The ABC's of Missouri's Future Workforce, Part 1 OCT 2001
Economic Activity in Missouri: Synopsis of Economic Indicators APR 2001
Missouri Employment Outlook-Projections to 2008 for Industry and Occupations
Missouri Occupation Profiles




Missouri's Highest and 
Lowest Paying Occupations

MERIC's 2006 Occupational Employment Statistics Survey gathered employment and wage information for 713 occupations in the state of Missouri. These occupations accounted for 2.7 million jobs with an annual average wage of $35,670 compared to $39,190 nationwide.

The highest paying occupations in Missouri were: 

  • Surgeons 
  • Anesthesiologists 
  • Obstetricians and Gynecologists 
  • Orthodontists 
  • Internists

The highest annual average wage was for Surgeons. Their salary of $193,180 was nearly $10,000 higher than the national average for this occupation. Other Missouri occupations with a higher annual average wage than the national average are: Internists-General, Family & General Practitioners, Psychiatrists, Dentists-General, Podiatrists, & Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates.

The lowest paying occupation was Gaming Dealers, whose annual average wage of $14,340 was over $2,500 lower than the national average for this occupation. None of the 25 lowest paying occupations in Missouri had higher annual average wages than the national average for the corresponding occupations.

Highest Paying Occupations 
The major SOC (Standard Occupational Classification) group of Healthcare Practitioner and Technical Occupations accounted for 14 of Missouri's 25 highest paying occupations. Further, the top 11 occupations and 12 of the top 14 occupations in annual average wage are contained in this major SOC.

Among the remaining highest paying occupations, there are four Management Occupations, two Legal Occupations, and two Education Occupations. The other three were in Computer & Mathematical Science, Transportation & Moving, and Sports Occupations.

The following table of the 25 highest paying occupations accounted for 44,960 jobs, or nearly 1.7 percent of all Missouri occupations. The average annual wage for these 25 occupations was $123,164.

Missouri's 25 Highest Paying Occupations

Occupation Title MO Annual 
Average Wage
National 
Average Wage
Surgeons $193,180 $184,150
Anesthesiologists $179,590 $184,340
Obstetricians and gynecologists $177,370 $178,040
Orthodontists $170,590 $176,900
Internists, general $165,020 $160,860
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons $157,550 $164,760
Family and general practitioners $157,330 $149,850
Psychiatrists $155,620 $149,990
Dentists, general $146,990 $140,950
Physicians and surgeons, all other $141,760 $142,220
Podiatrists $141,540 $118,500
Athletes and sports competitors $140,160 $74,440
Chief executives $138,930 $144,600
Pediatricians, general $135,730 $141,440
Judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates $134,690 $95,640
Air traffic controllers $112,080 $110,270
Actuaries $107,000 $91,810
Lawyers $105,130 $113,660
Law teachers, postsecondary $103,450 $94,290
Sales managers $102,640 $102,730
Health specialties teachers, postsecondary $101,790 $91,260
Marketing managers $101,270 $107,610
Financial managers $100,580 $101,450
Physicists $97,900 $95,580
Dentists, all other specialists $97,700 $108,340

 

Lowest Paying Occupations 
The major SOC group of Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations accounted for 11 of Missouri's 25 lowest paying occupations. Further, this SOC group contains six of the seven lowest paying occupations and nine of the 15 lowest paying occupations in Missouri.

Among the remaining lowest paying occupations, six are in Personal Care Occupations, two in Protective Services and one each in Sales and Related, Healthcare Support, Office of Administrative Support, Building Cleaning, Production, and Transportation and Material Moving Occupations.

The table for the 25 lowest paying occupations accounted for 361,110 total jobs or 13.4 percent of all Missouri occupations. The average annual wage for these 25 occupations was $16,445.

Missouri's 25 Lowest Paying Occupations

Occupation Title MO Annual
Average Wage
National
Average Wage
Gaming dealers $14,340 $17,010
Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers $15,230 $16,320
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food $15,280 $15,930
Dishwashers $15,330 $16,190
Cooks, fast food $15,500 $15,960
Waiters and waitresses $15,560 $17,190
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop $15,740 $16,860
Motion picture projectionists $16,000 $20,180
Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop $16,110 $16,950
Lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers $16,140 $18,410
Food servers, nonrestaurant $16,700 $19,710
Parking lot attendants $16,990 $18,450
Cashiers $17,050 $17,930
Food preparation workers $17,250 $18,480
Ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers $17,300 $17,500
Amusement and recreation attendants $17,310 $17,530
Child care workers $17,340 $18,820
Maids and housekeeping cleaners $17,380 $18,700
Personal and home care aides $17,470 $18,180
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks $17,640 $19,480
Cooks, short order $17,770 $18,710
Crossing guards $17,890 $22,270
Home health aides $17,910 $20,100
Bartenders $17,910 $18,540
Laundry and dry-cleaning workers $18,220 $18,890

Updated June 18, 2007

 



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