The Oregon Employment Department's annual wage publication is a useful tool for a wide audience that includes job seekers, employees, employers, career counselors, and other professionals who deal with labor market information. Wages for the various occupations are calculated statewide and for each of Oregon's 15 workforce regions. Oregon's statewide wage data is published for more than 650 occupations that vary from those paying minimum wage to occupations paying six-figure annual salaries. The number of occupations published varies by region. More populous regions tend to have more occupations published than regions with smaller populations, because larger samples are obtained from regions with larger populations.
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Employers looking to hire new employees or analyze wages paid to current employees should look at the entire range of wages published. If an employer wants to hire a worker but is unsure what wage to offer, the employer should consider the duties of the position and the education and work experience required for the job. If the job is an entry-level position, the employer may want to consider offering a wage in the 10th or 25th percentile range. If, on the other hand, an employer is looking to hire someone with many years of experience, the more appropriate wage may be near the 90th percentile.
The Oregon Employment Department's annual wage publication is a beneficial resource to employers and job seekers alike. Whether it is used to compare current employee wages or to attract new talent, the ability to access statewide and regional occupational wage information adds value to any company's hiring decisions.