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Santa Fe Employment

Employment and Industries in the Santa Fe, New Mexico Area

The economy in Santa Fe, New Mexico is largely based on tourism and state government. Tourism also significantly contributes to the city's retail industry. The state of New Mexico is the largest employer in Santa Fe. The nearby Los Alamos National Laboratory is a major employer in the region. It's one of the country's largest research labs. A large number of the laboratory's workers live in Santa Fe.

A number of high-technology and research-related companies are situated in Santa Fe. Healthcare and manufacturing are also notable contributors to the economy. St. Vincent Regional Medical Center is one of Santa Fe's top employers.

The Santa Fe Business Incubator provides a variety of assistance to new companies. Also, the Small Business Development Center is available to assist entrepreneurs.

Some of the occupations more prevalent in Santa Fe than most other cities include jewelers and precious stone and metal workers, community and social service specialists, medical and public health social workers, healthcare practitioners and technical workers, social and community service managers, rehabilitation counselors, and administrative services managers.

Shown below is a list of Santa Fe's significant job providers:

  • State of New Mexico
  • Santa Fe School District
  • U.S. Government
  • City of Santa Fe
  • St. Vincent Hospital
  • Santa Fe Opera
  • Santa Fe Community College
  • College of Santa Fe
  • Presbyterian Medical Services
  • County of Santa Fe
  • Cities of Gold Casino
  • Camel Rock Casino
  • Thornburg Companies
  • DeVargas Center
  • First National Bank of Santa Fe
  • Iron Stone Bank
  • Rio Grande Title companies
  • Santa Fe Art Institute
  • Strategic Analytics

The top fields of employment in Santa Fe:

  • Government
  • Trade, transportation and utilities
  • Leisure and hospitality
  • Educational and health services
  • Professional and business services

Santa Fe businesses have opportunities to collaborate with helpful associations such as:

Those interested in staying current with the activities of the Santa Fe business community may want to visit SantaFeNewMexican.com.

Most Popular Jobs in Santa Fe, New Mexico 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 Accountants and auditors 1,040 $55,500 $35,990 - 66,440 18% 79%
2 Registered nurses 940 $59,210 $40,800 - 85,150 24% 56%
3 Management analysts 650 $61,060 $34,260 - 98,070 22% 78%
4 Social and human service assistants 640 $25,630 $17,810 - 32,910 34% 58%
5 Medical and public health social workers 540 $30,760 $21,360 - 45,830 24% 77%
6 Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists 490 $44,790 $33,360 - 60,830 16% 99%
7 Financial managers 420 $96,760 $55,910 - 138,020 13% 60%
8 Community and social service specialists, all other 420 $39,100 $24,580 - 53,750 25% 58%
9 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 400 $47,640 $28,490 - 67,730 8% 51%
10 Social and community service managers 350 $42,060 $27,250 - 61,590 25% 72%
11 Child, family, and school social workers 290 $30,740 $15,840 - 46,600 19% 77%
12 Lawyers 270 $103,660 $66,360 - 161,050 11% 99%
13 Medical and health services managers 240 $85,930 $53,120 - 130,410 16% 57%
14 Rehabilitation counselors 240 $41,280 $34,020 - 49,860 23% 73%
15 Sales managers 230 $70,460 $34,210 - 127,430 10% 69%
16 Teachers and instructors, all other 230 $66,910 $22,450 - 101,810 9% 54%
17 Network and computer systems administrators 190 $53,520 $35,840 - 79,490 27% 50%
18 Computer systems analysts 190 $50,870 $37,570 - 63,550 29% 68%
19 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 190 $38,960 $23,780 - 61,330 15% 51%
20 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 180 $44,360 $31,790 - 59,810 17% 56%
21 Personal financial advisors 170 $102,800 $32,870 - 41% 81%
22 Advertising sales agents 170 $48,140 $26,780 - 93,760 20% 56%
23 Healthcare practitioners and technical workers, all other 170 $24,710 $14,170 - 39,250 15% 72%
24 Computer software engineers, systems software 150 $80,270 $58,970 - 113,090 28% 85%
25 Civil engineers 150 $80,050 $56,820 - 101,750 18% 87%
26 Computer and information systems managers 140 $105,830 $47,560 - 16% 73%
27 Computer specialists, all other 140 $56,550 $39,980 - 77,200 15% 68%
28 Pharmacists 120 $106,180 $83,370 - 134,590 22% 97%
29 Managers, all other 120 $67,120 $41,120 - 103,700 7% 55%
30 Public relations specialists 120 $59,200 $22,950 - 96,850 18% 81%
31 Financial analysts 120 $0 $ - 34% 87%
32 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 110 $44,920 $25,230 - 66,580 13% 73%
33 Graphic designers 100 $45,700 $35,060 - 61,450 10% 55%
34 Training and development specialists 100 $44,770 $32,190 - 63,110 18% 56%
35 Financial specialists, all other 100 $43,770 $34,110 - 61,820 12% 50%
36 Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 90 $98,610 $32,310 - 25% 67%
37 Architects, except landscape and naval 90 $68,970 $33,680 - 99,110 18% 88%
38 Budget analysts 90 $55,840 $41,210 - 72,620 7% 78%
39 Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 90 $50,110 $35,530 - 64,800 18% 56%
40 Health educators 90 $41,580 $29,330 - 52,000 26% 58%
41 Education administrators, postsecondary 80 $72,300 $36,620 - 118,680 14% 78%
42 Database administrators 80 $54,800 $31,830 - 79,130 29% 72%
43 Librarians 80 $39,010 $24,530 - 60,260 4% 85%
44 Physical therapists 70 $66,760 $42,950 - 120,760 27% 89%
45 Coaches and scouts 70 $49,260 $26,040 - 66,810 15% 60%
46 Adult literacy, remedial education, and GED teachers and instructors 70 $47,120 $27,500 - 65,070 14% 54%
47 Dentists, general 60 $161,480 $117,680 - 9% 100%
48 Marketing managers 60 $66,810 $36,540 - 103,520 14% 69%
49 Speech-language pathologists 60 $65,520 $41,790 - 97,830 11% 98%
50 Public relations managers 60 $61,670 $42,420 - 81,660 17% 75%
51 Network systems and data communications analysts 60 $47,180 $35,020 - 62,800 53% 57%
52 Instructional coordinators 60 $44,260 $32,340 - 60,830 23% 79%
53 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 60 $36,130 $26,200 - 50,370 18% 56%
54 Sales and related workers, all other 60 $33,140 $19,810 - 62,020 14% 62%
55 Veterinarians 50 $65,740 $45,640 - 84,990 35% 100%
56 Human resources managers, all other 50 $52,480 $39,120 - 66,410 11% 58%
57 Natural sciences managers 40 $77,040 $67,130 - 93,050 11% 93%
58 Environmental engineers 40 $75,850 $44,920 - 103,920 25% 86%
59 Surveyors 40 $59,560 $32,850 - 90,490 24% 82%
60 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 40 $53,320 $29,210 - 75,250 12% 51%
61 Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors 40 $44,180 $37,320 - 51,050 34% 73%
62 Market research analysts 40 $42,960 $27,620 - 59,740 20% 82%
63 Mental health counselors 40 $0 $ - 30% 73%
64 Education administrators, preschool and child care center/program 30 $54,080 $23,960 - 87,540 24% 78%
65 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 30 $34,080 $25,870 - 48,670 12% 51%
66 Reporters and correspondents 30 $28,030 $19,830 - 38,350 1% 85%

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 3,270 $26,850 $16,690 - 41,700 12% 25%
2 General and operations managers 2,570 $79,770 $42,800 - 141,800 2% 48%
3 Cashiers 1,910 $21,310 $15,010 - 27,400 -3% 10%
4 Waiters and waitresses 1,590 $19,060 $14,130 - 27,110 11% 14%
5 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 1,410 $29,520 $17,100 - 42,680 1% 18%
6 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 1,110 $35,680 $22,420 - 50,230 13% 16%
7 Office clerks, general 1,050 $24,490 $16,230 - 34,300 13% 19%
8 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 1,040 $20,290 $14,490 - 25,790 18% 5%
9 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 1,000 $40,650 $24,640 - 64,410 4% 25%
10 Teacher assistants 910 $19,600 $14,360 - 25,810 10% 18%
11 Cooks, restaurant 780 $23,620 $17,680 - 30,790 12% 5%
12 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 770 $21,250 $15,320 - 25,630 13% 5%
13 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 750 $47,530 $30,330 - 68,300 15% 18%
14 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 750 $23,040 $16,340 - 30,810 15% 4%
15 Stock clerks and order fillers 710 $24,080 $16,320 - 31,430 -8% 8%
16 Construction laborers 700 $25,190 $21,020 - 31,730 11% 5%
17 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 690 $43,100 $26,600 - 65,020 6% 29%
18 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 670 $27,930 $17,690 - 38,800 18% 6%
19 Carpenters 650 $36,130 $22,410 - 50,960 10% 6%
20 Home health aides 640 $23,190 $17,360 - 38,660 49% 7%
21 Maintenance and repair workers, general 620 $28,230 $20,900 - 39,270 10% 6%
22 Receptionists and information clerks 590 $25,730 $16,790 - 34,200 17% 13%
23 Administrative services managers 500 $62,860 $37,130 - 82,800 12% 40%
24 Customer service representatives 500 $27,600 $18,130 - 38,220 25% 22%
25 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 490 $23,240 $14,220 - 32,050 18% 7%
26 Dishwashers 490 $19,640 $14,820 - 24,780 10% 3%
27 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 480 $30,850 $19,190 - 48,240 11% 14%
28 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 470 $40,830 $23,370 - 53,220 14% 7%
29 Security guards 470 $24,930 $16,530 - 38,370 17% 13%
30 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 430 $52,440 $34,450 - 75,890 9% 10%
31 Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 430 $21,920 $17,040 - 26,490 17% 14%
32 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 410 $25,760 $19,900 - 32,400 2% 5%
33 Food preparation workers 400 $22,420 $15,410 - 29,860 15% 7%
34 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 390 $18,930 $14,120 - 25,210 12% 6%
35 Tellers 360 $23,680 $15,020 - 31,690 14% 16%
36 Business operations specialists, all other 340 $52,740 $34,600 - 75,140 21% 49%
37 Office and administrative support workers, all other 320 $31,850 $20,130 - 43,130 -9% 32%
38 Bartenders 320 $18,220 $13,970 - 25,640 11% 17%
39 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 310 $39,820 $23,190 - 57,700 14% 4%
40 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 250 $25,400 $19,160 - 34,210 8% 4%
41 Cooks, fast food 250 $19,620 $14,280 - 25,340 8% 5%
42 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 230 $21,340 $15,400 - 27,160 10% 17%
43 Personal and home care aides 230 $17,910 $14,120 - 23,210 51% 10%
44 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 210 $18,140 $14,150 - 23,990 10% 8%
45 Dental assistants 200 $38,570 $27,810 - 53,230 29% 9%
46 Painters, construction and maintenance 200 $34,120 $23,300 - 44,390 12% 6%
47 Construction managers 190 $68,400 $38,890 - 108,840 16% 29%
48 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 190 $48,830 $29,720 - 68,280 7% 13%
49 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 190 $32,930 $20,590 - 50,280 11% 4%
50 Medical secretaries 190 $29,960 $20,330 - 39,170 17% 18%
51 Property, real estate, and community association managers 180 $54,710 $28,340 - 88,330 15% 36%
52 Paralegals and legal assistants 180 $42,120 $27,260 - 56,600 22% 45%
53 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 180 $32,740 $26,460 - 43,900 10% 4%
54 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 180 $23,870 $17,500 - 31,140 11% 5%
55 Counter and rental clerks 160 $26,580 $14,930 - 39,530 23% 16%
56 Insurance sales agents 150 $37,330 $21,570 - 53,230 13% 45%
57 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 150 $33,320 $26,830 - 42,030 8% 3%
58 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 150 $29,570 $14,510 - 55,710 12% 6%
59 Bill and account collectors 150 $28,700 $20,090 - 38,960 23% 13%
60 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 150 $27,460 $19,160 - 38,070 4% 6%
61 Helpers--carpenters 150 $26,840 $22,060 - 32,030 12% 3%
62 Taxi drivers and chauffeurs 150 $23,320 $20,710 - 26,320 13% 15%
63 Gaming dealers 150 $16,920 $14,020 - 21,070 24% 11%
64 Postal service mail carriers 150 $0 $ - 1% 11%
65 Preschool teachers, except special education 140 $31,670 $20,950 - 44,990 26% 43%
66 Driver/sales workers 140 $25,060 $14,500 - 36,330 -5% 4%
67 Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 140 $22,100 $16,330 - 29,200 10% 5%
68 Helpers--pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 130 $25,860 $14,230 - 39,220 12% 3%
69 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 120 $42,170 $30,140 - 53,580 0% 42%
70 First-line supervisors/managers of housekeeping and janitorial workers 120 $33,370 $23,050 - 45,610 13% 11%
71 Cement masons and concrete finishers 120 $31,100 $21,630 - 41,530 11% 2%
72 Medical assistants 120 $30,930 $21,740 - 44,970 35% 10%
73 Architectural and civil drafters 110 $49,920 $30,810 - 68,220 6% 25%
74 Chefs and head cooks 110 $41,450 $22,410 - 69,350 8% 14%
75 Child care workers 110 $32,630 $20,580 - 50,470 18% 15%
76 Payroll and timekeeping clerks 110 $30,270 $17,290 - 45,010 3% 18%
77 Pharmacy technicians 110 $28,190 $20,880 - 38,630 32% 16%
78 All other information and record clerks 110 $26,640 $15,260 - 41,280 -13% 21%
79 Cooks, short order 110 $22,090 $16,440 - 25,890 5% 5%
80 Family and general practitioners 100 $152,320 $97,340 - 0% 0%
81 Loan officers 100 $65,360 $38,760 - 106,590 12% 49%
82 Sales representatives, services, all other 100 $49,890 $20,880 - 90,890 28% 48%
83 Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters 100 $35,610 $24,450 - 49,100 3% 4%
84 Assemblers and fabricators, all other 100 $30,970 $23,060 - 40,160 -9% 5%
85 Jewelers and precious stone and metal workers 100 $29,990 $14,340 - 54,930 -2% 16%
86 Bus drivers, transit and intercity 100 $27,570 $22,240 - 32,980 13% 4%
87 Library technicians 100 $26,940 $18,440 - 35,050 9% 27%
88 Packers and packagers, hand 100 $25,180 $15,380 - 31,230 -12% 3%
89 Food servers, nonrestaurant 100 $24,320 $15,950 - 41,650 16% 9%
90 Bakers 100 $23,750 $20,770 - 28,880 10% 8%
91 Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers 100 $20,900 $15,470 - 25,670 12% 0%
92 Art, drama, and music teachers, postsecondary 90 $51,270 $34,780 - 70,920 0% 0%
93 Computer support specialists 90 $39,900 $26,160 - 59,450 13% 43%
94 Legal secretaries 90 $35,990 $26,820 - 46,850 12% 18%
95 Surveying and mapping technicians 90 $34,970 $24,220 - 51,420 19% 7%
96 Healthcare support workers, all other 90 $31,550 $22,620 - 45,720 16% 10%
97 Helpers--production workers 90 $27,210 $18,330 - 37,300 -1% 4%
98 Switchboard operators, including answering service 90 $25,910 $16,740 - 36,020 -8% 10%
99 Roofers 90 $24,870 $19,000 - 31,280 14% 3%
100 Parking lot attendants 90 $21,220 $14,660 - 28,010 12% 14%
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Jobs More Common Near Santa Fe Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Jewelers and precious stone and metal workers 29,990 100 13.4
Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists 44,790 490 12.1
Community and social service specialists, all other 39,100 420 9.9
Medical and public health social workers 30,760 540 9.5
Healthcare practitioners and technical workers, all other 24,710 170 8.1
Social and community service managers 42,060 350 7.1
Rehabilitation counselors 41,280 240 6.1
Gaming dealers 16,920 150 5.2
Helpers--carpenters 26,840 150 5.1
Social and human service assistants 25,630 640 4.8
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 21,920 430 4.8
Administrative services managers 62,860 500 4.6
Helpers--pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 25,860 130 4.4
General and operations managers 79,770 2,570 3.6
Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 38,960 190 3
Office and administrative support workers, all other 31,850 320 3
Chefs and head cooks 41,450 110 2.7
Child, family, and school social workers 30,740 290 2.6
Property, real estate, and community association managers 54,710 180 2.6
Management analysts 61,060 650 2.6
Family and general practitioners 152,320 100 2.5
Personal financial advisors 102,800 170 2.5
Advertising sales agents 48,140 170 2.4
Library technicians 26,940 100 2.3
Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters 35,610 100 2.3
Dishwashers 19,640 490 2.2
Architectural and civil drafters 49,920 110 2.2
Medical and health services managers 85,930 240 2.1
Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 18,930 390 2.1
Taxi drivers and chauffeurs 23,320 150 2.1
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 21,250 770 2.1
Cooks, restaurant 23,620 780 2
Accountants and auditors 55,500 1,040 2
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 40,650 1,000 2
Construction managers 68,400 190 1.9
Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 44,360 180 1.9
Financial managers 96,760 420 1.9
Teacher assistants 19,600 910 1.8
Painters, construction and maintenance 34,120 200 1.8
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 29,520 1,410 1.8
Home health aides 23,190 640 1.8
Cooks, short order 22,090 110 1.7
First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 52,440 430 1.7
Carpenters 36,130 650 1.7
Bakers 23,750 100 1.7
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 27,930 670 1.7
Retail salespersons 26,850 3,270 1.7
Construction laborers 25,190 700 1.6
Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers 20,900 100 1.6
Financial specialists, all other 43,770 100 1.6

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Santa Fe, New Mexico Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Teachers and instructors, all other 66,910 1.76 230
Child care workers 32,630 1.69 110
Personal financial advisors 102,800 1.29 170
Preschool teachers, except special education 31,670 1.24 140
Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 47,530 1.23 750
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 21,340 1.2 230
Dental assistants 38,570 1.2 200
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 20,290 1.18 1,040
Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 29,570 1.18 150
Public relations specialists 59,200 1.17 120
Food preparation workers 22,420 1.17 400
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 27,930 1.15 670
Cashiers 21,310 1.15 1,910
Rehabilitation counselors 41,280 1.14 240
Architectural and civil drafters 49,920 1.14 110
Counter and rental clerks 26,580 1.14 160
Dishwashers 19,640 1.14 490
Cooks, fast food 19,620 1.13 250
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 21,920 1.13 430
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 35,680 1.12 1,110
Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 22,100 1.11 140
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 21,250 1.11 770
Cooks, short order 22,090 1.11 110
Medical assistants 30,930 1.1 120
Retail salespersons 26,850 1.1 3,270
Automotive service technicians and mechanics 39,820 1.1 310
Civil engineers 80,050 1.09 150
Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 38,960 1.09 190
Home health aides 23,190 1.09 640
Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 18,930 1.09 390
Cooks, restaurant 23,620 1.09 780
Taxi drivers and chauffeurs 23,320 1.08 150
Receptionists and information clerks 25,730 1.08 590
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 25,760 1.07 410
Stock clerks and order fillers 24,080 1.05 710
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 40,650 1.05 1,000
Computer and information systems managers 105,830 1.05 140
Financial managers 96,760 1.04 420
Helpers--carpenters 26,840 1.03 150
Medical secretaries 29,960 1.03 190
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 40,830 1.03 470
Advertising sales agents 48,140 1.03 170
Office and administrative support workers, all other 31,850 1.03 320
Community and social service specialists, all other 39,100 1.03 420
Chefs and head cooks 41,450 1.02 110
Property, real estate, and community association managers 54,710 1.02 180
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 30,850 1.02 480
Waiters and waitresses 19,060 1.02 1,590
Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 18,140 1.02 210
Medical and health services managers 85,930 1.02 240

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