Maine Q1, 2019 Employment Statistics

  • 54,115 employers, up 1.8% from 53,137
  • 599,157 employees, up 1.2% from 591,701
  • $919 average weekly wage, up 3.1% from $891
  • The average weekly wage is 22.4% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 17.2% above the national average

Employer & Employee Growth

In the last year, the number of employers in the state increased by 978, which is an increase of 1.8%. The number of employees in Maine increased by 7,456, an increase of 1.2%. During this same period, the average weekly wage increased by $28, an increase of 3.1%.

The number of private employers increased since last years' Q1. The number of private businesses increased by 955 or 1.9%. Growth in private businesses in Maine grew slower than the national average of 3.0%. The number of employees in these businesses increased since last years' Q1, increasing by 6,381 or 1.3%. The growth in employees of private businesses in Maine 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 $31 or 3.5%. Growth in average weekly wage of employees of private businesses in Maine 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 Retail trade with 11.0% of the businesses in the state. The number of businesses in this sector declined by 3.1%. Professional services (10.6%), which decreased by 2.0% and Construction (10.0%), which decreased by 1.0%, round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Business Change %
SectorChange Biz% Change
Company management10216.2%
Information384.5%
Accommodation and food services100.2%
Agriculture and forestry10.1%
Real estate and rental-1-0.1%
Construction-56-1.0%
Manufacturing-19-1.0%
Finance and insurance-31-1.5%
Arts and entertainment-16-1.8%
Professional services-119-2.0%
Transport and warehousing-39-2.8%
Educational services-20-3.0%
Waste services-106-3.1%
Retail trade-191-3.1%
Other services-122-3.1%
Utilities-5-4.5%
Wholesale trade-157-4.8%
Mining and oil extraction-3-7.5%
Healthcare-610-11.5%


Employees by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of employees in the state is Healthcare with 17.4% of the employees in the state, had an increase in employees of 0.2% in the last year. Retail trade (13.0%), decreased by 0.5% and Manufacturing (8.6%), increased by 2.7%, round out the top 3 sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Employee Change %
SectorEmployee Change% Change
Company management1,18410.7%
Arts and entertainment4115.0%
Finance and insurance6683.0%
Manufacturing1,3532.7%
Agriculture and forestry1182.0%
Accommodation and food services8161.6%
Construction4261.6%
Educational services1491.1%
Transport and warehousing1450.9%
Professional services1260.5%
Real estate and rental270.4%
Wholesale trade290.2%
Healthcare1470.2%
Other services-86-0.5%
Retail trade-417-0.5%
Waste services-924-3.2%
Utilities-63-3.8%
Information-350-4.7%
Mining and oil extraction-36-18.4%


Average Weekly Wage by Sector

The sector that pays their employees the highest is Utilities paying $1,854per week compared with the state average of $922. Weekly wages in this sector rose by $44 or 2.4%. Company management ($1,823), rose by $117 or 6.9% and Finance and insurance ($1,773) increased by $1 or 0.1% round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Weekly Wage Change %
SectorWage ChangeChange %
Information$898.3%
Company management$1176.9%
Accommodation and food services$215.5%
Healthcare$434.7%
Transport and warehousing$354.5%
Retail trade$224.1%
Other services$223.5%
Construction$293.2%
Real estate and rental$243.0%
Wholesale trade$362.7%
Professional services$342.6%
Utilities$442.4%
Agriculture and forestry$172.2%
Waste services$141.9%
Arts and entertainment$91.8%
Educational services$121.4%
Manufacturing$10.1%
Finance and insurance$10.1%
Mining and oil extraction$00.0%


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 5.3% of the businesses in the state (with 2,856 employing 38,294 workers). The Restaurants and other eating places industry had 7 more businesses, an increase of 0.2% in the last year. Residential building construction (2.7% of businesses) had 12 fewer businesses, a decline of 0.8% and Computer systems design and related services (2.6% of businesses) had 26 fewer businesses, a decline of 1.8% round out the 3 industries with the most businesses.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change %
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Other transportation equipment manufacturing150.0%
Other support activities for transportation342.9%
Scenic and sightseeing transportation other133.3%
Tire manufacturing133.3%
Other warehousing and storage327.3%
Oil and gas pipeline construction225.0%
Asphalt paving and roofing materials mfg.323.1%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change #
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Management of companies and enterprises10216.2%
Wired and wireless telecommunications carriers3218.9%
Fishing225.1%
Residential developmental disability homes215.8%
Other individual and family services176.9%
Landscaping services131.5%
Highway street and bridge construction1211.7%


Employees by Industry

Residential building construction (2.7% of employees) had 12 fewer employees, a decline of 0.8% and Computer systems design and related services (2.6% ofemployees) had 26 fewer employees, a decline of 1.8% round out the 3 industries with the most employees.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change %
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Oil and gas pipeline construction6092.0%
Mobile food services2162.6%
Scenic and sightseeing transportation land856.2%
Tire manufacturing1348.7%
Other support activities for road transport.3945.1%
Tour operators940.7%
Plate work and fabricated structural products32137.8%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change #
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Management of companies and enterprises1,18410.7%
Restaurants and other eating places6651.7%
Residential developmental disability homes46510.4%
Financial transaction processing and clearing35228.2%
Plate work and fabricated structural products32137.8%
Site preparation contractors2778.2%
Direct life and health insurance carriers2255.1%


Average Weekly Wage by Industry

Residential building construction ($3) and Computer systems design and related services ($3) round out the top 3 industries. Employees in the Residential building construction ($3 per week) were paid $12 less per week, a decline of 0.8% and Computer systems design and related services ($3 per week) were paid $26 less per week, a decline of 1.8% round out the 3 industries that pay their employees the most.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change %
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Language schools$135108.9%
Promoters without facilities$267104.3%
Scenic and sightseeing transportation other$16969.3%
Postproduction and other related industries$48761.2%
Hardware merchant wholesalers$57652.1%
Paint and supplies merchant wholesalers$49742.6%
Political organizations$35940.3%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change $
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Appliance and electronics merchant whls.$80738.2%
Hardware merchant wholesalers$57652.1%
Coal and other mineral merchant wholesalers$56330.3%
Software publishers$53919.6%
All other financial investment activities$51634.6%
Computer training$51336.0%
Paint and supplies merchant wholesalers$49742.6%


Company Size

Maine Businesses by Size

The solopreneur company, has the most businesses in Maine by far. 64.3% of all businesses in the state have fewer than 5 employees. The 49,433 small businesses in the state represent 96.8% of all private businesses. The national average is 92.9%. (Small businesses have fewer than 50 employees, Solopreneurs employ fewer than 5.) Maine added 955 businesses in the last year, an increase of 1.9% as compared to the national average of 3.0%.

Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees. These small businesses added 929 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 1.9% 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 25 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 1.6% 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 1.9% as compared to the national average of 2.1%.



Maine Employees by Business Size

Maine added 19,142 employees in the last year, an increase of 4.0% as compared to the national average of 5.2%. Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees. These small businesses added 8,885 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 21.9% 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 6,006 employees in the last year, which is an increase of 3.6% as compared to the national average of 4.7%.

Large businesses are defined as companies with more than 500 employees. Large businesses added 4,251 employees in the last year, which is an increase of 7.4% as compared to the national average of 9.2%.

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 4.5% less than the national average ($962 per week as compared to the national average of $1,005 per week). The largest companies in Maine (those with more than 1,000 employees) pay 22.3% workers below the national average ($1,564 per week as compared to the national average of $1,913 per week).

Average weekly wages in small businesses added $144 per week in the last year, which is an increase of 4.6% as compared to the national average of 3.1%. Employees of mid-sized businesses added $69 in wages per week in the last year, which is an increase of 2.5% as compared to the national average of 1.3%.

Employees of large businesses added $50 of weekly wages in the last year, which is an increase of 1.8% as compared to the national average of 2.1%.



Data Sources




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.