Oklahoma Q2, 2019 Employment Statistics

  • 111,220 employers, up 0.6% from 110,608
  • 1,623,828 employees, up 1.0% from 1,608,021
  • $900 average weekly wage, up 3.1% from $873
  • The average weekly wage is 17.8% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 13.0% below the national average

Employer & Employee Growth

In the last year, the number of employers in the state increased by 612, which is an increase of 0.6%. The number of employees in Oklahoma increased by 15,807, an increase of 1.0%. During this same period, the average weekly wage increased by $27, an increase of 3.1%.

The number of private employers increased since last years' Q1. The number of private businesses increased by 506 or 0.5%. Growth in private businesses in Oklahoma grew slower than the national average of 2.9%. The number of employees in these businesses increased since last years' Q1, increasing by 11,757 or 0.9%. The growth in employees of private businesses in Oklahoma 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 $20 or 2.3%. Growth in average weekly wage of employees of private businesses in Oklahoma 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 11.8% of the businesses in the state. The number of businesses in this sector declined by 0.1%. Professional services (11.6%), which increased by 3.0% and Healthcare (11.1%), which decreased by 2.2%, round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Business Change %
SectorChange Biz% Change
Information896.1%
Professional services3783.0%
Transport and warehousing852.9%
Agriculture and forestry252.7%
Finance and insurance1672.3%
Real estate and rental942.2%
Educational services192.1%
Arts and entertainment211.9%
Manufacturing731.8%
Utilities40.9%
Company management40.6%
Mining and oil extraction50.1%
Accommodation and food services80.1%
Waste services-6-0.1%
Retail trade-13-0.1%
Construction-55-0.6%
Wholesale trade-51-0.7%
Other services-89-1.3%
Healthcare-279-2.2%


Employees by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of employees in the state is Healthcare with 12.1% of the employees in the state, had an increase in employees of 1.3% in the last year. Retail trade (10.8%), decreased by 1.3% and Accommodation and food services (9.7%), increased by 0.8%, round out the top 3 sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Employee Change %
SectorEmployee Change% Change
Company management9985.2%
Transport and warehousing2,4464.9%
Construction2,8183.5%
Professional services2,4733.4%
Manufacturing3,6502.7%
Real estate and rental4652.2%
Educational services3112.0%
Utilities2071.9%
Healthcare2,5131.3%
Waste services1,1331.2%
Wholesale trade6521.2%
Accommodation and food services1,1620.8%
Other services2490.7%
Finance and insurance200.0%
Arts and entertainment-163-0.8%
Retail trade-2,333-1.3%
Information-352-1.8%
Mining and oil extraction-1,965-3.7%
Agriculture and forestry-2,564-23.1%


Average Weekly Wage by Sector

The sector that pays their employees the highest is Mining and oil extraction paying $1,729per week compared with the state average of $882. Weekly wages in this sector declined by $54 or 3.0%. Utilities ($1,650), rose by $89 or 5.7% and Company management ($1,561) increased by $36 or 2.4% round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Weekly Wage Change %
SectorWage ChangeChange %
Utilities$895.7%
Arts and entertainment$295.2%
Healthcare$394.6%
Professional services$504.3%
Other services$243.7%
Retail trade$183.3%
Educational services$253.3%
Construction$313.2%
Waste services$202.9%
Real estate and rental$232.8%
Company management$362.4%
Accommodation and food services$72.2%
Manufacturing$191.7%
Wholesale trade$181.6%
Finance and insurance$90.8%
Transport and warehousing$70.7%
Information$-24-2.1%
Mining and oil extraction$-54-3.0%
Agriculture and forestry$-36-4.8%


Leading Industries

Businesses by Industry

Each broad sector is made up of specific industries. In Oklahoma. the industry with the most businesses is Restaurants and other eating places with 5.7% of the businesses in the state (with 6,301 employing 132,647 workers). The Restaurants and other eating places industry had 28 fewer businesses, a decline of 0.4% in the last year. Offices of physicians (2.3% of businesses) had 32 fewer businesses, a decline of 1.3% and Insurance agencies and brokerages (2.2% of businesses) added 47 businesses, an increase of 1.9% round out the 3 industries with the most businesses.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change %
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Paint and wallpaper stores17212.5%
Food crops grown under cover9112.5%
Forging and stamping583.3%
Testing laboratories5361.6%
Adhesive manufacturing250.0%
Other credit intermediation activities6143.3%
Computer training735.0%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change #
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
All other miscellaneous store retailers18428.8%
Computer systems design and related services904.7%
Other credit intermediation activities6143.3%
Real estate property managers596.0%
Offices of all other health practitioners5719.9%
Offices of real estate agents and brokers534.5%
Testing laboratories5361.6%


Employees by Industry

Offices of physicians (2.3% of employees) had 32 fewer employees, a decline of 1.3% and Insurance agencies and brokerages (2.2% ofemployees) added 47 employees, an increase of 1.9% round out the 3 industries with the most employees.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change %
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Direct mail advertising499538.7%
Other publishers247527.0%
Translation and interpretation services70250.2%
Paint and wallpaper stores97221.6%
Tortilla manufacturing2797.6%
Resin and synthetic rubber manufacturing13580.4%
Other services related to advertising23868.5%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change #
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Animal slaughtering and processing2,18726.4%
General medical and surgical hospitals1,1452.3%
General warehousing and storage1,0649.3%
Management of companies and enterprises9985.2%
Electrical and wiring contractors8667.8%
Commercial building construction83010.5%
Restaurants and other eating places7910.6%


Average Weekly Wage by Industry

The industry that pays their employees the most is Investment banking and securities dealing, paying $3,533 compared with the state average of $882. Employees in the Investment banking and securities dealing industry were paid $93 more per week, an increase of 2.7% in the last year. Musical groups and artists ($3,127) and Securities brokerage ($2,473) round out the top 3 industries. Employees in the Musical groups and artists ($3,127 per week) were paid $1,381 more per week, an increase of 79.1% and Securities brokerage ($2,473 per week) were paid $319 less per week, a decline of 11.4% round out the 3 industries that pay their employees the most.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change %
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Musical groups and artists$1,38179.1%
Luggage and leather goods stores$22660.1%
Charter bus industry$24445.9%
Political organizations$30739.4%
Plywood and engineered wood product mfg.$25334.2%
Family clothing stores$11433.8%
Roofing and siding merchant wholesalers$30333.1%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change $
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Musical groups and artists$1,38179.1%
Pipeline transportation of crude oil$32020.3%
Political organizations$30739.4%
Roofing and siding merchant wholesalers$30333.1%
Commodity contracts dealing$27015.0%
Resin and synthetic rubber manufacturing$26424.4%
Plywood and engineered wood product mfg.$25334.2%


Company Size

Oklahoma Businesses by Size

The solopreneur company, has the most businesses in Oklahoma by far. 59.3% of all businesses in the state have fewer than 5 employees. The 101,002 small businesses in the state represent 95.7% of all private businesses. The national average is 92.4%. (Small businesses have fewer than 50 employees, Solopreneurs employ fewer than 5.) Oklahoma added 1,127 businesses in the last year, an increase of 1.1% as compared to the national average of 3.0%.

Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees. These small businesses added 1,014 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 1.0% 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 101 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 2.4% as compared to the national average of 1.3%.

Large businesses are defined as companies with more than 500 employees. These large businesses added 12 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 9.5% as compared to the national average of 2.1%.



Oklahoma Employees by Business Size

Oklahoma added 49,810 employees in the last year, an increase of 4.1% as compared to the national average of 5.2%. Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees. These small businesses added 7,735 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 8.3% 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 15,625 employees in the last year, which is an increase of 3.2% as compared to the national average of 4.7%.

Large businesses are defined as companies with more than 500 employees. Large businesses added 26,450 employees in the last year, which is an increase of 21.5% as compared to the national average of 9.2%.

Oklahoma Avg Weekly Wages by Business Size

Oklahoma workers in every size business are paid less than the national average. The smallest companies in Oklahoma (those with fewer than 5 employees) pay workers 12.4% less than the national average ($894 per week as compared to the national average of $1,005 per week). The largest companies in Oklahoma (those with more than 1,000 employees) pay 14.1% workers below the national average ($1,676 per week as compared to the national average of $1,913 per week).

Average weekly wages in small businesses added $94 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 $119 in wages per week in the last year, which is an increase of 4.0% as compared to the national average of 1.3%.

Employees of large businesses added $213 of weekly wages in the last year, which is an increase of 7.5% 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 places6,301-0.4%
Offices of physicians2,503-1.3%
Insurance agencies and brokerages2,4591.9%
Offices of lawyers2,442-2.0%
Wholesale trade agents and brokers2,2020.0%
Support activities for mining2,1860.5%
Accounting and bookkeeping services2,0532.6%
Computer systems design and related services1,9914.7%
Management consulting services1,9652.7%
Gasoline stations with convenience stores1,671-9.8%


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 places132,6470.6%
General medical and surgical hospitals50,9312.3%
General merchandise stores including warehouse clubs and supercenters33,747-0.9%
Support activities for mining31,585-1.3%
Temporary help services24,5231.9%
Offices of physicians24,1890.8%
Nursing care facilities skilled nursing20,4170.3%
Management of companies and enterprises20,1615.2%
Commercial banking19,349-0.1%
Supermarkets and other grocery stores18,311-3.6%


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$3,5332.7%
Musical groups and artists$3,12779.1%
Securities brokerage$2,473-11.4%
Natural gas extraction$2,353-8.0%
Crude petroleum extraction$2,218-4.1%
Petroleum refineries$2,2153.1%
Spectator sports$2,072-5.4%
Commodity contracts dealing$2,07115.0%
Druggists' goods merchant wholesalers$2,0243.2%
Credit bureaus$1,961-34.4%




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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.