Texas by the Numbers: Top Occupations in Texas

Recently released employer survey data from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) provides a look at annual wage estimates for over 800 occupations, and highlights top paying jobs in Texas, as well as 10-year projected growth for top industries and occupations.

TWC’s Labor Market Career Information (LMCI) department compiles the data and makes it available to the public. The data includes employment statistics and customized information regarding occupational staffing trends, hiring patterns, salary and local employment history.

Current data shows the top 15 occupations were in healthcare. Other top occupations include chief executives, airline pilots and architects.

The Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program produces employment and wage estimates annually for over 800 occupations. These estimates are available for metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas across Texas.

The Texas Wages and Employment Projections interactive web tool allows users to view a wide range of this wage data, including employment estimates for entry level and experienced level wages.

Here are several quick facts from the most recent Texas occupational employment report:

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  • Office and Administrative Support Occupations is the largest occupational group which accounts for 17% of Texas employment or about 2 million jobs.
  • Twelve of the 15 highest paying occupations were healthcare occupations, including several physician and dentist occupations (all paying above $166,000).
  • Registered Nurses, with 207,810 jobs, was the largest healthcare occupation. Most Registered Nurses worked in the General Medical and Surgical Hospitals industry (118,600).
  • Registered Nurses ($70,390) was the largest occupation with above-average wages.
  • Other than registered nurses, the largest healthcare occupations were Nursing Assistants (87,930), Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses (70,810), and Home Health Aides (67,180).
  • All computer occupations pay higher than the mean, median, entry and experienced wages for all occupations combined. Actuaries have the highest average wage of $121,300.
  • The highest paying construction and extraction occupations were Elevator Installers and Repairers ($71,140) and First-Line Supervisors of Construction and Extraction Workers ($68,740).
  • Construction and Extraction occupations had employment of 579,760 in May 2016, representing 4.9 percent of total Texas employment. Over 78 percent (450,000) of these jobs were in construction trades occupations, including Construction Laborers (100,600), First-Line Supervisors of Construction and Extraction Workers (68,270), Electricians (57,540) and Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters (40,530).
  • The largest occupation overall were retail salespersons (383,080) and General Office Clerks (363,020).

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Source: May 2016 Texas Occupational Employment and Wages

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