Utah Q1, 2019 Employment Statistics

  • 105,954 employers, up 5.2% from 100,675
  • 1,493,445 employees, up 3.1% from 1,448,945
  • $978 average weekly wage, up 3.1% from $949
  • The average weekly wage is 17.4% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 1.8% below the national average

Employer & Employee Growth

In the last year, the number of employers in the state increased by 5,279, which is an increase of 5.2%. The number of employees in Utah increased by 44,500, an increase of 3.1%. During this same period, the average weekly wage increased by $29, an increase of 3.1%.

The number of private employers increased since last years' Q1. The number of private businesses increased by 5,256 or 5.4%. Growth in private businesses in Utah grew faster than the national average of 3.0%. The number of employees in these businesses increased since last years' Q1, increasing by 40,850 or 3.4%. The growth in employees of private businesses in Utah 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 $28 or 2.9%. Growth in average weekly wage of employees of private businesses in Utah 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 15.6% of the businesses in the state. The number of businesses in this sector increased by 7.9%. Construction (11.2%), which increased by 6.7% and Healthcare (10.2%), which increased by 5.1%, round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Business Change %
SectorChange Biz% Change
Information28412.0%
Company management728.4%
Educational services1328.3%
Professional services1,2107.9%
Construction7456.7%
Waste services3666.2%
Healthcare5295.1%
Arts and entertainment655.0%
Manufacturing2024.7%
Transport and warehousing1164.4%
Retail trade4534.4%
Real estate and rental2224.1%
Mining and oil extraction193.6%
Other services2213.6%
Accommodation and food services1853.1%
Finance and insurance1803.1%
Agriculture and forestry132.8%
Wholesale trade1302.2%
Utilities-9-3.6%


Employees by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of employees in the state is Retail trade with 11.5% of the employees in the state, had an increase in employees of 2.2% in the last year. Healthcare (10.4%), increased by 2.1% and Manufacturing (9.1%), increased by 3.8%, round out the top 3 sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Employee Change %
SectorEmployee Change% Change
Professional services7,1037.1%
Educational services2,3256.7%
Arts and entertainment1,4936.0%
Transport and warehousing2,9965.4%
Real estate and rental7783.8%
Manufacturing4,9693.8%
Information1,3543.7%
Other services1,2233.5%
Accommodation and food services4,1983.5%
Wholesale trade1,7163.4%
Construction3,2573.3%
Mining and oil extraction2943.2%
Agriculture and forestry1262.5%
Retail trade3,7332.2%
Waste services1,8882.1%
Healthcare3,1702.1%
Finance and insurance3130.5%
Utilities-10.0%
Company management-199-1.1%


Average Weekly Wage by Sector

The sector that pays their employees the highest is Company management paying $2,240per week compared with the state average of $989. Weekly wages in this sector rose by $128 or 6.1%. Utilities ($2,045), rose by $255 or 14.2% and Information ($1,740) increased by $73 or 4.4% round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Weekly Wage Change %
SectorWage ChangeChange %
Utilities$25514.2%
Waste services$507.2%
Agriculture and forestry$406.2%
Company management$1286.1%
Real estate and rental$545.4%
Retail trade$314.9%
Construction$434.6%
Information$734.4%
Wholesale trade$604.3%
Other services$192.8%
Manufacturing$322.8%
Mining and oil extraction$422.7%
Accommodation and food services$82.2%
Educational services$172.1%
Healthcare$121.4%
Finance and insurance$221.4%
Transport and warehousing$70.7%
Professional services$10.1%
Arts and entertainment$-33-5.9%


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 4,749 employing 95,550 workers). The Restaurants and other eating places industry had 106 more businesses, an increase of 2.3% in the last year. Management consulting services (3.7% of businesses) added 371 businesses, an increase of 10.4% and Computer systems design and related services (3.2% of businesses) added 253 businesses, an increase of 8.1% round out the 3 industries with the most businesses.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change %
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Telephone apparatus manufacturing6300.0%
Pipeline transportation of crude oil4200.0%
Support activities for forestry7140.0%
Petroleum refineries8100.0%
Other metal ore mining266.7%
Advertising material distribution services1763.0%
Family planning centers861.5%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change #
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Management consulting services37110.4%
Other direct selling establishments27825.9%
Computer systems design and related services2538.1%
Residential building construction2138.7%
Services for the elderly and disabled2059.4%
Software publishers13422.6%
Accounting and bookkeeping services1217.0%


Employees by Industry

Management consulting services (3.7% of employees) added 371 employees, an increase of 10.4% and Computer systems design and related services (3.2% ofemployees) added 253 employees, an increase of 8.1% round out the 3 industries with the most employees.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change %
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Local messengers and local delivery2,785316.5%
Other financial vehicles70185.7%
All other crop farming62150.4%
Family planning centers41138.5%
Postproduction and other related industries11090.5%
Emergency and other relief services23085.7%
All other professional and technical services2,20576.8%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change #
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Local messengers and local delivery2,785316.5%
Restaurants and other eating places2,6432.8%
All other professional and technical services2,20576.8%
Computer systems design and related services1,8517.1%
Office administrative services1,32231.3%
Couriers and express delivery services1,19919.8%
Software publishers1,05710.1%


Average Weekly Wage by Industry

Management consulting services ($4) and Computer systems design and related services ($3) round out the top 3 industries. Employees in the Management consulting services ($4 per week) were paid $371 more per week, an increase of 10.4% and Computer systems design and related services ($3 per week) were paid $253 more per week, an increase of 8.1% round out the 3 industries that pay their employees the most.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change %
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Media buying agencies$5,716468.9%
Miniwarehouse and self-storage unit operators$1,802131.3%
Libraries and archives$90878.8%
Satellite telecommunications$32966.1%
All other crop farming$36665.8%
Used merchandise stores$17749.3%
News syndicates$42545.9%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change $
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Media buying agencies$5,716468.9%
Miniwarehouse and self-storage unit operators$1,802131.3%
Libraries and archives$90878.8%
Pesticide and other ag. chemical mfg.$82835.1%
Natural gas distribution$61325.3%
News syndicates$42545.9%
Highway street and bridge construction$41830.0%


Company Size

Utah Businesses by Size

The solopreneur company, has the most businesses in Utah by far. 62.3% of all businesses in the state have fewer than 5 employees. The 97,599 small businesses in the state represent 95.8% of all private businesses. The national average is 92.9%. (Small businesses have fewer than 50 employees, Solopreneurs employ fewer than 5.) Utah added 5,256 businesses in the last year, an increase of 5.4% as compared to the national average of 3.0%.

Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees. These small businesses added 5,100 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 5.5% 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 153 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 3.8% 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 1.6% as compared to the national average of 2.1%.



Utah Employees by Business Size

Utah added 122,551 employees in the last year, an increase of 10.8% as compared to the national average of 5.2%. Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees. These small businesses added 47,454 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 94.6% 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 57,573 employees in the last year, which is an increase of 13.7% as compared to the national average of 4.7%.

Large businesses are defined as companies with more than 500 employees. Large businesses added 17,524 employees in the last year, which is an increase of 9.3% as compared to the national average of 9.2%.

Utah Avg Weekly Wages by Business Size

The smallest companies in Utah (those with fewer than 5 employees) pay workers 3.5% more than the national average ($1,041 per week as compared to the national average of $1,005 per week). The largest companies in Utah (those with more than 1,000 employees) pay 35.9% workers below the national average ($1,408 per week as compared to the national average of $1,913 per week).

Average weekly wages in small businesses added $115 per week in the last year, which is an increase of 3.5% as compared to the national average of 3.1%. Employees of mid-sized businesses added $47 in wages per week in the last year, which is an increase of 1.5% as compared to the national average of 1.3%.

Employees of large businesses added $112 of weekly wages in the last year, which is an increase of 4.4% 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.