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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

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 912970 $54690 $26.3 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 151450 $40230 $19.34 14.8
3 Sales and Related Occupations 87990 $40080 $19.27 10.15
4 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 82080 $26550 $12.76 8.3
5 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 73830 $73620 $35.4 5.05
6 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 55970 $56160 $27 6.15
7 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 52970 $36140 $17.37 6.45
8 Management Occupations 50320 $112490 $54.08 6.05
9 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 49760 $101650 $48.87 5.75
10 Construction and Extraction Occupations 39970 $55120 $26.5 4.4
11 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 34550 $86690 $41.68 2.8
12 Personal Care and Service Occupations 33040 $27110 $13.03 4.1
13 Production Occupations 31890 $38280 $18.4 5.85
14 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 30000 $50480 $24.27 3.8
15 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 27180 $31770 $15.27 3.7
16 Retail Salespersons 24750 $29350 $14.11 3.1
17 Cashiers 24640 $25920 $12.46 2.25
18 Protective Service Occupations 24290 $54280 $26.1 2.25
19 Office Clerks, General 23440 $36450 $17.52 2
20 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 22380 $23030 $11.07 2.15
21 Healthcare Support Occupations 19700 $38570 $18.54 3.05
22 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 19310 $94520 $45.44 1.65
23 Registered Nurses 18870 $113440 $54.54 1.9
24 Management Analysts 18790 $72370 $34.79 0.5
25 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 16110 $29600 $14.23 1.6
26 Waiters and Waitresses 15510 $30650 $14.73 1.6
27 General and Operations Managers 14900 $113030 $54.34 1.4
28 Customer Service Representatives 14590 $39610 $19.04 1.75
29 Community and Social Service Occupations 14590 $52530 $25.26 1.65
30 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 13020 $29030 $13.95 1.2
31 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 12980 $76620 $36.84 0.9
32 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 12960 $37880 $18.21 1.6
33 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 11300 $30260 $14.55 1.6
34 Personal Care Aides 11080 $24090 $11.58 1.3
35 Accountants and Auditors 10830 $70650 $33.97 0.9
36 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 10290 $61570 $29.6 1
37 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 10050 $42980 $20.67 1.1
38 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 9810 $56230 $27.03 1.7
39 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 9350 $77600 $37.31 0.7
40 Security Guards 8950 $28340 $13.63 0.7
41 Legal Occupations 8180 $107380 $51.63 0.8
42 Computer Systems Analysts 8150 $83790 $40.28 0.4
43 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 7380 $30480 $14.65 0.8
44 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 7190 $43090 $20.72 1
45 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 7160 $42960 $20.65 1.2
46 Carpenters 7030 $50180 $24.13 0.6
47 Substitute Teachers 6570 $38710 $18.61 0
48 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 6510 $69210 $33.27 1
49 Software Developers, Systems Software 6450 $98230 $47.23 0.3
50 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 6400 $41910 $20.15 0.9
51 Receptionists and Information Clerks 6380 $32300 $15.53 0.7
52 Cooks, Fast Food 6270 $22500 $10.82 0.3
53 Construction Laborers 6150 $43940 $21.12 0.8
54 Cooks, Restaurant 6140 $27080 $13.02 0.75
55 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 5500 $38990 $18.74 0.6
56 Food Preparation Workers 5410 $24610 $11.83 0.6
57 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 5400 $61260 $29.45 0.6
58 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 5390 $28340 $13.63 1
59 Counter and Rental Clerks 5350 $31600 $15.19 0.3
60 Medical Assistants 5310 $36390 $17.5 0.45
61 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 5260 $32210 $15.49 0.6
62 Lawyers 5170 $129810 $62.41 0.5
63 Nursing Assistants 4790 $37600 $18.08 1.05
64 Office and Administrative Support Workers, All Other 4600 $27100 $13.03 0.2
65 Packers and Packagers, Hand 4530 $28980 $13.93 0.45
66 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 4510 $57990 $27.88 0.5
67 Civil Engineers 4410 $105290 $50.62 0.2
68 Medical Secretaries 4370 $42880 $20.62 0.4
69 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 4320 $45190 $21.73 0.5
70 Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks 4250 $44070 $21.19 0.2
71 Software Developers, Applications 4200 $103760 $49.88 0.5
72 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 4010 $90460 $43.49 0.45
73 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 3880 $23230 $11.17 0.3
74 Dishwashers 3810 $22450 $10.79 0.3
75 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 3740 $34040 $16.36 0.4
76 Electricians 3730 $71700 $34.47 0.4
77 Social and Human Service Assistants 3590 $37240 $17.9 0.3
78 Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators 3570 $75250 $36.18 0.2
79 Computer User Support Specialists 3370 $57950 $27.86 0.4
80 Computer Programmers 3360 $81350 $39.11 0.2
81 Childcare Workers 3270 $26610 $12.79 0.8
82 Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents 3220 $54610 $26.25 0
83 Bartenders 3130 $30380 $14.6 0.4
84 Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 3120 $26380 $12.68 0.6
85 Amusement and Recreation Attendants 3100 $23000 $11.06 0.2
86 Recreation Workers 3090 $24950 $12 0.3
87 Billing and Posting Clerks 3050 $40300 $19.37 0.35
88 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 3030 $72480 $34.84 0.4
89 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 3020 $55570 $26.71 0.3
90 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 2970 $65540 $31.51 0.35
91 Dental Assistants 2920 $39590 $19.03 0.2
92 Sales Managers 2920 $113980 $54.8 0.2
93 Team Assemblers 2870 $29730 $14.29 0.75
94 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 2830 $30130 $14.48 0.3
95 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 2780 $25340 $12.18 0.25
96 Human Resources Specialists 2750 $72700 $34.95 0.3
97 Chief Executives 2690 $152930 $73.53 0.2
98 Insurance Sales Agents 2690 $92390 $44.42 0.3
99 Managers, All Other 2670 $102950 $49.5 0.65
100 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 2650 $56320 $27.08 0.5
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Jobs More Common Near Sacramento Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 54,690 912,970
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 40,230 151,450
Sales and Related Occupations 40,080 87,990
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 26,550 82,080
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 73,620 73,830
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 56,160 55,970
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 36,140 52,970
Management Occupations 112,490 50,320
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 101,650 49,760
Construction and Extraction Occupations 55,120 39,970
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 86,690 34,550
Personal Care and Service Occupations 27,110 33,040
Production Occupations 38,280 31,890
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 50,480 30,000
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 31,770 27,180
Retail Salespersons 29,350 24,750
Cashiers 25,920 24,640
Protective Service Occupations 54,280 24,290
Office Clerks, General 36,450 23,440
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 23,030 22,380
Healthcare Support Occupations 38,570 19,700
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 94,520 19,310
Registered Nurses 113,440 18,870
Management Analysts 72,370 18,790
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 29,600 16,110
Waiters and Waitresses 30,650 15,510
General and Operations Managers 113,030 14,900
Customer Service Representatives 39,610 14,590
Community and Social Service Occupations 52,530 14,590
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 29,030 13,020
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 76,620 12,980
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 37,880 12,960
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 30,260 11,300
Personal Care Aides 24,090 11,080
Accountants and Auditors 70,650 10,830
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 61,570 10,290
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 42,980 10,050
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 56,230 9,810
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 77,600 9,350
Security Guards 28,340 8,950
Legal Occupations 107,380 8,180
Computer Systems Analysts 83,790 8,150
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 30,480 7,380
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 43,090 7,190
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 42,960 7,160
Carpenters 50,180 7,030
Substitute Teachers 38,710 6,570
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 69,210 6,510
Software Developers, Systems Software 98,230 6,450
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 41,910 6,400

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 54,690 912,970
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 40,230 151,450
Sales and Related Occupations 40,080 87,990
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 26,550 82,080
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 73,620 73,830
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 56,160 55,970
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 36,140 52,970
Management Occupations 112,490 50,320
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 101,650 49,760
Construction and Extraction Occupations 55,120 39,970
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 86,690 34,550
Personal Care and Service Occupations 27,110 33,040
Production Occupations 38,280 31,890
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 50,480 30,000
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 31,770 27,180
Retail Salespersons 29,350 24,750
Cashiers 25,920 24,640
Protective Service Occupations 54,280 24,290
Office Clerks, General 36,450 23,440
Healthcare Support Occupations 38,570 19,700
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 94,520 19,310
Registered Nurses 113,440 18,870
Management Analysts 72,370 18,790
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 29,600 16,110
Waiters and Waitresses 30,650 15,510
General and Operations Managers 113,030 14,900
Customer Service Representatives 39,610 14,590
Community and Social Service Occupations 52,530 14,590
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 29,030 13,020
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 76,620 12,980
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 37,880 12,960
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 30,260 11,300
Accountants and Auditors 70,650 10,830
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 61,570 10,290
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 42,980 10,050
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 56,230 9,810
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 77,600 9,350
Security Guards 28,340 8,950
Legal Occupations 107,380 8,180
Computer Systems Analysts 83,790 8,150
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 30,480 7,380
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 43,090 7,190
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 42,960 7,160
Carpenters 50,180 7,030
Substitute Teachers 38,710 6,570
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 69,210 6,510
Software Developers, Systems Software 98,230 6,450
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 41,910 6,400
Receptionists and Information Clerks 32,300 6,380
Construction Laborers 43,940 6,150

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