Wheeler County 2017 Payroll and Employment

by Dallas Fridley

September 14, 2018

Wheeler County’s total all industries payroll grew by $0.6 million in 2017 to total $9.1 million, an increase of 7 percent from 2016. All industries employment rose by 25 jobs to total 312, an increase of 8.7 percent. Pay per worker averaged $29,013 across all industries, a loss of $466 or 1.6 percent from 2016. Wheeler County’s 2017 all industries total payroll ranked 36th out of 36 Oregon counties; likewise its annual average employment ranked 36th.
Oregon’s all industries annual pay reached $51,117 in 2017, about $22,000 higher than Wheeler County’s average. Among Oregon’s 36 counties, Wheeler County’s average pay ranked last, just behind Curry County’s $34,697. 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.

Wheeler County’s private industry payroll rose by nearly $0.6 million in 2017 to total $5.2 million, an impressive increase of 12.7 percent; Oregon’s private industry payroll rose by 6 percent. Private industry employment in Wheeler rose by 21 jobs in 2017 to average 196, an increase of 12.0 percent.

Trade, transportation, and utilities led Wheeler County in 2017 with a strong payroll gain of $0.2 million or 16.2 percent. Trade, transportation and utilities paid an average $26,022 in 2017; about 10 percent below Wheeler County’s all industries average wage. Employment in trade, transportation, and utilities also impressed, rising by six jobs or 12.2 percent to average 55.

Leisure and hospitality increased its payroll by nearly $0.2 million in 2017, rising to $0.5 million, an increase of 66.4 percent! Employment in leisure and hospitality rose by 10 jobs or 55.6 percent in 2017 to average 28. Leisure and hospitality paid an average $17,160 in 2017, nearly 41 percent below Wheeler County’s all industries average.

Government payrolls held steady at $3.8 million in 2017 while employment rose by three jobs to average 116. Local government represented close to 90 percent of government’s employment, with 104 jobs. Local government payrolls totaled $3.5 million in 2017, an increase of just 0.2 percent over 2016. Local government pay averaged $33,503, about $4,500 (+15.5%) above Wheeler County’s 2017 all industries average.

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