What kind of jobs are there in Portland, OR?

Portland's unemployment rate is below the national average, and residents of Portland earn more than the national average salary.

The tech industry has a solid foundation in the area, thanks in part to Intel Corporation, which has numerous campuses and continues to expand in the area. Careers in the medical field are also numerous through large employers such as the Oregon Health & Science University and Providence Health & Services. Meanwhile, athletics giant Nike calls Beaverton – located about 7 miles west of Portland – its home and employs about 12,000 people in Washington County.  

Job Market Index

Index Score: 7.3 /10

How we calculate this.

Portland has a healthier job market than similarly sized metro areas.

Average Annual Salary



Unemployment Rate 2019

of people are without a job

0.2% lower than national average

Unemployment Rate Over Time

Data sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Top Industries in Portland

Health Care and Social Assistance

Total Employment
Nursing Aide
Salary: $24.34k - $33.58k

Accommodation and Food Services

Total Employment
Waiter and Waitress
Salary: $18.82k - $28.28k

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

Total Employment
Salary: $55.07k - $92.91k