Average wages by county (map)

Average Wages, 1980

Inflation-Adjusted to 2015 Dollars

  • In 1980, the average wage for Washington was $37,312 (inflation adjusted to 2015 dollars).
  • Garfield and San Juan counties had the lowest average wages at $23,128 and $23,845, respectively.
  • Skamania County had the highest average wage at $53,584 because of the high construction wages at the North Bonneville Dam project.
  • Seven counties had average wages higher than the state average.

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Average Wages, 1990

Inflation-Adjusted to 2015 Dollars

  • In 1990, the average wage for Washington was $37,666 (inflation adjusted to 2015 dollars).
  • Columbia and Douglas counties had the lowest average wages at $23,299 and $23,544, respectively.
  • King County had the highest average wage at $43,193.
  • Four counties had average wages higher than the state average.

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Average Wages, 2000

Inflation-Adjusted to 2015 Dollars

  • In 2000, the average wage for Washington was $50,437 (inflation adjusted to 2015 dollars).
  • Okanogan and Pacific counties had the lowest average wages at $28,703 and $29,695 respectively.
  • King County had the highest average wage at $63,924 and was the only county with average wage higher than the state average.

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Average Wages, 2015

Inflation-Adjusted to 2015 Dollars

  • In 2015 the average wage for Washington was $57,057.
  • Okanogan and San Juan counties had the lowest average wages at $32,723 and $33,811 respectively.
  • King County had the highest average wage at $72,764. No other county had an average wage at or above the state average.

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Change in Average Wage, 2000-2015

Inflation-Adjusted to 2015 Dollars

  • Overall, between 2000 and 2015, the real average wage for Washington State increased by 13.1 percent.
  • Columbia County, with an increase of 25.1 percent, led the way followed by Klickitat County with 23.6 percent.
  • Seventeen counties grew at below average rates because they were either more severely impacted by the great recession later in the measurement period, or were in poor performing resource-dependent areas.

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Last updated: August 16, 2017
E-mail: OFM.Forecasting@ofm.wa.gov