San Francisco enjoys mild weather, exciting nightlife, and proximity to outstanding educational institutions. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that the San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) enjoyed a civilian workforce of just over 2.4 million and an unemployment rate of just 12.7% in May 2020. An average hourly wage of $36.49 for all occupations was reported for May 2019 for the San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward region. Healthcare practitioners earned a significantly higher $55.95 hourly on average, while professionals in the education and library fields made an average of $33.73 hourly.
According to the State of California Employment Development Department (EDD), the following were among the top 10 largest employers in San Francisco County as of 2020. The county has a diverse workforce, with large employers including police departments, electric companies, universities, hospitals and government offices.
- Advent Software Inc
- California Pacific Medical Center CA
- California Pacific Medical Center
- Charles Schwab Corporation
- Ernst & Young
- Federal Reserve Bank
- Golden Gate University
- Gourmet Gate
- Kaiser Permanente San Francisco
- Laguna Honda Hospital & Rehab Center
As reported by the Labor Market Information Division of the California Employment Development Department, the following are projected to be the top 10 fastest-growing occupations in San Francisco County over the 2016-2026 decade. These jobs will experience at least 33% growth during the period; taxi drivers and chauffeurs may even have over 70% job growth.
- Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs
- Couriers and Messengers
- Water Transportation Workers
- Software Developers, Applications
- Personal Care Aides
- Home Health Aides
- Physical Therapist Aides
- Transportation Attendants, Except Flight Attendants