Largest Employers by County (Tampa - Naples)

This page has been created as resource to display (and easily locate) the largest employers in the eight county region of the Florida Suncoast (Tampa - Naples). The below data includes both private and public employers, as well as non-profit organizations.


Large / Big Suncoast Employers

When looking at the number of employees for the largest companies / employers here on the Suncoast, we can quickly see some repetitive data patterns. We can clearly see that the school districts, city and county governments for each respective county are typically the largest employers with upwards of 10,000 employees. We can also clearly see that the largest employers comprise the educational, public service and municipal government sectors. Other top employers also comprised the manufacturing, healthcare, retail or grocery sectors. Examples of large manufacturing employers included PGT Industries & Tropicana Products. Large Healthcare employers included HCA West Florida and Lee Health System. Large retail employers include Wal-Mart and Bealls. And last, but not least, large grocery employers include Publix and Sweetbay Supermarkets.

Five Largest Suncoast Employers

# Employer Name Employees County
1. School District of Hillsborough County 25,473 Hillsborough
2. HCA West Florida 16,461 Hillsborough
3. Publix Supermarkets 15,955 All Counties
4. Pinellas County School District 13,905 Pinellas
5. MacDill Airforce Base 12,000 Hillsborough

* Employee count based upon local Chamber and EDC data listed below.

Pinellas County - Largest Employers

# Employer Name  Employees  Industry
1. Pinellas County School District 13,905 Public Education
2. Home Shopping Network (HSN) 4,000 Retail Services
3. Pinellas County Government 4,000 County Government
4. City of St. Petersburg 3,500 City Government
5. Times Publishing Corp. 3,187 Print & Media
6. Raymond James and Associates 3,022 Financial Services
7. Pinellas County Sheriff's Office 2,800 Law Enforcement
8. Nielsen Media Research, Inc. 2,669 Market Research / Public Opinion
9. Morton Plant Hospital 2,448 Medical / Healthcare
10. Bay Pines VA Medical Center 2,330 Medical / Healthcare
11. Raytheon 2,200 Manufacturing
12. All Children's Health System, Inc. 2,000 Medical / Healthcare
13. Bayfront Medical Center, Inc. 2,000 Medical / Healthcare
14. Florida Progress Corp. 1,870 Utility
15. Tech Data Corp. 1,800 Computer and Software
16. Honeywell, Inc. 1,800 Technology
17. Jabil Circuit Co. 1,630 Manufacturer - Circuit Boards
18. Special Data Processing, Inc. 1,600 Telemarketing
19. Essilor of America 1,397 Ophthalmic Goods
20. Western Reserve Life Assurance 1,200 Insurance

Source: Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce, 2016

Pinellas County Municipalities: Belleair, Belleair Beach, Belleair Bluffs, Belleair Shore, Clearwater, Dunedin, Gulfport, Indian Rocks Beach, Indian Shores, Kenneth City, Largo, Madeira Beach, North Redington Beach, Oldsmar, Pinellas Park, Redington Beach, Redington Shores, Safety Harbor, St. Pete Beach, St. Petersburg, Seminole, South Pasadena, Tarpon Springs, Treasure Island

Hillsborough County - Largest Employers

1. School District of Hillsborough County 25,473 Education Services
2. HCA West Florida 16,461 Hospital Network
3. MacDill Airforce Base 12,000 Government
4. Hillsborough County Government 10,600 County Government
5. Tampa International Airport 7,500 Air Transportation
6. Tampa General Hospital 6,500 Medical / Healthcare
7. Publix Supermarkets 6,086 Grocery Store
8. Bloomin Brands 5,300 Restaurant Chains
9. JPMorgan Chase & Co. 4,733 Finance & Insurance
10. Citibank 4,000 Finance & Insurance
11. St. Joseph's Hospital 3,501 Healthcare & Social Assistance
12. Humana 3,500 Insurance
13. Busch Gardens 3,500 Entertainment & Recreation
14. University of South Florida 3,300 Education
15. H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center 3,218 Medical / Healthcare
16. Wellcare Healthcare 3,190 Healthcare
17. Sweetbay Supermarkets 2,834 Grocery Store
18. TECO Energy 2,500 Utility
19. Caspers Company 2,470 Food Service
20. Hillsborough Community College 2,454 Educational Services

Tampa Hillsborough EDC Research, 2016

Hillsborough County Municipalities: Apollo Beach, Balm, Bloomingdale, Boyette, Brandon, Carrollwood, Carrollwood Village, Cheval, Citrus Park, Citrus Park, Clair-Mel City, Dover, Drew Park, East Lake, Egypt Lake, Fish Hawk, Gary, Gibsonton, Keystone, Lake Magdalene, Leto, Lutz, Mango, Northdale, Orient Park, Palm River, Pebble Creek, Plant City, Port Tampa, Progress Village, Riverview, Ruskin, Seffner, Sulphur Springs, Sun City Center, Tampa, Temple Terrace, Thonotosassa, Town 'n' Country, Valrico, West Park, West Tampa, Westchase, Wimauma, Ybor City

Manatee County - Largest Employers

# Employer Name  Employees  Industry
1. Manatee County School District 5,448 Public Education
2. Beall's Inc. 1,694 City Government
3. Manatee County Government 1,625 City Government
4. Manatee Memorial Hospital 1,150 Hospital
5. Manatee County Sheriff's Dept 1,081 Law Enforcement
6. Tropicana Products, Inc. 1,000 Beverages
7. Blake Medical Center 849 Hospital
8. IMG Academies 640 Sports Training
9. Publix 639 Grocery store
10. Feld Entertainment 563 Live Entertainment
11. TriNet 550 HR Solutions
12. SCF Manatee - Sarasota 500 Post-Secondary Education
13. City of Bradenton 481 City Government
14. SYSCO West Coast Florida, Inc. 470 Food Distribution
15. Pierce Manufacturing 400 Manufacturing

Source: Bradenton Area Economic Development Corporation, 2016

Manatee County Municipalities: City of Anna Maria, City of Bradenton, City of Bradenton Beach, City of Holmes Beach, Town of Longboat Key, City of Palmetto, Bayshore Gardens, Cortez, Ellenton, Memphis, Samoset, South Bradenton, West Bradenton, West Samoset, Whitfield

Sarasota County - Largest Employers

# Employer Name  Employees  Industry
1. School Board of Sarasota County 5,070 Public Education
2. Sarasota Memorial Health Care 3,024 Health Care
3. Publix Supermakets, Inc. 2,677 Grocery Store
4. PGT Industries 2,079 Manufacturer - Windows & Doors
5. Sarasota County Government 2,027 County Government
6. Venice Regional Bayfront Health 871 Hospital
7. Goodwill Industries Manasota 837 Not-for-Profit Retailer
8. Sun Hydraulics Corporation 683 Manufacturer - Hydraulic Valves
9. Tervis 679 Manufacturer
10. City of Sarasota 619 City Government
11. Tidewell Hospice 575 Healthcare
12. City of North Port 530 Municipality
13. Doctors Hospital of Sarasota 471 Hospital
14. The Ritz-Carlton of Sarasota 444 Hotel And Resort
15. ASO, LLC 440 Manufacturer
16. Shared Services Center 405 Business Support
17. FCCI Insurance Group 402 Insurance
18. Ringling College 330 College
19. Expert Global Solutions 330 Customer Service
20. Englewood Community Hospital 319 Hospital

Source: EDC of Sarasota County & Sarasota Community Foundation, 2016

Sarasota County Municipalities: City of North Port, City of Sarasota, City of Venice, Town of Longboat Key, Bee Ridge, Desoto Lakes, Englewood, Fruitville, Gulf Gate Estates, Kensington Park, Lake Sarasota, Laurel, Nokomis, North Sarasota, Osprey, Plantation, Ridge Wood Heights, Sarasota Springs, Siesta Key, South Gate Ridge, South Sarasota, South Venice, Southgate, The Meadows, Vamo, Venice Gardens, Warm Mineral Springs

Charlotte County - Largest Employers

# Employer Name  Employees  Industry
1. Publix Super Markets Inc 1,361 Grocery Store
2. Wal-Mart Stores Inc 1,300 Retail
3. Fawcett Memorial Hospital 854 Medical / Healthcare
4. Bayfront Health Port Charlotte 825 Medical / Healthcare
5. Palm Automall 670 Automotive
6. Winn-Dixie 664 Grocery Store
7. Bayfront Health Punta Gorda 600 Healthcare
8. Home Depot 600 Retail
9. South Port Square 400 Senior Living
10. McDonalds 385 Fast Food
11. Humana Market Pointe 373 Insurance
12. Englewood Community Hospital 350 Medical / Healthcare
13. Keller Williams Realty 250 Real Estate
14. Life Care Center of Punta Gorda 240 Healthcare
15. Charlotte Behavioral Healthcare 227 Healthcare
16. Solaris - Charlotte Harbor 214 Healthcare
17. Macy's 200 Retail
18. Moopen & Wei 200 Medical
19. McCormick & Co, Inc. 199 Food Preparation
20. Walgreens 198 Drugstore

Source: Charlotte County Economic Development, 2016

Charlotte County Municipalities: Punta Gorda, Boca Grande, Cape Haze, Charlotte Harbor, Charlotte Park, Cleveland, Deep Creek, Englewood, Grove City, Harbour Heights, Manasota Key, Murdock, Placida, Port Charlotte, Rotond, Solana

Lee County - Largest Employers

# Employer Name  Employees  Industry
1. Lee Health System 11,800 Medical / Healthcare
2. Lee County School District 10,600 Public Schools
3. Lee County Administration 3,500 City Government
4. Publix Super Markets 3,071 Grocery Store
5. Wal-Mart 1,967 Retail
6. Chico's FAS, Inc. 1,600 Retail
7. Lee County Sheriff's Office 1,585 Public Safety, Sheriff
8. Lee County Public Safety 1,409 City Government
9. Florida Gulf Coast University 1,253 State University
10. Shell Point Retirement Community 1,202 Life Care Facility
11. Target 1,040 Retail
12. Comcast 994 Telecommunications
13. Hope HealthCare Services 880 Healthcare
14. City of Fort Myers 879 City Government
15. U.S. Postal Service 749 Postal Service
16. 21st Century Oncology, LLC 627 Headquarters - Healthcare
17. Lowe's 626 Building Materials
18. Bank of America 500 Banking / Financial
19. CenturyLink 446 Communications
20. South Seas (LXR Luxury Resorts) 400 Resorts

Source: Lee County Economic Development Alliance, 2016

Lee County Municipalities: City of Bonita Springs, City of Cape Coral, City of Fort Myers, Town of Fort Myers Beach, City of Sanibel, Alva Boca Grande, Bokeelia, Buckingham, Burnt Store Marina, Captiva, Charleston Park, Cypress Lake, East Dunbar, Estero, Fort Myers Shores, Gateway, Harlem Heights, Iona, Lehigh Acres, Lochmoor Waterway Estates, Matlacha (on Matlacha Island) Matlacha Isles-Matlacha Shores, McGregor, North Fort Myers, Olga, Page Park, Palmona Park, Pine Island Center, Pine Manor, Pineland (on Pine Island), Punta Rassa, San Carlos Park, South Fort Myers, St. James City, Suncoast Estates, Three Oaks, Tice, Villas, Whiskey Creek, Babcock Ranch

Collier County - Largest Employers

# Employer Name  Employees  Industry
1. Collier County Public Schools 7,041 Education
2. NCH Healthcare System 4,000 Medical / Healthcare
3. Publix Supermarkets 2,021 Grocery Chain
4. Ritz-Carlton Naples 1,100 Hospitality
5. Garquilo Produce 1,100 Agriculture
6. Arthrex Inc. 1,056 Medical/Healthcare
7. Collier County Sheriff's Office 1,029 Safety
8. Comcast 994 Telecommunications
9. Hope HealthCare Services 880 Healthcare
10. City of Fort Myers 879 City Government
11. Marriott 700 Hospitality
12. Naples Grande Beach Resort 700 Hospitality
13. Bentley Village 550 Retirement Community
14. Wal-Mart Stores 594 Retail
15. City of Naples 480 City Government

Source: Collier County Government, 2016

Lee County Municipalities: City of Bonita Springs, City of Cape Coral, City of Fort Myers, Town of Fort Myers Beach, City of Sanibel, Alva Boca Grande, Bokeelia, Buckingham, Burnt Store Marina, Captiva, Charleston Park, Cypress Lake, East Dunbar, Estero, Fort Myers Shores, Gateway, Harlem Heights, Iona, Lehigh Acres, Lochmoor Waterway Estates, Matlacha (on Matlacha Island) Matlacha Isles-Matlacha Shores, McGregor, North Fort Myers, Olga, Page Park, Palmona Park, Pine Island Center, Pine Manor, Pineland (on Pine Island), Punta Rassa, San Carlos Park, South Fort Myers, St. James City, Suncoast Estates, Three Oaks, Tice, Villas, Whiskey Creek, Babcock Ranch

Monroe County - Largest Employers

# Employer Name  Employees  Industry
1. US Armed Services 2,190 Federal Government
2. Monroe County Schools 1,096 Public Education
3. Ocean Reef Club 962 Private Membership Club
4. Monroe County Sheriff's Office 595 Law Enforcement
5. Monroe County Government 516 County Government
6. City of Key West 497 City Government
7. Lower Keys Medical Center 430 Healthcare
8. Casa Marina Resort/Beach Resort 374 Resorts
9. Spottswood Properties 341 Resorts
10. Historic Tours of America 326 Tourism
11. Cheeca Lodge 280 Resorts
12. Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority 280 Municipal Services
13. Winn Dixie 196 Grocery Store
14. Florida Keys Community College 169 Educational Services
15. Keys Energy Services 125 Utility / Energy

Source: Key West Chamber of Commerce, Sept 2016

Monroe County Municipalities: City of Key West, City of Marathon, City of Key Colony Beach, City of Layton, Village of Islamorada, Stock Island, Big Coppitt Key, Cudjoe Key, Big Pine Key, Duck Key, Tavernier, Key Largo, North Key Largo, Flamingo, Bay Point, Sugarloaf Shores