Best Places for Work Life Balance
Kansas City ranks 2nd in the "13 U.S. cities where people have the most free time, the best health and well-paying jobs" list by Business Insider. Shortest commute time and income assisted in the ranking. 
Business Insider, October 2019


No. 6 Best Place to Launch a Career
Kansas City ranks sixth among the 15 Best U.S. cities to launch a career. Rankings were based on affordable housing and strong starting salaries.
Linkedin, June 2020


Jill McCarthy

Senior Executive | Corporate Attraction
With more than 25 years of experience, Jill leads the business development team.

Global Design + Build

Kansas City is a worldwide nucleus of architecture, engineering and construction industry expertise and success driven by a backbone of innovation. The KC region has a beneficial foundation in place to propel new technologies and the industry to a higher standard of excellence. Select KC headquarters include Bartlett & West, BHC Rhodes, Black & Veatch, BNIM, Burns & McDonnell, Centric, Clark Enersen Partners, CRB, GBA, Gibbens Drake Scott, Henderson Engineers, HNTB Companies, Hoefer Wysocki, JE Dunn Construction, McClure Engineering Company, McCownGordon Construction, Olsson, PGAV Architects, Populous, Terracon, TranSystems, and U.S. Engineering Company.


KC Architecture & Engineering Jobs
Number of KC Companies in Top 50 Global Design Firms
17,161 (7th largest concentration in the U.S.*)
 3 (Most of all U.S. metros)
Bureau of Labor Statistics, QCEW 2019
*Of those metros with A&E employment over 5,000.

 ENR, 2019

Labor Snapshot


2019 Employment

2019 KC Concentration Compared to National Average

2019 Median Wage

TOTAL Architecture & Engineering
 19,210 101% $74,950 
Architects, Except Landscape
& Naval
 1,270  163%
Civil Engineers  2,940  129% $74,318 
Electrical Engineers  1,850 136% $86,590 
Electronics Engineers,
Except Computer
 1,440 152% $93,475 
Environmental Engineers  360 91% $87,235 
Industrial Engineers  1,990  93% $80,662 
Mechanical Engineers  2,180  97% $78,208 
Architectural & Civil Drafters  950 132% $52,686 
Electrical  Electronics Drafters  390  220% $61,381 
Mechanical Drafters  610 151% $51,085 
Civil Engineering Technicians  660  130% $47,424 
Electrical & Electronics
Engineering Technicians
 590 66% $69,555 
Industrial Engineering Technicians  270 54% $49,400 
Mechanical Engineering Technicians  130 41% $53,872 
Surveying and Mapping Technicians  280 72% $46,072 
**175% concentration means KC employment is 75% more concentrated than the U.S. average
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2019

*Click above to see occupational data

Global Impact

Kansas City is a global center of excellence and a destination for talent in architecture, engineering and design technology. The KC region is one of the top five largest concentrations of architecture and engineering employment in the nation. Firms here have global impact by exporting top-notch design services and product engineering spanning all sectors. With a long history of innovation, KC firms launched the movement toward sustainable buildings and introduced innovative metal fabrication. Kansas City area firms are leaders in designing power, telecommunications and transportation infrastructure around the world.

How the KC Region Leads the Way


In the last 10+ years, architecture and engineering services grew by 24 percent in the Kansas City metro, compared to only 9 percent for the U.S.


The largest 19 architecture, engineering and construction companies headquartered in the KC region represent $14 billion in annual global revenue―putting that into perspective, the top 225 design firms in the U.S. had a total of $144 billion in project revenue in 2017.


Close to 75% of modern American sports architecture originates in the Kansas City region.


Companies in the KC region designed water systems for 20% of the world’s population.


KC is home to 4 of ENR’s Top 150 Global Design Firms―second most of all other U.S. metros―and 11 of ENR’s Top 500 Design Firms.

For more information contact:

jill_color_0730_webJILL MCCARTHY
Senior Executive, Corporate Attraction | KCADC

m: 816.591.1834
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asia-campbell_color_web_squareASIA CAMPBELL
Manager, Business Development | KCADC

m: 816885.5172
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