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Houston Employment

Employment and Industries in the Houston, Texas Area

Houston is the fourth most populous city in the United States. The Houston-sugar Land-Baytown metropolitan area is also the seventh largest metropolitan area in the United States. Similar to other large metropolitan areas, the Houston metropolitan area has a tremendous concentration of business and commerce. The Houston metropolitan area is home to nearly fifty Fortune 1000 company headquarters, and Houston ranks third among metropolitan statistical areas in the number of Fortune 500 headquarters, behind New York, and Chicago.

The Globalization and World Cities Study Group & Network (GaWC) ranks certain cities as "Global Cities" (also known as world cities or world-class cities). There are three tiers of ranking, alpha (first-tier), beta (second-tier) and gamma (third tier), based on a cities "tangible effect on global affairs through socioeconomic, cultural, and/or political means" (Wikipedia). Houston is one of eleven U.S. global cities ranked as a "World City". Houston is ranked as a "Gamma World City" by GaWC, on a par with Boston, Dallas, and Washington.

In Houston, the energy industry, based on oil and gas exploration and production, is a major driver of the Houston economy. The Houston area is also the world's leading manufacturing center for oil field equipment. Houston is one of the world's largest centers of petrochemical manufacturing, including synthetic rubber, insecticides, and fertilizers. Other major industries in Houston include:

  • Aeronautics
  • Agriculture
  • Banking and finance
  • Biomedical research
  • Commercial fishing
  • Education
  • Engineering services
  • Health services
  • High-technology (computer, aerospace, environmental, etc.)
  • Manufacturing
  • Professional and business services
  • Shipping (International import and export)
  • Wholesale and retail trade

The Port of Houston, a man-made shipping channel, is first in the United States in international commerce, and is the sixth largest port in the world. Among US ports, it is the busiest port in foreign tonnage and second busiest port in overall tonnage.

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Houston ranks eleventh on the list of US cities who receive the most annual funding from the NIH.

Some major companies of note in and around Houston include:

  • A.D. Vision
  • Air Liquide
  • American General
  • Baker Hughes
  • BHP Billiton
  • BMC Software
  • BP
  • The Boeing Company - IDS NASA Systems
  • Brooks Information Technology
  • Centerpoint Energy
  • Citgo
  • ConocoPhillips
  • Continental Airlines
  • Cooper Industries
  • Dominion Exploration and Production
  • Duke Natural Gas Co.
  • Dynegy
  • EGL - Eagle Global Logistics
  • El Paso Corporation (formerly El Paso Energy)
  • Enron
  • Fiesta Mart
  • Foley's
  • Gerland's
  • Halliburton
  • Landry's
  • Lewis Food Town
  • Lyondell Chemical Company
  • Luby's
  • Marathon Oil
  • Men's Wearhouse
  • Pro-Mark Corporation
  • Reliant Energy
  • Service Corporation International
  • Smith International
  • Sysco
  • Swishahouse
  • Unocal 76
  • U.S. Liquids
  • Waste Management, Inc.
  • Weatherford International

Some of the major business organizations in and around Houston include:

The Houston Business Journal, and the Business Section of the Houston Chronicle are excellent sources of information on business in the Houston metropolitan area.

Most Popular Jobs in Houston, 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 41,340 $65,810 $47,030 - 84,690 24% 56%
2 Elementary school teachers, except special education 35,720 $47,440 $36,820 - 61,370 14% 95%
3 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 32,680 $65,310 $28,920 - 112,540 8% 51%
4 Accountants and auditors 24,140 $68,260 $38,540 - 104,590 18% 79%
5 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 20,990 $50,380 $38,270 - 65,320 6% 96%
6 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 18,000 $48,380 $37,030 - 63,020 11% 95%
7 Civil engineers 13,920 $96,960 $55,530 - 145,680 18% 87%
8 Computer systems analysts 11,260 $77,820 $42,340 - 120,920 29% 68%
9 Management analysts 9,860 $79,450 $24,330 - 138,630 22% 78%
10 Teachers and instructors, all other 9,640 $20,930 $13,840 - 31,750 9% 54%
11 Lawyers 9,440 $136,380 $57,460 - 11% 99%
12 Computer programmers 9,020 $80,830 $41,860 - 120,280 -4% 73%
13 Computer software engineers, applications 8,490 $89,270 $57,300 - 127,010 45% 85%
14 Financial managers 7,790 $123,360 $64,370 - 13% 60%
15 Mechanical engineers 7,510 $94,740 $49,620 - 147,710 4% 78%
16 Network and computer systems administrators 7,170 $70,630 $46,330 - 100,480 27% 50%
17 Financial analysts 7,030 $75,940 $41,590 - 118,710 34% 87%
18 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 6,810 $77,580 $33,430 - 129,280 12% 51%
19 Petroleum engineers 6,790 $136,060 $61,520 - 5% 80%
20 Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 6,510 $92,360 $25,280 - 25% 67%
21 Computer software engineers, systems software 5,870 $88,450 $57,000 - 126,720 28% 85%
22 Engineers, all other 5,830 $101,490 $50,700 - 151,720 6% 82%
23 Sales managers 5,750 $123,620 $56,520 - 10% 69%
24 Pharmacists 5,210 $102,530 $84,180 - 129,440 22% 97%
25 Geoscientists, except hydrologists and geographers 5,200 $132,660 $66,360 - 22% 93%
26 Engineering managers 4,760 $137,990 $90,290 - 7% 84%
27 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 4,670 $64,270 $32,550 - 100,320 18% 56%
28 Computer and information systems managers 4,660 $122,000 $74,840 - 16% 73%
29 Medical and health services managers 4,620 $84,300 $42,730 - 124,110 16% 57%
30 Market research analysts 4,510 $71,430 $32,660 - 122,690 20% 82%
31 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 4,370 $56,010 $31,180 - 92,160 5% 58%
32 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 4,290 $53,570 $34,400 - 74,300 13% 73%
33 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 4,280 $72,920 $55,820 - 98,190 8% 78%
34 Public relations specialists 4,210 $61,380 $29,870 - 100,530 18% 81%
35 Electrical engineers 4,200 $95,340 $58,550 - 138,050 6% 81%
36 Industrial engineers 3,870 $82,220 $52,400 - 120,910 20% 74%
37 Chief executives 3,660 $188,420 $94,530 - 2% 65%
38 Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 3,520 $58,950 $27,850 - 90,670 18% 56%
39 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 3,510 $51,950 $36,310 - 67,840 12% 51%
40 Network systems and data communications analysts 3,420 $67,270 $37,030 - 105,000 53% 57%
41 Managers, all other 3,230 $101,370 $49,070 - 164,130 7% 55%
42 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 3,080 $48,460 $37,510 - 63,190 20% 87%
43 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 3,050 $36,240 $24,000 - 51,920 15% 51%
44 Child, family, and school social workers 3,000 $36,060 $25,320 - 54,620 19% 77%
45 Chemical engineers 2,780 $106,030 $68,030 - 155,220 8% 91%
46 Medical scientists, except epidemiologists 2,780 $51,440 $30,740 - 79,770 20% 99%
47 Computer specialists, all other 2,670 $78,870 $43,890 - 122,190 15% 68%
48 Graphic designers 2,640 $44,940 $26,170 - 68,580 10% 55%
49 Electronics engineers, except computer 2,530 $89,570 $57,800 - 129,310 4% 81%
50 Database administrators 2,530 $69,060 $38,810 - 103,140 29% 72%
51 Personal financial advisors 2,430 $92,200 $31,960 - 41% 81%
52 Marketing managers 2,420 $127,550 $64,000 - 14% 69%
53 Librarians 2,350 $51,800 $36,560 - 67,130 4% 85%
54 Sales and related workers, all other 2,300 $36,170 $15,790 - 72,620 14% 62%
55 Vocational education teachers, secondary school 2,120 $52,930 $40,200 - 69,110 -5% 96%
56 Architects, except landscape and naval 2,090 $87,530 $41,300 - 155,100 18% 88%
57 Physical therapists 2,010 $77,160 $55,810 - 115,840 27% 89%
58 Speech-language pathologists 1,950 $66,090 $43,330 - 108,770 11% 98%
59 Sales engineers 1,890 $99,710 $59,960 - 140,130 9% 79%
60 Environmental scientists and specialists, including health 1,870 $86,540 $34,930 - 25% 93%
61 Tax preparers 1,870 $38,040 $20,940 - 62,690 -8% 54%
62 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 1,740 $63,630 $36,830 - 99,880 17% 56%
63 Chemists 1,690 $72,990 $37,420 - 115,550 9% 93%
64 Coaches and scouts 1,690 $39,810 $15,090 - 64,980 15% 60%
65 Mental health and substance abuse social workers 1,690 $27,270 $13,320 - 44,890 30% 77%
66 Credit analysts 1,620 $72,370 $33,980 - 137,150 2% 60%
67 Occupational health and safety specialists 1,580 $64,540 $39,730 - 92,430 8% 72%
68 Financial specialists, all other 1,560 $80,250 $32,820 - 155,860 12% 50%
69 Instructional coordinators 1,560 $60,810 $31,840 - 92,870 23% 79%
70 Social and human service assistants 1,550 $29,230 $18,190 - 40,340 34% 58%
71 Detectives and criminal investigators 1,530 $68,050 $31,900 - 106,690 17% 54%
72 Adult literacy, remedial education, and GED teachers and instructors 1,520 $49,990 $24,360 - 81,580 14% 54%
73 Medical and public health social workers 1,520 $47,820 $26,600 - 67,490 24% 77%
74 Counselors, all other 1,490 $52,930 $23,990 - 73,000 17% 73%
75 Advertising sales agents 1,450 $44,240 $19,720 - 67,720 20% 56%
76 Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists 1,390 $37,990 $27,760 - 50,090 11% 58%
77 Health and safety engineers, except mining safety engineers and inspectors 1,370 $84,010 $48,010 - 127,530 10% 74%
78 Interior designers 1,330 $47,900 $26,550 - 69,890 20% 55%
79 Purchasing managers 1,320 $106,590 $61,500 - 160,700 3% 57%
80 Insurance underwriters 1,300 $64,810 $34,390 - 109,760 6% 53%
81 Occupational therapists 1,270 $67,740 $41,380 - 98,630 23% 90%
82 Operations research analysts 1,250 $72,670 $38,690 - 109,780 11% 71%
83 Surveyors 1,250 $65,830 $33,670 - 101,510 24% 82%
84 Budget analysts 1,200 $75,780 $43,970 - 116,130 7% 78%
85 Editors 1,190 $57,100 $34,390 - 93,210 2% 81%
86 Social and community service managers 1,170 $57,410 $30,480 - 89,210 25% 72%
87 Special education teachers, middle school 1,130 $47,790 $37,160 - 61,660 16% 87%
88 Dentists, general 1,100 $159,070 $80,860 - 9% 100%
89 Materials engineers 1,080 $97,440 $53,050 - 147,440 4% 77%
90 Physician assistants 1,060 $90,870 $31,860 - 131,720 27% 67%
91 Health educators 1,030 $46,600 $26,040 - 80,250 26% 58%
92 Biological technicians 1,030 $41,410 $25,630 - 59,850 16% 60%
93 Environmental engineers 1,020 $77,500 $40,810 - 127,520 25% 86%
94 Self-enrichment education teachers 990 $39,720 $22,490 - 68,460 23% 54%
95 Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists 970 $62,090 $37,220 - 84,960 16% 99%
96 Special education teachers, secondary school 970 $48,280 $37,380 - 61,900 9% 87%
97 Education administrators, preschool and child care center/program 960 $34,410 $14,660 - 51,940 24% 78%
98 Compensation and benefits managers 910 $102,080 $61,050 - 155,650 12% 58%
99 Computer hardware engineers 910 $95,090 $59,420 - 133,820 5% 70%
100 Mental health counselors 880 $41,200 $27,240 - 60,230 30% 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 79,880 $24,040 $14,000 - 38,660 12% 25%
2 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 61,890 $16,030 $12,900 - 20,390 18% 5%
3 Cashiers 58,730 $17,390 $13,130 - 22,770 -3% 10%
4 Customer service representatives 53,260 $30,000 $16,700 - 46,530 25% 22%
5 Office clerks, general 48,080 $25,290 $14,950 - 37,940 13% 19%
6 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 45,860 $28,080 $15,850 - 40,460 1% 18%
7 Waiters and waitresses 42,710 $17,040 $12,860 - 26,030 11% 14%
8 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 42,090 $18,580 $13,170 - 27,000 15% 4%
9 General and operations managers 42,050 $117,920 $49,260 - 2% 48%
10 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 41,670 $22,330 $14,360 - 32,560 2% 5%
11 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 38,330 $42,830 $27,330 - 61,190 15% 18%
12 Construction laborers 35,940 $23,220 $16,340 - 31,910 11% 5%
13 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 32,530 $34,170 $21,120 - 49,090 13% 16%
14 Stock clerks and order fillers 32,210 $23,190 $14,730 - 33,440 -8% 8%
15 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 30,100 $51,860 $27,390 - 80,960 6% 29%
16 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 29,150 $35,860 $22,580 - 51,240 10% 4%
17 Maintenance and repair workers, general 24,940 $30,610 $16,910 - 48,880 10% 6%
18 Security guards 21,980 $24,060 $15,710 - 40,150 17% 13%
19 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 21,800 $41,590 $22,640 - 62,540 4% 25%
20 Team assemblers 20,660 $23,050 $15,440 - 32,350 0% 5%
21 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 19,270 $21,820 $14,570 - 30,390 18% 7%
22 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 19,040 $37,510 $24,070 - 56,180 5% 2%
23 Cooks, restaurant 18,980 $18,890 $13,430 - 25,640 12% 5%
24 Personal and home care aides 18,520 $15,290 $12,850 - 19,850 51% 10%
25 Receptionists and information clerks 18,270 $24,840 $15,580 - 34,290 17% 13%
26 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 17,700 $29,440 $17,680 - 45,620 11% 14%
27 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 17,050 $30,630 $18,340 - 48,940 8% 4%
28 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 16,320 $57,700 $34,870 - 84,220 9% 10%
29 Teacher assistants 15,700 $18,290 $13,510 - 24,440 10% 18%
30 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 15,630 $27,840 $17,920 - 39,960 4% 6%
31 Electricians 15,570 $41,680 $27,380 - 57,560 7% 7%
32 Business operations specialists, all other 15,390 $69,600 $32,750 - 115,980 21% 49%
33 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 15,130 $59,390 $33,990 - 92,740 -5% 15%
34 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 14,680 $16,840 $13,150 - 21,170 13% 5%
35 Machinists 14,670 $35,530 $22,140 - 51,600 -3% 3%
36 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 13,510 $21,000 $13,790 - 30,540 18% 6%
37 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 13,120 $51,400 $34,860 - 68,670 11% 33%
38 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 12,560 $32,790 $23,400 - 43,220 8% 3%
39 Computer support specialists 12,350 $48,110 $28,630 - 74,260 13% 43%
40 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 12,290 $40,830 $31,850 - 52,360 14% 7%
41 Packers and packagers, hand 12,140 $18,010 $12,940 - 27,530 -12% 3%
42 Industrial truck and tractor operators 11,620 $27,560 $19,240 - 37,960 -2% 2%
43 Sales representatives, services, all other 11,000 $63,870 $23,560 - 122,570 28% 48%
44 Carpenters 10,950 $32,940 $21,530 - 48,440 10% 6%
45 Home health aides 10,890 $19,220 $13,370 - 28,130 49% 7%
46 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 10,310 $39,660 $20,270 - 62,340 14% 4%
47 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 10,250 $44,890 $27,480 - 63,060 11% 4%
48 Medical assistants 10,200 $27,260 $18,450 - 36,330 35% 10%
49 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 10,110 $15,870 $12,850 - 21,210 12% 6%
50 Industrial machinery mechanics 9,960 $44,490 $27,550 - 64,710 9% 5%
51 Tellers 9,750 $25,270 $18,450 - 32,890 14% 16%
52 Preschool teachers, except special education 9,600 $22,130 $13,530 - 41,250 26% 43%
53 Construction managers 9,560 $79,520 $43,250 - 125,180 16% 29%
54 Bus drivers, school 9,530 $22,210 $13,690 - 33,540 9% 4%
55 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 9,350 $32,420 $22,520 - 42,870 4% 15%
56 Bill and account collectors 9,330 $30,870 $19,670 - 42,190 23% 13%
57 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 8,590 $32,890 $15,630 - 52,490 -7% 14%
58 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 8,200 $59,190 $33,460 - 89,550 7% 13%
59 Dishwashers 8,170 $15,150 $12,790 - 19,150 10% 3%
60 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 8,110 $15,910 $12,930 - 19,930 10% 8%
61 Helpers--production workers 8,070 $21,320 $13,650 - 33,800 -1% 4%
62 Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers 7,940 $52,540 $31,670 - 74,190 -13% 7%
63 Counter and rental clerks 7,860 $25,930 $13,720 - 47,500 23% 16%
64 Child care workers 7,730 $16,820 $13,010 - 22,190 18% 15%
65 Material moving workers, all other 7,260 $37,140 $18,670 - 53,450 1% 6%
66 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 7,240 $18,350 $13,330 - 25,970 14% 3%
67 Chemical plant and system operators 7,060 $58,850 $40,290 - 78,110 -15% 7%
68 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 6,940 $56,750 $33,900 - 88,610 0% 42%
69 Medical secretaries 6,940 $30,550 $21,340 - 40,550 17% 18%
70 Pharmacy technicians 6,830 $29,060 $21,190 - 38,500 32% 16%
71 Bartenders 6,720 $19,890 $13,070 - 31,660 11% 17%
72 Food preparation workers 6,480 $18,300 $13,150 - 24,770 15% 7%
73 Structural metal fabricators and fitters 6,460 $29,730 $18,470 - 40,360 -0% 0%
74 Correctional officers and jailers 6,350 $30,040 $23,490 - 38,850 17% 11%
75 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 6,110 $22,770 $14,500 - 34,660 12% 6%
76 First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 6,010 $79,580 $42,650 - 129,920 4% 38%
77 Administrative services managers 5,860 $93,680 $43,590 - 154,190 12% 40%
78 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 5,840 $16,720 $12,980 - 22,390 10% 17%
79 Fire fighters 5,770 $44,600 $29,090 - 61,570 12% 18%
80 Driver/sales workers 5,760 $23,360 $13,210 - 41,910 -5% 4%
81 Postal service mail carriers 5,710 $0 $ - 1% 11%
82 Insurance sales agents 5,700 $57,300 $25,420 - 106,790 13% 45%
83 Real estate sales agents 5,700 $47,500 $19,950 - 105,740 11% 45%
84 Painters, construction and maintenance 5,700 $30,400 $22,690 - 39,640 12% 6%
85 Property, real estate, and community association managers 5,590 $47,950 $22,190 - 75,380 15% 36%
86 Paralegals and legal assistants 5,560 $48,540 $30,580 - 66,390 22% 45%
87 Cement masons and concrete finishers 5,530 $30,720 $21,570 - 42,340 11% 2%
88 Production, planning, and expediting clerks 5,510 $40,480 $23,910 - 62,740 4% 30%
89 Health specialties teachers, postsecondary 5,210 $122,360 $41,940 - 0% 0%
90 Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 5,180 $37,320 $23,090 - 51,950 12% 3%
91 Cost estimators 5,040 $66,700 $33,920 - 108,760 19% 32%
92 Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers 4,960 $24,520 $15,260 - 32,620 12% 0%
93 Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 4,920 $25,390 $16,270 - 37,130 -5% 5%
94 Cooks, fast food 4,890 $16,370 $13,020 - 19,660 8% 5%
95 Chemical equipment operators and tenders 4,870 $50,990 $32,160 - 66,720 -4% 14%
96 Dental assistants 4,840 $32,510 $20,500 - 43,490 29% 9%
97 Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers 4,820 $27,160 $18,000 - 38,720 -27% 6%
98 Telemarketers 4,810 $21,840 $15,260 - 32,630 -10% 14%
99 Service unit operators, oil, gas, and mining 4,780 $43,240 $26,210 - 62,390 -5% 0%
100 Sheet metal workers 4,580 $34,960 $22,080 - 49,940 7% 4%
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Jobs More Common Near Houston Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Rail-track laying and maintenance equipment operators 28,390 320 20.2
Petroleum engineers 136,060 6,790 20
Geological and petroleum technicians 72,320 3,080 17.3
Gas compressor and gas pumping station operators 45,420 260 15.1
Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers 52,540 7,940 13.7
Rotary drill operators, oil and gas 0 3,550 13.6
Derrick operators, oil and gas 37,930 2,600 13.6
Chemical plant and system operators 58,850 7,060 12.5
Material moving workers, all other 37,140 7,260 12.2
Service unit operators, oil, gas, and mining 43,240 4,780 12
Mining and geological engineers, including mining safety engineers 96,160 600 11.4
Boilermakers 55,200 2,070 10.7
Musical instrument repairers and tuners 38,140 150 9.5
Gas plant operators 50,850 1,010 9.3
Explosives workers, ordnance handling experts, and blasters 0 120 9.3
Geoscientists, except hydrologists and geographers 132,660 5,200 9.2
Marine engineers and naval architects 0 650 8.4
Tank car, truck, and ship loaders 37,560 680 8.4
Pump operators, except wellhead pumpers 44,220 420 7.5
Lay-out workers, metal and plastic 30,670 550 7.4
Chemical equipment operators and tenders 50,990 4,870 7
Riggers 38,110 910 6.6
Reinforcing iron and rebar workers 32,660 2,200 6.6
Ship engineers 66,220 790 5.4
Earth drillers, except oil and gas 0 510 5.4
Embalmers 36,210 220 5.3
Chemical engineers 106,030 2,780 5.3
Pile-driver operators 40,280 240 4.5
Sailors and marine oilers 35,840 2,230 4.5
Transportation workers, all other 31,730 2,280 4.4
Air traffic controllers 120,960 1,030 4.3
Telephone operators 31,770 710 4.2
Insulation workers, floor, ceiling, and wall 29,030 1,070 4.1
Occupational health and safety technicians 55,210 520 4
Fire inspectors and investigators 50,600 680 3.8
Health specialties teachers, postsecondary 122,360 5,210 3.8
Power distributors and dispatchers 54,030 220 3.8
Forging machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 29,710 1,170 3.7
Mechanical door repairers 39,190 420 3.7
Electric motor, power tool, and related repairers 31,540 930 3.6
Respiratory therapy technicians 43,050 710 3.6
Counselors, all other 52,930 1,490 3.6
Mechanical engineering technicians 53,100 2,680 3.5
Insulation workers, mechanical 36,550 1,450 3.5
Structural metal fabricators and fitters 29,730 6,460 3.3
Biological science teachers, postsecondary 0 2,190 3.3
Motorcycle mechanics 32,040 470 3.2
Hazardous materials removal workers 33,100 2,210 3.2
Lathe and turning machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 29,820 2,800 3.2
Health and safety engineers, except mining safety engineers and inspectors 84,010 1,370 3.1

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Athletes and sports competitors 173,050 2.54 160
Geoscientists, except hydrologists and geographers 132,660 1.81 5,200
Health specialties teachers, postsecondary 122,360 1.6 5,210
Radio and television announcers 61,310 1.57 320
Mathematical science teachers, postsecondary 101,730 1.53 620
History teachers, postsecondary 96,190 1.45 290
Environmental scientists and specialists, including health 86,540 1.42 1,870
Philosophy and religion teachers, postsecondary 91,600 1.41 220
Financial specialists, all other 80,250 1.4 1,560
Captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels 84,270 1.39 1,530
Occupational therapist assistants 67,420 1.39 410
Reporters and correspondents 56,040 1.37 420
Geological and petroleum technicians 72,320 1.36 3,080
Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 64,270 1.35 4,670
Lawyers 136,380 1.33 9,440
Financial managers 123,360 1.33 7,790
Civil engineers 96,960 1.33 13,920
Industrial production managers 116,060 1.31 3,840
Foreign language and literature teachers, postsecondary 79,250 1.3 290
Administrative services managers 93,680 1.29 5,860
Mechanical engineers 94,740 1.28 7,510
Legal secretaries 45,790 1.27 3,210
Chemistry teachers, postsecondary 91,770 1.27 480
Political science teachers, postsecondary 95,740 1.27 290
Business teachers, postsecondary 93,130 1.26 880
Engineers, all other 101,490 1.26 5,830
Engineering managers 137,990 1.26 4,760
Computer programmers 80,830 1.26 9,020
Sales managers 123,620 1.26 5,750
Physical scientists, all other 111,250 1.26 120
Public relations managers 108,620 1.26 670
Wholesale and retail buyers, except farm products 63,810 1.26 2,920
Economics teachers, postsecondary 110,360 1.25 120
Marketing managers 127,550 1.25 2,420
Counselors, all other 52,930 1.25 1,490
Chief executives 188,420 1.25 3,660
Industrial engineering technicians 60,240 1.25 1,460
Chemical engineers 106,030 1.24 2,780
Tax examiners, collectors, and revenue agents 68,730 1.24 690
Sales representatives, services, all other 63,870 1.23 11,000
Managers, all other 101,370 1.23 3,230
General and operations managers 117,920 1.22 42,050
Credit analysts 72,370 1.22 1,620
Public relations specialists 61,380 1.22 4,210
Market research analysts 71,430 1.22 4,510
Loan interviewers and clerks 38,650 1.21 3,010
Sales engineers 99,710 1.21 1,890
Petroleum engineers 136,060 1.21 6,790
Lodging managers 62,850 1.21 510
Materials engineers 97,440 1.21 1,080

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