Cost of Living in Seattle, Washington

Cost of Living in Seattle, WA is

49% higher

than the National Average

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Enter your current job title and salary below to see what you would need to earn in Seattle, Washington in order to maintain your standard of living. Plus, see the median salary for your job title in Seattle, Washington.

Whether you're considering relocation to Seattle, Washington or just curious about the cost of living in Seattle, Washington, the PayScale Cost of Living Calculator is the place to begin your research. When looking at the cost of living charts below, be sure to pay attention to the housing expense category. Housing costs and mortgage rates can vary by city because local banks can have different mortgage rates from their national competition. If you are serious about relocation to Seattle, Washington, you might want to investigate local mortgage rate options before you put your house up for sale.

Cost of Living in Seattle, Washington by Expense Category

Cost of Living in Seattle, Washington

If you are considering relocating to the Pacific Northwest, look no further than the wonderful city of Seattle. Floating bridges, revolving restaurants and an underground city separate Seattle from most other cities in the country. In addition, Seattle is home to the longest continuously running farmer’s market in the country, the Pike Place Market. Whether you are watching the infamous "fish throwing" in Pike Place Market, driving over the world's longest floating bridge or exploring the Seattle waterfront, you will find that Seattle’s rain does not put a damper on its beauty.

How much will it cost you to live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest? The chart above shows that the cost of living in Seattle is currently 24 percent higher than the national average. The cost of housing is a major factor in this higher cost of living. At 51 percent above the national average, expect your housing costs to be higher if you move to Seattle. Unless, of course, you happen to be moving from an even pricier city such as New York or San Francisco. To see how the cost of living in Seattle compares to other areas, use PayScale's Cost of Living Calculator to get a Cost of Living Comparison for Seattle and other U.S. cities.

Salaries in Seattle, Washington

Home to companies including Starbucks, Boeing, and Amazon, Seattle is a great place to find a job. Not only are there opportunities for careers in Seattle, many of these careers come with competitive salaries. Comparing median Salaries in Seattle by Job Title shows high annual salaries for many positions in the IT industry. For example, the median salary for senior software engineers is around $98,000. Researching Salaries in Seattle by Employer Type shows that careers in government and health care can also be lucrative.

Salary Comparison for the Greater Seattle Area

Seattle is one of the most Popular Cities in the Greater Seattle Area, but some large companies - and major employers for Seattle residents - are located just outside the city. Because of this, median salaries in Seattle are not the highest in the area. Redmond ranks highest on the Median Salaries by City chart, with significantly higher salaries than Seattle. This is most likely due to Microsoft Corporation, which is headquartered in Redmond, WA. In general, Seattle, as well as nearby cities like Bellevue and Redmond, are popular places to find work. With a mere twenty to thirty minutes between Bellevue, Redmond and Seattle, it is easy to live in Seattle and work in other areas.

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