San Jose rated best city for a job: Glassdoor survey

Santa Clara County is the nation’s best place to find a job, and San Francisco is ranked No. 2, according to a new survey by

The San Jose metro area, which consists of Santa Clara County and San Benito County, had a job score of 4.0,  Mill Valley-based Glassdoor reported.

The San Francisco metro area, had a job score of 3.8, according to the Glassdoor survey. For the purposes of the survey, the San Francisco metro consists of San Francisco, San Mateo County, and the East Bay.

“This demonstrates why so many people are looking to move to the San Francisco Bay Area,” said Andrew Chamberlain, chief economist with “Job satisfaction, work-life balance and hiring opportunity are unparalleled compared to anywhere else in the country” in the Bay Area, Chamberlain added.

The 2016 results demonstrate a huge improvement in the job hiring scores for both the San Jose and the San Francisco areas. In the 2015 survey, the Santa Clara County area was ranked No. 7 and the San Francisco-San Mateo region was ranked No. 12.

The survey also suggests that the West Coast in general is a great place for finding work, at least the part of that stretches from the Bay Area northward along the coast.

The Seattle area was No. 3 with a job score of 3.5. The Boston area and the Washington, D.C. metro areas rounded out the top 5.

The survey determined that the median base salary in Santa Clara County is $112,000.  Not only was that No. 1 among the top 25 cities that were listed in the survey, every other metro area in the country is a distant second to the South Bay.

Santa Clara County’s base median salary is 27 percent higher than the San Francisco metro area and 32 percent higher than the Seattle region.

The survey created a job score that was calculated from four equally weighted factors: hiring opportunity, cost of living, job satisfaction and work-life balance, said Allison Berry, a Glassdoor spokeswoman.

“San Jose had the highest score for hiring opportunity, cost of living and job satisfaction,” Berry said. “San Francisco also had high scores for each of those three factors, but not as high as San Jose.”


Photo: An aerial view of downtown San Jose. (Bay Area News Group archives)


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  • Mike Smith

    The headline writers are not getting any better.

  • DL2014

    Top five on the list are some of the most expensive places to live in the US.