The information presented here is an overview of the Snohomish County economy. Its primary purpose is to support a comparative evaluation of our community as a location for new business ventures; the data also has value for those considering an expansion of an operating business. It is recognized that a deeper dive requires additional information. Please contact Matt Smith to request project-specific support.
EASC is tracking key economic indicators to measure activity, employment, and overall vitality throughout the county. Click on the links below to view the statistics.
Snohomish County is a blend of urban and suburban, white and blue collar.
We have a well-educated employed workforce of over 400,000, many of whom commute to jobs in King County job centers such as Bellevue, Seattle and Redmond.
Northern Snohomish County is the manufacturing center of Washington State. Twenty-two percent of our workforce is associated with manufacturing; over twice the State average. The assembly of commercial aircraft is significant in our local economy with over 41,000 jobs in both The Boeing Company and the associated supply chain. This supply chain, representing both products and services, is not limited to Boeing: many are doing business with Airbus while looking for opportunities with the growing list of single-aisle airframe manufacturers. Additionally, these suppliers have diversified to serve multiple markets including shipbuilding, defense, energy generation, and more. The northern part of the county also has workers engaged in the military at Naval Station Everett, as well as health care and government administrative positions around Everett.
Southern Snohomish County, with its proximity to Seattle, has a concentration of knowledgeable workers and life science companies, with a particular cluster in the Bothell/Canyon Park area. On the life science side, we have a cluster of medical device companies with a specific focus in ultrasound diagnostics. Philips Healthcare and Sonosite have a combined workforce of 2,600. On the pharmaceutical side and smaller in scale, CMC Biologics has 300 scientists researching and producing pharmaceuticals on a contract basis. Juno Therapeutics has a facility to develop cell therapy technology for cancer treatment.
Snohomish County houses some of the best education systems in Washington State. The Washington State University Medical School at North Puget Sound provides first class medical training locally for students. Washington Aerospace Training and Research (WATR) Center offers shortened, fast-paced programs for students that prepare them for entry-level positions in the aerospace industry. Boeing is a main employer of these students after graduation. Everett Community College’s Advanced Manufacturing Training and Education Center (AMTEC) and the WATR Center are training their students in cutting-edge composite manufacturing and skills.
Breakdown of our employed workforce, based on SOC codes.
|SOC||Standard Occupational Code (SOC) Description||Employment|
|00-0000||Total All Occupations||329,006|
|43-0000||Office and Administrative Support Occupations||38,515|
|41-0000||Sales and Related Occupations||32,981|
|35-0000||Food Preparation and Serving-Related Occupations||26,080|
|47-0000||Construction and Extraction Occupations||24,569|
|13-0000||Business and Financial Operations Occupations||18,086|
|17-0000||Architecture and Engineering Occupations||17,015|
|25-0000||Education, Training and Library Occupations||17,013|
|53-0000||Transportation and Material Moving Occupations||16,804|
|39-0000||Personal Care and Serve Occupations||15,076|
|29-0000||Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations||13,756|
|49-0000||Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations||12,560|
|37-0000||Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations||12,285|
|15-0000||Computer and Mathematical Occupations||9,078|
|31-0000||Healthcare Support Occupations||7,853|
|33-0000||Protective Service Occupations||5,702|
|27-0000||Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media Occupations||5,493|
|21-0000||Community and Social Services Occupations||5,334|
|19-0000||Life, Physical and Social Science Occupations||2,074|
|45-0000||Farming, Fishing and Forestry Occupations||1,259|
|2017 Estimated Employment | source - WA ESD Employment Projections|
Sources- U.S. Census, WA ESD, Sperling's Best Places | Updated 2017
|Population, 2016 Estimate||787,620|
|Persons under 18 years||22.9%|
|Persons 65 years and over||12.5%|
|Persons 18-64 years||64.6%|
|Foreign born persons||14.8%|
|High school graduate or higher||91.6%|
|Bachelor's degree or higher||29.9%|
|Home ownership rate||66.0%|
|Single family detached housing||64.5%|
|Median home value||$293,000|
|Median household income||$70,722|
|Persons below poverty-level||9.3%|
|Private business establishments||20,579|
|Labor force (2017)||418,970|
|Total employed (2017)||403,126|
|Mean travel time to work, minutes||30.6|
|Cost of living index (US average is 100)||135|
Education & Training
Economic Alliance Snohomish County works closely and is co-located with Workforce Snohomish (Formerly Workforce Development Council). Workforce Snohomish oversees the implementation, local planning and management of the federal Workforce Investment Act in Snohomish County. Visit the Workforce Snohomish website for more information.
Snohomish County is home to numerous institutions offering a wide array of choices and diversity in degree programs—all aimed toward equipping today’s students with the skills and education necessary for prospering in the competitive and ever-advancing economy of tomorrow. Graduation statistics for any of the following institutions is available from EASC.
Private Universities & Colleges
|CITY UNIVERSITY OF SEATTLE||cityu.edu||1000 SE Everett Mall Way||Everett, WA|
|COLUMBIA COLLEGE||ccis.edu||2000 W Marine View Dr.||
EMBRY RIDDLE AERONAUTICAL UNIVERSITY
|worldwide.erau.edu||2333 Seaway Blvd. Room 226||Everett, WA|
|EVEREST COLLEGE||everest.edu||906 SE Everett Mall Way #600||Everett, WA|
Public Universities & Colleges
CENTRAL WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
|cwu.edu/lynnwood||20000 68th Ave. W||Lynnwood, WA|
|NORTHWEST INDIAN COLLEGE -TULALIP||nwic.edu||7707 36th Ave NW||Tulalip, WA|
WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY
NORTH PUGET SOUND AT EVERETT
Gray Wolf Hall 2000 Tower Street
|UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON BOTHELL||uwb.edu||18115 Campus Way NE||Bothell, WA|
|EVERETT UNIVERSITY CENTER
||everettuc.org||2000 Tower Street||Everett, WA|
Community & Technical Colleges
|CASCADIA COLLEGE||cascadia.edu||18345 Campus Way NE||Bothell, WA|
CENTER OF EXCELLENCE
FOR AEROSPACE & ADVANCED
9711 32nd Place West
|EDMONDS COMMUNITY COLLEGE||edcc.edu||20000 68th Ave. W||
|EVERETT COMMUNITY COLLEGE||everettcc.edu||2000 Tower Street||Everett, WA|
|lwtech.edu||11605 132nd Ave. NE||Kirkland, WA|
Information about specific workforce training initiatives and funding programs is available from the WA State Board for Community & Technical Colleges.
Taxes & Incentives
Washington State takes an atypical approach to taxation. Businesses in Washington (and Snohomish County) will pay:
- No corporate income tax
- No personal income tax
- No unitary tax (VAT)
- No inventory tax
- No tax on interest, dividends or capital gains
Business and Occupation Tax (B&O)
In place of a corporate income tax, Washington levies a B&O tax on the gross receipts of business activity occurring in the State. The primary rate classifications are:
|Classification||Rate (applied to receipts)|
|Manufacturing (aerospace - incl. parts, assemblies, and tooling)||0.2904%|
|Aerospace Product Development||0.9%|
Property taxes are assessed and collected by the County government. Taxes are distributed to the County, cities, school districts, hospital district, libraries and the State.
Real Property Tax Rate 2017 county average
$11.20 per $1000 of assessed value, at 100% of market value.
Personal Property Tax Rate 2017 county average
$11.20 per $1000 of assessed value, at 100% of market value. Detailed property tax information is available through the Snohomish County Assessor.
Businesses operating on public property (e.g. airport property, municipal property) pay a leasehold tax in lieu of property tax. The tax rate is 12.84% of the rent paid.
Retail Sales and Use Tax
The Retail Sales Tax is Washington’s principal tax source. Businesses making retail sales in Washington collect sales tax from their customer. A retail sale is the sale of tangible personal property. It is also the sale of services such as installation, repair, cleaning, altering, improving, construction, and decorating. Major exemptions to the sales tax include purchases for resale, groceries and prescription drugs, interstate and foreign sales, and manufacturing/processing equipment.
The Use Tax is applied on taxable items purchased in another state if that state did not collect sales tax. Use Tax rates are the same as Sales Tax.
Local Tax1.2% - 3.0%
Total7.7% - 9.5%
Complete information on the Sales and Use Tax can be found through the Department of Revenue.
Snohomish County cities use the issuance of the business license as their taxing vehicle. These license fees are not consistent from city to city. Some are a flat fee, some are assessed based on the number of employees or employee hours worked during the calendar year. The City of Everett uses the local option Business and Occupation Tax, assessed on gross revenues earned at the rate of 0.10%. There is no license required on businesses located in unincorporated Snohomish County. Please contact EASC for additional information or refer to specific City websites.
State Tax Incentive Programs Deferrals, Exemptions, and Credits
Washington State has an extensive assortment of tax incentives which are difficult to present here. We highlight below those that are most frequently of interest to business located in Snohomish County. This link directs you to a pdf with a complete overview of what is available at the Washington State Department of Revenue.
Reduced B&O Tax rate for aerospace manufacturing.
Credit against the B&O Tax for preproduction development expenditures.
- Credit against the B&O Tax for property/leasehold taxes paid on aerospace manufacturing facilities.
- Sales & Use Tax exemption for computer hardware/software and peripherals.
- Manufacturers of solar energy systems/components can take advantage of a reduced B&O Tax rate. Additionally, installed equipment for the generation of alternative energy is exempt from the Sales Tax.
B&O Tax exemption/deduction for manufacturers of fresh fruits and vegetables, seafood, and dairy products.
The Job Skills Program offers customized training through the Community College system with 50% cost share by the State.
- The Customized Employment Training Program provides a credit against the B&O Tax for 50% of training costs.
All manufacturing equipment is exempt from Sales Tax.
Industry & Major Employers
Industry Sectors in Snohomish County - With Employment Levels
|Total Employment (non-farm)
|Mining, Logging, Construction||20,300|
|Trade, Transportation, Utilities||46,000|
|Professional / Business Services||24,600|
|Education and Health Services||33,300|
|Leisure and Hospitality||25,700|
Source: WA ESD, July 2015, preliminary
Snohomish County's Largest Employers
Snohomish County is home to over 20,000 businesses, ranging from small family farms specializing in organic foods, to the world’s largest advanced manufacturing facility producing state-of art aerospace equipment. The fifty largest employers account for over 100,000 jobs, or about 35% of the County’s total employment.
A full list of the 2015 Fifty (50) Largest Employers in Snohomish County can be found HERE
The table below shows the Top 20 private and public sector employers in Snohomish County as of 2015.
|Rank||Company||Business Line||Total 2015||Private / Public|
|1||The Boeing Company||Aircraft Manufacturing||38,000||Private|
|2||Naval Station Everett||U.S. Navy Base||6,500||Public|
|3||Washington State (includes colleges)||State Government||5,400||Public|
|4||Providence Regional Medical Center||Medical Services||3,500||Private|
|5||Tulalip Tribes Enterprises||Gaming, Real Estate, Gov't Services||3,200||Private/Public|
|6||Snohomish County Government||County Government||2,700||Public|
|7||Premera Blue Cross||Heath Insurer||2,400||Private|
|8||Everett Clinic||Heath Care||2,150||Private|
|10||Everett School District||School District||2,025||Public|
|11||Edmonds School District||School District||1,865||Public|
|12||Swedish Edmonds Hospital||Health Care||1,850||Private|
|13||Philips Medical Systems||Ultrasound Technology||1,800||Private|
|14||Marysville School District||School District||1,693||Public|
|15||Fred Meyer||Retail - Grocery||1,650||Private|
|17||City of Everett||City Government||1,327||Public|
|18||Fluke Corp. (Danaher)||Electronic Test & Measurement||1,200||Private|
|19||Monroe Correctional Complex||State Gov't - Corrections||1,000||Public|
|20||Aviation Technical Services||Aircraft Repair/Maintenance/Parts||1,000||Private|
Our metropolitan area is the headquarters for firms with national and worldwide recognition, including:
|Coinstar/ Redbox||Vending Equipment|
|Microsoft||Hardware / Software|
|Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI)||Outdoor clothing/equipment|
Information about companies by industry is available. Please contact Matt Smith at 425.248.4214.
The region has multiple deep-water port facilities offering service to destinations worldwide. The Port of Everett is located in the center of Snohomish County. Container, break-bulk and barge facilities are available for cargo movement. The Port operates Foreign Trade Zone #85 and is the largest recreational marina on the US West Coast. The Ports of Seattle and Tacoma (located 25 and 55 miles south respectively) have numerous scheduled liner services. Seattle handles 2.1 Million TEU’s annually; Tacoma handles 1.9 Million TEU’s. The Port of Edmonds in South Snohomish County offers marina facilities for the recreational boater.
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SeaTac) is the primary airport serving the region; it offers commercial passenger and cargo service worldwide and is approximately 40 miles south of Everett. Snohomish County Airport Paine Field is a full-service general aviation airport adjacent to the Boeing Everett plant that accommodates the largest aircraft. Scheduled commercial passenger service is not currently available but is under review.
The Interstate 5 Freeway runs north/south from the Canadian border to Mexico. It traverses Snohomish County, providing direct trucking links throughout the West Coast. Seattle is the western terminus for Interstate 90, the major east/west freeway for the northern U.S. that takes you to Boston. For Fiscal Years 2012-15, $435 million in Snohomish County highway projects are funded.
The Burlington Northern/Santa Fe Railroad owns the freight rail network in Snohomish County. The Union Pacific brings freight as far as their Seattle yard. Sound Transit offers commuter rail service connecting Everett in the north through Seattle to the City of Tacoma in the south. The Sound Transit regional light rail system is under construction; when complete the system will take a traveler from Everett to the SeaTac Airport.
The Washington State Ferry System is an extension of the state highway system and is the largest of its kind in the world. On a daily basis, it transports thousands of workers in and out of Snohomish County from residential communities across the water.
Community Transit, Everett Transit and Sound Transit are the three main transit authorities serving Snohomish County.
ELECTRICITYElectricity in the county is provided by Snohomish County Public Utility District No. 1 (PUD). The PUD is publicly-owned by the residents of the county. The PUD purchases 80% of its power from the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), an entity of the US Department of Energy. BPA power is generated by hydroelectric dams, a renewable resource. The PUD has power purchase agreements for biomass and wind-generated electricity. It is evaluating investments in tidal, geothermal and other sources of renewable, sustainable power. 86% of the power supplied by the PUD comes from renewable resources. General Service – Medium Load (Schedule 20) rates range from $0.06-08/kWh. Snohomish County PUD Rate Schedule
GASDistribution of natural gas in Snohomish County is provided by Puget Sound Energy (PSE), a regional, investor-owned utility. Natural gas comes primarily from Canada. PSE is taking an active interest in renewable power for distribution in counties where they also provide electricity. They operated three wind farms which generate 773 megawatts of electricity. A 500 kW solar project is located at one of the windfarms. Gas rates are based on a variable cost of gas plus a delivery charge of $0.31527 per therm (Commercial Industrial General Service No. 31). PSE Rate Schedule
WATER/ WASTEWATERWater and wastewater service in most of Snohomish County is provided through the City of Everett, supplemented by local resources. The City’s systems were originally developed to serve a pulp and paper industry that is no longer present. Significant capacity is available. City of Everett Water Service Rate
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