Caffeine, cozy clothing, and books are all big in the Emerald City, which hosts the headquarters of Starbucks, Nordstrom, and Amazon. The Port of Seattle is a major gateway for trade with Asia and also the point of departure for many cruises to Alaska, keeping tourist dollars flowing into the economy.
Methodology for The PayScale Index: Trends in Compensation
The PayScale Index tracks quarterly changes in total cash compensation for full-time, private industry employees in the United States. In addition to a national index, it includes separate indices for specific industries, metropolitan areas, job categories, and company sizes. The PayScale Index uses 2006 average total cash compensation as a baseline.