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Amarillo Employment

Employment and Industries in the Amarillo, Texas Area

Amarillo, Texas is regarded as a regional economic center. Amarillo's major employers are a diverse group of manufacturers, central and back-office operations and distribution companies. Hospitals, educational institutions and banks are also major employers. BWXT Pantex, a nuclear weapons assembly and disassembly facility, is a major employer. The city is home to a Bell Helicopter Textron facility. The Amarillo area is also one of the country's largest meat packing locations.

Petroleum extraction is an important industry in Amarillo. The city also includes fiberglass production, food processing, copper refining and foundries. Some of the notable food processing companies are Tyson Foods, Affiliated Foods, Inc., Ben E. Keith and McCarty-Hull Agriculture. Tyson Foods is a major employer in Amarillo. The prominent companies in business & financial services are AIG, SITEL, Blue Cross Blue Shield and Nationwide.

The significant employment providing sectors in Amarillo, Texas are healthcare, educational services, construction, manufacturing, government, meat and meat products, and finance and insurance. Management, professional and related occupations (27% of the workforce). Sales and office occupations (24% of the jobs). Service occupations (19% of the labor force).

Notable information about Amarillo, Texas: Estimated median household income in 2007: $40,000. Cost of living index in 2008: 78.5 (national average: 100). Adult population which has earned a bachelor's degree or better: 21%.

The city's major employers:

  • Amarillo Independent School District
  • Tyson Foods, Inc
  • BWXT Pantex
  • Baptist St. Anthony's Health Care Systems
  • Walmart
  • City of Amarillo
  • Northwest Texas Healthcare System
  • Affiliated Foods
  • Texas Department of Criminal Justice
  • VA Medical Center, Amarillo
  • AIG
  • Xcel Energy
  • United Supermarkets
  • Texas Tech University Health Science Center
  • Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc
  • Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad

The city's major manufacturing companies are provided below:

  • BWXT, Pantex
  • Amarillo Gear Company
  • Bell Helicopter Textron
  • Tech Spray, Inc
  • Owens Corning Fiberglass
  • Arden Corporation
  • Crouse Hinds, Division of Cooper Industries
  • Weyerhaeuser Paper Company
  • ASARCO Inc

Local businesses are invited to work with associations such as:

Those interested in staying current with Amarillo business activities may want to visit Amarillo.com.

Jobs in Amarillo

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 115420 $42230 $20.3 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 18070 $33450 $16.08 14.8
3 Sales and Related Occupations 13950 $35770 $17.2 10.15
4 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 11980 $21530 $10.35 8.3
5 Production Occupations 8170 $38230 $18.38 5.85
6 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 7760 $34070 $16.38 6.45
7 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 7750 $46570 $22.39 6.15
8 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 7510 $75950 $36.51 5.75
9 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 5960 $43790 $21.05 3.8
10 Construction and Extraction Occupations 4940 $41270 $19.84 4.4
11 Retail Salespersons 4650 $27720 $13.33 3.1
12 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 4080 $69890 $33.6 5.05
13 Protective Service Occupations 3880 $49940 $24.01 2.25
14 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 3830 $23860 $11.47 3.7
15 Management Occupations 3510 $100340 $48.24 6.05
16 Cashiers 3470 $20420 $9.82 2.25
17 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 3380 $18980 $9.13 2.15
18 Personal Care and Service Occupations 3350 $22370 $10.76 4.1
19 Office Clerks, General 3330 $32740 $15.74 2
20 Healthcare Support Occupations 3020 $29010 $13.95 3.05
21 Registered Nurses 3000 $62250 $29.93 1.9
22 Waiters and Waitresses 2420 $21360 $10.27 1.6
23 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 2250 $43710 $21.02 1.2
24 Customer Service Representatives 2220 $28030 $13.48 1.75
25 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 2130 $23530 $11.31 1.6
26 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 1890 $32020 $15.4 1.6
27 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 1740 $26030 $12.52 1.2
28 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 1670 $79370 $38.16 1.65
29 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 1530 $69140 $33.24 2.8
30 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 1520 $28380 $13.65 1.6
31 Community and Social Service Occupations 1510 $44560 $21.43 1.65
32 Personal Care Aides 1470 $19420 $9.34 1.3
33 General and Operations Managers 1370 $110560 $53.15 1.4
34 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 1310 $41030 $19.72 1.7
35 Medical Secretaries 1170 $29200 $14.04 0.4
36 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 1150 $55240 $26.56 1
37 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 1130 $48430 $23.28 1
38 Correctional Officers and Jailers 1120 $40730 $19.58 0.3
39 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 1110 $37690 $18.12 1.1
40 Nursing Assistants 1070 $27600 $13.27 1.05
41 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 1030 $40250 $19.35 0.6
42 Security Guards 1000 $48410 $23.27 0.7
43 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 1000 $52700 $25.34 1
44 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 980 $35260 $16.95 0.9
45 Slaughterers and Meat Packers 910 $29870 $14.36 0.1
46 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 800 $18930 $9.1 1
47 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 790 $40020 $19.24 0.6
48 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 730 $60630 $29.15 0.45
49 Cooks, Restaurant 720 $22020 $10.58 0.75
50 Accountants and Auditors 700 $81880 $39.36 0.9
51 Food Preparation Workers 670 $19980 $9.6 0.6
52 Substitute Teachers 660 $20810 $10.01 0
53 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 650 $25250 $12.14 0.8
54 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 650 $33150 $15.94 0.6
55 Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment 640 $22660 $10.89 0.2
56 Construction Laborers 640 $28950 $13.92 0.8
57 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 630 $45630 $21.94 0.5
58 Legal Occupations 600 $76120 $36.6 0.8
59 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 590 $65690 $31.58 0.9
60 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 590 $23300 $11.2 0.3
61 Medical Assistants 590 $28550 $13.72 0.45
62 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 580 $78890 $37.93 0.7
63 Driver/Sales Workers 570 $26790 $12.88 0.3
64 Electricians 550 $50990 $24.51 0.4
65 Insurance Sales Agents 530 $65620 $31.55 0.3
66 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 530 $71020 $34.14 0.4
67 Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents 520 $82910 $39.86 0.2
68 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 520 $67600 $32.5 0.3
69 Childcare Workers 500 $19890 $9.56 0.8
70 Tellers 500 $25640 $12.33 0.3
71 Home Health Aides 500 $19820 $9.53 0.7
72 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 480 $30530 $14.68 0.35
73 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 480 $66080 $31.77 0.4
74 Counter and Rental Clerks 480 $26920 $12.94 0.3
75 Dishwashers 470 $18630 $8.96 0.3
76 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 450 $33830 $16.26 0.2
77 Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 450 $27820 $13.38 0.6
78 Packers and Packagers, Hand 440 $27400 $13.17 0.45
79 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers 430 $52610 $25.29 0.2
80 Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers 430 $45720 $21.98 0.1
81 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 420 $45950 $22.09 0.5
82 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 410 $18360 $8.83 0.25
83 Industrial Machinery Mechanics 410 $46650 $22.43 0.2
84 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 380 $28320 $13.61 0.4
85 Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists 380 $45020 $21.64 0.2
86 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 370 $44410 $21.35 0.3
87 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 370 $63140 $30.36 0.3
88 Bartenders 360 $22730 $10.93 0.4
89 Pharmacy Technicians 350 $34220 $16.45 0.25
90 Firefighters 340 $59640 $28.67 0.2
91 Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks 340 $46350 $22.28 0.2
92 Child, Family, and School Social Workers 330 $40520 $19.48 0.2
93 Receptionists and Information Clerks 320 $25310 $12.17 0.7
94 Lawyers 320 $96960 $46.62 0.5
95 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 310 $18480 $8.88 0.3
96 Dental Assistants 310 $35460 $17.05 0.2
97 Computer User Support Specialists 310 $45860 $22.05 0.4
98 Carpenters 300 $42530 $20.45 0.6
99 Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks 300 $18990 $9.13 0.2
100 Human Resources Specialists 290 $54820 $26.36 0.3
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Jobs More Common Near Amarillo Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 42,230 115,420
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 33,450 18,070
Sales and Related Occupations 35,770 13,950
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 21,530 11,980
Production Occupations 38,230 8,170
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 34,070 7,760
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 46,570 7,750
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 75,950 7,510
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 43,790 5,960
Construction and Extraction Occupations 41,270 4,940
Retail Salespersons 27,720 4,650
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 69,890 4,080
Protective Service Occupations 49,940 3,880
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 23,860 3,830
Management Occupations 100,340 3,510
Cashiers 20,420 3,470
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 18,980 3,380
Personal Care and Service Occupations 22,370 3,350
Office Clerks, General 32,740 3,330
Healthcare Support Occupations 29,010 3,020
Registered Nurses 62,250 3,000
Waiters and Waitresses 21,360 2,420
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 43,710 2,250
Customer Service Representatives 28,030 2,220
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 23,530 2,130
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 32,020 1,890
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 26,030 1,740
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 79,370 1,670
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 69,140 1,530
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 28,380 1,520
Community and Social Service Occupations 44,560 1,510
Personal Care Aides 19,420 1,470
General and Operations Managers 110,560 1,370
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 41,030 1,310
Medical Secretaries 29,200 1,170
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 55,240 1,150
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 48,430 1,130
Correctional Officers and Jailers 40,730 1,120
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 37,690 1,110
Nursing Assistants 27,600 1,070
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 40,250 1,030
Security Guards 48,410 1,000
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 52,700 1,000
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 35,260 980
Slaughterers and Meat Packers 29,870 910
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 18,930 800
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 40,020 790
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 60,630 730
Cooks, Restaurant 22,020 720
Accountants and Auditors 81,880 700

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Amarillo, Texas Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 42,230 115,420
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 33,450 18,070
Sales and Related Occupations 35,770 13,950
Production Occupations 38,230 8,170
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 34,070 7,760
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 46,570 7,750
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 75,950 7,510
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 43,790 5,960
Construction and Extraction Occupations 41,270 4,940
Retail Salespersons 27,720 4,650
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 69,890 4,080
Protective Service Occupations 49,940 3,880
Management Occupations 100,340 3,510
Office Clerks, General 32,740 3,330
Healthcare Support Occupations 29,010 3,020
Registered Nurses 62,250 3,000
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 43,710 2,250
Customer Service Representatives 28,030 2,220
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 32,020 1,890
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 26,030 1,740
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 79,370 1,670
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 69,140 1,530
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 28,380 1,520
Community and Social Service Occupations 44,560 1,510
General and Operations Managers 110,560 1,370
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 41,030 1,310
Medical Secretaries 29,200 1,170
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 55,240 1,150
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 48,430 1,130
Correctional Officers and Jailers 40,730 1,120
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 37,690 1,110
Nursing Assistants 27,600 1,070
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 40,250 1,030
Security Guards 48,410 1,000
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 52,700 1,000
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 35,260 980
Slaughterers and Meat Packers 29,870 910
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 40,020 790
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 60,630 730
Accountants and Auditors 81,880 700
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 25,250 650
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 33,150 650
Construction Laborers 28,950 640
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 45,630 630
Legal Occupations 76,120 600
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 65,690 590
Medical Assistants 28,550 590
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 78,890 580
Driver/Sales Workers 26,790 570
Electricians 50,990 550

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