Louisiana Employment Statistics

  • 132,489 employers
  • 1,920,731 employees
  • $925 average weekly wage
  • The average weekly wage is 16.0% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 6.4% below the national average

Types of Employers (Private Sector vs Government Agency)

As an employer in Louisiana, you are most likely to be running a private company rather than a government agency. 95.6% of employers run private companies in the state, 1.4% less than the national average of 97.0. The remaining 4.4% of employers are government agencies: 0.8% work in a federal agency, 1.0% work for the state and 2.6% work for local government. The chart below illustrates the breakout of employers by type.
83.9% of employees work for a private company. This is 1.3% below the national average of 85.2%. Local government agencies employ 10.6% of the workers in the state, state government agencies employ 3.9% of the workers and the federal government employs 1.6%. The percentage of employees working for a government agency (16.1%) is 1.3% higher than the national average. The chart below illustrates the breakout of employees by type of employer.
The average weekly wage in Louisiana is $925 per week, which is 16.0% greater than the national average of $1,101 per week. Louisiana workers that are employed by private businesses earn $931 per week, 15.4% lower than the national average for private company employees. Employees of federal government agencies in Louisiana earn $1,423 per week, a premium of 52.8% 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 Retail trade with 13.4% of the businesses in the state. Professional services (12.1%) and Healthcare (10.6%) round out the top 3 sectors.
Table: Sectors by # of Businesses
Sector# Businesses% of Bus.
Retail trade17,71613.4%
Professional services16,03612.1%
Healthcare14,08610.6%
Construction10,9298.2%
Accommodation and food services10,6798.1%
Other services9,2817.0%
Finance and insurance8,3106.3%
Wholesale trade8,0776.1%
Waste services7,4015.6%
Real estate and rental5,4924.1%
Manufacturing4,4453.4%
Transport and warehousing4,3383.3%
Arts and entertainment1,7741.3%
Information1,7241.3%
Mining and oil extraction1,6381.2%
Agriculture and forestry1,4561.1%
Educational services1,4401.1%
Company management1,2110.9%
Utilities4900.4%
Unclassified1590.1%


Employees by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of employees in the state is Healthcare with 14.0% of the employees in the state. Retail trade (11.8%) and Accommodation and food services (10.8%) round out the top 3 sectors.
Table: Sectors by # of Employees
Sector# Employees% of Emp'
Healthcare268,45714.0%
Retail trade227,23711.8%
Accommodation and food services207,23210.8%
Construction151,8897.9%
Manufacturing135,4197.1%
Waste services102,7755.4%
Professional services87,7054.6%
Transport and warehousing71,8343.7%
Wholesale trade69,5623.6%
Finance and insurance54,9782.9%
Other services45,8702.4%
Mining and oil extraction34,3251.8%
Educational services31,8881.7%
Real estate and rental30,0461.6%
Arts and entertainment28,8681.5%
Information22,8491.2%
Company management22,3921.2%
Agriculture and forestry9,2070.5%
Utilities8,6790.5%
Unclassified330.0%


Average Weekly Wage by Sector

The sector that pays their employees the highest is Mining and oil extraction paying $1,834per week compared with the state average of $931. Utilities ($1,732) and Company management ($1,605) round out the top 3 sectors.
Table: Wages by Sector
SectorWkly Wagevs St Avg.
Mining and oil extraction$1,834197.0%
Utilities$1,732186.0%
Company management$1,605172.4%
Manufacturing$1,459156.7%
Unclassified$1,364146.5%
Professional services$1,361146.2%
Finance and insurance$1,341144.0%
Wholesale trade$1,261135.4%
Construction$1,229132.0%
Transport and warehousing$1,122120.5%
Information$1,119120.2%
Real estate and rental$960103.1%
Healthcare$83489.6%
Agriculture and forestry$81787.8%
Educational services$80986.9%
Waste services$73779.2%
Other services$72878.2%
Arts and entertainment$71476.7%
Retail trade$54058.0%
Accommodation and food services$36739.4%


Leading Industries

Businesses by Industry

Each broad sector is made up of specific industries. In Louisiana. the industry with the most businesses is Restaurants and other eating places with 6.1% of the businesses in the state (with 8,061 employing 155,792 workers). Offices of physicians (2.8%) and Offices of lawyers (2.7%) round out the top 3 industries. The Top 10 Industries in the state are:
Industry# BusinessesEmp/Biz
Restaurants and other eating places8,06119.3
Offices of physicians3,64711.2
Offices of lawyers3,5924.7
Insurance agencies and brokerages2,6174.7
Gasoline stations with convenience stores2,4917.2
Accounting and bookkeeping services2,2305.2
Private households2,1280.8
Computer systems design and related services1,9695.3
Wholesale trade agents and brokers1,9134.0
Residential building construction1,7743.1


Employees by Industry

The industry with the greatest number of employees in the state is Restaurants and other eating places with 8.1% of the businesses in the state. The industry employs 155,792 in 8,061 businesses, there are 19.3 employees on average in each of these businesses. General medical and surgical hospitals (3.3%) and General merchandise stores including warehouse clubs and supercenters (2.3%) round out the top 3 industries.
Table: Industries by # of Employees
Industry# EmpEmp/Biz
Restaurants and other eating places155,79219.3
General medical and surgical hospitals62,713321.6
General merchandise stores including warehouse clubs and supercenters43,68832.6
Offices of physicians40,96611.2
Supermarkets and other grocery stores31,94433.8
Support activities for mining26,74222.4
Nursing care facilities skilled nursing26,72585.9
Temporary help services26,27623.0
Services for the elderly and disabled24,42915.0
Hotels and motels except casino hotels22,92822.9


Average Weekly Wage by Industry

The industry that pays their employees the most is Other financial vehicles, paying $5,753 compared with the state average of $931. Investment banking and securities dealing ($4,101) and Spectator sports ($3,911) round out the top 3 industries.
Table: Wages by Industry
IndustryWkly Wage% of Avg
Other financial vehicles$5,753617.9
Investment banking and securities dealing$4,101440.5
Spectator sports$3,911420.1
Securities brokerage$3,248348.9
Crude petroleum extraction$3,075330.3
Petroleum refineries$2,723292.5
Petrochemical manufacturing$2,502268.7
Commodity contracts brokerage$2,485266.9
Druggists' goods merchant wholesalers$2,475265.8
Other basic organic chemical manufacturing$2,437261.8


Company Size

Louisiana Businesses by Size

The solopreneur company, has the most businesses in Louisiana by far. 57.5% of all businesses in the state have fewer than 5 employees. The 120,801 small businesses in the state represent 95.5% 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.

Louisiana Employees by Business Size

The largest companies in the state represent 96.8% of all employees, which is 41.6% 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 83.6% of all workers, which is 7.9% lower than the national average of 91.5%. All small companies, those employing fewer than 50 people, represent 612.3% of the labor force in the state, 62.3% more than the national average of 550.0%.

Louisiana Avg Weekly Wages by Business Size

Louisiana workers in every size business are paid less than the national average. The smallest companies in Louisiana (those with fewer than 5 employees) pay workers 7.7% less than the national average ($905 per week as compared to the national average of $975 per week). The largest companies in Louisiana (those with more than 1,000 employees) pay 45.1% workers below the national average ($1,297 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.