Wyoming Employment Statistics
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.
- 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.
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.
Businesses by SectorThe 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.|
|Accommodation and food services||1,950||7.4%|
|Finance and insurance||1,158||4.4%|
|Real estate and rental||1,122||4.3%|
|Transport and warehousing||1,038||3.9%|
|Mining and oil extraction||935||3.6%|
|Agriculture and forestry||501||1.9%|
|Arts and entertainment||429||1.6%|
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 services||32,803||12.1%|
|Mining and oil extraction||20,684||7.6%|
|Transport and warehousing||9,820||3.6%|
|Finance and insurance||6,900||2.5%|
|Real estate and rental||4,229||1.6%|
|Arts and entertainment||3,608||1.3%|
|Agriculture and forestry||2,789||1.0%|
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
|Sector||Wkly Wage||vs St Avg.|
|Mining and oil extraction||$1,735||190.2%|
|Finance and insurance||$1,205||132.1%|
|Transport and warehousing||$1,013||111.1%|
|Real estate and rental||$942||103.3%|
|Agriculture and forestry||$691||75.8%|
|Arts and entertainment||$440||48.2%|
|Accommodation and food services||$406||44.5%|
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:
|Services for the elderly and disabled||1,200||2.5|
|Restaurants and other eating places||1,016||17.9|
|Residential building construction||696||3.6|
|Support activities for mining||675||14.1|
|Offices of lawyers||463||2.7|
|Hotels and motels except casino hotels||426||25.1|
|Computer systems design and related services||395||2.1|
|Accounting and bookkeeping services||380||3.1|
|Other specialized trucking local||353||5.7|
|Plumbing and hvac contractors||346||5.7|
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
|Restaurants and other eating places||18,234||17.9|
|Hotels and motels except casino hotels||10,693||25.1|
|Support activities for mining||9,544||14.1|
|General merchandise stores including warehouse clubs and supercenters||4,671||61.5|
|Supermarkets and other grocery stores||4,004||46.6|
|Offices of physicians||3,095||9.5|
|Services for the elderly and disabled||2,968||2.5|
|Gasoline stations with convenience stores||2,824||10.7|
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
|Industry||Wkly Wage||% of Avg|
|Agents and managers for public figures||$5,173||567.2|
|Other financial vehicles||$4,181||458.4|
|Other travel arrangement services||$3,647||399.9|
|Trusts estates and agency accounts||$2,650||290.6|
|Natural gas extraction||$2,294||251.5|
|Medical equipment merchant wholesalers||$2,215||242.9|
|Other nonmetallic mineral mining||$2,192||240.4|
Wyoming Businesses by Size
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).
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.