Largest Major Employers in Austin, Texas

Here's a List of the Top 25

Dell continues to be one of the largest employers in Austin.

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Greater Austin is not only the geographic metropolitan center of Texas, but it also occupies center stage in the state’s positive economic health as a hotbed for a number of industries – whose largest employers include technology, real estate, healthcare, and—as the state capital— both local, state and federal government. 

For example, Austin is often dubbed the “Silicon Hills” because of the plethora of technology companies that have chosen to make their home here. Austin counts 3M, Apple Inc., Hewlett-Packard, Google, Facebook, AMD, Applied Materials, Cirrus Logic, Cisco Systems, eBay/PayPal, Bioware, Blizzard Entertainment, Hoover’s, Intel Corporation, National Instruments, Samsung Group, Silicon Laboratories, Oracle Corporation, Hostgator, and United Devices among the many top companies and largest employers with operations in Central Texas.

In fact, the tech companies here account for much of all tech-related revenue in Texas – second only to the Dallas/Fort Worth area. This industry diversity offers a veritable cornucopia of employment opportunities for those relocating to Austin with companies that have chosen to establish operations in Metro Austin for its high quality of life, plentiful housing opportunities and relatively low cost of living.

The following is a list of Austin’s 25 largest employers, and it includes corporations and government/municipal organizations in a range of industries, as well as a brief description of each company/organization and its services.  These Austin major employers help drive Austin's economy.

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 86,000 students at 124 schools – a student population that has grown by six percent over the past five years.

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, Texas – selling personal computers, servers, data storage devices, network switches, software, computer peripherals, and a wide variety of consumer electronics built by other manufacturers.

4. U.S. 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 #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 in free care each year to those patients who could not otherwise afford to pay.

8. State of Texas


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

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 15 academic and health institutions – and the largest institution of higher education in the Austin area. With more than 50,000 students (including 11,000 graduate students), and about 24,000 faculty and staff members, UT is one of the largest public universities in the U.S.

10. Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)

7171 Southwest Parkway
Austin, 78735

Advanced Micro Devices develops computer processors and related technologies for commercial and consumer markets. Its main products include microprocessors, motherboard chipsets, embedded processors and graphics processors for servers, workstations and personal computers, and processor technologies for handheld devices, digital television, automobiles, game consoles, and other embedded systems applications.

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