Average salary in Missouri

1 min readLast updated October 5, 2023by Charlie Barton

Learn about the average salaries and highest paying counties in Missouri

The cost of living in Missouri is relatively lower compared to other states, making it an affordable place to live. According to the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center, Missouri is ranked 10th in the country for the lowest cost of living. 

However, earnings can still vary based on location and occupation. It's important to understand the financial landscape of Missouri, whether you're already living in the state or planning to move here. So, which cities and counties offer the highest average salaries? 

Average salary in Missouri by city 

City living is often more expensive than living in more rural areas, but it’s also where the money is. Missouri’s own cities can vary massively in average salary; cities like Wildwood and Chesterfield command well into six figures, while St Joseph’s average sits below $47,000.  

Average earnings by city—or any other geographical metric—is just one way of calculating wealth, and certainly shouldn’t be the only way you look at your own earning potential in a given place. It doesn’t take into account the type of jobs that people do to earn above or below this average bracket, and omits any consideration for the number of people living in a household. However, it’s certainly one way of establishing which place offers good earning opportunities.  

The US Census Bureau’s latest American Community Survey has calculated the average earnings for the 20 largest cities in Missouri, which you can find ranked below.  

CityAverage household income
Wildwood $162,276
Chesterfield $144,986
Lee’s Summit $104,604
Ballwin $102,446
O’Fallon $94,799
St Peters $91,934
Wentzville $91,597
St Charles $87,332
Blue Springs $76,763
University City $66,236
Florissant $57,758
Kansas City $56,331
Jefferson City $56,143
Independence $53,673
Columbia $53,386
Cape Girardeau $50,116
Springfield $50,259
Joplin $48,022
St Louis $47,599
St Joseph $46,298

Average salary in Missouri by county 

Reviewing average salaries in Missouri by city is not necessarily an adequate metric for average salaries across the state, since it’s entirely urban focused. A good idea is to weigh these figures up against the average salary in Missouri by county, as this will take areas outside the main cities into account and offer a broader idea of salary ranges.  

The same survey from the US Census Bureau gives further insight this way, with the average household income calculated for each county.

St. Louis County $73,910
St. Charles $82,226
Clay $71,009
Cass $67,426
Cole $69,964
Camden $49,863
Ray $62,143
Jackson $58,831
Boone $64,616
Carroll $54,276
Clinton $60,392
Jefferson $65,671
Warren $64,817
Andrew $62,706
Christian $58,320
Atchison $54,683
Greene $53,044
Franklin $59,092
Lafayette $58,477
Cape Girardeau $54,174
Ste. Genevieve $53,407
Ralls $54,529
Callaway $59,161
Perry $54,983
Lincoln $60,362
Howard $53,233
Stone $46,989
Holt $48,333
Buchanan $52,965
Osage $55,813
Taney $47,680
St. Louis City $41,395
Gasconade $50,022
Stoddard $45,928
Newton $48,499
Phelps $52,229
Linn $48,049
Marion $51,896
Johnson $56,958
Henry $46,415
Livingston $53,325
Putnam $42,971
Chariton $53,641
Benton $42,862
Daviess $48,839
Jasper $45,284
Scotland $50,574
Laclede $43,132
Monroe $48,604
Pulaski $53,304
Montgomery $45,055
Scott $47,020
Caldwell $51,231
Butler $43,641
Barry $44,748
Pettis $49,389
Moniteau $57,712
Cooper $52,222
Maries $48,504
Barton $46,781
Clark $51,510
Bates $50,614
Mercer $43,750
Gentry $46,458
Lewis $48,708
Harrison $47,788
Nodaway $55,231
St. Francois $49,136
New Madrid $41,417
Audrain $50,467
Morgan $43,358
Lawrence $46,206
Pike $51,292
Webster $46,183
Saline $46,121
Knox $38,879
Macon $48,034
Schuyler $42,043
Dallas $44,983
Vernon $42,067
St. Clair $42,182
Worth $43,472
Hickory $34,496
Miller $43,864
Bollinger $43,162
Grundy $45,959
Polk $44,863
Dent $44,092
Shelby $43,244
Crawford $44,270
Ozark $39,656
Madison $39,594
Iron $40,745
Howell $39,975
Wayne $39,826
Adair $47,619
McDonald $44,714
Randolph $43,923
Reynolds $39,104
DeKalb $53,803
Washington $42,120
Dade $37,100
Sullivan $39,259
Dunklin $36,873
Cedar $39,816
Wright $37,474
Mississippi $38,688
Carter $35,965
Pemiscot $38,060
Texas $38,182
Shannon $36,713
Douglas $36,049
Ripley $32,118
Oregon $34,036

Highest paying jobs in Missouri 

There’s another weighty factor that will influence how much you earn if you live in Missouri: your job type. Average salaries for various sectors and job roles can vary massively across the state, so it’s absolutely something to consider when looking at salaries by location.  

SoFi Learn has calculated a comprehensive list of annual salaries by occupation area, which you can also find below.  

OccupationAnnual mean wage
Management $138,148
Business & Financial Operations $84,198
Computer & Mathematical $119,872
Architecture & Engineering $105,770
Life, Physical, & Social Science $91,100
Community & Social Service $58,272
Legal $117,935
Education, Training, & Library $64,168
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $69,625
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $105,245
Healthcare Support $33,159
Protective Service $52,280
Food Preparation & Serving Related $31,993
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $37,461
Personal Care & Service $34,047
Sales & Related $38,049
Office & Administrative Support $46,994
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $31,169
Construction & Extraction $62,681
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $58,497
Production $40,168
Transportation & Material Moving $37,578

Frequently asked questions about salaries in Missouri

What is the average salary in Missouri by age?
Alongside location and occupation, salaries in Missouri are also dependent on age, since more senior workers will be paid more. Then, when they retire, their income will dip again as they will rely on pensions and other forms of set income.

The Census Bureau data finds that householders under 25 have a median household income of $38,739; householders aged 25 to 44 years old have a median income of $64,620; those aged 45 to 64 years old have a median income of $67,648; and those 65 and older have a median income of $46,928.

What is a ‘good’ salary in Missouri?
Defining what a 'good' salary means depends on several factors, such as cost of living, family size, and personal financial goals. According to the United States Census Bureau, the median household income in Missouri in 2020 was $59,588. This can be used as a benchmark to determine what may be considered a 'good' salary in the state.

What is the average salary in Missouri by hour?
If Americans work an average of 1,801 hours per year—at 37.5 hours a week—then the average hourly salary in Missouri is $17.95.

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Charlie Barton

Charlie Barton is a writer at Unbiased. He has been writing about personal finance and investing since 2017, with extensive knowledge of platforms and products. Charlie has a first-class degree from the London School of Economics.