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Spokane Employment

Employment and Industries in the Spokane, Washington Area

Natural resources have traditionally been the base of Spokane's economy. Spokane is a major hub for the mining and timber industries. However, the city now also includes biotech and high-tech industries. The healthcare industry has a significant role in the economy and is increasing in economic importance to the city. Spokane is also a prominent center for the service sectors. In addition, the Fortune 1000 company Potlatch Corporation is headquartered in Spokane.

The top manufacturing industries are metal refinery and fabrication, finished wood products and food processing. Agriculture is also important to the region's economy. The region also has numerous wineries and breweries.

Economic development emphasizes aerospace, manufacturing, information technology, health sciences, digital media and clean technology.

All of the branches of the U.S. armed forces are represented in the region. The area's largest military facility is the Fairchild Air Force Base which employs a large number of civilians. The military facilities have a substantial economic impact on the region.

The top employer's in the Spokane area:

  • Fairchild Air Force Base
  • Sacred Heart Medical Center
  • U.S. Federal Government
  • Spokane School District 81
  • State of Washington
  • Signature Genomic Laboratories
  • Agilent
  • Cisco
  • General Dynamics
  • Telect

The top nonagricultural employment sectors in Spokane, Washington:

  • Transportation, trade and public utilities
  • Government
  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Professional and business services
  • Leisure and hospitality
  • Manufacturing

Details about Spokane, Washington: Estimated median household income in 2007: $39,000. The cost of living index in 2008: 85.0 (national average: 100). The adult population which has achieved a bachelor's degree or higher: 25%.

Local companies are invited to work with organizations including:

The Spokane Journal of Business provides details about local business and industry activities.

Jobs in Spokane

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations232920$47,320$22.75100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations38040$37,760$18.1514.35
3Sales and Related Occupations24640$37,850$18.29.9
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations21000$27,140$13.058.55
5Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations15180$81,860$39.365.8
6Transportation and Material Moving Occupations15070$38,440$18.486.55
7Education, Training, and Library Occupations14200$51,300$24.666.05
8Production Occupations12690$41,170$19.795.7
9Business and Financial Operations Occupations10880$64,270$30.95.25
10Personal Care and Service Occupations10770$30,400$14.614.3
11Management Occupations10320$103,320$49.676.15
12Construction and Extraction Occupations10090$52,310$25.154.45
13Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations9100$48,450$23.293.8
14Retail Salespersons8760$28,730$13.812.85
15Healthcare Support Occupations8330$32,980$15.863
16Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations7940$30,740$14.783.65
17Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food6060$25,100$12.072.3
18Personal Care Aides5830$26,660$12.821.5
19Cashiers5610$25,750$12.382.2
20Office Clerks, General5590$34,660$16.661.9
21Customer Service Representatives5290$35,140$16.91.75
22Registered Nurses5200$76,370$36.721.95
23Protective Service Occupations5180$47,740$22.952.2
24Community and Social Service Occupations4910$46,880$22.541.65
25Computer and Mathematical Occupations4850$72,400$34.812.9
26Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners3880$31,050$14.931.55
27Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand3640$32,350$15.551.7
28General and Operations Managers3300$107,710$51.781.5
29Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations3270$47,010$22.61.8
30Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers3190$43,840$21.081.2
31Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive3000$37,030$17.81.5
32Architecture and Engineering Occupations2910$72,680$34.941.7
33Waiters and Waitresses2910$27,290$13.121.7
34Stock Clerks and Order Fillers2880$32,220$15.491.3
35Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks2870$41,140$19.781.05
36Nursing Assistants2650$29,160$14.021
37Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products2640$66,000$31.730.9
38First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers2340$56,330$27.080.95
39Maintenance and Repair Workers, General2320$40,240$19.350.9
40Receptionists and Information Clerks2070$30,560$14.690.7
41Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations2050$65,840$31.650.8
42Security Guards1990$28,930$13.910.7
43Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers1980$31,100$14.950.8
44Accountants and Auditors1800$65,800$31.630.9
45Cooks, Restaurant1800$27,630$13.280.8
46Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers1780$38,410$18.470.6
47Construction Laborers1760$43,650$20.990.8
48Business Operations Specialists, All Other1720$67,480$32.440.7
49First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers1720$47,420$22.81
50Food Preparation Workers1600$28,400$13.660.6
51Billing and Posting Clerks1580$35,300$16.970.3
52First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers1580$35,840$17.230.6
53Carpenters1520$51,280$24.650.7
54Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1470$25,870$12.440.9
55Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop1390$24,780$11.920.3
56Home Health Aides1390$26,110$12.550.7
57Medical Assistants1390$35,070$16.860.45
58Substitute Teachers1270$33,400$16.060
59Legal Occupations1260$77,690$37.350.8
60Sales Representatives, Services, All Other1230$49,100$23.60.6
61Electricians1180$56,770$27.290.4
62Bus Drivers, School or Special Client1140$33,720$16.210.3
63Tellers1140$31,360$15.080.3
64Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers1130$33,900$16.30
65Packers and Packagers, Hand1130$32,050$15.410.45
66Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics1090$47,580$22.870.5
67First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers1080$62,280$29.940.4
68Insurance Sales Agents1020$46,020$22.130.3
69Dishwashers1010$24,200$11.640.3
70Bartenders1000$27,140$13.050.4
71Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria990$30,940$14.870.3
72Medical Secretaries940$37,820$18.180.4
73Computer User Support Specialists910$47,300$22.740.4
74Counter and Rental Clerks910$34,010$16.350.3
75Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks890$34,750$16.710.4
76Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers890$42,830$20.590.3
77Dental Assistants860$39,810$19.140.2
78Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors860$45,470$21.860
79Computer Systems Analysts850$82,480$39.660.4
80Child, Family, and School Social Workers840$48,370$23.260.2
81Machinists830$42,120$20.250.25
82Human Resources Specialists810$58,140$27.950.35
83Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators800$54,330$26.120.2
84Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment790$27,130$13.040.2
85Software Developers, Applications790$84,770$40.750.55
86First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers780$66,720$32.080.4
87Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists780$64,040$30.790.4
88First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers770$64,180$30.850.3
89Loan Officers770$61,670$29.650.2
90Financial Managers760$114,610$55.10.4
91Cooks, Fast Food750$26,150$12.570.3
92Childcare Workers730$26,200$12.60.8
93Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses720$51,520$24.770.5
94Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers710$24,170$11.620.3
95Rehabilitation Counselors700$41,540$19.970.1
96Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists690$34,880$16.770.4
97First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors680$59,890$28.80
98Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education650$30,130$14.490.3
99Social and Human Service Assistants640$36,580$17.590.25
100Pharmacy Technicians620$40,210$19.330.3
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Jobs More Common Near Spokane Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$47,320232,920
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$37,76038,040
Sales and Related Occupations$37,85024,640
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$27,14021,000
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$81,86015,180
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$38,44015,070
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$51,30014,200
Production Occupations$41,17012,690
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$64,27010,880
Personal Care and Service Occupations$30,40010,770
Management Occupations$103,32010,320
Construction and Extraction Occupations$52,31010,090
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$48,4509,100
Retail Salespersons$28,7308,760
Healthcare Support Occupations$32,9808,330
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$30,7407,940
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$25,1006,060
Personal Care Aides$26,6605,830
Cashiers$25,7505,610
Office Clerks, General$34,6605,590
Customer Service Representatives$35,1405,290
Registered Nurses$76,3705,200
Protective Service Occupations$47,7405,180
Community and Social Service Occupations$46,8804,910
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$72,4004,850
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$31,0503,880
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$32,3503,640
General and Operations Managers$107,7103,300
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$47,0103,270
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$43,8403,190
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$37,0303,000
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$72,6802,910
Waiters and Waitresses$27,2902,910
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$32,2202,880
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$41,1402,870
Nursing Assistants$29,1602,650
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$66,0002,640
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$56,3302,340
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$40,2402,320
Receptionists and Information Clerks$30,5602,070
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$65,8402,050
Security Guards$28,9301,990
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$31,1001,980
Accountants and Auditors$65,8001,800
Cooks, Restaurant$27,6301,800
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$38,4101,780
Construction Laborers$43,6501,760
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$67,4801,720
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$47,4201,720
Food Preparation Workers$28,4001,600

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$47,320232,920
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$37,76038,040
Sales and Related Occupations$37,85024,640
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$27,14021,000
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$81,86015,180
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$38,44015,070
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$51,30014,200
Production Occupations$41,17012,690
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$64,27010,880
Personal Care and Service Occupations$30,40010,770
Management Occupations$103,32010,320
Construction and Extraction Occupations$52,31010,090
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$48,4509,100
Retail Salespersons$28,7308,760
Healthcare Support Occupations$32,9808,330
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$30,7407,940
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$25,1006,060
Personal Care Aides$26,6605,830
Cashiers$25,7505,610
Office Clerks, General$34,6605,590
Customer Service Representatives$35,1405,290
Registered Nurses$76,3705,200
Protective Service Occupations$47,7405,180
Community and Social Service Occupations$46,8804,910
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$72,4004,850
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$31,0503,880
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$32,3503,640
General and Operations Managers$107,7103,300
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$47,0103,270
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$43,8403,190
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$37,0303,000
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$72,6802,910
Waiters and Waitresses$27,2902,910
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$32,2202,880
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$41,1402,870
Nursing Assistants$29,1602,650
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$66,0002,640
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$56,3302,340
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$40,2402,320
Receptionists and Information Clerks$30,5602,070
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$65,8402,050
Security Guards$28,9301,990
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$31,1001,980
Accountants and Auditors$65,8001,800
Cooks, Restaurant$27,6301,800
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$38,4101,780
Construction Laborers$43,6501,760
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$67,4801,720
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$47,4201,720
Food Preparation Workers$28,4001,600

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