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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

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations3485200$51,250$24.64100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations625360$38,650$18.5814.35
3Sales and Related Occupations379780$45,140$21.79.9
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations322170$24,170$11.628.55
5Business and Financial Operations Occupations196630$80,310$38.615.25
6Production Occupations191240$36,270$17.445.7
7Education, Training, and Library Occupations188840$52,740$25.366.05
8Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations187980$79,110$38.035.8
9Management Occupations147210$132,090$63.516.15
10Construction and Extraction Occupations147060$42,350$20.364.45
11Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations143460$47,330$22.753.8
12Computer and Mathematical Occupations142380$92,030$44.242.9
13Retail Salespersons112680$26,810$12.892.85
14Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food102120$20,090$9.662.3
15Office Clerks, General99470$35,900$17.261.9
16Personal Care and Service Occupations95580$24,600$11.834.3
17Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations94120$26,660$12.823.65
18Customer Service Representatives88560$36,580$17.591.75
19Healthcare Support Occupations86720$31,780$15.283
20Protective Service Occupations74310$45,020$21.652.2
21Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand73710$28,500$13.71.7
22Cashiers70050$21,200$10.192.2
23Architecture and Engineering Occupations63930$94,160$45.271.7
24Waiters and Waitresses61270$26,100$12.551.7
25Registered Nurses59570$74,670$35.91.95
26Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers54910$47,240$22.711.2
27Stock Clerks and Order Fillers51320$27,460$13.21.3
28General and Operations Managers50160$142,570$68.541.5
29Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners48590$24,540$11.81.55
30Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive45900$37,420$17.991.5
31Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations42510$54,430$26.171.8
32Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products42510$73,180$35.180.9
33Accountants and Auditors40200$82,970$39.890.9
34Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks39860$43,880$21.11.05
35Sales Representatives, Services, All Other39030$66,250$31.850.6
36First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers36320$63,580$30.570.95
37Personal Care Aides34070$20,280$9.751.5
38Cooks, Restaurant32460$26,210$12.60.8
39Software Developers, Applications30200$109,240$52.520.55
40Medical Secretaries29570$33,920$16.310.4
41Maintenance and Repair Workers, General29040$40,000$19.230.9
42Security Guards28080$29,960$14.40.7
43Construction Laborers27710$31,150$14.980.8
44First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers27190$46,310$22.261
45Community and Social Service Occupations26840$53,300$25.631.65
46Business Operations Specialists, All Other25950$80,780$38.840.7
47Legal Occupations25010$113,390$54.520.8
48Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks24040$31,210$150.4
49Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators23860$32,170$15.470.35
50Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers22990$31,730$15.250
51Computer Systems Analysts22750$97,200$46.730.4
52First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers22730$37,730$18.140.6
53Packers and Packagers, Hand22470$24,520$11.790.45
54Nursing Assistants22330$26,770$12.871
55Computer User Support Specialists21240$53,080$25.520.4
56Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers20900$37,390$17.970.6
57Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers19580$27,970$13.450.8
58Medical Assistants18950$32,490$15.620.45
59Receptionists and Information Clerks18420$27,820$13.380.7
60First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers18150$65,930$31.70.4
61Electricians16940$46,350$22.280.4
62Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners16550$21,470$10.320.9
63Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses16370$48,590$23.360.5
64Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers15850$69,020$33.180.4
65Home Health Aides15520$22,280$10.710.7
66Human Resources Specialists15210$69,880$33.590.35
67Substitute Teachers15200$24,410$11.740
68Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks15140$41,350$19.880.2
69Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents15090$93,230$44.820.2
70Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers15020$41,660$20.030.3
71Food Preparation Workers14500$22,540$10.840.6
72Tellers14380$27,670$13.30.3
73Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations14170$75,930$36.50.8
74Childcare Workers14070$21,730$10.450.8
75Counter and Rental Clerks13970$27,340$13.150.3
76Lawyers13920$150,070$72.150.5
77Helpers--Production Workers13530$25,170$12.10.3
78Cooks, Fast Food13360$20,980$10.090.3
79First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers13290$63,900$30.720.4
80Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics13190$42,060$20.220.5
81Billing and Posting Clerks13180$37,570$18.060.3
82Management Analysts13090$92,350$44.40.5
83Driver/Sales Workers12780$30,360$14.590.3
84Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters12590$48,040$23.10.3
85Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop12180$21,560$10.360.3
86Network and Computer Systems Administrators12100$92,810$44.620.25
87Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education11550$37,700$18.130.3
88Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment11520$25,080$12.060.2
89Loan Interviewers and Clerks11430$47,660$22.920.15
90Bill and Account Collectors11320$42,960$20.660.2
91First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers11210$71,570$34.410.3
92First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors11020$60,890$29.280
93Insurance Sales Agents10940$68,290$32.830.3
94Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists10940$80,010$38.460.4
95Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers10930$40,280$19.370.3
96Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks10880$48,600$23.370.2
97Bartenders10700$29,410$14.140.4
98Electrical, Electronic, and Electromechanical Assemblers, Except Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers10590$34,100$16.390
99Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants10360$60,970$29.310.35
100Financial Analysts10210$91,410$43.950.2
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Jobs More Common Near Dallas Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$51,2503,485,200
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$38,650625,360
Sales and Related Occupations$45,140379,780
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$24,170322,170
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$80,310196,630
Production Occupations$36,270191,240
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$52,740188,840
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$79,110187,980
Management Occupations$132,090147,210
Construction and Extraction Occupations$42,350147,060
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$47,330143,460
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$92,030142,380
Retail Salespersons$26,810112,680
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$20,090102,120
Office Clerks, General$35,90099,470
Personal Care and Service Occupations$24,60095,580
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$26,66094,120
Customer Service Representatives$36,58088,560
Healthcare Support Occupations$31,78086,720
Protective Service Occupations$45,02074,310
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$28,50073,710
Cashiers$21,20070,050
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$94,16063,930
Waiters and Waitresses$26,10061,270
Registered Nurses$74,67059,570
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$47,24054,910
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$27,46051,320
General and Operations Managers$142,57050,160
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$24,54048,590
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$37,42045,900
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$54,43042,510
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$73,18042,510
Accountants and Auditors$82,97040,200
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$43,88039,860
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$66,25039,030
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$63,58036,320
Personal Care Aides$20,28034,070
Cooks, Restaurant$26,21032,460
Software Developers, Applications$109,24030,200
Medical Secretaries$33,92029,570
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$40,00029,040
Security Guards$29,96028,080
Construction Laborers$31,15027,710
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$46,31027,190
Community and Social Service Occupations$53,30026,840
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$80,78025,950
Legal Occupations$113,39025,010
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks$31,21024,040
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$32,17023,860
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$31,73022,990

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$51,2503,485,200
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$38,650625,360
Sales and Related Occupations$45,140379,780
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$80,310196,630
Production Occupations$36,270191,240
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$52,740188,840
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$79,110187,980
Management Occupations$132,090147,210
Construction and Extraction Occupations$42,350147,060
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$47,330143,460
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$92,030142,380
Retail Salespersons$26,810112,680
Office Clerks, General$35,90099,470
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$26,66094,120
Customer Service Representatives$36,58088,560
Healthcare Support Occupations$31,78086,720
Protective Service Occupations$45,02074,310
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$28,50073,710
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$94,16063,930
Waiters and Waitresses$26,10061,270
Registered Nurses$74,67059,570
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$47,24054,910
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$27,46051,320
General and Operations Managers$142,57050,160
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$37,42045,900
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$54,43042,510
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$73,18042,510
Accountants and Auditors$82,97040,200
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$43,88039,860
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$66,25039,030
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$63,58036,320
Cooks, Restaurant$26,21032,460
Software Developers, Applications$109,24030,200
Medical Secretaries$33,92029,570
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$40,00029,040
Security Guards$29,96028,080
Construction Laborers$31,15027,710
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$46,31027,190
Community and Social Service Occupations$53,30026,840
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$80,78025,950
Legal Occupations$113,39025,010
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks$31,21024,040
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$32,17023,860
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$31,73022,990
Computer Systems Analysts$97,20022,750
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$37,73022,730
Nursing Assistants$26,77022,330
Computer User Support Specialists$53,08021,240
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$37,39020,900
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$27,97019,580

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