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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

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations1356630$49,180$23.65100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations215810$37,720$18.1414.35
3Sales and Related Occupations134380$39,780$19.129.9
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations130730$22,590$10.868.55
5Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations95000$71,800$34.525.8
6Transportation and Material Moving Occupations87140$36,810$17.76.55
7Production Occupations81640$39,810$19.145.7
8Business and Financial Operations Occupations77210$74,050$35.65.25
9Education, Training, and Library Occupations70780$54,080$266.05
10Management Occupations66770$116,090$55.816.15
11Construction and Extraction Occupations53980$58,570$28.164.45
12Personal Care and Service Occupations53040$25,400$12.214.3
13Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations50610$47,910$23.033.8
14Computer and Mathematical Occupations47310$84,270$40.512.9
15Healthcare Support Occupations43950$29,110$13.993
16Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations41800$27,850$13.393.65
17Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food40740$20,270$9.752.3
18Retail Salespersons38780$28,260$13.592.85
19Registered Nurses36670$65,910$31.691.95
20Cashiers34500$22,180$10.672.2
21Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive31550$36,140$17.381.5
22Protective Service Occupations28860$45,400$21.832.2
23Customer Service Representatives25270$36,230$17.421.75
24Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand24420$32,730$15.731.7
25Personal Care Aides23830$22,430$10.781.5
26Office Clerks, General23610$32,810$15.771.9
27Waiters and Waitresses23130$21,350$10.261.7
28General and Operations Managers22140$118,160$56.811.5
29Architecture and Engineering Occupations21070$84,060$40.421.7
30Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners20520$26,110$12.551.55
31Nursing Assistants18970$26,770$12.871
32Community and Social Service Occupations18480$42,670$20.511.65
33Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations18210$52,470$25.231.8
34Stock Clerks and Order Fillers16540$27,880$13.411.3
35Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers14650$49,260$23.681.2
36Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks14590$40,430$19.441.05
37Maintenance and Repair Workers, General13370$42,240$20.310.9
38Accountants and Auditors13050$76,860$36.950.9
39Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products12990$70,130$33.720.9
40Cooks, Restaurant12490$24,350$11.710.8
41Sales Representatives, Services, All Other12190$53,340$25.640.6
42First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers11690$59,230$28.480.95
43First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers10510$42,730$20.541
44First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers10320$31,280$15.040.6
45Construction Laborers10190$51,260$24.640.8
46Legal Occupations9740$97,750$46.990.8
47Business Operations Specialists, All Other9550$72,670$34.940.7
48Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers9370$34,870$16.760
49Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations8980$61,990$29.80.8
50Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners8940$23,440$11.270.9
51Medical Secretaries8500$34,280$16.480.4
52Home Health Aides8400$22,750$10.940.7
53Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers8220$30,200$14.520.8
54Carpenters7960$59,520$28.620.7
55Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers7830$37,620$18.090.6
56Software Developers, Applications7680$100,880$48.50.55
57Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics7420$45,260$21.760.5
58Bus Drivers, School or Special Client7260$33,000$15.860.3
59Receptionists and Information Clerks7260$26,830$12.90.7
60Computer Systems Analysts6860$92,590$44.520.4
61Food Preparation Workers6830$22,160$10.660.6
62Bartenders6780$25,320$12.170.4
63Computer User Support Specialists6710$49,010$23.560.4
64Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses6440$44,780$21.530.5
65Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers6250$55,460$26.660.4
66Human Resources Specialists5830$68,990$33.170.35
67Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists5650$70,480$33.880.4
68Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants5640$58,800$28.270.35
69First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers5580$63,590$30.570.4
70Lawyers5440$127,940$61.510.5
71Electricians5430$69,060$33.20.4
72Childcare Workers5300$23,770$11.430.8
73Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria5280$26,870$12.920.3
74Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators5270$34,540$16.610.35
75Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks5200$36,060$17.340.4
76Pharmacy Technicians5090$32,280$15.520.3
77Medical Assistants5020$33,040$15.880.45
78Packers and Packagers, Hand5010$25,920$12.460.45
79Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks4940$45,640$21.940.2
80Billing and Posting Clerks4930$37,540$18.050.3
81Financial Managers4830$140,820$67.70.4
82Network and Computer Systems Administrators4640$88,670$42.630.25
83Tellers4610$27,970$13.450.3
84Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers4450$45,480$21.870.3
85Bill and Account Collectors4320$34,220$16.450.2
86Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop4290$20,420$9.820.3
87Substitute Teachers4290$26,290$12.640
88Driver/Sales Workers4230$30,650$14.730.3
89Cooks, Fast Food4200$19,470$9.360.3
90Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders4160$35,050$16.850.2
91Insurance Sales Agents4150$57,690$27.740.3
92Management Analysts4040$82,630$39.720.5
93Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents4010$84,580$40.660.2
94Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers3950$20,660$9.930.3
95First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers3890$65,340$31.410.3
96Production Workers, All Other3860$34,870$16.760.2
97Managers, All Other3820$97,100$46.680.6
98Loan Officers3750$84,060$40.420.2
99Postal Service Mail Carriers3720$49,710$23.90.2
100Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators3700$59,030$28.380.2
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Jobs More Common Near St Louis Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$49,1801,356,630
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$37,720215,810
Sales and Related Occupations$39,780134,380
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$22,590130,730
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$71,80095,000
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$36,81087,140
Production Occupations$39,81081,640
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$74,05077,210
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$54,08070,780
Management Occupations$116,09066,770
Construction and Extraction Occupations$58,57053,980
Personal Care and Service Occupations$25,40053,040
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$47,91050,610
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$84,27047,310
Healthcare Support Occupations$29,11043,950
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$27,85041,800
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$20,27040,740
Retail Salespersons$28,26038,780
Registered Nurses$65,91036,670
Cashiers$22,18034,500
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$36,14031,550
Protective Service Occupations$45,40028,860
Customer Service Representatives$36,23025,270
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$32,73024,420
Personal Care Aides$22,43023,830
Office Clerks, General$32,81023,610
Waiters and Waitresses$21,35023,130
General and Operations Managers$118,16022,140
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$84,06021,070
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$26,11020,520
Nursing Assistants$26,77018,970
Community and Social Service Occupations$42,67018,480
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$52,47018,210
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$27,88016,540
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$49,26014,650
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$40,43014,590
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$42,24013,370
Accountants and Auditors$76,86013,050
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$70,13012,990
Cooks, Restaurant$24,35012,490
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$53,34012,190
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$59,23011,690
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$42,73010,510
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$31,28010,320
Construction Laborers$51,26010,190
Legal Occupations$97,7509,740
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$72,6709,550
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$34,8709,370
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$61,9908,980
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$23,4408,940

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$49,1801,356,630
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$37,720215,810
Sales and Related Occupations$39,780134,380
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$71,80095,000
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$36,81087,140
Production Occupations$39,81081,640
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$74,05077,210
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$54,08070,780
Management Occupations$116,09066,770
Construction and Extraction Occupations$58,57053,980
Personal Care and Service Occupations$25,40053,040
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$47,91050,610
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$84,27047,310
Healthcare Support Occupations$29,11043,950
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$27,85041,800
Retail Salespersons$28,26038,780
Registered Nurses$65,91036,670
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$36,14031,550
Protective Service Occupations$45,40028,860
Customer Service Representatives$36,23025,270
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$32,73024,420
Office Clerks, General$32,81023,610
General and Operations Managers$118,16022,140
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$84,06021,070
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$26,11020,520
Nursing Assistants$26,77018,970
Community and Social Service Occupations$42,67018,480
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$52,47018,210
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$27,88016,540
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$49,26014,650
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$40,43014,590
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$42,24013,370
Accountants and Auditors$76,86013,050
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$70,13012,990
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$53,34012,190
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$59,23011,690
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$42,73010,510
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$31,28010,320
Construction Laborers$51,26010,190
Legal Occupations$97,7509,740
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$72,6709,550
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$34,8709,370
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$61,9908,980
Medical Secretaries$34,2808,500
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$30,2008,220
Carpenters$59,5207,960
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$37,6207,830
Software Developers, Applications$100,8807,680
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$45,2607,420
Bus Drivers, School or Special Client$33,0007,260

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