Arizona Q2, 2019 Employment Statistics

  • 166,467 employers, up 5.3% from 158,110
  • 2,874,249 employees, up 2.6% from 2,800,796
  • $1,010 average weekly wage, up 3.8% from $973
  • The average weekly wage is 7.8% 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 8,357, which is an increase of 5.3%. The number of employees in Arizona increased by 73,452, an increase of 2.6%. During this same period, the average weekly wage increased by $37, an increase of 3.8%.

The number of private employers increased since last years' Q1. The number of private businesses increased by 8,324 or 5.4%. Growth in private businesses in Arizona grew faster than the national average of 2.9%. The number of employees in these businesses increased since last years' Q1, increasing by 66,990 or 2.8%. The growth in employees of private businesses in Arizona was faster than the national average of 1.4%.

The average weekly wage of employees of private businesses increased since last years' Q1. The averge weekly wage increased by $38 or 4.0%. 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 16.2% of the businesses in the state. The number of businesses in this sector increased by 11.2%. Healthcare (10.5%), which increased by 13.8% and Retail trade (9.8%), which increased by 5.0%, round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Business Change %
SectorChange Biz% Change
Company management23424.5%
Information68022.2%
Healthcare2,10713.8%
Transport and warehousing45113.2%
Arts and entertainment23411.4%
Professional services2,72311.2%
Educational services26510.6%
Real estate and rental91810.6%
Waste services1,0169.7%
Mining and oil extraction219.4%
Construction1,1158.7%
Finance and insurance7308.0%
Wholesale trade8657.0%
Accommodation and food services7236.3%
Manufacturing3096.3%
Retail trade7705.0%
Utilities134.6%
Agriculture and forestry343.1%
Other services-141-1.3%


Employees by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of employees in the state is Healthcare with 13.5% of the employees in the state, had an increase in employees of 3.9% in the last year. Retail trade (11.2%), decreased by 0.1% and Accommodation and food services (10.0%), increased by 0.6%, round out the top 3 sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Employee Change %
SectorEmployee Change% Change
Construction13,5638.6%
Transport and warehousing6,5306.9%
Real estate and rental2,4244.6%
Manufacturing7,4754.5%
Healthcare14,6053.9%
Professional services5,8513.9%
Finance and insurance5,5333.4%
Company management9063.1%
Arts and entertainment1,1112.5%
Mining and oil extraction3252.5%
Waste services5,9382.5%
Information1,1372.4%
Wholesale trade2,2062.3%
Educational services7581.2%
Accommodation and food services1,9030.6%
Other services-26-0.1%
Retail trade-247-0.1%
Utilities-24-0.2%
Agriculture and forestry-1,001-5.1%


Average Weekly Wage by Sector

The sector that pays their employees the highest is Utilities paying $1,809per week compared with the state average of $997. Weekly wages in this sector rose by $30 or 1.7%. Company management ($1,670), rose by $119 or 7.7% and Mining and oil extraction ($1,518) increased by $27 or 1.8% round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Weekly Wage Change %
SectorWage ChangeChange %
Other services$598.2%
Company management$1197.7%
Arts and entertainment$557.6%
Construction$676.5%
Agriculture and forestry$385.7%
Information$644.8%
Educational services$374.5%
Retail trade$264.0%
Accommodation and food services$174.0%
Real estate and rental$394.0%
Healthcare$323.3%
Professional services$473.3%
Finance and insurance$392.8%
Wholesale trade$362.5%
Waste services$182.3%
Transport and warehousing$212.2%
Manufacturing$302.1%
Mining and oil extraction$271.8%
Utilities$301.7%


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 9,485 employing 220,548 workers). The Restaurants and other eating places industry had 547 more businesses, an increase of 6.1% in the last year. Computer systems design and related services (3.7% of businesses) added 815 businesses, an increase of 15.4% and Management consulting services (3.3% of businesses) added 675 businesses, an increase of 13.9% round out the 3 industries with the most businesses.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change %
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Services for the elderly and disabled824210.2%
Open-end investment funds4200.0%
Other hospitals43126.5%
Other financial vehicles990.0%
Telephone apparatus manufacturing375.0%
Synthetic dye and pigment manufacturing266.7%
Small electrical appliance manufacturing266.7%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change #
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Services for the elderly and disabled824210.2%
Computer systems design and related services81515.4%
Management consulting services67513.9%
Offices of real estate agents and brokers58614.1%
Restaurants and other eating places5476.1%
Software publishers37856.2%
Offices of physicians2816.1%


Employees by Industry

Computer systems design and related services (3.7% of employees) added 815 employees, an increase of 15.4% and Management consulting services (3.3% ofemployees) added 675 employees, an increase of 13.9% round out the 3 industries with the most employees.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change %
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Accessories and other apparel manufacturing52278.2%
Other support activities for water transport.29191.5%
Poultry product merchant wholesalers145183.9%
Emergency and other relief services500173.3%
Educational support services3,571119.9%
Siding contractors12087.8%
Other support activities for transportation29574.5%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change #
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Commercial banking4,75413.0%
Educational support services3,571119.9%
Plumbing and hvac contractors3,26313.4%
Restaurants and other eating places3,1431.5%
General warehousing and storage3,01714.6%
Aerospace product and parts manufacturing2,96110.7%
General medical and surgical hospitals2,7043.0%


Average Weekly Wage by Industry

The industry that pays their employees the most is Spectator sports, paying $3,197 compared with the state average of $997. Employees in the Spectator sports industry were paid $240 more per week, an increase of 8.1% in the last year. Reinsurance carriers ($2,970) and Commodity contracts brokerage ($2,946) round out the top 3 industries. Employees in the Reinsurance carriers ($2,970 per week) were paid $532 more per week, an increase of 21.8% and Commodity contracts brokerage ($2,946 per week) were paid $501 more per week, an increase of 20.5% round out the 3 industries that pay their employees the most.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change %
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Other performing arts companies$453129.4%
Apiculture$49357.7%
Telephone apparatus manufacturing$69352.8%
Other automotive repair and maintenance$27650.8%
Support activities for forestry$41249.5%
Political organizations$28641.8%
Magnetic media manufacturing and reproducing$38941.0%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change $
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Telephone apparatus manufacturing$69352.8%
Reinsurance carriers$53221.8%
Commodity contracts brokerage$50120.5%
Apiculture$49357.7%
Testing laboratories$47338.8%
Other performing arts companies$453129.4%
Support activities for forestry$41249.5%


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 92.4%. (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 places9,4856.1%
Computer systems design and related services6,09615.4%
Management consulting services5,53813.9%
Offices of physicians4,9006.1%
Offices of real estate agents and brokers4,73014.1%
Accounting and bookkeeping services3,4306.7%
Offices of lawyers3,2343.5%
Insurance agencies and brokerages3,1387.2%
Residential building construction2,79610.7%
Offices of dentists2,5204.8%


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 places220,5481.5%
General medical and surgical hospitals93,1313.0%
Offices of physicians60,1443.4%
Supermarkets and other grocery stores54,057-0.5%
Professional employer organizations49,2472.0%
Temporary help services47,5751.7%
Hotels and motels except casino hotels43,198-2.5%
Commercial banking41,31913.0%
General merchandise stores including warehouse clubs and supercenters40,2001.3%
Computer systems design and related services38,0657.4%


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

Table: Top 10 Industries by Weekly Wage
IndustryWkly Wages% Change
Spectator sports$3,1978.1%
Reinsurance carriers$2,97021.8%
Commodity contracts brokerage$2,94620.5%
Semiconductor and electronic component mfg.$2,769-2.7%
Refined petroleum product pipeline transport.$2,6670.0%
Computer and software merchant wholesalers$2,5705.4%
Medical equipment merchant wholesalers$2,4011.6%
Software publishers$2,1648.9%
Securities brokerage$2,067-1.1%
Electric power transmission and distribution$2,0311.8%




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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.