Maryland Q2, 2019 Employment Statistics

  • 174,337 employers, up 0.9% from 172,755
  • 2,713,066 employees, up 0.7% from 2,693,882
  • $1,178 average weekly wage, up 3.3% from $1,140
  • The average weekly wage is 7.6% above the national average
  • The cost of living is 29.7% above the national average

Employer & Employee Growth

In the last year, the number of employers in the state increased by 1,582, which is an increase of 0.9%. The number of employees in Maryland increased by 19,184, an increase of 0.7%. During this same period, the average weekly wage increased by $38, an increase of 3.3%.

The number of private employers increased since last years' Q1. The number of private businesses increased by 1,563 or 0.9%. Growth in private businesses in Maryland grew slower than the national average of 2.9%. The number of employees in these businesses increased since last years' Q1, increasing by 17,215 or 0.8%. The growth in employees of private businesses in Maryland 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 $36 or 3.3%. Growth in average weekly wage of employees of private businesses in Maryland 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 17.5% of the businesses in the state. The number of businesses in this sector increased by 2.4%. Other services (11.0%), which decreased by 0.8% and Retail trade (10.5%), which decreased by 0.3%, round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Business Change %
SectorChange Biz% Change
Utilities3216.8%
Real estate and rental2063.0%
Professional services7252.4%
Manufacturing912.3%
Healthcare4012.3%
Educational services531.8%
Waste services2131.7%
Information471.7%
Accommodation and food services1671.4%
Transport and warehousing340.9%
Arts and entertainment180.7%
Construction760.5%
Agriculture and forestry-1-0.2%
Retail trade-51-0.3%
Finance and insurance-36-0.4%
Other services-150-0.8%
Wholesale trade-236-2.3%
Company management-18-2.5%
Mining and oil extraction-11-11.7%


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, had an increase in employees of 1.0% in the last year. Retail trade (10.2%), decreased by 2.4% and Professional services (9.5%), increased by 2.7%, round out the top 3 sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Employee Change %
SectorEmployee Change% Change
Agriculture and forestry85214.9%
Company management1,4935.4%
Transport and warehousing3,8834.7%
Professional services6,8632.7%
Manufacturing2,4902.3%
Waste services3,6542.1%
Construction3,0031.9%
Wholesale trade1,4541.7%
Accommodation and food services3,4641.5%
Educational services9651.4%
Healthcare3,6491.0%
Other services1300.1%
Mining and oil extraction-8-0.7%
Utilities-131-1.3%
Retail trade-6,930-2.4%
Real estate and rental-1,147-2.5%
Finance and insurance-2,600-2.8%
Arts and entertainment-2,234-4.4%
Information-1,650-4.5%


Average Weekly Wage by Sector

The sector that pays their employees the highest is Company management paying $2,093per week compared with the state average of $1,119. Weekly wages in this sector rose by $31 or 1.5%. Utilities ($2,074), declined by $121 or 5.5% and Professional services ($1,950) increased by $128 or 7.0% round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Weekly Wage Change %
SectorWage ChangeChange %
Professional services$1287.0%
Accommodation and food services$225.3%
Information$824.7%
Agriculture and forestry$314.4%
Construction$423.4%
Retail trade$193.1%
Healthcare$313.0%
Other services$192.3%
Wholesale trade$322.2%
Real estate and rental$232.0%
Manufacturing$251.7%
Waste services$131.6%
Company management$311.5%
Finance and insurance$160.9%
Mining and oil extraction$70.5%
Educational services$40.4%
Transport and warehousing$-5-0.5%
Arts and entertainment$-28-4.7%
Utilities$-121-5.5%


Leading Industries

Businesses by Industry

Each broad sector is made up of specific industries. In Maryland. the industry with the most businesses is Restaurants and other eating places with 5.8% of the businesses in the state (with 10,103 employing 191,967 workers). The Restaurants and other eating places industry had 152 more businesses, an increase of 1.5% in the last year. Computer systems design and related services (5.6% of businesses) added 374 businesses, an increase of 4.0% and Private households (4.1% of businesses) had 181 fewer businesses, a decline of 2.4% round out the 3 industries with the most businesses.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change %
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Tire manufacturing150.0%
Monetary authorities - central bank545.5%
Other basic organic chemical manufacturing444.4%
Other performing arts companies444.4%
Communication and energy wire and cable mfg.342.9%
Tobacco manufacturing337.5%
Commodity contracts dealing735.0%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change #
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Computer systems design and related services3744.0%
Other technical consulting services20828.3%
Offices of real estate agents and brokers1577.0%
Restaurants and other eating places1521.5%
Medical and diagnostic laboratories15020.7%
Professional employer organizations11434.9%
Research and development in the physical engineering and life sciences888.0%


Employees by Industry

Computer systems design and related services (5.6% of employees) added 374 employees, an increase of 4.0% and Private households (4.1% ofemployees) had 181 fewer employees, a decline of 2.4% round out the 3 industries with the most employees.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change %
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Credit bureaus229235.7%
Other farm product raw material merch. whls.84187.8%
Frozen food manufacturing271179.5%
Trusts estates and agency accounts38105.7%
Dance companies2377.8%
Starch and vegetable oil manufacturing8671.1%
Commodity contracts dealing3768.8%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change #
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Computer systems design and related services3,7704.9%
Restaurants and other eating places1,9701.1%
Commercial building construction1,76311.4%
Engineering services1,6465.0%
Home health care services1,6397.3%
Management of companies and enterprises1,4935.4%
General warehousing and storage1,4787.7%


Average Weekly Wage by Industry

The industry that pays their employees the most is Miscellaneous intermediation, paying $4,450 compared with the state average of $1,119. Employees in the Miscellaneous intermediation industry were paid $658 more per week, an increase of 17.4% in the last year. Television broadcasting ($4,370) and Coal and other mineral merchant wholesalers ($3,898) round out the top 3 industries. Employees in the Television broadcasting ($4,370 per week) were paid $2,782 more per week, an increase of 175.2% and Coal and other mineral merchant wholesalers ($3,898 per week) were paid $0 more per week, an increase of 0.0% round out the 3 industries that pay their employees the most.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change %
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Television broadcasting$2,782175.2%
Frozen food manufacturing$645138.4%
Tobacco manufacturing$1,379115.2%
Record production and distribution$389108.7%
Other support activities for water transport.$538106.5%
Advertising material distribution services$47267.8%
Reinsurance carriers$82463.4%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change $
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Television broadcasting$2,782175.2%
Tobacco manufacturing$1,379115.2%
Open-end investment funds$91937.4%
Reinsurance carriers$82463.4%
Satellite telecommunications$77244.6%
Miscellaneous intermediation$65817.4%
Frozen food manufacturing$645138.4%


Company Size

Maryland Businesses by Size

The solopreneur company, has the most businesses in Maryland by far. 61.3% of all businesses in the state have fewer than 5 employees. The 162,559 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.) Maryland added 1,346 businesses in the last year, an increase of 0.8% as compared to the national average of 3.0%.

Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees. These small businesses added 1,299 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 0.8% 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 47 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 0.6% as compared to the national average of 1.3%.

Large businesses are defined as companies with more than 500 employees. These large businesses added 0 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 0.0% as compared to the national average of 2.1%.



Maryland Employees by Business Size

Maryland added 69,265 employees in the last year, an increase of 3.3% as compared to the national average of 5.2%. Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees. These small businesses added 22,694 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 16.2% 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 37,369 employees in the last year, which is an increase of 4.5% as compared to the national average of 4.7%.

Large businesses are defined as companies with more than 500 employees. Large businesses added 9,202 employees in the last year, which is an increase of 3.1% as compared to the national average of 9.2%.

Maryland Avg Weekly Wages by Business Size

The smallest companies in Maryland (those with fewer than 5 employees) pay workers 18.2% more than the national average ($1,228 per week as compared to the national average of $1,005 per week). The largest companies in Maryland (those with more than 1,000 employees) pay 22.2% workers below the national average ($1,565 per week as compared to the national average of $1,913 per week).

Average weekly wages in small businesses added $123 per week in the last year, which is an increase of 3.0% as compared to the national average of 3.1%. Employees of mid-sized businesses added $148 in wages per week in the last year, which is an increase of 4.1% as compared to the national average of 1.3%.

Employees of large businesses added $-58 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 places10,1031.5%
Computer systems design and related services9,7874.0%
Private households7,217-2.4%
Management consulting services5,8060.2%
Offices of physicians4,829-0.4%
Residential building construction4,4800.6%
Wholesale trade agents and brokers3,767-9.9%
Offices of lawyers3,0000.2%
Accounting and bookkeeping services2,8780.8%
Offices of dentists2,572-1.1%


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 places191,9671.1%
General medical and surgical hospitals98,9900.4%
Computer systems design and related services80,6674.9%
Offices of physicians53,2570.7%
Supermarkets and other grocery stores48,637-2.3%
Temporary help services43,4991.1%
Management consulting services35,8672.0%
Engineering services34,7575.0%
Plumbing and hvac contractors29,8840.8%
Management of companies and enterprises29,0615.4%


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

Table: Top 10 Industries by Weekly Wage
IndustryWkly Wages% Change
Miscellaneous intermediation$4,45017.4%
Television broadcasting$4,370175.2%
Coal and other mineral merchant wholesalers$3,8980.0%
Investment banking and securities dealing$3,691-1.9%
Open-end investment funds$3,37937.4%
Securities brokerage$3,342-1.2%
Computer and software merchant wholesalers$3,1884.8%
Other financial vehicles$3,0634.6%
Research and development in the physical engineering and life sciences$2,74324.9%
Investment advice$2,714-16.7%




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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.