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St. Louis Employment

Employment and Industries in the St. Louis, Missouri Area

Spanning parts of Missouri, and Illinois, the St. Louis Metropolitan area has a very strong and diverse economy. It is home to twenty Fortune 1000 company headquarters, ten of which are in the Fortune 500. The largest company headquartered in St. Louis is Emerson Electric, and the most famous is probably Anheuser-Busch.

In its 2006 list of "Best Cities for Doing Business" in the United States, Inc. magazine ranked the St. Louis metropolitan area forty-ninth in the large cities category. The criteria used in the compiling the list emphasizes regional growth. St Louis also fared well in on Forbes magazine's 2004 list of "Best Places for Business". Forbes ranked St. Louis sixty-fifth out of 150 metropolitan areas. Factors taken into consideration in the Forbes list include cost of labor, energy, taxes, and office space. Expansion Management magazine also named the St. Louis area as a "5-Star Business Opportunity Metro". St. Louis achieved this by ranking in the top 20 percent of metropolitan areas in the United States in areas such as "legislative influences on the business climate, transportation and logistics infrastructure, quality of life, public education, and other areas important to corporate site selectors."

The St. Louis area has a diverse and well educated work force, driven by the over 25 institutions of higher learning in the metropolitan area.

The St. Louis Metropolitan area has a broad economy with the largest number of jobs in the service and retail industry. Major industries in the greater St. Louis area include plant and life sciences, advanced manufacturing, information technology, transportation and distribution, and financial services. Because of its central location and excellent transportation infrastructure, St. Louis is a major national center of wholesale trade.

The manufacturing sector, while declining, is still major force in the St. Louis area economy. It provides nearly 20% of the area's aggregate wage and salary income. The St. Louis area has many automobile manufacturing facilities. There are two DaimlerChrysler plants in Fenton, a General Motors plant in Wentzville, and a Ford Motor Company plant in Hazelwood. Boeing (formerly McDonnell-Douglas) manufactures the F/A-18 Super Hornet and JDAM smart bombs in St. Louis. St. Louis is the headquarters for Boeing's twenty-seven billion dollar Integrated Defense Systems division, and Boeing's Phantom Works research and development operation.

St. Louis is also a major shipping port. The Port St. Louis is the third largest inland port in the United States, and one of the twenty-five largest ports in the entire country. Is is the northernmost point on the Mississippi River that normally remains ice-free and open throughout the year. It is also the southernmost point that provides lock-free navigation to the Gulf of Mexico.

For the business traveler, the St. Louis area is served by the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL), which is located in northwest St. Louis County. Lambert is one of the twenty-five busiest airports in North America for both aircraft operations and passenger volume.

Some notable companies in the St. Louis metropolitan area include:

  • A.G. Edwards
  • Ameren
  • Anheuser-Busch
  • Arch Coal
  • Brown Shoe
  • Centene
  • Charter Communications
  • Emerson Electric
  • Energizer Holdings
  • Express Scripts
  • Furniture Brands Intl.
  • Graybar Electric
  • Kellwood
  • Laclede Group
  • Maverick Tube
  • Monsanto
  • Peabody Energy
  • Ralcorp Holdings
  • Sigma-Aldrich
  • Solutia

Major business organizations in the St. Louis metropolitan area include:

The St. Louis Business Journal, St. Louis Commerce Magazine, St. Louis Small Business Monthly and the "Business Section" of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch are all excellent sources of information on business in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

Most Popular Jobs in St Louis, 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 29,950 $57,940 $39,630 - 79,430 24% 56%
2 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 17,230 $64,770 $28,420 - 115,250 8% 51%
3 Accountants and auditors 13,150 $63,020 $34,510 - 97,360 18% 79%
4 Elementary school teachers, except special education 11,650 $49,270 $31,700 - 72,720 14% 95%
5 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 9,400 $50,510 $33,300 - 75,020 6% 96%
6 Teachers and instructors, all other 7,840 $32,930 $20,670 - 57,360 9% 54%
7 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 6,370 $47,950 $32,300 - 69,500 11% 95%
8 Computer systems analysts 6,190 $74,860 $46,690 - 107,430 29% 68%
9 Computer software engineers, applications 5,880 $82,020 $52,960 - 114,080 45% 85%
10 Network and computer systems administrators 5,590 $67,490 $43,250 - 96,770 27% 50%
11 Lawyers 5,480 $115,580 $45,730 - 11% 99%
12 Computer programmers 5,160 $68,390 $34,850 - 102,810 -4% 73%
13 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 5,010 $80,260 $39,720 - 130,070 12% 51%
14 Management analysts 3,800 $76,050 $45,370 - 119,950 22% 78%
15 Financial managers 3,470 $115,590 $59,630 - 13% 60%
16 Chief executives 3,320 $161,750 $66,490 - 2% 65%
17 Network systems and data communications analysts 3,310 $77,230 $50,630 - 109,160 53% 57%
18 Computer and information systems managers 3,210 $106,950 $70,740 - 152,560 16% 73%
19 Public relations specialists 3,070 $57,670 $31,530 - 88,530 18% 81%
20 Pharmacists 3,040 $100,610 $75,950 - 127,930 22% 97%
21 Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 2,940 $76,880 $26,430 - 25% 67%
22 Computer specialists, all other 2,870 $75,520 $48,380 - 102,700 15% 68%
23 Managers, all other 2,830 $94,710 $43,240 - 158,100 7% 55%
24 Engineers, all other 2,830 $82,710 $53,750 - 116,780 6% 82%
25 Civil engineers 2,730 $73,620 $46,320 - 105,430 18% 87%
26 Special education teachers, secondary school 2,610 $54,700 $35,630 - 78,790 9% 87%
27 Child, family, and school social workers 2,600 $38,870 $26,080 - 61,360 19% 77%
28 Sales managers 2,520 $120,670 $54,130 - 10% 69%
29 Computer software engineers, systems software 2,480 $81,970 $57,330 - 111,530 28% 85%
30 Training and development specialists 2,480 $52,560 $27,170 - 82,200 18% 56%
31 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 2,410 $51,280 $34,570 - 73,620 20% 87%
32 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 2,400 $51,000 $26,770 - 78,540 13% 73%
33 Market research analysts 2,390 $62,370 $32,900 - 104,790 20% 82%
34 Physical therapists 2,320 $61,710 $39,480 - 82,950 27% 89%
35 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 2,260 $50,440 $28,790 - 81,850 5% 58%
36 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 2,250 $54,190 $26,100 - 87,070 17% 56%
37 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 2,220 $50,300 $27,170 - 80,880 18% 56%
38 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 2,000 $86,980 $55,760 - 119,820 8% 78%
39 Industrial engineers 2,000 $75,040 $50,780 - 102,330 20% 74%
40 Database administrators 1,950 $62,110 $33,950 - 99,150 29% 72%
41 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 1,930 $53,290 $38,040 - 65,960 12% 51%
42 Medical and health services managers 1,920 $82,090 $45,670 - 125,790 16% 57%
43 Graphic designers 1,900 $45,480 $27,510 - 68,430 10% 55%
44 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 1,900 $35,660 $22,540 - 54,630 15% 51%
45 Electronics engineers, except computer 1,890 $82,370 $55,970 - 113,370 4% 81%
46 Financial analysts 1,830 $78,500 $42,570 - 125,130 34% 87%
47 Mechanical engineers 1,780 $75,560 $50,840 - 102,330 4% 78%
48 Medical scientists, except epidemiologists 1,770 $68,820 $46,460 - 99,170 20% 99%
49 Medical and public health social workers 1,650 $44,490 $29,130 - 62,230 24% 77%
50 Marketing managers 1,580 $117,410 $58,270 - 14% 69%
51 Special education teachers, middle school 1,570 $47,490 $29,280 - 73,080 16% 87%
52 Engineering managers 1,540 $107,550 $71,900 - 158,240 7% 84%
53 Librarians 1,390 $54,820 $31,870 - 80,240 4% 85%
54 Self-enrichment education teachers 1,380 $35,240 $16,020 - 63,240 23% 54%
55 Rehabilitation counselors 1,380 $32,820 $19,040 - 46,330 23% 73%
56 Coaches and scouts 1,380 $32,330 $15,880 - 51,250 15% 60%
57 Speech-language pathologists 1,330 $60,290 $41,690 - 81,710 11% 98%
58 Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 1,330 $53,730 $32,490 - 83,320 18% 56%
59 Insurance underwriters 1,310 $63,600 $34,090 - 97,760 6% 53%
60 Occupational therapists 1,250 $60,410 $43,680 - 80,160 23% 90%
61 Social and human service assistants 1,240 $27,450 $17,460 - 43,020 34% 58%
62 Biological technicians 1,230 $37,440 $21,410 - 71,550 16% 60%
63 Advertising sales agents 1,210 $58,660 $22,370 - 115,720 20% 56%
64 Mental health and substance abuse social workers 1,190 $34,870 $22,950 - 49,890 30% 77%
65 Budget analysts 1,180 $65,330 $44,470 - 93,350 7% 78%
66 Personal financial advisors 1,170 $93,730 $38,270 - 41% 81%
67 Vocational education teachers, secondary school 1,170 $51,900 $34,970 - 74,150 -5% 96%
68 Electrical engineers 1,110 $77,900 $52,050 - 107,380 6% 81%
69 Architects, except landscape and naval 1,070 $68,640 $40,620 - 100,600 18% 88%
70 Adult literacy, remedial education, and GED teachers and instructors 1,020 $45,220 $32,110 - 63,210 14% 54%
71 Sales and related workers, all other 1,010 $45,280 $15,960 - 72,010 14% 62%
72 Community and social service specialists, all other 960 $32,640 $15,600 - 62,310 25% 58%
73 Social and community service managers 950 $48,340 $29,920 - 75,970 25% 72%
74 Financial specialists, all other 900 $63,790 $35,060 - 99,520 12% 50%
75 Dentists, general 860 $177,180 $71,880 - 9% 100%
76 Education administrators, postsecondary 810 $85,060 $45,520 - 138,350 14% 78%
77 Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists 810 $40,130 $29,210 - 60,130 11% 58%
78 Interior designers 780 $44,420 $22,830 - 76,520 20% 55%
79 Detectives and criminal investigators 770 $60,500 $37,440 - 92,890 17% 54%
80 Tax preparers 760 $35,080 $17,400 - 57,990 -8% 54%
81 Environmental engineers 720 $71,970 $45,910 - 101,280 25% 86%
82 Chemists 720 $68,320 $37,480 - 108,890 9% 93%
83 Editors 700 $66,660 $34,960 - 122,110 2% 81%
84 Merchandise displayers and window trimmers 700 $26,050 $17,110 - 33,570 11% 55%
85 Health educators 690 $45,690 $25,570 - 67,580 26% 58%
86 Public relations managers 660 $92,780 $50,800 - 150,670 17% 75%
87 Credit analysts 650 $62,490 $34,520 - 100,490 2% 60%
88 Writers and authors 640 $51,140 $31,830 - 74,360 13% 84%
89 Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors 640 $31,690 $19,900 - 44,900 34% 73%
90 Human resources managers, all other 630 $110,430 $59,050 - 11% 58%
91 Purchasing managers 630 $95,790 $56,560 - 141,320 3% 57%
92 Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists 620 $64,320 $35,770 - 102,390 16% 99%
93 Surveyors 580 $55,540 $29,760 - 89,450 24% 82%
94 Sales engineers 570 $74,180 $45,740 - 107,410 9% 79%
95 Floral designers 560 $24,270 $14,660 - 33,210 -9% 55%
96 Operations research analysts 550 $73,920 $44,790 - 105,230 11% 71%
97 Museum technicians and conservators 550 $32,960 $21,410 - 48,140 16% 86%
98 Dietitians and nutritionists 540 $46,750 $33,590 - 66,940 9% 72%
99 Veterinarians 520 $76,070 $52,810 - 114,720 35% 100%
100 Education administrators, preschool and child care center/program 520 $44,080 $18,940 - 79,220 24% 78%

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 42,030 $25,540 $15,310 - 42,280 12% 25%
2 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 39,050 $17,160 $14,350 - 21,190 18% 5%
3 Office clerks, general 35,230 $29,460 $16,390 - 45,260 13% 19%
4 Cashiers 34,110 $18,870 $14,680 - 24,870 -3% 10%
5 Waiters and waitresses 24,960 $18,070 $14,330 - 25,280 11% 14%
6 Customer service representatives 23,710 $32,240 $18,570 - 49,180 25% 22%
7 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 22,430 $23,010 $15,840 - 32,910 15% 4%
8 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 21,280 $27,620 $16,720 - 42,130 2% 5%
9 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 17,220 $33,930 $20,790 - 49,680 13% 16%
10 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 16,620 $23,070 $17,600 - 29,820 18% 7%
11 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 16,250 $42,120 $27,930 - 60,030 10% 4%
12 Stock clerks and order fillers 15,820 $24,280 $15,810 - 36,620 -8% 8%
13 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 15,650 $30,750 $20,480 - 42,540 1% 18%
14 General and operations managers 15,260 $106,830 $46,180 - 2% 48%
15 Carpenters 12,740 $53,130 $29,220 - 77,470 10% 6%
16 Maintenance and repair workers, general 12,310 $37,960 $21,860 - 57,620 10% 6%
17 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 11,890 $43,350 $28,050 - 61,800 15% 18%
18 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 11,660 $49,750 $27,310 - 77,160 6% 29%
19 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 10,470 $40,640 $23,090 - 63,670 4% 25%
20 Business operations specialists, all other 10,290 $61,790 $28,730 - 99,360 21% 49%
21 Construction laborers 10,210 $45,050 $24,700 - 64,160 11% 5%
22 Team assemblers 10,180 $26,510 $17,710 - 38,120 0% 5%
23 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 9,970 $20,630 $16,050 - 27,900 13% 5%
24 Cooks, restaurant 9,700 $22,600 $16,070 - 30,400 12% 5%
25 Receptionists and information clerks 9,590 $24,200 $16,380 - 32,910 17% 13%
26 Security guards 9,480 $26,430 $17,020 - 44,960 17% 13%
27 Teacher assistants 8,860 $23,130 $15,420 - 33,720 10% 18%
28 Medical secretaries 8,800 $29,270 $20,960 - 40,110 17% 18%
29 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 8,640 $31,380 $18,370 - 50,600 8% 4%
30 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 7,990 $26,220 $17,310 - 39,020 18% 6%
31 Child care workers 7,640 $19,310 $14,680 - 25,740 18% 15%
32 Sales representatives, services, all other 7,440 $60,500 $25,970 - 108,540 28% 48%
33 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 7,300 $37,850 $20,650 - 55,130 14% 4%
34 Industrial truck and tractor operators 7,300 $30,280 $20,100 - 41,950 -2% 2%
35 Bartenders 6,920 $19,130 $14,740 - 26,470 11% 17%
36 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 6,810 $33,330 $20,830 - 48,280 11% 14%
37 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 6,810 $29,400 $17,640 - 44,900 4% 6%
38 Computer support specialists 6,640 $44,790 $27,160 - 67,630 13% 43%
39 Electricians 6,590 $62,300 $36,960 - 83,810 7% 7%
40 Packers and packagers, hand 6,080 $20,970 $15,330 - 30,080 -12% 3%
41 Personal and home care aides 6,070 $19,290 $15,880 - 24,350 51% 10%
42 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 5,950 $38,400 $30,130 - 48,650 14% 7%
43 Home health aides 5,890 $20,450 $16,030 - 26,140 49% 7%
44 Bill and account collectors 5,840 $30,520 $21,720 - 41,490 23% 13%
45 Food preparation workers 5,760 $19,060 $15,640 - 24,780 15% 7%
46 Driver/sales workers 5,540 $24,000 $14,510 - 42,240 -5% 4%
47 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 5,480 $58,770 $34,460 - 87,200 -5% 15%
48 Tellers 5,270 $23,500 $17,870 - 30,990 14% 16%
49 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 5,240 $18,500 $14,790 - 24,330 10% 8%
50 Assemblers and fabricators, all other 5,180 $0 $ - -9% 5%
51 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 5,140 $31,250 $21,590 - 42,780 4% 15%
52 Medical assistants 5,030 $27,620 $20,500 - 37,200 35% 10%
53 Dishwashers 5,030 $17,550 $14,780 - 20,900 10% 3%
54 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 5,020 $47,690 $31,870 - 65,640 11% 33%
55 Pharmacy technicians 4,970 $25,650 $17,890 - 35,120 32% 16%
56 Machinists 4,790 $41,820 $24,810 - 61,620 -3% 3%
57 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 4,690 $62,650 $39,040 - 82,250 11% 4%
58 Telemarketers 4,390 $23,480 $16,220 - 32,980 -10% 14%
59 Bus drivers, school 4,380 $28,630 $15,610 - 42,740 9% 4%
60 Cooks, fast food 4,360 $17,710 $14,740 - 21,970 8% 5%
61 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 4,360 $16,790 $14,300 - 20,590 12% 6%
62 Helpers--production workers 4,080 $25,920 $15,920 - 39,210 -1% 4%
63 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 4,020 $20,710 $14,790 - 28,530 14% 3%
64 Counter and rental clerks 4,010 $24,960 $15,120 - 43,710 23% 16%
65 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 4,000 $38,180 $20,560 - 61,010 -7% 14%
66 Postal service mail carriers 3,990 $0 $ - 1% 11%
67 Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 3,960 $27,080 $16,470 - 40,470 -5% 5%
68 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 3,940 $70,840 $44,820 - 99,990 9% 10%
69 Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators 3,930 $55,830 $32,720 - 78,710 9% 47%
70 Insurance sales agents 3,910 $55,620 $20,020 - 109,290 13% 45%
71 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 3,880 $25,520 $15,860 - 39,530 12% 6%
72 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 3,660 $60,610 $37,710 - 87,190 7% 13%
73 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 3,530 $52,600 $36,280 - 66,510 8% 3%
74 Preschool teachers, except special education 3,400 $26,130 $16,840 - 42,410 26% 43%
75 Loan officers 3,350 $60,870 $28,950 - 99,080 12% 49%
76 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 3,310 $58,950 $33,160 - 89,810 0% 42%
77 Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers 3,280 $53,590 $36,780 - 68,180 3% 13%
78 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 3,140 $21,860 $15,970 - 29,960 11% 5%
79 Payroll and timekeeping clerks 3,120 $35,950 $23,330 - 47,820 3% 18%
80 Fire fighters 3,050 $50,620 $16,410 - 81,280 12% 18%
81 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 3,000 $17,360 $14,640 - 20,850 10% 17%
82 Production workers, all other 2,990 $32,300 $16,980 - 59,220 2% 5%
83 Insurance claims and policy processing clerks 2,980 $37,910 $23,110 - 58,090 -1% 22%
84 Data entry keyers 2,910 $26,690 $19,170 - 37,170 -5% 18%
85 Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 2,870 $26,520 $15,080 - 44,450 27% 47%
86 Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 2,820 $42,220 $29,510 - 52,750 12% 3%
87 Painters, construction and maintenance 2,810 $47,900 $26,720 - 66,080 12% 6%
88 Production, planning, and expediting clerks 2,790 $42,930 $25,300 - 62,350 4% 30%
89 Industrial machinery mechanics 2,740 $51,330 $34,190 - 68,140 9% 5%
90 Emergency medical technicians and paramedics 2,740 $41,400 $17,840 - 79,710 19% 14%
91 Cost estimators 2,710 $62,590 $33,890 - 95,340 19% 32%
92 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 2,710 $34,840 $21,640 - 53,860 5% 2%
93 Loan interviewers and clerks 2,690 $31,860 $21,740 - 43,280 -1% 24%
94 Telecommunications line installers and repairers 2,650 $48,990 $27,780 - 65,100 5% 8%
95 Molding, coremaking, and casting machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 2,630 $32,650 $20,620 - 55,870 -13% 0%
96 Recreation workers 2,630 $22,880 $15,790 - 34,780 13% 47%
97 Amusement and recreation attendants 2,590 $18,460 $14,670 - 23,720 24% 22%
98 Dental assistants 2,580 $35,090 $24,650 - 49,660 29% 9%
99 Physicians and surgeons, all other 2,550 $150,660 $44,640 - 0% 0%
100 Legal secretaries 2,490 $41,020 $28,210 - 55,780 12% 18%
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Jobs More Common Near St Louis Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Shoe machine operators and tenders 28,820 510 38
Tire builders 29,580 310 26.6
Rail car repairers 37,470 450 12.4
Umpires, referees, and other sports officials 30,370 490 8.1
Museum technicians and conservators 32,960 550 7.2
Public address system and other announcers 37,580 310 6.7
Gaming managers 76,020 120 6.1
Psychiatric technicians 25,000 1,690 5.7
Occupational health and safety technicians 52,060 370 5.5
Door-to-door sales workers, news and street vendors, and related workers 24,720 210 5.4
Athletes and sports competitors 184,460 330 5
Earth drillers, except oil and gas 37,750 240 4.9
Insulation workers, mechanical 56,210 1,020 4.7
Occupational therapist aides 27,010 140 4.7
Boilermakers 56,030 440 4.3
Carpet installers 46,570 1,070 4.3
Automotive glass installers and repairers 32,530 180 4.3
Avionics technicians 47,280 460 4
Food scientists and technologists 74,130 190 4
Pourers and casters, metal 36,460 310 3.9
Photographic process workers 26,350 520 3.8
Foundry mold and coremakers 27,870 230 3.6
Septic tank servicers and sewer pipe cleaners 32,660 490 3.6
Coin, vending, and amusement machine servicers and repairers 33,640 1,200 3.5
Tool grinders, filers, and sharpeners 36,120 260 3.2
Dancers 0 260 3.2
Ambulance drivers and attendants, except emergency medical technicians 20,670 370 3.2
Entertainment attendants and related workers, all other 21,310 710 3.1
Vocational education teachers, middle school 49,710 230 2.8
Arbitrators, mediators, and conciliators 71,990 100 2.8
Animal trainers 28,450 160 2.8
Gaming cage workers 29,010 270 2.7
Purchasing agents and buyers, farm products 46,920 190 2.7
Audio and video equipment technicians 42,930 1,010 2.7
Excavating and loading machine and dragline operators 56,070 1,170 2.7
Helpers--extraction workers 41,340 120 2.7
Criminal justice and law enforcement teachers, postsecondary 52,660 140 2.6
Molders, shapers, and casters, except metal and plastic 31,980 720 2.6
Obstetricians and gynecologists 184,310 330 2.6
Tapers 55,910 760 2.5
Correspondence clerks 30,100 250 2.5
Floor layers, except carpet, wood, and hard tiles 49,910 150 2.5
Graduate teaching assistants 27,990 910 2.4
Aerospace engineering and operations technicians 50,610 100 2.4
Agricultural and food science technicians 45,190 190 2.4
Tailors, dressmakers, and custom sewers 29,900 500 2.4
Travel agents 32,070 2,020 2.3
Food and tobacco roasting, baking, and drying machine operators and tenders 28,180 170 2.3
Occupational therapist assistants 45,120 500 2.3
Communications teachers, postsecondary 61,280 370 2.3

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Athletes and sports competitors 184,460 2.7 330
Helpers--brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and tile and marble setters 52,900 1.79 350
Helpers--pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 44,430 1.67 220
Forging machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 51,470 1.58 120
Upholsterers 48,350 1.57 530
Construction laborers 45,050 1.45 10,210
Excavating and loading machine and dragline operators 56,070 1.45 1,170
Roofers 49,710 1.41 1,560
Judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates 135,720 1.41 120
Slot key persons 40,900 1.4 130
Painters, construction and maintenance 47,900 1.4 2,810
Drywall and ceiling tile installers 53,710 1.39 990
Pipelayers 50,090 1.37 460
Insulation workers, mechanical 56,210 1.36 1,020
Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 62,650 1.36 4,690
Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse 29,230 1.36 390
Carpenters 53,130 1.36 12,740
Editors 66,660 1.34 700
Reporters and correspondents 54,490 1.33 320
Electricians 62,300 1.33 6,590
Computer hardware engineers 119,560 1.32 230
Structural iron and steel workers 60,300 1.32 590
Emergency medical technicians and paramedics 41,400 1.32 2,740
Construction and related workers, all other 48,170 1.32 200
Cement masons and concrete finishers 48,100 1.3 2,270
Sheet metal workers 53,880 1.29 2,240
Residential advisors 32,920 1.29 280
Paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators 46,320 1.28 630
Helpers--extraction workers 41,340 1.28 120
Reservation and transportation ticket agents and travel clerks 37,110 1.28 1,120
Camera operators, television, video, and motion picture 53,520 1.27 190
Athletic trainers 54,740 1.27 190
Helpers--electricians 33,640 1.26 120
Tile and marble setters 51,950 1.26 310
Advertising sales agents 58,660 1.25 1,210
Marriage and family therapists 58,870 1.25 240
Financial managers 115,590 1.25 3,470
Materials engineers 100,130 1.24 330
Desktop publishers 46,430 1.23 330
Plasterers and stucco masons 48,860 1.23 110
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 52,600 1.23 3,530
Agricultural and food science technicians 45,190 1.23 190
Tax examiners, collectors, and revenue agents 68,270 1.23 260
Brickmasons and blockmasons 55,910 1.23 1,750
Sales managers 120,670 1.23 2,520
First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 70,840 1.22 3,940
Chemical engineers 103,430 1.21 350
Structural metal fabricators and fitters 40,770 1.21 810
Farmworkers, farm and ranch animals 28,000 1.21 150
Fire fighters 50,620 1.2 3,050

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