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District of Columbia had highest share of employment in nonprofits, Nevada the lowest, in 2017

April 05, 2019

There were nearly 12.5 million jobs in nonprofit organizations in 2017. That was 10.2 percent of total U.S. private sector employment. The District of Columbia had the highest share of nonprofit employment, 25.6 percent. Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island also had high shares of nonprofit employment. Nevada had the lowest share of nonprofit employment, 2.8 percent. Alabama, Texas, and South Carolina each had less than 6.0 percent of private employment in nonprofit organizations in 2017.

Nonprofit employment as a percent of total private employment, 2017
State Nonprofit employment as percent of total private Total private employment Nonprofit employment

U.S. total

10.2% 122,386,565 12,488,563

District of Columbia

25.6 524,773 134,500

Vermont

19.1 256,446 48,977

Maine

18.1 513,363 92,740

New York

17.8 7,899,798 1,404,492

Massachusetts

17.7 3,115,338 551,117

Rhode Island

16.6 417,997 69,184

North Dakota

16.0 343,190 54,953

Pennsylvania

15.7 5,124,456 807,075

New Hampshire

15.0 569,014 85,283

Minnesota

14.9 2,473,604 368,278

Montana

14.8 375,506 55,698

South Dakota

14.8 348,925 51,514

Connecticut

14.6 1,442,388 210,283

West Virginia

14.2 547,549 77,685

Alaska

14.0 246,852 34,543

Maryland

12.9 2,167,072 280,159

Ohio

12.3 4,646,773 570,420

Oregon

12.2 1,596,853 195,168

Delaware

11.9 379,223 45,307

Wisconsin

11.8 2,473,083 291,713

Hawaii

11.7 531,863 61,965

Iowa

11.4 1,301,192 147,936

Illinois

11.4 5,153,355 585,086

Missouri

11.3 2,366,305 267,121

Michigan

10.8 3,734,432 402,228

Nebraska

10.7 811,496 86,458

Indiana

10.2 2,627,391 267,615

Washington

9.8 2,735,142 269,361

Kentucky

9.8 1,580,021 154,213

New Jersey

9.6 3,435,139 329,920

Arkansas

9.3 1,004,075 93,679

Virginia

9.0 3,140,917 283,480

North Carolina

8.5 3,633,435 310,381

Kansas

8.3 1,129,926 93,793

New Mexico

8.2 633,035 51,897

Louisiana

8.2 1,598,324 130,468

Arizona

8.2 2,360,211 192,623

Tennessee

8.1 2,519,935 203,379

California

7.9 14,558,652 1,144,666

Colorado

7.6 2,197,742 167,663

Georgia

7.5 3,699,460 277,365

Florida

7.2 7,437,388 535,385

Idaho

7.0 589,307 40,977

Oklahoma

6.8 1,260,205 85,275

Utah

6.7 1,202,475 81,017

Mississippi

6.5 894,142 58,195

Wyoming

6.1 203,816 12,389

South Carolina

5.5 1,688,066 92,850

Texas

5.1 10,151,376 519,465

Alabama

5.1 1,574,772 80,326

Nevada

2.8 1,170,769 32,300

The average weekly wage in nonprofit organizations was $1,032 in 2017. That was 97 percent of the $1,064 average weekly wage for all private sector establishments. In South Dakota, the average weekly wage in nonprofits was 124 percent of the average for all private sector establishments. In New York, the average weekly wage in nonprofits was 74 percent of the average for all private sector establishments.

Average weekly wages in the nonprofit sector as a percent of total private average weekly wages, 2017
State Nonprofit wages as a percent of total private wages Total private average weekly wage Nonprofit average weekly wage

U.S. total

97% $1,064 $1,032

South Dakota

124 814 977

Idaho

121 795 948

Vermont

115 869 971

Maine

115 836 934

Montana

113 786 870

Hawaii

112 905 1,001

West Virginia

112 823 905

Wisconsin

112 908 1,000

South Carolina

111 838 928

Nebraska

110 854 932

Kentucky

110 866 941

New Mexico

109 809 873

Missouri

107 920 978

Nevada

107 904 962

Utah

105 897 940

Indiana

105 893 932

Arizona

104 957 988

Mississippi

102 729 743

Alaska

102 1,006 1,023

Tennessee

102 943 959

Florida

102 919 934

Oregon

102 971 985

Georgia

101 1,017 1,028

North Carolina

101 942 951

Rhode Island

101 979 986

Pennsylvania

100 1,032 1,035

Louisiana

100 900 899

Texas

100 1,088 1,083

Maryland

99 1,100 1,089

Ohio

98 934 922

Arkansas

98 821 805

Delaware

97 1,073 1,049

North Dakota

97 977 953

Virginia

97 1,077 1,047

Oklahoma

97 869 844

New Hampshire

97 1,074 1,045

Minnesota

96 1,090 1,052

California

95 1,260 1,203

Washington

95 1,196 1,142

Alabama

94 867 815

Michigan

93 1,006 944

Massachusetts

92 1,359 1,263

Colorado

91 1,102 1,008

Illinois

88 1,123 1,006

Iowa

86 876 769

Connecticut

84 1,294 1,115

New Jersey

84 1,225 1,046

District of Columbia

84 1,645 1,436

Kansas

81 882 725

Wyoming

77 871 680

New York

74 1,382 1,069

These data are from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages and Business Employment Dynamics program. For more information about employment in nonprofit organizations, see Research Data on the Nonprofit Sector. These data focus only on nonprofit organizations in the 501(c)3 classification.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, District of Columbia had highest share of employment in nonprofits, Nevada the lowest, in 2017 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2019/district-of-columbia-had-highest-share-of-employment-in-nonprofits-nevada-the-lowest-in-2017.htm (visited August 05, 2020).

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