Some of the biggest employers in the U.S. provide thousands of jobs in a single city — and some are even the top employer in multiple cities across the country. In fact, Kaiser Permanente, Walmart and Wells Fargo are each the top employer in three major American cities, according to a recent GOBankingRates analysis.
If you want to find a job near you, check out the company site of the biggest employer in your city, as many of these companies are expanding.
Click through to see the biggest employers across America.
1. Albuquerque, N.M.
- Sandia National Labs: 10,500 employees
Sandia operates laboratories and testing facilities that conduct research for the Department of Energy, as well as other companies seeking technical solutions to issues of surveillance, national security and more. Sandia’s executive management offices and main laboratory complex are both located in Albuquerque — a city where you can afford to live off less than $50,000.
2. Anaheim, Calif.
- Disneyland Resort: 31,000 employees
One of the happiest places on earth, Disneyland employs thousands of Californians in both its theme park and the surrounding hotels. Because Disneyland is so large, so are its employment opportunities. Jobs at the resort include security guards, housekeepers, chefs, dishwashers and lifeguards.
3. Arlington, Texas
- General Motors: 4,484 employees
General Motors — the makers of Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC automobiles — has an assembly plant in Arlington that has been there since 1954. The plant is now the only facility in the world that produces and exports GM’s full-size sport utility vehicles, which include the Chevrolet Tahoe, Chevrolet Suburban, GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalade.
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- Delta Airlines: 5,348 employees
Delta Airlines, one of the world’s largest global airlines, has its corporate headquarters in Atlanta. Atlanta is also the main hub for Delta flights. If you do get a job at Delta, consider living in the city — Atlanta is a city that’s cheaper than its suburbs, according to a recent GOBankingRates study.
5. Austin, Texas
- H-E-B: 12,198 employees
One of the richest private companies in the world, the H-E-B supermarket chain has had roots in Austin since 1938, when the original founders purchased three stores in the area. In 2016, the company purchased a 6-acre lot in Austin to bring its local support team under one roof, My San Antonio reported. In addition to the new office space, there are also 23 grocery store locations throughout Austin.
6. Bakersfield, Calif.
- William Bolthouse Farms: 1,802 employees
Although Bolthouse Farms began in Michigan, the producer of healthy beverages, dressings and baby carrots has since expanded to California. Now most of its carrots are grown on its California farms. Bakersfield is also the site of the company’s bottling facility. If you’re thinking about relocating here for work, it’s also one of the few places in California where homes are still affordable.
- Exelon: 2,950 employees
Exelon is a Fortune 100 energy company that does work in the fields of power generation, energy sales, transmission and delivery. Baltimore is home to Exelon’s headquarter offices and five generating stations that produce natural gas and oil.
- State Street Bank & Trust: 7,500 employees
State Street is a financial services firm with three locations, including its corporate headquarters, in Boston. The company has been around for 225 years.
9. Charlotte, N.C.
- Wells Fargo: 24,100 employees
Financial services company Wells Fargo is one of the largest corporations in America. Although its main headquarters are in San Francisco, it also has a corporate headquarters in Charlotte. Wells Fargo was also named one of the 10 best national banks of 2018 by GOBankingRates.
- JPMorgan Chase: 15,229 employees
JPMorgan Chase is one of the oldest financial institutions in the U.S., and it’s one of the largest companies in the world. JPMorgan Chase has had a presence in Chicago since 1863. The employees in the area support more than 5.8 million consumer customers, 470,000 business clients and nearly 360 branches.
- Kroger: 21,646 employees
The Kroger supermarket chain has locations in 35 states today, but the company began with a single Kroger grocery store in Cincinnati in 1883. The city remains the site of its executive offices. And in a grocery store section-by-section comparison, Kroger consistently out-performed Safeway.
12. Columbus, Ohio
- Kroger: 22,821 employees
Kroger has had grocery stores in Columbus since 1907, and in 1978 it opened its bakery plant in the area, The Columbus Dispatch reported. Each year, the Kroger Columbus Bakery produces more than 130 million pounds of baked goods, including cookies, crackers and snack items.
- Texas Instruments: 10,961 employees
Texas Instruments — the company that probably made your graphing calculator from high school — is a global semiconductor company that operates in 35 countries. TI’s headquarters are in Dallas, so the bulk of its American employees are located there.
- United Airlines: 5,777 employees
Denver is the site of United Airlines’ Flight Training Center, where all 12,500 United pilots go to train. Denver is also a hub city for the airline, which has the most comprehensive global route network of any airline.
- Rock Ventures: 16,617 employees
Rock Ventures is a Detroit-based firm that serves and connects Dan Gilbert’s portfolio of more than 100 companies. Gilbert is the founder of Quicken Loans and the majority owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers. His companies span the fields of financial services, gaming, investment, real estate, sports and technology.
16. El Paso, Texas
- T&T Staffing: 5,348 employees
T&T Staff Management is the largest professional employment organization in the Southwest, and it is based in El Paso.
17. Fort Worth, Texas
- American Airlines: 25,000 employees
American Airlines’ corporate headquarters are located in Fort Worth. The airline is one of the largest in the world, offering nearly 6,700 flights daily.
- Walmart: 37,000 employees
Houston is the site of one of Walmart’s distribution centers. At the time of the distribution center’s opening in 2006, it was the big-box store’s largest import and distribution facility in the country, the Houston Business Journal reported.
- Eli Lilly and Company: 11,479 employees
Eli Lilly researches, develops and manufactures pharmaceuticals. Its headquarters are in Indianapolis, which is home to about half of its total U.S. employees.
20. Jacksonville, Fla.
- Bank of America Merrill Lynch: 8,000 employees
Bank of America Merrill Lynch provides a range of financial services, including advisory, capital raising, banking, sales and trading, and research. The global financial institution has two campuses in Jacksonville, which were expanded to add more jobs in 2015.
21. Kansas City, Mo.
- Cerner Corporation: 12,890 employees
Cerner creates healthcare technology systems that aid in the clinical, financial and operational needs of organizations throughout the world. The publicly traded company — with a 2017 revenue of $5.1 billion — has its headquarters in Kansas City.
22. Las Vegas
- Wynn Las Vegas: 8,250 employees
Wynn Las Vegas is the highest-grossing integrated resort in America, generating $2 billion of gross revenue, according to the company’s press kit. The resort includes the Wynn and Encore hotels, plus 110,000 square feet of retail shopping. The Wynn Plaza retail shopping area is currently undergoing an expansion. Get more Las Vegas vacation secrets only insiders know.
23. Los Angeles
- Kaiser Permanente: 36,468 employees
With 12.2 million members, Kaiser Permanente is one of the largest healthcare providers in the U.S. Kaiser Permanente Southern California serves 4.5 million of those members. Its headquarters are in Pasadena.
24. Louisville, Ky.
- UPS: 22,354 employees
Shipping giant UPS has its main sorting hub in Louisville. Dubbed Worldport, the 5.2 million-square-foot processing facility is home to 70 aircraft docks and 155 miles of conveyor belts. Worldport is capable of sorting up to 416,000 packages an hour, or 2,000 packages every 17 seconds, Engadget reported.
25. Memphis, Tenn.
- FedEx Corporation: 30,000 employees
If you’ve had something shipped to you by FedEx, there’s a good chance it made a stop in Memphis. The FedEx Express Super Hub — which spans over 850 acres with about 80 miles of conveyor belts — is located in the Southern city. The facility is so large, it even has its own police and fire departments.
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- American Airlines: 11,031 employees
Miami is a hub city for American Airlines. As of 2015, it was the third-busiest American Airlines airport in the country, USA Today reported.
- GE Healthcare: 6,000 employees
GE Healthcare is part of the General Electric umbrella. The company provides medical imaging, monitoring, biomanufacturing and cell and gene therapy technologies. The multibillion-dollar company has its home base in the Midwestern city of Milwaukee.
- Target: 8,200 employees
In 1962, Target opened its first store in a Minneapolis suburb. Since then, it’s become the second-largest general merchandise retailer in the U.S. The Twin Cities is still home to Target’s headquarters, as well as dozens of its stores. Learn how much Target is worth.
29. Nashville, Tenn.
- Hospital Corporation of America: 10,180 employees
HCA provides healthcare services to 28 million patients each year in hospitals, and other medical and surgery centers. Nashville is the site of the Fortune 500 company’s first hospital, and the city is home to HCA’s expansive corporate campus as well.
30. New Orleans
- Ochsner Health System: 16,771 employees
Ochsner is one of the country’s largest non-university-based academic medical centers. Ochsner Health System has 30 owned, managed and affiliated hospitals, and more than 80 health centers and urgent care centers throughout Southeast Louisiana.
31. New York
- JPMorgan Chase: 29,000 employees
JPMorgan Chase has had roots in New York City since 1799. Its corporate headquarters are based in New York, and in February 2018 the company announced plans to expand its current Park Avenue location to a 2.5 million-square-foot global headquarters. In addition to its corporate New York locations, it also has employees in about 350 bank branches throughout the city.
32. Oakland, Calif.
- Kaiser Permanente: 12,287 employees
Kaiser Permanente has locations throughout many parts of the country, but its headquarters are in Oakland. There are currently 21 hospitals and 242 medical offices in its Northern California network.
33. Oklahoma City
- Hobby Lobby Stores: 5,100 employees
Hobby Lobby opened its first store in Oklahoma City in 1972, and it has grown to be the largest privately owned arts-and-crafts retailer in the world. Its corporate headquarters — which include a 9.2 million-square-foot manufacturing, distribution and office complex — remain in the city where it all began.
- Comcast: 14,531 employees
Comcast owns Xfinity, a provider of TV, internet, voice, mobile and home management services, and NBC Universal, which owns and operates news and entertainment television networks, a film company, television production operations, theme parks and internet-based businesses. The City of Brotherly Love is home to the media brand’s corporate headquarters.
- Walmart: 34,090 employees
One of Walmart’s distribution centers is located in Buckeye, Ariz., a suburb of Phoenix. The retail giant’s distribution centers help it to serve its 200 million customers.
- The PNC Financial Services Group: 11,432 employees
PNC offers retail banking, asset management and corporate and institutional banking services. The financial services firm has employees in 40 states, with thousands of its employees located in Pittsburgh, where it is based.
37. Portland, Ore.
- Intel: 19,300 employees
Intel is best known for its processors, but the company also helps develop technology solutions for businesses, IT specialists and other developers. Intel has four campuses in the Portland area, which make the city home to its largest concentration of facilities and employees in the world.
38. Raleigh, N.C.
- Duke Energy Progress: 3,700 employees
Duke Energy is one of the largest electric power companies in the U.S., with 7.6 million retail customers in six states. Duke Energy Progress is a subsidiary of the company, and it provides electrical services across 32,000 square miles to 1.5 million residential, commercial and industrial customers in the Carolinas. Duke Energy Progress is based in Raleigh.
39. Sacramento, Calif.
- Kaiser Permanente: 10,517 employees
Kaiser Permanente has 11 healthcare facilities in the Sacramento area. In addition to serving community members, Kaiser Permanente doctors are the official physicians of the Sacramento Kings, the city’s NBA team. Before relocating here for a job, see how Sacramento compares to the Bay Area.
40. San Antonio
- H-E-B: 22,000 employees
The H-E-B supermarket chain employs over 100,000 people — and about a fifth of those are in San Antonio. The first San Antonio location opened in 1942, and it was the first to operate under the H-E-B name. The chain now has over 100 stores in the San Antonio area.
41. San Diego
- Qualcomm: 11,830 employees
Qualcomm is the company behind the 3G and 4G wireless technologies, and it is currently working to develop 5G. The multibillion-dollar tech company is headquartered in San Diego.
42. San Francisco
- Wells Fargo: 8,195 employees
Wells Fargo provides banking, investments and lending services at 8,200 locations, but its home base is in San Francisco, where its headquarters are located.
43. San Jose, Calif.
- Cisco Systems: 14,000 employees
Cisco is a leading creator of internet systems, founded in San Francisco in 1984. The company has since moved its headquarters and is now based in San Jose.
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- Boeing: 81,919 employees
Boeing is the largest aerospace company in the world, and a manufacturer of commercial jets and defense, space and security systems. The company has an Everett, Wash., facility — the world’s largest building by volume — that produces four of its airplane models and employs thousands in the Seattle area. Seattle is also home to a Boeing delivery center.
45. St. Louis
- Wells Fargo: 5,418 employees
Wells Fargo Advisors, which provides investment planning and advice to its clients, is based in St. Louis. The financial services firm has over 14,500 advisors in its nationwide network.
46. Tampa, Fla.
- Publix Super Markets: 7,420 employees
Publix is the largest employee-owned grocery chain in the country, with nearly 800 stores in Florida alone. The company’s corporate office is located in Lakeland, Fla., just east of Tampa. Lakeland is also home to a Publix distribution center, as well as manufacturing facilities for its baked goods, dairy, deli foods, fresh foods and printing services.
47. Tucson, Ariz.
- Raytheon: 9,600 employees
Raytheon is a technology company that specializes in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. Tucson is home to Raytheon Missile Systems, the world’s largest missile maker.
48. Tulsa, Okla.
- Walmart: 8,500 employees
About one in every 80 Tulsa residents work at Walmart, according to Tulsa World. The city is home to four Walmart Supercenters and two Walmart Neighborhood Markets. Find out how much Walmart is worth.
49. Virginia Beach, Va.
- GEICO: 2,700 employees
Known for its gecko spokes-animal, GEICO provides auto insurance for over 27 million vehicles. The company also sells other types of insurance, including life, flood and homeowners. Virginia Beach is home to one of GEICO’s regional offices.
50. Wichita, Kan.
- Spirit AeroSystems: 10,800 employees
Spirit AeroSystems designs and builds airplane parts for both commercial and defense customers around the world. The company’s headquarters are located in Wichita, so you might have flown on a plane that started out as an aluminum part in Kansas.
The Biggest Employers Across the Country
The industries of the largest employers vary — from banking, to groceries, to aerospace to shipping. They all have one thing in common: Employing tens of thousands of people.
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Methodology: GOBankingRates analyzed financial data for 50 of America’s largest cities in order to determine the largest private-sector, for-profit employer in each. Data was compiled from various sources, including individual city comprehensive annual financial reports and reporting conducted by Crain’s.
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