 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 430 $37,580 $28,770 - 48,870 11% 95%
6 Accountants and auditors 280 $50,740 $31,800 - 76,070 18% 79%
7 Vocational education teachers, secondary school 190 $43,500 $33,950 - 54,460 -5% 96%
8 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 120 $37,480 $23,360 - 52,970 13% 73%
9 Child, family, and school social workers 120 $33,370 $21,660 - 48,490 19% 77%
10 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 110 $68,310 $23,870 - 126,160 12% 51%
11 Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists 110 $35,160 $28,850 - 40,380 11% 58%
12 Chief executives 90 $111,360 $54,760 - 2% 65%
13 Public relations specialists 90 $43,590 $20,780 - 63,770 18% 81%
14 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 90 $36,740 $28,410 - 47,420 20% 87%
15 Rehabilitation counselors 90 $32,000 $22,410 - 42,130 23% 73%
16 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 90 $27,510 $18,050 - 36,580 15% 51%
17 Medical and health services managers 80 $92,860 $44,800 - 16% 57%
18 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 80 $65,880 $44,390 - 87,340 8% 78%
19 Teachers and instructors, all other 80 $29,730 $20,900 - 47,900 9% 54%
20 Pharmacists 70 $110,980 $91,750 - 133,800 22% 97%
21 Financial managers 70 $92,830 $51,030 - 138,390 13% 60%
22 Industrial engineers 70 $62,720 $39,320 - 85,570 20% 74%
23 Chemists 70 $46,650 $27,760 - 76,920 9% 93%
24 Training and development specialists 70 $43,030 $31,930 - 65,490 18% 56%
25 Librarians 70 $42,370 $28,960 - 58,670 4% 85%
26 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 70 $41,400 $27,550 - 59,590 5% 58%
27 Self-enrichment education teachers 70 $23,740 $15,390 - 32,430 23% 54%
28 Mental health and substance abuse social workers 70 $0 $ - 30% 77%
29 Mental health counselors 70 $0 $ - 30% 73%
30 Lawyers 70 $0 $ - 11% 99%
31 Civil engineers 60 $59,920 $43,880 - 84,240 18% 87%
32 Network and computer systems administrators 60 $53,850 $33,450 - 91,530 27% 50%
33 Special education teachers, secondary school 60 $39,400 $29,580 - 51,940 9% 87%
34 Speech-language pathologists 50 $67,560 $39,150 - 135,310 11% 98%
35 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 50 $47,890 $33,810 - 74,280 17% 56%
36 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 50 $42,410 $21,010 - 76,480 18% 56%
37 Social and community service managers 50 $42,360 $30,180 - 70,230 25% 72%
38 Advertising sales agents 50 $39,630 $15,510 - 63,850 20% 56%
39 Coaches and scouts 50 $30,130 $13,440 - 53,230 15% 60%
40 Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 40 $92,200 $32,340 - 149,010 25% 67%
41 Market research analysts 40 $65,010 $34,370 - 98,800 20% 82%
42 Physical therapists 40 $55,910 $34,210 - 80,280 27% 89%
43 Instructional coordinators 40 $48,840 $35,870 - 65,280 23% 79%
44 Community and social service specialists, all other 40 $31,160 $26,260 - 38,920 25% 58%
45 Graphic designers 40 $29,780 $20,270 - 39,860 10% 55%
46 Floral designers 40 $23,340 $17,470 - 31,900 -9% 55%
47 Medical and public health social workers 40 $0 $ - 24% 77%
48 Dentists, general 30 $170,550 $89,800 - 9% 100%
49 Sales managers 30 $102,890 $45,220 - 10% 69%
50 Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists 30 $51,580 $30,050 - 83,690 16% 99%
51 Merchandise displayers and window trimmers 30 $25,980 $15,170 - 34,090 11% 55%
52 Social and human service assistants 30 $25,890 $17,620 - 37,870 34% 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 Retail salespersons 1,960 $25,620 $14,610 - 42,100 12% 25%
2 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 1,720 $16,300 $14,260 - 19,840 18% 5%
3 Cashiers 1,630 $18,110 $14,260 - 24,620 -3% 10%
4 Office clerks, general 1,300 $25,080 $15,860 - 37,010 13% 19%
5 Team assemblers 1,290 $28,630 $16,470 - 39,200 0% 5%
6 Waiters and waitresses 1,050 $19,650 $14,310 - 29,190 11% 14%
7 Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 840 $24,960 $17,970 - 32,310 -5% 5%
8 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 780 $20,370 $15,530 - 26,600 18% 7%
9 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 770 $34,120 $18,990 - 50,750 10% 4%
10 Maintenance and repair workers, general 720 $34,500 $21,170 - 48,250 10% 6%
11 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 660 $29,760 $16,000 - 48,150 13% 16%
12 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 660 $25,500 $15,670 - 33,310 2% 5%
13 Stock clerks and order fillers 660 $22,330 $14,930 - 31,500 -8% 8%
14 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 650 $22,960 $15,160 - 33,370 15% 4%
15 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 570 $24,530 $15,290 - 35,020 1% 18%
16 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 550 $32,560 $25,370 - 40,400 14% 7%
17 Customer service representatives 530 $28,890 $18,240 - 40,890 25% 22%
18 Cooks, restaurant 530 $20,820 $15,300 - 26,230 12% 5%
19 General and operations managers 460 $84,700 $43,100 - 146,910 2% 48%
20 Packers and packagers, hand 460 $21,370 $14,610 - 31,090 -12% 3%
21 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 400 $50,580 $25,800 - 79,680 6% 29%
22 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 390 $33,660 $16,930 - 49,580 4% 25%
23 Tellers 390 $22,350 $17,230 - 29,640 14% 16%
24 Food batchmakers 380 $27,950 $24,170 - 31,490 11% 5%
25 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 380 $26,180 $15,520 - 37,820 4% 6%
26 Construction laborers 370 $32,110 $21,090 - 48,410 11% 5%
27 Medical secretaries 360 $25,210 $17,000 - 35,180 17% 18%
28 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 360 $18,470 $14,610 - 23,590 13% 5%
29 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 350 $33,710 $20,720 - 51,840 14% 4%
30 Bus drivers, school 350 $24,870 $18,610 - 31,570 9% 4%
31 Teacher assistants 350 $19,730 $14,390 - 27,030 10% 18%
32 Carpenters 330 $39,760 $24,060 - 62,070 10% 6%
33 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 320 $51,700 $33,120 - 69,260 -5% 15%
34 Home health aides 320 $17,580 $14,530 - 20,890 49% 7%
35 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 300 $39,110 $25,860 - 58,030 15% 18%
36 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 300 $31,160 $17,730 - 48,300 8% 4%
37 Receptionists and information clerks 300 $20,390 $15,270 - 26,470 17% 13%
38 Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 290 $32,670 $26,290 - 38,920 -15% 0%
39 Industrial truck and tractor operators 290 $29,450 $19,750 - 39,260 -2% 2%
40 Security guards 290 $23,300 $15,640 - 36,210 17% 13%
41 Electricians 280 $53,140 $30,390 - 68,550 7% 7%
42 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 270 $23,770 $15,270 - 30,720 14% 3%
43 Personal and home care aides 270 $19,490 $14,860 - 27,090 51% 10%
44 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 260 $49,100 $30,620 - 75,340 8% 3%
45 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 260 $31,540 $20,570 - 42,670 11% 14%
46 Dishwashers 260 $16,180 $14,180 - 19,720 10% 3%
47 Bartenders 250 $19,190 $14,450 - 29,190 11% 17%
48 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 240 $19,140 $14,590 - 26,160 11% 5%
49 Cement masons and concrete finishers 230 $35,540 $21,150 - 68,480 11% 2%
50 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 230 $31,020 $22,000 - 40,500 -7% 14%
51 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 230 $17,340 $14,210 - 22,870 12% 6%
52 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 210 $49,470 $26,960 - 68,480 11% 4%
53 Pharmacy technicians 210 $24,540 $15,550 - 31,470 32% 16%
54 Business operations specialists, all other 200 $50,210 $21,060 - 80,700 21% 49%
55 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 180 $57,730 $30,370 - 80,950 9% 10%
56 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 180 $56,190 $33,150 - 80,720 7% 13%
57 Data entry keyers 180 $23,260 $20,560 - 26,950 -5% 18%
58 Counter and rental clerks 180 $21,620 $14,470 - 35,150 23% 16%
59 Assemblers and fabricators, all other 180 $20,960 $16,740 - 26,310 -9% 5%
60 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 180 $0 $ - 11% 33%
61 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 170 $30,990 $18,180 - 45,000 4% 15%
62 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 170 $29,630 $14,940 - 74,360 18% 6%
63 Mixing and blending machine setters, operators, and tenders 170 $27,310 $18,880 - 32,340 -5% 4%
64 Medical records and health information technicians 170 $0 $ - 18% 12%
65 Driver/sales workers 160 $22,250 $14,360 - 32,910 -5% 4%
66 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 160 $17,850 $14,380 - 23,440 10% 17%
67 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 160 $15,880 $14,130 - 19,060 10% 8%
68 Postal service mail carriers 160 $0 $ - 1% 11%
69 Dental assistants 150 $30,150 $23,590 - 38,520 29% 9%
70 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 150 $27,170 $18,270 - 37,960 12% 6%
71 Office and administrative support workers, all other 140 $22,270 $16,040 - 32,130 -9% 32%
72 Child care workers 140 $17,660 $14,580 - 20,420 18% 15%
73 Production, planning, and expediting clerks 130 $34,700 $26,810 - 48,480 4% 30%
74 Fire fighters 130 $30,370 $25,180 - 38,780 12% 18%
75 Preschool teachers, except special education 130 $19,200 $14,660 - 27,430 26% 43%
76 Food preparation workers 130 $18,350 $14,120 - 24,780 15% 7%
77 Highway maintenance workers 120 $28,040 $20,190 - 37,010 9% 5%
78 Word processors and typists 120 $23,420 $20,730 - 27,760 -12% 19%
79 Loan interviewers and clerks 110 $28,780 $21,040 - 39,180 -1% 24%
80 Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 110 $18,020 $15,590 - 20,460 17% 14%
81 Cost estimators 100 $58,580 $36,470 - 85,870 19% 32%
82 Loan officers 100 $50,950 $29,670 - 77,780 12% 49%
83 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 100 $47,430 $28,900 - 65,540 0% 42%
84 Computer support specialists 100 $39,520 $25,120 - 52,560 13% 43%
85 Roofers 100 $31,760 $17,280 - 53,780 14% 3%
86 Printing machine operators 100 $30,780 $21,550 - 40,480 -6% 6%
87 Parts salespersons 100 $27,140 $16,950 - 47,890 -2% 6%
88 Sheet metal workers 90 $66,520 $38,230 - 83,740 7% 4%
89 Painters, construction and maintenance 90 $37,720 $22,830 - 60,090 12% 6%
90 Paralegals and legal assistants 90 $37,100 $22,580 - 57,790 22% 45%
91 Helpers--production workers 90 $29,530 $18,740 - 38,420 -1% 4%
92 Coating, painting, and spraying machine setters, operators, and tenders 90 $27,990 $19,750 - 37,930 -13% 4%
93 Production workers, all other 90 $22,100 $15,580 - 35,330 2% 5%
94 Electrical power-line installers and repairers 80 $56,280 $43,930 - 66,240 7% 6%
95 Eligibility interviewers, government programs 80 $29,500 $19,910 - 39,890 3% 38%
96 Medical assistants 80 $27,020 $17,860 - 33,280 35% 10%
97 Library technicians 70 $35,140 $17,890 - 56,650 9% 27%
98 Purchasing agents and buyers, farm products 70 $33,160 $22,930 - 43,430 -9% 0%
99 Machinists 70 $32,100 $18,320 - 41,050 -3% 3%
100 Bakers 70 $21,280 $14,610 - 30,250 10% 8%
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Jobs More Common Near St Joseph Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Food batchmakers 27,950 380 14.9
Vocational education teachers, secondary school 43,500 190 8.4
Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 24,960 840 8
Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists 35,160 110 7.4
Mixing and blending machine setters, operators, and tenders 27,310 170 4.3
Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 32,670 290 4.2
Highway maintenance workers 28,040 120 4.1
Team assemblers 28,630 1,290 3.9
Cement masons and concrete finishers 35,540 230 3.5
Medical records and health information technicians 0 170 3.1
Word processors and typists 23,420 120 3
Bus drivers, school 24,870 350 2.7
Roofers 31,760 100 2.6
Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 23,770 270 2.5
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 32,560 550 2.5
Medical secretaries 25,210 360 2.4
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 19,140 240 2.3
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 49,100 260 2.3
Assemblers and fabricators, all other 20,960 180 2.2
Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 37,580 430 2.1
Tellers 22,350 390 2.1
Pharmacy technicians 24,540 210 2
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 16,300 1,720 1.9
Data entry keyers 23,260 180 1.9
Packers and packagers, hand 21,370 460 1.9
Personal and home care aides 19,490 270 1.8
Cooks, restaurant 20,820 530 1.8
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 20,370 780 1.7
Maintenance and repair workers, general 34,500 720 1.7
Office and administrative support workers, all other 22,270 140 1.7
Automotive service technicians and mechanics 33,710 350 1.6
Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 17,340 230 1.6
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 37,270 510 1.6
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 31,020 230 1.6
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 18,020 110 1.6
Printing machine operators 30,780 100 1.6
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 51,700 320 1.6
Fire fighters 30,370 130 1.6
Educational, vocational, and school counselors 37,480 120 1.5
Loan interviewers and clerks 28,780 110 1.5
Bartenders 19,190 250 1.5
Dental assistants 30,150 150 1.5
Dishwashers 16,180 260 1.5
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 34,120 770 1.5
Industrial truck and tractor operators 29,450 290 1.5
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 26,180 380 1.5
Cashiers 18,110 1,630 1.4
Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 49,470 210 1.4
Parts salespersons 27,140 100 1.4
Production, planning, and expediting clerks 34,700 130 1.4

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 29,630 1.22 170
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 49,100 1.15 260
Electricians 53,140 1.13 280
Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 23,770 1.13 270
Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 32,670 1.12 290
First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 50,580 1.12 400
Food batchmakers 27,950 1.09 380
Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 27,170 1.08 150
Truck drivers, light or delivery services 31,160 1.08 300
Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 49,470 1.07 210
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 25,500 1.06 660
Waiters and waitresses 19,650 1.05 1,050
Retail salespersons 25,620 1.05 1,960
Packers and packagers, hand 21,370 1.05 460
Team assemblers 28,630 1.05 1,290
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 31,540 1.04 260
Construction laborers 32,110 1.03 370
Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 30,990 1.02 170
Carpenters 39,760 1.01 330
Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 39,110 1.01 300
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 17,850 1.01 160
Maintenance and repair workers, general 34,500 1 720
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 22,960 1 650
Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 17,340 1 230
First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 57,730 0.99 180
Bartenders 19,190 0.99 250
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 56,190 0.99 180
Office clerks, general 25,080 0.99 1,300
Industrial truck and tractor operators 29,450 0.98 290
Stock clerks and order fillers 22,330 0.98 660
Cashiers 18,110 0.98 1,630
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 51,700 0.98 320
Personal and home care aides 19,490 0.98 270
Customer service representatives 28,890 0.97 530
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 18,470 0.97 360
Cement masons and concrete finishers 35,540 0.96 230
Cooks, restaurant 20,820 0.96 530
Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 24,960 0.96 840
Food preparation workers 18,350 0.96 130
Bus drivers, school 24,870 0.95 350
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 16,300 0.95 1,720
Tellers 22,350 0.94 390
Dishwashers 16,180 0.94 260
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 68,310 0.94 110
Dental assistants 30,150 0.94 150
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 29,760 0.93 660
Automotive service technicians and mechanics 33,710 0.93 350
Counter and rental clerks 21,620 0.93 180
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 18,020 0.93 110
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 31,020 0.93 230

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