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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 Occupations225730$46000$22.12100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations37520$36870$17.7314.35
3Sales and Related Occupations25000$37710$18.139.9
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations20810$25520$12.278.55
5Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations15420$80370$38.645.8
6Transportation and Material Moving Occupations14900$35790$17.26.55
7Education, Training, and Library Occupations14260$49300$23.76.05
8Production Occupations12500$39150$18.825.7
9Business and Financial Operations Occupations10710$64900$31.25.25
10Management Occupations9620$99180$47.686.15
11Construction and Extraction Occupations9550$51290$24.664.45
12Retail Salespersons8770$30940$14.882.85
13Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations8600$47700$22.933.8
14Personal Care and Service Occupations8410$28630$13.764.3
15Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations7960$29920$14.393.65
16Healthcare Support Occupations7650$32370$15.563
17Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food6390$23610$11.352.3
18Registered Nurses5700$80560$38.731.95
19Cashiers5690$24910$11.982.2
20Customer Service Representatives5230$33660$16.181.75
21Office Clerks, General4840$33510$16.111.9
22Protective Service Occupations4840$49270$23.692.2
23Community and Social Service Occupations4700$45270$21.771.65
24Computer and Mathematical Occupations4200$70970$34.122.9
25Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners3930$29880$14.371.55
26Personal Care Aides3910$24700$11.881.5
27Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand3740$28850$13.871.7
28Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations3360$44690$21.491.8
29Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive3180$36200$17.41.5
30Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks3130$40910$19.671.05
31General and Operations Managers3100$103040$49.541.5
32Waiters and Waitresses3050$24730$11.891.7
33Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers3000$42400$20.391.2
34Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products2970$59480$28.60.9
35Architecture and Engineering Occupations2710$71270$34.261.7
36Stock Clerks and Order Fillers2710$31770$15.271.3
37Nursing Assistants2480$28660$13.781
38First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers2190$54660$26.280.95
39Maintenance and Repair Workers, General2150$39190$18.840.9
40Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers2100$29770$14.310.8
41Receptionists and Information Clerks2050$29160$14.020.7
42Security Guards1730$28030$13.480.7
43Food Preparation Workers1700$26650$12.810.6
44Cooks, Restaurant1660$26460$12.720.8
45Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers1640$35960$17.290.6
46First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers1640$47670$22.921
47Accountants and Auditors1640$64770$31.140.9
48Construction Laborers1520$41060$19.740.8
49Business Operations Specialists, All Other1500$65340$31.410.7
50Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations1470$59240$28.480.8
51Billing and Posting Clerks1450$34020$16.360.3
52Carpenters1400$49940$24.010.7
53First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers1370$34190$16.440.6
54Team Assemblers1360$32560$15.650.65
55Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1310$24640$11.850.9
56Substitute Teachers1240$31740$15.260
57Legal Occupations1200$77180$37.10.8
58Home Health Aides1190$25000$12.020.7
59Medical Assistants1170$35460$17.050.45
60Sales Representatives, Services, All Other1150$49750$23.920.6
61Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop1150$24510$11.790.3
62Bus Drivers, School or Special Client1100$32680$15.710.3
63Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics1080$46170$22.20.5
64Packers and Packagers, Hand1080$28220$13.570.45
65Tellers1040$29880$14.370.3
66First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers1040$59580$28.640.4
67Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks1030$35340$16.990.4
68Counter and Rental Clerks1020$32730$15.740.3
69Electricians1010$61390$29.510.4
70Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria970$29800$14.330.3
71Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists960$61660$29.650.4
72Cooks, Fast Food940$24230$11.650.3
73Medical Secretaries930$39710$19.090.4
74Insurance Sales Agents930$46970$22.580.3
75Bartenders930$26460$12.720.4
76Dishwashers860$22620$10.880.3
77Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks830$39460$18.970.2
78Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators790$49890$23.990.2
79Software Developers, Applications780$83300$40.050.55
80Loan Officers750$61440$29.540.2
81Human Resources Specialists740$57520$27.650.35
82Machinists740$40320$19.380.25
83First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers730$62910$30.240.3
84Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education730$24590$11.820.3
85Financial Managers730$104230$50.110.4
86Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators720$59460$28.590.2
87Computer User Support Specialists720$49540$23.820.4
88Computer Systems Analysts720$81860$39.360.4
89First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers720$66670$32.050.4
90Rehabilitation Counselors710$43360$20.850.1
91Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products700$55290$26.580.2
92Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses690$49840$23.960.5
93Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers690$39670$19.070.3
94Pharmacists690$116470$560.2
95Firefighters690$61580$29.610.2
96Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment680$24940$11.990.2
97Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers670$22600$10.860.3
98Mental Health Counselors660$41540$19.970.1
99Dental Assistants650$39420$18.950.2
100Sales Managers640$98740$47.470.2
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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 Occupations46,000225,730
Office and Administrative Support Occupations36,87037,520
Sales and Related Occupations37,71025,000
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations25,52020,810
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations80,37015,420
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations35,79014,900
Education, Training, and Library Occupations49,30014,260
Production Occupations39,15012,500
Business and Financial Operations Occupations64,90010,710
Management Occupations99,1809,620
Construction and Extraction Occupations51,2909,550
Retail Salespersons30,9408,770
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations47,7008,600
Personal Care and Service Occupations28,6308,410
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations29,9207,960
Healthcare Support Occupations32,3707,650
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food23,6106,390
Registered Nurses80,5605,700
Cashiers24,9105,690
Customer Service Representatives33,6605,230
Office Clerks, General33,5104,840
Protective Service Occupations49,2704,840
Community and Social Service Occupations45,2704,700
Computer and Mathematical Occupations70,9704,200
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners29,8803,930
Personal Care Aides24,7003,910
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand28,8503,740
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations44,6903,360
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive36,2003,180
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks40,9103,130
General and Operations Managers103,0403,100
Waiters and Waitresses24,7303,050
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers42,4003,000
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products59,4802,970
Architecture and Engineering Occupations71,2702,710
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers31,7702,710
Nursing Assistants28,6602,480
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers54,6602,190
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General39,1902,150
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers29,7702,100
Receptionists and Information Clerks29,1602,050
Security Guards28,0301,730
Food Preparation Workers26,6501,700
Cooks, Restaurant26,4601,660
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers35,9601,640
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers47,6701,640
Accountants and Auditors64,7701,640
Construction Laborers41,0601,520
Business Operations Specialists, All Other65,3401,500
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations59,2401,470

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 Occupations46,000225,730
Office and Administrative Support Occupations36,87037,520
Sales and Related Occupations37,71025,000
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations25,52020,810
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations80,37015,420
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations35,79014,900
Education, Training, and Library Occupations49,30014,260
Production Occupations39,15012,500
Business and Financial Operations Occupations64,90010,710
Management Occupations99,1809,620
Construction and Extraction Occupations51,2909,550
Retail Salespersons30,9408,770
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations47,7008,600
Personal Care and Service Occupations28,6308,410
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations29,9207,960
Healthcare Support Occupations32,3707,650
Registered Nurses80,5605,700
Customer Service Representatives33,6605,230
Office Clerks, General33,5104,840
Protective Service Occupations49,2704,840
Community and Social Service Occupations45,2704,700
Computer and Mathematical Occupations70,9704,200
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners29,8803,930
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand28,8503,740
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations44,6903,360
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive36,2003,180
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks40,9103,130
General and Operations Managers103,0403,100
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers42,4003,000
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products59,4802,970
Architecture and Engineering Occupations71,2702,710
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers31,7702,710
Nursing Assistants28,6602,480
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers54,6602,190
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General39,1902,150
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers29,7702,100
Receptionists and Information Clerks29,1602,050
Security Guards28,0301,730
Food Preparation Workers26,6501,700
Cooks, Restaurant26,4601,660
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers35,9601,640
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers47,6701,640
Accountants and Auditors64,7701,640
Construction Laborers41,0601,520
Business Operations Specialists, All Other65,3401,500
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations59,2401,470
Billing and Posting Clerks34,0201,450
Carpenters49,9401,400
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers34,1901,370
Team Assemblers32,5601,360

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