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Sacramento Employment

Employment and Industries in the Sacramento, California Area

As one might expect of a city that is both the capital of the State of California, as well as the county seat for Sacramento County, government plays a very large role in the economy of the Sacramento area. While federal, state and local government remain the largest employers in the Sacramento area, Sacramento has a diverse economy which includes:

  • Agriculture
  • Construction
  • Education
  • Government
  • Healthcare
  • Information technology
  • Leisure and hospitality
  • Manufacturing
  • Mining
  • Professional, technical, scientific, and management services
  • Wholesale trade and transportation

Sacramento is also home to a deep water port that is connected to San Francisco Bay by a via a 43-mile channel. The port supports agriculture and industry throughout Northern California.

Providing a driving force behind the Sacramento economy is a very well educated work force. According to U.S. Census Bureau data, over 24% of the Sacramento area population has a college degree or higher. According to a 2005 Central Connecticut State University study, Sacramento ranked as the 22nd most literate city in the United States.

Business honors and awards received by the Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville metropolitan area include:

  • The Sacramento-Yolo area was ranked 34th among the top 50 large U.S. cities/metropolitan areas on Entrepreneur magazine's 2005 list of "Hot Cities for Entrepreneurs".
  • The Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville metropolitan area ranked 19th among large U.S. Cities in Inc. magazine's 2006 list of "Best Cities for Doing Business" (out of 393 population centers across the United States).
  • The Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville metropolitan area was ranked the 34th best performing city in the United States on the Milken Institute's "2005 Best Performing Cities" report studying the 200 largest metropolitan areas in the United States.
  • According to SustainLane, Sacramento is ranked 13th among 50 major U.S. cities for sustainable services and economics.

For business commuters, the Sacramento area is is served by five major freeways and highways. For air travel, Sacramento is served by the Sacramento International Airport (SMF) which provides service from 13 major carriers and one commuter airline.

Some major employers in the Sacramento metropolitan area include:

  • Aerojet Fine Chemicals
  • American River College
  • California State University Sacramento
  • Ben Corp. Inc.
  • Kaiser Foundation Hospital
  • Mercy San Juan Medical center
  • Sacramento Bee Newspaper
  • Sacramento City College
  • The Sacramento Kings
  • Sutter Memorial Hospital
  • UC Davis Health System
  • University of California Surgery Clinic

Business and economic development organizations in the Sacramento area include:

The Sacramento Business Journal, and the "Business Section" of the Sacramento Bee are both good sources of information on the Sacramento area business community.

Jobs in Sacramento

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations960180$55,010$26.45100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations152110$40,390$19.4214.35
3Sales and Related Occupations89840$40,090$19.279.9
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations85310$27,010$12.988.55
5Business and Financial Operations Occupations76680$74,860$35.995.25
6Education, Training, and Library Occupations59680$60,580$29.136.05
7Transportation and Material Moving Occupations56210$36,400$17.56.55
8Personal Care and Service Occupations53170$26,810$12.894.3
9Management Occupations52490$113,880$54.756.15
10Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations49630$102,930$49.495.8
11Construction and Extraction Occupations44570$56,890$27.354.45
12Computer and Mathematical Occupations34370$87,800$42.212.9
13Production Occupations31000$39,540$19.015.7
14Personal Care Aides29830$24,680$11.871.5
15Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations29380$51,860$24.933.8
16Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations28490$33,280$163.65
17Office Clerks, General27670$34,910$16.781.9
18Retail Salespersons25440$28,780$13.842.85
19Cashiers24940$26,220$12.62.2
20Protective Service Occupations24170$57,110$27.462.2
21Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food23770$24,580$11.822.3
22Healthcare Support Occupations21710$38,720$18.623
23Management Analysts20900$75,240$36.180.5
24Architecture and Engineering Occupations18810$97,570$46.911.7
25Registered Nurses18240$116,170$55.851.95
26Community and Social Service Occupations16090$53,890$25.911.65
27Waiters and Waitresses15500$29,130$141.7
28General and Operations Managers14790$114,560$55.081.5
29Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive14120$38,610$18.561.5
30Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations13470$78,000$37.50.8
31Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners12970$31,280$15.041.55
32Stock Clerks and Order Fillers12920$29,670$14.261.3
33Customer Service Representatives12820$38,210$18.371.75
34Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations11150$54,510$26.211.8
35Accountants and Auditors10890$72,130$34.680.9
36Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks9940$44,680$21.481.05
37First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers9600$60,620$29.150.95
38Business Operations Specialists, All Other9440$78,870$37.920.7
39Security Guards8930$29,080$13.980.7
40Carpenters8890$53,650$25.790.7
41Legal Occupations8600$108,130$51.990.8
42Computer Systems Analysts8010$83,720$40.250.4
43Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers7650$44,770$21.531.2
44Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers7520$33,410$16.060.8
45Cooks, Restaurant7400$27,630$13.290.8
46First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers7270$42,280$20.331
47Cooks, Fast Food6890$23,750$11.420.3
48Construction Laborers6700$47,740$22.950.8
49Sales Representatives, Services, All Other6670$63,660$30.610.6
50Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products6630$70,430$33.860.9
51Maintenance and Repair Workers, General6490$42,650$20.50.9
52Receptionists and Information Clerks6370$32,360$15.560.7
53Software Developers, Systems Software6050$97,960$47.090.3
54Medical Assistants5830$36,470$17.540.45
55Substitute Teachers5710$39,980$19.220
56Lawyers5460$130,880$62.920.5
57Nursing Assistants5450$36,640$17.621
58Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers5420$40,020$19.240.6
59Food Preparation Workers5390$25,950$12.480.6
60First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers5370$31,990$15.380.6
61Counter and Rental Clerks5370$31,440$15.120.3
62Medical Secretaries5220$43,470$20.90.4
63Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners4490$29,160$14.020.9
64Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants4390$60,310$290.35
65Civil Engineers4330$113,310$54.480.2
66Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers4320$29,880$14.370
67Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics4280$46,140$22.180.5
68Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers4270$92,520$44.480.4
69Software Developers, Applications4150$102,690$49.370.55
70Dishwashers4090$23,490$11.290.3
71Packers and Packagers, Hand4080$28,890$13.890.45
72Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks4060$47,330$22.750.2
73Social and Human Service Assistants3980$41,010$19.720.25
74Financial Managers3820$127,400$61.250.4
75Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers3780$24,180$11.630.3
76Electricians3720$70,720$340.4
77Childcare Workers3700$26,120$12.560.8
78Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters3500$59,360$28.540.3
79Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks3490$36,220$17.410.4
80Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators3450$78,720$37.850.2
81Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists3370$69,690$33.50.4
82Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents3310$54,650$26.270
83Managers, All Other3310$106,460$51.190.6
84Office and Administrative Support Workers, All Other3280$30,680$14.750.2
85First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers3260$76,660$36.860.4
86Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations3240$29,340$14.110.65
87Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education3220$30,440$14.630.3
88Bartenders3220$29,690$14.270.4
89Sales Managers3210$120,020$57.70.2
90Computer User Support Specialists3200$56,430$27.130.4
91Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses3190$55,760$26.810.5
92Recreation Workers3120$25,640$12.330.25
93Dental Assistants3060$40,710$19.570.2
94Human Resources Specialists3030$72,930$35.060.35
95Computer Programmers2950$82,160$39.50.2
96Billing and Posting Clerks2840$40,700$19.570.3
97Chief Executives2760$162,150$77.960.2
98Insurance Sales Agents2740$84,640$40.690.3
99Amusement and Recreation Attendants2720$24,800$11.920.2
100Loan Officers2710$81,520$39.190.2
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Jobs More Common Near Sacramento Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$55,010960,180
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$40,390152,110
Sales and Related Occupations$40,09089,840
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$27,01085,310
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$74,86076,680
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$60,58059,680
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$36,40056,210
Personal Care and Service Occupations$26,81053,170
Management Occupations$113,88052,490
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$102,93049,630
Construction and Extraction Occupations$56,89044,570
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$87,80034,370
Production Occupations$39,54031,000
Personal Care Aides$24,68029,830
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$51,86029,380
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$33,28028,490
Office Clerks, General$34,91027,670
Retail Salespersons$28,78025,440
Cashiers$26,22024,940
Protective Service Occupations$57,11024,170
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$24,58023,770
Healthcare Support Occupations$38,72021,710
Management Analysts$75,24020,900
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$97,57018,810
Registered Nurses$116,17018,240
Community and Social Service Occupations$53,89016,090
Waiters and Waitresses$29,13015,500
General and Operations Managers$114,56014,790
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$38,61014,120
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$78,00013,470
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$31,28012,970
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$29,67012,920
Customer Service Representatives$38,21012,820
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$54,51011,150
Accountants and Auditors$72,13010,890
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$44,6809,940
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$60,6209,600
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$78,8709,440
Security Guards$29,0808,930
Carpenters$53,6508,890
Legal Occupations$108,1308,600
Computer Systems Analysts$83,7208,010
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$44,7707,650
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$33,4107,520
Cooks, Restaurant$27,6307,400
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$42,2807,270
Cooks, Fast Food$23,7506,890
Construction Laborers$47,7406,700
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$63,6606,670
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$70,4306,630

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$55,010960,180
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$40,390152,110
Sales and Related Occupations$40,09089,840
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$27,01085,310
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$74,86076,680
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$60,58059,680
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$36,40056,210
Personal Care and Service Occupations$26,81053,170
Management Occupations$113,88052,490
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$102,93049,630
Construction and Extraction Occupations$56,89044,570
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$87,80034,370
Production Occupations$39,54031,000
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$51,86029,380
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$33,28028,490
Office Clerks, General$34,91027,670
Retail Salespersons$28,78025,440
Cashiers$26,22024,940
Protective Service Occupations$57,11024,170
Healthcare Support Occupations$38,72021,710
Management Analysts$75,24020,900
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$97,57018,810
Registered Nurses$116,17018,240
Community and Social Service Occupations$53,89016,090
Waiters and Waitresses$29,13015,500
General and Operations Managers$114,56014,790
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$38,61014,120
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$78,00013,470
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$31,28012,970
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$29,67012,920
Customer Service Representatives$38,21012,820
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$54,51011,150
Accountants and Auditors$72,13010,890
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$44,6809,940
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$60,6209,600
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$78,8709,440
Security Guards$29,0808,930
Carpenters$53,6508,890
Legal Occupations$108,1308,600
Computer Systems Analysts$83,7208,010
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$44,7707,650
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$33,4107,520
Cooks, Restaurant$27,6307,400
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$42,2807,270
Construction Laborers$47,7406,700
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$63,6606,670
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$70,4306,630
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$42,6506,490
Receptionists and Information Clerks$32,3606,370
Software Developers, Systems Software$97,9606,050

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