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Wenatchee Employment

Employment and Industries in the Wenatchee, Washington Area

Wenatchee, Washington is a commercial center and a resort. It's known as the "Apple Capital of the World." Apples and a thriving wine industry are important elements of the economy. Due to the scenic outdoors, tourism is a thriving industry. In addition, Central Washington Hospital and Wenatchee Valley Medical Center are major employers.

The Confluence Technology Center includes a Yahoo data center and a number of small to medium size technology companies. Industries in Wenatchee, Washington produce consumer goods, conveyors, processed foods, plastics and sportswear.

The major fields of employment in Wenatchee, Washington are healthcare, educational services; agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting; grocery and related product merchant wholesalers; professional, scientific and technical services and accommodation and food services. Management, professional and related occupations comprise about 28% of the labor force. About 22% of the workers are employed in sales and office jobs.

Shown below is a list of the major employers in Wenatchee, Washington:

  • Central Washington Health Services Association
  • Wenatchee Valley Medical Center, P S
  • Stemilt Growers, Inc
  • Washington Dept of Transportation
  • Walmart Stores, Inc
  • Pacific Aerospace & Electronics, Inc
  • Tree Top, Inc
  • Cashmere Valley Bank
  • United States Postal Service
  • Public Utility District 1 of Chelan County
  • Tekni-Plex, Inc
  • Lowe's Home Centers, Inc
  • Home Depot USA, Inc
  • Columbia Marketing International Corporation
  • Glenn Distributor, Inc
  • Northwest Wholesale Inc
  • Leonard Evans, Inc

Facts about Wenatchee, Washington: Average salary in 2009: $31,000. Cost of living in 2008: 88.7 (national average: 100). Adult population holding a bachelor's degree or higher: 23%.

Companies situated in Wenatchee, Washington can work with helpful organizations including:

Those interested in Wenatchee business and economic news may want to read the Wenatchee World.

Most Popular Jobs in Wenatchee, 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 950 $65,100 $46,750 - 84,710 24% 56%
2 Elementary school teachers, except special education 460 $52,340 $36,800 - 65,860 14% 95%
3 Teachers and instructors, all other 410 $35,640 $26,340 - 63,190 9% 54%
4 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 290 $70,120 $27,500 - 126,810 8% 51%
5 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 290 $56,970 $41,200 - 73,350 6% 96%
6 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 240 $52,820 $38,370 - 66,270 11% 95%
7 Accountants and auditors 210 $57,950 $31,690 - 85,510 18% 79%
8 Coaches and scouts 160 $0 $ - 15% 60%
9 Civil engineers 140 $73,080 $55,110 - 99,550 18% 87%
10 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 110 $43,700 $23,360 - 66,050 13% 73%
11 Social and human service assistants 110 $26,840 $20,980 - 35,330 34% 58%
12 Pharmacists 90 $106,680 $82,830 - 130,410 22% 97%
13 Electrical engineers 90 $88,120 $65,620 - 120,410 6% 81%
14 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 90 $86,160 $69,240 - 105,070 8% 78%
15 Vocational education teachers, secondary school 80 $59,540 $42,260 - 79,870 -5% 96%
16 Zoologists and wildlife biologists 70 $67,040 $46,250 - 88,240 9% 95%
17 Education, training, and library workers, all other 70 $48,030 $32,930 - 66,970 11% 79%
18 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 60 $113,800 $72,380 - 161,720 12% 51%
19 Financial managers 60 $105,260 $53,390 - 154,860 13% 60%
20 Lawyers 60 $98,120 $33,630 - 11% 99%
21 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 60 $60,310 $43,870 - 81,050 17% 56%
22 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 60 $56,390 $36,710 - 79,410 5% 58%
23 Rehabilitation counselors 60 $40,510 $27,340 - 58,610 23% 73%
24 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 60 $39,490 $28,550 - 51,720 15% 51%
25 Physician assistants 50 $89,630 $69,900 - 111,120 27% 67%
26 Computer systems analysts 50 $79,250 $50,530 - 109,410 29% 68%
27 Physical therapists 50 $76,620 $57,310 - 100,030 27% 89%
28 Network and computer systems administrators 50 $66,850 $44,580 - 96,820 27% 50%
29 Network systems and data communications analysts 50 $65,200 $45,420 - 89,340 53% 57%
30 Speech-language pathologists 50 $63,900 $46,470 - 80,860 11% 98%
31 Public relations specialists 50 $60,840 $38,240 - 88,700 18% 81%
32 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 50 $55,940 $29,800 - 78,030 12% 51%
33 Sales managers 40 $142,800 $76,900 - 10% 69%
34 Medical and health services managers 40 $100,060 $60,900 - 133,640 16% 57%
35 Instructional coordinators 40 $64,730 $33,930 - 90,210 23% 79%
36 Medical and public health social workers 40 $56,410 $38,570 - 77,910 24% 77%
37 Librarians 40 $50,720 $27,770 - 72,040 4% 85%
38 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 40 $49,380 $36,320 - 63,610 20% 87%
39 Graphic designers 40 $32,530 $20,970 - 54,030 10% 55%
40 Advertising sales agents 40 $31,870 $20,480 - 41,720 20% 56%
41 Managers, all other 30 $95,240 $49,030 - 133,100 7% 55%
42 Sales and related workers, all other 30 $80,230 $20,350 - 14% 62%
43 Biological scientists, all other 30 $61,930 $37,480 - 80,490 4% 95%

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 1,620 $25,610 $17,680 - 40,420 12% 25%
2 Cashiers 1,410 $22,310 $17,470 - 29,910 -3% 10%
3 Packers and packagers, hand 1,150 $22,940 $17,550 - 31,940 -12% 3%
4 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 820 $34,850 $23,520 - 48,550 13% 16%
5 Office clerks, general 820 $25,980 $18,770 - 34,260 13% 19%
6 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 790 $19,720 $17,050 - 23,410 18% 5%
7 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 670 $26,050 $17,630 - 42,670 2% 5%
8 Waiters and waitresses 640 $27,890 $18,620 - 33,700 11% 14%
9 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 640 $25,700 $18,310 - 34,290 15% 4%
10 Carpenters 620 $34,030 $23,160 - 46,710 10% 6%
11 Teacher assistants 610 $26,690 $20,980 - 32,440 10% 18%
12 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 580 $19,340 $17,190 - 21,100 10% 8%
13 Maintenance and repair workers, general 560 $36,930 $20,300 - 52,270 10% 6%
14 Industrial truck and tractor operators 530 $28,020 $19,110 - 39,220 -2% 2%
15 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 530 $21,360 $17,570 - 26,170 13% 5%
16 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 480 $32,910 $20,580 - 48,050 1% 18%
17 Stock clerks and order fillers 460 $23,610 $17,940 - 30,980 -8% 8%
18 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 420 $42,020 $24,710 - 66,620 4% 25%
19 Cooks, restaurant 420 $22,670 $17,810 - 29,800 12% 5%
20 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 410 $27,230 $19,650 - 35,850 18% 6%
21 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 400 $37,780 $27,720 - 50,290 10% 4%
22 Receptionists and information clerks 370 $24,130 $18,280 - 31,090 17% 13%
23 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 360 $24,290 $19,540 - 30,700 18% 7%
24 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 350 $45,860 $30,050 - 67,740 6% 29%
25 Construction laborers 330 $29,010 $21,700 - 37,100 11% 5%
26 Bartenders 300 $27,290 $17,930 - 36,010 11% 17%
27 Home health aides 290 $22,200 $19,020 - 25,230 49% 7%
28 Electricians 270 $48,610 $27,970 - 82,490 7% 7%
29 Medical secretaries 270 $30,970 $24,720 - 39,650 17% 18%
30 Counter and rental clerks 260 $25,130 $17,550 - 38,450 23% 16%
31 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 250 $35,660 $23,160 - 49,860 11% 14%
32 Dishwashers 250 $19,090 $17,050 - 22,120 10% 3%
33 Customer service representatives 240 $28,040 $18,320 - 37,770 25% 22%
34 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 240 $25,690 $18,330 - 33,300 8% 4%
35 Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse 240 $22,970 $18,000 - 30,170 -3% 4%
36 Fire fighters 220 $41,930 $19,380 - 55,350 12% 18%
37 Forest and conservation technicians 220 $32,610 $21,760 - 49,740 -2% 46%
38 Medical assistants 220 $29,810 $23,000 - 37,710 35% 10%
39 Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 210 $24,000 $17,590 - 32,030 17% 14%
40 Food preparation workers 210 $21,220 $17,510 - 26,120 15% 7%
41 General and operations managers 200 $102,950 $48,280 - 2% 48%
42 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 200 $60,330 $43,120 - 87,430 9% 10%
43 Tellers 200 $23,250 $18,230 - 29,590 14% 16%
44 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 190 $44,860 $29,500 - 61,320 15% 18%
45 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 190 $40,240 $25,040 - 59,200 11% 4%
46 Business operations specialists, all other 180 $65,450 $42,980 - 88,900 21% 49%
47 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 180 $44,530 $30,330 - 63,850 8% 3%
48 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 180 $26,320 $20,280 - 32,970 11% 5%
49 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 180 $19,960 $17,440 - 23,530 12% 6%
50 Industrial machinery mechanics 170 $73,060 $46,540 - 93,770 9% 5%
51 Bus drivers, school 170 $34,760 $27,640 - 41,580 9% 4%
52 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 170 $27,540 $19,140 - 39,550 4% 6%
53 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 160 $36,010 $27,140 - 48,570 14% 4%
54 Child care workers 150 $21,380 $17,580 - 28,780 18% 15%
55 Security guards 140 $25,280 $18,300 - 34,100 17% 13%
56 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 130 $65,230 $43,080 - 94,970 7% 13%
57 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 130 $35,320 $26,600 - 46,890 4% 15%
58 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 130 $20,060 $17,310 - 24,440 14% 3%
59 Loan officers 120 $69,010 $30,970 - 125,940 12% 49%
60 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 120 $56,390 $34,970 - 103,850 -5% 15%
61 Parts salespersons 120 $26,700 $18,770 - 34,900 -2% 6%
62 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 110 $41,070 $34,480 - 49,390 14% 7%
63 Painters, construction and maintenance 110 $39,850 $23,450 - 59,910 12% 6%
64 Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 110 $25,550 $17,660 - 37,240 -5% 5%
65 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 110 $22,630 $17,580 - 32,720 12% 6%
66 Electrical power-line installers and repairers 100 $75,680 $59,400 - 99,070 7% 6%
67 Radiologic technologists and technicians 100 $56,010 $42,310 - 75,250 15% 25%
68 First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand 100 $45,190 $33,150 - 58,160 13% 17%
69 Highway maintenance workers 100 $44,670 $30,310 - 60,390 9% 5%
70 Court, municipal, and license clerks 100 $39,280 $30,110 - 50,560 9% 24%
71 Legal secretaries 100 $34,970 $22,270 - 50,760 12% 18%
72 Dental assistants 100 $32,630 $25,380 - 39,880 29% 9%
73 Postal service mail carriers 100 $0 $ - 1% 11%
74 Dental hygienists 90 $90,680 $75,140 - 105,520 30% 33%
75 Agricultural inspectors 90 $46,860 $28,010 - 76,350 -1% 26%
76 Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 90 $43,280 $29,020 - 62,450 12% 3%
77 Office and administrative support workers, all other 90 $30,010 $20,400 - 44,850 -9% 32%
78 Bakers 90 $24,860 $18,000 - 35,060 10% 8%
79 Computer support specialists 80 $38,650 $18,700 - 59,170 13% 43%
80 Driver/sales workers 80 $36,900 $25,880 - 58,540 -5% 4%
81 Pharmacy technicians 80 $34,360 $25,740 - 40,560 32% 16%
82 Power plant operators 70 $89,940 $70,050 - 113,620 3% 20%
83 Roofers 70 $46,900 $35,520 - 59,580 14% 3%
84 Sales representatives, services, all other 70 $39,890 $22,190 - 59,200 28% 48%
85 Medical records and health information technicians 70 $35,200 $25,350 - 50,510 18% 12%
86 Loan interviewers and clerks 70 $34,970 $27,630 - 41,090 -1% 24%
87 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 70 $31,090 $23,050 - 39,670 5% 2%
88 Helpers--carpenters 70 $28,190 $21,660 - 33,240 12% 3%
89 Insurance claims and policy processing clerks 70 $28,190 $21,180 - 40,770 -1% 22%
90 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 70 $27,670 $18,030 - 40,990 -7% 14%
91 Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers 70 $27,190 $18,240 - 41,560 12% 0%
92 Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators 70 $0 $ - -8% 12%
93 First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 60 $71,060 $41,010 - 119,250 4% 38%
94 First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 60 $59,350 $33,520 - 106,510 10% 17%
95 Cement masons and concrete finishers 60 $39,610 $25,660 - 58,380 11% 2%
96 Order clerks 60 $32,880 $23,310 - 44,770 -24% 16%
97 File clerks 60 $28,170 $17,920 - 40,460 -41% 20%
98 Telecommunications line installers and repairers 50 $55,620 $38,440 - 68,110 5% 8%
99 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 50 $54,470 $31,440 - 84,700 0% 42%
100 Kindergarten teachers, except special education 50 $50,040 $36,420 - 64,630 16% 43%
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Jobs More Common Near Wenatchee Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Forest and conservation technicians 32,610 220 135.3
Packers and packagers, hand 22,940 1,150 6.1
Electrical power-line installers and repairers 75,680 100 5.1
Court, municipal, and license clerks 39,280 100 4.4
Highway maintenance workers 44,670 100 4.4
Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 19,340 580 4.3
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 24,000 210 3.9
Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse 22,970 240 3.9
Coaches and scouts 0 160 3.9
Industrial truck and tractor operators 28,020 530 3.5
Fire fighters 41,930 220 3.4
Teachers and instructors, all other 35,640 410 3.3
Carpenters 34,030 620 2.7
Industrial machinery mechanics 73,060 170 2.7
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 21,360 530 2.4
Bartenders 27,290 300 2.4
Medical secretaries 30,970 270 2.3
Counter and rental clerks 25,130 260 2.2
Parts salespersons 26,700 120 2.2
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 26,320 180 2.2
First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand 45,190 100 2.1
Teacher assistants 26,690 610 2
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 44,530 180 2
Civil engineers 73,080 140 2
Radiologic technologists and technicians 56,010 100 1.9
Dishwashers 19,090 250 1.9
Cooks, restaurant 22,670 420 1.8
Educational, vocational, and school counselors 43,700 110 1.8
Medical assistants 29,810 220 1.8
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 34,850 820 1.7
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 27,230 410 1.7
Maintenance and repair workers, general 36,930 560 1.7
Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 40,240 190 1.7
Bus drivers, school 34,760 170 1.7
Painters, construction and maintenance 39,850 110 1.7
Electricians 48,610 270 1.7
Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 19,960 180 1.7
Cashiers 22,310 1,410 1.6
Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 20,060 130 1.6
Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 52,820 240 1.5
Legal secretaries 34,970 100 1.5
Loan officers 69,010 120 1.4
Registered nurses 65,100 950 1.4
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 42,020 420 1.4
Retail salespersons 25,610 1,620 1.4
Social and human service assistants 26,840 110 1.4
Tellers 23,250 200 1.4
Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 25,550 110 1.4
First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 60,330 200 1.4
Elementary school teachers, except special education 52,340 460 1.3

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Industrial machinery mechanics 73,060 1.64 170
Waiters and waitresses 27,890 1.49 640
Bartenders 27,290 1.41 300
Bus drivers, school 34,760 1.33 170
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 70,120 1.24 290
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 24,000 1.23 210
Cashiers 22,310 1.2 1,410
Teacher assistants 26,690 1.2 610
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 35,660 1.18 250
Loan officers 69,010 1.17 120
Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 35,320 1.17 130
Painters, construction and maintenance 39,850 1.16 110
Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 44,860 1.16 190
Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 19,960 1.15 180
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 65,230 1.15 130
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 19,720 1.14 790
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 32,910 1.13 480
Packers and packagers, hand 22,940 1.13 1,150
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 27,230 1.12 410
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 25,700 1.12 640
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 21,360 1.12 530
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 56,970 1.11 290
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 26,320 1.11 180
Business operations specialists, all other 65,450 1.11 180
Child care workers 21,380 1.11 150
Dishwashers 19,090 1.11 250
Food preparation workers 21,220 1.1 210
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 34,850 1.09 820
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 42,020 1.09 420
Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 19,340 1.08 580
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 26,050 1.08 670
Counter and rental clerks 25,130 1.08 260
Maintenance and repair workers, general 36,930 1.08 560
Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse 22,970 1.07 240
General and operations managers 102,950 1.07 200
Medical secretaries 30,970 1.07 270
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 56,390 1.07 120
Medical assistants 29,810 1.06 220
Registered nurses 65,100 1.06 950
Elementary school teachers, except special education 52,340 1.05 460
Retail salespersons 25,610 1.05 1,620
Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 52,820 1.05 240
Home health aides 22,200 1.05 290
Cooks, restaurant 22,670 1.04 420
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 44,530 1.04 180
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 41,070 1.04 110
First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 60,330 1.04 200
Electricians 48,610 1.04 270
Stock clerks and order fillers 23,610 1.03 460
Office clerks, general 25,980 1.02 820

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