Though several stores supply gear for winter activities, employment at sporting goods stores tends to peak during the summer months. In the third quarter of 2012, employment averaged 4,725 workers, which rose by 4 percent from the third quarter of 2011.
The total payroll for the industry was approximately $88.9 million in 2011. The average annual pay at sporting goods stores was $20,475, which was lower than the all-industry average of $43,077 and the overall retail industry average of $26,296.
The majority of sporting goods stores are located in the state's six metropolitan statistical areas. Three-quarters of the stores are in the metro areas, with the largest share of stores and employees located in the Portland metropolitan area.
Although the Portland metro area has the largest number of workers at sporting goods stores, Deschutes, Hood River, and Curry counties have higher concentrations of employment in the industry. In 2011, employment in each of these three counties was almost three times more concentrated than at the national level, and two times more concentrated than statewide employment.
At the statewide level, the concentration of employment in sporting goods stores is slightly higher than that nationwide. In 2011, sporting goods stores were approximately 42 percent more concentrated in Oregon than the nationwide average. Oregon also has a greater concentration of employment in the industry than all neighboring states except Idaho, which has slightly more than twice the concentration nationwide.
|Number of Firms by Size, 2011|
|Number of Employees||Number of Firms||Percent of Total Employment|
|1 to 4 Employees||212||10.2%|
|5 to 9 Employees||101||15.4%|
|10 to 19 Employees||71||23.2%|
|20 to 49 Employees||31||21.4%|
It's no surprise that retail salesperson is one of the more common occupations found in sporting goods stores (Table 2). These individuals help customers find products that suit their needs and desires. Other occupations include cashiers, managers of retail sales workers, and stock clerk and order fillers. However, sporting goods stores also employ individuals with skills related to a specific sport or hobby, such as bicycle repairers.
|Top 10 Occupations in Sporting Goods, Hobby, and Musical Instrument Stores|
|Occupation||2010 Employment||2012 Median Hourly Wage|
|Supervisors and Managers of Retail Sales Workers||697||$17.57|
|Stock Clerks and Order Fillers||163||$11.80|
|Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks||141||$17.09|
|General and Operations Managers||132||$41.71|
|Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks||121||$14.14|
|Office Clerks, General||121||$14.38|
|Customer Service Representatives||100||$14.72|