In the state of Oregon, waitresses work in restaurants, bars and cafes. Many of these workers are part-time employees. As of 2008, the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that approximately 21 percent of wait staff across the United States were between the ages of 16 and 19. Waitresses in Oregon and the rest of the United States often rely on tips for the bulk of their wages.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of 2010 there were 25,410 food and beverage servers in the state of Oregon. That amounts to 16.19 food or beverage servers for every thousand workers in the state. Waitresses and other servers in Oregon earn an annual average salary of $26,520 or $12.75 per hour. On the national level, the average waitress or server earns an annual wage of $20,790 which equates to $9.99 per hour. Therefore, the typical waitress in Oregon earns about 25 percent more than the average waitress in the United States.
The best-paid waitresses in Oregon work in the Portland area. The Bureau of Labor Statistics brackets together wages in Portland with wages in other nearby cities beyond the Oregon state line. In the Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton area on the Oregon and Washington state border, the average waitress earns an annual wage of $27,510 or $13.23 per hour. By comparison, the highest-paid food and beverage servers in the nation are based in the Nantucket-Martha's vineyard area of Massachusetts, where average wages amount to $31,330 per year of $15.06 per hour.
The lowest-paid waitresses in Oregon are located in the Eastern half of the state, where average annual wages amount to $21,900 or $10.53 per hour. This means that these wait staff earn about $5,000 less than the average wage for servers in the state as a whole, but earn about $1,000 more than average wait staff across the nation as a whole. As of 2010, there are 2,030 servers in Eastern Oregon compared with 14,300 in the best-paid part of the state around Portland and the Oregon-Washington border area.
The Southern Oregon coastal region has the highest number of waitresses and severs as a percentage of the overall work force. In that region of the state, there are 1,940 servers, which amounts to 28.25 servers for every 1,000 employees. The Corvallis area of the state has the lowest percentage of wait staff with just 450 servers, which amounts to 0.77 for every 1,000 workers. By comparison, the Atlantic City-Hammonton area of New Jersey has the highest percentage of servers in the nation. There are 6,680 servers in that area, which amounts to 49.31 servers for every 1,000 workers.