What kind of jobs are there in Austin, TX?

The unemployment rate in Austin and the surrounding area is lower than the national average, and the average income is slightly above the national average as well.

Many Austinites are government employees working for the many state agencies that are headquartered in town. Meanwhile, Central Texas has become known as a hub for technology. Nicknamed "Silicon Hills" in the 1990s, Austin is among the top areas for venture capital investment in the country. Google recently expanded its downtown Austin office after being in the city for more than a decade. Another major employment source is the University of Texas, one of the largest public universities in the U.S., with more than 24,000 faculty and staff members.

Job Market Index

Index Score: 7.5 /10

How we calculate this.

Austin has a healthier job market than similarly sized metro areas.

Average Annual Salary



Unemployment Rate 2019

of people are without a job

1.0% lower than national average

Unemployment Rate Over Time

Data sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Top Industries in Austin

Accommodation and Food Services

Total Employment
Waiter and Waitress
Salary: $18.82k - $28.28k

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

Total Employment
Salary: $55.07k - $92.91k

Health Care and Social Assistance

Total Employment
Nursing Aide
Salary: $24.34k - $33.58k