Utah Employment Statistics

  • 103,667 employers
  • 1,478,814 employees
  • $933 average weekly wage
  • The average weekly wage is 15.3% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 1.8% below the national average

Types of Employers (Private Sector vs Government Agency)

As an employer in Utah, you are most likely to be running a private company rather than a government agency. 96.1% of employers run private companies in the state, 0.9% less than the national average of 97.0. The remaining 3.9% of employers are government agencies: 0.5% work in a federal agency, 0.9% work for the state and 2.4% work for local government. The chart below illustrates the breakout of employers by type.
84.4% of employees work for a private company. This is 0.9% below the national average of 85.2%. Local government agencies employ 8.6% of the workers in the state, state government agencies employ 4.6% of the workers and the federal government employs 2.4%. The percentage of employees working for a government agency (15.6%) is 0.9% higher than the national average. The chart below illustrates the breakout of employees by type of employer.
The average weekly wage in Utah is $933 per week, which is 15.3% greater than the national average of $1,101 per week. Utah workers that are employed by private businesses earn $934 per week, 15.1% lower than the national average for private company employees. Employees of federal government agencies in Utah earn $1,383 per week, a premium of 48.1% 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 15.4% of the businesses in the state. Construction (11.2%) and Healthcare (10.2%) round out the top 3 sectors.
Table: Sectors by # of Businesses
Sector# Businesses% of Bus.
Professional services16,01215.4%
Construction11,58811.2%
Healthcare10,61410.2%
Retail trade10,39810.0%
Other services6,3256.1%
Wholesale trade6,1886.0%
Waste services6,1635.9%
Accommodation and food services6,0385.8%
Finance and insurance5,9545.7%
Real estate and rental5,5815.4%
Manufacturing4,3864.2%
Transport and warehousing2,7162.6%
Information2,4912.4%
Educational services1,6531.6%
Arts and entertainment1,3441.3%
Company management8860.9%
Mining and oil extraction5480.5%
Agriculture and forestry4540.4%
Utilities2420.2%
Unclassified770.1%


Employees by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of employees in the state is Retail trade with 11.7% of the employees in the state. Healthcare (10.3%) and Manufacturing (8.9%) round out the top 3 sectors.
Table: Sectors by # of Employees
Sector# Employees% of Emp'
Retail trade172,38311.7%
Healthcare152,36710.3%
Manufacturing132,1448.9%
Accommodation and food services123,6428.4%
Professional services104,6377.1%
Construction104,3457.1%
Waste services93,0366.3%
Finance and insurance66,8284.5%
Transport and warehousing57,0323.9%
Wholesale trade51,0103.4%
Information36,8022.5%
Other services36,1122.4%
Educational services34,4612.3%
Arts and entertainment24,8961.7%
Real estate and rental20,7561.4%
Company management17,9581.2%
Mining and oil extraction9,4680.6%
Agriculture and forestry5,6860.4%
Utilities3,9150.3%
Unclassified640.0%


Average Weekly Wage by Sector

The sector that pays their employees the highest is Utilities paying $1,966per week compared with the state average of $934. Company management ($1,832) and Unclassified ($1,603) round out the top 3 sectors.
Table: Wages by Sector
SectorWkly Wagevs St Avg.
Utilities$1,966210.5%
Company management$1,832196.1%
Unclassified$1,603171.6%
Information$1,507161.3%
Mining and oil extraction$1,488159.3%
Professional services$1,424152.5%
Finance and insurance$1,410151.0%
Wholesale trade$1,325141.9%
Manufacturing$1,115119.4%
Construction$982105.1%
Real estate and rental$971104.0%
Transport and warehousing$968103.6%
Healthcare$84690.6%
Educational services$81286.9%
Waste services$69874.7%
Other services$68673.4%
Agriculture and forestry$65870.4%
Retail trade$64469.0%
Arts and entertainment$54358.1%
Accommodation and food services$35538.0%


Leading Industries

Businesses by Industry

Each broad sector is made up of specific industries. In Utah. the industry with the most businesses is Restaurants and other eating places with 4.5% of the businesses in the state (with 4,684 employing 95,303 workers). Management consulting services (3.6%) and Computer systems design and related services (3.2%) round out the top 3 industries. The Top 10 Industries in the state are:
Industry# BusinessesEmp/Biz
Restaurants and other eating places4,68420.3
Management consulting services3,7683.6
Computer systems design and related services3,2828.2
Residential building construction2,5505.0
Offices of real estate agents and brokers2,3661.5
Services for the elderly and disabled2,3543.3
Offices of physicians1,95311.3
Accounting and bookkeeping services1,7736.1
Offices of dentists1,7267.6
Insurance agencies and brokerages1,6304.6


Employees by Industry

The industry with the greatest number of employees in the state is Restaurants and other eating places with 6.4% of the businesses in the state. The industry employs 95,303 in 4,684 businesses, there are 20.3 employees on average in each of these businesses. General medical and surgical hospitals (2.2%) and Computer systems design and related services (1.8%) round out the top 3 industries.
Table: Industries by # of Employees
Industry# EmpEmp/Biz
Restaurants and other eating places95,30320.3
General medical and surgical hospitals32,758425.4
Computer systems design and related services26,9858.2
Temporary help services25,31132.7
General merchandise stores including warehouse clubs and supercenters24,08779.5
Offices of physicians22,10411.3
Supermarkets and other grocery stores21,98659.1
Hotels and motels except casino hotels19,89330.5
Management of companies and enterprises17,95820.3
Electrical and wiring contractors15,95615.0


Average Weekly Wage by Industry

The industry that pays their employees the most is Investment banking and securities dealing, paying $3,692 compared with the state average of $934. Portfolio management ($3,674) and Spectator sports ($2,909) round out the top 3 industries.
Table: Wages by Industry
IndustryWkly Wage% of Avg
Investment banking and securities dealing$3,692395.3
Portfolio management$3,674393.4
Spectator sports$2,909311.5
Other financial vehicles$2,879308.2
Petroleum refineries$2,511268.8
Software publishers$2,315247.9
Telephone apparatus manufacturing$2,239239.7
Natural gas distribution$2,154230.6
Photographic equip. merchant wholesalers$2,153230.5
Iron and steel mills and ferroalloy mfg.$2,152230.4


Company Size

Utah Businesses by Size

The solopreneur company, has the most businesses in Utah by far. 61.4% of all businesses in the state have fewer than 5 employees. The 93,006 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.

Utah Employees by Business Size

The largest companies in the state represent 117.1% of all employees, which is 21.3% 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 91.5% of all workers, which is 0.0% higher than the national average of 91.5%. All small companies, those employing fewer than 50 people, represent 578.3% of the labor force in the state, 28.3% more than the national average of 550.0%.

Utah Avg Weekly Wages by Business Size

The smallest companies in Utah (those with fewer than 5 employees) pay workers 2.1% more than the national average ($996 per week as compared to the national average of $975 per week). The largest companies in Utah (those with more than 1,000 employees) pay 42.8% workers below the national average ($1,318 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.