Washington County Has the Highest Wages in Oregon

by Emily Starbuck

May 4, 2017

Washington County had the highest annual average wage in the state, at $65,858 in 2016. Washington County’s average wages are more than $16,000 higher than the statewide annual average of $49,452. In the past five years, Washington County’s annual wages have increased by $6,254 or 10.5 percent, adjusted for inflation. That is the highest wage growth on a percentage basis in the Portland metro region, and the second highest wage growth on a net basis in the state.
Washington County has a range of both high and low wage jobs. The highest paying industry sectors in the county are management of companies and enterprises ($159,054 annually), manufacturing ($111,503 annually), and information ($86,639). The lowest paying sectors are leisure and hospitality ($19,548 annually); agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting ($31,298); and retail trade ($32,130).

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