Gilliam County 2017 Payroll and Employment

by Dallas Fridley

September 14, 2018

Gilliam County’s total all industries payroll grew by $1.3 million in 2017 to total nearly $32.0 million, an increase of 4.2 percent from 2016. All industries employment rose by 32 jobs to total 811, an increase of 4.1 percent. Wages averaged $39,398 in 2017, an increase of just $49 or 0.1 percent over 2016. Gilliam County’s $32.0 million payroll ranked 35th out of 36 Oregon counties in 2017; likewise its 811 jobs ranked 35th.
Oregon’s all industries annual pay reached $51,117 in 2017, $11,719 higher than Gilliam County’s $39,398. Among Oregon’s 36 counties, Gilliam County’s average pay ranked 15th, just behind Douglas County ($39,763) and just ahead of Lake County ($39,059). Only three counties, Clackamas ($51,724), Multnomah ($57,173), and Washington ($68,168) exceeded Oregon’s 2017 average pay. The annual pay gap for two-thirds of Oregon’s counties exceeded $10,000 in 2017.

Gilliam County’s 2017 private industry payroll totaled $24.0 million, rising by 5.9 percent; Oregon’s private industry payroll rose by 6 percent. Private industry employment in Gilliam County rose to 564 jobs in 2017, an increase of 27 jobs or 5 percent.

Professional and business services led Gilliam County in 2017 with a strong payroll gain of $1.2 million or 11.3 percent to reach $11.6 million. Professional and business services paid an average of $62,055 in 2017, nearly 58 percent above Gilliam County’s all industries average. Employment in professional and business services rose by 10 percent or 17 jobs in 2017 to average 187.

Construction increased its payroll by $0.2 million in 2017 to total $1.3 million, an increase of 17.1 percent. Construction employment rose by three jobs, an increase of 15.8 percent, to average 22. Construction paid an average $61,281, about 56 percent above Gilliam County’s all industries average.

Government payrolls were essentially at a standstill, falling by 0.4 percent to just under $8.0 million in 2017, while employment rose by six jobs to 248. Local government cut its payrolls by 0.3 percent, falling to $7.0 million. Employment rose by eight jobs to average 222, an increase of 3.7 percent. Local government pay averaged $31,679 in 2017, nearly 20 percent below Gilliam County’s all industries average.

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