If you’re looking for a job in San Francisco, 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.

Sightglass Coffee | Photo Credit: Simon Wright

From the first immigrants and gold miners, to the latest crop of designers and techies (not to mention the hippies in between), nobody ever came to San Francisco to conform. As such, this is a city where work abounds for innovators in every sector. The city is famous for its myriad tech start-ups, like Uber, Airbnb or Dropbox, but it’s also a distinguished center for medical research and biotechnology, thanks to institutions like UCSF and the California Pacific Medical Center.

San Francisco is the most densely populated city in California, so as far as west coast cities go, it may be the most urban and fast-paced. But it also has a history of limiting the growth of large, chain retailers, and protecting privately and locally owned businesses. So while there are certainly jobs available at well-known national firms and companies, getting to know the local economy can open up even more opportunities for work. 


Getting to Work

San Francisco is a city that’s easy to traverse without a car. Partly because traffic and parking can be tough, and partly because of the city’s emphasis on protecting the environment, 35% of commuters get to work via public transit, biking or walking. BART and MUNI carry people in trains and busses to all parts of the city (and beyond!), earning San Francisco a high transit score of 80.

Caltrain makes it convenient to access San Francisco from Silicon Valley and other parts of the Bay Area, and with a number of ferry lines in and out of the city, even those who live away from the urban bustle can catch a ride to work. Despite some of the near-vertical hills, the city also earns an excellent walking score of 86 and a biking score of 75. And don’t forget that this is the hub of the sharing economy, so even if you don’t have your own bike or car, there’s always a rideshare program ready to help.

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

Wages in San Francisco  

As of October 2017, San Francisco’s minimum wage is $14.00 an hour. 

The median household income in San Francisco is $81,294, significantly higher than the national average of $53,046. The median individual income is $40,070.

Cost of Living in San Francisco

There’s no doubt about it, San Francisco is an expensive place to live. As of March 2017, the median home sale price in San Francisco is $1,140,000 and the median rent price is $4,200 per month.

Eating and Drinking in San Francisco

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 San Francisco.

Grab coffee before work at Ritual Coffee Roasters, Four Barrel Coffee, and Sightglass Coffee. Check out the lunch specials at Burma Superstar, Santung, and Little Delhi. Meet your friends after work for happy hour at Bar Crudo, Rickhouse, and Toronado.

Coworking Spaces in San Francisco

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 San Francisco, check out Nextspace, Rocketspace, and SHARED. You can also look on Liquidspace, a searchable database of monthly and hourly workspaces.

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