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Portland Employment

Employment and Industries in the Portland, Oregon Area

The tables here illustrate essential information about work and employment in the area. Information includes:

  • A table of the most numerous types of work found here, both for jobs generally requiring college degrees and jobs not requiring college degrees.
  • A table listing those careers significantly more common in Portland than in other US cities; this is useful both for career planning and for understanding the nature of Portland.
  • A list of the highest-paying jobs in Portland.
  • A list of any large public companies in Portland.

Jobs in Portland

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 1133350 $53960 $25.94 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 165690 $39380 $18.93 14.8
3 Sales and Related Occupations 113160 $41660 $20.03 10.15
4 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 102770 $25850 $12.43 8.3
5 Management Occupations 77460 $111970 $53.83 6.05
6 Production Occupations 71850 $38880 $18.69 5.85
7 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 69600 $38580 $18.55 6.45
8 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 64270 $60170 $28.93 6.15
9 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 63530 $72040 $34.63 5.05
10 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 62020 $89590 $43.07 5.75
11 Construction and Extraction Occupations 48060 $54400 $26.16 4.4
12 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 43130 $85810 $41.26 2.8
13 Personal Care and Service Occupations 37610 $28730 $13.81 4.1
14 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 36100 $49280 $23.69 3.8
15 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 35940 $89570 $43.06 1.65
16 Retail Salespersons 35690 $28760 $13.83 3.1
17 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 30630 $30800 $14.81 3.7
18 Healthcare Support Occupations 28620 $36230 $17.42 3.05
19 Cashiers 25730 $25390 $12.21 2.25
20 Registered Nurses 22690 $88750 $42.67 1.9
21 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 22340 $23650 $11.37 2.15
22 General and Operations Managers 21130 $113260 $54.45 1.4
23 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 20480 $54690 $26.29 1.7
24 Community and Social Service Occupations 20220 $47850 $23.01 1.65
25 Office Clerks, General 20200 $36120 $17.37 2
26 Protective Service Occupations 19510 $50420 $24.24 2.25
27 Waiters and Waitresses 19340 $26870 $12.92 1.6
28 Customer Service Representatives 19150 $36850 $17.72 1.75
29 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 15880 $38990 $18.75 1.6
30 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 15000 $30880 $14.85 1.6
31 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 14940 $28780 $13.84 1.6
32 Cooks, Restaurant 13850 $26500 $12.74 0.75
33 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 13510 $41700 $20.05 1.1
34 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 13200 $71090 $34.18 1
35 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 12950 $31340 $15.07 1.2
36 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 12080 $45170 $21.71 1.2
37 Software Developers, Applications 11520 $103020 $49.53 0.5
38 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 11370 $73060 $35.13 0.7
39 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 10950 $67620 $32.51 0.9
40 Accountants and Auditors 9510 $68800 $33.08 0.9
41 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 9070 $42200 $20.29 0.9
42 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 8810 $58670 $28.21 1
43 Carpenters 8580 $51220 $24.62 0.6
44 Personal Care Aides 8370 $24470 $11.77 1.3
45 Substitute Teachers 8150 $43450 $20.89 0
46 Legal Occupations 8060 $94900 $45.63 0.8
47 Food Preparation Workers 7950 $25030 $12.03 0.6
48 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 7840 $43920 $21.11 1
49 Nursing Assistants 7710 $31600 $15.19 1.05
50 Receptionists and Information Clerks 7540 $31180 $14.99 0.7
51 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 7370 $33310 $16.01 0.6
52 Construction Laborers 7310 $40220 $19.34 0.8
53 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 7110 $58960 $28.35 0.6
54 Personal Care and Service Workers, All Other 7060 $29590 $14.22 0.1
55 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 6750 $33090 $15.91 0.8
56 Medical Secretaries 6420 $39830 $19.15 0.4
57 Cooks, Fast Food 6290 $22430 $10.78 0.3
58 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 6280 $36930 $17.75 0.6
59 Security Guards 6070 $32360 $15.56 0.7
60 Computer User Support Specialists 6060 $53030 $25.5 0.4
61 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 5940 $26260 $12.62 1
62 Medical Assistants 5830 $37030 $17.81 0.45
63 Bartenders 5610 $25990 $12.49 0.4
64 Managers, All Other 5550 $95990 $46.15 0.65
65 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 5450 $34710 $16.69 0.4
66 Financial Managers 5430 $123250 $59.25 0.4
67 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 5100 $23480 $11.29 0.3
68 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 5030 $39500 $18.99 0.35
69 Sales Managers 4950 $122710 $58.99 0.2
70 Office and Administrative Support Workers, All Other 4920 $37640 $18.09 0.2
71 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 4890 $69790 $33.55 0.35
72 Electricians 4810 $69090 $33.22 0.4
73 Information and Record Clerks, All Other 4710 $36300 $17.45 0.1
74 Human Resources Specialists 4650 $62580 $30.09 0.3
75 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 4610 $30990 $14.9 0.3
76 Packers and Packagers, Hand 4580 $27480 $13.21 0.45
77 Computer Systems Analysts 4490 $89190 $42.88 0.4
78 Lawyers 4340 $122790 $59.03 0.5
79 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 4250 $57260 $27.53 0.5
80 Computer Occupations, All Other 4250 $83710 $40.25 0.2
81 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 4230 $59460 $28.59 0.4
82 Management Analysts 4190 $88470 $42.54 0.5
83 Computer and Information Systems Managers 4160 $132420 $63.66 0.25
84 Marketing Managers 4130 $124400 $59.81 0.1
85 Childcare Workers 4090 $24920 $11.98 0.8
86 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 4080 $75350 $36.23 0.3
87 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 3960 $72250 $34.73 0.4
88 Semiconductor Processors 3940 $37250 $17.91 0
89 Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 3900 $173850 $83.58 0.2
90 Production Workers, All Other 3780 $34140 $16.41 0.2
91 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 3770 $42440 $20.41 0.3
92 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 3760 $46310 $22.26 0.5
93 Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 3690 $32890 $15.81 0.6
94 Mechanical Engineers 3650 $86770 $41.72 0.2
95 Team Assemblers 3600 $30070 $14.46 0.75
96 Social and Human Service Assistants 3570 $35380 $17.01 0.3
97 Dental Assistants 3560 $42720 $20.54 0.2
98 Driver/Sales Workers 3560 $30700 $14.76 0.3
99 Industrial Engineers 3530 $103140 $49.59 0.2
100 Architectural and Engineering Managers 3500 $163730 $78.72 0.1
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Jobs More Common Near Portland Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 53,960 1,133,350
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 39,380 165,690
Sales and Related Occupations 41,660 113,160
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 25,850 102,770
Management Occupations 111,970 77,460
Production Occupations 38,880 71,850
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 38,580 69,600
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 60,170 64,270
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 72,040 63,530
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 89,590 62,020
Construction and Extraction Occupations 54,400 48,060
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 85,810 43,130
Personal Care and Service Occupations 28,730 37,610
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 49,280 36,100
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 89,570 35,940
Retail Salespersons 28,760 35,690
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 30,800 30,630
Healthcare Support Occupations 36,230 28,620
Cashiers 25,390 25,730
Registered Nurses 88,750 22,690
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 23,650 22,340
General and Operations Managers 113,260 21,130
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 54,690 20,480
Community and Social Service Occupations 47,850 20,220
Office Clerks, General 36,120 20,200
Protective Service Occupations 50,420 19,510
Waiters and Waitresses 26,870 19,340
Customer Service Representatives 36,850 19,150
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 38,990 15,880
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 30,880 15,000
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 28,780 14,940
Cooks, Restaurant 26,500 13,850
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 41,700 13,510
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 71,090 13,200
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 31,340 12,950
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 45,170 12,080
Software Developers, Applications 103,020 11,520
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 73,060 11,370
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 67,620 10,950
Accountants and Auditors 68,800 9,510
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 42,200 9,070
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 58,670 8,810
Carpenters 51,220 8,580
Personal Care Aides 24,470 8,370
Substitute Teachers 43,450 8,150
Legal Occupations 94,900 8,060
Food Preparation Workers 25,030 7,950
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 43,920 7,840
Nursing Assistants 31,600 7,710
Receptionists and Information Clerks 31,180 7,540

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Portland, Oregon Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 53,960 1,133,350
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 39,380 165,690
Sales and Related Occupations 41,660 113,160
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 25,850 102,770
Management Occupations 111,970 77,460
Production Occupations 38,880 71,850
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 38,580 69,600
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 60,170 64,270
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 72,040 63,530
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 89,590 62,020
Construction and Extraction Occupations 54,400 48,060
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 85,810 43,130
Personal Care and Service Occupations 28,730 37,610
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 49,280 36,100
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 89,570 35,940
Retail Salespersons 28,760 35,690
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 30,800 30,630
Healthcare Support Occupations 36,230 28,620
Cashiers 25,390 25,730
Registered Nurses 88,750 22,690
General and Operations Managers 113,260 21,130
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 54,690 20,480
Community and Social Service Occupations 47,850 20,220
Office Clerks, General 36,120 20,200
Protective Service Occupations 50,420 19,510
Waiters and Waitresses 26,870 19,340
Customer Service Representatives 36,850 19,150
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 38,990 15,880
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 30,880 15,000
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 28,780 14,940
Cooks, Restaurant 26,500 13,850
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 41,700 13,510
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 71,090 13,200
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 31,340 12,950
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 45,170 12,080
Software Developers, Applications 103,020 11,520
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 73,060 11,370
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 67,620 10,950
Accountants and Auditors 68,800 9,510
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 42,200 9,070
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 58,670 8,810
Carpenters 51,220 8,580
Substitute Teachers 43,450 8,150
Legal Occupations 94,900 8,060
Food Preparation Workers 25,030 7,950
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 43,920 7,840
Nursing Assistants 31,600 7,710
Receptionists and Information Clerks 31,180 7,540
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 33,310 7,370
Construction Laborers 40,220 7,310

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