Compared with other industries in 2014, it was second only to mining for the fewest number of enterprises (470) and employees (8,700). Its annual average wage of $82,728 was second only to the $109,800 paid by the management of companies and enterprises industry. Excluding general government itself, utilities had the second-largest share (48%) of public-sector employment of all Oregon industries. Only educational services (public schools) had a larger share (89%).
- The utilities industry is split into three mains sub-industries: electric power (5,100 jobs), natural gas distribution (1,200 jobs), and water and sewage (2,500).
- Electronic power-line installers and repairers were the most common occupation in the industry. There were 460 of them in 2014, and then made an average wage of $42.15.
- Customer service representatives were the second most common (330 jobs, average wage of $21.64).
To learn more about natural monopolies and Oregon's utilities industry, read Regional Economist Erik Knoder's article: Power to the People – Oregon’s Utilities Industry.