Estimates by the Washington State Office of Financial Management placed Thurston County’s median household income at $81,693 in 2021 despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the seventh-highest median household income of all counties in Washington behind King, Snohomish, Skagit, Franklin, Island, and Pierce Counties.
When adjusted for inflation, Thurston County’s 2021 estimated median household income is actually less than both 2019 ($81,741) and 2020 ($82,720).
According to the 2016-2020 American Community Survey, the community with the highest median household income was Yelm, followed by Tumwater and Rainier. Tenino had the lowest median household income.
Median Household Income
Median household income is the threshold where half of the households earn more and half earn less. The measure assesses money income only and does not include additional benefits such as employer contributions to pension plans and medical benefits.
Washington State Office of Financial Management; U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey