Brownsville Employment

Employment and Industries in the Brownsville, Texas Area

Brownsville's industries include food processing, petrochemicals and aircraft repair. The region's economy is also bolstered by tourism, agriculture and livestock. The Port of Brownsville is a significant economic component. The largest private employers are AMFELS, Walmart and Covergys Corp.

The top employment segments in Brownsville, Texas are healthcare, education, leisure and hospitality, government, manufacturing, professional and business services, transportation, warehousing and utilities; and financial activities. About 28% of the workforce is employed in sales and office jobs. Management, professional and related occupations comprise about 21% of the workforce. Approximately 19% of the labor force has service jobs.

Details about Brownsville, Texas: Estimated median household income in 2007: $29,000. Cost of living index in 2008: 78.3. (U.S. average: 100). Adult population which has earned a bachelor's degree or better: 14%.

Brownsville's top employers:

  • Brownsville ISD
  • University of Texas
  • Cameron County
  • AMFELS
  • City of Brownsville
  • Walmart
  • Covergys Corp
  • HEB Food Stores
  • Valley Baptist Medical Center
  • Valley Regional Medical Center
  • Trico Technologies
  • National Electric Coil
  • Public Utilities Board
  • U.S. Customs & Border Patrol
  • ORC Industries
  • Rich SeaPak
  • International Shipbreaking
  • Bro., Community Health Ctr
  • U.S. Postal Service

Associations that provide assistance to local businesses include:

Those interested in learning about local business endeavors may want to read the Brownsville Herald.

Jobs in Brownsville

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations138640$35,050$16.85100
2Healthcare Support Occupations22620$22,170$10.662.85
3Home Health and Personal Care Aides19470$21,190$10.190
4Office and Administrative Support Occupations19360$29,520$14.1913.75
5Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations14400$20,620$9.928.7
6Sales and Related Occupations13880$30,650$14.749.5
7Educational Instruction and Library Occupations12060$44,540$21.416
8Transportation and Material Moving Occupations9620$29,580$14.226.7
9Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations6970$71,100$34.185.85
10Fast Food and Counter Workers6710$19,160$9.212.45
11Production Occupations6250$31,150$14.975.6
12Management Occupations4960$79,720$38.336.35
13Retail Salespersons4840$27,270$13.112.7
14Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations4710$34,760$16.713.75
15Protective Service Occupations4590$46,460$22.342.2
16Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations4230$22,820$10.973.6
17Cashiers4050$21,640$10.42.2
18Office Clerks, General3600$27,680$13.311.9
19Business and Financial Operations Occupations3520$62,980$30.285.35
20Customer Service Representatives3460$24,370$11.721.75
21Community and Social Service Occupations3030$40,320$19.391.75
22Construction and Extraction Occupations2610$34,970$16.814.6
23Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners2520$22,700$10.911.5
24Personal Care and Service Occupations2410$23,460$11.284.65
25Registered Nurses2160$72,780$34.991.95
26General and Operations Managers1940$77,320$37.171.5
27Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive1930$28,110$13.511.4
28Waiters and Waitresses1890$18,870$9.071.65
29Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand1810$24,290$11.681.8
30Stockers and Order Fillers1730$23,800$11.441.25
31Maintenance and Repair Workers, General1670$26,070$12.530.9
32Substitute Teachers, Short-Term1540$22,610$10.870.4
33Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers1450$45,460$21.861.2
34Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks1320$31,120$14.961.05
35Security Guards1320$29,580$14.220.7
36Cooks, Restaurant1290$20,970$10.080.9
37First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers1180$42,690$20.520.95
38Medical Assistants1180$26,440$12.710.45
39First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers1170$28,600$13.750.6
40First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers1160$45,640$21.940.95
41Medical Secretaries and Administrative Assistants1150$30,590$14.710.4
42Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses1120$45,910$22.070.5
43Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers1090$50,850$24.450.4
44Nursing Assistants1070$24,590$11.820.95
45Social and Human Service Assistants1010$30,770$14.80.3
46Driver/Sales Workers890$22,360$10.750.3
47Compliance Officers840$76,510$36.780.2
48Computer and Mathematical Occupations840$62,490$30.043
49Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners810$20,160$9.690.9
50Receptionists and Information Clerks810$22,640$10.880.7
51Detectives and Criminal Investigators800$84,500$40.620.1
52Shipping, Receiving, and Inventory Clerks790$26,880$12.920.4
53Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations770$45,860$22.051.8
54Food Preparation Workers760$22,460$10.80.5
55Childcare Workers750$19,570$9.410.7
56Child, Family, and School Social Workers710$37,130$17.850.2
57Passenger Vehicle Drivers, Except Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity700$26,720$12.840.3
58Legal Occupations660$67,200$32.310.8
59Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers640$22,120$10.640.75
60Accountants and Auditors600$62,990$30.290.9
61Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers600$34,090$16.390.35
62Light Truck Drivers600$35,690$17.160.6
63Tellers590$29,390$14.130.25
64Sales Representatives of Services, Except Advertising, Insurance, Financial Services, and Travel580$36,210$17.410.7
65Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations570$57,320$27.560.8
66Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria560$23,180$11.140.3
67Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products550$51,120$24.580.85
68Architecture and Engineering Occupations510$63,950$30.741.7
69Project Management Specialists and Business Operations Specialists, All Other510$65,400$31.440.7
70Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers490$34,750$16.710.3
71Cooks, Fast Food480$19,930$9.580.3
72Billing and Posting Clerks460$29,320$14.090.3
73First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers460$52,390$25.190.4
74Packers and Packagers, Hand460$20,680$9.940.4
75Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education460$38,910$18.710.3
76Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents450$50,850$24.450.3
77Construction Laborers440$29,560$14.210.9
78Educational, Guidance, and Career Counselors and Advisors440$58,880$28.310.2
79Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators430$28,550$13.730.4
80Correctional Officers and Jailers420$30,270$14.550.25
81Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks420$20,490$9.850.15
82Counter and Rental Clerks400$29,910$14.380.3
83Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists400$21,880$10.520.4
84Insurance Sales Agents400$44,820$21.550.3
85Dishwashers390$18,590$8.940.3
86Electricians360$40,960$19.690.45
87Firefighters360$44,340$21.320.2
88First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors360$44,800$21.540.3
89Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators360$31,260$15.030.25
90Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics350$39,040$18.770.5
91Pharmacy Technicians340$33,430$16.070.3
92Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers330$18,290$8.790.3
93Dental Assistants320$34,530$16.60.2
94Financial Managers320$85,700$41.20.4
95Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers320$34,820$16.740.2
96Lawyers320$86,600$41.640.5
97Medical Dosimetrists, Medical Records Specialists, and Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other300$38,210$18.370
98Human Resources Specialists290$51,430$24.730.4
99Recreation Workers290$23,880$11.480.3
100Computer User Support Specialists280$38,810$18.660.4
Source: 2019 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2018-28 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov
You are visiting:

Additional Details

Brownsville Colleges
Brownsville colleges and trade schools.

Jobs More Common Near Brownsville Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$35,050138,640
Healthcare Support Occupations$22,17022,620
Home Health and Personal Care Aides$21,19019,470
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$29,52019,360
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$20,62014,400
Sales and Related Occupations$30,65013,880
Educational Instruction and Library Occupations$44,54012,060
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$29,5809,620
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$71,1006,970
Fast Food and Counter Workers$19,1606,710
Production Occupations$31,1506,250
Management Occupations$79,7204,960
Retail Salespersons$27,2704,840
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$34,7604,710
Protective Service Occupations$46,4604,590
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$22,8204,230
Cashiers$21,6404,050
Office Clerks, General$27,6803,600
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$62,9803,520
Customer Service Representatives$24,3703,460
Community and Social Service Occupations$40,3203,030
Construction and Extraction Occupations$34,9702,610
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$22,7002,520
Personal Care and Service Occupations$23,4602,410
Registered Nurses$72,7802,160
General and Operations Managers$77,3201,940
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$28,1101,930
Waiters and Waitresses$18,8701,890
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$24,2901,810
Stockers and Order Fillers$23,8001,730
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$26,0701,670
Substitute Teachers, Short-Term$22,6101,540
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$45,4601,450
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$31,1201,320
Security Guards$29,5801,320
Cooks, Restaurant$20,9701,290
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$42,6901,180
Medical Assistants$26,4401,180
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$28,6001,170
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$45,6401,160
Medical Secretaries and Administrative Assistants$30,5901,150
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$45,9101,120
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers$50,8501,090
Nursing Assistants$24,5901,070
Social and Human Service Assistants$30,7701,010
Driver/Sales Workers$22,360890
Compliance Officers$76,510840
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$62,490840
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$20,160810
Receptionists and Information Clerks$22,640810

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$35,050138,640
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$29,52019,360
Sales and Related Occupations$30,65013,880
Educational Instruction and Library Occupations$44,54012,060
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$29,5809,620
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$71,1006,970
Production Occupations$31,1506,250
Management Occupations$79,7204,960
Retail Salespersons$27,2704,840
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$34,7604,710
Protective Service Occupations$46,4604,590
Office Clerks, General$27,6803,600
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$62,9803,520
Community and Social Service Occupations$40,3203,030
Construction and Extraction Occupations$34,9702,610
Registered Nurses$72,7802,160
General and Operations Managers$77,3201,940
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$28,1101,930
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$26,0701,670
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$45,4601,450
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$31,1201,320
Security Guards$29,5801,320
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$42,6901,180
Medical Assistants$26,4401,180
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$28,6001,170
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$45,6401,160
Medical Secretaries and Administrative Assistants$30,5901,150
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$45,9101,120
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers$50,8501,090
Social and Human Service Assistants$30,7701,010
Compliance Officers$76,510840
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$62,490840
Detectives and Criminal Investigators$84,500800
Shipping, Receiving, and Inventory Clerks$26,880790
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$45,860770
Child, Family, and School Social Workers$37,130710
Passenger Vehicle Drivers, Except Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity$26,720700
Legal Occupations$67,200660
Accountants and Auditors$62,990600
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers$34,090600
Light Truck Drivers$35,690600
Tellers$29,390590
Sales Representatives of Services, Except Advertising, Insurance, Financial Services, and Travel$36,210580
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$57,320570
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$51,120550
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$63,950510
Project Management Specialists and Business Operations Specialists, All Other$65,400510
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers$34,750490
Billing and Posting Clerks$29,320460
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$52,390460

Career and College Resources on CityTownInfo

Real-World Career Reports

Career Stories from workers: daily activities, job tips, best/worst job aspects, training, etc.
Daily Career & Education News from our staff. We're an approved Google News provider!

Career References and Original Articles

Resource Center. A starting point for all CityTownInfo career and college resources.
Career Overviews of hundreds of careers: descriptions, salaries, forecasts, schools, more.
Best Careers Not Requiring Degrees: Good pay, job growth, low need for degrees.
Helpful Articles, many in "how-to" format; e.g., "How to Become a Chef".
Infographics covering employment and educational trends.

College Directories and Lists

These lists link to thousands of detailed school profiles.

Colleges by State. Nearly every college and trade school in the country.
Colleges Listed Alphabetically. About 7,000 colleges & trade schools, including online schools.
Colleges by Major City. Browse cities with multiple college options.
Online Colleges. Colleges with online degree programs.
Graduate Schools by State. Colleges offering graduate degree programs.
Graduate Schools by Major City. Find cities with multiple graduate school options.