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Kansas City Employment

Employment and Industries in the Kansas City, Missouri Area

The Kansas City metropolitan area sprawls across parts of both Missouri and Kansas. As might be expected for a large metropolitan area, the Kansas City area has a thriving economy. The Kansas City metropolitan area is home to eight Fortune 1000 company headquarters. The largest company headquartered in the Kansas City area is YRC Worldwide, the most famous is probably H&R Block.

Historically known for beef and its large rail network, major industries in the Kansas City area now include:

  • Distribution
  • Education
  • Government
  • Health services
  • Inter modal transportation
  • Manufacturing
  • Professional and business services
  • Warehousing

Helping to fuel the Kansas City economy is a well educated work force. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, almost 27% of the Kansas City population has a college degree or higher. In 2005, Central Connecticut State University ranked Kansas City in the top 15 most literate cities in the United States.

Business honors and awards received by the Kansas City area include:

  • The Kansas City metropolitan area was ranked 11th among the top fifty large U.S. cities on Entrepreneur magazine's 2005 list of "Hot Cities for Entrepreneurs". Entrepreneur also ranked Kansas City tenth for "rapid growth rank".
  • The Kansas City metropolitan area was ranked 20th on Expansion Management's list of "America's 50 Hottest Cities".
  • Expansion Management also ranks Kansas City as a "Five Star Business Opportunity Metro".
  • The Kansas City metropolitan area ranked in the top fifty among large U.S. Cities in Inc. magazine's 2006 list of "Best Cities for Doing Business". In 2004 and 2005, Kansas city ranked second for "Most Balanced Economy and Growth".
  • The Kansas City area was ranked 68th on Forbes magazine's list of the "Best Places For Business And Careers" (out of the 200 largest metropolitan areas).

For business travelers, the Kansas City area is served by the Kansas City International Airport (MCI). The airport serves almost ten million passengers a year making it one of the busier airports in the United States.

Fortune 1000 companies with headquarters in the Kansas City area include:

  • AMC Entertainment
  • Aquila
  • DST Systems
  • Ferrellgas Partners
  • Great Plains Energy
  • H&R Block
  • Seaboard
  • YRC Worldwide

Other companies with headquarters or major operations in the Kansas City metropolitan area include:

  • American Century Companies
  • Andrews McMeel Universal
  • Applebee's restaurant chain
  • Black and Veatch
  • Burns and McDonnell
  • Cerner
  • Commerce Bancshares
  • Garmin
  • Hallmark Cards
  • Inergy
  • Interstate Bakeries Corporation
  • J.E. Dunn Construction Group
  • Kansas City Power and Light Company
  • Kansas City Southern Industries
  • Lockton Companies
  • Premium Standard Farms
  • Russell Stover Candies
  • Sprint Nextel Corporation
  • The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States of America
  • Wolferman's bakery

Business organizations and associations in the Kansas City area include:

The Kansas City Business Journal and the "Business Section" of the Kansas City Star are good sources of information on the Kansas City area economy and Kansas City business.

Jobs in Kansas City

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations1055320$49,460$23.78100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations174610$37,270$17.9214.35
3Sales and Related Occupations107120$40,370$19.419.9
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations93080$22,690$10.918.55
5Transportation and Material Moving Occupations70610$37,240$17.96.55
6Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations69540$74,960$36.045.8
7Business and Financial Operations Occupations66290$71,440$34.345.25
8Production Occupations63230$39,860$19.175.7
9Education, Training, and Library Occupations55580$47,640$22.96.05
10Management Occupations54080$115,570$55.566.15
11Computer and Mathematical Occupations44440$79,800$38.362.9
12Construction and Extraction Occupations40560$53,840$25.894.45
13Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations39000$46,560$22.383.8
14Personal Care and Service Occupations36930$25,420$12.224.3
15Retail Salespersons30490$26,980$12.972.85
16Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations28370$28,500$13.73.65
17Customer Service Representatives26810$35,910$17.271.75
18Healthcare Support Occupations25700$30,870$14.843
19Registered Nurses25310$65,490$31.481.95
20Cashiers24970$21,810$10.492.2
21Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food23070$19,960$9.62.3
22Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive22710$35,730$17.181.5
23Protective Service Occupations22430$44,650$21.472.2
24Architecture and Engineering Occupations20370$77,580$37.31.7
25Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand17890$30,200$14.521.7
26Waiters and Waitresses17080$22,610$10.871.7
27General and Operations Managers16080$113,020$54.341.5
28Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers15990$47,990$23.071.2
29Stock Clerks and Order Fillers15790$27,090$13.021.3
30Office Clerks, General15690$32,580$15.661.9
31Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers15190$40,590$19.510
32Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations14390$53,900$25.911.8
33Personal Care Aides14020$22,320$10.731.5
34Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners13000$27,320$13.141.55
35Community and Social Service Occupations12560$43,480$20.91.65
36Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products12300$65,070$31.280.9
37Nursing Assistants12260$27,150$13.051
38Accountants and Auditors11770$68,480$32.920.9
39Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks11490$40,400$19.421.05
40First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers10430$57,510$27.650.95
41Maintenance and Repair Workers, General9410$39,640$19.060.9
42Sales Representatives, Services, All Other9090$66,840$32.140.6
43Legal Occupations9060$88,530$42.560.8
44Cooks, Restaurant8620$25,350$12.190.8
45First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers8270$40,310$19.381
46Software Developers, Applications8260$90,330$43.430.55
47First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers7720$31,320$15.060.6
48Security Guards7690$34,970$16.810.7
49Business Operations Specialists, All Other7650$78,930$37.950.7
50Computer User Support Specialists7280$48,220$23.180.4
51Construction Laborers7210$43,530$20.930.8
52Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers6990$30,650$14.730.8
53Computer Systems Analysts6980$84,710$40.730.4
54Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers6670$36,280$17.440.6
55Food Preparation Workers6610$21,370$10.270.6
56Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations6600$68,840$33.10.8
57Substitute Teachers5900$31,180$14.990
58Receptionists and Information Clerks5790$28,800$13.840.7
59Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists5700$65,570$31.530.4
60Childcare Workers5640$21,940$10.550.8
61Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners5340$22,240$10.690.9
62Lawyers5190$112,350$54.010.5
63Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses5010$44,500$21.390.5
64Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics5000$43,500$20.920.5
65Human Resources Specialists4980$63,910$30.720.35
66Network and Computer Systems Administrators4870$80,950$38.920.25
67Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks4800$34,690$16.680.4
68Electricians4580$62,670$30.130.4
69Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators4570$38,460$18.490.35
70Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants4530$56,400$27.120.35
71Medical Secretaries4320$34,330$16.510.4
72Management Analysts4300$94,000$45.190.5
73Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers4220$53,700$25.820.4
74Bus Drivers, School or Special Client4190$31,820$15.30.3
75First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers4140$62,180$29.90.4
76Bartenders4120$22,880$110.4
77Carpenters4020$53,030$25.50.7
78Insurance Sales Agents4020$62,790$30.190.3
79Computer and Information Systems Managers3940$128,790$61.920.2
80Financial Managers3930$136,510$65.630.4
81Packers and Packagers, Hand3810$27,060$13.010.45
82Medical Assistants3760$33,760$16.230.45
83Billing and Posting Clerks3720$39,220$18.860.3
84Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers3720$42,410$20.390.3
85Driver/Sales Workers3710$29,580$14.220.3
86Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders3600$36,390$17.50.2
87Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators3590$69,860$33.590.2
88Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria3550$25,410$12.220.3
89Tellers3520$27,530$13.240.3
90Cooks, Fast Food3510$19,320$9.290.3
91Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop3470$20,500$9.850.3
92Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters3470$60,250$28.970.3
93First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers3460$72,970$35.080.4
94Pharmacy Technicians3370$31,250$15.020.3
95Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop3300$20,540$9.870.3
96Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment3290$25,480$12.250.2
97Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks3250$37,990$18.270.2
98First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers3150$60,970$29.310.3
99Software Developers, Systems Software3120$99,780$47.970.3
100Dishwashers3060$20,610$9.910.3
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Jobs More Common Near Kansas City Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$49,4601,055,320
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$37,270174,610
Sales and Related Occupations$40,370107,120
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$22,69093,080
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$37,24070,610
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$74,96069,540
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$71,44066,290
Production Occupations$39,86063,230
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$47,64055,580
Management Occupations$115,57054,080
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$79,80044,440
Construction and Extraction Occupations$53,84040,560
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$46,56039,000
Personal Care and Service Occupations$25,42036,930
Retail Salespersons$26,98030,490
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$28,50028,370
Customer Service Representatives$35,91026,810
Healthcare Support Occupations$30,87025,700
Registered Nurses$65,49025,310
Cashiers$21,81024,970
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$19,96023,070
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$35,73022,710
Protective Service Occupations$44,65022,430
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$77,58020,370
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$30,20017,890
Waiters and Waitresses$22,61017,080
General and Operations Managers$113,02016,080
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$47,99015,990
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$27,09015,790
Office Clerks, General$32,58015,690
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$40,59015,190
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$53,90014,390
Personal Care Aides$22,32014,020
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$27,32013,000
Community and Social Service Occupations$43,48012,560
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$65,07012,300
Nursing Assistants$27,15012,260
Accountants and Auditors$68,48011,770
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$40,40011,490
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$57,51010,430
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$39,6409,410
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$66,8409,090
Legal Occupations$88,5309,060
Cooks, Restaurant$25,3508,620
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$40,3108,270
Software Developers, Applications$90,3308,260
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$31,3207,720
Security Guards$34,9707,690
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$78,9307,650
Computer User Support Specialists$48,2207,280

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$49,4601,055,320
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$37,270174,610
Sales and Related Occupations$40,370107,120
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$37,24070,610
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$74,96069,540
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$71,44066,290
Production Occupations$39,86063,230
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$47,64055,580
Management Occupations$115,57054,080
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$79,80044,440
Construction and Extraction Occupations$53,84040,560
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$46,56039,000
Personal Care and Service Occupations$25,42036,930
Retail Salespersons$26,98030,490
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$28,50028,370
Customer Service Representatives$35,91026,810
Healthcare Support Occupations$30,87025,700
Registered Nurses$65,49025,310
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$35,73022,710
Protective Service Occupations$44,65022,430
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$77,58020,370
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$30,20017,890
General and Operations Managers$113,02016,080
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$47,99015,990
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$27,09015,790
Office Clerks, General$32,58015,690
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$40,59015,190
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$53,90014,390
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$27,32013,000
Community and Social Service Occupations$43,48012,560
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$65,07012,300
Nursing Assistants$27,15012,260
Accountants and Auditors$68,48011,770
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$40,40011,490
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$57,51010,430
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$39,6409,410
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$66,8409,090
Legal Occupations$88,5309,060
Cooks, Restaurant$25,3508,620
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$40,3108,270
Software Developers, Applications$90,3308,260
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$31,3207,720
Security Guards$34,9707,690
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$78,9307,650
Computer User Support Specialists$48,2207,280
Construction Laborers$43,5307,210
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$30,6506,990
Computer Systems Analysts$84,7106,980
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$36,2806,670
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$68,8406,600

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