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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

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 164840 $47660 $22.91 100
2 Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 31320 $25910 $12.46 0.6
3 Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse 29030 $25610 $12.31 0.3
4 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 19360 $40120 $19.29 14.8
5 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 16850 $30090 $14.47 8.3
6 Sales and Related Occupations 15030 $38300 $18.42 10.15
7 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 13430 $64410 $30.97 6.15
8 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 9500 $39920 $19.19 6.45
9 Management Occupations 6700 $109660 $52.72 6.05
10 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 6580 $105810 $50.87 5.75
11 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 5910 $33490 $16.1 3.7
12 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 5850 $52660 $25.32 3.8
13 Cashiers 5030 $26380 $12.68 2.25
14 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 4980 $80050 $38.49 5.05
15 Construction and Extraction Occupations 4640 $55210 $26.55 4.4
16 Retail Salespersons 4590 $30870 $14.84 3.1
17 Production Occupations 4520 $38930 $18.72 5.85
18 Protective Service Occupations 4470 $64140 $30.84 2.25
19 Personal Care and Service Occupations 3770 $30390 $14.61 4.1
20 Waiters and Waitresses 3750 $37110 $17.84 1.6
21 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 3640 $23180 $11.15 2.15
22 Healthcare Support Occupations 2800 $37670 $18.11 3.05
23 Registered Nurses 2380 $120120 $57.75 1.9
24 Office Clerks, General 2330 $35900 $17.26 2
25 General and Operations Managers 2170 $119590 $57.5 1.4
26 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 2100 $91840 $44.16 2.8
27 Cooks, Restaurant 2080 $30220 $14.53 0.75
28 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 2070 $27970 $13.45 1.2
29 Community and Social Service Occupations 2010 $48200 $23.17 1.65
30 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 2010 $39790 $19.13 1.2
31 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 1920 $40320 $19.39 1.6
32 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1880 $30980 $14.9 1.6
33 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 1790 $53240 $25.59 1.7
34 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1740 $29940 $14.39 1
35 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 1690 $44910 $21.59 1.1
36 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 1620 $29700 $14.28 1.6
37 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 1510 $57240 $27.52 1
38 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 1460 $42130 $20.26 0.9
39 Substitute Teachers 1440 $37950 $18.25 0
40 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 1400 $84980 $40.86 0.9
41 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 1310 $43400 $20.87 1
42 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 1240 $33640 $16.17 0.8
43 Personal Care Aides 1200 $26430 $12.71 1.3
44 Customer Service Representatives 1200 $36880 $17.73 1.75
45 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 1060 $38890 $18.7 0.6
46 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 1050 $90250 $43.39 1
47 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 1040 $86470 $41.57 1.65
48 Security Guards 1030 $32380 $15.57 0.7
49 Receptionists and Information Clerks 990 $31390 $15.09 0.7
50 Cooks, Fast Food 980 $22430 $10.79 0.3
51 Dishwashers 940 $23700 $11.39 0.3
52 Carpenters 890 $61200 $29.42 0.6
53 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 870 $82130 $39.48 0.7
54 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 860 $37960 $18.25 0.6
55 Counter and Rental Clerks 840 $32800 $15.77 0.3
56 Food Preparation Workers 840 $26170 $12.58 0.6
57 Packers and Packagers, Hand 820 $24480 $11.77 0.45
58 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 820 $28810 $13.85 0.3
59 Legal Occupations 780 $89500 $43.03 0.8
60 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 730 $57130 $27.47 0.5
61 Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks 720 $29750 $14.3 0.2
62 Accountants and Auditors 700 $92500 $44.47 0.9
63 Nursing Assistants 680 $34860 $16.76 1.05
64 Medical Assistants 670 $34090 $16.39 0.45
65 Bartenders 670 $33210 $15.97 0.4
66 Agricultural Equipment Operators 660 $26840 $12.9 0
67 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 620 $49790 $23.94 0.6
68 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 620 $33830 $16.26 0.4
69 Billing and Posting Clerks 610 $38890 $18.7 0.35
70 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 590 $45530 $21.89 0.5
71 Firefighters 590 $62540 $30.07 0.2
72 Construction Laborers 590 $40390 $19.42 0.8
73 Electricians 570 $63910 $30.73 0.4
74 First-Line Supervisors of Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Workers 570 $42910 $20.63 0
75 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 560 $84490 $40.62 0.45
76 Sales Managers 540 $114030 $54.82 0.2
77 Dental Assistants 540 $41970 $20.18 0.2
78 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 510 $38390 $18.46 0.3
79 Social and Human Service Assistants 490 $34690 $16.68 0.3
80 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 490 $65090 $31.29 0.3
81 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 480 $62550 $30.07 0.5
82 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 470 $35750 $17.19 0.35
83 Medical Secretaries 450 $43270 $20.8 0.4
84 Management Analysts 450 $95370 $45.85 0.5
85 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 440 $35560 $17.1 0.3
86 Childcare Workers 430 $26110 $12.55 0.8
87 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 430 $25900 $12.45 0.25
88 Education, Training, and Library Workers, All Other 430 $54090 $26.01 0.1
89 Food Service Managers 420 $53190 $25.57 0.2
90 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 410 $24100 $11.59 0.3
91 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 400 $30710 $14.76 0.25
92 Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment 400 $25500 $12.26 0.2
93 Computer Occupations, All Other 390 $104540 $50.26 0.2
94 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant 380 $28850 $13.87 0.2
95 Tellers 380 $29500 $14.18 0.3
96 Financial Managers 370 $119740 $57.57 0.4
97 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 370 $26860 $12.91 0.4
98 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers, All Other 370 $57950 $27.86 0.1
99 Human Resources Specialists 350 $67080 $32.25 0.3
100 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 330 $76490 $36.78 0.4
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Jobs More Common Near Salinas Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 47,660 164,840
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 25,910 31,320
Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse 25,610 29,030
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 40,120 19,360
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 30,090 16,850
Sales and Related Occupations 38,300 15,030
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 64,410 13,430
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 39,920 9,500
Management Occupations 109,660 6,700
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 105,810 6,580
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 33,490 5,910
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 52,660 5,850
Cashiers 26,380 5,030
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 80,050 4,980
Construction and Extraction Occupations 55,210 4,640
Retail Salespersons 30,870 4,590
Production Occupations 38,930 4,520
Protective Service Occupations 64,140 4,470
Personal Care and Service Occupations 30,390 3,770
Waiters and Waitresses 37,110 3,750
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 23,180 3,640
Healthcare Support Occupations 37,670 2,800
Registered Nurses 120,120 2,380
Office Clerks, General 35,900 2,330
General and Operations Managers 119,590 2,170
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 91,840 2,100
Cooks, Restaurant 30,220 2,080
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 27,970 2,070
Community and Social Service Occupations 48,200 2,010
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 39,790 2,010
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 40,320 1,920
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 30,980 1,880
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 53,240 1,790
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 29,940 1,740
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 44,910 1,690
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 29,700 1,620
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 57,240 1,510
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 42,130 1,460
Substitute Teachers 37,950 1,440
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 84,980 1,400
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 43,400 1,310
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 33,640 1,240
Personal Care Aides 26,430 1,200
Customer Service Representatives 36,880 1,200
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 38,890 1,060
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 90,250 1,050
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 86,470 1,040
Security Guards 32,380 1,030
Receptionists and Information Clerks 31,390 990
Cooks, Fast Food 22,430 980

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 47,660 164,840
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 25,910 31,320
Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse 25,610 29,030
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 40,120 19,360
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 30,090 16,850
Sales and Related Occupations 38,300 15,030
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 64,410 13,430
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 39,920 9,500
Management Occupations 109,660 6,700
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 105,810 6,580
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 33,490 5,910
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 52,660 5,850
Cashiers 26,380 5,030
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 80,050 4,980
Construction and Extraction Occupations 55,210 4,640
Retail Salespersons 30,870 4,590
Production Occupations 38,930 4,520
Protective Service Occupations 64,140 4,470
Personal Care and Service Occupations 30,390 3,770
Waiters and Waitresses 37,110 3,750
Healthcare Support Occupations 37,670 2,800
Registered Nurses 120,120 2,380
Office Clerks, General 35,900 2,330
General and Operations Managers 119,590 2,170
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 91,840 2,100
Cooks, Restaurant 30,220 2,080
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 27,970 2,070
Community and Social Service Occupations 48,200 2,010
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 39,790 2,010
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 40,320 1,920
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 30,980 1,880
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 53,240 1,790
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 29,940 1,740
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 44,910 1,690
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 29,700 1,620
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 57,240 1,510
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 42,130 1,460
Substitute Teachers 37,950 1,440
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 84,980 1,400
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 43,400 1,310
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 33,640 1,240
Personal Care Aides 26,430 1,200
Customer Service Representatives 36,880 1,200
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 38,890 1,060
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 90,250 1,050
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 86,470 1,040
Security Guards 32,380 1,030
Receptionists and Information Clerks 31,390 990
Carpenters 61,200 890
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 82,130 870

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