Nevada Q1, 2019 Employment Statistics

  • 83,243 employers, up 4.9% from 79,382
  • 1,384,999 employees, up 3.2% from 1,341,716
  • $992 average weekly wage, up 1.5% from $977
  • The average weekly wage is 16.2% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 8.3% above the national average

Employer & Employee Growth

In the last year, the number of employers in the state increased by 3,861, which is an increase of 4.9%. The number of employees in Nevada increased by 43,283, an increase of 3.2%. During this same period, the average weekly wage increased by $15, an increase of 1.5%.

The number of private employers increased since last years' Q1. The number of private businesses increased by 3,809 or 4.9%. Growth in private businesses in Nevada grew faster than the national average of 3.0%. The number of employees in these businesses increased since last years' Q1, increasing by 41,087 or 3.5%. The growth in employees of private businesses in Nevada was faster 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 $12 or 1.2%. Growth in average weekly wage of employees of private businesses in Nevada 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 14.3% of the businesses in the state. The number of businesses in this sector increased by 6.0%. Retail trade (10.2%), which increased by 0.0% and Healthcare (9.5%), which increased by 3.1%, round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Business Change %
SectorChange Biz% Change
Information16511.1%
Arts and entertainment1709.6%
Professional services6736.0%
Wholesale trade2745.6%
Real estate and rental2385.3%
Transport and warehousing1085.1%
Waste services3115.0%
Utilities64.9%
Other services2424.9%
Accommodation and food services2614.0%
Educational services373.4%
Finance and insurance1433.2%
Healthcare2363.1%
Manufacturing512.5%
Construction1412.4%
Agriculture and forestry51.3%
Mining and oil extraction20.8%
Retail trade-40.0%
Company management-39-2.0%


Employees by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of employees in the state is Accommodation and food services with 23.0% of the employees in the state, had an increase in employees of 1.2% in the last year. Retail trade (10.6%), increased by 1.3% and Healthcare (9.3%), increased by 4.7%, round out the top 3 sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Employee Change %
SectorEmployee Change% Change
Agriculture and forestry81119.5%
Manufacturing7,43614.4%
Construction7,4228.8%
Wholesale trade1,9125.3%
Healthcare5,7824.7%
Professional services2,6124.5%
Arts and entertainment1,2564.0%
Transport and warehousing2,1383.3%
Company management7993.0%
Mining and oil extraction3742.6%
Waste services2,2372.2%
Utilities751.9%
Other services5811.7%
Real estate and rental4021.5%
Information2141.4%
Finance and insurance5121.4%
Retail trade1,9341.3%
Accommodation and food services3,8981.2%
Educational services-475-3.6%


Average Weekly Wage by Sector

The sector that pays their employees the highest is Company management paying $3,006per week compared with the state average of $972. Weekly wages in this sector declined by $304 or 9.2%. Utilities ($2,166), rose by $14 or 0.7% and Mining and oil extraction ($2,102) declined by $26 or 1.2% round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Weekly Wage Change %
SectorWage ChangeChange %
Agriculture and forestry$598.3%
Transport and warehousing$515.5%
Arts and entertainment$355.3%
Finance and insurance$744.5%
Waste services$274.1%
Construction$454.0%
Information$412.9%
Real estate and rental$262.7%
Retail trade$142.3%
Manufacturing$191.7%
Accommodation and food services$50.8%
Professional services$120.8%
Utilities$140.7%
Healthcare$70.7%
Other services$40.6%
Mining and oil extraction$-26-1.2%
Educational services$-26-3.1%
Wholesale trade$-120-7.2%
Company management$-304-9.2%


Leading Industries

Businesses by Industry

Each broad sector is made up of specific industries. In Nevada. the industry with the most businesses is Restaurants and other eating places with 6.5% of the businesses in the state (with 5,435 employing 115,832 workers). The Restaurants and other eating places industry had 238 more businesses, an increase of 4.6% in the last year. Computer systems design and related services (3.0% of businesses) added 140 businesses, an increase of 5.9% and Offices of physicians (3.0% of businesses) added 90 businesses, an increase of 3.8% round out the 3 industries with the most businesses.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change %
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Footwear merchant wholesalers466.7%
Audio and video equipment manufacturing360.0%
Fish and seafood markets150.0%
Computer and software merchant wholesalers3942.9%
Commodity contracts dealing240.0%
Office supplies merchant wholesalers939.1%
Fishing337.5%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change #
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Management consulting services24513.8%
Restaurants and other eating places2384.6%
Offices of real estate agents and brokers16711.4%
Computer systems design and related services1405.9%
Offices of physicians903.8%
Accounting and bookkeeping services795.2%
Temporary help services699.2%


Employees by Industry

Computer systems design and related services (3.0% of employees) added 140 employees, an increase of 5.9% and Offices of physicians (3.0% ofemployees) added 90 employees, an increase of 3.8% round out the 3 industries with the most employees.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change %
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Industrial building construction400192.4%
Educational support services998182.5%
Distilleries40181.4%
Motor vehicle power train components mfg.19129.8%
Audio and video equipment manufacturing46113.4%
Steel and precast concrete contractors93397.7%
Ophthalmic goods merchant wholesalers2591.6%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change #
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Restaurants and other eating places3,2682.9%
General warehousing and storage1,9199.6%
Telephone call centers1,77412.1%
Plumbing and hvac contractors1,18210.9%
Commercial building construction1,07315.2%
General medical and surgical hospitals1,0623.8%
Educational support services998182.5%


Average Weekly Wage by Industry

Computer systems design and related services ($3) and Offices of physicians ($3) round out the top 3 industries. Employees in the Computer systems design and related services ($3 per week) were paid $140 more per week, an increase of 5.9% and Offices of physicians ($3 per week) were paid $90 more per week, an increase of 3.8% round out the 3 industries that pay their employees the most.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change %
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Dance companies$93078.3%
Financial transaction processing and clearing$1,55976.9%
Social science and humanities research$55751.1%
Photographic equip. merchant wholesalers$58446.6%
Industrial design services$58942.5%
Agents and managers for public figures$60139.0%
Amusement arcades$12435.1%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change $
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Financial transaction processing and clearing$1,55976.9%
Lessors of nonfinancial intangible assets$96634.4%
Dance companies$93078.3%
Agents and managers for public figures$60139.0%
Industrial design services$58942.5%
Photographic equip. merchant wholesalers$58446.6%
Social science and humanities research$55751.1%


Company Size

Nevada Businesses by Size

The solopreneur company, has the most businesses in Nevada by far. 57.7% of all businesses in the state have fewer than 5 employees. The 77,932 small businesses in the state represent 95.2% of all private businesses. The national average is 92.9%. (Small businesses have fewer than 50 employees, Solopreneurs employ fewer than 5.) Nevada added 3,809 businesses in the last year, an increase of 4.9% as compared to the national average of 3.0%.

Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees. These small businesses added 3,652 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 4.9% 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 154 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 4.3% as compared to the national average of 1.3%.

Large businesses are defined as companies with more than 500 employees. These large businesses added 3 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 1.4% as compared to the national average of 2.1%.



Nevada Employees by Business Size

Nevada added 123,261 employees in the last year, an increase of 11.2% as compared to the national average of 5.2%. Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees. These small businesses added 43,440 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 125.9% 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 44,460 employees in the last year, which is an increase of 11.5% as compared to the national average of 4.7%.

Large businesses are defined as companies with more than 500 employees. Large businesses added 35,361 employees in the last year, which is an increase of 13.7% as compared to the national average of 9.2%.

Nevada Avg Weekly Wages by Business Size

The smallest companies in Nevada (those with fewer than 5 employees) pay workers 21.4% more than the national average ($1,279 per week as compared to the national average of $1,005 per week). The largest companies in Nevada (those with more than 1,000 employees) pay 79.0% workers below the national average ($1,069 per week as compared to the national average of $1,913 per week).

Average weekly wages in small businesses added $53 per week in the last year, which is an increase of 1.4% as compared to the national average of 3.1%. Employees of mid-sized businesses added $32 in wages per week in the last year, which is an increase of 1.1% as compared to the national average of 1.3%.

Employees of large businesses added $21 of weekly wages in the last year, which is an increase of 1.0% 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.