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Amazon Jobs Transforming Dallas – Fort Worth

Amazon Jobs Transforming Dallas – Fort Worth

DFW Is Amazons Second Home

There are many Amazon jobs transforming Dallas – Fort Worth and its is no secret! Amazon can transform an entire region. But how many cities have the bandwidth to handle the massive project? It involves eight million square feet of office space. Eventually, along with big incentives, mass transit connections, and a stable, pro-business climate. Perhaps most important, Amazon needs a labor pool that can provide fifty thousand workers, including many tech specialists.

A Record Growth in Jobs 

It’s a daunting number of new jobs, especially from a single company. Few regions have a record of such job growth. But Dallas-Fort Worth is one that does. Since 2010, DFW has added an average of almost one hundred thousand jobs a year. Twice as many as Seattle, Amazon’s fast-growing hometown. DFW is also well ahead of Denver, considered a favorite in the Amazon sweepstakes, and Austin, another leading contender.

Dallas Metroplex Massive Population 

The Dallas metro area has over twice the population of Denver and Austin. So, you’d expect it to add more workers. That may seem an unfair advantage, but size has advantages. Amazon won’t hire fifty thousand people immediately, so cities have time to ramp up. Still, Dallas could handle the extra load better than most. Amazon plans to hire lots of tech workers, including high-demand software engineers. Last year, almost two-thirds of Amazon job postings in Seattle were for tech workers. According to Emsi, a labor market research firm in Moscow, Idaho.

 EMSI Recent Reports

Emsi recently published a report on the top cities for so-called HQ2. This was based on their ability to meet Amazon’s labor demands. Dallas-Fort Worth, a tech powerhouse that often doesn’t get credit for it, was No. 5 in the overall ranking. “Dallas has really strong numbers in the tech area and in broader management and administration”. Said Josh Wright, Emsi’s director of economic development. Average pay for the Amazon jobs will be about $100,000 a year. According to public documents from the company. At that pay rate, Amazon could attract almost fifteen thousand software engineers in the Dallas area, Emsi reported.

Technical Workers Needed

Expand the job search to workers with similar technical skills, and Amazon could land almost 33,000 people, Emsi said. That’s almost twice as many potential hires as Denver and Austin, thanks again to the advantage of size. Amazon wants a second headquarters that’s the equal of Seattle, so it needs more than software stars. It’s also looking for workers in legal, accounting and administrative services, and in management and the executive ranks.


Vital General Labor

This general labor category represents one of Dallas’ strengths. While Fort Worth-Arlington has more manufacturing and logistics. The Dallas-Plano-Irving area has had rapid growth in professional and business services. That sector includes many of the fields Amazon is targeting. Dallas’ growth is the result of a diverse economy that has a rich mix of major corporations and smaller employers. It’s home to AT&T, American Airlines, Exxon Mobil and Southwest Airlines.

Dallas Attracts Workers

Dallas also has a long record of attracting workers from other states and nations. Along with college students from outside the region. And a city’s ability to recruit talent is very important to Amazon. “We have no trouble getting people to move to Dallas,” said Matt Bomberger, managing director for Experis IT. A tech staffing company. In part, he said, that’s because Dallas is home to many foreign nationals and they feel welcome here. 

HQ2 Comps

In the competition for HQ2, Dallas has a serious weakness: education. Twenty-one percent of adults in Dallas-Fort Worth have a bachelor’s degree, according to the ranking by Emsi. And that’s the lowest rate among the top 10 contenders in its report. San Francisco, San Jose, and Boston are over 30 percent. Denver’s at 28 and Austin’s at 27. “A highly educated labor pool is critical,” Amazon said in its request for proposals, “and a strong university system is required.”


On Another Note!

 On that second part, things are more promising. Local leaders have long pushed to improve area universities, and the colleges are getting more students to finish and get a diploma. The University of Texas at Arlington and the University of Texas at Dallas awarded over twice as many bachelor’s degrees last year as in 2000. Engineering and computer science were among the top majors, and they’re of special interest to Amazon. Even private schools, such as Southern Methodist University and Texas Christian University, have had a big increase in bachelor’s degrees since 2000.


Every company wants talented workers but not at any price. Amazon asks cities to provide local wage information for the jobs it will be hiring. And Dallas sits in a good spot among the top contenders. It’s not cheap to hire tech talent in Dallas, but it’s a bargain compared with Silicon Valley and Seattle. It also costs less than in Denver, and Colorado has a state income tax, too.

Dallas- Fort Worth Pay Rates 

In Dallas-Fort Worth, the median hourly rate for software developers is $47.71, according to Emsi. That works out to just over $99,000 a year, which nearly matches the pay rate that Amazon has estimated for future workers in HQ2. Pay rates are slightly lower in Austin and Atlanta, but not enough to create much separation among the three. So the question is, what do you get for your money? In Dallas, it’s a labor pool with over 30,000 skilled tech workers who might jump at Amazon’s offer.

That’s a strong pitch — strong enough to build a bid on.