Why Seattle-King County?
Maritime & Logistics
Data Sources: Washington State Employment Security Department, 2015; Washington State Department of Revenue, 2015; Washington Military Alliance; Washington Aerospace Economic Impacts 2016 Update; US International Trade Administration, 2014. All data is King County.
The maritime industry in Washington State generated a total of $37.8 billion in direct, indirect and induced revenues in 2015 and supported 69,500 direct jobs, according to a comprehensive study performed by Community Attributes Inc. for the Washington Maritime Federation and the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County. The 2,300 maritime businesses statewide fall into six core subsectors: Passenger Water Transportation; Ship Building, Repair, and Maintenance; Maritime Logistics and Shipping; Commercial Fishing and Seafood Products; Recreational Boating and Boat Building, and Maritime Support Services.
For every direct maritime job, an additional 1.8 jobs were supported elsewhere in the state economy, and every $1 million in revenue generated by maritime businesses supported 11 jobs elsewhere in the economy. Maritime wages in 2015 averaged $67,000 per year compared to the 2015 state average wage of $56,700. The industry, as a whole, paid nearly $4.7 billion in wages in 2015. Industry-wide, revenues have grown 2.4 percent since 2012, with Maritime Logistics and Shipping seeing the highest growth rate at 5.2 percent. The job outlook for the sector also appears rosy, with ample opportunities for job seekers. Retaining and recruiting skilled employees is a top priority for the cluster.
The 2017 study was supported through the generous support of The Workforce Development Council of Seattle & King County, the Transportation Institute, the Economic Development Council of Seattle & King County, BNSF Railway, Wells Fargo, the Economic Development Alliance Snohomish County, the Puget Sound Ports Council- Maritime Trades Department- AFL-CIO, and the Washington State Department of Commerce.
Mark H. Gleason
Maritime & Logistics Business Development Manager
In 2013 the EDC—in partnership with the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County and the Puget Sound Regional Council—commissioned the Washington State Maritime Cluster Economic Impact Study which sought to quantify the impact of the maritime industry across Washington State in order to better understand and strengthen its contribution to the regional economy.
The study, conducted by Seattle-based research firm Community Attributes, found that industry-wide, revenues have grown 6.4% per year on average with Maritime Logistics and Shipping seeing the highest growth rate at 10.2%. The job outlook for the sector also appears rosy, with ample opportunities for job seekers. Retaining and recruiting skilled employees is a top priority for the cluster. Key highlights of the study include: The 2,090 maritime businesses statewide fall into five core subsectors: Passenger Water Transportation; Boat and Ship Building, Repair, and Maintenance; Maritime Logistics and Shipping; Fishing and Seafood Products; and Maritime Support Services.
The Industry’s reach goes well beyond Western Washington with 139 establishments and 2,200 workers located across eighteen counties in Eastern Washington. The cluster had induced and indirect impacts of an additional $14.8 billion in revenue in Washington State, for a total impact of nearly $30 billion in 2012.
For every direct maritime job, an additional 1.6 jobs were supported elsewhere in the state economy, and every $1 million in sales by maritime businesses supported nearly 10 jobs elsewhere in the economy. Fishing and Seafood Processing accounted for nearly 60% of the industry’s revenues, with Maritime Logistics and Shipping accounting for another 25%. Industry-wide, revenues have grown 6.4% per year on average with the largest growth rate in Maritime Logistics and Shipping at a robust 10.2%.
Maritime occupations most in demand during the next eight years are expected to be: civil engineers; meat and fish cutters and trimmers; sailors and marine oilers; fishers and related fishing workers; laborers and freight, stock and material movers; and captains, mates and pilots.
Washington Maritime Federation - The Washington Maritime Federation is an association of associations, comprised of maritime organizations and business organizations who have come together to support the industry.
The maritime industry is diverse with subsectors in shipbuilding, fishing, water transportation, logistics and shipping and more. There are good organizations supporting these subsectors, but no overarching entity supporting the industry as a whole. This new association of associations also includes general business organizations such as chambers and economic development councils.