Utah Q2, 2019 Employment Statistics

  • 107,456 employers, up 4.9% from 102,479
  • 1,522,514 employees, up 3.3% from 1,474,067
  • $936 average weekly wage, up 4.1% from $899
  • The average weekly wage is 14.5% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 1.6% below the national average

Employer & Employee Growth

In the last year, the number of employers in the state increased by 4,977, which is an increase of 4.9%. The number of employees in Utah increased by 48,447, an increase of 3.3%. During this same period, the average weekly wage increased by $37, an increase of 4.1%.

The number of private employers increased since last years' Q1. The number of private businesses increased by 4,962 or 5.0%. Growth in private businesses in Utah grew faster than the national average of 2.9%. The number of employees in these businesses increased since last years' Q1, increasing by 42,279 or 3.4%. The growth in employees of private businesses in Utah 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 $39 or 4.4%. Growth in average weekly wage of employees of private businesses in Utah 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 15.7% of the businesses in the state. The number of businesses in this sector increased by 7.4%. Construction (11.3%), which increased by 6.0% and Healthcare (10.2%), which increased by 4.6%, round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Business Change %
SectorChange Biz% Change
Information31613.0%
Company management869.9%
Professional services1,1667.4%
Agriculture and forestry296.6%
Construction6906.0%
Educational services996.0%
Waste services3525.8%
Arts and entertainment745.6%
Manufacturing2395.5%
Real estate and rental2594.7%
Healthcare4824.6%
Retail trade4404.3%
Transport and warehousing993.7%
Mining and oil extraction162.9%
Other services1642.6%
Utilities62.6%
Accommodation and food services1312.2%
Finance and insurance1312.2%
Wholesale trade781.3%


Employees by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of employees in the state is Retail trade with 11.3% of the employees in the state, had an increase in employees of 1.3% in the last year. Healthcare (10.2%), increased by 3.0% and Manufacturing (8.9%), increased by 3.7%, round out the top 3 sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Employee Change %
SectorEmployee Change% Change
Real estate and rental1,3346.5%
Educational services2,1076.2%
Transport and warehousing3,2715.9%
Information1,8915.2%
Arts and entertainment1,2415.1%
Professional services5,2205.0%
Construction4,4934.3%
Manufacturing4,7763.7%
Accommodation and food services4,5373.7%
Company management5753.2%
Waste services2,8063.0%
Healthcare4,5373.0%
Other services9892.8%
Wholesale trade1,1002.2%
Finance and insurance9281.4%
Agriculture and forestry821.4%
Retail trade2,2681.3%
Mining and oil extraction-26-0.2%
Utilities-19-0.5%


Average Weekly Wage by Sector

The sector that pays their employees the highest is Utilities paying $1,832per week compared with the state average of $934. Weekly wages in this sector rose by $30 or 1.7%. Company management ($1,658), declined by $67 or 3.9% and Information ($1,520) increased by $77 or 5.3% round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Weekly Wage Change %
SectorWage ChangeChange %
Retail trade$558.6%
Professional services$1098.3%
Waste services$426.1%
Arts and entertainment$316.0%
Information$775.3%
Other services$284.2%
Accommodation and food services$144.0%
Agriculture and forestry$243.8%
Transport and warehousing$353.7%
Finance and insurance$463.5%
Educational services$273.4%
Healthcare$232.9%
Real estate and rental$252.8%
Wholesale trade$352.8%
Construction$262.7%
Manufacturing$232.2%
Mining and oil extraction$271.9%
Utilities$301.7%
Company management$-67-3.9%


Leading Industries

Businesses by Industry

Each broad sector is made up of specific industries. In Utah. the industry with the most businesses is Restaurants and other eating places with 4.4% of the businesses in the state (with 4,757 employing 98,492 workers). The Restaurants and other eating places industry had 78 more businesses, an increase of 1.7% in the last year. Management consulting services (3.8% of businesses) added 359 businesses, an increase of 9.8% and Computer systems design and related services (3.2% of businesses) added 244 businesses, an increase of 7.6% round out the 3 industries with the most businesses.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change %
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Explosives manufacturing2200.0%
Telephone apparatus manufacturing5166.7%
Petroleum refineries9112.5%
Other metal ore mining375.0%
Support activities for forestry466.7%
Magnetic media manufacturing and reproducing1155.0%
Family planning centers853.3%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change #
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Management consulting services3599.8%
Computer systems design and related services2447.6%
Services for the elderly and disabled22910.0%
Other direct selling establishments22821.9%
Residential building construction2138.5%
Software publishers16526.8%
Accounting and bookkeeping services1277.3%


Employees by Industry

Management consulting services (3.8% of employees) added 359 employees, an increase of 9.8% and Computer systems design and related services (3.2% ofemployees) added 244 employees, an increase of 7.6% round out the 3 industries with the most employees.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change %
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Local messengers and local delivery2,301268.8%
All other crop farming95161.9%
Other financial vehicles70158.0%
Family planning centers45126.3%
Emergency and other relief services25595.9%
Postproduction and other related industries11979.4%
Pipeline transportation of crude oil363.3%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change #
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Restaurants and other eating places2,9633.1%
Local messengers and local delivery2,301268.8%
General medical and surgical hospitals1,8145.6%
Computer systems design and related services1,5825.9%
Office administrative services1,46333.2%
Software publishers1,29512.2%
General merchandise stores including warehouse clubs and supercenters1,2055.1%


Average Weekly Wage by Industry

The industry that pays their employees the most is Media buying agencies, paying $6,949 compared with the state average of $934. Employees in the Media buying agencies industry were paid $5,827 more per week, an increase of 519.3% in the last year. Portfolio management ($3,283) and Spectator sports ($3,202) round out the top 3 industries. Employees in the Portfolio management ($3,283 per week) were paid $1,329 more per week, an increase of 68.0% and Spectator sports ($3,202 per week) were paid $538 more per week, an increase of 20.2% round out the 3 industries that pay their employees the most.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change %
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Media buying agencies$5,827519.3%
Marketing research and public opinion polling$1,297103.7%
Satellite telecommunications$45180.2%
News syndicates$69375.6%
All other crop farming$35069.9%
Portfolio management$1,32968.0%
Used merchandise stores$23562.0%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change $
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Media buying agencies$5,827519.3%
Portfolio management$1,32968.0%
Marketing research and public opinion polling$1,297103.7%
News syndicates$69375.6%
Spectator sports$53820.2%
Footwear merchant wholesalers$53448.7%
Other technical consulting services$52236.0%


Company Size

Utah Businesses by Size

The solopreneur company, has the most businesses in Utah by far. 62.3% of all businesses in the state have fewer than 5 employees. The 97,599 small businesses in the state represent 95.8% of all private businesses. The national average is 92.4%. (Small businesses have fewer than 50 employees, Solopreneurs employ fewer than 5.) Utah added 5,256 businesses in the last year, an increase of 5.4% as compared to the national average of 3.0%.

Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees. These small businesses added 5,100 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 5.5% 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 153 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 3.8% 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 1.6% as compared to the national average of 2.1%.



Utah Employees by Business Size

Utah added 122,551 employees in the last year, an increase of 10.8% as compared to the national average of 5.2%. Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees. These small businesses added 47,454 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 94.6% 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 57,573 employees in the last year, which is an increase of 13.7% as compared to the national average of 4.7%.

Large businesses are defined as companies with more than 500 employees. Large businesses added 17,524 employees in the last year, which is an increase of 9.3% as compared to the national average of 9.2%.

Utah Avg Weekly Wages by Business Size

The smallest companies in Utah (those with fewer than 5 employees) pay workers 3.5% more than the national average ($1,041 per week as compared to the national average of $1,005 per week). The largest companies in Utah (those with more than 1,000 employees) pay 35.9% workers below the national average ($1,408 per week as compared to the national average of $1,913 per week).

Average weekly wages in small businesses added $115 per week in the last year, which is an increase of 3.5% as compared to the national average of 3.1%. Employees of mid-sized businesses added $47 in wages per week in the last year, which is an increase of 1.5% as compared to the national average of 1.3%.

Employees of large businesses added $112 of weekly wages in the last year, which is an increase of 4.4% as compared to the national average of 2.1%.



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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.