Moolah Palooza: On Tour in Seattle


Who's ready to rock?! Moolah Palooza – TCG's 2015 Salary Guide – is your exclusive backstage pass to current hiring and compensation trends in the creative field. 

Whether you're looking for your next gig or you're in search of talent that will bring down the house, we're on tour to explore the job opportunities and earning potential for the hottest creative roles in cities across North America.

This week, we're exploring the most in-demand creative jobs in Seattle.

Seattle's Creative Job Market

In the late-'80s to early-'90s, Seattle became the birthplace of the grunge music scene – and then everything started smelling like teen spirit. What bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains did for this rock subgenre, technology is now doing for creative jobs in Seattle: putting the city in the spotlight again, just not as loudly.

"Seattle is an increasingly competitive market for front-end web developers because of new and growing outposts of the big tech companies, like Alibaba, eBay, Google, Facebook and Twitter," said TCG Seattle branch manager Maria Scheleen. "Employers are actively recruiting digital versus traditional creative roles."

Below are five in-demand creative jobs in Seattle, including a salary comparison of the national averages and Seattle ranges. These figures can give you an idea of how the local job market, cost of living and other variables can affect Seattle salaries.

Position National Average Starting Salary Seattle Starting Salary
Content Strategist $72,500-$100,000 $86,203-$118,900
Front-End Web Developer (1 to 3 years)



Graphic Designer (1 to 3 years) $38,750-$56,500 $46,074-$67,179
User Experience (UX) Specialist $82,500-$124,250 $98,093-$147,733
Web Designer (1 to 5 years)  $54,000-$84,000 $64,206-$99,876

Tips for Landing a Creative Job in Seattle

So, what does this all mean for creative job seekers in the Emerald City?

"It's definitely a candidate-driven market," said Scheleen. "There's an overwhelming amount of opportunities for top creative talent, and the market is moving very quickly. Working with one or several recruiters you trust and who have earned your respect can help you sift through the options as well as land yourself the most competitive compensation."

Scheleen offers job seekers these three tips:

  1. Do your homework. Network with your peers and find out where they have had the best career experiences. Seattle is one of those small "big" cities, where there are few degrees of separation among locals. Be open about your job search and someone might make an introduction or give you a lead you wouldn't have gotten otherwise. Research potential employers and the people who will interview you. You never know when informal professional affiliations can play a part in your job hunt.
  2. Develop a clear presentation, complete with ROI, for your interviews. Before you go into any interview, prepare a 60-second pitch that gives a glimpse of who you are, what you've accomplished and how you may be of value to the potential employers. If you don't make a strong first impression, there's a good chance you won't move on to the next stage in the hiring process.
  3. Be clear about what you can and can't do. Interviews are not the time to be modest or misleading. Be upfront about your technical skills and proficiency so that there are no misconceptions. If you are only familiar with Photoshop, for example, don't declare yourself a wizard. It's never a good idea to overpromise and underdeliver.

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For more trends affecting the creative hiring landscape, download The Creative Group's 2015 Salary Guide.

What to Do in Seattle 

If you're contemplating the creative jobs in Seattle, these attractions might just be the tipping point that will get you to move:

What to see:

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