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Salem Employment

Employment and Industries in the Salem, Oregon Area

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

  • A table of the types of occupations that can be found in Salem and the average wages for those jobs. The list includes jobs that generally require college degrees and jobs that do not require college degrees.
  • A table listing those careers significantly more common in Salem than in other US cities; this is useful both for career planning and for understanding the nature of Salem.

Jobs in Salem

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations165560$47,240$22.71100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations25300$37,270$17.9214.35
3Sales and Related Occupations15940$35,880$17.259.9
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations15040$25,650$12.338.55
5Education, Training, and Library Occupations10570$56,370$27.16.05
6Transportation and Material Moving Occupations10570$35,010$16.836.55
7Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations9680$89,900$43.225.8
8Management Occupations9120$92,040$44.256.15
9Business and Financial Operations Occupations9000$69,030$33.195.25
10Production Occupations8140$33,650$16.185.7
11Personal Care and Service Occupations7910$27,840$13.384.3
12Construction and Extraction Occupations7800$48,040$23.14.45
13Retail Salespersons6060$29,800$14.332.85
14Healthcare Support Occupations5620$36,100$17.353
15Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations5450$45,950$22.093.8
16Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food4760$22,700$10.922.3
17Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations4750$29,180$14.033.65
18Community and Social Service Occupations4110$49,020$23.571.65
19Office Clerks, General4080$34,260$16.471.9
20Cashiers3670$24,260$11.662.2
21Computer and Mathematical Occupations3580$75,650$36.372.9
22Protective Service Occupations3500$53,380$25.662.2
23Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations3290$27,620$13.280.65
24Registered Nurses3190$85,730$41.211.95
25Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive3120$39,160$18.831.5
26Personal Care Aides2840$25,040$12.041.5
27General and Operations Managers2820$96,980$46.631.5
28Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse2640$25,280$12.150.3
29Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand2630$32,760$15.751.7
30Customer Service Representatives2600$34,220$16.451.75
31Waiters and Waitresses2500$29,240$14.061.7
32Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners2290$29,170$14.021.55
33Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks2250$40,420$19.431.05
34Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations1890$46,960$22.581.8
35Personal Care and Service Workers, All Other1830$29,650$14.260.1
36Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers1810$42,870$20.611.2
37Stock Clerks and Order Fillers1750$30,060$14.451.3
38Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers1730$30,430$14.630.6
39Legal Occupations1590$83,250$40.030.8
40Business Operations Specialists, All Other1510$63,050$30.310.7
41Management Analysts1510$78,230$37.610.5
42Nursing Assistants1440$31,130$14.961
43Architecture and Engineering Occupations1400$75,310$36.211.7
44Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations1320$66,580$32.010.8
45Construction Laborers1310$39,000$18.750.8
46Cooks, Restaurant1300$26,240$12.620.8
47Receptionists and Information Clerks1280$31,010$14.910.7
48Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers1270$27,500$13.220.8
49First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers1260$42,910$20.631
50Maintenance and Repair Workers, General1240$38,450$18.490.9
51First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers1230$55,550$26.710.95
52Carpenters1200$43,580$20.950.7
53Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers1170$32,410$15.580
54Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products1150$65,230$31.360.9
55Accountants and Auditors1140$71,680$34.460.9
56Psychiatric Aides1130$39,470$18.970
57Computer Occupations, All Other1120$79,890$38.410.2
58Food Preparation Workers1120$23,790$11.440.6
59Medical Assistants1120$36,060$17.340.45
60Medical Secretaries1020$37,230$17.90.4
61Managers, All Other950$87,270$41.960.6
62Electricians920$64,320$30.920.4
63First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers910$32,470$15.610.6
64Bus Drivers, School or Special Client880$27,350$13.150.3
65Office and Administrative Support Workers, All Other830$32,510$15.630.2
66Bus Drivers, School or Special Client820$30,870$14.840.3
67Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers820$38,440$18.480.6
68Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners820$25,640$12.330.9
69Correctional Officers and Jailers810$55,730$26.790.25
70Social and Human Service Assistants800$40,780$19.60.25
71Childcare Workers740$22,620$10.880.8
72Lawyers700$110,560$53.150.5
73Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment680$24,800$11.920.2
74Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants680$50,520$24.290.35
75Packers and Packagers, Hand680$27,540$13.240.45
76Construction Managers670$87,540$42.090.3
77Painters, Construction and Maintenance670$32,890$15.810.2
78Bartenders650$27,120$13.040.4
79Food Servers, Nonrestaurant650$24,980$12.010.2
80Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers650$68,730$33.040.4
81Sales Representatives, Services, All Other650$49,070$23.590.6
82Dental Assistants630$39,410$18.950.2
83Information and Record Clerks, All Other630$31,390$15.090.1
84Recreation Workers630$30,590$14.710.25
85Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators620$33,010$15.870.35
86Substitute Teachers620$47,880$23.020
87Compliance Officers600$66,750$32.090.2
88Education, Training, and Library Workers, All Other600$38,440$18.480.1
89Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders580$26,470$12.730.2
90Computer User Support Specialists570$49,420$23.760.4
91Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop570$24,880$11.960.3
92Dishwashers570$22,640$10.890.3
93Financial Managers560$99,310$47.740.4
94Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses550$51,500$24.760.5
95Human Resources Specialists540$60,710$29.190.35
96Crossing Guards530$32,380$15.570
97Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks530$31,820$15.30.4
98Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria520$30,980$14.90.3
99Training and Development Specialists520$60,160$28.920.2
100Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators510$53,600$25.770.2
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Jobs More Common Near Salem Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$47,240165,560
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$37,27025,300
Sales and Related Occupations$35,88015,940
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$25,65015,040
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$56,37010,570
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$35,01010,570
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$89,9009,680
Management Occupations$92,0409,120
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$69,0309,000
Production Occupations$33,6508,140
Personal Care and Service Occupations$27,8407,910
Construction and Extraction Occupations$48,0407,800
Retail Salespersons$29,8006,060
Healthcare Support Occupations$36,1005,620
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$45,9505,450
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$22,7004,760
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$29,1804,750
Community and Social Service Occupations$49,0204,110
Office Clerks, General$34,2604,080
Cashiers$24,2603,670
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$75,6503,580
Protective Service Occupations$53,3803,500
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations$27,6203,290
Registered Nurses$85,7303,190
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$39,1603,120
Personal Care Aides$25,0402,840
General and Operations Managers$96,9802,820
Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse$25,2802,640
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$32,7602,630
Customer Service Representatives$34,2202,600
Waiters and Waitresses$29,2402,500
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$29,1702,290
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$40,4202,250
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$46,9601,890
Personal Care and Service Workers, All Other$29,6501,830
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$42,8701,810
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$30,0601,750
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$30,4301,730
Legal Occupations$83,2501,590
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$63,0501,510
Management Analysts$78,2301,510
Nursing Assistants$31,1301,440
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$75,3101,400
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$66,5801,320
Construction Laborers$39,0001,310
Cooks, Restaurant$26,2401,300
Receptionists and Information Clerks$31,0101,280
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$27,5001,270
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$42,9101,260
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$38,4501,240

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$47,240165,560
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$37,27025,300
Sales and Related Occupations$35,88015,940
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$25,65015,040
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$56,37010,570
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$35,01010,570
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$89,9009,680
Management Occupations$92,0409,120
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$69,0309,000
Production Occupations$33,6508,140
Personal Care and Service Occupations$27,8407,910
Construction and Extraction Occupations$48,0407,800
Retail Salespersons$29,8006,060
Healthcare Support Occupations$36,1005,620
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$45,9505,450
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$29,1804,750
Community and Social Service Occupations$49,0204,110
Office Clerks, General$34,2604,080
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$75,6503,580
Protective Service Occupations$53,3803,500
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations$27,6203,290
Registered Nurses$85,7303,190
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$39,1603,120
Personal Care Aides$25,0402,840
General and Operations Managers$96,9802,820
Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse$25,2802,640
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$32,7602,630
Customer Service Representatives$34,2202,600
Waiters and Waitresses$29,2402,500
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$29,1702,290
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$40,4202,250
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$46,9601,890
Personal Care and Service Workers, All Other$29,6501,830
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$42,8701,810
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$30,0601,750
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$30,4301,730
Legal Occupations$83,2501,590
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$63,0501,510
Management Analysts$78,2301,510
Nursing Assistants$31,1301,440
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$75,3101,400
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$66,5801,320
Construction Laborers$39,0001,310
Cooks, Restaurant$26,2401,300
Receptionists and Information Clerks$31,0101,280
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$27,5001,270
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$42,9101,260
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$38,4501,240
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$55,5501,230
Carpenters$43,5801,200

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