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NAICS Primer

by Derek Teed
derek.teed@state.mn.us
August 2018

Much of the data for all levels of government administration fall under NAICS 92, Public Administration. The industry spans the many upper level activities of government. It ranges from Executive, Legislative, and Other General Government Support to National Security. The code, however, includes only administration of government programs. What it doesn’t include is activities that occur in private industry – industries like road and bridge work, any sort of retail establishments the government might run, and municipal power companies among others. These are coded to the NAICS of their industrial activity but have an ownership code that pulls them into government, so you do not find them appearing in the private industry NAICS codes.

Below are tables showing the important industries in government. Because state law does not extend unemployment insurance to elected officials, they are not included in the figures.

 

Table 1. Top Employment in Minnesota Public Administration

NAICS

Industry Name

MN Employment in
Public Administration

Average Annual Wages

92

Public Administration

132,026

$56,264

921110

Executive Offices

44,594

$44,876

921140

Combined Executive and Legislative Offices

11,055

$56,680

923130

Administration of Human Resource Programs

10,861

$60,580

922140

Correctional Institutions

6,747

$59,956

924120

Administration of Conservation Programs

6,403

$53,092

 

In 2017 NAICS 92 made up 132,026 (4.6%) of Minnesota’s 2,853,730 employees.

Public Administration jobs in the rural areas, which are usually fulltime, are a boost to the area’s average income. Public Administration jobs in Northwest, Northeast, and Central Minnesota are significantly higher than the average private sector wages in those areas (see table below).

 

Table 2. Wage Comparison between Minnesota Public Administration and Private Sector

Rural Area

Average Public
Administration Wages

Average Private
Sector Wages

PA Wages / Private Wages

Central

$48,776

$41,652

+17%

Northeast

$50,752

$42,588

+19%

Northwest

$46,280

$38,168

+21%

Southeast

$51,636

$50,128

+3%

Southwest

$41,964

$39,884

+5%

Seven County MPLS St Paul

$63,232

$63,336

+0%

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