What kind of jobs are there in St. Louis, MO?

Health care is the dominant employment sector in St. Louis, led by the major hospitals Barnes-Jewish Hospital, SSM Health and Mercy Hospital St. Louis. Other major employers include Boeing, aerospace and defense manufacturing, and Washington University in St. Louis and Saint Louis University.

St. Louis' unemployment rate is below the national average, and locals earn an annual average salary that's slightly lower than in other major metro areas.

Job Market Index

Index Score: 6.9 /10

How we calculate this.


St. Louis has a less healthy job market than similarly sized metro areas.

Average Annual Salary


St. Louis
$49,180

USA
$50,620

Unemployment Rate 2018

3.4%
of people are without a job

0.5% lower than national average

Unemployment Rate Over Time

Data sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Top Industries in St. Louis

Health Care and Social Assistance

Total Employment
216,900
Nursing Aide
Salary: $23k - $32k

Accommodation and Food Services

Total Employment
128,300
Waiter and Waitress
Salary: $18k - $27k

Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services

Total Employment
89,300
Janitor
Salary: $20k - $32k