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Major Employers in Austin, Texas

Here are the Austin area's top 30 employers and the estimates of how many people they employ as of Dec 2018:

  1. State of Texas: 62,853
  2. The University of Texas at Austin: 23,925
  3. H-E-B: 13,756
  4. City of Austin: 13,531
  5. Dell Technologies: 13,000
  6. Federal Government: 12,795
  7. Austin Independent School District: 12,227
  8. St. David's HealthCare Partnership: 10,309
  9. Ascension Seton: 9,947
  10. Samsung Austin Semiconductor: 8,935
  11. Apple: 7,000
  12. Round Rock Independent School District: 6,345
  13. IBM Corp.: 6,000
  14. U.S. Internal Revenue Service: 5,700
  15. Travis County: 5,309
  16. Texas State University-San Marcos: 4,873
  17. Leander Independent School District: 4,698
  18. NXP Semiconductors (formerly Freescale): 4,000
  19. Amazon: 3,900
  20. Austin Community College: 3,553
  21. Applied Materials: 2,100
  22. Pflugerville Independent School District: 3,097
  23. U.S. Postal Service: 2,914
  24. General Motors: 2,800
  25. AT&T: 2,800
  26. Accenture: 2,705
  27. Whole Foods Market: 2,687
  28. Keller Williams Realty: 2,564
  29. National Instruments: 2,542
  30. Oracle Corp.: 2,500

Here is more information about the major employers:

1. Austin Independent School District

1111 West Sixth Street
Austin, 78703

The fifth-largest school district in Texas and one of the city’s largest employers, the Austin Independent School District serves approximately 84,000 students at 130 schools – in one of the fastest-growing, ever-changing metroplexes in the country. Other area school districts with significant employment opportunities include: Pflugerville ISD, Leander ISD, Hays ISD, and Round Rock ISD.

2. City of Austin

2006 East 4th Street
Austin, 78702

The City of Austin, another top large employer, runs all city and local government operations for the fourth-largest city in Texas, including city residential and business services. The City of Austin’s Green Building program is one of the best in the country, having received multiple accolades for its groundbreaking environmental initiatives.

3. Dell, Inc.

1 Dell Way
Round Rock, 78682

One of the top developers, sellers and supporters of computers and related products and services in the world, information technology giant Dell is based in Round Rock – selling personal computers, servers, data storage devices, network switches, software, and computer peripherals.

4. U.S. Federal Government

Various Locations

The federal government has more than 10,000 employees in Austin – a large number of whom include workers for the U.S. Postal Service and the Internal Revenue Service, which operates a regional call and processing center here with about 4,500 employees.

5. IBM Corp.

11500 Burnet Road
Austin, 78758

The Austin location of multinational technology and consulting firm IBM, manufactures and sells computer hardware and software, as well as offers infrastructure, hosting and consulting services in areas ranging from mainframe computers to nanotechnology. IBM holds more patents than any other U.S.-based technology company and has nine research laboratories worldwide.

6. Seton Family of Hospitals

1345 Philomena Street
Austin, 78723

Part of the Ascension Health Network of nonprofit medical facilities, the Seton Family of Hospitals is a Catholic-centered organization offering healthcare services for more than 1.8 million Central Texas residents. Seton also provides millions of dollars in charity care for the uninsured every year.

7. St. David’s Healthcare Partnership

98 San Jacinto Center, Suite #1800
Austin, 78701

The St. David’s HealthCare Partnership includes some of leading hospitals in Central Texas. Named as one of Austin’s top largest employers in the Austin Business Journal’s annual "Best Places to Work" listing, St. David’s HealthCare has also been honored with the Texas Award for Performance Excellence. The organization also offers millions of dollars in free care each year to those patients who could not otherwise afford to pay.

8. State of Texas

Various Locations.

As the state capital, Austin is the undisputed hub of government activity and employment. Some of the largest state agencies include the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts; Texas Department of Transportation; Texas Department of Public Safety; Texas Water Development Board, and the Texas Department of Health. For information and to find local job leads via the Texas Workforce Commission, visit

9. University of Texas at Austin

1 University Station
Austin, 78712

Founded in 1883, the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) is the largest component of The University of Texas System – a conglomerate of 16 academic and health institutions – and the largest institution of higher education in the Austin area. With more than 51,000 students (including 11,000 graduate students), and over 24,000 faculty and staff members, UT is the fifth largest public university in the U.S.

10. Amazon

2093-2209 Rutland Dr.
Austin, 78758

Amazon delivers millions of products to hundreds of countries worldwide. Austin is home to one of more than 80 Fulfillment Centers worldwide. Not only does Amazon need talent to work in the warehousing space, but are constantly looking for new members for their team that possess a wide range of skills and expertise to help grow their company from business analysis to engineering

11. Apple Computer, Inc.

12545 Riata Vista Circle
Austin, 78727

Personal computer giant Apple, Inc. employs more than 3,000 at its Austin location, with employees who work in sales, marketing, and customer service. A massive expansion started in December 2012 and became the tech giant’s new "Americas Operation Center" in 2015, with a second phase to be completed by 2021. Apple’s new operations center will create approximately 3,600 jobs, more than doubling their current workforce in Austin.

12. Applied Materials

9700 Highway 290 East
Austin, 78724

Applied Materials is a capital equipment producer serving the semiconductor, TFT LCD display, Glass, WEB and solar (crystalline and thin film) manufacturing industries. It creates and commercializes nanomanufacturing technology used in the production of semiconductor (integrated circuit) chips for electronic gear, flat panel displays for computers and television, glass coatings for homes and buildings, web (flexible substrate) coatings for industry and photovoltaic solar cells and modules using both thin film and crystalline (aka wafer or bulk) photovoltaic technology.

13. Austin Community College

5930 Middle Fiskville Rd.
Austin, 78752

Austin Community College employs nearly 5,000 people in the Austin and surrounding area. They are the second largest institution of higher learning in Central Texas and teach students in their 10 campus and 8 centers located in and around the Austin area. They have more than 65 thousand credit and non-credit students and offer over 235 associate and certification programs.

14. AT&T

400 W. 15th St. #1000 J 
Austin, 78701

Headquartered in San Antonio, the AT&T/SBC merger in 2005 created one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world. It is the largest provider of fixed and mobile telephones in the United States, with more than 210 million total customers.

15. Flextronics (formerly Solectron)

12455 Research Blvd
Austin, 78759

Flextronics is an electronics manufacturing services provider that offers services to original equipment manufacturers (OEM). It also provides supporting supply chain services, including packaging and transportation throughout the world, as well as design and after-sales.

16. Accenture

1501 S. Mopac, Ste. 300
Austin, 78746

Accenture is a leader in providing their clients with services in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Accenture serves clients in more than 120 countries worldwide, and work across more than 40 different industries. Proudly, Accenture also has made 15 consecutive appearances in the Fortune’s "World’s Most Admired Companies" list.

17. National Instruments

11500 N. Mopac Expwy
Austin, 78759

Headquartered in Austin, National Instruments produces automated test equipment and virtual instrumentation. Company products include software (LabVIEW, LabWindows/CVI, TestStand and Multisim), hardware (VXI, VMEbus, and PXI frames and modules; interfaces for GPIB, I2C, and other industrial automation standards) and real-time embedded controllers (Compact FieldPoint and CompactRIO).

18. NXP Semiconductors

6501 W William Cannon Dr,
Austin, TX 78735

NXP Semiconductors N.V. creates secure connectivity solutions for embedded applications, and the leader in innovative high-performance mixed-signal solutions. NXP has over 60 years or combined experience and expertise, and 31,000 employees crossing over more than 33 countries.

19. Texas State University

601 University Drive
San Marcos, 78666

Located in San Marcos between Austin and San Antonio, Texas State University is the fifth-largest public university in the state with more than 36,000 students (including about 4,300 graduate students). The school offers 97 bachelor’s, 88 master’s, and 12 doctoral degree programs in nine colleges.

20. Travis County 

700 Lavaca, Suite 420
Austin, 78701

As the seat of government and resource for birth certificates, health and human services and other community services, Travis County is also among Austin’s top 10 largest public employers.

21. 3M Corporation

6801 River Place Blvd.
Austin, 78726

Austin, Texas is the global headquarters of the 3M Electro and Communications Business (ECB) and is the only multi-division site located outside of company headquarters in St. Paul‚ Minnesota. Besides 3M Center headquarters on River Place, the company also operates a plant at 11705 Research Boulevarde that manufactures electronic hard goods and handles new product manufacturing to support global 3M operations.

22. Whole Foods

550 Bowie St.
Austin, 78703

In 1980 Whole Foods started with one small store in Austin, Texas and now you can find them all over the United States and internationally.  Specializing in organic and natural foods, Whole Foods has its corporate headquarters in Austin, Texas and has 365 stores throughout the world.  The EPA recognized Whole Foods as the second highest purchaser of green power nationwide.  

23. Activision Blizzard

9825 Spectrum Drive
Austin, 78717

Activision Blizzard is a worldwide online, PC, console, handheld and mobile game publisher best known for its Call of Duty and Warcraft franchises, as well as Spider –Man, X-Men, James Bond and TRANSFORMERS game franchises. The company operates a call center out of its Austin offices.

24. Austin Energy

721 Barton Springs Road
Austin, 78704

Austin Energy is the public utility providing electrical power service to a 421-square mile area including Austin and parts of the surrounding area in Travis and Williamson counties. It has been owned by the City of Austin since its inception in 1893, and owns all or part of five different power plants.

25. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. 

702 Southwest Eighth St.
Bentonville, AK 72716 

Employing approximately 5,500 employees in the Austin area, Wal-Mart Stores are the world’s biggest retailer.  With over 15 locations in the Greater Austin area, consumers can find money-savings prices on everyday home goods, groceries, clothing, and so much more. The average Wal-Mart Supercenter is a massive 182,000 square feet and offers complimentary services such as Tire & Lube Center, Pharmacy, Vision Care Center, and Photo Center.