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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

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 282720 $41870 $20.13 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 48060 $33650 $16.18 14.8
3 Sales and Related Occupations 39000 $36410 $17.5 10.15
4 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 34330 $26380 $12.68 8.3
5 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 18310 $75430 $36.27 5.75
6 Construction and Extraction Occupations 15740 $38760 $18.63 4.4
7 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 13150 $30220 $14.53 6.45
8 Production Occupations 13140 $34190 $16.44 5.85
9 Retail Salespersons 13130 $25500 $12.26 3.1
10 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 12560 $40030 $19.25 3.8
11 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 12230 $25510 $12.26 3.7
12 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 12100 $64240 $30.89 5.05
13 Healthcare Support Occupations 11860 $30730 $14.77 3.05
14 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 11790 $45280 $21.77 6.15
15 Cashiers 9450 $21570 $10.37 2.25
16 Customer Service Representatives 9300 $29880 $14.37 1.75
17 Management Occupations 9050 $114380 $54.99 6.05
18 Waiters and Waitresses 8980 $29420 $14.14 1.6
19 Personal Care and Service Occupations 8200 $27840 $13.39 4.1
20 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 6990 $21280 $10.23 2.15
21 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 6460 $32550 $15.65 1.6
22 Registered Nurses 5930 $65090 $31.3 1.9
23 Protective Service Occupations 5610 $44650 $21.47 2.25
24 Office Clerks, General 5590 $30220 $14.53 2
25 Nursing Assistants 4960 $27820 $13.37 1.05
26 Cooks, Restaurant 4480 $24650 $11.85 0.75
27 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 4470 $23610 $11.35 0.8
28 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 4130 $25980 $12.49 1.2
29 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 3770 $24360 $11.71 1.6
30 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 3720 $44330 $21.31 1
31 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 3650 $66770 $32.1 2.8
32 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 3620 $26040 $12.52 1.6
33 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 3520 $47140 $22.66 1.7
34 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 3330 $52170 $25.08 1
35 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 3250 $34920 $16.79 0.9
36 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 3100 $60210 $28.95 0.6
37 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 3010 $37500 $18.03 1.1
38 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 3010 $62650 $30.12 1
39 Receptionists and Information Clerks 2830 $28410 $13.66 0.7
40 Community and Social Service Occupations 2780 $43990 $21.15 1.65
41 Team Assemblers 2770 $31150 $14.98 0.75
42 Food Preparation Workers 2710 $22750 $10.94 0.6
43 General and Operations Managers 2660 $131840 $63.39 1.4
44 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 2630 $63800 $30.68 1.65
45 Accountants and Auditors 2590 $71150 $34.21 0.9
46 Home Health Aides 2500 $24690 $11.87 0.7
47 Legal Occupations 2450 $102910 $49.48 0.8
48 Construction Laborers 2420 $29560 $14.21 0.8
49 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 2330 $22540 $10.84 1
50 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 2210 $40460 $19.45 0.6
51 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 2010 $61870 $29.75 0.7
52 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 1970 $36100 $17.36 1.2
53 Carpenters 1950 $43360 $20.85 0.6
54 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 1880 $44480 $21.38 0.5
55 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 1760 $40140 $19.3 0.5
56 Security Guards 1760 $24900 $11.97 0.7
57 Bartenders 1650 $26900 $12.93 0.4
58 Medical Assistants 1640 $32950 $15.84 0.45
59 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 1610 $20080 $9.66 0.3
60 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 1560 $40510 $19.47 0.3
61 Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 1550 $24250 $11.66 0.6
62 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 1550 $60540 $29.11 0.4
63 Lawyers 1460 $138180 $66.43 0.5
64 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 1450 $35030 $16.84 0.6
65 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 1250 $30410 $14.62 0.4
66 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 1240 $58410 $28.08 0.45
67 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 1180 $32050 $15.41 0.4
68 Roofers 1170 $32560 $15.65 0.1
69 Tellers 1150 $29310 $14.09 0.3
70 Personal Care Aides 1110 $23700 $11.4 1.3
71 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 1110 $22260 $10.7 0.25
72 Dishwashers 1090 $20610 $9.91 0.3
73 Electricians 1090 $44930 $21.6 0.4
74 Billing and Posting Clerks 1080 $35620 $17.13 0.35
75 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 1050 $51480 $24.75 0.5
76 Management Analysts 1040 $72040 $34.63 0.5
77 Childcare Workers 1020 $23490 $11.29 0.8
78 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 1010 $63240 $30.4 0.9
79 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 1010 $59000 $28.37 0.4
80 Counter and Rental Clerks 990 $28830 $13.86 0.3
81 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 970 $62580 $30.09 0.3
82 Packers and Packagers, Hand 960 $20190 $9.71 0.45
83 Amusement and Recreation Attendants 900 $22510 $10.82 0.2
84 Painters, Construction and Maintenance 900 $36410 $17.51 0.2
85 Dental Assistants 890 $41090 $19.76 0.2
86 Pharmacy Technicians 880 $32020 $15.39 0.25
87 Insurance Sales Agents 870 $61660 $29.64 0.3
88 Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers 850 $46850 $22.52 0.1
89 Paralegals and Legal Assistants 830 $44290 $21.3 0.2
90 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 830 $28080 $13.5 0.3
91 Driver/Sales Workers 830 $29720 $14.29 0.3
92 Human Resources Specialists 820 $50310 $24.19 0.3
93 Postal Service Mail Carriers 800 $50350 $24.21 0.15
94 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 790 $22060 $10.61 0.3
95 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers 790 $42020 $20.2 0.2
96 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant 790 $21180 $10.18 0.2
97 Firefighters 790 $51900 $24.95 0.2
98 Computer User Support Specialists 780 $43910 $21.11 0.4
99 Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents 780 $56640 $27.23 0.2
100 Software Developers, Applications 760 $84420 $40.58 0.5
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Jobs More Common Near Sarasota Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 41,870 282,720
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 33,650 48,060
Sales and Related Occupations 36,410 39,000
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 26,380 34,330
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 75,430 18,310
Construction and Extraction Occupations 38,760 15,740
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 30,220 13,150
Production Occupations 34,190 13,140
Retail Salespersons 25,500 13,130
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 40,030 12,560
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 25,510 12,230
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 64,240 12,100
Healthcare Support Occupations 30,730 11,860
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 45,280 11,790
Cashiers 21,570 9,450
Customer Service Representatives 29,880 9,300
Management Occupations 114,380 9,050
Waiters and Waitresses 29,420 8,980
Personal Care and Service Occupations 27,840 8,200
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 21,280 6,990
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 32,550 6,460
Registered Nurses 65,090 5,930
Protective Service Occupations 44,650 5,610
Office Clerks, General 30,220 5,590
Nursing Assistants 27,820 4,960
Cooks, Restaurant 24,650 4,480
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 23,610 4,470
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 25,980 4,130
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 24,360 3,770
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 44,330 3,720
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 66,770 3,650
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 26,040 3,620
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 47,140 3,520
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 52,170 3,330
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 34,920 3,250
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 60,210 3,100
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 37,500 3,010
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 62,650 3,010
Receptionists and Information Clerks 28,410 2,830
Community and Social Service Occupations 43,990 2,780
Team Assemblers 31,150 2,770
Food Preparation Workers 22,750 2,710
General and Operations Managers 131,840 2,660
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 63,800 2,630
Accountants and Auditors 71,150 2,590
Home Health Aides 24,690 2,500
Legal Occupations 102,910 2,450
Construction Laborers 29,560 2,420
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 22,540 2,330
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 40,460 2,210

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 41,870 282,720
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 33,650 48,060
Sales and Related Occupations 36,410 39,000
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 26,380 34,330
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 75,430 18,310
Construction and Extraction Occupations 38,760 15,740
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 30,220 13,150
Production Occupations 34,190 13,140
Retail Salespersons 25,500 13,130
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 40,030 12,560
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 25,510 12,230
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 64,240 12,100
Healthcare Support Occupations 30,730 11,860
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 45,280 11,790
Customer Service Representatives 29,880 9,300
Management Occupations 114,380 9,050
Waiters and Waitresses 29,420 8,980
Personal Care and Service Occupations 27,840 8,200
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 32,550 6,460
Registered Nurses 65,090 5,930
Protective Service Occupations 44,650 5,610
Office Clerks, General 30,220 5,590
Nursing Assistants 27,820 4,960
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 25,980 4,130
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 44,330 3,720
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 66,770 3,650
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 26,040 3,620
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 47,140 3,520
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 52,170 3,330
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 34,920 3,250
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 60,210 3,100
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 37,500 3,010
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 62,650 3,010
Receptionists and Information Clerks 28,410 2,830
Community and Social Service Occupations 43,990 2,780
Team Assemblers 31,150 2,770
General and Operations Managers 131,840 2,660
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 63,800 2,630
Accountants and Auditors 71,150 2,590
Legal Occupations 102,910 2,450
Construction Laborers 29,560 2,420
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 40,460 2,210
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 61,870 2,010
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 36,100 1,970
Carpenters 43,360 1,950
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 44,480 1,880
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 40,140 1,760
Bartenders 26,900 1,650
Medical Assistants 32,950 1,640
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 40,510 1,560

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