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Bellingham Employment

Employment and Industries in the Bellingham, Washington Area

The number of manufacturing jobs in Bellingham, Washington has declined and service jobs have now become more important to the city. Fishing, timber and agriculture are still important to the economy, however they are not as vital as there were in the past. The major agricultural industries are berries and dairy farming.

Jobs are provided by businesses that produce items such as transportation equipment, baked goods, processed frozen foods and wood products. Luxury yachts and military boats are the focus of the shipbuilding industry. In addition, healthcare has become a more important part of the economy.

The top fields of employment in Bellingham, Washington are government; trade, transportation and utilities; leisure and hospitality; healthcare, manufacturing, educational services, and professional and business services. About 33% of the labor force is employed in management, professional and related occupations. 30% of the workers are employed in sales and office jobs.

The Bellingham Whatcom Economic Development Council promotes local companies, products, and services and assists companies in interfacing with international, national, and regional markets. The council also provides a variety of other services.

Bellingham's largest job providers:

  • Western Washington University
  • St. Joseph Hospital
  • Bellingham School District
  • Whatcom County
  • City of Bellingham
  • Haggen Inc
  • Sodexho Services
  • Brown & Cole
  • T-Mobile
  • Fred Meyer Inc
  • Peacehealth Medical Group
  • Anvil Corporation
  • Interior Pacific Inc
  • Olympic Health Management Systems, Inc
  • Imco General Construction Inc
  • Portionables, Inc
  • Macy's Department Stores, Inc
  • Walmart
  • Costco Wholesale Corporation

Notable information regarding Bellingham, Washington: Adult population which has earned a bachelor's degree or higher: 33%. Average salary in 2009: $35,000. Cost of living index in 2008: 107.0 (U.S. average: 100).

Bellingham companies have opportunities to work with helpful organizations such as:

Those interested in Bellingham business and economic news may want to read the Bellingham Herald.

Jobs in Bellingham

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 82170 $48010 $23.08 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 12250 $37490 $18.03 14.8
3 Sales and Related Occupations 9190 $37440 $18 10.15
4 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 8870 $26550 $12.76 8.3
5 Production Occupations 6410 $43090 $20.72 5.85
6 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 5830 $53010 $25.48 6.15
7 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 5250 $37900 $18.22 6.45
8 Construction and Extraction Occupations 4330 $59490 $28.6 4.4
9 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 4150 $85900 $41.3 5.75
10 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 3810 $68060 $32.72 5.05
11 Management Occupations 3430 $103660 $49.83 6.05
12 Retail Salespersons 3280 $29470 $14.17 3.1
13 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 3260 $48870 $23.49 3.8
14 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 2860 $30070 $14.46 3.7
15 Cashiers 2530 $27150 $13.05 2.25
16 Personal Care and Service Occupations 2470 $29090 $13.99 4.1
17 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 2310 $23500 $11.3 2.15
18 Healthcare Support Occupations 2290 $36750 $17.67 3.05
19 Office Clerks, General 1990 $35710 $17.17 2
20 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1680 $29200 $14.04 1.6
21 Waiters and Waitresses 1550 $28200 $13.56 1.6
22 Protective Service Occupations 1470 $66400 $31.92 2.25
23 Customer Service Representatives 1400 $33990 $16.34 1.75
24 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 1360 $33240 $15.98 1.6
25 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 1310 $85410 $41.06 1.65
26 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 1310 $71130 $34.2 2.8
27 Registered Nurses 1270 $79320 $38.13 1.9
28 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 1210 $45510 $21.88 1.7
29 Community and Social Service Occupations 1190 $48810 $23.47 1.65
30 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 1140 $36960 $17.77 1.6
31 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 1090 $39730 $19.1 1.1
32 General and Operations Managers 1080 $99010 $47.6 1.4
33 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 1040 $40910 $19.67 0.9
34 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 1010 $44210 $21.26 1.2
35 Food Preparation Workers 1000 $28220 $13.57 0.6
36 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 960 $31810 $15.29 1.2
37 Nursing Assistants 900 $31710 $15.25 1.05
38 Cooks, Restaurant 900 $27010 $12.98 0.75
39 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 880 $66510 $31.98 1
40 Carpenters 800 $58810 $28.27 0.6
41 Receptionists and Information Clerks 770 $30560 $14.69 0.7
42 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 760 $53990 $25.96 1
43 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 740 $47160 $22.67 1
44 Team Assemblers 730 $32630 $15.69 0.75
45 Construction Laborers 710 $48290 $23.22 0.8
46 Accountants and Auditors 680 $63840 $30.69 0.9
47 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 660 $61680 $29.65 0.7
48 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 620 $33040 $15.89 0.6
49 Packers and Packagers, Hand 620 $25890 $12.45 0.45
50 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 580 $60790 $29.23 0.9
51 Compliance Officers 570 $75030 $36.07 0.2
52 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 560 $25640 $12.33 1
53 Substitute Teachers 520 $29680 $14.27 0
54 Dishwashers 520 $22670 $10.9 0.3
55 Medical Assistants 500 $39170 $18.83 0.45
56 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 500 $64080 $30.81 0.4
57 Personal Care Aides 460 $25710 $12.36 1.3
58 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 440 $33250 $15.98 0.8
59 Childcare Workers 430 $23710 $11.4 0.8
60 Bartenders 420 $26350 $12.67 0.4
61 Tellers 420 $28470 $13.69 0.3
62 Legal Occupations 390 $73390 $35.29 0.8
63 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 390 $38880 $18.69 0.6
64 Electricians 370 $58490 $28.12 0.4
65 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 360 $33600 $16.15 0.3
66 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 350 $33540 $16.12 0.4
67 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 350 $55360 $26.61 0.6
68 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 350 $51680 $24.85 0.3
69 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 350 $30080 $14.46 0.4
70 Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers 340 $25770 $12.39 0.1
71 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 340 $69340 $33.34 0.4
72 Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks 330 $45040 $21.65 0.2
73 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 320 $43630 $20.97 0.3
74 Self-Enrichment Education Teachers 320 $77800 $37.4 0.25
75 Managers, All Other 320 $103290 $49.66 0.65
76 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 310 $45950 $22.09 0.5
77 Counter and Rental Clerks 310 $30960 $14.88 0.3
78 Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 310 $40570 $19.5 0.6
79 Billing and Posting Clerks 300 $41780 $20.09 0.35
80 Software Developers, Applications 290 $73200 $35.19 0.5
81 Detectives and Criminal Investigators 290 $97320 $46.79 0.1
82 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 280 $47350 $22.76 0.5
83 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 280 $65650 $31.56 0.3
84 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 280 $35620 $17.13 0.3
85 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 270 $39200 $18.84 0.35
86 Machine Feeders and Offbearers 270 $32600 $15.67 0.1
87 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 270 $74760 $35.94 0.45
88 Recreation Workers 260 $32410 $15.58 0.3
89 Civil Engineers 260 $86760 $41.71 0.2
90 Human Resources Specialists 250 $56120 $26.98 0.3
91 Computer User Support Specialists 250 $47700 $22.93 0.4
92 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 240 $76690 $36.87 0.35
93 Machinists 230 $51880 $24.94 0.3
94 Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks 230 $26060 $12.53 0.2
95 Financial Managers 230 $132130 $63.53 0.4
96 Office and Administrative Support Workers, All Other 230 $35820 $17.22 0.2
97 Loan Officers 230 $62600 $30.09 0.2
98 Dental Assistants 220 $41250 $19.83 0.2
99 Mechanical Engineers 220 $83560 $40.17 0.2
100 Social and Human Service Assistants 220 $35040 $16.85 0.3
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Jobs More Common Near Bellingham Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 48,010 82,170
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 37,490 12,250
Sales and Related Occupations 37,440 9,190
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 26,550 8,870
Production Occupations 43,090 6,410
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 53,010 5,830
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 37,900 5,250
Construction and Extraction Occupations 59,490 4,330
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 85,900 4,150
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 68,060 3,810
Management Occupations 103,660 3,430
Retail Salespersons 29,470 3,280
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 48,870 3,260
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 30,070 2,860
Cashiers 27,150 2,530
Personal Care and Service Occupations 29,090 2,470
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 23,500 2,310
Healthcare Support Occupations 36,750 2,290
Office Clerks, General 35,710 1,990
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 29,200 1,680
Waiters and Waitresses 28,200 1,550
Protective Service Occupations 66,400 1,470
Customer Service Representatives 33,990 1,400
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 33,240 1,360
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 85,410 1,310
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 71,130 1,310
Registered Nurses 79,320 1,270
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 45,510 1,210
Community and Social Service Occupations 48,810 1,190
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 36,960 1,140
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 39,730 1,090
General and Operations Managers 99,010 1,080
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 40,910 1,040
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 44,210 1,010
Food Preparation Workers 28,220 1,000
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 31,810 960
Nursing Assistants 31,710 900
Cooks, Restaurant 27,010 900
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 66,510 880
Carpenters 58,810 800
Receptionists and Information Clerks 30,560 770
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 53,990 760
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 47,160 740
Team Assemblers 32,630 730
Construction Laborers 48,290 710
Accountants and Auditors 63,840 680
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 61,680 660
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 33,040 620
Packers and Packagers, Hand 25,890 620
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 60,790 580

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 48,010 82,170
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 37,490 12,250
Sales and Related Occupations 37,440 9,190
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 26,550 8,870
Production Occupations 43,090 6,410
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 53,010 5,830
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 37,900 5,250
Construction and Extraction Occupations 59,490 4,330
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 85,900 4,150
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 68,060 3,810
Management Occupations 103,660 3,430
Retail Salespersons 29,470 3,280
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 48,870 3,260
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 30,070 2,860
Cashiers 27,150 2,530
Personal Care and Service Occupations 29,090 2,470
Healthcare Support Occupations 36,750 2,290
Office Clerks, General 35,710 1,990
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 29,200 1,680
Waiters and Waitresses 28,200 1,550
Protective Service Occupations 66,400 1,470
Customer Service Representatives 33,990 1,400
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 33,240 1,360
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 85,410 1,310
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 71,130 1,310
Registered Nurses 79,320 1,270
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 45,510 1,210
Community and Social Service Occupations 48,810 1,190
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 36,960 1,140
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 39,730 1,090
General and Operations Managers 99,010 1,080
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 40,910 1,040
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 44,210 1,010
Food Preparation Workers 28,220 1,000
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 31,810 960
Nursing Assistants 31,710 900
Cooks, Restaurant 27,010 900
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 66,510 880
Carpenters 58,810 800
Receptionists and Information Clerks 30,560 770
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 53,990 760
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 47,160 740
Team Assemblers 32,630 730
Construction Laborers 48,290 710
Accountants and Auditors 63,840 680
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 61,680 660
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 33,040 620
Packers and Packagers, Hand 25,890 620
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 60,790 580
Compliance Officers 75,030 570

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