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San Diego Employment

Employment and Industries in the San Diego, California Area

Located in Southern California, the San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos metropolitan area has a robust business environment. There are five Fortune 1000 company headquarters located in the San Diego area, and numerous others throughout Southern California. The largest company headquartered in the San Diego area is Sempra Energy. The most famous are probably Jack in the Box, Petco Animal Supplies, and Qualcomm.

The San Diego area is home to many world renowned research centers, including the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the Salk Institute, the Scripps Research Institute, and the Burnham Research Institute. In addition, many major corporations also have research and development labs in San Diego, including Ericsson, Motorola, Nokia, and Texas Instruments.

The San Diego area has one of the most highly educated work forces in the United States. According to the United States Census Bureau, San Diego ranked as the tenth best educated city in the United States with 39% of the population holding a college degree or higher. In 2005, Central Connecticut State University ranked San Diego as one of the forty most literate cities in America.

In its 2006 list of "Best Cities for Doing Business" in the United States, Inc. magazine ranked the San Diego metropolitan area twentieth in the large cities category. Inc. has ranked San Diego in the top 20 for all three years of the survey (2004-2006). The criteria used for the list emphasizes regional growth. San Diego was also well ranked on Forbes magazine's 2005 list of "Best Places For Business and Careers". Forbes ranked San Diego twenty-fifth out of the 150 largest metropolitan areas in the United States. In the same survey, Forbes also ranked San Diego twenty-first for job growth. The San Diego metropolitan area also achieved a "5-Star Business Opportunity Metro" ranking from Expansion Management's 2005 Mayor's Challenge ranking of the "Top Business Opportunity Metros." Ranking criteria used in the survey include business climate, transportation and logistics infrastructure, quality of life, public education, and other areas important for corporate site selection.

San Diego's economy was traditionally heavily dependent on tourism and defense. Initiatives by public officials in the 1980s have helped to diversify the San Diego area economy and make it less dependent on its traditional base. The San Diego metropolitan area has become a center for biotechnology, communications, computer and electronics manufacturing, medical equipment manufacturing, pharmaceutical development, and software development and computer services. In 2004, the Milken Institute ranked San Diego as the number one biotech cluster in the United States.

The United States Military has a major presence and impact on the San Diego area economy. There is a major Navy and Marines Corps presence in and around San Diego. San Diego is the home port of the largest naval fleet in the world, including the carriers USS Nimitz and the USS Ronald Reagan, and many other navy ships.

Another major influence on the San Diego area's economy is the Port of San Diego. Not only is the port home to a major U.S. Navy presence, it is also a major port of embarkation for cruise ships, as well as home to the largest ship building plant on the west coast, General Dynamics NASSCO. It is the only shipyard on the west coast capable of building and repairing large ocean-going vessels.

For business travelers, the San Diego metropolitan area is served by the San Diego International Airport (SAN). SAN is the thirtieth busiest airport in the United States.

Notable companies in the San Diego metropolitan area include:

  • Edison International
  • General Dynamics NASSCO
  • Jack in the Box
  • Kyocera
  • Petco Animal Supplies
  • Qualcomm
  • Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC)
  • Sempra Energy

Major business organizations in the San Diego area include:

The San Diego Business Journal, and the San Diego Daily Transcript are both good sources of information on business and economy in the San Diego area.

Most Popular Jobs in San Diego, California Metro Area (2008 data)

Where the Majority of Workers Have College Degrees

Rank Title Local Jobs Local Mean Salary Typical Local Salary National Growth % 2006-2016 National % With College Degree
1 Registered nurses 24,380 $78,880 $57,850 - 104,100 24% 56%
2 Elementary school teachers, except special education 13,400 $67,020 $35,530 - 108,010 14% 95%
3 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 11,980 $65,900 $38,280 - 97,580 6% 96%
4 Accountants and auditors 10,080 $65,590 $41,350 - 96,150 18% 79%
5 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 9,560 $63,800 $32,020 - 109,700 8% 51%
6 Management analysts 6,570 $95,250 $45,300 - 22% 78%
7 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 6,310 $66,750 $42,310 - 98,110 11% 95%
8 Computer software engineers, applications 6,220 $86,560 $47,040 - 128,130 45% 85%
9 Lawyers 5,970 $128,610 $58,270 - 11% 99%
10 Financial managers 5,720 $120,010 $60,240 - 13% 60%
11 Sales managers 5,350 $113,170 $46,070 - 10% 69%
12 Medical scientists, except epidemiologists 4,790 $82,440 $43,780 - 126,570 20% 99%
13 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 4,610 $76,860 $35,310 - 122,500 12% 51%
14 Electronics engineers, except computer 4,310 $98,770 $61,750 - 141,370 4% 81%
15 Computer software engineers, systems software 4,290 $96,040 $57,430 - 138,410 28% 85%
16 Computer specialists, all other 4,190 $79,070 $43,870 - 118,560 15% 68%
17 Computer systems analysts 3,930 $76,230 $49,430 - 106,060 29% 68%
18 Engineering managers 3,850 $131,100 $82,900 - 7% 84%
19 Teachers and instructors, all other 3,850 $49,360 $27,220 - 79,250 9% 54%
20 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 3,820 $57,760 $32,370 - 85,480 5% 58%
21 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 3,750 $55,730 $34,230 - 85,870 17% 56%
22 Engineers, all other 3,740 $93,000 $54,550 - 135,790 6% 82%
23 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 3,620 $53,170 $21,480 - 98,110 13% 73%
24 Civil engineers 3,500 $80,540 $57,430 - 108,050 18% 87%
25 Managers, all other 3,300 $104,570 $57,870 - 160,000 7% 55%
26 Network and computer systems administrators 3,280 $71,330 $44,780 - 102,080 27% 50%
27 Computer and information systems managers 3,020 $114,840 $67,350 - 16% 73%
28 Computer programmers 2,970 $76,770 $42,330 - 109,360 -4% 73%
29 Mechanical engineers 2,820 $81,370 $40,850 - 128,050 4% 78%
30 Self-enrichment education teachers 2,770 $43,510 $24,760 - 68,280 23% 54%
31 Graphic designers 2,650 $49,770 $29,610 - 71,770 10% 55%
32 Chief executives 2,640 $191,920 $97,800 - 2% 65%
33 Social and human service assistants 2,640 $30,650 $18,430 - 47,490 34% 58%
34 Marketing managers 2,550 $121,670 $61,850 - 14% 69%
35 Public relations specialists 2,520 $57,260 $26,600 - 98,060 18% 81%
36 Detectives and criminal investigators 2,510 $62,890 $39,370 - 93,750 17% 54%
37 Market research analysts 2,490 $70,990 $35,260 - 122,350 20% 82%
38 Sales and related workers, all other 2,230 $43,440 $18,380 - 70,100 14% 62%
39 Pharmacists 2,200 $118,190 $105,410 - 137,720 22% 97%
40 Financial specialists, all other 2,120 $60,220 $30,020 - 99,500 12% 50%
41 Network systems and data communications analysts 2,110 $73,630 $45,990 - 104,700 53% 57%
42 Instructional coordinators 2,100 $74,480 $34,790 - 116,650 23% 79%
43 Medical and health services managers 2,030 $102,080 $53,650 - 161,630 16% 57%
44 Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 2,020 $91,710 $36,050 - 25% 67%
45 Financial analysts 2,010 $93,080 $49,960 - 154,480 34% 87%
46 Child, family, and school social workers 1,980 $50,980 $33,460 - 68,160 19% 77%
47 Biological technicians 1,940 $48,270 $29,480 - 71,630 16% 60%
48 Industrial engineers 1,840 $77,910 $53,250 - 107,110 20% 74%
49 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 1,820 $111,250 $76,750 - 151,510 8% 78%
50 Chemists 1,800 $92,990 $57,260 - 130,270 9% 93%
51 Electrical engineers 1,700 $94,250 $59,410 - 133,060 6% 81%
52 Computer hardware engineers 1,610 $80,350 $35,030 - 128,280 5% 70%
53 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 1,580 $43,000 $28,040 - 63,000 15% 51%
54 Sales engineers 1,540 $93,890 $47,770 - 152,190 9% 79%
55 Personal financial advisors 1,540 $73,130 $38,290 - 115,370 41% 81%
56 Community and social service specialists, all other 1,520 $46,100 $24,780 - 70,820 25% 58%
57 Coaches and scouts 1,510 $43,140 $19,860 - 67,940 15% 60%
58 Training and development specialists 1,500 $58,650 $34,590 - 89,070 18% 56%
59 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 1,490 $55,120 $29,840 - 88,280 18% 56%
60 Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists 1,470 $70,250 $34,440 - 110,840 16% 99%
61 Environmental scientists and specialists, including health 1,460 $66,150 $38,000 - 99,970 25% 93%
62 Architects, except landscape and naval 1,440 $92,150 $53,570 - 137,530 18% 88%
63 Education administrators, postsecondary 1,440 $81,920 $44,380 - 159,420 14% 78%
64 Database administrators 1,380 $64,010 $33,470 - 105,560 29% 72%
65 Advertising sales agents 1,370 $59,950 $27,600 - 104,880 20% 56%
66 Natural sciences managers 1,300 $149,100 $84,830 - 11% 93%
67 Health educators 1,300 $38,010 $23,480 - 59,610 26% 58%
68 Aerospace engineers 1,290 $100,710 $67,980 - 136,100 10% 87%
69 Biochemists and biophysicists 1,290 $88,820 $43,240 - 152,050 16% 95%
70 Physical therapists 1,170 $78,180 $57,840 - 100,820 27% 89%
71 Mental health and substance abuse social workers 1,090 $40,550 $23,810 - 65,140 30% 77%
72 Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 1,080 $59,820 $40,830 - 84,080 18% 56%
73 Social and community service managers 1,060 $62,970 $38,300 - 92,930 25% 72%
74 Insurance underwriters 1,020 $55,720 $36,310 - 83,650 6% 53%
75 Editors 1,020 $46,390 $29,920 - 72,250 2% 81%
76 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 1,010 $69,410 $43,950 - 101,160 20% 87%
77 Environmental engineers 990 $88,200 $58,890 - 129,030 25% 86%
78 Dentists, general 950 $124,720 $64,510 - 9% 100%
79 Producers and directors 950 $78,170 $30,350 - 155,330 11% 75%
80 Physician assistants 930 $83,400 $64,740 - 122,950 27% 67%
81 Mental health counselors 920 $49,200 $25,820 - 84,270 30% 73%
82 Budget analysts 890 $72,120 $46,230 - 105,020 7% 78%
83 Medical and public health social workers 890 $58,830 $36,740 - 80,980 24% 77%
84 Rehabilitation counselors 890 $37,000 $21,990 - 53,410 23% 73%
85 Purchasing managers 880 $97,830 $57,790 - 149,080 3% 57%
86 Computer and information scientists, research 860 $102,530 $71,140 - 137,710 22% 68%
87 Speech-language pathologists 820 $84,190 $59,450 - 110,760 11% 98%
88 Occupational therapists 810 $76,320 $54,780 - 99,310 23% 90%
89 Special education teachers, secondary school 810 $72,250 $44,550 - 108,570 9% 87%
90 Librarians 810 $60,140 $36,720 - 91,940 4% 85%
91 Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors 750 $37,420 $26,970 - 51,530 34% 73%
92 Human resources managers, all other 730 $111,820 $69,130 - 11% 58%
93 Technical writers 720 $72,200 $45,710 - 98,840 20% 74%
94 Urban and regional planners 720 $70,730 $36,440 - 101,590 15% 92%
95 Credit analysts 720 $66,580 $36,470 - 103,050 2% 60%
96 Education, training, and library workers, all other 720 $37,610 $21,670 - 49,770 11% 79%
97 Healthcare practitioners and technical workers, all other 710 $70,330 $39,980 - 103,790 15% 72%
98 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 710 $66,740 $47,070 - 89,140 12% 51%
99 Social workers, all other 680 $47,270 $29,110 - 72,380 18% 77%
100 Interior designers 660 $51,080 $31,220 - 72,570 20% 55%

Where the Majority of Workers Do Not Have College Degrees

Rank Title Local Jobs Local Mean Salary Typical Local Salary National Growth % 2006-2016 National % With College Degree
1 Retail salespersons 48,170 $25,770 $16,920 - 40,500 12% 25%
2 Cashiers 32,300 $22,390 $16,710 - 33,910 -3% 10%
3 Office clerks, general 32,140 $28,740 $18,290 - 39,960 13% 19%
4 Waiters and waitresses 26,540 $20,200 $16,680 - 24,700 11% 14%
5 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 23,450 $19,820 $16,670 - 25,740 18% 5%
6 General and operations managers 20,580 $119,770 $53,060 - 2% 48%
7 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 19,870 $44,250 $28,590 - 63,940 15% 18%
8 Customer service representatives 18,270 $35,770 $22,450 - 51,300 25% 22%
9 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 18,090 $25,000 $17,440 - 37,850 15% 4%
10 Stock clerks and order fillers 15,940 $25,020 $17,120 - 37,710 -8% 8%
11 Business operations specialists, all other 15,880 $67,710 $34,160 - 110,500 21% 49%
12 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 15,850 $37,170 $25,180 - 50,890 13% 16%
13 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 15,200 $52,130 $31,650 - 77,440 6% 29%
14 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 15,030 $25,230 $17,390 - 36,880 2% 5%
15 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 14,280 $25,520 $18,800 - 36,220 18% 6%
16 Teacher assistants 13,470 $28,320 $19,930 - 38,450 10% 18%
17 Security guards 12,580 $25,400 $17,960 - 36,160 17% 13%
18 Construction laborers 12,290 $36,220 $21,730 - 59,680 11% 5%
19 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 12,120 $40,670 $23,000 - 63,170 4% 25%
20 Maintenance and repair workers, general 11,610 $36,740 $22,310 - 55,640 10% 6%
21 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 10,960 $20,490 $16,900 - 25,560 13% 5%
22 Food preparation workers 10,510 $20,610 $16,740 - 26,840 15% 7%
23 Team assemblers 10,490 $24,770 $17,670 - 34,540 0% 5%
24 Cooks, fast food 9,910 $18,600 $16,660 - 20,770 8% 5%
25 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 9,380 $19,730 $16,690 - 24,670 10% 8%
26 Cooks, restaurant 9,370 $24,240 $19,180 - 30,810 12% 5%
27 Carpenters 9,340 $47,930 $29,610 - 69,450 10% 6%
28 Sales representatives, services, all other 9,290 $60,800 $27,830 - 104,850 28% 48%
29 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 9,160 $34,100 $21,610 - 50,020 1% 18%
30 Receptionists and information clerks 8,820 $26,400 $17,900 - 37,070 17% 13%
31 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 8,460 $25,600 $20,180 - 32,580 18% 7%
32 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 8,300 $30,030 $19,310 - 44,810 11% 14%
33 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 8,170 $42,260 $28,670 - 56,610 10% 4%
34 Medical secretaries 8,080 $31,110 $21,030 - 44,360 17% 18%
35 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 7,900 $29,140 $18,990 - 41,400 4% 6%
36 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 7,670 $31,200 $18,430 - 53,690 8% 4%
37 Packers and packagers, hand 7,630 $19,590 $16,670 - 24,150 -12% 3%
38 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 7,250 $18,910 $16,670 - 21,470 12% 6%
39 Bartenders 7,090 $21,460 $16,710 - 29,250 11% 17%
40 Medical assistants 6,590 $29,890 $22,000 - 40,280 35% 10%
41 Counter and rental clerks 6,510 $27,010 $16,990 - 43,750 23% 16%
42 Computer support specialists 6,300 $46,970 $29,330 - 67,360 13% 43%
43 Electricians 6,250 $47,880 $28,400 - 74,370 7% 7%
44 Dishwashers 6,140 $18,890 $16,690 - 22,370 10% 3%
45 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 6,130 $75,930 $51,630 - 105,430 9% 10%
46 Tellers 5,870 $26,530 $20,010 - 35,110 14% 16%
47 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 5,790 $44,930 $34,200 - 55,900 14% 7%
48 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 5,650 $42,560 $22,760 - 63,740 14% 4%
49 Child care workers 5,260 $23,390 $17,330 - 30,750 18% 15%
50 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 5,090 $35,190 $25,480 - 48,070 4% 15%
51 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 5,060 $52,570 $34,120 - 75,740 11% 4%
52 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 4,690 $19,250 $16,760 - 23,150 10% 17%
53 Home health aides 4,520 $23,540 $17,610 - 32,310 49% 7%
54 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 4,450 $58,320 $34,770 - 88,590 -5% 15%
55 Office and administrative support workers, all other 4,170 $28,070 $18,620 - 41,390 -9% 32%
56 Painters, construction and maintenance 4,070 $41,180 $30,270 - 57,830 12% 6%
57 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 3,970 $34,880 $21,140 - 55,910 -7% 14%
58 Property, real estate, and community association managers 3,950 $52,620 $16,940 - 105,060 15% 36%
59 Postsecondary teachers, all other 3,920 $70,300 $35,390 - 123,600 0% 0%
60 Bill and account collectors 3,870 $35,270 $26,460 - 47,670 23% 13%
61 Amusement and recreation attendants 3,850 $20,710 $16,690 - 28,960 24% 22%
62 Dental assistants 3,740 $33,800 $22,720 - 46,130 29% 9%
63 Production, planning, and expediting clerks 3,730 $47,620 $27,670 - 69,470 4% 30%
64 Industrial truck and tractor operators 3,650 $35,240 $21,710 - 53,550 -2% 2%
65 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 3,630 $73,140 $53,860 - 93,890 11% 33%
66 Preschool teachers, except special education 3,580 $28,810 $20,660 - 38,780 26% 43%
67 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 3,500 $62,420 $36,930 - 97,070 0% 42%
68 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 3,450 $63,970 $35,520 - 92,990 7% 13%
69 Food service managers 3,450 $48,400 $35,100 - 65,460 5% 24%
70 Machinists 3,340 $39,590 $23,120 - 58,540 -3% 3%
71 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 3,340 $21,980 $16,710 - 31,020 14% 3%
72 Postal service mail carriers 3,290 $0 $ - 1% 11%
73 Order clerks 3,280 $30,650 $21,000 - 41,760 -24% 16%
74 Assemblers and fabricators, all other 3,260 $29,420 $17,850 - 41,920 -9% 5%
75 Recreation workers 3,200 $23,840 $17,390 - 32,280 13% 47%
76 Parking lot attendants 3,170 $20,320 $16,640 - 25,930 12% 14%
77 All other information and record clerks 3,120 $37,640 $23,330 - 51,180 -13% 21%
78 Helpers--production workers 2,980 $21,950 $17,070 - 29,910 -1% 4%
79 Loan officers 2,940 $76,410 $34,320 - 136,780 12% 49%
80 Insurance claims and policy processing clerks 2,940 $38,080 $26,560 - 52,360 -1% 22%
81 Driver/sales workers 2,940 $22,710 $16,640 - 38,280 -5% 4%
82 Telemarketers 2,880 $27,270 $17,450 - 39,780 -10% 14%
83 Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 2,860 $35,130 $18,340 - 56,820 27% 47%
84 Legal secretaries 2,800 $44,300 $25,560 - 65,570 12% 18%
85 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 2,780 $25,030 $17,190 - 36,150 12% 6%
86 Insurance sales agents 2,720 $72,620 $31,700 - 149,090 13% 45%
87 Drywall and ceiling tile installers 2,690 $48,910 $33,520 - 71,360 7% 2%
88 Personal and home care aides 2,680 $21,080 $17,320 - 25,770 51% 10%
89 Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators 2,670 $58,320 $38,700 - 82,630 9% 47%
90 Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 2,670 $22,040 $17,500 - 27,160 17% 14%
91 Electrical and electronic engineering technicians 2,600 $58,430 $31,390 - 94,230 4% 18%
92 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 2,580 $61,300 $40,830 - 83,030 8% 3%
93 First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 2,540 $74,740 $39,880 - 113,840 4% 38%
94 Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers 2,390 $56,850 $44,490 - 66,030 3% 13%
95 Pharmacy technicians 2,370 $36,110 $26,880 - 48,180 32% 16%
96 Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 2,360 $24,120 $17,810 - 31,400 -5% 5%
97 Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers 2,330 $27,110 $17,870 - 39,680 -27% 6%
98 Cost estimators 2,310 $67,310 $36,140 - 103,700 19% 32%
99 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 2,290 $39,330 $22,030 - 57,790 5% 2%
100 Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 2,290 $29,930 $17,560 - 48,270 10% 24%
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Jobs More Common Near San Diego Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Forest and conservation workers 22,620 260 29.5
Home economics teachers, postsecondary 91,450 170 18
Gaming service workers, all other 23,770 930 12.8
Slot key persons 25,540 670 9.4
Sociologists 0 250 9.4
Atmospheric, earth, marine, and space sciences teachers, postsecondary 84,030 310 8.7
Life scientists, all other 83,480 590 7.6
Floor layers, except carpet, wood, and hard tiles 37,920 390 6.6
Biological science teachers, postsecondary 66,100 2,170 6.3
Biochemists and biophysicists 88,820 1,290 6.2
Gaming cage workers 29,990 600 6.2
Aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers 55,680 790 5.9
Architecture teachers, postsecondary 89,100 150 5.7
Artists and related workers, all other 35,980 290 5.6
Medical scientists, except epidemiologists 82,440 4,790 5.6
Engineering teachers, postsecondary 94,830 710 5.4
Costume attendants 34,670 120 5.3
Psychologists, all other 100,920 320 4.8
Gaming change persons and booth cashiers 23,240 550 4.7
Animal trainers 31,110 270 4.7
Microbiologists 89,850 590 4.7
Media and communication equipment workers, all other 54,840 580 4.6
Law clerks 34,290 1,260 4.5
Social science research assistants 44,150 460 4.3
Precision instrument and equipment repairers, all other 50,180 230 4.3
Forest and conservation technicians 39,310 270 4.2
Physics teachers, postsecondary 101,490 270 4.1
Manicurists and pedicurists 19,080 1,530 4
Stonemasons 43,790 360 3.9
Concierges 27,170 720 3.7
Computer and information scientists, research 102,530 860 3.7
Plasterers and stucco masons 40,810 1,190 3.5
Septic tank servicers and sewer pipe cleaners 40,350 480 3.5
Recreation and fitness studies teachers, postsecondary 88,320 330 3.5
Biological technicians 48,270 1,940 3.4
Chemistry teachers, postsecondary 87,750 430 3.2
Electro-mechanical technicians 47,030 410 3.2
Natural sciences managers 149,100 1,300 3.1
Criminal justice and law enforcement teachers, postsecondary 86,410 160 3
Biological scientists, all other 61,120 650 3
Law teachers, postsecondary 100,730 140 3
Electronics engineers, except computer 98,770 4,310 3
Jewelers and precious stone and metal workers 37,900 530 3
Tour guides and escorts 29,260 700 3
Detectives and criminal investigators 62,890 2,510 2.9
Protective service workers, all other 31,910 2,170 2.9
Transportation workers, all other 41,070 770 2.9
Locksmiths and safe repairers 38,500 360 2.9
Aerospace engineers 100,710 1,290 2.8
Choreographers 48,610 160 2.8

Work Paying Relatively Well in the San Diego, California Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Music directors and composers 99,930 1.96 110
Writers and authors 104,580 1.95 510
Art, drama, and music teachers, postsecondary 110,540 1.86 940
Radio and television announcers 63,470 1.63 200
Tax preparers 53,950 1.53 640
Mathematical science teachers, postsecondary 101,450 1.53 680
Cement masons and concrete finishers 56,390 1.52 1,850
Recreation and fitness studies teachers, postsecondary 88,320 1.52 330
Police and sheriff's patrol officers 73,140 1.51 3,630
English language and literature teachers, postsecondary 89,880 1.47 650
Police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers 51,020 1.47 360
Vocational education teachers, postsecondary 70,910 1.46 900
Lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers 28,140 1.46 880
Criminal justice and law enforcement teachers, postsecondary 86,410 1.44 160
Veterinary technologists and technicians 41,220 1.43 780
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 61,300 1.43 2,580
Surveying and mapping technicians 53,830 1.42 380
Aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers 55,680 1.41 790
Paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators 50,910 1.41 370
Chemists 92,990 1.41 1,800
Communications teachers, postsecondary 87,040 1.41 340
Crane and tower operators 63,990 1.41 140
Special education teachers, secondary school 72,250 1.4 810
Glaziers 55,330 1.4 490
Legal support workers, all other 64,710 1.39 750
Healthcare practitioners and technical workers, all other 70,330 1.39 710
Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines 59,690 1.39 1,060
Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 69,410 1.39 1,010
Opticians, dispensing 47,160 1.39 610
Producers and directors 78,170 1.38 950
Brickmasons and blockmasons 62,500 1.37 600
Special education teachers, middle school 69,550 1.36 470
Microbiologists 89,850 1.36 590
Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 111,250 1.36 1,820
Electrical power-line installers and repairers 74,500 1.36 310
Nonfarm animal caretakers 28,090 1.36 1,900
Natural sciences managers 149,100 1.36 1,300
Excavating and loading machine and dragline operators 52,520 1.35 180
Water and liquid waste treatment plant and system operators 55,020 1.35 530
Bus drivers, transit and intercity 40,950 1.35 1,630
Elementary school teachers, except special education 67,020 1.35 13,400
Fire fighters 56,520 1.34 1,820
Medical equipment repairers 58,660 1.34 460
Baggage porters and bellhops 27,740 1.34 810
Bus drivers, school 34,870 1.33 2,020
Gaming and sports book writers and runners 29,080 1.33 120
Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 66,750 1.33 6,310
Dental hygienists 83,810 1.32 1,440
Financial analysts 93,080 1.31 2,010
Refuse and recyclable material collectors 39,470 1.31 1,010

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