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Midland Employment

Employment and Industries in the Midland, Texas Area

Midland is the administrative and management headquarters for the oil and gas industry of the Permian Basin. The Permian Basin is the largest oil producing area in Texas. The city has a significant role in the nation's energy industry.

Midland has numerous oil and gas related support businesses including legal, finance, data processing, accounting, engineering, marketing and other sectors. Midland is also established in ranching and agriculture.

In Midland there are numerous popular occupations where the majority of the workers have college degrees including wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, registered nurses, petroleum engineers, geoscientists, financial analysts, financial managers, child, family and school social workers, and engineering managers.

Noteworthy information regarding Midland Texas: Cost of living index in 2008: 79.0. Adult population holding a bachelor's degree or higher: 27%. Average salary in 2009: $32,000.

The city's major employers:

  • Midland Independent School District
  • Warren Equipment Companies
  • Midland Memorial Hospital and Medical Center
  • Dawson Geophysical
  • Midland College
  • City of Midland
  • Patterson Drilling UTI
  • AT&T Wireless
  • Midland County
  • Key Energy Services
  • Midland County Hospital District
  • First West Texas Bancshares
  • Halliburton Energy Services, Inc
  • Patterson-UTI Acquisition, LLC
  • Conoco Phillips
  • H E Butt Grocery Co
  • Propetro Services, Inc
  • Western Container Corporation
  • Compressor Systems, Inc
  • Chevron USA Inc

The leading job providing sectors in Midland:

  • Mining
  • Healthcare
  • Educational services
  • Accommodation and food services
  • Professional, scientific and technical services

Companies in Midland can receive assistance from the following associations:

Those looking for local business and economic news can read the Midland Reporter-Telegram.

Most Popular Jobs in Midland, 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 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 930 $51,330 $26,690 - 79,160 8% 51%
2 Accountants and auditors 810 $61,550 $35,230 - 88,800 18% 79%
3 Registered nurses 590 $0 $ - 24% 56%
4 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 470 $45,180 $34,630 - 57,710 6% 96%
5 Petroleum engineers 430 $121,940 $53,300 - 5% 80%
6 Geoscientists, except hydrologists and geographers 420 $0 $ - 22% 93%
7 Lawyers 290 $117,820 $56,800 - 11% 99%
8 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 280 $42,300 $33,200 - 51,770 11% 95%
9 Financial analysts 180 $113,980 $53,380 - 34% 87%
10 Financial managers 170 $109,900 $52,830 - 13% 60%
11 Child, family, and school social workers 140 $31,030 $20,230 - 41,700 19% 77%
12 Engineering managers 130 $155,380 $91,710 - 7% 84%
13 Chief executives 120 $176,610 $99,220 - 2% 65%
14 Civil engineers 120 $72,650 $37,930 - 133,560 18% 87%
15 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 120 $60,800 $42,720 - 79,250 8% 78%
16 Medical and health services managers 120 $59,960 $36,720 - 85,820 16% 57%
17 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 120 $47,890 $27,280 - 81,120 5% 58%
18 Management analysts 120 $39,360 $27,210 - 63,240 22% 78%
19 Sales managers 110 $102,630 $49,140 - 159,110 10% 69%
20 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 110 $64,350 $33,160 - 99,860 12% 51%
21 Social and human service assistants 110 $20,930 $15,350 - 29,580 34% 58%
22 Physical therapists 100 $58,210 $28,150 - 101,770 27% 89%
23 Training and development specialists 100 $52,470 $34,570 - 64,430 18% 56%
24 Managers, all other 90 $85,730 $44,050 - 130,710 7% 55%
25 Computer programmers 90 $68,090 $39,270 - 103,060 -4% 73%
26 Network and computer systems administrators 90 $58,110 $28,040 - 93,690 27% 50%
27 Pharmacists 80 $107,690 $93,370 - 127,390 22% 97%
28 Industrial engineers 80 $86,120 $58,340 - 108,760 20% 74%
29 Environmental scientists and specialists, including health 80 $74,170 $39,760 - 106,110 25% 93%
30 Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 80 $45,940 $28,560 - 65,080 18% 56%
31 Public relations specialists 80 $44,130 $24,680 - 73,710 18% 81%
32 Graphic designers 80 $33,830 $21,420 - 55,500 10% 55%
33 Computer software engineers, applications 70 $91,920 $61,100 - 130,210 45% 85%
34 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 70 $50,320 $28,110 - 63,900 13% 73%
35 Occupational health and safety specialists 70 $50,260 $31,620 - 74,840 8% 72%
36 Medical and public health social workers 70 $43,870 $28,120 - 62,640 24% 77%
37 Social and community service managers 70 $40,590 $22,870 - 65,940 25% 72%
38 Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 60 $93,480 $31,430 - 25% 67%
39 Computer specialists, all other 60 $75,810 $54,690 - 101,710 15% 68%
40 Computer systems analysts 60 $59,800 $39,410 - 89,510 29% 68%
41 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 60 $51,370 $25,610 - 87,130 17% 56%
42 Credit analysts 60 $45,610 $28,500 - 75,900 2% 60%
43 Librarians 60 $45,040 $22,700 - 61,670 4% 85%
44 Computer and information systems managers 50 $99,840 $55,870 - 155,610 16% 73%
45 Engineers, all other 50 $61,200 $36,330 - 107,140 6% 82%
46 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 50 $50,040 $24,290 - 78,350 18% 56%
47 Advertising sales agents 50 $48,910 $26,680 - 78,360 20% 56%
48 Self-enrichment education teachers 50 $32,730 $13,940 - 63,540 23% 54%
49 Marketing managers 40 $92,060 $61,320 - 130,760 14% 69%
50 Database administrators 40 $64,580 $35,040 - 106,910 29% 72%
51 Surveyors 40 $64,190 $27,660 - 162,190 24% 82%
52 Instructional coordinators 40 $62,310 $43,840 - 92,940 23% 79%
53 Market research analysts 40 $56,390 $32,570 - 90,740 20% 82%
54 Financial specialists, all other 40 $47,220 $19,870 - 82,510 12% 50%
55 Mental health counselors 40 $41,000 $23,320 - 63,480 30% 73%
56 Sales and related workers, all other 40 $31,020 $17,800 - 59,790 14% 62%
57 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 40 $29,210 $19,830 - 40,440 15% 51%
58 Purchasing managers 30 $94,670 $55,780 - 135,410 3% 57%
59 Compensation and benefits managers 30 $85,580 $61,230 - 102,210 12% 58%
60 Network systems and data communications analysts 30 $61,530 $34,790 - 112,800 53% 57%

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 2,250 $24,010 $13,320 - 41,420 12% 25%
2 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 1,840 $15,500 $12,840 - 19,280 18% 5%
3 Office clerks, general 1,820 $23,480 $14,130 - 34,900 13% 19%
4 Cashiers 1,820 $16,520 $12,960 - 21,680 -3% 10%
5 Roustabouts, oil and gas 1,720 $29,400 $20,060 - 41,180 -3% 0%
6 General and operations managers 1,620 $101,260 $39,810 - 2% 48%
7 Customer service representatives 1,350 $25,250 $16,160 - 36,060 25% 22%
8 Service unit operators, oil, gas, and mining 1,330 $36,160 $23,900 - 49,380 -5% 0%
9 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 1,320 $26,570 $17,270 - 38,380 1% 18%
10 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 1,290 $39,680 $26,020 - 62,470 10% 4%
11 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 1,260 $31,100 $16,000 - 46,300 13% 16%
12 Waiters and waitresses 1,260 $15,470 $12,820 - 19,360 11% 14%
13 Maintenance and repair workers, general 940 $26,710 $15,340 - 41,790 10% 6%
14 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 860 $41,130 $23,160 - 66,360 6% 29%
15 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 840 $40,090 $23,180 - 61,440 15% 18%
16 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 740 $37,260 $22,570 - 63,790 5% 2%
17 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 740 $22,900 $14,150 - 32,810 2% 5%
18 Surveying and mapping technicians 730 $21,120 $13,010 - 37,090 19% 7%
19 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 730 $20,460 $13,680 - 30,900 15% 4%
20 Geological and petroleum technicians 710 $33,290 $14,440 - 67,330 9% 32%
21 Stock clerks and order fillers 690 $21,050 $14,090 - 29,960 -8% 8%
22 Construction laborers 660 $27,750 $20,190 - 32,530 11% 5%
23 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 640 $39,670 $22,450 - 68,390 4% 25%
24 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 640 $27,060 $14,570 - 44,920 8% 4%
25 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 570 $54,780 $23,650 - 93,890 9% 10%
26 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 520 $28,790 $18,720 - 40,290 11% 14%
27 Receptionists and information clerks 520 $22,550 $14,490 - 31,830 17% 13%
28 Cooks, restaurant 520 $20,520 $14,690 - 28,160 12% 5%
29 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 480 $16,880 $13,200 - 20,970 13% 5%
30 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 470 $24,510 $13,820 - 37,410 -7% 14%
31 Tellers 450 $22,540 $17,520 - 29,780 14% 16%
32 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 430 $35,330 $24,990 - 48,880 8% 3%
33 Team assemblers 430 $24,900 $14,190 - 37,520 0% 5%
34 Derrick operators, oil and gas 400 $33,330 $24,100 - 42,580 -6% 0%
35 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 370 $20,050 $15,610 - 26,060 18% 7%
36 Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers 360 $52,860 $41,260 - 69,270 -13% 7%
37 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 350 $36,720 $26,590 - 49,450 14% 7%
38 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 350 $18,190 $13,470 - 23,580 14% 3%
39 Home health aides 350 $18,140 $13,250 - 24,630 49% 7%
40 Child care workers 350 $16,980 $13,140 - 22,890 18% 15%
41 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 340 $38,140 $18,190 - 61,780 14% 4%
42 Machinists 340 $33,510 $24,080 - 41,120 -3% 3%
43 Driver/sales workers 340 $24,230 $13,940 - 34,680 -5% 4%
44 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 330 $21,090 $13,710 - 30,660 18% 6%
45 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 320 $58,490 $30,620 - 85,350 -5% 15%
46 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 320 $43,490 $29,840 - 61,190 11% 33%
47 Counter and rental clerks 320 $22,510 $13,420 - 43,470 23% 16%
48 Industrial machinery mechanics 300 $43,550 $26,970 - 63,160 9% 5%
49 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 290 $20,350 $15,930 - 26,070 11% 5%
50 Electricians 280 $39,050 $26,750 - 52,740 7% 7%
51 Business operations specialists, all other 270 $60,060 $33,440 - 97,480 21% 49%
52 Dishwashers 270 $15,010 $12,750 - 18,740 10% 3%
53 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 260 $24,420 $14,040 - 38,080 4% 6%
54 Teacher assistants 240 $16,460 $12,840 - 21,930 10% 18%
55 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 240 $15,320 $12,870 - 19,190 12% 6%
56 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 230 $56,970 $27,140 - 87,730 7% 13%
57 Sales representatives, services, all other 220 $50,730 $14,570 - 113,300 28% 48%
58 Security guards 220 $26,570 $13,700 - 41,820 17% 13%
59 Food preparation workers 220 $15,460 $12,780 - 20,030 15% 7%
60 Construction managers 210 $60,610 $35,120 - 102,190 16% 29%
61 Carpenters 210 $32,410 $21,230 - 45,920 10% 6%
62 Industrial production managers 200 $111,320 $59,610 - -6% 43%
63 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 200 $26,830 $20,160 - 35,820 4% 15%
64 Administrative services managers 190 $97,750 $46,750 - 163,550 12% 40%
65 Computer support specialists 190 $45,000 $19,190 - 82,370 13% 43%
66 Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 190 $40,110 $19,680 - 63,290 12% 3%
67 Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 190 $18,220 $15,030 - 21,460 10% 5%
68 Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 190 $17,420 $13,370 - 23,010 17% 14%
69 First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 180 $60,090 $35,230 - 84,190 4% 38%
70 Food service managers 180 $53,950 $28,340 - 69,920 5% 24%
71 Preschool teachers, except special education 180 $22,520 $13,210 - 44,560 26% 43%
72 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 150 $33,520 $26,950 - 40,530 11% 4%
73 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 150 $20,890 $14,020 - 30,360 12% 6%
74 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 150 $15,260 $12,890 - 18,840 10% 8%
75 Engineering technicians, except drafters, all other 140 $49,770 $28,380 - 75,600 2% 18%
76 Medical secretaries 140 $25,670 $18,000 - 33,180 17% 18%
77 Real estate sales agents 130 $59,910 $17,280 - 147,820 11% 45%
78 First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 130 $53,640 $32,070 - 77,370 10% 17%
79 Production, planning, and expediting clerks 130 $29,810 $17,430 - 49,380 4% 30%
80 Pharmacy technicians 130 $26,900 $20,130 - 33,580 32% 16%
81 Electrical and electronic engineering technicians 120 $53,030 $26,940 - 69,240 4% 18%
82 Property, real estate, and community association managers 120 $46,560 $20,490 - 66,940 15% 36%
83 Paralegals and legal assistants 120 $41,540 $27,480 - 58,320 22% 45%
84 Parts salespersons 120 $30,030 $19,770 - 48,140 -2% 6%
85 Coating, painting, and spraying machine setters, operators, and tenders 120 $27,780 $17,520 - 49,490 -13% 4%
86 Kindergarten teachers, except special education 120 $0 $ - 16% 43%
87 Legal secretaries 110 $33,650 $22,050 - 41,730 12% 18%
88 Maintenance workers, machinery 110 $30,770 $17,500 - 49,100 -1% 0%
89 File clerks 110 $23,070 $15,080 - 31,220 -41% 20%
90 Bartenders 110 $18,570 $13,030 - 28,570 11% 17%
91 Postal service mail carriers 110 $0 $ - 1% 11%
92 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 110 $0 $ - 10% 17%
93 Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators 110 $0 $ - -8% 12%
94 Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance 100 $35,890 $25,760 - 50,740 2% 11%
95 Medical assistants 100 $31,100 $17,680 - 40,750 35% 10%
96 Industrial truck and tractor operators 100 $23,520 $17,640 - 31,320 -2% 2%
97 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 90 $55,830 $31,830 - 95,570 0% 42%
98 Payroll and timekeeping clerks 90 $33,190 $25,710 - 40,470 3% 18%
99 Cement masons and concrete finishers 90 $30,470 $20,690 - 55,190 11% 2%
100 Dental assistants 90 $26,630 $19,100 - 37,220 29% 9%
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Jobs More Common Near Midland 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 29,400 1,720 181.8
Geological and petroleum technicians 33,290 710 175.5
Service unit operators, oil, gas, and mining 36,160 1,330 146.9
Derrick operators, oil and gas 33,330 400 91.9
Petroleum engineers 121,940 430 56
Geoscientists, except hydrologists and geographers 0 420 32.7
Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers 52,860 360 27.4
Surveying and mapping technicians 21,120 730 24
Engineering technicians, except drafters, all other 49,770 140 5.1
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 37,260 740 4.9
Maintenance workers, machinery 30,770 110 4
Coating, painting, and spraying machine setters, operators, and tenders 27,780 120 3.2
Industrial production managers 111,320 200 3.1
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 35,330 430 2.8
Industrial machinery mechanics 43,550 300 2.7
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 24,510 470 2.4
Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 18,190 350 2.4
First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 54,780 570 2.2
General and operations managers 101,260 1,620 2.2
Driver/sales workers 24,230 340 2.1
Food service managers 53,950 180 2
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 17,420 190 2
Construction managers 60,610 210 2
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 20,350 290 2
Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 18,220 190 2
Machinists 33,510 340 2
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 39,680 1,290 1.9
Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 40,110 190 1.8
Real estate sales agents 59,910 130 1.8
Tellers 22,540 450 1.8
Kindergarten teachers, except special education 0 120 1.7
Property, real estate, and community association managers 46,560 120 1.7
Maintenance and repair workers, general 26,710 940 1.7
Administrative services managers 97,750 190 1.7
Electrical and electronic engineering technicians 53,030 120 1.6
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 26,570 1,320 1.6
Counter and rental clerks 22,510 320 1.6
Truck drivers, light or delivery services 27,060 640 1.6
Engineering managers 155,380 130 1.5
Financial analysts 113,980 180 1.5
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 31,100 1,260 1.5
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 15,500 1,840 1.5
Accountants and auditors 61,550 810 1.5
Construction laborers 27,750 660 1.5
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 28,790 520 1.5
Office clerks, general 23,480 1,820 1.4
First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 60,090 180 1.4
First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 53,640 130 1.4
Child care workers 16,980 350 1.3
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 51,330 930 1.3

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Financial analysts 113,980 1.6 180
Engineering managers 155,380 1.42 130
Administrative services managers 97,750 1.34 190
Real estate sales agents 59,910 1.27 130
Industrial production managers 111,320 1.26 200
Financial managers 109,900 1.18 170
Chief executives 176,610 1.17 120
Lawyers 117,820 1.15 290
Food service managers 53,950 1.11 180
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 58,490 1.11 320
Petroleum engineers 121,940 1.09 430
Computer support specialists 45,000 1.07 190
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 37,260 1.06 740
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 39,680 1.06 1,290
Security guards 26,570 1.05 220
Automotive service technicians and mechanics 38,140 1.05 340
General and operations managers 101,260 1.05 1,620
Sales managers 102,630 1.04 110
Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 40,090 1.03 840
First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 53,640 1.03 130
Accountants and auditors 61,550 1.03 810
Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers 52,860 1.03 360
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 39,670 1.02 640
Business operations specialists, all other 60,060 1.02 270
Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 40,110 1.02 190
Electrical and electronic engineering technicians 53,030 1.02 120
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 56,970 1 230
Civil engineers 72,650 0.99 120
Parts salespersons 30,030 0.98 120
Retail salespersons 24,010 0.98 2,250
Industrial machinery mechanics 43,550 0.98 300
Sales representatives, services, all other 50,730 0.98 220
File clerks 23,070 0.98 110
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 31,100 0.97 1,260
Paralegals and legal assistants 41,540 0.97 120
Counter and rental clerks 22,510 0.97 320
Pharmacy technicians 26,900 0.96 130
Bartenders 18,570 0.96 110
Tellers 22,540 0.95 450
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 28,790 0.95 520
Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 47,890 0.95 120
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 22,900 0.95 740
Cooks, restaurant 20,520 0.95 520
Receptionists and information clerks 22,550 0.94 520
First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 54,780 0.94 570
Legal secretaries 33,650 0.94 110
Coating, painting, and spraying machine setters, operators, and tenders 27,780 0.94 120
Truck drivers, light or delivery services 27,060 0.93 640
Roustabouts, oil and gas 29,400 0.93 1,720
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 36,720 0.93 350

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