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Austin Employment

Employment and Industries in the Austin, Texas Area

Austin is a major high-technology center. Important industries in Austin are digital media, computer software, semiconductors and wireless technology. Austin is also developing biomedical and pharmaceutical sectors which are bolstered by the University of Texas at Austin. Over 80 biotech and pharmaceutical firms are located in the city. In addition, Tourism has a significant economic role.

Prominent companies headquartered in Austin are National Instruments Corp., Hoover's Inc., Wholefoods Market Inc., Healthtronics, Opus Healthcare Solutions, Silicon Laboratories Inc., and SigmaTel Inc. The notable Dell Inc is based in Austin and is one of the region's major employers.

Noteworthy information regarding Austin, Texas: Money magazine named Austin the #2 best big city in its list of "Best Places to Live." Cost of living index in 2008: 87.1 (national average: 100). Adult population holding a bachelor's degree or higher: 40%. Average earnings in 2009: $39,000.

The Texas Workforce Commission offers workforce development assistance to employers and job seekers. The commission's representatives assist employers with recruitment and training and retraining. The Capital Area Training Foundation is focused on creating long-term education and labor force development solutions.

The largest employers in the Austin region:

  • Austin School District
  • City of Austin
  • Dell
  • Federal Government
  • IBM Corp
  • Seton Healthcare Network
  • St. David's Healthcare Partnership
  • State of Texas
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • Advanced Micro Devices
  • Apple Computer
  • AT&T
  • Austin Community College
  • Flextronics
  • Freescale Semiconductor
  • Leander School District
  • National Instruments
  • 3M Corp
  • Applied Materials
  • Austin Regional Clinic

Austin's significant job providing sectors

  • Government
  • Trade, transportation and utilities
  • Professional and business services
  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Leisure and hospitality
  • Manufacturing
  • Financial activities

Local businesses have access to useful organizations such as:

The latest information regarding local business and industry is provided by the Austin Business Journal.

Jobs in Austin

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations996540$51,840$24.92100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations175300$38,780$18.6514.35
3Sales and Related Occupations113350$47,860$23.019.9
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations107270$25,080$12.068.55
5Business and Financial Operations Occupations61340$75,200$36.155.25
6Education, Training, and Library Occupations61110$49,070$23.596.05
7Computer and Mathematical Occupations60070$90,420$43.472.9
8Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations45420$78,230$37.615.8
9Transportation and Material Moving Occupations44030$33,830$16.276.55
10Construction and Extraction Occupations43680$41,970$20.184.45
11Management Occupations43360$123,940$59.596.15
12Production Occupations35620$36,410$17.515.7
13Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations32400$44,620$21.453.8
14Retail Salespersons32200$28,090$13.52.85
15Office Clerks, General30810$36,250$17.431.9
16Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food30510$21,440$10.312.3
17Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations29900$26,430$12.713.65
18Personal Care and Service Occupations29610$26,110$12.554.3
19Architecture and Engineering Occupations23960$89,440$431.7
20Customer Service Representatives23430$33,750$16.221.75
21Waiters and Waitresses21930$25,140$12.091.7
22Protective Service Occupations21040$47,790$22.972.2
23Cashiers20750$22,580$10.852.2
24Healthcare Support Occupations19770$34,230$16.463
25Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive19680$35,560$17.11.5
26Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations18070$63,370$30.461.8
27General and Operations Managers14740$130,900$62.931.5
28Software Developers, Applications13680$105,430$50.690.55
29Sales Representatives, Services, All Other13120$54,450$26.180.6
30Registered Nurses12990$68,780$33.071.95
31Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners12840$24,040$11.561.55
32Accountants and Auditors11930$73,520$35.350.9
33Stock Clerks and Order Fillers11130$28,260$13.591.3
34Community and Social Service Occupations10800$47,780$22.971.65
35First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers10540$67,580$32.490.95
36Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks10490$42,330$20.351.05
37Cooks, Restaurant10490$25,180$12.110.8
38Legal Occupations10340$98,250$47.240.8
39Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand10280$26,800$12.881.7
40Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products10190$120,950$58.150.2
41Computer Systems Analysts10000$92,960$44.690.4
42Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products8560$64,990$31.250.9
43Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants8550$58,480$28.120.35
44Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations8550$68,160$32.770.8
45Maintenance and Repair Workers, General8260$37,940$18.240.9
46Construction Laborers8140$31,360$15.070.8
47Medical Secretaries8010$35,560$17.10.4
48Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers7930$39,520$191.2
49Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers7820$28,930$13.910.8
50Business Operations Specialists, All Other7750$82,210$39.520.7
51First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers7590$44,760$21.521
52Computer User Support Specialists7530$50,510$24.280.4
53First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers7240$44,300$21.30.6
54Personal Care Aides7150$20,100$9.671.5
55Software Developers, Systems Software6950$104,800$50.380.3
56Childcare Workers6520$23,610$11.350.8
57Security Guards6300$32,040$15.40.7
58Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners6170$21,610$10.390.9
59Substitute Teachers5830$22,880$110
60Lawyers5620$129,850$62.430.5
61First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers5410$63,070$30.320.4
62Nursing Assistants5320$27,390$13.171
63Human Resources Specialists5280$69,030$33.190.35
64Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists5280$84,730$40.740.4
65Food Preparation Workers5230$25,480$12.250.6
66Bartenders4950$30,640$14.730.4
67Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers4670$70,190$33.750.4
68Receptionists and Information Clerks4580$27,750$13.340.7
69Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers4530$37,130$17.850.6
70Public Relations Specialists4390$67,390$32.40.2
71Cooks, Fast Food4350$20,260$9.740.3
72Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks4290$31,560$15.170.4
73Network and Computer Systems Administrators4210$91,520$440.25
74Management Analysts4140$95,760$46.040.5
75Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers4080$41,220$19.820.3
76Medical Assistants4070$32,280$15.520.45
77Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop3830$22,890$110.3
78Counter and Rental Clerks3770$28,270$13.590.3
79Electricians3770$50,490$24.270.4
80Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses3760$46,030$22.130.5
81Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers3740$21,570$10.370.3
82Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics3670$49,700$23.90.5
83Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters3670$49,350$23.730.3
84Tellers3550$28,850$13.870.3
85Computer Programmers3490$90,190$43.360.2
86Paralegals and Legal Assistants3430$50,040$24.060.2
87Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents3220$70,810$34.050.2
88Computer Occupations, All Other3210$87,160$41.910.2
89Administrative Services Managers3180$111,140$53.430.2
90Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop3120$22,100$10.620.3
91Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators3120$39,800$19.140.2
92Computer and Information Systems Managers3080$162,810$78.280.2
93Civil Engineers3000$89,750$43.150.2
94Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians2910$66,610$32.020.1
95Carpenters2900$39,630$19.060.7
96Dishwashers2870$21,530$10.350.3
97Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks2870$43,340$20.830.2
98Financial Analysts2860$89,210$42.890.2
99First-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers2850$79,640$38.290.3
100Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers2810$27,080$13.020
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Jobs More Common Near Austin Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$51,840996,540
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$38,780175,300
Sales and Related Occupations$47,860113,350
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$25,080107,270
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$75,20061,340
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$49,07061,110
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$90,42060,070
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$78,23045,420
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$33,83044,030
Construction and Extraction Occupations$41,97043,680
Management Occupations$123,94043,360
Production Occupations$36,41035,620
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$44,62032,400
Retail Salespersons$28,09032,200
Office Clerks, General$36,25030,810
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$21,44030,510
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$26,43029,900
Personal Care and Service Occupations$26,11029,610
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$89,44023,960
Customer Service Representatives$33,75023,430
Waiters and Waitresses$25,14021,930
Protective Service Occupations$47,79021,040
Cashiers$22,58020,750
Healthcare Support Occupations$34,23019,770
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$35,56019,680
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$63,37018,070
General and Operations Managers$130,90014,740
Software Developers, Applications$105,43013,680
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$54,45013,120
Registered Nurses$68,78012,990
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$24,04012,840
Accountants and Auditors$73,52011,930
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$28,26011,130
Community and Social Service Occupations$47,78010,800
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$67,58010,540
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$42,33010,490
Cooks, Restaurant$25,18010,490
Legal Occupations$98,25010,340
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$26,80010,280
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products$120,95010,190
Computer Systems Analysts$92,96010,000
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$64,9908,560
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants$58,4808,550
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$68,1608,550
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$37,9408,260
Construction Laborers$31,3608,140
Medical Secretaries$35,5608,010
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$39,5207,930
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$28,9307,820
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$82,2107,750

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$51,840996,540
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$38,780175,300
Sales and Related Occupations$47,860113,350
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$25,080107,270
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$75,20061,340
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$49,07061,110
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$90,42060,070
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$78,23045,420
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$33,83044,030
Construction and Extraction Occupations$41,97043,680
Management Occupations$123,94043,360
Production Occupations$36,41035,620
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$44,62032,400
Retail Salespersons$28,09032,200
Office Clerks, General$36,25030,810
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$26,43029,900
Personal Care and Service Occupations$26,11029,610
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$89,44023,960
Customer Service Representatives$33,75023,430
Waiters and Waitresses$25,14021,930
Protective Service Occupations$47,79021,040
Healthcare Support Occupations$34,23019,770
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$35,56019,680
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$63,37018,070
General and Operations Managers$130,90014,740
Software Developers, Applications$105,43013,680
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$54,45013,120
Registered Nurses$68,78012,990
Accountants and Auditors$73,52011,930
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$28,26011,130
Community and Social Service Occupations$47,78010,800
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$67,58010,540
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$42,33010,490
Cooks, Restaurant$25,18010,490
Legal Occupations$98,25010,340
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$26,80010,280
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products$120,95010,190
Computer Systems Analysts$92,96010,000
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$64,9908,560
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants$58,4808,550
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$68,1608,550
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$37,9408,260
Construction Laborers$31,3608,140
Medical Secretaries$35,5608,010
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$39,5207,930
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$28,9307,820
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$82,2107,750
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$44,7607,590
Computer User Support Specialists$50,5107,530
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$44,3007,240

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