If you’re looking for a job in Emeryville, 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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Emeryville was established as an industrial city in the 19th century—so think large warehouses and open spaces for rail yards, iron works. and meat-packing. These days the kind of jobs that you’re likely to do in Emeryville are far from industrial, but many local companies make use of these large spaces, and there’s a burgeoning start-up culture taking root.

The city’s biggest employer is Pixar, which sits on a whimsical 22-acre campus in the middle of the city, and it’s safe to say it infuses Emeryville with the kind of laid-back glamor associated with digital animation i.e., creativity on high, no tux required. You’ll find the appropriately excellent coffee shops and cafes to serve the artsy working crowd. 

Additionally, the headquarters of Peet’s Coffee, Cliff Bar, Art.com and the biotech firm, Chiron, are all located in town, which is a pretty good indicator of the mix of entrepreneurial spirit alive and well in Emeryville.

The Bay Street shopping center is also huge draw to the area, featuring a high-end AMC movie theater, an IKEA location, and an Apple store. The great variety of restaurants and retailers in the city make Emeryville an easy place to work in a range of industries.


Getting to Work

Regardless of where you’re commuting from, Emeryville is a convenient place to get to and get around. A highly walkable score of 89, means Emeryville is one of the easier places to navigate without a car, and also means 7% of commuters can walk to work.

In addition to bus routes run by AC Transit, the city runs a free shuttle called the Emery-Go-Round, which takes passengers to the MacArthur Bart station, Bay Street, the Amtrak station, and Berkeley, among other stops. The Emeryville Amtrak station provides service to commuters on the Capitol Corridor line and also provides bus service into different parts of San Francisco.

That said, over 74% of commuters drive to work, in part because it’s located near Highway 24 and Interstate 80, but also because traffic and parking isn’t as difficult as other parts of the Bay Area. Cyclists also love Emeryville for its flat streets, marked bike lanes, and the numerous bike racks.

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

Wages in Emeryville

Emeryville has its own minimum wage ordinance at $13.00.  In April 2016, Governor Jerry Brown recently 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 Emeryville is $77,806, nearly $20,000 more than the national average of $53,046! The median individual income is $50,999.

Cost of Living in Emeryville

As of May 2016, the median home sale price in Emeryville is $408,000 and the median rent price is $3,100 per month. 

Eating and Drinking in Emeryville

Whether you need to get caffeinated in the morning or wind down after work, there’s no shortage of restaurants, bars and cafes to try in Emeryville. Grab coffee before work at Scarlet City Espresso Bar, Polaris Cafe, and Black Diamond Cafe. Check out the lunch specials at Jasmine Blossom Thai Cuisine, Doc’s Classic, and Pamir Afghan Cuisine. Meet your friends after work for happy hour at Prizefighter, Branch Line, and The Broken Rack.

Coworking Spaces in Emeryville

For freelancers, entrepreneurs, and small businesses, 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. 

For coworking options in Emeryville, check out Regus Emeryville. You can also look on Liquidspace, a searchable database of monthly and hourly workspaces.

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