Kansas Q1, 2019 Employment Statistics

  • 88,839 employers, up 0.9% from 88,028
  • 1,376,659 employees, up 0.8% from 1,366,447
  • $940 average weekly wage, up 3.2% from $911
  • The average weekly wage is 20.6% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 10.3% below the national average

Employer & Employee Growth

In the last year, the number of employers in the state increased by 811, which is an increase of 0.9%. The number of employees in Kansas increased by 10,212, an increase of 0.8%. During this same period, the average weekly wage increased by $29, an increase of 3.2%.

The number of private employers increased since last years' Q1. The number of private businesses increased by 907 or 1.1%. Growth in private businesses in Kansas grew slower than the national average of 3.0%. The number of employees in these businesses increased since last years' Q1, increasing by 8,837 or 0.8%. The growth in employees of private businesses in Kansas was slower than the national average of 1.7%.

The average weekly wage of employees of private businesses increased since last years' Q1. The averge weekly wage increased by $29 or 3.1%. Growth in average weekly wage of employees of private businesses in Kansas grew faster than the national average of 3.0%.


Leading Sectors

Businesses by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of businesses in the state is Professional services with 11.9% of the businesses in the state. The number of businesses in this sector increased by 2.7%. Retail trade (10.6%), which decreased by 0.8% and Healthcare (10.4%), which decreased by 0.3%, round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Business Change %
SectorChange Biz% Change
Information897.0%
Waste services2063.7%
Educational services283.2%
Professional services2802.7%
Transport and warehousing592.2%
Real estate and rental612.1%
Arts and entertainment111.2%
Agriculture and forestry181.1%
Accommodation and food services681.1%
Other services611.0%
Construction751.0%
Wholesale trade670.8%
Finance and insurance390.7%
Manufacturing-10.0%
Healthcare-28-0.3%
Company management-4-0.7%
Retail trade-78-0.8%
Mining and oil extraction-33-3.3%
Utilities-11-5.4%


Employees by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of employees in the state is Healthcare with 13.2% of the employees in the state, had an increase in employees of 2.0% in the last year. Manufacturing (12.1%), increased by 2.2% and Retail trade (10.3%), decreased by 2.5%, round out the top 3 sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Employee Change %
SectorEmployee Change% Change
Transport and warehousing3,0666.0%
Company management1,5205.9%
Construction2,6144.6%
Manufacturing3,5072.2%
Healthcare3,5802.0%
Mining and oil extraction891.4%
Finance and insurance5160.9%
Accommodation and food services7340.7%
Other services1970.6%
Real estate and rental620.4%
Agriculture and forestry380.3%
Professional services-146-0.2%
Educational services-94-0.6%
Arts and entertainment-112-0.7%
Wholesale trade-874-1.5%
Waste services-1,439-1.9%
Utilities-138-2.2%
Retail trade-3,660-2.5%
Information-623-3.3%


Average Weekly Wage by Sector

The sector that pays their employees the highest is Company management paying $2,517per week compared with the state average of $967. Weekly wages in this sector rose by $350 or 16.2%. Utilities ($2,219), rose by $147 or 7.1% and Finance and insurance ($1,643) declined by $37 or 2.2% round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Weekly Wage Change %
SectorWage ChangeChange %
Company management$35016.2%
Waste services$617.8%
Information$957.4%
Utilities$1477.1%
Arts and entertainment$184.7%
Other services$284.4%
Agriculture and forestry$324.2%
Professional services$503.7%
Construction$333.3%
Wholesale trade$473.3%
Real estate and rental$212.6%
Healthcare$172.1%
Transport and warehousing$182.1%
Mining and oil extraction$181.7%
Accommodation and food services$51.6%
Educational services$91.4%
Retail trade$40.8%
Manufacturing$-3-0.2%
Finance and insurance$-37-2.2%


Leading Industries

Businesses by Industry

Each broad sector is made up of specific industries. In Kansas. the industry with the most businesses is Restaurants and other eating places with 5.3% of the businesses in the state (with 4,739 employing 92,273 workers). The Restaurants and other eating places industry had 66 more businesses, an increase of 1.4% in the last year. Computer systems design and related services (3.1% of businesses) added 135 businesses, an increase of 5.2% and Services for the elderly and disabled (3.1% of businesses) had 83 fewer businesses, a decline of 2.9% round out the 3 industries with the most businesses.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change %
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Logging266.7%
Software publishers7357.9%
Media buying agencies457.1%
Dance companies150.0%
Roofing and siding merchant wholesalers1246.2%
Reinsurance carriers444.4%
Fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers541.7%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change #
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Computer systems design and related services1355.2%
Software publishers7357.9%
Restaurants and other eating places661.4%
Private households636.2%
Management consulting services634.2%
Computer and software merchant wholesalers6339.6%
Insurance agencies and brokerages542.6%


Employees by Industry

Computer systems design and related services (3.1% of employees) added 135 employees, an increase of 5.2% and Services for the elderly and disabled (3.1% ofemployees) had 83 fewer employees, a decline of 2.9% round out the 3 industries with the most employees.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change %
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Credit card issuing139802.6%
Logging8255.6%
Emergency and other relief services174176.1%
Breweries7666.8%
Family planning centers3660.2%
Oil and gas pipeline construction74660.2%
Other building equipment contractors81656.3%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change #
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Aerospace product and parts manufacturing1,9576.4%
Management consulting services1,82917.8%
Management of companies and enterprises1,5205.9%
General warehousing and storage1,41110.9%
General medical and surgical hospitals1,2502.6%
Other building equipment contractors81656.3%
Restaurants and other eating places7810.8%


Average Weekly Wage by Industry

Computer systems design and related services ($3) and Services for the elderly and disabled ($3) round out the top 3 industries. Employees in the Computer systems design and related services ($3 per week) were paid $135 more per week, an increase of 5.2% and Services for the elderly and disabled ($3 per week) were paid $83 less per week, a decline of 2.9% round out the 3 industries that pay their employees the most.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change %
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Masonry material merchant wholesalers$95081.2%
Family planning centers$33978.3%
Credit bureaus$99871.3%
Facilities support services$37255.9%
Social science and humanities research$74351.2%
Flour milling and malt manufacturing$86843.4%
Logging$13242.3%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change $
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Credit bureaus$99871.3%
Masonry material merchant wholesalers$95081.2%
Flour milling and malt manufacturing$86843.4%
Social science and humanities research$74351.2%
Reinsurance carriers$51912.8%
Spectator sports$48937.3%
Footwear merchant wholesalers$47223.8%


Company Size

Kansas Businesses by Size

The solopreneur company, has the most businesses in Kansas by far. 59.6% of all businesses in the state have fewer than 5 employees. The 79,970 small businesses in the state represent 95.3% of all private businesses. The national average is 92.9%. (Small businesses have fewer than 50 employees, Solopreneurs employ fewer than 5.) Kansas added 907 businesses in the last year, an increase of 1.1% as compared to the national average of 3.0%.

Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees. These small businesses added 907 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 1.1% 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 declined 3 businesses in the last year, which is a decrease of 0.1% as compared to the national average of 1.3%.

Large businesses are defined as companies with more than 500 employees. These large businesses added 3 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 2.1% as compared to the national average of 2.1%.



Kansas Employees by Business Size

Kansas added 26,512 employees in the last year, an increase of 2.4% as compared to the national average of 5.2%. Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees. These small businesses added -827 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of -1.0% 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 12,143 employees in the last year, which is an increase of 2.8% as compared to the national average of 4.7%.

Large businesses are defined as companies with more than 500 employees. Large businesses added 15,196 employees in the last year, which is an increase of 9.3% as compared to the national average of 9.2%.

Kansas Avg Weekly Wages by Business Size

Kansas workers in every size business are paid less than the national average. The smallest companies in Kansas (those with fewer than 5 employees) pay workers 1.3% less than the national average ($992 per week as compared to the national average of $1,005 per week). The largest companies in Kansas (those with more than 1,000 employees) pay 50.2% workers below the national average ($1,274 per week as compared to the national average of $1,913 per week).

Average weekly wages in small businesses declined $90 per week in the last year, which is a decrease of 2.7% as compared to the national average of 3.1%. Employees of mid-sized businesses added $111 in wages per week in the last year, which is an increase of 3.8% as compared to the national average of 1.3%.

Employees of large businesses added $66 of weekly wages in the last year, which is an increase of 2.7% 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.