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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

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations617990$43,950$21.13100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations105740$35,970$17.2914.35
3Transportation and Material Moving Occupations87600$33,860$16.286.55
4Sales and Related Occupations59410$38,810$18.669.9
5Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations52570$21,230$10.218.55
6Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand39640$28,610$13.751.7
7Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations38200$75,380$36.245.8
8Production Occupations36890$33,850$16.275.7
9Management Occupations33460$101,040$48.586.15
10Education, Training, and Library Occupations32870$52,380$25.196.05
11Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations24530$45,490$21.873.8
12Business and Financial Operations Occupations24280$65,770$31.625.25
13Protective Service Occupations19970$38,790$18.652.2
14Construction and Extraction Occupations19960$39,780$19.134.45
15Retail Salespersons18710$26,490$12.742.85
16Personal Care and Service Occupations17270$23,920$11.54.3
17Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations16350$26,600$12.793.65
18Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers15590$42,250$20.311.2
19Stock Clerks and Order Fillers15320$26,720$12.851.3
20Cashiers14920$20,340$9.782.2
21Healthcare Support Occupations14110$29,570$14.213
22Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food12650$19,840$9.542.3
23Office Clerks, General11870$33,150$15.941.9
24Registered Nurses11690$65,560$31.521.95
25Customer Service Representatives11350$35,800$17.211.75
26Computer and Mathematical Occupations10180$71,090$34.182.9
27Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive10110$35,600$17.121.5
28Waiters and Waitresses9650$19,720$9.481.7
29Security Guards9230$28,490$13.70.7
30General and Operations Managers8860$116,510$56.011.5
31Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks7580$29,890$14.370.4
32First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers7220$59,830$28.770.95
33Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners7160$25,980$12.491.55
34Community and Social Service Occupations6530$43,840$21.081.65
35Architecture and Engineering Occupations5960$72,240$34.731.7
36Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks5850$39,010$18.761.05
37Maintenance and Repair Workers, General5630$37,240$17.910.9
38First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers5520$44,620$21.451
39Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers5460$30,680$14.750
40Helpers--Production Workers5430$23,120$11.120.3
41Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators5390$34,010$16.350.35
42Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers5360$37,840$18.190.6
43Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations5050$47,520$22.851.8
44Cooks, Restaurant4870$22,560$10.840.8
45Nursing Assistants4860$26,700$12.841
46Construction Laborers4710$29,010$13.950.8
47Personal Care Aides4650$19,580$9.411.5
48Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products4550$69,960$33.630.9
49First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors4350$56,260$27.050
50Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners4170$21,410$10.290.9
51Food Preparation Workers4150$21,110$10.150.6
52Packers and Packagers, Hand4110$24,430$11.740.45
53Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses3830$42,340$20.350.5
54Sales Representatives, Services, All Other3710$58,240$280.6
55Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers3430$49,860$23.970.4
56First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers3310$31,930$15.350.6
57Medical Assistants3290$31,610$15.20.45
58Cooks, Fast Food3270$19,510$9.380.3
59Receptionists and Information Clerks3270$26,760$12.870.7
60Accountants and Auditors3270$71,230$34.250.9
61Legal Occupations3110$100,310$48.230.8
62Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations3080$67,670$32.530.8
63Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers2930$26,660$12.820.8
64Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics2720$44,140$21.220.5
65Business Operations Specialists, All Other2700$66,120$31.790.7
66Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop2650$18,500$8.890.3
67Human Resources Specialists2610$58,360$28.060.35
68Pharmacy Technicians2580$36,630$17.610.3
69Financial Managers2570$116,070$55.80.4
70First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers2440$57,120$27.460.4
71Electricians2410$46,870$22.530.4
72Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop2350$19,410$9.330.3
73Billing and Posting Clerks2320$36,430$17.510.3
74First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers2180$72,510$34.860.3
75Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers2140$36,400$17.50.3
76Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists2090$46,150$22.190.2
77Driver/Sales Workers2040$27,210$13.080.3
78Food Service Managers2040$43,590$20.960.2
79Computer User Support Specialists2010$49,600$23.850.4
80Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products1950$95,080$45.710.2
81Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks1920$44,030$21.170.2
82Correctional Officers and Jailers1890$40,140$19.30.25
83Managers, All Other1880$96,210$46.250.6
84Lawyers1880$127,300$61.20.5
85Medical and Health Services Managers1880$102,560$49.310.25
86Residential Advisors1870$20,880$10.040.1
87Childcare Workers1850$20,750$9.970.8
88Tellers1800$28,140$13.530.3
89Medical Secretaries1780$32,270$15.520.4
90Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists1760$63,520$30.540.4
91Sales Managers1690$121,120$58.230.2
92Firefighters1660$45,190$21.730.2
93Pharmacists1620$120,460$57.910.2
94Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders1620$29,180$14.030.2
95Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education1610$31,040$14.920.3
96Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters1610$50,330$24.20.3
97Carpenters1610$38,130$18.330.7
98Counter and Rental Clerks1600$25,150$12.090.3
99Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers1600$18,420$8.860.3
100Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria1580$24,170$11.620.3
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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$43,950617,990
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$35,970105,740
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$33,86087,600
Sales and Related Occupations$38,81059,410
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$21,23052,570
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$28,61039,640
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$75,38038,200
Production Occupations$33,85036,890
Management Occupations$101,04033,460
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$52,38032,870
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$45,49024,530
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$65,77024,280
Protective Service Occupations$38,79019,970
Construction and Extraction Occupations$39,78019,960
Retail Salespersons$26,49018,710
Personal Care and Service Occupations$23,92017,270
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$26,60016,350
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$42,25015,590
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$26,72015,320
Cashiers$20,34014,920
Healthcare Support Occupations$29,57014,110
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$19,84012,650
Office Clerks, General$33,15011,870
Registered Nurses$65,56011,690
Customer Service Representatives$35,80011,350
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$71,09010,180
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$35,60010,110
Waiters and Waitresses$19,7209,650
Security Guards$28,4909,230
General and Operations Managers$116,5108,860
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks$29,8907,580
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$59,8307,220
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$25,9807,160
Community and Social Service Occupations$43,8406,530
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$72,2405,960
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$39,0105,850
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$37,2405,630
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$44,6205,520
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$30,6805,460
Helpers--Production Workers$23,1205,430
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$34,0105,390
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$37,8405,360
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$47,5205,050
Cooks, Restaurant$22,5604,870
Nursing Assistants$26,7004,860
Construction Laborers$29,0104,710
Personal Care Aides$19,5804,650
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$69,9604,550
First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors$56,2604,350
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$21,4104,170

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$43,950617,990
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$35,970105,740
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$33,86087,600
Sales and Related Occupations$38,81059,410
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$28,61039,640
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$75,38038,200
Production Occupations$33,85036,890
Management Occupations$101,04033,460
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$52,38032,870
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$45,49024,530
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$65,77024,280
Protective Service Occupations$38,79019,970
Construction and Extraction Occupations$39,78019,960
Retail Salespersons$26,49018,710
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$26,60016,350
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$42,25015,590
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$26,72015,320
Healthcare Support Occupations$29,57014,110
Office Clerks, General$33,15011,870
Registered Nurses$65,56011,690
Customer Service Representatives$35,80011,350
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$71,09010,180
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$35,60010,110
Security Guards$28,4909,230
General and Operations Managers$116,5108,860
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks$29,8907,580
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$59,8307,220
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$25,9807,160
Community and Social Service Occupations$43,8406,530
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$72,2405,960
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$39,0105,850
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$37,2405,630
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$44,6205,520
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$30,6805,460
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$34,0105,390
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$37,8405,360
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$47,5205,050
Nursing Assistants$26,7004,860
Construction Laborers$29,0104,710
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$69,9604,550
First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors$56,2604,350
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$42,3403,830
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$58,2403,710
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers$49,8603,430
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$31,9303,310
Medical Assistants$31,6103,290
Receptionists and Information Clerks$26,7603,270
Accountants and Auditors$71,2303,270
Legal Occupations$100,3103,110
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$67,6703,080

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