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Salinas Employment

Employment and Industries in the Salinas, California Area

Salinas has an agricultural based economy due to being located in one of California's most fertile farming regions. The floral industry and grape vineyards are significant elements of the economy. Salinas is home to the headquarters of many vegetable producers. Numerous crops contribute to the economy including strawberries, lettuce, broccoli, watermelons, spinach, cabbages and carrots. Salinas is known as the Salad Bowl of America. The Salinas Valley produces over 80% of the lettuce grown in the nation. The region is also home to numerous wineries.

The major sectors for employment in Salinas are government, agriculture, trade, manufacturing, healthcare, social assistance and construction. Salinas is home to over 100 manufacturing companies. Also, about 18% of the jobs in the city are in sales and office occupations.

Some of the jobs more prevalent in Salinas than most other cities include farm, ranch and other agricultural managers; farm workers and laborers, crops, nursery and greenhouse; graders and sorters of agricultural products; first-line supervisors/managers of farming, fishing and forestry workers; agricultural equipment operators, interpreters and translators, farm equipment mechanics and teachers.

Noteworthy data about Salinas: The workforce is about 54% blue collar. The cost of living index in 2008 was at 115.5. The national average is 100. Regarding the population over 25 years of age, about 12% have a bachelor's degree or higher. In early 2009 the average salary in Salinas was $31,000.

Shown below are some of the major employers in the Salinas area:

  • D'Arrigo Brothers Co - Fruits & vegetables growers & shippers
  • Fresh Express - Food products (WHLS)
  • Hilltown Packing Company - Harvesting - Contract
  • Dole Fresh Vegetables
  • HSBC Card Svc Inc - Credit Card & other credit plans
  • Mann Packing - Fruits & vegetables - growers & shippers
  • Monterey County Social Svc - Government
  • Monterey County Public Works - Grading contractors
  • Natividad Medical CTR - Hospitals
  • Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital - Hospitals
  • Social Services Dept - Senior citizens service organizations
  • Special Education School Division - Education
  • Taylor Farms California Inc - Fruits & vegetables - growers & shippers

Salinas companies may obtain assistance from business organizations such as:

The Salinas Californian offers up-to-date information regarding the business activities in Salinas.

Jobs in Salinas

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations171870$48,290$23.22100
2Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations32230$27,530$13.240.65
3Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse29050$27,010$12.990.3
4Office and Administrative Support Occupations18710$41,500$19.9514.35
5Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations17030$29,080$13.988.55
6Sales and Related Occupations15030$38,750$18.639.9
7Education, Training, and Library Occupations13770$65,560$31.526.05
8Transportation and Material Moving Occupations10090$37,590$18.076.55
9Management Occupations6920$116,350$55.946.15
10Personal Care and Service Occupations6780$29,970$14.414.3
11Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations6650$108,160$525.8
12Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations6060$54,290$26.13.8
13Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations5870$34,790$16.733.65
14Production Occupations5410$37,730$18.145.7
15Cashiers5170$26,490$12.742.2
16Business and Financial Operations Occupations4990$77,340$37.185.25
17Construction and Extraction Occupations4980$56,180$27.014.45
18Protective Service Occupations4540$64,090$30.812.2
19Retail Salespersons4220$31,110$14.952.85
20Waiters and Waitresses3880$31,260$15.031.7
21Personal Care Aides3780$27,370$13.161.5
22Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food3740$24,130$11.62.3
23Healthcare Support Occupations3160$40,720$19.583
24Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand2780$27,650$13.291.7
25Registered Nurses2470$129,940$62.471.95
26Community and Social Service Occupations2380$56,110$26.981.65
27Office Clerks, General2360$36,740$17.661.9
28General and Operations Managers2180$125,530$60.351.5
29Computer and Mathematical Occupations2070$96,730$46.52.9
30Cooks, Restaurant2070$30,380$14.610.8
31Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1970$30,920$14.870.9
32Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations1940$55,110$26.491.8
33Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1910$32,550$15.651.55
34Stock Clerks and Order Fillers1880$28,510$13.711.3
35Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive1830$43,360$20.851.5
36Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers1700$39,010$18.761.2
37Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks1690$46,730$22.461.05
38Maintenance and Repair Workers, General1640$43,740$21.030.9
39Substitute Teachers1530$39,520$190
40Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations1520$86,180$41.430.8
41First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers1480$59,210$28.470.95
42First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers1200$43,960$21.141
43Cooks, Fast Food1160$23,520$11.310.3
44Security Guards1150$32,410$15.580.7
45Packers and Packagers, Hand1090$25,250$12.140.45
46Receptionists and Information Clerks1050$32,130$15.450.7
47Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products1050$91,620$44.050.9
48Architecture and Engineering Occupations1040$89,400$42.981.7
49Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers1040$36,910$17.740.8
50Customer Service Representatives1030$37,850$18.21.75
51First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers1030$40,910$19.670.6
52Carpenters1000$65,260$31.370.7
53Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers960$26,230$12.610.3
54Business Operations Specialists, All Other930$77,370$37.20.7
55Construction Laborers920$44,120$21.210.8
56Counter and Rental Clerks920$33,190$15.960.3
57Agricultural Equipment Operators910$29,140$14.010
58Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks910$31,430$15.110.2
59Dishwashers900$24,710$11.880.3
60Food Preparation Workers870$27,540$13.240.6
61Nursing Assistants840$45,100$21.681
62Medical Assistants830$35,600$17.120.45
63Sales Representatives, Services, All Other770$51,050$24.540.6
64First-Line Supervisors of Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Workers760$48,370$23.250
65Bartenders740$29,690$14.270.4
66Legal Occupations700$97,140$46.70.8
67Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers690$38,790$18.650.6
68Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders660$32,660$15.70.2
69Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses650$60,330$290.5
70Accountants and Auditors610$82,120$39.480.9
71Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics610$44,290$21.290.5
72Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators610$34,390$16.530.35
73Medical Secretaries580$46,930$22.560.4
74Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers560$84,670$40.710.4
75Sales Managers560$104,620$50.30.2
76Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks550$35,840$17.230.4
77Social and Human Service Assistants540$34,690$16.680.25
78Dental Assistants530$43,240$20.790.2
79Electricians510$62,010$29.810.4
80Firefighters510$59,810$28.750.2
81Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education500$35,870$17.250.3
82Computer Occupations, All Other480$108,360$52.10.2
83Management Analysts460$88,520$42.560.5
84Billing and Posting Clerks450$38,980$18.740.3
85Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers450$39,400$18.940.3
86Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants440$63,550$30.550.35
87First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers440$68,760$33.060.3
88Financial Managers430$128,770$61.910.4
89Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment420$25,430$12.220.2
90Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria390$37,460$18.010.3
91Tellers390$30,530$14.680.3
92Amusement and Recreation Attendants380$25,510$12.260.2
93First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers370$59,520$28.620.4
94Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop370$26,510$12.740.3
95Human Resources Specialists370$66,080$31.770.35
96Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers350$30,800$14.810
97First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers350$79,180$38.070.4
98Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors340$73,230$35.210.2
99Education, Training, and Library Workers, All Other330$52,060$25.030.1
100Food Service Managers330$64,410$30.970.2
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Jobs More Common Near Salinas Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$48,290171,870
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations$27,53032,230
Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse$27,01029,050
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$41,50018,710
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$29,08017,030
Sales and Related Occupations$38,75015,030
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$65,56013,770
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$37,59010,090
Management Occupations$116,3506,920
Personal Care and Service Occupations$29,9706,780
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$108,1606,650
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$54,2906,060
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$34,7905,870
Production Occupations$37,7305,410
Cashiers$26,4905,170
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$77,3404,990
Construction and Extraction Occupations$56,1804,980
Protective Service Occupations$64,0904,540
Retail Salespersons$31,1104,220
Waiters and Waitresses$31,2603,880
Personal Care Aides$27,3703,780
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$24,1303,740
Healthcare Support Occupations$40,7203,160
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$27,6502,780
Registered Nurses$129,9402,470
Community and Social Service Occupations$56,1102,380
Office Clerks, General$36,7402,360
General and Operations Managers$125,5302,180
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$96,7302,070
Cooks, Restaurant$30,3802,070
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$30,9201,970
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$55,1101,940
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$32,5501,910
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$28,5101,880
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$43,3601,830
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$39,0101,700
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$46,7301,690
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$43,7401,640
Substitute Teachers$39,5201,530
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$86,1801,520
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$59,2101,480
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$43,9601,200
Cooks, Fast Food$23,5201,160
Security Guards$32,4101,150
Packers and Packagers, Hand$25,2501,090
Receptionists and Information Clerks$32,1301,050
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$91,6201,050
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$89,4001,040
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$36,9101,040
Customer Service Representatives$37,8501,030

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$48,290171,870
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations$27,53032,230
Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse$27,01029,050
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$41,50018,710
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$29,08017,030
Sales and Related Occupations$38,75015,030
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$65,56013,770
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$37,59010,090
Management Occupations$116,3506,920
Personal Care and Service Occupations$29,9706,780
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$108,1606,650
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$54,2906,060
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$34,7905,870
Production Occupations$37,7305,410
Cashiers$26,4905,170
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$77,3404,990
Construction and Extraction Occupations$56,1804,980
Protective Service Occupations$64,0904,540
Retail Salespersons$31,1104,220
Waiters and Waitresses$31,2603,880
Personal Care Aides$27,3703,780
Healthcare Support Occupations$40,7203,160
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$27,6502,780
Registered Nurses$129,9402,470
Community and Social Service Occupations$56,1102,380
Office Clerks, General$36,7402,360
General and Operations Managers$125,5302,180
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$96,7302,070
Cooks, Restaurant$30,3802,070
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$30,9201,970
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$55,1101,940
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$32,5501,910
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$28,5101,880
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$43,3601,830
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$39,0101,700
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$46,7301,690
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$43,7401,640
Substitute Teachers$39,5201,530
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$86,1801,520
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$59,2101,480
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$43,9601,200
Security Guards$32,4101,150
Packers and Packagers, Hand$25,2501,090
Receptionists and Information Clerks$32,1301,050
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$91,6201,050
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$89,4001,040
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$36,9101,040
Customer Service Representatives$37,8501,030
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$40,9101,030
Carpenters$65,2601,000

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