Employment & Wages by Industry

Barnstable County’s industry mix reflects its reliance on tourism-related industries, strong second home market, and significant retiree population. In 2020, Barnstable County‘s largest industries, as measured by average annual employment, were Health Care and Social Assistance (17.6%), Retail Trade (16%), and Accommodation and Food Services (about 13.7%). The industries with the largest presence in the region are not the industries that pay the highest average annual wages. The industries that pay the highest annual wages on average in Barnstable County are Finance and Insurance, Utilities, and Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction. Utilities and Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction are the two industries with the fewest establishments on Cape Cod.