Maine Employment Statistics

  • 53,058 employers
  • 615,777 employees
  • $872 average weekly wage
  • The average weekly wage is 20.8% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 17.2% above the national average

Types of Employers (Private Sector vs Government Agency)

As an employer in Maine, you are most likely to be running a private company rather than a government agency. 94.3% of employers run private companies in the state, 2.8% less than the national average of 97.0. The remaining 5.7% of employers are government agencies: 1.2% work in a federal agency, 0.4% work for the state and 4.1% work for local government. The chart below illustrates the breakout of employers by type.
84.4% of employees work for a private company. This is 0.9% below the national average of 85.2%. Local government agencies employ 9.5% of the workers in the state, state government agencies employ 3.6% of the workers and the federal government employs 2.5%. The percentage of employees working for a government agency (15.6%) is 0.9% higher than the national average. The chart below illustrates the breakout of employees by type of employer.
The average weekly wage in Maine is $872 per week, which is 20.8% greater than the national average of $1,101 per week. Maine workers that are employed by private businesses earn $864 per week, 21.5% lower than the national average for private company employees. Employees of federal government agencies in Maine earn $1,475 per week, a premium of 70.7% 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 Retail trade with 11.4% of the businesses in the state. Professional services (10.9%) and Construction (10.3%) round out the top 3 sectors.
Table: Sectors by # of Businesses
Sector# Businesses% of Bus.
Retail trade6,05611.4%
Professional services5,80410.9%
Construction5,46610.3%
Healthcare4,8149.1%
Accommodation and food services4,1697.9%
Other services3,8487.3%
Waste services3,3716.4%
Wholesale trade3,2436.1%
Finance and insurance2,0873.9%
Manufacturing1,8493.5%
Unclassified1,7303.3%
Real estate and rental1,7123.2%
Transport and warehousing1,3652.6%
Agriculture and forestry1,3332.5%
Arts and entertainment8861.7%
Information8341.6%
Educational services6691.3%
Company management6321.2%
Utilities1080.2%
Mining and oil extraction390.1%


Employees by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of employees in the state is Healthcare with 17.0% of the employees in the state. Retail trade (13.1%) and Accommodation and food services (9.6%) round out the top 3 sectors.
Table: Sectors by # of Employees
Sector# Employees% of Emp'
Healthcare104,64417.0%
Retail trade80,85713.1%
Accommodation and food services59,2409.6%
Manufacturing51,7788.4%
Waste services30,8375.0%
Construction29,2624.8%
Professional services27,2234.4%
Finance and insurance22,8993.7%
Wholesale trade19,4603.2%
Other services17,9952.9%
Transport and warehousing16,2662.6%
Educational services13,3482.2%
Company management11,1031.8%
Arts and entertainment9,5481.6%
Information7,3701.2%
Agriculture and forestry6,9131.1%
Real estate and rental6,9041.1%
Unclassified2,0130.3%
Utilities1,6270.3%
Mining and oil extraction2300.0%


Average Weekly Wage by Sector

The sector that pays their employees the highest is Utilities paying $1,680per week compared with the state average of $864. Company management ($1,532) and Finance and insurance ($1,457) round out the top 3 sectors.
Table: Wages by Sector
SectorWkly Wagevs St Avg.
Utilities$1,680194.4%
Company management$1,532177.3%
Finance and insurance$1,457168.6%
Professional services$1,368158.3%
Wholesale trade$1,275147.6%
Unclassified$1,155133.7%
Mining and oil extraction$1,090126.2%
Manufacturing$1,076124.5%
Information$1,046121.1%
Construction$954110.4%
Healthcare$920106.5%
Educational services$866100.2%
Real estate and rental$82395.3%
Transport and warehousing$80893.5%
Agriculture and forestry$78190.4%
Waste services$71182.3%
Other services$65475.7%
Retail trade$55464.1%
Arts and entertainment$48055.6%
Accommodation and food services$41748.3%


Leading Industries

Businesses by Industry

Each broad sector is made up of specific industries. In Maine. the industry with the most businesses is Restaurants and other eating places with 5.4% of the businesses in the state (with 2,878 employing 43,401 workers). Unclassified (3.3%) and Residential building construction (2.8%) round out the top 3 industries. The Top 10 Industries in the state are:
Industry# BusinessesEmp/Biz
Restaurants and other eating places2,87815.1
Unclassified1,7301.2
Residential building construction1,5003.1
Computer systems design and related services1,4183.9
Management consulting services8942.5
Landscaping services8825.1
Private households8541.5
Wholesale trade agents and brokers7631.8
Plumbing and hvac contractors6956.1
Automotive mechanical and electrical repair6923.7


Employees by Industry

The industry with the greatest number of employees in the state is Restaurants and other eating places with 7.0% of the businesses in the state. The industry employs 43,401 in 2,878 businesses, there are 15.1 employees on average in each of these businesses. General medical and surgical hospitals (5.1%) and Supermarkets and other grocery stores (2.5%) round out the top 3 industries.
Table: Industries by # of Employees
Industry# EmpEmp/Biz
Restaurants and other eating places43,40115.1
General medical and surgical hospitals31,391826.1
Supermarkets and other grocery stores15,69945.0
Management of companies and enterprises11,10317.6
Offices of physicians10,50417.1
Services for the elderly and disabled9,61418.9
Hotels and motels except casino hotels9,14417.2
General merchandise stores including warehouse clubs and supercenters8,69729.5
Nursing care facilities skilled nursing8,66391.2
Temporary help services7,19714.2


Average Weekly Wage by Industry

The industry that pays their employees the most is Investment banking and securities dealing, paying $4,885 compared with the state average of $864. Portfolio management ($3,316) and Securities brokerage ($3,048) round out the top 3 industries.
Table: Wages by Industry
IndustryWkly Wage% of Avg
Investment banking and securities dealing$4,885565.4
Portfolio management$3,316383.8
Securities brokerage$3,048352.8
Medical equipment merchant wholesalers$2,504289.8
Plastics materials merchant wholesalers$2,342271.1
Computer and software merchant wholesalers$2,329269.6
Software publishers$2,273263.1
Appliance and electronics merchant whls.$2,236258.8
Investment advice$2,206255.3
Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing$2,180252.3


Company Size

Maine Businesses by Size

The solopreneur company, has the most businesses in Maine by far. 64.6% of all businesses in the state have fewer than 5 employees. The 49,223 small businesses in the state represent 96.9% 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.

Maine Employees by Business Size

The largest companies in the state represent 79.2% of all employees, which is 59.3% lower 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 86.8% of all workers, which is 4.7% lower than the national average of 91.5%. All small companies, those employing fewer than 50 people, represent 516.4% of the labor force in the state, 33.6% less than the national average of 550.0%.

Maine Avg Weekly Wages by Business Size

Maine workers in every size business are paid less than the national average. The smallest companies in Maine (those with fewer than 5 employees) pay workers 7.5% less than the national average ($907 per week as compared to the national average of $975 per week). The largest companies in Maine (those with more than 1,000 employees) pay 31.6% workers below the national average ($1,430 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.