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Las Cruces Employment

Employment and Industries in the Las Cruces, New Mexico Area

The economy in Las Cruces, New Mexico is based on agriculture, education, commerce and defense/aerospace. The government is the primary source of employment in the area due to White Sands Missile Range and New Mexico State University. The White Sands Missile Range is the Army's largest installation. Other government agencies, private industries, foreign militaries and universities also conduct research at the facility.

The North American Free Trade Agreement and the opening of a nearby border crossing has attracted numerous companies to the region that want to work with factories in nearby Mexico. The region also includes a group of industrial and research parks.

Agricultural products which contribute to the local economy include peppers, onions, cotton and a variety of vegetables and dairy products. The region is also one of the world's largest pecan producers.

On-site and classroom job training are provided via the State of New Mexico Industrial Development Training program. The program provides companies with customized training and allows the employers to choose training candidates. The program is not just for economically disadvantaged people.

Facts about Las Cruces, New Mexico: The average salary in Las Cruces in 2009 was $25,000. The cost of living index in 2008 was 87.6. The national average is 100. In Las Cruces 28% of the residents 25 years of age and older have earned a bachelor's degree or better.

The region's significant employers:

  • New Mexico State University
  • White Sands Missile Range
  • Las Cruces Public Schools
  • NASA
  • Memorial Medical Center
  • City of Las Cruces
  • Allied Signal Aerospace
  • Walmart
  • Excel Agent Services
  • Dona Ana Branch Community College
  • Mountain View Regional Medical Center
  • Dana Ana County
  • Honeywell Technology
  • NM Corrections Department
  • Tyson Prepared Foods
  • NMSU Physical Science Lab
  • Wells Fargo

The top non-agricultural employment segments in the city are:

  • Government
  • Trade, transportation and utilities
  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Manufacturing
  • Leisure and hospitality

Local companies can obtain assistance from useful associations such as:

People can stay current with local business and industry news by reading the Las Cruces Sun-News.

Most Popular Jobs in Las Cruces, New Mexico Metro Area (2008 data)

Where the Majority of Workers Have College Degrees

Rank Title Local Jobs Local Mean Salary Typical Local Salary National Growth % 2006-2016 National % With College Degree
1 Elementary school teachers, except special education 1,210 $57,210 $37,700 - 83,080 14% 95%
2 Registered nurses 1,100 $60,270 $44,260 - 84,270 24% 56%
3 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 780 $59,540 $37,020 - 83,640 6% 96%
4 Accountants and auditors 390 $46,170 $30,570 - 65,540 18% 79%
5 Child, family, and school social workers 390 $36,580 $18,090 - 68,150 19% 77%
6 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 310 $37,320 $17,310 - 60,860 8% 51%
7 Electronics engineers, except computer 300 $82,380 $55,540 - 103,300 4% 81%
8 Managers, all other 290 $56,290 $35,700 - 82,360 7% 55%
9 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 220 $76,230 $54,130 - 98,030 8% 78%
10 Lawyers 200 $59,170 $34,520 - 101,620 11% 99%
11 Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists 190 $46,200 $28,710 - 76,770 16% 99%
12 Computer software engineers, applications 180 $74,890 $53,080 - 101,850 45% 85%
13 Special education teachers, secondary school 150 $53,800 $37,190 - 77,270 9% 87%
14 Physical therapists 140 $51,610 $23,780 - 81,690 27% 89%
15 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 130 $69,450 $51,660 - 95,150 13% 73%
16 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 130 $48,870 $25,430 - 71,690 5% 58%
17 Computer software engineers, systems software 120 $86,560 $45,920 - 119,550 28% 85%
18 Financial managers 120 $76,500 $44,870 - 126,970 13% 60%
19 Civil engineers 120 $62,830 $30,670 - 92,350 18% 87%
20 Pharmacists 110 $100,380 $88,140 - 121,230 22% 97%
21 Speech-language pathologists 110 $70,220 $52,520 - 101,160 11% 98%
22 Electrical engineers 110 $68,480 $49,030 - 100,500 6% 81%
23 Social and community service managers 110 $45,650 $33,430 - 60,790 25% 72%
24 Social and human service assistants 110 $26,820 $15,620 - 39,340 34% 58%
25 Operations research analysts 100 $90,150 $54,360 - 124,320 11% 71%
26 Sales managers 100 $70,460 $28,130 - 134,360 10% 69%
27 Computer specialists, all other 100 $65,570 $48,790 - 86,260 15% 68%
28 Community and social service specialists, all other 100 $29,270 $18,850 - 38,790 25% 58%
29 Medical and public health social workers 90 $38,830 $24,840 - 63,090 24% 77%
30 Dentists, general 80 $132,380 $80,170 - 9% 100%
31 Mechanical engineers 80 $77,370 $54,930 - 102,040 4% 78%
32 Management analysts 80 $66,000 $44,570 - 92,520 22% 78%
33 Advertising sales agents 80 $27,260 $16,610 - 59,440 20% 56%
34 Coaches and scouts 80 $0 $ - 15% 60%
35 Medical and health services managers 70 $98,160 $40,850 - 16% 57%
36 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 70 $67,310 $48,040 - 86,290 12% 51%
37 Network and computer systems administrators 70 $66,610 $44,570 - 97,600 27% 50%
38 Database administrators 70 $54,560 $35,190 - 95,510 29% 72%
39 Librarians 70 $49,220 $24,910 - 73,860 4% 85%
40 Graphic designers 70 $28,180 $18,500 - 44,260 10% 55%
41 Computer hardware engineers 70 $0 $ - 5% 70%
42 Instructional coordinators 60 $69,600 $44,520 - 97,240 23% 79%
43 Occupational therapists 60 $64,950 $45,200 - 94,810 23% 90%
44 Healthcare practitioners and technical workers, all other 60 $0 $ - 15% 72%
45 Physicists 50 $97,520 $70,260 - 144,650 7% 95%
46 Veterinarians 50 $81,990 $37,360 - 109,600 35% 100%
47 Dietitians and nutritionists 50 $34,080 $18,650 - 74,190 9% 72%
48 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 50 $28,780 $21,900 - 37,310 15% 51%
49 Engineering managers 40 $92,070 $56,830 - 156,190 7% 84%
50 Natural sciences managers 40 $86,490 $61,350 - 126,160 11% 93%
51 Aerospace engineers 40 $85,860 $64,190 - 118,210 10% 87%
52 Physician assistants 40 $68,610 $54,040 - 98,760 27% 67%
53 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 40 $53,240 $45,050 - 64,410 12% 51%
54 Environmental scientists and specialists, including health 40 $48,680 $35,360 - 64,160 25% 93%
55 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 40 $38,850 $28,770 - 50,000 18% 56%
56 Training and development specialists 40 $33,190 $25,110 - 48,640 18% 56%
57 Environmental engineers 30 $68,480 $50,410 - 93,400 25% 86%

Where the Majority of Workers Do Not Have College Degrees

Rank Title Local Jobs Local Mean Salary Typical Local Salary National Growth % 2006-2016 National % With College Degree
1 Retail salespersons 2,190 $21,220 $14,470 - 32,000 12% 25%
2 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 1,710 $26,050 $16,250 - 38,800 1% 18%
3 Cashiers 1,520 $16,610 $13,930 - 21,480 -3% 10%
4 Personal and home care aides 1,440 $18,550 $14,820 - 22,900 51% 10%
5 Waiters and waitresses 1,400 $15,310 $13,810 - 16,410 11% 14%
6 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 1,310 $19,120 $14,460 - 24,920 15% 4%
7 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 1,200 $15,950 $13,890 - 19,470 18% 5%
8 Teacher assistants 1,140 $21,650 $14,820 - 30,370 10% 18%
9 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 1,080 $25,520 $15,410 - 38,250 13% 16%
10 Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse 1,030 $15,600 $13,780 - 16,270 -3% 4%
11 Office clerks, general 1,000 $18,900 $14,180 - 26,990 13% 19%
12 Security guards 970 $22,710 $14,990 - 32,650 17% 13%
13 General and operations managers 920 $70,990 $36,000 - 124,080 2% 48%
14 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 870 $19,460 $14,230 - 28,510 2% 5%
15 Construction laborers 850 $23,280 $14,710 - 33,640 11% 5%
16 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 840 $20,160 $16,720 - 25,370 18% 7%
17 Stock clerks and order fillers 820 $19,460 $14,440 - 26,770 -8% 8%
18 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 750 $42,850 $21,750 - 53,820 6% 29%
19 Receptionists and information clerks 670 $19,580 $14,940 - 25,620 17% 13%
20 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 660 $18,330 $14,300 - 23,780 18% 6%
21 Cooks, restaurant 650 $17,730 $14,060 - 23,950 12% 5%
22 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 640 $32,280 $17,550 - 48,850 4% 25%
23 Maintenance and repair workers, general 630 $24,440 $15,210 - 33,850 10% 6%
24 Child care workers 510 $15,930 $13,900 - 19,330 18% 15%
25 Carpenters 480 $28,660 $18,530 - 43,570 10% 6%
26 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 470 $16,170 $13,950 - 19,670 13% 5%
27 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 440 $38,350 $29,570 - 48,360 14% 7%
28 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 420 $29,890 $14,550 - 52,700 14% 4%
29 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 380 $47,320 $26,130 - 65,330 9% 10%
30 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 380 $43,220 $33,590 - 53,850 11% 33%
31 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 380 $29,050 $16,280 - 54,540 11% 14%
32 Customer service representatives 370 $24,060 $15,470 - 33,420 25% 22%
33 Medical assistants 360 $24,480 $15,110 - 38,260 35% 10%
34 Dishwashers 350 $15,980 $13,940 - 19,050 10% 3%
35 Business operations specialists, all other 340 $59,470 $27,130 - 90,800 21% 49%
36 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 340 $29,650 $21,980 - 40,440 8% 3%
37 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 340 $24,710 $14,960 - 45,910 8% 4%
38 Cooks, fast food 330 $15,530 $13,830 - 18,710 8% 5%
39 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 320 $27,110 $21,550 - 32,440 10% 4%
40 Food preparation workers 310 $18,580 $14,450 - 24,310 15% 7%
41 Electrical and electronic engineering technicians 300 $52,270 $16,010 - 80,940 4% 18%
42 Tellers 280 $20,810 $16,160 - 29,880 14% 16%
43 Bartenders 280 $15,770 $13,880 - 18,420 11% 17%
44 File clerks 270 $23,540 $16,510 - 30,880 -41% 20%
45 Administrative services managers 260 $55,630 $27,790 - 92,790 12% 40%
46 Electricians 260 $39,500 $29,070 - 53,250 7% 7%
47 Business teachers, postsecondary 250 $75,810 $55,130 - 103,830 0% 0%
48 Computer support specialists 250 $42,650 $28,340 - 57,340 13% 43%
49 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 250 $19,470 $14,550 - 25,720 11% 5%
50 Family and general practitioners 230 $154,340 $39,450 - 0% 0%
51 Cement masons and concrete finishers 230 $27,670 $17,490 - 43,220 11% 2%
52 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 230 $15,170 $13,820 - 16,470 10% 17%
53 Counter and rental clerks 220 $20,900 $14,020 - 37,480 23% 16%
54 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 210 $15,460 $13,820 - 16,960 12% 6%
55 Telemarketers 190 $14,900 $13,770 - 15,800 -10% 14%
56 Insurance sales agents 180 $37,660 $19,210 - 41,240 13% 45%
57 Office and administrative support workers, all other 180 $26,590 $14,800 - 40,190 -9% 32%
58 Painters, construction and maintenance 180 $22,550 $15,400 - 30,220 12% 6%
59 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 180 $22,130 $14,600 - 32,050 4% 6%
60 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 170 $35,110 $22,840 - 55,810 5% 2%
61 Bill and account collectors 170 $24,680 $16,960 - 33,430 23% 13%
62 Emergency medical technicians and paramedics 170 $23,960 $16,210 - 40,340 19% 14%
63 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 160 $36,150 $22,800 - 58,550 11% 4%
64 Dental assistants 160 $26,690 $18,160 - 39,060 29% 9%
65 Medical secretaries 160 $24,230 $17,200 - 32,240 17% 18%
66 Bakers 160 $23,040 $17,600 - 29,630 10% 8%
67 Helpers--pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 160 $21,540 $14,440 - 31,680 12% 3%
68 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 150 $41,090 $23,620 - 65,170 7% 13%
69 All other information and record clerks 150 $34,760 $21,370 - 48,710 -13% 21%
70 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 150 $22,630 $15,110 - 32,150 4% 15%
71 Nonfarm animal caretakers 150 $20,730 $14,340 - 26,270 18% 16%
72 Payroll and timekeeping clerks 140 $29,460 $17,570 - 38,920 3% 18%
73 Data entry keyers 140 $20,020 $15,200 - 25,640 -5% 18%
74 Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 140 $15,980 $13,930 - 19,160 17% 14%
75 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 130 $38,450 $19,510 - 71,890 -5% 15%
76 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 130 $38,360 $26,030 - 53,520 15% 18%
77 Roofers 130 $25,070 $17,900 - 31,650 14% 3%
78 Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers 130 $19,710 $14,940 - 25,680 12% 0%
79 Postal service mail carriers 130 $0 $ - 1% 11%
80 Fire fighters 120 $34,400 $26,240 - 49,210 12% 18%
81 First-line supervisors/managers of housekeeping and janitorial workers 120 $32,370 $20,840 - 50,130 13% 11%
82 Recreation workers 120 $26,740 $17,890 - 37,300 13% 47%
83 Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 120 $26,340 $18,780 - 38,110 -15% 0%
84 Amusement and recreation attendants 120 $19,860 $16,570 - 26,100 24% 22%
85 Pharmacy aides 120 $0 $ - -11% 10%
86 First-line supervisors/managers of police and detectives 110 $69,210 $52,850 - 86,900 9% 33%
87 Loan officers 110 $57,570 $28,300 - 98,530 12% 49%
88 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 110 $56,240 $31,020 - 86,100 0% 42%
89 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 110 $19,340 $15,180 - 24,640 12% 6%
90 Engineering technicians, except drafters, all other 100 $63,650 $31,310 - 88,840 2% 18%
91 Pharmacy technicians 100 $31,270 $22,600 - 47,590 32% 16%
92 Loan interviewers and clerks 100 $25,020 $15,230 - 33,560 -1% 24%
93 Medical records and health information technicians 100 $21,930 $14,910 - 30,740 18% 12%
94 Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers 90 $54,280 $28,890 - 65,780 3% 13%
95 Computer operators 90 $39,880 $24,050 - 64,510 -25% 27%
96 Human resources assistants, except payroll and timekeeping 90 $32,020 $21,730 - 43,830 11% 29%
97 Parts salespersons 90 $24,010 $14,700 - 36,300 -2% 6%
98 Home health aides 90 $20,340 $14,630 - 25,700 49% 7%
99 Property, real estate, and community association managers 80 $30,080 $22,000 - 38,520 15% 36%
100 Paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators 80 $27,280 $22,560 - 32,020 9% 0%
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Jobs More Common Near Las Cruces Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Business teachers, postsecondary 75,810 250 10.8
Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse 15,600 1,030 10.3
Personal and home care aides 18,550 1,440 7.8
Pharmacy aides 0 120 7.4
Family and general practitioners 154,340 230 6
Helpers--pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 21,540 160 5.6
Electronics engineers, except computer 82,380 300 5.2
Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists 46,200 190 4.9
Electrical and electronic engineering technicians 52,270 300 4.3
Engineering technicians, except drafters, all other 63,650 100 4
Operations research analysts 90,150 100 3.7
Child, family, and school social workers 36,580 390 3.7
First-line supervisors/managers of police and detectives 69,210 110 3.6
File clerks 23,540 270 3.1
Bakers 23,040 160 2.9
Nonfarm animal caretakers 20,730 150 2.8
Special education teachers, secondary school 53,800 150 2.8
Cement masons and concrete finishers 27,670 230 2.8
Roofers 25,070 130 2.7
Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 76,230 220 2.6
Speech-language pathologists 70,220 110 2.5
Administrative services managers 55,630 260 2.5
Emergency medical technicians and paramedics 23,960 170 2.4
Community and social service specialists, all other 29,270 100 2.4
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 29,650 340 2.4
Teacher assistants 21,650 1,140 2.3
Social and community service managers 45,650 110 2.3
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 26,050 1,710 2.2
Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers 19,710 130 2.2
Elementary school teachers, except special education 57,210 1,210 2.2
Child care workers 15,930 510 2.1
Security guards 22,710 970 2.1
Construction laborers 23,280 850 2.1
Physical therapists 51,610 140 2
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 59,540 780 2
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 19,470 250 1.9
Managers, all other 56,290 290 1.9
Medical assistants 24,480 360 1.8
Office and administrative support workers, all other 26,590 180 1.8
Cooks, restaurant 17,730 650 1.8
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 18,330 660 1.7
Payroll and timekeeping clerks 29,460 140 1.7
Electrical engineers 68,480 110 1.7
Painters, construction and maintenance 22,550 180 1.7
All other information and record clerks 34,760 150 1.7
Dishwashers 15,980 350 1.6
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 15,980 140 1.6
First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 47,320 380 1.6
First-line supervisors/managers of housekeeping and janitorial workers 32,370 120 1.6
Automotive service technicians and mechanics 29,890 420 1.6

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Las Cruces, New Mexico Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Educational, vocational, and school counselors 69,450 1.35 130
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 59,540 1.16 780
Elementary school teachers, except special education 57,210 1.15 1,210
Recreation workers 26,740 1.11 120
Speech-language pathologists 70,220 1.09 110
Amusement and recreation attendants 19,860 1.07 120
Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 56,240 1.06 110
All other information and record clerks 34,760 1.05 150
Special education teachers, secondary school 53,800 1.04 150
Computer software engineers, systems software 86,560 1.04 120
Business teachers, postsecondary 75,810 1.03 250
Computer support specialists 42,650 1.02 250
Business operations specialists, all other 59,470 1.01 340
Electrical and electronic engineering technicians 52,270 1 300
Nonfarm animal caretakers 20,730 1 150
Electronics engineers, except computer 82,380 1 300
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 35,110 1 170
File clerks 23,540 1 270
Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 38,360 0.99 130
Registered nurses 60,270 0.98 1,100
Loan officers 57,570 0.97 110
Teacher assistants 21,650 0.97 1,140
Computer software engineers, applications 74,890 0.97 180
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 38,350 0.97 440
Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 48,870 0.97 130
Food preparation workers 18,580 0.97 310
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 29,050 0.96 380
Bakers 23,040 0.96 160
Pharmacists 100,380 0.96 110
First-line supervisors/managers of police and detectives 69,210 0.95 110
First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 42,850 0.95 750
Social and human service assistants 26,820 0.95 110
Family and general practitioners 154,340 0.94 230
Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 76,230 0.93 220
Personal and home care aides 18,550 0.93 1,440
Dishwashers 15,980 0.93 350
First-line supervisors/managers of housekeeping and janitorial workers 32,370 0.93 120
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 15,950 0.93 1,200
Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 26,340 0.9 120
Child, family, and school social workers 36,580 0.9 390
Security guards 22,710 0.9 970
Counter and rental clerks 20,900 0.9 220
Cashiers 16,610 0.9 1,520
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 26,050 0.89 1,710
Cooks, fast food 15,530 0.89 330
Police and sheriff's patrol officers 43,220 0.89 380
Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 15,460 0.89 210
Payroll and timekeeping clerks 29,460 0.88 140
Tellers 20,810 0.88 280
Medical assistants 24,480 0.87 360

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