What kind of jobs are there in Seattle, WA?

Seattle is a well-employed area, and the unemployment rate is the same as the national rate. In addition to technology jobs at companies like Amazon, Microsoft and Zillow, Seattleites find careers in major industries like biotech and health care, and maritime industries, including both shipping and fishing. The metro area also has a significant manufacturing industry, with companies like Boeing and Weyerhaeuser employing thousands of residents.

The bigger issue in Seattle is finding jobs that pay livable wages, though with the introduction of a $15 an hour minimum wage, that may be less of a concern. The average salary in Seattle is higher than the national average, but not enough to keep up with the metro area's cost of living.

Job Market Index

Index Score: 8.2 /10

How we calculate this.

Seattle has a healthier job market than similarly sized metro areas.

Average Annual Salary



Unemployment Rate 2019

of people are without a job

0.4% lower than national average

Unemployment Rate Over Time

Data sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.