Missouri Employment Statistics

  • 202,441 employers
  • 2,794,728 employees
  • $943 average weekly wage
  • The average weekly wage is 14.4% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 11.2% below the national average

Types of Employers (Private Sector vs Government Agency)

As an employer in Missouri, you are most likely to be running a private company rather than a government agency. 95.3% of employers run private companies in the state, 1.7% less than the national average of 97.0. The remaining 4.7% of employers are government agencies: 0.8% work in a federal agency, 0.6% work for the state and 3.3% work for local government. The chart below illustrates the breakout of employers by type.
85.2% of employees work for a private company. This is 0.0% below the national average of 85.2%. Local government agencies employ 9.7% of the workers in the state, state government agencies employ 3.1% of the workers and the federal government employs 2.0%. The percentage of employees working for a government agency (14.8%) is 0.0% higher than the national average. The chart below illustrates the breakout of employees by type of employer.
The average weekly wage in Missouri is $943 per week, which is 14.4% greater than the national average of $1,101 per week. Missouri workers that are employed by private businesses earn $954 per week, 13.3% lower than the national average for private company employees. Employees of federal government agencies in Missouri earn $1,361 per week, a premium of 42.7% compared to what employees of private companies earn. The chart below illustrates the average weekly by type of employer.


Leading Sectors

Businesses by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of businesses in the state is Healthcare with 23.3% of the businesses in the state. Professional services (10.4%) and Retail trade (9.9%) round out the top 3 sectors.
Table: Sectors by # of Businesses
Sector# Businesses% of Bus.
Healthcare47,22623.3%
Professional services21,04810.4%
Retail trade20,0349.9%
Construction14,7667.3%
Wholesale trade13,3286.6%
Other services13,1056.5%
Accommodation and food services12,5876.2%
Finance and insurance11,1045.5%
Waste services10,4775.2%
Manufacturing6,5193.2%
Real estate and rental6,2613.1%
Transport and warehousing5,3912.7%
Information3,0831.5%
Arts and entertainment2,2501.1%
Educational services1,8460.9%
Agriculture and forestry1,6550.8%
Company management1,5750.8%
Utilities3930.2%
Mining and oil extraction3000.1%
Unclassified10.0%


Employees by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of employees in the state is Healthcare with 14.7% of the employees in the state. Retail trade (11.1%) and Manufacturing (9.8%) round out the top 3 sectors.
Table: Sectors by # of Employees
Sector# Employees% of Emp'
Healthcare409,86114.7%
Retail trade311,07211.1%
Manufacturing273,1209.8%
Accommodation and food services263,6319.4%
Professional services162,1645.8%
Waste services158,1675.7%
Finance and insurance125,5664.5%
Construction122,7004.4%
Wholesale trade121,2834.3%
Transport and warehousing93,0063.3%
Other services75,3812.7%
Company management65,4712.3%
Information47,6671.7%
Educational services45,0011.6%
Arts and entertainment41,8421.5%
Real estate and rental37,1871.3%
Agriculture and forestry12,5050.4%
Utilities11,7520.4%
Mining and oil extraction4,1390.1%
Unclassified00.0%


Average Weekly Wage by Sector

The sector that pays their employees the highest is Company management paying $2,100per week compared with the state average of $954. Utilities ($1,804) and Information ($1,574) round out the top 3 sectors.
Table: Wages by Sector
SectorWkly Wagevs St Avg.
Company management$2,100220.1%
Utilities$1,804189.1%
Information$1,574165.0%
Finance and insurance$1,563163.8%
Professional services$1,495156.7%
Wholesale trade$1,348141.3%
Mining and oil extraction$1,284134.6%
Construction$1,143119.8%
Manufacturing$1,122117.6%
Educational services$91195.5%
Transport and warehousing$90094.3%
Healthcare$88492.7%
Real estate and rental$86390.5%
Arts and entertainment$71474.8%
Waste services$71474.8%
Agriculture and forestry$68471.7%
Other services$65568.7%
Retail trade$54857.4%
Accommodation and food services$35236.9%
Unclassified$00.0%


Leading Industries

Businesses by Industry

Each broad sector is made up of specific industries. In Missouri. the industry with the most businesses is Services for the elderly and disabled with 16.0% of the businesses in the state (with 32,459 employing 53,285 workers). Restaurants and other eating places (4.8%) and Computer systems design and related services (2.2%) round out the top 3 industries. The Top 10 Industries in the state are:
Industry# BusinessesEmp/Biz
Services for the elderly and disabled32,4591.6
Restaurants and other eating places9,79321.1
Computer systems design and related services4,5549.5
Wholesale trade agents and brokers3,7153.3
Insurance agencies and brokerages3,5775.3
Offices of physicians3,44412.2
Offices of lawyers3,1206.1
Residential building construction3,0383.8
Management consulting services2,8485.8
Accounting and bookkeeping services2,5557.8


Employees by Industry

The industry with the greatest number of employees in the state is Restaurants and other eating places with 7.4% of the businesses in the state. The industry employs 206,527 in 9,793 businesses, there are 21.1 employees on average in each of these businesses. General medical and surgical hospitals (4.3%) and Management of companies and enterprises (2.3%) round out the top 3 industries.
Table: Industries by # of Employees
Industry# EmpEmp/Biz
Restaurants and other eating places206,52721.1
General medical and surgical hospitals121,510639.5
Management of companies and enterprises65,47141.6
Services for the elderly and disabled53,2851.6
General merchandise stores including warehouse clubs and supercenters51,48240.6
Temporary help services50,20441.7
Nursing care facilities skilled nursing44,48672.0
Computer systems design and related services43,4799.5
Supermarkets and other grocery stores42,39443.8
Offices of physicians42,02812.2


Average Weekly Wage by Industry

The industry that pays their employees the most is Investment banking and securities dealing, paying $4,302 compared with the state average of $954. Spectator sports ($4,264) and Commodity contracts brokerage ($3,133) round out the top 3 industries.
Table: Wages by Industry
IndustryWkly Wage% of Avg
Investment banking and securities dealing$4,302450.9
Spectator sports$4,264447.0
Commodity contracts brokerage$3,133328.4
Coal and other mineral merchant wholesalers$3,091324.0
Data processing hosting and related services$2,778291.2
Securities brokerage$2,644277.1
Computer and software merchant wholesalers$2,564268.8
Portfolio management$2,458257.7
Aerospace product and parts manufacturing$2,271238.1
Electric power generation$2,239234.7


Company Size

Missouri Businesses by Size

The solopreneur company, has the most businesses in Missouri by far. 64.5% of all businesses in the state have fewer than 5 employees. The 189,898 small businesses in the state represent 95.9% of all private businesses. The national average is 92.6%. (Small businesses have fewer than 50 employees, Solopreneurs employ fewer than 5.) The pie chart below illustrates the ratio of business sizes.

Missouri Employees by Business Size

The largest companies in the state represent 123.9% of all employees, which is 14.6% lower than the national average of 138.4%. Smallest companies also employ a lower percentage of the states workforce than the largest companies. The solopreneur (those that employ fewer than 5) companies employ 88.6% of all workers, which is 2.9% lower than the national average of 91.5%. All small companies, those employing fewer than 50 people, represent 532.0% of the labor force in the state, 18.0% less than the national average of 550.0%.

Missouri Avg Weekly Wages by Business Size

Missouri workers in every size business are paid less than the national average. The smallest companies in Missouri (those with fewer than 5 employees) pay workers 15.0% less than the national average ($848 per week as compared to the national average of $975 per week). The largest companies in Missouri (those with more than 1,000 employees) pay 22.2% workers below the national average ($1,540 per week as compared to the national average of $1,882 per week).



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About the Writer

This page was created and is maintained by Kurt Tietjen, Founder of Stavera, High Peak Media & HomeGearWorks.com. Kurt is an executive, data scientist and software engineer who holds an MBA in Management Information Systems. In 2010, he partnered with scientists at Northwestern University to launch The Street Wire. This was one of the first mainstream uses of what would become “Narrative Science”, an artificial intelligence platform specializing in natural language generation. You can contact Kurt on LinkedIn here.