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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

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations2369450$69,700$33.51100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations330650$48,180$23.1714.35
3Sales and Related Occupations216940$51,900$24.959.9
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations215780$32,160$15.468.55
5Business and Financial Operations Occupations185490$96,890$46.585.25
6Management Occupations170970$151,760$72.966.15
7Computer and Mathematical Occupations138430$119,370$57.392.9
8Transportation and Material Moving Occupations136470$46,780$22.496.55
9Education, Training, and Library Occupations125960$65,730$31.66.05
10Personal Care and Service Occupations123130$30,980$14.894.3
11Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations108890$108,700$52.265.8
12Construction and Extraction Occupations92620$68,120$32.754.45
13Production Occupations92490$44,150$21.235.7
14Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations71630$37,620$18.093.65
15Personal Care Aides69430$27,120$13.041.5
16Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations65270$60,090$28.893.8
17Retail Salespersons53780$32,530$15.642.85
18Architecture and Engineering Occupations53430$102,460$49.261.7
19Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations52060$72,120$34.671.8
20Cashiers47890$28,540$13.722.2
21Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food47650$27,440$13.192.3
22Protective Service Occupations46510$62,500$30.052.2
23Healthcare Support Occupations43500$42,270$20.323
24Waiters and Waitresses41540$35,410$17.021.7
25General and Operations Managers41010$157,510$75.731.5
26Software Developers, Applications40910$141,630$68.090.55
27Office Clerks, General38970$41,400$19.91.9
28Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations38200$93,830$45.110.8
29Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners37730$35,000$16.831.55
30Registered Nurses35480$124,970$60.081.95
31Community and Social Service Occupations34650$58,040$27.91.65
32Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive33460$47,920$23.041.5
33Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand32150$35,020$16.841.7
34Business Operations Specialists, All Other31700$93,160$44.790.7
35Customer Service Representatives29680$48,470$23.31.75
36Stock Clerks and Order Fillers26590$32,430$15.591.3
37Accountants and Auditors26240$91,950$44.210.9
38Sales Representatives, Services, All Other25070$76,590$36.820.6
39Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks24920$54,020$25.971.05
40Legal Occupations24830$147,590$70.960.8
41First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers22950$68,910$33.130.95
42Cooks, Restaurant22750$33,670$16.190.8
43Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists22100$91,210$43.850.4
44Security Guards20050$34,580$16.620.7
45Management Analysts18160$116,330$55.930.5
46Carpenters17580$67,430$32.420.7
47Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products17540$75,430$36.260.9
48Food Preparation Workers17000$29,720$14.290.6
49Computer Systems Analysts16930$116,020$55.780.4
50Lawyers16770$181,650$87.330.5
51Software Developers, Systems Software16260$135,710$65.250.3
52Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers16060$41,030$19.730.6
53Maintenance and Repair Workers, General15760$53,330$25.640.9
54Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants15370$74,930$36.030.35
55Construction Laborers15110$53,530$25.740.8
56Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers14970$37,630$18.090
57Financial Managers14660$178,020$85.590.4
58Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners14270$36,300$17.450.9
59Receptionists and Information Clerks13760$37,890$18.210.7
60First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers13570$48,290$23.221
61Computer User Support Specialists13300$69,910$33.610.4
62Computer and Information Systems Managers13280$190,520$91.60.2
63Dishwashers13130$27,360$13.160.3
64First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers13080$41,760$20.080.6
65Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers13020$39,980$19.220.8
66Counter and Rental Clerks12840$36,970$17.770.3
67Human Resources Specialists12040$86,750$41.70.35
68Managers, All Other11980$158,200$76.060.6
69Nursing Assistants11810$39,560$19.021
70Sales Managers11590$151,070$72.630.2
71Cooks, Fast Food11570$25,110$12.070.3
72Bartenders11360$36,420$17.510.4
73Computer Occupations, All Other11030$114,670$55.130.2
74Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks10960$40,140$19.30.4
75Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers10820$49,280$23.691.2
76Medical Assistants10520$43,420$20.870.45
77Financial Analysts10310$127,800$61.440.2
78Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers10080$30,210$14.520.3
79Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers9740$109,810$52.790.4
80Recreation Workers9590$35,330$16.980.25
81Marketing Managers9370$176,370$84.790.1
82Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education9300$41,810$20.10.3
83Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters9280$69,240$33.290.3
84Civil Engineers9170$114,050$54.830.2
85Substitute Teachers8940$43,610$20.970
86Medical Secretaries8890$46,590$22.40.4
87Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents8870$87,260$41.950.2
88Network and Computer Systems Administrators8550$107,640$51.750.25
89Electricians8370$88,610$42.60.4
90Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics8260$54,090$26.010.5
91Computer Programmers7810$107,070$51.480.2
92Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products7620$96,200$46.250.2
93Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses7230$60,550$29.110.5
94First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers7170$94,990$45.670.4
95Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs6940$35,340$16.990.2
96Childcare Workers6940$30,760$14.790.8
97Dental Assistants6780$46,620$22.420.2
98Administrative Services Managers6770$128,770$61.910.2
99Social and Human Service Assistants6640$43,680$210.25
100Compliance Officers6620$89,690$43.120.2
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Jobs More Common Near San Francisco Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$69,7002,369,450
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$48,180330,650
Sales and Related Occupations$51,900216,940
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$32,160215,780
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$96,890185,490
Management Occupations$151,760170,970
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$119,370138,430
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$46,780136,470
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$65,730125,960
Personal Care and Service Occupations$30,980123,130
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$108,700108,890
Construction and Extraction Occupations$68,12092,620
Production Occupations$44,15092,490
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$37,62071,630
Personal Care Aides$27,12069,430
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$60,09065,270
Retail Salespersons$32,53053,780
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$102,46053,430
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$72,12052,060
Cashiers$28,54047,890
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$27,44047,650
Protective Service Occupations$62,50046,510
Healthcare Support Occupations$42,27043,500
Waiters and Waitresses$35,41041,540
General and Operations Managers$157,51041,010
Software Developers, Applications$141,63040,910
Office Clerks, General$41,40038,970
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$93,83038,200
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$35,00037,730
Registered Nurses$124,97035,480
Community and Social Service Occupations$58,04034,650
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$47,92033,460
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$35,02032,150
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$93,16031,700
Customer Service Representatives$48,47029,680
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$32,43026,590
Accountants and Auditors$91,95026,240
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$76,59025,070
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$54,02024,920
Legal Occupations$147,59024,830
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$68,91022,950
Cooks, Restaurant$33,67022,750
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists$91,21022,100
Security Guards$34,58020,050
Management Analysts$116,33018,160
Carpenters$67,43017,580
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$75,43017,540
Food Preparation Workers$29,72017,000
Computer Systems Analysts$116,02016,930
Lawyers$181,65016,770

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$69,7002,369,450
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$48,180330,650
Sales and Related Occupations$51,900216,940
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$32,160215,780
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$96,890185,490
Management Occupations$151,760170,970
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$119,370138,430
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$46,780136,470
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$65,730125,960
Personal Care and Service Occupations$30,980123,130
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$108,700108,890
Construction and Extraction Occupations$68,12092,620
Production Occupations$44,15092,490
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$37,62071,630
Personal Care Aides$27,12069,430
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$60,09065,270
Retail Salespersons$32,53053,780
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$102,46053,430
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$72,12052,060
Cashiers$28,54047,890
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$27,44047,650
Protective Service Occupations$62,50046,510
Healthcare Support Occupations$42,27043,500
Waiters and Waitresses$35,41041,540
General and Operations Managers$157,51041,010
Software Developers, Applications$141,63040,910
Office Clerks, General$41,40038,970
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$93,83038,200
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$35,00037,730
Registered Nurses$124,97035,480
Community and Social Service Occupations$58,04034,650
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$47,92033,460
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$35,02032,150
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$93,16031,700
Customer Service Representatives$48,47029,680
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$32,43026,590
Accountants and Auditors$91,95026,240
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$76,59025,070
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$54,02024,920
Legal Occupations$147,59024,830
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$68,91022,950
Cooks, Restaurant$33,67022,750
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists$91,21022,100
Security Guards$34,58020,050
Management Analysts$116,33018,160
Carpenters$67,43017,580
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$75,43017,540
Food Preparation Workers$29,72017,000
Computer Systems Analysts$116,02016,930
Lawyers$181,65016,770

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