Maine Q2, 2019 Employment Statistics

  • 54,273 employers, up 2.9% from 52,740
  • 622,657 employees, up 0.7% from 618,557
  • $874 average weekly wage, up 3.7% from $843
  • The average weekly wage is 20.2% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 17.5% above the national average

Employer & Employee Growth

In the last year, the number of employers in the state increased by 1,533, which is an increase of 2.9%. The number of employees in Maine increased by 4,100, an increase of 0.7%. During this same period, the average weekly wage increased by $31, an increase of 3.7%.

The number of private employers increased since last years' Q1. The number of private businesses increased by 1,503 or 3.0%. Growth in private businesses in Maine grew faster than the national average of 2.9%. The number of employees in these businesses increased since last years' Q1, increasing by 3,526 or 0.7%. The growth in employees of private businesses in Maine 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 $30 or 3.6%. Growth in average weekly wage of employees of private businesses in Maine 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 Retail trade with 11.0% of the businesses in the state. The number of businesses in this sector declined by 0.8%. Professional services (10.9%), which increased by 0.1% and Construction (10.2%), which increased by 0.3%, round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Business Change %
SectorChange Biz% Change
Company management15422.7%
Agriculture and forestry473.5%
Arts and entertainment192.1%
Healthcare942.0%
Educational services101.5%
Real estate and rental201.2%
Accommodation and food services310.7%
Manufacturing90.5%
Construction180.3%
Professional services30.1%
Finance and insurance-13-0.6%
Transport and warehousing-9-0.7%
Retail trade-47-0.8%
Utilities-1-0.9%
Information-11-1.3%
Other services-50-1.3%
Waste services-68-2.0%
Wholesale trade-95-2.9%
Mining and oil extraction-2-5.3%


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, had an increase in employees of 1.2% in the last year. Retail trade (12.8%), decreased by 1.3% and Accommodation and food services (9.7%), increased by 0.3%, round out the top 3 sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Employee Change %
SectorEmployee Change% Change
Finance and insurance9254.1%
Company management4464.0%
Educational services3792.9%
Professional services6002.2%
Manufacturing1,0882.1%
Arts and entertainment1462.0%
Healthcare1,2581.2%
Agriculture and forestry270.6%
Construction1530.5%
Accommodation and food services1510.3%
Wholesale trade-101-0.5%
Real estate and rental-41-0.6%
Transport and warehousing-175-1.1%
Utilities-20-1.2%
Retail trade-1,042-1.3%
Other services-284-1.5%
Information-335-4.5%
Waste services-1,632-5.2%
Mining and oil extraction-19-7.9%


Average Weekly Wage by Sector

The sector that pays their employees the highest is Company management paying $1,543per week compared with the state average of $859. Weekly wages in this sector rose by $57 or 3.8%. Utilities ($1,526), declined by $115 or 7.0% and Finance and insurance ($1,362) increased by $34 or 2.6% round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Weekly Wage Change %
SectorWage ChangeChange %
Mining and oil extraction$908.5%
Retail trade$295.4%
Transport and warehousing$415.2%
Healthcare$394.4%
Accommodation and food services$164.1%
Waste services$273.9%
Company management$573.8%
Manufacturing$363.5%
Information$343.4%
Real estate and rental$243.1%
Other services$203.1%
Arts and entertainment$132.9%
Finance and insurance$342.6%
Educational services$131.5%
Construction$141.5%
Wholesale trade$151.3%
Professional services$20.1%
Agriculture and forestry$-9-1.2%
Utilities$-115-7.0%


Leading Industries

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 5.3% of the businesses in the state (with 2,898 employing 44,440 workers). The Restaurants and other eating places industry had 6 more businesses, an increase of 0.2% in the last year. Residential building construction (2.8% of businesses) added 20 businesses, an increase of 1.3% and Computer systems design and related services (2.7% of businesses) had 10 fewer businesses, a decline of 0.7% round out the 3 industries with the most businesses.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change %
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Oil and gas pipeline construction571.4%
Other support activities for transportation457.1%
Other transportation equipment manufacturing150.0%
Commercial and service industry machinery250.0%
Food crops grown under cover1537.5%
Mobile food services1134.4%
Tire manufacturing133.3%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change #
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Management of companies and enterprises15422.7%
Fishing255.7%
Child day care services243.9%
Residential building construction201.3%
Highway street and bridge construction2018.0%
Residential developmental disability homes184.9%
Services for the elderly and disabled175.0%


Employees by Industry

Residential building construction (2.8% of employees) added 20 employees, an increase of 1.3% and Computer systems design and related services (2.7% ofemployees) had 10 fewer employees, a decline of 0.7% round out the 3 industries with the most employees.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change %
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Printing and writing paper merch. whls.41129.9%
Oil and gas pipeline construction7078.2%
Tire manufacturing1559.0%
Mobile food services3141.5%
Packaging and labeling services341.3%
Plate work and fabricated structural products32636.4%
Other support activities for road transport.2629.0%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change #
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Residential developmental disability homes52411.7%
Management of companies and enterprises4464.0%
Savings institutions38212.7%
Financial transaction processing and clearing36927.9%
Child day care services3387.4%
Plate work and fabricated structural products32636.4%
Supermarkets and other grocery stores3182.1%


Average Weekly Wage by Industry

The industry that pays their employees the most is Investment banking and securities dealing, paying $4,315 compared with the state average of $859. The Investment banking and securities dealing industry paid their employees $187 less per week, a decline of 4.2% in the last year. Securities brokerage ($2,643) and Computer and software merchant wholesalers ($2,357) round out the top 3 industries. Employees in the Securities brokerage ($2,643 per week) were paid $277 less per week, a decline of 9.5% and Computer and software merchant wholesalers ($2,357 per week) were paid $128 more per week, an increase of 5.7% round out the 3 industries that pay their employees the most.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change %
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Language schools$248112.2%
Packaging and labeling services$20555.6%
Political organizations$40850.0%
Other technical consulting services$57741.8%
Office supplies merchant wholesalers$25241.5%
Computer training$47636.6%
Children's and infants' clothing stores$10033.0%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change $
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Other technical consulting services$57741.8%
Computer training$47636.6%
Political organizations$40850.0%
Paint and supplies merchant wholesalers$33230.7%
Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing$31420.9%
Other activities related to real estate$31221.1%
Employment placement and executive search$27820.9%


Company Size

Maine Businesses by Size

The solopreneur company, has the most businesses in Maine by far. 64.3% of all businesses in the state have fewer than 5 employees. The 49,433 small businesses in the state represent 96.8% of all private businesses. The national average is 92.4%. (Small businesses have fewer than 50 employees, Solopreneurs employ fewer than 5.) Maine added 955 businesses in the last year, an increase of 1.9% as compared to the national average of 3.0%.

Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees. These small businesses added 929 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 1.9% 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 added 25 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 1.6% as compared to the national average of 1.3%.

Large businesses are defined as companies with more than 500 employees. These large businesses added 1 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 1.9% as compared to the national average of 2.1%.



Maine Employees by Business Size

Maine added 19,142 employees in the last year, an increase of 4.0% as compared to the national average of 5.2%. Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees. These small businesses added 8,885 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 21.9% 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 6,006 employees in the last year, which is an increase of 3.6% as compared to the national average of 4.7%.

Large businesses are defined as companies with more than 500 employees. Large businesses added 4,251 employees in the last year, which is an increase of 7.4% as compared to the national average of 9.2%.

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 4.5% less than the national average ($962 per week as compared to the national average of $1,005 per week). The largest companies in Maine (those with more than 1,000 employees) pay 22.3% workers below the national average ($1,564 per week as compared to the national average of $1,913 per week).

Average weekly wages in small businesses added $144 per week in the last year, which is an increase of 4.6% as compared to the national average of 3.1%. Employees of mid-sized businesses added $69 in wages per week in the last year, which is an increase of 2.5% as compared to the national average of 1.3%.

Employees of large businesses added $50 of weekly wages in the last year, which is an increase of 1.8% 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 places2,8980.2%
Residential building construction1,5291.3%
Computer systems design and related services1,468-0.7%
Management consulting services916-0.9%
Landscaping services8971.8%
Management of companies and enterprises83122.7%
Private households798-5.7%
Wholesale trade agents and brokers697-10.9%
Plumbing and hvac contractors6950.0%
Automotive mechanical and electrical repair684-0.7%


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 places44,4400.4%
General medical and surgical hospitals31,2330.1%
Supermarkets and other grocery stores15,9012.1%
Management of companies and enterprises11,6034.0%
Offices of physicians10,6061.8%
Services for the elderly and disabled9,8212.0%
Hotels and motels except casino hotels9,039-3.8%
General merchandise stores including warehouse clubs and supercenters8,559-1.1%
Nursing care facilities skilled nursing8,504-3.2%
Ship and boat building7,2153.7%


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$4,315-4.2%
Securities brokerage$2,643-9.5%
Computer and software merchant wholesalers$2,3575.7%
Appliance and electronics merchant whls.$2,3530.6%
Portfolio management$2,281-3.9%
Medical equipment merchant wholesalers$2,2411.9%
Piece goods merchant wholesalers$2,20212.4%
Investment advice$2,1922.9%
Other technical consulting services$1,95741.8%
Software publishers$1,927-2.2%




Data Sources




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.