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Odessa Employment

Employment and Industries in the Odessa, Texas Area

The oil industry is the major economy factor in Odessa, Texas. Economic procedures are being taken to diversify the economy. Walmart, Saulsbury Companies and Odessa Regional Hospital are some of the top private sector job providers. The city includes a Telvista inbound customer service call center and a Coca Cola distribution center.

The leading employment sectors in Odessa are healthcare, educational services, oil, construction, mining, manufacturing, repair and maintenance, and accommodation and food services. Sales and office occupations (31% of the jobs). Management, professional and related occupations (23% of the workforce).

Some of the most popular jobs in Odessa where the majority of the workers are college graduates are wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, registered nurses, petroleum engineers, educational, vocational and school counselors, sales managers, financial managers, management analysts, and medical and health services managers.

Details about Odessa, Texas: Estimated median household income in 2007: $46,000. Adult population holding a bachelor's degree or higher: 15%. Cost of living index in 2008: 75.5 (U.S. average: 100).

The major private industry employers are provided below:

  • Walmart - Retail
  • Saulsbury Companies - Electric & construction
  • Odessa Regional Hospital - Medical
  • Nurses Unlimited, Inc - Medical
  • Bobby Cox Companies, Inc - Retail/restaurants
  • Haliburton - Oil & gas
  • Investment Corp., of America - Financial
  • Telvista, Inc - Customer service
  • Weatherford CPS Oil & gas
  • Family Dollar - Distribution center

Odessa's major public employers:

  • Ector County I S D - Education
  • Medical Center Hospital - Hospital
  • City of Odessa - Government
  • Odessa College - Education
  • Ector County - Government
  • University of Texas of the Permina Basin - Education
  • Texas Tech University Health - Education/medical

Odessa companies can receive assistance from the following associations:

People looking for local business and economic news can read the Odessa American Online.

Most Popular Jobs in Odessa, 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 1,070 $54,670 $23,900 - 99,350 8% 51%
2 Registered nurses 1,050 $58,060 $42,960 - 80,280 24% 56%
3 Accountants and auditors 360 $55,990 $34,890 - 91,700 18% 79%
4 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 250 $69,630 $36,540 - 112,150 12% 51%
5 Petroleum engineers 220 $82,840 $51,060 - 144,090 5% 80%
6 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 150 $0 $ - 13% 73%
7 Sales managers 120 $127,760 $52,900 - 10% 69%
8 Management analysts 110 $106,300 $26,090 - 22% 78%
9 Financial managers 110 $92,110 $47,310 - 144,220 13% 60%
10 Speech-language pathologists 100 $56,010 $29,760 - 94,480 11% 98%
11 Medical and health services managers 90 $81,610 $53,350 - 105,610 16% 57%
12 Lawyers 80 $110,250 $55,170 - 11% 99%
13 Pharmacists 70 $110,810 $94,870 - 130,850 22% 97%
14 Computer systems analysts 70 $65,560 $39,910 - 99,270 29% 68%
15 Public relations specialists 70 $41,430 $20,810 - 68,610 18% 81%
16 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 70 $40,430 $23,160 - 63,400 18% 56%
17 Industrial engineers 60 $69,990 $43,840 - 101,020 20% 74%
18 Sales and related workers, all other 60 $27,730 $17,680 - 40,140 14% 62%
19 Chief executives 50 $176,250 $95,570 - 2% 65%
20 Computer and information systems managers 50 $96,400 $54,850 - 157,780 16% 73%
21 Physical therapists 50 $72,630 $38,500 - 127,290 27% 89%
22 Market research analysts 50 $56,380 $28,370 - 95,100 20% 82%
23 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 50 $49,300 $37,740 - 62,080 12% 51%
24 Librarians 50 $48,440 $20,300 - 65,000 4% 85%
25 Marketing managers 40 $117,270 $51,440 - 14% 69%
26 Commercial pilots 40 $70,970 $45,630 - 83,000 13% 74%
27 Coaches and scouts 40 $53,460 $25,470 - 80,940 15% 60%
28 Training and development specialists 40 $46,850 $28,550 - 69,810 18% 56%
29 Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 40 $45,940 $23,350 - 82,670 18% 56%
30 Occupational therapists 30 $73,550 $36,390 - 117,420 23% 90%
31 Computer programmers 30 $53,950 $41,320 - 80,130 -4% 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 Cashiers 1,810 $16,300 $12,860 - 21,920 -3% 10%
2 Retail salespersons 1,660 $24,570 $14,120 - 39,460 12% 25%
3 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 1,640 $16,280 $12,960 - 21,550 18% 5%
4 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 1,410 $24,340 $15,440 - 32,710 1% 18%
5 Office clerks, general 1,340 $22,790 $14,470 - 31,720 13% 19%
6 General and operations managers 1,250 $95,370 $44,830 - 2% 48%
7 Service unit operators, oil, gas, and mining 1,200 $41,830 $28,670 - 55,290 -5% 0%
8 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 1,110 $37,620 $25,130 - 57,310 10% 4%
9 Construction laborers 1,060 $24,830 $17,820 - 34,590 11% 5%
10 Waiters and waitresses 1,020 $16,310 $12,890 - 23,240 11% 14%
11 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 1,010 $39,110 $26,230 - 61,870 5% 2%
12 Roustabouts, oil and gas 960 $29,730 $20,840 - 47,770 -3% 0%
13 Machinists 930 $33,750 $20,710 - 46,660 -3% 3%
14 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 920 $30,640 $19,440 - 41,540 13% 16%
15 Stock clerks and order fillers 820 $21,970 $13,940 - 31,340 -8% 8%
16 Customer service representatives 740 $28,110 $16,780 - 47,290 25% 22%
17 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 720 $67,100 $34,420 - 99,540 9% 10%
18 Derrick operators, oil and gas 710 $43,950 $36,160 - 50,480 -6% 0%
19 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 700 $19,320 $13,910 - 25,020 15% 4%
20 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 670 $27,050 $14,020 - 42,090 8% 4%
21 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 670 $23,340 $15,380 - 31,570 2% 5%
22 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 660 $37,440 $25,630 - 52,360 15% 18%
23 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 640 $41,460 $25,410 - 63,800 6% 29%
24 Maintenance and repair workers, general 620 $29,000 $17,930 - 41,310 10% 6%
25 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 560 $28,550 $17,520 - 46,150 11% 14%
26 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 530 $37,310 $22,190 - 55,790 4% 25%
27 Receptionists and information clerks 530 $21,730 $15,050 - 30,430 17% 13%
28 Industrial machinery mechanics 510 $38,910 $23,960 - 54,520 9% 5%
29 Electricians 430 $40,450 $29,710 - 57,800 7% 7%
30 Rotary drill operators, oil and gas 420 $60,310 $36,130 - 77,240 -5% 0%
31 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 420 $33,630 $23,160 - 54,990 8% 3%
32 Counter and rental clerks 420 $24,610 $13,270 - 44,400 23% 16%
33 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 410 $40,040 $25,260 - 57,550 11% 4%
34 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 380 $55,870 $33,370 - 81,010 -5% 15%
35 Driver/sales workers 360 $20,640 $12,980 - 40,300 -5% 4%
36 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 340 $41,030 $24,350 - 57,120 14% 4%
37 Cooks, restaurant 320 $19,920 $14,390 - 26,860 12% 5%
38 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 310 $20,530 $16,180 - 26,450 18% 7%
39 Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 300 $44,590 $27,750 - 64,460 12% 3%
40 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 300 $38,560 $24,710 - 52,140 14% 7%
41 Helpers--pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 290 $21,790 $15,060 - 31,360 12% 3%
42 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 290 $16,930 $13,060 - 23,170 13% 5%
43 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 280 $30,590 $17,560 - 45,300 4% 6%
44 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 270 $46,880 $34,760 - 62,740 11% 33%
45 Preschool teachers, except special education 270 $25,110 $13,640 - 46,050 26% 43%
46 Tellers 270 $23,370 $17,530 - 30,810 14% 16%
47 Lathe and turning machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 220 $28,180 $22,150 - 33,740 -23% 0%
48 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 210 $52,220 $32,710 - 72,800 7% 13%
49 Control and valve installers and repairers, except mechanical door 210 $35,430 $22,490 - 49,660 0% 7%
50 Helpers--electricians 210 $26,990 $19,500 - 41,760 7% 3%
51 Packers and packagers, hand 210 $16,070 $12,930 - 22,140 -12% 3%
52 Business operations specialists, all other 200 $56,090 $35,350 - 87,540 21% 49%
53 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 200 $27,990 $21,390 - 34,170 4% 15%
54 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 200 $15,080 $12,870 - 18,600 12% 6%
55 Industrial truck and tractor operators 190 $26,940 $18,600 - 37,460 -2% 2%
56 Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers 190 $24,790 $15,140 - 34,480 12% 0%
57 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 190 $20,410 $13,860 - 29,300 18% 6%
58 Service station attendants 190 $18,600 $13,390 - 25,330 13% 6%
59 Construction managers 180 $57,970 $15,330 - 98,810 16% 29%
60 Sales representatives, services, all other 180 $46,570 $18,870 - 79,800 28% 48%
61 Helpers--production workers 180 $22,030 $14,780 - 30,840 -1% 4%
62 Administrative services managers 170 $72,660 $36,000 - 115,780 12% 40%
63 Team assemblers 170 $25,480 $14,310 - 37,600 0% 5%
64 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 170 $19,080 $13,780 - 26,230 14% 3%
65 Food preparation workers 170 $17,560 $13,860 - 21,730 15% 7%
66 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 170 $15,740 $12,940 - 19,980 10% 17%
67 Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines 160 $36,880 $26,490 - 50,030 12% 3%
68 Carpenters 160 $34,020 $22,820 - 43,170 10% 6%
69 Structural iron and steel workers 160 $31,510 $19,800 - 43,940 6% 4%
70 Life, physical, and social science technicians, all other 160 $28,250 $14,220 - 40,830 10% 46%
71 Security guards 160 $24,990 $15,670 - 46,840 17% 13%
72 Tire repairers and changers 160 $23,740 $17,330 - 31,990 20% 6%
73 Bartenders 160 $18,250 $13,030 - 26,590 11% 17%
74 Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 160 $18,160 $13,460 - 24,000 10% 5%
75 Pharmacy technicians 150 $28,310 $22,160 - 33,670 32% 16%
76 Dishwashers 150 $15,560 $12,960 - 19,350 10% 3%
77 Insurance sales agents 150 $0 $ - 13% 45%
78 Medical assistants 140 $24,160 $17,840 - 32,080 35% 10%
79 Production workers, all other 140 $21,030 $16,270 - 30,180 2% 5%
80 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 130 $20,740 $13,930 - 30,550 12% 6%
81 First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 120 $70,460 $39,630 - 117,560 4% 38%
82 Respiratory therapists 120 $44,010 $34,040 - 59,300 23% 28%
83 Parts salespersons 120 $34,000 $20,620 - 53,830 -2% 6%
84 Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 120 $15,760 $13,060 - 19,150 17% 14%
85 Radiologic technologists and technicians 110 $51,110 $35,980 - 71,470 15% 25%
86 First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 110 $46,440 $27,310 - 67,300 10% 17%
87 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 110 $44,290 $28,500 - 62,000 0% 42%
88 Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 110 $28,120 $21,340 - 36,830 10% 24%
89 Entertainment attendants and related workers, all other 110 $25,490 $15,180 - 38,950 0% 0%
90 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 110 $18,920 $13,600 - 24,830 11% 5%
91 Transportation, storage, and distribution managers 100 $68,430 $54,590 - 83,120 8% 25%
92 Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance 100 $35,550 $23,080 - 56,850 2% 11%
93 Surgical technologists 100 $31,030 $19,200 - 46,480 25% 16%
94 Cement masons and concrete finishers 100 $28,070 $20,810 - 38,550 11% 2%
95 Data entry keyers 100 $24,180 $18,020 - 32,320 -5% 18%
96 Postal service mail carriers 100 $0 $ - 1% 11%
97 Industrial production managers 90 $107,300 $60,450 - -6% 43%
98 Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers 90 $55,470 $45,730 - 64,480 -13% 7%
99 Cost estimators 90 $54,720 $35,110 - 80,900 19% 32%
100 Food service managers 90 $53,900 $34,960 - 74,830 5% 24%
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Jobs More Common Near Odessa Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Derrick operators, oil and gas 43,950 710 194.2
Service unit operators, oil, gas, and mining 41,830 1,200 157.7
Roustabouts, oil and gas 29,730 960 120.8
Rotary drill operators, oil and gas 60,310 420 84.3
Petroleum engineers 82,840 220 34.1
Control and valve installers and repairers, except mechanical door 35,430 210 18.4
Lathe and turning machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 28,180 220 13.3
Entertainment attendants and related workers, all other 25,490 110 13.2
Helpers--pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 21,790 290 11.1
Life, physical, and social science technicians, all other 28,250 160 8.8
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 39,110 1,010 8
Service station attendants 18,600 190 7.9
Structural iron and steel workers 31,510 160 7.6
Machinists 33,750 930 6.5
Helpers--electricians 26,990 210 5.5
Industrial machinery mechanics 38,910 510 5.4
Tire repairers and changers 23,740 160 5.1
Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines 36,880 160 3.7
Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers 24,790 190 3.5
Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 44,590 300 3.4
First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 67,100 720 3.3
Respiratory therapists 44,010 120 3.3
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 33,630 420 3.2
Surgical technologists 31,030 100 3.1
Transportation, storage, and distribution managers 68,430 100 2.8
Construction laborers 24,830 1,060 2.8
Driver/sales workers 20,640 360 2.6
Speech-language pathologists 56,010 100 2.5
Counter and rental clerks 24,610 420 2.5
Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 40,040 410 2.5
Construction managers 57,970 180 2.1
Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 18,160 160 2
General and operations managers 95,370 1,250 2
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 24,340 1,410 2
Truck drivers, light or delivery services 27,050 670 2
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 37,620 1,110 1.9
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 28,550 560 1.9
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 54,670 1,070 1.8
Preschool teachers, except special education 25,110 270 1.8
Electricians 40,450 430 1.8
Administrative services managers 72,660 170 1.8
Production workers, all other 21,030 140 1.7
Educational, vocational, and school counselors 0 150 1.7
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 55,870 380 1.7
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 16,280 1,640 1.6
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 15,760 120 1.5
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 69,630 250 1.5
Parts salespersons 34,000 120 1.5
Radiologic technologists and technicians 51,110 110 1.4
Automotive service technicians and mechanics 41,030 340 1.4

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Management analysts 106,300 1.45 110
Sales managers 127,760 1.3 120
Entertainment attendants and related workers, all other 25,490 1.21 110
Rotary drill operators, oil and gas 60,310 1.17 420
First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 67,100 1.15 720
Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 44,590 1.13 300
Automotive service technicians and mechanics 41,030 1.13 340
Parts salespersons 34,000 1.11 120
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 39,110 1.11 1,010
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 30,590 1.07 280
Service unit operators, oil, gas, and mining 41,830 1.06 1,200
Counter and rental clerks 24,610 1.06 420
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 55,870 1.06 380
Derrick operators, oil and gas 43,950 1.04 710
Helpers--electricians 26,990 1.01 210
First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 70,460 1.01 120
Pharmacy technicians 28,310 1.01 150
Retail salespersons 24,570 1.01 1,660
Tire repairers and changers 23,740 1 160
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 37,620 1 1,110
Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers 24,790 1 190
Radiologic technologists and technicians 51,110 1 110
Administrative services managers 72,660 1 170
Financial managers 92,110 0.99 110
Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 28,120 0.99 110
Security guards 24,990 0.99 160
General and operations managers 95,370 0.99 1,250
Tellers 23,370 0.99 270
Preschool teachers, except special education 25,110 0.99 270
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 38,560 0.97 300
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 54,670 0.97 1,070
Police and sheriff's patrol officers 46,880 0.97 270
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 23,340 0.97 670
Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 37,440 0.97 660
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 37,310 0.96 530
Stock clerks and order fillers 21,970 0.96 820
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 30,640 0.96 920
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 69,630 0.96 250
Business operations specialists, all other 56,090 0.95 200
Customer service representatives 28,110 0.95 740
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 16,280 0.94 1,640
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 28,550 0.94 560
Registered nurses 58,060 0.94 1,050
Bartenders 18,250 0.94 160
Roustabouts, oil and gas 29,730 0.94 960
Accountants and auditors 55,990 0.94 360
Truck drivers, light or delivery services 27,050 0.93 670
Team assemblers 25,480 0.93 170
Helpers--production workers 22,030 0.93 180
Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 27,990 0.92 200

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