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Houston Employment

Employment and Industries in the Houston, Texas Area

Houston is the fourth most populous city in the United States. The Houston-sugar Land-Baytown metropolitan area is also the seventh largest metropolitan area in the United States. Similar to other large metropolitan areas, the Houston metropolitan area has a tremendous concentration of business and commerce. The Houston metropolitan area is home to nearly fifty Fortune 1000 company headquarters, and Houston ranks third among metropolitan statistical areas in the number of Fortune 500 headquarters, behind New York, and Chicago.

The Globalization and World Cities Study Group & Network (GaWC) ranks certain cities as "Global Cities" (also known as world cities or world-class cities). There are three tiers of ranking, alpha (first-tier), beta (second-tier) and gamma (third tier), based on a cities "tangible effect on global affairs through socioeconomic, cultural, and/or political means" (Wikipedia). Houston is one of eleven U.S. global cities ranked as a "World City". Houston is ranked as a "Gamma World City" by GaWC, on a par with Boston, Dallas, and Washington.

In Houston, the energy industry, based on oil and gas exploration and production, is a major driver of the Houston economy. The Houston area is also the world's leading manufacturing center for oil field equipment. Houston is one of the world's largest centers of petrochemical manufacturing, including synthetic rubber, insecticides, and fertilizers. Other major industries in Houston include:

  • Aeronautics
  • Agriculture
  • Banking and finance
  • Biomedical research
  • Commercial fishing
  • Education
  • Engineering services
  • Health services
  • High-technology (computer, aerospace, environmental, etc.)
  • Manufacturing
  • Professional and business services
  • Shipping (International import and export)
  • Wholesale and retail trade

The Port of Houston, a man-made shipping channel, is first in the United States in international commerce, and is the sixth largest port in the world. Among US ports, it is the busiest port in foreign tonnage and second busiest port in overall tonnage.

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Houston ranks eleventh on the list of US cities who receive the most annual funding from the NIH.

Some major companies of note in and around Houston include:

  • A.D. Vision
  • Air Liquide
  • American General
  • Baker Hughes
  • BHP Billiton
  • BMC Software
  • BP
  • The Boeing Company - IDS NASA Systems
  • Brooks Information Technology
  • Centerpoint Energy
  • Citgo
  • ConocoPhillips
  • Continental Airlines
  • Cooper Industries
  • Dominion Exploration and Production
  • Duke Natural Gas Co.
  • Dynegy
  • EGL - Eagle Global Logistics
  • El Paso Corporation (formerly El Paso Energy)
  • Enron
  • Fiesta Mart
  • Foley's
  • Gerland's
  • Halliburton
  • Landry's
  • Lewis Food Town
  • Lyondell Chemical Company
  • Luby's
  • Marathon Oil
  • Men's Wearhouse
  • Pro-Mark Corporation
  • Reliant Energy
  • Service Corporation International
  • Smith International
  • Sysco
  • Swishahouse
  • Unocal 76
  • U.S. Liquids
  • Waste Management, Inc.
  • Weatherford International

Some of the major business organizations in and around Houston include:

The Houston Business Journal, and the Business Section of the Houston Chronicle are excellent sources of information on business in the Houston metropolitan area.

Jobs in Houston

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations2929400$53,820$25.87100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations465040$39,060$18.7814.35
3Sales and Related Occupations306030$44,060$21.189.9
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations278040$24,430$11.758.55
5Transportation and Material Moving Occupations212210$41,130$19.786.55
6Construction and Extraction Occupations178430$47,260$22.724.45
7Education, Training, and Library Occupations177660$57,510$27.656.05
8Production Occupations176250$43,590$20.965.7
9Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations158560$80,610$38.755.8
10Business and Financial Operations Occupations152260$85,950$41.325.25
11Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations126390$48,670$23.43.8
12Management Occupations126330$139,820$67.226.15
13Retail Salespersons90710$26,130$12.562.85
14Architecture and Engineering Occupations83080$112,150$53.921.7
15Office Clerks, General81930$38,860$18.681.9
16Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations81520$25,080$12.063.65
17Computer and Mathematical Occupations80600$94,200$45.292.9
18Personal Care and Service Occupations80490$24,670$11.864.3
19Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food78040$20,260$9.742.3
20Protective Service Occupations71080$44,890$21.582.2
21Healthcare Support Occupations67180$29,800$14.333
22Cashiers61330$21,010$10.12.2
23Waiters and Waitresses56620$24,400$11.731.7
24Registered Nurses51610$79,060$38.011.95
25Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand46320$28,830$13.861.7
26General and Operations Managers45590$150,530$72.371.5
27Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive43120$37,650$18.11.5
28Stock Clerks and Order Fillers40910$28,200$13.561.3
29Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners39700$23,580$11.341.55
30Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers39440$43,350$20.841.2
31Personal Care Aides35910$19,710$9.481.5
32Accountants and Auditors34290$89,270$42.920.9
33Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products33800$73,810$35.480.9
34Construction Laborers31790$32,950$15.840.8
35Sales Representatives, Services, All Other31030$65,720$31.60.6
36Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations31020$57,880$27.831.8
37Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks29840$43,180$20.761.05
38Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations28830$83,740$40.260.8
39First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers27950$63,820$30.680.95
40Medical Secretaries27510$35,090$16.870.4
41Cooks, Restaurant26750$26,150$12.570.8
42Security Guards26730$30,530$14.680.7
43Maintenance and Repair Workers, General26430$38,890$18.70.9
44First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers23630$44,170$21.231
45Community and Social Service Occupations23370$52,130$25.061.65
46Legal Occupations22460$127,370$61.240.8
47First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers21710$76,690$36.870.4
48First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers19910$43,270$20.80.6
49Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners19010$20,730$9.960.9
50Business Operations Specialists, All Other18910$89,480$43.020.7
51Nursing Assistants18660$27,750$13.341
52Electricians17700$55,330$26.60.4
53Substitute Teachers17170$26,270$12.630
54Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers17170$51,690$24.850.3
55Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers16650$47,320$22.750.3
56Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers16630$65,070$31.290.4
57Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators16350$34,210$16.450.35
58Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers16070$27,950$13.440.8
59Receptionists and Information Clerks15970$27,080$13.020.7
60Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks15640$32,620$15.680.4
61Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop15440$20,080$9.660.3
62Computer Systems Analysts14990$101,150$48.630.4
63Food Preparation Workers14800$23,670$11.380.6
64Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers14720$35,490$17.060.6
65Software Developers, Applications14430$110,040$52.910.55
66Home Health Aides14200$22,130$10.640.7
67Helpers--Production Workers13820$29,220$14.050.3
68Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses13810$48,950$23.530.5
69Computer User Support Specialists13740$62,670$30.130.4
70Medical Assistants13670$31,420$15.110.45
71First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers13100$74,760$35.940.4
72Human Resources Specialists12890$71,510$34.380.35
73Carpenters12850$42,560$20.460.7
74Lawyers12450$174,870$84.070.5
75Driver/Sales Workers12410$28,420$13.670.3
76Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters12020$53,820$25.880.3
77Counter and Rental Clerks11830$30,430$14.630.3
78Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents11810$82,880$39.840.2
79Bartenders11320$28,260$13.590.4
80Tellers11060$28,690$13.80.3
81Petroleum Engineers10950$177,110$85.150
82Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers10920$30,760$14.790
83Industrial Machinery Mechanics10910$60,700$29.180.2
84Management Analysts10630$118,270$56.860.5
85Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education10570$32,230$15.50.3
86Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop10380$21,940$10.550.3
87Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators10360$44,230$21.260.2
88Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics10250$47,280$22.730.5
89First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers10180$73,340$35.260.3
90Civil Engineers10030$115,330$55.450.2
91Billing and Posting Clerks10020$39,890$19.180.3
92Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers9830$21,120$10.150.3
93Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment9780$25,340$12.180.2
94Childcare Workers9720$22,770$10.950.8
95Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants9710$62,200$29.910.35
96Financial Managers9390$164,600$79.130.4
97Machinists9080$47,320$22.750.25
98Bus Drivers, School or Special Client9050$30,900$14.850.3
99Dishwashers9010$21,490$10.330.3
100Financial Analysts8860$99,820$47.990.2
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Jobs More Common Near Houston Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$53,8202,929,400
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$39,060465,040
Sales and Related Occupations$44,060306,030
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$24,430278,040
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$41,130212,210
Construction and Extraction Occupations$47,260178,430
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$57,510177,660
Production Occupations$43,590176,250
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$80,610158,560
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$85,950152,260
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$48,670126,390
Management Occupations$139,820126,330
Retail Salespersons$26,13090,710
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$112,15083,080
Office Clerks, General$38,86081,930
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$25,08081,520
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$94,20080,600
Personal Care and Service Occupations$24,67080,490
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$20,26078,040
Protective Service Occupations$44,89071,080
Healthcare Support Occupations$29,80067,180
Cashiers$21,01061,330
Waiters and Waitresses$24,40056,620
Registered Nurses$79,06051,610
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$28,83046,320
General and Operations Managers$150,53045,590
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$37,65043,120
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$28,20040,910
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$23,58039,700
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$43,35039,440
Personal Care Aides$19,71035,910
Accountants and Auditors$89,27034,290
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$73,81033,800
Construction Laborers$32,95031,790
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$65,72031,030
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$57,88031,020
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$43,18029,840
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$83,74028,830
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$63,82027,950
Medical Secretaries$35,09027,510
Cooks, Restaurant$26,15026,750
Security Guards$30,53026,730
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$38,89026,430
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$44,17023,630
Community and Social Service Occupations$52,13023,370
Legal Occupations$127,37022,460
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers$76,69021,710
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$43,27019,910
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$20,73019,010
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$89,48018,910

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$53,8202,929,400
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$39,060465,040
Sales and Related Occupations$44,060306,030
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$41,130212,210
Construction and Extraction Occupations$47,260178,430
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$57,510177,660
Production Occupations$43,590176,250
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$80,610158,560
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$85,950152,260
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$48,670126,390
Management Occupations$139,820126,330
Retail Salespersons$26,13090,710
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$112,15083,080
Office Clerks, General$38,86081,930
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$25,08081,520
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$94,20080,600
Protective Service Occupations$44,89071,080
Healthcare Support Occupations$29,80067,180
Registered Nurses$79,06051,610
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$28,83046,320
General and Operations Managers$150,53045,590
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$37,65043,120
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$28,20040,910
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$43,35039,440
Accountants and Auditors$89,27034,290
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$73,81033,800
Construction Laborers$32,95031,790
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$65,72031,030
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$57,88031,020
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$43,18029,840
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$83,74028,830
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$63,82027,950
Medical Secretaries$35,09027,510
Cooks, Restaurant$26,15026,750
Security Guards$30,53026,730
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$38,89026,430
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$44,17023,630
Community and Social Service Occupations$52,13023,370
Legal Occupations$127,37022,460
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers$76,69021,710
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$43,27019,910
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$89,48018,910
Nursing Assistants$27,75018,660
Electricians$55,33017,700
Substitute Teachers$26,27017,170
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers$51,69017,170
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers$47,32016,650
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers$65,07016,630
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$34,21016,350
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$27,95016,070

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