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St. Louis Employment

Employment and Industries in the St. Louis, Missouri Area

Spanning parts of Missouri, and Illinois, the St. Louis Metropolitan area has a very strong and diverse economy. It is home to twenty Fortune 1000 company headquarters, ten of which are in the Fortune 500. The largest company headquartered in St. Louis is Emerson Electric, and the most famous is probably Anheuser-Busch.

In its 2006 list of "Best Cities for Doing Business" in the United States, Inc. magazine ranked the St. Louis metropolitan area forty-ninth in the large cities category. The criteria used in the compiling the list emphasizes regional growth. St Louis also fared well in on Forbes magazine's 2004 list of "Best Places for Business". Forbes ranked St. Louis sixty-fifth out of 150 metropolitan areas. Factors taken into consideration in the Forbes list include cost of labor, energy, taxes, and office space. Expansion Management magazine also named the St. Louis area as a "5-Star Business Opportunity Metro". St. Louis achieved this by ranking in the top 20 percent of metropolitan areas in the United States in areas such as "legislative influences on the business climate, transportation and logistics infrastructure, quality of life, public education, and other areas important to corporate site selectors."

The St. Louis area has a diverse and well educated work force, driven by the over 25 institutions of higher learning in the metropolitan area.

The St. Louis Metropolitan area has a broad economy with the largest number of jobs in the service and retail industry. Major industries in the greater St. Louis area include plant and life sciences, advanced manufacturing, information technology, transportation and distribution, and financial services. Because of its central location and excellent transportation infrastructure, St. Louis is a major national center of wholesale trade.

The manufacturing sector, while declining, is still major force in the St. Louis area economy. It provides nearly 20% of the area's aggregate wage and salary income. The St. Louis area has many automobile manufacturing facilities. There are two DaimlerChrysler plants in Fenton, a General Motors plant in Wentzville, and a Ford Motor Company plant in Hazelwood. Boeing (formerly McDonnell-Douglas) manufactures the F/A-18 Super Hornet and JDAM smart bombs in St. Louis. St. Louis is the headquarters for Boeing's twenty-seven billion dollar Integrated Defense Systems division, and Boeing's Phantom Works research and development operation.

St. Louis is also a major shipping port. The Port St. Louis is the third largest inland port in the United States, and one of the twenty-five largest ports in the entire country. Is is the northernmost point on the Mississippi River that normally remains ice-free and open throughout the year. It is also the southernmost point that provides lock-free navigation to the Gulf of Mexico.

For the business traveler, the St. Louis area is served by the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL), which is located in northwest St. Louis County. Lambert is one of the twenty-five busiest airports in North America for both aircraft operations and passenger volume.

Some notable companies in the St. Louis metropolitan area include:

  • A.G. Edwards
  • Ameren
  • Anheuser-Busch
  • Arch Coal
  • Brown Shoe
  • Centene
  • Charter Communications
  • Emerson Electric
  • Energizer Holdings
  • Express Scripts
  • Furniture Brands Intl.
  • Graybar Electric
  • Kellwood
  • Laclede Group
  • Maverick Tube
  • Monsanto
  • Peabody Energy
  • Ralcorp Holdings
  • Sigma-Aldrich
  • Solutia

Major business organizations in the St. Louis metropolitan area include:

The St. Louis Business Journal, St. Louis Commerce Magazine, St. Louis Small Business Monthly and the "Business Section" of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch are all excellent sources of information on business in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

Jobs in St Louis

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 1345100 $48240 $23.19 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 222240 $37070 $17.82 14.8
3 Sales and Related Occupations 136350 $39820 $19.14 10.15
4 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 133050 $22010 $10.58 8.3
5 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 88280 $69890 $33.6 5.75
6 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 81900 $35630 $17.13 6.45
7 Production Occupations 79100 $38740 $18.62 5.85
8 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 76380 $55570 $26.72 6.15
9 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 73690 $73070 $35.13 5.05
10 Management Occupations 66660 $114430 $55.02 6.05
11 Construction and Extraction Occupations 51930 $58240 $28 4.4
12 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 50270 $46990 $22.59 3.8
13 Personal Care and Service Occupations 48880 $24430 $11.74 4.1
14 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 46000 $82930 $39.87 2.8
15 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 42750 $26810 $12.89 3.7
16 Healthcare Support Occupations 39900 $28460 $13.68 3.05
17 Retail Salespersons 39680 $28370 $13.64 3.1
18 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 36750 $20080 $9.66 2.15
19 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 34820 $35140 $16.9 1.6
20 Registered Nurses 33660 $62760 $30.18 1.9
21 Cashiers 32810 $22260 $10.7 2.25
22 Protective Service Occupations 28650 $43100 $20.72 2.25
23 Customer Service Representatives 28070 $35880 $17.25 1.75
24 Waiters and Waitresses 26100 $20270 $9.75 1.6
25 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 23680 $31790 $15.29 1.6
26 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 22590 $24750 $11.9 1.6
27 Office Clerks, General 22440 $32650 $15.7 2
28 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 21420 $81670 $39.27 1.65
29 General and Operations Managers 21230 $117170 $56.33 1.4
30 Community and Social Service Occupations 19010 $41470 $19.94 1.65
31 Personal Care Aides 18920 $21320 $10.25 1.3
32 Nursing Assistants 18540 $25650 $12.33 1.05
33 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 18320 $50470 $24.26 1.7
34 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 17780 $28140 $13.53 1.2
35 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 15080 $39650 $19.06 1.1
36 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 13880 $47290 $22.73 1.2
37 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 13190 $39300 $18.9 0.9
38 Cooks, Restaurant 13100 $23840 $11.46 0.75
39 Accountants and Auditors 12590 $75670 $36.38 0.9
40 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 12480 $70840 $34.06 1
41 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 12260 $58230 $28 1
42 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 11590 $55070 $26.48 0.6
43 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 11370 $41930 $20.16 1
44 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 10670 $32420 $15.59 0.6
45 Legal Occupations 9670 $91800 $44.14 0.8
46 Construction Laborers 9650 $49240 $23.68 0.8
47 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 9560 $60320 $29 0.9
48 Security Guards 9180 $28350 $13.63 0.7
49 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 8710 $72730 $34.97 0.7
50 Team Assemblers 8540 $35410 $17.03 0.75
51 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 8100 $28730 $13.81 0.8
52 Food Preparation Workers 7970 $21390 $10.28 0.6
53 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 7640 $22670 $10.9 1
54 Receptionists and Information Clerks 7610 $25640 $12.33 0.7
55 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 7590 $37580 $18.07 0.6
56 Medical Secretaries 7580 $33640 $16.17 0.4
57 Carpenters 7560 $59490 $28.6 0.6
58 Computer Systems Analysts 7290 $93730 $45.06 0.4
59 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 7260 $44730 $21.5 0.5
60 Computer User Support Specialists 7220 $50090 $24.08 0.4
61 Software Developers, Applications 6550 $99200 $47.69 0.5
62 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 6480 $53430 $25.69 0.45
63 Bartenders 6450 $21360 $10.27 0.4
64 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 6310 $42670 $20.51 0.5
65 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 6090 $54370 $26.14 0.5
66 Childcare Workers 5940 $22990 $11.05 0.8
67 Home Health Aides 5910 $22880 $11 0.7
68 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 5890 $30500 $14.67 0.3
69 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 5760 $67860 $32.63 0.35
70 Lawyers 5580 $118160 $56.81 0.5
71 Billing and Posting Clerks 5260 $37080 $17.83 0.35
72 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 5260 $62510 $30.05 0.4
73 Packers and Packagers, Hand 5250 $23740 $11.41 0.45
74 Electricians 5050 $66950 $32.19 0.4
75 Human Resources Specialists 5040 $63040 $30.31 0.3
76 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 5010 $35300 $16.97 0.4
77 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 4960 $25030 $12.04 0.3
78 Medical Assistants 4950 $31440 $15.12 0.45
79 Cooks, Fast Food 4910 $19120 $9.19 0.3
80 Financial Managers 4900 $142030 $68.29 0.4
81 Tellers 4770 $27440 $13.19 0.3
82 Dishwashers 4750 $20840 $10.02 0.3
83 Pharmacy Technicians 4600 $31240 $15.02 0.25
84 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 4550 $84290 $40.52 0.3
85 Bill and Account Collectors 4500 $32670 $15.71 0.2
86 Computer Programmers 4150 $85010 $40.87 0.2
87 Substitute Teachers 4110 $26450 $12.72 0
88 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 4080 $63970 $30.76 0.3
89 Insurance Sales Agents 4070 $70830 $34.05 0.3
90 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 3990 $20010 $9.62 0.3
91 Driver/Sales Workers 3950 $28770 $13.83 0.3
92 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 3950 $44000 $21.15 0.3
93 Management Analysts 3910 $82270 $39.55 0.5
94 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 3900 $73450 $35.31 0.3
95 Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks 3860 $48500 $23.32 0.2
96 Helpers--Production Workers 3770 $26370 $12.68 0.3
97 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 3760 $34190 $16.44 0.35
98 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 3710 $19950 $9.59 0.25
99 Firefighters 3700 $59330 $28.53 0.2
100 Managers, All Other 3690 $106870 $51.38 0.65
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Jobs More Common Near St Louis Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 48,240 1,345,100
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 37,070 222,240
Sales and Related Occupations 39,820 136,350
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 22,010 133,050
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 69,890 88,280
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 35,630 81,900
Production Occupations 38,740 79,100
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 55,570 76,380
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 73,070 73,690
Management Occupations 114,430 66,660
Construction and Extraction Occupations 58,240 51,930
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 46,990 50,270
Personal Care and Service Occupations 24,430 48,880
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 82,930 46,000
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 26,810 42,750
Healthcare Support Occupations 28,460 39,900
Retail Salespersons 28,370 39,680
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 20,080 36,750
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 35,140 34,820
Registered Nurses 62,760 33,660
Cashiers 22,260 32,810
Protective Service Occupations 43,100 28,650
Customer Service Representatives 35,880 28,070
Waiters and Waitresses 20,270 26,100
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 31,790 23,680
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 24,750 22,590
Office Clerks, General 32,650 22,440
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 81,670 21,420
General and Operations Managers 117,170 21,230
Community and Social Service Occupations 41,470 19,010
Personal Care Aides 21,320 18,920
Nursing Assistants 25,650 18,540
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 50,470 18,320
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 28,140 17,780
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 39,650 15,080
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 47,290 13,880
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 39,300 13,190
Cooks, Restaurant 23,840 13,100
Accountants and Auditors 75,670 12,590
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 70,840 12,480
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 58,230 12,260
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 55,070 11,590
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 41,930 11,370
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 32,420 10,670
Legal Occupations 91,800 9,670
Construction Laborers 49,240 9,650
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 60,320 9,560
Security Guards 28,350 9,180
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 72,730 8,710
Team Assemblers 35,410 8,540

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 48,240 1,345,100
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 37,070 222,240
Sales and Related Occupations 39,820 136,350
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 69,890 88,280
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 35,630 81,900
Production Occupations 38,740 79,100
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 55,570 76,380
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 73,070 73,690
Management Occupations 114,430 66,660
Construction and Extraction Occupations 58,240 51,930
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 46,990 50,270
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 82,930 46,000
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 26,810 42,750
Healthcare Support Occupations 28,460 39,900
Retail Salespersons 28,370 39,680
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 35,140 34,820
Registered Nurses 62,760 33,660
Protective Service Occupations 43,100 28,650
Customer Service Representatives 35,880 28,070
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 31,790 23,680
Office Clerks, General 32,650 22,440
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 81,670 21,420
General and Operations Managers 117,170 21,230
Community and Social Service Occupations 41,470 19,010
Nursing Assistants 25,650 18,540
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 50,470 18,320
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 28,140 17,780
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 39,650 15,080
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 47,290 13,880
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 39,300 13,190
Accountants and Auditors 75,670 12,590
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 70,840 12,480
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 58,230 12,260
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 55,070 11,590
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 41,930 11,370
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 32,420 10,670
Legal Occupations 91,800 9,670
Construction Laborers 49,240 9,650
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 60,320 9,560
Security Guards 28,350 9,180
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 72,730 8,710
Team Assemblers 35,410 8,540
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 28,730 8,100
Receptionists and Information Clerks 25,640 7,610
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 37,580 7,590
Medical Secretaries 33,640 7,580
Carpenters 59,490 7,560
Computer Systems Analysts 93,730 7,290
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 44,730 7,260
Computer User Support Specialists 50,090 7,220

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