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Santa Barbara Employment

Employment and Industries in the Santa Barbara, California Area

Santa Barbara has a diverse economy powered by tourism, education, healthcare, finance, manufacturing, government and agriculture. The service sector provides approximately 35% of the jobs in Santa Barbara. Education has a significant role in the region's employment due to the area's five institutions of higher learning. In addition, many of the largest employers in the Santa Barbara area are located in the nearby town of Goleta.

The Santa Barbara region also includes a prominent high-tech research and development sector which includes defense and aerospace. According to the Santa Barbara Technology Group, at least 500 high-tech companies started in the Santa Barbara area. The Santa Barbara Technology Group also states that the tech industry is the highest paying and fastest growing component of the local economy. Numerous investors including American Express Financial, Microsoft Corp and Chase Capital Partners have put millions of dollars in venture capital into the Santa Barbara area's high-tech research and development sector.

Some of the most popular occupations in the Santa Barbara area where the majority of the employees have college degrees include teachers, registered nurses, wholesale and manufacturing representatives, computer software engineers, systems software; management analysts, financial managers, computer programmers, computer software engineers, applications; social and human services assistants and sales managers.

Shown below are the major employers in the Santa Barbara area:

  • Cottage Health System - Non-profit organization
  • Doubletree - Fess Parker's Resort - Hotels & Motels
  • Four Seasons Resort -Biltmore - Hotels & Motels
  • Jordanos Inc - Grocers - Wholesale
  • Mission Linen Supply Inc - Linen Supply Service
  • Montecito FM Inc - Radio Stations & broadcasting companies
  • Santa Barbara City CLG - Universities/Academic
  • Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital - Hospitals
  • Santa Barbara Sheriff's Dept - Sheriff
  • University of California - Santa Barbara - Education
  • Intuitive Surgical
  • Calient Networks
  • InTouch Technologies
  • Inogen
  • Infogenysis
  • Superconductor Technologies
  • Occam Networks
  • Wyatt Technology
  • Bargain Network Inc
  • Bacara Resort and Spa
  • Citrix Online
  • Deverux Foundation

Noteworthy information about Santa Barbara: In 2007 the median household income was $57,547. The cost of living index was at 142.1 in 2008 which is very high when compared to the national average of 100. About 40% of the population over the age of 25 has a bachelor's degree or higher.

The major sectors for employment in the Santa Barbara region are:

  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Accommodation and services
  • High-Tech
  • Professional, scientific and technical services
  • Construction
  • Government

Business organizations that offer assistance to Santa Barbara companies include:

The Santa Barbara News-Press offers up-to-date information regarding the business activities in Santa Barbara.

Jobs in Santa Barbara

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations185530$54,320$26.11100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations26210$41,380$19.8914.35
3Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations22240$27,800$13.378.55
4Sales and Related Occupations18200$40,310$19.389.9
5Education, Training, and Library Occupations12400$68,460$32.916.05
6Management Occupations9960$129,630$62.326.15
7Transportation and Material Moving Occupations9010$36,630$17.616.55
8Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations9000$103,640$49.835.8
9Personal Care and Service Occupations8780$30,090$14.464.3
10Production Occupations8400$39,510$195.7
11Business and Financial Operations Occupations8200$80,730$38.815.25
12Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations7550$32,700$15.723.65
13Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations7360$25,300$12.170.65
14Construction and Extraction Occupations6960$53,930$25.934.45
15Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse6320$24,780$11.910.3
16Retail Salespersons5400$28,550$13.732.85
17Computer and Mathematical Occupations5350$97,940$47.092.9
18Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations5230$48,250$23.23.8
19Office Clerks, General5140$37,500$18.031.9
20Cashiers5060$26,880$12.922.2
21Architecture and Engineering Occupations4500$100,390$48.261.7
22Waiters and Waitresses4400$28,230$13.571.7
23Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food4350$24,800$11.922.3
24Healthcare Support Occupations4110$37,250$17.913
25Personal Care Aides3940$25,270$12.151.5
26Protective Service Occupations3260$62,450$30.032.2
27Registered Nurses3050$101,920$491.95
28Community and Social Service Occupations3030$52,850$25.411.65
29General and Operations Managers2990$139,090$66.871.5
30Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations2950$62,030$29.821.8
31Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive2550$43,440$20.891.5
32Cooks, Restaurant2490$30,410$14.620.8
33Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers2400$31,230$15.010.8
34Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners2380$32,030$15.41.55
35Stock Clerks and Order Fillers2250$28,250$13.581.3
36Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks2170$46,850$22.521.05
37Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations1980$82,000$39.420.8
38Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand1930$30,880$14.851.7
39Customer Service Representatives1790$39,150$18.821.75
40Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1770$28,560$13.730.9
41First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers1720$62,320$29.960.95
42Food Preparation Workers1710$25,620$12.320.6
43Maintenance and Repair Workers, General1680$44,020$21.160.9
44Business Operations Specialists, All Other1560$78,110$37.550.7
45Dishwashers1450$24,950$120.3
46First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers1440$47,860$23.011
47First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers1390$36,340$17.470.6
48Receptionists and Information Clerks1350$32,010$15.390.7
49Sales Representatives, Services, All Other1280$64,250$30.890.6
50Nursing Assistants1250$33,930$16.311
51Software Developers, Systems Software1220$122,600$58.940.3
52Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products1160$67,910$32.650.9
53Cooks, Fast Food1160$24,750$11.90.3
54Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers1150$25,270$12.150.3
55Accountants and Auditors1120$80,510$38.710.9
56Bartenders1060$30,050$14.450.4
57Carpenters1030$54,340$26.120.7
58Counter and Rental Clerks1000$30,330$14.580.3
59Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers1000$45,880$22.061.2
60Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers970$34,340$16.510
61Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop960$24,730$11.890.3
62Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers960$37,890$18.220.6
63Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists900$68,900$33.120.4
64Packers and Packagers, Hand900$25,840$12.420.45
65Legal Occupations860$100,490$48.320.8
66Recreation Workers850$30,760$14.790.25
67Construction Laborers840$43,790$21.050.8
68Medical Secretaries840$42,090$20.240.4
69Management Analysts830$99,510$47.840.5
70Software Developers, Applications830$102,380$49.220.55
71Childcare Workers770$27,760$13.350.8
72Medical Assistants750$37,280$17.920.45
73Security Guards740$30,750$14.780.7
74Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop740$24,060$11.570.3
75Sales Managers730$123,990$59.610.2
76Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment710$27,610$13.280.2
77Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants710$64,840$31.170.35
78Dental Assistants690$41,170$19.790.2
79Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors690$53,240$25.60.2
80Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics670$37,290$17.930.5
81Physicians and Surgeons, All Other660$178,050$85.60.25
82Billing and Posting Clerks640$40,340$19.390.3
83Computer User Support Specialists640$62,170$29.890.4
84Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers640$98,910$47.550.4
85Financial Managers640$138,960$66.810.4
86Aerospace Engineers630$119,960$57.670
87Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks610$37,250$17.910.4
88Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks590$30,370$14.60.2
89Food Servers, Nonrestaurant590$28,150$13.530.2
90Painters, Construction and Maintenance570$43,890$21.10.2
91Mechanical Engineers570$103,060$49.550.2
92Electricians560$58,750$28.250.4
93Amusement and Recreation Attendants540$24,590$11.820.2
94Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses530$57,460$27.620.5
95Electrical Engineers530$115,190$55.380.1
96First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers530$75,220$36.170.4
97Computer and Information Systems Managers510$161,010$77.410.2
98First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers510$66,760$32.090.4
99Managers, All Other500$131,520$63.230.6
100Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters480$59,530$28.620.3
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Jobs More Common Near Santa Barbara Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$54,320185,530
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$41,38026,210
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$27,80022,240
Sales and Related Occupations$40,31018,200
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$68,46012,400
Management Occupations$129,6309,960
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$36,6309,010
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$103,6409,000
Personal Care and Service Occupations$30,0908,780
Production Occupations$39,5108,400
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$80,7308,200
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$32,7007,550
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations$25,3007,360
Construction and Extraction Occupations$53,9306,960
Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse$24,7806,320
Retail Salespersons$28,5505,400
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$97,9405,350
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$48,2505,230
Office Clerks, General$37,5005,140
Cashiers$26,8805,060
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$100,3904,500
Waiters and Waitresses$28,2304,400
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$24,8004,350
Healthcare Support Occupations$37,2504,110
Personal Care Aides$25,2703,940
Protective Service Occupations$62,4503,260
Registered Nurses$101,9203,050
Community and Social Service Occupations$52,8503,030
General and Operations Managers$139,0902,990
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$62,0302,950
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$43,4402,550
Cooks, Restaurant$30,4102,490
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$31,2302,400
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$32,0302,380
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$28,2502,250
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$46,8502,170
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$82,0001,980
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$30,8801,930
Customer Service Representatives$39,1501,790
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$28,5601,770
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$62,3201,720
Food Preparation Workers$25,6201,710
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$44,0201,680
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$78,1101,560
Dishwashers$24,9501,450
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$47,8601,440
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$36,3401,390
Receptionists and Information Clerks$32,0101,350
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$64,2501,280
Nursing Assistants$33,9301,250

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$54,320185,530
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$41,38026,210
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$27,80022,240
Sales and Related Occupations$40,31018,200
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$68,46012,400
Management Occupations$129,6309,960
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$36,6309,010
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$103,6409,000
Personal Care and Service Occupations$30,0908,780
Production Occupations$39,5108,400
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$80,7308,200
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$32,7007,550
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations$25,3007,360
Construction and Extraction Occupations$53,9306,960
Retail Salespersons$28,5505,400
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$97,9405,350
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$48,2505,230
Office Clerks, General$37,5005,140
Cashiers$26,8805,060
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$100,3904,500
Waiters and Waitresses$28,2304,400
Healthcare Support Occupations$37,2504,110
Personal Care Aides$25,2703,940
Protective Service Occupations$62,4503,260
Registered Nurses$101,9203,050
Community and Social Service Occupations$52,8503,030
General and Operations Managers$139,0902,990
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$62,0302,950
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$43,4402,550
Cooks, Restaurant$30,4102,490
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$31,2302,400
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$32,0302,380
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$28,2502,250
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$46,8502,170
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$82,0001,980
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$30,8801,930
Customer Service Representatives$39,1501,790
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$28,5601,770
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$62,3201,720
Food Preparation Workers$25,6201,710
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$44,0201,680
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$78,1101,560
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$47,8601,440
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$36,3401,390
Receptionists and Information Clerks$32,0101,350
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$64,2501,280
Nursing Assistants$33,9301,250
Software Developers, Systems Software$122,6001,220
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$67,9101,160
Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers$25,2701,150

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