New Hampshire Employment Statistics

  • 52,685 employers
  • 658,811 employees
  • $1,092 average weekly wage
  • The average weekly wage is 0.8% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 9.3% above the national average

Types of Employers (Private Sector vs Government Agency)

As an employer in New Hampshire, you are most likely to be running a private company rather than a government agency. 95.1% of employers run private companies in the state, 1.9% less than the national average of 97.0. The remaining 4.9% of employers are government agencies: 0.8% work in a federal agency, 2.5% work for the state and 1.5% work for local government. The chart below illustrates the breakout of employers by type.
87.1% of employees work for a private company, this is 1.9% greater than the national average of 85.2%. Local government agencies employ 8.6% of the workers in the state, state government agencies employ 3.1% of the workers and the federal government employs 1.2%. The percentage of employees working for a government agency (12.9%) is 1.9% lower than the national average. The chart below illustrates the breakout of employees by type of employer.
The average weekly wage in New Hampshire is $1,092 per week, which is 0.8% greater than the national average of $1,101 per week. New Hampshire workers that are employed by private businesses earn $1,106 per week, 0.5% greater than the national average for private company employees. Employees of federal government agencies in New Hampshire earn $1,570 per week, a premium of 42.0% 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 Professional services with 13.7% of the businesses in the state. Retail trade (11.3%) and Wholesale trade (10.5%) round out the top 3 sectors.
Table: Sectors by # of Businesses
Sector# Businesses% of Bus.
Professional services7,20113.7%
Retail trade5,95111.3%
Wholesale trade5,55010.5%
Waste services4,5248.6%
Construction4,5068.6%
Other services3,9417.5%
Healthcare3,8297.3%
Accommodation and food services3,7447.1%
Finance and insurance2,3814.5%
Manufacturing2,0323.9%
Real estate and rental1,4602.8%
Transport and warehousing9231.8%
Information8931.7%
Educational services8741.7%
Arts and entertainment8551.6%
Company management6221.2%
Unclassified3960.8%
Agriculture and forestry2780.5%
Utilities1020.2%
Mining and oil extraction670.1%


Employees by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of employees in the state is Retail trade with 14.3% of the employees in the state. Healthcare (14.0%) and Manufacturing (10.7%) round out the top 3 sectors.
Table: Sectors by # of Employees
Sector# Employees% of Emp'
Retail trade94,45714.3%
Healthcare92,37414.0%
Manufacturing70,56610.7%
Accommodation and food services59,6899.1%
Professional services37,8885.8%
Waste services35,7955.4%
Wholesale trade28,0664.3%
Construction26,9124.1%
Finance and insurance26,3434.0%
Other services20,9773.2%
Educational services20,1823.1%
Transport and warehousing14,6292.2%
Information12,3531.9%
Arts and entertainment12,2941.9%
Company management9,1431.4%
Real estate and rental7,1371.1%
Agriculture and forestry2,0530.3%
Utilities2,0280.3%
Unclassified6120.1%
Mining and oil extraction5650.1%


Average Weekly Wage by Sector

The sector that pays their employees the highest is Utilities paying $2,245per week compared with the state average of $1,106. Finance and insurance ($2,032) and Company management ($1,967) round out the top 3 sectors.
Table: Wages by Sector
SectorWkly Wagevs St Avg.
Utilities$2,245203.0%
Finance and insurance$2,032183.7%
Company management$1,967177.8%
Professional services$1,881170.1%
Wholesale trade$1,806163.3%
Information$1,800162.7%
Unclassified$1,734156.8%
Manufacturing$1,379124.7%
Mining and oil extraction$1,216109.9%
Construction$1,204108.9%
Healthcare$1,08598.1%
Educational services$1,07597.2%
Real estate and rental$1,05995.8%
Waste services$95586.3%
Transport and warehousing$88980.4%
Other services$73066.0%
Agriculture and forestry$69863.1%
Retail trade$63157.1%
Arts and entertainment$44440.1%
Accommodation and food services$41837.8%


Leading Industries

Businesses by Industry

Each broad sector is made up of specific industries. In New Hampshire. the industry with the most businesses is Wholesale trade agents and brokers with 7.0% of the businesses in the state (with 3,677 employing 8,545 workers). Restaurants and other eating places (5.4%) and Computer systems design and related services (4.7%) round out the top 3 industries. The Top 10 Industries in the state are:
Industry# BusinessesEmp/Biz
Wholesale trade agents and brokers3,6772.3
Restaurants and other eating places2,84616.7
Computer systems design and related services2,4744.8
Management consulting services1,1073.2
Office administrative services1,0364.2
Landscaping services9605.3
Residential building construction9523.7
Offices of physicians75819.1
Temporary help services73414.1
Accounting and bookkeeping services7155.6


Employees by Industry

The industry with the greatest number of employees in the state is Restaurants and other eating places with 7.2% of the businesses in the state. The industry employs 47,566 in 2,846 businesses, there are 16.7 employees on average in each of these businesses. General medical and surgical hospitals (4.2%) and Supermarkets and other grocery stores (3.0%) round out the top 3 industries.
Table: Industries by # of Employees
Industry# EmpEmp/Biz
Restaurants and other eating places47,56616.7
General medical and surgical hospitals27,602836.4
Supermarkets and other grocery stores19,43684.1
Offices of physicians14,51319.1
Computer systems design and related services11,8954.8
Colleges and universities10,993115.7
Temporary help services10,32514.1
Management of companies and enterprises9,14314.7
Electronic instrument manufacturing8,67394.3
Wholesale trade agents and brokers8,5452.3


Average Weekly Wage by Industry

The industry that pays their employees the most is Portfolio management, paying $3,995 compared with the state average of $1,106. Securities brokerage ($3,700) and All other financial investment activities ($3,323) round out the top 3 industries.
Table: Wages by Industry
IndustryWkly Wage% of Avg
Portfolio management$3,995361.2
Securities brokerage$3,700334.5
All other financial investment activities$3,323300.5
Lessors of nonfinancial intangible assets$3,105280.7
Office equipment rental and leasing$3,035274.4
Musical groups and artists$2,979269.3
Computer and software merchant wholesalers$2,926264.6
Photographic equip. merchant wholesalers$2,683242.6
Software publishers$2,683242.6
Business to business electronic markets$2,568232.2


Company Size

New Hampshire Businesses by Size

The solopreneur company, has the most businesses in New Hampshire by far. 61.2% of all businesses in the state have fewer than 5 employees. The 47,624 small businesses in the state represent 96.2% 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.

New Hampshire Employees by Business Size

The largest companies in the state represent 74.0% of all employees, which is 64.5% 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 95.6% of all workers, which is 4.1% higher than the national average of 91.5%. All small companies, those employing fewer than 50 people, represent 575.1% of the labor force in the state, 25.0% more than the national average of 550.0%.

New Hampshire Avg Weekly Wages by Business Size

The smallest companies in New Hampshire (those with fewer than 5 employees) pay workers 33.0% more than the national average ($1,456 per week as compared to the national average of $975 per week). The largest companies in New Hampshire (those with more than 1,000 employees) pay 16.3% workers below the national average ($1,618 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.