MANUFACTURING

INCLUDING AEROSPACE AT A GLANCE

Manufacturing has been an important industry in Seattle-King County for over a century. A wide variety of food, medical, and high-tech products for use across the world are made here. New technologies are changing the industry, but an increase in retirements due to an aging workforce creates new career opportunities in the region.

 

OPPORTUNITY IN MANUFACTURING

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NOW

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2,520

businesses in Seattle-King County

103,518

jobs in Seattle-King County

$112,746

average annual earnings

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2028

Plus
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39%

retirement from manufacturing jobs

39%

Inspector & Tester

plus
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plus

38%

Aircraft Assembler

plus

36%

CNC Machinist

plus

24%

Industrial Engineer

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MANUFACTURING PROPERTIES

WORK AREAS

Apparel

Medical devices

Shipbuilding

Food

Aerospace

Communication

TOOLS
OF THE TRADE

Attention to detail

Critical thinking

POPULATION BASICS

MANUFACTURING WORKERS BY AGE

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14-18 (1%)

2018

19-24 (7%)

25-34 (24%)

35-44 (23%)

45-54 (21%)

55-64 (18%)

65+ (6%)

MANUFACTURING WORKERS BY EDUCATION

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Less than HS (9%)

HS or equivalent (20%)

Some college or Associate's (33%)

Bachelor's or Advanced (38%)

2017

 

CAREER MAP

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This map includes some of the most in-demand manufacturing jobs in Seattle-King County, which has a specialized focus on aerospace, including airplane manufacturing and supplier networks. Industry branches range from design to quality control, and although education can accelerate engineering pathways, hands-on experience is essentials for most occupations.

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ADVANCED DEGREE OR SIGNIFICANT EXPERIENCE

ASSOCIATE'S OR BACHELOR'S OR MODERATE EXPERIENCE

LESS THAN ASSOCIATE'S OR SOME EXPERIENCE

Apprenticeships available!

  • Earn a wage immediately

  • Learn new skills, get higher pay

  • On-the-job mentorship learning model

  • Obtain a nationally recognized professional certification

  • Earn college credits towards certificates & degrees

Professional, Scientific & Technical Services

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TRANSFER SKILLS TO

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Transportation

Machine Operator

$15 - $26

Aircraft Assembler

$22 - $37

Inspector & Tester

$18 - $36

Metal & Plastic Worker

$17 - $30

Quality Assurance Inspector

$18 - $36

Precision Metal Fabricator

$14 - $20

Welder, Cutter, Solderer & Brazer

$17 - $28

Tool & Die Maker

$23 - $41

CNC Machinist

$19 - $40

Supervisor of Production & Operating Workers

$23 - $46

CNC Programmer

$30 - $55

PRODUCTION & QUALITY CONTROL

Manufacturing & Production Manager

$44 - $53

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Aircraft Mechanic

$21 - $41

Industrial Maintenance Technician

$21 - $36

Supervisor of Mechanics & Repairs

$22 - $43

Quality Assurance Manager

$49 - $60

DESIGN & PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

Manufacturing Engineer

$14 - $24

Aerospace Engineer

$42 - $71

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Planning & Expediting Clerk

$16 - $28

Electrical Engineer

$37 - $64

Engineering Manager

$55 - $88

- Operator
- Helper

- Deburrer

- Production Operator

- Inventory Clerk

$18 - $36

START

ENTRY-LEVEL
(MAY REQUIRE CERTIFICATION)

Industrial Engineering Technician

$20 - $37

Industrial Engineer 

$38 - $61

Mechanical Engineer

$30 - $57

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Maritime

Range of hourly wages from entry-level to experienced (2018), Emsi