Nevada Q2, 2019 Employment Statistics

  • 83,689 employers, up 4.0% from 80,452
  • 1,405,285 employees, up 2.9% from 1,366,317
  • $961 average weekly wage, up 3.2% from $931
  • The average weekly wage is 12.2% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 8.5% above the national average

Employer & Employee Growth

In the last year, the number of employers in the state increased by 3,237, which is an increase of 4.0%. The number of employees in Nevada increased by 38,968, an increase of 2.9%. During this same period, the average weekly wage increased by $30, an increase of 3.2%.

The number of private employers increased since last years' Q1. The number of private businesses increased by 3,180 or 4.0%. Growth in private businesses in Nevada grew faster than the national average of 2.9%. The number of employees in these businesses increased since last years' Q1, increasing by 34,865 or 2.9%. The growth in employees of private businesses in Nevada was faster 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 $32 or 3.5%. Growth in average weekly wage of employees of private businesses in Nevada 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 14.7% of the businesses in the state. The number of businesses in this sector increased by 6.0%. Retail trade (10.1%), which increased by 0.5% and Healthcare (9.4%), which increased by 0.9%, round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Business Change %
SectorChange Biz% Change
Information19512.9%
Real estate and rental3167.0%
Professional services6976.0%
Arts and entertainment995.4%
Utilities64.8%
Other services2384.7%
Wholesale trade1963.9%
Finance and insurance1733.8%
Transport and warehousing773.5%
Accommodation and food services1251.9%
Construction771.3%
Manufacturing241.2%
Healthcare710.9%
Waste services560.9%
Retail trade400.5%
Agriculture and forestry-1-0.3%
Mining and oil extraction-1-0.4%
Company management-53-2.7%
Educational services-35-3.1%


Employees by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of employees in the state is Accommodation and food services with 23.0% of the employees in the state, had an increase in employees of 0.7% in the last year. Retail trade (10.4%), increased by 0.7% and Healthcare (9.3%), increased by 4.0%, round out the top 3 sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Employee Change %
SectorEmployee Change% Change
Agriculture and forestry47610.2%
Manufacturing4,7458.8%
Construction6,6407.5%
Transport and warehousing3,4935.4%
Wholesale trade1,5834.3%
Healthcare5,0354.0%
Arts and entertainment1,1953.6%
Professional services2,0833.5%
Waste services2,9752.9%
Company management7112.7%
Finance and insurance8822.5%
Real estate and rental4951.8%
Mining and oil extraction2011.4%
Other services3080.9%
Utilities340.8%
Accommodation and food services2,4300.7%
Retail trade1,0240.7%
Information-261-1.5%
Educational services-688-5.2%


Average Weekly Wage by Sector

The sector that pays their employees the highest is Company management paying $2,259per week compared with the state average of $940. Weekly wages in this sector rose by $120 or 5.6%. Utilities ($2,193), rose by $85 or 4.0% and Mining and oil extraction ($1,875) increased by $68 or 3.8% round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Weekly Wage Change %
SectorWage ChangeChange %
Agriculture and forestry$679.3%
Information$917.3%
Company management$1205.6%
Construction$595.1%
Waste services$294.4%
Professional services$584.2%
Retail trade$254.1%
Utilities$854.0%
Finance and insurance$543.8%
Mining and oil extraction$683.8%
Real estate and rental$343.6%
Other services$213.0%
Accommodation and food services$162.5%
Transport and warehousing$181.9%
Manufacturing$171.6%
Arts and entertainment$101.6%
Healthcare$30.3%
Wholesale trade$00.0%
Educational services$-30-3.5%


Leading Industries

Businesses by Industry

Each broad sector is made up of specific industries. In Nevada. the industry with the most businesses is Restaurants and other eating places with 6.5% of the businesses in the state (with 5,398 employing 118,365 workers). The Restaurants and other eating places industry had 130 more businesses, an increase of 2.5% in the last year. Computer systems design and related services (3.1% of businesses) added 158 businesses, an increase of 6.4% and Offices of physicians (2.9% of businesses) added 27 businesses, an increase of 1.1% round out the 3 industries with the most businesses.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change %
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Trusts estates and agency accounts23255.6%
Footwear merchant wholesalers7116.7%
Fish and seafood markets2100.0%
Audio and video equipment manufacturing360.0%
Other transportation equipment manufacturing350.0%
Doll toy and game manufacturing250.0%
Transport. goods merchant wholesalers947.4%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change #
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Management consulting services24913.2%
Offices of real estate agents and brokers19513.0%
Computer systems design and related services1586.4%
Restaurants and other eating places1302.5%
Accounting and bookkeeping services976.4%
Software publishers8629.3%
Hair nail and skin care services7412.4%


Employees by Industry

Computer systems design and related services (3.1% of employees) added 158 employees, an increase of 6.4% and Offices of physicians (2.9% ofemployees) added 27 employees, an increase of 1.1% round out the 3 industries with the most employees.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change %
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Motor vehicle steering and suspension parts35347.0%
Industrial building construction422149.9%
Distilleries45139.7%
Audio and video equipment manufacturing55130.7%
Educational support services782117.9%
Ophthalmic goods merchant wholesalers32113.2%
Steel and precast concrete contractors1,02298.4%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change #
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Restaurants and other eating places3,6723.2%
General warehousing and storage3,40417.0%
Telephone call centers1,66011.4%
Commercial building construction1,03413.7%
Steel and precast concrete contractors1,02298.4%
General medical and surgical hospitals1,0063.6%
Offices of physicians9054.4%


Average Weekly Wage by Industry

The industry that pays their employees the most is Trusts estates and agency accounts, paying $13,013 compared with the state average of $940. Employees in the Trusts estates and agency accounts industry were paid $11,524 more per week, an increase of 773.9% in the last year. Securities brokerage ($3,471) and Investment banking and securities dealing ($3,385) round out the top 3 industries. Employees in the Securities brokerage ($3,471 per week) were paid $127 less per week, a decline of 3.5% and Investment banking and securities dealing ($3,385 per week) were paid $32 less per week, a decline of 0.9% round out the 3 industries that pay their employees the most.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change %
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Trusts estates and agency accounts$11,524773.9%
Political organizations$46776.9%
Industrial design services$84357.4%
Asphalt paving and roofing materials mfg.$59146.8%
Motion picture and video production$26045.0%
Steel and precast concrete contractors$51641.1%
Poultry product merchant wholesalers$25834.6%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change $
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Trusts estates and agency accounts$11,524773.9%
Industrial design services$84357.4%
Asphalt paving and roofing materials mfg.$59146.8%
Steel and precast concrete contractors$51641.1%
Political organizations$46776.9%
Software publishers$32613.9%
Business to business electronic markets$27819.8%


Company Size

Nevada Businesses by Size

The solopreneur company, has the most businesses in Nevada by far. 57.7% of all businesses in the state have fewer than 5 employees. The 77,932 small businesses in the state represent 95.2% of all private businesses. The national average is 92.4%. (Small businesses have fewer than 50 employees, Solopreneurs employ fewer than 5.) Nevada added 3,809 businesses in the last year, an increase of 4.9% as compared to the national average of 3.0%.

Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees. These small businesses added 3,652 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 4.9% 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 154 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 4.3% 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 1.4% as compared to the national average of 2.1%.



Nevada Employees by Business Size

Nevada added 123,261 employees in the last year, an increase of 11.2% as compared to the national average of 5.2%. Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees. These small businesses added 43,440 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 125.9% 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 44,460 employees in the last year, which is an increase of 11.5% as compared to the national average of 4.7%.

Large businesses are defined as companies with more than 500 employees. Large businesses added 35,361 employees in the last year, which is an increase of 13.7% as compared to the national average of 9.2%.

Nevada Avg Weekly Wages by Business Size

The smallest companies in Nevada (those with fewer than 5 employees) pay workers 21.4% more than the national average ($1,279 per week as compared to the national average of $1,005 per week). The largest companies in Nevada (those with more than 1,000 employees) pay 79.0% workers below the national average ($1,069 per week as compared to the national average of $1,913 per week).

Average weekly wages in small businesses added $53 per week in the last year, which is an increase of 1.4% as compared to the national average of 3.1%. Employees of mid-sized businesses added $32 in wages per week in the last year, which is an increase of 1.1% as compared to the national average of 1.3%.

Employees of large businesses added $21 of weekly wages in the last year, which is an increase of 1.0% 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 places5,3982.5%
Computer systems design and related services2,6316.4%
Offices of physicians2,4501.1%
Management consulting services2,13013.2%
Management of companies and enterprises1,906-2.7%
Offices of lawyers1,7202.1%
Offices of real estate agents and brokers1,69013.0%
Accounting and bookkeeping services1,6246.4%
Insurance agencies and brokerages1,3274.2%
Offices of dentists1,2254.0%


The table below illustrates the largest industries in the state, by number of employees:

Table: Top 10 Industries by # of Employees
Industry# Employees% Change
Casino hotels172,482-1.1%
Restaurants and other eating places118,3653.2%
General medical and surgical hospitals28,9753.6%
Management of companies and enterprises27,2672.7%
General warehousing and storage23,40117.0%
Temporary help services21,681-2.9%
Offices of physicians21,5174.4%
Supermarkets and other grocery stores20,8643.2%
Hotels and motels except casino hotels17,2033.7%
General merchandise stores including warehouse clubs and supercenters16,474-0.2%


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

Table: Top 10 Industries by Weekly Wage
IndustryWkly Wages% Change
Trusts estates and agency accounts$13,013773.9%
Securities brokerage$3,471-3.5%
Investment banking and securities dealing$3,385-0.9%
Fishing$2,9577.1%
Credit bureaus$2,8279.8%
Book publishers$2,7467.4%
Software publishers$2,67313.9%
Computer and software merchant wholesalers$2,6123.5%
Electric power generation$2,58310.1%
Directory and mailing list publishers$2,5580.0%




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.