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Abilene Employment

Employment and Industries in the Abilene, Texas Area

Abilene is the region's financial and commercial hub. Abilene's diversified manufacturers include oil-field and agricultural equipment, metals, food and dairy products, musical instruments, electronic, aircraft and missile components; and clothing. Livestock and agriculture are notable economic components. The Dyess Air Force Base is a major employer in Abilene.

First Financial Bankshares is the largest employer in the finance sector. The top employers in the medical sector are Hendrick Health System and Abilene Regional Med., Center. Eagle Aviation Services provides jobs in the aviation maintenance sector. Lauren Engineers is a notable engineering firm.

Abilene's leading employment segments are healthcare, educational services, construction, accommodation and food services, finance and insurance and the government. Management, professional and related occupations comprise about 29% of the labor force. Approximately 23% of the workers are employed in service jobs. About 22% of the workforce is employed in sale and office occupations.

Notable information regarding Abilene, Texas: Estimated median household income in 2007: $39,000. Cost of living index in 2008: 77.7 (U.S. average: 100). Adults holding a bachelor's degree or better: 22%.

The top manufacturing companies in Abilene, Texas:

  • Fehr Foods - Cookie manufacturer
  • Rentech Boiler Systems, Inc - Industrial boilers
  • Abtex Beverage - Soft drinks
  • Tige Boats - Boat manufacturer
  • Mrs. Baird's Bakery - Bakery products
  • Coca Cola of Abilene - Soft drinks
  • Zoltek - Carbon fiber
  • Hirschfeld Steel - Steel fabrication
  • Bandag, Ind - Rubber and retread
  • MicroMetals/Texas - Iron Core Powder

Abilene, Texas has numerous popular jobs where the majority of the workers are college graduates including registered nurses, teachers, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, pharmacists, medical and health services managers, employment, recruitment and placement specialists; child, family and school social workers; and management analysts.

Associations offering assistance to local businesses include:

Abilene Reporter News is a good resource regarding local business and industry news.

Most Popular Jobs in Abilene, Texas 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 Registered nurses 1,380 $55,920 $37,720 - 72,930 24% 56%
2 Elementary school teachers, except special education 810 $42,640 $32,580 - 54,070 14% 95%
3 Accountants and auditors 640 $50,910 $32,320 - 79,130 18% 79%
4 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 620 $55,000 $25,560 - 93,550 8% 51%
5 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 560 $42,930 $32,710 - 56,950 6% 96%
6 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 420 $44,290 $33,410 - 58,640 11% 95%
7 Pharmacists 180 $111,820 $73,850 - 135,880 22% 97%
8 Medical and health services managers 170 $74,750 $39,170 - 104,930 16% 57%
9 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 160 $37,020 $27,540 - 46,320 18% 56%
10 Child, family, and school social workers 160 $27,830 $15,120 - 37,980 19% 77%
11 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 140 $43,210 $28,090 - 61,160 13% 73%
12 Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists 140 $34,910 $27,160 - 42,720 11% 58%
13 Computer programmers 130 $49,490 $35,090 - 80,430 -4% 73%
14 Coaches and scouts 130 $28,080 $13,280 - 55,910 15% 60%
15 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 130 $27,550 $18,590 - 38,940 15% 51%
16 Lawyers 120 $95,630 $54,470 - 145,200 11% 99%
17 Speech-language pathologists 120 $43,540 $27,670 - 64,080 11% 98%
18 Management analysts 120 $42,230 $15,710 - 63,250 22% 78%
19 Instructional coordinators 120 $41,520 $27,730 - 55,650 23% 79%
20 Financial managers 110 $79,350 $28,680 - 134,000 13% 60%
21 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 110 $65,990 $46,330 - 80,370 8% 78%
22 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 110 $45,720 $34,560 - 60,960 12% 51%
23 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 110 $41,390 $32,770 - 53,250 20% 87%
24 Public relations specialists 110 $38,730 $15,000 - 60,800 18% 81%
25 Occupational therapists 110 $0 $ - 23% 90%
26 Social and community service managers 80 $50,140 $23,500 - 81,330 25% 72%
27 Vocational education teachers, secondary school 80 $48,330 $35,810 - 62,220 -5% 96%
28 Training and development specialists 80 $45,960 $25,350 - 78,990 18% 56%
29 Medical and public health social workers 80 $43,760 $28,520 - 63,600 24% 77%
30 Librarians 80 $40,980 $19,940 - 53,370 4% 85%
31 Civil engineers 70 $71,300 $38,470 - 103,550 18% 87%
32 Network and computer systems administrators 70 $53,520 $33,830 - 87,570 27% 50%
33 Special education teachers, middle school 70 $40,700 $32,920 - 51,770 16% 87%
34 Sales and related workers, all other 70 $23,360 $14,490 - 34,660 14% 62%
35 Adult literacy, remedial education, and GED teachers and instructors 70 $21,010 $15,970 - 31,350 14% 54%
36 Floral designers 70 $19,930 $13,640 - 25,680 -9% 55%
37 Chief executives 60 $126,560 $57,090 - 2% 65%
38 Sales managers 60 $124,710 $69,990 - 10% 69%
39 Physical therapists 60 $77,100 $56,430 - 104,000 27% 89%
40 Special education teachers, secondary school 60 $40,740 $30,520 - 52,450 9% 87%
41 Mental health counselors 60 $28,890 $18,000 - 48,770 30% 73%
42 Personal financial advisors 50 $67,840 $42,230 - 85,090 41% 81%
43 Advertising sales agents 50 $56,280 $23,880 - 101,390 20% 56%
44 Computer systems analysts 50 $48,440 $27,340 - 81,250 29% 68%
45 Graphic designers 50 $36,750 $22,300 - 60,590 10% 55%
46 Social and human service assistants 50 $23,060 $13,850 - 34,760 34% 58%
47 Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 40 $108,980 $35,030 - 25% 67%
48 Computer and information systems managers 40 $97,960 $51,210 - 162,240 16% 73%
49 Insurance underwriters 40 $53,950 $35,390 - 80,090 6% 53%
50 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 40 $48,720 $29,750 - 77,150 5% 58%
51 Network systems and data communications analysts 40 $46,960 $28,700 - 75,650 53% 57%
52 Database administrators 40 $40,700 $29,380 - 51,800 29% 72%
53 Reporters and correspondents 40 $34,680 $17,200 - 51,590 1% 85%
54 Rehabilitation counselors 40 $33,680 $25,290 - 57,240 23% 73%
55 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 40 $0 $ - 12% 51%
56 Dentists, general 30 $184,710 $81,390 - 9% 100%
57 Physician assistants 30 $78,570 $69,670 - 97,360 27% 67%
58 Mechanical engineers 30 $74,990 $52,280 - 100,400 4% 78%
59 Market research analysts 30 $62,300 $23,830 - 152,000 20% 82%
60 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 30 $45,320 $29,260 - 64,530 17% 56%
61 Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 30 $43,200 $23,080 - 63,480 18% 56%
62 Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors 30 $37,750 $28,690 - 51,190 34% 73%

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 2,430 $25,750 $13,420 - 55,430 12% 25%
2 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 2,290 $14,790 $12,800 - 16,580 18% 5%
3 Cashiers 1,820 $17,290 $13,060 - 22,210 -3% 10%
4 Office clerks, general 1,550 $20,430 $13,660 - 29,870 13% 19%
5 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 1,500 $23,700 $15,980 - 32,940 1% 18%
6 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 1,370 $18,470 $13,630 - 24,370 18% 7%
7 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 1,170 $33,340 $26,170 - 40,910 14% 7%
8 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 990 $27,450 $17,190 - 39,230 13% 16%
9 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 990 $18,360 $13,290 - 25,300 2% 5%
10 General and operations managers 940 $93,600 $38,930 - 2% 48%
11 Waiters and waitresses 940 $14,730 $12,750 - 16,930 11% 14%
12 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 840 $17,430 $13,010 - 24,850 15% 4%
13 Customer service representatives 810 $25,380 $16,030 - 39,110 25% 22%
14 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 800 $33,850 $21,160 - 48,570 10% 4%
15 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 780 $34,460 $20,940 - 52,610 15% 18%
16 Home health aides 710 $15,720 $12,920 - 19,460 49% 7%
17 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 670 $47,060 $22,590 - 80,860 4% 25%
18 Stock clerks and order fillers 660 $20,900 $13,830 - 30,750 -8% 8%
19 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 650 $41,180 $23,210 - 63,250 6% 29%
20 Teacher assistants 630 $18,570 $13,300 - 26,030 10% 18%
21 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 630 $15,980 $12,950 - 20,200 13% 5%
22 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 610 $25,150 $15,560 - 36,300 11% 14%
23 Roustabouts, oil and gas 600 $41,050 $21,960 - 53,590 -3% 0%
24 Maintenance and repair workers, general 590 $26,590 $15,450 - 39,480 10% 6%
25 Personal and home care aides 550 $15,140 $12,860 - 18,320 51% 10%
26 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 500 $29,000 $14,760 - 51,570 8% 4%
27 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 500 $19,280 $13,780 - 25,710 18% 6%
28 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 440 $33,160 $22,000 - 54,960 5% 2%
29 Receptionists and information clerks 440 $19,600 $13,900 - 26,330 17% 13%
30 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 420 $25,110 $17,410 - 39,360 8% 3%
31 Construction laborers 400 $24,150 $16,680 - 33,090 11% 5%
32 Cooks, restaurant 400 $19,410 $14,780 - 25,130 12% 5%
33 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 390 $30,480 $17,220 - 47,760 14% 4%
34 Driver/sales workers 390 $20,730 $13,500 - 26,430 -5% 4%
35 Cooks, fast food 380 $15,520 $12,940 - 19,180 8% 5%
36 Food preparation workers 340 $15,570 $12,810 - 19,810 15% 7%
37 Electricians 330 $41,090 $26,150 - 59,530 7% 7%
38 Tellers 330 $19,400 $16,020 - 24,580 14% 16%
39 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 320 $54,670 $28,840 - 96,680 9% 10%
40 Helpers--production workers 300 $19,320 $13,140 - 26,550 -1% 4%
41 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 290 $17,360 $13,080 - 24,380 11% 5%
42 Child care workers 260 $16,740 $12,970 - 23,390 18% 15%
43 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 250 $48,790 $29,750 - 70,300 7% 13%
44 Counter and rental clerks 250 $19,780 $12,980 - 35,970 23% 16%
45 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 230 $24,720 $17,520 - 32,130 4% 15%
46 Carpenters 220 $30,410 $22,460 - 39,960 10% 6%
47 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 210 $44,970 $27,850 - 65,760 -5% 15%
48 Computer support specialists 210 $44,030 $25,440 - 66,070 13% 43%
49 Preschool teachers, except special education 210 $21,330 $13,170 - 38,860 26% 43%
50 Service station attendants 210 $18,730 $13,410 - 25,380 13% 6%
51 Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers 200 $22,660 $14,400 - 36,290 12% 0%
52 Packers and packagers, hand 200 $17,650 $12,990 - 29,120 -12% 3%
53 Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 200 $15,720 $12,930 - 19,530 10% 5%
54 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 190 $14,450 $12,730 - 16,090 12% 6%
55 Helpers--electricians 180 $22,870 $15,550 - 33,450 7% 3%
56 Postal service mail carriers 180 $0 $ - 1% 11%
57 Business operations specialists, all other 170 $47,220 $14,840 - 78,770 21% 49%
58 Industrial truck and tractor operators 170 $22,220 $16,580 - 26,060 -2% 2%
59 Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 170 $17,770 $14,540 - 20,650 17% 14%
60 Dishwashers 170 $14,440 $12,730 - 16,460 10% 3%
61 Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 160 $32,070 $20,990 - 46,580 9% 3%
62 Insurance claims and policy processing clerks 160 $30,270 $21,980 - 39,950 -1% 22%
63 Health technologists and technicians, all other 160 $29,610 $21,220 - 34,650 15% 27%
64 Painters, construction and maintenance 160 $28,950 $21,960 - 38,410 12% 6%
65 Data entry keyers 160 $22,040 $15,930 - 28,880 -5% 18%
66 Service unit operators, oil, gas, and mining 160 $0 $ - -5% 0%
67 Insurance sales agents 150 $35,550 $26,180 - 50,000 13% 45%
68 Parts salespersons 150 $27,860 $13,890 - 44,450 -2% 6%
69 Pharmacy technicians 150 $27,380 $21,370 - 35,070 32% 16%
70 Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 150 $26,720 $17,440 - 37,000 10% 24%
71 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 150 $24,130 $16,570 - 32,030 4% 6%
72 Security guards 150 $23,880 $13,450 - 39,540 17% 13%
73 Recreation workers 150 $17,560 $12,930 - 25,710 13% 47%
74 Bartenders 150 $16,920 $13,230 - 20,470 11% 17%
75 Medical secretaries 140 $24,000 $16,720 - 33,730 17% 18%
76 Medical assistants 140 $23,200 $16,810 - 31,630 35% 10%
77 Team assemblers 140 $20,050 $13,440 - 29,600 0% 5%
78 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 140 $0 $ - 12% 6%
79 Loan officers 130 $57,830 $22,550 - 98,040 12% 49%
80 Office and administrative support workers, all other 130 $38,280 $24,870 - 49,660 -9% 32%
81 Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers 130 $36,670 $25,310 - 58,910 3% 13%
82 Construction managers 120 $60,940 $38,390 - 93,220 16% 29%
83 Bus drivers, school 120 $18,300 $13,110 - 26,610 9% 4%
84 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 120 $15,360 $12,780 - 20,370 10% 17%
85 Kindergarten teachers, except special education 110 $41,740 $33,540 - 51,980 16% 43%
86 Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 110 $32,350 $22,150 - 47,900 12% 3%
87 Bill and account collectors 110 $31,420 $17,900 - 66,000 23% 13%
88 Switchboard operators, including answering service 110 $17,600 $13,030 - 24,940 -8% 10%
89 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 110 $17,220 $13,360 - 20,910 14% 3%
90 Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators 110 $0 $ - -8% 12%
91 Administrative services managers 100 $79,040 $49,830 - 109,090 12% 40%
92 Food service managers 100 $52,920 $22,520 - 82,230 5% 24%
93 Sales representatives, services, all other 100 $38,560 $14,760 - 86,810 28% 48%
94 Machinists 100 $31,300 $22,620 - 40,050 -3% 3%
95 Medical records and health information technicians 100 $30,560 $17,370 - 69,040 18% 12%
96 Dental assistants 100 $26,650 $16,910 - 38,570 29% 9%
97 Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines 100 $26,290 $21,670 - 33,560 12% 3%
98 Physicians and surgeons, all other 100 $0 $ - 0% 0%
99 First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 90 $68,110 $42,650 - 96,430 4% 38%
100 Radiologic technologists and technicians 90 $50,080 $35,120 - 65,090 15% 25%
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Jobs More Common Near Abilene Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Roustabouts, oil and gas 41,050 600 67.9
Service unit operators, oil, gas, and mining 0 160 18.9
Service station attendants 18,730 210 7.8
Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists 34,910 140 7.5
Health technologists and technicians, all other 29,610 160 5.8
Helpers--electricians 22,870 180 4.2
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 33,340 1,170 4.1
Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers 22,660 200 3.4
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 33,160 440 3.1
Personal and home care aides 15,140 550 2.9
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 25,110 420 2.9
Occupational therapists 0 110 2.8
Speech-language pathologists 43,540 120 2.7
Driver/sales workers 20,730 390 2.6
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 18,470 1,370 2.4
Instructional coordinators 41,520 120 2.3
Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 15,720 200 2.3
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 17,360 290 2.2
Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 27,550 130 2.1
Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines 26,290 100 2.1
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 14,790 2,290 2
Home health aides 15,720 710 2
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 17,770 170 2
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 23,700 1,500 1.9
Coaches and scouts 28,080 130 1.9
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 25,150 610 1.8
Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 37,020 160 1.8
Cooks, fast food 15,520 380 1.8
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 15,980 630 1.7
Switchboard operators, including answering service 17,600 110 1.7
Kindergarten teachers, except special education 41,740 110 1.7
Parts salespersons 27,860 150 1.7
Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 26,720 150 1.7
Helpers--production workers 19,320 300 1.7
Pharmacists 111,820 180 1.7
Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 44,290 420 1.7
Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers 36,670 130 1.7
Insurance claims and policy processing clerks 30,270 160 1.6
Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 45,720 110 1.6
Medical and health services managers 74,750 170 1.6
Child, family, and school social workers 27,830 160 1.5
Painters, construction and maintenance 28,950 160 1.5
Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 32,070 160 1.5
Automotive service technicians and mechanics 30,480 390 1.4
Medical records and health information technicians 30,560 100 1.4
Elementary school teachers, except special education 42,640 810 1.4
Educational, vocational, and school counselors 43,210 140 1.4
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 42,930 560 1.4
Tellers 19,400 330 1.4
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 48,790 250 1.4

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Abilene, Texas Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Roustabouts, oil and gas 41,050 1.3 600
Office and administrative support workers, all other 38,280 1.23 130
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 47,060 1.22 670
Pharmacists 111,820 1.07 180
Retail salespersons 25,750 1.06 2,430
Computer support specialists 44,030 1.05 210
Bill and account collectors 31,420 1.02 110
Truck drivers, light or delivery services 29,000 1 500
Loan officers 57,830 0.98 130
Pharmacy technicians 27,380 0.97 150
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 55,000 0.97 620
General and operations managers 93,600 0.97 940
Security guards 23,880 0.95 150
Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 26,720 0.94 150
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 33,160 0.94 440
First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 54,670 0.94 320
Lawyers 95,630 0.93 120
Cashiers 17,290 0.93 1,820
Stock clerks and order fillers 20,900 0.92 660
Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers 22,660 0.91 200
Insurance claims and policy processing clerks 30,270 0.91 160
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 17,770 0.91 170
Service station attendants 18,730 0.91 210
First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 41,180 0.91 650
Parts salespersons 27,860 0.91 150
Registered nurses 55,920 0.91 1,380
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 33,850 0.9 800
Cooks, restaurant 19,410 0.89 400
Cooks, fast food 15,520 0.89 380
Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 34,460 0.89 780
Medical and health services managers 74,750 0.88 170
Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 44,290 0.88 420
Kindergarten teachers, except special education 41,740 0.88 110
Electricians 41,090 0.88 330
Bartenders 16,920 0.87 150
Child care workers 16,740 0.87 260
Packers and packagers, hand 17,650 0.87 200
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 15,360 0.87 120
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 14,790 0.86 2,290
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 27,450 0.86 990
Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 45,720 0.86 110
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 48,790 0.86 250
Helpers--electricians 22,870 0.86 180
Elementary school teachers, except special education 42,640 0.86 810
Customer service representatives 25,380 0.86 810
Financial managers 79,350 0.86 110
Accountants and auditors 50,910 0.85 640
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 44,970 0.85 210
Counter and rental clerks 19,780 0.85 250
Data entry keyers 22,040 0.85 160

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