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San Francisco Employment

Employment and Industries in the San Francisco, California Area

The San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City metropolitan area has a rich and vibrant economy. Tourism makes up a major part of the San Francisco economy. San Francisco ranks as one of the world's top fifty tourist destinations. San Francisco also has a large conference and convention industry.

Tourism is not the only part of the San Francisco economy, however. San Francisco is the main banking and finance center for the west coast of the United States. San Francisco also has strong ties to the high technology industry in the Silicon Valley to the south.

Major industries in the San Francisco metropolitan area include:

  • Biotechnology
  • Environmental technology
  • Information technology
  • Professional services
  • Tourism

The San Francisco metropolitan area is home to over fifteen Fortune 1000 Company headquarters, the largest of which is McKesson. The most famous companies located in the San Francisco are are probably the Gap, Levi Strauss, Oracle, Wells Fargo, and Williams Sonoma.

Helping to drive the San Francisco area economy is a very well educated work force. According to U.S. Census Bureau data, San Francisco has the second most educated workforce in the U.S. among large cities. 51% of the San Francisco population has a college degree or higher. Similarly, in 2005, Central Connecticut State University ranked San Francisco as the fifth most literate city in the United States. Expansion Management magazine ranked the San Francisco area third on its list of "Best Knowledge Worker Metro".

San Francisco also gets the tenth largest amount of funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) of all U.S. cities.

Business honors and awards received by the San Francisco metropolitan area include:

  • The San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose area was ranked 28th among the top fifty large U.S. cities/metropolitan areas on Entrepreneur magazine's 2005 list of "Hot Cities for Entrepreneurs".
  • Expansion Management magazine ranked the San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont area as a "Five Star Business Opportunity Metro".
  • The San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City area ranked 60th among large U.S. Cities in Inc. magazine's 2006 list of "Best Cities for Doing Business".
  • According to SustainLane, San Francisco ranks second among 50 major cities for sustainable services and economics.

For business travelers, the San Francisco area is served by the San Francisco International Airport (SFO). According to Airports Council International, SFO is the 14th busiest airport in the U.S., and the 23rd largest in the world. According the the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics, SFO was the sixth largest U.S. gateway for nonstop international air travel in 2000.

The Port of San Francisco is reputedly one of the three great natural harbors in the world. It has a major impact on the San Francisco economy and is a major tourist attraction as well.

Fortune 1000 companies with headquarters in the San Francisco metropolitan area include:

  • Charles Schwab
  • CNF
  • Del Monte Foods
  • Electronic Arts
  • Franklin Resources
  • Gap
  • Gilead Sciences
  • Levi Strauss
  • McKesson
  • Oracle
  • PG&E Corp.
  • Robert Half Intl.
  • Siebel Systems
  • URS
  • Wells Fargo
  • Williams-Sonoma

Other companies with headquarters or with a large employment presence in the San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City metropolitan area include:

  • AAA Travel
  • Adteractive Inc.
  • AKQA
  • All Star Consulting Inc.
  • Anshen + Allen
  • Bechtel Corp.
  • Broadlane
  • Burr, Pilger & Mayer LLP
  • Business Wire
  • Cannon Constructors Inc.
  • Casto Travel Inc
  • Chemoil Corp
  • Chong Partners Architecture Inc.
  • Dome Construction Corp.
  • Fenwick & West LLP
  • Fisher Development Inc.
  • Gensler
  • Gyro Group
  • Headsets.com Inc.
  • Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe LLP
  • Jamba Juice Co.
  • Jessica McClintock Inc.
  • KN Ltd.
  • Littier Mendelson PC
  • Ly Brothers Corp.
  • McGuire Real Estate
  • Microgear Inc.
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • Nibbi Brothers Construction
  • Novogradac & Co. LLP
  • One Workplace L. Ferrari
  • Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
  • Pier 39
  • Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
  • Plant Construction Co. LP
  • Resource and Design Inc.
  • Ryan Associates
  • Stratagem Healthcare Communications LLC
  • Swinerton, Inc.
  • Thelen Reid & Priest LLP
  • Thomas Weisel Partners LLC
  • University Games
  • Visa International
  • Wilbur-Ellis Co.
  • Wild Planet Toys
  • Woodruff-Sawyer & Co.
  • Working Assets Inc.
  • Zephyr Real Estate

Business organizations and associations in the San Francisco metropolitan area include:

The San Francisco Business Times, and the "Business Section" of the San Francisco Chronicle are both good sources of information on the San Francisco metropolitan area economy and business.

Most Popular Jobs in San Francisco, 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 15,370 $96,700 $63,570 - 131,320 24% 56%
2 Accountants and auditors 14,380 $78,380 $45,530 - 118,780 18% 79%
3 Computer software engineers, applications 10,830 $102,140 $63,780 - 140,010 45% 85%
4 Lawyers 9,820 $155,760 $77,790 - 11% 99%
5 Management analysts 9,610 $106,840 $57,050 - 22% 78%
6 Financial managers 8,130 $143,310 $73,430 - 13% 60%
7 Computer systems analysts 7,100 $92,870 $54,590 - 132,050 29% 68%
8 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 7,000 $65,980 $26,590 - 119,600 8% 51%
9 Computer software engineers, systems software 6,890 $113,650 $74,550 - 160,410 28% 85%
10 Elementary school teachers, except special education 6,300 $60,420 $38,490 - 84,200 14% 95%
11 Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 6,060 $135,170 $47,710 - 25% 67%
12 Computer and information systems managers 5,100 $147,680 $84,900 - 16% 73%
13 Public relations specialists 4,930 $71,170 $36,310 - 116,570 18% 81%
14 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 4,870 $62,640 $39,410 - 89,550 6% 96%
15 Managers, all other 4,860 $120,310 $65,800 - 7% 55%
16 Computer specialists, all other 4,750 $85,080 $48,560 - 126,650 15% 68%
17 Sales managers 4,710 $141,340 $61,560 - 10% 69%
18 Medical scientists, except epidemiologists 4,710 $95,400 $55,360 - 148,900 20% 99%
19 Network and computer systems administrators 4,610 $91,180 $55,080 - 131,920 27% 50%
20 Financial analysts 4,560 $120,330 $61,450 - 34% 87%
21 Market research analysts 4,500 $83,590 $42,720 - 129,010 20% 82%
22 Marketing managers 4,150 $153,520 $88,470 - 14% 69%
23 Personal financial advisors 3,900 $139,300 $47,750 - 41% 81%
24 Graphic designers 3,590 $73,140 $38,570 - 129,590 10% 55%
25 Teachers and instructors, all other 3,510 $47,370 $24,530 - 77,940 9% 54%
26 Civil engineers 3,210 $90,430 $57,990 - 133,740 18% 87%
27 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 3,150 $89,760 $44,280 - 137,840 12% 51%
28 Network systems and data communications analysts 3,120 $89,340 $47,060 - 129,240 53% 57%
29 Computer programmers 3,000 $89,010 $50,060 - 131,580 -4% 73%
30 Chief executives 2,850 $193,670 $97,450 - 2% 65%
31 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 2,740 $88,360 $38,710 - 155,950 18% 56%
32 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 2,580 $77,100 $46,550 - 111,410 5% 58%
33 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 2,510 $62,890 $40,390 - 87,820 11% 95%
34 Financial specialists, all other 2,480 $93,720 $47,060 - 155,410 12% 50%
35 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 2,470 $81,470 $47,510 - 119,870 17% 56%
36 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 2,350 $62,180 $31,220 - 102,780 13% 73%
37 Sales and related workers, all other 2,170 $51,660 $22,400 - 89,520 14% 62%
38 Engineering managers 2,160 $140,280 $87,460 - 7% 84%
39 Sales engineers 2,140 $101,700 $62,010 - 152,410 9% 79%
40 Architects, except landscape and naval 2,130 $82,400 $53,410 - 114,790 18% 88%
41 Advertising sales agents 2,080 $63,510 $28,290 - 109,920 20% 56%
42 Social and human service assistants 1,870 $34,550 $22,380 - 49,960 34% 58%
43 Medical and health services managers 1,700 $100,510 $46,780 - 16% 57%
44 Editors 1,690 $66,400 $35,490 - 106,370 2% 81%
45 Self-enrichment education teachers 1,680 $44,710 $22,550 - 83,310 23% 54%
46 Training and development specialists 1,650 $74,630 $41,680 - 106,930 18% 56%
47 Biological technicians 1,560 $46,750 $31,500 - 67,780 16% 60%
48 Multi-media artists and animators 1,500 $78,650 $38,980 - 121,040 26% 58%
49 Pharmacists 1,480 $118,790 $90,210 - 154,780 22% 97%
50 Engineers, all other 1,450 $90,720 $58,440 - 127,530 6% 82%
51 Natural sciences managers 1,430 $166,160 $108,940 - 11% 93%
52 Database administrators 1,410 $90,820 $49,740 - 131,510 29% 72%
53 Coaches and scouts 1,410 $54,780 $26,050 - 143,710 15% 60%
54 Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 1,400 $70,820 $45,140 - 105,840 18% 56%
55 Social and community service managers 1,340 $66,880 $38,620 - 104,800 25% 72%
56 Art directors 1,330 $105,910 $59,370 - 9% 58%
57 Environmental scientists and specialists, including health 1,290 $84,940 $56,890 - 125,290 25% 93%
58 Instructional coordinators 1,220 $71,580 $33,500 - 114,640 23% 79%
59 Budget analysts 1,190 $85,510 $56,430 - 121,190 7% 78%
60 Producers and directors 1,180 $94,550 $44,790 - 11% 75%
61 Health educators 1,120 $79,830 $36,590 - 133,960 26% 58%
62 Human resources managers, all other 1,070 $138,160 $78,180 - 11% 58%
63 Computer hardware engineers 1,060 $115,550 $72,000 - 164,810 5% 70%
64 Chemists 1,060 $85,450 $41,920 - 129,770 9% 93%
65 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 1,060 $45,370 $29,460 - 71,960 15% 51%
66 Public relations managers 1,030 $128,830 $62,590 - 17% 75%
67 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 1,000 $107,300 $75,600 - 138,340 8% 78%
68 Librarians 990 $72,820 $44,870 - 101,230 4% 85%
69 Electrical engineers 980 $100,550 $63,620 - 144,980 6% 81%
70 Musicians and singers 970 $0 $ - 10% 53%
71 Community and social service specialists, all other 960 $43,970 $20,800 - 64,970 25% 58%
72 Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors 960 $35,190 $22,200 - 61,820 34% 73%
73 Operations research analysts 920 $86,390 $48,000 - 131,700 11% 71%
74 Writers and authors 920 $68,370 $34,070 - 119,160 13% 84%
75 Industrial engineers 900 $88,480 $62,530 - 123,590 20% 74%
76 Electronics engineers, except computer 880 $96,090 $65,990 - 135,070 4% 81%
77 Child, family, and school social workers 880 $47,730 $28,160 - 77,650 19% 77%
78 Credit analysts 870 $90,170 $45,490 - 138,940 2% 60%
79 Mental health and substance abuse social workers 860 $44,880 $28,400 - 71,740 30% 77%
80 Meeting and convention planners 840 $58,580 $37,420 - 83,700 20% 67%
81 Mechanical engineers 830 $93,030 $62,420 - 129,340 4% 78%
82 Insurance underwriters 810 $79,560 $41,420 - 130,190 6% 53%
83 Physical therapists 790 $92,370 $61,780 - 126,820 27% 89%
84 Biochemists and biophysicists 770 $87,780 $46,580 - 124,180 16% 95%
85 Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists 770 $76,640 $42,460 - 104,690 16% 99%
86 Medical and public health social workers 770 $65,390 $42,220 - 87,410 24% 77%
87 Education, training, and library workers, all other 770 $42,050 $21,560 - 74,710 11% 79%
88 Private detectives and investigators 760 $57,360 $24,930 - 75,480 18% 52%
89 Reporters and correspondents 750 $55,250 $26,800 - 84,760 1% 85%
90 Social workers, all other 750 $51,750 $24,190 - 86,140 18% 77%
91 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 700 $70,020 $43,810 - 96,610 12% 51%
92 Interior designers 700 $67,830 $37,650 - 101,160 20% 55%
93 Mental health counselors 700 $49,660 $30,350 - 84,880 30% 73%
94 Computer and information scientists, research 690 $123,030 $80,840 - 22% 68%
95 Commercial and industrial designers 680 $92,770 $35,420 - 7% 55%
96 Financial examiners 670 $108,170 $52,070 - 11% 76%
97 Adult literacy, remedial education, and GED teachers and instructors 670 $49,500 $31,060 - 68,580 14% 54%
98 Actors 660 $0 $ - 12% 62%
99 Technical writers 650 $80,280 $43,160 - 114,090 20% 74%
100 Purchasing managers 630 $99,660 $46,140 - 139,960 3% 57%

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 32,310 $30,230 $18,160 - 47,240 12% 25%
2 Office clerks, general 21,690 $33,430 $17,990 - 50,590 13% 19%
3 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 21,280 $53,970 $34,160 - 78,990 15% 18%
4 Waiters and waitresses 20,150 $23,030 $16,900 - 34,300 11% 14%
5 Cashiers 20,010 $25,880 $17,340 - 40,070 -3% 10%
6 General and operations managers 19,940 $133,880 $54,780 - 2% 48%
7 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 18,800 $27,790 $17,930 - 43,890 15% 4%
8 Business operations specialists, all other 16,280 $86,380 $41,250 - 139,040 21% 49%
9 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 13,790 $22,280 $16,960 - 30,370 18% 5%
10 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 13,170 $44,380 $27,220 - 64,020 13% 16%
11 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 13,060 $58,750 $35,450 - 85,800 6% 29%
12 Customer service representatives 10,700 $41,200 $26,420 - 59,350 25% 22%
13 Security guards 10,690 $30,810 $22,490 - 41,340 17% 13%
14 Stock clerks and order fillers 10,030 $27,030 $17,650 - 43,630 -8% 8%
15 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 9,480 $28,790 $18,770 - 41,480 2% 5%
16 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 9,230 $27,910 $18,580 - 38,530 13% 5%
17 Cooks, restaurant 8,910 $27,040 $19,080 - 37,540 12% 5%
18 Carpenters 8,540 $61,770 $38,150 - 83,270 10% 6%
19 Sales representatives, services, all other 8,350 $73,520 $34,620 - 128,690 28% 48%
20 Receptionists and information clerks 8,080 $32,670 $20,370 - 45,970 17% 13%
21 Construction laborers 7,840 $47,120 $29,140 - 64,010 11% 5%
22 Teacher assistants 7,680 $32,090 $21,080 - 45,820 10% 18%
23 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 7,560 $21,130 $17,120 - 26,600 10% 8%
24 Maintenance and repair workers, general 7,480 $44,720 $24,420 - 67,250 10% 6%
25 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 7,330 $47,350 $28,030 - 70,770 4% 25%
26 Food preparation workers 7,130 $23,580 $17,620 - 31,970 15% 7%
27 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 5,810 $21,640 $16,870 - 29,160 12% 6%
28 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 5,750 $39,430 $25,240 - 54,910 1% 18%
29 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 5,720 $37,760 $21,600 - 62,210 18% 7%
30 Cooks, fast food 5,630 $20,650 $16,820 - 24,900 8% 5%
31 Dishwashers 5,570 $20,880 $17,040 - 26,030 10% 3%
32 Computer support specialists 5,510 $60,210 $37,760 - 89,510 13% 43%
33 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 5,450 $33,990 $22,090 - 53,730 18% 6%
34 Medical secretaries 5,160 $37,790 $20,420 - 55,900 17% 18%
35 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 5,120 $33,270 $20,810 - 49,300 11% 14%
36 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 4,980 $38,710 $23,990 - 58,680 8% 4%
37 Bartenders 4,730 $23,820 $17,500 - 33,890 11% 17%
38 Postsecondary teachers, all other 4,470 $73,460 $38,130 - 118,240 0% 0%
39 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 4,190 $34,460 $21,270 - 51,210 4% 6%
40 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 4,000 $45,080 $30,720 - 62,460 10% 4%
41 Tellers 3,890 $29,650 $21,940 - 39,500 14% 16%
42 Counter and rental clerks 3,880 $28,470 $17,770 - 43,170 23% 16%
43 Electricians 3,670 $82,930 $44,120 - 121,030 7% 7%
44 Paralegals and legal assistants 3,570 $62,170 $36,930 - 92,870 22% 45%
45 Bus drivers, transit and intercity 3,550 $0 $ - 13% 4%
46 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 3,540 $47,800 $28,130 - 69,060 14% 4%
47 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 3,450 $85,740 $54,340 - 123,920 9% 10%
48 Legal secretaries 3,430 $60,380 $33,380 - 81,620 12% 18%
49 Preschool teachers, except special education 3,380 $36,050 $24,090 - 52,190 26% 43%
50 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 3,370 $45,180 $27,960 - 65,880 4% 15%
51 Medical assistants 3,370 $38,460 $22,510 - 52,880 35% 10%
52 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 3,170 $65,300 $34,260 - 99,980 11% 4%
53 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 3,130 $56,080 $42,100 - 69,050 14% 7%
54 Child care workers 3,130 $29,970 $18,380 - 48,120 18% 15%
55 Property, real estate, and community association managers 3,040 $64,360 $23,450 - 131,810 15% 36%
56 Painters, construction and maintenance 3,010 $51,700 $34,540 - 74,210 12% 6%
57 Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 3,010 $45,700 $24,900 - 71,110 27% 47%
58 Packers and packagers, hand 2,950 $21,540 $16,860 - 29,220 -12% 3%
59 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 2,840 $23,760 $16,640 - 33,750 14% 3%
60 Postal service mail carriers 2,790 $0 $ - 1% 11%
61 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 2,780 $23,950 $17,560 - 32,320 10% 17%
62 Dental assistants 2,690 $41,230 $25,650 - 64,280 29% 9%
63 Home health aides 2,690 $23,150 $17,490 - 30,900 49% 7%
64 Food service managers 2,630 $57,810 $41,230 - 83,550 5% 24%
65 Recreation workers 2,630 $29,450 $18,410 - 42,330 13% 47%
66 First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 2,590 $88,170 $43,450 - 147,540 4% 38%
67 Personal and home care aides 2,560 $23,170 $18,460 - 27,650 51% 10%
68 All other information and record clerks 2,530 $47,990 $30,400 - 65,370 -13% 21%
69 Parking lot attendants 2,490 $26,400 $17,450 - 40,140 12% 14%
70 Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 2,370 $29,890 $21,440 - 40,110 17% 14%
71 Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators 2,360 $0 $ - -8% 12%
72 Cargo and freight agents 2,350 $38,890 $22,600 - 59,930 17% 16%
73 Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 2,340 $37,650 $22,460 - 56,290 10% 24%
74 Driver/sales workers 2,320 $28,570 $17,300 - 50,740 -5% 4%
75 File clerks 2,260 $34,700 $22,240 - 49,580 -41% 20%
76 Team assemblers 2,250 $32,410 $21,180 - 47,600 0% 5%
77 Amusement and recreation attendants 2,170 $21,710 $17,100 - 27,600 24% 22%
78 Insurance sales agents 2,160 $108,350 $40,820 - 13% 45%
79 Administrative services managers 2,140 $94,090 $49,130 - 148,620 12% 40%
80 Insurance claims and policy processing clerks 2,140 $48,800 $34,250 - 65,240 -1% 22%
81 Order clerks 2,140 $33,810 $21,140 - 47,240 -24% 16%
82 Sewing machine operators 2,140 $20,510 $17,070 - 25,620 -27% 5%
83 Telemarketers 2,110 $33,350 $20,650 - 50,240 -10% 14%
84 Production, planning, and expediting clerks 2,050 $48,580 $30,230 - 70,660 4% 30%
85 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 2,030 $74,540 $47,520 - 103,830 7% 13%
86 Brokerage clerks 1,970 $48,100 $27,870 - 79,120 20% 31%
87 Reservation and transportation ticket agents and travel clerks 1,970 $37,290 $25,600 - 49,940 1% 29%
88 Industrial truck and tractor operators 1,960 $45,920 $25,940 - 73,750 -2% 2%
89 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 1,880 $65,280 $34,010 - 105,070 -5% 15%
90 Office and administrative support workers, all other 1,860 $40,870 $19,740 - 64,970 -9% 32%
91 Food servers, nonrestaurant 1,860 $28,160 $17,220 - 47,450 16% 9%
92 Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators 1,810 $68,660 $42,780 - 99,530 9% 47%
93 Data entry keyers 1,710 $30,930 $19,710 - 42,430 -5% 18%
94 Word processors and typists 1,700 $43,510 $29,180 - 63,960 -12% 19%
95 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 1,690 $67,330 $40,980 - 99,470 0% 42%
96 Architectural and civil drafters 1,680 $58,060 $42,150 - 79,900 6% 25%
97 Bakers 1,640 $30,880 $18,690 - 48,390 10% 8%
98 Cost estimators 1,620 $80,680 $48,800 - 116,420 19% 32%
99 Pharmacy technicians 1,570 $42,660 $28,290 - 62,460 32% 16%
100 Loan officers 1,560 $94,300 $36,880 - 12% 49%
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Jobs More Common Near San Francisco Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Mathematical scientists, all other 77,200 140 16.8
Multi-media artists and animators 78,650 1,500 8.1
Aircraft cargo handling supervisors 39,290 180 7.7
Biomedical engineers 100,680 580 7.6
Medical scientists, except epidemiologists 95,400 4,710 7.3
Floor sanders and finishers 61,350 180 7.3
Actors 0 660 6.3
Physicists 113,140 520 6.2
Film and video editors 66,730 550 6.2
Psychologists, all other 95,260 300 6
Dancers 0 360 6
Sound engineering technicians 63,200 490 5.8
Art directors 105,910 1,330 5.7
Life scientists, all other 91,670 320 5.5
Biochemists and biophysicists 87,780 770 5
Curators 74,980 250 4.9
Private detectives and investigators 57,360 760 4.9
Natural sciences managers 166,160 1,430 4.6
Museum technicians and conservators 46,180 250 4.4
Media and communication equipment workers, all other 62,310 390 4.1
Cooks, all other 27,830 280 4.1
Computer and information scientists, research 123,030 690 3.9
Baggage porters and bellhops 28,670 1,220 3.9
Legal support workers, all other 57,830 1,010 3.9
Musicians and singers 0 970 3.9
Camera operators, television, video, and motion picture 58,280 360 3.8
Cargo and freight agents 38,890 2,350 3.8
Brokerage clerks 48,100 1,970 3.8
Animal trainers 44,360 160 3.7
Biological technicians 46,750 1,560 3.7
Sales engineers 101,700 2,140 3.7
Financial examiners 108,170 670 3.6
Landscape architects 65,770 450 3.6
Postsecondary teachers, all other 73,460 4,470 3.5
Social science research assistants 42,550 280 3.5
Massage therapists 49,760 1,220 3.4
Manicurists and pedicurists 22,350 960 3.4
Fashion designers 80,160 310 3.4
Zoologists and wildlife biologists 74,100 220 3.3
Personal financial advisors 139,300 3,900 3.2
Designers, all other 66,160 170 3.2
Bus drivers, transit and intercity 0 3,550 3.2
Agents and business managers of artists, performers, and athletes 63,610 170 3.1
Computer specialists, all other 85,080 4,750 3.1
Material moving workers, all other 52,670 710 3.1
Marketing managers 153,520 4,150 3.1
Music directors and composers 62,470 150 3.1
Commercial and industrial designers 92,770 680 3
Writers and authors 68,370 920 3
Media and communication workers, all other 58,780 400 2.9

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Sociology teachers, postsecondary 145,640 2.16 170
Real estate brokers 153,710 2.16 310
Recreation and fitness studies teachers, postsecondary 116,150 2 160
First-line supervisors/managers of fire fighting and prevention workers 132,730 1.99 250
Photographers 62,470 1.98 560
Insurance sales agents 108,350 1.93 2,160
Sheet metal workers 78,770 1.89 1,210
Appraisers and assessors of real estate 96,370 1.87 400
Tax preparers 65,510 1.86 430
Psychiatric technicians 58,500 1.86 320
Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 88,360 1.85 2,740
Correctional officers and jailers 68,930 1.83 1,320
Graphic designers 73,140 1.82 3,590
Healthcare practitioners and technical workers, all other 91,450 1.81 510
Electricians 82,930 1.77 3,670
Art, drama, and music teachers, postsecondary 104,100 1.75 1,260
Personal financial advisors 139,300 1.75 3,900
Health educators 79,830 1.74 1,120
Mathematical science teachers, postsecondary 114,380 1.73 230
Skin care specialists 56,680 1.71 390
Emergency medical technicians and paramedics 53,630 1.71 390
Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 135,170 1.71 6,060
Helpers--electricians 45,200 1.69 200
Drywall and ceiling tile installers 65,270 1.69 1,390
Financial analysts 120,330 1.69 4,560
Legal secretaries 60,380 1.68 3,430
Personal care and service workers, all other 38,250 1.67 580
Police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers 57,930 1.67 320
Job printers 60,430 1.67 150
Producers and directors 94,550 1.67 1,180
Floor sanders and finishers 61,350 1.66 180
Financial specialists, all other 93,720 1.63 2,480
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 69,610 1.63 770
Commercial and industrial designers 92,770 1.6 680
Loan officers 94,300 1.59 1,560
Lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers 30,810 1.59 490
Carpenters 61,770 1.58 8,540
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 37,760 1.57 5,720
First-line supervisors/managers of police and detectives 114,180 1.57 280
Registered nurses 96,700 1.57 15,370
Survey researchers 66,960 1.57 270
Education teachers, postsecondary 93,260 1.57 570
Bill and account collectors 48,070 1.56 1,520
Pipelayers 57,110 1.56 140
Child care workers 29,970 1.55 3,130
Financial managers 143,310 1.54 8,130
Education administrators, preschool and child care center/program 69,120 1.54 360
Helpers--carpenters 40,030 1.54 300
Material moving workers, all other 52,670 1.54 710
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 29,890 1.54 2,370

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