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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.

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 www.workintexas.com.

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.


11. Apple, 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. The company has also recently announced plans for further expansion of its northwest Austin location.

12. AT&T

400 W. 15th Street #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.

13. Flextronics

12455 Research Boulevard
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.

14. Freescale Semiconductor

6501 W. William Cannon Drive
Austin, 78735

Once a division of Motorola, Freescale Semiconductor began in 1949 as one of the first semiconductor companies in the world and has made automotive and networking its main leadership areas. It is now the largest semiconductor supplier to the automotive industry.

15. Leander ISD

400 S. West Street
Leander, 78646

Leander ISD, whose boundaries include Leander, Cedar Park, Jonestown and parts of Northwest Austin, enrolled more than 30,000 students during the 2011-2012 school year, and is known as one of the area’s top school districts.

16. National Instruments

11500 North Mopac Expressway
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).

17. Pflugerville ISD

140 W. Pecan Street
Pflugerville, 78660

A Recognized school district located just north of Austin, Pflugerville ISD served more than 22,000 students from Austin, Pflugerville, Coupland, Hutto, Manor and Round Rock during the 2011-2012 school year.

18. Round Rock ISD

1311 Round Rock Avenue      
Round Rock, 78681

Round Rock ISD is another top school district, enrolling more than 42,000 students from southwest Williamson County and northwest Travis County in nearly 50 area schools during the 2011-2012 school year.

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 32,000 students (including about 4,300 graduate students). The school offers 97 bachelor’s, 89 master’s, and nine doctoral degree programs in nine colleges.

20. Travis County

1000 Guadalupe Street
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 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 Blvd. that manufactures electronic hard goods and handles new product manufacturing to support global 3M operations.

22. 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.

23. 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.

24. Austin Regional Clinic

6937 North I-H 35,
Suite 500
Austin, 78752

Open since 1980, the Austin Regional Clinic is one of Austin’s largest multi-specialty medical groups, including pediatrics, family and internal medicine, OB/GYN services, podiatry, allergy, ENT, physical therapy and surgery.

25. Capital Metro Transportation Authority

2910 East 5th Street
Austin, 78702

Capital Metro serves more than 3,000 bus stops and 140,000 passengers through its metro, flyer and express routes, downtown ‘Dillo routes and UT Shuttle service. Capital Metro also provides MetroAccess service for passengers with disabilities, van and carpool coordination, as well as freight rail service. They launched the new passenger rail system, Capital MetroRail, in 2009, and it has become a huge success in the last several years. Traveling between  the City of Leander and the Convention Center in downtown Austin, it's an effective resource (with free wi-fi access!) for those who live north and work downtown. 


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Dec 13, 2012 10:20 am
 Posted by  dmarks64

Relocating to Austin in February 2013. Very excited to be a part of Austin Texas!

Sep 23, 2013 02:32 pm
 Posted by  Gazanfar

Thank you,

Sep 23, 2013 02:32 pm
 Posted by  Gazanfar

Thank you,

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