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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

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 965100 $50830 $24.44 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 174130 $38110 $18.32 14.8
3 Sales and Related Occupations 108980 $48600 $23.36 10.15
4 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 103130 $24050 $11.56 8.3
5 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 59540 $75430 $36.27 5.05
6 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 58880 $87000 $41.83 2.8
7 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 58570 $48260 $23.2 6.15
8 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 44240 $74960 $36.04 5.75
9 Management Occupations 41370 $122300 $58.8 6.05
10 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 40530 $32710 $15.73 6.45
11 Construction and Extraction Occupations 40400 $40140 $19.3 4.4
12 Production Occupations 35280 $35230 $16.94 5.85
13 Retail Salespersons 31030 $27950 $13.44 3.1
14 Office Clerks, General 30800 $35740 $17.18 2
15 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 30340 $42560 $20.46 3.8
16 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 28620 $25900 $12.45 3.7
17 Personal Care and Service Occupations 28240 $26360 $12.67 4.1
18 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 27720 $20760 $9.98 2.15
19 Customer Service Representatives 25390 $32600 $15.67 1.75
20 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 24480 $86050 $41.37 1.65
21 Waiters and Waitresses 22900 $24460 $11.76 1.6
22 Protective Service Occupations 20480 $46200 $22.21 2.25
23 Healthcare Support Occupations 20030 $32280 $15.52 3.05
24 Cashiers 19960 $22170 $10.66 2.25
25 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 19280 $34530 $16.6 1.6
26 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 16370 $59200 $28.46 1.7
27 General and Operations Managers 14040 $124280 $59.75 1.4
28 Software Developers, Applications 13380 $102270 $49.17 0.5
29 Registered Nurses 13320 $67060 $32.24 1.9
30 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 12470 $57390 $27.59 0.6
31 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 12100 $23450 $11.28 1.6
32 Accountants and Auditors 11450 $71540 $34.4 0.9
33 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 11400 $27010 $12.99 1.2
34 Community and Social Service Occupations 10960 $46350 $22.28 1.65
35 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 10430 $67990 $32.69 1
36 Legal Occupations 10290 $101390 $48.74 0.8
37 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products 10200 $114110 $54.86 0.2
38 Cooks, Restaurant 9910 $24440 $11.75 0.75
39 Computer Systems Analysts 9740 $87730 $42.18 0.4
40 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 9740 $42500 $20.43 1.1
41 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 9180 $26510 $12.74 1.6
42 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 9080 $64940 $31.22 0.9
43 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 8640 $58520 $28.13 0.5
44 Construction Laborers 7790 $28940 $13.92 0.8
45 Computer User Support Specialists 7760 $50330 $24.2 0.4
46 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 7490 $36080 $17.35 0.9
47 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 7460 $28110 $13.51 0.8
48 Medical Secretaries 7360 $34610 $16.64 0.4
49 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 7300 $71850 $34.54 1
50 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 7260 $38570 $18.54 1.2
51 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 7260 $47040 $22.62 1
52 Software Developers, Systems Software 6870 $100740 $48.44 0.3
53 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 6640 $82970 $39.89 0.7
54 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 6620 $41230 $19.82 0.6
55 Personal Care Aides 6420 $20730 $9.97 1.3
56 Security Guards 6310 $31530 $15.16 0.7
57 Childcare Workers 6150 $23330 $11.22 0.8
58 Lawyers 5920 $131580 $63.26 0.5
59 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 5890 $21010 $10.1 1
60 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 5710 $84330 $40.54 0.35
61 Substitute Teachers 5380 $22340 $10.74 0
62 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 5060 $61690 $29.66 0.4
63 Nursing Assistants 5060 $26890 $12.93 1.05
64 Food Preparation Workers 4960 $23510 $11.31 0.6
65 Bartenders 4930 $30940 $14.87 0.4
66 Human Resources Specialists 4910 $67780 $32.59 0.3
67 Cooks, Fast Food 4520 $19610 $9.43 0.3
68 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 4220 $69300 $33.32 0.45
69 Public Relations Specialists 4210 $68260 $32.82 0.2
70 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 4200 $36420 $17.51 0.6
71 Management Analysts 4150 $97990 $47.11 0.5
72 Receptionists and Information Clerks 4100 $27800 $13.36 0.7
73 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 4050 $31360 $15.08 0.4
74 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 4040 $90500 $43.51 0.3
75 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 3920 $20900 $10.05 0.25
76 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 3850 $46770 $22.49 0.5
77 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 3650 $38250 $18.39 0.3
78 Medical Assistants 3650 $31770 $15.28 0.45
79 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 3580 $46440 $22.33 0.5
80 Counter and Rental Clerks 3430 $30130 $14.48 0.3
81 Dishwashers 3300 $20740 $9.97 0.3
82 Administrative Services Managers 3210 $111110 $53.42 0.2
83 Tellers 3200 $28010 $13.47 0.3
84 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 3180 $47480 $22.83 0.3
85 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 3180 $20400 $9.81 0.3
86 Electricians 3170 $47470 $22.82 0.4
87 Driver/Sales Workers 3090 $26080 $12.54 0.3
88 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 3060 $19530 $9.39 0.3
89 Civil Engineers 3050 $87490 $42.06 0.2
90 Computer and Information Systems Managers 3030 $154140 $74.1 0.25
91 Paralegals and Legal Assistants 3010 $48660 $23.39 0.2
92 Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians 3000 $60810 $29.23 0.1
93 Computer Programmers 2970 $86030 $41.36 0.2
94 Electrical Engineers 2890 $119590 $57.5 0.1
95 Home Health Aides 2840 $21350 $10.26 0.7
96 Computer Occupations, All Other 2820 $81210 $39.05 0.2
97 Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents 2800 $67570 $32.49 0.2
98 Data Entry Keyers 2760 $29710 $14.28 0.1
99 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 2730 $32270 $15.51 0.4
100 Financial Analysts 2720 $96890 $46.58 0.2
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Jobs More Common Near Austin Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 50,830 965,100
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 38,110 174,130
Sales and Related Occupations 48,600 108,980
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 24,050 103,130
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 75,430 59,540
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 87,000 58,880
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 48,260 58,570
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 74,960 44,240
Management Occupations 122,300 41,370
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 32,710 40,530
Construction and Extraction Occupations 40,140 40,400
Production Occupations 35,230 35,280
Retail Salespersons 27,950 31,030
Office Clerks, General 35,740 30,800
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 42,560 30,340
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 25,900 28,620
Personal Care and Service Occupations 26,360 28,240
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 20,760 27,720
Customer Service Representatives 32,600 25,390
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 86,050 24,480
Waiters and Waitresses 24,460 22,900
Protective Service Occupations 46,200 20,480
Healthcare Support Occupations 32,280 20,030
Cashiers 22,170 19,960
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 34,530 19,280
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 59,200 16,370
General and Operations Managers 124,280 14,040
Software Developers, Applications 102,270 13,380
Registered Nurses 67,060 13,320
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 57,390 12,470
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 23,450 12,100
Accountants and Auditors 71,540 11,450
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 27,010 11,400
Community and Social Service Occupations 46,350 10,960
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 67,990 10,430
Legal Occupations 101,390 10,290
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products 114,110 10,200
Cooks, Restaurant 24,440 9,910
Computer Systems Analysts 87,730 9,740
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 42,500 9,740
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 26,510 9,180
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 64,940 9,080
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 58,520 8,640
Construction Laborers 28,940 7,790
Computer User Support Specialists 50,330 7,760
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 36,080 7,490
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 28,110 7,460
Medical Secretaries 34,610 7,360
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 71,850 7,300
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 38,570 7,260

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 50,830 965,100
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 38,110 174,130
Sales and Related Occupations 48,600 108,980
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 75,430 59,540
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 87,000 58,880
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 48,260 58,570
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 74,960 44,240
Management Occupations 122,300 41,370
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 32,710 40,530
Construction and Extraction Occupations 40,140 40,400
Production Occupations 35,230 35,280
Retail Salespersons 27,950 31,030
Office Clerks, General 35,740 30,800
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 42,560 30,340
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 25,900 28,620
Personal Care and Service Occupations 26,360 28,240
Customer Service Representatives 32,600 25,390
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 86,050 24,480
Protective Service Occupations 46,200 20,480
Healthcare Support Occupations 32,280 20,030
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 34,530 19,280
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 59,200 16,370
General and Operations Managers 124,280 14,040
Software Developers, Applications 102,270 13,380
Registered Nurses 67,060 13,320
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 57,390 12,470
Accountants and Auditors 71,540 11,450
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 27,010 11,400
Community and Social Service Occupations 46,350 10,960
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 67,990 10,430
Legal Occupations 101,390 10,290
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products 114,110 10,200
Computer Systems Analysts 87,730 9,740
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 42,500 9,740
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 26,510 9,180
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 64,940 9,080
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 58,520 8,640
Construction Laborers 28,940 7,790
Computer User Support Specialists 50,330 7,760
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 36,080 7,490
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 28,110 7,460
Medical Secretaries 34,610 7,360
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 71,850 7,300
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 38,570 7,260
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 47,040 7,260
Software Developers, Systems Software 100,740 6,870
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 82,970 6,640
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 41,230 6,620
Security Guards 31,530 6,310
Lawyers 131,580 5,920

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