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San Francisco Employment

Employment and Industries in the San Francisco, California Area

The San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City metropolitan area has a rich and vibrant economy. Tourism makes up a major part of the San Francisco economy. San Francisco ranks as one of the world's top fifty tourist destinations. San Francisco also has a large conference and convention industry.

Tourism is not the only part of the San Francisco economy, however. San Francisco is the main banking and finance center for the west coast of the United States. San Francisco also has strong ties to the high technology industry in the Silicon Valley to the south.

Major industries in the San Francisco metropolitan area include:

  • Biotechnology
  • Environmental technology
  • Information technology
  • Professional services
  • Tourism

The San Francisco metropolitan area is home to over fifteen Fortune 1000 Company headquarters, the largest of which is McKesson. The most famous companies located in the San Francisco are are probably the Gap, Levi Strauss, Oracle, Wells Fargo, and Williams Sonoma.

Helping to drive the San Francisco area economy is a very well educated work force. According to U.S. Census Bureau data, San Francisco has the second most educated workforce in the U.S. among large cities. 51% of the San Francisco population has a college degree or higher. Similarly, in 2005, Central Connecticut State University ranked San Francisco as the fifth most literate city in the United States. Expansion Management magazine ranked the San Francisco area third on its list of "Best Knowledge Worker Metro".

San Francisco also gets the tenth largest amount of funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) of all U.S. cities.

Business honors and awards received by the San Francisco metropolitan area include:

  • The San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose area was ranked 28th among the top fifty large U.S. cities/metropolitan areas on Entrepreneur magazine's 2005 list of "Hot Cities for Entrepreneurs".
  • Expansion Management magazine ranked the San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont area as a "Five Star Business Opportunity Metro".
  • The San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City area ranked 60th among large U.S. Cities in Inc. magazine's 2006 list of "Best Cities for Doing Business".
  • According to SustainLane, San Francisco ranks second among 50 major cities for sustainable services and economics.

For business travelers, the San Francisco area is served by the San Francisco International Airport (SFO). According to Airports Council International, SFO is the 14th busiest airport in the U.S., and the 23rd largest in the world. According the the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics, SFO was the sixth largest U.S. gateway for nonstop international air travel in 2000.

The Port of San Francisco is reputedly one of the three great natural harbors in the world. It has a major impact on the San Francisco economy and is a major tourist attraction as well.

Fortune 1000 companies with headquarters in the San Francisco metropolitan area include:

  • Charles Schwab
  • CNF
  • Del Monte Foods
  • Electronic Arts
  • Franklin Resources
  • Gap
  • Gilead Sciences
  • Levi Strauss
  • McKesson
  • Oracle
  • PG&E Corp.
  • Robert Half Intl.
  • Siebel Systems
  • URS
  • Wells Fargo
  • Williams-Sonoma

Other companies with headquarters or with a large employment presence in the San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City metropolitan area include:

  • AAA Travel
  • Adteractive Inc.
  • AKQA
  • All Star Consulting Inc.
  • Anshen + Allen
  • Bechtel Corp.
  • Broadlane
  • Burr, Pilger & Mayer LLP
  • Business Wire
  • Cannon Constructors Inc.
  • Casto Travel Inc
  • Chemoil Corp
  • Chong Partners Architecture Inc.
  • Dome Construction Corp.
  • Fenwick & West LLP
  • Fisher Development Inc.
  • Gensler
  • Gyro Group
  • Headsets.com Inc.
  • Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe LLP
  • Jamba Juice Co.
  • Jessica McClintock Inc.
  • KN Ltd.
  • Littier Mendelson PC
  • Ly Brothers Corp.
  • McGuire Real Estate
  • Microgear Inc.
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • Nibbi Brothers Construction
  • Novogradac & Co. LLP
  • One Workplace L. Ferrari
  • Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
  • Pier 39
  • Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
  • Plant Construction Co. LP
  • Resource and Design Inc.
  • Ryan Associates
  • Stratagem Healthcare Communications LLC
  • Swinerton, Inc.
  • Thelen Reid & Priest LLP
  • Thomas Weisel Partners LLC
  • University Games
  • Visa International
  • Wilbur-Ellis Co.
  • Wild Planet Toys
  • Woodruff-Sawyer & Co.
  • Working Assets Inc.
  • Zephyr Real Estate

Business organizations and associations in the San Francisco metropolitan area include:

The San Francisco Business Times, and the "Business Section" of the San Francisco Chronicle are both good sources of information on the San Francisco metropolitan area economy and business.

Jobs in San Francisco

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 San Francisco 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 San Francisco, 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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