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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

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 91670 $44590 $21.44 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 14710 $33120 $15.93 14.8
3 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 10460 $21240 $10.21 8.3
4 Sales and Related Occupations 9660 $33560 $16.13 10.15
5 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 8320 $76890 $36.96 5.75
6 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 6950 $69420 $33.37 6.15
7 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 4490 $57690 $27.73 5.05
8 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 4340 $30260 $14.55 6.45
9 Management Occupations 4130 $89250 $42.91 6.05
10 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 3670 $40030 $19.25 3.8
11 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 3460 $19890 $9.56 2.15
12 Retail Salespersons 3370 $24650 $11.85 3.1
13 Production Occupations 3340 $34520 $16.6 5.85
14 Registered Nurses 3270 $59490 $28.6 1.9
15 Construction and Extraction Occupations 3260 $45030 $21.65 4.4
16 Personal Care and Service Occupations 3020 $26410 $12.7 4.1
17 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 2920 $58700 $28.22 2.8
18 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 2780 $26900 $12.93 3.7
19 Healthcare Support Occupations 2500 $26680 $12.83 3.05
20 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 2440 $31210 $15.01 1.6
21 Office Clerks, General 2280 $30520 $14.67 2
22 Cashiers 2180 $20850 $10.03 2.25
23 Community and Social Service Occupations 1900 $40970 $19.7 1.65
24 Waiters and Waitresses 1760 $18890 $9.08 1.6
25 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 1720 $55670 $26.76 1.7
26 General and Operations Managers 1420 $74940 $36.03 1.4
27 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 1280 $32890 $15.81 0.9
28 Cooks, Restaurant 1210 $22360 $10.75 0.75
29 Customer Service Representatives 1150 $31250 $15.02 1.75
30 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1150 $26050 $12.53 1.6
31 Personal Care Aides 1140 $22970 $11.04 1.3
32 Nursing Assistants 1060 $24820 $11.94 1.05
33 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 1020 $64510 $31.02 1.65
34 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 1010 $23920 $11.5 1.2
35 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 950 $54890 $26.39 0.9
36 Protective Service Occupations 940 $35730 $17.18 2.25
37 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 890 $42470 $20.42 1
38 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 890 $51650 $24.83 1
39 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 880 $28070 $13.5 0.6
40 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 840 $29260 $14.07 1.6
41 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 840 $35120 $16.88 1.1
42 Construction Laborers 750 $42560 $20.46 0.8
43 Medical Secretaries 730 $31260 $15.03 0.4
44 Computer User Support Specialists 720 $40750 $19.59 0.4
45 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 710 $39560 $19.02 0.6
46 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 690 $56790 $27.3 1
47 Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors 670 $43190 $20.76 0.2
48 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 660 $20950 $10.07 1
49 Driver/Sales Workers 640 $20370 $9.79 0.3
50 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 640 $39180 $18.84 0.5
51 Accountants and Auditors 580 $63140 $30.36 0.9
52 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 560 $24430 $11.74 0.3
53 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 550 $41400 $19.91 1.2
54 Receptionists and Information Clerks 540 $25320 $12.17 0.7
55 Insurance Sales Agents 530 $63600 $30.58 0.3
56 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 530 $18890 $9.08 0.25
57 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 520 $27750 $13.34 0.8
58 Carpenters 510 $47900 $23.03 0.6
59 Loan Officers 480 $51850 $24.93 0.2
60 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 480 $38380 $18.45 0.5
61 Legal Occupations 460 $84280 $40.52 0.8
62 Family and General Practitioners 450 $227090 $109.18 0.1
63 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 440 $51890 $24.95 0.5
64 Childcare Workers 430 $24080 $11.58 0.8
65 Home Health Aides 430 $22050 $10.6 0.7
66 Billing and Posting Clerks 420 $36220 $17.41 0.35
67 Substitute Teachers 420 $19870 $9.55 0
68 Public Relations Specialists 420 $46230 $22.23 0.2
69 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians 420 $34500 $16.59 0.1
70 Child, Family, and School Social Workers 410 $35140 $16.89 0.2
71 Security Guards 410 $27330 $13.14 0.7
72 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 410 $52870 $25.42 0.6
73 Tellers 410 $23070 $11.09 0.3
74 Insurance Underwriters 400 $58580 $28.16 0.1
75 Computer Programmers 390 $63670 $30.61 0.2
76 Bartenders 380 $23000 $11.06 0.4
77 Loan Interviewers and Clerks 370 $34620 $16.65 0.1
78 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 370 $30050 $14.45 0.4
79 Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 340 $192840 $92.71 0.2
80 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 340 $20780 $9.99 0.3
81 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 330 $60920 $29.29 0.3
82 Team Assemblers 330 $27550 $13.25 0.75
83 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 330 $24560 $11.81 0.3
84 Instructional Coordinators 320 $39020 $18.76 0.1
85 Food Preparation Workers 320 $20900 $10.05 0.6
86 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 320 $21210 $10.2 0.3
87 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 320 $65360 $31.42 0.3
88 Packers and Packagers, Hand 310 $20870 $10.03 0.45
89 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 310 $45410 $21.83 0.3
90 Human Resources Specialists 310 $49740 $23.91 0.3
91 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 300 $55480 $26.67 0.35
92 Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks 280 $40120 $19.29 0.2
93 Pharmacy Technicians 280 $29940 $14.39 0.25
94 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 270 $25380 $12.2 0.4
95 Dishwashers 270 $19120 $9.19 0.3
96 Medical and Health Services Managers 270 $93420 $44.91 0.2
97 Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators 260 $55470 $26.67 0.2
98 Electricians 250 $49700 $23.9 0.4
99 Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents 250 $51620 $24.82 0.2
100 Counter and Rental Clerks 250 $26180 $12.59 0.3
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Jobs More Common Near Columbia Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 44,590 91,670
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 33,120 14,710
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 21,240 10,460
Sales and Related Occupations 33,560 9,660
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 76,890 8,320
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 69,420 6,950
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 57,690 4,490
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 30,260 4,340
Management Occupations 89,250 4,130
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 40,030 3,670
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 19,890 3,460
Retail Salespersons 24,650 3,370
Production Occupations 34,520 3,340
Registered Nurses 59,490 3,270
Construction and Extraction Occupations 45,030 3,260
Personal Care and Service Occupations 26,410 3,020
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 58,700 2,920
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 26,900 2,780
Healthcare Support Occupations 26,680 2,500
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 31,210 2,440
Office Clerks, General 30,520 2,280
Cashiers 20,850 2,180
Community and Social Service Occupations 40,970 1,900
Waiters and Waitresses 18,890 1,760
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 55,670 1,720
General and Operations Managers 74,940 1,420
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 32,890 1,280
Cooks, Restaurant 22,360 1,210
Customer Service Representatives 31,250 1,150
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 26,050 1,150
Personal Care Aides 22,970 1,140
Nursing Assistants 24,820 1,060
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 64,510 1,020
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 23,920 1,010
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 54,890 950
Protective Service Occupations 35,730 940
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 42,470 890
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 51,650 890
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 28,070 880
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 29,260 840
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 35,120 840
Construction Laborers 42,560 750
Medical Secretaries 31,260 730
Computer User Support Specialists 40,750 720
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 39,560 710
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 56,790 690
Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors 43,190 670
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 20,950 660
Driver/Sales Workers 20,370 640
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 39,180 640

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 44,590 91,670
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 33,120 14,710
Sales and Related Occupations 33,560 9,660
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 76,890 8,320
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 69,420 6,950
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 57,690 4,490
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 30,260 4,340
Management Occupations 89,250 4,130
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 40,030 3,670
Production Occupations 34,520 3,340
Registered Nurses 59,490 3,270
Construction and Extraction Occupations 45,030 3,260
Personal Care and Service Occupations 26,410 3,020
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 58,700 2,920
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 26,900 2,780
Healthcare Support Occupations 26,680 2,500
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 31,210 2,440
Office Clerks, General 30,520 2,280
Community and Social Service Occupations 40,970 1,900
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 55,670 1,720
General and Operations Managers 74,940 1,420
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 32,890 1,280
Customer Service Representatives 31,250 1,150
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 26,050 1,150
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 64,510 1,020
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 54,890 950
Protective Service Occupations 35,730 940
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 42,470 890
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 51,650 890
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 28,070 880
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 29,260 840
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 35,120 840
Construction Laborers 42,560 750
Medical Secretaries 31,260 730
Computer User Support Specialists 40,750 720
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 39,560 710
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 56,790 690
Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors 43,190 670
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 39,180 640
Accountants and Auditors 63,140 580
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 41,400 550
Receptionists and Information Clerks 25,320 540
Insurance Sales Agents 63,600 530
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 27,750 520
Carpenters 47,900 510
Loan Officers 51,850 480
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 38,380 480
Legal Occupations 84,280 460
Family and General Practitioners 227,090 450
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 51,890 440

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