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San Jose Employment

Employment and Industries in the San Jose, California Area

San Jose is the tenth largest city in the nation. Due to the San Jose area's large concentration of high-technology, engineering, microprocessor and computer firms, it's known as Silicon Valley. The region is home to more than 7,000 technology companies. The San Jose area has more high-tech firms than any other area in the country. In addition, about 35% of all venture capital funds in the nation are invested in San Jose and Silicon Valley firms. Fortune Magazine named San Jose as the epicenter of information technology.

High technology is the primary employer in the region. The supporting businesses and services industries also provide a large number of jobs. The area also has a large number of high-level jobs. San Jose also has one of the highest median incomes for cities with a population over 280,000.

The primary sectors for employment in San Jose are:

  • High Technology
  • Healthcare
  • Manufacturing
  • Trade, transportation and utilities
  • Government
  • Construction
  • Education
  • Leisure and hospitality
  • Computer specialists
  • Finance
  • Information

Some of the jobs which are more prevalent in San Jose than most of the nation's other cities are semiconductor processors, computer hardware engineers, sales engineers, computer software engineers, systems software; electronics engineers, electromechanical equipment assemblers, electrical engineers and engineering managers.

The municipality is home to the headquarters of numerous prominent companies including Cisco, Adobe Systems, BEA, eBay and Sunpower. Prominent companies with major facilities in San Jose include IBM, Hitachi, Lockheed Martin, Flextronics and Hewlett-Packard. San Jose has 25 businesses which include over 1,000 employees.

According to the City of San Jose's, Office of Economic Development, the education level of the workforce in the San Jose metropolitan area is one of the highest in the nation. The local colleges put thousands of computer science and engineering graduates into the economy on an annual basis. Regarding the population over the age of 25, approximately 32% have a bachelor's degree or higher.

The Local Preference Policy is designed to encourage local firms to work with other local firms and collaborate with the city to increase job growth and to keep a higher percentage of the city's spending in the regional economy. A large state Enterprise Zone provides companies operating in the zone significant tax savings and other types of financial benefits.

The Silicon Valley Workforce Investment Network provides resources for job seekers and offers services to companies. Local companies have access to a variety of bonds, loans and special funds. The SBA/Cisco Systems/San Jose Entrepreneur Center Association offers a variety of assistance to entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Notable information about San Jose: The cost of living in San Jose and the region is among the highest in the state of California and the nation. San Jose is one of the highest patent producing cities in the nation. In 2007, the estimated median household income was $76,963. According to the City of San Jose's, Office of Economic Development the San Jose metropolitan area has the highest productivity level of any region in the United States.

Shown below are the primary employers in San Jose:

  • Santa Clara County
  • Cisco Systems
  • The city of San Jose
  • IBM
  • Hitachi
  • San Jose Unified School District
  • Xilinx
  • Agilent Technologies
  • Adobe Systems
  • KLA Tencor Instruments
  • Good Samaritan Health System
  • Cadence Design Systems
  • Novellus Systems
  • Sanmina-SCI
  • San Jose State University
  • Avago Technologies
  • HP Pavilion at San Jose
  • Kaiser Permanente Medical Center
  • Santa Teresa Community Hospital
  • Valley Medical Center

San Jose companies may obtain assistance from business organizations such as:

The San Jose Business Journal provides up-to-date information regarding the business activities in San Jose.

Most Popular Jobs in San Jose, 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 Computer software engineers, systems software 26,400 $115,730 $77,130 - 160,450 28% 85%
2 Computer software engineers, applications 17,990 $108,170 $64,380 - 154,450 45% 85%
3 Registered nurses 14,590 $104,400 $70,100 - 138,130 24% 56%
4 Accountants and auditors 10,600 $83,090 $46,850 - 127,920 18% 79%
5 Computer hardware engineers 10,350 $122,150 $77,190 - 5% 70%
6 Computer systems analysts 8,960 $88,620 $46,250 - 136,900 29% 68%
7 Elementary school teachers, except special education 8,930 $62,920 $40,410 - 86,730 14% 95%
8 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 7,780 $103,670 $53,350 - 12% 51%
9 Computer and information systems managers 7,370 $162,360 $101,920 - 16% 73%
10 Electronics engineers, except computer 7,290 $107,670 $69,490 - 154,240 4% 81%
11 Engineering managers 7,100 $161,530 $98,280 - 7% 84%
12 Sales engineers 6,960 $112,250 $66,040 - 164,480 9% 79%
13 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 6,650 $75,220 $35,350 - 130,230 8% 51%
14 Management analysts 6,350 $104,770 $54,480 - 22% 78%
15 Computer programmers 5,840 $104,930 $61,370 - 155,350 -4% 73%
16 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 5,820 $67,870 $44,210 - 95,440 6% 96%
17 Marketing managers 5,590 $155,350 $89,510 - 14% 69%
18 Financial managers 5,540 $143,160 $73,050 - 13% 60%
19 Electrical engineers 5,300 $105,570 $65,810 - 149,930 6% 81%
20 Market research analysts 5,170 $100,010 $54,830 - 157,590 20% 82%
21 Sales managers 5,000 $139,630 $56,600 - 10% 69%
22 Engineers, all other 4,850 $108,590 $68,280 - 156,890 6% 82%
23 Mechanical engineers 4,250 $101,840 $63,600 - 149,510 4% 78%
24 Teachers and instructors, all other 4,080 $64,690 $28,880 - 103,020 9% 54%
25 Lawyers 4,040 $181,850 $105,550 - 11% 99%
26 Managers, all other 4,030 $143,920 $70,820 - 7% 55%
27 Network and computer systems administrators 3,630 $97,670 $57,650 - 137,050 27% 50%
28 Computer specialists, all other 3,580 $93,650 $47,950 - 138,760 15% 68%
29 Industrial engineers 3,530 $97,780 $59,520 - 138,580 20% 74%
30 Network systems and data communications analysts 3,480 $98,900 $59,080 - 144,070 53% 57%
31 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 3,480 $67,680 $42,280 - 89,350 11% 95%
32 Financial analysts 3,340 $91,570 $55,240 - 135,520 34% 87%
33 Medical scientists, except epidemiologists 2,740 $103,050 $58,580 - 161,350 20% 99%
34 Chief executives 2,420 $200,180 $106,720 - 2% 65%
35 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 2,130 $77,720 $50,310 - 116,070 17% 56%
36 Public relations specialists 2,030 $89,210 $39,390 - 139,950 18% 81%
37 Social and human service assistants 1,820 $34,800 $22,000 - 53,030 34% 58%
38 Coaches and scouts 1,700 $44,800 $22,180 - 63,540 15% 60%
39 Self-enrichment education teachers 1,610 $40,810 $24,640 - 64,930 23% 54%
40 Pharmacists 1,600 $116,300 $89,480 - 143,410 22% 97%
41 Civil engineers 1,560 $99,890 $60,400 - 152,730 18% 87%
42 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 1,550 $82,950 $33,100 - 18% 56%
43 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 1,490 $68,580 $39,040 - 99,080 13% 73%
44 Sales and related workers, all other 1,490 $49,930 $16,640 - 81,680 14% 62%
45 Training and development specialists 1,410 $74,670 $36,600 - 122,100 18% 56%
46 Graphic designers 1,410 $61,240 $33,560 - 92,340 10% 55%
47 Chemists 1,390 $83,470 $47,250 - 127,240 9% 93%
48 Budget analysts 1,380 $90,820 $55,650 - 130,910 7% 78%
49 Technical writers 1,350 $91,350 $60,260 - 124,560 20% 74%
50 Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 1,340 $101,850 $33,210 - 25% 67%
51 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 1,330 $61,750 $34,190 - 102,170 5% 58%
52 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 1,300 $103,220 $74,070 - 132,880 8% 78%
53 Editors 1,250 $58,020 $30,770 - 83,370 2% 81%
54 Medical and health services managers 1,200 $115,750 $59,010 - 16% 57%
55 Personal financial advisors 1,120 $104,960 $36,460 - 41% 81%
56 Computer and information scientists, research 1,050 $125,260 $82,940 - 22% 68%
57 Human resources managers, all other 1,040 $143,130 $73,060 - 11% 58%
58 Purchasing managers 1,040 $116,810 $62,100 - 3% 57%
59 Instructional coordinators 1,030 $68,870 $38,240 - 101,030 23% 79%
60 Biological technicians 1,030 $55,990 $35,750 - 82,950 16% 60%
61 Financial specialists, all other 930 $72,210 $41,720 - 111,450 12% 50%
62 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 920 $83,450 $66,420 - 107,630 12% 51%
63 Dentists, general 910 $141,220 $85,490 - 9% 100%
64 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 910 $50,980 $34,750 - 80,590 15% 51%
65 Natural sciences managers 860 $174,750 $107,480 - 11% 93%
66 Advertising sales agents 860 $55,810 $32,030 - 84,290 20% 56%
67 Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 850 $76,330 $50,170 - 109,800 18% 56%
68 Child, family, and school social workers 830 $52,890 $28,900 - 79,260 19% 77%
69 Mental health and substance abuse social workers 810 $55,510 $35,080 - 81,420 30% 77%
70 Materials engineers 750 $105,310 $69,730 - 151,370 4% 77%
71 Librarians 740 $71,670 $43,500 - 100,430 4% 85%
72 Social and community service managers 700 $75,830 $44,260 - 110,090 25% 72%
73 Education administrators, preschool and child care center/program 690 $55,020 $36,810 - 68,790 24% 78%
74 Physical therapists 650 $80,650 $56,860 - 105,940 27% 89%
75 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 640 $62,230 $42,740 - 84,040 20% 87%
76 Education administrators, postsecondary 620 $80,300 $54,550 - 119,830 14% 78%
77 Credit analysts 620 $73,030 $38,340 - 123,630 2% 60%
78 Biochemists and biophysicists 610 $104,170 $61,910 - 157,280 16% 95%
79 Medical and public health social workers 610 $63,680 $43,310 - 90,150 24% 77%
80 Health educators 600 $50,920 $35,210 - 73,230 26% 58%
81 Commercial and industrial designers 580 $101,820 $51,160 - 7% 55%
82 Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists 550 $80,560 $44,890 - 119,990 16% 99%
83 Multi-media artists and animators 520 $93,770 $55,690 - 131,770 26% 58%
84 Mental health counselors 520 $45,350 $27,160 - 80,120 30% 73%
85 Special education teachers, secondary school 510 $66,210 $43,400 - 96,720 9% 87%
86 Healthcare practitioners and technical workers, all other 500 $70,980 $42,740 - 120,880 15% 72%
87 Public relations managers 460 $141,590 $70,550 - 17% 75%
88 Tax preparers 460 $72,970 $35,300 - 146,870 -8% 54%
89 Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors 460 $32,490 $21,800 - 54,980 34% 73%
90 Occupational therapists 420 $81,360 $62,460 - 106,120 23% 90%
91 Physical scientists, all other 400 $143,290 $75,710 - 6% 98%
92 Art directors 400 $120,810 $58,990 - 9% 58%
93 Compensation and benefits managers 390 $135,050 $77,320 - 12% 58%
94 Environmental scientists and specialists, including health 390 $90,850 $54,150 - 135,570 25% 93%
95 Biomedical engineers 380 $99,700 $56,760 - 149,080 21% 76%
96 Biological scientists, all other 380 $85,490 $58,240 - 113,390 4% 95%
97 Operations research analysts 370 $86,020 $48,760 - 145,490 11% 71%
98 Architects, except landscape and naval 370 $81,090 $49,880 - 113,030 18% 88%
99 Dietitians and nutritionists 370 $78,760 $47,620 - 109,410 9% 72%
100 Community and social service specialists, all other 370 $48,980 $30,390 - 74,310 25% 58%

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 25,500 $26,590 $17,190 - 42,400 12% 25%
2 Cashiers 16,700 $24,460 $17,150 - 40,130 -3% 10%
3 General and operations managers 16,490 $141,480 $61,990 - 2% 48%
4 Office clerks, general 15,940 $33,350 $18,890 - 50,570 13% 19%
5 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 15,300 $52,230 $32,000 - 76,700 15% 18%
6 Waiters and waitresses 12,380 $21,010 $16,680 - 31,060 11% 14%
7 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 12,340 $25,910 $17,830 - 40,640 15% 4%
8 Business operations specialists, all other 10,800 $76,350 $38,720 - 126,280 21% 49%
9 Customer service representatives 10,730 $43,640 $25,740 - 64,680 25% 22%
10 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 10,570 $20,430 $16,790 - 27,170 18% 5%
11 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 10,320 $43,800 $27,530 - 62,110 13% 16%
12 Stock clerks and order fillers 9,510 $26,380 $17,330 - 42,330 -8% 8%
13 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 9,210 $59,170 $32,820 - 90,680 6% 29%
14 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 9,020 $27,570 $18,050 - 40,270 2% 5%
15 Security guards 8,500 $29,430 $20,290 - 42,440 17% 13%
16 Computer support specialists 7,610 $67,300 $37,670 - 105,720 13% 43%
17 Maintenance and repair workers, general 7,250 $46,550 $25,280 - 72,510 10% 6%
18 Sales representatives, services, all other 7,180 $84,060 $34,060 - 142,960 28% 48%
19 Team assemblers 6,550 $28,240 $18,280 - 39,910 0% 5%
20 Construction laborers 6,380 $38,530 $24,190 - 58,260 11% 5%
21 Food preparation workers 6,270 $20,960 $16,840 - 28,960 15% 7%
22 Teacher assistants 6,200 $31,590 $19,440 - 40,820 10% 18%
23 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 6,190 $43,340 $26,350 - 64,430 4% 25%
24 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 6,020 $27,850 $18,770 - 40,570 18% 6%
25 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 5,960 $33,090 $21,970 - 47,790 18% 7%
26 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 5,690 $24,050 $17,520 - 34,980 13% 5%
27 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 5,390 $19,550 $16,690 - 23,960 10% 8%
28 Carpenters 5,310 $56,340 $34,860 - 80,520 10% 6%
29 Receptionists and information clerks 5,290 $32,670 $21,610 - 46,850 17% 13%
30 Cooks, restaurant 5,160 $24,030 $18,640 - 30,870 12% 5%
31 Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers 5,130 $36,210 $21,730 - 57,600 -27% 6%
32 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 4,770 $34,960 $20,370 - 51,310 4% 6%
33 Medical secretaries 4,740 $35,650 $20,830 - 51,430 17% 18%
34 Cooks, fast food 4,710 $19,170 $16,700 - 23,030 8% 5%
35 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 4,680 $32,180 $19,860 - 50,330 8% 4%
36 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 4,610 $37,580 $23,940 - 53,130 1% 18%
37 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 4,580 $41,270 $26,640 - 58,960 10% 4%
38 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 4,460 $40,310 $25,220 - 63,330 -7% 14%
39 Electricians 4,230 $70,450 $43,420 - 104,640 7% 7%
40 Packers and packagers, hand 4,190 $21,230 $17,030 - 30,260 -12% 3%
41 Preschool teachers, except special education 4,140 $33,860 $22,840 - 47,490 26% 43%
42 Electrical and electronic engineering technicians 4,060 $59,680 $31,890 - 92,270 4% 18%
43 Dishwashers 4,020 $19,000 $16,700 - 22,480 10% 3%
44 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 3,960 $18,950 $16,660 - 22,400 12% 6%
45 Semiconductor processors 3,940 $37,630 $23,760 - 53,120 -13% 5%
46 Postsecondary teachers, all other 3,890 $72,520 $41,190 - 113,330 0% 0%
47 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 3,800 $31,360 $20,360 - 46,900 11% 14%
48 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 3,730 $64,250 $36,630 - 99,220 -5% 15%
49 Production workers, all other 3,670 $37,800 $18,100 - 64,720 2% 5%
50 Production, planning, and expediting clerks 3,560 $52,620 $31,240 - 79,030 4% 30%
51 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 3,440 $69,980 $39,190 - 104,080 0% 42%
52 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 3,380 $48,290 $24,710 - 69,070 14% 4%
53 Medical assistants 3,170 $36,470 $23,350 - 50,210 35% 10%
54 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 3,150 $82,370 $53,590 - 121,720 9% 10%
55 Dental assistants 3,030 $39,100 $23,990 - 57,600 29% 9%
56 Counter and rental clerks 3,030 $26,700 $17,250 - 41,300 23% 16%
57 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 2,730 $73,050 $38,170 - 104,210 11% 4%
58 Child care workers 2,680 $24,440 $17,030 - 33,370 18% 15%
59 Home health aides 2,670 $24,080 $16,900 - 35,540 49% 7%
60 Office and administrative support workers, all other 2,660 $38,770 $23,980 - 66,960 -9% 32%
61 Machinists 2,550 $42,840 $25,800 - 64,400 -3% 3%
62 Drywall and ceiling tile installers 2,480 $52,960 $37,120 - 78,790 7% 2%
63 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 2,430 $57,570 $42,890 - 71,820 14% 7%
64 Painters, construction and maintenance 2,420 $42,360 $27,010 - 67,010 12% 6%
65 Tellers 2,420 $28,890 $21,090 - 41,430 14% 16%
66 Bartenders 2,420 $20,060 $16,700 - 24,790 11% 17%
67 Electromechanical equipment assemblers 2,360 $33,800 $21,720 - 49,310 -9% 6%
68 First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 2,340 $98,840 $46,930 - 162,140 4% 38%
69 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 2,330 $90,050 $66,650 - 113,470 11% 33%
70 Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse 2,270 $19,130 $16,640 - 26,390 -3% 4%
71 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 2,190 $74,840 $43,370 - 105,510 7% 13%
72 Postal service mail carriers 2,180 $0 $ - 1% 11%
73 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 2,170 $39,720 $24,920 - 57,840 4% 15%
74 Helpers--production workers 2,160 $23,840 $17,590 - 32,780 -1% 4%
75 Personal and home care aides 2,130 $24,390 $20,230 - 30,350 51% 10%
76 Assemblers and fabricators, all other 2,110 $29,860 $18,370 - 48,600 -9% 5%
77 Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 2,010 $48,670 $25,270 - 79,640 27% 47%
78 Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 2,010 $25,250 $18,990 - 36,980 -5% 5%
79 Industrial truck and tractor operators 1,990 $34,800 $22,880 - 48,930 -2% 2%
80 Paralegals and legal assistants 1,970 $61,920 $30,530 - 94,530 22% 45%
81 Administrative services managers 1,960 $97,240 $43,460 - 155,990 12% 40%
82 Property, real estate, and community association managers 1,940 $62,740 $28,230 - 112,510 15% 36%
83 Amusement and recreation attendants 1,880 $20,820 $16,650 - 28,760 24% 22%
84 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 1,850 $21,690 $17,120 - 28,430 12% 6%
85 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 1,830 $25,000 $16,640 - 38,660 14% 3%
86 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 1,830 $19,870 $16,900 - 24,580 10% 17%
87 Cost estimators 1,810 $74,760 $44,690 - 117,640 19% 32%
88 Recreation workers 1,770 $31,990 $20,870 - 47,350 13% 47%
89 Industrial production managers 1,740 $110,270 $60,840 - -6% 43%
90 Kindergarten teachers, except special education 1,720 $56,120 $37,000 - 80,390 16% 43%
91 Order clerks 1,720 $39,160 $22,530 - 61,660 -24% 16%
92 Food service managers 1,700 $49,500 $33,300 - 68,310 5% 24%
93 Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers 1,680 $57,360 $33,720 - 76,080 3% 13%
94 Logisticians 1,640 $83,760 $55,480 - 122,990 17% 43%
95 Physicians and surgeons, all other 1,630 $168,110 $66,980 - 0% 0%
96 Legal secretaries 1,630 $64,040 $43,020 - 84,610 12% 18%
97 Computer, automated teller, and office machine repairers 1,630 $47,660 $22,890 - 73,200 3% 25%
98 All other information and record clerks 1,610 $40,760 $26,260 - 56,810 -13% 21%
99 Bus drivers, transit and intercity 1,590 $41,690 $20,890 - 64,030 13% 4%
100 Bill and account collectors 1,580 $45,770 $28,590 - 65,020 23% 13%
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Jobs More Common Near San Jose Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons 195,840 200 29
Semiconductor processors 37,630 3,940 26.7
Computer hardware engineers 122,150 10,350 24.4
Mathematical scientists, all other 92,750 140 18.2
Sales engineers 112,250 6,960 13
Computer software engineers, systems software 115,730 26,400 9.1
Electro-mechanical technicians 57,430 790 8.9
Floor layers, except carpet, wood, and hard tiles 52,990 310 7.6
Electronics engineers, except computer 107,670 7,290 7.4
Electromechanical equipment assemblers 33,800 2,360 7.2
Bicycle repairers 32,610 120 7.1
Computer and information scientists, research 125,260 1,050 6.5
Materials engineers 105,310 750 5.9
Fence erectors 30,330 330 5.6
Biomedical engineers 99,700 380 5.4
Engineering managers 161,530 7,100 5.4
Electrical engineers 105,570 5,300 4.8
Medical scientists, except epidemiologists 103,050 2,740 4.6
Computer software engineers, applications 108,170 17,990 4.6
Marketing managers 155,350 5,590 4.5
Engineers, all other 108,590 4,850 4.3
Biochemists and biophysicists 104,170 610 4.3
Electrical and electronics drafters 68,930 910 4.2
Tapers 56,880 830 4.1
Technical writers 91,350 1,350 4.1
Physical scientists, all other 143,290 400 4
Motion picture projectionists 27,870 150 3.9
Designers, all other 44,660 190 3.9
Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers 36,210 5,130 3.6
Music directors and composers 54,470 160 3.5
Computer and information systems managers 162,360 7,370 3.5
Electrical and electronic engineering technicians 59,680 4,060 3.5
Drafters, all other 51,430 340 3.4
Postsecondary teachers, all other 72,520 3,890 3.3
Engineering technicians, except drafters, all other 64,430 1,410 3.3
Budget analysts 90,820 1,380 3.2
Mechanical engineering technicians 62,550 840 3.1
Industrial engineering technicians 59,550 1,320 3.1
Multi-media artists and animators 93,770 520 3.1
Market research analysts 100,010 5,170 3
Natural sciences managers 174,750 860 3
Drywall and ceiling tile installers 52,960 2,480 2.9
Plating and coating machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 30,600 680 2.9
Medical equipment repairers 48,830 600 2.9
Numerical tool and process control programmers 57,890 240 2.9
Commercial and industrial designers 101,820 580 2.8
Mechanical engineers 101,840 4,250 2.7
Biological technicians 55,990 1,030 2.6
Life, physical, and social science technicians, all other 51,840 880 2.6
Biological scientists, all other 85,490 380 2.6

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Tax preparers 72,970 2.08 460
Police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers 65,950 1.9 360
Architectural and civil drafters 81,190 1.86 760
Police and sheriff's patrol officers 90,050 1.86 2,330
Refuse and recyclable material collectors 55,540 1.84 800
Legal secretaries 64,040 1.78 1,630
Lawyers 181,850 1.78 4,040
Multi-media artists and animators 93,770 1.77 520
Public relations specialists 89,210 1.77 2,030
Commercial and industrial designers 101,820 1.76 580
Managers, all other 143,920 1.74 4,030
Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 82,950 1.74 1,550
Market research analysts 100,010 1.7 5,170
Teachers and instructors, all other 64,690 1.7 4,080
First-line supervisors/managers of police and detectives 123,630 1.7 190
Registered nurses 104,400 1.69 14,590
Art directors 120,810 1.68 400
Public relations managers 141,590 1.64 460
Computer programmers 104,930 1.63 5,840
Interior designers 76,870 1.63 270
Sales representatives, services, all other 84,060 1.62 7,180
Physical scientists, all other 143,290 1.62 400
Fire fighters 68,000 1.61 960
Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 48,670 1.61 2,010
Computer and information systems managers 162,360 1.61 7,370
Agricultural equipment operators 39,910 1.6 160
Computer support specialists 67,300 1.6 7,610
Highway maintenance workers 56,210 1.6 200
Motor vehicle operators, all other 45,150 1.59 600
Glaziers 63,010 1.59 210
Network and computer systems administrators 97,670 1.59 3,630
Floral designers 38,410 1.59 210
Natural sciences managers 174,750 1.59 860
Surveying and mapping technicians 60,230 1.59 190
Word processors and typists 49,700 1.59 830
Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 73,050 1.59 2,730
Construction and building inspectors 77,470 1.58 510
Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 44,760 1.58 1,410
Roofers 55,640 1.58 1,280
Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 83,450 1.57 920
Technical writers 91,350 1.54 1,350
Financial managers 143,160 1.54 5,540
Network systems and data communications analysts 98,900 1.53 3,480
Dietitians and nutritionists 78,760 1.53 370
Marketing managers 155,350 1.52 5,590
Graphic designers 61,240 1.52 1,410
Respiratory therapists 78,350 1.51 590
Human resources managers, all other 143,130 1.51 1,040
Compensation and benefits managers 135,050 1.5 390
Electricians 70,450 1.5 4,230

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