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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

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 623860 $42940 $20.64 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 102050 $35440 $17.04 14.8
3 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 91560 $32910 $15.82 6.45
4 Sales and Related Occupations 60270 $37010 $17.79 10.15
5 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 52000 $20420 $9.82 8.3
6 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 42250 $74160 $35.66 5.75
7 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 42080 $27570 $13.26 1.6
8 Production Occupations 39810 $33790 $16.25 5.85
9 Management Occupations 34020 $97450 $46.85 6.05
10 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 30830 $51720 $24.86 6.15
11 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 24470 $44220 $21.26 3.8
12 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 23230 $63990 $30.77 5.05
13 Protective Service Occupations 19990 $37960 $18.25 2.25
14 Construction and Extraction Occupations 19720 $39850 $19.16 4.4
15 Retail Salespersons 19430 $25920 $12.46 3.1
16 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 18200 $25170 $12.1 3.7
17 Personal Care and Service Occupations 17260 $23450 $11.27 4.1
18 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 15480 $26320 $12.65 1.2
19 Cashiers 15220 $20270 $9.75 2.25
20 Healthcare Support Occupations 14890 $28270 $13.59 3.05
21 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 14420 $43410 $20.87 1.2
22 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 13890 $18990 $9.13 2.15
23 Registered Nurses 13580 $64190 $30.86 1.9
24 Office Clerks, General 11480 $32810 $15.77 2
25 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 10920 $34310 $16.49 1.6
26 Customer Service Representatives 9800 $35460 $17.05 1.75
27 General and Operations Managers 9640 $111850 $53.77 1.4
28 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 9540 $69830 $33.57 2.8
29 Security Guards 9270 $27300 $13.13 0.7
30 Waiters and Waitresses 8580 $19060 $9.16 1.6
31 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 7810 $23750 $11.42 1.6
32 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 6780 $59570 $28.64 1
33 Community and Social Service Occupations 6540 $42380 $20.38 1.65
34 Team Assemblers 6240 $32170 $15.47 0.75
35 Helpers--Production Workers 5870 $22570 $10.85 0.3
36 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 5840 $29240 $14.06 0.35
37 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 5780 $71530 $34.39 1.65
38 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 5590 $30880 $14.84 0.4
39 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 5580 $38730 $18.62 1.1
40 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 5550 $37340 $17.95 0.9
41 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 5520 $43640 $20.98 1
42 Nursing Assistants 5440 $25660 $12.34 1.05
43 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 4950 $36420 $17.51 0.6
44 Packers and Packagers, Hand 4900 $23200 $11.15 0.45
45 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 4870 $64310 $30.92 1
46 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 4680 $19800 $9.52 1
47 Cooks, Restaurant 4670 $22690 $10.91 0.75
48 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 4320 $46430 $22.32 1.7
49 Construction Laborers 4250 $27780 $13.36 0.8
50 Food Preparation Workers 3830 $20290 $9.75 0.6
51 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 3630 $48860 $23.49 0.45
52 Personal Care Aides 3610 $18930 $9.1 1.3
53 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 3560 $52950 $25.46 0.6
54 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 3510 $25840 $12.42 0.3
55 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 3360 $64160 $30.85 0.9
56 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 3360 $41610 $20.01 0.5
57 Medical Assistants 3270 $30700 $14.76 0.45
58 Receptionists and Information Clerks 3220 $26810 $12.89 0.7
59 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 3220 $29270 $14.07 0.6
60 Legal Occupations 3150 $93540 $44.97 0.8
61 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 3110 $26960 $12.96 0.8
62 Accountants and Auditors 3070 $66090 $31.77 0.9
63 Cooks, Fast Food 2990 $18430 $8.86 0.3
64 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 2880 $17860 $8.59 0.3
65 First-Line Supervisors of Helpers, Laborers, and Material Movers, Hand 2840 $53290 $25.62 0.1
66 Financial Managers 2810 $111960 $53.83 0.4
67 Pharmacy Technicians 2740 $33420 $16.07 0.25
68 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 2640 $56270 $27.05 0.4
69 Medical Secretaries 2580 $31470 $15.13 0.4
70 Childcare Workers 2580 $20260 $9.74 0.8
71 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 2520 $42300 $20.34 0.5
72 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 2490 $68000 $32.69 0.7
73 Billing and Posting Clerks 2440 $34170 $16.43 0.35
74 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 2440 $35160 $16.9 0.3
75 Electricians 2370 $49060 $23.58 0.4
76 Driver/Sales Workers 2270 $29450 $14.16 0.3
77 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 2270 $29710 $14.28 0.25
78 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 2210 $66930 $32.18 0.3
79 Human Resources Specialists 2170 $57650 $27.72 0.3
80 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians 2150 $40570 $19.51 0.1
81 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 2130 $18770 $9.02 0.25
82 Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists 2100 $45360 $21.81 0.2
83 Computer User Support Specialists 2080 $48240 $23.19 0.4
84 Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks 2070 $45200 $21.73 0.2
85 Residential Advisors 2050 $19430 $9.34 0.1
86 Tellers 1990 $27790 $13.36 0.3
87 Sales Managers 1970 $110790 $53.27 0.2
88 Medical and Health Services Managers 1960 $97680 $46.96 0.2
89 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 1920 $50690 $24.37 0.3
90 Food Service Managers 1880 $40800 $19.62 0.2
91 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products 1800 $84010 $40.39 0.2
92 Lawyers 1800 $120580 $57.97 0.5
93 Counter and Rental Clerks 1800 $24760 $11.9 0.3
94 Correctional Officers and Jailers 1790 $38240 $18.39 0.3
95 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 1710 $61050 $29.35 0.35
96 Pharmacists 1670 $121460 $58.4 0.2
97 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 1660 $58200 $27.98 0.4
98 Industrial Machinery Mechanics 1650 $50380 $24.22 0.2
99 First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators 1640 $60430 $29.05 0.1
100 Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 1610 $243770 $117.2 0.2
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Jobs More Common Near Memphis Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 42,940 623,860
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 35,440 102,050
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 32,910 91,560
Sales and Related Occupations 37,010 60,270
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 20,420 52,000
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 74,160 42,250
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 27,570 42,080
Production Occupations 33,790 39,810
Management Occupations 97,450 34,020
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 51,720 30,830
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 44,220 24,470
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 63,990 23,230
Protective Service Occupations 37,960 19,990
Construction and Extraction Occupations 39,850 19,720
Retail Salespersons 25,920 19,430
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 25,170 18,200
Personal Care and Service Occupations 23,450 17,260
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 26,320 15,480
Cashiers 20,270 15,220
Healthcare Support Occupations 28,270 14,890
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 43,410 14,420
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 18,990 13,890
Registered Nurses 64,190 13,580
Office Clerks, General 32,810 11,480
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 34,310 10,920
Customer Service Representatives 35,460 9,800
General and Operations Managers 111,850 9,640
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 69,830 9,540
Security Guards 27,300 9,270
Waiters and Waitresses 19,060 8,580
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 23,750 7,810
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 59,570 6,780
Community and Social Service Occupations 42,380 6,540
Team Assemblers 32,170 6,240
Helpers--Production Workers 22,570 5,870
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 29,240 5,840
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 71,530 5,780
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 30,880 5,590
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 38,730 5,580
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 37,340 5,550
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 43,640 5,520
Nursing Assistants 25,660 5,440
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 36,420 4,950
Packers and Packagers, Hand 23,200 4,900
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 64,310 4,870
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 19,800 4,680
Cooks, Restaurant 22,690 4,670
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 46,430 4,320
Construction Laborers 27,780 4,250
Food Preparation Workers 20,290 3,830

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 42,940 623,860
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 35,440 102,050
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 32,910 91,560
Sales and Related Occupations 37,010 60,270
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 74,160 42,250
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 27,570 42,080
Production Occupations 33,790 39,810
Management Occupations 97,450 34,020
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 51,720 30,830
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 44,220 24,470
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 63,990 23,230
Protective Service Occupations 37,960 19,990
Construction and Extraction Occupations 39,850 19,720
Retail Salespersons 25,920 19,430
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 25,170 18,200
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 26,320 15,480
Healthcare Support Occupations 28,270 14,890
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 43,410 14,420
Registered Nurses 64,190 13,580
Office Clerks, General 32,810 11,480
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 34,310 10,920
Customer Service Representatives 35,460 9,800
General and Operations Managers 111,850 9,640
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 69,830 9,540
Security Guards 27,300 9,270
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 59,570 6,780
Community and Social Service Occupations 42,380 6,540
Team Assemblers 32,170 6,240
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 29,240 5,840
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 71,530 5,780
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 30,880 5,590
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 38,730 5,580
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 37,340 5,550
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 43,640 5,520
Nursing Assistants 25,660 5,440
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 36,420 4,950
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 64,310 4,870
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 46,430 4,320
Construction Laborers 27,780 4,250
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 48,860 3,630
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 52,950 3,560
Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 25,840 3,510
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 64,160 3,360
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 41,610 3,360
Medical Assistants 30,700 3,270
Receptionists and Information Clerks 26,810 3,220
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 29,270 3,220
Legal Occupations 93,540 3,150
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 26,960 3,110
Accountants and Auditors 66,090 3,070

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