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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

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 70350 $41470 $19.94 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 10930 $30030 $14.44 14.8
3 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 7300 $21200 $10.19 8.3
4 Sales and Related Occupations 6000 $29440 $14.15 10.15
5 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 5970 $63000 $30.29 6.15
6 Personal Care and Service Occupations 4310 $20550 $9.88 4.1
7 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 3880 $75030 $36.07 5.75
8 Construction and Extraction Occupations 3320 $35280 $16.96 4.4
9 Management Occupations 2990 $84880 $40.81 6.05
10 Personal Care Aides 2940 $18830 $9.05 1.3
11 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 2870 $58180 $27.97 5.05
12 Protective Service Occupations 2840 $47570 $22.87 2.25
13 Healthcare Support Occupations 2830 $24560 $11.81 3.05
14 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 2440 $28070 $13.5 6.45
15 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 2370 $37840 $18.19 3.8
16 Retail Salespersons 2190 $24430 $11.74 3.1
17 Production Occupations 2130 $31210 $15 5.85
18 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 2130 $22100 $10.63 3.7
19 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 2120 $18240 $8.77 2.15
20 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 2050 $30540 $14.68 1.6
21 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 1980 $77760 $37.38 1.65
22 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 1820 $77180 $37.11 2.8
23 Cashiers 1760 $19720 $9.48 2.25
24 Waiters and Waitresses 1550 $23250 $11.18 1.6
25 Customer Service Representatives 1510 $24780 $11.92 1.75
26 Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 1390 $22440 $10.79 0.6
27 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1360 $21400 $10.29 1.6
28 Community and Social Service Occupations 1200 $47750 $22.96 1.65
29 General and Operations Managers 1130 $85410 $41.06 1.4
30 Registered Nurses 1100 $57320 $27.56 1.9
31 Home Health Aides 1030 $18150 $8.72 0.7
32 Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse 970 $20820 $10.01 0.3
33 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 920 $44310 $21.3 1
34 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 870 $23210 $11.16 1.2
35 Office Clerks, General 800 $24830 $11.94 2
36 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 790 $67910 $32.65 0.9
37 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 770 $34820 $16.74 1.1
38 Cooks, Restaurant 720 $20010 $9.62 0.75
39 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 700 $30380 $14.61 0.6
40 Receptionists and Information Clerks 670 $22550 $10.84 0.7
41 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 640 $30230 $14.54 0.9
42 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 640 $51090 $24.56 1
43 Nursing Assistants 630 $23310 $11.21 1.05
44 Detectives and Criminal Investigators 620 $78770 $37.87 0.1
45 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 620 $21780 $10.47 1.6
46 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 600 $62290 $29.95 0.7
47 Construction Laborers 600 $27840 $13.39 0.8
48 Security Guards 590 $31450 $15.12 0.7
49 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 540 $44750 $21.51 1.7
50 Medical Assistants 510 $25400 $12.21 0.45
51 Substitute Teachers 500 $23070 $11.09 0
52 Childcare Workers 480 $20060 $9.64 0.8
53 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 450 $32600 $15.67 0.5
54 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 430 $49060 $23.59 0.45
55 Medical Secretaries 420 $27770 $13.35 0.4
56 Accountants and Auditors 410 $62380 $29.99 0.9
57 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 380 $36590 $17.59 1.2
58 Dishwashers 370 $18510 $8.9 0.3
59 Software Developers, Systems Software 360 $102650 $49.35 0.3
60 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 350 $22690 $10.91 0.8
61 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer 330 $89620 $43.09 0.1
62 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 330 $25070 $12.05 0.3
63 Carpenters 310 $36620 $17.6 0.6
64 Loan Interviewers and Clerks 310 $25520 $12.27 0.1
65 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 300 $35910 $17.27 0.2
66 Legal Occupations 300 $76290 $36.68 0.8
67 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 290 $48330 $23.24 0.4
68 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 280 $45690 $21.97 0.5
69 Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians 270 $68390 $32.88 0.1
70 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 270 $47440 $22.81 1
71 Engineers, All Other 270 $95540 $45.93 0.1
72 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 260 $18310 $8.8 1
73 Electricians 260 $40270 $19.36 0.4
74 Food Preparation Workers 250 $21180 $10.18 0.6
75 Computer User Support Specialists 250 $41810 $20.1 0.4
76 Managers, All Other 240 $86820 $41.74 0.65
77 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 240 $31550 $15.17 0.6
78 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 220 $18260 $8.78 0.25
79 Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists 210 $74810 $35.97 0.1
80 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 210 $38910 $18.71 0.3
81 Social and Human Service Assistants 210 $35360 $17 0.3
82 Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics 210 $35330 $16.98 0.2
83 Tellers 210 $25220 $12.13 0.3
84 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 200 $45070 $21.67 0.6
85 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 200 $18250 $8.77 0.3
86 Child, Family, and School Social Workers 190 $52910 $25.44 0.2
87 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 190 $28400 $13.65 0.4
88 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 190 $56710 $27.27 0.3
89 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 190 $40340 $19.39 0.3
90 Dental Hygienists 190 $82630 $39.73 0.1
91 Bartenders 190 $22820 $10.97 0.4
92 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 190 $21970 $10.56 0.3
93 Human Resources Specialists 190 $49900 $23.99 0.3
94 Computer Systems Analysts 190 $77730 $37.37 0.4
95 Financial Managers 180 $89810 $43.18 0.4
96 Speech-Language Pathologists 180 $84840 $40.79 0.1
97 Dental Assistants 180 $42890 $20.62 0.2
98 Counter and Rental Clerks 170 $25110 $12.07 0.3
99 Painters, Construction and Maintenance 170 $29430 $14.15 0.2
100 Billing and Posting Clerks 160 $29650 $14.25 0.35
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Jobs More Common Near Las Cruces Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 41,470 70,350
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 30,030 10,930
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 21,200 7,300
Sales and Related Occupations 29,440 6,000
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 63,000 5,970
Personal Care and Service Occupations 20,550 4,310
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 75,030 3,880
Construction and Extraction Occupations 35,280 3,320
Management Occupations 84,880 2,990
Personal Care Aides 18,830 2,940
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 58,180 2,870
Protective Service Occupations 47,570 2,840
Healthcare Support Occupations 24,560 2,830
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 28,070 2,440
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 37,840 2,370
Retail Salespersons 24,430 2,190
Production Occupations 31,210 2,130
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 22,100 2,130
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 18,240 2,120
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 30,540 2,050
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 77,760 1,980
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 77,180 1,820
Cashiers 19,720 1,760
Waiters and Waitresses 23,250 1,550
Customer Service Representatives 24,780 1,510
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 22,440 1,390
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 21,400 1,360
Community and Social Service Occupations 47,750 1,200
General and Operations Managers 85,410 1,130
Registered Nurses 57,320 1,100
Home Health Aides 18,150 1,030
Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse 20,820 970
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 44,310 920
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 23,210 870
Office Clerks, General 24,830 800
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 67,910 790
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 34,820 770
Cooks, Restaurant 20,010 720
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 30,380 700
Receptionists and Information Clerks 22,550 670
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 30,230 640
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 51,090 640
Nursing Assistants 23,310 630
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 78,770 620
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 21,780 620
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 62,290 600
Construction Laborers 27,840 600
Security Guards 31,450 590
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 44,750 540
Medical Assistants 25,400 510

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 41,470 70,350
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 30,030 10,930
Sales and Related Occupations 29,440 6,000
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 63,000 5,970
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 75,030 3,880
Construction and Extraction Occupations 35,280 3,320
Management Occupations 84,880 2,990
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 58,180 2,870
Protective Service Occupations 47,570 2,840
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 28,070 2,440
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 37,840 2,370
Production Occupations 31,210 2,130
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 30,540 2,050
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 77,760 1,980
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 77,180 1,820
Community and Social Service Occupations 47,750 1,200
General and Operations Managers 85,410 1,130
Registered Nurses 57,320 1,100
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 44,310 920
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 67,910 790
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 34,820 770
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 30,380 700
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 30,230 640
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 51,090 640
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 78,770 620
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 62,290 600
Construction Laborers 27,840 600
Security Guards 31,450 590
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 44,750 540
Medical Assistants 25,400 510
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 32,600 450
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 49,060 430
Medical Secretaries 27,770 420
Accountants and Auditors 62,380 410
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 36,590 380
Software Developers, Systems Software 102,650 360
Electronics Engineers, Except Computer 89,620 330
Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 25,070 330
Carpenters 36,620 310
Loan Interviewers and Clerks 25,520 310
Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 35,910 300
Legal Occupations 76,290 300
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 48,330 290
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 45,690 280
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians 68,390 270
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 47,440 270
Engineers, All Other 95,540 270
Electricians 40,270 260
Computer User Support Specialists 41,810 250
Managers, All Other 86,820 240

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