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|
|48-49||Transportation and Warehousing||39,941||1,983|
|482||Rail Transportation*||2,200||10 (est.)|
|485||Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation||4,979||146|
|488||Support Activities for Transportation||6,149||427|
|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|
“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.|
|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|
|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|
|53-2021||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|
|53-3032||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|
|53-6061||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|
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.