Wyoming Employment Statistics

  • 26,311 employers
  • 272,118 employees
  • $924 average weekly wage
  • The average weekly wage is 16.1% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 9.5% below the national average

Types of Employers (Private Sector vs Government Agency)

As an employer in Wyoming, you are most likely to be running a private company rather than a government agency. 94.4% of employers run private companies in the state, 2.7% less than the national average of 97.0. The remaining 5.6% of employers are government agencies: 1.5% work in a federal agency, 1.8% work for the state and 2.3% work for local government. The chart below illustrates the breakout of employers by type.
76.2% of employees work for a private company. This is 9.1% below the national average of 85.2%. Local government agencies employ 16.5% of the workers in the state, state government agencies employ 4.6% of the workers and the federal government employs 2.8%. The percentage of employees working for a government agency (23.8%) is 9.1% higher than the national average. The chart below illustrates the breakout of employees by type of employer.
The average weekly wage in Wyoming is $924 per week, which is 16.1% greater than the national average of $1,101 per week. Wyoming workers that are employed by private businesses earn $912 per week, 17.1% lower than the national average for private company employees. Employees of federal government agencies in Wyoming earn $1,306 per week, a premium of 43.2% 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 Construction with 12.8% of the businesses in the state. Healthcare (11.6%) and Professional services (10.8%) round out the top 3 sectors.
Table: Sectors by # of Businesses
Sector# Businesses% of Bus.
Construction3,37312.8%
Healthcare3,05311.6%
Professional services2,83010.8%
Retail trade2,3689.0%
Accommodation and food services1,9507.4%
Other services1,6616.3%
Waste services1,5756.0%
Wholesale trade1,2864.9%
Finance and insurance1,1584.4%
Real estate and rental1,1224.3%
Transport and warehousing1,0383.9%
Mining and oil extraction9353.6%
Manufacturing6002.3%
Agriculture and forestry5011.9%
Arts and entertainment4291.6%
Information3981.5%
Educational services2631.0%
Company management1500.6%
Utilities1340.5%
Unclassified70.0%


Employees by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of employees in the state is Accommodation and food services with 12.1% of the employees in the state. Retail trade (10.8%) and Healthcare (9.3%) round out the top 3 sectors.
Table: Sectors by # of Employees
Sector# Employees% of Emp'
Accommodation and food services32,80312.1%
Retail trade29,28010.8%
Healthcare25,3409.3%
Mining and oil extraction20,6847.6%
Construction20,2677.4%
Transport and warehousing9,8203.6%
Manufacturing9,7173.6%
Professional services9,2853.4%
Waste services8,5683.1%
Wholesale trade8,1963.0%
Other services7,2542.7%
Finance and insurance6,9002.5%
Real estate and rental4,2291.6%
Arts and entertainment3,6081.3%
Information3,5541.3%
Agriculture and forestry2,7891.0%
Utilities2,5080.9%
Educational services1,6080.6%
Company management8630.3%
Unclassified70.0%


Average Weekly Wage by Sector

The sector that pays their employees the highest is Company management paying $1,988per week compared with the state average of $912. Utilities ($1,826) and Mining and oil extraction ($1,735) round out the top 3 sectors.
Table: Wages by Sector
SectorWkly Wagevs St Avg.
Company management$1,988218.0%
Utilities$1,826200.2%
Mining and oil extraction$1,735190.2%
Manufacturing$1,290141.4%
Unclassified$1,235135.4%
Professional services$1,227134.5%
Wholesale trade$1,226134.4%
Finance and insurance$1,205132.1%
Construction$1,031113.0%
Transport and warehousing$1,013111.1%
Real estate and rental$942103.3%
Information$91199.9%
Healthcare$83891.9%
Other services$71578.4%
Agriculture and forestry$69175.8%
Waste services$68775.3%
Educational services$63569.6%
Retail trade$55861.2%
Arts and entertainment$44048.2%
Accommodation and food services$40644.5%


Leading Industries

Businesses by Industry

Each broad sector is made up of specific industries. In Wyoming. the industry with the most businesses is Services for the elderly and disabled with 4.6% of the businesses in the state (with 1,200 employing 2,968 workers). Restaurants and other eating places (3.9%) and Residential building construction (2.6%) round out the top 3 industries. The Top 10 Industries in the state are:
Industry# BusinessesEmp/Biz
Services for the elderly and disabled1,2002.5
Restaurants and other eating places1,01617.9
Residential building construction6963.6
Support activities for mining67514.1
Offices of lawyers4632.7
Hotels and motels except casino hotels42625.1
Computer systems design and related services3952.1
Accounting and bookkeeping services3803.1
Other specialized trucking local3535.7
Plumbing and hvac contractors3465.7


Employees by Industry

The industry with the greatest number of employees in the state is Restaurants and other eating places with 6.7% of the businesses in the state. The industry employs 18,234 in 1,016 businesses, there are 17.9 employees on average in each of these businesses. Hotels and motels except casino hotels (3.9%) and Support activities for mining (3.5%) round out the top 3 industries.
Table: Industries by # of Employees
Industry# EmpEmp/Biz
Restaurants and other eating places18,23417.9
Hotels and motels except casino hotels10,69325.1
Support activities for mining9,54414.1
Coal mining5,381384.4
General merchandise stores including warehouse clubs and supercenters4,67161.5
Supermarkets and other grocery stores4,00446.6
Offices of physicians3,0959.5
Services for the elderly and disabled2,9682.5
Gasoline stations with convenience stores2,82410.7
Commercial banking2,66314.8


Average Weekly Wage by Industry

The industry that pays their employees the most is Agents and managers for public figures, paying $5,173 compared with the state average of $912. Other financial vehicles ($4,181) and Other travel arrangement services ($3,647) round out the top 3 industries.
Table: Wages by Industry
IndustryWkly Wage% of Avg
Agents and managers for public figures$5,173567.2
Other financial vehicles$4,181458.4
Other travel arrangement services$3,647399.9
Portfolio management$3,389371.6
Securities brokerage$2,974326.1
Trusts estates and agency accounts$2,650290.6
Natural gas extraction$2,294251.5
Medical equipment merchant wholesalers$2,215242.9
Other nonmetallic mineral mining$2,192240.4
Petroleum refineries$2,157236.5


Company Size

Wyoming Businesses by Size

The solopreneur company, has the most businesses in Wyoming by far. 63.8% of all businesses in the state have fewer than 5 employees. The 24,195 small businesses in the state represent 97.8% 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.

Wyoming Employees by Business Size

The largest companies in the state represent 0.0% of all employees, which is 138.4% 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 97.4% of all workers, which is 5.9% higher than the national average of 91.5%. All small companies, those employing fewer than 50 people, represent 533.8% of the labor force in the state, 16.2% less than the national average of 550.0%.

Wyoming Avg Weekly Wages by Business Size

Wyoming workers in every size business are paid less than the national average. The smallest companies in Wyoming (those with fewer than 5 employees) pay workers 7.3% less than the national average ($909 per week as compared to the national average of $975 per week). The largest companies in Wyoming (those with more than 1,000 employees) pay 0.0% workers below the national average ($0 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.