Major Employers and Top Companies in Austin

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

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Austin isn’t just the geographic metropolitan center of Texas, but it also occupies center stage in the state’s positive economic health as a hotbed for several secotrs – including real estate, medical, technology, and—as a state capital state, federal and local government. 

Austin is sometimes referred to as the “Silicon Hills”, mainly due to the large number of technology companies who make their home here. Austin includes 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 as some of the top companies with have operations in Central Texas.

The technology companies in Austin account for a large amount of all tech-related revenue in Texas – second only to the DFW area. The diversity offers tremendous employment opportunities for those who relocate to the Austin area.

The following is a list of Austin’s 25 largest employers. 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.

1.    Austin Independent School District

1111 West Sixth Street
Austin, Texas 78703
The fifth-largest school district in the state ofTexas and one of the city’s major employers, the AISD 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, Texas 78702
The City of Austin, another major employer, runs all city and local government operations for the fourth-largest city in Texas, which includes city residential and business services. The City of Austin’s Green Building program is one of the best in the country, it has received a number of accolades for its environmental initiatives.

3.    Dell, Inc.

1 Dell Way
Round Rock, Texas 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. Government

Various locations
Austin has more than 10,000 federal government employees – a large number of whom include workers for the IRS and U.S. Postal 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 of dollars 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 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 15 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 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 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. The company has also recently announced plans for further expansion of its northwest Austin location.

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.

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