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Careers with Largest Employment
These are the occupations that employed the most people in 2016 (for states) or 2019 (nationally). You can view this list for any state by changing the location shown to the left.
We found 775 occupations in Washington.
Rank Occupation
2016
 Employment
Earnings Typical Education
1
Retail salespersons
105,630
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
2
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food
81,560
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
3
Office clerks, general
75,490
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
4
Cashiers
67,530
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
5
Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse
65,410
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
6
Software developers, applications
60,500
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
7
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand
60,290
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearNo formal educational credential
8
Registered nurses
58,080
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
9
Personal care aides
53,150
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
10
Waiters and waitresses
51,910
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
11
Customer service representatives
51,110
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
12
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners
51,090
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
13
General and operations managers
49,690
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
14
Carpenters
45,840
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
15
Teacher assistants
45,480
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearSome college, no degree
16
Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive
42,760
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
17
Construction laborers
40,650
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearNo formal educational credential
18
Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers
38,030
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
19
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks
37,920
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearSome college, no degree
20
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products
36,790
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
21
Business operations specialists, all other
35,890
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
22
Accountants and auditors
35,510
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
23
Maintenance and repair workers, general
35,100
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
24
Stock clerks and order fillers
34,350
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
25
First-line supervisors of retail sales workers
33,800
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
26
Nursing assistants
31,340
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
27
Elementary school teachers, except special education
30,740
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
28
Managers, all other
30,740
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
29
Cooks, restaurant
30,090
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
30
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers
29,940
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearNo formal educational credential
31
First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers
29,060
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
32
Management analysts
27,600
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
33
Maids and housekeeping cleaners
26,330
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
34
Receptionists and information clerks
24,480
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
35
Real estate sales agents
24,350
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
36
Painters, construction and maintenance
22,400
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearNo formal educational credential
37
Electricians
21,870
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
38
First-line supervisors of food preparation and serving workers
21,770
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
39
Light truck or delivery services drivers
21,470
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
40
Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists
21,380
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
41
Packers and packagers, hand
20,420
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
42
Food preparation workers
20,260
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
43
Childcare workers
19,670
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
44
Security guards
19,380
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
45
Market research analysts and marketing specialists
19,370
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
46
Computer systems analysts
18,800
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
47
Sales representatives, services, all other
18,460
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
48
Computer user support specialists
17,320
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearSome college, no degree
49
Human resources specialists
17,160
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
50
Automotive service technicians and mechanics
16,340
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
51
Secondary school teachers, except special and career/technical education
16,230
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
52
First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers
15,760
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
53
Construction managers
15,750
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
54
Software developers, systems software
15,670
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
55
Computer occupations, all other
15,600
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
56
Lawyers
15,510
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearDoctoral or professional degree
57
First-line supervisors of production and operating workers
15,200
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
58
Bus drivers, school or special client
15,090
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
59
Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop
14,390
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
60
Financial managers
14,130
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
61
Bartenders
13,820
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
62
Medical assistants
13,790
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
63
Computer and information systems managers
13,740
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
64
Dishwashers
12,630
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
65
Cooks, institution and cafeteria
12,430
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
66
Computer programmers
12,300
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
67
Aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers
12,170
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
68
Billing and posting clerks
12,170
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
69
Civil engineers
12,140
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
70
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers
12,040
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
71
Self-enrichment education teachers
11,950
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
72
First-line supervisors of mechanics, installers, and repairers
11,940
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
73
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks
11,840
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
74
Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters
11,810
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
75
Marketing managers
11,500
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
76
Dental assistants
11,360
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
77
Tellers
10,760
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
78
Machinists
10,700
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
79
Insurance sales agents
10,550
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
80
Middle school teachers, except special and career/technical education
10,510
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
81
Production, planning, and expediting clerks
10,450
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
82
Counter and rental clerks
10,310
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearNo formal educational credential
83
Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants
10,290
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
84
Industrial truck and tractor operators
10,070
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearNo formal educational credential
85
Preschool teachers, except special education
10,060
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearAssociate's degree
86
Police and sheriff's patrol officers
9,940
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
87
Kindergarten teachers, except special education
9,870
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
88
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers
9,820
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
89
Network and computer systems administrators
9,510
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
90
Compliance officers
9,270
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
91
Home health aides
9,270
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
92
Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors
9,160
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
93
Driver/sales workers
9,040
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
94
Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers
9,020
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
95
Massage therapists
8,820
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
96
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators
8,590
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
97
Firefighters
8,480
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
98
Coaches and scouts
8,450
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearBachelor's degree
99
Cleaners of vehicles and equipment
8,420
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
100
Sales managers
8,240
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree