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RELATIVE POPULARITY

Top 100 Jobs Relatively More Common in California Than Elsewhere

Whether you're looking for a career to pursue, or just want to get a feel for occupations in the state, the table below should be helpful. And we haven't seen anything like it from anyone else.

This table tells us which jobs are more common in California, relative to the state population, compared to their popularity in every other US state. A Local Popularity Index of 1.0 matches the average across all US states; higher and lower numbers indicate the job is proportionally more or less popular here.

RankJobMean Local Salary .Local Jobs .Local Popularity Index
1Shoe machine operators and tenders$19,4904107.1
2Entertainers and performers, sports and related workers(varies)52,1007.0
3Actors(varies)21,2706.5
4Agricultural workers$24,7351,1506.0
5Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse$17,976130,8005.8
6Agricultural equipment operators$21,5314,6205.4
7Farm, ranch, and other agricultural managers$61,6563605.0
8Makeup artists, theatrical and performance$39,4901604.9
9Transit and railroad police$39,3101104.7
10First-line supervisors/managers of farming, fishing, and forestry workers$37,3045,1304.4
11Semiconductor processors$34,32110,7404.2
12Architecture teachers, postsecondary$62,7205404.2
13Tire builders$41,7204804.0
14Aerospace engineers$92,80013,6503.6
15Carpet installers$39,7608,2603.3
16Plasterers and stucco masons$41,28613,4603.1
17Textile bleaching and dyeing machine operators and tenders$18,6554,0003.1
18Fabric and apparel patternmakers$40,4552,2303.1
19Bicycle repairers$22,2154903.1
20Agents and business managers of artists, performers, and athletes$65,3563,0603.0
21Dancers(varies)2,7203.0
22Fence erectors$30,8401,2502.9
23Mathematical scientists$61,1706602.8
24Computer hardware engineers$89,52118,8702.8
25Graders and sorters, agricultural products$17,2307,7702.8
26Film and video editors$47,0453,7802.8
27Floor layers, except carpet, wood, and hard tiles$44,9631,8902.8
28Animal trainers$26,6621,0602.7
29Forest and conservation technicians$31,7152,6402.6
30Agricultural and food science technicians$32,4522,1902.6
31Sound engineering technicians$47,7173,0602.6
32Multi-media artists and animators$65,3755,6102.5
33Tile and marble setters$43,3719,4402.4
34Camera and photographic equipment repairers$43,3252102.4
35Cutters and trimmers, hand$23,4044,9402.3
36Sewing machine operators$21,15550,7102.3
37Drywall and ceiling tile installers$44,12131,2102.3
38Property, real estate, and community association managers$41,18939,4402.2
39Food and tobacco roasting, baking, and drying machine operators and tenders$24,5461,7002.2
40Electronic equipment installers and repairers, motor vehicles$32,2522,0102.2
41Directors, religious activities and education$37,0662,0902.2
42Gaming service workers$28,3822,6802.2
43Forest and conservation workers$29,0723702.1
44Biomedical engineers$84,6581,7202.1
45Camera operators, television, video, and motion picture$49,8414,7002.1
46Social sciences teachers, postsecondary$84,3953902.1
47Tapers$47,3358,0902.1
48Fashion designers$63,7822,8602.0
49Massage therapists$36,4036,9902.0
50Aerospace engineering and operations technicians$59,9907602.0
51Musicians and singers(varies)8,5302.0
52Tank car, truck, and ship loaders$38,1051,5802.0
53Postsecondary teachers$77,38538,1002.0
54Sewers, hand$19,4851,0502.0
55Textile cutting machine setters, operators, and tenders$22,0313,1002.0
56Medical scientists, except epidemiologists$73,06613,2802.0
57Producers and directors$60,26313,0601.9
58Reinforcing iron and rebar workers$43,8753,5401.9
59Electromechanical equipment assemblers$31,2069,6401.9
60Slaughterers and meat packers$21,6022,2001.9
61Biochemists and biophysicists$76,1222,0301.9
62Electro-mechanical technicians$48,9301,8801.9
63Choreographers$39,8281,4901.9
64Manicurists and pedicurists$18,2857,5101.8
65Production workers$22,16848,5101.8
66Set and exhibit designers$52,6509701.8
67Materials scientists$83,8985401.8
68Drafters$47,9992,0801.8
69Office and administrative support workers$24,58454,9301.8
70Farmworkers, farm and ranch animals$21,4873,6601.8
71Bus drivers, transit and intercity$29,29322,0201.8
72Flight attendants$53,5806,0101.8
73Electronics engineers, except computer$83,39924,1601.8
74Grinding and polishing workers, hand$25,0726,5401.8
75Cargo and freight agents$37,59212,0501.8
76Computer and information scientists, research$107,2083,9801.8
77Landscape architects$67,8002,9101.7
78Agricultural inspectors$41,6848301.7
79Aircraft cargo handling supervisors$44,8227101.7
80Material moving workers$36,7916,2001.7
81Mathematicians$108,3102101.7
82Parking enforcement workers$39,2009001.7
83Computer specialists$66,73322,0801.7
84Medical appliance technicians$41,0006901.7
85Urban and regional planners$66,8054,7501.6
86Public address system and other announcers$41,0608801.6
87Computer software engineers, applications$81,72288,4801.6
88Motorboat operators$50,4101401.6
89Health technologists and technicians$40,59310,7401.6
90Engineering managers$105,13433,6301.6
91Engineers$84,42421,9101.6
92Audio and video equipment technicians$37,0506,4101.6
93Woodworkers$21,4502601.6
94Weighers, measurers, checkers, and samplers, recordkeeping$27,68211,2401.6
95Psychiatric technicians$40,9216,4201.5
96Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop$18,08685,2201.5
97Anthropologists and archeologists$55,3644401.5
98Cleaning, washing, and metal pickling equipment operators and tenders$22,1481,0101.5
99Tree trimmers and pruners$32,3931,2901.5
100Tailors, dressmakers, and custom sewers$25,4763,5301.5

ABSOLUTE POPULARITY

The Most Common Jobs in California

Unlike the table above, which shows where jobs in California are unusually common compared to other states, the table below lists jobs which are the most common in raw numbers in the state.

RankJob Local Jobs .Mean Local Salary .Local Popularity Index
1Retail salespersons467,220$23,9120.9
2Office clerks, general389,960$25,9821.2
3Cashiers350,570$20,7580.9
4Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand251,590$22,4851.0
5Waiters and waitresses218,410$17,0320.9
6Registered nurses215,770$69,0290.8
7General and operations managers214,210$97,2681.1
8Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food206,660$17,7170.8
9Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks202,770$33,1521.0
10Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners200,300$23,1100.8
11Customer service representatives195,670$31,7120.8
12Stock clerks and order fillers183,980$23,9471.0
13Executive secretaries and administrative assistants180,230$39,9101.1
14Elementary school teachers, except special education172,510$52,0581.2
15First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers170,680$46,2341.1
16Teacher assistants161,380$24,9561.3
17Business operations specialists143,700$54,5421.3
18Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products137,110$57,7860.8
19Carpenters131,780$45,3641.3
20Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse130,800$17,9765.8
21Receptionists and information clerks128,470$24,0151.0
22Security guards128,150$23,3801.1
23Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer123,690$36,2100.8
24Maintenance and repair workers, general123,680$34,4890.9
25Landscaping and groundskeeping workers120,680$25,2581.2
26Construction laborers117,420$32,3051.1
27First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers116,980$38,0911.0
28Accountants and auditors114,740$58,9390.9
29Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive114,710$31,0330.6
30Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks107,280$27,3201.3
31Food preparation workers106,990$19,0111.1
32Packers and packagers, hand106,120$18,4911.2
33Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education105,640$56,5191.1
34Truck drivers, light or delivery services101,260$26,1440.9
35Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants96,290$24,2420.7
36Cooks, fast food94,320$16,8151.4
37Team assemblers93,590$24,5730.8
38Cooks, restaurant88,580$21,4141.0
39Computer software engineers, applications88,480$81,7221.6
40Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop85,220$18,0861.5
41Maids and housekeeping cleaners83,900$19,0480.9
42First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers74,430$27,1280.9
43Counter and rental clerks70,020$24,4181.4
44Teachers and instructors68,560$49,9501.5
45Automotive service technicians and mechanics68,150$38,0690.9
46Tellers65,860$23,9341.1
47First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers64,010$50,5900.9
48Financial managers63,280$90,4511.1
49Industrial truck and tractor operators62,600$30,7230.9
50Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers61,690$16,5901.4
51Police and sheriff's patrol officers61,660$59,2471.1
52Sales representatives, services59,080$53,7031.2
53First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers58,780$61,6190.9
54Lawyers58,770$116,1330.9
55Electricians57,780$48,6340.8
56Computer support specialists57,210$42,3571.0
57Billing and posting clerks and machine operators55,490$30,2870.9
58Office and administrative support workers54,930$24,5841.8
59Management analysts54,000$73,0641.0
60Dishwashers53,900$16,6421.0
61Entertainers and performers, sports and related workers52,100(varies)7.0
62Computer systems analysts51,020$67,8160.9
63Sewing machine operators50,710$21,1552.3
64Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses50,340$42,4680.7
65Medical assistants50,300$28,6801.1
66Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers50,210$32,7551.0
67Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education48,690$55,5230.8
68Production workers48,510$22,1681.8
69Sales managers47,610$98,8361.3
70Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters46,850$44,1051.0
71Child care workers46,160$20,7940.8
72Cleaners of vehicles and equipment46,050$19,4611.2
73Helpers--production workers45,200$22,2150.9
74Bill and account collectors44,690$32,3170.9
75Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders44,450$25,1991.1
76Computer software engineers, systems software44,340$87,1281.3
77Bartenders43,800$17,9380.8
78First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers41,540$57,3600.8
79Dental assistants41,090$31,1851.4
80Preschool teachers, except special education40,750$25,6931.1
81Home health aides40,090$19,3110.6
82Managers40,030$84,7491.0
83Property, real estate, and community association managers39,440$41,1892.2
84Painters, construction and maintenance38,280$35,0961.3
85Loan officers38,230$64,6521.0
86Postsecondary teachers38,100$77,3852.0
87Order clerks37,920$28,8041.4
88Postal service mail carriers37,910$44,9391.0
89Civil engineers37,760$73,5161.4
90Production, planning, and expediting clerks36,930$40,7561.2
91Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop36,570$17,0241.0
92Recreation workers36,020$22,8221.3
93Driver/sales workers35,830$24,1870.8
94Legal secretaries35,370$41,7381.2
95Chief executives35,040$150,1931.0
96Data entry keyers34,780$25,9661.0
97Computer programmers34,400$67,1810.7
98Computer and information systems managers34,200$100,3221.1
99Engineering managers33,630$105,1341.6
100Telemarketers32,320$25,5460.8

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