Electrician Salaries in Oregon

Electricians face a promising job market in Oregon. The state’s Employment Department expects the total number of job openings for electricians to be much higher than that for jobs on average during the ten-year period ending in 2024.

This Department expects the rate of increase in the number of jobs for electricians to be 16% during this time frame. Two regions of Oregon should see even higher rates of job growth for electricians:

  • Central Oregon—31.3%
  • East Cascades—23.3%
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In fact, 80% of the contractors in Oregon expect difficulty in finding and hiring skilled workers such as electricians during 2016 according to a survey by the Associated General Contractors of America.

Part of the reason for the expected shortage of skilled construction workers is that construction will be Oregon’s faster growing industry through 2024 according to the state’s Workforce and Economic Analysis. This will be particularly true for Central Oregon and the Portland area. Construction grew at the fastest rate of Oregon’s major industries during the year ending in June 2016 and added 8,100 jobs.

The Portland Business Journal highlighted major construction projects in the region as of July 2016. Portland picked a contractor to carry out $140 million worth of work on the Portland Building which needs serious modifications including major electrical renovation.

Groundbreaking for the Grant Street Pier also took place this month. City officials expect that construction for this unique cable-stay pier will be completed by the end of 2017. The pier will be the center point of a 7.3-acre park that will start construction in the fall.

The park is just part of $1.5 billion in development of the Vancouver waterfront. Six new buildings including the Hotel Indigo will be under construction along the waterfront by the summer of 2017.

Salaries for Residential Electricians Throughout Oregon

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides the range of salaries earned by electricians in Oregon’s major cities and its rural areas. Highly skilled master electricians can expect to earn salaries at the highest end of these ranges (2015):

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Albany OR
350
60860
Bend-Redmond OR
250
55960
Corvallis OR
80
56780
Eugene OR
540
63910
Grants Pass OR
Estimate not released
53610
Medford OR
480
58650
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro OR-WA
4500
70820
Salem OR
790
60510
North Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area
170
64480
South Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area
280
57920
Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area
170
60910
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area
220
58260

Salaries for Specialty Electricians in Oregon’s Major Cities

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides salaries for a number of different types of specialized electricians that work in Oregon’s largest cities (2015). Those with the most education and experience tend to earn salaries at the upper end of the ranges shown here:

Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers:

  • Albany: $71,250 – $106,500
  • Bend-Redmond: $91,720 – $109,090
  • Eugene: $88,770 – $109,040
  • Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro: $88,660 – $102,290
  • Salem: $88,670 – $123,270

Electrical and Electronics Repairers Specializing in Commercial and Industrial Equipment:

  • Albany: $70,560 – $79,230
  • Bend-Redmond: $72,240 – $90,430
  • Eugene: $59,910 – $92,810
  • Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro: $63,460 – $94,000
  • Salem: $67,580 – $101,270

Electrical and Electronics Repairers Specializing in Powerhouse, Substation, and Relay:

  • Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro: $90,350 – $102,320

Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers:

  • Eugene: $30,540 – $47,370
  • Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro: $39,830 – $62,340

Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers:

  • Bend-Redmond: $38,690 – $62,460
  • Eugene: $55,710 – $63,870
  • Medford: $44,620 – $57,820
  • Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro: $43,550 – $67,130
  • Salem: $55,590 – $70,520

The statewide average for electricians in these specialized roles is shown in the table below:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Electrical and Electronics Installers and Repairers / Transportation Equipment
300
50910
Electrical and Electronics Repairers Commercial and Industrial Equipment
1170
63230
Electrical and Electronics Repairers Powerhouse Substation and Relay
100
82980
Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers Motor Vehicles
70
31690
Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers
360
40510
Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers
750
46970
Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers
1000
86960

Salaries for Electrician Apprentices in Portland and Eugene

The number of jobs for electrician apprentices in Oregon should increase faster than that for jobs on average during the ten-year period ending in 2024 according to the state’s Employment Department.

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides salary data for the occupational classification for “Electrician’s Helpers” in Oregon’s four largest cities and rural North Northeastern Oregon. Shown below is information that represents the wages earned during an electrical apprenticeship (2015):

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Eugene OR
Estimate not released
35880
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro OR-WA
210
35340

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