Ambulatory Health Care Services Profile: Hood River and Wasco CountiesOctober 24, 2016 A checkup at your physician's office is one example of an ambulatory health care service. Dentists, doctors, other health care practitioners and outpatient care facilities are all examples of health care services provided directly or indirectly to ambulatory patients.
In 2015, ambulatory health care services provided nearly 400 jobs in Wasco County with a payroll totaling $22.5 million. Hood River County's ambulatory health care service providers employed about 440 while paying out $20.5 million.
Ambulatory health care services grew at a steady pace over the past decade. Since 2005, Wasco County's ambulatory health care services gained 65 jobs – an increase of 19.8 percent. Growth for all other private industries in Wasco County was slightly lower, at 17.2 percent. Payrolls in ambulatory health care services grew by $9.4 million, or 71.2 percent; payroll for all other private industries rose by about 67 percent.
Since 2005 ambulatory health care services in Hood River County rose by 60 jobs or 1.6 percent on an annual basis. Despite its 16 percent growth over the decade, Hood River County's ambulatory health care services fell short of the 19.1 percent growth rate for all other private industries. Payrolls in ambulatory health care services rose substantially over the decade, climbing by nearly $9 million or 75.9 percent; payroll for all other private industries rose by 77.5 percent.
Despite having a similar number of jobs, Wasco County's ambulatory health care services consistently paid higher average wages. Since 2005, Wasco County's ambulatory health care services pay rose by $17,153 to average $57,085 in 2015, an increase of 43 percent. For all other private industries, pay averaged $33,490 in 2015, rising by nearly $10,000, or 42.5 percent, over the decade.
Ambulatory health care services in Hood River County paid less, averaging $46,944 in 2015, although its $16,004 gain since 2005 produced a higher growth rate, at 52 percent. All other private industries paid an average $33,305 in 2015, with pay rising by 49 percent, or nearly $11,000, over the decade.