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, 78703

512-414-1700 

www.austinisd.org

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. 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

512-974-2000

www.austintexas.gov

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

512-338-4400

www.dell.com

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

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

512-838-0000

www.ibm.com

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

512-324-1980 

www.seton.com

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

512-708-9700

www.stdavids.com

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

512-463-2000

www.texas.gov

www.governor.state.tx.us

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 at Austin

1 University Station

Austin, 78712

512-471-3434

www.utexas.edu

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. Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) 

 7171 Southwest Pkwy

Austin, 78735 

512-602-2292

www.amd.com

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

512-674-2000

www.apple.com

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 will become the tech giant’s new “Americas Operation Center” by 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

512-272-1000

www.appliedmaterials.com

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

512-223-4222

www.austincc.edu

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

512-870-2528

www.att.com

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

512-425-4100

www.flextronics.com

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. Freescale Semiconductor

3501 Ed Bluestein Blvd

Austin, 78721

512-933-6000

www.freescale.com

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.

 

17. National Instruments

11500 N. Mopac Expwy

Austin, 78759

512-683-0100

www.ni.com

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. Samsung Austin Semiconductor

12100 Samsung Blvd

Austin, 78754

512-672-1000

www.samsung.com/austinsemiconductor

Samsung Austin Semiconductor is owned by Samsung Electronics and is the company’s only semiconductor manufacturing plant located outside of Korea. Samsung invested more than 13 billion dollars in this facility and is committed to research and development in the area.  Samsung has made the largest foreign investment in Texas and this facility is also one of the single largest investments in the United States.

 

 

19. Texas State University

601 University Drive

San Marcos, 78666

512-245-2111

www.txstate.edu

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

512-854-4215

www.co.travis.tx.us

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

512-984-1800 

www.solutions.3m.com

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

512-477-4455

wholefoodsmarket.com

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

512-485-7589

www.activisionblizzard.com

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

512-494-9400

www.austinenergy.com

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 

800-331-0085

www.corporate.walmart.com

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. 

 

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