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New research reveals San Diego's rank for job satisfaction


San Diego, the picturesque coastal city in California, is renowned for its beautiful beaches, perfect weather, and laid-back lifestyle. San Diego has also earned a reputation for having satisfied workers.

According to a recent study by Glassdoor, San Diego ranks as the 10th city in America with the most satisfied employees. However, the percentages have dropped compared to the 2017 results, raising the question of what could have caused this decline in satisfaction rates.

Glassdoor analyzed thousands of employee reviews nationwide to determine which cities had the highest employee satisfaction ratings. The study considered several critical factors, such as salary, job openings, and cost of living.

The overall company rating in San Diego was 3.79 out of 5, which is impressive, and the average annual salary was $77,027, higher than the national average.

San Diego's thriving tech industry, with companies like Qualcomm and Intuit, plays a significant role in its high employee satisfaction rating. These companies are known for their positive work culture and employee perks like flexible schedules and remote work options.
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Additionally, San Diego's emphasis on work-life balance and the city's relatively affordable cost of living add to its appeal.

However, the city of San Diego recognizes that some departments still have lower satisfaction rates. For example, the 2019 City of San Diego Employee Satisfaction Survey revealed that only 49% of participants would recommend the City of San Diego as a place to work, despite most employees being satisfied with their jobs.

One potential reason for the decrease in satisfaction may be related to the cost of living in San Diego. According to SmartAsset's data, an individual with no children in San Diego would need a post-tax annual salary of $79,324 to live comfortably.
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In SmartAsset's 2022 report, the needed salary for a comfortable life in San Diego was reported to be $65,382. However, in the most recent report published in May 2023, that number has risen to $79,324. This significant jump in the required salary could contribute to the recent decline in employee satisfaction percentages in the city.
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While San Diego has historically been known for its satisfied workers, the rising cost of living may strain employees' financial well-being. It will be interesting to see how the city responds to this issue and what steps it takes to ensure that San Diego remains an attractive place for employers and employees.
Top 10 cities in America with the most satisfied workers.Photo byGlassdoor


What could explain San Diego's employee satisfaction percentage decline since 2017?


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