Major Employers in Memphis

Source: Memphis Regional Chamber

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Largest Employers in Memphis (1000 or more Employees)
Company Name Local Employees Primary Business/
Local Function
*Federal Express Corporation 30,000 Air Courier Services
Memphis City Schools 16,000 Elementary & Secondary Schools
United States Government 14,800 General Government, Not Elsewhere Classified
*Methodist Healthcare 10,000 Hospital
Baptist Memorial Healthcare Corp. 8,000 Hospital
Shelby County Government 7,183 Executive Offices
Memphis City Government 6,680 Executive Offices
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. 6,500 Miscellaneous General Merchandise
Naval Support Activity Mid-South 6,500 Nonclassificable
Tennessee State Government 5,247 General Government, NEC
Shelby County Schools 5,014 Elementary & Secondary Schools
Park Place Entertainment 4,057 Casinos & Hotel Resorts
University of Tennessee, Memphis 4,000 Colleges & Universities
Internal Revenue Service 3,500 Public Taxation
Kroger Delta Marketing 3,500 Grocery Stores
United Postal Service 3,500 Postal Services
*First Tennessee Bank 3,287 Bank
**International Paper 3,200 Printing & Writing Paper
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital 3,000 Specialty Hospital
University of Memphis 2,800 Colleges & Universities
Horseshoe Casino & Hotel 2,679 Casino & Hotel Resort
Memphis Light, Gas & Water 2,634 Utilities
Catholic Diocese of Memphis 2,500 Religious Organizations
Century Management Inc. 2,500 Fast Food Restaurants
Desoto County School System 2,500 Elementary and Secondary Schools
United Parcel Service 2,500 Courier Services
Northwest Airlines 2,400 Air Transportation, Scheduled
Swift Transportation 2,100 Trucking Companies
Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. 2,100 Casino
*Northwest Airlink 2,100 Scheduled Passenger Air Transportation
*AutoZone, Inc. 2,000 Auto Supply Stores
Regional Medical Center (The Med) 2,000 General Medical & Surgical Hospital
St. Francis Hospital 2,000 Hospital
Veterans' Affairs Medical Center 2,000  Hospital
*UT Medical Group, Inc. 2,000 Offices & Clinics of Doctors of Medicine
Williams-Sonoma 1,800 Specialty Home Products
Valenti Mid-South Management, LLCC 1,800 Fast Food Places
Gold Strike Casino Resort 1,600 Casino
Tipton County Board of Public Education 1,520 Elementary and Secondary Schools
*Union Planters National Bank 1,500 Bank
Mirabile Investment Corporation 1,500 Fast Food Restaurants
***Smith & Nephew, Inc 1,400 Orthopedic, Prosthetic, & Surgical Appliances
Nike, Inc. 1,400 Sports Apparel
Schneider National Carriers 1,300 Trucking Company
Walgreens Drug Store 1,300 Drug Store & Proprietary Store
Arlington Developmental Center 1,300 Psychiatric Hospital
E.W. Scripps Company (Commercial Appeal) 1,300 Newspaper
Southwest Tennessee Community College 1,300 Community College
Hollywood Casino 1,300 Casino
Guardsmark LLC 1,264 Security & Protective Services
Goldsmith's Department Stores 1,200 Department Stores

*Crye-Leike Realtors

1,200 Real Estate Agency
*ServiceMaster Consumer Services 1,200 Consumer & Management Services
Carrier Corporation 1,200 Refrigeration & Heating Equipment
K-Mart Discount Stores 1,100 Miscellaneous General Merchandise
Dillard's Department Stores 1,100 Department Store
*Belz Enterprises 1,100 Commercial Real Estate
Roadway Express, Inc. 1,039 Trucking Company
BellSouth 1,000 Telecommunications
***Cleo, Inc. 1,000 Converted Paper Products
Sewell-Allen-James 1,000 Grocery Store
Cognisa, Inc. 1,000 Security & Transportation