Oregon Occupational Statistics

  • Total Employees in the State: 1,886,070
  • 1 Year Change in Employment: -124,200 (-6.2%)
  • Average Annual Pay in the State: $51,985
  • 1 Year Change in Annual Pay: $5,522 (11.9%)

Occupation Categories

There are 1,886,070 employed workers in Oregon. The occupation with the greatest number of workers is Office and Administrative Support Occupations, which employs 275,850 people. This represents 14.6% of all workers in the state. The next 2 occupations that have the most workers are Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations and Sales and Related Occupations, which employ 183,200 and 180,430 respectively.

Occupation Category# Employees% of State
Office and Administrative Support Occupations275,85014.6%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations183,2009.7%
Sales and Related Occupations180,4309.6%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations127,5206.8%
Production Occupations118,7506.3%
Management Occupations114,0406.0%
Education Training and Library Occupations107,3505.7%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations102,7805.4%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations91,0304.8%
Personal Care and Service Occupations84,7804.5%
Construction and Extraction Occupations82,7904.4%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations65,8003.5%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations55,1902.9%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations53,5502.8%
Healthcare Support Occupations52,7402.8%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations42,2902.2%
Community and Social Service Occupations38,3002.0%
Protective Service Occupations32,8501.7%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations30,7301.6%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations20,0601.1%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations13,2200.7%
Legal Occupations12,8200.7%

Occupation Changes Since Last Year

The occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers is Personal Care and Service Occupations, which currently employs 84,780 people. In the last year, the number of workers has increased from 73,690 an increase of 11,090 or 15.0%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations and Construction and Extraction Occupations, which increased 7,930 and 6,310 respectively.

The occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Sales and Related Occupations, which currently employs 180,430 people. In the last year, the number of workers has decreased from 183,660 or 1.8%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Education Training and Library Occupations and Protective Service Occupations, which decreased 1,300 and 540 respectively.


Occupation Changes Since 2009

The occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers, since the recession ended in 2009, is Management Occupations, which currently employs 114,040 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has increased from 73,780 an increase of 40,260 or 54.6%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Personal Care and Service Occupations and Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations, which increased 36,690 and 34,280 respectively.

The occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Life Physical and Social Science Occupations, which currently employs 20,060 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has decreased from 21,550 or 6.9%.
Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Personal Care and Service Occupations84,78076.3%
Management Occupations114,04054.6%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations53,55045.4%
Legal Occupations12,82033.1%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations42,29032.5%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations30,73030.9%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations91,03029.9%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations102,78025.7%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations183,20023.0%
Construction and Extraction Occupations82,79020.6%
Healthcare Support Occupations52,74019.9%
Community and Social Service Occupations38,30018.1%
Protective Service Occupations32,85012.1%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations55,19010.2%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations13,2208.7%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations65,8008.1%
Sales and Related Occupations180,4306.3%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations127,5205.2%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations275,8503.9%
Production Occupations118,7501.2%
Education Training and Library Occupations107,3500.1%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations20,060-6.9%


Detailed Occupations

The detailed occupation with the greatest number of workers is Retail Salespersons, which employs 57,530 people. This represents 3.1% of all workers in the state. The next 2 occupations that have the most workers are Cashiers and Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food, which employ 43,660 and 39,850 respectively.

The Top 10 Occupations in Oregon are:
Occupation Category# Employees% of State
Retail Salespersons57,5303.1%
Cashiers43,6602.3%
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food39,8502.1%
Registered Nurses36,0201.9%
Office Clerks General34,9001.9%
Waiters and Waitresses33,3901.8%
General and Operations Managers32,9601.7%
Personal Care Aides31,5101.7%
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants Except Legal Medical and Executive29,6201.6%
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers27,4301.5%

Detailed Occupations Since 2009

The detailed occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers is Personal Care Aides, which currently employs 31,510 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has increased from 7,450 an increase of 24,060 or 323.0%. The next 2 detailed occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Stock Clerks and Order Fillers and General and Operations Managers, which increased 13,890 and 13,790 respectively.

The detailed occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants, which currently employs 5,310 people. In the last year, the number of workers has decreased from 10,550 or 49.7%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Office and Administrative Support Workers All Other and Secondary School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education, which decreased 4,140 and 3,410 respectively.


The Top 10 Detailed Occupations With The Largest Increase Since 2009 are:
Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Manicurists and Pedicurists2,0601,484.6%
Financial Examiners820355.6%
Personal Care Aides31,510323.0%
Operations Research Analysts1,250290.6%
Drafters All Other830277.3%
Pharmacy Aides420250.0%
Sound Engineering Technicians400233.3%
Cooks All Other400233.3%
Food Batchmakers3,650217.4%
Human Resources Specialists6,790205.9%


The 10 Occupations With The Largest Decrease Since 2009 are:
Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Graduate Teaching Assistants150-91.2%
Computer Operators60-90.0%
Dentists All Other Specialists30-85.7%
Locker Room Coatroom and Dressing Room Attendants140-83.5%
Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers Motor Vehicles50-83.3%
Painting Coating and Decorating Workers100-79.2%
Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers110-77.1%
Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers400-74.8%
Cutters and Trimmers Hand140-73.6%
Statistical Assistants70-73.1%

Occupation Pay

The occupation with the highest annual pay is Management Occupations, which pays an average of $104,610 per year. This represents 101.2% above the state average pay. The next 2 occupations that have the highest average pay are Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations and Legal Occupations, which pay $94,940 and $91,290 per year, respectively.

Occupation CategoryAvg Payvs State Avg
Management Occupations$104,610201.2%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$94,940182.6%
Legal Occupations$91,290175.6%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$85,140163.8%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$81,250156.3%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$72,080138.7%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations$66,080127.1%
Education Training and Library Occupations$61,240117.8%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations$56,390108.5%
Construction and Extraction Occupations$54,240104.3%
Protective Service Occupations$52,000100.0%
Community and Social Service Occupations$50,39096.9%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations$48,90094.1%
Sales and Related Occupations$40,52077.9%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$39,61076.2%
Production Occupations$39,58076.1%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$39,44075.9%
Healthcare Support Occupations$37,25071.7%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations$34,73066.8%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$31,10059.8%
Personal Care and Service Occupations$29,47056.7%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$27,69053.3%

Occupation Pay Changes Since 2009

The occupation with the largest increase in the average annual pay, since the recession ended in 2009, is Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations, which currently pays an average of $94,940 per year. Since 2009, pay has increased from $77,990 an increase of $16,950 or 21.7%. The next 2 occupations that pay the most to their workers are Education Training and Library Occupations and Computer and Mathematical Occupations, which increased $15,280 and $14,350 respectively.

Occupation CategoryAnnual $% Change
Education Training and Library Occupations$61,24033.2%
Healthcare Support Occupations$37,25026.5%
Community and Social Service Occupations$50,39023.0%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$27,69022.9%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$39,61022.9%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$72,08021.9%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$31,10021.9%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$94,94021.7%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$85,14020.3%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$39,44018.9%
Construction and Extraction Occupations$54,24018.4%
Protective Service Occupations$52,00017.7%
Production Occupations$39,58017.6%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations$56,39017.1%
Legal Occupations$91,29016.4%
Personal Care and Service Occupations$29,47016.3%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$81,25015.8%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations$66,08015.0%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations$34,73014.1%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations$48,90012.4%
Management Occupations$104,61011.5%
Sales and Related Occupations$40,52010.1%


Detailed Occupation Annual Compensation

The detailed occupation that pays their workers the most is Internists General, which pays $251,050 per year. This represents 482.9% above the state average of $51,985. The next 2 occupations that pay their workers the most are Psychiatrists and Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which pay $242,020 and $232,430 respectively.

Highest Paid Occupations

The Top 10 Paying Occupations in Oregon are:
Occupation CategoryAnn'l Pay% of State
Internists General$251,050482.9%
Psychiatrists$242,020465.6%
Obstetricians and Gynecologists$232,430447.1%
Family and General Practitioners$226,030434.8%
Chief Executives$212,290408.4%
Nurse Anesthetists$205,730395.8%
Airline Pilots Copilots and Flight Engineers$205,660395.6%
Physicians and Surgeons All Other$202,750390.0%
Pediatricians General$198,300381.5%
Dentists General$190,690366.8%

Lowest Paid Occupations

The 10 Lowest Paying Occupations in Oregon are:
Occupation CategoryAnn'l Pay% of State
Lifeguards Ski Patrol and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers$24,51047.1%
Ushers Lobby Attendants and Ticket Takers$24,52047.2%
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food$24,78047.7%
Dishwashers$25,01048.1%
Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers$25,01048.1%
Hosts and Hostesses Restaurant Lounge and Coffee Shop$25,13048.3%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers All Other$25,42048.9%
Automotive and Watercraft Service Attendants$25,57049.2%
Baggage Porters and Bellhops$25,80049.6%
Motion Picture Projectionists$25,88049.8%



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