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Albuquerque Employment

Employment and Industries in the Albuquerque, New Mexico Area

Albuquerque is the economic center of the state of New Mexico. The city's diverse economy consists of important sectors such as trade, agriculture, government, tourism, research and development and manufacturing. Due to the Rio Grande River Valley, the city also has a large food industry. In addition, medical services and medical facilities have a significant role in the economy.

Albuquerque is also home to over 700 manufacturing companies which produce items such as neon and electric signs, trailers, electronic products, scientific instruments, fabricated structural steel, fertilizers, machine tools and hardware.

The Kirtland U.S. Air Force Base, a weapons research center, is the region's largest employer. The University of New Mexico is another major employer. The area also includes a prominent research and development sector. The government research and development lab, Sandia National Laboratories, is involved with solar energy and laser technology.

Some of the noteworthy technology companies situated in the Albuquerque metro include Ktech Corp, Emcore, CVI Laser Corp, GE Fanuc Embedded Systems and Applied Research Associates.

Albuquerque has been ranked #1 in the country for manufacturing productivity in terms of dollar output per worker by Area Development Magazine. Albuquerque also has a high percentage of people that have advanced degrees.

Facts regarding Albuquerque, New Mexico: In 2007 the estimated median household income in the city was $44,000. In Albuquerque 32% of the adults have earned a bachelor's degree or higher. In 2008 the cost of living index was at 88.5. The nation's average is 100.

The Albuquerque area's major job providers:

  • Kirtland U.S. Air Force Base
  • University of New Mexico
  • Albuquerque Public Schools
  • Sandia National Laboratories
  • ABQ Health Partners, LLC
  • Veterans Health Administration
  • Jack Henry & Associates, Inc
  • Laguna Development Corporation
  • Healthcare Services Corporation
  • PNM Resources, Inc
  • Albuquerque Publishing Company
  • Tricore Reference Laboratories
  • Pueblo of Sandia
  • Presbyterian Health Plan, Inc
  • City of Albuquerque
  • State of New Mexico
  • Lovelace Sandia Health System
  • Intel Corporation
  • Walmart Stores
  • Emcore Corporation
  • Premier Distributing Company
  • New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority

Major job providing manufacturing companies in Albuquerque:

  • Intel Corporation - Semiconductor mfg
  • Honeywell Defense & Space Electronic Systems - Aircraft Avionics mfg
  • Ethicon Endo-Surgery - Medical instruments mfg
  • GE Aircraft Engines - Air craft engines
  • Thomas & Betts - Electrical connectors mfg
  • General Mills - Cereal mfg

Albuquerque top back office employers

  • T-Mobile - Customer Service Center
  • CitiCards - Account Collection
  • Convergys - Customer Service Center
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Insurance claims processor
  • Bank of America - Customer service center
  • eTelecare Global Solutions - Customer service center
  • Express Scripts - Prescription mail order
  • Sprint PCS - Customer service center
  • Gap Inc - Shared services center

Albuquerque's top non-agricultural employment sectors:

  • Government
  • Trade, transportation and utilities
  • Professional and business services
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Leisure and hospitality
  • Manufacturing

Local companies are provided assistance from associations such as:

Those interested in local business and industry news may want to read the ABQ Journal.

Jobs in Albuquerque

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 381570 $45920 $22.08 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 60440 $35230 $16.94 14.8
3 Sales and Related Occupations 38520 $33970 $16.33 10.15
4 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 37390 $21530 $10.35 8.3
5 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 26140 $79660 $38.3 5.75
6 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 21920 $51930 $24.97 6.15
7 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 20530 $34190 $16.44 6.45
8 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 19340 $66200 $31.82 5.05
9 Management Occupations 19140 $98550 $47.38 6.05
10 Construction and Extraction Occupations 17940 $39630 $19.05 4.4
11 Personal Care and Service Occupations 17410 $23610 $11.35 4.1
12 Healthcare Support Occupations 14010 $28960 $13.93 3.05
13 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 13640 $42600 $20.48 3.8
14 Retail Salespersons 12980 $28510 $13.71 3.1
15 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 12970 $92900 $44.67 1.65
16 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 11720 $23530 $11.31 3.7
17 Production Occupations 11560 $34370 $16.52 5.85
18 Protective Service Occupations 10850 $38500 $18.51 2.25
19 Customer Service Representatives 10550 $33180 $15.95 1.75
20 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 10490 $18720 $9 2.15
21 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 10450 $34410 $16.54 1.6
22 Registered Nurses 9840 $72180 $34.7 1.9
23 Cashiers 9000 $21400 $10.29 2.25
24 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 8980 $77090 $37.06 2.8
25 Personal Care Aides 8980 $20700 $9.95 1.3
26 General and Operations Managers 7610 $99850 $48.01 1.4
27 Waiters and Waitresses 7550 $21920 $10.54 1.6
28 Community and Social Service Occupations 6100 $44190 $21.24 1.65
29 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 5330 $49700 $23.89 1.7
30 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 5180 $53190 $25.57 1
31 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 5150 $23240 $11.18 1.6
32 Home Health Aides 5150 $25480 $12.25 0.7
33 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 4820 $28230 $13.57 1.6
34 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 4470 $26870 $12.92 1.2
35 Office Clerks, General 4430 $26310 $12.65 2
36 Construction Laborers 4210 $30110 $14.48 0.8
37 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 3940 $69080 $33.21 0.7
38 Accountants and Auditors 3900 $67790 $32.59 0.9
39 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 3850 $29080 $13.98 0.6
40 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 3780 $36310 $17.46 1.1
41 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 3760 $73010 $35.1 0.9
42 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 3670 $41510 $19.96 1.2
43 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 3660 $43020 $20.68 1
44 Security Guards 3600 $26480 $12.73 0.7
45 Legal Occupations 3600 $74570 $35.85 0.8
46 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 3520 $35490 $17.06 0.9
47 Nursing Assistants 3390 $28840 $13.87 1.05
48 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 3320 $19710 $9.48 1
49 Cooks, Restaurant 3150 $22380 $10.76 0.75
50 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 2930 $51720 $24.87 1
51 Receptionists and Information Clerks 2770 $26980 $12.97 0.7
52 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 2470 $44700 $21.49 0.6
53 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 2330 $34110 $16.4 0.6
54 Medical Assistants 2300 $29800 $14.33 0.45
55 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 2180 $56130 $26.99 0.4
56 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 2170 $24780 $11.91 0.8
57 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 2060 $39990 $19.22 0.5
58 Medical Secretaries 1950 $34510 $16.59 0.4
59 Food Preparation Workers 1910 $21230 $10.21 0.6
60 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 1870 $54140 $26.03 0.45
61 Counter and Rental Clerks 1840 $27030 $13 0.3
62 Lawyers 1780 $100360 $48.25 0.5
63 Electricians 1780 $45790 $22.02 0.4
64 Carpenters 1750 $36550 $17.57 0.6
65 Computer User Support Specialists 1740 $43690 $21 0.4
66 Electrical Engineers 1730 $96950 $46.61 0.1
67 Pharmacy Technicians 1600 $31960 $15.37 0.25
68 Human Resources Specialists 1550 $61650 $29.64 0.3
69 Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment 1520 $22230 $10.69 0.2
70 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 1490 $19900 $9.57 0.25
71 Cooks, Fast Food 1430 $19470 $9.36 0.3
72 Management Analysts 1420 $76600 $36.83 0.5
73 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 1360 $19140 $9.2 0.3
74 Driver/Sales Workers 1340 $24760 $11.9 0.3
75 Correctional Officers and Jailers 1340 $34430 $16.55 0.3
76 Architectural and Engineering Managers 1320 $152090 $73.12 0.1
77 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 1280 $45290 $21.78 0.3
78 Childcare Workers 1260 $20540 $9.87 0.8
79 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 1250 $55800 $26.83 0.3
80 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant 1250 $19540 $9.39 0.2
81 Dental Assistants 1230 $32340 $15.55 0.2
82 Bartenders 1220 $25120 $12.08 0.4
83 Financial Managers 1210 $100740 $48.43 0.4
84 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 1210 $31090 $14.95 0.4
85 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 1210 $19060 $9.16 0.3
86 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 1200 $28710 $13.8 0.3
87 Managers, All Other 1150 $88860 $42.72 0.65
88 Pharmacists 1140 $119560 $57.48 0.2
89 Engineers, All Other 1130 $107380 $51.63 0.1
90 Paralegals and Legal Assistants 1130 $43060 $20.7 0.2
91 Software Developers, Systems Software 1110 $104320 $50.15 0.3
92 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 1070 $22310 $10.73 0.3
93 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 1070 $39450 $18.97 0.2
94 Tellers 1060 $26290 $12.64 0.3
95 Recreation Workers 1050 $20950 $10.07 0.3
96 Team Assemblers 1040 $26840 $12.9 0.75
97 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 1030 $55560 $26.71 0.4
98 Child, Family, and School Social Workers 990 $40410 $19.43 0.2
99 Mechanical Engineers 970 $112210 $53.95 0.2
100 Computer Systems Analysts 970 $81340 $39.11 0.4
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Jobs More Common Near Albuquerque Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 45,920 381,570
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 35,230 60,440
Sales and Related Occupations 33,970 38,520
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 21,530 37,390
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 79,660 26,140
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 51,930 21,920
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 34,190 20,530
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 66,200 19,340
Management Occupations 98,550 19,140
Construction and Extraction Occupations 39,630 17,940
Personal Care and Service Occupations 23,610 17,410
Healthcare Support Occupations 28,960 14,010
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 42,600 13,640
Retail Salespersons 28,510 12,980
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 92,900 12,970
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 23,530 11,720
Production Occupations 34,370 11,560
Protective Service Occupations 38,500 10,850
Customer Service Representatives 33,180 10,550
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 18,720 10,490
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 34,410 10,450
Registered Nurses 72,180 9,840
Cashiers 21,400 9,000
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 77,090 8,980
Personal Care Aides 20,700 8,980
General and Operations Managers 99,850 7,610
Waiters and Waitresses 21,920 7,550
Community and Social Service Occupations 44,190 6,100
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 49,700 5,330
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 53,190 5,180
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 23,240 5,150
Home Health Aides 25,480 5,150
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 28,230 4,820
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 26,870 4,470
Office Clerks, General 26,310 4,430
Construction Laborers 30,110 4,210
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 69,080 3,940
Accountants and Auditors 67,790 3,900
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 29,080 3,850
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 36,310 3,780
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 73,010 3,760
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 41,510 3,670
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 43,020 3,660
Security Guards 26,480 3,600
Legal Occupations 74,570 3,600
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 35,490 3,520
Nursing Assistants 28,840 3,390
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 19,710 3,320
Cooks, Restaurant 22,380 3,150
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 51,720 2,930

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Albuquerque, New Mexico Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 45,920 381,570
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 35,230 60,440
Sales and Related Occupations 33,970 38,520
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 79,660 26,140
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 51,930 21,920
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 34,190 20,530
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 66,200 19,340
Management Occupations 98,550 19,140
Construction and Extraction Occupations 39,630 17,940
Healthcare Support Occupations 28,960 14,010
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 42,600 13,640
Retail Salespersons 28,510 12,980
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 92,900 12,970
Production Occupations 34,370 11,560
Protective Service Occupations 38,500 10,850
Customer Service Representatives 33,180 10,550
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 34,410 10,450
Registered Nurses 72,180 9,840
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 77,090 8,980
General and Operations Managers 99,850 7,610
Community and Social Service Occupations 44,190 6,100
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 49,700 5,330
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 53,190 5,180
Home Health Aides 25,480 5,150
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 28,230 4,820
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 26,870 4,470
Office Clerks, General 26,310 4,430
Construction Laborers 30,110 4,210
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 69,080 3,940
Accountants and Auditors 67,790 3,900
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 29,080 3,850
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 36,310 3,780
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 73,010 3,760
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 41,510 3,670
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 43,020 3,660
Security Guards 26,480 3,600
Legal Occupations 74,570 3,600
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 35,490 3,520
Nursing Assistants 28,840 3,390
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 51,720 2,930
Receptionists and Information Clerks 26,980 2,770
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 44,700 2,470
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 34,110 2,330
Medical Assistants 29,800 2,300
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 56,130 2,180
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 39,990 2,060
Medical Secretaries 34,510 1,950
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 54,140 1,870
Counter and Rental Clerks 27,030 1,840
Lawyers 100,360 1,780

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