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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

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 103320 $49750 $23.92 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 17850 $38720 $18.62 14.8
3 Sales and Related Occupations 9810 $38600 $18.56 10.15
4 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 9570 $26730 $12.85 8.3
5 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 7490 $60410 $29.05 5.05
6 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 7150 $48560 $23.35 6.15
7 Management Occupations 6430 $93570 $44.99 6.05
8 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 5680 $34730 $16.7 6.45
9 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 5290 $85950 $41.32 5.75
10 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 4950 $75200 $36.16 2.8
11 Retail Salespersons 3710 $28920 $13.91 3.1
12 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 3590 $46290 $22.26 3.8
13 Construction and Extraction Occupations 3510 $54950 $26.42 4.4
14 General and Operations Managers 3380 $91700 $44.09 1.4
15 Personal Care and Service Occupations 3140 $28340 $13.62 4.1
16 Customer Service Representatives 3060 $33230 $15.98 1.75
17 Healthcare Support Occupations 2990 $35340 $16.99 3.05
18 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 2950 $30470 $14.65 3.7
19 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 2850 $23550 $11.32 2.15
20 Production Occupations 2780 $40910 $19.67 5.85
21 Office Clerks, General 2530 $33890 $16.3 2
22 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 2220 $43530 $20.93 1.6
23 Cashiers 2110 $27410 $13.18 2.25
24 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 2010 $65300 $31.4 0.9
25 Community and Social Service Occupations 1890 $51800 $24.9 1.65
26 Registered Nurses 1830 $84470 $40.61 1.9
27 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1820 $29960 $14.41 1.6
28 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 1790 $57250 $27.52 1.7
29 Protective Service Occupations 1760 $55180 $26.53 2.25
30 Waiters and Waitresses 1680 $28830 $13.86 1.6
31 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 1540 $73030 $35.11 1.65
32 Computer Network Architects 1460 $83490 $40.14 0.1
33 Computer Systems Analysts 1420 $68710 $33.03 0.4
34 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 1370 $30690 $14.75 1.6
35 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 1280 $39660 $19.07 0.9
36 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 1150 $54700 $26.3 1
37 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 1100 $30720 $14.77 1.2
38 Cooks, Restaurant 1030 $26210 $12.6 0.75
39 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 980 $40290 $19.37 1.1
40 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 970 $41950 $20.17 1
41 Nursing Assistants 880 $26810 $12.89 1.05
42 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 860 $32870 $15.8 0.3
43 Legal Occupations 860 $83890 $40.33 0.8
44 Management Analysts 830 $62210 $29.91 0.5
45 Financial Analysts 790 $54330 $26.12 0.2
46 Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators 790 $56630 $27.23 0.2
47 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 790 $61700 $29.66 0.7
48 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 780 $43950 $21.13 1.2
49 Receptionists and Information Clerks 770 $29330 $14.1 0.7
50 Accountants and Auditors 750 $69190 $33.26 0.9
51 Personal Care Aides 740 $24550 $11.8 1.3
52 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 710 $74880 $36 1
53 Financial Managers 700 $84480 $40.61 0.4
54 Civil Engineers 670 $77230 $37.13 0.2
55 Food Preparation Workers 660 $28370 $13.64 0.6
56 Compliance Officers 640 $60950 $29.3 0.2
57 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 640 $37030 $17.8 0.6
58 Tellers 630 $35950 $17.29 0.3
59 Carpenters 630 $61490 $29.56 0.6
60 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 620 $30730 $14.77 0.6
61 Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks 610 $46780 $22.49 0.2
62 Human Resources Specialists 570 $58620 $28.18 0.3
63 Self-Enrichment Education Teachers 530 $47150 $22.67 0.25
64 Bartenders 510 $28610 $13.75 0.4
65 Computer User Support Specialists 500 $53530 $25.74 0.4
66 Packers and Packagers, Hand 490 $27310 $13.13 0.45
67 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 480 $45540 $21.89 0.6
68 Billing and Posting Clerks 480 $36420 $17.51 0.35
69 Lawyers 460 $94650 $45.5 0.5
70 Dental Assistants 460 $43120 $20.73 0.2
71 Electricians 460 $56630 $27.23 0.4
72 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 460 $30940 $14.88 0.8
73 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 450 $55390 $26.63 0.5
74 Construction Laborers 440 $43330 $20.83 0.8
75 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 440 $44420 $21.36 0.5
76 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 440 $26130 $12.56 1
77 Medical Assistants 410 $38850 $18.68 0.45
78 Counter and Rental Clerks 390 $33070 $15.9 0.3
79 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 380 $28110 $13.52 0.3
80 Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents 380 $52730 $25.35 0
81 Substitute Teachers 370 $35230 $16.94 0
82 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 370 $26850 $12.91 0.3
83 Software Developers, Applications 370 $98730 $47.46 0.5
84 Urban and Regional Planners 360 $70130 $33.72 0
85 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 360 $61670 $29.65 0.3
86 Security Guards 340 $31000 $14.9 0.7
87 Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors 330 $30300 $14.57 0.2
88 Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health 330 $61110 $29.38 0.1
89 Real Estate Sales Agents 330 $69620 $33.47 0.2
90 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 320 $23880 $11.48 0.3
91 Driver/Sales Workers 320 $29150 $14.01 0.3
92 Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks 320 $41590 $19.99 0.2
93 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 310 $28180 $13.55 0.4
94 Pharmacy Technicians 310 $39880 $19.17 0.25
95 Insurance Sales Agents 300 $54080 $26 0.3
96 Dishwashers 300 $23220 $11.16 0.3
97 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 300 $23510 $11.3 0.25
98 Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 290 $42770 $20.56 0.6
99 Legal Secretaries 290 $40750 $19.59 0.1
100 Childcare Workers 280 $22770 $10.95 0.8
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Jobs More Common Near Olympia Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 49,750 103,320
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 38,720 17,850
Sales and Related Occupations 38,600 9,810
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 26,730 9,570
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 60,410 7,490
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 48,560 7,150
Management Occupations 93,570 6,430
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 34,730 5,680
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 85,950 5,290
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 75,200 4,950
Retail Salespersons 28,920 3,710
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 46,290 3,590
Construction and Extraction Occupations 54,950 3,510
General and Operations Managers 91,700 3,380
Personal Care and Service Occupations 28,340 3,140
Customer Service Representatives 33,230 3,060
Healthcare Support Occupations 35,340 2,990
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 30,470 2,950
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 23,550 2,850
Production Occupations 40,910 2,780
Office Clerks, General 33,890 2,530
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 43,530 2,220
Cashiers 27,410 2,110
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 65,300 2,010
Community and Social Service Occupations 51,800 1,890
Registered Nurses 84,470 1,830
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 29,960 1,820
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 57,250 1,790
Protective Service Occupations 55,180 1,760
Waiters and Waitresses 28,830 1,680
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 73,030 1,540
Computer Network Architects 83,490 1,460
Computer Systems Analysts 68,710 1,420
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 30,690 1,370
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 39,660 1,280
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 54,700 1,150
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 30,720 1,100
Cooks, Restaurant 26,210 1,030
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 40,290 980
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 41,950 970
Nursing Assistants 26,810 880
Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 32,870 860
Legal Occupations 83,890 860
Management Analysts 62,210 830
Financial Analysts 54,330 790
Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators 56,630 790
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 61,700 790
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 43,950 780
Receptionists and Information Clerks 29,330 770
Accountants and Auditors 69,190 750

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 49,750 103,320
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 38,720 17,850
Sales and Related Occupations 38,600 9,810
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 26,730 9,570
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 60,410 7,490
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 48,560 7,150
Management Occupations 93,570 6,430
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 34,730 5,680
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 85,950 5,290
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 75,200 4,950
Retail Salespersons 28,920 3,710
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 46,290 3,590
Construction and Extraction Occupations 54,950 3,510
General and Operations Managers 91,700 3,380
Personal Care and Service Occupations 28,340 3,140
Customer Service Representatives 33,230 3,060
Healthcare Support Occupations 35,340 2,990
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 30,470 2,950
Production Occupations 40,910 2,780
Office Clerks, General 33,890 2,530
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 43,530 2,220
Cashiers 27,410 2,110
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 65,300 2,010
Community and Social Service Occupations 51,800 1,890
Registered Nurses 84,470 1,830
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 29,960 1,820
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 57,250 1,790
Protective Service Occupations 55,180 1,760
Waiters and Waitresses 28,830 1,680
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 73,030 1,540
Computer Network Architects 83,490 1,460
Computer Systems Analysts 68,710 1,420
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 30,690 1,370
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 39,660 1,280
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 54,700 1,150
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 30,720 1,100
Cooks, Restaurant 26,210 1,030
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 40,290 980
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 41,950 970
Nursing Assistants 26,810 880
Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 32,870 860
Legal Occupations 83,890 860
Management Analysts 62,210 830
Financial Analysts 54,330 790
Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators 56,630 790
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 61,700 790
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 43,950 780
Receptionists and Information Clerks 29,330 770
Accountants and Auditors 69,190 750
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 74,880 710

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