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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 Manufacturing

Manufacturing Overview | Printable Snapshot (PDF)

The manufacturing sector transforms materials, substances or components into new products using mechanical, physical or chemical processes. As one of the broadest sectors of the economy, manufacturing includes 21 subsectors that create a wide range of products, from food and beverages to petrochemicals and automobiles. In 2016, manufacturing contributed $218.3 billion to Texas’ economy, the second-highest contributor behind financial activities. Women account for 27 percent of the state’s 843,000 jobs in this sector.

This industry contributed
$218.3 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 609,000 jobs in other industries of the Texas economy.

Sources: BEA, Emsi, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

Manufacturing Jobs, 2017
Industry/Sector 2017
Number of Jobs
Average Annual Earnings
Women's Jobs Women's Share of Total Jobs
Manufacturing Total 842,513 $92,511 228,750 27%
Food Manufacturing 92,035 $53,414 35,952 39%
Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing 15,889 $73,174 3,741 24%
Textile Mills 1,533 $54,878 524 34%
Textile Product Mills 5,721 $42,131 2,977 52%
Apparel Manufacturing 5,371 $44,943 3,392 63%
Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing 4,374 $45,431 2,407 55%
Wood Product Manufacturing 23,523 $50,887 5,265 22%
Paper Manufacturing 17,291 $77,508 4,152 24%
Printing and Related Support Activities 25,016 $55,515 10,334 41%
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 23,074 $198,835 4,397 19%
Chemical Manufacturing 79,192 $137,950 20,065 25%
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing 37,947 $62,912 11,297 30%
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 38,104 $71,528 6,230 16%
Primary Metal Manufacturing 19,359 $73,725 3,130 16%
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 116,807 $71,736 23,572 20%
Machinery Manufacturing 85,414 $101,577 18,343 21%
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing 90,280 $150,322 26,893 30%
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing 18,475 $96,440 5,144 28%
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing 89,465 $103,320 21,201 24%
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing 23,281 $51,187 6,670 29%
Miscellaneous Manufacturing 30,364 $74,966 13,065 43%

Source: Emsi

Average Monthly Earnings of Women

Earnings in manufacturing vary widely among the subsectors. The three subsectors with the highest shares of women — apparel manufacturing, textile product mills and leather and allied product manufacturing — are among the lowest-paid manufacturing fields.

Earnings Growth
Sector 2010 2016 Earnings Growth
All Sectors $3,067 $3,565 16%
Manufacturing $3,963 $4,705 19%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Top Occupations

Top Occupations
Occupation Women’s Share Total Jobs
Team Assemblers 38%
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 18%
Welders, Cutters, Solderers and Brazers 6%
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers and Weighers 38%
Helpers — Production Workers 25%

Source: Emsi


The manufacturing sector faces a number of challenges, most notably a shortage of trained and skilled workers. In the last few decades, industry leaders increasingly have viewed women as a solution to their skills needs. The number of women in manufacturing is growing slowly but steadily, due to various initiatives steering women into science, technology, engineering and math, but the sector is also working to change the public perception of manufacturing as a career choice and modernizing the workplace in ways that will attract younger generations.

Currently, women working in manufacturing generate additional business activities that ultimately support about 609,000 jobs in all other industries of the state economy. With time, Texas’ manufacturing sector will increasingly reap the benefits of women’s unique perspectives and leadership styles.

Read more in-depth data on women in the workforce.

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