Industry Overviews - Manufacturing



Manufacturing Employment Trend


Manufacturing levels have risen in Kansas City over the past 5 years, but overall employment is down in the longer-term. Since 2001, manufacturing employment is down 13 percent, while overall employment is up 8 percent.

 

Despite the decline, Kansas City’s manufacturing employment has not declined as much as the nation’s. Like Kansas City, manufacturing nationally has added jobs in recent years, but it is down over 25 percent since 2001.

 

 


 



 


Source: JobsEQ 2017 Q3

 

 

Manufacturing Employment Detail

A more detailed look at Kansas City’s manufacturing industry shows a large concentration in transportation equipment. Kansas City is home to two auto manufacturers (Ford and GM) as well as a Harley Davidson plant.

 

Kansas City also specializes in fabricated metal, food, chemical, machinery, printing and computer and electronic products.

 

 

 

Source: JobsEQ 2017 Q3

 

 

Top Occupations Within Manufacturing

Team assembler is by far the largest occupation within Kansas City’s manufacturing industry. The metro’s 10,000+ assemblers make an average wage of $40,100.

 

Occupation

Current Employment

Regional
Average
Wage

10-Year Separation Demand

10-Year Growth Demand

10-Year
Total
Demand

Team Assemblers

10153.9

$40,100

11330.8

(689.10)

10641.7

First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers

3030.9

$60,700

2890.2

(37.40)

2852.8

Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand

1622.6

$29,700

2168.4

(22.40)

2146

Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders

1870.1

$34,800

2108.5

(38.20)

2070.3

Helpers--Production Workers

1341.3

$30,100

1952

(51.30)

1900.6

Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers

1959.5

$42,800

2121.9

(332.50)

1789.4

Machinists

1452.6

$41,800

1452.3

2.80

1455.1

Sales Rep. Manufacturing, Ex. Technical and Scientific Products

1557.1

$66,500

1517.4

(72.70)

1444.7

Printing Press Operators

1679.1

$43,200

1634.1

(228.10)

1406

Welders, Cutters, Brazers

1303.7

$42,500

1366.5

1.50

1368

Packers and Packagers, Hand

897.8

$23,700

1310.3

(35.30)

1275

Customer Service Representatives

1068.6

$36,100

1286

(90.70)

1195.3

Maintenance and Repair Workers, General

1129.7

$37,500

1067.4

(28.70)

1038.7

Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks

1168.9

$33,300

1105.3

(104.50)

1000.7

General and Operations Managers

1301

$111,300

1014.2

(57.50)

956.7

Production Workers, All Other

818.2

$29,800

924.9

19.90

944.8

Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

930.9

$45,500

964.1

(21.60)

942.4

Industrial Machinery Mechanics

966.7

$54,400

849.9

75.80

925.7

Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators

809.9

$39,100

880.2

(15.00)

865.2

Food Batchmakers

632.5

$31,200

868.4

(5.80)

862.7

Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

770.1

$39,700

833.2

(40.80)

792.4

Maintenance Workers, Machinery

732.2

$49,500

749.9

41.00

790.9

Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters

798.1

$33,000

857.8

(69.60)

788.2

Office Clerks, General

831.8

$31,800

898.3

(114.40)

784

Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

864.6

$36,300

841.8

(68.80)

773

 

 

Source: JobsEQ 2017 Q3

 

 

Wage by Experience Level

In Kansas City, the average annual wage for manufacturing is higher than the overall average ($61,555 to $51,450). This is still a lower average manufacturing wage than the nation however ($67,081).

 

Kansas City’s wages are higher in some key manufacturing occupations. Team assemblers can expect to be paid more in Kansas City regardless of experience. The wages for supervisor and machinist are very comparable to the national averages.

 





Wage by Experience Level

Team Assembler

 

Entry

Median

Experienced

KC

$ 27,700

$ 37,900

$ 46,300

US

 $ 21,500

$ 30,100

 $ 38,100

 
 

First Line Supervisor of Production and Operating Workers

 

Entry

Median

Experienced

KC

$ 37,900

$ 60,700

$ 72,100

US

 $ 37,300

$ 57,800

 $ 73,500

 
 

Machinists

 

Entry

Median

Experienced

KC

$ 37,900

$ 41,500

$ 48,000

US

 $ 37,300

$ 41,700

 $ 50,700

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: JobsEQ 2017 Q3

 

 

 

Employment by Gender & Race

As in the US, manufacturing is a male dominated industry in terms of employment. Nationally, 69 percent of manufacturing workers are male. That figure is actually higher in the Kansas City MSA (73%).

 

 

In terms of race, just over two-thirds of manufacturing workers are white, followed by 15 percent Hispanic, and 10 percent black. In Kansas City, whites make up nearly three-fourths of all manufacturing employment with blacks making up 12 percent and Hispanic 9 percent.

 

 

 

Source: JobsEQ 2017 Q3

 

 

Manufacturing Employment Levels

As integral as manufacturing is in Kansas City’s economy, it’s 77,626 jobs still account for just 7 percent of the metro total. In some peer metros like Minneapolis-St. Paul, Milwaukee, San Jose and Louisville, manufacturing accounts for well over 10 percent of the jobs.

Peer MSA Employment Share of
Total
Location
Quotient*

Minneapolis

           205,198 10% 1.20

Seattle

183,045 9% 1.06

San Jose

171,657 15% 1.82

Portland

128,058 10% 1.25

Cleveland

123,401 11% 1.36

Milwaukee

119,998 14% 1.65

Cincinnati

119,390 11% 1.29

St. Louis

118,762 8% 1.02

San Diego

109,250 7% 0.86

Charlotte

108,196 9% 1.05

Indianapolis

96,276 9% 1.07

Pittsburgh

88,652 7% 0.90

Nashville

88,429 9% 1.06

Louisville

81,980 12% 1.45

Kansas City

77,626 7% 0.85

Columbus

74,008 7% 0.81

Denver

72,388 5% 0.56

Tampa

68,002 5% 0.61

Providence

66,281 9% 1.09

Virginia Beach

64,061 8% 0.98

Austin

59,401 6% 0.68

Baltimore

58,547 4% 0.50

San Antonio

49,764 5% 0.55

Orlando

46,237 4% 0.43

Memphis

45,534 7% 0.83

Sacramento

36,959 4% 0.43

Raleigh

34,991 5% 0.66

Oklahoma City

34,605 5% 0.66

Richmond

32,707 5% 0.58

Jacksonville

31,546 5% 0.54

Las Vegas

24,585 2% 0.29

 

* The Location Quotient (LQ) measures employment specialization in an industry. It is calculated by taking the share of metro workers in manufacturing relative to the share of workers in manufacturing nationally. A LQ of 1 is normal, over 1 indicates an employment specialization in that industry.

 

Source: JobsEQ 2017 Q3