If you're looking for a job in San Mateo, this guide has everything you need to know about getting to work, wages, cost of living, coffee shops, lunch specials, happy hours, and coworking spaces.

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Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, San Mateo is a suburban yet charming techie enclave. It’s home to many movers and shakers such as Playstation, Electronic Arts, and GoPro. But don’t let the Silicon Valley location fool you. This city has a diverse economy led by the San Mateo Medical Center, one of the largest employers in the area.

Cozy downtown San Mateo has quite a lot to offer as well, including a few small theater performance spaces, art galleries, local bars, and shopping. There are loads of outdoor activities including excellent hiking trails, fishing on San Mateo creek and recreation along the coast, making San Mateo a great place to both work and play.


Getting to Work

San Mateo is a short five miles from the Milbrae BART station, which means you can commute from pretty much anywhere in the Peninsula, South Bay, or San Francisco. It’s also an easy commute from neighboring Foster City to the east or Burlingame to the north.

Unless you live Downtown, in Hayward Park, or in North Central San Mateo (the most highly populated area in the county), you’ll want to have wheels to get where you need to go. Cars are the main mode of transportation here, with 89% of the population commuting to work.

For public transportation, San Mateo has the SamTrans bus line and Redi-Wheels, a service for mobility-impaired citizens. There’s also the San Mateo CalTrain Connector, a free shuttle to the CalTrain Station. 

Curious about the cost of your commute? Calculate commute time and costs here.

Wages in San Mateo

San Mateo does not have its own minimum wage ordinance, which means that it follows the California state minimum wage. As for March 2017, the minimum wage in California is currently $12.00 per hour.

In April 2016, Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that will increase the state minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022. Be sure to check the CA.gov website for the most up-to-date minimum wage information.

The median household income in San Mateo is $90,208, nearly double the national average of $53,046! The median individual income is $41,092.

Cost of Living in San Mateo

Along with high median income comes a high cost of living. Like just about every city in the area, San Mateo is a pricey place to live. As of March 2017, the median home sale price in San Mateo is $1,030,000 and the median rent price is $3,950 per month.

Eating and Drinking in San Mateo

Whether you need to get caffeinated in the morning or wind down after work, there are lots of restaurants, bars and cafes to try in San Mateo. 

Grab coffee before work at Crepevine Restaurant, Copenhagen Bakery & Cafe and Nini’s Coffee Shop. Check out the lunch specials at The Ravioli House, Cobani Gyro & Kabob and Ramen Dojo. Meet your friends after work for happy hour at B Street & Vine, 31st Union and Attic.

Coworking Spaces in San Mateo

For freelancers and entrepreneurs, coworking is a great option. A coworking community can offer you flexibility, conference space access, and a network of new co-workers with whom to share office supplies and great ideas.

Check out Pacific Workspaces at 1900 South Norfolk Street (prices vary). You can also look on Liquidspace, a searchable database of monthly and hourly workspaces.

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