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 Occupations71160$42,510$20.44100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations9170$32,320$15.5413.75
3Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations7330$22,460$10.88.7
4Sales and Related Occupations6800$30,800$14.819.5
5Educational Instruction and Library Occupations6540$52,390$25.196
6Healthcare Support Occupations6160$24,240$11.662.85
7Home Health and Personal Care Aides4120$21,450$10.310
8Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations4080$82,770$39.795.85
9Transportation and Material Moving Occupations3860$30,080$14.466.7
10Construction and Extraction Occupations3030$39,210$18.854.6
11Protective Service Occupations2860$49,140$23.632.2
12Management Occupations2740$89,510$43.046.35
13Business and Financial Operations Occupations2580$60,880$29.275.35
14Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive2510$32,340$15.551.4
15Production Occupations2500$35,150$16.95.6
16Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations2330$40,990$19.73.75
17Retail Salespersons2120$26,880$12.922.7
18Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations2100$24,420$11.743.6
19Computer and Mathematical Occupations1900$68,460$32.913
20Fast Food and Counter Workers1840$21,390$10.292.45
21Waiters and Waitresses1770$21,010$10.11.65
22Architecture and Engineering Occupations1640$79,620$38.281.7
23Cashiers1610$22,230$10.692.2
24Community and Social Service Occupations1350$47,900$23.031.75
25Registered Nurses1270$68,120$32.751.95
26Customer Service Representatives1260$25,800$12.411.75
27Personal Care and Service Occupations1140$29,660$14.264.65
28Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations1110$23,250$11.180.65
29Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1090$23,290$11.21.5
30General and Operations Managers1040$88,960$42.771.5
31Stockers and Order Fillers890$25,960$12.481.25
32Cooks, Restaurant850$22,540$10.840.9
33Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse800$20,800$100.3
34Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations780$53,430$25.691.8
35Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations780$69,710$33.510.8
36Office Clerks, General740$24,090$11.581.9
37Construction Laborers700$31,550$15.170.9
38First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers690$49,490$23.80.95
39First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers690$40,150$19.30.95
40Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand690$27,380$13.161.8
41Medical Assistants680$28,350$13.630.45
42Food Preparation Workers650$22,210$10.680.5
43Maintenance and Repair Workers, General650$32,460$15.60.9
44Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks590$33,660$16.181.05
45First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers590$31,330$15.060.6
46Nursing Assistants590$25,520$12.270.95
47Detectives and Criminal Investigators580$83,680$40.230.1
48Security Guards560$24,340$11.70.7
49Software Developers and Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers550$79,090$38.020.65
50Project Management Specialists and Business Operations Specialists, All Other530$62,220$29.910.7
51Receptionists and Information Clerks530$25,420$12.220.7
52Substitute Teachers, Short-Term520$22,100$10.630.4
53Light Truck Drivers490$35,350$16.990.6
54Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers480$53,240$25.590.4
55Sales Representatives of Services, Except Advertising, Insurance, Financial Services, and Travel470$41,330$19.870.7
56Medical Secretaries and Administrative Assistants460$28,580$13.740.4
57Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers440$30,170$14.511.2
58Social and Human Service Assistants430$32,900$15.820.3
59Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics410$39,480$18.980.5
60Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners410$21,080$10.130.9
61Legal Occupations400$76,630$36.840.8
62Passenger Vehicle Drivers, Except Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity400$28,150$13.530.3
63Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers370$25,450$12.240.75
64Computer User Support Specialists360$37,320$17.940.4
65Accountants and Auditors340$58,390$28.070.9
66Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers330$19,640$9.440.3
67Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education320$26,140$12.570.3
68Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria280$22,850$10.990.3
69Dishwashers270$21,940$10.550.3
70Driver/Sales Workers270$26,770$12.870.3
71Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technologists and Technicians270$70,670$33.980.1
72First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers270$52,480$25.230.4
73Personal Service Managers, All Other; Entertainment and Recreation Managers, Except Gambling; and Managers, All Other270$84,660$40.70.7
74Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products270$50,100$24.090.85
75Bartenders260$22,050$10.60.4
76Carpenters260$35,650$17.140.6
77Counter and Rental Clerks250$26,340$12.660.3
78Electricians250$42,140$20.260.45
79Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators250$44,580$21.430.25
80Tellers250$24,970$120.25
81Human Resources Specialists240$55,570$26.720.4
82Electronics Engineers, Except Computer230$96,240$46.270.1
83Recreation Workers230$29,310$14.090.3
84Billing and Posting Clerks220$31,240$15.020.3
85Dental Assistants220$33,240$15.980.2
86Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers220$29,620$14.240.35
87Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop210$20,340$9.780.3
88Firefighters200$38,410$18.470.2
89Lawyers200$104,070$50.040.5
90Loan Officers200$64,480$310.2
91Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters200$53,690$25.810.3
92Computer Systems Analysts190$71,420$34.340.4
93Engineers, All Other190$97,960$47.090.1
94Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses190$50,820$24.430.5
95Management Analysts190$71,570$34.410.55
96Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators190$39,470$18.980.1
97First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers180$60,250$28.960.4
98Physical Therapists180$100,310$48.230.2
99Compliance Officers170$65,200$31.340.2
100Cooks, Fast Food170$24,390$11.720.3
Source: 2019 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2018-28 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov
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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$42,51071,160
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$32,3209,170
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$22,4607,330
Sales and Related Occupations$30,8006,800
Educational Instruction and Library Occupations$52,3906,540
Healthcare Support Occupations$24,2406,160
Home Health and Personal Care Aides$21,4504,120
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$82,7704,080
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$30,0803,860
Construction and Extraction Occupations$39,2103,030
Protective Service Occupations$49,1402,860
Management Occupations$89,5102,740
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$60,8802,580
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$32,3402,510
Production Occupations$35,1502,500
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$40,9902,330
Retail Salespersons$26,8802,120
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$24,4202,100
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$68,4601,900
Fast Food and Counter Workers$21,3901,840
Waiters and Waitresses$21,0101,770
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$79,6201,640
Cashiers$22,2301,610
Community and Social Service Occupations$47,9001,350
Registered Nurses$68,1201,270
Customer Service Representatives$25,8001,260
Personal Care and Service Occupations$29,6601,140
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations$23,2501,110
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$23,2901,090
General and Operations Managers$88,9601,040
Stockers and Order Fillers$25,960890
Cooks, Restaurant$22,540850
Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse$20,800800
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$53,430780
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$69,710780
Office Clerks, General$24,090740
Construction Laborers$31,550700
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$49,490690
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$40,150690
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$27,380690
Medical Assistants$28,350680
Food Preparation Workers$22,210650
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$32,460650
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$33,660590
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$31,330590
Nursing Assistants$25,520590
Detectives and Criminal Investigators$83,680580
Security Guards$24,340560
Software Developers and Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers$79,090550
Project Management Specialists and Business Operations Specialists, All Other$62,220530

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$42,51071,160
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$32,3209,170
Sales and Related Occupations$30,8006,800
Educational Instruction and Library Occupations$52,3906,540
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$82,7704,080
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$30,0803,860
Construction and Extraction Occupations$39,2103,030
Protective Service Occupations$49,1402,860
Management Occupations$89,5102,740
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$60,8802,580
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$32,3402,510
Production Occupations$35,1502,500
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$40,9902,330
Retail Salespersons$26,8802,120
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$68,4601,900
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$79,6201,640
Community and Social Service Occupations$47,9001,350
Registered Nurses$68,1201,270
Customer Service Representatives$25,8001,260
Personal Care and Service Occupations$29,6601,140
General and Operations Managers$88,9601,040
Stockers and Order Fillers$25,960890
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$53,430780
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$69,710780
Construction Laborers$31,550700
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$49,490690
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$40,150690
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$27,380690
Medical Assistants$28,350680
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$32,460650
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$33,660590
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$31,330590
Nursing Assistants$25,520590
Detectives and Criminal Investigators$83,680580
Software Developers and Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers$79,090550
Project Management Specialists and Business Operations Specialists, All Other$62,220530
Receptionists and Information Clerks$25,420530
Light Truck Drivers$35,350490
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers$53,240480
Sales Representatives of Services, Except Advertising, Insurance, Financial Services, and Travel$41,330470
Medical Secretaries and Administrative Assistants$28,580460
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$30,170440
Social and Human Service Assistants$32,900430
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$39,480410
Legal Occupations$76,630400
Passenger Vehicle Drivers, Except Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity$28,150400
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$25,450370
Computer User Support Specialists$37,320360
Accountants and Auditors$58,390340
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education$26,140320

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