Kansas Q2, 2019 Employment Statistics

  • 87,869 employers, down 0.7% from 88,486
  • 1,401,240 employees, up 0.9% from 1,389,105
  • $905 average weekly wage, up 2.8% from $880
  • The average weekly wage is 17.4% 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 617, which is a decrease of 0.7%. The number of employees in Kansas increased by 12,136, an increase of 0.9%. During this same period, the average weekly wage increased by $25, an increase of 2.8%.

The number of private employers decreased since last years' Q1. The number of private businesses declined by 494 or 0.6%. Growth in private businesses in Kansas grew slower than the national average of 2.9%. The number of employees in these businesses increased since last years' Q1, increasing by 9,680 or 0.8%. The growth in employees of private businesses in Kansas was slower 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 $25 or 2.8%. 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 11.8% of the businesses in the state. The number of businesses in this sector declined by 0.4%. Retail trade (10.6%), which decreased by 1.7% and Healthcare (10.5%), which decreased by 1.5%, round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Business Change %
SectorChange Biz% Change
Information705.3%
Waste services811.4%
Real estate and rental381.3%
Educational services111.2%
Transport and warehousing250.9%
Agriculture and forestry40.2%
Accommodation and food services140.2%
Other services60.1%
Manufacturing-11-0.4%
Professional services-39-0.4%
Finance and insurance-48-0.8%
Arts and entertainment-9-1.0%
Construction-86-1.1%
Healthcare-143-1.5%
Retail trade-162-1.7%
Company management-12-1.9%
Wholesale trade-168-2.1%
Mining and oil extraction-48-4.8%
Utilities-17-8.3%


Employees by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of employees in the state is Healthcare with 13.0% of the employees in the state, had an increase in employees of 1.7% in the last year. Manufacturing (12.0%), increased by 2.0% and Retail trade (10.1%), decreased by 2.5%, round out the top 3 sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Employee Change %
SectorEmployee Change% Change
Construction4,2487.0%
Company management1,6206.3%
Transport and warehousing2,8935.6%
Other services7522.2%
Manufacturing3,2962.0%
Healthcare3,0251.7%
Agriculture and forestry2001.6%
Accommodation and food services9670.9%
Finance and insurance4010.7%
Mining and oil extraction90.1%
Professional services560.1%
Real estate and rental60.0%
Arts and entertainment-135-0.6%
Educational services-138-0.9%
Waste services-1,598-2.0%
Wholesale trade-1,319-2.2%
Retail trade-3,639-2.5%
Information-616-3.2%
Utilities-348-5.5%


Average Weekly Wage by Sector

The sector that pays their employees the highest is Company management paying $2,194per week compared with the state average of $908. Weekly wages in this sector rose by $82 or 3.9%. Utilities ($1,744), declined by $32 or 1.8% and Finance and insurance ($1,352) increased by $1 or 0.1% round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Weekly Wage Change %
SectorWage ChangeChange %
Construction$575.6%
Other services$324.8%
Information$484.1%
Transport and warehousing$354.0%
Company management$823.9%
Professional services$463.6%
Accommodation and food services$113.5%
Waste services$253.5%
Real estate and rental$243.1%
Educational services$192.7%
Retail trade$142.7%
Healthcare$212.6%
Arts and entertainment$71.9%
Agriculture and forestry$91.2%
Manufacturing$131.2%
Wholesale trade$131.0%
Finance and insurance$10.1%
Utilities$-32-1.8%
Mining and oil extraction$-60-5.3%


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 5.4% of the businesses in the state (with 4,714 employing 95,037 workers). The Restaurants and other eating places industry had 17 more businesses, an increase of 0.4% in the last year. Computer systems design and related services (3.0% of businesses) had 11 fewer businesses, a decline of 0.4% and Services for the elderly and disabled (3.0% of businesses) had 182 fewer businesses, a decline of 6.4% round out the 3 industries with the most businesses.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change %
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Satellite telecommunications3100.0%
Logging266.7%
Mobile food services1361.9%
Poultry product merchant wholesalers250.0%
Family planning centers450.0%
Dance companies150.0%
Software publishers7046.4%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change #
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Software publishers7046.4%
Computer and software merchant wholesalers5933.5%
Private households313.1%
Offices of physicians252.0%
All other professional and technical services249.3%
Offices of real estate agents and brokers242.8%
Office administrative services232.6%


Employees by Industry

Computer systems design and related services (3.0% of employees) had 11 fewer employees, a decline of 0.4% and Services for the elderly and disabled (3.0% ofemployees) had 182 fewer employees, a decline of 6.4% round out the 3 industries with the most employees.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change %
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Emergency and other relief services175181.2%
Logging4130.5%
Family planning centers61106.5%
Satellite telecommunications3100.0%
Oil and gas pipeline construction1,24383.2%
Mobile food services5972.9%
Other building equipment contractors94967.9%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change #
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Aerospace product and parts manufacturing2,1036.7%
Management consulting services1,71516.8%
Management of companies and enterprises1,6206.3%
General warehousing and storage1,31110.2%
Oil and gas pipeline construction1,24383.2%
Other building equipment contractors94967.9%
Restaurants and other eating places9201.0%


Average Weekly Wage by Industry

The industry that pays their employees the most is Fish and seafood merchant wholesalers, paying $3,475 compared with the state average of $908. Employees in the Fish and seafood merchant wholesalers industry were paid $0 more per week, an increase of 0.0% in the last year. Investment banking and securities dealing ($3,372) and Reinsurance carriers ($3,044) round out the top 3 industries. Employees in the Investment banking and securities dealing ($3,372 per week) were paid $5 less per week, a decline of 0.1% and Reinsurance carriers ($3,044 per week) were paid $249 more per week, an increase of 8.9% 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$1,022434.9%
Women's girls' infants' cut-sew apparel mfg$1,892165.0%
Satellite telecommunications$2,082100.0%
Family planning centers$44992.4%
Poultry product merchant wholesalers$41476.5%
Other gambling industries$36958.1%
Advertising material distribution services$27841.8%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change $
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Satellite telecommunications$2,082100.0%
Women's girls' infants' cut-sew apparel mfg$1,892165.0%
Other performing arts companies$1,022434.9%
Credit bureaus$81440.7%
Family planning centers$44992.4%
Poultry product merchant wholesalers$41476.5%
Other gambling industries$36958.1%


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 92.4%. (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 places4,7140.4%
Computer systems design and related services2,650-0.4%
Services for the elderly and disabled2,645-6.4%
Insurance agencies and brokerages2,050-1.2%
Wholesale trade agents and brokers1,624-17.0%
Management consulting services1,5350.7%
Accounting and bookkeeping services1,3880.6%
Residential building construction1,382-2.5%
Offices of physicians1,2912.0%
Offices of lawyers1,245-1.3%


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 places95,0371.0%
General medical and surgical hospitals48,0471.5%
Aerospace product and parts manufacturing33,3266.7%
Management of companies and enterprises27,3026.3%
Temporary help services24,536-3.9%
Supermarkets and other grocery stores22,381-1.7%
General merchandise stores including warehouse clubs and supercenters21,234-1.7%
Services for the elderly and disabled18,7082.3%
Offices of physicians18,4902.1%
Animal slaughtering and processing17,964-1.4%


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

Table: Top 10 Industries by Weekly Wage
IndustryWkly Wages% Change
Fish and seafood merchant wholesalers$3,4750.0%
Investment banking and securities dealing$3,372-0.1%
Reinsurance carriers$3,0448.9%
Women's girls' infants' cut-sew apparel mfg$3,039165.0%
Credit bureaus$2,81240.7%
Druggists' goods merchant wholesalers$2,5444.3%
Securities brokerage$2,448-0.2%
Commodity contracts dealing$2,37311.9%
Medical equipment merchant wholesalers$2,3684.7%
Petroleum refineries$2,36118.4%




Data Sources




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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.