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
16,825 (5th largest concentration in the U.S.)
 3 (Tied for most of all U.S. metros)
Bureau of Labor Statistics, QCEW 2017
 ENR, 2018

Labor Snapshot


2017 Employment

KC Concentration Compared to National Average

2017 Median Wage

Architects, Except Landscape
& Naval
 1,330  175%
Civil Engineers  2,960  134% $76,900 
Electrical Engineers  2,220 164% $85,230 
Electronics Engineers,
Except Computer
 1,570 157% $93,030 
Environmental Engineers  420 107% $89,770 
Industrial Engineers  1,540  78% $80,420 
Mechanical Engineers  2,160  100% $79,580 
Architectural & Civil Drafters  990 139% $51,410 
Electrical  Electronics Drafters  500  259% $47,010 
Mechanical Drafters  660 153% $47,830 
Civil Engineering Technicians  770  146% $51,560 
Electrical & Electronics
Engineering Technicians
 1,120 118% $68,190 
Industrial Engineering Technicians  280 57% $51,160 
Mechanical Engineering Technicians  280 86% $54,570 
Surveying and Mapping Technicians  400 103% $42,040 
**175% concentration means KC employment is 75% more concentrated than the U.S. average
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017

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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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