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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

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 182310 $53090 $25.52 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 26910 $40740 $19.59 14.8
3 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 20940 $27110 $13.03 8.3
4 Sales and Related Occupations 18590 $38870 $18.69 10.15
5 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 12310 $68270 $32.82 6.15
6 Management Occupations 10140 $123910 $59.57 6.05
7 Production Occupations 9290 $39420 $18.95 5.85
8 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 8270 $102140 $49.1 5.75
9 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 8030 $35330 $16.99 6.45
10 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 7780 $31300 $15.05 3.7
11 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 7630 $78380 $37.68 5.05
12 Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 7530 $24510 $11.78 0.6
13 Personal Care and Service Occupations 7210 $30000 $14.42 4.1
14 Construction and Extraction Occupations 6680 $54410 $26.16 4.4
15 Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse 6520 $24060 $11.57 0.3
16 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 5550 $48630 $23.38 3.8
17 Cashiers 5370 $26160 $12.58 2.25
18 Office Clerks, General 5320 $36790 $17.69 2
19 Retail Salespersons 5310 $28180 $13.55 3.1
20 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 5040 $94600 $45.48 2.8
21 Waiters and Waitresses 4800 $28410 $13.66 1.6
22 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 4600 $23860 $11.47 2.15
23 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 4510 $98120 $47.18 1.65
24 Healthcare Support Occupations 4240 $36700 $17.64 3.05
25 Protective Service Occupations 3490 $59190 $28.46 2.25
26 General and Operations Managers 3220 $132650 $63.77 1.4
27 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 2710 $61770 $29.7 1.7
28 Registered Nurses 2700 $100400 $48.27 1.9
29 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 2670 $30520 $14.67 1.6
30 Community and Social Service Occupations 2650 $49860 $23.97 1.65
31 Personal Care Aides 2570 $24640 $11.85 1.3
32 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 2550 $41910 $20.15 1.6
33 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 2430 $31410 $15.1 0.8
34 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 2270 $45830 $22.03 1.1
35 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 2170 $26920 $12.94 1.2
36 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 2010 $78990 $37.98 0.9
37 Cooks, Restaurant 1990 $30630 $14.73 0.75
38 Customer Service Representatives 1980 $39520 $19 1.75
39 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 1790 $61530 $29.58 1
40 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 1790 $41820 $20.11 0.9
41 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 1700 $28980 $13.93 1.6
42 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1700 $26710 $12.84 1
43 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 1570 $46750 $22.48 1
44 Food Preparation Workers 1380 $24490 $11.78 0.6
45 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 1340 $34100 $16.39 0.6
46 Receptionists and Information Clerks 1290 $31620 $15.2 0.7
47 Dishwashers 1280 $24030 $11.55 0.3
48 Accountants and Auditors 1240 $82080 $39.46 0.9
49 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 1210 $68730 $33.04 0.6
50 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 1200 $82020 $39.43 0.7
51 Software Developers, Systems Software 1160 $123060 $59.16 0.3
52 Nursing Assistants 1100 $34180 $16.43 1.05
53 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 1100 $46570 $22.39 1.2
54 Counter and Rental Clerks 1070 $29420 $14.15 0.3
55 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 1000 $35860 $17.24 0.6
56 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 990 $61700 $29.67 1
57 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 990 $24060 $11.57 0.3
58 Carpenters 990 $55000 $26.44 0.6
59 Security Guards 990 $29260 $14.07 0.7
60 Cooks, Fast Food 940 $24190 $11.63 0.3
61 Bartenders 900 $30590 $14.71 0.4
62 Medical Secretaries 890 $41980 $20.18 0.4
63 Substitute Teachers 870 $39640 $19.06 0
64 Medical Assistants 870 $36960 $17.77 0.45
65 Packers and Packagers, Hand 870 $25220 $12.12 0.45
66 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 820 $23980 $11.53 0.3
67 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 820 $22890 $11.01 0.25
68 Childcare Workers 820 $27510 $13.23 0.8
69 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 820 $60410 $29.04 0.5
70 Legal Occupations 800 $98080 $47.15 0.8
71 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 740 $69470 $33.4 0.35
72 Construction Laborers 740 $43870 $21.09 0.8
73 Sales Managers 740 $105230 $50.59 0.2
74 Software Developers, Applications 720 $102280 $49.17 0.5
75 Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors 670 $55390 $26.63 0.2
76 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 670 $96530 $46.41 0.45
77 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 670 $37870 $18.21 0.4
78 Billing and Posting Clerks 670 $39210 $18.85 0.35
79 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 650 $69440 $33.39 0.4
80 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 630 $42300 $20.33 0.5
81 Recreation Workers 630 $35320 $16.98 0.3
82 Dental Assistants 620 $45120 $21.69 0.2
83 Financial Managers 610 $144750 $69.59 0.4
84 Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 610 $208620 $100.3 0.2
85 Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks 590 $29980 $14.41 0.2
86 Computer User Support Specialists 570 $59120 $28.42 0.4
87 Amusement and Recreation Attendants 560 $23250 $11.18 0.2
88 Tellers 560 $30000 $14.42 0.3
89 Home Health Aides 550 $25890 $12.45 0.7
90 Industrial Engineers 540 $106390 $51.15 0.2
91 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 540 $89580 $43.07 0.4
92 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 540 $41990 $20.19 0.3
93 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 520 $58080 $27.92 0.5
94 Electricians 500 $67740 $32.57 0.4
95 Painters, Construction and Maintenance 500 $45240 $21.75 0.2
96 Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers 490 $41370 $19.89 0.1
97 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 490 $72110 $34.67 0.3
98 Computer and Information Systems Managers 490 $156460 $75.22 0.25
99 Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other 480 $29030 $13.96 0.2
100 Human Resources Specialists 470 $70360 $33.83 0.3
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Jobs More Common Near Santa Barbara Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 53,090 182,310
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 40,740 26,910
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 27,110 20,940
Sales and Related Occupations 38,870 18,590
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 68,270 12,310
Management Occupations 123,910 10,140
Production Occupations 39,420 9,290
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 102,140 8,270
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 35,330 8,030
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 31,300 7,780
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 78,380 7,630
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 24,510 7,530
Personal Care and Service Occupations 30,000 7,210
Construction and Extraction Occupations 54,410 6,680
Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse 24,060 6,520
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 48,630 5,550
Cashiers 26,160 5,370
Office Clerks, General 36,790 5,320
Retail Salespersons 28,180 5,310
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 94,600 5,040
Waiters and Waitresses 28,410 4,800
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 23,860 4,600
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 98,120 4,510
Healthcare Support Occupations 36,700 4,240
Protective Service Occupations 59,190 3,490
General and Operations Managers 132,650 3,220
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 61,770 2,710
Registered Nurses 100,400 2,700
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 30,520 2,670
Community and Social Service Occupations 49,860 2,650
Personal Care Aides 24,640 2,570
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 41,910 2,550
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 31,410 2,430
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 45,830 2,270
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 26,920 2,170
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 78,990 2,010
Cooks, Restaurant 30,630 1,990
Customer Service Representatives 39,520 1,980
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 61,530 1,790
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 41,820 1,790
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 28,980 1,700
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 26,710 1,700
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 46,750 1,570
Food Preparation Workers 24,490 1,380
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 34,100 1,340
Receptionists and Information Clerks 31,620 1,290
Dishwashers 24,030 1,280
Accountants and Auditors 82,080 1,240
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 68,730 1,210
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 82,020 1,200

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 53,090 182,310
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 40,740 26,910
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 27,110 20,940
Sales and Related Occupations 38,870 18,590
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 68,270 12,310
Management Occupations 123,910 10,140
Production Occupations 39,420 9,290
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 102,140 8,270
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 35,330 8,030
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 31,300 7,780
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 78,380 7,630
Personal Care and Service Occupations 30,000 7,210
Construction and Extraction Occupations 54,410 6,680
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 48,630 5,550
Cashiers 26,160 5,370
Office Clerks, General 36,790 5,320
Retail Salespersons 28,180 5,310
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 94,600 5,040
Waiters and Waitresses 28,410 4,800
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 98,120 4,510
Healthcare Support Occupations 36,700 4,240
Protective Service Occupations 59,190 3,490
General and Operations Managers 132,650 3,220
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 61,770 2,710
Registered Nurses 100,400 2,700
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 30,520 2,670
Community and Social Service Occupations 49,860 2,650
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 41,910 2,550
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 31,410 2,430
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 45,830 2,270
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 26,920 2,170
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 78,990 2,010
Cooks, Restaurant 30,630 1,990
Customer Service Representatives 39,520 1,980
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 61,530 1,790
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 41,820 1,790
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 28,980 1,700
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 26,710 1,700
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 46,750 1,570
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 34,100 1,340
Receptionists and Information Clerks 31,620 1,290
Accountants and Auditors 82,080 1,240
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 68,730 1,210
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 82,020 1,200
Software Developers, Systems Software 123,060 1,160
Nursing Assistants 34,180 1,100
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 46,570 1,100
Counter and Rental Clerks 29,420 1,070
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 35,860 1,000
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 61,700 990

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