What kind of jobs are there in Santa Barbara, CA?

Although the Santa Barbara economy is primarily based on tourism, there are diverse industries and employment opportunities in the area. These include education, health care, government, manufacturing and technology.

Employers in the county include the University of California--Santa Barbara, the Santa Barbara county and city governments, Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, the Santa Ynez Tribal Gaming Committee and Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Agriculture also plays a major role throughout the county.

Job Market Index

Index Score: 7.1 /10

How we calculate this.


Santa Barbara has a healthier job market than similarly sized metro areas.

Average Annual Salary


Santa Barbara
$54,890

USA
$51,960

Unemployment Rate 2019

3.7%
of people are without a job

Unemployment Rate Over Time

Data sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Top Industries in Santa Barbara

Health Care and Social Assistance

Total Employment
25,000
Nursing Aide
Salary: $24.34k - $33.58k

Accommodation and Food Services

Total Employment
24,500
Waiter and Waitress
Salary: $18.82k - $28.28k

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

Total Employment
11,400
Accountant
Salary: $55.07k - $92.91k