Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Oregon Job Gains by Wage Category

In 2013, all broad industries provided 2,655,139 jobs, a gain of 98,599 (3.9%) over the prior year.

The median hourly wage of jobs in all broad industries rose from $15.09 to $15.19 per hour in 2013 - a year-over-year increase of just less than 1 percent. All but one industry (wholesale trade) saw their median wages increase. Information continued to have the highest median hourly wage ($25.25), followed by state and local government and construction. Inflation-adjusted median hourly wages tell a different story. Only two industries - financial activities and professional and business services - enjoyed real wage increases in 2013. 

Twenty percent of all jobs in 2013 paid at least $30.00 per hour and more than one-third paid at least $20.00 per hour. About half of all jobs paid less than $15.00 per hour. All but the smallest hourly wage class posted job gains; the largest number of these were added to the $10.00 to $14.99 wage class. This is not surprising, given the concentration of job gains in professional and business services and leisure and hospitality. 

Sitting at the figurative top of the array, the $60 or more class saw the highest percentage of jobs gained, for an increase of nearly 12,000 jobs. The $50.00 to $59.99 wage class also posted a significant percentage increase in number of jobs. Together, the two highest classes had year-over-year gains of 31 percent between 2012 and 2013. 
To see detailed annual tables, visit and go to the Wages and Income link to find the Quarterly Wage Tables, or read the full article on wage data, written by special projects analyst Barbara Peniston.

No comments: