Oregon Pay Increases Mirror the Nation

by Jerry Bumgarner on February 16, 2015

in Compensation,SalaryTrends

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Oregon and Southwest Washington employees can expect base wage/salary increases to average about 3.1% in 2015 across all employee categories and most industries. While the averages vary a little by employee category, the projections for Oregon and Southwest Washington are very similar to the projected overall averages from throughout the United States. The following is a summary breakdown of the increases by employee category:

Employee Category  Projected 2015 Averages 
Oregon U.S.
 Non-Exempt Hourly Nonunion          2.9% 3.1%
 Non-Exempt Salaried 2.9% 3.1%
 Exempt Salaried 3.0% 3.1%
 Officers/Executives 3.4% 3.2%
 Overall Simple Average 3.05% 3.13%

2015 increase projections remain below pre-recession levels, according to the results of Cascade Employers Association and WorldatWork research. However, projections are typically on the conservative side. Should the pace of economic growth speed up, higher pay increases may follow.

The local study conducted by Cascade Employers was released in October of 2014 and reflects the practices of 188 Oregon and Southwest Washington employers. The nationwide study was published in July 2014 by WorldatWork and covers the increase projections of 2,043 employers from throughout the U.S.

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