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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

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations381200$46,400$22.31100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations62510$35,350$1714.35
3Sales and Related Occupations39080$33,090$15.919.9
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations36470$22,040$10.68.55
5Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations25370$80,580$38.745.8
6Education, Training, and Library Occupations21220$53,600$25.776.05
7Transportation and Material Moving Occupations19910$34,000$16.356.55
8Management Occupations19090$101,880$48.986.15
9Construction and Extraction Occupations18660$40,270$19.364.45
10Business and Financial Operations Occupations18550$67,540$32.475.25
11Personal Care and Service Occupations17630$23,850$11.474.3
12Healthcare Support Occupations14490$29,670$14.263
13Retail Salespersons13550$27,780$13.362.85
14Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations13230$42,750$20.553.8
15Customer Service Representatives13040$32,030$15.41.75
16Architecture and Engineering Occupations12090$95,330$45.831.7
17Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive11790$35,330$16.991.5
18Protective Service Occupations11660$39,210$18.852.2
19Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations11490$24,650$11.853.65
20Production Occupations11140$35,700$17.165.7
21Registered Nurses9680$73,460$35.321.95
22Personal Care Aides9350$20,940$10.071.5
23Cashiers8820$21,430$10.32.2
24Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food8700$19,650$9.452.3
25Computer and Mathematical Occupations8370$78,680$37.832.9
26Waiters and Waitresses7650$21,860$10.511.7
27General and Operations Managers7220$105,960$50.941.5
28Community and Social Service Occupations6480$46,860$22.531.65
29Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations5550$58,060$27.921.8
30First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers5060$53,810$25.870.95
31Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners5020$23,950$11.511.55
32Stock Clerks and Order Fillers4840$28,370$13.641.3
33Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand4780$27,700$13.321.7
34Home Health Aides4420$25,690$12.350.7
35Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations4290$72,290$34.760.8
36Security Guards4070$26,740$12.860.7
37Office Clerks, General3890$25,870$12.441.9
38Construction Laborers3810$30,360$14.60.8
39Medical Assistants3790$30,450$14.640.45
40First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers3760$28,820$13.860.6
41First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers3760$43,220$20.781
42Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers3730$42,400$20.391.2
43Maintenance and Repair Workers, General3550$35,820$17.220.9
44Legal Occupations3490$76,830$36.940.8
45Cooks, Restaurant3450$23,420$11.260.8
46Business Operations Specialists, All Other3440$74,990$36.050.7
47Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks3250$36,300$17.451.05
48Accountants and Auditors3230$70,210$33.760.9
49Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners3180$20,600$9.90.9
50Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products2800$54,340$26.130.9
51Sales Representatives, Services, All Other2640$44,230$21.270.6
52Nursing Assistants2630$28,010$13.471
53Receptionists and Information Clerks2620$28,210$13.560.7
54Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers2540$35,180$16.910.6
55First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers2350$57,100$27.450.4
56Carpenters2240$36,700$17.640.7
57Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers2180$26,220$12.60.8
58Medical Secretaries2100$34,790$16.720.4
59Food Servers, Nonrestaurant2090$20,300$9.760.2
60Electricians2040$46,340$22.280.4
61Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers2000$55,920$26.880.4
62Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics1850$40,030$19.250.5
63Food Preparation Workers1840$22,240$10.690.6
64Lawyers1780$101,940$49.010.5
65Cooks, Fast Food1700$19,850$9.540.3
66Electrical Engineers1630$101,750$48.920.1
67Computer User Support Specialists1570$43,150$20.740.4
68Counter and Rental Clerks1550$27,970$13.450.3
69Human Resources Specialists1540$62,940$30.260.35
70Correctional Officers and Jailers1460$35,800$17.210.25
71Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters1420$44,620$21.450.3
72Management Analysts1420$76,540$36.80.5
73Dental Assistants1400$34,090$16.390.2
74Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop1400$19,430$9.340.3
75Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment1370$23,350$11.230.2
76Pharmacy Technicians1360$31,870$15.320.3
77Parts Salespersons1330$30,270$14.550.2
78Childcare Workers1320$23,100$11.110.8
79Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop1310$20,510$9.860.3
80Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators1300$38,570$18.550.2
81Financial Managers1280$105,710$50.820.4
82Managers, All Other1280$89,030$42.80.6
83Bus Drivers, School or Special Client1240$22,360$10.750.3
84Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education1220$30,990$14.90.3
85Architectural and Engineering Managers1210$157,270$75.610.1
86First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers1170$57,940$27.850.3
87Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses1150$48,430$23.280.5
88Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers1140$27,940$13.430
89Social and Human Service Assistants1120$33,500$16.110.25
90Bartenders1110$23,740$11.410.4
91Recreation Workers1110$22,590$10.860.25
92Computer Systems Analysts1090$84,460$40.60.4
93Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks1090$30,270$14.550.4
94Child, Family, and School Social Workers1090$40,240$19.350.2
95Engineers, All Other1080$105,690$50.810.1
96Dishwashers1080$21,280$10.230.3
97Driver/Sales Workers1070$25,610$12.310.3
98First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers1050$55,900$26.880.4
99Software Developers, Systems Software1050$98,520$47.360.3
100Paralegals and Legal Assistants1040$43,430$20.880.2
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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$46,400381,200
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$35,35062,510
Sales and Related Occupations$33,09039,080
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$22,04036,470
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$80,58025,370
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$53,60021,220
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$34,00019,910
Management Occupations$101,88019,090
Construction and Extraction Occupations$40,27018,660
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$67,54018,550
Personal Care and Service Occupations$23,85017,630
Healthcare Support Occupations$29,67014,490
Retail Salespersons$27,78013,550
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$42,75013,230
Customer Service Representatives$32,03013,040
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$95,33012,090
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$35,33011,790
Protective Service Occupations$39,21011,660
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$24,65011,490
Production Occupations$35,70011,140
Registered Nurses$73,4609,680
Personal Care Aides$20,9409,350
Cashiers$21,4308,820
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$19,6508,700
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$78,6808,370
Waiters and Waitresses$21,8607,650
General and Operations Managers$105,9607,220
Community and Social Service Occupations$46,8606,480
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$58,0605,550
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$53,8105,060
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$23,9505,020
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$28,3704,840
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$27,7004,780
Home Health Aides$25,6904,420
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$72,2904,290
Security Guards$26,7404,070
Office Clerks, General$25,8703,890
Construction Laborers$30,3603,810
Medical Assistants$30,4503,790
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$28,8203,760
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$43,2203,760
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$42,4003,730
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$35,8203,550
Legal Occupations$76,8303,490
Cooks, Restaurant$23,4203,450
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$74,9903,440
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$36,3003,250
Accountants and Auditors$70,2103,230
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$20,6003,180
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$54,3402,800

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$46,400381,200
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$35,35062,510
Sales and Related Occupations$33,09039,080
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$80,58025,370
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$53,60021,220
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$34,00019,910
Management Occupations$101,88019,090
Construction and Extraction Occupations$40,27018,660
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$67,54018,550
Healthcare Support Occupations$29,67014,490
Retail Salespersons$27,78013,550
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$42,75013,230
Customer Service Representatives$32,03013,040
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$95,33012,090
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$35,33011,790
Protective Service Occupations$39,21011,660
Production Occupations$35,70011,140
Registered Nurses$73,4609,680
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$78,6808,370
General and Operations Managers$105,9607,220
Community and Social Service Occupations$46,8606,480
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$58,0605,550
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$53,8105,060
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$28,3704,840
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$27,7004,780
Home Health Aides$25,6904,420
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$72,2904,290
Security Guards$26,7404,070
Office Clerks, General$25,8703,890
Construction Laborers$30,3603,810
Medical Assistants$30,4503,790
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$28,8203,760
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$43,2203,760
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$42,4003,730
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$35,8203,550
Legal Occupations$76,8303,490
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$74,9903,440
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$36,3003,250
Accountants and Auditors$70,2103,230
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$54,3402,800
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$44,2302,640
Nursing Assistants$28,0102,630
Receptionists and Information Clerks$28,2102,620
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$35,1802,540
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers$57,1002,350
Carpenters$36,7002,240
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$26,2202,180
Medical Secretaries$34,7902,100
Electricians$46,3402,040
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers$55,9202,000

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