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Santa Cruz Employment

Employment and Industries in the Santa Cruz, California Area

The Santa Cruz economy is powered by tourism, agriculture, high technology and education. Santa Cruz is a prominent organic agriculture area and includes the headquarters of California Certified Organic Farmers. Tourism is a significant factor for the economy due to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, the popular beaches, the nearby redwood forests and Monterey Bay.

Management, professional and related occupations provide about 42% of the jobs in Santa Cruz. About 22% of the jobs are in sales and office occupations. Approximately 20% of the workforce is employed by the government.

Some of the most popular occupations in the Santa Cruz metro area where the majority of the workers are college graduates are registered nurses, teachers, sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing; financial managers and network systems and data communications analysts. Other jobs in this category include child, family and school social workers; sales managers, social and human service assistants, computer applications software engineers, computer programmers and computer systems software engineers.

Noteworthy data about Santa Cruz: The cost of living index in 2008 was 195.7 which is very high when compared to the national average of 100. Regarding the population more than 25 years of age, about 44% have earned a bachelor's degree or higher. The average earnings in Santa Cruz in 2009 was $39,000.

The primary employers in Santa Cruz are:

  • Dominican Hospital - Hospitals
  • Plantronics - Telephone equipment manufacturer
  • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk - Amusement & Theme Parks
  • Santa Cruz County Council - Government offices
  • Santa Cruz County Sheriff Dept - Sheriff
  • Santa Cruz Governmental Center - Government Offices
  • Santa Cruz Health Center - Clinics
  • Santa Cruz Medical Foundation - Physicians & surgeons
  • Sierra Club - Santa Cruz County - Environmental organizations
  • University of California - Santa Cruz - Education
  • US Health & Human Services Dept - Government
  • Santa Cruz Biotechnology - Biotechnology
  • Giro Bicycle Helmets
  • O'Neill Wetsuits
  • O'Neill Surf Shops
  • The Santa Cruz Guitar Company
  • Santa Cruz Skateboards
  • Kestrel Bicycles
  • Santa Cruz Mountain Bikes
  • Ventui International - Optical instruments & lenses manufacturer
  • Cruzio
  • Fullpower Technologies

The primary sectors for jobs in Santa Cruz are:

  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Professional, scientific and technical services
  • Accommodation and food services
  • Construction
  • Arts, entertainment and recreation

Business organizations which provide assistance to Santa Cruz companies include:

The Santa Cruz Sentinel offers up-to-date information regarding the business activities in Santa Cruz.

Jobs in Santa Cruz

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations97370$52,500$25.24100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations14800$41,320$19.8714.35
3Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations11810$27,390$13.178.55
4Sales and Related Occupations10260$38,860$18.689.9
5Education, Training, and Library Occupations7690$58,180$27.976.05
6Management Occupations5660$116,610$56.066.15
7Personal Care and Service Occupations5640$28,780$13.844.3
8Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations5070$105,260$50.615.8
9Transportation and Material Moving Occupations4490$38,880$18.696.55
10Production Occupations4270$39,760$19.115.7
11Business and Financial Operations Occupations4240$74,470$35.815.25
12Construction and Extraction Occupations3730$55,750$26.84.45
13Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food3300$24,820$11.932.3
14Retail Salespersons3220$29,910$14.382.85
15Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations3200$31,290$15.043.65
16Personal Care Aides3160$27,490$13.221.5
17Cashiers3070$27,050$13.012.2
18Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations2860$49,240$23.673.8
19Office Clerks, General2610$34,320$16.51.9
20Community and Social Service Occupations2590$51,240$24.641.65
21Healthcare Support Occupations2450$37,760$18.163
22Computer and Mathematical Occupations1950$92,910$44.672.9
23Waiters and Waitresses1930$29,210$14.041.7
24Protective Service Occupations1810$64,920$31.212.2
25Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks1590$48,320$23.231.05
26General and Operations Managers1570$120,960$58.151.5
27Substitute Teachers1570$38,740$18.620
28Registered Nurses1520$124,470$59.841.95
29Stock Clerks and Order Fillers1460$29,190$14.031.3
30Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1390$29,820$14.341.55
31Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive1390$41,680$20.041.5
32Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations1370$74,830$35.970.8
33Architecture and Engineering Occupations1310$86,340$41.511.7
34Food Preparation Workers1220$25,830$12.420.6
35Cooks, Restaurant1170$29,300$14.090.8
36First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers1040$43,220$20.781
37Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations1010$57,720$27.751.8
38Maintenance and Repair Workers, General970$44,540$21.410.9
39Customer Service Representatives930$45,550$21.91.75
40First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers930$60,120$28.90.95
41Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand930$34,770$16.721.7
42Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products910$71,740$34.490.9
43Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers860$29,340$14.110.8
44Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers830$39,490$18.990.6
45Receptionists and Information Clerks830$33,900$16.30.7
46Construction Laborers750$48,080$23.110.8
47Carpenters740$58,550$28.150.7
48Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations710$30,820$14.820.65
49Nursing Assistants700$34,010$16.351
50Business Operations Specialists, All Other690$69,290$33.310.7
51Social and Human Service Assistants650$40,990$19.710.25
52Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners620$30,080$14.460.9
53First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers610$36,600$17.590.6
54Cooks, Fast Food580$24,920$11.980.3
55Counter and Rental Clerks580$34,170$16.430.3
56Medical Assistants580$42,570$20.460.45
57Accountants and Auditors570$73,780$35.470.9
58Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse560$25,850$12.430.3
59Dishwashers550$23,870$11.480.3
60Amusement and Recreation Attendants540$25,170$12.10.2
61Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks540$34,150$16.420.4
62Bartenders510$29,770$14.310.4
63Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop470$24,470$11.760.3
64Medical Secretaries460$42,730$20.540.4
65Packers and Packagers, Hand460$26,430$12.710.45
66Firefighters440$62,970$30.270.2
67Management Analysts440$99,610$47.890.5
68Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers430$107,370$51.620.4
69Security Guards430$30,120$14.480.7
70Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers420$26,380$12.680.3
71Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants420$62,540$30.070.35
72Legal Occupations420$107,270$51.570.8
73Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers410$45,300$21.781.2
74Recreation Workers400$30,340$14.590.25
75Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics390$49,150$23.630.5
76Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment390$28,200$13.560.2
77Dental Assistants390$42,990$20.670.2
78Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors390$53,130$25.540.2
79Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses390$53,370$25.660.5
80Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters380$55,360$26.620.3
81Financial Managers370$136,060$65.420.4
82Sales Representatives, Services, All Other360$62,400$300.6
83Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists350$64,780$31.140.4
84Human Resources Specialists340$75,470$36.280.35
85Medical and Health Services Managers340$138,220$66.450.25
86Sales Managers340$94,320$45.340.2
87Order Clerks330$35,710$17.170.1
88Dental Hygienists320$103,770$49.890.1
89First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers320$62,890$30.240.4
90Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop320$23,400$11.250.3
91Pharmacy Technicians320$43,560$20.940.3
92Electricians310$68,370$32.870.4
93Self-Enrichment Education Teachers310$62,830$30.210.2
94Billing and Posting Clerks300$44,740$21.510.3
95Software Developers, Systems Software300$105,700$50.820.3
96Tellers300$32,990$15.860.3
97Managers, All Other290$112,650$54.160.6
98Bakers270$29,730$14.30.1
99Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks270$27,520$13.230.2
100Computer User Support Specialists260$52,210$25.10.4
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Jobs More Common Near Santa Cruz Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$52,50097,370
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$41,32014,800
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$27,39011,810
Sales and Related Occupations$38,86010,260
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$58,1807,690
Management Occupations$116,6105,660
Personal Care and Service Occupations$28,7805,640
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$105,2605,070
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$38,8804,490
Production Occupations$39,7604,270
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$74,4704,240
Construction and Extraction Occupations$55,7503,730
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$24,8203,300
Retail Salespersons$29,9103,220
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$31,2903,200
Personal Care Aides$27,4903,160
Cashiers$27,0503,070
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$49,2402,860
Office Clerks, General$34,3202,610
Community and Social Service Occupations$51,2402,590
Healthcare Support Occupations$37,7602,450
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$92,9101,950
Waiters and Waitresses$29,2101,930
Protective Service Occupations$64,9201,810
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$48,3201,590
General and Operations Managers$120,9601,570
Substitute Teachers$38,7401,570
Registered Nurses$124,4701,520
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$29,1901,460
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$29,8201,390
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$41,6801,390
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$74,8301,370
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$86,3401,310
Food Preparation Workers$25,8301,220
Cooks, Restaurant$29,3001,170
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$43,2201,040
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$57,7201,010
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$44,540970
Customer Service Representatives$45,550930
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$60,120930
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$34,770930
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$71,740910
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$29,340860
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$39,490830
Receptionists and Information Clerks$33,900830
Construction Laborers$48,080750
Carpenters$58,550740
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations$30,820710
Nursing Assistants$34,010700
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$69,290690

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$52,50097,370
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$41,32014,800
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$27,39011,810
Sales and Related Occupations$38,86010,260
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$58,1807,690
Management Occupations$116,6105,660
Personal Care and Service Occupations$28,7805,640
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$105,2605,070
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$38,8804,490
Production Occupations$39,7604,270
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$74,4704,240
Construction and Extraction Occupations$55,7503,730
Retail Salespersons$29,9103,220
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$31,2903,200
Personal Care Aides$27,4903,160
Cashiers$27,0503,070
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$49,2402,860
Office Clerks, General$34,3202,610
Community and Social Service Occupations$51,2402,590
Healthcare Support Occupations$37,7602,450
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$92,9101,950
Waiters and Waitresses$29,2101,930
Protective Service Occupations$64,9201,810
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$48,3201,590
General and Operations Managers$120,9601,570
Substitute Teachers$38,7401,570
Registered Nurses$124,4701,520
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$29,1901,460
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$29,8201,390
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$41,6801,390
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$74,8301,370
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$86,3401,310
Food Preparation Workers$25,8301,220
Cooks, Restaurant$29,3001,170
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$43,2201,040
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$57,7201,010
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$44,540970
Customer Service Representatives$45,550930
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$60,120930
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$34,770930
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$71,740910
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$29,340860
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$39,490830
Receptionists and Information Clerks$33,900830
Construction Laborers$48,080750
Carpenters$58,550740
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations$30,820710
Nursing Assistants$34,010700
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$69,290690
Social and Human Service Assistants$40,990650

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