Maine Employment Statistics
84.4% of employees work for a private company. This is 0.9% below the national average of 85.2%. Local government agencies employ 9.5% of the workers in the state, state government agencies employ 3.6% of the workers and the federal government employs 2.5%. The percentage of employees working for a government agency (15.6%) is 0.9% higher than the national average. The chart below illustrates the breakout of employees by type of employer.
- 53,058 employers
- 615,777 employees
- $872 average weekly wage
- The average weekly wage is 20.8% below the national average
- The cost of living is 17.2% above the national average
Types of Employers (Private Sector vs Government Agency)
As an employer in Maine, you are most likely to be running a private company rather than a government agency. 94.3% of employers run private companies in the state, 2.8% less than the national average of 97.0. The remaining 5.7% of employers are government agencies: 1.2% work in a federal agency, 0.4% work for the state and 4.1% work for local government. The chart below illustrates the breakout of employers by type.
The average weekly wage in Maine is $872 per week, which is 20.8% greater than the national average of $1,101 per week. Maine workers that are employed by private businesses earn $864 per week, 21.5% lower than the national average for private company employees. Employees of federal government agencies in Maine earn $1,475 per week, a premium of 70.7% compared to what employees of private companies earn. The chart below illustrates the average weekly by type of employer.
Businesses by SectorThe sector with the greatest number of businesses in the state is Retail trade with 11.4% of the businesses in the state. Professional services (10.9%) and Construction (10.3%) round out the top 3 sectors.
Table: Sectors by # of Businesses
|Sector||# Businesses||% of Bus.|
|Accommodation and food services||4,169||7.9%|
|Finance and insurance||2,087||3.9%|
|Real estate and rental||1,712||3.2%|
|Transport and warehousing||1,365||2.6%|
|Agriculture and forestry||1,333||2.5%|
|Arts and entertainment||886||1.7%|
|Mining and oil extraction||39||0.1%|
Employees by Sector
The sector with the greatest number of employees in the state is Healthcare
with 17.0% of the employees in the state. Retail trade
(13.1%) and Accommodation and food services
(9.6%) round out the top 3 sectors.
Table: Sectors by # of Employees
|Sector||# Employees||% of Emp'|
|Accommodation and food services||59,240||9.6%|
|Finance and insurance||22,899||3.7%|
|Transport and warehousing||16,266||2.6%|
|Arts and entertainment||9,548||1.6%|
|Agriculture and forestry||6,913||1.1%|
|Real estate and rental||6,904||1.1%|
|Mining and oil extraction||230||0.0%|
Average Weekly Wage by Sector
The sector that pays their employees the highest is Utilities
paying $1,680per week compared with the state average of $864. Company management
($1,532) and Finance and insurance
($1,457) round out the top 3 sectors.
Table: Wages by Sector
|Sector||Wkly Wage||vs St Avg.|
|Finance and insurance||$1,457||168.6%|
|Mining and oil extraction||$1,090||126.2%|
|Real estate and rental||$823||95.3%|
|Transport and warehousing||$808||93.5%|
|Agriculture and forestry||$781||90.4%|
|Arts and entertainment||$480||55.6%|
|Accommodation and food services||$417||48.3%|
Businesses by Industry
Each broad sector is made up of specific industries. In Maine. the industry with the most businesses is Restaurants and other eating places
with 5.4% of the businesses in the state (with 2,878 employing 43,401 workers). Unclassified
(3.3%) and Residential building construction
(2.8%) round out the top 3 industries. The Top 10 Industries in the state are:
|Restaurants and other eating places||2,878||15.1|
|Residential building construction||1,500||3.1|
|Computer systems design and related services||1,418||3.9|
|Management consulting services||894||2.5|
|Wholesale trade agents and brokers||763||1.8|
|Plumbing and hvac contractors||695||6.1|
|Automotive mechanical and electrical repair||692||3.7|
Employees by Industry
The industry with the greatest number of employees in the state is Restaurants and other eating places
with 7.0% of the businesses in the state. The industry employs 43,401 in 2,878 businesses, there are 15.1 employees on average in each of these businesses. General medical and surgical hospitals
(5.1%) and Supermarkets and other grocery stores
(2.5%) round out the top 3 industries.
Table: Industries by # of Employees
|Restaurants and other eating places||43,401||15.1|
|General medical and surgical hospitals||31,391||826.1|
|Supermarkets and other grocery stores||15,699||45.0|
|Management of companies and enterprises||11,103||17.6|
|Offices of physicians||10,504||17.1|
|Services for the elderly and disabled||9,614||18.9|
|Hotels and motels except casino hotels||9,144||17.2|
|General merchandise stores including warehouse clubs and supercenters||8,697||29.5|
|Nursing care facilities skilled nursing||8,663||91.2|
|Temporary help services||7,197||14.2|
Average Weekly Wage by Industry
The industry that pays their employees the most is Investment banking and securities dealing
, paying $4,885 compared with the state average of $864. Portfolio management
($3,316) and Securities brokerage
($3,048) round out the top 3 industries.
Table: Wages by Industry
|Industry||Wkly Wage||% of Avg|
|Investment banking and securities dealing||$4,885||565.4|
|Medical equipment merchant wholesalers||$2,504||289.8|
|Plastics materials merchant wholesalers||$2,342||271.1|
|Computer and software merchant wholesalers||$2,329||269.6|
|Appliance and electronics merchant whls.||$2,236||258.8|
|Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing||$2,180||252.3|
Maine Businesses by Size
company, has the most businesses in Maine by far. 64.6% of all businesses in the state have fewer than 5 employees. The 49,223 small businesses in the state represent 96.9% 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.
Maine Employees by Business Size
The largest companies in the state represent 79.2% of all employees, which is 59.3% 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 86.8% of all workers, which is 4.7% lower than the national average of 91.5%. All small companies, those employing fewer than 50 people, represent 516.4% of the labor force in the state, 33.6% less than the national average of 550.0%.
Maine Avg Weekly Wages by Business Size
Maine workers in every size business are paid less than the national average. The smallest companies in Maine (those with fewer than 5 employees) pay workers 7.5% less than the national average ($907 per week as compared to the national average of $975 per week). The largest companies in Maine (those with more than 1,000 employees) pay 31.6% workers below the national average ($1,430 per week as compared to the national average of $1,882 per week).
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.