Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
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Texas Women in the Workforce

Statewide Overview | Printable Statewide Snapshot (PDF)

Women play a critical role in the Texas economy. Their earnings represent an increasingly significant portion of household income directly affecting the economic security of families, communities and the state as a whole.

Not only do women hold nearly half of the state’s 12.4 million jobs, they create jobs through their ongoing entrepreneurial efforts.

More than 6 million jobs are held by Texas women.

Every dollar earned by women
in Texas results in an estimated $2.05 in wages, salaries and other compensation throughout the state economy.

Sources: Emsi, RIMS II.

Population of
Texas women:

14.2 million
or 50.4% of the Texas population

Women of prime working age – 25 to 54 years old – make up 20.2% of the entire state population and 40.1% Texas’ female population.

Source: Emsi

57.7 percent of women 16 years old or older are either employed or looking for work.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

51.3% of Texans with a bachelor’s degree or higher are women.

Texas has the 3rd highest number of women-owned businesses in the U.S.

Estimated 938,800 in 2017, up 146.% from 1997.

Among the top 10 most populous states, Texas ranks seventh by share of women-owned businesses per 1,000 residents

Source: American Express

Women hold 27.8% of jobs in top-level executive occupations.

Source: Emsi

Women’s share of top executive
occupations in Texas:

  • 22.6% Chief Executives
  • 28.0% General and Operations Managers
  • 30.7% Legislators

Source: Emsi


In 2017, more than 6 million women worked in industries supporting the state economy. In addition, the number of businesses owned by women in Texas has risen by 146 percent over the last 20 years, Outpacing growth at the national level.

A financially secure Texas depends on financially successful women.

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


If you have any questions or concerns regarding the material on this page, please contact the Comptroller’s Data Analysis and Transparency Division.