Maryland Q1, 2019 Employment Statistics

  • 174,139 employers, up 0.8% from 172,774
  • 2,657,584 employees, up 1.0% from 2,631,157
  • $1,228 average weekly wage, up 1.6% from $1,209
  • The average weekly wage is 3.7% above the national average
  • The cost of living is 31.3% above the national average

Employer & Employee Growth

In the last year, the number of employers in the state increased by 1,365, which is an increase of 0.8%. The number of employees in Maryland increased by 26,427, an increase of 1.0%. During this same period, the average weekly wage increased by $19, an increase of 1.6%.

The number of private employers increased since last years' Q1. The number of private businesses increased by 1,346 or 0.8%. Growth in private businesses in Maryland grew slower than the national average of 3.0%. The number of employees in these businesses increased since last years' Q1, increasing by 23,088 or 1.1%. The growth in employees of private businesses in Maryland 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 $23 or 2.0%. Growth in average weekly wage of employees of private businesses in Maryland grew slower 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 17.4% of the businesses in the state. The number of businesses in this sector increased by 2.3%. Other services (11.0%), which decreased by 1.4% and Retail trade (10.6%), which decreased by 0.4%, round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Business Change %
SectorChange Biz% Change
Utilities3116.9%
Manufacturing1122.8%
Real estate and rental1712.5%
Healthcare4202.4%
Professional services6842.3%
Educational services592.0%
Waste services1941.6%
Transport and warehousing551.4%
Accommodation and food services1000.8%
Construction1190.7%
Arts and entertainment140.6%
Information50.2%
Agriculture and forestry10.2%
Company management10.1%
Finance and insurance-29-0.3%
Retail trade-75-0.4%
Other services-275-1.4%
Wholesale trade-248-2.4%
Mining and oil extraction-11-11.3%


Employees by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of employees in the state is Healthcare with 14.2% of the employees in the state, had an increase in employees of 1.3% in the last year. Retail trade (10.4%), decreased by 1.4% and Professional services (9.6%), increased by 2.4%, round out the top 3 sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Employee Change %
SectorEmployee Change% Change
Agriculture and forestry71315.2%
Company management1,4165.2%
Manufacturing3,4673.2%
Transport and warehousing2,3442.8%
Educational services1,7442.5%
Professional services6,0232.4%
Waste services3,8872.4%
Mining and oil extraction262.4%
Construction3,0802.0%
Accommodation and food services4,0991.8%
Wholesale trade1,5131.8%
Healthcare4,9051.3%
Other services1460.2%
Retail trade-3,969-1.4%
Real estate and rental-901-2.0%
Finance and insurance-2,380-2.6%
Information-1,106-3.1%
Utilities-304-3.1%
Arts and entertainment-1,649-4.1%


Average Weekly Wage by Sector

The sector that pays their employees the highest is Utilities paying $3,747per week compared with the state average of $1,198. Weekly wages in this sector rose by $461 or 14.0%. Company management ($3,007), rose by $33 or 1.1% and Finance and insurance ($2,526) increased by $61 or 2.5% round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Weekly Wage Change %
SectorWage ChangeChange %
Utilities$46114.0%
Information$24312.2%
Arts and entertainment$315.2%
Mining and oil extraction$564.0%
Agriculture and forestry$273.8%
Other services$283.5%
Accommodation and food services$143.3%
Professional services$572.9%
Healthcare$282.8%
Finance and insurance$612.5%
Retail trade$142.3%
Real estate and rental$221.6%
Waste services$91.1%
Company management$331.1%
Construction$50.4%
Wholesale trade$40.2%
Educational services$00.0%
Manufacturing$-67-3.9%
Transport and warehousing$-49-4.7%


Leading Industries

Businesses by Industry

Each broad sector is made up of specific industries. In Maryland. the industry with the most businesses is Restaurants and other eating places with 5.8% of the businesses in the state (with 10,084 employing 181,148 workers). The Restaurants and other eating places industry had 106 more businesses, an increase of 1.1% in the last year. Computer systems design and related services (5.6% of businesses) added 282 businesses, an increase of 3.0% and Private households (4.2% of businesses) had 253 fewer businesses, a decline of 3.4% round out the 3 industries with the most businesses.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change %
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Tobacco manufacturing466.7%
Starch and vegetable oil manufacturing360.0%
Tire manufacturing150.0%
Commodity contracts dealing844.4%
Other performing arts companies444.4%
Communication and energy wire and cable mfg.342.9%
Other motor vehicle parts manufacturing333.3%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change #
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Computer systems design and related services2823.0%
Other technical consulting services18826.8%
Medical and diagnostic laboratories15021.7%
Offices of real estate agents and brokers1074.8%
Restaurants and other eating places1061.1%
Commercial building construction958.4%
Management consulting services891.5%


Employees by Industry

Computer systems design and related services (5.6% of employees) added 282 employees, an increase of 3.0% and Private households (4.2% ofemployees) had 253 fewer employees, a decline of 3.4% round out the 3 industries with the most employees.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change %
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Other farm product raw material merch. whls.106567.3%
Credit bureaus240280.3%
Other performing arts companies97148.6%
Computer and peripheral equipment mfg.13287.0%
Advertising material distribution services4778.7%
Postal service4857.5%
Distilleries8755.0%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change #
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Research and development in the physical engineering and life sciences3,44912.8%
Restaurants and other eating places2,2531.3%
Commercial building construction1,73111.8%
Management of companies and enterprises1,4165.2%
Engineering services1,3614.1%
Office administrative services1,2868.7%
General medical and surgical hospitals1,2151.2%


Average Weekly Wage by Industry

Computer systems design and related services ($6) and Private households ($4) round out the top 3 industries. Employees in the Computer systems design and related services ($6 per week) were paid $282 more per week, an increase of 3.0% and Private households ($4 per week) were paid $253 less per week, a decline of 3.4% round out the 3 industries that pay their employees the most.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change %
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Other support activities for water transport.$604113.5%
Frozen food manufacturing$35487.6%
Footwear merchant wholesalers$1,19176.4%
Other basic inorganic chemical manufacturing$96346.1%
Advertising material distribution services$27137.8%
Material handling equipment manufacturing$55136.0%
Media representatives$51734.3%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change $
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Miscellaneous intermediation$1,52426.9%
Electric power generation$1,26027.0%
Footwear merchant wholesalers$1,19176.4%
Other basic inorganic chemical manufacturing$96346.1%
Spectator sports$68130.8%
Software publishers$62725.3%
Other support activities for water transport.$604113.5%


Company Size

Maryland Businesses by Size

The solopreneur company, has the most businesses in Maryland by far. 61.3% of all businesses in the state have fewer than 5 employees. The 162,559 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.) Maryland added 1,346 businesses in the last year, an increase of 0.8% as compared to the national average of 3.0%.

Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees. These small businesses added 1,299 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 0.8% 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 47 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 0.6% as compared to the national average of 1.3%.

Large businesses are defined as companies with more than 500 employees. These large businesses added 0 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 0.0% as compared to the national average of 2.1%.



Maryland Employees by Business Size

Maryland added 69,265 employees in the last year, an increase of 3.3% as compared to the national average of 5.2%. Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees. These small businesses added 22,694 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 16.2% 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 37,369 employees in the last year, which is an increase of 4.5% as compared to the national average of 4.7%.

Large businesses are defined as companies with more than 500 employees. Large businesses added 9,202 employees in the last year, which is an increase of 3.1% as compared to the national average of 9.2%.

Maryland Avg Weekly Wages by Business Size

The smallest companies in Maryland (those with fewer than 5 employees) pay workers 18.2% more than the national average ($1,228 per week as compared to the national average of $1,005 per week). The largest companies in Maryland (those with more than 1,000 employees) pay 22.2% workers below the national average ($1,565 per week as compared to the national average of $1,913 per week).

Average weekly wages in small businesses added $123 per week in the last year, which is an increase of 3.0% as compared to the national average of 3.1%. Employees of mid-sized businesses added $148 in wages per week in the last year, which is an increase of 4.1% as compared to the national average of 1.3%.

Employees of large businesses added $-58 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.