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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

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations89640$44,020$21.16100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations11990$38,080$18.3114.35
3Transportation and Material Moving Occupations8960$34,290$16.486.55
4Sales and Related Occupations8630$39,640$19.069.9
5Education, Training, and Library Occupations7510$48,890$23.56.05
6Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations7250$27,540$13.248.55
7Production Occupations6600$37,130$17.855.7
8Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations5200$30,730$14.770.65
9Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations5080$86,400$41.545.8
10Personal Care and Service Occupations4230$29,340$14.114.3
11Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse4040$30,110$14.480.3
12Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations3680$44,200$21.253.8
13Construction and Extraction Occupations3250$46,970$22.584.45
14Retail Salespersons3110$31,840$15.312.85
15Management Occupations2900$103,540$49.786.15
16Healthcare Support Occupations2710$33,820$16.263
17Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food2690$25,630$12.322.3
18Personal Care Aides2550$27,470$13.211.5
19Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations2530$30,460$14.643.65
20Cashiers2410$26,190$12.592.2
21Business and Financial Operations Occupations2250$63,730$30.645.25
22Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand2080$27,590$13.261.7
23Office Clerks, General2050$36,640$17.621.9
24Community and Social Service Occupations1920$45,340$21.81.65
25Registered Nurses1880$74,210$35.681.95
26Protective Service Occupations1810$51,600$24.812.2
27Packers and Packagers, Hand1660$27,540$13.240.45
28Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers1470$42,690$20.521.2
29Stock Clerks and Order Fillers1440$30,180$14.511.3
30Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1310$30,900$14.861.55
31Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders1250$31,620$15.20.2
32Maintenance and Repair Workers, General1130$40,990$19.710.9
33Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive1130$38,400$18.461.5
34General and Operations Managers1060$102,020$49.051.5
35Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks1050$40,690$19.561.05
36Nursing Assistants1020$29,780$14.321
37Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators850$36,490$17.550.35
38Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products850$71,280$34.270.9
39Computer and Mathematical Occupations840$72,740$34.972.9
40Customer Service Representatives840$36,100$17.361.75
41Waiters and Waitresses830$27,970$13.451.7
42Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers790$39,290$18.890.6
43Substitute Teachers790$41,270$19.840
44First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers730$55,210$26.541
45First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers690$56,160$270.95
46Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations680$47,830$231.8
47Construction Laborers680$37,040$17.810.8
48Receptionists and Information Clerks630$31,570$15.180.7
49Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products620$25,240$12.140
50Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations620$57,770$27.770.8
51Architecture and Engineering Occupations560$67,390$32.41.7
52First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers560$54,050$25.980.4
53Carpenters550$48,860$23.490.7
54Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners530$25,660$12.340.9
55Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers510$32,780$15.760
56Bus Drivers, School or Special Client510$36,990$17.780.3
57First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers510$38,390$18.460.6
58Medical Assistants500$36,080$17.350.45
59Cooks, Restaurant490$27,890$13.410.8
60Food Preparation Workers490$25,680$12.350.6
61Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers490$30,020$14.430.8
62Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria470$31,780$15.280.3
63Security Guards470$34,550$16.610.7
64Accountants and Auditors460$70,660$33.970.9
65Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics430$38,550$18.530.5
66Legal Occupations430$74,780$35.950.8
67Tellers430$30,420$14.620.3
68Dental Assistants420$37,550$18.050.2
69First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors420$51,460$24.740
70Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education390$32,770$15.750.3
71Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks390$34,180$16.430.4
72Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers380$41,920$20.150.3
73Business Operations Specialists, All Other360$62,650$30.120.7
74Bartenders350$28,100$13.510.4
75Dishwashers350$24,870$11.960.3
76Childcare Workers340$26,170$12.580.8
77Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment340$25,690$12.350.2
78Social and Human Service Assistants340$33,190$15.960.25
79Electricians330$55,900$26.870.4
80Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses330$45,810$22.020.5
81Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers320$43,640$20.980.2
82Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers320$72,620$34.910.4
83Parts Salespersons310$31,770$15.280.2
84Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors310$42,380$20.370
85Billing and Posting Clerks290$38,730$18.620.3
86Human Resources Specialists290$52,830$25.40.35
87Rehabilitation Counselors290$40,310$19.380.1
88Firefighters280$45,490$21.870.2
89First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers280$63,780$30.660.3
90Counter and Rental Clerks270$28,500$13.70.3
91Child, Family, and School Social Workers260$51,280$24.660.2
92Machinists250$44,620$21.450.25
93Painters, Construction and Maintenance250$40,960$19.690.2
94Pharmacy Technicians250$38,040$18.290.3
95Medical Secretaries240$35,740$17.180.4
96Driver/Sales Workers230$26,510$12.740.3
97Food Batchmakers230$33,080$15.90.1
98Home Health Aides230$26,550$12.760.7
99Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers230$39,910$19.190.3
100Healthcare Social Workers220$50,220$24.150.1
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Jobs More Common Near Yakima Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$44,02089,640
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$38,08011,990
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$34,2908,960
Sales and Related Occupations$39,6408,630
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$48,8907,510
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$27,5407,250
Production Occupations$37,1306,600
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations$30,7305,200
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$86,4005,080
Personal Care and Service Occupations$29,3404,230
Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse$30,1104,040
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$44,2003,680
Construction and Extraction Occupations$46,9703,250
Retail Salespersons$31,8403,110
Management Occupations$103,5402,900
Healthcare Support Occupations$33,8202,710
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$25,6302,690
Personal Care Aides$27,4702,550
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$30,4602,530
Cashiers$26,1902,410
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$63,7302,250
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$27,5902,080
Office Clerks, General$36,6402,050
Community and Social Service Occupations$45,3401,920
Registered Nurses$74,2101,880
Protective Service Occupations$51,6001,810
Packers and Packagers, Hand$27,5401,660
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$42,6901,470
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$30,1801,440
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$30,9001,310
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders$31,6201,250
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$40,9901,130
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$38,4001,130
General and Operations Managers$102,0201,060
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$40,6901,050
Nursing Assistants$29,7801,020
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$36,490850
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$71,280850
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$72,740840
Customer Service Representatives$36,100840
Waiters and Waitresses$27,970830
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$39,290790
Substitute Teachers$41,270790
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$55,210730
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$56,160690
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$47,830680
Construction Laborers$37,040680
Receptionists and Information Clerks$31,570630
Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products$25,240620
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$57,770620

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$44,02089,640
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$38,08011,990
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$34,2908,960
Sales and Related Occupations$39,6408,630
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$48,8907,510
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$27,5407,250
Production Occupations$37,1306,600
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations$30,7305,200
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$86,4005,080
Personal Care and Service Occupations$29,3404,230
Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse$30,1104,040
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$44,2003,680
Construction and Extraction Occupations$46,9703,250
Retail Salespersons$31,8403,110
Management Occupations$103,5402,900
Healthcare Support Occupations$33,8202,710
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$25,6302,690
Personal Care Aides$27,4702,550
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$30,4602,530
Cashiers$26,1902,410
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$63,7302,250
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$27,5902,080
Office Clerks, General$36,6402,050
Community and Social Service Occupations$45,3401,920
Registered Nurses$74,2101,880
Protective Service Occupations$51,6001,810
Packers and Packagers, Hand$27,5401,660
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$42,6901,470
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$30,1801,440
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$30,9001,310
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders$31,6201,250
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$40,9901,130
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$38,4001,130
General and Operations Managers$102,0201,060
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$40,6901,050
Nursing Assistants$29,7801,020
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$36,490850
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$71,280850
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$72,740840
Customer Service Representatives$36,100840
Waiters and Waitresses$27,970830
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$39,290790
Substitute Teachers$41,270790
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$55,210730
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$56,160690
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$47,830680
Construction Laborers$37,040680
Receptionists and Information Clerks$31,570630
Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products$25,240620
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$57,770620

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