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Las Cruces Employment

Employment and Industries in the Las Cruces, New Mexico Area

The economy in Las Cruces, New Mexico is based on agriculture, education, commerce and defense/aerospace. The government is the primary source of employment in the area due to White Sands Missile Range and New Mexico State University. The White Sands Missile Range is the Army's largest installation. Other government agencies, private industries, foreign militaries and universities also conduct research at the facility.

The North American Free Trade Agreement and the opening of a nearby border crossing has attracted numerous companies to the region that want to work with factories in nearby Mexico. The region also includes a group of industrial and research parks.

Agricultural products which contribute to the local economy include peppers, onions, cotton and a variety of vegetables and dairy products. The region is also one of the world's largest pecan producers.

On-site and classroom job training are provided via the State of New Mexico Industrial Development Training program. The program provides companies with customized training and allows the employers to choose training candidates. The program is not just for economically disadvantaged people.

Facts about Las Cruces, New Mexico: The average salary in Las Cruces in 2009 was $25,000. The cost of living index in 2008 was 87.6. The national average is 100. In Las Cruces 28% of the residents 25 years of age and older have earned a bachelor's degree or better.

The region's significant employers:

  • New Mexico State University
  • White Sands Missile Range
  • Las Cruces Public Schools
  • NASA
  • Memorial Medical Center
  • City of Las Cruces
  • Allied Signal Aerospace
  • Walmart
  • Excel Agent Services
  • Dona Ana Branch Community College
  • Mountain View Regional Medical Center
  • Dana Ana County
  • Honeywell Technology
  • NM Corrections Department
  • Tyson Prepared Foods
  • NMSU Physical Science Lab
  • Wells Fargo

The top non-agricultural employment segments in the city are:

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

Local companies can obtain assistance from useful associations such as:

People can stay current with local business and industry news by reading the Las Cruces Sun-News.

Jobs in Las Cruces

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations70940$41,190$19.8100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations10870$30,240$14.5414.35
3Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations7520$21,590$10.388.55
4Education, Training, and Library Occupations6270$55,890$26.876.05
5Sales and Related Occupations6230$28,720$13.819.9
6Personal Care and Service Occupations4170$21,240$10.214.3
7Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations3840$75,370$36.245.8
8Construction and Extraction Occupations3240$37,400$17.984.45
9Management Occupations3180$84,470$40.616.15
10Protective Service Occupations3170$47,410$22.792.2
11Personal Care Aides2980$19,800$9.521.5
12Business and Financial Operations Occupations2940$59,350$28.545.25
13Healthcare Support Occupations2880$25,270$12.153
14Transportation and Material Moving Occupations2660$29,490$14.186.55
15Retail Salespersons2410$23,880$11.482.85
16Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations2390$38,880$18.693.8
17Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food2310$19,120$9.192.3
18Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive2210$30,340$14.591.5
19Architecture and Engineering Occupations1970$77,130$37.081.7
20Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations1810$22,850$10.993.65
21Production Occupations1770$30,390$14.615.7
22Waiters and Waitresses1760$22,610$10.871.7
23Cashiers1730$19,760$9.52.2
24Computer and Mathematical Occupations1480$73,270$35.232.9
25Community and Social Service Occupations1450$45,640$21.941.65
26Customer Service Representatives1440$25,030$12.041.75
27General and Operations Managers1250$82,950$39.881.5
28Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations1220$23,850$11.470.65
29Registered Nurses1200$55,280$26.581.95
30Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1100$21,520$10.351.55
31Home Health Aides990$18,610$8.950.7
32Stock Clerks and Order Fillers950$23,160$11.131.3
33First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers890$46,440$22.330.95
34Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations800$68,370$32.870.8
35Office Clerks, General790$23,970$11.521.9
36First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers740$38,940$18.721
37Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations730$46,110$22.171.8
38Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks700$34,810$16.741.05
39Cooks, Restaurant700$21,190$10.190.8
40First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers700$29,080$13.980.6
41Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand690$23,650$11.371.7
42Maintenance and Repair Workers, General690$31,390$15.090.9
43Construction Laborers680$31,220$15.010.8
44Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse660$23,750$11.420.3
45Receptionists and Information Clerks660$22,720$10.930.7
46Nursing Assistants630$23,350$11.231
47Detectives and Criminal Investigators610$80,570$38.740.1
48Security Guards570$27,840$13.380.7
49Medical Assistants540$26,260$12.620.45
50Business Operations Specialists, All Other520$64,270$30.90.7
51Medical Secretaries520$27,520$13.230.4
52Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers500$35,010$16.831.2
53Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers480$50,680$24.370.4
54Accountants and Auditors400$60,610$29.140.9
55Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics380$33,390$16.050.5
56Social and Human Service Assistants380$33,480$16.10.25
57Software Developers, Systems Software360$94,250$45.310.3
58Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators350$37,520$18.040.2
59Bus Drivers, School or Special Client330$28,390$13.650.3
60Legal Occupations330$78,190$37.590.8
61Electronics Engineers, Except Computer320$93,050$44.740.1
62Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers320$23,830$11.460.8
63Childcare Workers310$20,430$9.820.8
64Dishwashers310$19,470$9.360.3
65Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians310$71,010$34.140.1
66Carpenters290$38,550$18.530.7
67Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers290$27,960$13.440.6
68Engineers, All Other270$91,200$43.850.1
69Food Preparation Workers260$22,170$10.660.6
70Managers, All Other260$85,600$41.150.6
71Tellers260$24,190$11.630.3
72Electricians250$41,100$19.760.4
73First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers250$48,640$23.390.4
74Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners230$20,060$9.640.9
75Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products230$45,650$21.950.9
76Computer User Support Specialists210$36,210$17.410.4
77Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria210$22,230$10.690.3
78Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers210$18,030$8.670.3
79Human Resources Specialists210$46,780$22.490.35
80Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers210$36,320$17.460.3
81Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses210$45,440$21.850.5
82Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education210$31,520$15.150.3
83Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers200$21,860$10.510
84Bartenders200$21,190$10.190.4
85Dental Assistants200$40,420$19.430.2
86Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop200$18,880$9.080.3
87Recreation Workers200$26,750$12.860.25
88Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters190$46,610$22.410.3
89Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks190$30,160$14.50.4
90Sales Representatives, Services, All Other180$48,110$23.130.6
91Compliance Officers170$66,080$31.770.2
92Counter and Rental Clerks170$25,670$12.340.3
93Dental Hygienists170$87,970$42.290.1
94Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors170$65,280$31.390.2
95First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers170$58,240$280.3
96Loan Officers170$63,310$30.440.2
97Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors170$44,990$21.630
98Architectural and Engineering Managers160$110,810$53.270.1
99Billing and Posting Clerks160$27,510$13.230.3
100Family and General Practitioners160$118,280$56.870.1
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Jobs More Common Near Las Cruces Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$41,19070,940
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$30,24010,870
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$21,5907,520
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$55,8906,270
Sales and Related Occupations$28,7206,230
Personal Care and Service Occupations$21,2404,170
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$75,3703,840
Construction and Extraction Occupations$37,4003,240
Management Occupations$84,4703,180
Protective Service Occupations$47,4103,170
Personal Care Aides$19,8002,980
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$59,3502,940
Healthcare Support Occupations$25,2702,880
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$29,4902,660
Retail Salespersons$23,8802,410
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$38,8802,390
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$19,1202,310
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$30,3402,210
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$77,1301,970
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$22,8501,810
Production Occupations$30,3901,770
Waiters and Waitresses$22,6101,760
Cashiers$19,7601,730
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$73,2701,480
Community and Social Service Occupations$45,6401,450
Customer Service Representatives$25,0301,440
General and Operations Managers$82,9501,250
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations$23,8501,220
Registered Nurses$55,2801,200
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$21,5201,100
Home Health Aides$18,610990
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$23,160950
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$46,440890
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$68,370800
Office Clerks, General$23,970790
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$38,940740
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$46,110730
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$34,810700
Cooks, Restaurant$21,190700
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$29,080700
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$23,650690
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$31,390690
Construction Laborers$31,220680
Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse$23,750660
Receptionists and Information Clerks$22,720660
Nursing Assistants$23,350630
Detectives and Criminal Investigators$80,570610
Security Guards$27,840570
Medical Assistants$26,260540
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$64,270520

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$41,19070,940
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$30,24010,870
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$55,8906,270
Sales and Related Occupations$28,7206,230
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$75,3703,840
Construction and Extraction Occupations$37,4003,240
Management Occupations$84,4703,180
Protective Service Occupations$47,4103,170
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$59,3502,940
Healthcare Support Occupations$25,2702,880
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$29,4902,660
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$38,8802,390
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$30,3402,210
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$77,1301,970
Production Occupations$30,3901,770
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$73,2701,480
Community and Social Service Occupations$45,6401,450
Customer Service Representatives$25,0301,440
General and Operations Managers$82,9501,250
Registered Nurses$55,2801,200
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$46,440890
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$68,370800
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$38,940740
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$46,110730
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$34,810700
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$29,080700
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$31,390690
Construction Laborers$31,220680
Detectives and Criminal Investigators$80,570610
Security Guards$27,840570
Medical Assistants$26,260540
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$64,270520
Medical Secretaries$27,520520
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$35,010500
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers$50,680480
Accountants and Auditors$60,610400
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$33,390380
Social and Human Service Assistants$33,480380
Software Developers, Systems Software$94,250360
Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators$37,520350
Bus Drivers, School or Special Client$28,390330
Legal Occupations$78,190330
Electronics Engineers, Except Computer$93,050320
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians$71,010310
Carpenters$38,550290
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$27,960290
Engineers, All Other$91,200270
Managers, All Other$85,600260
Electricians$41,100250
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers$48,640250

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