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Dallas Employment

Employment and Industries in the Dallas, Texas Area

Dallas, Texas is the ninth most populous city in the United States. The Dallas Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan area is also the fifth largest metropolitan area in the United States. As one might expect, the Dallas metropolitan area has a vibrant economy and is a center for business and commerce. The Dallas metropolitan area is home to nearly forty Fortune 1000 company headquarters.

Inc. magazine has ranked the Dallas Fort Worth-Arlington area in the top fifty on its list of "Best Cities for Doing Business" in the United States in the large cities category for the last three years (2004-2006). The criteria used by Inc. "emphasizes the robustness of a region's growth". Large and significant cities such as Dallas, who have a "tangible effect on global affairs through socioeconomic, cultural, and/or political means" (Wikipedia) are ranked as "Global Cities" (sometimes referred to as world cities or world-class cities) by the Globalization and World Cities Study Group & Network (GaWC). There are three tiers of ranking in order of importance, alpha (first-tier), beta (second-tier) and gamma (third tier). Dallas is one of 11 cities in the U.S. ranked as a "World City". Dallas was ranked as a "Gamma World City", on a par with Boston, Houston, and Washington, D.C..

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Dallas ranks in the top thirty on the list of cities in the United States who receive the most annual funding from the NIH.

Dallas has a high concentration of telecommunication companies and its "Telecom Corridor" is home to more than 5,700 companies and regional offices for Alcatel, AT&T, Ericsson, Fujitsu, MCI, Nokia, Nortel, Rockwell, Sprint and Verizon. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, major industries in and around Dallas include (ranked by size of workforce):

  • Trade, Transportation, and Utilities
  • Professional & Business Services
  • Government
  • Educational & Health Services
  • Leisure & Hospitality
  • Financial Activities
  • Information

The Dallas metropolitan area is served by Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). It is the busiest airport in Texas, the third busiest airport in the world in terms of aircraft movement, and sixth in terms of passenger volume. DFW ranks eighth in the United States for for nonstop international air travel according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

Some major companies in and around Dallas include:

  • 7-Eleven
  • AMR Corporation (the parent company of American Airlines)
  • Blockbuster Video
  • Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation
  • CompUSA
  • Dr Pepper
  • Educational Products, Inc.
  • Electronic Data Systems (EDS)
  • ExxonMobil
  • Frito Lay
  • Greyhound Bus Lines
  • JCPenney
  • Kimberly-Clark Corporation
  • Kinko's (owned by FedEx)
  • Mary Kay Cosmetics
  • Michael's Stores
  • Neiman Marcus
  • Nokia
  • Perot Systems
  • Pier 1 Imports
  • Pizza Hut (owned by Yum! Brands, Inc.)
  • Radio Shack
  • Sabre Holdings, the owner of the Sabre System
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Texas Instruments
  • Wyndham International
  • Zale Corporation

Some of the major business organizations in the Dallas area include:

The Dallas Business Journal, and the Business and Technology Section of the Dallas Morning News are excellent sources of information on business in the Dallas metropolitan area.

Jobs in Dallas

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 3410610 $50350 $24.21 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 625950 $38330 $18.43 14.8
3 Sales and Related Occupations 374290 $46360 $22.29 10.15
4 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 316080 $23690 $11.39 8.3
5 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 268370 $39290 $18.89 6.45
6 Production Occupations 192870 $35380 $17.01 5.85
7 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 187760 $79010 $37.99 5.05
8 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 186480 $51480 $24.75 6.15
9 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 179070 $78650 $37.81 5.75
10 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 141690 $45610 $21.93 3.8
11 Management Occupations 141000 $129390 $62.21 6.05
12 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 139740 $90100 $43.32 2.8
13 Construction and Extraction Occupations 138440 $40950 $19.69 4.4
14 Retail Salespersons 107100 $28690 $13.79 3.1
15 Office Clerks, General 99740 $35480 $17.06 2
16 Personal Care and Service Occupations 92340 $24170 $11.62 4.1
17 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 91690 $25520 $12.27 3.7
18 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 91500 $19930 $9.58 2.15
19 Customer Service Representatives 86000 $36040 $17.33 1.75
20 Healthcare Support Occupations 82600 $31370 $15.08 3.05
21 Protective Service Occupations 75360 $43250 $20.8 2.25
22 Cashiers 71470 $20680 $9.94 2.25
23 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 66930 $27820 $13.37 1.6
24 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 66230 $89860 $43.2 1.65
25 Waiters and Waitresses 64060 $24540 $11.8 1.6
26 Registered Nurses 56960 $72900 $35.05 1.9
27 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 51770 $26960 $12.96 1.2
28 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 50290 $45720 $21.98 1.2
29 General and Operations Managers 50040 $140670 $67.63 1.4
30 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 46970 $23230 $11.17 1.6
31 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 44920 $36420 $17.51 1.6
32 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 41890 $82260 $39.55 1
33 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 41040 $55240 $26.56 1.7
34 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 39620 $42020 $20.2 1.1
35 Accountants and Auditors 37960 $81120 $39 0.9
36 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 37920 $64210 $30.87 1
37 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 36270 $63200 $30.38 0.6
38 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 30810 $37590 $18.07 0.9
39 Personal Care Aides 30170 $19600 $9.42 1.3
40 Cooks, Restaurant 29780 $25650 $12.33 0.75
41 Security Guards 28670 $28580 $13.74 0.7
42 Medical Secretaries 28110 $32880 $15.81 0.4
43 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 27650 $49250 $23.68 1
44 Community and Social Service Occupations 27000 $52340 $25.16 1.65
45 Software Developers, Applications 25440 $107570 $51.72 0.5
46 Construction Laborers 25280 $29590 $14.22 0.8
47 Legal Occupations 24750 $114660 $55.13 0.8
48 Computer Systems Analysts 24700 $94970 $45.66 0.4
49 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 22760 $29890 $14.37 0.4
50 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 21910 $80950 $38.92 0.7
51 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 21480 $39410 $18.95 0.6
52 Nursing Assistants 21110 $25720 $12.36 1.05
53 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 21070 $34730 $16.7 0.6
54 Computer User Support Specialists 20840 $53440 $25.69 0.4
55 Packers and Packagers, Hand 20820 $23190 $11.15 0.45
56 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 20130 $30480 $14.65 0.35
57 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 20030 $27270 $13.11 0.8
58 Medical Assistants 19350 $32350 $15.55 0.45
59 Team Assemblers 18680 $29830 $14.34 0.75
60 Receptionists and Information Clerks 17300 $27300 $13.13 0.7
61 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 16900 $65150 $31.32 0.4
62 Food Preparation Workers 16370 $21650 $10.41 0.6
63 Childcare Workers 16130 $21170 $10.18 0.8
64 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 15970 $65860 $31.66 0.45
65 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 15910 $20940 $10.07 1
66 Electricians 15870 $44260 $21.28 0.4
67 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 15740 $47920 $23.04 0.5
68 Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks 15540 $40810 $19.62 0.2
69 Human Resources Specialists 15340 $68790 $33.07 0.3
70 Cooks, Fast Food 15220 $19980 $9.6 0.3
71 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 14990 $70160 $33.73 0.9
72 Driver/Sales Workers 14880 $29650 $14.25 0.3
73 Home Health Aides 14860 $22040 $10.6 0.7
74 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 14730 $41200 $19.81 0.3
75 Substitute Teachers 14580 $24100 $11.58 0
76 Lawyers 13420 $154240 $74.15 0.5
77 Billing and Posting Clerks 13200 $37350 $17.96 0.35
78 Loan Interviewers and Clerks 13140 $47850 $23.01 0.1
79 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 13100 $64450 $30.98 0.4
80 Counter and Rental Clerks 13070 $29140 $14.01 0.3
81 Bill and Account Collectors 12740 $42150 $20.26 0.2
82 Software Developers, Systems Software 12680 $106270 $51.09 0.3
83 Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents 12560 $100430 $48.28 0.2
84 Management Analysts 12520 $92760 $44.6 0.5
85 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 12290 $41500 $19.95 0.5
86 Helpers--Production Workers 12280 $23750 $11.42 0.3
87 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 11990 $89500 $43.03 0.3
88 Tellers 11870 $26660 $12.82 0.3
89 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 11810 $44300 $21.3 0.3
90 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 11340 $20760 $9.98 0.3
91 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 11260 $82080 $39.46 0.35
92 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 11260 $39500 $18.99 0.3
93 Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks 11040 $49570 $23.83 0.2
94 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 11030 $21360 $10.27 0.25
95 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 11020 $58690 $28.22 0.5
96 Insurance Sales Agents 10970 $65220 $31.35 0.3
97 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 10920 $71200 $34.23 0.3
98 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products 10870 $87280 $41.96 0.2
99 Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers 10450 $48340 $23.24 0.1
100 Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment 10340 $22310 $10.73 0.2
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Jobs More Common Near Dallas Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 50,350 3,410,610
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 38,330 625,950
Sales and Related Occupations 46,360 374,290
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 23,690 316,080
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 39,290 268,370
Production Occupations 35,380 192,870
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 79,010 187,760
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 51,480 186,480
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 78,650 179,070
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 45,610 141,690
Management Occupations 129,390 141,000
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 90,100 139,740
Construction and Extraction Occupations 40,950 138,440
Retail Salespersons 28,690 107,100
Office Clerks, General 35,480 99,740
Personal Care and Service Occupations 24,170 92,340
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 25,520 91,690
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 19,930 91,500
Customer Service Representatives 36,040 86,000
Healthcare Support Occupations 31,370 82,600
Protective Service Occupations 43,250 75,360
Cashiers 20,680 71,470
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 27,820 66,930
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 89,860 66,230
Waiters and Waitresses 24,540 64,060
Registered Nurses 72,900 56,960
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 26,960 51,770
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 45,720 50,290
General and Operations Managers 140,670 50,040
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 23,230 46,970
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 36,420 44,920
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 82,260 41,890
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 55,240 41,040
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 42,020 39,620
Accountants and Auditors 81,120 37,960
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 64,210 37,920
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 63,200 36,270
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 37,590 30,810
Personal Care Aides 19,600 30,170
Cooks, Restaurant 25,650 29,780
Security Guards 28,580 28,670
Medical Secretaries 32,880 28,110
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 49,250 27,650
Community and Social Service Occupations 52,340 27,000
Software Developers, Applications 107,570 25,440
Construction Laborers 29,590 25,280
Legal Occupations 114,660 24,750
Computer Systems Analysts 94,970 24,700
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 29,890 22,760
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 80,950 21,910

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 50,350 3,410,610
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 38,330 625,950
Sales and Related Occupations 46,360 374,290
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 39,290 268,370
Production Occupations 35,380 192,870
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 79,010 187,760
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 51,480 186,480
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 78,650 179,070
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 45,610 141,690
Management Occupations 129,390 141,000
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 90,100 139,740
Construction and Extraction Occupations 40,950 138,440
Retail Salespersons 28,690 107,100
Office Clerks, General 35,480 99,740
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 25,520 91,690
Customer Service Representatives 36,040 86,000
Healthcare Support Occupations 31,370 82,600
Protective Service Occupations 43,250 75,360
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 27,820 66,930
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 89,860 66,230
Registered Nurses 72,900 56,960
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 26,960 51,770
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 45,720 50,290
General and Operations Managers 140,670 50,040
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 36,420 44,920
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 82,260 41,890
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 55,240 41,040
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 42,020 39,620
Accountants and Auditors 81,120 37,960
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 64,210 37,920
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 63,200 36,270
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 37,590 30,810
Cooks, Restaurant 25,650 29,780
Security Guards 28,580 28,670
Medical Secretaries 32,880 28,110
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 49,250 27,650
Community and Social Service Occupations 52,340 27,000
Software Developers, Applications 107,570 25,440
Construction Laborers 29,590 25,280
Legal Occupations 114,660 24,750
Computer Systems Analysts 94,970 24,700
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 29,890 22,760
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 80,950 21,910
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 39,410 21,480
Nursing Assistants 25,720 21,110
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 34,730 21,070
Computer User Support Specialists 53,440 20,840
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 30,480 20,130
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 27,270 20,030
Medical Assistants 32,350 19,350

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