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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

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 2263090 $69110 $33.23 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 332300 $47370 $22.78 14.8
3 Sales and Related Occupations 213270 $52610 $25.29 10.15
4 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 210310 $30690 $14.76 8.3
5 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 177570 $96340 $46.32 5.05
6 Management Occupations 162760 $149840 $72.04 6.05
7 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 135380 $112410 $54.04 2.8
8 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 126020 $46230 $22.22 6.45
9 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 125180 $64370 $30.95 6.15
10 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 104720 $107650 $51.75 5.75
11 Production Occupations 91780 $42660 $20.51 5.85
12 Construction and Extraction Occupations 89500 $67340 $32.37 4.4
13 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 72980 $36350 $17.48 3.7
14 Personal Care and Service Occupations 71630 $32640 $15.69 4.1
15 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 62770 $58580 $28.16 3.8
16 Retail Salespersons 54210 $32240 $15.5 3.1
17 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 52030 $100770 $48.45 1.65
18 Cashiers 48130 $27780 $13.36 2.25
19 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 46950 $71500 $34.38 1.7
20 Protective Service Occupations 45340 $60460 $29.07 2.25
21 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 44130 $25670 $12.34 2.15
22 Healthcare Support Occupations 43570 $41200 $19.81 3.05
23 Waiters and Waitresses 41100 $34760 $16.71 1.6
24 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 41040 $93490 $44.95 0.9
25 General and Operations Managers 40510 $153320 $73.71 1.4
26 Office Clerks, General 40320 $40540 $19.49 2
27 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 38190 $33650 $16.18 1.6
28 Registered Nurses 36350 $125560 $60.37 1.9
29 Software Developers, Applications 36350 $124510 $59.86 0.5
30 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 33110 $47060 $22.62 1.6
31 Community and Social Service Occupations 32290 $57070 $27.44 1.65
32 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 30550 $33350 $16.03 1.6
33 Customer Service Representatives 30540 $47420 $22.8 1.75
34 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 28120 $93350 $44.88 0.7
35 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 27370 $30720 $14.77 1.2
36 Accountants and Auditors 25790 $90230 $43.38 0.9
37 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 25300 $52030 $25.01 1.1
38 Legal Occupations 24380 $144360 $69.41 0.8
39 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 22620 $68570 $32.97 1
40 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 22040 $77640 $37.33 0.6
41 Personal Care Aides 21230 $27490 $13.22 1.3
42 Cooks, Restaurant 20480 $30940 $14.87 0.75
43 Security Guards 19880 $34080 $16.39 0.7
44 Software Developers, Systems Software 18810 $133480 $64.17 0.3
45 Management Analysts 18540 $111920 $53.81 0.5
46 Computer Systems Analysts 18190 $111790 $53.75 0.4
47 Food Preparation Workers 17580 $27730 $13.33 0.6
48 Lawyers 16660 $176880 $85.04 0.5
49 Carpenters 16640 $68010 $32.7 0.6
50 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 16570 $71120 $34.19 1
51 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 16330 $71960 $34.6 0.5
52 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 15530 $40330 $19.39 0.6
53 Construction Laborers 14620 $51900 $24.95 0.8
54 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 14560 $36450 $17.53 1
55 Financial Managers 14410 $178330 $85.74 0.4
56 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 14230 $49610 $23.85 1
57 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 13930 $51680 $24.84 0.9
58 Receptionists and Information Clerks 13570 $36510 $17.55 0.7
59 Computer User Support Specialists 13160 $69140 $33.24 0.4
60 Dishwashers 13160 $26090 $12.54 0.3
61 Nursing Assistants 12930 $38600 $18.56 1.05
62 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 12740 $36600 $17.6 0.8
63 Computer and Information Systems Managers 12100 $184810 $88.85 0.25
64 Bartenders 12050 $35090 $16.87 0.4
65 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 12020 $42730 $20.54 0.6
66 Counter and Rental Clerks 11930 $36990 $17.79 0.3
67 Sales Managers 11140 $152620 $73.38 0.2
68 Human Resources Specialists 11140 $85890 $41.29 0.3
69 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 10830 $49320 $23.71 1.2
70 Cooks, Fast Food 10680 $24170 $11.62 0.3
71 Financial Analysts 10570 $129920 $62.46 0.2
72 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 10140 $39260 $18.88 0.4
73 Managers, All Other 9860 $146040 $70.21 0.65
74 Medical Assistants 9710 $43070 $20.71 0.45
75 Medical Secretaries 9650 $46190 $22.21 0.4
76 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 9500 $105540 $50.74 0.45
77 Computer Programmers 9410 $106710 $51.3 0.2
78 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 9400 $29320 $14.1 0.3
79 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products 9340 $102140 $49.1 0.2
80 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 9260 $107460 $51.66 0.3
81 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 9020 $39730 $19.1 0.3
82 Electricians 9010 $84960 $40.85 0.4
83 Marketing Managers 8710 $182710 $87.84 0.1
84 Substitute Teachers 8300 $40690 $19.56 0
85 Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists 8230 $110820 $53.28 0.1
86 Packers and Packagers, Hand 8220 $27800 $13.36 0.45
87 Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents 8190 $102940 $49.49 0.2
88 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 7920 $54090 $26.01 0.5
89 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 7750 $26030 $12.52 0.3
90 Civil Engineers 7670 $108760 $52.29 0.2
91 Recreation Workers 7540 $33950 $16.32 0.3
92 Childcare Workers 7460 $30670 $14.74 0.8
93 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 7380 $59510 $28.61 0.5
94 Office and Administrative Support Workers, All Other 7020 $38750 $18.63 0.2
95 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 6970 $90170 $43.35 0.4
96 Compliance Officers 6760 $86710 $41.69 0.2
97 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 6680 $70410 $33.85 0.3
98 Dental Assistants 6650 $43680 $21 0.2
99 Administrative Services Managers 6640 $117130 $56.31 0.2
100 Personal Financial Advisors 6640 $163660 $78.68 0.2
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Jobs More Common Near Oakland Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 69,110 2,263,090
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 47,370 332,300
Sales and Related Occupations 52,610 213,270
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 30,690 210,310
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 96,340 177,570
Management Occupations 149,840 162,760
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 112,410 135,380
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 46,230 126,020
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 64,370 125,180
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 107,650 104,720
Production Occupations 42,660 91,780
Construction and Extraction Occupations 67,340 89,500
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 36,350 72,980
Personal Care and Service Occupations 32,640 71,630
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 58,580 62,770
Retail Salespersons 32,240 54,210
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 100,770 52,030
Cashiers 27,780 48,130
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 71,500 46,950
Protective Service Occupations 60,460 45,340
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 25,670 44,130
Healthcare Support Occupations 41,200 43,570
Waiters and Waitresses 34,760 41,100
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 93,490 41,040
General and Operations Managers 153,320 40,510
Office Clerks, General 40,540 40,320
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 33,650 38,190
Registered Nurses 125,560 36,350
Software Developers, Applications 124,510 36,350
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 47,060 33,110
Community and Social Service Occupations 57,070 32,290
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 33,350 30,550
Customer Service Representatives 47,420 30,540
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 93,350 28,120
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 30,720 27,370
Accountants and Auditors 90,230 25,790
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 52,030 25,300
Legal Occupations 144,360 24,380
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 68,570 22,620
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 77,640 22,040
Personal Care Aides 27,490 21,230
Cooks, Restaurant 30,940 20,480
Security Guards 34,080 19,880
Software Developers, Systems Software 133,480 18,810
Management Analysts 111,920 18,540
Computer Systems Analysts 111,790 18,190
Food Preparation Workers 27,730 17,580
Lawyers 176,880 16,660
Carpenters 68,010 16,640
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 71,120 16,570

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 69,110 2,263,090
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 47,370 332,300
Sales and Related Occupations 52,610 213,270
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 30,690 210,310
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 96,340 177,570
Management Occupations 149,840 162,760
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 112,410 135,380
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 46,230 126,020
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 64,370 125,180
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 107,650 104,720
Production Occupations 42,660 91,780
Construction and Extraction Occupations 67,340 89,500
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 36,350 72,980
Personal Care and Service Occupations 32,640 71,630
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 58,580 62,770
Retail Salespersons 32,240 54,210
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 100,770 52,030
Cashiers 27,780 48,130
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 71,500 46,950
Protective Service Occupations 60,460 45,340
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 25,670 44,130
Healthcare Support Occupations 41,200 43,570
Waiters and Waitresses 34,760 41,100
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 93,490 41,040
General and Operations Managers 153,320 40,510
Office Clerks, General 40,540 40,320
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 33,650 38,190
Registered Nurses 125,560 36,350
Software Developers, Applications 124,510 36,350
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 47,060 33,110
Community and Social Service Occupations 57,070 32,290
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 33,350 30,550
Customer Service Representatives 47,420 30,540
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 93,350 28,120
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 30,720 27,370
Accountants and Auditors 90,230 25,790
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 52,030 25,300
Legal Occupations 144,360 24,380
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 68,570 22,620
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 77,640 22,040
Personal Care Aides 27,490 21,230
Cooks, Restaurant 30,940 20,480
Security Guards 34,080 19,880
Software Developers, Systems Software 133,480 18,810
Management Analysts 111,920 18,540
Computer Systems Analysts 111,790 18,190
Food Preparation Workers 27,730 17,580
Lawyers 176,880 16,660
Carpenters 68,010 16,640
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 71,120 16,570

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