Oregon has a more diversified population than many states the same size; the National Center for Educational Statistics lists Oregon among the eight states with populations that have the highest percentage of immigrants.
Oregon cities with the most immigrants are:
- Beaverton (6,000)
- Portland (4,600)
- Hillsboro (3,165)
- David Douglas (2,500)
- North Clackamas (2,300)
- Tigard-Tualatin (1,550)
The US Census shows that 14.7 percent of Oregon’s population of 3,930,065 people (2013) speaks a language other than English in their homes. Spanish is the most common language spoken, followed by Russian, Vietnamese, Korean and Chinese. The result is a greater need for teachers to work with ELL (English Language Learners).
According to the National Clearinghouse for English language acquisition (NCELA), Oregon public schools served more than 65,000 ELL students in 2007-08, a 112 percent increase over the prior year.
There are currently some 1,720 ESL teachers employed in Oregon. Still, the federal Department of Education’s annual list of places with teacher shortages shows Oregon as lacking a sufficient number of bilingual teachers.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the national average annual salary for an ESL teacher as $52,260 as compared with the Oregon average of $56, 503. Salary rates vary by location and level of education. Annual teacher salaries in different Oregon cities are:
The table below provides 2013 Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) salary information for Adult, Basic and Secondary Education and Literacy Teachers (Adult ESL teachers are included in this broader category).