Arizona Q4, 2019 Employment Statistics

  • 168,757 employers, up 3.7% from 162,795
  • 2,979,790 employees, up 2.7% from 2,903,358
  • $1,059 average weekly wage, up 4.1% from $1,017
  • The average weekly wage is 10.6% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 3.0% below the national average

Employer & Employee Growth

In the last year, the number of employers in the state increased by 5,962, which is an increase of 3.7%. The number of employees in Arizona increased by 76,432, an increase of 2.7%. During this same period, the average weekly wage increased by $42, an increase of 4.1%.

The number of private employers increased since last years' Q1. The number of private businesses increased by 5,921 or 3.7%. Growth in private businesses in Arizona grew faster than the national average of 2.5%. The number of employees in these businesses increased since last years' Q1, increasing by 71,181 or 2.9%. The growth in employees of private businesses in Arizona was faster than the national average of 1.2%.

The average weekly wage of employees of private businesses increased since last years' Q1. The averge weekly wage increased by $45 or 4.4%. Growth in average weekly wage of employees of private businesses in Arizona grew faster than the national average of 3.8%.


Leading Sectors

Businesses by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of businesses in the state is Professional services with 16.3% of the businesses in the state. The number of businesses in this sector increased by 5.6%. Healthcare (10.5%), which increased by 9.3% and Retail trade (9.7%), which increased by 1.8%, round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Business Change %
SectorChange Biz% Change
Company management16815.8%
Information45713.4%
Healthcare1,4999.3%
Utilities269.0%
Transport and warehousing3078.4%
Arts and entertainment1617.3%
Real estate and rental5916.3%
Educational services1525.7%
Professional services1,4695.6%
Waste services5164.7%
Finance and insurance4464.6%
Construction5874.4%
Manufacturing2234.4%
Accommodation and food services4894.1%
Mining and oil extraction104.1%
Wholesale trade3752.9%
Retail trade2891.8%
Agriculture and forestry181.6%
Other services-441-3.9%


Employees by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of employees in the state is Healthcare with 13.4% of the employees in the state, had an increase in employees of 4.1% in the last year. Retail trade (11.4%), increased by 0.0% and Accommodation and food services (9.6%), increased by 1.1%, round out the top 3 sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Employee Change %
SectorEmployee Change% Change
Transport and warehousing9,9499.8%
Construction11,4177.0%
Company management1,6245.6%
Finance and insurance8,2115.0%
Healthcare15,8504.1%
Manufacturing6,9944.1%
Information1,6883.5%
Real estate and rental1,8933.4%
Educational services1,8482.7%
Waste services6,6262.6%
Utilities2922.4%
Professional services3,8172.4%
Arts and entertainment6901.5%
Accommodation and food services3,0081.1%
Other services400.1%
Retail trade200.0%
Wholesale trade-263-0.3%
Agriculture and forestry-1,132-3.4%
Mining and oil extraction-538-4.0%


Average Weekly Wage by Sector

The sector that pays their employees the highest is Utilities paying $1,960per week compared with the state average of $1,058. Weekly wages in this sector rose by $13 or 0.7%. Company management ($1,722), rose by $22 or 1.3% and Professional services ($1,689) increased by $20 or 1.2% round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Weekly Wage Change %
SectorWage ChangeChange %
Finance and insurance$1067.4%
Real estate and rental$797.2%
Manufacturing$966.7%
Other services$496.6%
Information$876.2%
Mining and oil extraction$795.2%
Agriculture and forestry$314.9%
Arts and entertainment$364.6%
Waste services$354.5%
Accommodation and food services$173.9%
Retail trade$253.8%
Construction$433.7%
Healthcare$333.1%
Wholesale trade$463.0%
Company management$221.3%
Professional services$201.2%
Transport and warehousing$101.0%
Educational services$70.8%
Utilities$130.7%


Leading Industries

Businesses by Industry

Each broad sector is made up of specific industries. In Arizona. the industry with the most businesses is Restaurants and other eating places with 5.7% of the businesses in the state (with 9,582 employing 218,487 workers). The Restaurants and other eating places industry had 438 more businesses, an increase of 4.8% in the last year. Computer systems design and related services (3.7% of businesses) added 344 businesses, an increase of 5.9% and Management consulting services (3.4% of businesses) added 411 businesses, an increase of 7.8% round out the 3 industries with the most businesses.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change %
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Other petroleum and coal products mfg.4400.0%
Services for the elderly and disabled777187.2%
Telephone apparatus manufacturing3100.0%
Synthetic dye and pigment manufacturing266.7%
Small electrical appliance manufacturing266.7%
Electric power generation1963.3%
Other financial vehicles861.5%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change #
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Services for the elderly and disabled777187.2%
Restaurants and other eating places4384.8%
Management consulting services4117.8%
Offices of real estate agents and brokers4058.9%
Computer systems design and related services3445.9%
Software publishers27131.6%
Offices of physicians1783.7%


Employees by Industry

Computer systems design and related services (3.7% of employees) added 344 employees, an increase of 5.9% and Management consulting services (3.4% ofemployees) added 411 employees, an increase of 7.8% round out the 3 industries with the most employees.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change %
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Accessories and other apparel manufacturing66659.1%
Emergency and other relief services462157.5%
Small electrical appliance manufacturing34102.4%
Other support activities for transportation45295.5%
Securities and commodity exchanges368.3%
Other heavy construction67662.4%
Siding contractors9158.3%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change #
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
General warehousing and storage6,04826.4%
Temporary help services5,30210.3%
Commercial banking5,18414.1%
Insurance agencies and brokerages3,37213.4%
Restaurants and other eating places3,0271.4%
Offices of physicians2,9975.0%
Professional employer organizations2,8855.7%


Average Weekly Wage by Industry

The industry that pays their employees the most is Industrial gas manufacturing, paying $13,235 compared with the state average of $1,058. Employees in the Industrial gas manufacturing industry were paid $9,187 more per week, an increase of 227.0% in the last year. Commodity contracts dealing ($6,888) and Spectator sports ($3,872) round out the top 3 industries. Employees in the Commodity contracts dealing ($6,888 per week) were paid $13,953 less per week, a decline of 66.9% and Spectator sports ($3,872 per week) were paid $187 more per week, an increase of 5.1% round out the 3 industries that pay their employees the most.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change %
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Industrial gas manufacturing$9,187227.0%
Textile bag and canvas mills$68479.8%
Mortgage and nonmortgage loan brokers$97365.4%
Advertising material distribution services$73065.1%
All other general purpose machinery mfg.$80552.0%
Taxi service$39148.5%
Support activities for forestry$41147.6%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change $
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Industrial gas manufacturing$9,187227.0%
Mortgage and nonmortgage loan brokers$97365.4%
All other general purpose machinery mfg.$80552.0%
Advertising material distribution services$73065.1%
Textile bag and canvas mills$68479.8%
Software publishers$55627.5%
Cable and other subscription programming$48037.8%


Company Size

Arizona Businesses by Size

The solopreneur company, has the most businesses in Arizona by far. 62.2% of all businesses in the state have fewer than 5 employees. The 153,301 small businesses in the state represent 94.7% of all private businesses. The national average is 91.2%. (Small businesses have fewer than 50 employees, Solopreneurs employ fewer than 5.) Arizona added 6,617 businesses in the last year, an increase of 4.3% as compared to the national average of 3.0%.

Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees. These small businesses added 6,377 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 4.3% as compared to the national average of 3.1%.

Mid-sized businesses are defined as companies with between 50 and 499 employees. These mid-sized businesses added 206 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 2.6% as compared to the national average of 1.3%.

Large businesses are defined as companies with more than 500 employees. These large businesses added 34 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 7.0% as compared to the national average of 2.1%.



Arizona Employees by Business Size

Arizona added 212,414 employees in the last year, an increase of 9.4% as compared to the national average of 5.2%. Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees. These small businesses added 81,270 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 112.8% as compared to the national average of 4.2%.

Mid-sized businesses are defined as companies with between 50 and 499 employees. Mid-sized businesses added 85,909 employees in the last year, which is an increase of 9.5% as compared to the national average of 4.7%.

Large businesses are defined as companies with more than 500 employees. Large businesses added 45,235 employees in the last year, which is an increase of 8.2% as compared to the national average of 9.2%.

Arizona Avg Weekly Wages by Business Size

The smallest companies in Arizona (those with fewer than 5 employees) pay workers 14.4% more than the national average ($1,174 per week as compared to the national average of $1,005 per week). The largest companies in Arizona (those with more than 1,000 employees) pay 29.0% workers below the national average ($1,483 per week as compared to the national average of $1,913 per week).

Average weekly wages in small businesses added $78 per week in the last year, which is an increase of 2.1% as compared to the national average of 3.1%. Employees of mid-sized businesses added $133 in wages per week in the last year, which is an increase of 4.6% as compared to the national average of 1.3%.

Employees of large businesses added $65 of weekly wages in the last year, which is an increase of 2.5% as compared to the national average of 2.1%.

Top Industries for Business and Employment

The table below illustrates the largest industries in the state, by number of businesses:

Table: Top 10 Industries by # of Businesses
Industry# Businesses% Change
Restaurants and other eating places9,5824.8%
Computer systems design and related services6,1685.9%
Management consulting services5,6827.8%
Offices of physicians4,9923.7%
Offices of real estate agents and brokers4,9818.9%
Accounting and bookkeeping services3,4663.5%
Offices of lawyers3,2581.7%
Insurance agencies and brokerages3,1593.4%
Residential building construction2,8014.1%
Offices of dentists2,5433.1%


The table below illustrates the largest industries in the state, by number of employees:

Table: Top 10 Industries by # of Employees
Industry# Employees% Change
Restaurants and other eating places218,4871.4%
General medical and surgical hospitals95,2963.0%
Offices of physicians62,7055.0%
Temporary help services56,49110.3%
Supermarkets and other grocery stores53,639-2.8%
Professional employer organizations53,3815.7%
Hotels and motels except casino hotels42,748-3.2%
General merchandise stores including warehouse clubs and supercenters42,3711.9%
Commercial banking42,07214.1%
Computer systems design and related services38,8852.2%


The table below illustrates the largest industries in the state, by highest wages:

Table: Top 10 Industries by Weekly Wage
IndustryWkly Wages% Change
Industrial gas manufacturing$13,235227.0%
Commodity contracts dealing$6,888-66.9%
Spectator sports$3,8725.1%
Crude petroleum extraction$3,3000.0%
Other financial vehicles$2,6480.0%
Medical equipment merchant wholesalers$2,5972.0%
Software publishers$2,57527.5%
Semiconductor and electronic component mfg.$2,5563.9%
Computer and software merchant wholesalers$2,5524.6%
Other electrical equipment and component mfg.$2,546-20.7%




Data Sources




About the Writer

This page was created and is maintained by Kurt Tietjen, Founder of Stavera, High Peak Media & HomeGearWorks.com. Kurt is an executive, data scientist and software engineer who holds an MBA in Management Information Systems. In 2010, he partnered with scientists at Northwestern University to launch The Street Wire. This was one of the first mainstream uses of what would become “Narrative Science”, an artificial intelligence platform specializing in natural language generation. You can contact Kurt on LinkedIn here.