Workforce

The St. Louis area has a plentiful source of well-trained, hard-working labor. In 2007 the St. Louis region was ranked no. 2 on Expansion Management and Logistics Today’s “Top 10 Logistics Metros” list for 2007 based on 10 factors, including transportation and distribution industry climate, highway infrastructure, and fuel taxes and fees. In October 2006, this list ranked St. Louis no. 1 in Transportation and Warehousing Workforce, out of 362 metropolitan areas.

According to a recent study by Modalgistics, Greater St. Louis is the sixth largest center for wholesale trade not located on a coastal port or international border crossing. Assets contributing to this status include business costs up to 18% lower than the national average, stable capital and operating expenses due to competition among the many transportation carriers, access to competitive economic incentives, a labor pool of workers skilled in all areas of distribution and wholesale trade activities, a relatively low cost of living, and high quality of life. What’s more, the Job Growth Index of wholesale trade occupations in the St. Louis MO-IL MSA between 1999 and 2008 is 3.2, indicating that this sector is growing faster than the average total job growth rate in the MSA over the same time period. This stable long-term growth validates Greater St. Louis as a major U.S. distribution center.

Transportation and trade are major employers in Greater St. Louis. The following table breaks down employment and the number of firms in related industry sectors.

Wholesale Trade, Transportation and Warehousing Industries, 2013

NAICS Industry Code Key Transportation and Distribution Sectors Employment Number of Firms
42 Wholesale Trade 52,378 4,661
48-49 Transportation and Warehousing 39,941 1,983
481 Air Transportation 3,186 32
482 Rail Transportation* 2,200 10 (est.)
483 Water Transportation 302 21
484 Truck Transportation 13,690* 1,022
485 Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation 4,979 146
486 Pipeline Transportation 90 10
488 Support Activities for Transportation 6,149 427
491 Postal Service* 6,500 2
492 Couriers and Messengers 5,050 158
493 Warehousing and Storage 6,063 161
42, 48-49 Wholesale Trade, Transportation and Warehousing Industries 92,319 6,644
“Competitive Marketing Analysis-Wholesale Trade” Sponsored by Ameren Economic Development, July 27, 2010.
Lambert International Airport Financial Feasibility Report June 30, 2009” Unison Consulting, Accessed 8/16/12.
“The Potential of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport to be a Midwest Cargo Center” Institute St. Onge, July 26, 2011.
Source: “Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, 2013” U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Accessed 6/24/14.
*Rail Transportation employment from “Total Railroad Employment By State and County, 2012” Railroad Retirement Board, March, 2014, Accessed 6/24/14.
*Truck Transportation Employment figure, as of 2011
*Postal Service employment from “Occupational Employment Statistics” U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Accessed 6/24/14.

The following is a breakdown of our workforce by occupation. Note that wages are very competitive in Greater St. Louis compared to U.S. averages.

St. Louis MSA & U.S. Transportation & Distribution Employment & Wages, 2013

Employment Mean Annual Wage
SOC Code* Occupation St. Louis MSA St. Louis MSA U.S.
00-0000 All Occupations 1,305,470 $46,290 $47,230
11-0000 Management Occupations 69,200 $108,250 $112,490
11-3071 Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers 1,020 $95,610 $93,180
13-0000 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 71,110 $69,430 $72,410
13-1081 Logisticians 1,840 $71,140 $76,830
53-0000 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 77,060 $33,320 $33,860
53-1011 Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors 100 $54,430 $50,760
53-1021 First-Line Supervisors of Helpers, Laborers, and Material Movers, Hand 1,490 $49,450 $47,880
53-1031 First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators 1,310 $50,080 $49,980
53-2011 Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers ** $80,030 $131,760
53-2012 Commercial Pilots 420 $76,170 $82,430
53-2021 Air Traffic Controllers 120 $109,680 $118,780
53-2022 Airfield Operations Specialists 50 $42,020 $51,190
53-3011 Ambulance Drivers and Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians 40 $23,050 $25,490
53-3021 Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity 1,640 * $39,410
53-3022 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 5,180 $30,120 $29,910
53-3031 Driver/Sales Workers 3,260 $30,430 $27,900
53-3032 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 15,950 $41,550 $41,930
53-3033 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 6,540 $33,870 $33,870
53-3041 Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs 1,340 $24,800 $25,690
53-3099 Motor Vehicle Operators, All Other 700 $33,350 $33,320
53-4031 Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters ** $41,740 55,820
53-5011 Sailors and Marine Oilers 380 $39,910 $40,970
53-5021 Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels 250 $65,600 $79,180
53-6011 Bridge and Lock Tenders 30 $59,490 $46,210
53-6021 Parking Lot Attendants 1,430 $19,380 $21,610
53-6031 Automotive and Watercraft Service Attendants 660 $21,360 $22,660
53-6051 Transportation Inspectors 210 $70,440 $70,820
53-6061 Transportation Attendants, Except Flight Attendants ** $26,630 $27,060
53-6099 Transportation Workers, All Other 270 $38,000 $35,940
53-7011 Conveyor Operators and Tenders 860 $36,710 $34,020
53-7021 Crane and Tower Operators 260 $50,040 $53,550
53-7032 Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators 340 $48,280 $44,610
53-7051 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 4,580 $31,320 $33,320
53-7061 Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment 3,230 $20,870 $23,340
53-7062 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 20,240 $29,960 $27,180
53-7063 Machine Feeders and Offbearers 390 $33,560 $30,630
53-7064 Packers and Packagers, Hand 4,630 $22,960 $23,040
53-7072 Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers ** $64,400 $46,700
53-7081 Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors * $34,240 $36,030
53-7121 Tank Car, Truck, and Ship Loaders 60 ** $44,540
Source: “Employment and Wage Estimates” May 2013, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Logistics Education

Greater St. Louis is a major center of education. Over 35 four-year colleges and universities in the St. Louis, MO-IL MSA enroll more than 130,000 students. Higher education options range from community and technical colleges to the esteemed St. Louis University and the nationally recognized and prestigious Washington University.

Another 75,000 plus students attend the area’s more than 15 two-year and community colleges as well as vocational and technical training facilities.

The colleges listed under resource below all have logistics related programs. All these factors contribute to our robust workforce supporting Greater St. Louis as an ideal location for companies focused on logistics, transportation and distribution.