Sherman County 2016 Payroll and Employment

by Dallas Fridley

August 4, 2017

Sherman County’s total all industries payroll grew by $2 million in 2016 to total $38.3 million, an increase of 5.4 percent. All industries employment rose by 14 jobs to total 845, an increase of 1.7 percent. Wages in Sherman County averaged $45,374 in 2016, an increase of $1,583 or 3.6 percent over 2015. Sherman County’s 2016 all industries total payroll ranked 34th out of 36 Oregon counties; likewise its annual average employment ranked 34th.
Oregon’s all industries wage averaged $49,453 in 2016, producing a gap of $4,078, some 8.2 percent higher than Sherman County’s. Among Oregon’s 36 counties, Sherman County’s average wage ranked in sixth position, just behind Benton County ($48,841) and just ahead of Crook County ($44,760). Only four counties –  Clackamas ($49,500), Morrow ($51,363), Multnomah ($55,430), and Washington ($65,858) – exceeded Oregon’s 2016 average wage. The average wage gap for two-thirds of Oregon’s counties exceeded $10,000 in 2016.

Sherman County’s 2016 private industry payroll totaled $20.7 million, rising by 5.4 percent; Oregon’s private industry payroll rose by 5.5 percent. Private industry employment rose to 524 jobs in 2016, an increase of just four jobs or 0.8 percent.

Transportation, warehousing, and utilities led Sherman County in 2016 with a robust payroll gain of $909,842 or 19.5 percent; its payroll totaled $5.6 million. Transportation, warehousing, and utilities paid an average $38,760 in 2016; about 15 percent below Sherman County’s all industries average wage. Employment in transportation, warehousing and utilities rose by five jobs or 3.6 percent in 2016 to average 144.

Wholesale trade increased its payroll total by $431,370 to reach $2.5 million, an impressive gain of 20.7 percent. Employment rose slightly in 2016, climbing by two jobs to average 37. Wholesale trade paid an average $68,013, producing a gap of nearly 50 percent compared with Sherman County’s all industries average.

Other services cut its payroll by $144,131 in 2016, falling to $0.9 million, a loss of 13.9 percent. Employment in other services actually rose by five jobs, or 25 percent, in 2016 to average 25. Other services paid an average $35,746 in 2016, 21.2 percent below Sherman County’s all industries average.

Government payrolls reached $17.6 million in 2016 while averaging 321 jobs. Federal government led the public sector with a payroll gain of $720,238, climbing to $11.7 million, an increase of 6.6 percent. Employment in federal government rose by seven jobs to average 134, an increase of 5.5 percent. Federal government pay averaged $87,236 in 2016, 92.3 percent above Sherman County’s all industries average.

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