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Here's how much money the average Dallas worker makes in a year

Here's how much money the average Dallas worker makes in a year

Downtown Dallas behind flooded Trinity River
The average annual salary in Dallas is higher than most Texas cities. Photo by Scot Miller

With almost 400 people moving to Dallas-Fort Worth each day, there must be some major perks to living here. In addition to an excellent lifestyle, the Dallas area is one of the best places 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 Dallas is $50,480. That's higher than the national average of $48,320 and Texas average of $46,560.

While it's slightly less than what Houston residents make ($51,830), Dallas workers earn more than those in Austin ($49,560), Fort Worth ($45,560), and San Antonio ($43,740).

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

  1. Retail salespersons: $28,550
  2.  Office clerks: $34,460
  3.  Customer service reps: $36,730 
  4.  Food prep and service: $18,840 
  5.  Cashiers: $19,970 
  6.  Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers: $26,430 
  7. Waiters/waitresses: $23,940  
  8. Registered nurses: $72,570 
  9. General operations managers: $144,950 
  10. Stock clerks: $26,170 

The highest paid Dallasites are psychiatrists ($251,390) and surgeons ($249,650). On the other end of the spectrum are personal care aides ($18,180), lifeguards and recreational service workers ($18,590), and ushers and lobby attendants ($18,730), the lowest-paying jobs with annual incomes.