Regional Profiles

West Central Region

About the Region

The West Central Region is comprised of 13 counties, with its largest cities being Sedalia and Warrensburg. Health Care and Social Assistance and Manufacturing are the region’s top industries. The University of Central Missouri is a large government employer in this region. Some of the largest private employers in the West Central Region are Walmart, Tyson Poultry, and ConAgra Foods. The average annual wage for all industries in the West Central Region is $35,504

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SOC Code SOC Title Grade Annual Openings Avg. Wage
41-2011 Cashiers B 650 $19,401
35-3021 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food B 471 $18,580
39-9021 Personal care aides A 417 $21,695
41-2031 Retail salespersons B 332 $25,932
35-3031 Waiters and Waitresses B 239 $21,327
53-7062 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand B 238 $25,477
37-2011 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners B 216 $27,955
43-9061 Office clerks, general B 187 $27,813
35-2012 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria B 150 $21,544
43-5081 Stock clerks and order fillers B 138 $23,108
47-2061 Construction Laborers B+ 113 $35,504
43-4051 Customer service representatives B 107 $32,040
45-2093 Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals B 83 $25,564
53-3022 Bus drivers, school or special client B+ 75 $24,072
37-3011 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers B 74 $27,370
53-3033 Light truck or delivery services drivers B 73 $28,219
51-9198 Helpers--Production Workers B 56 $27,755
39-2021 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers B 31 $22,358
41-2021 Counter and rental clerks B 18 $27,260
53-7081 Refuse and recyclable material collectors B 17 $21,545
33-9099 Protective service workers, all other B 10 $37,603
SOC Code SOC Title Grade Annual Openings Avg. Wage
31-1014 Nursing assistants B 252 $21,138
53-3032 Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers B 150 $35,956
41-1011 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers B+ 144 $37,505
49-9071 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General B 133 $34,530
43-3031 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks B 91 $32,824
51-4121 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers A 89 $33,807
35-2014 Cooks, restaurant B 85 $22,342
29-2061 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses B 67 $37,133
41-2022 Parts salespersons B 63 $28,881
25-9041 Teacher Assistants B 62 $24,833
51-3092 Food batchmakers B 59 $30,273
51-1011 First-line supervisors of production and operating workers B 56 $50,576
49-3023 Automotive service technicians and mechanics B 53 $36,647
33-3051 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers B 48 $36,109
51-4041 Machinists B+ 47 $44,171
47-2031 Carpenters B+ 45 $44,956
29-2041 Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics B 41 $25,812
47-2073 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators B 41 $58,326
43-6013 Medical secretaries B 40 $27,942
41-3021 Insurance Sales Agents A 38 $54,089
43-4131 Loan interviewers and clerks B 34 $27,163
29-2052 Pharmacy technicians B 33 $28,182
49-1011 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers B 32 $62,764
49-9041 Industrial Machinery Mechanics B 31 $49,929
47-1011 First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers B 29 $53,856
31-9092 Medical Assistants B 27 $26,474
43-5031 Police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers B 23 $30,053
47-2111 Electricians B 23 $44,234
37-3012 Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation B 22 $34,312
49-3042 Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines B 17 $53,358
49-9021 Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers B 15 $36,844
43-5061 Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks B 13 $47,731
47-2152 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters B 12 $55,448
49-9099 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers, All Other B 11 $37,230
51-9122 Painters, Transportation Equipment B 10 $33,106
49-2094 Electrical and electronics repairers, commercial and industrial equipment B 9 $70,677
49-9043 Maintenance Workers, Machinery B 8 $46,608
51-9121 Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders B 8 $0
33-1012 First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives B 5 $58,810
33-1021 First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers B 5 $58,882
51-4011 Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic B 4 $39,406
29-1126 Respiratory therapists B 3 $49,050
29-2021 Dental Hygienists B 3 $67,118
SOC Code SOC Title Grade Annual Openings Avg. Wage
25-2021 Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education B+ 104 $46,312
25-2031 Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education B+ 95 $46,893
11-1021 General and operations managers A+ 94 $75,474
29-1141 Registered Nurses A 93 $56,950
11-9032 Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School A 49 $114,258
13-1199 Business Operations Specialists, All Other B 37 $61,387
13-2011 Accountants and auditors B+ 37 $54,303
13-2072 Loan officers B 34 $55,223
21-1012 Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors B 32 $44,558
21-1023 Mental health and substance abuse social workers B 25 $43,036
11-9199 Managers, All Other B 24 $56,945
27-2022 Coaches and scouts B 23 $43,877
11-3031 Financial managers A 18 $92,129
11-9111 Medical and Health Services Managers B+ 15 $86,343
11-3011 Administrative services managers B 14 $65,063
11-9151 Social and community service managers B 12 $55,483
17-2112 Industrial Engineers A 11 $73,869
11-3051 Industrial production managers B+ 10 $99,598
13-1051 Cost Estimators B+ 10 $70,000
11-2022 Sales Managers B+ 9 $102,148
25-9031 Instructional Coordinators B 9 $54,101
11-9021 Construction Managers B+ 8 $103,416
29-1123 Physical Therapists A 8 $85,901
29-1171 Nurse practitioners A 8 $87,535
11-9033 Education Administrators, Postsecondary B+ 7 $98,430
13-1111 Management Analysts A 7 $78,804
13-1161 Market research analysts and marketing specialists B 7 $45,969
13-2021 Appraisers and assessors of real estate B 7 $44,220
17-2141 Mechanical Engineers B+ 7 $71,974
29-1051 Pharmacists B 7 $97,898
13-1081 Logisticians B+ 6 $75,676
23-1011 Lawyers B+ 5 $78,122
15-1199 Computer Occupations, All Other B 4 $61,194
29-1062 Family and general practitioners B+ 4 $230,731
29-1127 Speech-Language Pathologists B 4 $61,721
29-9011 Occupational health and safety specialists B 4 $64,627
29-1122 Occupational Therapists B+ 3 $81,042