Kansas Occupational Statistics

  • Total Employees in the State: 1,375,400
  • 1 Year Change in Employment: -93,490 (-6.4%)
  • Average Annual Pay in the State: $45,278
  • 1 Year Change in Annual Pay: $3,716 (8.9%)

Occupation Categories

There are 1,375,400 employed workers in Kansas. The occupation with the greatest number of workers is Office and Administrative Support Occupations, which employs 219,120 people. This represents 15.9% of all workers in the state. The next 2 occupations that have the most workers are Sales and Related Occupations and Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations, which employ 127,920 and 122,590 respectively.

Occupation Category# Employees% of State
Office and Administrative Support Occupations219,12015.9%
Sales and Related Occupations127,9209.3%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations122,5908.9%
Production Occupations115,4608.4%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations93,9206.8%
Education Training and Library Occupations92,5906.7%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations81,7005.9%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations69,6105.1%
Management Occupations62,6604.6%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations60,2604.4%
Construction and Extraction Occupations57,5504.2%
Personal Care and Service Occupations50,2703.7%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations40,3902.9%
Healthcare Support Occupations40,0902.9%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations34,5602.5%
Protective Service Occupations28,8702.1%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations24,1101.8%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations16,9801.2%
Community and Social Service Occupations16,9701.2%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations8,5200.6%
Legal Occupations7,4400.5%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations3,8200.3%

Occupation Changes Since Last Year

The occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers is Production Occupations, which currently employs 115,460 people. In the last year, the number of workers has increased from 111,320 an increase of 4,140 or 3.7%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Business and Financial Operations Occupations and Personal Care and Service Occupations, which increased 2,280 and 1,920 respectively.

The occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Sales and Related Occupations, which currently employs 127,920 people. In the last year, the number of workers has decreased from 129,510 or 1.2%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations and Computer and Mathematical Occupations, which decreased 1,590 and 1,340 respectively.


Occupation Changes Since 2009

The occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers, since the recession ended in 2009, is Personal Care and Service Occupations, which currently employs 50,270 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has increased from 35,140 an increase of 15,130 or 43.1%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Business and Financial Operations Occupations and Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations, which increased 13,570 and 9,000 respectively.

The occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Construction and Extraction Occupations, which currently employs 57,550 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has decreased from 65,020 or 11.5%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Sales and Related Occupations and Office and Administrative Support Occupations, which decreased 6,020 and 3,500 respectively.

Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations3,82068.3%
Personal Care and Service Occupations50,27043.1%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations69,61024.2%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations34,56013.8%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations81,70012.2%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations122,5907.9%
Protective Service Occupations28,8706.9%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations16,9805.3%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations60,2603.3%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations93,9201.7%
Management Occupations62,6600.1%
Community and Social Service Occupations16,970-0.6%
Legal Occupations7,440-1.1%
Education Training and Library Occupations92,590-1.4%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations219,120-1.6%
Production Occupations115,460-2.6%
Healthcare Support Occupations40,090-2.7%
Sales and Related Occupations127,920-4.5%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations40,390-6.1%
Construction and Extraction Occupations57,550-11.5%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations24,110-11.9%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations8,520-28.3%


Detailed Occupations

The detailed occupation with the greatest number of workers is Retail Salespersons, which employs 38,040 people. This represents 2.8% of all workers in the state. The next 2 occupations that have the most workers are Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food and Customer Service Representatives, which employ 34,360 and 33,780 respectively.

The Top 10 Occupations in Kansas are:
Occupation Category# Employees% of State
Retail Salespersons38,0402.8%
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food34,3602.5%
Customer Service Representatives33,7802.5%
Cashiers33,5502.4%
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants Except Legal Medical and Executive29,5502.1%
Registered Nurses27,8102.0%
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers22,4101.6%
Nursing Assistants22,2901.6%
Personal Care Aides21,4501.6%
Waiters and Waitresses21,2001.5%

Detailed Occupations Since 2009

The detailed occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers is Secretaries and Administrative Assistants Except Legal Medical and Executive, which currently employs 29,550 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has increased from 18,210 an increase of 11,340 or 62.3%. The next 2 detailed occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food and Customer Service Representatives, which increased 11,290 and 10,110 respectively.

The detailed occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants, which currently employs 5,460 people. In the last year, the number of workers has decreased from 14,510 or 62.4%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Office Clerks General and Home Health Aides, which decreased 6,990 and 5,880 respectively.


The Top 10 Detailed Occupations With The Largest Increase Since 2009 are:
Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Animal Trainers360620.0%
Manicurists and Pedicurists830492.9%
Education Training and Library Workers All Other660450.0%
Gaming Change Persons and Booth Cashiers190375.0%
Mechanical Door Repairers370362.5%
Cleaning Washing and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders260333.3%
Parking Lot Attendants590321.4%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers All Other420320.0%
Human Resources Specialists5,430293.5%
Electrical and Electronics Repairers Powerhouse Substation and Relay340277.8%


The 10 Occupations With The Largest Decrease Since 2009 are:
Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Funeral Service Managers50-90.2%
Chemical Plant and System Operators60-88.5%
Coil Winders Tapers and Finishers30-88.0%
Tax Examiners and Collectors and Revenue Agents80-85.2%
Motion Picture Projectionists50-83.3%
Cutters and Trimmers Hand130-81.7%
Surgeons170-80.0%
Agricultural Engineers30-78.6%
Painting Coating and Decorating Workers100-77.8%
Word Processors and Typists90-76.9%

Occupation Pay

The occupation with the highest annual pay is Management Occupations, which pays an average of $104,420 per year. This represents 130.6% above the state average pay. The next 2 occupations that have the highest average pay are Legal Occupations and Architecture and Engineering Occupations, which pay $78,140 and $78,040 per year, respectively.

Occupation CategoryAvg Payvs State Avg
Management Occupations$104,420230.6%
Legal Occupations$78,140172.6%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$78,040172.4%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$73,230161.7%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$69,570153.6%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$68,190150.6%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations$66,120146.0%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations$46,700103.1%
Education Training and Library Occupations$45,800101.2%
Construction and Extraction Occupations$45,310100.1%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations$44,81099.0%
Community and Social Service Occupations$42,09093.0%
Protective Service Occupations$40,75090.0%
Production Occupations$40,29089.0%
Sales and Related Occupations$39,43087.1%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$38,30084.6%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$35,58078.6%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations$33,79074.6%
Healthcare Support Occupations$29,42065.0%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$27,80061.4%
Personal Care and Service Occupations$24,78054.7%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$21,74048.0%

Occupation Pay Changes Since 2009

The occupation with the largest increase in the average annual pay, since the recession ended in 2009, is Management Occupations, which currently pays an average of $104,420 per year. Since 2009, pay has increased from $87,060 an increase of $17,360 or 19.9%. The next 2 occupations that pay the most to their workers are Architecture and Engineering Occupations and Life Physical and Social Science Occupations, which increased $11,330 and $10,350 respectively.

Occupation CategoryAnnual $% Change
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$38,30023.2%
Production Occupations$40,29021.9%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations$44,81020.3%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$35,58020.0%
Management Occupations$104,42019.9%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$27,80019.6%
Healthcare Support Occupations$29,42019.5%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations$33,79019.3%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations$66,12018.6%
Sales and Related Occupations$39,43017.6%
Personal Care and Service Occupations$24,78017.5%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$78,04017.0%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$68,19016.8%
Community and Social Service Occupations$42,09016.8%
Construction and Extraction Occupations$45,31015.6%
Education Training and Library Occupations$45,80015.6%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$21,74014.1%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations$46,70014.0%
Protective Service Occupations$40,75012.9%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$73,23012.7%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$69,57011.5%
Legal Occupations$78,1401.7%


Detailed Occupation Annual Compensation

The detailed occupation that pays their workers the most is Surgeons, which pays $282,940 per year. This represents 624.9% above the state average of $45,278. The next 2 occupations that pay their workers the most are Psychiatrists and Family and General Practitioners, which pay $226,090 and $215,450 respectively.

Highest Paid Occupations

The Top 10 Paying Occupations in Kansas are:
Occupation CategoryAnn'l Pay% of State
Surgeons$282,940624.9%
Psychiatrists$226,090499.3%
Family and General Practitioners$215,450475.8%
Internists General$197,440436.1%
Physicians and Surgeons All Other$191,430422.8%
Obstetricians and Gynecologists$190,050419.7%
Dentists General$179,100395.6%
Chief Executives$172,100380.1%
Nurse Anesthetists$159,600352.5%
Sales Managers$147,230325.2%

Lowest Paid Occupations

The 10 Lowest Paying Occupations in Kansas are:
Occupation CategoryAnn'l Pay% of State
Hosts and Hostesses Restaurant Lounge and Coffee Shop$18,61041.1%
Bartenders$19,16042.3%
Counter Attendants Cafeteria Food Concession and Coffee Shop$19,30042.6%
Lifeguards Ski Patrol and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers$19,56043.2%
Dishwashers$19,75043.6%
Cooks Fast Food$19,76043.6%
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food$19,91044.0%
Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers$20,13044.5%
Waiters and Waitresses$20,14044.5%
Food Servers Nonrestaurant$20,39045.0%



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