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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

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations85600$48,030$23.09100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations12520$38,490$18.514.35
3Sales and Related Occupations9300$37,590$18.079.9
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations8830$29,390$14.138.55
5Production Occupations6410$42,860$20.615.7
6Education, Training, and Library Occupations6000$55,490$26.686.05
7Transportation and Material Moving Occupations5760$38,560$18.546.55
8Construction and Extraction Occupations4970$60,480$29.084.45
9Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations4040$71,460$34.365.8
10Business and Financial Operations Occupations3920$66,610$32.025.25
11Management Occupations3570$104,620$50.36.15
12Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations3370$49,510$23.83.8
13Retail Salespersons3370$31,650$15.212.85
14Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations3230$30,950$14.883.65
15Personal Care and Service Occupations2920$30,070$14.464.3
16Healthcare Support Occupations2550$36,300$17.453
17Cashiers2520$28,100$13.512.2
18Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food2390$25,140$12.092.3
19Office Clerks, General2200$37,520$18.041.9
20Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1920$30,410$14.621.55
21Protective Service Occupations1690$66,790$32.112.2
22Waiters and Waitresses1590$33,920$16.311.7
23Customer Service Representatives1480$35,730$17.181.75
24Architecture and Engineering Occupations1460$82,320$39.581.7
25Community and Social Service Occupations1410$48,010$23.081.65
26Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand1390$34,270$16.481.7
27Computer and Mathematical Occupations1280$75,840$36.462.9
28Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive1140$37,460$18.011.5
29Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations1130$45,360$21.811.8
30Maintenance and Repair Workers, General1120$42,390$20.380.9
31General and Operations Managers1110$108,150$521.5
32Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks1090$43,130$20.741.05
33Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers1080$47,130$22.661.2
34Stock Clerks and Order Fillers1040$30,590$14.71.3
35Nursing Assistants980$30,750$14.781
36Personal Care Aides970$27,400$13.171.5
37Cooks, Restaurant960$29,970$14.410.8
38Construction Laborers910$48,460$23.30.8
39Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products850$59,940$28.820.9
40Carpenters800$61,390$29.520.7
41Accountants and Auditors780$64,320$30.920.9
42First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers780$49,740$23.921
43Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers740$35,440$17.040
44First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers740$58,780$28.260.95
45Business Operations Specialists, All Other710$63,290$30.430.7
46Receptionists and Information Clerks690$32,480$15.610.7
47Packers and Packagers, Hand640$27,800$13.370.45
48First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers630$35,260$16.950.6
49Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers590$31,830$15.30.8
50Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners550$26,840$12.910.9
51Compliance Officers540$78,190$37.590.2
52First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers540$69,330$33.330.4
53Tellers530$30,790$14.80.3
54Food Preparation Workers510$32,260$15.510.6
55Bartenders500$32,490$15.620.4
56Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations490$63,120$30.350.8
57Dishwashers480$24,840$11.940.3
58First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers460$72,480$34.850.4
59Substitute Teachers460$32,480$15.620
60Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers430$39,110$18.80.6
61Medical Assistants430$40,400$19.430.45
62Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters430$100,430$48.280.3
63Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks420$33,890$16.290.4
64Electricians400$57,000$27.40.4
65Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers400$55,270$26.570.3
66Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations380$38,310$18.420.65
67Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria370$32,430$15.590.3
68Driver/Sales Workers370$28,840$13.870.3
69Legal Occupations370$73,290$35.240.8
70Managers, All Other360$103,230$49.630.6
71Social and Human Service Assistants360$38,230$18.380.25
72Bus Drivers, School or Special Client350$37,900$18.220.3
73Sales Representatives, Services, All Other330$52,010$25.010.6
74Counter and Rental Clerks320$32,440$15.60.3
75Firefighters310$70,320$33.810.2
76Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists310$30,260$14.550.4
77Software Developers, Applications310$98,990$47.590.55
78Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education300$31,820$15.30.3
79Security Guards290$33,560$16.130.7
80Billing and Posting Clerks280$42,940$20.640.3
81Childcare Workers280$25,470$12.240.8
82Detectives and Criminal Investigators280$100,760$48.440.1
83First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers280$70,630$33.960.3
84Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks280$27,440$13.190.2
85Computer User Support Specialists270$49,580$23.840.4
86Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators270$37,610$18.080.35
87Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers270$42,600$20.480.3
88Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment260$30,200$14.520.2
89Dental Assistants260$42,950$20.650.2
90Human Resources Specialists260$56,780$27.30.35
91Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers260$81,040$38.960.4
92Construction Managers250$98,660$47.430.3
93Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses250$46,210$22.220.5
94Loan Officers250$60,010$28.850.2
95Machinists250$48,700$23.420.25
96Mechanical Engineers250$86,940$41.80.2
97Recreation Workers250$31,750$15.260.25
98Office and Administrative Support Workers, All Other230$36,990$17.790.2
99Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators230$63,960$30.750.2
100Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics220$50,050$24.060.5
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Jobs More Common Near Bellingham Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$48,03085,600
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$38,49012,520
Sales and Related Occupations$37,5909,300
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$29,3908,830
Production Occupations$42,8606,410
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$55,4906,000
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$38,5605,760
Construction and Extraction Occupations$60,4804,970
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$71,4604,040
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$66,6103,920
Management Occupations$104,6203,570
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$49,5103,370
Retail Salespersons$31,6503,370
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$30,9503,230
Personal Care and Service Occupations$30,0702,920
Healthcare Support Occupations$36,3002,550
Cashiers$28,1002,520
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$25,1402,390
Office Clerks, General$37,5202,200
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$30,4101,920
Protective Service Occupations$66,7901,690
Waiters and Waitresses$33,9201,590
Customer Service Representatives$35,7301,480
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$82,3201,460
Community and Social Service Occupations$48,0101,410
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$34,2701,390
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$75,8401,280
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$37,4601,140
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$45,3601,130
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$42,3901,120
General and Operations Managers$108,1501,110
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$43,1301,090
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$47,1301,080
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$30,5901,040
Nursing Assistants$30,750980
Personal Care Aides$27,400970
Cooks, Restaurant$29,970960
Construction Laborers$48,460910
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$59,940850
Carpenters$61,390800
Accountants and Auditors$64,320780
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$49,740780
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$35,440740
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$58,780740
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$63,290710
Receptionists and Information Clerks$32,480690
Packers and Packagers, Hand$27,800640
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$35,260630
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$31,830590
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$26,840550

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$48,03085,600
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$38,49012,520
Sales and Related Occupations$37,5909,300
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$29,3908,830
Production Occupations$42,8606,410
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$55,4906,000
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$38,5605,760
Construction and Extraction Occupations$60,4804,970
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$71,4604,040
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$66,6103,920
Management Occupations$104,6203,570
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$49,5103,370
Retail Salespersons$31,6503,370
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$30,9503,230
Personal Care and Service Occupations$30,0702,920
Healthcare Support Occupations$36,3002,550
Cashiers$28,1002,520
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$25,1402,390
Office Clerks, General$37,5202,200
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$30,4101,920
Protective Service Occupations$66,7901,690
Waiters and Waitresses$33,9201,590
Customer Service Representatives$35,7301,480
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$82,3201,460
Community and Social Service Occupations$48,0101,410
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$34,2701,390
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$75,8401,280
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$37,4601,140
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$45,3601,130
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$42,3901,120
General and Operations Managers$108,1501,110
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$43,1301,090
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$47,1301,080
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$30,5901,040
Nursing Assistants$30,750980
Personal Care Aides$27,400970
Cooks, Restaurant$29,970960
Construction Laborers$48,460910
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$59,940850
Carpenters$61,390800
Accountants and Auditors$64,320780
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$49,740780
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$35,440740
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$58,780740
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$63,290710
Receptionists and Information Clerks$32,480690
Packers and Packagers, Hand$27,800640
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$35,260630
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$31,830590
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$26,840550

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