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Wichita Falls Employment

Employment and Industries in the Wichita Falls, Texas Area

Wichita Falls' largest employer is the Sheppard Air Force Base. Boeing and Lear Seigler Services, Inc., provide services for the base. The Allred Unit, a medium and maximum security prison is also a major employer. Healthcare, educational services and agriculture are significant economic components in Wichita Falls. The city also has an aerospace and defense industry.

Major manufacturers with facilities in Wichita Falls include PPG, Inc., manufactures flat glass; Alcoa Howmet of Wichita Falls, manufacturer of turbine blades for jet engines; Magic Aire, produces coils and HVAC units; WashEX, produces industrial washers and dryers; and St. Gobain Vertrotex, one of the country's largest fiberglass manufacturers.

Cryovac, Tranter and Covercraft are notable manufacturing companies situated in the city. Also, Pratt & Whitney Component Repair remanufactures small to medium size turbofan engines.

Wichita Falls also has an AT&T customer service center and a Blue Cross/Blue Shield claims processing facility.

In Wichita Falls the leading fields of employment include healthcare, educational services, construction, government, and accommodation and food services. Management, professional and related occupations comprise about 28% of the workforce. Approximately 24% of the workers are employed in sales and office occupations. About 20% of the workforce is employed in service occupations.

Details about Wichita Falls, Texas: Cost of living index in 2008: 78.3 (U.S. average: 100). Adult population which has achieved a bachelor's degree or better: 21.5%. Average earnings in 2009: $33,000.

The city's major employers:

  • Sheppard Air Force Base
  • Wichita Falls ISD
  • North Texas State Hospital
  • United Regional Healthcare System
  • City of Wichita Falls
  • Midwestern State University
  • James V Allred Unit
  • Howmet Corp WF Casting Division
  • Cryovac
  • Work Services Corp
  • AT&T
  • Burkburnett ISD
  • Wichita County
  • Walmart
  • Lear Siegler Service Inc
  • Cotru Inc
  • PPG Industries Inc
  • Kell West Regional Hospital LLC
  • Harte-Hanks, Inc
  • Care Partners Community Care

Wichita Falls businesses are invited to work with the following organizations:

Those interested in staying up-to-date with Wichita Falls business activities may want to read the Times Record News.

Most Popular Jobs in Wichita Falls, 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 1,160 $53,550 $39,800 - 72,050 24% 56%
2 Elementary school teachers, except special education 800 $42,970 $33,950 - 53,490 14% 95%
3 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 660 $45,320 $34,110 - 59,720 6% 96%
4 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 490 $43,620 $34,220 - 56,950 11% 95%
5 Accountants and auditors 440 $56,210 $35,280 - 80,270 18% 79%
6 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 420 $41,510 $20,910 - 75,610 8% 51%
7 Teachers and instructors, all other 360 $47,740 $14,770 - 69,570 9% 54%
8 Instructional coordinators 210 $63,370 $33,330 - 83,250 23% 79%
9 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 150 $51,960 $39,660 - 65,000 13% 73%
10 Child, family, and school social workers 130 $32,530 $25,940 - 40,260 19% 77%
11 Pharmacists 120 $106,060 $89,250 - 130,730 22% 97%
12 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 120 $61,980 $47,890 - 80,320 8% 78%
13 Occupational therapists 110 $37,380 $13,160 - 86,560 23% 90%
14 Lawyers 100 $119,350 $64,290 - 11% 99%
15 Physical therapists 100 $89,210 $62,980 - 112,320 27% 89%
16 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 100 $42,490 $34,570 - 52,550 20% 87%
17 Management analysts 90 $50,320 $32,500 - 65,400 22% 78%
18 Vocational education teachers, secondary school 90 $49,740 $35,910 - 65,270 -5% 96%
19 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 90 $29,930 $21,440 - 44,390 15% 51%
20 Medical and health services managers 80 $72,770 $53,680 - 97,460 16% 57%
21 Librarians 80 $47,370 $33,070 - 62,710 4% 85%
22 Financial managers 70 $90,260 $50,920 - 143,020 13% 60%
23 Speech-language pathologists 70 $51,410 $34,960 - 89,540 11% 98%
24 Tax preparers 70 $29,230 $16,530 - 49,610 -8% 54%
25 Chief executives 60 $100,940 $29,290 - 2% 65%
26 Civil engineers 60 $71,270 $48,470 - 92,240 18% 87%
27 Computer systems analysts 60 $54,140 $34,590 - 78,890 29% 68%
28 Training and development specialists 60 $36,200 $21,960 - 58,660 18% 56%
29 Coaches and scouts 60 $26,190 $13,500 - 49,720 15% 60%
30 Industrial engineers 50 $86,010 $56,990 - 138,910 20% 74%
31 Sales managers 50 $85,540 $27,270 - 165,660 10% 69%
32 Mechanical engineers 50 $74,940 $43,970 - 105,560 4% 78%
33 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 50 $57,530 $36,150 - 85,660 17% 56%
34 Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 50 $40,960 $21,720 - 64,500 18% 56%
35 Veterinarians 40 $86,830 $68,160 - 103,650 35% 100%
36 Computer programmers 40 $61,190 $30,380 - 94,900 -4% 73%
37 Network and computer systems administrators 40 $49,010 $29,510 - 76,580 27% 50%
38 Social and community service managers 40 $47,740 $27,870 - 68,980 25% 72%
39 Special education teachers, secondary school 40 $42,890 $33,800 - 54,550 9% 87%
40 Occupational health and safety specialists 40 $42,800 $28,520 - 62,120 8% 72%
41 Social and human service assistants 40 $23,120 $13,310 - 38,640 34% 58%
42 Floral designers 40 $20,770 $14,690 - 25,490 -9% 55%
43 Special education teachers, middle school 40 $0 $ - 16% 87%
44 Physician assistants 30 $86,780 $67,090 - 108,800 27% 67%
45 Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists 30 $51,170 $34,800 - 76,470 16% 99%
46 Public relations specialists 30 $50,880 $29,110 - 78,290 18% 81%
47 Surveyors 30 $47,910 $35,160 - 65,120 24% 82%
48 Merchandise displayers and window trimmers 30 $18,570 $13,190 - 26,370 11% 55%

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 1,930 $21,240 $13,350 - 32,320 12% 25%
2 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 1,790 $15,520 $12,850 - 19,470 18% 5%
3 Cashiers 1,670 $16,890 $12,990 - 22,690 -3% 10%
4 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 1,350 $24,500 $15,610 - 35,020 1% 18%
5 Stock clerks and order fillers 1,190 $20,920 $14,280 - 29,290 -8% 8%
6 Customer service representatives 1,140 $22,370 $14,160 - 32,580 25% 22%
7 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 1,070 $19,460 $13,580 - 24,870 18% 7%
8 Waiters and waitresses 1,070 $16,460 $12,950 - 22,650 11% 14%
9 Aircraft mechanics and service technicians 1,060 $44,000 $32,410 - 53,680 11% 11%
10 Office clerks, general 1,030 $22,500 $14,120 - 31,430 13% 19%
11 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 850 $29,380 $16,250 - 45,060 13% 16%
12 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 840 $33,850 $24,610 - 48,090 10% 4%
13 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 790 $31,170 $25,470 - 39,170 14% 7%
14 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 730 $19,680 $13,740 - 26,560 15% 4%
15 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 710 $19,880 $13,570 - 28,590 2% 5%
16 General and operations managers 690 $91,760 $39,790 - 2% 48%
17 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 580 $38,380 $21,830 - 64,320 4% 25%
18 Teacher assistants 560 $16,120 $13,000 - 20,260 10% 18%
19 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 530 $38,470 $22,430 - 62,730 6% 29%
20 Personal and home care aides 520 $15,140 $12,840 - 19,170 51% 10%
21 Maintenance and repair workers, general 500 $26,310 $14,090 - 45,140 10% 6%
22 Team assemblers 500 $19,530 $16,030 - 21,920 0% 5%
23 Home health aides 500 $17,250 $12,910 - 26,780 49% 7%
24 Construction laborers 480 $20,070 $15,240 - 25,090 11% 5%
25 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 470 $34,400 $20,490 - 53,400 15% 18%
26 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 470 $26,640 $16,910 - 39,550 8% 4%
27 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 470 $25,470 $15,560 - 39,710 11% 14%
28 Receptionists and information clerks 470 $21,290 $14,350 - 29,190 17% 13%
29 Dishwashers 470 $15,240 $12,820 - 18,810 10% 3%
30 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 450 $46,250 $24,370 - 62,730 11% 33%
31 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 430 $16,910 $13,000 - 23,670 13% 5%
32 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 400 $30,170 $21,580 - 40,630 5% 2%
33 Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 390 $42,400 $27,640 - 61,010 9% 3%
34 Food preparation workers 390 $14,500 $12,600 - 17,860 15% 7%
35 Tellers 380 $23,840 $17,320 - 32,210 14% 16%
36 Counter and rental clerks 370 $22,660 $14,110 - 34,850 23% 16%
37 Packers and packagers, hand 360 $19,020 $12,920 - 36,390 -12% 3%
38 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 330 $33,940 $22,690 - 46,190 14% 4%
39 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 310 $34,840 $24,100 - 43,070 -7% 14%
40 Cooks, restaurant 310 $20,820 $16,420 - 26,350 12% 5%
41 Business operations specialists, all other 300 $53,590 $21,380 - 84,710 21% 49%
42 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 300 $47,160 $28,860 - 65,520 -5% 15%
43 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 300 $21,330 $14,590 - 28,970 18% 6%
44 Security guards 300 $17,190 $13,180 - 22,890 17% 13%
45 Fire fighters 290 $46,390 $32,060 - 62,290 12% 18%
46 Helpers--production workers 260 $20,150 $14,290 - 24,290 -1% 4%
47 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 250 $47,950 $28,070 - 68,680 7% 13%
48 Machinists 250 $34,040 $23,580 - 45,710 -3% 3%
49 Structural metal fabricators and fitters 230 $30,390 $18,460 - 46,100 -0% 0%
50 Medical assistants 230 $25,620 $17,910 - 33,780 35% 10%
51 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 200 $26,860 $18,460 - 37,690 4% 15%
52 Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 190 $33,750 $20,340 - 50,780 12% 3%
53 Water and liquid waste treatment plant and system operators 190 $31,120 $22,700 - 40,440 14% 8%
54 Roustabouts, oil and gas 190 $30,530 $21,650 - 40,170 -3% 0%
55 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 190 $24,180 $16,260 - 32,770 4% 6%
56 Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers 190 $19,810 $13,550 - 29,940 12% 0%
57 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 190 $17,880 $13,440 - 23,480 11% 5%
58 Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 190 $17,200 $13,400 - 20,710 10% 5%
59 Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 190 $16,700 $13,220 - 20,470 17% 14%
60 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 180 $52,200 $27,490 - 85,240 9% 10%
61 Telecommunications line installers and repairers 170 $46,020 $24,720 - 64,150 5% 8%
62 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 170 $40,890 $34,270 - 49,380 11% 4%
63 Amusement and recreation attendants 170 $17,010 $13,090 - 23,340 24% 22%
64 Child care workers 170 $15,790 $12,880 - 20,010 18% 15%
65 Automotive body and related repairers 160 $36,790 $26,250 - 48,540 12% 3%
66 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 160 $14,860 $12,820 - 17,930 12% 6%
67 Postal service mail carriers 160 $0 $ - 1% 11%
68 Radiologic technologists and technicians 150 $41,400 $29,270 - 54,010 15% 25%
69 Parts salespersons 150 $32,960 $19,100 - 50,330 -2% 6%
70 Preschool teachers, except special education 150 $22,840 $13,070 - 40,180 26% 43%
71 Cooks, fast food 150 $16,050 $13,090 - 19,420 8% 5%
72 Loan officers 140 $57,370 $32,680 - 100,700 12% 49%
73 Electricians 140 $44,870 $25,170 - 60,900 7% 7%
74 Rotary drill operators, oil and gas 140 $40,180 $33,140 - 48,740 -5% 0%
75 Insurance claims and policy processing clerks 140 $30,800 $17,350 - 42,080 -1% 22%
76 Healthcare support workers, all other 140 $24,760 $17,150 - 39,330 16% 10%
77 Bartenders 140 $20,310 $13,190 - 30,560 11% 17%
78 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 130 $45,390 $24,580 - 72,470 0% 42%
79 Wellhead pumpers 130 $40,150 $31,690 - 49,530 -12% 0%
80 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 130 $33,590 $22,930 - 47,670 8% 3%
81 Pharmacy technicians 130 $29,360 $22,590 - 37,240 32% 16%
82 Police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers 130 $25,270 $18,000 - 35,510 14% 11%
83 Industrial truck and tractor operators 130 $24,310 $17,590 - 31,400 -2% 2%
84 Driver/sales workers 130 $23,120 $13,120 - 44,780 -5% 4%
85 Helpers--pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 130 $22,510 $17,430 - 29,620 12% 3%
86 First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 120 $61,510 $48,590 - 78,970 10% 17%
87 Carpenters 120 $31,330 $23,810 - 40,520 10% 6%
88 Bill and account collectors 120 $26,620 $18,940 - 36,190 23% 13%
89 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 120 $15,580 $12,910 - 19,840 10% 17%
90 Computer support specialists 110 $40,420 $25,420 - 60,070 13% 43%
91 Industrial machinery mechanics 110 $40,110 $27,590 - 52,380 9% 5%
92 Dental assistants 110 $28,080 $17,290 - 36,620 29% 9%
93 Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 110 $25,310 $18,800 - 33,310 10% 24%
94 Medical secretaries 110 $21,840 $16,960 - 29,530 17% 18%
95 Service station attendants 110 $21,090 $17,260 - 25,020 13% 6%
96 Woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders, except sawing 110 $20,760 $16,850 - 24,590 6% 0%
97 Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic 100 $28,280 $18,470 - 39,690 -3% 6%
98 Cement masons and concrete finishers 100 $26,520 $22,280 - 31,530 11% 2%
99 Medical records and health information technicians 100 $25,900 $16,280 - 42,040 18% 12%
100 Sales representatives, services, all other 90 $57,630 $23,250 - 83,770 28% 48%
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Jobs More Common Near Wichita Falls Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Wellhead pumpers 40,150 130 71
Rotary drill operators, oil and gas 40,180 140 27.4
Aircraft mechanics and service technicians 44,000 1,060 27.1
Roustabouts, oil and gas 30,530 190 23.3
Structural metal fabricators and fitters 30,390 230 6
Water and liquid waste treatment plant and system operators 31,120 190 5.6
Woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders, except sawing 20,760 110 5.4
Helpers--pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 22,510 130 4.8
Service station attendants 21,090 110 4.4
Instructional coordinators 63,370 210 4.4
Police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers 25,270 130 4
Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 42,400 390 3.9
Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers 19,810 190 3.5
Occupational therapists 37,380 110 3.1
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 30,170 400 3.1
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 31,170 790 3
Fire fighters 46,390 290 3
Personal and home care aides 15,140 520 3
Automotive body and related repairers 36,790 160 2.9
Telecommunications line installers and repairers 46,020 170 2.8
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 16,700 190 2.4
Dishwashers 15,240 470 2.4
Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 17,200 190 2.3
Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic 28,280 100 2.2
Counter and rental clerks 22,660 370 2.1
Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 33,750 190 2.1
Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 43,620 490 2.1
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 19,460 1,070 2.1
Healthcare support workers, all other 24,760 140 2
Police and sheriff's patrol officers 46,250 450 2
Teachers and instructors, all other 47,740 360 1.9
Radiologic technologists and technicians 41,400 150 1.9
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 24,500 1,350 1.9
Amusement and recreation attendants 17,010 170 1.9
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 34,840 310 1.8
Parts salespersons 32,960 150 1.8
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 45,320 660 1.8
Tellers 23,840 380 1.7
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 15,520 1,790 1.7
Machinists 34,040 250 1.7
Educational, vocational, and school counselors 51,960 150 1.7
Stock clerks and order fillers 20,920 1,190 1.6
Medical records and health information technicians 25,900 100 1.6
Helpers--production workers 20,150 260 1.6
Physical therapists 89,210 100 1.5
Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 61,980 120 1.5
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 17,880 190 1.5
Elementary school teachers, except special education 42,970 800 1.5
Insurance claims and policy processing clerks 30,800 140 1.5
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 25,470 470 1.5

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Teachers and instructors, all other 47,740 1.26 360
First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 61,510 1.18 120
Fire fighters 46,390 1.1 290
Instructional coordinators 63,370 1.1 210
Parts salespersons 32,960 1.08 150
Wellhead pumpers 40,150 1.06 130
Bartenders 20,310 1.05 140
Pharmacy technicians 29,360 1.04 130
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 34,840 1.04 310
Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 42,400 1.04 390
Service station attendants 21,090 1.03 110
Pharmacists 106,060 1.01 120
Educational, vocational, and school counselors 51,960 1.01 150
Tellers 23,840 1.01 380
Telecommunications line installers and repairers 46,020 1.01 170
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 38,380 0.99 580
Counter and rental clerks 22,660 0.97 370
Loan officers 57,370 0.97 140
Roustabouts, oil and gas 30,530 0.96 190
Computer support specialists 40,420 0.96 110
Cooks, restaurant 20,820 0.96 310
Electricians 44,870 0.96 140
Police and sheriff's patrol officers 46,250 0.95 450
General and operations managers 91,760 0.95 690
Accountants and auditors 56,210 0.94 440
Automotive body and related repairers 36,790 0.94 160
Automotive service technicians and mechanics 33,940 0.94 330
Packers and packagers, hand 19,020 0.93 360
Insurance claims and policy processing clerks 30,800 0.93 140
Cooks, fast food 16,050 0.92 150
Machinists 34,040 0.92 250
Amusement and recreation attendants 17,010 0.92 170
Truck drivers, light or delivery services 26,640 0.92 470
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 29,380 0.92 850
Stock clerks and order fillers 20,920 0.92 1,190
Medical assistants 25,620 0.91 230
Cashiers 16,890 0.91 1,670
Business operations specialists, all other 53,590 0.91 300
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 33,850 0.9 840
Structural metal fabricators and fitters 30,390 0.9 230
Industrial machinery mechanics 40,110 0.9 110
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 15,520 0.9 1,790
First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 52,200 0.9 180
Preschool teachers, except special education 22,840 0.9 150
Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 25,310 0.89 110
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 47,160 0.89 300
Receptionists and information clerks 21,290 0.89 470
Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 40,890 0.89 170
Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 34,400 0.89 470
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 45,320 0.89 660

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