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RELATIVE POPULARITY

Top 100 Jobs Relatively More Common in Washington Than Elsewhere

Whether you're looking for a career to pursue, or just want to get a feel for occupations in the state, the table below should be helpful. And we haven't seen anything like it from anyone else.

This table tells us which jobs are more common in Washington, relative to the state population, compared to their popularity in every other US state. A Local Popularity Index of 1.0 matches the average across all US states; higher and lower numbers indicate the job is proportionally more or less popular here.

RankJobMean Local Salary 2006Local Jobs 2006Local Popularity Index
1Log graders and scalers$42,11015027.8
2Logging workers$33,36529025.0
3Woodworkers$22,7902409.4
4Power distributors and dispatchers$68,3261509.1
5Graders and sorters, agricultural products$18,2763,7508.8
6Logging equipment operators$38,6307607.8
7Zoologists and wildlife biologists$62,2408607.5
8Gaming surveillance officers and gaming investigators$24,5804006.7
9Gaming and sports book writers and runners$20,4658906.4
10Grounds maintenance workers$27,3604106.2
11Riggers$45,6606006.1
12Aerospace engineering and operations technicians$78,1503305.7
13Forest and conservation technicians$33,5528405.4
14Cooks$27,7436205.2
15Ship engineers$61,3205404.8
16Hazardous materials removal workers$47,4872,5904.6
17Lay-out workers, metal and plastic$35,5703604.5
18Motorboat mechanics$39,1555404.2
19Social science research assistants$30,6055304.2
20Pile-driver operators$61,1401204.1
21Engine and other machine assemblers$30,8568103.9
22Tapers$39,3252,2303.8
23Urban and regional planners$60,1201,7203.8
24Aircraft cargo handling supervisors$40,8702403.8
25Glaziers$33,8662,1803.7
26Rehabilitation counselors$32,4285,8303.6
27Fiberglass laminators and fabricators$31,0306903.6
28Tank car, truck, and ship loaders$48,9304203.5
29Court, municipal, and license clerks$36,5343,8903.4
30Conservation scientists$67,3903803.3
31Transportation workers$34,0001,6803.3
32Sailors and marine oilers$42,4701,0103.2
33Gaming dealers$20,4803,5503.2
34Marine engineers and naval architects$65,7001903.1
35Insulation workers, floor, ceiling, and wall$41,3601,0103.0
36Aircraft mechanics and service technicians$47,4774,2003.0
37Media and communication workers$49,7951,1003.0
38Transportation inspectors$54,8506402.9
39Air traffic controllers$114,9404102.9
40Foresters$53,5701302.9
41Helpers--painters, paperhangers, plasterers, and stucco masons$26,3206902.8
42Vocational education teachers, postsecondary$43,9603,6902.8
43Umpires, referees, and other sports officials(varies)2102.8
44Designers$67,9603902.7
45Public address system and other announcers$31,4362302.7
46Physical scientists$84,9607202.7
47Choreographers$42,2203302.7
48Biological technicians$33,9252,3102.6
49Medical scientists, except epidemiologists$68,3352,7102.6
50Captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels$66,9009102.6
51Massage therapists$49,6761,3202.5
52Medical secretaries$31,45613,5802.5
53Mining and geological engineers, including mining safety engineers$66,7701102.5
54Fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators$46,0902302.5
55Purchasing agents and buyers, farm products$46,8862702.4
56Landscape architects$54,4306102.4
57Adult literacy, remedial education, and GED teachers and instructors$41,5301,5502.3
58Material moving workers$27,4381,2802.3
59Photographic process workers$25,0155502.3
60Civil engineers$65,0939,2602.3
61Hydrologists$72,4601802.2
62Technical writers$60,4431,7302.2
63Agricultural inspectors$37,6601602.2
64Legal support workers$45,4082,1402.2
65Logisticians$61,0251,7402.2
66Environmental scientists and specialists, including health$62,4102,5102.1
67Counter and rental clerks$23,99116,8102.1
68Computer specialists$65,9064,2202.1
69Metal workers and plastic workers$44,1057102.1
70Computer software engineers, applications$70,74517,6502.1
71Demonstrators and product promoters$20,9982,2502.1
72Gaming supervisors$41,4626702.1
73Coaches and scouts$34,5954,4102.0
74Dental laboratory technicians$39,9501,1902.0
75Teachers and instructors$32,59514,1402.0
76Separating, filtering, clarifying, precipitating, and still machine setters, operators, and tenders$42,3507702.0
77Fence erectors$43,0101302.0
78Market research analysts$58,3156,8302.0
79Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists$55,2916,0602.0
80Woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders, except sawing$27,3551,8502.0
81Museum technicians and conservators$33,3902102.0
82Medical equipment preparers$28,0981,1101.9
83Actors(varies)9701.9
84Office and administrative support workers$27,3248,9101.9
85Occupational health and safety specialists$64,5129601.9
86Electronic equipment installers and repairers, motor vehicles$22,6502701.9
87Meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers$25,5221,6201.9
88Health technologists and technicians$45,4111,9301.9
89Travel agents$29,0652,7601.8
90Outdoor power equipment and other small engine mechanics$28,0503301.8
91Electrical and electronics repairers, commercial and industrial equipment$51,0351,8701.8
92Statisticians$58,3304801.8
93Cartographers and photogrammetrists$59,3302501.8
94Millwrights$49,3368801.8
95Structural iron and steel workers$51,6731,6101.8
96Vocational education teachers, secondary school$47,8431,7501.7
97First-line supervisors/managers of fire fighting and prevention workers$71,4478701.7
98Veterinarians$67,0351,2401.7
99Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products$63,01510,7901.7
100Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop$18,60514,2801.7

ABSOLUTE POPULARITY

The Most Common Jobs in Washington

Unlike the table above, which shows where jobs in Washington are unusually common compared to other states, the table below lists jobs which are the most common in raw numbers in the state.

RankJob Local Jobs 2006Mean Local Salary 2006Local Popularity Index
1Retail salespersons74,830$25,9861.0
2Cashiers60,220$21,5841.0
3Office clerks, general52,720$26,4281.0
4Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food49,700$18,2701.3
5Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand41,840$23,5641.0
6Registered nurses41,110$58,2221.0
7Waiters and waitresses37,230$20,3331.0
8Customer service representatives35,800$28,6001.0
9Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks35,180$30,7921.1
10Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners31,680$23,9110.9
11Stock clerks and order fillers26,590$25,1870.9
12Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer25,470$35,1981.0
13Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products25,110$52,7061.0
14Teacher assistants23,250$24,6801.2
15First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers22,660$47,2890.9
16Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive21,010$30,9850.7
17Maintenance and repair workers, general19,530$34,9990.9
18Accountants and auditors19,410$56,2491.0
19Business operations specialists19,400$57,5831.2
20Carpenters19,050$41,4251.2
21Elementary school teachers, except special education18,980$46,2320.9
22Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants17,660$22,4230.8
23Computer software engineers, applications17,650$70,7452.1
24First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers17,400$44,4140.9
25Receptionists and information clerks17,240$22,4520.9
26Counter and rental clerks16,810$23,9912.1
27Construction laborers16,740$32,3771.0
28Cooks, restaurant16,260$21,3431.2
29Truck drivers, light or delivery services15,530$26,9471.0
30General and operations managers15,130$106,3290.5
31Packers and packagers, hand14,560$20,3831.1
32Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop14,280$18,6051.7
33Executive secretaries and administrative assistants14,230$41,4290.6
34Teachers and instructors14,140$32,5952.0
35Team assemblers13,860$27,0020.8
36Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks13,840$27,3731.1
37Medical secretaries13,580$31,4562.5
38Landscaping and groundskeeping workers13,400$24,7240.9
39Security guards13,130$26,8100.7
40Computer systems analysts12,060$63,8421.3
41Industrial truck and tractor operators11,740$31,2411.2
42Electricians11,290$51,4871.1
43Maids and housekeeping cleaners11,220$18,9610.8
44First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers11,060$33,1820.9
45Tellers10,960$23,2161.2
46Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education10,860$47,2731.2
47Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products10,790$63,0151.7
48Sales representatives, services10,660$50,5591.4
49First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers10,660$58,6061.1
50Computer support specialists10,590$38,1641.2
51Billing and posting clerks and machine operators10,330$29,5841.2
52Child care workers10,320$18,4711.1
53Food preparation workers9,920$19,7600.7
54Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education9,780$47,3730.7
55Bartenders9,740$20,7851.2
56First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers9,540$55,8310.9
57Automotive service technicians and mechanics9,510$38,0070.9
58Civil engineers9,260$65,0932.3
59Dishwashers9,080$17,5101.1
60Office and administrative support workers8,910$27,3241.9
61Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses8,820$37,4400.8
62Driver/sales workers8,360$25,7341.3
63Lawyers8,190$79,4810.8
64Medical assistants7,830$27,6401.2
65First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers7,780$58,6441.0
66Management analysts7,620$67,1770.9
67Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers7,610$17,2081.1
68Personal and home care aides7,610$20,1110.9
69Home health aides7,560$19,8340.7
70Network and computer systems administrators7,520$58,9481.5
71Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters7,500$50,9951.0
72Bus drivers, school7,420$31,0641.1
73Dental assistants6,950$31,7801.5
74Financial managers6,870$87,3480.8
75Market research analysts6,830$58,3152.0
76Loan officers6,580$57,7321.2
77Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists6,520$24,1041.1
78Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers6,370$37,5830.8
79Painters, construction and maintenance6,300$34,0521.4
80Cooks, fast food6,130$17,7630.6
81Cleaners of vehicles and equipment6,080$21,6041.1
82Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop6,080$17,3341.0
83Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists6,060$55,2912.0
84Police and sheriff's patrol officers6,000$54,6430.7
85Telemarketers5,930$23,7271.0
86First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers5,910$66,1021.1
87Rehabilitation counselors5,830$32,4283.6
88Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products5,800$53,3881.2
89Social and human service assistants5,640$24,1041.1
90Postal service mail carriers5,610$44,1801.0
91Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators5,510$48,7631.0
92Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers5,470$36,8301.1
93All other information and record clerks5,300$36,3931.0
94Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders5,280$24,9020.9
95Helpers--production workers5,170$23,6710.7
96Insurance sales agents5,160$56,2101.0
97Machinists4,940$39,2690.9
98Public relations specialists4,900$53,2451.4
99Sales managers4,760$103,8240.8
100Legal secretaries4,750$33,6411.0

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