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Yakima Employment

Employment and Industries in the Yakima, Washington Area

Yakima, Washington produces about 75% of the all the hops grown in the United States. Yakima is also known for its apple industry. The region also produces other types of fruits and different varieties of vegetables. A number of workers are involved with picking and processing as well as marketing and support services for the thriving agricultural sector.

Notable companies involved with food processing are Smuckers, Del-Monte, Seneca Foods and Tree Top. The wine industry has been a bright spot for the Yakima region. The area includes more than fifty wineries.

Yakima is home to aerospace companies such as GE Aviation, Filtrona Extrusion and Cub Crafters. In addition, healthcare and educational services are major industries.

Noteworthy data regarding Yakima, Washington: Adult residents holding a bachelor's degree or better: 16%. Cost of living index in 2008: 84.3 (national average: 100). Average salary in 2009: $27,000.

Yakima's top job providing sectors are healthcare, educational services; agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting; grocery related product merchant wholesalers; technical sales support, construction, and accommodation and food services.

The largest employers in Yakima Washington:

  • Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital - Medical
  • Yakima School District No. 7 - Education
  • Walmart - Distribution Center/Retail Stores
  • Yakima County - Government
  • Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic
  • Yakima Regional - Medical
  • City of Yakima - Government
  • Yakima Valley Community College - Education
  • Shields Bag & Printing Co - Plastics and printing manufacturing
  • Washington Fruit & Produce Co - Fruit packing
  • Yakima Training Center - Government
  • Quality Transportation/Haney - Trucking/Transportation Brokers
  • Snowkist Growers - Food Processing
  • GE Aviation Systems - Aircraft Hydraulics/Manufacturing
  • Del Monte Foods - Food processing
  • Safeway Stores, Inc - Grocery
  • Catholic Family & Child Service - Community service agency
  • Jack Frost Fruit - Fruit packing
  • Qwest - Telephone

Some of the associations offering assistance to Yakima businesses are:

Information regarding Yakima business and industry is provided by the Yakima Herald Republic.

Jobs in Yakima

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 85100 $42680 $20.52 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 11360 $36740 $17.66 14.8
3 Sales and Related Occupations 8310 $39030 $18.77 10.15
4 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 7520 $34390 $16.53 6.45
5 Production Occupations 7400 $34910 $16.78 5.85
6 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 7220 $47030 $22.61 6.15
7 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 7160 $25880 $12.44 8.3
8 Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 5230 $28870 $13.88 0.6
9 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 4560 $85800 $41.25 5.75
10 Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse 4520 $27680 $13.31 0.3
11 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 3860 $43290 $20.81 3.8
12 Construction and Extraction Occupations 3150 $46880 $22.54 4.4
13 Personal Care and Service Occupations 2980 $27280 $13.12 4.1
14 Management Occupations 2790 $102770 $49.41 6.05
15 Retail Salespersons 2750 $31580 $15.18 3.1
16 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 2610 $23340 $11.22 2.15
17 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 2560 $29260 $14.07 3.7
18 Cashiers 2550 $24760 $11.9 2.25
19 Healthcare Support Occupations 2440 $32040 $15.4 3.05
20 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 2210 $60470 $29.07 5.05
21 Protective Service Occupations 1700 $48280 $23.21 2.25
22 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 1670 $27320 $13.13 1.6
23 Community and Social Service Occupations 1660 $44620 $21.45 1.65
24 Office Clerks, General 1590 $34830 $16.75 2
25 Personal Care Aides 1560 $25360 $12.19 1.3
26 Registered Nurses 1510 $70740 $34.01 1.9
27 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 1480 $29600 $14.23 0.25
28 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1310 $30290 $14.57 1.6
29 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 1280 $42220 $20.3 1.2
30 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 1220 $36650 $17.62 1.6
31 Packers and Packagers, Hand 1200 $25600 $12.31 0.45
32 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 1120 $27500 $13.22 1.2
33 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 1070 $40290 $19.37 0.9
34 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 990 $40400 $19.42 1.1
35 General and Operations Managers 990 $94720 $45.54 1.4
36 Nursing Assistants 870 $26730 $12.85 1.05
37 Waiters and Waitresses 860 $28170 $13.54 1.6
38 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 840 $38230 $18.38 0.35
39 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 790 $74640 $35.89 1
40 Customer Service Representatives 780 $36680 $17.64 1.75
41 Receptionists and Information Clerks 780 $30310 $14.57 0.7
42 Substitute Teachers 770 $37070 $17.82 0
43 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 750 $67190 $32.3 2.8
44 Construction Laborers 720 $36660 $17.63 0.8
45 Helpers--Production Workers 710 $28570 $13.73 0.3
46 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 700 $54120 $26.02 1
47 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 680 $40950 $19.69 0.6
48 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 660 $54040 $25.98 1
49 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 630 $47380 $22.78 1.7
50 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 600 $55920 $26.88 0.9
51 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 560 $52620 $25.3 0.4
52 Medical Assistants 560 $34220 $16.45 0.45
53 Carpenters 550 $45680 $21.96 0.6
54 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 530 $27840 $13.38 0.8
55 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 530 $65220 $31.36 1.65
56 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 520 $23980 $11.53 1
57 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 500 $37950 $18.24 0.6
58 Team Assemblers 490 $32660 $15.7 0.75
59 Cooks, Restaurant 480 $25570 $12.29 0.75
60 Legal Occupations 470 $68330 $32.85 0.8
61 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 440 $40940 $19.68 0.5
62 Accountants and Auditors 440 $63660 $30.6 0.9
63 Food Preparation Workers 440 $23680 $11.38 0.6
64 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 420 $29480 $14.17 0.3
65 Security Guards 410 $32220 $15.49 0.7
66 Dental Assistants 410 $36360 $17.48 0.2
67 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 410 $36860 $17.72 0.3
68 Tellers 400 $29120 $14 0.3
69 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 400 $31430 $15.11 0.3
70 Order Clerks 380 $35930 $17.28 0.1
71 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 350 $37880 $18.21 0.3
72 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 350 $61710 $29.67 0.7
73 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 340 $32580 $15.66 0.4
74 Electricians 340 $57680 $27.73 0.4
75 Bartenders 330 $26220 $12.61 0.4
76 Industrial Machinery Mechanics 330 $48300 $23.22 0.2
77 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 320 $69650 $33.49 0.45
78 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 320 $46020 $22.12 0.5
79 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers 310 $44250 $21.28 0.2
80 Dishwashers 310 $23010 $11.06 0.3
81 Child, Family, and School Social Workers 300 $49140 $23.62 0.2
82 Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products 300 $26860 $12.91 0
83 Billing and Posting Clerks 300 $37610 $18.08 0.35
84 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 300 $60130 $28.91 0.3
85 Rehabilitation Counselors 290 $39720 $19.1 0.1
86 Human Resources Specialists 290 $53700 $25.82 0.3
87 Medical Secretaries 280 $36350 $17.48 0.4
88 Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 270 $244270 $117.44 0.2
89 Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 270 $32380 $15.57 0.1
90 Butchers and Meat Cutters 250 $36850 $17.72 0.1
91 Counter and Rental Clerks 250 $27340 $13.14 0.3
92 Parts Salespersons 250 $31910 $15.34 0.2
93 Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists 240 $40970 $19.7 0.2
94 Firefighters 240 $39970 $19.22 0.2
95 Pharmacy Technicians 240 $35540 $17.09 0.25
96 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 240 $53430 $25.69 0.6
97 Social and Human Service Assistants 230 $32710 $15.73 0.3
98 Childcare Workers 230 $23330 $11.22 0.8
99 Driver/Sales Workers 220 $27380 $13.16 0.3
100 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 210 $37090 $17.83 0.3
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Jobs More Common Near Yakima Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 42,680 85,100
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 36,740 11,360
Sales and Related Occupations 39,030 8,310
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 34,390 7,520
Production Occupations 34,910 7,400
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 47,030 7,220
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 25,880 7,160
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 28,870 5,230
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 85,800 4,560
Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse 27,680 4,520
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 43,290 3,860
Construction and Extraction Occupations 46,880 3,150
Personal Care and Service Occupations 27,280 2,980
Management Occupations 102,770 2,790
Retail Salespersons 31,580 2,750
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 23,340 2,610
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 29,260 2,560
Cashiers 24,760 2,550
Healthcare Support Occupations 32,040 2,440
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 60,470 2,210
Protective Service Occupations 48,280 1,700
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 27,320 1,670
Community and Social Service Occupations 44,620 1,660
Office Clerks, General 34,830 1,590
Personal Care Aides 25,360 1,560
Registered Nurses 70,740 1,510
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 29,600 1,480
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 30,290 1,310
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 42,220 1,280
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 36,650 1,220
Packers and Packagers, Hand 25,600 1,200
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 27,500 1,120
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 40,290 1,070
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 40,400 990
General and Operations Managers 94,720 990
Nursing Assistants 26,730 870
Waiters and Waitresses 28,170 860
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 38,230 840
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 74,640 790
Customer Service Representatives 36,680 780
Receptionists and Information Clerks 30,310 780
Substitute Teachers 37,070 770
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 67,190 750
Construction Laborers 36,660 720
Helpers--Production Workers 28,570 710
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 54,120 700
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 40,950 680
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 54,040 660
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 47,380 630
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 55,920 600

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 42,680 85,100
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 36,740 11,360
Sales and Related Occupations 39,030 8,310
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 34,390 7,520
Production Occupations 34,910 7,400
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 47,030 7,220
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 25,880 7,160
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 28,870 5,230
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 85,800 4,560
Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse 27,680 4,520
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 43,290 3,860
Construction and Extraction Occupations 46,880 3,150
Personal Care and Service Occupations 27,280 2,980
Management Occupations 102,770 2,790
Retail Salespersons 31,580 2,750
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 29,260 2,560
Healthcare Support Occupations 32,040 2,440
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 60,470 2,210
Protective Service Occupations 48,280 1,700
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 27,320 1,670
Community and Social Service Occupations 44,620 1,660
Office Clerks, General 34,830 1,590
Personal Care Aides 25,360 1,560
Registered Nurses 70,740 1,510
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 29,600 1,480
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 30,290 1,310
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 42,220 1,280
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 36,650 1,220
Packers and Packagers, Hand 25,600 1,200
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 27,500 1,120
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 40,290 1,070
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 40,400 990
General and Operations Managers 94,720 990
Nursing Assistants 26,730 870
Waiters and Waitresses 28,170 860
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 38,230 840
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 74,640 790
Customer Service Representatives 36,680 780
Receptionists and Information Clerks 30,310 780
Substitute Teachers 37,070 770
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 67,190 750
Construction Laborers 36,660 720
Helpers--Production Workers 28,570 710
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 54,120 700
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 40,950 680
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 54,040 660
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 47,380 630
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 55,920 600
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 52,620 560
Medical Assistants 34,220 560

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