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Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

Texas Women In Leisure and Hospitality

Leisure and Hospitality Overview | Printable Snapshot (PDF)

The leisure and hospitality industry, sometimes called a “super sector,” comprises two distinct sectors — arts, entertainment and recreation and accommodation and food services — both of them heavily driven by trends in consumer spending. In 2016, leisure and hospitality contributed $57.9 billion to Texas’ GDP. Women account for 51 percent of the state’s 1.3 million jobs in this industry.

This industry contributed
$57.9 billion

to the state GDP in 2016.

Jobs held by Texas women in this industry

These jobs generate additional business activities that ultimately support more than 530,000 jobs in other industries of the Texas economy.

Sources: BEA, Emsi, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

Leisure and Hospitality Jobs, 2017
Industry/Sector 2017
Number of Jobs
Average Annual Earnings
Women's Jobs Women's Share of Total Jobs
Leisure and Hospitality Total 1,302,818 $24,000 670,167 51%
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation137,303$39,657 65,13447%
Performing Arts, Spectator Sports and Related Industries 28,262 $90,974 11,691 41%
Museums, Historical Sites and Similar Institutions 10,906 $37,472 6,518 60%
Amusement, Gambling and Recreation Industries 98,135 $25,122 46,924 48%
Accommodation and Food Services 1,165,315 $22,155 605,033 52%
Accomodation 121,405 $31,658 69,111 57%
Food Services and Drinking Places 1,043,910 $21,050 535,922 51%

Source: Emsi

Average Monthly Earnings of Women

From 2010 to 2016, women working in accommodation and food services saw their earnings increase the most, by 18 percent — slightly more than the 16 percent earnings growth for women in arts, entertainment and recreation.

Earnings Growth
Sector 2010 2016 Earnings Growth
All Sectors $3,067 $3,565 16%
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation $1,777 $2,054 16%
Accommodation and Food Services $1,380 $1,628 18%

Source: Emsi

Top Occupations

Top Occupations
Occupation Women’s Share Total Jobs
Amusement and Recreation Attendants 41%
Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors 57%
Landscaping and Grounds Keeping Workers 13%
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 61%
Waiters and Waitresses 67%
Cooks, Restaurant 32%

Source: Emsi

In the information sector, for every…

  • 100 jobs created, an additional 80 jobs are created or affected
  • $1 million in sales, an additional $1.33 million in sales are generated
  • $1 million in earnings generated, an additional $1.31 million in earnings are generated

…in all other industries of the Texas economy

Sources: Emsi, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts


Despite being one of Texas’ lowest-paying industries, leisure and hospitality is an important indicator of the strength of the state economy. Since 2010, Texas has added more than 296,000 jobs to reflect the increased free time and disposable income of state consumers post recession. Women play a significant role in the industry and are well represented in its largest occupations. Texas women in leisure and hospitality generate additional business activities that ultimately support about 530,000 jobs in other industries throughout the state economy.

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