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Top 200 Popular Jobs in California

What professions have the highest employment in California? In this article we show the top 200 jobs that employ the highest number of people in California. We note that the total employment in California is 15,119,730. The most popular job is the retail salesperson profession, which employs 460,360 people (3.04 percent of the total employment in California). The second most common job is the cashier profession which employs 374,730 people (2.48 percent of the total employment). The employment and salary information in California is computed from data published by BLS in May 2015 [1].

Table 1. 200 Most Popular Jobs in California

Job Description # of
Empl. i
% of    
Empl. i
Average
Salary i
1 All Occupations
15,119,730
100.00% $39,190
2 Retail Salespersons
460,360
3.04% $22,470
3 Cashiers
374,730
2.48% $20,390
4 Office Clerks, General
326,890
2.16% $31,200
5 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
318,640
2.11% $19,080
6 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers
287,090
1.90% $24,660
7 Waiters and Waitresses
262,970
1.74% $19,570
8 General and Operations Managers
262,660
1.74% $104,110
9 Registered Nurses
253,310
1.68% $96,470
10 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners
220,130
1.46% $24,470
11 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers
219,470
1.45% $23,800
12 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive
206,900
1.37% $37,490
13 Customer Service Representatives
198,200
1.31% $36,730
14 Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse
180,040
1.19% $18,850
15 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks
173,170
1.15% $41,200
16 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers
173,060
1.14% $55,790
17 Security Guards
148,740
0.98% $24,240
18 Accountants and Auditors
144,240
0.95% $71,210
19 Other Business Operations Specialists
138,850
0.92% $71,690
20 Wholesale and Manufacturing (Except Technical and Scientific Products) Sales Representatives
137,560
0.91% $53,840
21 Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education
135,230
0.89% $71,020
22 Teacher Assistants
132,120
0.87% $29,940
23 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
127,330
0.84% $41,390
24 Restaurant Cooks
126,360
0.84% $23,420
25 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers
120,360
0.80% $39,140
26 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General
117,520
0.78% $38,940
27 Food Preparation Workers
115,140
0.76% $19,850
28 Other Sales Representatives
112,320
0.74% $55,920
29 Fast Food Cooks
109,620
0.73% $19,060
30 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers
106,780
0.71% $25,490
31 Applications Software Developers
106,660
0.71% $115,590
32 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners
101,660
0.67% $22,810
33 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants
99,740
0.66% $58,260
34 Personal Care Aides
99,690
0.66% $21,510
35 Nursing Assistants
99,090
0.66% $28,220
36 Receptionists and Information Clerks
98,680
0.65% $29,100
37 Packers and Packagers
91,200
0.60% $19,910
38 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks
90,720
0.60% $30,380
39 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers
88,320
0.58% $30,070
40 Substitute Teachers
87,890
0.58% $37,250
41 Construction Laborers
87,620
0.58% $37,640
42 Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
86,930
0.57% $72,730
43 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers
86,070
0.57% $30,670
44 Systems Software Developers
82,450
0.55% $120,430
45 Management Analysts
81,870
0.54% $85,730
46 Counter and Rental Clerks
81,520
0.54% $25,160
47 Medical Assistants
81,240
0.54% $33,360
48 Team Assemblers
78,170
0.52% $26,200
49 Dishwashers
75,390
0.50% $19,100
50 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
74,780
0.49% $70,030
51 Financial Managers
73,700
0.49% $128,170
52 Carpenters
73,040
0.48% $49,590
53 Medical Secretaries
70,850
0.47% $36,140
54 Lawyers
70,590
0.47% $142,630
55 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers
68,220
0.45% $88,740
56 Computer Systems Analysts
67,720
0.45% $89,480
57 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers
65,180
0.43% $18,930
58 Sales Managers
63,830
0.42% $114,200
59 Computer User Support Specialists
62,310
0.41% $55,800
60 Other Office and Administrative Support Workers
61,680
0.41% $27,600
61 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
60,770
0.40% $51,700
62 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
60,440
0.40% $40,480
63 Bartenders
57,450
0.38% $21,010
64 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop
57,040
0.38% $20,320
65 Childcare Workers
56,870
0.38% $23,090
66 Billing and Posting Clerks
56,170
0.37% $36,990
67 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators
55,160
0.36% $34,660
68 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers
52,310
0.35% $54,910
69 Human Resources Specialists
50,790
0.34% $65,210
70 Electricians
49,850
0.33% $61,410
71 Computer and Information Systems Managers
49,760
0.33% $149,720
72 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers
49,350
0.33% $36,680
73 Unknown
49,020
0.32% $48,730
74 Tellers
48,500
0.32% $27,880
75 Dental Assistants
47,630
0.32% $36,630
76 Helpers--Production Workers
47,300
0.31% $22,810
77 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education
47,030
0.31% $31,190
78 Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment
46,960
0.31% $21,090
79 Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products Sales Representatives
46,740
0.31% $79,460
80 Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
46,340
0.31% $67,700
81 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders
44,460
0.29% $24,970
82 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers
43,360
0.29% $74,500
83 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop
43,200
0.29% $18,930
84 Social and Human Service Assistants
42,820
0.28% $33,500
85 Network and Computer Systems Administrators
42,050
0.28% $85,520
86 Recreation Workers
41,020
0.27% $23,820
87 Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents
40,930
0.27% $60,150
88 Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks
40,200
0.27% $48,540
89 Amusement and Recreation Attendants
38,990
0.26% $19,520
90 Driver/Sales Workers
38,670
0.26% $26,370
91 Bill and Account Collectors
38,660
0.26% $37,950
92 Administrative Services Managers
38,410
0.25% $89,430
93 Civil Engineers
38,060
0.25% $98,210
94 Computer Programmers
37,990
0.25% $86,000
95 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers
37,870
0.25% $70,610
96 All Other Managers
37,340
0.25% $121,540
97 Home Health Aides
37,110
0.25% $22,820
98 Insurance Sales Agents
36,370
0.24% $54,150
99 Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks
36,100
0.24% $39,430
100 Correctional Officers and Jailers
35,480
0.23% $75,250
101 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters
34,870
0.23% $57,350
102 Food Service Managers
34,600
0.23% $47,590
103 Machinists
34,490
0.23% $39,040
104 Pharmacy Technicians
33,360
0.22% $38,020
105 Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products
32,640
0.22% $67,000
106 Postal Service Mail Carriers
32,570
0.22% $57,210
107 Electronics Engineers (Non Computer)
32,550
0.22% $108,080
108 Marketing Managers
32,520
0.22% $149,560
109 Sewing Machine Operators
32,510
0.22% $19,180
110 Loan Officers
32,480
0.21% $74,210
111 Financial Analysts
31,840
0.21% $92,710
112 Chief Executives
31,360
0.21% n/a
113 Architectural and Engineering Managers
31,320
0.21% $154,710
114 Painters, Construction and Maintenance
30,810
0.20% $40,940
115 Firefighters
30,440
0.20% $68,350
116 Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers
30,320
0.20% $29,900
117 Paralegals and Legal Assistants
30,060
0.20% $57,260
118 Legal Secretaries
30,030
0.20% $50,910
119 Order Clerks
29,190
0.19% $32,920
120 School or Special Client Bus Drivers
29,100
0.19% $34,560
121 Medical and Health Services Managers
28,980
0.19% $116,410
122 Compliance Officers
28,840
0.19% $75,270
123 Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors
28,660
0.19% $58,420
124 Child, Family, and School Social Workers
28,540
0.19% $48,180
125 Pharmacists
28,300
0.19% $137,540
126 Bakers
27,900
0.18% $24,350
127 Other Education, Training, and Library Workers
27,840
0.18% $30,810
128 Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators
27,220
0.18% $66,710
129 Institution and Cafeteria Cooks
27,180
0.18% $29,320
130 Graphic Designers
27,180
0.18% $53,710
131 Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors
27,100
0.18% $46,120
132 First-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers
27,030
0.18% $60,650
133 Property, Real Estate Managers
26,840
0.18% $61,750
134 Coaches and Scouts
26,600
0.18% $35,920
135 Computer Hardware Engineers
26,030
0.17% $123,300
136 Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers
25,810
0.17% $61,730
137 Cost Estimators
25,660
0.17% $65,000
138 Construction Managers
25,530
0.17% $101,290
139 File Clerks
25,380
0.17% $31,770
140 Parking Lot Attendants
25,230
0.17% $21,010
141 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers
25,030
0.17% $38,350
142 Data Entry Keyers
24,880
0.16% $31,200
143 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant
24,870
0.16% $22,940
144 Word Processors and Typists
24,540
0.16% $39,640
145 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists
24,510
0.16% $22,390
146 Industrial Engineers
24,450
0.16% $97,400
147 Producers and Directors
24,400
0.16% $93,380
148 Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks
24,200
0.16% $23,880
149 Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers
24,120
0.16% $40,800
150 Mechanical Engineers
24,030
0.16% $95,950
151 Electrical Engineers
23,600
0.16% $112,760
152 Parts Salespersons
23,410
0.15% $30,030
153 Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs
23,330
0.15% $45,940
154 Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks
23,250
0.15% $43,820
155 Self-Enrichment Education Teachers
23,060
0.15% $34,700
156 Personal Financial Advisors
22,680
0.15% $87,580
157 Other Physicians and Surgeons
22,660
0.15% n/a
158 Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists
22,650
0.15% $98,240
159 Dispatchers, Except Police, Fire, and Ambulance
22,620
0.15% $37,320
160 Other Assemblers and Fabricators
22,190
0.15% $27,480
161 Training and Development Specialists
22,190
0.15% $64,980
162 Other Computer Occupations
21,940
0.15% $88,770
163 Public Relations Specialists
21,440
0.14% $64,710
164 Actors
21,360
0.14% n/a
165 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators
21,310
0.14% $65,720
166 Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians
21,280
0.14% $63,420
167 Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists
20,910
0.14% $50,390
168 Dental Hygienists
20,890
0.14% $99,100
169 Butchers and Meat Cutters
20,840
0.14% $26,830
170 First-Line Supervisors of Helpers, Laborers, and Material Movers
20,750
0.14% $47,790
171 Industrial Machinery Mechanics
20,630
0.14% $55,920
172 Loan Interviewers and Clerks
20,320
0.13% $43,580
173 Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers
20,310
0.13% $50,900
174 Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education
19,960
0.13% $63,790
175 Interviewers, Except Eligibility and Loan
19,940
0.13% $37,080
176 Elementary and Secondary School Education Administrators
19,840
0.13% $105,960
177 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers
19,660
0.13% $52,950
178 Computer Network Support Specialists
19,630
0.13% $73,520
179 First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators
19,350
0.13% $58,050
180 Short Order Cooks
19,080
0.13% $22,880
181 Web Developers
18,970
0.13% $75,380
182 Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists
18,710
0.12% $80,530
183 First-Line Supervisors of Housekeeping and Janitorial Workers
18,670
0.12% $41,400
184 Other Financial Specialists
18,640
0.12% $69,090
185 Instructional Coordinators
18,620
0.12% $73,270
186 Industrial Production Managers
18,560
0.12% $98,960
187 Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers
18,520
0.12% $22,540
188 Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers
18,500
0.12% $46,560
189 Advertising Sales Agents
18,060
0.12% $57,640
190 Other Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers
17,920
0.12% $36,800
191 Manicurists and Pedicurists
17,680
0.12% $19,050
192 Other Production Workers
17,410
0.12% $25,590
193 Information and Record Clerks, All Other
17,320
0.11% $41,800
194 Family and General Practitioners
17,320
0.11% n/a
195 Medical Records and Health Information Technicians
17,290
0.11% $41,400
196 Physical Therapists
17,200
0.11% $91,430
197 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers
17,030
0.11% $22,430
198 Engineers, All Other
16,840
0.11% $106,930
199 Protective Service Workers, All Other
16,810
0.11% $32,640
200 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians
16,780
0.11% $43,680

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