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Seattle Employment

Employment and Industries in the Seattle, Washington Area

Located in the Pacific Northwest of the United States on Puget Sound, the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett metropolitan area has a thriving and diverse economy. There are fifteen Fortune 1000 company headquarters in the state of Washington, fourteen of them are in the Seattle metropolitan area. Nine of the companies in the Seattle area are on the Fortune 500. The largest company headquartered in the Seattle area is Costco. The most famous are probably Amazon.com, Microsoft, and Starbucks.

Aircraft manufacturer Boeing used to be based in Seattle, and although it moved its company headquarters to Chicago, its largest division is still located in Bellevue, and it continues to be a major force in the Seattle area economy. Boeing has Seattle area aircraft manufacturing plants in Everett and Renton, and is one of the largest employers in the Seattle area.

In its 2006 list of "Best Cities for Doing Business" in the United States, Inc. magazine ranked the Seattle area twenty-eighth in the large cities category. The criteria used in the compiling the Inc. list emphasizes regional growth. Seattle also fared well in on Forbes magazine's 2005 list of "Best Places For Business and Careers". Forbes ranked Seattle seventy-third out of the 150 largest metropolitan areas. Expansion Management magazine ranked Seattle seventeenth on its 2006 list of "America's 50 Hottest Cities". Seattle also achieved a "5-Star Business Opportunity Metro" ranking from Expansion Management’s 2005 Mayor’s Challenge ranking of the "Top Business Opportunity Metros." Ranking criteria include business climate, transportation and logistics infrastructure, quality of life, public education, and other areas important to corporate site selectors.

Helping to fuel the economy of the Seattle area is one of the most highly educated work forces in the United States. In 2005, researchers at Central Connecticut State University ranked Seattle the most literate city in America. According to the United States Census Bureau, Seattle has the highest percentage of college graduates of any major U.S. city. 51.3 percent of Seattle's 25-and-over population has a bachelor's degree or higher. Forbes Magazine in its 2005 list of "Best Places For Business and Careers", ranked Seattle 10th of the 150 largest metropolitan areas in educational attainment.

Major industries in the Seattle area include aerospace, forest products, the military, and the shipping industry. While these are the traditional foundation of the Seattle economy, emerging industries include software, retail, biotechnology, tourism, Internet services, and telecommunications.

High technology and software are a major force in the Seattle area economy. According to the Seattle government site, the Seattle area ranks fifth in the United States for software jobs as a percentage of total population. There are about 6,000 software related companies in the region who employ over 65,000 people.

The United States Military is also one of the largest employers in the Seattle/Puget Sound region. Major facilities in the region include an Army base, an air force base, two navy bases, and a Naval shipyard.

Another major influence on the area's economy is the Port of Seattle. The port is an excellent deep-water harbor in the center of the Puget Sound basin. It is the fifth largest container port in the United States, and the thirty-seventh largest in the world as of 2005. Port of Seattle facilities (largely the port and the Seattle Tacoma International Airport) have a huge economic impact. Port facilities and businesses supporting those facilities account for nearly 200,000 jobs in the Puget Sound region.

For the business traveler, the Seattle area is served by the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), or Sea-Tac. In 2005, Sea-Tac was ranked as the seventh busiest airport in the United States and thirtieth busiest airport in the world.

Notable companies in the Seattle area include:

  • Alaska Air Group
  • Amazon.com
  • Costco Wholesale
  • Expeditors Intl. of Washington
  • Microsoft
  • Nextel Partners
  • Nintendo of America
  • Nordstrom
  • Paccar
  • Plum Creek Timber
  • Potlatch
  • Puget Energy
  • Safeco
  • Starbucks
  • Washington Mutual

Major business organizations in the Seattle area include:

The Puget Sound Business Journal, and the "Business & Technology Section" of the Seattle Times are both good sources of information on business and economy in the Seattle area.

Most Popular Jobs in Seattle, Washington Metro Area (2008 data)

Where the Majority of Workers Have College Degrees

Rank Title Local Jobs Local Mean Salary Typical Local Salary National Growth % 2006-2016 National % With College Degree
1 Registered nurses 23,570 $75,460 $53,520 - 100,690 24% 56%
2 Computer software engineers, applications 21,250 $93,510 $66,950 - 128,800 45% 85%
3 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 19,980 $66,360 $31,260 - 112,620 8% 51%
4 Computer software engineers, systems software 14,770 $99,740 $70,770 - 134,020 28% 85%
5 Accountants and auditors 13,840 $66,950 $43,530 - 97,850 18% 79%
6 Computer systems analysts 9,190 $85,350 $54,710 - 123,300 29% 68%
7 Management analysts 9,110 $85,700 $53,260 - 132,480 22% 78%
8 Elementary school teachers, except special education 9,100 $54,460 $38,030 - 74,740 14% 95%
9 Computer programmers 8,840 $89,380 $54,160 - 129,340 -4% 73%
10 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 7,260 $89,900 $36,630 - 160,920 12% 51%
11 Market research analysts 7,230 $90,750 $45,510 - 133,060 20% 82%
12 Network and computer systems administrators 7,130 $78,280 $53,010 - 105,260 27% 50%
13 Lawyers 6,740 $120,580 $53,860 - 11% 99%
14 Aerospace engineers 6,720 $93,950 $61,830 - 131,690 10% 87%
15 Financial managers 6,550 $116,690 $64,440 - 13% 60%
16 Civil engineers 6,220 $82,110 $55,380 - 115,400 18% 87%
17 Teachers and instructors, all other 6,050 $35,280 $25,940 - 45,810 9% 54%
18 Computer specialists, all other 5,820 $81,000 $38,290 - 121,080 15% 68%
19 Computer and information systems managers 5,720 $135,770 $86,030 - 16% 73%
20 Network systems and data communications analysts 5,460 $84,880 $52,710 - 121,970 53% 57%
21 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 5,450 $57,590 $41,110 - 78,610 6% 96%
22 Managers, all other 5,040 $110,860 $62,880 - 7% 55%
23 Sales and related workers, all other 4,820 $50,470 $24,400 - 86,140 14% 62%
24 Sales managers 4,440 $130,020 $67,150 - 10% 69%
25 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 4,420 $66,440 $40,340 - 100,330 17% 56%
26 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 4,170 $54,850 $38,480 - 75,690 11% 95%
27 Mechanical engineers 3,990 $85,580 $57,050 - 123,900 4% 78%
28 Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 3,310 $89,180 $32,230 - 25% 67%
29 Public relations specialists 3,270 $63,820 $37,110 - 101,300 18% 81%
30 Medical scientists, except epidemiologists 3,250 $69,890 $38,110 - 111,620 20% 99%
31 Electronics engineers, except computer 3,210 $91,880 $61,720 - 129,490 4% 81%
32 Engineering managers 3,060 $125,350 $80,560 - 7% 84%
33 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 2,950 $61,940 $35,050 - 97,490 18% 56%
34 Graphic designers 2,890 $52,030 $33,420 - 76,570 10% 55%
35 Marketing managers 2,780 $127,180 $72,780 - 14% 69%
36 Architects, except landscape and naval 2,720 $76,320 $46,350 - 111,500 18% 88%
37 Pharmacists 2,690 $103,030 $79,880 - 129,870 22% 97%
38 Coaches and scouts 2,560 $41,910 $22,200 - 67,460 15% 60%
39 Social and human service assistants 2,560 $31,310 $21,290 - 43,670 34% 58%
40 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 2,520 $53,360 $30,190 - 82,850 5% 58%
41 Financial specialists, all other 2,360 $70,530 $38,140 - 122,600 12% 50%
42 Self-enrichment education teachers 2,240 $44,400 $26,150 - 67,300 23% 54%
43 Training and development specialists 2,180 $69,010 $40,650 - 101,100 18% 56%
44 Budget analysts 2,070 $69,100 $47,470 - 94,920 7% 78%
45 Database administrators 2,040 $78,820 $49,290 - 115,400 29% 72%
46 Environmental scientists and specialists, including health 1,990 $70,090 $44,100 - 107,090 25% 93%
47 Advertising sales agents 1,930 $57,890 $26,920 - 93,110 20% 56%
48 Financial analysts 1,910 $90,760 $52,890 - 161,420 34% 87%
49 Electrical engineers 1,910 $82,730 $58,070 - 112,050 6% 81%
50 Physical therapists 1,910 $76,600 $57,300 - 99,840 27% 89%
51 Child, family, and school social workers 1,910 $45,700 $32,320 - 61,650 19% 77%
52 Mental health counselors 1,910 $40,580 $27,740 - 63,860 30% 73%
53 Biological technicians 1,810 $41,840 $29,320 - 56,700 16% 60%
54 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 1,780 $56,060 $41,020 - 78,620 13% 73%
55 Airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers 1,730 $116,920 $55,790 - 13% 74%
56 Medical and health services managers 1,650 $118,680 $73,230 - 16% 57%
57 Librarians 1,600 $64,490 $47,190 - 82,670 4% 85%
58 Adult literacy, remedial education, and GED teachers and instructors 1,590 $43,710 $28,260 - 62,220 14% 54%
59 Urban and regional planners 1,530 $70,100 $46,740 - 93,050 15% 92%
60 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 1,510 $62,050 $46,680 - 80,100 12% 51%
61 Human resources managers, all other 1,430 $112,500 $72,800 - 160,800 11% 58%
62 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 1,390 $94,090 $69,090 - 118,850 8% 78%
63 Sales engineers 1,360 $97,650 $58,610 - 142,310 9% 79%
64 Multi-media artists and animators 1,350 $63,790 $39,930 - 95,790 26% 58%
65 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 1,340 $38,010 $27,720 - 50,950 15% 51%
66 Technical writers 1,310 $77,420 $46,620 - 104,640 20% 74%
67 Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 1,270 $67,160 $41,530 - 97,660 18% 56%
68 Education, training, and library workers, all other 1,270 $53,210 $34,570 - 77,890 11% 79%
69 Community and social service specialists, all other 1,260 $43,080 $29,250 - 62,910 25% 58%
70 Chief executives 1,250 $204,910 $140,140 - 2% 65%
71 Instructional coordinators 1,190 $64,080 $42,670 - 90,510 23% 79%
72 Insurance underwriters 1,170 $64,710 $43,620 - 92,830 6% 53%
73 Medical and public health social workers 1,140 $55,390 $36,320 - 76,240 24% 77%
74 Computer and information scientists, research 1,120 $117,740 $77,270 - 22% 68%
75 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 1,050 $53,790 $37,930 - 73,000 20% 87%
76 Editors 1,020 $67,850 $38,550 - 99,850 2% 81%
77 Merchandise displayers and window trimmers 1,020 $30,710 $21,260 - 41,910 11% 55%
78 Public relations managers 1,000 $107,940 $65,430 - 161,840 17% 75%
79 Zoologists and wildlife biologists 990 $67,740 $40,870 - 106,540 9% 95%
80 Personal financial advisors 970 $92,570 $43,230 - 41% 81%
81 Purchasing managers 940 $103,130 $66,610 - 147,110 3% 57%
82 Producers and directors 930 $67,260 $37,070 - 105,890 11% 75%
83 Education administrators, postsecondary 920 $94,800 $56,770 - 158,990 14% 78%
84 Health educators 920 $50,170 $24,020 - 77,870 26% 58%
85 Computer hardware engineers 910 $106,060 $66,400 - 161,310 5% 70%
86 Musicians and singers 900 $0 $ - 10% 53%
87 Biological scientists, all other 850 $71,790 $39,730 - 124,080 4% 95%
88 Writers and authors 850 $63,870 $39,440 - 94,370 13% 84%
89 Mental health and substance abuse social workers 850 $41,600 $27,090 - 62,070 30% 77%
90 Speech-language pathologists 840 $63,640 $46,240 - 82,340 11% 98%
91 Landscape architects 830 $66,210 $45,580 - 96,120 16% 88%
92 Social and community service managers 820 $78,850 $41,640 - 122,790 25% 72%
93 Vocational education teachers, secondary school 820 $58,850 $40,650 - 79,090 -5% 96%
94 Environmental engineers 810 $81,750 $54,720 - 114,480 25% 86%
95 Occupational therapists 810 $68,330 $51,340 - 86,370 23% 90%
96 Dentists, general 800 $172,180 $107,750 - 9% 100%
97 Interior designers 800 $53,370 $34,030 - 78,630 20% 55%
98 Occupational health and safety specialists 790 $75,180 $48,150 - 103,210 8% 72%
99 Chemists 760 $75,470 $44,000 - 115,630 9% 93%
100 Credit analysts 730 $64,180 $34,740 - 94,280 2% 60%

Where the Majority of Workers Do Not Have College Degrees

Rank Title Local Jobs Local Mean Salary Typical Local Salary National Growth % 2006-2016 National % With College Degree
1 Retail salespersons 41,290 $29,290 $18,260 - 44,660 12% 25%
2 Cashiers 31,040 $24,920 $17,730 - 37,540 -3% 10%
3 Office clerks, general 27,320 $30,790 $20,900 - 41,910 13% 19%
4 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 24,640 $38,460 $26,470 - 52,590 13% 16%
5 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 24,450 $21,630 $17,480 - 28,680 18% 5%
6 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 23,650 $27,120 $18,260 - 39,780 2% 5%
7 Waiters and waitresses 23,340 $27,320 $17,880 - 37,380 11% 14%
8 Stock clerks and order fillers 18,100 $28,220 $18,480 - 40,580 -8% 8%
9 Customer service representatives 17,440 $34,310 $23,910 - 48,160 25% 22%
10 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 17,260 $28,070 $19,680 - 39,230 15% 4%
11 Business operations specialists, all other 16,310 $69,900 $43,820 - 100,390 21% 49%
12 Carpenters 16,210 $52,010 $30,610 - 76,230 10% 6%
13 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 14,100 $54,320 $35,670 - 78,130 6% 29%
14 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 13,350 $20,570 $17,270 - 25,570 10% 8%
15 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 12,050 $47,470 $34,520 - 63,560 15% 18%
16 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 11,840 $44,060 $32,110 - 59,060 10% 4%
17 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 11,810 $36,020 $26,560 - 48,180 1% 18%
18 Cooks, restaurant 11,500 $26,150 $19,610 - 32,380 12% 5%
19 General and operations managers 11,160 $145,620 $70,710 - 2% 48%
20 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 10,960 $37,150 $22,820 - 58,540 4% 6%
21 Maintenance and repair workers, general 10,100 $39,980 $26,340 - 58,070 10% 6%
22 Receptionists and information clerks 10,010 $28,410 $19,770 - 38,160 17% 13%
23 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 9,930 $48,130 $24,800 - 82,240 4% 25%
24 Teacher assistants 9,710 $30,160 $22,200 - 39,450 10% 18%
25 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 9,390 $28,940 $22,040 - 37,640 18% 7%
26 Construction laborers 9,240 $40,900 $23,950 - 63,840 11% 5%
27 Personal and home care aides 9,090 $23,660 $19,800 - 28,820 51% 10%
28 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 8,910 $33,110 $21,510 - 49,930 8% 4%
29 Sales representatives, services, all other 8,630 $68,610 $31,240 - 125,980 28% 48%
30 Security guards 8,490 $33,810 $20,890 - 52,920 17% 13%
31 Counter and rental clerks 8,110 $25,950 $17,620 - 37,430 23% 16%
32 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 8,070 $30,490 $20,610 - 44,370 18% 6%
33 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 7,740 $24,010 $17,790 - 35,100 13% 5%
34 Computer support specialists 7,720 $52,130 $32,890 - 79,030 13% 43%
35 Team assemblers 7,700 $31,090 $18,590 - 46,820 0% 5%
36 Medical secretaries 7,560 $37,540 $27,140 - 50,410 17% 18%
37 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 7,550 $37,190 $24,560 - 50,920 11% 14%
38 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 6,930 $75,130 $49,050 - 106,300 9% 10%
39 Packers and packagers, hand 6,810 $23,340 $17,490 - 35,350 -12% 3%
40 Food preparation workers 6,710 $23,850 $18,120 - 31,290 15% 7%
41 Electricians 6,680 $63,710 $35,420 - 94,110 7% 7%
42 Industrial truck and tractor operators 6,460 $38,700 $24,660 - 58,200 -2% 2%
43 Child care workers 5,960 $22,790 $17,770 - 29,900 18% 15%
44 Office and administrative support workers, all other 5,880 $32,760 $19,640 - 46,560 -9% 32%
45 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 5,490 $66,030 $39,650 - 97,860 -5% 15%
46 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 5,470 $35,460 $19,380 - 55,120 12% 6%
47 Bartenders 5,460 $27,600 $17,760 - 37,940 11% 17%
48 First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 5,310 $84,530 $44,110 - 138,530 4% 38%
49 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 5,290 $57,640 $32,130 - 88,790 11% 4%
50 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 5,200 $64,890 $40,040 - 95,910 0% 42%
51 Home health aides 5,140 $24,550 $20,730 - 30,700 49% 7%
52 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 5,080 $36,520 $27,360 - 47,470 4% 15%
53 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 5,040 $44,390 $24,070 - 64,430 14% 4%
54 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 5,010 $56,000 $34,860 - 78,560 8% 3%
55 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 4,990 $20,520 $17,130 - 26,070 12% 6%
56 Loan officers 4,950 $81,780 $35,930 - 144,870 12% 49%
57 Dishwashers 4,900 $20,920 $17,470 - 25,440 10% 3%
58 Painters, construction and maintenance 4,830 $34,440 $22,310 - 53,810 12% 6%
59 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 4,760 $48,430 $26,990 - 71,350 -7% 14%
60 Tellers 4,650 $26,040 $20,880 - 32,600 14% 16%
61 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 4,530 $20,940 $17,410 - 25,620 10% 17%
62 Medical assistants 4,460 $34,730 $27,350 - 42,270 35% 10%
63 Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers 4,460 $31,150 $21,670 - 41,640 -27% 6%
64 Dental assistants 4,300 $38,140 $23,610 - 51,690 29% 9%
65 Driver/sales workers 4,260 $33,410 $22,080 - 50,680 -5% 4%
66 Production, planning, and expediting clerks 3,940 $44,000 $29,800 - 60,210 4% 30%
67 Gaming dealers 3,860 $34,150 $17,990 - 51,810 24% 11%
68 Assemblers and fabricators, all other 3,740 $30,880 $21,820 - 42,580 -9% 5%
69 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 3,720 $69,270 $44,660 - 97,490 7% 13%
70 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 3,600 $66,150 $50,790 - 82,960 11% 33%
71 Insurance claims and policy processing clerks 3,510 $37,890 $27,360 - 50,310 -1% 22%
72 Bill and account collectors 3,360 $36,130 $23,300 - 50,190 23% 13%
73 Telemarketers 3,300 $27,330 $17,830 - 45,240 -10% 14%
74 Paralegals and legal assistants 3,280 $51,700 $31,230 - 74,720 22% 45%
75 Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators 3,250 $62,100 $38,720 - 91,070 9% 47%
76 Machinists 3,240 $48,870 $31,360 - 73,330 -3% 3%
77 Fire fighters 3,220 $66,180 $53,090 - 82,360 12% 18%
78 Court, municipal, and license clerks 3,180 $40,610 $28,930 - 52,040 9% 24%
79 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 3,170 $46,240 $35,990 - 58,120 14% 7%
80 Bus drivers, school 3,150 $35,290 $27,830 - 40,950 9% 4%
81 Logisticians 3,140 $68,590 $50,140 - 92,580 17% 43%
82 Aircraft mechanics and service technicians 3,140 $58,070 $34,670 - 78,630 11% 11%
83 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 3,120 $25,520 $18,250 - 35,830 14% 3%
84 Order clerks 3,010 $33,800 $22,400 - 47,220 -24% 16%
85 Amusement and recreation attendants 3,000 $20,990 $17,380 - 26,830 24% 22%
86 Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 2,980 $32,240 $18,780 - 43,840 10% 24%
87 Postal service mail carriers 2,950 $0 $ - 1% 11%
88 Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 2,880 $42,870 $19,060 - 71,280 27% 47%
89 Cost estimators 2,850 $66,790 $38,110 - 100,800 19% 32%
90 Preschool teachers, except special education 2,840 $28,860 $20,480 - 43,370 26% 43%
91 Helpers--production workers 2,810 $26,280 $18,320 - 37,680 -1% 4%
92 Insurance sales agents 2,760 $70,310 $35,360 - 130,040 13% 45%
93 Construction managers 2,720 $111,470 $71,670 - 165,510 16% 29%
94 Bus drivers, transit and intercity 2,660 $42,610 $25,290 - 61,400 13% 4%
95 Parking lot attendants 2,580 $23,200 $17,570 - 32,060 12% 14%
96 First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 2,560 $63,920 $39,020 - 94,760 10% 17%
97 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 2,560 $44,170 $31,390 - 59,790 5% 2%
98 Mail clerks and mail machine operators, except postal service 2,520 $31,820 $20,460 - 45,840 -12% 9%
99 Drywall and ceiling tile installers 2,510 $51,520 $28,110 - 75,810 7% 2%
100 Pharmacy technicians 2,430 $37,130 $29,090 - 46,880 32% 16%
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Jobs More Common Near Seattle Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Aerospace engineers 93,950 6,720 13.7
Aerospace engineering and operations technicians 59,510 480 10.9
Lay-out workers, metal and plastic 46,400 450 10.9
Zoologists and wildlife biologists 67,740 990 10.3
Ship engineers 73,280 820 10.1
Logging workers, all other 45,130 100 8.7
Orthotists and prosthetists 69,750 110 8.5
Epidemiologists 70,820 170 6.8
Marine engineers and naval architects 78,560 280 6.5
Gaming surveillance officers and gaming investigators 28,800 320 6.3
Sailors and marine oilers 44,520 1,730 6.2
Gaming dealers 34,150 3,860 5.3
Embalmers 39,040 120 5.2
Media and communication workers, all other 61,720 1,010 5.2
Tapers 50,490 1,620 5.1
Designers, all other 73,450 390 5.1
Multi-media artists and animators 63,790 1,350 5.1
Tank car, truck, and ship loaders 47,360 210 4.7
Landscape architects 66,210 830 4.6
Fiberglass laminators and fabricators 32,240 680 4.6
Gaming cage workers 25,420 470 4.5
Computer and information scientists, research 117,740 1,120 4.4
Social science research assistants 38,020 510 4.4
Urban and regional planners 70,100 1,530 4.2
Stonemasons 0 420 4.2
Graders and sorters, agricultural products 23,710 870 4.2
Captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels 70,160 1,130 4.2
Air traffic controllers 103,900 550 4.2
Actors 0 620 4.1
Public address system and other announcers 37,460 190 3.9
Fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators 47,510 260 3.9
Biomedical engineers 75,680 420 3.8
Electrical and electronics installers and repairers, transportation equipment 45,450 240 3.8
Avionics technicians 44,810 460 3.8
Flight attendants 0 2,230 3.7
Dancers 0 320 3.7
Motorboat mechanics 41,810 360 3.7
Biological scientists, all other 71,790 850 3.7
Media and communication equipment workers, all other 50,730 500 3.7
Audiologists 66,580 250 3.6
Aircraft cargo handling supervisors 40,790 120 3.6
Fence erectors 32,410 330 3.6
Gaming and sports book writers and runners 26,990 280 3.5
Medical scientists, except epidemiologists 69,890 3,250 3.5
Computer software engineers, applications 93,510 21,250 3.5
Model makers, metal and plastic 64,280 120 3.5
Court, municipal, and license clerks 40,610 3,180 3.3
Computer software engineers, systems software 99,740 14,770 3.2
Life scientists, all other 104,640 270 3.2
Helpers--roofers 26,460 400 3.2

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Seattle, Washington Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Radio and television announcers 80,230 2.06 230
Paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators 63,910 1.77 130
Painting, coating, and decorating workers 44,950 1.72 560
Gaming dealers 34,150 1.57 3,860
Fire fighters 66,180 1.57 3,220
Chiropractors 122,260 1.55 280
Market research analysts 90,750 1.54 7,230
Tool grinders, filers, and sharpeners 51,940 1.54 210
Designers, all other 73,450 1.53 390
General and operations managers 145,620 1.51 11,160
Massage therapists 58,880 1.51 950
Water and liquid waste treatment plant and system operators 60,840 1.49 350
Dental hygienists 94,430 1.49 2,400
Sheet metal workers 61,780 1.48 2,090
Numerical tool and process control programmers 69,280 1.48 340
Refuse and recyclable material collectors 44,400 1.47 800
Butchers and meat cutters 44,210 1.47 780
Waiters and waitresses 27,320 1.46 23,340
Cement masons and concrete finishers 53,940 1.46 2,220
Life scientists, all other 104,640 1.45 270
Roofers 51,150 1.45 1,850
Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 59,310 1.45 1,910
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 48,430 1.45 4,760
Tile and marble setters 59,330 1.44 680
Helpers--brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and tile and marble setters 42,210 1.43 390
Lodging managers 74,280 1.43 260
Crane and tower operators 64,790 1.42 710
Bartenders 27,600 1.42 5,460
Food servers, nonrestaurant 28,660 1.42 1,440
Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 42,870 1.42 2,880
Baggage porters and bellhops 29,420 1.42 830
Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 35,460 1.41 5,470
Medical and health services managers 118,680 1.4 1,650
Bus drivers, transit and intercity 42,610 1.4 2,660
Electronic equipment installers and repairers, motor vehicles 42,450 1.4 340
Law clerks 54,990 1.4 110
Logging equipment operators 46,650 1.39 180
Computer programmers 89,380 1.39 8,840
Model makers, metal and plastic 64,280 1.39 120
Cutting and slicing machine setters, operators, and tenders 42,020 1.39 860
Photographic processing machine operators 30,850 1.39 370
Highway maintenance workers 48,660 1.39 730
Loan officers 81,780 1.38 4,950
Social and community service managers 78,850 1.38 820
Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic 48,110 1.38 2,060
Police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers 47,880 1.38 820
Drilling and boring machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 44,780 1.38 170
Surveyors 75,250 1.38 510
Structural iron and steel workers 62,730 1.38 1,580
Pipelayers 50,410 1.38 770

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