Delaware Employment Statistics

  • 33,072 employers
  • 447,106 employees
  • $1,093 average weekly wage
  • The average weekly wage is 0.7% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 6.0% above the national average

Types of Employers (Private Sector vs Government Agency)

As an employer in Delaware, you are most likely to be running a private company rather than a government agency. 98.2% of employers run private companies in the state, BIGGER1.2% greater than the national average of 97.0. The remaining 1.8% of employers are government agencies: 0.6% work in a federal agency, 0.3% work for the state and 0.9% work for local government. The chart below illustrates the breakout of employers by type.
86.0% of employees work for a private company, this is 0.7% greater than the national average of 85.2%. Local government agencies employ 6.1% of the workers in the state, state government agencies employ 6.7% of the workers and the federal government employs 1.3%. The percentage of employees working for a government agency (14.0%) is 0.7% lower than the national average. The chart below illustrates the breakout of employees by type of employer.
The average weekly wage in Delaware is $1,093 per week, which is 0.7% greater than the national average of $1,101 per week. Delaware workers that are employed by private businesses earn $1,091 per week, 0.8% lower than the national average for private company employees. Employees of federal government agencies in Delaware earn $1,426 per week, a premium of 30.7% compared to what employees of private companies earn. The chart below illustrates the average weekly by type of employer.


Leading Sectors

Businesses by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of businesses in the state is Professional services with 15.2% of the businesses in the state. Healthcare (14.0%) and Retail trade (10.7%) round out the top 3 sectors.
Table: Sectors by # of Businesses
Sector# Businesses% of Bus.
Professional services5,03015.2%
Healthcare4,64514.0%
Retail trade3,54210.7%
Construction2,8648.7%
Waste services2,6748.1%
Wholesale trade2,4267.3%
Accommodation and food services2,2056.7%
Other services2,0516.2%
Finance and insurance1,8025.4%
Company management1,2353.7%
Real estate and rental1,0513.2%
Transport and warehousing8262.5%
Manufacturing6592.0%
Information4301.3%
Arts and entertainment4251.3%
Educational services3981.2%
Agriculture and forestry1700.5%
Utilities450.1%
Mining and oil extraction60.0%


Employees by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of employees in the state is Healthcare with 15.8% of the employees in the state. Retail trade (11.9%) and Accommodation and food services (9.5%) round out the top 3 sectors.
Table: Sectors by # of Employees
Sector# Employees% of Emp'
Healthcare70,67315.8%
Retail trade53,15411.9%
Accommodation and food services42,5529.5%
Finance and insurance42,0149.4%
Waste services28,9776.5%
Manufacturing27,0726.1%
Professional services26,9756.0%
Construction22,1765.0%
Transport and warehousing13,2613.0%
Other services11,9272.7%
Wholesale trade10,7452.4%
Arts and entertainment9,1842.1%
Company management7,6401.7%
Real estate and rental5,4071.2%
Educational services4,8901.1%
Information4,0630.9%
Utilities2,1220.5%
Mining and oil extraction00.0%
Agriculture and forestry00.0%


Average Weekly Wage by Sector

The sector that pays their employees the highest is Company management paying $2,940per week compared with the state average of $1,091. Utilities ($2,201) and Professional services ($1,946) round out the top 3 sectors.
Table: Wages by Sector
SectorWkly Wagevs St Avg.
Company management$2,940269.5%
Utilities$2,201201.7%
Professional services$1,946178.4%
Finance and insurance$1,944178.2%
Wholesale trade$1,429131.0%
Information$1,264115.9%
Manufacturing$1,234113.1%
Construction$1,150105.4%
Healthcare$1,04495.7%
Real estate and rental$1,00592.1%
Transport and warehousing$90583.0%
Educational services$88881.4%
Waste services$80874.1%
Other services$65960.4%
Retail trade$56952.2%
Arts and entertainment$45541.7%
Accommodation and food services$37934.7%
Mining and oil extraction$00.0%
Agriculture and forestry$00.0%


Leading Industries

Businesses by Industry

Each broad sector is made up of specific industries. In Delaware. the industry with the most businesses is Services for the elderly and disabled with 7.1% of the businesses in the state (with 2,363 employing 4,641 workers). Computer systems design and related services (5.6%) and Restaurants and other eating places (5.5%) round out the top 3 industries. The Top 10 Industries in the state are:
Industry# BusinessesEmp/Biz
Services for the elderly and disabled2,3632.0
Computer systems design and related services1,8683.0
Restaurants and other eating places1,81119.3
Management of companies and enterprises1,2356.2
Management consulting services8273.6
Residential building construction7024.0
Temporary help services66314.2
Offices of physicians65911.6
Wholesale trade agents and brokers5322.4
Accounting and bookkeeping services4824.8


Employees by Industry

The industry with the greatest number of employees in the state is Restaurants and other eating places with 7.8% of the businesses in the state. The industry employs 34,902 in 1,811 businesses, there are 19.3 employees on average in each of these businesses. General medical and surgical hospitals (5.2%) and Credit card issuing (3.2%) round out the top 3 industries.
Table: Industries by # of Employees
Industry# EmpEmp/Biz
Restaurants and other eating places34,90219.3
General medical and surgical hospitals23,3062,118.7
Credit card issuing14,222374.3
Temporary help services9,40614.2
Animal slaughtering and processing8,564658.8
Offices of physicians7,66611.6
Management of companies and enterprises7,6406.2
Supermarkets and other grocery stores7,09345.2
General merchandise stores including warehouse clubs and supercenters6,36239.8
Commercial banking6,19628.4


Average Weekly Wage by Industry

The industry that pays their employees the most is Credit bureaus, paying $3,566 compared with the state average of $1,091. Reinsurance carriers ($3,343) and Research and development in the physical engineering and life sciences ($3,044) round out the top 3 industries.
Table: Wages by Industry
IndustryWkly Wage% of Avg
Credit bureaus$3,566326.9
Reinsurance carriers$3,343306.4
Research and development in the physical engineering and life sciences$3,044279.0
Management of companies and enterprises$2,940269.5
Offices of lawyers$2,806257.2
Professional employer organizations$2,690246.6
Investment banking and securities dealing$2,668244.5
Securities brokerage$2,556234.3
Electric power generation$2,424222.2
Electric power transmission and distribution$2,378218.0


Company Size

Delaware Businesses by Size

The solopreneur company, has the most businesses in Delaware by far. 67.2% of all businesses in the state have fewer than 5 employees. The 30,340 small businesses in the state represent 95.9% of all private businesses. The national average is 92.6%. (Small businesses have fewer than 50 employees, Solopreneurs employ fewer than 5.) The pie chart below illustrates the ratio of business sizes.

Delaware Employees by Business Size

The largest companies in the state represent 176.7% of all employees, which is 38.2% higher than the national average of 138.4%. Smallest companies also employ a lower percentage of the states workforce than the largest companies. The solopreneur (those that employ fewer than 5) companies employ 84.8% of all workers, which is 6.7% lower than the national average of 91.5%. All small companies, those employing fewer than 50 people, represent 487.2% of the labor force in the state, 62.8% less than the national average of 550.0%.

Delaware Avg Weekly Wages by Business Size

The smallest companies in Delaware (those with fewer than 5 employees) pay workers 13.0% more than the national average ($1,121 per week as compared to the national average of $975 per week). The largest companies in Delaware (those with more than 1,000 employees) pay 14.8% workers below the national average ($1,639 per week as compared to the national average of $1,882 per week).



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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.