Mississippi Employment Statistics

  • 74,007 employers
  • 1,130,715 employees
  • $764 average weekly wage
  • The average weekly wage is 30.6% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 14.3% below the national average

Types of Employers (Private Sector vs Government Agency)

As an employer in Mississippi, you are most likely to be running a private company rather than a government agency. 94.7% of employers run private companies in the state, 2.3% less than the national average of 97.0. The remaining 5.3% of employers are government agencies: 1.3% work in a federal agency, 1.5% work for the state and 2.4% work for local government. The chart below illustrates the breakout of employers by type.
79.4% of employees work for a private company. This is 5.8% below the national average of 85.2%. Local government agencies employ 13.5% of the workers in the state, state government agencies employ 4.9% of the workers and the federal government employs 2.2%. The percentage of employees working for a government agency (20.6%) is 5.8% higher than the national average. The chart below illustrates the breakout of employees by type of employer.
The average weekly wage in Mississippi is $764 per week, which is 30.6% greater than the national average of $1,101 per week. Mississippi workers that are employed by private businesses earn $750 per week, 31.8% lower than the national average for private company employees. Employees of federal government agencies in Mississippi earn $1,361 per week, a premium of 81.5% 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 15.8% of the businesses in the state. Professional services (10.0%) and Healthcare (9.2%) round out the top 3 sectors.
Table: Sectors by # of Businesses
Sector# Businesses% of Bus.
Retail trade11,71815.8%
Professional services7,38810.0%
Healthcare6,8349.2%
Construction5,7747.8%
Accommodation and food services5,7217.7%
Finance and insurance5,0806.9%
Wholesale trade4,8086.5%
Other services4,6726.3%
Waste services4,2755.8%
Real estate and rental2,8963.9%
Transport and warehousing2,8103.8%
Manufacturing2,4233.3%
Agriculture and forestry1,6872.3%
Information9431.3%
Arts and entertainment7661.0%
Educational services7121.0%
Company management6250.8%
Utilities5090.7%
Mining and oil extraction4650.6%
Unclassified10.0%


Employees by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of employees in the state is Manufacturing with 12.8% of the employees in the state. Retail trade (12.2%) and Healthcare (11.7%) round out the top 3 sectors.
Table: Sectors by # of Employees
Sector# Employees% of Emp'
Manufacturing144,87412.8%
Retail trade138,37812.2%
Healthcare132,73511.7%
Accommodation and food services125,23211.1%
Waste services66,9665.9%
Transport and warehousing48,7154.3%
Construction43,8963.9%
Wholesale trade34,1583.0%
Professional services31,3462.8%
Finance and insurance31,2862.8%
Other services21,1921.9%
Agriculture and forestry12,2481.1%
Real estate and rental11,6441.0%
Company management11,4271.0%
Educational services11,2661.0%
Information10,9821.0%
Arts and entertainment9,5710.8%
Utilities7,8860.7%
Mining and oil extraction3,9870.4%
Unclassified00.0%


Average Weekly Wage by Sector

The sector that pays their employees the highest is Company management paying $1,645per week compared with the state average of $750. Utilities ($1,545) and Mining and oil extraction ($1,437) round out the top 3 sectors.
Table: Wages by Sector
SectorWkly Wagevs St Avg.
Company management$1,645219.3%
Utilities$1,545206.0%
Mining and oil extraction$1,437191.6%
Finance and insurance$1,146152.8%
Professional services$1,138151.7%
Wholesale trade$1,134151.2%
Construction$968129.1%
Manufacturing$947126.3%
Information$945126.0%
Transport and warehousing$846112.8%
Healthcare$809107.9%
Agriculture and forestry$73097.3%
Real estate and rental$69893.1%
Educational services$68190.8%
Other services$66388.4%
Unclassified$61982.5%
Waste services$51568.7%
Retail trade$49766.3%
Arts and entertainment$36348.4%
Accommodation and food services$33544.7%


Leading Industries

Businesses by Industry

Each broad sector is made up of specific industries. In Mississippi. the industry with the most businesses is Restaurants and other eating places with 6.1% of the businesses in the state (with 4,523 employing 89,836 workers). Gasoline stations with convenience stores (2.8%) and Offices of physicians (2.3%) round out the top 3 industries. The Top 10 Industries in the state are:
Industry# BusinessesEmp/Biz
Restaurants and other eating places4,52319.9
Gasoline stations with convenience stores2,0716.3
Offices of physicians1,73712.1
Computer systems design and related services1,6383.2
Offices of lawyers1,5034.2
Insurance agencies and brokerages1,4853.4
Wholesale trade agents and brokers1,1432.0
Temporary help services1,08725.3
Accounting and bookkeeping services1,0824.4
General merchandise stores including warehouse clubs and supercenters1,04328.8


Employees by Industry

The industry with the greatest number of employees in the state is Restaurants and other eating places with 7.9% of the businesses in the state. The industry employs 89,836 in 4,523 businesses, there are 19.9 employees on average in each of these businesses. General merchandise stores including warehouse clubs and supercenters (2.7%) and Temporary help services (2.4%) round out the top 3 industries.
Table: Industries by # of Employees
Industry# EmpEmp/Biz
Restaurants and other eating places89,83619.9
General merchandise stores including warehouse clubs and supercenters29,98828.8
Temporary help services27,50825.3
General medical and surgical hospitals26,539428.0
Offices of physicians20,93512.1
Casino hotels18,670746.8
Animal slaughtering and processing17,832278.6
Nursing care facilities skilled nursing17,52289.4
Supermarkets and other grocery stores16,29339.1
Other household and institutional furniture15,678180.2


Average Weekly Wage by Industry

The industry that pays their employees the most is Miscellaneous intermediation, paying $3,690 compared with the state average of $750. Investment banking and securities dealing ($3,249) and Securities brokerage ($2,988) round out the top 3 industries.
Table: Wages by Industry
IndustryWkly Wage% of Avg
Miscellaneous intermediation$3,690492.0
Investment banking and securities dealing$3,249433.2
Securities brokerage$2,988398.4
Coal and other mineral merchant wholesalers$2,918389.1
Open-end investment funds$2,515335.3
Druggists' goods merchant wholesalers$2,482330.9
Crude petroleum extraction$2,194292.5
Electric power generation$2,154287.2
Management training$2,101280.1
Iron and steel mills and ferroalloy mfg.$2,061274.8


Company Size

Mississippi Businesses by Size

The solopreneur company, has the most businesses in Mississippi by far. 56.9% of all businesses in the state have fewer than 5 employees. The 66,851 small businesses in the state represent 95.7% 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.

Mississippi Employees by Business Size

The largest companies in the state represent 99.3% of all employees, which is 39.1% 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 88.2% of all workers, which is 3.3% lower than the national average of 91.5%. All small companies, those employing fewer than 50 people, represent 611.7% of the labor force in the state, 61.7% more than the national average of 550.0%.

Mississippi Avg Weekly Wages by Business Size

Mississippi workers in every size business are paid less than the national average. The smallest companies in Mississippi (those with fewer than 5 employees) pay workers 20.2% less than the national average ($811 per week as compared to the national average of $975 per week). The largest companies in Mississippi (those with more than 1,000 employees) pay 100.2% workers below the national average ($940 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.