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Missoula Employment

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

Most Popular Jobs in Missoula, Montana 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 1,180 $56,600 $43,830 - 75,840 24% 56%
2 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 500 $43,830 $20,170 - 64,980 6% 96%
3 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 390 $43,090 $19,640 - 71,260 8% 51%
4 Accountants and auditors 290 $53,600 $24,510 - 100,590 18% 79%
5 Lawyers 250 $76,920 $31,030 - 138,580 11% 99%
6 Coaches and scouts 240 $20,700 $13,770 - 36,500 15% 60%
7 Social and human service assistants 230 $21,560 $16,280 - 30,110 34% 58%
8 Physical therapists 180 $52,020 $33,110 - 68,250 27% 89%
9 Pharmacists 150 $90,540 $71,280 - 109,160 22% 97%
10 Mental health counselors 130 $31,850 $17,450 - 46,830 30% 73%
11 Training and development specialists 120 $41,160 $32,740 - 57,890 18% 56%
12 Child, family, and school social workers 120 $34,060 $26,900 - 40,530 19% 77%
13 Civil engineers 110 $70,670 $45,890 - 100,010 18% 87%
14 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 110 $35,550 $22,520 - 48,130 18% 56%
15 Network and computer systems administrators 100 $51,380 $33,830 - 74,250 27% 50%
16 Public relations specialists 100 $48,820 $22,510 - 100,950 18% 81%
17 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 100 $41,880 $28,450 - 66,380 5% 58%
18 Natural sciences managers 90 $91,470 $70,010 - 119,320 11% 93%
19 Biological scientists, all other 90 $62,730 $33,040 - 95,650 4% 95%
20 Computer programmers 90 $51,910 $24,470 - 93,740 -4% 73%
21 Social and community service managers 90 $41,170 $27,020 - 64,000 25% 72%
22 Graphic designers 90 $35,780 $23,300 - 57,290 10% 55%
23 Advertising sales agents 90 $32,440 $19,880 - 50,360 20% 56%
24 Financial managers 80 $75,400 $52,410 - 113,580 13% 60%
25 Medical and health services managers 80 $73,530 $39,090 - 108,840 16% 57%
26 Managers, all other 80 $59,020 $36,790 - 101,460 7% 55%
27 Clergy 80 $40,120 $15,050 - 65,830 19% 75%
28 Medical and public health social workers 80 $32,790 $21,600 - 49,500 24% 77%
29 Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 80 $0 $ - 25% 67%
30 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 70 $82,020 $66,440 - 104,070 8% 78%
31 Sales managers 70 $64,540 $37,650 - 98,560 10% 69%
32 Conservation scientists 70 $63,740 $41,120 - 94,490 5% 86%
33 Writers and authors 70 $55,520 $26,530 - 149,160 13% 84%
34 Teachers and instructors, all other 70 $24,240 $14,870 - 32,290 9% 54%
35 Chief executives 60 $138,190 $56,810 - 2% 65%
36 Computer specialists, all other 60 $49,530 $22,880 - 95,890 15% 68%
37 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 60 $43,830 $22,150 - 78,170 13% 73%
38 Editors 60 $40,230 $20,630 - 62,170 2% 81%
39 Computer systems analysts 50 $65,720 $39,760 - 113,950 29% 68%
40 Occupational therapists 50 $61,000 $44,140 - 77,780 23% 90%
41 Architects, except landscape and naval 50 $54,910 $35,760 - 80,620 18% 88%
42 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 50 $48,480 $36,210 - 63,780 12% 51%
43 Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists 50 $47,550 $29,320 - 86,710 16% 99%
44 Network systems and data communications analysts 50 $46,100 $24,110 - 73,740 53% 57%
45 Education administrators, preschool and child care center/program 50 $0 $ - 24% 78%
46 Computer and information systems managers 40 $101,590 $55,240 - 16% 73%
47 Physician assistants 40 $93,700 $59,160 - 106,580 27% 67%
48 Public relations managers 40 $56,750 $41,260 - 78,320 17% 75%
49 Database administrators 40 $53,090 $24,690 - 73,960 29% 72%
50 Librarians 40 $50,520 $36,110 - 66,970 4% 85%
51 Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 40 $43,710 $30,300 - 60,310 18% 56%
52 Credit analysts 40 $43,370 $28,110 - 61,740 2% 60%
53 Technical writers 40 $39,690 $18,060 - 75,280 20% 74%
54 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 40 $38,030 $17,800 - 71,610 12% 51%
55 Rehabilitation counselors 40 $36,400 $26,360 - 54,590 23% 73%
56 Detectives and criminal investigators 30 $64,140 $40,190 - 97,640 17% 54%
57 Instructional coordinators 30 $43,880 $31,280 - 73,340 23% 79%
58 Financial specialists, all other 30 $27,100 $14,100 - 42,820 12% 50%
59 Directors, religious activities and education 30 $22,260 $13,590 - 34,360 20% 64%

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 2,910 $25,030 $14,350 - 42,470 12% 25%
2 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 1,590 $25,960 $16,750 - 36,250 1% 18%
3 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 1,380 $29,860 $16,850 - 44,580 13% 16%
4 Cashiers 1,380 $18,550 $13,830 - 24,770 -3% 10%
5 Waiters and waitresses 1,300 $16,420 $13,550 - 22,220 11% 14%
6 Food preparation workers 1,300 $15,470 $13,360 - 19,170 15% 7%
7 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 1,040 $20,450 $14,220 - 26,700 15% 4%
8 General and operations managers 900 $78,540 $40,900 - 133,650 2% 48%
9 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 880 $31,630 $22,180 - 44,780 15% 18%
10 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 790 $23,680 $15,920 - 33,590 2% 5%
11 Stock clerks and order fillers 780 $21,210 $14,540 - 30,320 -8% 8%
12 Office clerks, general 700 $22,920 $14,990 - 30,780 13% 19%
13 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 690 $38,420 $23,920 - 55,020 10% 4%
14 Carpenters 640 $33,720 $18,320 - 43,550 10% 6%
15 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 600 $17,180 $13,730 - 23,040 13% 5%
16 Personal and home care aides 590 $20,300 $16,420 - 25,070 51% 10%
17 Bartenders 570 $18,810 $14,070 - 24,720 11% 17%
18 Cooks, restaurant 550 $20,120 $16,150 - 27,310 12% 5%
19 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 510 $36,730 $22,060 - 58,360 4% 25%
20 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 500 $21,800 $17,620 - 25,660 18% 7%
21 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 470 $27,460 $17,400 - 41,500 8% 4%
22 Teacher assistants 470 $18,000 $13,850 - 24,090 10% 18%
23 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 430 $40,990 $23,430 - 66,070 6% 29%
24 Receptionists and information clerks 430 $23,830 $17,070 - 31,290 17% 13%
25 Construction laborers 420 $33,720 $19,410 - 49,880 11% 5%
26 Maintenance and repair workers, general 400 $30,050 $19,090 - 41,510 10% 6%
27 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 390 $23,650 $16,500 - 32,930 18% 6%
28 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 350 $33,360 $26,910 - 42,080 14% 7%
29 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 330 $36,810 $23,900 - 52,560 8% 3%
30 Dishwashers 330 $16,310 $13,830 - 19,430 10% 3%
31 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 310 $31,300 $18,130 - 42,070 11% 14%
32 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 280 $35,100 $19,270 - 50,560 14% 4%
33 Child care workers 280 $16,850 $13,490 - 22,310 18% 15%
34 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 270 $52,960 $30,640 - 71,200 11% 4%
35 Tellers 270 $22,420 $17,800 - 26,760 14% 16%
36 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 260 $31,580 $17,090 - 55,040 4% 6%
37 Counter and rental clerks 260 $21,940 $14,630 - 31,970 23% 16%
38 Preschool teachers, except special education 240 $23,860 $17,390 - 36,020 26% 43%
39 Loan officers 230 $55,470 $26,240 - 111,020 12% 49%
40 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 230 $19,060 $14,180 - 25,510 11% 5%
41 Electricians 220 $53,460 $36,200 - 67,530 7% 7%
42 Computer support specialists 210 $38,850 $22,890 - 59,160 13% 43%
43 Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 210 $16,800 $13,580 - 22,410 17% 14%
44 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 200 $17,010 $13,680 - 23,100 12% 6%
45 Business operations specialists, all other 190 $53,760 $15,490 - 92,210 21% 49%
46 Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 190 $40,160 $27,350 - 53,430 12% 3%
47 Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 190 $25,870 $13,880 - 49,050 27% 47%
48 Data entry keyers 190 $21,780 $16,730 - 28,760 -5% 18%
49 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 180 $57,090 $28,420 - 99,110 -5% 15%
50 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 180 $52,890 $35,610 - 73,900 9% 10%
51 Bill and account collectors 180 $30,210 $21,460 - 42,870 23% 13%
52 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 180 $28,420 $19,490 - 36,780 4% 15%
53 Driver/sales workers 180 $27,090 $19,790 - 36,560 -5% 4%
54 Fire fighters 170 $45,220 $35,240 - 60,890 12% 18%
55 Parts salespersons 170 $31,500 $20,290 - 52,200 -2% 6%
56 Medical secretaries 170 $30,090 $21,360 - 44,620 17% 18%
57 Recreation workers 170 $21,140 $13,890 - 34,270 13% 47%
58 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 170 $20,130 $14,820 - 26,920 12% 6%
59 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 160 $59,180 $37,180 - 90,470 7% 13%
60 Insurance sales agents 160 $46,140 $21,220 - 82,530 13% 45%
61 Dental assistants 160 $33,400 $22,790 - 42,220 29% 9%
62 Food servers, nonrestaurant 160 $19,320 $14,220 - 28,080 16% 9%
63 Industrial truck and tractor operators 150 $33,080 $23,310 - 46,630 -2% 2%
64 Home health aides 150 $20,280 $16,950 - 25,330 49% 7%
65 Packers and packagers, hand 150 $18,110 $13,700 - 28,010 -12% 3%
66 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 140 $41,330 $34,040 - 51,540 11% 33%
67 Legal secretaries 140 $24,400 $17,680 - 35,850 12% 18%
68 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 140 $17,700 $13,790 - 23,980 14% 3%
69 Wholesale and retail buyers, except farm products 120 $39,210 $27,360 - 61,500 -0% 36%
70 Automotive body and related repairers 120 $35,370 $24,140 - 48,920 12% 3%
71 Painters, construction and maintenance 120 $33,240 $23,340 - 42,390 12% 6%
72 Word processors and typists 120 $27,910 $20,530 - 38,310 -12% 19%
73 Dental hygienists 110 $63,100 $54,510 - 77,800 30% 33%
74 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 110 $44,290 $23,590 - 78,090 0% 42%
75 Logging equipment operators 110 $37,870 $24,810 - 67,390 -1% 2%
76 Tire repairers and changers 110 $25,400 $17,180 - 37,410 20% 6%
77 Loan interviewers and clerks 110 $24,660 $18,530 - 31,670 -1% 24%
78 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 110 $16,240 $13,600 - 20,720 10% 17%
79 Postal service mail carriers 110 $0 $ - 1% 11%
80 Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance 100 $39,440 $19,450 - 64,580 2% 11%
81 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 100 $39,220 $21,360 - 63,320 -7% 14%
82 Surveying and mapping technicians 100 $35,750 $24,390 - 56,950 19% 7%
83 All other information and record clerks 100 $34,550 $25,760 - 47,270 -13% 21%
84 Helpers--production workers 100 $33,540 $22,790 - 46,080 -1% 4%
85 Medical records and health information technicians 100 $31,500 $19,770 - 48,010 18% 12%
86 Pharmacy technicians 100 $29,030 $21,860 - 39,820 32% 16%
87 Roofers 100 $27,260 $19,240 - 39,090 14% 3%
88 Bakers 100 $25,440 $17,460 - 33,350 10% 8%
89 Property, real estate, and community association managers 100 $25,040 $16,830 - 32,180 15% 36%
90 Nonfarm animal caretakers 100 $17,580 $14,010 - 22,350 18% 16%
91 Cost estimators 90 $58,470 $35,990 - 79,790 19% 32%
92 Surgical technologists 90 $38,940 $32,690 - 49,260 25% 16%
93 Cement masons and concrete finishers 90 $38,440 $16,420 - 56,700 11% 2%
94 Medical transcriptionists 90 $33,350 $26,480 - 47,300 14% 10%
95 Lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers 90 $15,930 $13,700 - 18,810 19% 31%
96 Physicians and surgeons, all other 80 $214,520 $149,170 - 0% 0%
97 Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers 80 $46,400 $19,050 - 63,690 3% 13%
98 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 80 $34,300 $23,040 - 48,460 5% 2%
99 Woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders, except sawing 80 $33,120 $23,290 - 39,760 6% 0%
100 Medical assistants 80 $28,650 $20,650 - 46,410 35% 10%
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Jobs More Common Near Missoula Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Logging equipment operators 37,870 110 47.1
Food preparation workers 15,470 1,300 4.4
Coaches and scouts 20,700 240 4.3
Surveying and mapping technicians 35,750 100 4.3
Mental health counselors 31,850 130 3.9
Personal and home care aides 20,300 590 3.8
Tire repairers and changers 25,400 110 3.8
Bartenders 18,810 570 3.3
Physical therapists 52,020 180 3.1
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 16,800 210 2.9
Word processors and typists 27,910 120 2.9
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 36,810 330 2.8
Wholesale and retail buyers, except farm products 39,210 120 2.6
Food servers, nonrestaurant 19,320 160 2.5
Roofers 27,260 100 2.5
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 25,960 1,590 2.5
Automotive body and related repairers 35,370 120 2.4
Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 25,870 190 2.4
Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 40,160 190 2.4
Parts salespersons 31,500 170 2.3
Nonfarm animal caretakers 17,580 100 2.3
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 29,860 1,380 2.2
Social and human service assistants 21,560 230 2.2
Bakers 25,440 100 2.1
Carpenters 33,720 640 2.1
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 19,060 230 2.1
Loan officers 55,470 230 2.1
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 17,180 600 2
Fire fighters 45,220 170 2
Data entry keyers 21,780 190 1.9
Retail salespersons 25,030 2,910 1.9
Dishwashers 16,310 330 1.9
Recreation workers 21,140 170 1.8
Dental hygienists 63,100 110 1.8
Property, real estate, and community association managers 25,040 100 1.8
Cooks, restaurant 20,120 550 1.8
Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 52,960 270 1.8
Preschool teachers, except special education 23,860 240 1.8
Medical records and health information technicians 31,500 100 1.8
Pharmacists 90,540 150 1.7
Counter and rental clerks 21,940 260 1.7
Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 31,630 880 1.6
Training and development specialists 41,160 120 1.6
General and operations managers 78,540 900 1.6
Waiters and waitresses 16,420 1,300 1.6
Dental assistants 33,400 160 1.6
Legal secretaries 24,400 140 1.5
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 43,830 500 1.5
Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance 39,440 100 1.5
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 33,360 350 1.5

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Missoula, Montana Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 52,960 1.15 270
Electricians 53,460 1.14 220
Logging equipment operators 37,870 1.13 110
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 31,580 1.11 260
Industrial truck and tractor operators 33,080 1.1 150
Construction laborers 33,720 1.08 420
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 57,090 1.08 180
Tire repairers and changers 25,400 1.07 110
Fire fighters 45,220 1.07 170
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 59,180 1.04 160
Medical secretaries 30,090 1.04 170
Dental assistants 33,400 1.04 160
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 31,300 1.03 310
Driver/sales workers 27,090 1.03 180
Parts salespersons 31,500 1.03 170
Retail salespersons 25,030 1.03 2,910
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 38,420 1.02 690
Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 40,160 1.02 190
Personal and home care aides 20,300 1.02 590
Cashiers 18,550 1 1,380
Receptionists and information clerks 23,830 1 430
Dental hygienists 63,100 0.99 110
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 23,680 0.98 790
Bill and account collectors 30,210 0.98 180
Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 17,010 0.98 200
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 23,650 0.98 390
Bartenders 18,810 0.97 570
Painters, construction and maintenance 33,240 0.97 120
Automotive service technicians and mechanics 35,100 0.97 280
Civil engineers 70,670 0.97 110
Food servers, nonrestaurant 19,320 0.96 160
Home health aides 20,280 0.95 150
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 36,730 0.95 510
Truck drivers, light or delivery services 27,460 0.95 470
Dishwashers 16,310 0.95 330
Tellers 22,420 0.95 270
Counter and rental clerks 21,940 0.94 260
Loan officers 55,470 0.94 230
Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 28,420 0.94 180
Preschool teachers, except special education 23,860 0.94 240
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 29,860 0.93 1,380
Stock clerks and order fillers 21,210 0.93 780
Cooks, restaurant 20,120 0.93 550
Computer support specialists 38,850 0.93 210
Registered nurses 56,600 0.92 1,180
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 16,240 0.92 110
Business operations specialists, all other 53,760 0.91 190
First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 52,890 0.91 180
First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 40,990 0.91 430
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 21,800 0.91 500

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