Governor Inslee’s top priority is to create an economic climate where innovation and entrepreneurship can continue to thrive and create well-paying jobs in every corner of our state. Washington State’s Maritime sector comprises a robust and growing set of industries that contribute to achieving the Governor’s priority goal.
How do we define Washington’s Maritime sector:
Washington’s maritime industry is rooted in the historic strength of our natural resources, our strategic location and excellent transportation connections that provide efficient access to global markets. It is a diverse industry that includes:
Although maritime activity has long been a pillar of the state’s economy, it continues to grow (an average of 6.4% a year), utilizes the latest technologies, includes leading global companies, and today provides jobs with substantially better pay than the average for all industries. The average pay for a job in Washington is $52,000, while maritime workers are paid an average of $70,800 — totaling over $4 billion in wages.
Sector impacts on Washington’s economy:
The sector contributes more than $15 billion in gross business income, and directly employs 57,700 people. Including indirect and induced impacts, the sector is responsible for 146,000 jobs in the state and $30 billion in economic activity.
What’s next for Washington's Maritime Industry?
Top Items to Focus On:
Work with industry stakeholders, and within government, to:
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Communication and coordination
Despite the diversity of the sector, many issues are important to all segments of the industry. Improved transportation infrastructure, regulatory balance and workforce education and training are good examples. We will work with stakeholders to create coalitions like the Washington Maritime Federation to promote these improvements and to raise awareness of the importance of maritime activity to our economy.
Before joining the Department of Commerce in 2015 as the Director of Economic Development for the Maritime sector, Joshua served as Coordinator of the Washington Maritime Federation and brings extensive maritime industry experience to his position. During his career, he has developed a successful record of leadership in a number of positions including: Maritime Sector Business Development Manager for the Economic Development Council of Seattle and King County; Program Director and Marine Operations Manager at The Evergreen State College; and E3 Regional and Network Coordinator for the Environmental Education Association of Washington. Joshua is also a professional Merchant Mariner having worked in the towing industry and spent six years as captain, sail trainer and environmental educator with Sound Experience, aboard the schooner Adventuress.
Maritime Sector Lead