Ranked: The Largest U.S. Corporations By Number Of Employees

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Graphic showing the top U.S. corporations by number of employees


Revenue and profit are common measures for measuring the size of a business, but what about employee headcount?

To see how big companies have become from a human perspective, we’ve visualized the top U.S. companies by employees. These figures come from companiesmarketcap.com, and were accessed in March 2024. Note that this ranking includes publicly-traded companies only.


Data and Highlights

The data we used to create this list of the largest U.S. corporations by number of employees can be found in the table below.


Retail and Logistics Top the List

Companies like Walmart (WMT)Target (TGT), and Kroger (KR) have a massive headcount due to having many locations spread across the country, which require everything from cashiers to IT professionals.

Moving goods around the world is also highly labor intensive, explaining why UPS has half a million employees globally.


Below the Radar?

Two companies that rank among the largest U.S. corporations by employees that may be less familiar to the public include Concentrix (CNXC) and Cognizant (CTSH). Both of these companies are B2B brands, meaning they primarily work with other companies rather than consumers. This contrasts with brands like Amazon or Home Depot, which are much more visible among average consumers.


A Note on Berkshire Hathaway

Warren Buffett’s company doesn’t directly employ 383,000 people. This headcount actually includes the employees of the firm’s many subsidiaries, such as GEICO (insurance), Dairy Queen (retail), and Duracell (batteries).

If you’re curious to see how Buffett’s empire has grown over the years, check out this animated graphic that visualizes the growth of Berkshire Hathaway’s portfolio from 1994 to 2022.


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