List of largest employers in the United States

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This is a list of largest employers in the United States. Note that for some companies the United States does not comprise the majority of total employees.

Employment by company[edit]

United States Largest Private Employers (as of 2016)[1][2][3][4][5]
Rank Employer Global number of Employees Median annual pay
1 Walmart 2,300,000 $19,177
2 Amazon 541,900 $28,466
3 Kroger 443,000 $21,075
4 Yum! Brands 420,000 $9,111
5 The Home Depot 406,000 $21,095
6 International Business Machines 380,000 $54,491
7 McDonald's 375,000 $7,017
8 Berkshire Hathaway 367,700 $53,510
9 FedEx 335,767 $50,017
10 United Parcel Service 335,520 $53,443
11 Target Corporation 323,000 $20,581
12 Walgreens Boots Alliance 300,000
13 General Electric 295,000 $57,211
14 Albertsons 273,000
15 Wells Fargo 269,100 $60,466
16 AT&T 268,540 $78,437
17 PepsiCo 264,000 $47,801
18 Cognizant Technology Solutions 260,200 $31,998
19 UnitedHealth Group 260,000 $58,378
20 Starbucks 254,000
21 Deloitte 244,400
22 J.P. Morgan Chase 243,355 $77,799
23 Lowe's 240,000 $23,905
24 TJX 235,000 $11,243
25 Ernst & Young 231,000

Employment by major industry sector[edit]

According to research from the Federal Reserve Economic Data, health care has now surpassed both manufacturing and retail as the engine for employment growth in the coming decades. There were approximately 16 million people employed in the health care sector in 2017.[6]

All employees, private industries, by branches
Employment by major industry sector[7][8]
Industry Sector Employee count (as of Jan. 2013)
Total [A] 145,000,000
Total nonfarm 133,074,000
Total private 111,342,000
Goods-producing 18,071,000
Mining and logging 838,000
Logging 48,900
Mining 800,500
Oil and gas extraction 192,300
Mining, except oil and gas 204,900
Coal mining 78,200
Support activities for mining 392,000
Construction 5,353,000
Construction of buildings 1,208,700
Residential building 565,100
Nonresidential building 192,300
Heavy and civil engineering construction 773,800
Specialty trade contractors 3,370,200
Residential specialty trade contractors 1,409,800
Nonresidential specialty trade contractors 1,960,400
Manufacturing 11,880,000
Durable goods 7,468,000
Wood products 340,700
Nonmetallic mineral products 354,600
Primary metals 397,900
Fabricated metal products 1,412,300
Machinery 1,100,900
Computer and electronic products 1,071,300
Computer and peripheral equipment 156,000
Communications equipment 104,500
Semiconductors and electronic components 377,500
Electronic instruments 394,000
Electrical equipment and appliances 373,800
Transportation equipment 1,488,900
Motor vehicles and parts 797,600
Furniture and related products 349,900
Miscellaneous durable goods manufacturing 577,900
Nondurable goods 4,412,000
Food manufacturing 1,442,000
Textile mills 116,300
Textile product mills 115,500
Apparel 145,300
Paper and paper products 378,800
Printing and related support activities 452,700
Petroleum and coal products 109,700
Chemicals 787,100
Plastics and rubber products 644,800
Miscellaneous nondurable goods manufacturing 219,900
Private service-providing 93,271,000
Trade, transportation, and utilities 25,505,000
Wholesale trade 5,663,000
Durable goods 2,841,300
Nondurable goods 1,955,800
Electronic markets and agents and brokers 865,900
Retail trade 14,852,100
Motor vehicle and parts dealers 1,737,200
Automobile dealers 1,107,100
Furniture and home furnishings stores 447,300
Electronics and appliance stores 515,700
Building material and garden supply stores 1,126,600
Food and beverage stores 2,883,700
Health and personal care 1,007,900
Gasoline stations 838,600
Clothing and clothing accessories stores 1,420,800
Sporting goods, hobby, book, and music stores 596,100
General merchandise stores 3,041,600
Department stores 1,377,400
Miscellaneous store retailers 778,400
Nonstore retailers 458,200
Transportation and warehousing 4,440,300
Air transportation 446,000
Rail transportation 230,200
Water transportation 62,600
Truck transportation 1,343,700
Transit and ground passenger transportation 460,000
Pipeline transportation 43,300
Scenic and sightseeing transportation 20,500
Support activities for transportation 591,000
Couriers and messengers 546,900
Warehousing and storage 696,100
Utilities 549,700
Information 2,635,000
Publishing industries, except Internet 732,100
Motion picture and sound recording industries 315,700
Broadcasting, except Internet 284,400
Telecommunications 853,500
Data processing, hosting and related services 263,000
Other information services 186,600
Financial activities 7,783,000
Finance and insurance 5,850,200
Monetary authorities-central bank 17,500
Credit intermediation and related activities 2,614,000
Depository credit intermediation 1,742,100
Commercial banking 1,322,400
Securities, commodity contracts, investments, and funds and trusts 854,500
Insurance carriers and related activities 2,364,200
Real estate and rental and leasing 1,932,400
Real estate 1,411,800
Rental and leasing services 497,100
Lessors of nonfinancial intangible assets 23,500
Professional and business services 17,845,000
Professional and technical services 8,012,800
Legal services 1,122,800
Accounting and bookkeeping services 989,300
Architectural and engineering services 1,314,000
Computer systems design and related services 1,659,200
Management and technical consulting services 1,131,400
Management of companies and enterprises 2,059,800
Administrative and waste services 7,773,000
Administrative and support services 7,402,700
Employment services 3,031,800
Temporary help services 2,409,300
Business support services 7,783,000
Services to buildings and dwellings 1,681,000
Waste management and remediation services 369,300
Education and health services 20,791,000
Educational services 3,232,900
Health care and social assistance 17,558,500
Health care 14,365,700
Ambulatory health care services 6,389,000
Offices of physicians 2,414,400
Outpatient care centers 663,700
Home health care services 1,203,800
Hospitals 4,780,700
Nursing and residential care facilities 3,196,000
Nursing care facilities 1,651,300
Social assistance 3,192,800
Child day care services 855,000
Leisure and hospitality 13,324,000
Arts, entertainment, and recreation 1,768,600
Performing arts and spectator sports 364,300
Museums, historical sites, and similar institutions 126,400
Amusements, gambling, and recreation 1,277,900
Accommodation and food services 11,555,300
Accommodation 1,745,800
Food services and drinking places 9,809,500
Other services 5,388,000
Repair and maintenance 1,194,300
Personal and laundry services 1,315,200
Membership associations and organizations 2,878,400
Government 21,732,000
Federal government 2,786,000
Federal government, except U.S. Postal Service 2,185,200
U.S. Postal Service 600,600
State government 4,928,000
State government education 2,273,900
State government, excluding education 2,654,000
Local government 14,018,000
Local government education 7,880,000
Local government, excluding education 6,138,100

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://fortune.com/fortune500/list/filtered?sortBy=employees&first500
  2. ^ https://www.forbes.com/largest-private-companies/list/
  3. ^ http://phoenix.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=176060&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=2311821
  4. ^ https://www.wsj.com/graphics/how-companies-large-and-small-pay-their-workers/
  5. ^ https://www.wsj.com/graphics/how-does-your-pay-stack-up/
  6. ^ Thompson, Derek (2018-01-09). "Health Care Just Became the U.S.'s Largest Employer". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2018-01-10.
  7. ^ http://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_table_201.htm
  8. ^ http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.t17.htm