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Brownsville Employment

Employment and Industries in the Brownsville, Texas Area

Brownsville's industries include food processing, petrochemicals and aircraft repair. The region's economy is also bolstered by tourism, agriculture and livestock. The Port of Brownsville is a significant economic component. The largest private employers are AMFELS, Walmart and Covergys Corp.

The top employment segments in Brownsville, Texas are healthcare, education, leisure and hospitality, government, manufacturing, professional and business services, transportation, warehousing and utilities; and financial activities. About 28% of the workforce is employed in sales and office jobs. Management, professional and related occupations comprise about 21% of the workforce. Approximately 19% of the labor force has service jobs.

Details about Brownsville, Texas: Estimated median household income in 2007: $29,000. Cost of living index in 2008: 78.3. (U.S. average: 100). Adult population which has earned a bachelor's degree or better: 14%.

Brownsville's top employers:

  • Brownsville ISD
  • University of Texas
  • Cameron County
  • AMFELS
  • City of Brownsville
  • Walmart
  • Covergys Corp
  • HEB Food Stores
  • Valley Baptist Medical Center
  • Valley Regional Medical Center
  • Trico Technologies
  • National Electric Coil
  • Public Utilities Board
  • U.S. Customs & Border Patrol
  • ORC Industries
  • Rich SeaPak
  • International Shipbreaking
  • Bro., Community Health Ctr
  • U.S. Postal Service

Associations that provide assistance to local businesses include:

Those interested in learning about local business endeavors may want to read the Brownsville Herald.

Most Popular Jobs in Brownsville, 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 Elementary school teachers, except special education 2,780 $47,890 $36,310 - 62,260 14% 95%
2 Registered nurses 2,280 $63,340 $43,790 - 83,180 24% 56%
3 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 1,610 $49,620 $37,110 - 63,860 11% 95%
4 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 1,580 $51,030 $38,050 - 65,110 6% 96%
5 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 800 $54,530 $34,770 - 74,700 5% 58%
6 Detectives and criminal investigators 780 $54,920 $37,710 - 75,960 17% 54%
7 Teachers and instructors, all other 580 $18,750 $13,180 - 28,640 9% 54%
8 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 520 $39,720 $16,200 - 71,940 8% 51%
9 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 510 $53,190 $27,010 - 80,050 13% 73%
10 Accountants and auditors 440 $55,660 $28,180 - 80,490 18% 79%
11 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 360 $75,690 $56,860 - 100,340 8% 78%
12 Child, family, and school social workers 330 $35,000 $26,430 - 50,300 19% 77%
13 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 280 $48,220 $36,160 - 63,260 20% 87%
14 Lawyers 230 $84,470 $29,440 - 156,630 11% 99%
15 Social and human service assistants 230 $22,210 $14,550 - 32,780 34% 58%
16 Financial managers 220 $69,340 $44,320 - 104,030 13% 60%
17 Pharmacists 210 $112,200 $73,100 - 147,000 22% 97%
18 Medical and health services managers 200 $72,420 $38,110 - 104,710 16% 57%
19 Special education teachers, middle school 200 $46,440 $32,600 - 60,740 16% 87%
20 Vocational education teachers, secondary school 190 $50,810 $37,380 - 65,090 -5% 96%
21 Librarians 190 $50,120 $35,980 - 65,010 4% 85%
22 Social and community service managers 180 $39,570 $23,690 - 66,790 25% 72%
23 Advertising sales agents 160 $39,390 $20,470 - 61,980 20% 56%
24 Instructional coordinators 150 $70,040 $34,960 - 88,520 23% 79%
25 Management analysts 150 $53,080 $35,020 - 73,600 22% 78%
26 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 150 $49,200 $35,740 - 63,920 12% 51%
27 Public relations specialists 140 $36,140 $19,080 - 65,160 18% 81%
28 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 130 $29,570 $19,470 - 43,800 15% 51%
29 Sales managers 120 $83,440 $41,030 - 130,570 10% 69%
30 Managers, all other 120 $79,170 $46,880 - 113,920 7% 55%
31 Physical therapists 120 $76,380 $44,210 - 112,160 27% 89%
32 Speech-language pathologists 120 $64,750 $41,430 - 84,260 11% 98%
33 Network and computer systems administrators 120 $44,840 $33,390 - 65,830 27% 50%
34 Chief executives 110 $139,350 $75,020 - 2% 65%
35 Counselors, all other 100 $66,410 $49,540 - 82,830 17% 73%
36 Occupational therapists 100 $66,370 $14,720 - 106,500 23% 90%
37 Computer systems analysts 100 $48,260 $28,470 - 87,920 29% 68%
38 Coaches and scouts 100 $39,870 $14,420 - 61,040 15% 60%
39 Graphic designers 100 $32,320 $21,420 - 48,980 10% 55%
40 Sales and related workers, all other 90 $26,920 $13,370 - 43,440 14% 62%
41 Training and development specialists 80 $32,820 $20,510 - 50,520 18% 56%
42 Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 70 $46,780 $27,060 - 82,820 25% 67%
43 Reporters and correspondents 70 $43,760 $24,090 - 66,360 1% 85%
44 Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 70 $39,220 $21,180 - 71,950 18% 56%
45 Civil engineers 60 $70,150 $45,690 - 121,770 18% 87%
46 Computer programmers 60 $42,910 $28,370 - 66,000 -4% 73%
47 Editors 60 $38,680 $18,880 - 69,040 2% 81%
48 Financial specialists, all other 60 $28,260 $14,440 - 47,510 12% 50%
49 Computer and information systems managers 50 $83,680 $44,870 - 142,510 16% 73%
50 Industrial engineers 50 $80,080 $42,340 - 121,520 20% 74%
51 Network systems and data communications analysts 50 $78,140 $35,370 - 127,010 53% 57%
52 Dietitians and nutritionists 50 $52,000 $41,900 - 69,490 9% 72%
53 Vocational education teachers, middle school 50 $49,790 $38,070 - 63,040 -5% 95%
54 Health educators 50 $0 $ - 26% 58%
55 Electrical engineers 40 $77,190 $54,880 - 103,920 6% 81%
56 Market research analysts 40 $54,260 $31,290 - 82,710 20% 82%
57 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 40 $53,640 $20,150 - 82,440 17% 56%
58 Education administrators, preschool and child care center/program 40 $37,730 $22,050 - 52,290 24% 78%
59 Social workers, all other 40 $35,540 $22,800 - 59,740 18% 77%
60 Credit analysts 40 $0 $ - 2% 60%
61 Judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates 30 $63,070 $14,620 - 121,570 5% 99%
62 Database administrators 30 $56,380 $31,120 - 85,840 29% 72%
63 Community and social service specialists, all other 30 $30,130 $19,930 - 41,040 25% 58%

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 Personal and home care aides 8,870 $14,430 $12,770 - 16,410 51% 10%
2 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 4,540 $15,070 $12,780 - 18,800 18% 5%
3 Retail salespersons 4,330 $21,030 $13,180 - 36,190 12% 25%
4 Cashiers 4,210 $15,620 $12,820 - 19,620 -3% 10%
5 Home health aides 3,760 $14,530 $12,710 - 16,620 49% 7%
6 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 3,120 $23,590 $14,740 - 32,400 1% 18%
7 Office clerks, general 2,830 $18,880 $13,280 - 26,710 13% 19%
8 Customer service representatives 2,060 $19,980 $15,160 - 27,240 25% 22%
9 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 1,960 $17,930 $13,190 - 24,600 15% 4%
10 Teacher assistants 1,920 $19,120 $13,330 - 26,090 10% 18%
11 Waiters and waitresses 1,890 $17,300 $12,920 - 27,980 11% 14%
12 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 1,840 $16,940 $12,960 - 23,300 2% 5%
13 Stock clerks and order fillers 1,680 $18,090 $13,150 - 25,580 -8% 8%
14 Maintenance and repair workers, general 1,480 $21,080 $13,710 - 31,100 10% 6%
15 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 1,480 $18,220 $12,970 - 25,580 18% 7%
16 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 1,390 $32,670 $18,290 - 49,050 4% 25%
17 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 1,360 $46,950 $22,270 - 113,930 6% 29%
18 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 1,310 $30,520 $18,290 - 44,090 10% 4%
19 General and operations managers 1,270 $82,250 $31,410 - 149,270 2% 48%
20 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 1,260 $26,010 $15,560 - 38,170 13% 16%
21 Construction laborers 1,210 $18,250 $13,540 - 24,710 11% 5%
22 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 1,210 $15,040 $12,830 - 18,670 13% 5%
23 Telemarketers 1,030 $17,240 $12,880 - 21,740 -10% 14%
24 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 990 $36,010 $21,430 - 51,480 15% 18%
25 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 970 $23,250 $14,490 - 32,050 5% 2%
26 Receptionists and information clerks 970 $19,100 $13,840 - 25,400 17% 13%
27 Child care workers 960 $16,960 $13,040 - 23,440 18% 15%
28 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 880 $38,290 $26,930 - 51,280 14% 7%
29 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 870 $25,210 $15,340 - 36,810 11% 14%
30 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 860 $39,260 $28,980 - 54,660 11% 33%
31 Driver/sales workers 830 $25,330 $14,250 - 31,830 -5% 4%
32 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 780 $23,300 $14,080 - 37,740 8% 4%
33 Tellers 760 $20,490 $14,420 - 27,820 14% 16%
34 Counter and rental clerks 740 $16,230 $12,810 - 20,310 23% 16%
35 Security guards 720 $20,770 $13,610 - 29,980 17% 13%
36 Bus drivers, school 700 $22,050 $15,590 - 27,670 9% 4%
37 Preschool teachers, except special education 640 $34,490 $14,950 - 60,320 26% 43%
38 Cooks, restaurant 620 $16,250 $13,060 - 20,040 12% 5%
39 Packers and packagers, hand 610 $14,720 $12,770 - 16,270 -12% 3%
40 Carpenters 600 $24,700 $15,700 - 34,110 10% 6%
41 Medical assistants 590 $23,980 $15,920 - 34,220 35% 10%
42 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 570 $18,800 $13,420 - 26,390 18% 6%
43 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 550 $20,800 $13,270 - 32,180 4% 6%
44 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 540 $24,100 $15,350 - 33,000 4% 15%
45 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 490 $31,010 $16,330 - 55,580 14% 4%
46 Industrial truck and tractor operators 480 $18,380 $13,120 - 26,850 -2% 2%
47 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 460 $18,630 $13,260 - 26,580 11% 5%
48 Bartenders 450 $16,330 $12,910 - 21,080 11% 17%
49 Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 430 $28,470 $20,620 - 37,800 10% 24%
50 Pharmacy technicians 430 $24,850 $18,290 - 33,380 32% 16%
51 Structural metal fabricators and fitters 410 $28,010 $17,900 - 40,260 -0% 0%
52 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 390 $38,470 $20,250 - 57,930 -5% 15%
53 Electricians 390 $26,510 $17,770 - 34,660 7% 7%
54 Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 380 $14,710 $12,720 - 18,160 -5% 5%
55 Fire fighters 360 $36,970 $24,220 - 52,090 12% 18%
56 Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 360 $25,230 $17,530 - 33,780 9% 3%
57 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 360 $19,300 $12,850 - 31,990 -7% 14%
58 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 350 $24,210 $18,190 - 31,400 8% 3%
59 Data entry keyers 350 $21,850 $14,290 - 30,370 -5% 18%
60 Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 350 $16,130 $12,940 - 21,380 17% 14%
61 Medical secretaries 330 $24,560 $15,450 - 38,110 17% 18%
62 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 330 $14,240 $12,660 - 16,220 10% 8%
63 Kindergarten teachers, except special education 320 $49,300 $36,950 - 63,340 16% 43%
64 Food preparation workers 310 $16,100 $13,040 - 19,890 15% 7%
65 Business operations specialists, all other 300 $77,050 $41,570 - 152,600 21% 49%
66 Helpers--electricians 280 $18,500 $13,310 - 25,500 7% 3%
67 Parts salespersons 270 $20,080 $13,010 - 31,430 -2% 6%
68 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 260 $40,170 $24,670 - 66,820 7% 13%
69 Machinists 260 $25,040 $15,310 - 32,900 -3% 3%
70 Dishwashers 260 $14,690 $12,760 - 16,880 10% 3%
71 Legal secretaries 250 $27,870 $21,810 - 37,450 12% 18%
72 Radiologic technologists and technicians 240 $42,980 $19,530 - 65,120 15% 25%
73 Bill and account collectors 240 $23,220 $14,120 - 32,420 23% 13%
74 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 240 $14,510 $12,780 - 16,400 10% 17%
75 Postal service mail carriers 240 $0 $ - 1% 11%
76 Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance 230 $30,550 $16,450 - 40,850 2% 11%
77 Team assemblers 230 $17,140 $13,010 - 23,600 0% 5%
78 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 220 $35,300 $21,670 - 61,680 9% 10%
79 Computer support specialists 220 $29,970 $19,060 - 42,220 13% 43%
80 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 220 $26,760 $17,200 - 39,150 11% 4%
81 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 220 $15,140 $12,890 - 18,760 14% 3%
82 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 220 $14,570 $12,800 - 16,590 12% 6%
83 Administrative services managers 210 $75,430 $39,650 - 120,090 12% 40%
84 Loan officers 210 $74,170 $31,230 - 140,540 12% 49%
85 Construction managers 210 $37,070 $23,640 - 60,350 16% 29%
86 Property, real estate, and community association managers 210 $26,900 $15,310 - 41,040 15% 36%
87 Sales representatives, services, all other 200 $31,430 $19,190 - 53,270 28% 48%
88 Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers 200 $16,830 $12,970 - 23,090 12% 0%
89 Helpers--production workers 200 $15,680 $12,910 - 19,980 -1% 4%
90 Medical records and health information technicians 190 $27,450 $17,710 - 39,970 18% 12%
91 Water and liquid waste treatment plant and system operators 190 $25,020 $16,320 - 35,980 14% 8%
92 First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 180 $36,200 $16,890 - 62,900 4% 38%
93 Dental assistants 180 $24,550 $16,790 - 32,030 29% 9%
94 Physicians and surgeons, all other 170 $219,350 $161,450 - 0% 0%
95 Food service managers 170 $48,090 $21,100 - 85,700 5% 24%
96 All other information and record clerks 170 $28,030 $17,880 - 42,350 -13% 21%
97 First-line supervisors/managers of housekeeping and janitorial workers 170 $25,770 $18,850 - 34,820 13% 11%
98 Welding, soldering, and brazing machine setters, operators, and tenders 160 $32,840 $15,300 - 55,450 3% 2%
99 First-line supervisors/managers of personal service workers 160 $24,930 $15,660 - 34,340 16% 26%
100 Gaming and sports book writers and runners 160 $21,380 $13,060 - 31,460 28% 11%
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Jobs More Common Near Brownsville Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Gaming and sports book writers and runners 21,380 160 25
Personal and home care aides 14,430 8,870 22.5
Detectives and criminal investigators 54,920 780 10.5
Counselors, all other 66,410 100 5.4
Welding, soldering, and brazing machine setters, operators, and tenders 32,840 160 5.4
Home health aides 14,530 3,760 5
Structural metal fabricators and fitters 28,010 410 4.7
Physical therapist aides 21,880 150 4.6
Telemarketers 17,240 1,030 3.7
Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 54,530 800 3.6
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 23,250 970 3.3
Vocational education teachers, secondary school 50,810 190 3.2
Helpers--electricians 18,500 280 3.1
Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 49,620 1,610 3
Driver/sales workers 25,330 830 2.6
Special education teachers, middle school 46,440 200 2.5
Educational, vocational, and school counselors 53,190 510 2.5
Water and liquid waste treatment plant and system operators 25,020 190 2.4
Elementary school teachers, except special education 47,890 2,780 2.3
Kindergarten teachers, except special education 49,300 320 2.3
Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 28,470 430 2.3
Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 75,690 360 2
Bus drivers, school 22,050 700 2
First-line supervisors/managers of police and detectives 74,170 130 2
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 15,070 4,540 1.9
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 16,130 350 1.9
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 23,590 3,120 1.9
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 51,030 1,580 1.9
Child care workers 16,960 960 1.9
Counter and rental clerks 16,230 740 1.9
Teacher assistants 19,120 1,920 1.9
Preschool teachers, except special education 34,490 640 1.8
Social and community service managers 39,570 180 1.8
Police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers 25,930 130 1.8
Respiratory therapists 51,680 150 1.8
Library assistants, clerical 20,820 160 1.7
Surveying and mapping technicians 35,970 100 1.7
Police and sheriff's patrol officers 39,260 860 1.6
Fire fighters 36,970 360 1.6
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 18,630 460 1.6
Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers 16,830 200 1.6
Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 48,220 280 1.6
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 15,040 1,210 1.6
Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 25,230 360 1.6
Pharmacy technicians 24,850 430 1.5
Tellers 20,490 760 1.5
Property, real estate, and community association managers 26,900 210 1.5
Procurement clerks 25,620 100 1.5
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 38,290 880 1.5
Librarians 50,120 190 1.5

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Preschool teachers, except special education 34,490 1.35 640
Business operations specialists, all other 77,050 1.31 300
Amusement and recreation attendants 23,610 1.28 120
Loan officers 74,170 1.25 210
Physicians and surgeons, all other 219,350 1.23 170
Instructional coordinators 70,040 1.22 150
Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 54,530 1.08 800
Pharmacists 112,200 1.07 210
Physical therapists 76,380 1.04 120
First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 46,950 1.04 1,360
Kindergarten teachers, except special education 49,300 1.04 320
Administrative services managers 75,430 1.04 210
Educational, vocational, and school counselors 53,190 1.03 510
Registered nurses 63,340 1.03 2,280
First-line supervisors/managers of police and detectives 74,170 1.02 130
Speech-language pathologists 64,750 1 120
Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 28,470 1 430
Respiratory therapists 51,680 1 150
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 51,030 1 1,580
Welding, soldering, and brazing machine setters, operators, and tenders 32,840 0.99 160
Food service managers 48,090 0.99 170
Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 49,620 0.99 1,610
Gaming and sports book writers and runners 21,380 0.98 160
Vocational education teachers, secondary school 50,810 0.97 190
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 38,290 0.97 880
Driver/sales workers 25,330 0.97 830
Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 48,220 0.96 280
Elementary school teachers, except special education 47,890 0.96 2,780
Managers, all other 79,170 0.96 120
Librarians 50,120 0.95 190
Accountants and auditors 55,660 0.93 440
Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 36,010 0.93 990
Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 75,690 0.93 360
Chief executives 139,350 0.93 110
Waiters and waitresses 17,300 0.92 1,890
Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 49,200 0.92 150
Special education teachers, middle school 46,440 0.91 200
Detectives and criminal investigators 54,920 0.91 780
Pharmacy technicians 24,850 0.88 430
Physical therapist aides 21,880 0.88 150
Child care workers 16,960 0.88 960
Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance 30,550 0.88 230
Fire fighters 36,970 0.88 360
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 15,070 0.87 4,540
Library assistants, clerical 20,820 0.87 160
Medical records and health information technicians 27,450 0.87 190
Tellers 20,490 0.87 760
Retail salespersons 21,030 0.86 4,330
Child, family, and school social workers 35,000 0.86 330
Teacher assistants 19,120 0.86 1,920

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