Average salary in Oregon

1 min readLast updated October 5, 2023by Charlie Barton

Learn about the average salaries and highest paying counties in Oregon

Oregon is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. It has a diverse economy, ranging from agriculture to technology, and is home to several large cities, including Portland and Salem. Understanding the average salaries and highest paying counties in Oregon can help individuals make informed decisions about their career and financial future. 

The average salary in Oregon may vary depending on several factors such as location, industry, and occupation. For example, the cost of living in Portland is higher than in smaller cities or rural areas. But which cities and counties offer the highest average salaries? 

Average salary in Oregon by city 

City living is often more expensive than living in more rural areas, but it’s also where the money is. Oregon’s own cities can vary greatly in average salary; Hillsboro can command more than $83,000, while Medford’s average sits below $50,000.  

Average earnings by city—or any other geographical metric—is just one way of calculating wealth, and certainly shouldn’t be the only way you look at your own earning potential in a given place. It doesn’t take into account the type of jobs that people do to earn above or below this average bracket, and omits any consideration for the number of people living in a household. However, it’s certainly one way of establishing which place offers good earning opportunities.  

The US Census Bureau’s latest American Community Survey has calculated the average earnings for the largest cities in Oregon, which you can find ranked below.  

CityAverage household income
Hillsboro $83,992
Beavertown $71,979
Bend $66,455
Portland $66,187
Salem $56,186
Gresham $51,130
Eugene $50,592
Medford $48,825

Average salary in Oregon by county 

Reviewing average salaries in Oregon by city is not necessarily an adequate metric for average salaries across the state, since it’s entirely urban focused. A good idea is to weigh these figures up against the average salary in Oregon by county, as this will take areas outside the main cities into account and offer a broader idea of salary ranges.  

The same survey from the US Census Bureau gives further insight this way, with the average household income calculated for each county.  

Clackamas $71,504
Multnomah $70,331
Deschutes $67,743
Sherman $67,558
Hood River $65,127
Gilliam $63.645
Jackson $56,842
Yamhill $55,802
Coos $55,759
Lane $55,146
Josephine $54,466
Benton $54,174
Marion $53,791
Columbia $53,573
Curry $53,044
Wallowa $52,999
Linn $52,695
Wasco $52,527
Lincoln $52,482
Clatsop $52,250
Morrow $51,670
Tillamook $51,643
Grant $50,870
Crook $50,708
Douglas $50,595
Union $50,053
Polk $49,781
Harney $49,257
Umatilla $48,439
Baker $48,107
Klamath $48,050
Lake $47,066
Jefferson $43,145
Wheeler $42,637
Malheur $38,923

Highest paying jobs in Oregon

There’s another weighty factor that will influence how much you earn if you live in Oregon: your job type. Average salaries for various sectors and job roles can vary massively across the state, so it’s absolutely something to consider when looking at salaries by location.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has calculated a comprehensive list of annual salaries by occupation area, which you can also find below.

OccupationAnnual Salary
Chief Executives $206,870
Other Specialists Dentists $184,890
Nurse Anesthetists $184,300
Podiatrists $167,710
General Dentists $167,530
General Pediatricians $164,830
Computer and Information Research Scientists $162,770
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates $154,680
Architectural and Engineering Managers $151,440
Nuclear Engineers $148,830
Pharmacists $131,570
Computer and Information Systems Managers $128,420
Lawyers $128,000
Physician Assistants $127,690
Nurse Practitioners $127,690
Computer Hardware Engineers $127,690
Postsecondary Health Specialties Teachers $127,410
Optometrists $127,240
Nurse Midwives $126,780
Postsecondary Economics Teachers $126,460

Frequently asked questions about salaries in Oregon

What is the average salary in Oregon by age?
Alongside location and occupation, salaries in Oregon are also dependent on age, since more senior workers will be paid more. Then, when they retire, their income will dip again as they will rely on pensions and other forms of set income.

The Census Bureau data finds that householders under 25 have a median household income of $35,297; householders aged 24 to 44 years old have a median income of $63,936; those aged 45 to 64 years old have a median income of $72,058; and those 65 and older have a median income of $47,825.

What is a ‘good’ salary in Oregon?
The median income in Oregon is $65,890. Defining ‘good’ relies on all sorts of variable factors and these should be taken into account.

What is the average salary in Oregon by hour?
If Americans work an average of 1,801 hours per year—at 37.5 hours a week—then the average hourly salary in California is $36.54.

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Charlie Barton

Charlie Barton is a writer at Unbiased. He has been writing about personal finance and investing since 2017, with extensive knowledge of platforms and products. Charlie has a first-class degree from the London School of Economics.