Oregon Employment Statistics

  • 155,388 employers
  • 1,919,918 employees
  • $1,020 average weekly wage
  • The average weekly wage is 7.4% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 31.2% above the national average

Types of Employers (Private Sector vs Government Agency)

As an employer in Oregon, you are most likely to be running a private company rather than a government agency. 96.6% of employers run private companies in the state, 0.5% less than the national average of 97.0. The remaining 3.4% of employers are government agencies: 0.6% work in a federal agency, 0.6% work for the state and 2.3% work for local government. The chart below illustrates the breakout of employers by type.
85.8% of employees work for a private company, this is 0.6% greater than the national average of 85.2%. Local government agencies employ 10.7% of the workers in the state, state government agencies employ 2.1% of the workers and the federal government employs 1.5%. The percentage of employees working for a government agency (14.2%) is 0.6% lower than the national average. The chart below illustrates the breakout of employees by type of employer.
The average weekly wage in Oregon is $1,020 per week, which is 7.4% greater than the national average of $1,101 per week. Oregon workers that are employed by private businesses earn $1,002 per week, 8.9% lower than the national average for private company employees. Employees of federal government agencies in Oregon earn $1,503 per week, a premium of 50.0% compared to what employees of private companies earn. The chart below illustrates the average weekly by type of employer.

Leading Sectors

Businesses by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of businesses in the state is Other services with 15.6% of the businesses in the state. Professional services (10.9%) and Construction (9.3%) round out the top 3 sectors.
Table: Sectors by # of Businesses
Sector# Businesses% of Bus.
Other services24,20515.6%
Professional services16,90310.9%
Retail trade14,0139.0%
Accommodation and food services11,8097.6%
Wholesale trade9,0265.8%
Waste services7,5464.9%
Finance and insurance6,5614.2%
Real estate and rental6,5314.2%
Agriculture and forestry4,4602.9%
Transport and warehousing3,4062.2%
Educational services2,1141.4%
Arts and entertainment2,0521.3%
Company management1,3550.9%
Mining and oil extraction1360.1%

Employees by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of employees in the state is Healthcare with 13.4% of the employees in the state. Retail trade (11.0%) and Manufacturing (10.1%) round out the top 3 sectors.
Table: Sectors by # of Employees
Sector# Employees% of Emp'
Retail trade211,01111.0%
Accommodation and food services183,2259.5%
Waste services102,9335.4%
Professional services96,9885.1%
Other services77,1714.0%
Wholesale trade75,2343.9%
Transport and warehousing58,4603.0%
Finance and insurance56,9943.0%
Agriculture and forestry51,5722.7%
Company management48,5132.5%
Educational services30,9981.6%
Real estate and rental27,8371.4%
Arts and entertainment27,4721.4%
Mining and oil extraction1,9330.1%

Average Weekly Wage by Sector

The sector that pays their employees the highest is Company management paying $2,282per week compared with the state average of $1,002. Utilities ($1,953) and Information ($1,691) round out the top 3 sectors.
Table: Wages by Sector
SectorWkly Wagevs St Avg.
Company management$2,282227.7%
Finance and insurance$1,564156.1%
Professional services$1,534153.1%
Wholesale trade$1,403140.0%
Mining and oil extraction$1,151114.9%
Transport and warehousing$94794.5%
Real estate and rental$88087.8%
Educational services$73373.2%
Waste services$71971.8%
Agriculture and forestry$70570.4%
Other services$65865.7%
Retail trade$60560.4%
Arts and entertainment$56756.6%
Accommodation and food services$41741.6%

Leading Industries

Businesses by Industry

Each broad sector is made up of specific industries. In Oregon. the industry with the most businesses is Private households with 8.6% of the businesses in the state (with 13,338 employing 13,008 workers). Restaurants and other eating places (5.7%) and Residential building construction (3.2%) round out the top 3 industries. The Top 10 Industries in the state are:
Industry# BusinessesEmp/Biz
Private households13,3381.0
Restaurants and other eating places8,83016.0
Residential building construction5,0283.6
Wholesale trade agents and brokers3,1572.4
Religious organizations2,9095.7
Computer systems design and related services2,5576.3
Management consulting services2,3733.8
Offices of lawyers2,3124.7
Offices of physicians2,28014.9
Accounting and bookkeeping services2,1785.0

Employees by Industry

The industry with the greatest number of employees in the state is Restaurants and other eating places with 7.4% of the businesses in the state. The industry employs 141,438 in 8,830 businesses, there are 16.0 employees on average in each of these businesses. General medical and surgical hospitals (3.0%) and Management of companies and enterprises (2.5%) round out the top 3 industries.
Table: Industries by # of Employees
Industry# EmpEmp/Biz
Restaurants and other eating places141,43816.0
General medical and surgical hospitals58,118880.6
Management of companies and enterprises48,51335.8
Temporary help services37,12834.0
Offices of physicians34,01414.9
Supermarkets and other grocery stores32,10948.5
General merchandise stores including warehouse clubs and supercenters29,93185.3
Semiconductor and electronic component mfg.29,725202.2
Continuing care assisted living facilities25,72617.1
Services for the elderly and disabled23,91060.4

Average Weekly Wage by Industry

The industry that pays their employees the most is Investment banking and securities dealing, paying $4,027 compared with the state average of $1,002. Spectator sports ($3,373) and Footwear merchant wholesalers ($3,176) round out the top 3 industries.
Table: Wages by Industry
IndustryWkly Wage% of Avg
Investment banking and securities dealing$4,027401.9
Spectator sports$3,373336.6
Footwear merchant wholesalers$3,176317.0
Media buying agencies$3,038303.2
Portfolio management$2,879287.3
Semiconductor and electronic component mfg.$2,860285.4
Securities brokerage$2,730272.5
Computer and software merchant wholesalers$2,709270.4
Medical equipment merchant wholesalers$2,584257.9
Other electronic parts merchant wholesalers$2,567256.2

Company Size

Oregon Businesses by Size

The solopreneur company, has the most businesses in Oregon by far. 62.0% of all businesses in the state have fewer than 5 employees. The 144,346 small businesses in the state represent 96.5% of all private businesses. The national average is 92.6%. (Small businesses have fewer than 50 employees, Solopreneurs employ fewer than 5.) The pie chart below illustrates the ratio of business sizes.

Oregon Employees by Business Size

The largest companies in the state represent 77.6% of all employees, which is 60.8% lower than the national average of 138.4%. Smallest companies also employ a lower percentage of the states workforce than the largest companies. The solopreneur (those that employ fewer than 5) companies employ 90.9% of all workers, which is 0.6% lower than the national average of 91.5%. All small companies, those employing fewer than 50 people, represent 560.3% of the labor force in the state, 10.2% more than the national average of 550.0%.

Oregon Avg Weekly Wages by Business Size

The smallest companies in Oregon (those with fewer than 5 employees) pay workers 8.1% less than the national average ($902 per week as compared to the national average of $975 per week). The largest companies in Oregon (those with more than 1,000 employees) pay 9.5% workers above the national average ($2,079 per week as compared to the national average of $1,882 per week).

Data Sources

About the Writer

This page was created and is maintained by Kurt Tietjen, Founder of Stavera, High Peak Media & HomeGearWorks.com. Kurt is an executive, data scientist and software engineer who holds an MBA in Management Information Systems. In 2010, he partnered with scientists at Northwestern University to launch The Street Wire. This was one of the first mainstream uses of what would become “Narrative Science”, an artificial intelligence platform specializing in natural language generation. You can contact Kurt on LinkedIn here.