Gilliam County’s Payroll Rose by 9 Percent to $34.8 Million in 2018

by Dallas Fridley

May 28, 2019

Gilliam County’s total all industries payroll grew by $2.9 million in 2018 to total $34.8 million, an increase of 9 percent. All industries employment rose by a scant four jobs to total 815, an increase of just 0.5 percent. Wages averaged $42,730 in 2018, an increase of about $3,300 or 8.5 percent over 2017. Gilliam County’s $34.8 million payroll ranked 35th out of 36 Oregon counties in 2018; likewise its 815 jobs ranked 35th.
Oregon’s all industries average wage reached $53,058 in 2018, $10,328 higher than Gilliam County’s. Among Oregon’s 36 counties, Gilliam County’s average wage ranked 12th, just behind Lane County ($43,803) and just ahead of Yamhill County ($42,321). Only three counties, Clackamas ($53,242), Multnomah ($59,978), and Washington ($70,308), exceeded Oregon’s 2018 average wage. The annual wage gap for 25 of Oregon’s 36 counties exceeded $10,000 in 2018.

Gilliam County’s 2018 private industry payroll totaled $26.6 million, rising by 10.9 percent or $2.6 million. Oregon’s private industry payroll rose by 6.4 percent in 2018. Gilliam County’s private industry employment rose to 574 jobs in 2018, an increase of 10 jobs or 1.8 percent.

Professional and business services led Gilliam County in 2018 with an exceptional payroll gain of $2.1 million or 18.5 percent to reach $13.8 million. Professional and business services represented just over half of Gilliam County’s total private industry payroll. Professional and business services paid an average $62,802 in 2018, about 47 percent or $20,100 above Gilliam County’s all industries average. Employment in professional and business services rose by 17.1 percent or 32 jobs in 2018 to average 219.

Trade, transportation, and utilities increased its payroll by $0.3 million in 2018 to total $5.8 million, an increase of 6.4 percent. Employment in trade, transportation, and utilities actually fell to 133, a loss of three jobs or 2.2 percent. Trade, transportation, and utilities paid an average $43,632, producing a gap of about 2 percent or $900 compared with Gilliam County’s all industries average.

Government payrolls rose by 3.3 percent to total $8.2 million in 2018, while employment fell to 241, a loss of eight jobs. State government lost more than half of its jobs in 2018, cutting eight with the reclassification of home care workers to private industry (education and health services) and falling to six. State government payrolls sank to $0.3 million, a loss of $0.1 million or 24 percent. State government pay averaged $49,891 in 2018, about 17 percent above Gilliam County’s all industries average pay. Local government payrolls rose by 4.2 percent to $7.3 million, while employment held steady at 222. Local government pay averaged $33,001 in 2018, about 23 percent below Gilliam County’s all industries average. Federal government employment also held steady with 13 jobs in 2018, while its payroll rose to $0.6 million, an increase of 10.6 percent. Federal government pay averaged $47,577 in 2018, 11.3 percent higher than Gilliam County’s all industries average.


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