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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

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 1043300 $48900 $23.51 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 178710 $36800 $17.69 14.8
3 Sales and Related Occupations 106520 $40920 $19.67 10.15
4 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 91050 $21910 $10.53 8.3
5 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 68520 $36030 $17.32 6.45
6 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 66300 $75560 $36.33 5.75
7 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 64700 $70910 $34.09 5.05
8 Production Occupations 62670 $39290 $18.89 5.85
9 Management Occupations 55310 $111920 $53.81 6.05
10 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 55110 $46920 $22.56 6.15
11 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 44310 $79300 $38.13 2.8
12 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 40760 $45440 $21.85 3.8
13 Construction and Extraction Occupations 38580 $52600 $25.29 4.4
14 Personal Care and Service Occupations 32390 $24840 $11.94 4.1
15 Retail Salespersons 31730 $27020 $12.99 3.1
16 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 27520 $27620 $13.28 3.7
17 Customer Service Representatives 26850 $36070 $17.34 1.75
18 Healthcare Support Occupations 25160 $30330 $14.58 3.05
19 Cashiers 24530 $21710 $10.44 2.25
20 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 23080 $35120 $16.89 1.6
21 Registered Nurses 22640 $64510 $31.01 1.9
22 Protective Service Occupations 22630 $42700 $20.53 2.25
23 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 21060 $19680 $9.46 2.15
24 Waiters and Waitresses 19050 $21220 $10.2 1.6
25 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 18420 $77920 $37.46 1.65
26 Office Clerks, General 17940 $31760 $15.27 2
27 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 16960 $29710 $14.28 1.6
28 General and Operations Managers 16680 $111280 $53.5 1.4
29 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 15210 $45520 $21.88 1.2
30 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 15090 $26160 $12.58 1.2
31 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 14350 $54030 $25.98 1.7
32 Community and Social Service Occupations 13030 $42940 $20.64 1.65
33 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 12810 $26860 $12.91 1.6
34 Team Assemblers 12800 $40080 $19.27 0.75
35 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 12430 $66460 $31.95 1
36 Nursing Assistants 11980 $27010 $12.98 1.05
37 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 11700 $39380 $18.93 1.1
38 Accountants and Auditors 11450 $67980 $32.68 0.9
39 Personal Care Aides 10820 $21960 $10.56 1.3
40 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 10630 $57060 $27.43 1
41 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 9870 $37540 $18.05 0.9
42 Legal Occupations 8780 $90770 $43.64 0.8
43 Software Developers, Applications 8330 $91240 $43.87 0.5
44 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 8330 $41230 $19.82 1
45 Cooks, Restaurant 7990 $24090 $11.58 0.75
46 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 7950 $64950 $31.23 0.6
47 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 7760 $75250 $36.18 0.7
48 Security Guards 7720 $31130 $14.96 0.7
49 Computer User Support Specialists 7600 $49230 $23.67 0.4
50 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 7450 $64490 $31 0.9
51 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 7230 $30910 $14.86 0.6
52 Food Preparation Workers 6780 $20390 $9.8 0.6
53 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 6700 $36850 $17.72 0.6
54 Computer Systems Analysts 6690 $85370 $41.05 0.4
55 Construction Laborers 6590 $42530 $20.45 0.8
56 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 6550 $28680 $13.79 0.8
57 Receptionists and Information Clerks 6240 $29000 $13.94 0.7
58 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 5500 $53480 $25.71 0.5
59 Childcare Workers 5440 $20850 $10.03 0.8
60 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 5380 $33320 $16.02 0.4
61 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 5320 $66120 $31.79 0.35
62 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 5120 $21600 $10.38 1
63 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 4860 $42320 $20.34 0.5
64 Lawyers 4810 $120160 $57.77 0.5
65 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 4780 $42630 $20.49 0.5
66 Packers and Packagers, Hand 4740 $23680 $11.38 0.45
67 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 4620 $55480 $26.67 0.45
68 Human Resources Specialists 4600 $60750 $29.21 0.3
69 Electricians 4590 $61510 $29.57 0.4
70 Management Analysts 4490 $91330 $43.91 0.5
71 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 4460 $79530 $38.23 0.3
72 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 4420 $60700 $29.18 0.4
73 Carpenters 4270 $50970 $24.51 0.6
74 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 4260 $31400 $15.1 0.3
75 Insurance Sales Agents 3930 $67170 $32.29 0.3
76 Driver/Sales Workers 3880 $29560 $14.21 0.3
77 Medical Secretaries 3830 $34930 $16.79 0.4
78 Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators 3830 $66500 $31.97 0.2
79 Computer and Information Systems Managers 3730 $128370 $61.72 0.25
80 Bartenders 3700 $21350 $10.27 0.4
81 Billing and Posting Clerks 3660 $38580 $18.55 0.35
82 Financial Managers 3660 $132840 $63.86 0.4
83 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 3610 $39110 $18.8 0.35
84 Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 3570 $201800 $97.02 0.2
85 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 3560 $59480 $28.59 0.3
86 Pharmacy Technicians 3530 $30990 $14.9 0.25
87 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 3510 $34800 $16.73 0.25
88 Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment 3480 $23840 $11.46 0.2
89 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 3480 $42800 $20.58 0.3
90 Cooks, Fast Food 3430 $18640 $8.96 0.3
91 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 3390 $72490 $34.85 0.4
92 Tellers 3380 $26450 $12.72 0.3
93 Managers, All Other 3300 $111520 $53.62 0.65
94 Medical Assistants 3280 $33490 $16.1 0.45
95 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 3270 $23980 $11.53 0.3
96 Software Developers, Systems Software 3230 $97730 $46.99 0.3
97 Bill and Account Collectors 3200 $34860 $16.76 0.2
98 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 3180 $20240 $9.73 0.3
99 Dishwashers 3140 $19910 $9.57 0.3
100 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 3090 $19930 $9.58 0.25
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Jobs More Common Near Kansas City Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 48,900 1,043,300
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 36,800 178,710
Sales and Related Occupations 40,920 106,520
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 21,910 91,050
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 36,030 68,520
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 75,560 66,300
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 70,910 64,700
Production Occupations 39,290 62,670
Management Occupations 111,920 55,310
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 46,920 55,110
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 79,300 44,310
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 45,440 40,760
Construction and Extraction Occupations 52,600 38,580
Personal Care and Service Occupations 24,840 32,390
Retail Salespersons 27,020 31,730
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 27,620 27,520
Customer Service Representatives 36,070 26,850
Healthcare Support Occupations 30,330 25,160
Cashiers 21,710 24,530
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 35,120 23,080
Registered Nurses 64,510 22,640
Protective Service Occupations 42,700 22,630
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 19,680 21,060
Waiters and Waitresses 21,220 19,050
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 77,920 18,420
Office Clerks, General 31,760 17,940
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 29,710 16,960
General and Operations Managers 111,280 16,680
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 45,520 15,210
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 26,160 15,090
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 54,030 14,350
Community and Social Service Occupations 42,940 13,030
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 26,860 12,810
Team Assemblers 40,080 12,800
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 66,460 12,430
Nursing Assistants 27,010 11,980
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 39,380 11,700
Accountants and Auditors 67,980 11,450
Personal Care Aides 21,960 10,820
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 57,060 10,630
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 37,540 9,870
Legal Occupations 90,770 8,780
Software Developers, Applications 91,240 8,330
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 41,230 8,330
Cooks, Restaurant 24,090 7,990
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 64,950 7,950
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 75,250 7,760
Security Guards 31,130 7,720
Computer User Support Specialists 49,230 7,600
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 64,490 7,450

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 48,900 1,043,300
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 36,800 178,710
Sales and Related Occupations 40,920 106,520
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 36,030 68,520
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 75,560 66,300
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 70,910 64,700
Production Occupations 39,290 62,670
Management Occupations 111,920 55,310
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 46,920 55,110
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 79,300 44,310
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 45,440 40,760
Construction and Extraction Occupations 52,600 38,580
Retail Salespersons 27,020 31,730
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 27,620 27,520
Customer Service Representatives 36,070 26,850
Healthcare Support Occupations 30,330 25,160
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 35,120 23,080
Registered Nurses 64,510 22,640
Protective Service Occupations 42,700 22,630
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 77,920 18,420
Office Clerks, General 31,760 17,940
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 29,710 16,960
General and Operations Managers 111,280 16,680
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 45,520 15,210
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 26,160 15,090
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 54,030 14,350
Community and Social Service Occupations 42,940 13,030
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 26,860 12,810
Team Assemblers 40,080 12,800
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 66,460 12,430
Nursing Assistants 27,010 11,980
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 39,380 11,700
Accountants and Auditors 67,980 11,450
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 57,060 10,630
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 37,540 9,870
Legal Occupations 90,770 8,780
Software Developers, Applications 91,240 8,330
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 41,230 8,330
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 64,950 7,950
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 75,250 7,760
Security Guards 31,130 7,720
Computer User Support Specialists 49,230 7,600
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 64,490 7,450
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 30,910 7,230
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 36,850 6,700
Computer Systems Analysts 85,370 6,690
Construction Laborers 42,530 6,590
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 28,680 6,550
Receptionists and Information Clerks 29,000 6,240
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 53,480 5,500

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