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

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations386050$46,860$22.53100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations63800$36,230$17.4213.75
3Sales and Related Occupations39850$34,250$16.479.5
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations37990$22,300$10.728.7
5Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations24580$80,580$38.745.85
6Education, Training, and Library Occupations20620$51,970$24.996
7Transportation and Material Moving Occupations20030$35,150$16.96.7
8Personal Care and Service Occupations19980$24,070$11.574.65
9Construction and Extraction Occupations19850$41,940$20.164.6
10Business and Financial Operations Occupations19670$69,090$33.225.35
11Management Occupations18030$105,550$50.746.35
12Customer Service Representatives14680$32,200$15.481.75
13Healthcare Support Occupations13190$30,510$14.672.85
14Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations13060$43,940$21.133.75
15Retail Salespersons13040$26,470$12.722.7
16Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive12730$35,650$17.141.4
17Production Occupations12220$37,150$17.865.6
18Protective Service Occupations11870$39,190$18.842.2
19Architecture and Engineering Occupations11620$99,140$47.661.7
20Personal Care Aides11530$21,710$10.441.7
21Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations11190$26,040$12.523.6
22Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food10730$19,950$9.592.45
23Cashiers10170$22,200$10.672.2
24Registered Nurses9360$75,010$36.061.95
25Computer and Mathematical Occupations8690$79,600$38.273
26Waiters and Waitresses7710$21,460$10.321.65
27General and Operations Managers6620$108,220$52.031.5
28Community and Social Service Occupations6490$45,380$21.821.75
29Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations5250$53,030$25.491.8
30Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand4970$29,250$14.061.8
31Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners4920$24,600$11.831.5
32First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers4880$55,410$26.640.95
33Security Guards4300$27,820$13.370.7
34Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations4280$75,330$36.210.8
35Stock Clerks and Order Fillers4260$30,110$14.471.25
36Cooks, Restaurant4220$23,860$11.470.9
37First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers4120$41,230$19.820.95
38Business Operations Specialists, All Other3880$75,060$36.090.7
39Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers3810$42,100$20.241.2
40Construction Laborers3730$31,770$15.270.9
41Medical Assistants3710$31,590$15.190.45
42First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers3610$29,980$14.410.6
43Accountants and Auditors3510$68,300$32.840.9
44Maintenance and Repair Workers, General3510$37,290$17.930.9
45Office Clerks, General3350$26,140$12.571.9
46Legal Occupations3300$86,400$41.540.8
47Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks3210$38,650$18.581.05
48Home Health Aides3100$23,910$11.50.6
49Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners2960$21,430$10.30.9
50Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products2740$59,050$28.390.85
51First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers2700$61,510$29.570.4
52Receptionists and Information Clerks2610$28,680$13.790.7
53Nursing Assistants2590$29,840$14.340.95
54Medical Secretaries2420$35,080$16.860.4
55Carpenters2400$39,270$18.880.6
56Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers2400$36,900$17.740.6
57Food Preparation Workers2370$22,740$10.930.5
58Sales Representatives, Services, All Other2220$51,320$24.670.7
59Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers2140$28,290$13.60.75
60Electricians1970$45,650$21.950.45
61Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers1950$53,490$25.710.4
62Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics1930$42,100$20.240.5
63Lawyers1880$110,370$53.060.5
64Food Servers, Nonrestaurant1660$21,060$10.130.2
65Human Resources Specialists1630$64,830$31.170.4
66Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment1550$25,200$12.120.3
67Counter and Rental Clerks1550$30,610$14.720.3
68Correctional Officers and Jailers1540$37,480$18.020.25
69Management Analysts1500$81,450$39.160.55
70Social and Human Service Assistants1460$34,220$16.450.3
71Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters1360$44,390$21.340.3
72Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers1350$29,260$14.070.8
73Dental Assistants1340$34,790$16.730.2
74Parts Salespersons1320$30,140$14.490.2
75Financial Managers1310$110,210$52.990.4
76Pharmacy Technicians1310$33,740$16.220.3
77Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop1300$21,000$10.10.3
78Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks1240$37,600$18.080.2
79Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education1220$34,240$16.460.3
80Electrical Engineers1210$114,560$55.080.1
81Computer User Support Specialists1200$43,840$21.080.4
82Managers, All Other1180$98,850$47.530.7
83Recreation Workers1180$22,390$10.770.3
84Engineers, All Other1150$111,100$53.410.1
85Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators1150$39,590$19.040.25
86Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks1130$31,770$15.280.4
87First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers1120$61,110$29.380.3
88Architectural and Engineering Managers1110$171,120$82.270.1
89Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses1110$47,980$23.070.5
90Computer Systems Analysts1060$87,690$42.160.4
91Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop1050$20,080$9.650.3
92Childcare Workers1040$23,190$11.150.7
93First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors1040$53,960$25.940.3
94Bus Drivers, School or Special Client1030$22,290$10.720.3
95Dishwashers1020$21,970$10.560.3
96Software Developers, Systems Software1020$94,940$45.640.3
97Tellers1020$28,340$13.630.25
98Mechanical Engineers1010$117,360$56.420.2
99Cooks, Fast Food1000$19,680$9.460.3
100First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers1000$57,440$27.620.4
Source: 2019 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2018-28 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov
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Jobs More Common Near Albuquerque Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$46,860386,050
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$36,23063,800
Sales and Related Occupations$34,25039,850
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$22,30037,990
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$80,58024,580
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$51,97020,620
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$35,15020,030
Personal Care and Service Occupations$24,07019,980
Construction and Extraction Occupations$41,94019,850
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$69,09019,670
Management Occupations$105,55018,030
Customer Service Representatives$32,20014,680
Healthcare Support Occupations$30,51013,190
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$43,94013,060
Retail Salespersons$26,47013,040
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$35,65012,730
Production Occupations$37,15012,220
Protective Service Occupations$39,19011,870
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$99,14011,620
Personal Care Aides$21,71011,530
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$26,04011,190
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$19,95010,730
Cashiers$22,20010,170
Registered Nurses$75,0109,360
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$79,6008,690
Waiters and Waitresses$21,4607,710
General and Operations Managers$108,2206,620
Community and Social Service Occupations$45,3806,490
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$53,0305,250
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$29,2504,970
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$24,6004,920
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$55,4104,880
Security Guards$27,8204,300
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$75,3304,280
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$30,1104,260
Cooks, Restaurant$23,8604,220
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$41,2304,120
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$75,0603,880
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$42,1003,810
Construction Laborers$31,7703,730
Medical Assistants$31,5903,710
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$29,9803,610
Accountants and Auditors$68,3003,510
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$37,2903,510
Office Clerks, General$26,1403,350
Legal Occupations$86,4003,300
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$38,6503,210
Home Health Aides$23,9103,100
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$21,4302,960
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$59,0502,740

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$46,860386,050
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$36,23063,800
Sales and Related Occupations$34,25039,850
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$80,58024,580
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$51,97020,620
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$35,15020,030
Construction and Extraction Occupations$41,94019,850
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$69,09019,670
Management Occupations$105,55018,030
Customer Service Representatives$32,20014,680
Healthcare Support Occupations$30,51013,190
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$43,94013,060
Retail Salespersons$26,47013,040
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$35,65012,730
Production Occupations$37,15012,220
Protective Service Occupations$39,19011,870
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$99,14011,620
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$26,04011,190
Registered Nurses$75,0109,360
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$79,6008,690
General and Operations Managers$108,2206,620
Community and Social Service Occupations$45,3806,490
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$53,0305,250
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$29,2504,970
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$55,4104,880
Security Guards$27,8204,300
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$75,3304,280
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$30,1104,260
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$41,2304,120
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$75,0603,880
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$42,1003,810
Construction Laborers$31,7703,730
Medical Assistants$31,5903,710
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$29,9803,610
Accountants and Auditors$68,3003,510
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$37,2903,510
Office Clerks, General$26,1403,350
Legal Occupations$86,4003,300
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$38,6503,210
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$59,0502,740
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers$61,5102,700
Receptionists and Information Clerks$28,6802,610
Nursing Assistants$29,8402,590
Medical Secretaries$35,0802,420
Carpenters$39,2702,400
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$36,9002,400
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$51,3202,220
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$28,2902,140
Electricians$45,6501,970
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers$53,4901,950

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