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Corpus Christi Employment

Employment and Industries in the Corpus Christi, Texas Area

Corpus Christi is a center for large-scale fabrication, petrochemical manufacturing, tourism, maritime shipping and maritime research. Aluminum, agriculture, glass and the seafood industry are also integral parts of the economy. The Port of Corpus Christi is also important to the city. Corpus Christi also has a strong and growing aerospace industry.

The Corpus Christi Army Depot and the Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, combined provide a large number of civilian jobs for the area and significantly contribute to the economy. The Corpus Christi Army Depot is one of the world's largest helicopter repair facilities. The Corpus Christi International Business Center includes numerous aviation-related or dependent companies.

Corpus Christi's major employment segments include healthcare, educational services, accommodation and food services, construction, government, professional, scientific and technical services. Management, professional and related occupations (30% of the workforce). Sales and office occupations (25% of the jobs).

Details regarding Corpus Christi, Texas: Adult population which has achieved a bachelor's degree or higher: 20%. The cost of living index in 2008: 80.7 (national average: 100). Average salary in 2009: $31,000.

Shown below is a list of Corpus Christi's top employers:

  • Bay, LTD
  • Christus Spohn Health Systems
  • City of Corpus Christi
  • Corpus Christi Army Depot
  • Corpus Christi Independent School District
  • Department of Defense Navy/Army
  • Corpus Christi State School
  • Dell Mar College
  • Corpus Christi Medical Centers
  • Gulf Marine Fabricators
  • Driscoll Childrens Hospital
  • H.E.B.
  • Nueces County
  • Kiewit Offshore Services LTD
  • Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi
  • CITGO
  • First Data Corp
  • Flint Hills Resources
  • Labor Ready Inc
  • Omni Corpus Christi Hotel

Local businesses are invited to collaborate with organizations such as:

Those interested in local business and industry activities may want to read the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.

Jobs in Corpus Christi

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations189030$44,710$21.5100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations29050$33,430$16.0714.35
3Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations20790$22,200$10.678.55
4Sales and Related Occupations19170$34,550$16.619.9
5Construction and Extraction Occupations12040$45,580$21.914.45
6Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations11500$77,790$37.45.8
7Education, Training, and Library Occupations11420$48,070$23.116.05
8Transportation and Material Moving Occupations11410$34,490$16.586.55
9Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations10040$45,540$21.893.8
10Production Occupations9630$50,950$24.55.7
11Personal Care and Service Occupations7690$21,550$10.364.3
12Healthcare Support Occupations7410$25,360$12.193
13Management Occupations6910$109,540$52.666.15
14Business and Financial Operations Occupations6880$66,920$32.175.25
15Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food6740$18,950$9.112.3
16Architecture and Engineering Occupations6340$92,600$44.521.7
17Office Clerks, General6200$32,370$15.561.9
18Retail Salespersons6110$25,760$12.382.85
19Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations5560$23,580$11.343.65
20Cashiers5330$21,820$10.492.2
21Protective Service Occupations4540$44,490$21.392.2
22Personal Care Aides4510$19,200$9.231.5
23Waiters and Waitresses4060$20,780$9.991.7
24Registered Nurses3850$78,470$37.721.95
25Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive3110$32,370$15.561.5
26Home Health Aides3090$18,750$9.010.7
27Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers2900$38,840$18.671.2
28General and Operations Managers2610$117,300$56.41.5
29Stock Clerks and Order Fillers2560$25,480$12.251.3
30Construction Laborers2390$33,850$16.270.8
31Customer Service Representatives2380$27,180$13.071.75
32Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners2260$23,520$11.311.55
33Community and Social Service Occupations2250$46,250$22.231.65
34Maintenance and Repair Workers, General2210$35,410$17.020.9
35Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand2100$27,930$13.431.7
36Cooks, Restaurant2080$24,490$11.770.8
37Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1980$19,630$9.440.9
38Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks1930$36,660$17.631.05
39Medical Secretaries1870$30,890$14.850.4
40Computer and Mathematical Occupations1830$71,750$34.52.9
41Sales Representatives, Services, All Other1810$51,330$24.680.6
42First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers1800$43,340$20.841
43Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers1740$47,240$22.710.3
44Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations1640$60,280$28.980.8
45Accountants and Auditors1610$67,240$32.330.9
46First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers1470$54,470$26.190.95
47Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses1420$44,450$21.370.5
48Nursing Assistants1420$26,130$12.561
49First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers1390$37,900$18.220.6
50Legal Occupations1330$98,940$47.570.8
51Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations1320$45,460$21.861.8
52First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers1270$70,600$33.940.4
53Substitute Teachers1250$23,850$11.460
54Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products1220$66,620$32.030.9
55Security Guards1160$30,860$14.840.7
56Bartenders1100$23,610$11.350.4
57Medical Assistants1100$27,420$13.180.45
58Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers1070$81,720$39.290
59Business Operations Specialists, All Other1050$71,670$34.460.7
60Tellers970$26,210$12.60.3
61Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers960$26,560$12.770.8
62Childcare Workers940$19,910$9.570.8
63Cooks, Fast Food920$20,550$9.880.3
64Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters920$49,210$23.660.3
65Electricians900$52,560$25.270.4
66First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers900$79,260$38.110.4
67Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers880$20,300$9.760.3
68Painters, Construction and Maintenance870$42,830$20.590.2
69Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers870$59,150$28.440.4
70Receptionists and Information Clerks850$27,440$13.190.7
71Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics840$42,730$20.540.5
72Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians820$61,220$29.430.1
73Firefighters810$50,950$24.50.2
74Food Preparation Workers770$25,240$12.130.6
75Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers730$32,850$15.790.6
76Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers730$39,140$18.820.15
77Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment710$25,160$12.090.2
78Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators700$40,390$19.420.2
79Carpenters670$42,340$20.360.7
80Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers660$60,700$29.180.3
81Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop640$19,780$9.510.3
82Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks630$21,210$10.20.2
83Counter and Rental Clerks620$25,730$12.370.3
84First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers620$67,020$32.220.3
85Construction Managers610$101,130$48.620.3
86Human Resources Specialists590$61,050$29.350.35
87Food Servers, Nonrestaurant570$18,120$8.710.2
88Pharmacy Technicians550$31,330$15.060.3
89Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks550$52,540$25.260.2
90Dishwashers530$21,620$10.390.3
91Computer User Support Specialists510$49,140$23.620.4
92Dispatchers, Except Police, Fire, and Ambulance500$37,760$18.160.1
93First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors500$60,640$29.150
94Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers500$42,710$20.540.2
95Industrial Machinery Mechanics500$53,480$25.710.2
96Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors490$54,470$26.190.2
97Billing and Posting Clerks480$31,770$15.280.3
98Parts Salespersons480$27,300$13.130.2
99Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria460$24,950$120.3
100Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators460$30,660$14.740.35
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Jobs More Common Near Corpus Christi Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$44,710189,030
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$33,43029,050
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$22,20020,790
Sales and Related Occupations$34,55019,170
Construction and Extraction Occupations$45,58012,040
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$77,79011,500
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$48,07011,420
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$34,49011,410
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$45,54010,040
Production Occupations$50,9509,630
Personal Care and Service Occupations$21,5507,690
Healthcare Support Occupations$25,3607,410
Management Occupations$109,5406,910
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$66,9206,880
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$18,9506,740
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$92,6006,340
Office Clerks, General$32,3706,200
Retail Salespersons$25,7606,110
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$23,5805,560
Cashiers$21,8205,330
Protective Service Occupations$44,4904,540
Personal Care Aides$19,2004,510
Waiters and Waitresses$20,7804,060
Registered Nurses$78,4703,850
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$32,3703,110
Home Health Aides$18,7503,090
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$38,8402,900
General and Operations Managers$117,3002,610
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$25,4802,560
Construction Laborers$33,8502,390
Customer Service Representatives$27,1802,380
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$23,5202,260
Community and Social Service Occupations$46,2502,250
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$35,4102,210
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$27,9302,100
Cooks, Restaurant$24,4902,080
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$19,6301,980
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$36,6601,930
Medical Secretaries$30,8901,870
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$71,7501,830
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$51,3301,810
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$43,3401,800
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers$47,2401,740
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$60,2801,640
Accountants and Auditors$67,2401,610
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$54,4701,470
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$44,4501,420
Nursing Assistants$26,1301,420
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$37,9001,390
Legal Occupations$98,9401,330

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$44,710189,030
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$33,43029,050
Sales and Related Occupations$34,55019,170
Construction and Extraction Occupations$45,58012,040
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$77,79011,500
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$48,07011,420
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$34,49011,410
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$45,54010,040
Production Occupations$50,9509,630
Healthcare Support Occupations$25,3607,410
Management Occupations$109,5406,910
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$66,9206,880
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$92,6006,340
Office Clerks, General$32,3706,200
Retail Salespersons$25,7606,110
Protective Service Occupations$44,4904,540
Registered Nurses$78,4703,850
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$32,3703,110
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$38,8402,900
General and Operations Managers$117,3002,610
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$25,4802,560
Construction Laborers$33,8502,390
Customer Service Representatives$27,1802,380
Community and Social Service Occupations$46,2502,250
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$35,4102,210
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$27,9302,100
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$36,6601,930
Medical Secretaries$30,8901,870
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$71,7501,830
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$51,3301,810
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$43,3401,800
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers$47,2401,740
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$60,2801,640
Accountants and Auditors$67,2401,610
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$54,4701,470
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$44,4501,420
Nursing Assistants$26,1301,420
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$37,9001,390
Legal Occupations$98,9401,330
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$45,4601,320
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers$70,6001,270
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$66,6201,220
Security Guards$30,8601,160
Medical Assistants$27,4201,100
Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers$81,7201,070
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$71,6701,050
Tellers$26,210970
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$26,560960
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters$49,210920
Electricians$52,560900

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