The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County

Manufacturing careers

For many decades, the manufacturing industry has been an important part of our local economy and workforce. Companies in the Puget Sound region make food products, industrial machinery, transportation equipment, clothes and textiles—and of course, airplanes.

Although manufacturing is subject to ups and downs, and has had overall flat employment during the last decade, it remains a significant industry in terms of volume of jobs, quality of jobs and wages, and contribution to the local economy. The average wage for manufacturing in King County in 2009 was $70,982.

Green or "sustainable" manufacturing is growing in the Puget Sound region. These companies make products that reduce or fix pollution and/or use processes that do not pollute, conserve energy and natural resources, are safe for employees, communities and customers, and make a profit for the company.