Highest-paying business jobs in Santa Cruz

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November 30, 2022
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Highest-paying business jobs in Santa Cruz

Stacker compiled a list of the highest paying business jobs in Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA metro area using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Jobs are ranked by 2021 annual mean wage. Jobs the BLS lists as "business and financial operations occupations" were included. Keep reading to discover the highest paying business jobs in your city.

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#17. Tax preparers

Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA
- Annual mean salary: $53,440
- #47 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $51,080
- Employment: 83,190
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Anchorage, AK ($81,880)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($79,470)
--- Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO ($73,170)
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#16. Meeting, convention, and event planners

Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA
- Annual mean salary: $69,670
- #5 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $57,850
- Employment: 98,150
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($82,140)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($79,790)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($79,740)
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#15. Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists

Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA
- Annual mean salary: $74,770
- #44 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

National
- Annual mean salary: $73,810
- Employment: 87,750
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($103,980)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($97,020)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($96,830)
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#14. Loan officers

Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA
- Annual mean salary: $75,610
- #217 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

National
- Annual mean salary: $80,570
- Employment: 340,170
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($111,830)
--- Bend-Redmond, OR ($106,290)
--- Wilmington, NC ($104,930)
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#13. Training and development specialists

Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA
- Annual mean salary: $76,720
- #35 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

National
- Annual mean salary: $67,620
- Employment: 336,030
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Dothan, AL ($111,580)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($94,720)
--- Decatur, AL ($94,650)

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#12. Cost estimators

Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA
- Annual mean salary: $76,880
- #54 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

National
- Annual mean salary: $73,740
- Employment: 208,950
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($104,660)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($99,450)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($98,550)
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#11. Human resources specialists

Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA
- Annual mean salary: $79,260
- #17 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 410

National
- Annual mean salary: $70,720
- Employment: 740,830
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($102,590)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($95,460)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($91,400)
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#10. Fundraisers

Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA
- Annual mean salary: $79,330
- #5 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $64,870
- Employment: 82,080
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($91,460)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($86,070)
--- Salinas, CA ($83,760)
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#9. Compliance officers

Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA
- Annual mean salary: $80,560
- #46 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

National
- Annual mean salary: $75,810
- Employment: 334,340
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($103,650)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($99,460)
--- California-Lexington Park, MD ($96,030)
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#8. Market research analysts and marketing specialists

Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA
- Annual mean salary: $80,620
- #15 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 350

National
- Annual mean salary: $76,080
- Employment: 727,540
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($119,180)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($108,370)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($99,510)

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#7. Logisticians

Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA
- Annual mean salary: $82,330
- #59 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $79,230
- Employment: 189,320
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- California-Lexington Park, MD ($115,100)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($111,740)
--- Kokomo, IN ($101,310)
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#6. Management analysts

Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA
- Annual mean salary: $86,920
- #244 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 410

National
- Annual mean salary: $100,530
- Employment: 768,450
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Dothan, AL ($135,020)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($127,320)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($125,250)
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#5. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA
- Annual mean salary: $87,110
- #9 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $70,960
- Employment: 278,140
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kennewick-Richland, WA ($104,350)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($95,200)
--- Salinas, CA ($90,800)
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#4. Project management specialists

Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA
- Annual mean salary: $91,910
- #117 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 270

National
- Annual mean salary: $98,420
- Employment: 743,860
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($133,950)
--- Birmingham-Hoover, AL ($130,250)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($125,330)
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#3. Accountants and auditors

Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA
- Annual mean salary: $94,110
- #6 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 620

National
- Annual mean salary: $83,980
- Employment: 1,318,550
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($112,830)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($109,330)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($107,540)

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#2. Financial and investment analysts

Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA
- Annual mean salary: $103,640
- #24 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

National
- Annual mean salary: $103,020
- Employment: 291,880
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($135,620)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($133,640)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($132,820)
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#1. Personal financial advisors

Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA
- Annual mean salary: $106,910
- #203 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

National
- Annual mean salary: $119,960
- Employment: 263,030
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Barnstable Town, MA ($172,780)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($161,010)
--- East Stroudsburg, PA ($158,790)

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