Who Are the Top Employers of Memphis Residents?

While the musical history and numerous tourist spots are reason enough to love Memphis, there’s an even better argument for living there – and it has everything to do with employment.

Memphis has been slowly developing its small business presence over the years, as well as holding steady with large employers. If you’re in the market for relocation and looking at Memphis houses for sale, keep in mind these top employers of the city’s inhabitants. 


A leader in delivery services, you’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t recognize the company’s purple and orange logo. This multinational corporation has helped drive job growth in Memphis for years. The company was founded in 1971 and has been a staple ever since. It currently employs 30,000 people.

There are many opportunities within the company aside from the oft-thought of delivery drive, such as positions in marketing, inventory control, data science, operations, and project management. FedEx is a Fortune 100 company that generates more than $45 billion in annual revenue.

International Paper

International Paper is one of the world’s leading producers of renewable fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper. It serves more than 25,000 customers in 150 countries.

It’s a leader in the industry when it comes to helping the planet get greener. Overall, they employ over 50,000 people. The company’s net sales for 2019 were $22 billion.


This nationally known auto parts company is headquartered in Memphis, and was founded in 1979. It was founded by J. R. “Pitt” Hyde III that year as a division of Malone & Hyde, Inc., a Memphis-based wholesale grocery firm founded by his grandfather, J. R. Hyde, and Taylor Malone in 1907. AutoZone sells in stores in 50 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Brazil. As of 2021 they employ over 105,000 people.

Pitt Hyde’s Hyde Foundation has become  an important economic force in shaping Memphis’s cultural institutions. Some of the programs it has supported include the Memphis Ballet, the Greater Memphis Arts Council, the Memphis Biotech Foundation, the National Civil Rights Museum, and the Blues Foundation.

St. Jude’s Research Hospital

This world-renowned hospital is nationally ranked number one in pediatric specialty. It was founded in 1962, and has been ranked among the 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials by Fortune.

This cancer center is devoted solely to children and it does not charge patients. The institution is committed to making a change and leads the charge in the fight against cancer.

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare

This is the largest provider of healthcare services in Memphis and employs around 13,000 people. Positions include not only physicians and nurses, but counselors, risk management professionals, administrative assistants, information technology specialists, human resources professionals, data analysts, and more.

This is another business that’s made a Fortune list; in 2017, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare made the was among the 100 best companies to work for.

The company was founded in 1918, and consists of seven hospitals, multiple outpatient and diagnostic centers, and a growing network of physician practices.