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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

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 92980 $51430 $24.73 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 14740 $40350 $19.4 14.8
3 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 11320 $27520 $13.23 8.3
4 Sales and Related Occupations 10480 $40310 $19.38 10.15
5 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 7550 $57610 $27.7 6.15
6 Management Occupations 5300 $110950 $53.34 6.05
7 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 5040 $100610 $48.37 5.75
8 Production Occupations 4670 $36130 $17.37 5.85
9 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 3880 $37520 $18.04 6.45
10 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 3800 $74310 $35.72 5.05
11 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 3740 $30620 $14.72 3.7
12 Retail Salespersons 3470 $28660 $13.78 3.1
13 Construction and Extraction Occupations 3420 $55260 $26.57 4.4
14 Personal Care and Service Occupations 3190 $29250 $14.06 4.1
15 Cashiers 3010 $24990 $12.02 2.25
16 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 2900 $49260 $23.68 3.8
17 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 2800 $23190 $11.15 2.15
18 Office Clerks, General 2620 $33820 $16.26 2
19 Healthcare Support Occupations 2390 $36610 $17.6 3.05
20 Community and Social Service Occupations 2330 $52470 $25.23 1.65
21 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 1910 $88400 $42.5 2.8
22 Waiters and Waitresses 1890 $32200 $15.48 1.6
23 Protective Service Occupations 1840 $63380 $30.47 2.25
24 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1690 $28520 $13.71 1.6
25 General and Operations Managers 1620 $117080 $56.29 1.4
26 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 1540 $48350 $23.24 1.1
27 Registered Nurses 1520 $124920 $60.06 1.9
28 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 1500 $28310 $13.61 1.2
29 Substitute Teachers 1450 $34170 $16.43 0
30 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 1320 $40060 $19.26 1.6
31 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 1240 $67090 $32.25 0.9
32 Food Preparation Workers 1190 $25810 $12.41 0.6
33 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 1140 $80670 $38.78 1.65
34 Personal Care Aides 1120 $26950 $12.96 1.3
35 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 1050 $28910 $13.9 0.8
36 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 1020 $43740 $21.03 1
37 Cooks, Restaurant 970 $31010 $14.91 0.75
38 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 940 $59510 $28.61 1
39 Receptionists and Information Clerks 920 $31900 $15.34 0.7
40 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 890 $55760 $26.81 1.7
41 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 880 $27980 $13.45 1.6
42 Customer Service Representatives 880 $44720 $21.5 1.75
43 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 870 $42670 $20.52 0.9
44 Carpenters 870 $55280 $26.58 0.6
45 Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 850 $28760 $13.83 0.6
46 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 830 $88990 $42.78 1
47 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 690 $39470 $18.97 0.6
48 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 660 $34750 $16.71 0.6
49 Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse 650 $23780 $11.43 0.3
50 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 640 $31380 $15.09 1
51 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 630 $31680 $15.23 0.4
52 Accountants and Auditors 610 $73680 $35.42 0.9
53 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 590 $23510 $11.3 0.3
54 Cooks, Fast Food 580 $23700 $11.39 0.3
55 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 580 $25610 $12.31 0.3
56 Construction Laborers 570 $47540 $22.85 0.8
57 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 560 $71870 $34.55 0.7
58 Counter and Rental Clerks 560 $33850 $16.28 0.3
59 Medical Assistants 540 $41480 $19.94 0.45
60 Amusement and Recreation Attendants 520 $24930 $11.98 0.2
61 Bartenders 500 $28400 $13.65 0.4
62 Social and Human Service Assistants 470 $39310 $18.9 0.3
63 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 450 $62030 $29.82 0.5
64 Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 450 $24480 $11.77 0.1
65 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 440 $25210 $12.12 0.25
66 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 440 $103410 $49.72 0.45
67 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 430 $51850 $24.93 0.5
68 Dishwashers 430 $23180 $11.14 0.3
69 Management Analysts 420 $90900 $43.7 0.5
70 Security Guards 420 $28570 $13.73 0.7
71 Packers and Packagers, Hand 410 $25930 $12.47 0.45
72 Medical Secretaries 410 $39890 $19.18 0.4
73 Firefighters 400 $66980 $32.2 0.2
74 Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors 390 $50510 $24.28 0.2
75 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 390 $34650 $16.66 0.3
76 Tellers 380 $31160 $14.98 0.3
77 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 370 $63910 $30.72 0.3
78 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 370 $53360 $25.65 0.5
79 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 350 $22880 $11 0.25
80 Legal Occupations 350 $109790 $52.78 0.8
81 Dental Assistants 350 $39110 $18.8 0.2
82 Financial Managers 350 $136520 $65.64 0.4
83 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 330 $60860 $29.26 0.6
84 Childcare Workers 320 $25870 $12.44 0.8
85 Sales Managers 320 $99970 $48.06 0.2
86 Insurance Sales Agents 310 $70900 $34.09 0.3
87 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 310 $59570 $28.64 0.4
88 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 310 $42230 $20.3 1.2
89 Pharmacy Technicians 310 $42300 $20.34 0.25
90 Recreation Workers 300 $29870 $14.36 0.3
91 Computer User Support Specialists 300 $49850 $23.97 0.4
92 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 300 $66060 $31.76 0.35
93 Human Resources Specialists 300 $76860 $36.95 0.3
94 Child, Family, and School Social Workers 290 $53370 $25.66 0.2
95 Production Workers, All Other 290 $28950 $13.92 0.2
96 Bakers 280 $28830 $13.86 0.1
97 Dental Hygienists 280 $98740 $47.47 0.1
98 Administrative Services Managers 280 $94610 $45.48 0.2
99 Billing and Posting Clerks 270 $43220 $20.78 0.35
100 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 260 $28220 $13.57 0.4
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Jobs More Common Near Santa Cruz Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 51,430 92,980
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 40,350 14,740
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 27,520 11,320
Sales and Related Occupations 40,310 10,480
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 57,610 7,550
Management Occupations 110,950 5,300
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 100,610 5,040
Production Occupations 36,130 4,670
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 37,520 3,880
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 74,310 3,800
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 30,620 3,740
Retail Salespersons 28,660 3,470
Construction and Extraction Occupations 55,260 3,420
Personal Care and Service Occupations 29,250 3,190
Cashiers 24,990 3,010
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 49,260 2,900
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 23,190 2,800
Office Clerks, General 33,820 2,620
Healthcare Support Occupations 36,610 2,390
Community and Social Service Occupations 52,470 2,330
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 88,400 1,910
Waiters and Waitresses 32,200 1,890
Protective Service Occupations 63,380 1,840
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 28,520 1,690
General and Operations Managers 117,080 1,620
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 48,350 1,540
Registered Nurses 124,920 1,520
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 28,310 1,500
Substitute Teachers 34,170 1,450
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 40,060 1,320
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 67,090 1,240
Food Preparation Workers 25,810 1,190
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 80,670 1,140
Personal Care Aides 26,950 1,120
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 28,910 1,050
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 43,740 1,020
Cooks, Restaurant 31,010 970
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 59,510 940
Receptionists and Information Clerks 31,900 920
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 55,760 890
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 27,980 880
Customer Service Representatives 44,720 880
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 42,670 870
Carpenters 55,280 870
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 28,760 850
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 88,990 830
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 39,470 690
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 34,750 660
Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse 23,780 650
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 31,380 640

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 51,430 92,980
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 40,350 14,740
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 27,520 11,320
Sales and Related Occupations 40,310 10,480
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 57,610 7,550
Management Occupations 110,950 5,300
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 100,610 5,040
Production Occupations 36,130 4,670
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 37,520 3,880
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 74,310 3,800
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 30,620 3,740
Retail Salespersons 28,660 3,470
Construction and Extraction Occupations 55,260 3,420
Personal Care and Service Occupations 29,250 3,190
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 49,260 2,900
Office Clerks, General 33,820 2,620
Healthcare Support Occupations 36,610 2,390
Community and Social Service Occupations 52,470 2,330
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 88,400 1,910
Waiters and Waitresses 32,200 1,890
Protective Service Occupations 63,380 1,840
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 28,520 1,690
General and Operations Managers 117,080 1,620
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 48,350 1,540
Registered Nurses 124,920 1,520
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 28,310 1,500
Substitute Teachers 34,170 1,450
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 40,060 1,320
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 67,090 1,240
Food Preparation Workers 25,810 1,190
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 80,670 1,140
Personal Care Aides 26,950 1,120
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 28,910 1,050
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 43,740 1,020
Cooks, Restaurant 31,010 970
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 59,510 940
Receptionists and Information Clerks 31,900 920
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 55,760 890
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 27,980 880
Customer Service Representatives 44,720 880
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 42,670 870
Carpenters 55,280 870
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 28,760 850
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 88,990 830
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 39,470 690
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 34,750 660
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 31,380 640
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 31,680 630
Accountants and Auditors 73,680 610
Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 25,610 580

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