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Sarasota Employment

Employment and Industries in the Sarasota, Florida Area

Tourism is the primary element of Sarasota's economy. A large number of jobs are provided by manufacturing industries including wood products, hydraulic valves, machine parts, magnetic sensors, aviation equipment and electronics. Software development firms also provide numerous jobs in the Sarasota area. Companies involved in the shipping industry, including citrus provide employment. Education, healthcare and social services are also prominent sectors for employment. Management, professional and related occupations provide 27% of the jobs and about 25% of the workforce are in sales and office jobs.

Some of the jobs more common in Sarasota than most of the nation's other cities include construction and related workers, zoologists and wildlife biologists, fiberglass laminators and fabricators, skin care specialists, pest control specialists, ophthalmic laboratory technicians, tile and marble setters and nuclear medicine technologists.

Accolades for Sarasota: The city has been named by Forbes Magazine as the 44th best places to live and do business out of the largest 150 metro areas in the nation. Expansion Magazine ranked Sarasota as the sixth best metropolitan area for standard of living in the nation. Money Magazine named Sarasota as the country's best small city. Entrepreneur Magazine ranked Sarasota as the sixth best medium-sized city in the nation.

The Young Professional Group is a popular Sarasota County networking organization for professionals from 21 to 40 years of age. The organization has over 800 members from a wide variety of careers and industries.

The largest employers in the Sarasota area:

  • Publix - Grocery store chain
  • School Board of Education - Education
  • Tropicana Products Inc - Fruit juice producer
  • Bon Secours - Venice Hospital & Healthcare
  • PGT Industries - Manufacturer of custom doors, windows and patio rooms
  • Walmart - Retail
  • Winn Dixie - Grocery store chain
  • Doctors Hospital of Sarasota - Hospital and outpatient services & affiliates
  • Sun Hydraulics - Designer and manufacturer of hydraulic cartridge valves and manifolds
  • Dooley and Mack Constructors Inc - Construction managers, general contractors
  • Vengroff Williams & Associations Inc - Credit and collection agency; accounts receivable management
  • Pinnacle Towers Inc - Telecommunication tower acquisition and site management
  • W.G. Mills Inc - Construction manager, general contractor
  • Taylor Woodrow Inc - Community developer
  • Comdial Corporation - Develops and markets communications solutions for businesses and government organizations
  • L-3 Communications Aviation Recorders- Manufactures cockpit voice recorders and flight data recorders.
  • Administrative Concepts Corp- Employee administration

Noteworthy information about Sarasota: In 2008 the cost of living index was 90.9 which is less than the nation's average of 100. In 2009 the average salary was $25,000. About 17% of the residents have a bachelor's degree and approximately 9% have a graduate degree. Sarasota is a popular retirement area.

Sarasota companies have access to business organizations such as:

The Herald-Tribune offers up-to-date information regarding the business activities in Sarasota.

Jobs in Sarasota

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations289580$42,680$20.52100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations43990$35,520$17.0814.35
3Sales and Related Occupations39650$36,820$17.79.9
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations35740$27,090$13.038.55
5Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations19700$75,680$36.395.8
6Construction and Extraction Occupations16680$39,300$18.94.45
7Retail Salespersons13230$26,200$12.592.85
8Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations12970$40,610$19.523.8
9Production Occupations12880$35,600$17.125.7
10Personal Care and Service Occupations12560$25,990$12.494.3
11Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations12070$27,820$13.373.65
12Education, Training, and Library Occupations11710$44,030$21.176.05
13Healthcare Support Occupations11670$32,780$15.763
14Business and Financial Operations Occupations11210$69,140$33.245.25
15Management Occupations10730$107,620$51.746.15
16Cashiers9770$21,670$10.422.2
17Waiters and Waitresses9750$31,950$15.361.7
18Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food7070$20,920$10.062.3
19Registered Nurses6730$65,160$31.331.95
20Protective Service Occupations5980$45,390$21.822.2
21Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive5880$34,910$16.781.5
22Office Clerks, General5800$32,170$15.471.9
23Customer Service Representatives5720$32,410$15.581.75
24Nursing Assistants5100$28,260$13.591
25Cooks, Restaurant4500$26,050$12.530.8
26Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers4280$26,140$12.570.8
27Stock Clerks and Order Fillers4050$26,490$12.731.3
28First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers3830$43,180$20.761
29Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand3730$25,880$12.441.7
30Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners3690$24,820$11.931.55
31Computer and Mathematical Occupations3670$71,740$34.492.9
32Maintenance and Repair Workers, General3500$36,070$17.340.9
33General and Operations Managers3390$115,840$55.691.5
34Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations3300$45,590$21.921.8
35Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks3190$39,440$18.961.05
36First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers3140$54,610$26.250.95
37Construction Laborers3120$31,310$15.050.8
38Receptionists and Information Clerks3090$28,130$13.530.7
39Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products3080$58,530$28.140.9
40Community and Social Service Occupations2790$45,040$21.651.65
41Sales Representatives, Services, All Other2770$67,220$32.320.6
42Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers2710$33,750$16.230
43Legal Occupations2620$89,410$42.990.8
44Food Preparation Workers2560$23,600$11.350.6
45First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers2440$38,950$18.730.6
46Architecture and Engineering Occupations2400$66,070$31.771.7
47Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses2170$42,770$20.560.5
48Accountants and Auditors2120$71,470$34.360.9
49Carpenters2020$40,330$19.390.7
50Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners2020$23,930$11.510.9
51Business Operations Specialists, All Other1840$60,130$28.910.7
52Security Guards1790$25,600$12.310.7
53Bartenders1780$29,870$14.360.4
54Home Health Aides1780$27,900$13.410.7
55Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics1750$39,890$19.180.5
56First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers1670$62,320$29.960.4
57Medical Assistants1640$34,900$16.780.45
58Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers1620$32,210$15.490.6
59Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers1570$20,230$9.730.3
60Lawyers1430$120,630$57.990.5
61Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters1420$40,050$19.250.3
62Packers and Packagers, Hand1410$20,650$9.930.45
63Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations1370$24,120$11.60.65
64Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists1370$32,530$15.640.4
65Roofers1340$32,300$15.530.1
66Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks1330$31,620$15.20.4
67Dishwashers1300$20,910$10.050.3
68Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers1240$60,380$29.030.4
69Electricians1190$47,740$22.950.4
70Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers1180$43,300$20.820.2
71Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants1100$49,260$23.680.35
72Substitute Teachers1100$31,170$14.980
73Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop1090$22,810$10.970.3
74Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations1080$61,140$29.40.8
75Amusement and Recreation Attendants1050$23,300$11.20.2
76Food Servers, Nonrestaurant1030$22,280$10.710.2
77Management Analysts1020$73,950$35.550.5
78Paralegals and Legal Assistants1020$43,070$20.710.2
79First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers1010$59,020$28.370.4
80First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers1000$57,450$27.620.3
81Pharmacy Technicians1000$32,700$15.720.3
82Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop990$22,990$11.050.3
83Tellers990$30,160$14.50.3
84Insurance Sales Agents960$62,210$29.910.3
85Painters, Construction and Maintenance960$38,280$18.40.2
86Dental Assistants940$40,770$19.60.2
87Firefighters940$52,520$25.250.2
88Billing and Posting Clerks930$36,960$17.770.3
89Computer User Support Specialists930$46,650$22.430.4
90Bus Drivers, School or Special Client910$28,120$13.520.3
91Real Estate Sales Agents890$44,480$21.380.2
92Recreation Workers890$25,800$12.410.25
93Childcare Workers870$24,820$11.930.8
94Driver/Sales Workers870$29,810$14.330.3
95Physical Therapists860$91,440$43.960.2
96Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment830$23,650$11.370.2
97Postal Service Mail Carriers830$49,900$23.990.2
98Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents830$69,620$33.470.2
99Construction Managers790$96,100$46.20.3
100Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers760$58,320$28.040.2
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Jobs More Common Near Sarasota Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$42,680289,580
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$35,52043,990
Sales and Related Occupations$36,82039,650
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$27,09035,740
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$75,68019,700
Construction and Extraction Occupations$39,30016,680
Retail Salespersons$26,20013,230
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$40,61012,970
Production Occupations$35,60012,880
Personal Care and Service Occupations$25,99012,560
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$27,82012,070
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$44,03011,710
Healthcare Support Occupations$32,78011,670
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$69,14011,210
Management Occupations$107,62010,730
Cashiers$21,6709,770
Waiters and Waitresses$31,9509,750
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$20,9207,070
Registered Nurses$65,1606,730
Protective Service Occupations$45,3905,980
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$34,9105,880
Office Clerks, General$32,1705,800
Customer Service Representatives$32,4105,720
Nursing Assistants$28,2605,100
Cooks, Restaurant$26,0504,500
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$26,1404,280
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$26,4904,050
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$43,1803,830
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$25,8803,730
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$24,8203,690
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$71,7403,670
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$36,0703,500
General and Operations Managers$115,8403,390
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$45,5903,300
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$39,4403,190
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$54,6103,140
Construction Laborers$31,3103,120
Receptionists and Information Clerks$28,1303,090
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$58,5303,080
Community and Social Service Occupations$45,0402,790
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$67,2202,770
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$33,7502,710
Legal Occupations$89,4102,620
Food Preparation Workers$23,6002,560
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$38,9502,440
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$66,0702,400
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$42,7702,170
Accountants and Auditors$71,4702,120
Carpenters$40,3302,020
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$23,9302,020

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Sarasota, Florida Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$42,680289,580
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$35,52043,990
Sales and Related Occupations$36,82039,650
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$27,09035,740
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$75,68019,700
Construction and Extraction Occupations$39,30016,680
Retail Salespersons$26,20013,230
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$40,61012,970
Production Occupations$35,60012,880
Personal Care and Service Occupations$25,99012,560
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$27,82012,070
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$44,03011,710
Healthcare Support Occupations$32,78011,670
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$69,14011,210
Management Occupations$107,62010,730
Waiters and Waitresses$31,9509,750
Registered Nurses$65,1606,730
Protective Service Occupations$45,3905,980
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$34,9105,880
Office Clerks, General$32,1705,800
Customer Service Representatives$32,4105,720
Nursing Assistants$28,2605,100
Cooks, Restaurant$26,0504,500
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$26,1404,280
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$26,4904,050
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$43,1803,830
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$25,8803,730
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$71,7403,670
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$36,0703,500
General and Operations Managers$115,8403,390
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$45,5903,300
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$39,4403,190
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$54,6103,140
Construction Laborers$31,3103,120
Receptionists and Information Clerks$28,1303,090
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$58,5303,080
Community and Social Service Occupations$45,0402,790
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$67,2202,770
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$33,7502,710
Legal Occupations$89,4102,620
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$38,9502,440
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$66,0702,400
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$42,7702,170
Accountants and Auditors$71,4702,120
Carpenters$40,3302,020
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$60,1301,840
Security Guards$25,6001,790
Bartenders$29,8701,780
Home Health Aides$27,9001,780
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$39,8901,750

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