Jill McCarthy

Senior Vice President | 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 20 Global Design Firms
 4 (Most of all U.S. metros)
Bureau of Labor Statistics, QCEW, Q2 2023, KC MSA
ENR, 2023

Labor Snapshot



Median Wage

2022 KC Concentration Compared to National Average

TOTAL Architecture & Engineering
 18,430 $79,500  104%
Architects, Except Landscape
& Naval
 1,440 $79,500   188%
Civil Engineers  3,150 $81,220   144%
Electrical Engineers  1,990 $98,710  153%
Electronics Engineers,
Except Computer
 570 $100,550  75%
Environmental Engineers  310 $74,450  97%
Industrial Engineers  2,000 $83,510   87%
Mechanical Engineers  2,000 $81,090   101%
Architectural & Civil Drafters  750 $59,470  99%
Electrical  Electronics Drafters  110 $58,030  75%
Mechanical Drafters  440 $59,990  131%
Civil Engineering Technicians  1,000 $50,970   225%
Electrical & Electronics
Engineering Technicians
 590 $63,570  84%
Industrial Engineering Technicians  350 $68,450  73%
Mechanical Engineering Technicians  130 $78,660  45%
**175% concentration means KC employment is 75% more concentrated than the U.S. average
Source:  U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment, May 2022.

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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


6th largest concentration in the U.S. of architecture and engineering jobs


Innovation is needed in every type of project and the 80,000 A/E/C workforce in KC pushes the boundaries daily – elevating it to a $24 billion industry.


Nearly half of global sports architecture originates from the Kansas City region along with creating the gold standard for Olympic stadiums.


Companies in the KC region designed 20% of the world's power systems.


KC firms led the green revolution in architecture and continues to advocate for sustainable design with a passion to preserve our planet.


13% of the world’s telecommunication systems are designed by KC companies


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 Vice President, Corporate Attraction | KCADC

m: 816.591.1834
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