Wyoming Q2, 2019 Employment Statistics

  • 26,915 employers, up 2.3% from 26,319
  • 278,852 employees, up 1.9% from 273,778
  • $932 average weekly wage, up 3.4% from $901
  • The average weekly wage is 14.9% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 10.7% below the national average

Employer & Employee Growth

In the last year, the number of employers in the state increased by 596, which is an increase of 2.3%. The number of employees in Wyoming increased by 5,074, an increase of 1.9%. During this same period, the average weekly wage increased by $31, an increase of 3.4%.

The number of private employers increased since last years' Q1. The number of private businesses increased by 607 or 2.4%. Growth in private businesses in Wyoming grew slower than the national average of 2.9%. The number of employees in these businesses increased since last years' Q1, increasing by 4,747 or 2.3%. The growth in employees of private businesses in Wyoming 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 $38 or 4.3%. Growth in average weekly wage of employees of private businesses in Wyoming 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 Construction with 12.9% of the businesses in the state. The number of businesses in this sector increased by 3.3%. Healthcare (11.5%), which decreased by 0.4% and Professional services (11.0%), which increased by 5.8%, round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Business Change %
SectorChange Biz% Change
Company management1610.9%
Information287.1%
Educational services186.9%
Professional services1625.8%
Mining and oil extraction495.3%
Finance and insurance514.5%
Transport and warehousing444.3%
Waste services684.3%
Arts and entertainment153.5%
Manufacturing213.5%
Construction1113.3%
Real estate and rental141.2%
Wholesale trade60.5%
Other services-1-0.1%
Accommodation and food services-4-0.2%
Healthcare-11-0.4%
Agriculture and forestry-3-0.6%
Retail trade-24-1.0%
Utilities-4-3.0%


Employees by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of employees in the state is Accommodation and food services with 12.0% of the employees in the state, had an increase in employees of 0.9% in the last year. Retail trade (10.4%), decreased by 1.5% and Healthcare (9.2%), increased by 0.6%, round out the top 3 sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Employee Change %
SectorEmployee Change% Change
Construction3,01415.0%
Professional services7618.3%
Manufacturing4514.8%
Transport and warehousing4074.2%
Educational services624.0%
Wholesale trade2392.9%
Mining and oil extraction4402.2%
Accommodation and food services2920.9%
Healthcare1500.6%
Finance and insurance140.2%
Real estate and rental-4-0.1%
Agriculture and forestry-10-0.3%
Arts and entertainment-25-0.7%
Company management-10-1.1%
Retail trade-457-1.5%
Waste services-179-2.1%
Other services-162-2.2%
Utilities-91-3.6%
Information-195-5.4%


Average Weekly Wage by Sector

The sector that pays their employees the highest is Company management paying $1,980per week compared with the state average of $913. Weekly wages in this sector rose by $115 or 6.2%. Utilities ($1,873), rose by $44 or 2.4% and Mining and oil extraction ($1,705) increased by $26 or 1.5% round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Weekly Wage Change %
SectorWage ChangeChange %
Construction$727.3%
Other services$476.8%
Arts and entertainment$276.8%
Company management$1156.2%
Wholesale trade$635.4%
Information$445.0%
Transport and warehousing$495.0%
Real estate and rental$424.7%
Accommodation and food services$174.6%
Educational services$284.5%
Professional services$464.0%
Manufacturing$413.3%
Retail trade$173.1%
Waste services$203.0%
Utilities$442.4%
Healthcare$192.3%
Finance and insurance$181.6%
Mining and oil extraction$261.5%
Agriculture and forestry$-9-1.4%


Leading Industries

Businesses by Industry

Each broad sector is made up of specific industries. In Wyoming. the industry with the most businesses is Services for the elderly and disabled with 4.6% of the businesses in the state (with 1,238 employing 3,144 workers). The Services for the elderly and disabled industry had 12 fewer businesses, a decline of 1.0% in the last year. Restaurants and other eating places (3.8% of businesses) added 5 businesses, an increase of 0.5% and Support activities for mining (2.7% of businesses) added 57 businesses, an increase of 8.5% round out the 3 industries with the most businesses.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change %
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Software publishers1568.2%
Fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers150.0%
Corn farming150.0%
Mortgage and nonmortgage loan brokers746.7%
All other chemical preparation manufacturing240.0%
Other plastics product manufacturing240.0%
Facilities support services538.5%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change #
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Support activities for mining578.5%
Computer systems design and related services4311.1%
Temporary help services3610.8%
Engineering services3213.4%
Residential building construction304.4%
Accounting and bookkeeping services277.3%
Other specialized trucking local216.0%


Employees by Industry

Restaurants and other eating places (3.8% of employees) added 5 employees, an increase of 0.5% and Support activities for mining (2.7% ofemployees) added 57 employees, an increase of 8.5% round out the 3 industries with the most employees.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change %
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Geophysical surveying and mapping services40162.1%
Coating engraving and heat treating metals1999.1%
Electrical equipment manufacturing9582.4%
Oil and gas pipeline construction1,67376.6%
All other professional and technical services17564.6%
Software publishers1351.8%
Wine and spirit merchant wholesalers351.1%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change #
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Oil and gas pipeline construction1,67376.6%
Support activities for mining6907.5%
Electrical and wiring contractors34216.5%
Power and communication system construction31238.1%
Hotels and motels except casino hotels2632.6%
Other specialized trucking local22311.4%
Services for the elderly and disabled1806.1%


Average Weekly Wage by Industry

The industry that pays their employees the most is Agents and managers for public figures, paying $10,103 compared with the state average of $913. Employees in the Agents and managers for public figures industry were paid $2,726 more per week, an increase of 37.0% in the last year. Other financial vehicles ($2,634) and Securities brokerage ($2,595) round out the top 3 industries. Employees in the Other financial vehicles ($2,634 per week) were paid $953 less per week, a decline of 26.6% and Securities brokerage ($2,595 per week) were paid $259 less per week, a decline of 9.1% round out the 3 industries that pay their employees the most.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change %
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Wineries$8989.9%
Ophthalmic goods merchant wholesalers$32785.8%
Internet publishing and web search portals$1,11985.0%
Other professional equip. merchant wholesaler$89181.5%
Other nondurable goods merchant wholesalers$44758.6%
Art dealers$32941.8%
Other services related to advertising$8040.2%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change $
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Agents and managers for public figures$2,72637.0%
Internet publishing and web search portals$1,11985.0%
Other professional equip. merchant wholesaler$89181.5%
Miscellaneous intermediation$61635.3%
Other nondurable goods merchant wholesalers$44758.6%
Art dealers$32941.8%
Ophthalmic goods merchant wholesalers$32785.8%


Company Size

Wyoming Businesses by Size

The solopreneur company, has the most businesses in Wyoming by far. 63.9% of all businesses in the state have fewer than 5 employees. The 24,666 small businesses in the state represent 97.7% of all private businesses. The national average is 92.4%. (Small businesses have fewer than 50 employees, Solopreneurs employ fewer than 5.) Wyoming added 573 businesses in the last year, an increase of 2.3% as compared to the national average of 3.0%.

Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees. These small businesses added 534 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 2.2% 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 38 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 7.1% as compared to the national average of 1.3%.

Large businesses are defined as companies with more than 500 employees. These large businesses added 1 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 7.7% as compared to the national average of 2.1%.



Wyoming Employees by Business Size

Wyoming added 14,134 employees in the last year, an increase of 8.0% as compared to the national average of 5.2%. Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees. These small businesses added 5,056 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 25.8% 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 9,078 employees in the last year, which is an increase of 18.7% as compared to the national average of 4.7%.

Large businesses are defined as companies with more than 500 employees. Large businesses added 0 employees in the last year, which is an increase of nan% as compared to the national average of 9.2%.

Wyoming Avg Weekly Wages by Business Size

Wyoming workers in every size business are paid less than the national average. The smallest companies in Wyoming (those with fewer than 5 employees) pay workers 3.4% less than the national average ($972 per week as compared to the national average of $1,005 per week). The largest companies in Wyoming (those with more than 1,000 employees) pay 0.0% workers below the national average ($0 per week as compared to the national average of $1,913 per week).

Average weekly wages in small businesses added $137 per week in the last year, which is an increase of 4.2% as compared to the national average of 3.1%. Employees of mid-sized businesses added $202 in wages per week in the last year, which is an increase of 6.3% as compared to the national average of 1.3%.

Employees of large businesses added $0 of weekly wages in the last year, which is an increase of nan% 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
Services for the elderly and disabled1,238-1.0%
Restaurants and other eating places1,0260.5%
Support activities for mining7268.5%
Residential building construction7194.4%
Offices of lawyers4782.8%
Computer systems design and related services43111.1%
Hotels and motels except casino hotels425-0.9%
Accounting and bookkeeping services3997.3%
Other specialized trucking local3706.0%
Temporary help services37010.8%


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 places18,4000.2%
Hotels and motels except casino hotels11,0792.6%
Support activities for mining9,8947.5%
Coal mining5,237-3.1%
General merchandise stores including warehouse clubs and supercenters4,537-3.6%
Supermarkets and other grocery stores3,974-0.1%
Oil and gas pipeline construction3,85276.6%
Services for the elderly and disabled3,1446.1%
Offices of physicians3,099-0.4%
Gasoline stations with convenience stores2,9292.2%


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

Table: Top 10 Industries by Weekly Wage
IndustryWkly Wages% Change
Agents and managers for public figures$10,10337.0%
Other financial vehicles$2,634-26.6%
Securities brokerage$2,595-9.1%
Internet publishing and web search portals$2,43585.0%
Miscellaneous intermediation$2,36335.3%
Natural gas extraction$2,24712.5%
Other nonmetallic mineral mining$2,200-0.9%
Medical equipment merchant wholesalers$2,1745.7%
Electric power generation$2,1043.4%
Other metal ore mining$2,102-15.6%




Data Sources




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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.