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Waco Employment

Employment and Industries in the Waco, Texas Area

Waco's economy still depends partly on livestock and crops. Manufacturing and tourism are significant economic elements. Waco is situated in the heart of a Texas manufacturing and technology corridor. Items produced in the city include machinery, glass, fabricated metal, plastics, rubber, clothing and tires. Waco also includes an aerospace industry.

Notable information regarding Waco, Texas: Adult population holding a bachelor's degree or higher: 19%. Average salary in 2009: $26,000. The cost of living index in 2008: 79.5 (U.S. average: 100).

Waco's primary fields of employment are educational services, healthcare, accommodation and food services, construction, and finance and insurance. Management, professional and related occupations (27% of the workforce). Sales and office occupations (22% of the labor force).

The major employers in the Waco region:

  • Waco Independent School District
  • Baylor University
  • Providence Healthcare Network
  • Hillcrest Health System
  • City of Waco
  • H-E-B
  • L-3 Communications
  • Walmart
  • McLennan County
  • Midway Independent School District
  • Cargill Foods
  • Veterans Administrative Medical Center
  • McLennan Community College
  • Pilgrim's Pride
  • Texas State Technical College
  • Mars Snackfoods US
  • Sanderson Farms
  • Examination Management Services
  • ALCOA Fastening Systems
  • American Income Life

Some of the occupations in Waco that are mostly filled by college graduates are: registered nurses, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, teachers, medical and health services managers, market research analysts, public relations specialists, network and computer systems administrators, and educational, vocational and school counselors.

Local businesses are invited to work with organizations such as:

People looking for local business and economic news can read the Wacotrib.com.

Jobs in Waco

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations116260$42,410$20.39100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations20350$33,300$16.0114.35
3Sales and Related Occupations11150$35,270$16.969.9
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations10980$21,680$10.428.55
5Production Occupations10500$34,660$16.665.7
6Education, Training, and Library Occupations8310$53,020$25.496.05
7Transportation and Material Moving Occupations7240$32,840$15.796.55
8Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations6970$78,400$37.695.8
9Construction and Extraction Occupations5600$38,550$18.534.45
10Business and Financial Operations Occupations5150$65,390$31.445.25
11Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations4990$41,420$19.913.8
12Management Occupations4000$106,040$50.986.15
13Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food3890$19,440$9.352.3
14Customer Service Representatives3860$28,870$13.881.75
15Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations3820$22,990$11.053.65
16Personal Care and Service Occupations3800$21,370$10.284.3
17Retail Salespersons3660$26,700$12.842.85
18Office Clerks, General3320$32,080$15.421.9
19Healthcare Support Occupations3150$28,910$13.93
20Cashiers2910$20,710$9.962.2
21Protective Service Occupations2720$41,990$20.192.2
22Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers2050$26,180$12.590
23Waiters and Waitresses2050$21,200$10.191.7
24Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1990$23,190$11.151.55
25Registered Nurses1940$64,380$30.951.95
26Personal Care Aides1920$18,090$8.71.5
27Architecture and Engineering Occupations1910$77,330$37.181.7
28Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive1870$31,510$15.151.5
29Computer and Mathematical Occupations1700$69,320$33.332.9
30Stock Clerks and Order Fillers1700$27,300$13.121.3
31Community and Social Service Occupations1540$45,300$21.781.65
32General and Operations Managers1500$110,060$52.911.5
33Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers1450$43,190$20.761.2
34Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand1440$25,280$12.151.7
35Nursing Assistants1420$27,390$13.171
36Business Operations Specialists, All Other1260$67,410$32.410.7
37Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations1180$49,860$23.971.8
38Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks1110$35,930$17.271.05
39Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators1050$65,090$31.290.2
40First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers1040$41,840$20.111
41Maintenance and Repair Workers, General1040$33,400$16.060.9
42First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers1020$54,430$26.170.95
43Cooks, Restaurant1010$23,250$11.180.8
44Medical Secretaries950$32,330$15.540.4
45First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers940$31,700$15.240.6
46Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators910$33,740$16.220.35
47Construction Laborers890$27,980$13.450.8
48Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders890$33,620$16.160.2
49Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners880$19,470$9.360.9
50Sales Representatives, Services, All Other870$49,400$23.750.6
51Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products870$58,310$28.030.9
52Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses860$44,660$21.470.5
53Correctional Officers and Jailers850$39,830$19.150.25
54Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers830$24,140$11.610.8
55Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers810$32,770$15.760.6
56Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks700$31,320$15.060.4
57Security Guards690$27,050$13.010.7
58Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics610$37,670$18.110.5
59Food Preparation Workers610$21,560$10.360.6
60First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers580$64,050$30.790.4
61Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers580$39,380$18.930.3
62Childcare Workers570$19,180$9.220.8
63Medical Assistants570$30,010$14.430.45
64Accountants and Auditors560$75,570$36.330.9
65First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers550$57,360$27.580.4
66Bus Drivers, School or Special Client530$27,350$13.150.3
67Substitute Teachers530$21,050$10.120
68Electricians520$46,770$22.490.4
69Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations520$66,700$32.070.8
70Tellers520$26,180$12.590.3
71Driver/Sales Workers510$28,860$13.880.3
72Legal Occupations510$85,050$40.890.8
73Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria490$23,400$11.250.3
74Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs480$37,730$18.140.1
75Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters470$42,410$20.390.3
76Aerospace Engineers460$103,670$49.840
77Computer User Support Specialists450$46,280$22.250.4
78Counter and Rental Clerks450$25,730$12.370.3
79Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers440$35,800$17.210.3
80Helpers--Production Workers430$26,700$12.840.3
81Carpenters420$33,420$16.070.7
82Receptionists and Information Clerks420$24,720$11.890.7
83Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators410$36,360$17.480.2
84Vocational Education Teachers, Postsecondary390$51,930$24.970.1
85First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers380$60,370$29.030.3
86Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers350$38,820$18.660.2
87Human Resources Specialists350$52,410$25.20.35
88Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers340$35,090$16.870.1
89Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers330$18,990$9.130.3
90Dishwashers330$20,330$9.770.3
91Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors330$52,240$25.120.2
92Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants330$51,930$24.970.35
93Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment320$21,410$10.30.2
94Industrial Machinery Mechanics320$51,000$24.520.2
95Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks320$45,270$21.760.2
96Cooks, Fast Food300$20,580$9.890.3
97Insurance Sales Agents280$68,490$32.930.3
98Social and Human Service Assistants280$34,150$16.420.25
99Postal Service Mail Carriers270$49,750$23.920.2
100Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians260$51,170$24.60.1
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Jobs More Common Near Waco Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$42,410116,260
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$33,30020,350
Sales and Related Occupations$35,27011,150
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$21,68010,980
Production Occupations$34,66010,500
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$53,0208,310
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$32,8407,240
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$78,4006,970
Construction and Extraction Occupations$38,5505,600
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$65,3905,150
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$41,4204,990
Management Occupations$106,0404,000
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$19,4403,890
Customer Service Representatives$28,8703,860
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$22,9903,820
Personal Care and Service Occupations$21,3703,800
Retail Salespersons$26,7003,660
Office Clerks, General$32,0803,320
Healthcare Support Occupations$28,9103,150
Cashiers$20,7102,910
Protective Service Occupations$41,9902,720
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$26,1802,050
Waiters and Waitresses$21,2002,050
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$23,1901,990
Registered Nurses$64,3801,940
Personal Care Aides$18,0901,920
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$77,3301,910
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$31,5101,870
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$69,3201,700
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$27,3001,700
Community and Social Service Occupations$45,3001,540
General and Operations Managers$110,0601,500
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$43,1901,450
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$25,2801,440
Nursing Assistants$27,3901,420
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$67,4101,260
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$49,8601,180
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$35,9301,110
Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators$65,0901,050
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$41,8401,040
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$33,4001,040
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$54,4301,020
Cooks, Restaurant$23,2501,010
Medical Secretaries$32,330950
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$31,700940
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$33,740910
Construction Laborers$27,980890
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders$33,620890
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$19,470880
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$49,400870

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$42,410116,260
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$33,30020,350
Sales and Related Occupations$35,27011,150
Production Occupations$34,66010,500
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$53,0208,310
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$32,8407,240
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$78,4006,970
Construction and Extraction Occupations$38,5505,600
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$65,3905,150
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$41,4204,990
Management Occupations$106,0404,000
Customer Service Representatives$28,8703,860
Retail Salespersons$26,7003,660
Office Clerks, General$32,0803,320
Healthcare Support Occupations$28,9103,150
Protective Service Occupations$41,9902,720
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$26,1802,050
Registered Nurses$64,3801,940
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$77,3301,910
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$31,5101,870
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$69,3201,700
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$27,3001,700
Community and Social Service Occupations$45,3001,540
General and Operations Managers$110,0601,500
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$43,1901,450
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$25,2801,440
Nursing Assistants$27,3901,420
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$67,4101,260
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$49,8601,180
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$35,9301,110
Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators$65,0901,050
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$41,8401,040
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$33,4001,040
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$54,4301,020
Medical Secretaries$32,330950
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$31,700940
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$33,740910
Construction Laborers$27,980890
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders$33,620890
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$49,400870
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$58,310870
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$44,660860
Correctional Officers and Jailers$39,830850
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$32,770810
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks$31,320700
Security Guards$27,050690
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$37,670610
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers$64,050580
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers$39,380580
Medical Assistants$30,010570

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