The Highs and Lows of Missouri Occupations

MERIC's 2003-2004 Occupational Employment Statistics Survey gathered employment and wage information for the 722 occupations in the state of Missouri. These occupations accounted for 2.63 million jobs with an annual average wage of $34,130, ranking Missouri 27th nationwide.

The highest paying occupations in Missouri were: 
Obstetricians and Gynecologists 

The highest annual average wage was for Surgeons. Their salary of $192,590 was $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, Psychiatrists, Pediatricians, Podiatrists, Optometrists, Chiropractors, Pharmacists and Music Directors & Composers.

The lowest paying occupation was Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers, whose annual average wage of $14,600 was just under $1,000 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.

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