Industry Research & Information

Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association (ORLA) represents over 3,000 members, and advocates for over 10,500 foodservice locations and 2,200 lodging establishments in Oregon. Our industry is responsible for 155,000 jobs bringing in over $7.5 billion in annual sales and generates 54% of the annual tourism dollars spent in Oregon. 

Restaurant Industry

The US Dept. of Labor / Bureau of Labor Statistics provides comprehensive data on industry employment, wages, etc. Visit for more information.

National Restaurant Association provides an online restaurant industry dashboard which overviews several key indicators. NRA's 2014 Restaurant Industry Forecast includes an outlook of sales for each state, projections for state restaurant job growth, and food and menu trends. Here's just a sample of data in the report:

    • Eating-and-drinking places are projected to add jobs at a 2.8 percent rate
    • Restaurant and F&B sales are projected to reach record high $683.4 billion in 2014
    • Restaurant industry will remain the nation’s second-largest private sector employer with a workforce of 13.5 million

Lodging Industry

Hotel Performance - Members have access to monthly STR reports benchmarking aggregate data on hotel occupancy rates, ADR, and RevPar in Oregon (email your request to Membership). Travel Oregon partners with Dean Runyan Associates to provide a monthly "Oregon Travel Barometer," key travel indicators on Oregon's tourism industry.

Industry Statistics - AH&LA’s 2013 Lodging Investment Profile provides a comprehensive look into the lodging and tourism industries; visit AH&LA’s Information Center.

Lodging Tax - TRT (or local "transient room tax") is the tax on paid overnight stays at a lodging property that is usually collected by the operator from the guest. Oregon has a statewide lodging tax of 1% that is remitted for the promotion of tourism. For more info visit: Oregon Travel Impacts (Dean Runyan April 2013) or the League of Oregon Cities for local room tax rates.

Industry Competencies - The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) collaborated with industry leaders to develop a comprehensive competency model framework for the hotel and lodging sector of the industry. The model, presented by CareerOneStop, is designed to evolve along with changing skill requirements.

Compensation Data

WageWatch conducts the most comprehensive compensation survey for the lodging industry, providing current data on hiring rates and average compensation for over 31 positions. ORLA members receive a 10% discount off the survey subscription (which is continually updated and enables custom comp sets) and a significant discount on the purchase of the binder. For more information, contact WageWatch’s Travis Pullen at 480.237.6130 / 888-330-9243. Take the survey now. To order the survey, go online to the WageWatch survey.