Tucson Employment

Employment and Industries in the Tucson, Arizona Area

The University of Arizona and the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base are major employers in Tucson. The University of Arizona is regarded as one of the top research universities in the nation and plays a significant role in attracting new companies to the area. The US Army Intelligence Center is located nearby and is the largest employer in the region. The prominent high-tech and aerospace industries provide a large number of jobs. Tucson is over 8 times more concentrated in the aerospace products and parts manufacturing industry than the average for all the metropolitan areas in the nation according to economy.com.

Tucson has over 100 biosciences companies. The city also has more than 150 transportation and logistics providers. Tucson is sometimes called "Optics Valley" due to the vast number of companies involved in the design and manufacturing of optics and optoelectronic systems.

Tourism brings in over 3.5 million visitors each year and employs about one-tenth of the labor force. In addition, those making Tucson their winter home as well as middle and upper-class Mexicans crossing the border to purchase goods stimulate the economy. The region's copper mining industry adds to the economy although it has upturns and downturns. The arts also produce a significant amount of revenue.

Shown below, in descending order, are the top job providing industries in Tucson:

  • Government
  • Transportation and utilities
  • Education and health services
  • Professional and business services
  • Leisure and hospitality
  • Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Financial activities

The Milken Institute ranked Tucson as the 7th "Best Performing City" out of 200 metropolitan areas. The strong growth of the high-tech sector was a major factor in the high ranking. Over three hundred Tucson companies are directly involved in information technology. Some of the other expanding high-tech industries are environmental technology, bio-industry, aerospace and advanced composite materials.

The Greater Tucson Economic Council utilizes the industry cluster concept. The goal of the program is to attract new companies by emphasizing collaboration and increasing research and production capabilities. The clusters include environmental technology, aerospace, optics, information technology, life sciences and advanced materials. Arizona tries to create new jobs by providing programs such as enterprise and foreign trade zones, a workforce development and job training program and research and development tax credits.

Shown below is a list of the major hi-tech and manufacturing companies located in the Tucson area:

  • Raytheon Missile Systems
  • Texas Instruments
  • IBM
  • Universal Avionics
  • Intuit
  • Sanofi-Aventis
  • Sunquest Information Systems
  • Bombartdier Aerospace
  • Ventana Medical Systems
  • Allied Signal
  • Weiser Lock
  • 3M
  • Environmental Air Products
  • Burr-Brown
  • Krueger Industries>

The primary non-high-tech and non-manufacturing companies located in the Tucson area:

  • Davis-Monthan Air Force Base
  • University of Arizona
  • Tucson Unified School District
  • Walmart
  • Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold
  • City of Tucson
  • Carondelet Health Care
  • TMC Health Care
  • Asarco
  • Corrections Corp. of America
  • Southern Arizona VA Health Care
  • Basha's
  • Target Stores
  • AFNI
  • Eurofresh
  • Phelps Dodge

Business organizations available to assist Tucson companies:

The Inside Tucson Business provides information about the current business activities in Tucson.

Jobs in Tucson

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations369480$47,610$22.89100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations61690$35,440$17.0413.75
3Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations37790$27,360$13.158.7
4Sales and Related Occupations34580$33,340$16.039.5
5Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations24630$82,180$39.515.85
6Education, Training, and Library Occupations22210$51,030$24.546
7Management Occupations20290$96,830$46.556.35
8Personal Care and Service Occupations18580$27,990$13.464.65
9Transportation and Material Moving Occupations17330$34,730$16.76.7
10Business and Financial Operations Occupations15860$66,380$31.915.35
11Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations15640$44,650$21.473.75
12Construction and Extraction Occupations14700$41,070$19.754.6
13Customer Service Representatives14360$30,270$14.551.75
14Retail Salespersons12920$26,720$12.852.7
15Computer and Mathematical Occupations12390$81,980$39.413
16Protective Service Occupations11750$48,150$23.152.2
17Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations11490$27,860$13.393.6
18Production Occupations11360$39,460$18.975.6
19Healthcare Support Occupations10880$31,140$14.972.85
20Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food9950$24,440$11.752.45
21Registered Nurses8770$74,450$35.791.95
22Architecture and Engineering Occupations8570$98,190$47.211.7
23Community and Social Service Occupations8320$42,080$20.231.75
24Cashiers8030$24,870$11.962.2
25Office Clerks, General7590$37,090$17.831.9
26Waiters and Waitresses7430$30,500$14.661.65
27Personal Care Aides7370$23,800$11.441.7
28Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive5910$34,350$16.511.4
29General and Operations Managers5520$92,260$44.361.5
30Stock Clerks and Order Fillers5420$28,040$13.481.25
31Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners4830$26,300$12.641.5
32First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers4660$51,430$24.730.95
33Cooks, Restaurant4410$26,800$12.890.9
34Maintenance and Repair Workers, General4340$35,280$16.960.9
35Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations4290$64,690$31.10.8
36Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations4040$48,600$23.371.8
37Receptionists and Information Clerks3860$29,250$14.060.7
38Software Developers, Systems Software3520$106,530$51.220.3
39First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers3200$32,810$15.770.6
40Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand3140$29,810$14.331.8
41First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers3040$44,380$21.340.95
42Medical Assistants2990$31,280$15.040.45
43Security Guards2990$27,010$12.990.7
44Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks2940$38,880$18.691.05
45Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers2840$28,920$13.90.75
46Legal Occupations2740$83,910$40.340.8
47Construction Laborers2600$31,590$15.190.9
48Nursing Assistants2520$29,870$14.360.95
49Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers2400$46,140$22.181.2
50Business Operations Specialists, All Other2370$68,210$32.790.7
51Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners2310$23,970$11.530.9
52Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics2210$42,100$20.240.5
53Cooks, Fast Food2160$23,130$11.120.3
54Accountants and Auditors2140$66,670$32.050.9
55Correctional Officers and Jailers2120$42,440$20.40.25
56Computer User Support Specialists2100$52,470$25.230.4
57Bartenders2060$31,320$15.060.4
58Childcare Workers2010$24,470$11.760.7
59Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors2000$41,200$19.810.2
60Child, Family, and School Social Workers1830$37,150$17.860.2
61Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs1810$27,830$13.380.25
62Sales Representatives, Services, All Other1780$47,780$22.970.7
63Detectives and Criminal Investigators1740$82,930$39.870.1
64Pharmacy Technicians1690$36,340$17.470.3
65Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products1670$54,020$25.970.85
66Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers1660$24,930$11.990.3
67Managers, All Other1660$94,410$45.390.7
68Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers1650$35,870$17.250.6
69Dishwashers1620$24,090$11.580.3
70First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers1580$58,610$28.180.4
71Medical Secretaries1570$33,380$16.050.4
72Home Health Aides1550$25,070$12.050.6
73Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers1540$31,200$150.8
74First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers1470$60,980$29.320.3
75Electrical Engineers1410$113,050$54.350.1
76Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants1380$48,370$23.260.35
77Computer Occupations, All Other1330$74,460$35.80.3
78Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment1300$24,990$12.020.3
79Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators1300$33,830$16.270.4
80Lawyers1300$119,250$57.330.5
81Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education1290$29,750$14.30.3
82Training and Development Specialists1290$62,460$30.030.2
83Packers and Packagers, Hand1280$25,540$12.280.4
84Pharmacists1280$121,820$58.570.2
85Medical and Health Services Managers1260$110,940$53.340.3
86Human Resources Specialists1250$58,030$27.90.4
87Carpenters1230$36,400$17.50.6
88Mechanical Engineers1230$101,290$48.70.2
89Social and Human Service Assistants1210$36,330$17.470.3
90Electricians1190$44,240$21.270.45
91Financial Managers1190$100,710$48.420.4
92Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks1180$32,440$15.60.4
93Compliance Officers1170$61,240$29.440.2
94Computer Systems Analysts1170$84,110$40.440.4
95Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians1130$56,270$27.050.1
96Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists1130$29,840$14.340.4
97Insurance Sales Agents1130$38,480$18.50.3
98First-Line Supervisors of Personal Service Workers1120$34,710$16.690.2
99Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses1120$50,460$24.260.5
100Electronics Engineers, Except Computer1100$139,260$66.950.1
Source: 2019 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2018-28 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov
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Jobs More Common Near Tucson Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$47,610369,480
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$35,44061,690
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$27,36037,790
Sales and Related Occupations$33,34034,580
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$82,18024,630
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$51,03022,210
Management Occupations$96,83020,290
Personal Care and Service Occupations$27,99018,580
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$34,73017,330
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$66,38015,860
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$44,65015,640
Construction and Extraction Occupations$41,07014,700
Customer Service Representatives$30,27014,360
Retail Salespersons$26,72012,920
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$81,98012,390
Protective Service Occupations$48,15011,750
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$27,86011,490
Production Occupations$39,46011,360
Healthcare Support Occupations$31,14010,880
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$24,4409,950
Registered Nurses$74,4508,770
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$98,1908,570
Community and Social Service Occupations$42,0808,320
Cashiers$24,8708,030
Office Clerks, General$37,0907,590
Waiters and Waitresses$30,5007,430
Personal Care Aides$23,8007,370
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$34,3505,910
General and Operations Managers$92,2605,520
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$28,0405,420
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$26,3004,830
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$51,4304,660
Cooks, Restaurant$26,8004,410
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$35,2804,340
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$64,6904,290
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$48,6004,040
Receptionists and Information Clerks$29,2503,860
Software Developers, Systems Software$106,5303,520
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$32,8103,200
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$29,8103,140
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$44,3803,040
Medical Assistants$31,2802,990
Security Guards$27,0102,990
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$38,8802,940
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$28,9202,840
Legal Occupations$83,9102,740
Construction Laborers$31,5902,600
Nursing Assistants$29,8702,520
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$46,1402,400
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$68,2102,370

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Tucson, Arizona Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$47,610369,480
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$35,44061,690
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$27,36037,790
Sales and Related Occupations$33,34034,580
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$82,18024,630
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$51,03022,210
Management Occupations$96,83020,290
Personal Care and Service Occupations$27,99018,580
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$34,73017,330
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$66,38015,860
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$44,65015,640
Construction and Extraction Occupations$41,07014,700
Customer Service Representatives$30,27014,360
Retail Salespersons$26,72012,920
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$81,98012,390
Protective Service Occupations$48,15011,750
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$27,86011,490
Production Occupations$39,46011,360
Healthcare Support Occupations$31,14010,880
Registered Nurses$74,4508,770
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$98,1908,570
Community and Social Service Occupations$42,0808,320
Office Clerks, General$37,0907,590
Waiters and Waitresses$30,5007,430
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$34,3505,910
General and Operations Managers$92,2605,520
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$28,0405,420
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$26,3004,830
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$51,4304,660
Cooks, Restaurant$26,8004,410
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$35,2804,340
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$64,6904,290
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$48,6004,040
Receptionists and Information Clerks$29,2503,860
Software Developers, Systems Software$106,5303,520
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$32,8103,200
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$29,8103,140
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$44,3803,040
Medical Assistants$31,2802,990
Security Guards$27,0102,990
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$38,8802,940
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$28,9202,840
Legal Occupations$83,9102,740
Construction Laborers$31,5902,600
Nursing Assistants$29,8702,520
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$46,1402,400
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$68,2102,370
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$42,1002,210
Accountants and Auditors$66,6702,140
Correctional Officers and Jailers$42,4402,120

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