Kansas Business & Employment Growth Since 2009

  • 1,510 more businesses
  • 66,078 more employees
  • 5.0% increase in total wages
  • $8,454 increase in annual wages per employee
  • 22.2% increase in wages per employee

Since 2009, the number of businesses in Kansas has grown by 1.7% (9.7% less than the national average of 11.4%). Employment in Kansas has grown by 5.0% (8.6% less than the national average of 13.6%). Wages have grown by 22.1% since the end of the Great Recession. This wage growth is 3.6% less than the national average of 25.7%.
The average weekly wage in Kansas of $896 is 22.9% below the national average of $1,101. The gap between the national average has widened from 19.3% a widening of 3.5% since the end of the recession.

Sector Growth

Business Sector Growth

The Professional services sector has the most businesses in the state of Kansas. Since the end of the recession, the number of businesses has grown from 9,105 to 10,496, a gain of 15.3%. The table below illustrates the change in number of businesses in each sector.
Sector20182009Pct Chg
Professional services10,4969,10515.3%
Retail trade9,48810,199-7.0%
Healthcare9,3806,95035.0%
Wholesale trade8,0427,8862.0%
Construction7,5698,085-6.4%
Accommodation and food services6,0005,4779.5%
Other services5,9848,264-27.6%
Finance and insurance5,9105,940-0.5%
Waste services5,6454,93514.4%
Manufacturing3,1443,347-6.1%
Real estate and rental2,9603,015-1.8%
Transport and warehousing2,6532,671-0.7%
Agriculture and forestry1,6511,17240.9%
Information1,3091,431-8.5%
Mining and oil extraction1,0061,082-7.0%
Educational services90569131.0%
Arts and entertainment899901-0.2%
Company management6145855.0%
Utilities206237-13.1%

The sector that has had the strongest growth [in number of businesses] is the Healthcare sector, which has increased by 35.0% since 2009. The sector that has has the largest decline is the Other services sector, which has declined by 27.6% since the recession.

Employment Sector Growth

The Healthcare sector has the most employees in the state of Kansas. Since the end of the recession, the number of employees has grown from 161,917 to 180,262, a gain of 11.3%. The table below illustrates the change in number of employees in each sector.
Sector20182009Pct Chg
Healthcare180,262161,91711.3%
Manufacturing165,062167,057-1.2%
Retail trade145,702142,2562.4%
Accommodation and food services112,119101,01011.0%
Waste services79,54668,66615.8%
Professional services74,23760,87621.9%
Construction61,19058,1045.3%
Wholesale trade59,18760,895-2.8%
Finance and insurance57,69655,8603.3%
Transport and warehousing52,64839,06634.8%
Other services33,75536,730-8.1%
Company management25,60713,53689.2%
Information18,66234,764-46.3%
Arts and entertainment17,21613,16830.7%
Real estate and rental15,84214,4909.3%
Educational services14,84612,61117.7%
Agriculture and forestry12,5309,74328.6%
Mining and oil extraction6,7568,167-17.3%
Utilities6,3587,725-17.7%

The sector that has had the strongest employment growth [in number of employees] is the Healthcare sector, which has increased by 11.3% since 2009. The sector that has has the largest employment decline in number of employees is the Information sector, which has declined by 46.3% since the recession.

Weekly Wage Growth By Sector

The Company management sector has the highest average weekly wage in the state of Kansas. Since the end of the recession, the average wage has grown from $1,487 to $1,997, a gain of 34.3%. The table below illustrates the change in weekly wage in each sector.
Sector20182009Pct Chg
Company management$1,997$1,48734.3%
Utilities$1,884$1,45429.6%
Finance and insurance$1,440$1,03539.1%
Professional services$1,348$1,06127.0%
Wholesale trade$1,347$1,07125.8%
Information$1,219$1,1763.7%
Manufacturing$1,139$93821.4%
Mining and oil extraction$1,107$92619.5%
Construction$1,052$83326.3%
Transport and warehousing$878$72121.8%
Healthcare$830$71516.1%
Real estate and rental$803$61730.1%
Agriculture and forestry$795$63724.8%
Waste services$757$60425.3%
Educational services$684$59315.3%
Other services$663$49135.0%
Retail trade$524$44318.3%
Arts and entertainment$377$28930.4%
Accommodation and food services$314$24528.2%

The sector that has had the strongest wage growth is the Company management sector, which has increased by 34.3% since 2009. The sector that has has the smallest wage growth is the Information sector, which has declined by 3.7% since the recession.


Industry Growth

Business Industry Growth

The Restaurants and other eating places industry has the greatest number of businesses in the state of Kansas. This industry currently has 4,705 businesses in it. There is no direct comparison to the total at the end of recession and is not included in the table below.

Industry20182009Pct Chg
Services for the elderly and disabled2,853311817.4%
Computer systems design and related services2,7091,75854.1%
Insurance agencies and brokerages2,0921,9596.8%
Wholesale trade agents and brokers1,9503,549-45.1%
Management consulting services1,5461,27621.2%
Residential building construction1,4281,658-13.9%

The top industry that has had the largest increase in the number of businesses is the Services for the elderly and disabled industry, which has increased by 817.4% since 2009. The top industry that has has the largest decline in the number of businesses is the Wholesale trade agents and brokers industry, which has declined by 45.1% since the recession.

Employment Industry Growth

The Restaurants and other eating places industry has the greatest number of employees in the state of Kansas. This industry currently has 93,185 employees in it. There is no direct comparison back to the total at the end of the recession and is not included in the table below.

Industry20182009Pct Chg
General medical and surgical hospitals47,60342,73311.4%
Aerospace product and parts manufacturing31,43837,464-16.1%
Management of companies and enterprises25,60713,53689.2%
Temporary help services25,59215,78762.1%
Supermarkets and other grocery stores22,76622,2512.3%

The top industry that has had the largest increase in the number of employees is the Management of companies and enterprises industry, which has increased by 89.2% since 2009. The top industry that has has the largest decline in the number of employees is the Aerospace product and parts manufacturing industry, which has declined by 16.1% since the recession.

Weekly Wage Growth By Industry

The Investment banking and securities dealing industry has the highest average weekly wage in the state of Kansas. Since the end of the recession, the average wage has grown from $2,828 to $3,965, a gain of 40.2%. The table below illustrates the change in weekly wage in each sector.
Industry20182009Pct Chg
Investment banking and securities dealing$3,965$2,82840.2%
Portfolio management$3,410$2,47637.7%
Reinsurance carriers$3,187$1,93364.9%
Commodity contracts dealing$2,652$1,161128.4%
Securities brokerage$2,519$1,63354.3%
Medical equipment merchant wholesalers$2,430$1,42770.3%

The top industry that has had the strongest wage growth is the Commodity contracts dealing industry, which has increased by 128.4% since 2009. The top industry that has has the largest wage decline is the Securities brokerage industry, which has declined by 54.3% since the recession.


Company Size

Business Growth By Company Size

The biggest percentage change in the number of businesses has been in businesses with 500 to 999 employees. The number of businesses with this number of employees has grown from 74 to 93, which is an increase of 25.7%.

The smallest percentage change in the number of businesses has been in businesses with 5 to 9 employees. The number of businesses with this number of employees has grown from 13,857 to 13,743, which is an increase of -0.8%.

Table: Change in the number of Businesses by Size of Business, since the Recession:

Company SizeQ1 2018Q1 2010% Change
Fewer than 5 Employees49,16548,6231.1%
5-9 Employees13,74313,857-0.8%
10-19 Employees9,6729,1395.8%
20-49 Employees6,7876,14410.5%
50-99 Employees2,1972,0318.2%
100-249 Employees1,2281,1259.2%
250-499 Employees32927718.8%
500-999 Employees937425.7%
More Than 1,000 Employees51486.3%


Employment Growth by Company Size

The biggest percentage change in the number of employees has been in businesses with 500 to 999 employees. The number of employees in companies this size has grown from 48,429 to 63,367, which is an increase of 30.8%.

The smallest percentage change in the number of employees has been in businesses with 5 to 9 employees. The number of employees with this number of employees has grown from 90,720 to 89,996, which is an increase of -0.8%.

Table: Change in the number of Employees by Size of Business, since the Recession:

Company SizeQ1 2018Q1 2010% Change
Fewer than 5 Employees78,50676,0303.3%
5-9 Employees89,99690,720-0.8%
10-19 Employees129,748122,1726.2%
20-49 Employees202,684182,77710.9%
50-99 Employees148,570138,4707.3%
100-249 Employees187,149167,52411.7%
250-499 Employees109,13494,35515.7%
500-999 Employees63,36748,42930.8%
More Than 1,000 Employees110,450105,9884.2%


Weekly Wage Growth by Company Size

The biggest percentage change in the average weekly wage has been in businesses with 100 to 249 employees. The average weekly wage in companies this size has grown from $723 to $983, which is an increase of 36.0%.

The smallest percentage change in the average weekly wage has been in businesses with 10 to 19 employees. The average weekly wage in companies this size has grown from $638 to $766, which is an increase of 20.1%.

Table: Change Average Weekly Wage by Size Since the Recession:

Company SizeQ1 2018Q1 2010% Change
Fewer than 5 Employees$958$72632.0%
5-9 Employees$766$59927.9%
10-19 Employees$766$63820.1%
20-49 Employees$813$65424.3%
50-99 Employees$888$70026.9%
100-249 Employees$983$72336.0%
250-499 Employees$1,027$81625.9%
500-999 Employees$1,164$86035.3%
More Than 1,000 Employees$1,272$99527.8%



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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.