Competitive Employment

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Competitive Employment is when all the following is met:

  • Work is performed on a full-time or part-time basis
  • The individual is compensated at least minimum wage, or is not less than the customary rate paid by the employer for the same or similar work performed by other employees who do not have a disability
  • The individual is eligible for the level of benefits provided to other full-time and part-time employees
  • The job is considered integrated, which means that it occurs at a location where the individual interacts with persons without disabilities to the same extent possible who are not receiving home and community-based waiver services.

Reporting Period 2019 shows that there were 4,783 people working in Competitive Employment. The map shows the distribution of those competitively employed throughout the state.

The darker the color of a county indicates that there are more individuals competitively employed in that county. 

When you hover over a specific county, you will see the break down of the top five occupations for those competitively employed in that specific county.

Some counties may not have a "top five", but will list the top number of occupations their county has up to five. 

You may notice that the distinct count of individuals and the count of occupations does not always match. This is because a person can have multiple jobs and the visualization is showing you the occupations for each job the person has. 

If a county is blank/missing on the below map, that means that specific county did not have any entries for Competitive Employment in the 2019 Reporting Period. 

The bar charts below breakdown the hours and wages for each Indivdiual Competitive job. 

These bar charts represent the number of jobs and not the distinct count of individuals. 

Most Competitive jobs provided the individual the 2019 minimum wage and an average of 20 hours a week.

The overall state average for those Competitively employed made $10.45 an hour and worked 20.27 hours a week.

This visualization shows the breakdown of occupation and fringe benefits for those who were Competitively Employed for the 2019 Reporting Period.


The majority of Competitive jobs were in the "Food Preparation and Servicing Related" category at 40.52%. 

23.83% of Competitive jobs were "Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance". 

10.18% were "Production". 

4.4% were "Office and Administrative Support".

Fringe Benefits:

Those in Competitive Employment received employee discounts 61.03% of the time. 

28.10% received paid time off. 

8.48% received a combination of employee discounts, paid time off, health insurance, and retirement benefits. 

*2.39% received a combination of employee discounts and paid time off (the visualization shows a * for this stat due to the block being too small to show all of the text). 


This visualization shows the top five modes of transportation for someone working in Competitive Employment.

Most people (52.31%) are driven to their place of competitive employment by their agency or independent provider.

16.34% of people were driven to work by a family, friend, or co-worker.

14.52% of people competitively employed took some form of public transportation like a bus or a train.

12.38% drove themselves, and 4.46% were taken to work by a cab or taxi.

This visualization shows you the wide range of hours and wages for those who were competitively employed for Reporting Period 2019.

The majority of people were working 20-25 hours a week and were making minimum wage.

The hours ranged from less than 1 hour a week to over 45 hours, and the wages ranged from less than $1 to $45.