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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

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 185890 $43810 $21.06 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 27610 $32930 $15.83 14.8
3 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 21690 $21260 $10.22 8.3
4 Sales and Related Occupations 19230 $36160 $17.38 10.15
5 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 11990 $48630 $23.38 6.15
6 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 11690 $75480 $36.29 5.75
7 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 11170 $36160 $17.39 6.45
8 Construction and Extraction Occupations 10990 $45630 $21.94 4.4
9 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 10840 $44640 $21.46 3.8
10 Production Occupations 10650 $48750 $23.44 5.85
11 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 8000 $18300 $8.8 2.15
12 Personal Care and Service Occupations 7830 $20880 $10.04 4.1
13 Healthcare Support Occupations 6650 $26910 $12.94 3.05
14 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 6380 $66650 $32.04 5.05
15 Retail Salespersons 6310 $27790 $13.36 3.1
16 Management Occupations 6120 $105870 $50.9 6.05
17 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 5460 $22760 $10.94 3.7
18 Office Clerks, General 5460 $33500 $16.1 2
19 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 4920 $90250 $43.39 1.65
20 Cashiers 4880 $20860 $10.03 2.25
21 Personal Care Aides 4600 $18100 $8.7 1.3
22 Protective Service Occupations 4530 $42650 $20.51 2.25
23 Waiters and Waitresses 3940 $20830 $10.02 1.6
24 Registered Nurses 3810 $76080 $36.58 1.9
25 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 3070 $42930 $20.64 1.2
26 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 2660 $32110 $15.44 1.6
27 General and Operations Managers 2510 $115590 $55.57 1.4
28 Customer Service Representatives 2510 $27320 $13.13 1.75
29 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 2470 $24640 $11.84 1.2
30 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 2370 $34270 $16.48 0.9
31 Home Health Aides 2370 $18580 $8.93 0.7
32 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 2240 $22160 $10.65 1.6
33 Construction Laborers 2120 $31000 $14.9 0.8
34 Community and Social Service Occupations 2100 $44250 $21.28 1.65
35 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 2000 $26470 $12.73 1.6
36 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1990 $19320 $9.29 1
37 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 1940 $47020 $22.6 0.6
38 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 1910 $47540 $22.85 0.3
39 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 1800 $36580 $17.59 1.1
40 Cooks, Restaurant 1800 $23720 $11.41 0.75
41 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 1770 $44350 $21.32 1
42 Accountants and Auditors 1710 $67550 $32.48 0.9
43 Medical Secretaries 1530 $30160 $14.5 0.4
44 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 1530 $43760 $21.04 0.5
45 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 1530 $61920 $29.77 0.9
46 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 1500 $69390 $33.36 2.8
47 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 1470 $52720 $25.35 1
48 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 1400 $46690 $22.45 1.7
49 Nursing Assistants 1390 $24990 $12.01 1.05
50 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 1360 $77110 $37.07 1
51 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 1320 $35360 $17 0.6
52 Security Guards 1230 $29980 $14.41 0.7
53 Substitute Teachers 1150 $23740 $11.41 0
54 Tellers 1130 $26280 $12.64 0.3
55 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 1090 $74610 $35.87 0.4
56 Childcare Workers 1070 $19690 $9.47 0.8
57 Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers 1030 $79340 $38.15 0
58 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 1020 $26580 $12.78 0.6
59 Medical Assistants 1010 $26500 $12.74 0.45
60 Bartenders 1000 $23720 $11.4 0.4
61 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 990 $76990 $37.01 0.4
62 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 980 $70480 $33.89 0.7
63 Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers 950 $40120 $19.29 0.1
64 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 920 $25570 $12.29 0.8
65 Cooks, Fast Food 880 $19220 $9.24 0.3
66 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 870 $57280 $27.54 0.45
67 Receptionists and Information Clerks 870 $25990 $12.5 0.7
68 Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians 840 $60270 $28.98 0.1
69 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 820 $55130 $26.51 0.3
70 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 800 $19960 $9.59 0.3
71 Electricians 790 $49990 $24.04 0.4
72 Pharmacy Technicians 760 $30740 $14.78 0.25
73 Industrial Machinery Mechanics 760 $51960 $24.98 0.2
74 Food Preparation Workers 760 $23070 $11.09 0.6
75 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 760 $40910 $19.67 0.5
76 Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment 760 $25210 $12.12 0.2
77 Cooks, Short Order 740 $24060 $11.57 0.1
78 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 730 $69020 $33.18 0.3
79 Firefighters 720 $46200 $22.21 0.2
80 Carpenters 690 $39970 $19.22 0.6
81 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 690 $38560 $18.54 0.2
82 Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity 690 $31240 $15.02 0.1
83 Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks 650 $19850 $9.54 0.2
84 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 650 $19100 $9.18 0.25
85 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers 650 $40770 $19.6 0.2
86 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 610 $40670 $19.55 0.35
87 Service Unit Operators, Oil, Gas, and Mining 590 $84920 $40.83 0
88 Helpers--Production Workers 590 $25880 $12.44 0.3
89 Counter and Rental Clerks 580 $24640 $11.85 0.3
90 Dispatchers, Except Police, Fire, and Ambulance 550 $34080 $16.39 0.1
91 Human Resources Specialists 540 $57240 $27.52 0.3
92 Roustabouts, Oil and Gas 540 $37440 $18 0.1
93 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 530 $45090 $21.68 0.3
94 Billing and Posting Clerks 530 $33770 $16.24 0.35
95 Parts Salespersons 530 $26980 $12.97 0.2
96 Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks 520 $52450 $25.21 0.2
97 Dishwashers 490 $20640 $9.92 0.3
98 Painters, Construction and Maintenance 480 $42450 $20.41 0.2
99 Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products 470 $61140 $29.4 0.2
100 Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 470 $203270 $97.73 0.2
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Jobs More Common Near Corpus Christi Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 43,810 185,890
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 32,930 27,610
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 21,260 21,690
Sales and Related Occupations 36,160 19,230
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 48,630 11,990
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 75,480 11,690
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 36,160 11,170
Construction and Extraction Occupations 45,630 10,990
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 44,640 10,840
Production Occupations 48,750 10,650
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 18,300 8,000
Personal Care and Service Occupations 20,880 7,830
Healthcare Support Occupations 26,910 6,650
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 66,650 6,380
Retail Salespersons 27,790 6,310
Management Occupations 105,870 6,120
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 22,760 5,460
Office Clerks, General 33,500 5,460
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 90,250 4,920
Cashiers 20,860 4,880
Personal Care Aides 18,100 4,600
Protective Service Occupations 42,650 4,530
Waiters and Waitresses 20,830 3,940
Registered Nurses 76,080 3,810
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 42,930 3,070
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 32,110 2,660
General and Operations Managers 115,590 2,510
Customer Service Representatives 27,320 2,510
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 24,640 2,470
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 34,270 2,370
Home Health Aides 18,580 2,370
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 22,160 2,240
Construction Laborers 31,000 2,120
Community and Social Service Occupations 44,250 2,100
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 26,470 2,000
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 19,320 1,990
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 47,020 1,940
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 47,540 1,910
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 36,580 1,800
Cooks, Restaurant 23,720 1,800
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 44,350 1,770
Accountants and Auditors 67,550 1,710
Medical Secretaries 30,160 1,530
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 43,760 1,530
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 61,920 1,530
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 69,390 1,500
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 52,720 1,470
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 46,690 1,400
Nursing Assistants 24,990 1,390
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 77,110 1,360

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 43,810 185,890
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 32,930 27,610
Sales and Related Occupations 36,160 19,230
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 48,630 11,990
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 75,480 11,690
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 36,160 11,170
Construction and Extraction Occupations 45,630 10,990
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 44,640 10,840
Production Occupations 48,750 10,650
Healthcare Support Occupations 26,910 6,650
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 66,650 6,380
Retail Salespersons 27,790 6,310
Management Occupations 105,870 6,120
Office Clerks, General 33,500 5,460
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 90,250 4,920
Protective Service Occupations 42,650 4,530
Registered Nurses 76,080 3,810
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 42,930 3,070
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 32,110 2,660
General and Operations Managers 115,590 2,510
Customer Service Representatives 27,320 2,510
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 34,270 2,370
Construction Laborers 31,000 2,120
Community and Social Service Occupations 44,250 2,100
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 26,470 2,000
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 47,020 1,940
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 47,540 1,910
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 36,580 1,800
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 44,350 1,770
Accountants and Auditors 67,550 1,710
Medical Secretaries 30,160 1,530
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 43,760 1,530
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 61,920 1,530
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 69,390 1,500
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 52,720 1,470
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 46,690 1,400
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 77,110 1,360
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 35,360 1,320
Security Guards 29,980 1,230
Tellers 26,280 1,130
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 74,610 1,090
Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers 79,340 1,030
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 26,580 1,020
Medical Assistants 26,500 1,010
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 76,990 990
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 70,480 980
Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers 40,120 950
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 25,570 920
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 57,280 870
Receptionists and Information Clerks 25,990 870

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