Texas Q2, 2019 Employment Statistics

  • 707,750 employers, up 2.4% from 690,884
  • 12,550,645 employees, up 2.2% from 12,284,928
  • $1,102 average weekly wage, up 3.8% from $1,062
  • The average weekly wage is 0.6% above the national average
  • The cost of living is 8.5% below the national average

Employer & Employee Growth

In the last year, the number of employers in the state increased by 16,866, which is an increase of 2.4%. The number of employees in Texas increased by 265,717, an increase of 2.2%. During this same period, the average weekly wage increased by $40, an increase of 3.8%.

The number of private employers increased since last years' Q1. The number of private businesses increased by 16,925 or 2.5%. Growth in private businesses in Texas grew slower than the national average of 2.9%. The number of employees in these businesses increased since last years' Q1, increasing by 255,863 or 2.4%. The growth in employees of private businesses in Texas 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 $42 or 3.9%. Growth in average weekly wage of employees of private businesses in Texas grew faster 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 13.5% of the businesses in the state. The number of businesses in this sector increased by 4.1%. Healthcare (12.0%), which increased by 3.1% and Retail trade (11.1%), which increased by 1.1%, round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Business Change %
SectorChange Biz% Change
Information7327.5%
Company management2326.9%
Transport and warehousing1,1745.7%
Arts and entertainment4345.5%
Educational services3604.6%
Professional services3,7754.1%
Real estate and rental1,1193.5%
Healthcare2,5843.1%
Manufacturing7473.0%
Accommodation and food services1,5882.9%
Construction1,4412.8%
Finance and insurance1,0442.6%
Utilities412.1%
Waste services7932.1%
Mining and oil extraction1411.5%
Retail trade8231.1%
Other services5551.0%
Wholesale trade3990.9%
Agriculture and forestry230.2%


Employees by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of employees in the state is Healthcare with 11.9% of the employees in the state, had an increase in employees of 2.3% in the last year. Retail trade (10.4%), decreased by 0.9% and Accommodation and food services (10.0%), increased by 2.6%, round out the top 3 sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Employee Change %
SectorEmployee Change% Change
Professional services41,1015.3%
Educational services8,5395.1%
Construction32,8354.5%
Mining and oil extraction9,7314.1%
Company management5,4033.8%
Transport and warehousing17,8503.7%
Manufacturing30,3253.5%
Real estate and rental6,9803.1%
Arts and entertainment4,3832.9%
Other services8,8992.6%
Accommodation and food services31,8542.6%
Finance and insurance13,0892.5%
Information5,0412.4%
Wholesale trade13,7292.3%
Healthcare33,2082.3%
Utilities1,0332.0%
Waste services7,5510.9%
Agriculture and forestry3750.7%
Retail trade-11,143-0.9%


Average Weekly Wage by Sector

The sector that pays their employees the highest is Company management paying $2,320per week compared with the state average of $1,115. Weekly wages in this sector rose by $63 or 2.8%. Mining and oil extraction ($2,284), rose by $46 or 2.1% and Utilities ($2,101) increased by $71 or 3.5% round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Weekly Wage Change %
SectorWage ChangeChange %
Agriculture and forestry$436.2%
Information$895.8%
Other services$364.8%
Waste services$384.6%
Real estate and rental$504.3%
Finance and insurance$674.2%
Professional services$663.9%
Utilities$713.5%
Retail trade$223.5%
Transport and warehousing$383.4%
Arts and entertainment$213.3%
Construction$383.1%
Wholesale trade$463.0%
Company management$632.8%
Accommodation and food services$112.8%
Manufacturing$402.8%
Healthcare$242.6%
Mining and oil extraction$462.1%
Educational services$192.0%


Leading Industries

Businesses by Industry

Each broad sector is made up of specific industries. In Texas. the industry with the most businesses is Restaurants and other eating places with 6.3% of the businesses in the state (with 44,292 employing 1,028,945 workers). The Restaurants and other eating places industry had 1,151 more businesses, an increase of 2.7% in the last year. Computer systems design and related services (3.2% of businesses) added 1,370 businesses, an increase of 6.4% and Offices of physicians (3.0% of businesses) added 286 businesses, an increase of 1.3% round out the 3 industries with the most businesses.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change %
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Tobacco manufacturing4100.0%
Pipeline transportation of crude oil9454.3%
Casinos except casino hotels240.0%
Other insurance funds440.0%
Pension funds1136.7%
Coal mining1035.7%
Securities and commodity exchanges433.3%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change #
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Computer systems design and related services1,3706.4%
Restaurants and other eating places1,1512.7%
Services for the elderly and disabled8835.4%
Management consulting services7504.5%
General freight trucking long-distance63115.8%
Offices of real estate agents and brokers5797.4%
General merchandise stores including warehouse clubs and supercenters4179.9%


Employees by Industry

Computer systems design and related services (3.2% of employees) added 1,370 employees, an increase of 6.4% and Offices of physicians (3.0% ofemployees) added 286 employees, an increase of 1.3% round out the 3 industries with the most employees.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change %
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Trusts estates and agency accounts7050.5%
Textile and fabric finishing mills9949.5%
All other food manufacturing1,07447.4%
Artificial fibers and filaments manufacturing3446.3%
Support activities for forestry8136.9%
Internet publishing and web search portals2,75236.7%
Open-end investment funds5934.4%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change #
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Restaurants and other eating places21,6702.2%
Computer systems design and related services12,4286.7%
Oil and gas pipeline construction10,76221.6%
Engineering services7,9378.1%
Support activities for mining7,6765.0%
Management consulting services7,0945.8%
Commercial banking6,5525.5%


Average Weekly Wage by Industry

The industry that pays their employees the most is Investment banking and securities dealing, paying $3,879 compared with the state average of $1,115. The Investment banking and securities dealing industry paid their employees $86 less per week, a decline of 2.2% in the last year. Securities and commodity exchanges ($3,669) and Other financial vehicles ($3,666) round out the top 3 industries. Employees in the Securities and commodity exchanges ($3,669 per week) were paid $784 more per week, an increase of 27.2% and Other financial vehicles ($3,666 per week) were paid $479 less per week, a decline of 11.6% round out the 3 industries that pay their employees the most.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change %
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Other electrical equipment and component mfg.$1,08684.1%
Trusts estates and agency accounts$61947.8%
Carpet and rug mills$36547.2%
Credit card issuing$56741.8%
All other personal services$30134.4%
Junior colleges$28533.8%
Wineries$13727.7%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change $
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Other electrical equipment and component mfg.$1,08684.1%
Securities and commodity exchanges$78427.2%
Trusts estates and agency accounts$61947.8%
Credit card issuing$56741.8%
Magnetic media manufacturing and reproducing$46516.0%
Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing$42826.1%
Telephone apparatus manufacturing$40812.7%


Company Size

Texas Businesses by Size

The solopreneur company, has the most businesses in Texas by far. 56.7% of all businesses in the state have fewer than 5 employees. The 650,343 small businesses in the state represent 94.5% of all private businesses. The national average is 92.4%. (Small businesses have fewer than 50 employees, Solopreneurs employ fewer than 5.) Texas added 16,313 businesses in the last year, an increase of 2.4% as compared to the national average of 3.0%.

Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees. These small businesses added 15,194 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 2.4% 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 1,044 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 2.9% as compared to the national average of 1.3%.

Large businesses are defined as companies with more than 500 employees. These large businesses added 75 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 4.8% as compared to the national average of 2.1%.



Texas Employees by Business Size

Texas added 846,786 employees in the last year, an increase of 8.8% as compared to the national average of 5.2%. Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees. These small businesses added 248,982 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 62.0% 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 338,087 employees in the last year, which is an increase of 8.5% as compared to the national average of 4.7%.

Large businesses are defined as companies with more than 500 employees. Large businesses added 259,717 employees in the last year, which is an increase of 16.6% as compared to the national average of 9.2%.

Texas Avg Weekly Wages by Business Size

The smallest companies in Texas (those with fewer than 5 employees) pay workers 6.4% more than the national average ($1,074 per week as compared to the national average of $1,005 per week). The largest companies in Texas (those with more than 1,000 employees) pay 0.3% workers above the national average ($1,918 per week as compared to the national average of $1,913 per week).

Average weekly wages in small businesses added $131 per week in the last year, which is an increase of 3.4% as compared to the national average of 3.1%. Employees of mid-sized businesses added $96 in wages per week in the last year, which is an increase of 2.6% as compared to the national average of 1.3%.

Employees of large businesses added $91 of weekly wages in the last year, which is an increase of 2.6% 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 places44,2922.7%
Computer systems design and related services22,7976.4%
Offices of physicians21,5161.3%
Private households18,609-2.0%
Management consulting services17,4894.5%
Services for the elderly and disabled17,2575.4%
Offices of lawyers14,0101.9%
Insurance agencies and brokerages12,8472.2%
Accounting and bookkeeping services11,7601.4%
Offices of dentists11,2152.7%


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 places1,028,9452.2%
General medical and surgical hospitals301,2220.9%
Home health care services265,0110.2%
Temporary help services239,636-2.2%
Offices of physicians231,1122.8%
Supermarkets and other grocery stores202,5302.1%
Computer systems design and related services197,8586.7%
General merchandise stores including warehouse clubs and supercenters173,927-2.4%
Support activities for mining161,8095.0%
Management of companies and enterprises146,8343.8%


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$3,879-2.2%
Securities and commodity exchanges$3,66927.2%
Other financial vehicles$3,666-11.6%
Telephone apparatus manufacturing$3,62312.7%
Crude petroleum extraction$3,4922.0%
Magnetic media manufacturing and reproducing$3,37316.0%
Commodity contracts brokerage$3,151-7.1%
Commodity contracts dealing$3,11311.6%
Spectator sports$3,0320.7%
Portfolio management$2,8649.5%




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.