GOBankingRates

Here Are the Biggest Employers in 50 Major Cities

©H‑E‑B, LP

©H‑E‑B, LP

It’s a good time to be looking for work — the unemployment rate was just 3.6% in May, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. When you’re searching for a new job, it makes sense to check out the largest employers in your city. There are certain benefits to working at big companies — and they typically offer the most job openings.

To determine the biggest employers in 50 major U.S. cities, GOBankingRates identified the private-sector, for-profit companies that employ the largest percentage of workers in each city. Some companies, like Walmart Inc. and Amazon, are among the largest employers in the U.S. and have a strong presence in more than one city. In other cases, the biggest employer is a regional company, like H-E-B in two Texas cities.

If you aren’t already working for the largest employer in your city, it might be worth exploring the opportunities available to you.

Data is accurate as of July 8, 2019, and is subject to change. 

Ron_Thomas / iStock.com

50. Long Beach, California — Molina Healthcare

  • Number of employees in the city: 2,433
  • Percentage of total employment: 1%
  • Headquarters: Long Beach, California

Molina Healthcare is a Fortune 500 company that operates in 15 states, working with individuals and families who receive care through Medicaid, Medicare and other government-funded healthcare programs. The company was founded by an emergency room physician who saw many low-income and uninsured patients come to the ER for general health services. He opened a clinic to provide care for these patients, and that clinic became Molina Healthcare.

Long Beach is the 10th-smallest city on the list in terms of its population, which was estimated at 467,354 in 2018.

Make Your Money Work Better for You
dvoevnore / Shutterstock.com

49. Fresno, California — Amazon.com Inc.

  • Number of employees in the city: 2,500
  • Percentage of total employment: 0.59%
  • Headquarters: Seattle

Amazon is the largest private-sector, for-profit employer in three of the cities on GOBankingRates’ list, including Seattle and Baltimore. The company is a juggernaut of job creation, having added 125 jobs in the U.S. every day since 2012.

littlenySTOCK / Shutterstock.com

48. Las Vegas — Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino

  • Number of employees in the city: 2,500
  • Percentage of total employment: 0.21%
  • Headquarters: Las Vegas

There are Golden Nugget casinos located in four different states and five cities: Las Vegas; Lake Charles, Louisiana; Atlantic City, New Jersey; Biloxi, Mississippi; and Laughlin, Nevada. In addition to casinos, the company runs hotels and restaurants on its properties.

Davel5957 / Getty Images/iStockphoto

47. Omaha, Nebraska — First Data Corp.

  • Number of employees in the city: 2,500
  • Percentage of total employment: 0.52%
  • Headquarters: Atlanta

First Data Corp. is a provider of single-source payment processing solutions that help e-commerce companies accept various forms of payment from their customers. Although First Data Corp. is the largest employer in Omaha, its headquarters are actually based in Atlanta. The company was acquired by Fiserv in January 2019.

Make Your Money Work Better for You
Wangkun Jia / Shutterstock.com

46. New Orleans — Harrah’s

  • Number of employees in the city: 2,700
  • Percentage of total employment: N/A
  • Headquarters: Las Vegas

Under the Caesars Entertainment umbrella, Harrah’s offers casino, hotel and dining options. There are many Harrah’s locations across the country, including Las Vegas; Reno, Nevada; and Atlantic City, New Jersey.

With 391,006 residents, New Orleans is the third-smallest city on GOBankingRates’ list in terms of population.

©GEICO

45. Virginia Beach, Virginia — Geico General Insurance Co.

  • Number of employees in the city: 2,700
  • Percentage of total employment: 1.15%
  • Headquarters: Chevy Chase, Maryland

Geico employs over 40,000 associates nationwide and is a wholly owned subsidiary of investor Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway. Geico is the second-largest private passenger auto insurer in the country, and it’s also one of the fastest-growing major auto insurers.

Virginia Beach is home to 450,189 residents, making it the ninth-smallest city by population on GOBankingRates’ list.

Matthew Henry / Unsplash

44. Raleigh, North Carolina — Duke Energy Progress

  • Number of employees in the city: 2,800
  • Percentage of total employment: 1.11%
  • Headquarters: Charlotte, North Carolina

One of the largest energy holding companies in the country, Duke Energy provides electricity to 7.7 million retail customers in the Carolinas, the Midwest and Florida, as well as natural gas to 1.6 million customers in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and the Carolinas. The company also owns and operates wind and solar power facilities in 14 states.

Make Your Money Work Better for You
Tim Roberts Photography / Shutterstock.com

43. Mesa, Arizona — The Boeing Co.

  • Number of employees in the city: 3,642
  • Percentage of total employment: 2.26%
  • Headquarters: Chicago

Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and America’s biggest manufacturing exporter. The company’s Mesa facility is where it produces the AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopter. Mesa is also home to the Strategic Manufacturing Center for electrical products at Boeing Integrated Defense Systems.

Steve Debenport / iStock.com

42. Arlington, Texas — General Motors Co.

  • Number of employees in the city: 4,484
  • Percentage of total employment: 2.1%
  • Headquarters: Detroit

The General Motors Arlington Assembly Plant has been building vehicles since 1954. The behemoth automaker makes its full-sized sport utility vehicles — including the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, the GMC Yukon and Yukon SL, and the Cadillac Escalade — at the Arlington plant.

Arlington is the fifth-smallest city by population on GOBankingRates’ list, with 398,112 residents in 2018. Overall, General Motors employs over 180,000 people.

AP/REX / Shutterstock.com

41. Baltimore — Amazon.com Inc.

  • Number of employees in the city: 4,500
  • Percentage of total employment: 1.32%
  • Headquarters: Seattle

Baltimore is one of three U.S. cities in which Amazon is the largest private-sector, for-profit employer. Charm City is home to one of Amazon’s largest fulfillment centers, which hires staff in operations, fulfillment, software development, information technology and more.

 

Make Your Money Work Better for You
Jonathan Weiss / Shutterstock.com

40. Cleveland — KeyCorp

  • Number of employees in the city: 4,841
  • Percentage of total employment: 3.28%
  • Headquarters: Cleveland

KeyCorp is the parent of KeyBank, with locations in 15 states and 18,540 full-time-equivalent employees. The percentage of total employment by KeyCorp in Cleveland is the seventh-highest on GOBankingRates’ list. Cleveland is also the least populous city on the list, with an estimated population of 383,793 in 2018.

Ken Wolter / Shutterstock.com

39. Oklahoma City — Hobby Lobby Stores Inc.

  • Number of employees in the city: 5,100
  • Percentage of total employment: 0.79%
  • Headquarters: Oklahoma City

With over 37,500 employees, Hobby Lobby operates more than 850 arts and crafts retail stores in 46 states. The corporate headquarters in Oklahoma City includes an office and distribution and manufacturing complex totaling over 10 million square feet of space.

Vytautas Kielaitis / Shutterstock.com

38. Atlanta — Delta Air Lines

  • Number of employees in the city: 5,306
  • Percentage of total employment: 2.23%
  • Headquarters: Atlanta

Delta Air Lines employs over 5,000 people at its Atlanta headquarters and more than 80,000 workers worldwide. Nearly 200 million people fly with Delta each year to over 300 destinations in more than 50 countries.

DenisTangneyJr / Getty Images/iStockphoto

37. El Paso, Texas — T&T Staff Management Inc.

  • Number of employees in the city: 5,348
  • Percentage of total employment: 1.5%
  • Headquarters: El Paso, Texas

T&T Staff Management Inc. provides human resources, payroll, benefits management, workplace safety, risk management and other services to business owners and managers. T&T Staff Management Inc. helps their client companies remain in compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Department of Labor, IRS, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and other federal agencies.

Make Your Money Work Better for You
©Shutterstock.com

36. Milwaukee — GE Healthcare

  • Number of employees in the city: 6,000
  • Percentage of total employment: 1.31%
  • Headquarters: Chicago

GE Healthcare provides products and services that help diagnose and treat patients and are used in the development and manufacture of biopharmaceutical products. GE Healthcare products are utilized in over 160 countries around the world, and its imaging agents are used to image three patients every second.

©United Airlines

35. Denver — United Airlines Inc.

  • Number of employees in the city: 6,000
  • Percentage of total employment: 1.4%
  • Headquarters: Chicago

United Airlines employs 6,000 people in Denver and 90,000 workers worldwide. Over 150 million customers “fly the friendly skies” every year. United Airlines and United Express combined operate about 4,900 flights per day, taking off from and landing at 355 airports across five continents.

Rob Wilson / Shutterstock.com

34. Tampa, Florida — Publix Super Markets Inc.

  • Number of employees in the city: 7,333
  • Percentage of total employment: 1%
  • Headquarters: Lakeland, Florida

Publix is the largest employee-owned grocery chain in the U.S., with over 200,000 workers. Tampa has the fourth-smallest population — 392,890 residents total — of any city on GOBankingRates’ list.

©Shutterstock.com

33. Boston — State Street Bank & Trust Co.

  • Number of employees in the city: 7,500
  • Percentage of total employment: 0.94%
  • Headquarters: Boston

The largest private-sector, for-profit employer in Boston, State Street Bank & Trust Co. is an investment management, servicing and research firm with $32.6 trillion in assets under custody and administration and $2.8 trillion in assets under management as of March 31. State Street employs about 40,000 people worldwide and nearly one of every 100 working Bostonians.

Make Your Money Work Better for You
Ken Wolter / Shutterstock.com

32. Tulsa, Oklahoma — Walmart Inc.

  • Number of employees in the city: 7,750
  • Percentage of total employment: 1.63%
  • Headquarters: Bentonville, Arkansas

Tulsa had an estimated population of 400,669 in 2018, making it the sixth-least populous city on the list. Of the five cities where Walmart is the largest private-sector, for-profit employer, Tulsa has the third-highest concentration of Walmart employees.

©Unsplash

31. San Francisco — Wells Fargo

  • Number of employees in the city: 7,838
  • Percentage of total employment: 1.41%
  • Headquarters: San Francisco

Wells Fargo was founded in 1852 by Henry Wells and William Fargo in the middle of the California gold rush. Today, Wells Fargo has 7,700 branch locations, 13,000 ATMs and 262,000 employees in 33 countries and territories.

Rob Wilson / Shutterstock.com

30. Jacksonville, Florida — Bank of America

  • Number of employees in the city: 8,000
  • Percentage of total employment: 1.65%
  • Headquarters: Charlotte, North Carolina

Bank of America is a global leader in wealth management, corporate and investment banking, trading and more. The company serves 66 million consumer and small-business clients across the U.S. and its territories as well as over 30 countries. Bank of America has 4,300 retail centers, 16,300 ATMs and 36 million digital banking users.

Ken Wolter / Shutterstock.com

29. Minneapolis — Target Corp.

  • Number of employees in the city: 8,300
  • Percentage of total employment: 2.5%
  • Headquarters: Minneapolis

One out of every 40 workers in Minneapolis is employed by Target, which is the 10th-highest percentage of total employment on GOBankingRates’ list. The estimated population in the city was 425,403 in 2018 — the seventh-smallest on the list.

BrianPIrwin / Getty Images

28. Tucson, Arizona — Raytheon Missile Systems

  • Number of employees in the city: 9,600
  • Percentage of total employment: 2.1%
  • Headquarters: Tucson, Arizona

Defense contractor Raytheon Missile Systems is a global leader in defense, civil government and cybersecurity markets. Its technology enables sensors to see farther, which allows command and control systems to process data even faster. These technologies also help interceptors track and eliminate threats. Raytheon has customers in over 80 countries.

Ken Wolter / Shutterstock.com

27. San Jose, California — Cisco Systems

  • Number of employees in the city: 9,800
  • Percentage of total employment: 0.93%
  • Headquarters: San Jose, California

Cisco produces switches, routers, networking hardware, wireless and mobility hardware and data center hardware as well as security, collaboration and analytics software. It’s the largest employer in San Jose, which has the 10th-largest population of any city on GOBankingRates’ list, estimated at 1,030,119 in 2018.

 

National Nuclear Security Administration / Flickr.com

26. Albuquerque, New Mexico — Sandia National Laboratories

  • Number of employees in the city: 10,500
  • Percentage of total employment: 2.7%
  • Headquarters: Albuquerque, New Mexico

As a contractor for thet U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration, Sandia National Laboratories uses science and technology to solve the country’s security challenges. Nearly all of the company’s employees work at the Albuquerque headquarters. The percentage of total employment by Sandia National Labs in Albuquerque is the ninth-highest of any city on the list.

Sean Pavone / Getty Images/iStockphoto

25. Wichita, Kansas — Spirit AeroSystems Inc.

  • Number of employees in the city: 10,700
  • Percentage of total employment: 3.6%
  • Headquarters: Wichita, Kansas

Spirit AeroSystems designs and manufactures aerostructures such as fuselages, wing components and pylons for commercial and defense aircraft. The company has the fifth-highest percentage of total employment of any company on GOBankingRates’ list. At the same time, Wichita has the second-smallest population on the list — only 389,255 people live in the city.

Akshdeep Kaur Raked / Shutterstock.com

24. San Diego — Qualcomm Inc.

  • Number of employees in the city: 10,700
  • Percentage of total employment: 1.5%
  • Headquarters: San Diego

Qualcomm designs and manufactures wireless telecommunications products and services. It’s the largest for-profit, private-sector employer in San Diego, which has the eighth-largest population of any city on GOBankingRates’ list, estimated at 1,425,976 in 2018.

1MoreCreative / Getty Images

23. Nashville, Tennessee — Nissan North America Inc.

  • Number of employees in the city: 10,750
  • Percentage of total employment: 1.08%
  • Headquarters: Smyrna, Tennessee

At its Smyrna manufacturing plant and Franklin corporate offices, Nissan North America employs more Nashville residents than any other private-sector, for-profit employer. Nissan models produced in Tennessee include the Altima, Maxima, Leaf, Rogue, Pathfinder and Infinity QX60.

©Shutterstock.com

22. Sacramento, California — Kaiser Permanente

  • Number of employees in the city: 11,005
  • Percentage of total employment: 1.64%
  • Headquarters: Oakland, California

Kaiser Permanente is the largest employer — excluding nonprofits and public-sector employers — in Sacramento, as well as in Oakland and Los Angeles. It serves 12.3 million members and employs over 217,000 people. Kaiser Permanente local markets include California, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Oregon, northern Virginia, Washington state and Washington, D.C.

©American Airlines

21. Miami — American Airlines

  • Number of employees in the city: 11,031
  • Percentage of total employment: 0.4%
  • Headquarters: Fort Worth, Texas

American Airlines and its regional partner American Eagle offer nearly 6,700 flights a day to 350 destinations spread over 50 countries. The company is part of Oneworld, an alliance of airlines worldwide that collaborate to provide high-quality service to international travelers.

Coolcaesar / Wikimedia Commons

20. Oakland, California — Kaiser Permanente

  • Number of employees in the city: 11,734
  • Percentage of total employment: 5.72%
  • Headquarters: Oakland, California

Kaiser Permanente employs more than one in 20 workers in Oakland. Its presence in the city ranks second highest on GOBankingRates’ list for percentage of total employment. Oakland has a population of 429,082, the eighth-smallest of the 50 cities on the list.

Philip Lange / Shutterstock.com

19. Austin, Texas — H-E-B

  • Number of employees in the city: 13,756
  • Percentage of total employment: 1.28%
  • Headquarters: San Antonio

In 1905, Florence Butt took her savings of $60 and opened the C.C. Butt Grocery Store in Kerrville, Texas. Today, H-E-B comprises over 350 stores under the names H-E-B, H-E-B Mexico, Central Market, Joe V’s Smart Shop, Mi Tienda, and Optical by H-E-B.

CK Foto / Shutterstock.com

18. Seattle — Amazon.com Inc.

  • Number of employees in the city: 13,781
  • Percentage of total employment: N/A
  • Headquarters: Seattle

The company headquarters for Amazon is in Seattle, so it’s not surprising that the e-commerce giant is the Emerald City’s largest employer. In all, Amazon employs over 200,000 people in the U.S. and more than 560,000 workers worldwide.

TriggerPhoto / Getty Images/iStockphoto

17. Kansas City, Missouri — Cerner Corp.

  • Number of employees in the city: 14,000
  • Percentage of total employment: 1.27%
  • Headquarters: Kansas City, Missouri

Cerner is a healthcare information technology company that employs over 29,000 people in 26 countries — and approximately half of them work at its Kansas City headquarters. Cerner provides technology solutions for patient engagement, analytics, laboratory and pharmaceutical solutions, population health management and more.

Tupungato / Shutterstock.com

16. Chicago — JPMorgan Chase & Co.

  • Number of employees in the city: 15,701
  • Percentage of total employment: 1.22%
  • Headquarters: New York

JPMorgan Chase is the largest employer in Chicago and New York. The Windy City has the third-largest population of any city on GOBankingRates’ list — it was estimated at 2,705,994 in 2018.

 

©Unsplash

15. Detroit — Rock Ventures

  • Number of employees in the city: 16,617
  • Percentage of total employment: N/A
  • Headquarters: Detroit

Rock Ventures serves a portfolio of companies that are focused on real estate development, community investments and economic development. The company was founded by Dan Gilbert, founder of Quicken Loans and chairman of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Jonathan Weiss / Shutterstock.com

14. Dallas — AT&T Inc.

  • Number of employees in the city: 17,000
  • Percentage of total employment: 2%
  • Headquarters: Dallas

AT&T is a media conglomerate that comprises four business units: AT&T Communications, WarnerMedia, AT&T Latin America and Xandr. It’s the largest employer in Dallas, which has the ninth-largest population of any city on GOBankingRates’ list, estimated at 1,345,047 in 2018.

DaveAlan / iStock.com

13. Portland, Oregon — Intel Corporation

  • Number of employees in the city: 20,000
  • Percentage of total employment: 1.57%
  • Headquarters: Santa Clara, California

Intel may be best known for its processors that run the world’s computers, but the company also provides technology for smartphones, drones, the internet of things and more. Intel employs 107,400 people worldwide.

GagliardiImages / Shutterstock.com

12. Louisville, Kentucky — United Parcel Service Inc.

  • Number of employees in the city: 21,233
  • Percentage of total employment: 3.35%
  • Headquarters: Atlanta

UPS is not headquartered in Louisville, but it still employs more workers than any other private-sector, for-profit company. Its percentage of total employment in Louisville is the sixth-highest of any city on GOBankingRates’ list.

©H‑E‑B, LP

11. San Antonio — H-E-B

  • Number of employees in the city: 22,000
  • Percentage of total employment: 2.11%
  • Headquarters: San Antonio

H-E-B has more than 350 supermarkets throughout Texas and northeast Mexico. The company employs more than one out of every 50 workers in San Antonio, which has the seventh-largest population of any city on the list at an estimated 1,532,233 residents in 2018.

LemneiPhoto / iStock.com

10. Philadelphia — Comcast Corporation

  • Number of employees in the city: 22,000
  • Percentage of total employment: N/A
  • Headquarters: Philadelphia

Comcast is an American telecommunications conglomerate with headquarters in Philadelphia, encompassing smaller companies such as Xfinity, NBCUniversal, Sky and Comcast Business. Comcast employs 139,000 employees in total, and it’s the largest private-sector, for-profit employer in Philadelphia, which has the sixth-largest population on the list at an estimated 1,584,138 in 2018.

Northfoto / Shutterstock.com

9. Charlotte, North Carolina — Wells Fargo

  • Number of employees in the city: 23,500
  • Percentage of total employment: 3.96%
  • Headquarters: San Francisco

Wells Fargo employs nearly one out of every 20 residents in Charlotte — the fourth-largest percentage of total employment on GOBankingRates’ list — and it’s also the largest employer in San Francisco, home of its headquarters.

Carlos Yudica / Shutterstock.com

8. Fort Worth, Texas — American Airlines

  • Number of employees in the city: 25,000
  • Percentage of total employment: 6.1%
  • Headquarters: Fort Worth, Texas

American Airlines employs more than six out of every 100 workers in Fort Worth — the highest percentage of any company on GOBankingRates’ list.

 

Tupungato / Shutterstock.com

7. Columbus, Ohio — Walmart Inc.

  • Number of employees in the city: 26,000
  • Percentage of total employment: 2.4%
  • Headquarters: Bentonville, Arkansas

There are several Walmart Supercenter locations in Columbus and the areas surrounding the city, which contributes to the fact that nearly one in 40 workers is employed there. Columbus is one of five cities on GOBankingRates’ list where the retail giant is the largest private-sector, for-profit employer.

Bumble Dee / Shutterstock.com

6. New York — JPMorgan Chase & Co.

  • Number of employees in the city: 29,000
  • Percentage of total employment: N/A
  • Headquarters: New York

New York is the most populous city in the country, with a 2018 estimated population of 8,398,748. Its largest private-sector, for-profit employer is banking giant JPMorgan Chase, which provides banking, asset management, investment banking, treasury services and more to corporations, governments, individuals with high net worths, and consumers.

Thomas R Machnitzki / Wikimedia Commons

5. Memphis, Tennessee — FedEx Corp.

  • Number of employees in the city: 30,000
  • Percentage of total employment: 4.81%
  • Headquarters: Memphis, Tennessee

FedEx ranks third on GOBankingRates’ list for percentage of total employment, with nearly one in 20 Memphis workers employed by the shipping giant.

jessicakirsh / Shutterstock.com

4. Phoenix — Walmart Inc.

  • Number of employees in the city: 30,634
  • Percentage of total employment: 1.6%
  • Headquarters: Bentonville, Arkansas

Phoenix has the fifth-largest population of any city on the list, with an estimated 1,660,272 residents in 2018. It’s one of five cities where retail giant Walmart is the largest private-sector, for-profit employer. The second-largest employer in Phoenix is Wells Fargo.

YvanDube / Getty Images

3. Houston — Walmart Inc.

  • Number of employees in the city: 34,000
  • Percentage of total employment: 2.88%
  • Headquarters: Bentonville, Arkansas

Walmart takes the top spot in five cities, but its presence in Houston is the eighth-highest percentage of any employer on GOBankingRates’ list. Houston has the fourth-largest population on the list, with an estimated 2,325,502 residents in 2018.

Ken Wolter / Shutterstock.com

2. Los Angeles — Kaiser Permanente

  • Number of employees in the city: 37,468
  • Percentage of total employment: 0.8%
  • Headquarters: Oakland, California

Los Angeles is the second-most populous city on the list, with an estimated population of 3,990,456 in 2018. It’s one of three cities in California where healthcare giant Kaiser Permanente is the largest private-sector, for-profit employer.

Tupungato / Shutterstock.com

1. Indianapolis — Walmart Inc.

  • Number of employees in the city: 39,055
  • Percentage of total employment: 1.26%
  • Headquarters: Bentonville, Arkansas

More people are employed by Walmart in Indianapolis than by any other private-sector, for-profit employer in any city in the country. About one out of every 80 workers in Indianapolis works at one of the 10 Walmart locations in the city.

andresr / iStock.com

Other Employment Opportunities in Your City

If you’re looking for a job in one of the major cities in the U.S., the biggest employer in the city may be a good place to start, but you can also check other large companies that may have their headquarters or other locations there. For example, Walmart is the largest employer in Houston, but H-E-B is No. 2. Wells Fargo is the second-largest employer in Phoenix, and Texas Instruments employs the second-largest number of people in Dallas. In Boston, Fidelity Investments is the second-largest employer.

There may also be employment opportunities in your city with other organizations, such as federal, state and local government agencies, as well as nonprofits. Many hospitals and philanthropic organizations are nonprofits but still hire large numbers of employees.

More From GOBankingRates

Alexandria Bova contributed to the reporting for this article.

Methodology: GOBankingRates analyzed financial data for 50 of America’s largest cities in terms of population in order to determine the largest private-sector, for-profit employer in each city. The percentage of total employment category indicates the total percentage of the population of each city. Data was compiled from various sources, including individual city comprehensive annual financial reports and reports conducted by Crain’s. 

Photos are for illustrative purposes only. As a result, some of the photos might not reflect the companies listed in this article.

Data is accurate as of July 8, 2019, and is subject to change.