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Laredo Employment

Employment and Industries in the Laredo, Texas Area

Laredo's economy is primarily based on international trade with Mexico. Laredo is the nation's largest inland port. Commercial and industrial warehousing are important economic components. Most of the major transportation companies have a facility in Laredo. Education and healthcare are also important economic assets.

Regarding the labor market, about 32% of the workers are employed in trade, transportation and utilities jobs. Approximately 23% of the jobs are provided by the government. Approximately 15% of the jobs are in education and health services. Leisure and hospitality workers comprise about 10% of the workforce. Professional and business services employees comprise about 6% of the labor force.

Facts about Laredo, Texas: Adult population holding a bachelor's degree: 15%. Cost of living index in 2008: 81.2 (national average: 100). Average salary in 2009: $23,000.

Laredo's top private sector employers:

  • H.E.B. Grocery
  • McDonald's Restaurant
  • Laredo Medical Center
  • Walmart
  • Covergys Call Center
  • Compass Bank
  • International Bank of Commerce
  • Stripes Convenience Stores
  • Doctor's Hospital
  • Target Greatland
  • Laredo Entertainment Center
  • Falcon International Bank
  • Union Pacific Railroad
  • Sears & Roebuck and Co
  • La Posada Hotel/Suites
  • Baxter International
  • The Laredo National Bank

Loredo has numerous popular jobs that are filled primarily by those with college degrees including detectives and criminal investigators, compliance officers, registered nurses, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, educational, vocational and school counselors; instructional coordinators, public relations specialists; and child, family and school social workers.

Laredo businesses can receive assistance from the following associations:

People interested in local business and economic news can read the Laredo Morning Times.

Jobs in Laredo

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 97630 $36260 $17.43 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 20990 $29700 $14.28 14.8
3 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 11370 $30630 $14.72 6.45
4 Sales and Related Occupations 10710 $29660 $14.26 10.15
5 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 10070 $20140 $9.68 8.3
6 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 7750 $46980 $22.59 6.15
7 Personal Care and Service Occupations 7590 $18730 $9 4.1
8 Personal Care Aides 5890 $17950 $8.63 1.3
9 Protective Service Occupations 4570 $49410 $23.75 2.25
10 Office Clerks, General 4370 $27040 $13 2
11 Retail Salespersons 4130 $23670 $11.38 3.1
12 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 3470 $35690 $17.16 3.8
13 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 3390 $37280 $17.92 1.2
14 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 3310 $78940 $37.95 5.75
15 Cashiers 3120 $20220 $9.72 2.25
16 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 3070 $73270 $35.23 5.05
17 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 3060 $22600 $10.86 1.6
18 Management Occupations 2990 $94020 $45.2 6.05
19 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 2790 $18610 $8.95 2.15
20 Customer Service Representatives 2580 $24870 $11.96 1.75
21 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 2370 $22300 $10.72 3.7
22 Construction and Extraction Occupations 2370 $38430 $18.48 4.4
23 Healthcare Support Occupations 2350 $25540 $12.28 3.05
24 Waiters and Waitresses 2030 $19490 $9.37 1.6
25 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 1690 $20790 $10 1.2
26 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 1490 $30070 $14.46 1.6
27 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 1410 $25720 $12.36 0.4
28 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 1370 $53180 $25.57 1
29 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1320 $21740 $10.45 1.6
30 Production Occupations 1260 $30950 $14.88 5.85
31 Security Guards 1230 $21350 $10.26 0.7
32 Detectives and Criminal Investigators 1180 $76280 $36.67 0.1
33 Registered Nurses 1170 $77690 $37.35 1.9
34 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 1130 $23320 $11.21 0.35
35 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 1120 $33140 $15.93 1.1
36 General and Operations Managers 1110 $101650 $48.87 1.4
37 Food Preparation Workers 1090 $19770 $9.51 0.6
38 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 980 $43070 $20.71 1
39 Compliance Officers 980 $67660 $32.53 0.2
40 Community and Social Service Occupations 970 $44470 $21.38 1.65
41 Cooks, Restaurant 960 $19260 $9.26 0.75
42 Home Health Aides 940 $18430 $8.86 0.7
43 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 900 $46560 $22.38 0.6
44 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 860 $62960 $30.27 0.45
45 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 860 $37750 $18.15 0.6
46 Cargo and Freight Agents 850 $37060 $17.82 0.1
47 Dispatchers, Except Police, Fire, and Ambulance 780 $35830 $17.23 0.1
48 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 740 $43320 $20.83 1.7
49 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 730 $27010 $12.99 0.9
50 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 700 $59010 $28.37 2.8
51 Medical Secretaries 670 $25710 $12.36 0.4
52 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 650 $31430 $15.11 0.6
53 Tellers 640 $23630 $11.36 0.3
54 Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists 620 $40640 $19.54 0.2
55 Billing and Posting Clerks 570 $27950 $13.44 0.35
56 Childcare Workers 550 $18410 $8.85 0.8
57 Construction Laborers 550 $25900 $12.45 0.8
58 Accountants and Auditors 540 $68040 $32.71 0.9
59 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 520 $25960 $12.48 0.3
60 Medical Assistants 490 $24680 $11.87 0.45
61 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 480 $65150 $31.32 1.65
62 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 470 $21320 $10.25 0.3
63 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 470 $18250 $8.77 1
64 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 460 $57710 $27.75 0.5
65 First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators 460 $57570 $27.68 0.1
66 Dishwashers 460 $18580 $8.93 0.3
67 Receptionists and Information Clerks 450 $21230 $10.21 0.7
68 Cooks, Fast Food 430 $17920 $8.61 0.3
69 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 430 $17820 $8.57 0.25
70 Managers, All Other 420 $98440 $47.33 0.65
71 Firefighters 420 $49610 $23.85 0.2
72 Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment 390 $20340 $9.78 0.2
73 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 380 $55890 $26.87 1
74 Driver/Sales Workers 370 $30380 $14.61 0.3
75 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 370 $22090 $10.62 0.8
76 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 360 $35480 $17.06 0.5
77 Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks 360 $31430 $15.11 0.2
78 Nursing Assistants 350 $27330 $13.14 1.05
79 Recreation Workers 330 $20980 $10.09 0.3
80 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 330 $57230 $27.51 0.7
81 Legal Occupations 310 $77660 $37.33 0.8
82 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 280 $69770 $33.55 0.4
83 Social and Human Service Assistants 270 $33210 $15.97 0.3
84 Data Entry Keyers 270 $22180 $10.66 0.1
85 Medical and Health Services Managers 260 $96490 $46.39 0.2
86 Bartenders 260 $22860 $10.99 0.4
87 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 260 $60660 $29.16 0.3
88 Bill and Account Collectors 250 $33910 $16.3 0.2
89 Tire Repairers and Changers 250 $26260 $12.63 0.1
90 Roustabouts, Oil and Gas 240 $31120 $14.96 0.1
91 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 230 $47930 $23.04 0.3
92 Counter and Rental Clerks 230 $23780 $11.43 0.3
93 Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents 210 $61430 $29.53 0.2
94 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 200 $20880 $10.04 0.4
95 Computer User Support Specialists 200 $35400 $17.02 0.4
96 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 190 $31320 $15.06 0.3
97 Order Clerks 190 $32730 $15.74 0.1
98 Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors 190 $59360 $28.54 0.2
99 Helpers--Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers 190 $25500 $12.26 0.1
100 Insurance Sales Agents 190 $45530 $21.89 0.3
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Jobs More Common Near Laredo Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 36,260 97,630
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 29,700 20,990
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 30,630 11,370
Sales and Related Occupations 29,660 10,710
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 20,140 10,070
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 46,980 7,750
Personal Care and Service Occupations 18,730 7,590
Personal Care Aides 17,950 5,890
Protective Service Occupations 49,410 4,570
Office Clerks, General 27,040 4,370
Retail Salespersons 23,670 4,130
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 35,690 3,470
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 37,280 3,390
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 78,940 3,310
Cashiers 20,220 3,120
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 73,270 3,070
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 22,600 3,060
Management Occupations 94,020 2,990
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 18,610 2,790
Customer Service Representatives 24,870 2,580
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 22,300 2,370
Construction and Extraction Occupations 38,430 2,370
Healthcare Support Occupations 25,540 2,350
Waiters and Waitresses 19,490 2,030
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 20,790 1,690
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 30,070 1,490
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 25,720 1,410
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 53,180 1,370
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 21,740 1,320
Production Occupations 30,950 1,260
Security Guards 21,350 1,230
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 76,280 1,180
Registered Nurses 77,690 1,170
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 23,320 1,130
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 33,140 1,120
General and Operations Managers 101,650 1,110
Food Preparation Workers 19,770 1,090
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 43,070 980
Compliance Officers 67,660 980
Community and Social Service Occupations 44,470 970
Cooks, Restaurant 19,260 960
Home Health Aides 18,430 940
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 46,560 900
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 62,960 860
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 37,750 860
Cargo and Freight Agents 37,060 850
Dispatchers, Except Police, Fire, and Ambulance 35,830 780
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 43,320 740
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 27,010 730
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 59,010 700

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 36,260 97,630
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 29,700 20,990
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 30,630 11,370
Sales and Related Occupations 29,660 10,710
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 46,980 7,750
Protective Service Occupations 49,410 4,570
Office Clerks, General 27,040 4,370
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 35,690 3,470
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 37,280 3,390
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 78,940 3,310
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 73,270 3,070
Management Occupations 94,020 2,990
Construction and Extraction Occupations 38,430 2,370
Healthcare Support Occupations 25,540 2,350
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 30,070 1,490
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 25,720 1,410
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 53,180 1,370
Production Occupations 30,950 1,260
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 76,280 1,180
Registered Nurses 77,690 1,170
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 33,140 1,120
General and Operations Managers 101,650 1,110
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 43,070 980
Compliance Officers 67,660 980
Community and Social Service Occupations 44,470 970
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 46,560 900
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 62,960 860
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 37,750 860
Cargo and Freight Agents 37,060 850
Dispatchers, Except Police, Fire, and Ambulance 35,830 780
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 43,320 740
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 27,010 730
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 59,010 700
Medical Secretaries 25,710 670
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 31,430 650
Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists 40,640 620
Billing and Posting Clerks 27,950 570
Construction Laborers 25,900 550
Accountants and Auditors 68,040 540
Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 25,960 520
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 65,150 480
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 57,710 460
First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators 57,570 460
Managers, All Other 98,440 420
Firefighters 49,610 420
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 55,890 380
Driver/Sales Workers 30,380 370
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 35,480 360
Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks 31,430 360
Nursing Assistants 27,330 350

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