Oklahoma Employment Statistics

  • 110,549 employers
  • 1,605,506 employees
  • $899 average weekly wage
  • The average weekly wage is 18.3% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 11.9% below the national average

Types of Employers (Private Sector vs Government Agency)

As an employer in Oklahoma, 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, 2.2% less than the national average of 97.0. The remaining 5.1% of employers are government agencies: 1.1% work in a federal agency, 0.9% work for the state and 3.1% work for local government. The chart below illustrates the breakout of employers by type.
80.1% of employees work for a private company. This is 5.2% below the national average of 85.2%. Local government agencies employ 12.7% of the workers in the state, state government agencies employ 4.2% of the workers and the federal government employs 3.1%. The percentage of employees working for a government agency (19.9%) is 5.2% higher than the national average. The chart below illustrates the breakout of employees by type of employer.
The average weekly wage in Oklahoma is $899 per week, which is 18.3% greater than the national average of $1,101 per week. Oklahoma workers that are employed by private businesses earn $899 per week, 18.3% lower than the national average for private company employees. Employees of federal government agencies in Oklahoma earn $1,370 per week, a premium of 52.4% 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 11.9% of the businesses in the state. Healthcare (11.4%) and Professional services (11.4%) round out the top 3 sectors.
Table: Sectors by # of Businesses
Sector# Businesses% of Bus.
Retail trade13,10411.9%
Healthcare12,64111.4%
Professional services12,55711.4%
Construction9,7658.8%
Accommodation and food services8,0137.2%
Waste services7,4196.7%
Wholesale trade7,2196.5%
Finance and insurance7,1836.5%
Other services6,6366.0%
Real estate and rental4,2703.9%
Manufacturing4,1633.8%
Mining and oil extraction3,4313.1%
Transport and warehousing2,9582.7%
Information1,4691.3%
Arts and entertainment1,1191.0%
Educational services9210.8%
Agriculture and forestry9170.8%
Company management6110.6%
Utilities4670.4%
Unclassified30.0%


Employees by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of employees in the state is Healthcare with 12.1% of the employees in the state. Retail trade (11.1%) and Accommodation and food services (9.6%) round out the top 3 sectors.
Table: Sectors by # of Employees
Sector# Employees% of Emp'
Healthcare193,94212.1%
Retail trade178,05911.1%
Accommodation and food services154,0659.6%
Manufacturing137,6758.6%
Waste services99,2536.2%
Construction80,3065.0%
Professional services72,7264.5%
Wholesale trade57,6863.6%
Finance and insurance55,8263.5%
Mining and oil extraction53,0143.3%
Transport and warehousing51,0293.2%
Other services36,3882.3%
Real estate and rental21,2291.3%
Information19,8781.2%
Company management19,1431.2%
Arts and entertainment17,4121.1%
Educational services15,8671.0%
Agriculture and forestry11,0050.7%
Utilities10,7390.7%
Unclassified90.0%


Average Weekly Wage by Sector

The sector that pays their employees the highest is Mining and oil extraction paying $1,958per week compared with the state average of $899. Utilities ($1,845) and Company management ($1,606) round out the top 3 sectors.
Table: Wages by Sector
SectorWkly Wagevs St Avg.
Mining and oil extraction$1,958217.8%
Utilities$1,845205.2%
Company management$1,606178.6%
Professional services$1,246138.6%
Finance and insurance$1,221135.8%
Wholesale trade$1,184131.7%
Information$1,134126.1%
Manufacturing$1,130125.7%
Construction$1,015112.9%
Transport and warehousing$994110.6%
Healthcare$88698.6%
Real estate and rental$83993.3%
Agriculture and forestry$76485.0%
Educational services$75884.3%
Waste services$71179.1%
Other services$67775.3%
Arts and entertainment$64772.0%
Retail trade$55561.7%
Unclassified$42747.5%
Accommodation and food services$31735.3%


Leading Industries

Businesses by Industry

Each broad sector is made up of specific industries. In Oklahoma. the industry with the most businesses is Restaurants and other eating places with 5.7% of the businesses in the state (with 6,329 employing 129,813 workers). Offices of physicians (2.3%) and Offices of lawyers (2.2%) round out the top 3 industries. The Top 10 Industries in the state are:
Industry# BusinessesEmp/Biz
Restaurants and other eating places6,32920.5
Offices of physicians2,5359.5
Offices of lawyers2,4834.4
Insurance agencies and brokerages2,4404.0
Support activities for mining2,17615.0
Accounting and bookkeeping services2,0037.8
Management consulting services1,9183.9
Computer systems design and related services1,9094.9
Gasoline stations with convenience stores1,7809.3
Services for the elderly and disabled1,6875.1


Employees by Industry

The industry with the greatest number of employees in the state is Restaurants and other eating places with 8.1% of the businesses in the state. The industry employs 129,813 in 6,329 businesses, there are 20.5 employees on average in each of these businesses. General medical and surgical hospitals (3.1%) and General merchandise stores including warehouse clubs and supercenters (2.1%) round out the top 3 industries.
Table: Industries by # of Employees
Industry# EmpEmp/Biz
Restaurants and other eating places129,81320.5
General medical and surgical hospitals50,372430.5
General merchandise stores including warehouse clubs and supercenters34,29640.8
Support activities for mining32,69815.0
Temporary help services24,43929.9
Offices of physicians24,1329.5
Nursing care facilities skilled nursing20,30062.5
Commercial banking19,28616.0
Management of companies and enterprises19,14331.3
Supermarkets and other grocery stores18,96537.6


Average Weekly Wage by Industry

The industry that pays their employees the most is Investment banking and securities dealing, paying $3,985 compared with the state average of $899. Credit bureaus ($3,182) and Securities brokerage ($2,882) round out the top 3 industries.
Table: Wages by Industry
IndustryWkly Wage% of Avg
Investment banking and securities dealing$3,985443.3
Credit bureaus$3,182353.9
Securities brokerage$2,882320.6
Crude petroleum extraction$2,855317.6
Natural gas extraction$2,812312.8
Spectator sports$2,714301.9
Musical groups and artists$2,397266.6
Petroleum refineries$2,391266.0
Natural gas distribution$2,214246.3
Commodity contracts brokerage$2,209245.7


Company Size

Oklahoma Businesses by Size

The solopreneur company, has the most businesses in Oklahoma by far. 59.3% of all businesses in the state have fewer than 5 employees. The 101,172 small businesses in the state represent 95.8% 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.

Oklahoma Employees by Business Size

The largest companies in the state represent 79.1% of all employees, which is 59.3% 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 90.7% of all workers, which is 0.8% lower than the national average of 91.5%. All small companies, those employing fewer than 50 people, represent 595.3% of the labor force in the state, 45.3% more than the national average of 550.0%.

Oklahoma Avg Weekly Wages by Business Size

Oklahoma workers in every size business are paid less than the national average. The smallest companies in Oklahoma (those with fewer than 5 employees) pay workers 11.8% less than the national average ($872 per week as compared to the national average of $975 per week). The largest companies in Oklahoma (those with more than 1,000 employees) pay 16.0% workers below the national average ($1,622 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.