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Santa Ana Employment

Employment and Industries in the Santa Ana, California Area

Three of California's larger cities, Anaheim, Irvine, and Santa Ana, are located in the Santa Ana Anaheim Irvine metropolitan area. The Santa Ana Anaheim Irvine metropolitan area is a metropolitan division of the larger Los Angeles Long Beach Santa Ana metropolitan area, which is the second largest metropolitan area in the United States. Santa Ana is also the largest city, and the county seat of Orange County. As might be expected, the Santa Ana metropolitan area has a large and robust economy. There are ten Fortune 1000 company headquarters that are located in the Santa Ana metropolitan area, and numerous others in the Los Angeles metropolitan area.

Inc. magazine ranked the Santa Ana metropolitan area seventeenth on its list of "Best Cities for Doing Business" in the United States in the large cities category in 2006. Since the inception of the Inc. "Best Cities for Doing Business" list in 2004, Santa Ana/Orange County has never ranked lower than twenty-third. The criteria used by Inc. "emphasizes the robustness of a region's growth".

Long in the shadow of the economies of Los Angeles to the North, and San Diego to the South, The Santa Ana/Orange County metropolitan area has emerged with an economic diversity of its own, from medical devices to construction and more. Two of the major industries in the Santa Ana metropolitan area are government, and tourism. Both the Anaheim Convention Center and Walt Disney World Resort are located in the metropolitan area.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, major industries in and around the Santa Ana metropolitan area include (ranked by size of workforce):

  • Trade, Transportation, and Utilities
  • Professional and Business Services
  • Manufacturing
  • Leisure and Hospitality
  • Government
  • Financial Services
  • Educational and Health Services

The Santa Ana/Orange County metropolitan area is served by the John Wayne Airport (SNA), which servers almost ten million passengers a year and is one of the primary gateways for the tourism and convention industry in Orange County. It is served by eleven commercial, three commuter, and two air-cargo carriers.

Some major companies in the Santa Ana metropolitan area include:

  • Allergan
  • Apria Healthcare Group
  • Aten Technology, Inc. U.S.
  • Ayn Rand Institute
  • Beckman Coulter
  • Blizzard Entertainment
  • Broadcom
  • Edwards Lifesciences
  • eMachines
  • Epicor
  • First American Corp.
  • GameSpy
  • Gateway, Inc.
  • Hurley International
  • In-N-Out
  • Ingram Micro
  • Juice It Up!
  • Linksys
  • Meade
  • New Century Financial
  • Precept
  • Printronix
  • Rickenbacker musical instrument company
  • Saleen Inc.
  • Standard Pacific
  • Taco Bell
  • Toshiba America
  • Western Digital

Some of the major business organizations in the Santa Ana metropolitan area include:

The Orange County Business Journal, and the "Money Section" of the Orange County Register are excellent sources of information on business in the Santa Ana metropolitan area.

Most Popular Jobs in Santa Ana, 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 22,670 $76,040 $54,170 - 101,620 24% 56%
2 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 22,000 $69,490 $32,230 - 121,510 8% 51%
3 Accountants and auditors 13,810 $70,660 $40,000 - 106,100 18% 79%
4 Elementary school teachers, except special education 11,350 $69,720 $38,270 - 102,190 14% 95%
5 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 11,030 $70,680 $44,440 - 100,870 6% 96%
6 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 8,880 $82,280 $40,070 - 131,090 12% 51%
7 Management analysts 8,850 $80,880 $38,770 - 133,760 22% 78%
8 Financial managers 7,720 $121,580 $60,950 - 13% 60%
9 Sales managers 6,990 $125,800 $56,270 - 10% 69%
10 Computer software engineers, applications 6,850 $102,300 $58,010 - 151,600 45% 85%
11 Teachers and instructors, all other 6,180 $45,820 $26,230 - 78,030 9% 54%
12 Lawyers 6,110 $149,740 $65,590 - 11% 99%
13 Computer software engineers, systems software 5,960 $94,720 $63,310 - 131,450 28% 85%
14 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 5,830 $69,530 $43,400 - 98,350 11% 95%
15 Civil engineers 4,750 $91,140 $56,290 - 128,710 18% 87%
16 Engineering managers 4,620 $131,370 $79,260 - 7% 84%
17 Graphic designers 4,280 $53,270 $31,960 - 79,820 10% 55%
18 Computer systems analysts 4,270 $76,510 $45,240 - 108,280 29% 68%
19 Computer and information systems managers 4,080 $130,490 $73,850 - 16% 73%
20 Managers, all other 3,970 $109,270 $57,440 - 166,290 7% 55%
21 Computer programmers 3,940 $77,610 $45,270 - 115,180 -4% 73%
22 Engineers, all other 3,900 $96,050 $56,350 - 139,970 6% 82%
23 Market research analysts 3,770 $64,030 $35,330 - 99,510 20% 82%
24 Marketing managers 3,660 $130,030 $68,730 - 14% 69%
25 Chief executives 3,640 $204,680 $127,910 - 2% 65%
26 Network and computer systems administrators 3,590 $72,080 $46,110 - 103,780 27% 50%
27 Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 3,330 $93,470 $34,520 - 25% 67%
28 Sales and related workers, all other 2,970 $44,780 $21,850 - 73,200 14% 62%
29 Computer specialists, all other 2,840 $71,550 $34,650 - 112,450 15% 68%
30 Mechanical engineers 2,710 $81,330 $48,190 - 123,210 4% 78%
31 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 2,660 $60,480 $32,470 - 94,050 5% 58%
32 Sales engineers 2,630 $86,760 $46,770 - 135,350 9% 79%
33 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 2,610 $63,770 $36,000 - 101,790 13% 73%
34 Electronics engineers, except computer 2,580 $89,830 $56,680 - 129,240 4% 81%
35 Public relations specialists 2,550 $60,340 $33,600 - 96,480 18% 81%
36 Financial analysts 2,520 $89,890 $46,170 - 34% 87%
37 Network systems and data communications analysts 2,440 $76,970 $43,300 - 113,090 53% 57%
38 Coaches and scouts 2,440 $33,370 $17,710 - 57,710 15% 60%
39 Training and development specialists 2,390 $66,660 $41,640 - 96,030 18% 56%
40 Industrial engineers 2,350 $78,580 $48,540 - 110,150 20% 74%
41 Pharmacists 2,310 $114,810 $92,340 - 135,710 22% 97%
42 Medical and health services managers 2,000 $98,980 $51,610 - 157,310 16% 57%
43 Aerospace engineers 1,940 $107,490 $70,420 - 146,830 10% 87%
44 Personal financial advisors 1,930 $105,540 $33,360 - 41% 81%
45 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 1,900 $53,540 $30,290 - 83,160 18% 56%
46 Computer hardware engineers 1,800 $95,590 $62,980 - 135,080 5% 70%
47 Community and social service specialists, all other 1,710 $51,810 $24,890 - 69,540 25% 58%
48 Social and human service assistants 1,710 $34,770 $22,340 - 49,220 34% 58%
49 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 1,650 $109,800 $71,790 - 142,550 8% 78%
50 Electrical engineers 1,650 $87,730 $58,300 - 124,270 6% 81%
51 Architects, except landscape and naval 1,640 $89,260 $52,970 - 133,810 18% 88%
52 Insurance underwriters 1,640 $71,450 $41,430 - 105,500 6% 53%
53 Medical scientists, except epidemiologists 1,630 $84,860 $47,870 - 123,450 20% 99%
54 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 1,500 $37,910 $26,080 - 52,730 15% 51%
55 Advertising sales agents 1,480 $58,840 $27,640 - 107,800 20% 56%
56 Database administrators 1,370 $72,420 $41,570 - 111,510 29% 72%
57 Physical therapists 1,350 $93,110 $62,930 - 136,620 27% 89%
58 Environmental scientists and specialists, including health 1,320 $71,170 $42,130 - 110,230 25% 93%
59 Credit analysts 1,310 $64,950 $37,620 - 102,030 2% 60%
60 Interior designers 1,300 $54,270 $30,860 - 94,410 20% 55%
61 Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 1,250 $61,070 $42,430 - 84,760 18% 56%
62 Education, training, and library workers, all other 1,240 $35,030 $21,860 - 57,070 11% 79%
63 Budget analysts 1,220 $76,080 $51,170 - 105,010 7% 78%
64 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 1,190 $63,520 $37,390 - 86,430 12% 51%
65 Social workers, all other 1,160 $48,670 $26,210 - 67,070 18% 77%
66 Purchasing managers 1,130 $96,800 $65,230 - 137,210 3% 57%
67 Merchandise displayers and window trimmers 1,120 $26,540 $16,640 - 40,160 11% 55%
68 Adult literacy, remedial education, and GED teachers and instructors 1,080 $57,990 $30,870 - 79,320 14% 54%
69 Speech-language pathologists 1,020 $73,520 $46,590 - 101,600 11% 98%
70 Medical and public health social workers 1,020 $63,570 $38,790 - 97,020 24% 77%
71 Instructional coordinators 1,000 $85,600 $43,270 - 131,560 23% 79%
72 Musicians and singers 990 $0 $ - 10% 53%
73 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 980 $71,560 $43,780 - 107,540 20% 87%
74 Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists 970 $82,540 $38,100 - 129,580 16% 99%
75 Occupational therapists 970 $78,500 $53,000 - 103,390 23% 90%
76 Surveyors 970 $74,760 $53,220 - 99,450 24% 82%
77 Editors 940 $67,270 $35,990 - 104,890 2% 81%
78 Child, family, and school social workers 930 $40,040 $24,190 - 52,210 19% 77%
79 Dentists, general 920 $162,250 $99,410 - 9% 100%
80 Environmental engineers 910 $77,970 $53,290 - 120,260 25% 86%
81 Human resources managers, all other 890 $119,560 $64,000 - 11% 58%
82 Chemists 890 $79,120 $38,960 - 109,600 9% 93%
83 Self-enrichment education teachers 880 $31,480 $18,130 - 46,990 23% 54%
84 Special education teachers, secondary school 820 $71,320 $45,010 - 100,490 9% 87%
85 Meeting and convention planners 820 $49,660 $34,610 - 75,350 20% 67%
86 Detectives and criminal investigators 810 $84,100 $54,080 - 107,890 17% 54%
87 Technical writers 720 $63,130 $33,530 - 94,570 20% 74%
88 Landscape architects 710 $78,900 $53,310 - 104,880 16% 88%
89 Urban and regional planners 710 $73,740 $43,420 - 116,530 15% 92%
90 Librarians 690 $64,900 $36,380 - 95,350 4% 85%
91 Marriage and family therapists 670 $40,900 $24,520 - 63,380 30% 73%
92 Art directors 660 $91,540 $39,990 - 152,190 9% 58%
93 Floral designers 650 $27,620 $18,120 - 39,710 -9% 55%
94 Mental health and substance abuse social workers 640 $46,410 $29,210 - 65,000 30% 77%
95 Veterinarians 620 $111,150 $59,200 - 35% 100%
96 Social and community service managers 600 $68,860 $39,290 - 119,000 25% 72%
97 Education administrators, preschool and child care center/program 590 $44,740 $26,240 - 75,120 24% 78%
98 Nuclear engineers 580 $95,390 $65,610 - 130,010 7% 82%
99 Health educators 580 $46,590 $23,440 - 77,340 26% 58%
100 Public relations managers 560 $100,110 $50,780 - 150,600 17% 75%

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 49,010 $26,640 $17,050 - 42,100 12% 25%
2 Office clerks, general 36,570 $29,510 $17,910 - 42,570 13% 19%
3 Cashiers 31,950 $21,240 $16,750 - 28,100 -3% 10%
4 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 29,090 $24,300 $16,740 - 35,050 2% 5%
5 Waiters and waitresses 29,080 $19,800 $16,680 - 25,070 11% 14%
6 Customer service representatives 27,060 $36,660 $23,750 - 52,130 25% 22%
7 General and operations managers 26,830 $131,040 $56,480 - 2% 48%
8 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 25,070 $19,140 $16,660 - 23,220 18% 5%
9 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 24,000 $24,400 $17,060 - 38,310 15% 4%
10 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 22,640 $46,590 $30,370 - 65,260 15% 18%
11 Stock clerks and order fillers 20,360 $24,020 $17,100 - 33,730 -8% 8%
12 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 20,330 $54,420 $33,900 - 79,300 6% 29%
13 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 20,230 $38,640 $25,510 - 53,200 13% 16%
14 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 16,560 $24,040 $17,380 - 34,230 18% 6%
15 Business operations specialists, all other 15,060 $67,790 $35,290 - 110,020 21% 49%
16 Construction laborers 14,910 $35,120 $21,320 - 55,080 11% 5%
17 Team assemblers 13,830 $26,190 $17,960 - 37,610 0% 5%
18 Security guards 13,340 $25,270 $17,930 - 34,370 17% 13%
19 Maintenance and repair workers, general 12,890 $38,640 $21,680 - 59,820 10% 6%
20 Cooks, fast food 12,410 $18,750 $16,670 - 21,720 8% 5%
21 Receptionists and information clerks 12,060 $28,650 $19,510 - 39,270 17% 13%
22 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 11,930 $29,770 $19,130 - 41,920 4% 6%
23 Sales representatives, services, all other 11,900 $60,680 $28,910 - 102,470 28% 48%
24 Teacher assistants 11,850 $31,830 $19,720 - 41,490 10% 18%
25 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 11,550 $42,710 $25,200 - 66,430 4% 25%
26 Cooks, restaurant 10,600 $24,450 $18,630 - 31,480 12% 5%
27 Carpenters 10,500 $52,430 $30,100 - 78,590 10% 6%
28 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 10,230 $31,150 $19,040 - 50,370 8% 4%
29 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 10,200 $35,890 $22,140 - 50,380 1% 18%
30 Medical secretaries 10,150 $31,340 $20,150 - 45,060 17% 18%
31 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 9,850 $20,330 $16,730 - 26,880 10% 8%
32 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 9,790 $20,710 $16,750 - 26,070 13% 5%
33 Packers and packagers, hand 9,730 $21,350 $16,710 - 28,460 -12% 3%
34 Food preparation workers 9,670 $20,570 $16,740 - 27,580 15% 7%
35 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 9,040 $30,770 $19,580 - 46,630 11% 14%
36 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 8,190 $40,600 $25,630 - 57,490 10% 4%
37 Computer support specialists 7,970 $49,050 $30,770 - 71,650 13% 43%
38 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 7,610 $33,460 $20,160 - 50,760 -7% 14%
39 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 7,310 $25,340 $20,300 - 32,190 18% 7%
40 Loan officers 7,030 $65,170 $28,300 - 104,380 12% 49%
41 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 6,990 $53,820 $30,300 - 80,270 -5% 15%
42 Counter and rental clerks 6,930 $27,890 $16,810 - 45,190 23% 16%
43 Medical assistants 6,820 $31,990 $21,730 - 44,300 35% 10%
44 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 6,800 $19,220 $16,650 - 22,520 12% 6%
45 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 6,790 $35,910 $25,860 - 49,690 4% 15%
46 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 6,780 $71,590 $48,110 - 102,900 9% 10%
47 Electricians 6,640 $51,110 $29,710 - 79,480 7% 7%
48 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 6,550 $19,010 $16,720 - 22,430 10% 17%
49 Bill and account collectors 6,360 $37,880 $27,200 - 50,200 23% 13%
50 Amusement and recreation attendants 6,310 $19,560 $16,890 - 23,750 24% 22%
51 Tellers 6,110 $27,570 $21,350 - 37,420 14% 16%
52 Dishwashers 6,100 $18,790 $16,670 - 22,480 10% 3%
53 Machinists 6,060 $36,040 $20,650 - 55,630 -3% 3%
54 Postsecondary teachers, all other 5,650 $70,890 $42,420 - 106,370 0% 0%
55 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 5,640 $40,690 $21,540 - 64,740 14% 4%
56 Home health aides 5,630 $23,070 $17,260 - 31,700 49% 7%
57 Dental assistants 5,480 $32,530 $21,650 - 46,610 29% 9%
58 Property, real estate, and community association managers 5,340 $56,340 $17,000 - 112,750 15% 36%
59 Industrial truck and tractor operators 5,190 $33,410 $22,040 - 49,300 -2% 2%
60 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 5,170 $50,020 $37,970 - 63,360 14% 7%
61 Helpers--production workers 5,170 $21,780 $16,920 - 29,840 -1% 4%
62 Assemblers and fabricators, all other 5,160 $23,700 $17,280 - 33,350 -9% 5%
63 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 5,160 $20,850 $16,700 - 27,480 14% 3%
64 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 5,040 $48,800 $28,920 - 75,640 11% 4%
65 Production, planning, and expediting clerks 5,040 $44,890 $26,510 - 66,070 4% 30%
66 Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators 4,990 $61,780 $37,560 - 86,080 9% 47%
67 Painters, construction and maintenance 4,840 $40,150 $26,050 - 59,650 12% 6%
68 Drywall and ceiling tile installers 4,730 $52,460 $32,720 - 79,880 7% 2%
69 Bartenders 4,630 $20,750 $16,680 - 28,270 11% 17%
70 Telemarketers 4,380 $29,000 $18,070 - 43,120 -10% 14%
71 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 4,360 $63,840 $34,570 - 97,610 7% 13%
72 Office and administrative support workers, all other 4,350 $32,190 $19,330 - 48,540 -9% 32%
73 Loan interviewers and clerks 4,340 $38,330 $24,310 - 57,460 -1% 24%
74 Sewing machine operators 4,250 $20,320 $16,640 - 27,480 -27% 5%
75 Insurance claims and policy processing clerks 4,190 $40,520 $26,020 - 59,880 -1% 22%
76 Order clerks 4,190 $31,780 $20,450 - 44,250 -24% 16%
77 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 4,150 $59,800 $37,140 - 89,370 0% 42%
78 Preschool teachers, except special education 3,940 $28,680 $20,420 - 40,000 26% 43%
79 Child care workers 3,870 $24,480 $17,030 - 33,630 18% 15%
80 Data entry keyers 3,810 $29,820 $19,670 - 41,180 -5% 18%
81 Administrative services managers 3,640 $88,920 $49,470 - 134,710 12% 40%
82 Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 3,640 $23,250 $16,640 - 33,960 -5% 5%
83 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 3,590 $76,840 $61,270 - 94,390 11% 33%
84 First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 3,550 $90,050 $37,930 - 160,920 4% 38%
85 Production workers, all other 3,510 $30,490 $16,880 - 49,520 2% 5%
86 Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers 3,430 $27,890 $18,020 - 39,570 -27% 6%
87 Cost estimators 3,420 $64,350 $32,490 - 99,400 19% 32%
88 Insurance sales agents 3,340 $81,930 $35,930 - 162,630 13% 45%
89 Recreation workers 3,320 $22,330 $17,260 - 29,170 13% 47%
90 Postal service mail carriers 3,320 $0 $ - 1% 11%
91 Food service managers 3,270 $51,420 $34,740 - 67,860 5% 24%
92 Construction managers 3,250 $105,480 $60,640 - 156,640 16% 29%
93 Legal secretaries 3,250 $48,970 $26,780 - 74,270 12% 18%
94 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 3,140 $34,650 $21,870 - 52,410 5% 2%
95 Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 3,050 $27,580 $18,010 - 39,800 -15% 0%
96 Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers 2,960 $54,870 $36,040 - 66,490 3% 13%
97 All other information and record clerks 2,890 $39,220 $27,100 - 52,620 -13% 21%
98 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 2,840 $22,830 $17,360 - 31,170 12% 6%
99 Paralegals and legal assistants 2,820 $56,800 $34,720 - 80,570 22% 45%
100 Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 2,760 $36,430 $21,070 - 52,370 27% 47%
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Jobs More Common Near Santa Ana Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Camera and photographic equipment repairers 61,100 110 10.6
Medical appliance technicians 32,480 540 8.9
Nuclear engineers 95,390 580 8.8
Fabric and apparel patternmakers 39,410 350 8.4
Floor layers, except carpet, wood, and hard tiles 35,280 560 8.3
Choreographers 47,350 510 7.9
Textile bleaching and dyeing machine operators and tenders 20,530 580 6.6
Bicycle repairers 23,300 160 5.7
Cutters and trimmers, hand 23,170 900 5.2
Embalmers 48,660 110 4.5
Manicurists and pedicurists 20,090 1,820 4.2
Atmospheric, earth, marine, and space sciences teachers, postsecondary 85,030 170 4.2
Carpet installers 40,690 1,130 4
Arbitrators, mediators, and conciliators 73,680 160 4
Grinding and polishing workers, hand 25,040 1,300 3.9
Sewers, hand 20,210 120 3.9
Aerospace engineers 107,490 1,940 3.7
Landscape architects 78,900 710 3.7
Woodworkers, all other 25,760 150 3.7
Marriage and family therapists 40,900 670 3.6
Insulation workers, floor, ceiling, and wall 44,810 540 3.5
Recreational vehicle service technicians 36,770 190 3.5
Door-to-door sales workers, news and street vendors, and related workers 29,120 150 3.4
Drywall and ceiling tile installers 52,460 4,730 3.4
Directors, religious activities and education 37,930 440 3.3
Semiconductor processors 31,610 790 3.2
Tapers 47,910 1,030 3.1
Electro-mechanical technicians 45,080 450 3
Stonemasons 41,710 320 3
Sales engineers 86,760 2,630 3
Textile knitting and weaving machine setters, operators, and tenders 23,930 570 2.9
Tailors, dressmakers, and custom sewers 28,730 700 2.9
Helpers--painters, paperhangers, plasterers, and stucco masons 23,850 450 2.9
Postsecondary teachers, all other 70,890 5,650 2.9
Property, real estate, and community association managers 56,340 5,340 2.8
Molders, shapers, and casters, except metal and plastic 27,040 890 2.8
Sewing machine operators 20,320 4,250 2.8
Motorcycle mechanics 42,620 240 2.8
Fashion designers 69,840 390 2.8
Set and exhibit designers 42,060 140 2.7
Electromechanical equipment assemblers 30,710 1,410 2.6
Animal trainers 30,070 170 2.6
Musicians and singers 0 990 2.6
Computer hardware engineers 95,590 1,800 2.5
Numerical tool and process control programmers 54,390 350 2.5
Environmental engineering technicians 56,640 480 2.5
Proofreaders and copy markers 39,770 370 2.5
Plating and coating machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 26,000 960 2.5
Law teachers, postsecondary 99,460 130 2.5
Designers, all other 50,180 200 2.5

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Santa Ana, California Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Legislators 76,020 2.14 160
Art, drama, and music teachers, postsecondary 94,570 1.59 760
Police and sheriff's patrol officers 76,840 1.58 3,590
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 67,630 1.58 2,100
Foreign language and literature teachers, postsecondary 95,140 1.56 140
First-line supervisors/managers of police and detectives 111,460 1.53 490
Correctional officers and jailers 57,140 1.51 1,060
Healthcare practitioners and technical workers, all other 76,440 1.51 510
Instructional coordinators 85,600 1.49 1,000
Surveying and mapping technicians 55,810 1.47 430
Library assistants, clerical 35,220 1.47 1,050
Lawyers 149,740 1.46 6,110
Insurance sales agents 81,930 1.46 3,340
Fire fighters 61,030 1.45 1,760
Title examiners, abstractors, and searchers 60,980 1.45 680
Clergy 65,120 1.44 360
Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 71,560 1.43 980
Teacher assistants 31,830 1.43 11,850
Camera and photographic equipment repairers 61,100 1.43 110
Civil engineering technicians 64,190 1.42 1,050
Forensic science technicians 74,600 1.41 170
Tax preparers 49,530 1.41 350
Cement masons and concrete finishers 51,940 1.4 2,540
Special education teachers, middle school 71,410 1.4 450
Elementary school teachers, except special education 69,720 1.4 11,350
Writers and authors 74,920 1.4 470
Bus drivers, school 36,340 1.39 1,880
Detectives and criminal investigators 84,100 1.39 810
Recreation and fitness studies teachers, postsecondary 80,390 1.38 240
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 70,680 1.38 11,030
Special education teachers, secondary school 71,320 1.38 820
Medical and public health social workers 63,570 1.38 1,020
Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 69,530 1.38 5,830
Audio and video equipment technicians 51,970 1.38 740
Police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers 47,900 1.38 530
Private detectives and investigators 63,030 1.38 330
Producers and directors 77,920 1.37 440
Surveyors 74,760 1.37 970
Medical transcriptionists 44,000 1.37 540
Legal secretaries 48,970 1.36 3,250
History teachers, postsecondary 90,380 1.36 140
Drywall and ceiling tile installers 52,460 1.36 4,730
Mathematical science teachers, postsecondary 90,130 1.36 380
Community and social service specialists, all other 51,810 1.36 1,710
General and operations managers 131,040 1.36 26,830
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Editors 67,270 1.36 940
Lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers 26,130 1.35 1,210
Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 109,800 1.34 1,650
Carpenters 52,430 1.34 10,500

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