Umatilla County 2017 Payroll and Employment Growth

by Dallas Fridley

September 12, 2018

Umatilla County’s total all industries payroll grew by $54.1 million in 2017 to total $1.2 billion, a moderate increase of 4.7 percent. All industries employment rose by a tepid 1.5 percent or 469 jobs to total 30,902. Wages in Umatilla County averaged $38,641 in 2017, a moderate increase of $1,184, or 3.2 percent over 2016.

Oregon’s all industries average wage reached $51,117 in 2017, about $12,000 higher than Umatilla County’s. Among Oregon’s 36 counties, Umatilla County’s average wage ranked in the middle at 18th, just behind Columbia County ($38,808) and just ahead of Wasco County ($38,572). Only three counties – Clackamas ($51,724), Multnomah ($57,173), and Washington ($68,168) – exceeded Oregon’s 2017 average wage. The annual wage gap for two-thirds of Oregon’s counties exceeded $10,000 in 2017.
Umatilla County’s private industry payroll rose by $42.2 million in 2017 to total $853.2 million, a moderate increase of 5.2 percent, although below Oregon’s 6 percent gain. Private industry employment rose to 23,631 jobs in 2017, an increase of 367 or 1.6 percent.

Manufacturing led wage growth in Umatilla County in 2017 with a payroll gain of $12.5 million or a brisk 9.8 percent. Payrolls in manufacturing totaled $139.8 million in 2017, while it paid an average of $39,528, about $900 or 2.3 percent above Umatilla County’s all industries average wage. Employment growth in manufacturing looked comparatively tepid, rising by just 1.7 percent or 59 jobs in 2017 to average 3,537. Manufacturing ranked as Umatilla County’s largest private industry. Average manufacturing wages grew considerably in 2017, rising by just over $2,900 or 8 percent.

Natural resources and mining performed admirably in 2017, with payrolls climbing by 8.3 percent or $8.1 million to total $106.2 million. Employment rose by 254 jobs to total 3,407, an over the year increase of 8.1 percent. Job growth in natural resources and mining represented just over 69 percent of Umatilla County’s 2017 private industry gain. Natural resource and mining paid an average $31,166 in 2017 – falling about 19 percent shy of Umatilla County’s all industries average wage.

Education and health services boasted Umatilla County’s largest private industry payroll in 2017, at $147.8 million. Payrolls in education and health services rose by $7.6 million or 5.4 percent in 2017. Employment rose by a more subtle 2.9 percent or 98 jobs in 2017 to average 3,439, ranking as Umatilla County’s second largest private industry employer. The average wage of $42,985 in education and health services produced a gap of 11.2 percent or $4,344 compared with Umatilla County’s all industries average.

Wholesale trade produced a payroll gain of 12 percent in 2017, rising by $4.8 million to total $45.3 million. Employment in wholesale trade rose by 8.2 percent or 67 jobs to average 889. Wholesale trade paid an average $50,928 in 2017, producing a gap of 31.8 percent or $12,287 above Umatilla County’s all industries average.

Retail trade actually suffered a payroll loss of 1 percent, or $0.8 million, in 2017 to total $85.2 million. Retail trade ranked just below education and health services, with 3,142 jobs in 2017, a loss of 3.4 percent or 109 jobs over its 2016 average. Retail trade paid an average $27,124 in 2017 and lagged Umatilla County’s all industries average by 29.8 percent or $11,517.

Government ownerships produced a payroll gain of nearly $12 million or 3.6 percent in 2017. On the employment side, government rose by about 100 jobs or 1.4 percent to total 7,271. Federal government essentially held its own in 2017 with 490 jobs. Federal government increased its payrolls by 3.4 percent or $1.2 million to total $35.8 million, while its average wage reached $73,165. State government produced an employment gain of 1.1 percent or 20 jobs in 2017 to average nearly 1,800, while payrolls rose by 1.9 percent to total $96.6 million. Local government payrolls rose by nearly $9 million or 4.5 percent in 2017 to total $208.4 million. Employment in local government rose by 1.7 percent or 83 jobs to average 4,982. Local government wages, at $41,833, increased by 2.8 percent in 2017 or $1,121. Within the local government ownership, Indian tribal government produced a payroll total of nearly $59 million in 2017 with 1,578 jobs. Wages in Indian tribal government averaged $37,373 in 2017, just 3.3 percent shy of Umatilla County’s all industries average.


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