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Olympia Employment

Employment and Industries in the Olympia, Washington Area

Due to Olympia being a state capital, state government is the city's largest employer and it's also a major part of the economy. Some of the notable industries in Olympia are industrial supplies, machinery and plastics. Employment is also provided by firms producing items such as processed foods, wood products and metal and paper containers.

Agriculture, livestock, poultry and timber contribute to the economy. Tourism is also important. The area also includes a gambling sector. Notable companies located in the region are Univera Inc., Fast Transact and Reach One.

Legal and consulting companies are strong element's of the area's economy. The region also includes an emerging life sciences community and noteworthy warehouse and distribution companies.

The largest employers for the Olympia area:

  • State of Washington
  • Local Government
  • Providence St. Peter Hospital
  • Tribal Government
  • Federal Government
  • Group Health Cooperative
  • Columbia Capital Medical Center
  • St. Martin's University
  • Walmart Stores Inc
  • Costco Wholesale Corp

Some of the occupations which are more common in Olympia than most other cities are zoologists and wildlife biologists, forest and conservation technicians, budget analysts, social science research assistants, urban and regional planners, health educators, environmental scientists and specialists; and computer applications software engineers.

The major nonagricultural employment segments in Olympia, Washington:

  • Government
  • Trade, transportation and utilities
  • Leisure and hospitality
  • Professional and business services
  • Construction and mining
  • Financial activities

Some of the associations providing help to Olympia companies are:

The Olympian.com offers details about the local business community.

Jobs in Olympia

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations109400$51,930$24.97100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations17790$40,620$19.5314.35
3Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations10010$28,350$13.638.55
4Sales and Related Occupations9600$39,440$18.969.9
5Business and Financial Operations Occupations8220$63,230$30.45.25
6Management Occupations7170$97,920$47.086.15
7Education, Training, and Library Occupations6730$50,790$24.426.05
8Transportation and Material Moving Occupations6080$35,740$17.186.55
9Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations5560$83,100$39.955.8
10Computer and Mathematical Occupations5520$80,560$38.732.9
11Construction and Extraction Occupations4150$58,060$27.924.45
12Personal Care and Service Occupations3950$30,400$14.624.3
13Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations3710$46,850$22.523.8
14General and Operations Managers3690$98,040$47.141.5
15Retail Salespersons3640$29,830$14.342.85
16Healthcare Support Occupations3610$34,070$16.383
17Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations2960$33,030$15.883.65
18Office Clerks, General2950$35,170$16.911.9
19Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food2780$25,270$12.152.3
20Production Occupations2490$42,910$20.635.7
21Customer Service Representatives2480$36,890$17.741.75
22Protective Service Occupations2230$56,710$27.272.2
23Community and Social Service Occupations2200$54,060$25.991.65
24Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations2190$67,470$32.440.8
25Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive2190$45,280$21.771.5
26Cashiers2120$28,870$13.882.2
27Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations2000$54,040$25.981.8
28Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1810$33,060$15.891.55
29Waiters and Waitresses1790$29,750$14.31.7
30Registered Nurses1740$73,200$35.191.95
31Architecture and Engineering Occupations1660$75,840$36.461.7
32Computer Network Architects1650$87,020$41.840.1
33Computer Systems Analysts1640$75,980$36.530.4
34Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand1560$30,930$14.871.7
35Nursing Assistants1440$28,390$13.651
36Maintenance and Repair Workers, General1390$41,550$19.970.9
37Personal Care Aides1330$27,760$13.351.5
38Stock Clerks and Order Fillers1250$33,870$16.281.3
39Legal Occupations1180$89,150$42.860.8
40Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers1060$42,630$20.491.2
41Cooks, Restaurant1040$28,580$13.740.8
42First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers1040$55,570$26.720.95
43Bus Drivers, School or Special Client1030$33,780$16.240.3
44Management Analysts1010$62,850$30.220.5
45Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks1000$42,710$20.541.05
46First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers930$43,200$20.771
47Receptionists and Information Clerks900$29,140$14.010.7
48Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators850$58,230$27.990.2
49Financial Analysts830$58,130$27.950.2
50Business Operations Specialists, All Other830$63,870$30.710.7
51Financial Managers820$87,420$42.030.4
52Accountants and Auditors810$73,400$35.290.9
53First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers770$38,620$18.570.6
54Carpenters760$64,420$30.970.7
55Compliance Officers740$65,840$31.660.2
56Civil Engineers730$80,550$38.730.2
57Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products690$77,480$37.250.9
58Construction Laborers670$42,750$20.550.8
59Human Resources Specialists660$62,570$30.080.35
60Computer User Support Specialists610$54,630$26.260.4
61Billing and Posting Clerks610$38,800$18.660.3
62Lawyers610$104,050$50.030.5
63Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants610$59,220$28.470.35
64Self-Enrichment Education Teachers600$50,100$24.090.2
65Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks590$48,710$23.420.2
66Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers560$31,200$150.6
67Food Preparation Workers560$29,150$14.020.6
68Tellers550$33,670$16.190.3
69Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers530$34,040$16.370.8
70Sales Representatives, Services, All Other480$48,380$23.260.6
71Electricians460$69,980$33.640.4
72Medical Assistants450$39,030$18.760.45
73Bartenders440$31,020$14.910.4
74Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics440$43,830$21.070.5
75Dental Assistants430$44,210$21.260.2
76Substitute Teachers430$36,120$17.370
77Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria410$29,090$13.990.3
78Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents400$55,490$26.680
79Urban and Regional Planners400$72,510$34.860
80First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers400$60,210$28.950.3
81Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations390$37,150$17.860.65
82Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners380$26,100$12.550.9
83Packers and Packagers, Hand380$29,700$14.280.45
84Security Guards380$32,760$15.750.7
85Legal Secretaries370$46,150$22.190.1
86Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors370$32,670$15.710.2
87Dishwashers360$24,490$11.770.3
88Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers350$28,780$13.840.3
89Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health340$62,740$30.170.1
90Medical Secretaries340$42,180$20.280.4
91Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists330$30,260$14.550.4
92Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers330$76,570$36.810.4
93Insurance Sales Agents330$48,410$23.270.3
94Court, Municipal, and License Clerks320$46,120$22.170.1
95Real Estate Sales Agents320$67,010$32.220.2
96Loan Officers320$64,590$31.050.2
97Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors310$50,140$24.110
98Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop310$24,880$11.960.3
99First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers310$73,480$35.330.4
100Dental Hygienists300$97,020$46.640.1
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Jobs More Common Near Olympia Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$51,930109,400
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$40,62017,790
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$28,35010,010
Sales and Related Occupations$39,4409,600
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$63,2308,220
Management Occupations$97,9207,170
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$50,7906,730
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$35,7406,080
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$83,1005,560
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$80,5605,520
Construction and Extraction Occupations$58,0604,150
Personal Care and Service Occupations$30,4003,950
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$46,8503,710
General and Operations Managers$98,0403,690
Retail Salespersons$29,8303,640
Healthcare Support Occupations$34,0703,610
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$33,0302,960
Office Clerks, General$35,1702,950
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$25,2702,780
Production Occupations$42,9102,490
Customer Service Representatives$36,8902,480
Protective Service Occupations$56,7102,230
Community and Social Service Occupations$54,0602,200
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$67,4702,190
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$45,2802,190
Cashiers$28,8702,120
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$54,0402,000
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$33,0601,810
Waiters and Waitresses$29,7501,790
Registered Nurses$73,2001,740
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$75,8401,660
Computer Network Architects$87,0201,650
Computer Systems Analysts$75,9801,640
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$30,9301,560
Nursing Assistants$28,3901,440
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$41,5501,390
Personal Care Aides$27,7601,330
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$33,8701,250
Legal Occupations$89,1501,180
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$42,6301,060
Cooks, Restaurant$28,5801,040
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$55,5701,040
Bus Drivers, School or Special Client$33,7801,030
Management Analysts$62,8501,010
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$42,7101,000
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$43,200930
Receptionists and Information Clerks$29,140900
Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators$58,230850
Financial Analysts$58,130830
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$63,870830

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$51,930109,400
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$40,62017,790
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$28,35010,010
Sales and Related Occupations$39,4409,600
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$63,2308,220
Management Occupations$97,9207,170
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$50,7906,730
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$35,7406,080
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$83,1005,560
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$80,5605,520
Construction and Extraction Occupations$58,0604,150
Personal Care and Service Occupations$30,4003,950
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$46,8503,710
General and Operations Managers$98,0403,690
Retail Salespersons$29,8303,640
Healthcare Support Occupations$34,0703,610
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$33,0302,960
Office Clerks, General$35,1702,950
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$25,2702,780
Production Occupations$42,9102,490
Customer Service Representatives$36,8902,480
Protective Service Occupations$56,7102,230
Community and Social Service Occupations$54,0602,200
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$67,4702,190
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$45,2802,190
Cashiers$28,8702,120
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$54,0402,000
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$33,0601,810
Waiters and Waitresses$29,7501,790
Registered Nurses$73,2001,740
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$75,8401,660
Computer Network Architects$87,0201,650
Computer Systems Analysts$75,9801,640
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$30,9301,560
Nursing Assistants$28,3901,440
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$41,5501,390
Personal Care Aides$27,7601,330
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$33,8701,250
Legal Occupations$89,1501,180
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$42,6301,060
Cooks, Restaurant$28,5801,040
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$55,5701,040
Bus Drivers, School or Special Client$33,7801,030
Management Analysts$62,8501,010
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$42,7101,000
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$43,200930
Receptionists and Information Clerks$29,140900
Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators$58,230850
Financial Analysts$58,130830
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$63,870830

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