Memphis Employment

Employment and Industries in the Memphis, Tennessee Area

Memphis, Tennessee is an ideal location for manufacturing and distribution companies due to its central location and its transportation infrastructure. Although the manufacturing sector has declined its still an important part of the economy. Services are now the largest economic element in Memphis. Industries with significant roles for the city are food processing, financial services, medical devices and pharmaceuticals. Memphis also has a noteworthy film industry. Memphis is also a major cotton market and an important center for hardwood and wood and paper products.

The Memphis economy is bolstered by numerous nationally and internationally known businesses including about 150 companies from 22 countries. The city is the headquarters for FedEx Corporation, International Paper and Fred's Stores. Federal Express Corporation is the largest employer in Memphis, Tennessee. The Memphis International Airport is one of the world's busiest airports regarding cargo tonnage. Other companies with a large presence in the region are Belz Enterprises, AutoZone Incorporated, First Horizon National Corporation, Harrah's, Cargill Cotton, and Hilton.

The science and technology sectors are represented by companies such as Buckman Laboratories, Brother Industries USA, Morgan-Keegan, Medtronic Sofamor Danek, Sharp Manufacturing of America, Wright Medical Technologies and Smith & Nephew.

Memphis has been placed in the top 8 of the 50 best major metro areas in the country for starting and growing a business by Inc Magazine. Memphis was named as one of the most successful models for economic development in the south by Southern Business and Development magazine. In addition, the agri-research sector, health related industries and high-tech bio sector are regarded as having strong growth potential.

Shown below is a list of the largest employers in Memphis, Tennessee:

  • Federal Express Corporation
  • Memphis City Schools
  • United States Government
  • Methodist Healthcare
  • Baptist Memorial Healthcare Corp
  • Shelby County Government
  • Memphis City Government
  • Naval Support Activity Mid-South
  • Tennessee State Government
  • Shelby County Schools
  • University of Tennessee Memphis
  • Park Place Entertainment
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • United Postal Service
  • Kroger Delta Marketing
  • International Paper
  • First Tennessee Bank
  • University of Memphis
  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
  • Horseshoe Casino & Hotel

The city's major nonagricultural employment segments:

  • Trade, transportation and utilities
  • Government
  • Professional and business services
  • Healthcare
  • Educational services
  • Leisure and hospitality
  • Manufacturing

Details about Memphis, Tennessee: Estimated median household income in 2007: $35,000. Cost of living index in 2008: 82.4 (national average: 100). Adult population that has earned a bachelor's degree or higher: 21%.

Some of the organizations that offer information and help to local businesses are:

The Memphis Business Journal offers details about local business and industry.

Jobs in Memphis

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations623120$44,610$21.45100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations99090$36,960$17.7713.75
3Transportation and Material Moving Occupations91180$34,830$16.756.7
4Sales and Related Occupations60490$38,180$18.369.5
5Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations51480$21,590$10.388.7
6Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations40030$73,790$35.485.85
7Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand39840$28,790$13.841.8
8Production Occupations38050$34,970$16.815.6
9Management Occupations34800$100,830$48.476.35
10Education, Training, and Library Occupations33580$53,880$25.96
11Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations24380$46,230$22.233.75
12Business and Financial Operations Occupations24150$66,330$31.895.35
13Protective Service Occupations21070$39,510$18.992.2
14Retail Salespersons19520$26,360$12.672.7
15Construction and Extraction Occupations19050$40,860$19.644.6
16Personal Care and Service Occupations18030$24,690$11.874.65
17Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations17600$26,250$12.623.6
18Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers16430$45,920$22.081.2
19Cashiers16160$20,940$10.072.2
20Healthcare Support Occupations14330$30,380$14.612.85
21Registered Nurses12870$66,350$31.91.95
22Stock Clerks and Order Fillers12620$27,330$13.141.25
23Office Clerks, General12540$34,310$16.491.9
24Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food12230$19,800$9.522.45
25Customer Service Representatives11360$37,060$17.821.75
26Computer and Mathematical Occupations10120$71,350$34.33
27Waiters and Waitresses9670$20,250$9.741.65
28General and Operations Managers9480$112,090$53.891.5
29Security Guards9140$29,120$140.7
30Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive8890$36,190$17.41.4
31Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners8800$24,090$11.581.5
32First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers6970$58,040$27.90.95
33Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks6890$30,920$14.870.4
34Community and Social Service Occupations6870$44,660$21.471.75
35Architecture and Engineering Occupations6680$73,380$35.281.7
36Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers6660$36,020$17.320.6
37Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers6460$31,600$15.190.8
38Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks6150$42,520$20.441.05
39Maintenance and Repair Workers, General5820$37,650$18.10.9
40First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers5690$44,600$21.440.95
41Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators5490$34,160$16.420.4
42Nursing Assistants5270$27,820$13.380.95
43Packers and Packagers, Hand5200$25,000$12.020.4
44Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations4850$47,110$22.651.8
45First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors4800$58,530$28.140.3
46Personal Care Aides4690$20,800$101.7
47Cooks, Fast Food4550$19,640$9.440.3
48Construction Laborers4480$29,600$14.230.9
49Cooks, Restaurant4400$23,180$11.150.9
50Sales Representatives, Services, All Other4050$60,660$29.160.7
51Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses3890$43,150$20.740.5
52Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products3860$70,430$33.860.85
53Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners3800$21,850$10.510.9
54First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers3640$33,240$15.980.6
55Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers3540$48,940$23.530.4
56Receptionists and Information Clerks3540$27,420$13.190.7
57Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians3440$57,380$27.580.2
58Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations3300$67,300$32.360.8
59Medical Assistants3220$31,590$15.190.45
60Accountants and Auditors3150$75,290$36.20.9
61Legal Occupations3100$85,690$41.20.8
62Food Preparation Workers3070$22,110$10.630.5
63Business Operations Specialists, All Other3040$63,520$30.540.7
64Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics3010$50,450$24.260.5
65Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers2960$26,360$12.670.75
66Human Resources Specialists2790$58,740$28.240.4
67Managers, All Other2760$83,940$40.360.7
68First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers2630$57,720$27.750.4
69Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders2630$28,990$13.940.2
70Financial Managers2540$117,950$56.710.4
71Production Workers, All Other2520$24,950$120.15
72Pharmacy Technicians2360$37,580$18.070.3
73Childcare Workers2310$20,900$10.050.7
74Electricians2280$46,400$22.310.45
75Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop2260$19,730$9.490.3
76Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop2180$18,750$9.020.3
77Billing and Posting Clerks2160$37,270$17.920.3
78Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers2110$35,540$17.090.35
79Medical and Health Services Managers2050$110,450$53.10.3
80Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products1950$84,900$40.820.2
81Firefighters1940$45,380$21.820.2
82Correctional Officers and Jailers1920$42,040$20.210.25
83Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks1910$46,490$22.350.2
84Computer User Support Specialists1890$48,010$23.080.4
85First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers1850$70,910$34.090.3
86Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers1810$19,440$9.350.3
87Tellers1790$29,050$13.970.25
88Food Service Managers1720$47,910$23.030.2
89Lawyers1690$111,350$53.540.5
90Residential Advisors1690$22,160$10.650.1
91Computer Systems Analysts1670$70,670$33.970.4
92Driver/Sales Workers1660$27,370$13.160.3
93Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists1660$62,110$29.860.45
94Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers1650$45,880$22.060.2
95Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters1630$51,930$24.960.3
96Dishwashers1620$19,790$9.520.3
97First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers1590$59,430$28.570.4
98Pharmacists1580$123,660$59.450.2
99Bill and Account Collectors1570$33,850$16.280.15
100Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists1550$44,120$21.210.2
Source: 2019 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2018-28 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov
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Jobs More Common Near Memphis Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$44,610623,120
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$36,96099,090
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$34,83091,180
Sales and Related Occupations$38,18060,490
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$21,59051,480
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$73,79040,030
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$28,79039,840
Production Occupations$34,97038,050
Management Occupations$100,83034,800
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$53,88033,580
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$46,23024,380
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$66,33024,150
Protective Service Occupations$39,51021,070
Retail Salespersons$26,36019,520
Construction and Extraction Occupations$40,86019,050
Personal Care and Service Occupations$24,69018,030
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$26,25017,600
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$45,92016,430
Cashiers$20,94016,160
Healthcare Support Occupations$30,38014,330
Registered Nurses$66,35012,870
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$27,33012,620
Office Clerks, General$34,31012,540
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$19,80012,230
Customer Service Representatives$37,06011,360
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$71,35010,120
Waiters and Waitresses$20,2509,670
General and Operations Managers$112,0909,480
Security Guards$29,1209,140
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$36,1908,890
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$24,0908,800
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$58,0406,970
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks$30,9206,890
Community and Social Service Occupations$44,6606,870
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$73,3806,680
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$36,0206,660
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$31,6006,460
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$42,5206,150
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$37,6505,820
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$44,6005,690
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$34,1605,490
Nursing Assistants$27,8205,270
Packers and Packagers, Hand$25,0005,200
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$47,1104,850
First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors$58,5304,800
Personal Care Aides$20,8004,690
Cooks, Fast Food$19,6404,550
Construction Laborers$29,6004,480
Cooks, Restaurant$23,1804,400
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$60,6604,050

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Memphis, Tennessee Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$44,610623,120
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$36,96099,090
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$34,83091,180
Sales and Related Occupations$38,18060,490
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$73,79040,030
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$28,79039,840
Production Occupations$34,97038,050
Management Occupations$100,83034,800
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$53,88033,580
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$46,23024,380
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$66,33024,150
Protective Service Occupations$39,51021,070
Retail Salespersons$26,36019,520
Construction and Extraction Occupations$40,86019,050
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$26,25017,600
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$45,92016,430
Healthcare Support Occupations$30,38014,330
Registered Nurses$66,35012,870
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$27,33012,620
Office Clerks, General$34,31012,540
Customer Service Representatives$37,06011,360
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$71,35010,120
General and Operations Managers$112,0909,480
Security Guards$29,1209,140
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$36,1908,890
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$58,0406,970
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks$30,9206,890
Community and Social Service Occupations$44,6606,870
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$73,3806,680
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$36,0206,660
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$31,6006,460
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$42,5206,150
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$37,6505,820
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$44,6005,690
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$34,1605,490
Nursing Assistants$27,8205,270
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$47,1104,850
First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors$58,5304,800
Construction Laborers$29,6004,480
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$60,6604,050
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$43,1503,890
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$70,4303,860
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$33,2403,640
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers$48,9403,540
Receptionists and Information Clerks$27,4203,540
Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians$57,3803,440
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$67,3003,300
Medical Assistants$31,5903,220
Accountants and Auditors$75,2903,150
Legal Occupations$85,6903,100

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