Kansas Q4, 2019 Employment Statistics

  • 88,723 employers, down 1.0% from 89,593
  • 1,409,431 employees, up 0.5% from 1,401,865
  • $959 average weekly wage, up 3.5% from $927
  • The average weekly wage is 19.1% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 11.0% below the national average

Employer & Employee Growth

In the last year, the number of employers in the state declined by 870, which is a decrease of 1.0%. The number of employees in Kansas increased by 7,567, an increase of 0.5%. During this same period, the average weekly wage increased by $32, an increase of 3.5%.

The number of private employers decreased since last years' Q1. The number of private businesses declined by 847 or 1.0%. Growth in private businesses in Kansas grew slower than the national average of 2.5%. The number of employees in these businesses increased since last years' Q1, increasing by 5,579 or 0.5%. The growth in employees of private businesses in Kansas was slower 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 $34 or 3.6%. Growth in average weekly wage of employees of private businesses in Kansas grew slower 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 12.0% of the businesses in the state. The number of businesses in this sector declined by 0.5%. Healthcare (10.5%), which decreased by 1.3% and Retail trade (10.4%), which decreased by 2.3%, round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Business Change %
SectorChange Biz% Change
Information1168.7%
Agriculture and forestry171.0%
Transport and warehousing180.7%
Other services350.6%
Waste services160.3%
Company management20.3%
Educational services00.0%
Accommodation and food services-14-0.2%
Professional services-54-0.5%
Real estate and rental-15-0.5%
Arts and entertainment-9-1.0%
Manufacturing-33-1.0%
Finance and insurance-65-1.1%
Healthcare-126-1.3%
Construction-121-1.6%
Retail trade-220-2.3%
Wholesale trade-314-3.9%
Mining and oil extraction-59-5.8%
Utilities-21-10.1%


Employees by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of employees in the state is Healthcare with 13.1% of the employees in the state, had an increase in employees of 1.0% in the last year. Manufacturing (11.9%), increased by 0.2% and Retail trade (10.3%), decreased by 2.1%, round out the top 3 sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Employee Change %
SectorEmployee Change% Change
Company management2,3479.3%
Transport and warehousing3,2355.8%
Other services1,3524.0%
Construction1,5242.4%
Finance and insurance1,2612.2%
Real estate and rental1791.1%
Healthcare1,7791.0%
Information1500.8%
Arts and entertainment900.6%
Accommodation and food services5100.4%
Manufacturing3490.2%
Agriculture and forestry-35-0.3%
Professional services-184-0.3%
Mining and oil extraction-92-1.4%
Educational services-217-1.4%
Wholesale trade-1,130-1.9%
Retail trade-3,085-2.1%
Waste services-2,273-2.8%
Utilities-181-2.9%


Average Weekly Wage by Sector

The sector that pays their employees the highest is Company management paying $1,992per week compared with the state average of $977. Weekly wages in this sector rose by $20 or 1.0%. Utilities ($1,797), declined by $83 or 4.4% and Finance and insurance ($1,495) increased by $66 or 4.6% round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Weekly Wage Change %
SectorWage ChangeChange %
Real estate and rental$445.1%
Wholesale trade$715.1%
Healthcare$414.7%
Finance and insurance$664.6%
Accommodation and food services$144.4%
Mining and oil extraction$463.9%
Information$483.9%
Educational services$243.6%
Manufacturing$393.4%
Retail trade$183.4%
Arts and entertainment$133.2%
Construction$373.2%
Agriculture and forestry$252.9%
Other services$192.8%
Professional services$372.5%
Transport and warehousing$121.3%
Company management$201.0%
Waste services$20.3%
Utilities$-83-4.4%


Leading Industries

Businesses by Industry

Each broad sector is made up of specific industries. In Kansas. the industry with the most businesses is Restaurants and other eating places with 5.3% of the businesses in the state (with 4,733 employing 93,671 workers). The Restaurants and other eating places industry had 22 fewer businesses, a decline of 0.5% in the last year. Computer systems design and related services (3.1% of businesses) had 49 fewer businesses, a decline of 1.7% and Services for the elderly and disabled (3.0% of businesses) had 222 fewer businesses, a decline of 7.7% round out the 3 industries with the most businesses.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change %
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Convention and trade show organizers1368.4%
Soybean farming466.7%
Software publishers9152.0%
Iron and steel mills and ferroalloy mfg.133.3%
Mobile food services933.3%
Breweries733.3%
Family planning centers333.3%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change #
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Software publishers9152.0%
Computer and software merchant wholesalers4521.2%
Commercial banking333.0%
All other professional and technical services3312.0%
Data processing hosting and related services2819.6%
Research and development in the physical engineering and life sciences2713.4%
Nursing care facilities skilled nursing238.7%


Employees by Industry

Computer systems design and related services (3.1% of employees) had 49 fewer employees, a decline of 1.7% and Services for the elderly and disabled (3.0% ofemployees) had 222 fewer employees, a decline of 7.7% round out the 3 industries with the most employees.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change %
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Emergency and other relief services194196.5%
Sawmills and wood preservation19110.7%
Electronic equipment repair and maintenance95995.5%
Family planning centers5788.2%
Commodity contracts dealing13588.1%
Sporting goods merchant wholesalers23573.1%
Other building equipment contractors88156.5%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change #
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Management of companies and enterprises2,3479.3%
General warehousing and storage2,01914.1%
Management consulting services1,86117.8%
Aerospace product and parts manufacturing1,2023.7%
General medical and surgical hospitals9882.0%
Electronic equipment repair and maintenance95995.5%
Other building equipment contractors88156.5%


Average Weekly Wage by Industry

The industry that pays their employees the most is Investment banking and securities dealing, paying $4,310 compared with the state average of $977. Employees in the Investment banking and securities dealing industry were paid $1,113 more per week, an increase of 34.8% in the last year. Petroleum refineries ($3,240) and Portfolio management ($2,980) round out the top 3 industries. Employees in the Petroleum refineries ($3,240 per week) were paid $271 more per week, an increase of 9.1% and Portfolio management ($2,980 per week) were paid $756 less per week, a decline of 20.2% round out the 3 industries that pay their employees the most.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change %
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Other gambling industries$531103.9%
Family planning centers$35374.8%
Poultry product merchant wholesalers$57562.4%
Advertising material distribution services$41357.5%
Political organizations$28555.1%
Vegetable and melon farming$20051.2%
Masonry material merchant wholesalers$69350.0%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change $
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Investment banking and securities dealing$1,11334.8%
Masonry material merchant wholesalers$69350.0%
Druggists' goods merchant wholesalers$58325.5%
Poultry product merchant wholesalers$57562.4%
Seasoning and dressing manufacturing$53434.3%
Other gambling industries$531103.9%
Miscellaneous intermediation$51125.4%


Company Size

Kansas Businesses by Size

The solopreneur company, has the most businesses in Kansas by far. 59.6% of all businesses in the state have fewer than 5 employees. The 79,970 small businesses in the state represent 95.3% of all private businesses. The national average is 91.2%. (Small businesses have fewer than 50 employees, Solopreneurs employ fewer than 5.) Kansas added 907 businesses in the last year, an increase of 1.1% as compared to the national average of 3.0%.

Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees. These small businesses added 907 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 1.1% 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 declined 3 businesses in the last year, which is a decrease of 0.1% as compared to the national average of 1.3%.

Large businesses are defined as companies with more than 500 employees. These large businesses added 3 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 2.1% as compared to the national average of 2.1%.



Kansas Employees by Business Size

Kansas added 26,512 employees in the last year, an increase of 2.4% as compared to the national average of 5.2%. Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees. These small businesses added -827 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of -1.0% 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 12,143 employees in the last year, which is an increase of 2.8% as compared to the national average of 4.7%.

Large businesses are defined as companies with more than 500 employees. Large businesses added 15,196 employees in the last year, which is an increase of 9.3% as compared to the national average of 9.2%.

Kansas Avg Weekly Wages by Business Size

Kansas workers in every size business are paid less than the national average. The smallest companies in Kansas (those with fewer than 5 employees) pay workers 1.3% less than the national average ($992 per week as compared to the national average of $1,005 per week). The largest companies in Kansas (those with more than 1,000 employees) pay 50.2% workers below the national average ($1,274 per week as compared to the national average of $1,913 per week).

Average weekly wages in small businesses declined $90 per week in the last year, which is a decrease of 2.7% as compared to the national average of 3.1%. Employees of mid-sized businesses added $111 in wages per week in the last year, which is an increase of 3.8% as compared to the national average of 1.3%.

Employees of large businesses added $66 of weekly wages in the last year, which is an increase of 2.7% 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 places4,733-0.5%
Computer systems design and related services2,756-1.7%
Services for the elderly and disabled2,665-7.7%
Insurance agencies and brokerages2,071-2.3%
Management consulting services1,6040.6%
Wholesale trade agents and brokers1,540-18.5%
Accounting and bookkeeping services1,411-0.2%
Residential building construction1,394-2.7%
Offices of physicians1,278-0.4%
Offices of lawyers1,238-1.7%


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 places93,6710.4%
General medical and surgical hospitals49,2792.0%
Aerospace product and parts manufacturing33,4253.7%
Management of companies and enterprises27,6939.3%
Temporary help services24,539-6.0%
Supermarkets and other grocery stores21,993-4.1%
General merchandise stores including warehouse clubs and supercenters21,631-0.6%
Offices of physicians18,8621.9%
Animal slaughtering and processing18,359-1.4%
Services for the elderly and disabled18,229-4.4%


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

Table: Top 10 Industries by Weekly Wage
IndustryWkly Wages% Change
Investment banking and securities dealing$4,31034.8%
Petroleum refineries$3,2409.1%
Portfolio management$2,980-20.2%
Druggists' goods merchant wholesalers$2,86825.5%
Pipeline transportation of crude oil$2,73715.0%
Securities brokerage$2,679-0.1%
Miscellaneous intermediation$2,52125.4%
Medical equipment merchant wholesalers$2,5042.2%
Investment advice$2,48911.2%
Reinsurance carriers$2,360-32.4%




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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.