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Laredo Employment

Employment and Industries in the Laredo, Texas Area

Laredo's economy is primarily based on international trade with Mexico. Laredo is the nation's largest inland port. Commercial and industrial warehousing are important economic components. Most of the major transportation companies have a facility in Laredo. Education and healthcare are also important economic assets.

Regarding the labor market, about 32% of the workers are employed in trade, transportation and utilities jobs. Approximately 23% of the jobs are provided by the government. Approximately 15% of the jobs are in education and health services. Leisure and hospitality workers comprise about 10% of the workforce. Professional and business services employees comprise about 6% of the labor force.

Facts about Laredo, Texas: Adult population holding a bachelor's degree: 15%. Cost of living index in 2008: 81.2 (national average: 100). Average salary in 2009: $23,000.

Laredo's top private sector employers:

  • H.E.B. Grocery
  • McDonald's Restaurant
  • Laredo Medical Center
  • Walmart
  • Covergys Call Center
  • Compass Bank
  • International Bank of Commerce
  • Stripes Convenience Stores
  • Doctor's Hospital
  • Target Greatland
  • Laredo Entertainment Center
  • Falcon International Bank
  • Union Pacific Railroad
  • Sears & Roebuck and Co
  • La Posada Hotel/Suites
  • Baxter International
  • The Laredo National Bank

Loredo has numerous popular jobs that are filled primarily by those with college degrees including detectives and criminal investigators, compliance officers, registered nurses, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, educational, vocational and school counselors; instructional coordinators, public relations specialists; and child, family and school social workers.

Laredo businesses can receive assistance from the following associations:

People interested in local business and economic news can read the Laredo Morning Times.

Most Popular Jobs in Laredo, 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 Detectives and criminal investigators 1,130 $0 $ - 17% 54%
2 Registered nurses 970 $59,730 $40,030 - 90,720 24% 56%
3 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 970 $54,820 $30,770 - 78,260 5% 58%
4 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 620 $34,290 $14,380 - 56,560 8% 51%
5 Accountants and auditors 420 $54,350 $29,000 - 84,070 18% 79%
6 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 270 $56,230 $32,870 - 77,950 13% 73%
7 Instructional coordinators 230 $45,480 $20,150 - 78,200 23% 79%
8 Lawyers 190 $0 $ - 11% 99%
9 Public relations specialists 150 $44,330 $25,360 - 68,970 18% 81%
10 Child, family, and school social workers 150 $36,430 $25,740 - 51,930 19% 77%
11 Managers, all other 120 $84,270 $52,110 - 115,450 7% 55%
12 Pharmacists 110 $120,130 $108,270 - 139,890 22% 97%
13 Sales managers 110 $77,170 $43,500 - 128,200 10% 69%
14 Librarians 110 $58,730 $44,680 - 75,550 4% 85%
15 Financial managers 100 $95,830 $49,560 - 155,290 13% 60%
16 Speech-language pathologists 100 $77,140 $49,020 - 105,560 11% 98%
17 Network and computer systems administrators 90 $45,420 $35,240 - 57,280 27% 50%
18 Physical therapists 70 $107,480 $59,090 - 27% 89%
19 Occupational therapists 70 $84,030 $47,390 - 138,340 23% 90%
20 Medical and health services managers 70 $77,140 $46,070 - 131,110 16% 57%
21 Civil engineers 70 $65,660 $34,950 - 114,900 18% 87%
22 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 70 $43,030 $30,330 - 54,710 12% 51%
23 Chief executives 60 $138,640 $65,800 - 2% 65%
24 Market research analysts 60 $49,640 $22,580 - 114,050 20% 82%
25 Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 60 $40,410 $23,330 - 69,510 25% 67%
26 Merchandise displayers and window trimmers 60 $18,420 $15,800 - 23,080 11% 55%
27 Computer systems analysts 50 $57,980 $36,260 - 88,710 29% 68%
28 Computer programmers 50 $56,410 $22,010 - 100,160 -4% 73%
29 Training and development specialists 50 $33,240 $18,980 - 47,900 18% 56%
30 Advertising sales agents 50 $27,800 $17,720 - 54,140 20% 56%
31 Social and human service assistants 50 $26,400 $18,480 - 32,050 34% 58%
32 Personal financial advisors 40 $77,920 $35,570 - 146,630 41% 81%
33 Coaches and scouts 40 $50,680 $23,990 - 75,800 15% 60%
34 Social and community service managers 40 $48,160 $24,850 - 75,200 25% 72%
35 Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 40 $44,930 $22,780 - 71,910 18% 56%
36 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 40 $36,060 $27,270 - 50,720 18% 56%
37 Health educators 40 $26,280 $15,650 - 51,320 26% 58%
38 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 30 $51,510 $32,670 - 82,320 17% 56%

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 4,520 $14,470 $12,740 - 16,650 51% 10%
2 Cashiers 3,900 $15,970 $12,860 - 20,670 -3% 10%
3 Retail salespersons 3,670 $18,850 $13,050 - 27,190 12% 25%
4 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 3,530 $33,850 $16,770 - 55,530 10% 4%
5 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 3,200 $15,890 $12,900 - 19,830 18% 5%
6 Office clerks, general 2,430 $21,290 $13,880 - 29,990 13% 19%
7 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 2,250 $18,570 $13,360 - 25,730 2% 5%
8 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 1,790 $22,760 $15,180 - 33,310 1% 18%
9 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 1,640 $22,650 $15,240 - 31,630 4% 6%
10 Stock clerks and order fillers 1,560 $17,850 $13,200 - 24,710 -8% 8%
11 Customer service representatives 1,490 $21,590 $13,430 - 31,720 25% 22%
12 Teacher assistants 1,460 $16,590 $13,040 - 22,170 10% 18%
13 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 1,380 $25,540 $17,990 - 35,930 13% 16%
14 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 1,340 $18,280 $13,380 - 24,760 15% 4%
15 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 1,260 $40,730 $23,620 - 65,990 6% 29%
16 Waiters and waitresses 1,260 $15,130 $12,750 - 18,540 11% 14%
17 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 1,140 $40,750 $20,800 - 57,510 4% 25%
18 General and operations managers 1,000 $96,290 $35,990 - 2% 48%
19 Security guards 950 $19,970 $13,110 - 34,500 17% 13%
20 Industrial truck and tractor operators 950 $19,710 $15,950 - 24,720 -2% 2%
21 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 810 $46,330 $35,060 - 60,380 11% 33%
22 Receptionists and information clerks 680 $18,190 $13,230 - 25,390 17% 13%
23 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 670 $35,010 $21,590 - 52,910 15% 18%
24 Tellers 670 $20,330 $14,050 - 26,930 14% 16%
25 Maintenance and repair workers, general 660 $22,400 $14,770 - 31,870 10% 6%
26 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 600 $23,400 $14,310 - 33,910 8% 4%
27 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 600 $19,130 $14,500 - 24,480 18% 7%
28 Child care workers 550 $17,230 $13,300 - 22,410 18% 15%
29 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 530 $27,310 $17,470 - 38,350 11% 14%
30 Sales representatives, services, all other 480 $37,850 $18,480 - 62,040 28% 48%
31 Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance 480 $24,720 $17,170 - 34,870 2% 11%
32 Construction laborers 470 $18,670 $13,710 - 24,820 11% 5%
33 Food preparation workers 470 $17,820 $13,510 - 23,350 15% 7%
34 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 450 $38,700 $24,800 - 52,090 14% 7%
35 Medical assistants 450 $22,240 $16,070 - 30,790 35% 10%
36 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 420 $27,610 $15,580 - 46,550 14% 4%
37 Cooks, restaurant 420 $18,560 $14,430 - 23,950 12% 5%
38 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 400 $36,090 $22,020 - 51,260 8% 3%
39 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 380 $14,650 $12,800 - 17,370 12% 6%
40 Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 370 $29,720 $21,920 - 38,800 12% 3%
41 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 370 $15,340 $12,860 - 19,270 13% 5%
42 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 360 $25,880 $17,430 - 32,620 4% 15%
43 Preschool teachers, except special education 320 $30,840 $13,390 - 50,670 26% 43%
44 Refuse and recyclable material collectors 320 $20,140 $14,070 - 25,740 7% 3%
45 Business operations specialists, all other 300 $55,960 $28,290 - 89,680 21% 49%
46 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 300 $41,400 $23,790 - 70,910 9% 10%
47 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 300 $19,740 $14,190 - 25,750 18% 6%
48 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 250 $44,740 $27,760 - 63,100 7% 13%
49 Computer support specialists 250 $35,600 $22,030 - 57,900 13% 43%
50 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 250 $17,760 $13,120 - 24,570 11% 5%
51 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 250 $17,100 $13,110 - 22,990 14% 3%
52 First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand 240 $37,830 $19,050 - 58,210 13% 17%
53 Counter and rental clerks 240 $20,720 $12,790 - 39,690 23% 16%
54 First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 230 $49,830 $30,160 - 88,610 10% 17%
55 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 230 $35,030 $23,580 - 55,190 11% 4%
56 Electricians 230 $28,470 $19,390 - 42,030 7% 7%
57 Driver/sales workers 220 $26,670 $14,300 - 44,380 -5% 4%
58 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 220 $15,290 $12,880 - 19,180 10% 8%
59 Pharmacy technicians 210 $26,230 $19,080 - 32,800 32% 16%
60 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 210 $14,840 $12,810 - 18,340 10% 17%
61 Construction managers 200 $73,780 $42,570 - 103,280 16% 29%
62 Dishwashers 200 $15,380 $12,930 - 19,080 10% 3%
63 Administrative services managers 190 $75,980 $45,380 - 110,010 12% 40%
64 Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 190 $26,710 $17,650 - 37,170 10% 24%
65 Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 190 $24,290 $15,550 - 35,710 9% 3%
66 Bill and account collectors 190 $22,380 $14,230 - 33,800 23% 13%
67 Helpers--electricians 180 $22,560 $14,540 - 30,520 7% 3%
68 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 180 $19,030 $13,090 - 29,580 12% 6%
69 Carpenters 170 $31,170 $20,620 - 43,940 10% 6%
70 Data entry keyers 170 $19,870 $13,840 - 27,070 -5% 18%
71 Couriers and messengers 170 $17,570 $13,470 - 22,330 -0% 12%
72 First-line supervisors/managers of police and detectives 160 $75,450 $65,590 - 94,530 9% 33%
73 Order clerks 160 $29,200 $17,580 - 38,530 -24% 16%
74 Legal secretaries 160 $26,240 $21,250 - 34,690 12% 18%
75 All other information and record clerks 160 $25,290 $14,390 - 40,070 -13% 21%
76 Medical records and health information technicians 160 $19,920 $14,820 - 26,520 18% 12%
77 Transportation, storage, and distribution managers 150 $70,640 $48,860 - 102,110 8% 25%
78 Service unit operators, oil, gas, and mining 150 $31,590 $21,660 - 48,490 -5% 0%
79 Loan interviewers and clerks 150 $28,660 $19,140 - 40,360 -1% 24%
80 Production, planning, and expediting clerks 150 $27,970 $17,890 - 43,350 4% 30%
81 Butchers and meat cutters 150 $17,710 $12,950 - 27,880 2% 2%
82 Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers 140 $55,760 $29,530 - 96,850 -13% 7%
83 Parts salespersons 140 $24,320 $15,540 - 31,790 -2% 6%
84 Packers and packagers, hand 140 $17,550 $13,200 - 25,120 -12% 3%
85 Loan officers 130 $65,350 $24,660 - 110,690 12% 49%
86 Payroll and timekeeping clerks 130 $27,640 $19,740 - 37,970 3% 18%
87 Paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators 130 $25,910 $21,780 - 32,370 9% 0%
88 First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 120 $58,780 $22,700 - 96,710 4% 38%
89 Physical therapist assistants 120 $58,600 $42,860 - 93,600 32% 23%
90 Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 120 $15,750 $12,940 - 19,720 17% 14%
91 Real estate sales agents 120 $0 $ - 11% 45%
92 Postal service mail carriers 120 $0 $ - 1% 11%
93 Radiologic technologists and technicians 110 $42,120 $22,530 - 61,530 15% 25%
94 Human resources assistants, except payroll and timekeeping 110 $28,320 $16,940 - 39,440 11% 29%
95 Dental assistants 110 $24,900 $16,450 - 32,980 29% 9%
96 Helpers--pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 110 $20,410 $15,380 - 28,010 12% 3%
97 File clerks 110 $18,910 $14,050 - 26,360 -41% 20%
98 Business teachers, postsecondary 100 $81,480 $47,110 - 125,790 0% 0%
99 Insurance sales agents 100 $39,340 $20,130 - 60,000 13% 45%
100 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 100 $38,500 $20,840 - 64,660 -5% 15%
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Jobs More Common Near Laredo Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Detectives and criminal investigators 0 1,130 23.5
Personal and home care aides 14,470 4,520 17.7
Service unit operators, oil, gas, and mining 31,590 150 13
Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers 55,760 140 8.4
Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 54,820 970 6.7
Refuse and recyclable material collectors 20,140 320 5.2
Paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators 25,910 130 4.8
Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance 24,720 480 4.3
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 33,850 3,530 4
First-line supervisors/managers of police and detectives 75,450 160 3.8
Physical therapist assistants 58,600 120 3.8
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 22,650 1,640 3.7
Instructional coordinators 45,480 230 3.3
Business teachers, postsecondary 81,480 100 3.1
Couriers and messengers 17,570 170 3.1
Helpers--electricians 22,560 180 3.1
Industrial truck and tractor operators 19,710 950 2.8
Transportation, storage, and distribution managers 70,640 150 2.8
Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 29,720 370 2.8
Helpers--pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 20,410 110 2.8
Police and sheriff's patrol officers 46,330 810 2.4
Butchers and meat cutters 17,710 150 2.3
First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand 37,830 240 2.3
Teacher assistants 16,590 1,460 2.2
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 15,890 3,200 2.1
Tellers 20,330 670 2.1
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 36,090 400 2
Educational, vocational, and school counselors 56,230 270 2
Cashiers 15,970 3,900 2
First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 49,830 230 1.9
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 18,570 2,250 1.7
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 40,750 1,140 1.7
Medical records and health information technicians 19,920 160 1.7
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 22,760 1,790 1.7
Child care workers 17,230 550 1.7
Speech-language pathologists 77,140 100 1.6
Medical assistants 22,240 450 1.6
Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 14,650 380 1.6
Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 26,710 190 1.5
First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 40,730 1,260 1.5
Construction managers 73,780 200 1.5
Security guards 19,970 950 1.5
Office clerks, general 21,290 2,430 1.5
Stock clerks and order fillers 17,850 1,560 1.4
Retail salespersons 18,850 3,670 1.4
Preschool teachers, except special education 30,840 320 1.4
Sales representatives, services, all other 37,850 480 1.4
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 17,760 250 1.4
Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 17,100 250 1.3
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 25,540 1,380 1.3

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Physical therapist assistants 58,600 1.28 120
Preschool teachers, except special education 30,840 1.21 320
Pharmacists 120,130 1.15 110
Librarians 58,730 1.12 110
Loan officers 65,350 1.1 130
Educational, vocational, and school counselors 56,230 1.09 270
Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 54,820 1.09 970
Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers 55,760 1.08 140
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 40,750 1.05 1,140
Administrative services managers 75,980 1.04 190
Order clerks 29,200 1.04 160
First-line supervisors/managers of police and detectives 75,450 1.04 160
Managers, all other 84,270 1.02 120
Driver/sales workers 26,670 1.02 220
General and operations managers 96,290 1 1,000
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 38,700 0.98 450
Registered nurses 59,730 0.97 970
First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 49,830 0.96 230
Police and sheriff's patrol officers 46,330 0.96 810
Business operations specialists, all other 55,960 0.95 300
Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 26,710 0.94 190
Pharmacy technicians 26,230 0.93 210
Food preparation workers 17,820 0.93 470
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 15,890 0.92 3,200
Accountants and auditors 54,350 0.91 420
First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 40,730 0.9 1,260
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 27,310 0.9 530
Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 35,010 0.9 670
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 33,850 0.9 3,530
Loan interviewers and clerks 28,660 0.9 150
Child, family, and school social workers 36,430 0.9 150
Child care workers 17,230 0.89 550
Dishwashers 15,380 0.89 200
Counter and rental clerks 20,720 0.89 240
First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand 37,830 0.88 240
Public relations specialists 44,330 0.88 150
Construction managers 73,780 0.88 200
Transportation, storage, and distribution managers 70,640 0.88 150
Cashiers 15,970 0.86 3,900
Packers and packagers, hand 17,550 0.86 140
Tellers 20,330 0.86 670
Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 15,290 0.86 220
Cooks, restaurant 18,560 0.85 420
Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 25,880 0.85 360
Computer support specialists 35,600 0.85 250
Helpers--electricians 22,560 0.85 180
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 36,090 0.84 400
First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 58,780 0.84 120
Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 14,650 0.84 380
Office clerks, general 21,290 0.84 2,430

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