Idaho Employment Statistics

  • 63,526 employers
  • 730,815 employees
  • $825 average weekly wage
  • The average weekly wage is 25.1% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 5.8% below the national average

Types of Employers (Private Sector vs Government Agency)

As an employer in Idaho, you are most likely to be running a private company rather than a government agency. 95.7% of employers run private companies in the state, 1.4% less than the national average of 97.0. The remaining 4.3% of employers are government agencies: 0.9% work in a federal agency, 0.8% work for the state and 2.6% work for local government. The chart below illustrates the breakout of employers by type.
83.7% of employees work for a private company. This is 1.6% below the national average of 85.2%. Local government agencies employ 11.0% of the workers in the state, state government agencies employ 3.5% of the workers and the federal government employs 1.8%. The percentage of employees working for a government agency (16.3%) is 1.6% higher than the national average. The chart below illustrates the breakout of employees by type of employer.
The average weekly wage in Idaho is $825 per week, which is 25.1% greater than the national average of $1,101 per week. Idaho workers that are employed by private businesses earn $825 per week, 25.0% lower than the national average for private company employees. Employees of federal government agencies in Idaho earn $1,355 per week, a premium of 64.2% compared to what employees of private companies earn. The chart below illustrates the average weekly by type of employer.


Leading Sectors

Businesses by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of businesses in the state is Construction with 12.8% of the businesses in the state. Professional services (11.9%) and Healthcare (11.0%) round out the top 3 sectors.
Table: Sectors by # of Businesses
Sector# Businesses% of Bus.
Construction8,15412.8%
Professional services7,58211.9%
Healthcare7,01111.0%
Retail trade6,1259.6%
Other services3,9756.3%
Accommodation and food services3,9736.3%
Waste services3,5695.6%
Wholesale trade3,5675.6%
Finance and insurance3,3465.3%
Manufacturing2,8044.4%
Real estate and rental2,4653.9%
Agriculture and forestry2,3163.6%
Transport and warehousing2,0153.2%
Information1,2191.9%
Arts and entertainment1,0311.6%
Educational services8071.3%
Company management3870.6%
Utilities2470.4%
Mining and oil extraction1790.3%


Employees by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of employees in the state is Healthcare with 12.7% of the employees in the state. Retail trade (11.8%) and Manufacturing (9.3%) round out the top 3 sectors.
Table: Sectors by # of Employees
Sector# Employees% of Emp'
Healthcare92,97412.7%
Retail trade86,40811.8%
Manufacturing67,7869.3%
Accommodation and food services66,7939.1%
Waste services47,0086.4%
Construction46,8726.4%
Professional services37,8375.2%
Wholesale trade29,3834.0%
Finance and insurance24,4303.3%
Agriculture and forestry24,4213.3%
Transport and warehousing20,7112.8%
Other services18,6192.5%
Arts and entertainment12,1291.7%
Information8,8061.2%
Real estate and rental8,0711.1%
Educational services7,2061.0%
Company management6,8150.9%
Utilities3,0100.4%
Mining and oil extraction2,2150.3%


Average Weekly Wage by Sector

The sector that pays their employees the highest is Company management paying $1,740per week compared with the state average of $825. Utilities ($1,665) and Mining and oil extraction ($1,350) round out the top 3 sectors.
Table: Wages by Sector
SectorWkly Wagevs St Avg.
Company management$1,740210.9%
Utilities$1,665201.8%
Mining and oil extraction$1,350163.6%
Professional services$1,244150.8%
Manufacturing$1,229149.0%
Finance and insurance$1,196145.0%
Wholesale trade$1,165141.2%
Information$1,014122.9%
Construction$851103.2%
Transport and warehousing$81799.0%
Healthcare$81398.5%
Educational services$75891.9%
Real estate and rental$71786.9%
Agriculture and forestry$71786.9%
Waste services$68583.0%
Other services$60273.0%
Retail trade$59071.5%
Arts and entertainment$37745.7%
Accommodation and food services$32138.9%


Leading Industries

Businesses by Industry

Each broad sector is made up of specific industries. In Idaho. the industry with the most businesses is Restaurants and other eating places with 4.5% of the businesses in the state (with 2,859 employing 52,376 workers). Home health care services (3.0%) and Residential building construction (2.9%) round out the top 3 industries. The Top 10 Industries in the state are:
Industry# BusinessesEmp/Biz
Restaurants and other eating places2,85918.3
Home health care services1,8794.8
Residential building construction1,8743.3
Computer systems design and related services1,6143.5
Management consulting services1,1173.4
Offices of physicians1,09110.6
Accounting and bookkeeping services1,0204.0
Offices of real estate agents and brokers9131.8
Insurance agencies and brokerages9093.5
Landscaping services8445.8


Employees by Industry

The industry with the greatest number of employees in the state is Restaurants and other eating places with 7.2% of the businesses in the state. The industry employs 52,376 in 2,859 businesses, there are 18.3 employees on average in each of these businesses. General medical and surgical hospitals (3.1%) and General merchandise stores including warehouse clubs and supercenters (1.7%) round out the top 3 industries.
Table: Industries by # of Employees
Industry# EmpEmp/Biz
Restaurants and other eating places52,37618.3
General medical and surgical hospitals22,478161.7
General merchandise stores including warehouse clubs and supercenters12,57742.8
Supermarkets and other grocery stores12,27748.3
Offices of physicians11,61810.6
Temporary help services9,92021.0
Semiconductor and electronic component mfg.9,395164.8
Telephone call centers9,12084.4
Home health care services9,0974.8
Hotels and motels except casino hotels9,04223.5


Average Weekly Wage by Industry

The industry that pays their employees the most is Investment banking and securities dealing, paying $3,058 compared with the state average of $825. Sea coastal and great lakes transportation ($2,936) and Semiconductor and electronic component mfg. ($2,769) round out the top 3 industries.
Table: Wages by Industry
IndustryWkly Wage% of Avg
Investment banking and securities dealing$3,058370.7
Sea coastal and great lakes transportation$2,936355.9
Semiconductor and electronic component mfg.$2,769335.6
Agents and managers for public figures$2,692326.3
Computer and software merchant wholesalers$2,554309.6
Securities brokerage$2,531306.8
Pesticide and other ag. chemical mfg.$2,384289.0
Other financial vehicles$2,276275.9
Druggists' goods merchant wholesalers$2,244272.0
Credit bureaus$2,205267.3


Company Size

Idaho Businesses by Size

The solopreneur company, has the most businesses in Idaho by far. 63.4% of all businesses in the state have fewer than 5 employees. The 56,538 small businesses in the state represent 96.7% of all private businesses. The national average is 92.6%. (Small businesses have fewer than 50 employees, Solopreneurs employ fewer than 5.) The pie chart below illustrates the ratio of business sizes.

Idaho Employees by Business Size

The largest companies in the state represent 62.2% of all employees, which is 76.2% lower than the national average of 138.4%. Smallest companies also employ a lower percentage of the states workforce than the largest companies. The solopreneur (those that employ fewer than 5) companies employ 91.5% of all workers, which is 0.0% lower than the national average of 91.5%. All small companies, those employing fewer than 50 people, represent 540.6% of the labor force in the state, 9.4% less than the national average of 550.0%.

Idaho Avg Weekly Wages by Business Size

Idaho workers in every size business are paid less than the national average. The smallest companies in Idaho (those with fewer than 5 employees) pay workers 12.2% less than the national average ($869 per week as compared to the national average of $975 per week). The largest companies in Idaho (those with more than 1,000 employees) pay 27.4% workers below the national average ($1,477 per week as compared to the national average of $1,882 per week).



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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.