Eleven microsatellites were characterized for Semicossyphus pulcher (California sheephead) using an enrichment protocol. The number of alleles varied from three to 14 for a sample of 40 individuals from two populations. Expected heterozygosities ranged from 0.311 to 0.891. All loci but one were in Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium. No evidence for linkage disequilibrium was observed. These polymorphic microsatellites will be useful for genetic diversity and connectivity analyses of S. pulcher.