EDB releases annual ‘Major Employers’ list


The Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County has published its 2018 Major Employers list – a list of the top employers in Pierce County, WA. This year’s list identifies 259 Major Employers, each of which has 100 or more full-time equivalents. The employers included on this year’s list represent 163,205 jobs.

Building on last year’s growth trend, Pierce County’s major employers added thousands of workers to their payrolls. Companies qualifying for the Major Employers List for the first time include Wayne’s Roofing (152), Light Dental Studio (133), Insulation Northwest (128), Tactical Tailor (120), Lakewood Ford (102), Trident Seafoods (101), and P.M. Testing Laboratory (100).

Health care service providers continue to be Pierce County’s largest private employers. MultiCare Health System (7,705) and CHI Franciscan Health (6,786) retain their previous years’ positions. State Farm (1,637), Boeing (1,550), DaVita (1,184), Milgard Manufacturing (990), Kaiser Permanente (755), Columbia Bank (704), Toray Composite Materials America (565 tie), Regence (565 tie) round out the Top 10 spots.

As the state’s second-largest employer, the United States Military (Joint Base Lewis-McChord) remains Pierce County’s largest public employer with 53,000 FTEs. The State of Washington (7,621), City of Tacoma and Tacoma Public Utilities (3,591), Puyallup Tribe and Emerald Queen Casino (3,312), Pierce County Government (3,089), and United States Postal Service (1,336) retained their places in the Top 10. Public instruction is a large source of employment in the County, and four of the top places are held by school districts: Tacoma (3,333), Puyallup (2,190), Bethel (2,028), and Clover Park (1,446).

The full report is available at: edbtacomapierce.org/area-profile/2018-major-employers/.

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