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Columbia Employment

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

Jobs in Columbia

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations92910$45,660$21.95100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations14510$33,940$16.3214.35
3Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations11000$22,310$10.738.55
4Sales and Related Occupations8970$33,330$16.029.9
5Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations8310$80,990$38.945.8
6Education, Training, and Library Occupations6610$72,720$34.966.05
7Transportation and Material Moving Occupations4760$31,290$15.046.55
8Business and Financial Operations Occupations4480$60,070$28.885.25
9Management Occupations4250$92,420$44.436.15
10Production Occupations3700$37,070$17.825.7
11Personal Care and Service Occupations3580$25,660$12.344.3
12Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations3480$40,800$19.623.8
13Construction and Extraction Occupations3240$47,530$22.854.45
14Registered Nurses3230$67,010$32.221.95
15Computer and Mathematical Occupations3040$61,890$29.762.9
16Retail Salespersons3010$27,370$13.162.85
17Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food2940$22,030$10.592.3
18Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations2830$27,550$13.253.65
19Healthcare Support Occupations2710$27,460$13.23
20Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive2660$32,830$15.781.5
21Cashiers2370$21,180$10.182.2
22Waiters and Waitresses2320$18,980$9.131.7
23Office Clerks, General2290$32,560$15.661.9
24Community and Social Service Occupations1980$41,220$19.821.65
25Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations1850$49,500$23.81.8
26General and Operations Managers1510$79,510$38.221.5
27Personal Care Aides1510$22,220$10.681.5
28Cooks, Restaurant1380$23,490$11.290.8
29Maintenance and Repair Workers, General1240$35,170$16.910.9
30Nursing Assistants1240$23,720$11.41
31Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1200$27,110$13.031.55
32Architecture and Engineering Occupations1130$69,360$33.351.7
33Customer Service Representatives1130$31,950$15.361.75
34Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations1000$56,160$270.8
35Stock Clerks and Order Fillers990$24,150$11.611.3
36Protective Service Occupations970$37,450$182.2
37Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand900$29,180$14.031.7
38Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks870$35,550$17.091.05
39Business Operations Specialists, All Other790$51,870$24.940.7
40Construction Laborers790$45,630$21.940.8
41First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers790$30,400$14.620.6
42Medical Secretaries790$30,330$14.580.4
43First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers780$52,270$25.130.95
44Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers710$36,490$17.540
45First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers700$41,520$19.961
46Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers680$36,620$17.610.6
47Bus Drivers, School or Special Client670$29,980$14.420.3
48Computer User Support Specialists660$42,650$20.50.4
49Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners660$21,510$10.340.9
50Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers610$41,110$19.761.2
51Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors600$44,790$21.530.2
52Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products600$55,720$26.790.9
53Accountants and Auditors580$60,650$29.160.9
54Carpenters580$50,470$24.260.7
55Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria570$24,960$120.3
56Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics560$40,860$19.640.5
57Childcare Workers560$24,900$11.970.8
58Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers530$27,790$13.360.8
59Bartenders480$25,730$12.370.4
60Family and General Practitioners480$239,320$115.060.1
61Billing and Posting Clerks460$36,490$17.540.3
62Food Preparation Workers460$22,750$10.940.6
63Computer Programmers440$64,390$30.950.2
64Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses440$40,230$19.340.5
65Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants410$54,490$26.20.35
66Sales Representatives, Services, All Other410$51,850$24.930.6
67Child, Family, and School Social Workers400$34,340$16.510.2
68Dishwashers400$18,940$9.110.3
69Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop400$18,880$9.070.3
70Packers and Packagers, Hand400$23,070$11.090.45
71Legal Occupations390$68,550$32.960.8
72Receptionists and Information Clerks390$25,300$12.160.7
73Security Guards390$28,650$13.770.7
74Public Relations Specialists380$50,960$24.50.2
75Driver/Sales Workers370$24,130$11.60.3
76Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators350$58,700$28.220.2
77Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks350$36,270$17.440.2
78Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks350$30,200$14.520.4
79Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists340$25,430$12.230.4
80Pharmacy Technicians340$28,450$13.680.3
81Software Developers, Applications340$81,150$39.020.55
82Human Resources Specialists330$50,460$24.260.35
83Instructional Coordinators330$40,840$19.630.1
84Cooks, Fast Food310$20,580$9.90.3
85Insurance Sales Agents310$58,710$28.230.3
86Insurance Underwriters310$54,240$26.080.1
87Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists300$48,480$23.310.4
88Network and Computer Systems Administrators300$68,770$33.060.25
89Medical and Health Services Managers290$96,590$46.440.25
90Physicians and Surgeons, All Other280$189,850$91.270.25
91Electricians270$52,370$25.180.4
92Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents270$47,820$22.990.2
93Tellers270$24,430$11.750.3
94Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers260$50,710$24.380.2
95Loan Interviewers and Clerks260$34,480$16.580.15
96Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers250$19,800$9.520.3
97Medical Assistants250$31,660$15.220.45
98Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers250$46,890$22.540.4
99Dental Assistants240$34,990$16.820.2
100Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators240$52,080$25.040.2
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Jobs More Common Near Columbia Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$45,66092,910
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$33,94014,510
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$22,31011,000
Sales and Related Occupations$33,3308,970
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$80,9908,310
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$72,7206,610
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$31,2904,760
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$60,0704,480
Management Occupations$92,4204,250
Production Occupations$37,0703,700
Personal Care and Service Occupations$25,6603,580
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$40,8003,480
Construction and Extraction Occupations$47,5303,240
Registered Nurses$67,0103,230
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$61,8903,040
Retail Salespersons$27,3703,010
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$22,0302,940
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$27,5502,830
Healthcare Support Occupations$27,4602,710
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$32,8302,660
Cashiers$21,1802,370
Waiters and Waitresses$18,9802,320
Office Clerks, General$32,5602,290
Community and Social Service Occupations$41,2201,980
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$49,5001,850
General and Operations Managers$79,5101,510
Personal Care Aides$22,2201,510
Cooks, Restaurant$23,4901,380
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$35,1701,240
Nursing Assistants$23,7201,240
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$27,1101,200
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$69,3601,130
Customer Service Representatives$31,9501,130
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$56,1601,000
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$24,150990
Protective Service Occupations$37,450970
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$29,180900
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$35,550870
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$51,870790
Construction Laborers$45,630790
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$30,400790
Medical Secretaries$30,330790
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$52,270780
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$36,490710
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$41,520700
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$36,620680
Bus Drivers, School or Special Client$29,980670
Computer User Support Specialists$42,650660
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$21,510660
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$41,110610

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$45,66092,910
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$33,94014,510
Sales and Related Occupations$33,3308,970
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$80,9908,310
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$72,7206,610
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$31,2904,760
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$60,0704,480
Management Occupations$92,4204,250
Production Occupations$37,0703,700
Personal Care and Service Occupations$25,6603,580
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$40,8003,480
Construction and Extraction Occupations$47,5303,240
Registered Nurses$67,0103,230
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$61,8903,040
Retail Salespersons$27,3703,010
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$27,5502,830
Healthcare Support Occupations$27,4602,710
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$32,8302,660
Office Clerks, General$32,5602,290
Community and Social Service Occupations$41,2201,980
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$49,5001,850
General and Operations Managers$79,5101,510
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$35,1701,240
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$27,1101,200
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$69,3601,130
Customer Service Representatives$31,9501,130
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$56,1601,000
Protective Service Occupations$37,450970
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$29,180900
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$35,550870
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$51,870790
Construction Laborers$45,630790
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$30,400790
Medical Secretaries$30,330790
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$52,270780
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$36,490710
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$41,520700
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$36,620680
Bus Drivers, School or Special Client$29,980670
Computer User Support Specialists$42,650660
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$41,110610
Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors$44,790600
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$55,720600
Accountants and Auditors$60,650580
Carpenters$50,470580
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$40,860560
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$27,790530
Bartenders$25,730480
Family and General Practitioners$239,320480
Billing and Posting Clerks$36,490460

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