Top Employers In The San Diego Metro

Top Employers

We all know San Diego as a sunny California city where the weather is perfect almost each and every day of the year. But what about the city’s top industries and employers?

According to the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), 13 industry clusters account for 331,410 jobs, which accounts for 27 percent of the local workforce. SANDAG also reported that as of 2010, the average wage is $56,000 per year, which is $5,300 more than the total employment average for San Diego County. Top industries in the metro include telecommunications, biotechnology and the public sector.

In an article on on the San Diego Union Tribune, SANDAG Chief Economist Marney Cox said,

“We keep a close eye on industry clusters because companies within clusters tend to be leaders in technology, research and development funding, patent awards and other key indicators of innovation. They are crucial to helping the region attain and sustain a high standard of living.”

According to the City’s 2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the San Diego’s top employers are:

  1. United States Navy – 29,948 Employees
  2. University of California, San Diego – 28,459 Employees
  3. Sharp HealthCare – 16,896 Employees
  4. Qualcomm – 13,725 Employees
  5. San Diego Unified School District – 13,446 Employees
  6. City of San Diego – 10,968 Employees
  7. Dexcom – 10,540 Employees
  8. Kaiser Permanente – 7,549 Employees
  9. Scripps Health – 6,111 Employees

We’ll highlight a few of the top employers in the San Diego Metro below:

Sharp Healthcare – 16,896 Employees

Sharp HealthCare is a not-for-profit integrated regional health care delivery system that includes four acute-care hospitals, three specialty hospitals, two affiliated medical groups and a health plan in the San Diego metro. Sharp operates 2,100 beds, has approximately 2,600 physicians on medical staffs, more than 1,000 physicians in affiliated medical groups and more than 16,000 employees in San Diego.

Qualcomm – 13,725 Employees

Qualcomm is a semiconductor and telecommunications equipment company that designs and markets wireless telecommunications products and services. Headquartered in San Diego, the company derives most of its revenue from chipmaking and the majority of its profit from patent licensing businesses. The stadium where the San Diego Chargers  currently play is also called Qualcomm Stadium.

Dexcom – 10,540 Employees

Dexcom specializes in providing continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) technology to diabetics and healthcare professionals better manage symptoms. Founded in 1999, the company based its model on the research of Dr. Stuart J. Updike and George P. Hicks, whose implantable, long-performing glucose sensors were not rejected by the body. Today, the company has products such as the Dexcom G5 Mobile CGM System, which became the first and only fully mobile CGM system to allow adults and children as young as two years old the convenience of monitoring their glucose levels from a compatible smart device, and also gave patients the option to safely share their glucose data with others.

Scripps Health – 6,111 Employees

Scripps Health is a nonprofit health care system based in San Diego that includes four hospitals and 19 outpatient facilities, and treats a half-million patients annually. Scripps treats its employees well, offering up to $7,300 per year for tuition reimbursement and scholarships, as well as career coaching. Scripps also enables employees to work dual assignments and transfer to other jobs throughout the system, while also offering onsite childcare, more than 100 fitness weekly classes, five Employee Care Clinics, and 30 days maternity leave to both mothers and fathers.

Intuit – 6,300 Employees (In the U.S.)

Intuit is the developer of Turbo Tax, QuickBooks and Mint financial management solutions. While the company is headquartered in Mountain View, CA, San Diego is one of the cities where the software development company has the most employees. The company actually allows employees to spend 10 percent of their time on projects and ideas of their own, even if they are not related to their jobs, and reports that this unstructured time has been the genius of some of their best products. Intuit has also increased paid parental leave from two to eight weeks.


About the Author

Max Pulcini

Max Pulcini is a Philadelphia-based writer and reporter. He has an affinity for Philly sports teams, Super Smash Bros. and cured meats and cheeses. Max has written for Philadelphia-based publications such as Spirit News, Philadelphia City Paper, and Billy Penn, as well as national news outlets like The Daily Beast.

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