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Here's how much money Austinites make in a year

Here's how much money Austinites make in a year

Austin skyline city buildings
Austinites make more than the national average. Kumar Appaiah/Flickr

With 157 people moving to Austin each day, there must be some major perks to living in the Capital City. In addition to an excellent lifestyle, Austin is one of the best cities to find a job. But what do those jobs pay?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor's recently released 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics, the average occupational salary in Austin is $49,560. That's 2.6 percent higher than the national average, $48,320, and 6.4 percent higher than the Texas average of $46,560.

While above average, it doesn't add up to what residents make in Houston ($51,830) and Dallas ($50,480). Fort Worth and San Antonio, however, come in below state and national averages at $45,560 and $43,740, respectively.

The report also provides a detailed look at the most popular jobs in Austin along with their average salaries. Unfortunately, the majority of these occupations, which employ the most workers, offer below-average salaries:

  1. Retail salespersons: $27,940
  2. Office clerks: $34,190
  3. Food prep and service: $19,570 
  4. Customer service: $31,650
  5. Waiter and waitresses: $21,980
  6. Secretaries and administrative assistants: $33,540
  7. Cashiers: $21,670
  8. General and operations managers: $120,030
  9. Registered nurses: $67,130
  10. Software and app developers: $95,850

The highest paid Austinites are physicians and surgeons, who rake in $263,860 on average. On the other end of the spectrum are building cleaning workers ($17,880), fast-food cooks ($18,720), and counter attendants ($19,400), the three lowest-paying jobs with annual incomes.