A Look at Wage Data in Oregon

July 20, 2017

Average hourly wages in 2017 in Oregon range from $11.20 for dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers to $120.53 for obstetricians and gynecologists.

The 2017 version of the Oregon Employment Department’s annual summary of occupational wage information is now available. Thanks to survey responses from more than 13,000 employers, wage scales for 763 job categories have been calculated. Regional wage information is also available; however, wages are published only for those occupations that meet certain criteria for statistical reliability.

In addition to compiling average hourly wages, we publish occupational wage ranges. For example, forensic science technicians earn an average of $31.52 per hour. The median (50th percentile) hourly wage for forensic science technicians in Oregon is $32.50. At the low end (10th percentile), they earn $20.11 per hour and at the high end (90th percentile), they earn $40.57 per hour.

When we throw all the data together, we can compute an all-occupations mean hourly wage in Oregon, which is $24.40.

Many occupations employ a large share of part-time workers. In those cases, multiplying the hourly wage by 40 hours per week and then by 52 weeks per year could overstate actual annual income.

You can find a wealth of occupational information – including wages – by visiting www.QualityInfo.org. Go to the Jobs and Careers area and select Occupation and Wage Information.


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