Nevada Q4, 2019 Employment Statistics

  • 85,170 employers, up 3.0% from 82,701
  • 1,431,566 employees, up 2.4% from 1,397,329
  • $1,030 average weekly wage, up 2.4% from $1,006
  • The average weekly wage is 13.1% 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 2,469, which is an increase of 3.0%. The number of employees in Nevada increased by 34,238, an increase of 2.4%. During this same period, the average weekly wage increased by $24, an increase of 2.4%.

The number of private employers increased since last years' Q1. The number of private businesses increased by 2,394 or 2.9%. Growth in private businesses in Nevada grew faster than the national average of 2.5%. The number of employees in these businesses increased since last years' Q1, increasing by 29,734 or 2.4%. The growth in employees of private businesses in Nevada was faster than the national average of 1.2%.

The average weekly wage of employees of private businesses increased since last years' Q1. The averge weekly wage increased by $22 or 2.2%. 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 14.4% of the businesses in the state. The number of businesses in this sector increased by 2.8%. Retail trade (9.9%), which decreased by 0.4% and Healthcare (9.3%), which increased by 0.3%, round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Business Change %
SectorChange Biz% Change
Information915.7%
Arts and entertainment623.3%
Professional services3392.8%
Real estate and rental1322.8%
Transport and warehousing572.6%
Finance and insurance661.4%
Accommodation and food services290.4%
Healthcare200.3%
Construction-15-0.3%
Wholesale trade-18-0.3%
Retail trade-38-0.4%
Manufacturing-12-0.6%
Company management-12-0.6%
Other services-38-0.7%
Waste services-86-1.3%
Utilities-2-1.6%
Agriculture and forestry-18-4.5%
Educational services-59-5.1%
Mining and oil extraction-17-6.9%


Employees by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of employees in the state is Accommodation and food services with 22.2% of the employees in the state, had a decrease in employees of -0.1% in the last year. Retail trade (10.6%), decreased by 0.4% and Healthcare (9.3%), increased by 3.4%, round out the top 3 sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Employee Change %
SectorEmployee Change% Change
Transport and warehousing7,91211.7%
Construction6,0356.5%
Finance and insurance1,7824.9%
Arts and entertainment1,4864.5%
Healthcare4,3723.4%
Information4512.9%
Waste services3,0122.8%
Professional services1,5162.5%
Real estate and rental5572.0%
Other services5371.5%
Company management3671.4%
Wholesale trade5021.3%
Manufacturing7381.3%
Mining and oil extraction180.1%
Accommodation and food services-433-0.1%
Retail trade-640-0.4%
Utilities-53-1.3%
Agriculture and forestry-81-1.6%
Educational services-1,115-7.9%


Average Weekly Wage by Sector

The sector that pays their employees the highest is Utilities paying $2,444per week compared with the state average of $1,010. Weekly wages in this sector rose by $34 or 1.4%. Company management ($2,348), declined by $675 or 22.3% and Mining and oil extraction ($2,053) increased by $234 or 12.9% round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Weekly Wage Change %
SectorWage ChangeChange %
Mining and oil extraction$23412.9%
Finance and insurance$1187.6%
Construction$766.0%
Agriculture and forestry$455.6%
Professional services$875.4%
Waste services$304.5%
Real estate and rental$424.0%
Retail trade$233.7%
Other services$233.1%
Wholesale trade$473.1%
Transport and warehousing$181.9%
Arts and entertainment$141.7%
Healthcare$171.5%
Utilities$341.4%
Information$181.3%
Accommodation and food services$81.2%
Manufacturing$-2-0.2%
Educational services$-5-0.6%
Company management$-675-22.3%


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 6.4% of the businesses in the state (with 5,447 employing 118,619 workers). The Restaurants and other eating places industry had 42 more businesses, an increase of 0.8% in the last year. Computer systems design and related services (3.1% of businesses) added 103 businesses, an increase of 4.1% and Offices of physicians (2.9% of businesses) had 17 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
Starch and vegetable oil manufacturing2100.0%
Fish and seafood markets2100.0%
Ice cream and frozen dessert manufacturing266.7%
Footwear merchant wholesalers666.7%
Reinsurance carriers250.0%
All other wood product manufacturing545.5%
Other transportation equipment manufacturing342.9%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change #
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Management consulting services1387.0%
Computer systems design and related services1034.1%
Offices of real estate agents and brokers754.6%
Accounting and bookkeeping services613.9%
Software publishers5918.0%
Restaurants and other eating places420.8%
Office administrative services3616.4%


Employees by Industry

Computer systems design and related services (3.1% of employees) added 103 employees, an increase of 4.1% and Offices of physicians (2.9% ofemployees) had 17 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
Motor vehicle steering and suspension parts44463.0%
Audio and video equipment manufacturing53112.7%
Reinsurance carriers5101.1%
Educational support services67986.4%
Political organizations-16984.7%
Other transportation equipment manufacturing7182.7%
Distilleries3875.4%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change #
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
General warehousing and storage7,01531.9%
Restaurants and other eating places3,2312.8%
Security and armored car services1,0418.8%
Plumbing and hvac contractors1,0078.5%
Electrical and wiring contractors9639.0%
Offices of physicians9484.5%
General medical and surgical hospitals9293.3%


Average Weekly Wage by Industry

The industry that pays their employees the most is Music publishers, paying $8,372 compared with the state average of $1,010. Employees in the Music publishers industry were paid $0 more per week, an increase of 0.0% in the last year. Industrial design services ($5,420) and Investment banking and securities dealing ($5,192) round out the top 3 industries. Employees in the Industrial design services ($5,420 per week) were paid $785 more per week, an increase of 16.9% and Investment banking and securities dealing ($5,192 per week) were paid $1,764 more per week, an increase of 51.5% round out the 3 industries that pay their employees the most.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change %
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Media buying agencies$2,361123.0%
Theater companies and dinner theaters$96486.8%
Investment banking and securities dealing$1,76451.5%
Scenic and sightseeing transportation water$30546.7%
Other support activities for road transport.$25541.7%
Political organizations$30239.9%
Financial transaction processing and clearing$56135.4%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change $
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Media buying agencies$2,361123.0%
Investment banking and securities dealing$1,76451.5%
Theater companies and dinner theaters$96486.8%
Industrial design services$78516.9%
Mortgage and nonmortgage loan brokers$58528.4%
Financial transaction processing and clearing$56135.4%
Wholesale trade agents and brokers$54429.5%


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 91.2%. (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 places5,4470.8%
Computer systems design and related services2,6424.1%
Offices of physicians2,468-0.7%
Management consulting services2,1187.0%
Management of companies and enterprises1,924-0.6%
Offices of lawyers1,7311.0%
Offices of real estate agents and brokers1,6934.6%
Accounting and bookkeeping services1,6343.9%
Insurance agencies and brokerages1,310-0.1%
Offices of dentists1,2372.4%


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 hotels167,835-2.6%
Restaurants and other eating places118,6192.8%
General medical and surgical hospitals29,4903.3%
General warehousing and storage28,97531.9%
Management of companies and enterprises27,7031.4%
Temporary help services24,9151.2%
Offices of physicians22,0894.5%
Supermarkets and other grocery stores20,8200.3%
Telephone call centers17,9383.7%
General merchandise stores including warehouse clubs and supercenters17,5702.5%


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

Table: Top 10 Industries by Weekly Wage
IndustryWkly Wages% Change
Music publishers$8,3720.0%
Industrial design services$5,42016.9%
Investment banking and securities dealing$5,19251.5%
Media buying agencies$4,280123.0%
Reinsurance carriers$4,274-29.5%
Securities brokerage$4,0533.1%
Fishing$3,873-1.2%
Spectator sports$3,656-8.4%
Miscellaneous intermediation$3,6190.0%
Dance companies$3,575-55.0%




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.