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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

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations1157060$55,330$26.6100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations167420$40,320$19.3814.35
3Sales and Related Occupations114290$42,490$20.439.9
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations106010$27,130$13.048.55
5Management Occupations77660$114,790$55.196.15
6Production Occupations72030$39,910$19.195.7
7Transportation and Material Moving Occupations71860$40,310$19.386.55
8Business and Financial Operations Occupations66610$75,050$36.085.25
9Education, Training, and Library Occupations65270$62,360$29.986.05
10Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations60260$91,660$44.075.8
11Construction and Extraction Occupations50980$55,950$26.94.45
12Computer and Mathematical Occupations43580$89,970$43.262.9
13Personal Care and Service Occupations43520$29,480$14.184.3
14Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations37960$50,620$24.343.8
15Architecture and Engineering Occupations36270$91,420$43.951.7
16Retail Salespersons35700$28,650$13.772.85
17Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations31520$31,760$15.273.65
18Healthcare Support Occupations28760$37,930$18.243
19Cashiers24670$25,930$12.472.2
20Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food22750$24,720$11.892.3
21Registered Nurses22500$91,070$43.781.95
22Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations21800$59,280$28.51.8
23General and Operations Managers21270$118,710$57.071.5
24Office Clerks, General20880$37,000$17.791.9
25Community and Social Service Occupations20550$51,400$24.711.65
26Waiters and Waitresses19390$27,850$13.391.7
27Protective Service Occupations19170$50,050$24.072.2
28Customer Service Representatives18250$38,100$18.321.75
29Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand17270$31,940$15.351.7
30Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive17150$40,400$19.421.5
31Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners15070$29,860$14.361.55
32Stock Clerks and Order Fillers14580$31,700$15.241.3
33Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks14160$42,470$20.421.05
34Cooks, Restaurant13890$28,170$13.550.8
35Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers13830$47,480$22.831.2
36Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products13710$70,700$33.990.9
37Software Developers, Applications13550$107,380$51.620.55
38Business Operations Specialists, All Other13050$75,800$36.440.7
39Personal Care Aides12350$25,790$12.41.5
40Carpenters10010$52,690$25.330.7
41Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations9980$68,400$32.880.8
42Maintenance and Repair Workers, General9530$42,460$20.420.9
43Accountants and Auditors9510$70,350$33.820.9
44First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers9140$43,760$21.041
45Food Preparation Workers8790$26,110$12.550.6
46First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers8710$60,190$28.940.95
47Receptionists and Information Clerks8290$32,120$15.440.7
48Legal Occupations8140$94,340$45.350.8
49Nursing Assistants8130$32,350$15.551
50Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers7990$35,990$17.30
51First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers7810$34,200$16.440.6
52Personal Care and Service Workers, All Other7440$29,640$14.250.1
53Sales Representatives, Services, All Other7380$61,680$29.650.6
54Construction Laborers7260$42,110$20.240.8
55Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers6760$35,030$16.840.8
56Medical Secretaries6750$41,270$19.840.4
57Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners6490$26,640$12.810.9
58Computer User Support Specialists6450$55,020$26.450.4
59Security Guards6400$29,260$14.070.7
60Bartenders6070$27,090$13.020.4
61Managers, All Other6060$98,850$47.530.6
62Medical Assistants6060$38,730$18.620.45
63Electricians5920$70,450$33.870.4
64Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers5730$37,740$18.140.6
65Financial Managers5590$125,330$60.250.4
66Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks5440$37,410$17.980.4
67Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists5290$78,540$37.760.4
68Human Resources Specialists4940$65,180$31.340.35
69Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education4810$30,140$14.490.3
70Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop4790$24,660$11.860.3
71Information and Record Clerks, All Other4760$37,180$17.870.1
72Computer Systems Analysts4590$93,110$44.760.4
73Sales Managers4580$126,380$60.760.2
74Computer and Information Systems Managers4550$138,280$66.480.2
75Cooks, Fast Food4520$23,930$11.50.3
76Computer Occupations, All Other4520$85,230$40.980.2
77First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers4460$60,600$29.130.4
78Management Analysts4430$92,260$44.360.5
79Office and Administrative Support Workers, All Other4410$38,360$18.440.2
80Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators4370$38,410$18.470.35
81Childcare Workers4360$26,530$12.750.8
82Packers and Packagers, Hand4300$28,790$13.840.45
83Dishwashers4210$24,010$11.540.3
84Substitute Teachers4190$41,790$20.090
85First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers4140$75,380$36.240.4
86Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters4120$74,810$35.970.3
87Lawyers4100$125,180$60.180.5
88Marketing Managers4060$126,480$60.810.1
89Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants3900$58,600$28.170.35
90Electrical, Electronic, and Electromechanical Assemblers, Except Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers3850$35,600$17.120
91Construction Managers3840$104,850$50.410.3
92Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics3730$51,270$24.650.5
93Production Workers, All Other3700$34,050$16.370.2
94Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers3680$45,860$22.050.3
95Architectural and Engineering Managers3600$162,340$78.050.1
96Mechanical Engineers3560$91,220$43.860.2
97Industrial Engineers3520$104,850$50.410.2
98Dental Assistants3460$43,400$20.860.2
99Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations3430$35,130$16.890.65
100Civil Engineers3370$88,640$42.610.2
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Jobs More Common Near Portland Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$55,3301,157,060
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$40,320167,420
Sales and Related Occupations$42,490114,290
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$27,130106,010
Management Occupations$114,79077,660
Production Occupations$39,91072,030
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$40,31071,860
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$75,05066,610
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$62,36065,270
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$91,66060,260
Construction and Extraction Occupations$55,95050,980
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$89,97043,580
Personal Care and Service Occupations$29,48043,520
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$50,62037,960
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$91,42036,270
Retail Salespersons$28,65035,700
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$31,76031,520
Healthcare Support Occupations$37,93028,760
Cashiers$25,93024,670
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$24,72022,750
Registered Nurses$91,07022,500
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$59,28021,800
General and Operations Managers$118,71021,270
Office Clerks, General$37,00020,880
Community and Social Service Occupations$51,40020,550
Waiters and Waitresses$27,85019,390
Protective Service Occupations$50,05019,170
Customer Service Representatives$38,10018,250
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$31,94017,270
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$40,40017,150
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$29,86015,070
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$31,70014,580
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$42,47014,160
Cooks, Restaurant$28,17013,890
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$47,48013,830
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$70,70013,710
Software Developers, Applications$107,38013,550
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$75,80013,050
Personal Care Aides$25,79012,350
Carpenters$52,69010,010
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$68,4009,980
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$42,4609,530
Accountants and Auditors$70,3509,510
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$43,7609,140
Food Preparation Workers$26,1108,790
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$60,1908,710
Receptionists and Information Clerks$32,1208,290
Legal Occupations$94,3408,140
Nursing Assistants$32,3508,130
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$35,9907,990

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$55,3301,157,060
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$40,320167,420
Sales and Related Occupations$42,490114,290
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$27,130106,010
Management Occupations$114,79077,660
Production Occupations$39,91072,030
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$40,31071,860
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$75,05066,610
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$62,36065,270
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$91,66060,260
Construction and Extraction Occupations$55,95050,980
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$89,97043,580
Personal Care and Service Occupations$29,48043,520
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$50,62037,960
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$91,42036,270
Retail Salespersons$28,65035,700
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$31,76031,520
Healthcare Support Occupations$37,93028,760
Cashiers$25,93024,670
Registered Nurses$91,07022,500
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$59,28021,800
General and Operations Managers$118,71021,270
Office Clerks, General$37,00020,880
Community and Social Service Occupations$51,40020,550
Waiters and Waitresses$27,85019,390
Protective Service Occupations$50,05019,170
Customer Service Representatives$38,10018,250
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$31,94017,270
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$40,40017,150
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$29,86015,070
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$31,70014,580
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$42,47014,160
Cooks, Restaurant$28,17013,890
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$47,48013,830
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$70,70013,710
Software Developers, Applications$107,38013,550
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$75,80013,050
Personal Care Aides$25,79012,350
Carpenters$52,69010,010
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$68,4009,980
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$42,4609,530
Accountants and Auditors$70,3509,510
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$43,7609,140
Food Preparation Workers$26,1108,790
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$60,1908,710
Receptionists and Information Clerks$32,1208,290
Legal Occupations$94,3408,140
Nursing Assistants$32,3508,130
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$35,9907,990
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$34,2007,810

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