Georgia Employment Statistics

  • 279,108 employers
  • 4,430,043 employees
  • $1,030 average weekly wage
  • The average weekly wage is 6.4% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 8.8% below the national average

Types of Employers (Private Sector vs Government Agency)

As an employer in Georgia, you are most likely to be running a private company rather than a government agency. 97.1% of employers run private companies in the state, BIGGER0.0% greater than the national average of 97.0. The remaining 2.9% of employers are government agencies: 0.6% work in a federal agency, 1.0% work for the state and 1.4% work for local government. The chart below illustrates the breakout of employers by type.
85.3% of employees work for a private company, this is 0.0% greater than the national average of 85.2%. Local government agencies employ 9.2% of the workers in the state, state government agencies employ 3.3% of the workers and the federal government employs 2.3%. The percentage of employees working for a government agency (14.7%) is 0.0% lower than the national average. The chart below illustrates the breakout of employees by type of employer.
The average weekly wage in Georgia is $1,030 per week, which is 6.4% greater than the national average of $1,101 per week. Georgia workers that are employed by private businesses earn $1,043 per week, 5.2% lower than the national average for private company employees. Employees of federal government agencies in Georgia earn $1,515 per week, a premium of 45.3% 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 13.1% of the businesses in the state. Retail trade (11.6%) and Healthcare (9.2%) round out the top 3 sectors.
Table: Sectors by # of Businesses
Sector# Businesses% of Bus.
Professional services36,47113.1%
Retail trade32,34811.6%
Healthcare25,6019.2%
Wholesale trade20,9457.5%
Accommodation and food services20,6287.4%
Construction20,5187.4%
Unclassified20,0237.2%
Other services17,9966.4%
Waste services16,6196.0%
Finance and insurance14,5475.2%
Real estate and rental11,6164.2%
Manufacturing9,8853.5%
Transport and warehousing7,1312.6%
Information5,1031.8%
Arts and entertainment3,5861.3%
Educational services3,3011.2%
Agriculture and forestry2,3980.9%
Company management1,5130.5%
Utilities4520.2%
Mining and oil extraction2290.1%


Employees by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of employees in the state is Retail trade with 11.1% of the employees in the state. Healthcare (11.0%) and Accommodation and food services (9.8%) round out the top 3 sectors.
Table: Sectors by # of Employees
Sector# Employees% of Emp'
Retail trade493,63811.1%
Healthcare487,42511.0%
Accommodation and food services433,8769.8%
Manufacturing406,8779.2%
Waste services338,2577.6%
Professional services275,8766.2%
Wholesale trade214,6624.8%
Transport and warehousing206,6774.7%
Construction195,1414.4%
Finance and insurance168,9063.8%
Information113,9432.6%
Other services108,5532.5%
Educational services74,7281.7%
Company management73,4231.7%
Real estate and rental68,9021.6%
Arts and entertainment53,6901.2%
Agriculture and forestry24,1830.5%
Utilities19,0400.4%
Unclassified14,7140.3%
Mining and oil extraction5,2240.1%


Average Weekly Wage by Sector

The sector that pays their employees the highest is Company management paying $2,284per week compared with the state average of $1,043. Utilities ($1,936) and Information ($1,862) round out the top 3 sectors.
Table: Wages by Sector
SectorWkly Wagevs St Avg.
Company management$2,284219.0%
Utilities$1,936185.6%
Information$1,862178.5%
Finance and insurance$1,813173.8%
Professional services$1,677160.8%
Wholesale trade$1,475141.4%
Mining and oil extraction$1,345129.0%
Unclassified$1,276122.3%
Construction$1,174112.6%
Real estate and rental$1,172112.4%
Transport and warehousing$1,152110.5%
Manufacturing$1,140109.3%
Educational services$1,03699.3%
Healthcare$1,00095.9%
Waste services$75572.4%
Other services$70067.1%
Agriculture and forestry$69266.3%
Arts and entertainment$67464.6%
Retail trade$59857.3%
Accommodation and food services$36234.7%


Leading Industries

Businesses by Industry

Each broad sector is made up of specific industries. In Georgia. the industry with the most businesses is Unclassified with 7.2% of the businesses in the state (with 20,023 employing 14,714 workers). Restaurants and other eating places (6.1%) and Wholesale trade agents and brokers (3.6%) round out the top 3 industries. The Top 10 Industries in the state are:
Industry# BusinessesEmp/Biz
Unclassified20,0230.7
Restaurants and other eating places16,99821.3
Wholesale trade agents and brokers10,0263.6
Computer systems design and related services8,9328.0
Offices of physicians7,11512.7
Management consulting services6,5466.2
Offices of lawyers5,7875.4
Accounting and bookkeeping services4,5038.1
Insurance agencies and brokerages4,4747.5
Gasoline stations with convenience stores4,4246.1


Employees by Industry

The industry with the greatest number of employees in the state is Restaurants and other eating places with 8.2% of the businesses in the state. The industry employs 362,693 in 16,998 businesses, there are 21.3 employees on average in each of these businesses. General medical and surgical hospitals (3.3%) and Temporary help services (2.8%) round out the top 3 industries.
Table: Industries by # of Employees
Industry# EmpEmp/Biz
Restaurants and other eating places362,69321.3
General medical and surgical hospitals147,127467.1
Temporary help services125,16248.8
Offices of physicians90,56612.7
Supermarkets and other grocery stores79,92950.8
General merchandise stores including warehouse clubs and supercenters75,45634.9
Management of companies and enterprises73,42348.5
Computer systems design and related services71,1628.0
General warehousing and storage44,95975.8
Hotels and motels except casino hotels44,08821.9


Average Weekly Wage by Industry

The industry that pays their employees the most is Investment banking and securities dealing, paying $5,368 compared with the state average of $1,043. Other financial vehicles ($3,742) and All other financial investment activities ($3,601) round out the top 3 industries.
Table: Wages by Industry
IndustryWkly Wage% of Avg
Investment banking and securities dealing$5,368514.7
Other financial vehicles$3,742358.8
All other financial investment activities$3,601345.3
Securities brokerage$3,518337.3
Portfolio management$3,424328.3
Spectator sports$3,230309.7
Investment advice$3,057293.1
Small electrical appliance manufacturing$3,011288.7
Broadcast and wireless communications equip.$2,795268.0
Credit bureaus$2,786267.1


Company Size

Georgia Businesses by Size

The solopreneur company, has the most businesses in Georgia by far. 61.5% of all businesses in the state have fewer than 5 employees. The 259,747 small businesses in the state represent 95.1% 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.

Georgia Employees by Business Size

The largest companies in the state represent 141.0% of all employees, which is 2.5% 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 88.5% of all workers, which is 3.0% lower than the national average of 91.5%. All small companies, those employing fewer than 50 people, represent 567.6% of the labor force in the state, 17.5% more than the national average of 550.0%.

Georgia Avg Weekly Wages by Business Size

The smallest companies in Georgia (those with fewer than 5 employees) pay workers 11.2% more than the national average ($1,098 per week as compared to the national average of $975 per week). The largest companies in Georgia (those with more than 1,000 employees) pay 6.0% workers below the national average ($1,775 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.