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Oakland Employment

Employment and Industries in the Oakland, California Area

Part of the San Francisco Bay area, the Oakland-Fremont-Hayward metropolitan area has a strong economy that provides ample opportunities for business and professional advancement. The Oakland area is home to ten Fortune 1000 company headquarters. The largest company with their headquarters in the Oakland area is Chevron. Probably the most famous companies headquartered in the area are Chevron, Clorox, Intuit, Google, and VeriSign.

Business honors and awards received by the Oakland metropolitan area include:

  • The entire Bay area, including the Oakland area, ranked 25th among the 50 top large cities on Entrepreneur magazine's 2005 list of "Hot Cities for Entrepreneurs".
  • The Oakland metropolitan area has ranked 41st among U.S. Cities in the large cities category on Inc. magazine's 2006 list of "Best Cities for Doing Business".
  • In a 2005 study done by the Milikin Institute, the Oakland-Fremont-Hayward area ranked 88th among 200 U.S. cities as a "2005 Best Performing Cities - 200 Largest Metros".

The Oakland area has a very well educated work force. According to a U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, the Oakland area has almost 38% of its workforce with a college degree or higher, placing it 12th among large cities in the United States. Oakland ranks among the top thirty most literate cities according to a 2005 Central Connecticut State University study. The Oakland area was also ranked 19th among U.S. cities in educational attainment on Forbes magazine's 2006 "Best Places For Business And Careers" list.

Major industries in the Oakland area include:

  • Business services
  • Entertainment
  • Food processing
  • Government
  • Health care services
  • Light manufacturing
  • Transportation

The Port of Oakland is also a major economic driver for the area. It is responsible for nearly 200,000 jobs and is he fourth busiest container port in the United States.

For business travelers, the Oakland area is served by the Oakland International Airport (OAK). OAK is one of the faster growing airports in the United States form the standpoint of passenger volume as well as air cargo volumes.

Companies with headquarters in the Oakland-Fremont-Hayward metropolitan area include:

  • Chevron
  • Chiron
  • Clorox
  • Golden West Financial
  • Google
  • Intuit
  • Lam Research
  • Longs Drug Stores
  • UTStarcom
  • VeriSign

Business and trade organizations and associations in the Oakland area include:

The Oakland Business Review, and the "Business Section" of the Oakland Tribune are sources of information on the business community in the Oakland area.

Jobs in Oakland

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations2369450$69,700$33.51100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations330650$48,180$23.1714.35
3Sales and Related Occupations216940$51,900$24.959.9
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations215780$32,160$15.468.55
5Business and Financial Operations Occupations185490$96,890$46.585.25
6Management Occupations170970$151,760$72.966.15
7Computer and Mathematical Occupations138430$119,370$57.392.9
8Transportation and Material Moving Occupations136470$46,780$22.496.55
9Education, Training, and Library Occupations125960$65,730$31.66.05
10Personal Care and Service Occupations123130$30,980$14.894.3
11Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations108890$108,700$52.265.8
12Construction and Extraction Occupations92620$68,120$32.754.45
13Production Occupations92490$44,150$21.235.7
14Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations71630$37,620$18.093.65
15Personal Care Aides69430$27,120$13.041.5
16Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations65270$60,090$28.893.8
17Retail Salespersons53780$32,530$15.642.85
18Architecture and Engineering Occupations53430$102,460$49.261.7
19Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations52060$72,120$34.671.8
20Cashiers47890$28,540$13.722.2
21Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food47650$27,440$13.192.3
22Protective Service Occupations46510$62,500$30.052.2
23Healthcare Support Occupations43500$42,270$20.323
24Waiters and Waitresses41540$35,410$17.021.7
25General and Operations Managers41010$157,510$75.731.5
26Software Developers, Applications40910$141,630$68.090.55
27Office Clerks, General38970$41,400$19.91.9
28Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations38200$93,830$45.110.8
29Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners37730$35,000$16.831.55
30Registered Nurses35480$124,970$60.081.95
31Community and Social Service Occupations34650$58,040$27.91.65
32Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive33460$47,920$23.041.5
33Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand32150$35,020$16.841.7
34Business Operations Specialists, All Other31700$93,160$44.790.7
35Customer Service Representatives29680$48,470$23.31.75
36Stock Clerks and Order Fillers26590$32,430$15.591.3
37Accountants and Auditors26240$91,950$44.210.9
38Sales Representatives, Services, All Other25070$76,590$36.820.6
39Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks24920$54,020$25.971.05
40Legal Occupations24830$147,590$70.960.8
41First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers22950$68,910$33.130.95
42Cooks, Restaurant22750$33,670$16.190.8
43Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists22100$91,210$43.850.4
44Security Guards20050$34,580$16.620.7
45Management Analysts18160$116,330$55.930.5
46Carpenters17580$67,430$32.420.7
47Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products17540$75,430$36.260.9
48Food Preparation Workers17000$29,720$14.290.6
49Computer Systems Analysts16930$116,020$55.780.4
50Lawyers16770$181,650$87.330.5
51Software Developers, Systems Software16260$135,710$65.250.3
52Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers16060$41,030$19.730.6
53Maintenance and Repair Workers, General15760$53,330$25.640.9
54Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants15370$74,930$36.030.35
55Construction Laborers15110$53,530$25.740.8
56Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers14970$37,630$18.090
57Financial Managers14660$178,020$85.590.4
58Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners14270$36,300$17.450.9
59Receptionists and Information Clerks13760$37,890$18.210.7
60First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers13570$48,290$23.221
61Computer User Support Specialists13300$69,910$33.610.4
62Computer and Information Systems Managers13280$190,520$91.60.2
63Dishwashers13130$27,360$13.160.3
64First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers13080$41,760$20.080.6
65Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers13020$39,980$19.220.8
66Counter and Rental Clerks12840$36,970$17.770.3
67Human Resources Specialists12040$86,750$41.70.35
68Managers, All Other11980$158,200$76.060.6
69Nursing Assistants11810$39,560$19.021
70Sales Managers11590$151,070$72.630.2
71Cooks, Fast Food11570$25,110$12.070.3
72Bartenders11360$36,420$17.510.4
73Computer Occupations, All Other11030$114,670$55.130.2
74Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks10960$40,140$19.30.4
75Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers10820$49,280$23.691.2
76Medical Assistants10520$43,420$20.870.45
77Financial Analysts10310$127,800$61.440.2
78Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers10080$30,210$14.520.3
79Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers9740$109,810$52.790.4
80Recreation Workers9590$35,330$16.980.25
81Marketing Managers9370$176,370$84.790.1
82Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education9300$41,810$20.10.3
83Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters9280$69,240$33.290.3
84Civil Engineers9170$114,050$54.830.2
85Substitute Teachers8940$43,610$20.970
86Medical Secretaries8890$46,590$22.40.4
87Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents8870$87,260$41.950.2
88Network and Computer Systems Administrators8550$107,640$51.750.25
89Electricians8370$88,610$42.60.4
90Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics8260$54,090$26.010.5
91Computer Programmers7810$107,070$51.480.2
92Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products7620$96,200$46.250.2
93Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses7230$60,550$29.110.5
94First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers7170$94,990$45.670.4
95Childcare Workers6940$30,760$14.790.8
96Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs6940$35,340$16.990.2
97Dental Assistants6780$46,620$22.420.2
98Administrative Services Managers6770$128,770$61.910.2
99Social and Human Service Assistants6640$43,680$210.25
100Compliance Officers6620$89,690$43.120.2
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Jobs More Common Near Oakland Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$69,7002,369,450
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$48,180330,650
Sales and Related Occupations$51,900216,940
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$32,160215,780
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$96,890185,490
Management Occupations$151,760170,970
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$119,370138,430
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$46,780136,470
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$65,730125,960
Personal Care and Service Occupations$30,980123,130
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$108,700108,890
Construction and Extraction Occupations$68,12092,620
Production Occupations$44,15092,490
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$37,62071,630
Personal Care Aides$27,12069,430
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$60,09065,270
Retail Salespersons$32,53053,780
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$102,46053,430
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$72,12052,060
Cashiers$28,54047,890
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$27,44047,650
Protective Service Occupations$62,50046,510
Healthcare Support Occupations$42,27043,500
Waiters and Waitresses$35,41041,540
General and Operations Managers$157,51041,010
Software Developers, Applications$141,63040,910
Office Clerks, General$41,40038,970
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$93,83038,200
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$35,00037,730
Registered Nurses$124,97035,480
Community and Social Service Occupations$58,04034,650
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$47,92033,460
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$35,02032,150
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$93,16031,700
Customer Service Representatives$48,47029,680
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$32,43026,590
Accountants and Auditors$91,95026,240
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$76,59025,070
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$54,02024,920
Legal Occupations$147,59024,830
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$68,91022,950
Cooks, Restaurant$33,67022,750
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists$91,21022,100
Security Guards$34,58020,050
Management Analysts$116,33018,160
Carpenters$67,43017,580
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$75,43017,540
Food Preparation Workers$29,72017,000
Computer Systems Analysts$116,02016,930
Lawyers$181,65016,770

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$69,7002,369,450
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$48,180330,650
Sales and Related Occupations$51,900216,940
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$32,160215,780
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$96,890185,490
Management Occupations$151,760170,970
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$119,370138,430
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$46,780136,470
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$65,730125,960
Personal Care and Service Occupations$30,980123,130
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$108,700108,890
Construction and Extraction Occupations$68,12092,620
Production Occupations$44,15092,490
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$37,62071,630
Personal Care Aides$27,12069,430
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$60,09065,270
Retail Salespersons$32,53053,780
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$102,46053,430
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$72,12052,060
Cashiers$28,54047,890
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$27,44047,650
Protective Service Occupations$62,50046,510
Healthcare Support Occupations$42,27043,500
Waiters and Waitresses$35,41041,540
General and Operations Managers$157,51041,010
Software Developers, Applications$141,63040,910
Office Clerks, General$41,40038,970
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$93,83038,200
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$35,00037,730
Registered Nurses$124,97035,480
Community and Social Service Occupations$58,04034,650
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$47,92033,460
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$35,02032,150
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$93,16031,700
Customer Service Representatives$48,47029,680
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$32,43026,590
Accountants and Auditors$91,95026,240
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$76,59025,070
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$54,02024,920
Legal Occupations$147,59024,830
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$68,91022,950
Cooks, Restaurant$33,67022,750
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists$91,21022,100
Security Guards$34,58020,050
Management Analysts$116,33018,160
Carpenters$67,43017,580
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$75,43017,540
Food Preparation Workers$29,72017,000
Computer Systems Analysts$116,02016,930
Lawyers$181,65016,770

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