Who’s Hiring in Arizona? These are the State’s 100 Largest Employers

Article originally posted on AZ Central on April 16, 2019

Arizona’s economy is humming these days, and large corporations and nonprofit groups are leading the charge.

The 100 biggest employers in Arizona collectively account for more than 528,000 workers, the most ever and equaling about one in five payroll jobs in the state. The table below shows total employees in 2019 and 2018 by industry, ownership type and headquarters.

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’19 Rank
Employer
2019 AZ jobs
2018 AZ jobs
Business type
Ownership type
Headquarters location
Website
Notes
1
Banner Health
44,718
43,102
Hospitals, other medical centers
Non-profit
Phoenix
www.bannerhealth.com
2
Walmart Stores Inc.
34,071
34,300
Discount department stores
Public
Bentonville, Ark.
www.walmart.com
3
Kroger Co.
20,530
20,680
Supermarkets
Public
Cincinnati
www.kroger.com
4
Wells Fargo & Co.
16,161
15,637
Banking, financial services
Public
San Francisco
www.wellsfargo.com
5
Albertsons Cos.
14,500
14,500
Supermarkets
Private
Boise, Idaho
www.albertsons.com
6
McDonald’s Corp.
13,000
15,500
Fast-food restaurants
Public
Oak Brook, Ill.
www.mcdonalds.com
Estimated employment in 2018
7
CVS Health
12,100
8,000
Retail pharmacies, benefits management
Public
Woonsocket, R.I.
www.cvshealth.com
8
Raytheon Co.
12,000
12,000
Missiles, defense technology
Public
Waltham, Mass.
www.raytheon.com
9
HonorHealth
11,919
11,116
Hospitals, other medical centers
Non-profit
Scottsdale
www.honorhealth.com
10
Dignity Health
10,562
9,000
Hospitals, other medical centers
Non-profit
San Francisco
www.dignityhealth.org
11
Intel Corp.
10,400
10,000
Microprocessors, technology services
Public
Santa Clara, Calif.
www.intel.com
12
The Home Depot Inc.
10,200
10,000
Home-improvement stores
Public
Atlanta
www.homedepot.com
13
JP Morgan Chase & Co.
10,000
10,400
Banking, financial services
Public
New York
www.chase.com
13
American Airlines Group
10,000
10,000
Airline
Public
Fort Worth, Texas
www.aa.com
15
Tenet Healthcare Corp.
9,483
9,749
Hospitals, other medical centers
Public
Dallas
www.tenethealth.com
16
Bank of America Corp.
9,200
10,000
Banking, financial services
Public
Charlotte, N.C.
www.bankofamerica.com
17
Freeport-McMoRan Inc.
8,759
7,900
Copper and gold mining, processing
Public
Phoenix
www.fcx.com
18
Bashas’ Supermarkets
8,519
8,498
Supermarkets
Private
Chandler
www.bashas.com
19
Amazon.com Inc.
8,500
7,000
Online retailing, delivery
Public
Seattle
www.amazon.com
20
Target Corp.
8,400
7,300
Department stores
Public
Minneapolis
www.target.com
Estimated employment in 2018
21
Honeywell International Inc.
7,792
8,300
Aerospace, building and industrial products
Public
Morristown, N.J.
www.honeywell.com
22
Circle K
7,478
6,800
Gas/convenience stores, unit of Couche-Tard
Public
Laval, Quebec
www.circlek.com
23
Mayo Foundation
7,436
7,033
Medical treatment, research, education
Non-profit
Rochester, Minn.
www.mayoclinic.org
24
State Farm
7,200
6,700
Property/casualty insurance, financial services
Mutual
Bloomington, Ill.
www.statefarm.com
25
UnitedHealthcare
7,194
7,771
Health insurance
Public
Minnetonka, Minn.
www.uhc.com
26
American Express Co.
7,000
7,000
Payment cards, financial services
Public
New York
www.americanexpress.com
Estimated employment in 2019
27
Pinnacle West Capital Corp.
6,259
6,292
Parent of electric utility Arizona Public Service
Public
Phoenix
www.pinnaclewest.com
28
Walgreen Co.
6,088
6,624
Drug stores, wellness services
Public
Deerfield, Ill.
www.walgreens.com
29
Costco Wholesale Corp.
5,569
5,267
Membership warehouse stores
Public
Issaquah, Wash.
www.costco.com
30
Salt River Project
5,209
5,239
Electric power, water delivery
Quasi-government
Tempe
www.srpnet.com
31
United Parcel Service
5,000
5,000
Package delivery, logistics
Public
Atlanta
www.ups.com
Estimated employment in 2018
32
Phoenix Children’s Hospital
4,900
4,896
Pediatric-focused medical services
Non-profit
Phoenix
www.phoenixchildrens.org
33
Cigna Corp.
4,889
3,100
Health insurance, related services
Public
Bloomfield, Conn.
www.cigna.com
34
USAA
4,700
4,000
Financial services for military families
Mutual
San Antonio
www.usaa.com
34
Starbucks Corp.
4,700
4,550
Coffee shops, food products
Public
Seattle
www.starbucks.com
Estimated employment in 2019
36
Southwest Airlines Co.
4,661
4,483
Airline
Public
Dallas
www.southwest.com
37
Sprouts Farmers Market Inc.
4,526
4,263
Health-focused markets
Public
Phoenix
www.sprouts.com
38
Marriott International Inc.
4,500
6,491
Hotels, resorts, timeshares
Public
Bethesda, Md.
www.marriott.com
Estimated employment in 2019
38
Subway
4,500
4,500
Fast-food restaurants
Private
Milford, Conn.
www.subway.com
Estimated employment in 2019
40
TMC Healthcare
4,452
4,455
Operates Tucson Medical Center
Non-profit
Tucson
www.tmcaz.com
41
Lowe’s Companies Inc.
4,400
4,500
Home-improvement stores
Public
Mooresville, N.C.
www.lowes.com
Estimated employment in 2019
42
Boeing Co.
4,336
3,742
Commercial/military aircraft, space systems
Public
Chicago
www.boeing.com
43
Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix
4,316
4,222
Churches, schools, missions
Non-profit
Phoenix
www.dphx.org
44
Charles Schwab & Co.
4,042
3,882
Investments, financial services
Public
San Francisco
www.schwab.com
45
Cox Enterprises
3,986
3,935
Cable TV, automotive auctions, logistics
Private
Atlanta
www.cox.com
46
Amerco
3,843
3,852
U-Haul truck, equipment rentals
Public
Phoenix
www.uhaul.com
47
Goodwill of Central and Northern Arizona
3,842
3,668
Retailing in support of employment services
Non-profit
Phoenix
www.goodwillaz.org
48
Northern Arizona Healthcare
3,600
3,600
Hospitals, other medical centers
Non-profit
Flagstaff
www.nahealth.com
48
Steward Health Care
3,600
3,586
Hospitals, other medical centers
Private
Dallas
www.steward.org
Estimated employment in 2019
50
Knight-Swift Transportation
3,500
3,400
Trucking, transportation services
Public
Phoenix
www.knight-swift.com
Estimated employment in 2018
51
PetSmart Inc.
3,438
3,416
Pet food and supplies; pet services, animals
Private
Phoenix/London
www.petsmart.com
52
Salt River Gaming Enterprises
3,400
3,400
Talking Stick Resort, other casinos, lodging
Tribal
Scottsdale
www.srpmic-nsn.gov
52
Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc.
3,400
3,400
Hotels, resorts, timeshares
Public
McLean, Va.
www.hilton.com
54
Discover Financial Services
3,304
3,272
Credit cards, financial services
Public
Riverwoods, Ill.
www.discover.com
55
Macy’s Inc.
3,300
3,600
Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s department stores
Public
Cincinnati
www.macys.com
55
Allied Universal
3,300
2,800
Security, janitorial, staffing services
Private
Santa Ana, Calif.
www.aus.com
57
Sonora Quest Laboratories
3,203
3,100
Medical laboratories
Public/non-profit
Phoenix
www.sonoraquest.com
58
GoDaddy Inc.
3,200
3,300
Internet, tech services for small businesses
Public
Scottsdale
www.godaddy.com
59
General Dynamics Corp.
3,149
4,800
Aerospace, defense products
Public
Falls Church, Va.
www.generaldynamics.com
60
Vanguard Group
3,100
3,000
Mutual funds, investment services
Mutual
Valley Forge, Pa.
www.vanguard.com
61
W.L. Gore & Associates Inc.
3,000
2,800
Fabrics, medical devices, electronics
Private
Newark, Del.
www.gore.com
61
Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp.
3,000
Digital, data services for companies
Public
Teaneck, N.J.
www.cognizant.com
No ranking in 2018
63
Gila River Gaming Enterprises
2,873
2,941
Gila River casinos, other businesses
Tribal
Chandler
www.wingilariver.com
64
Harkins Theatres
2,867
2,844
Movie theaters
Private
Scottsdale
www.harkinstheatres.com
65
Verizon Communications Inc.
2,820
2,820
Wireless communications
Public
New York
www.verizon.com
66
Grand Canyon Education Inc.
2,800
3,862
Operates Grand Canyon University
Public
Phoenix
www.gcu.edu
67
QuikTrip Corp.
2,740
2,742
Gasoline stations, convenience stores
Private
Tulsa, Okla.
www.quiktrip.com
68
Northrup Grumman
2,700
2,200
Space, defense, aviation and other products
Public
Falls Church, Va.
www.northropgrumman.com
68
Kohl’s Corp.
2,700
2,600
Department stores
Public
Menomonee Falls, Wisc.
www.kohls.com
70
AMR/Rural Metro Fire Department
2,673
2,842
Ambulance and fire-protection services
Private
Scottsdale, Nashville, Tenn.
www.ruralmetro.com
71
ABM Industries Inc.
2,665
Janitorial, other business-maintenance services
Public
New York
www.abm.com
No ranking in 2018
72
Yuma Regional Medical Center
2,650
2,465
Hospitals, other medical centers
Non-profit
Yuma
www.yumaregional.com
72
Domino’s Pizza Inc.
2,650
2,653
Take-out fast food
Public
Ann Arbor, Mich.
www.dominos.com
74
Discount Tire
2,612
2,370
Automotive tires, wheels
Private
Scottsdale
www.discounttire.com
75
CenturyLink Inc.
2,600
3,000
Voice, cable TV, data communications
Public
Monroe, La.
www.centurylink.com
76
Fox Restaurant Concepts
2,551
2,800
Full-service restaurants
Private
Phoenix
www.foxrc.com
77
CoreCivic Inc.
2,548
2,517
Prison management, government services
Public
Nashville, Tenn.
www.corecivic.com
78
Shamrock Foods Co.
2,372
2,358
Dairy products, foodservice
Private
Phoenix
www.shamrockfoods.com
79
Earnhardt Auto Centers
2,351
2,379
Vehicle dealerships
Private
Chandler
www.earnhardt.com
80
Humana Inc.
2,330
2,330
Health insurance, wellness services
Public
Louisville, Ky.
www.humana.com
81
Southwest Gas Corp.
2,255
2,276
Natural gas utility
Public
Las Vegas
www.swgas.com
82
Troon Golf LLC
2,203
1,924
Golf-course development/management
Private
Scottsdale
www.troongolf.com
83
Waste Management Inc.
2,200
2,017
Waste collection and disposal, recycling
Public
Houston
www.wm.com
84
Freedom Financial Network
2,125
1,869
Debt settlement, mortgages, loans
Private
San Mateo, Calif.
www.freedomfinancialnetwork.com
85
Fortis/UNS Energy
2,100
2,030
Operates utility Tucson Electric Power
Public
Tucson/Newfoundland
www.www.tep.com
85
O’Reilly Automotive Inc.
2,100
2,420
Auto-parts stores
Public
Springfield, Mo.
www.oreillyauto.com
Estimated employment in 2019
87
Microchip Technology Inc.
2,006
1,888
Semiconductors, technology products
Public
Chandler
www.microchip.com
88
Asarco
2,000
2,000
Copper-mining subsidiary of Grupo Mexico
Public
Tucson/Mexico City
www.asarco.com
89
Yavapai Regional Medical Center
1,997
1,974
Hospital
Non-profit
Prescott
www.yrmc.org
90
Valley of the Sun YMCA
1,996
1,500
Fitness centers, child care, community activities
Non-profit
Phoenix
www.valleyymca.org
91
Empire Southwest LLC
1,964
1,744
Heavy equipment, commercial solar
Private
Mesa
www.empire-cat.com
92
Dillard’s Inc.
1,960
1,970
Department stores
Public
Little Rock, Ark.
www.dillards.com
93
Edward Jones
1,703
1,702
Investments, financial services
Private
St. Louis
www.edwardjones.com
94
AT&T Inc.
1,700
Telecommunications, media, entertainment
Public
Dallas
www.att.com
No ranking in 2018
94
JBS USA Holdings Inc.
1,700
Meat, poultry packing
Public
Greeley, Colo./Brazil
https://jbssa.com
No ranking in 2018
94
FedEx Corp.
1,700
3,700
Package delivery, logistics
Public
Memphis, Tenn.
www.fedex.com
Estimated employment in 2018 and 2019
97
Nationwide
1,663
1,800
Property/casualty insurance, financial services
Mutual
Columbus, Ohio.
www.nationwide.com
98
Afni Inc.
1,630
1,568
Collections, billing, sales, customer support
Private
Bloomington, Ill.
www.afni.com
99
Casino del Sol Resort
1,617
1,625
Casino resort operated by Pascua Yaqui Tribe
Tribal
Tucson
www.casinodelsol.com
100
BNSF Railway Co.
1,600
1,600
Freight-railroad unit of Berkshire Hathaway
Public
Ft. Worth, Texas
www.bnsf.com

 

Data compiled by Russ Wiles and Agnel Philip

What does the database show?

Many of these sizable employers are service firms, topped by perennial leader Banner Health and No. 2 Walmart. Health care, retail and banking/finance dominate the list. Most, but not all, giant employers are national entities headquartered in other states.

How we collected the data

In this report, we track the 100 largest nongovernment employers, ranked by the size of their Arizona workforce, along with other key information about these entities.

The employment totals are self-reported by the companies and nonprofit groups. In the few cases where we didn’t receive a response, we estimated the totals.

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