City of Olympia
Economic & Demographic profile
A third of Olympia workers are currently paid less than $15/hour, and 19% are paid less than $12/hour.
|Number of workers||Percent of workforce|
|Making less than $15/hour||16,906||33%|
|Making less than $12/hour||9,842||19%|
|Making $12 - $15/hour||7,064||14%|
|Making more than $15/hour||34,439||67%|
|Workers paid less than $12||Workers paid between $12 and $15||All workers|
|Median Age||38 years old||39 years old||45 years old|
|Average Age||40 years old||40 years old||44 years old|
|% Native American or Alaskan Native||2%||2%||2%|
|% Asian/Pacific Islander||6%||5%||5%|
A majority of workers employed in retail and hospitality are paid less than $15/hour. Together, these two industries employ a combined 19.1% of the workforce — a bigger share than government alone does. These industries also have high shares of part-time work.
|Industry||Total workforce||Number of workers paid less than $12||Number of workers paid $12 - $15||Percent paid less than $15|
|Construction and Utilities||1180||139||133||23.1%|
|Transportation and Warehousing||405||41||51||22.7%|
|Finance and Insurance||2285||171||287||20.0%|
|Education, Health, and Social Services||9080||1677||1486||34.8%|
|Arts, Entertainment, Recreation||900||355||172||58.6%|
|Accommodation and Food Services||3625||2117||735||78.7%|
|Tribal Services and Other Services||2720||591||471||39.0%|
|Government and Public Education||16255||831||1101||11.9%|
|Industry||% of Workforce||% Part-time||Median wage|
Olympia rents have grown increasingly out of reach for even full-time minimum wage workers.
|Year||Median Rent||Hourly wage to afford median rent||Minimum wage||Hours at minimum wage to afford rent|
- 17.4% of Olympia residents required support from food stamps (SNAP) in the past 12 months
- 30.1% of students in the Olympia School District receive free or reduced-price lunches, and 472 students are currently homeless.
- 9.8% of employed people in Olympia have incomes below the poverty level, which is just $15,930 for a household of two.
The top 5% of Olympia households have almost twice as much income as the bottom 40% of households. Since 2007, Olympia has seen growth in only the poorest and richest households.
Notes: Analysis of American Community Survey Microdata and ESD Occupations and Wages by Puget Sound Sage. Other sources: OSPI; American Community Survey; US Census housing wage calculated at affordability standard of 30% of gross income to rent.
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