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Top Employers in Memphis, TN

FedEx, Shelby Schools head an impressive list.

By Kevin Litwin on March 15, 2016

Memphis TN
Courtesy of Jeremy Sorrells under a CC 4.0 license.

Memphis is lucky to have eye-pleasing attractions like Graceland, Beale Street and the Hernando Desoto Bridge (pictured above), and The Bluff City has a thriving economy that is strong in sectors like education, government, healthcare, retail, tourism and transportation. Here is some quick background on major employers in Memphis:


Known for its overnight shipping service, more than 30,000 people work for Memphis-based FedEx. Among its many accomplishments is pioneering the system that can track packages and provide real-time updates of package location.

Shelby County Schools

Nearly 16,000 employees work for the Shelby County Schools district that serves the city of Memphis and unincorporated areas. Meanwhile, other school districts in the Greater Memphis region are Arlington, Bartlett City, Collierville, Germantown Municipal, Lakeland and Millington Municipal.

Government Services

Thousands of Memphis residents work for the government sector, including 14,800 employees with the United States government. In addition, 7,000 people are employed with Shelby County government, 6,600 with Memphis city government, and 5,200 with Tennessee state government.

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare Hospital

A total of 1,765 licensed beds make up Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare Hospital, a medical center of 10,000 employees who treat more than 300,000 patients annually. Physicians at Methodist perform about 40,000 surgeries each year.

Baptist Memorial Healthcare-Memphis

One of Tennessee’s highest volume hospitals is Baptist Memorial Healthcare-Memphis, with more than 50,000 emergency department visits and 14,000 surgeries each year. An award-winning department within this 8,000-employee hospital is its Baptist Heart Institute, dedicated to leading-edge cardiovascular research.

Walmart Stores Inc.

Three Walmart Supercenters enjoy great success in Memphis, and about 6,500 employees work at the stores. All three supercenters have a tire and lube department, pharmacy, restaurant, eye center, pet grooming facility and groceries.

Naval Support Activity Mid-South

Located in Millington just north of Memphis is the Naval Support Activity Mid-South, which serves as the U.S. Navy’s Human Resources Center of Excellence for the region. More than 6,500 military, civilian and contract personnel work on the base.

Park Place Entertainment

Bally’s Casino-Tunica and Grand Casino Tunica are operated by Park Place Entertainment, with 4,000 people employed at these two Greater Memphis area gaming resorts. The two facilities each welcome more than 5,000 visitors every day of the year.

University of Memphis

Go Tigers! University of Memphis is a research institution with 22,000 students and 4,000 employees, and among its academic offerings is a FedEx Institute of Technology as well as The Center for Earthquake Research and Information.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and its 3,500 employees is caring for seriously ill pediatric patients, and no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food.

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