Nebraska Employment Statistics

  • 71,654 employers
  • 977,850 employees
  • $890 average weekly wage
  • The average weekly wage is 19.2% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 6.7% below the national average

Types of Employers (Private Sector vs Government Agency)

As an employer in Nebraska, you are most likely to be running a private company rather than a government agency. 94.9% of employers run private companies in the state, 2.1% less than the national average of 97.0. The remaining 5.1% of employers are government agencies: 1.2% work in a federal agency, 1.2% work for the state and 2.7% work for local government. The chart below illustrates the breakout of employers by type.
83.5% of employees work for a private company. This is 1.7% below the national average of 85.2%. Local government agencies employ 11.4% of the workers in the state, state government agencies employ 3.4% of the workers and the federal government employs 1.7%. The percentage of employees working for a government agency (16.5%) is 1.7% higher than the national average. The chart below illustrates the breakout of employees by type of employer.
The average weekly wage in Nebraska is $890 per week, which is 19.2% greater than the national average of $1,101 per week. Nebraska workers that are employed by private businesses earn $882 per week, 19.8% lower than the national average for private company employees. Employees of federal government agencies in Nebraska earn $1,358 per week, a premium of 54.0% 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 Healthcare with 16.2% of the businesses in the state. Construction (9.9%) and Professional services (9.7%) round out the top 3 sectors.
Table: Sectors by # of Businesses
Sector# Businesses% of Bus.
Healthcare11,60816.2%
Construction7,0759.9%
Professional services6,9839.7%
Retail trade6,9289.7%
Wholesale trade5,2687.4%
Accommodation and food services4,6316.5%
Other services4,6236.5%
Finance and insurance4,4406.2%
Waste services3,8025.3%
Transport and warehousing2,6243.7%
Real estate and rental2,2413.1%
Agriculture and forestry2,2403.1%
Manufacturing1,9882.8%
Information9751.4%
Arts and entertainment9341.3%
Company management8071.1%
Educational services6010.8%
Mining and oil extraction1360.2%
Utilities1120.2%


Employees by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of employees in the state is Healthcare with 13.1% of the employees in the state. Retail trade (11.0%) and Manufacturing (10.2%) round out the top 3 sectors.
Table: Sectors by # of Employees
Sector# Employees% of Emp'
Healthcare128,16913.1%
Retail trade107,84611.0%
Manufacturing99,81610.2%
Accommodation and food services77,6617.9%
Finance and insurance56,1185.7%
Construction52,2665.3%
Waste services51,8365.3%
Professional services45,5714.7%
Transport and warehousing40,6564.2%
Wholesale trade40,2194.1%
Other services25,3052.6%
Company management21,7872.2%
Information17,6171.8%
Arts and entertainment14,8331.5%
Agriculture and forestry14,7241.5%
Real estate and rental10,1351.0%
Educational services9,9791.0%
Mining and oil extraction1,0810.1%
Utilities1,0690.1%


Average Weekly Wage by Sector

The sector that pays their employees the highest is Utilities paying $2,149per week compared with the state average of $882. Company management ($1,646) and Finance and insurance ($1,370) round out the top 3 sectors.
Table: Wages by Sector
SectorWkly Wagevs St Avg.
Utilities$2,149243.7%
Company management$1,646186.6%
Finance and insurance$1,370155.3%
Professional services$1,330150.8%
Information$1,240140.6%
Wholesale trade$1,215137.8%
Mining and oil extraction$1,089123.5%
Construction$994112.7%
Manufacturing$991112.4%
Transport and warehousing$905102.6%
Healthcare$902102.3%
Educational services$84195.4%
Real estate and rental$81292.1%
Agriculture and forestry$76987.2%
Waste services$74184.0%
Other services$62070.3%
Retail trade$53460.5%
Arts and entertainment$35139.8%
Accommodation and food services$31635.8%


Leading Industries

Businesses by Industry

Each broad sector is made up of specific industries. In Nebraska. the industry with the most businesses is Services for the elderly and disabled with 8.2% of the businesses in the state (with 5,906 employing 7,275 workers). Restaurants and other eating places (4.6%) and Computer systems design and related services (2.7%) round out the top 3 industries. The Top 10 Industries in the state are:
Industry# BusinessesEmp/Biz
Services for the elderly and disabled5,9061.2
Restaurants and other eating places3,27718.7
Computer systems design and related services1,9136.3
Insurance agencies and brokerages1,5104.5
Residential building construction1,3803.1
Offices of physicians1,03715.0
Commercial banking93513.9
Management consulting services9243.5
Accounting and bookkeeping services8926.7
Plumbing and hvac contractors88910.1


Employees by Industry

The industry with the greatest number of employees in the state is Restaurants and other eating places with 6.3% of the businesses in the state. The industry employs 61,137 in 3,277 businesses, there are 18.7 employees on average in each of these businesses. General medical and surgical hospitals (3.2%) and Animal slaughtering and processing (2.8%) round out the top 3 industries.
Table: Industries by # of Employees
Industry# EmpEmp/Biz
Restaurants and other eating places61,13718.7
General medical and surgical hospitals31,594312.8
Animal slaughtering and processing27,802222.4
Management of companies and enterprises21,78727.0
Supermarkets and other grocery stores18,68847.0
General freight trucking long-distance17,68834.3
Offices of physicians15,53915.0
Temporary help services15,40825.2
General merchandise stores including warehouse clubs and supercenters14,98247.4
Nursing care facilities skilled nursing14,61480.7


Average Weekly Wage by Industry

The industry that pays their employees the most is Investment banking and securities dealing, paying $4,069 compared with the state average of $882. Natural gas distribution ($2,566) and Computer and software merchant wholesalers ($2,351) round out the top 3 industries.
Table: Wages by Industry
IndustryWkly Wage% of Avg
Investment banking and securities dealing$4,069461.3
Natural gas distribution$2,566290.9
Computer and software merchant wholesalers$2,351266.6
Commodity contracts brokerage$2,250255.1
Druggists' goods merchant wholesalers$2,166245.6
Mortgage and nonmortgage loan brokers$2,102238.3
Securities brokerage$2,038231.1
Offices of physicians$1,947220.7
Portfolio management$1,926218.4
Medical equipment merchant wholesalers$1,918217.5


Company Size

Nebraska Businesses by Size

The solopreneur company, has the most businesses in Nebraska by far. 61.5% of all businesses in the state have fewer than 5 employees. The 66,050 small businesses in the state represent 96.3% 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.

Nebraska Employees by Business Size

The largest companies in the state represent 119.6% of all employees, which is 18.9% lower than the national average of 138.4%. Interestingly, the smallest companies in the state employ a higher percentage than the largest companies, this is not typical. The solopreneur (those that employ fewer than 5) companies employ 91.6% of all workers, which is 0.1% higher than the national average of 91.5%. All small companies, those employing fewer than 50 people, represent 565.1% of the labor force in the state, 15.1% more than the national average of 550.0%.

Nebraska Avg Weekly Wages by Business Size

Nebraska workers in every size business are paid less than the national average. The smallest companies in Nebraska (those with fewer than 5 employees) pay workers 15.8% less than the national average ($842 per week as compared to the national average of $975 per week). The largest companies in Nebraska (those with more than 1,000 employees) pay 60.7% workers below the national average ($1,171 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.