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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

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 113010 $41380 $19.89 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 20420 $33740 $16.22 14.8
3 Sales and Related Occupations 11560 $34570 $16.62 10.15
4 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 10580 $20280 $9.75 8.3
5 Production Occupations 10570 $35560 $17.1 5.85
6 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 8220 $50000 $24.04 6.15
7 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 6650 $31510 $15.15 6.45
8 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 5870 $85020 $40.88 5.75
9 Construction and Extraction Occupations 5380 $37230 $17.9 4.4
10 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 5230 $41080 $19.75 3.8
11 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 4200 $65170 $31.33 5.05
12 Customer Service Representatives 3990 $28770 $13.83 1.75
13 Personal Care and Service Occupations 3860 $21220 $10.2 4.1
14 Cashiers 3840 $20230 $9.73 2.25
15 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 3750 $23020 $11.07 3.7
16 Management Occupations 3490 $100710 $48.42 6.05
17 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 3390 $18810 $9.05 2.15
18 Retail Salespersons 3310 $26280 $12.63 3.1
19 Office Clerks, General 3230 $32140 $15.45 2
20 Healthcare Support Occupations 2810 $29190 $14.03 3.05
21 Protective Service Occupations 2700 $42220 $20.3 2.25
22 Waiters and Waitresses 2230 $19250 $9.25 1.6
23 Personal Care Aides 2110 $17680 $8.5 1.3
24 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 1830 $68380 $32.88 2.8
25 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 1820 $30760 $14.79 1.6
26 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1780 $22600 $10.86 1.6
27 Registered Nurses 1760 $64330 $30.93 1.9
28 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 1690 $72140 $34.68 1.65
29 Community and Social Service Occupations 1620 $45880 $22.06 1.65
30 Team Assemblers 1550 $25010 $12.02 0.75
31 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 1500 $27020 $12.99 1.2
32 General and Operations Managers 1450 $101650 $48.87 1.4
33 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 1440 $27380 $13.16 1.6
34 Nursing Assistants 1320 $28920 $13.91 1.05
35 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 1230 $39870 $19.17 1.2
36 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 1210 $37340 $17.95 1.1
37 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 1110 $49300 $23.7 1.7
38 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 1100 $42850 $20.6 1
39 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1040 $19370 $9.31 1
40 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 990 $61420 $29.53 1
41 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 990 $33110 $15.92 0.9
42 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 960 $67000 $32.21 1
43 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 940 $31280 $15.04 0.25
44 Construction Laborers 910 $27230 $13.09 0.8
45 Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks 850 $43200 $20.77 0.2
46 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 850 $29300 $14.09 0.6
47 Correctional Officers and Jailers 840 $39550 $19.02 0.3
48 Medical Secretaries 830 $32020 $15.39 0.4
49 Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators 800 $64620 $31.07 0.2
50 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 780 $29990 $14.42 0.6
51 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 780 $33440 $16.07 0.35
52 Cooks, Restaurant 770 $20700 $9.95 0.75
53 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 770 $25940 $12.47 0.8
54 Accountants and Auditors 750 $77260 $37.14 0.9
55 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 710 $47450 $22.81 0.5
56 Food Preparation Workers 680 $20350 $9.78 0.6
57 Electricians 660 $47360 $22.77 0.4
58 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 660 $61880 $29.75 0.9
59 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 650 $52240 $25.12 0.6
60 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 640 $38890 $18.7 0.3
61 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 620 $54170 $26.04 0.45
62 Security Guards 610 $30170 $14.5 0.7
63 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 580 $59610 $28.66 0.4
64 Legal Occupations 560 $88800 $42.69 0.8
65 Counter and Rental Clerks 550 $28030 $13.48 0.3
66 Childcare Workers 550 $18620 $8.95 0.8
67 Tellers 540 $26760 $12.86 0.3
68 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 530 $31940 $15.35 0.4
69 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 530 $37340 $17.95 0.5
70 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 520 $36770 $17.68 0.3
71 Medical Assistants 480 $29730 $14.29 0.45
72 Substitute Teachers 470 $21120 $10.16 0
73 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 460 $25690 $12.35 0.3
74 Driver/Sales Workers 460 $21290 $10.24 0.3
75 Receptionists and Information Clerks 460 $25900 $12.45 0.7
76 Computer User Support Specialists 450 $47080 $22.63 0.4
77 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 450 $22740 $10.93 0.3
78 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 450 $59780 $28.74 0.3
79 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 430 $58860 $28.3 0.4
80 Dishwashers 410 $18710 $8.99 0.3
81 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers 400 $39520 $19 0.2
82 Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors 390 $53360 $25.65 0.2
83 Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs 390 $36210 $17.41 0.1
84 Carpenters 370 $33350 $16.03 0.6
85 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 360 $34840 $16.75 0.2
86 Cooks, Fast Food 360 $18930 $9.1 0.3
87 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 360 $61080 $29.37 0.7
88 Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers 360 $38310 $18.42 0.1
89 Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products 350 $54480 $26.19 0.2
90 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 340 $18240 $8.77 0.3
91 Helpers--Production Workers 330 $25550 $12.28 0.3
92 Child, Family, and School Social Workers 330 $43870 $21.09 0.2
93 Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 320 $52750 $25.36 0.1
94 Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment 320 $23800 $11.44 0.2
95 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 320 $44230 $21.26 0.3
96 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 310 $51560 $24.79 0.5
97 Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians 310 $46160 $22.19 0.1
98 Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists 300 $41100 $19.76 0.2
99 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 290 $18470 $8.88 0.3
100 Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks 290 $43170 $20.76 0.2
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Jobs More Common Near Waco Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 41,380 113,010
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 33,740 20,420
Sales and Related Occupations 34,570 11,560
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 20,280 10,580
Production Occupations 35,560 10,570
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 50,000 8,220
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 31,510 6,650
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 85,020 5,870
Construction and Extraction Occupations 37,230 5,380
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 41,080 5,230
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 65,170 4,200
Customer Service Representatives 28,770 3,990
Personal Care and Service Occupations 21,220 3,860
Cashiers 20,230 3,840
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 23,020 3,750
Management Occupations 100,710 3,490
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 18,810 3,390
Retail Salespersons 26,280 3,310
Office Clerks, General 32,140 3,230
Healthcare Support Occupations 29,190 2,810
Protective Service Occupations 42,220 2,700
Waiters and Waitresses 19,250 2,230
Personal Care Aides 17,680 2,110
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 68,380 1,830
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 30,760 1,820
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 22,600 1,780
Registered Nurses 64,330 1,760
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 72,140 1,690
Community and Social Service Occupations 45,880 1,620
Team Assemblers 25,010 1,550
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 27,020 1,500
General and Operations Managers 101,650 1,450
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 27,380 1,440
Nursing Assistants 28,920 1,320
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 39,870 1,230
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 37,340 1,210
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 49,300 1,110
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 42,850 1,100
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 19,370 1,040
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 61,420 990
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 33,110 990
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 67,000 960
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 31,280 940
Construction Laborers 27,230 910
Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks 43,200 850
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 29,300 850
Correctional Officers and Jailers 39,550 840
Medical Secretaries 32,020 830
Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators 64,620 800
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 29,990 780

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 41,380 113,010
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 33,740 20,420
Sales and Related Occupations 34,570 11,560
Production Occupations 35,560 10,570
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 50,000 8,220
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 31,510 6,650
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 85,020 5,870
Construction and Extraction Occupations 37,230 5,380
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 41,080 5,230
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 65,170 4,200
Customer Service Representatives 28,770 3,990
Management Occupations 100,710 3,490
Retail Salespersons 26,280 3,310
Office Clerks, General 32,140 3,230
Healthcare Support Occupations 29,190 2,810
Protective Service Occupations 42,220 2,700
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 68,380 1,830
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 30,760 1,820
Registered Nurses 64,330 1,760
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 72,140 1,690
Community and Social Service Occupations 45,880 1,620
Team Assemblers 25,010 1,550
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 27,020 1,500
General and Operations Managers 101,650 1,450
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 27,380 1,440
Nursing Assistants 28,920 1,320
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 39,870 1,230
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 37,340 1,210
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 49,300 1,110
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 42,850 1,100
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 61,420 990
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 33,110 990
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 67,000 960
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 31,280 940
Construction Laborers 27,230 910
Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks 43,200 850
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 29,300 850
Correctional Officers and Jailers 39,550 840
Medical Secretaries 32,020 830
Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators 64,620 800
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 29,990 780
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 33,440 780
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 25,940 770
Accountants and Auditors 77,260 750
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 47,450 710
Electricians 47,360 660
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 61,880 660
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 52,240 650
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 38,890 640
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 54,170 620

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