The 10 largest employers in Raleigh, N.C.

Raleigh Chamber

As our capital city, Raleigh is vital to the state’s economy. But who may you ask is taking advantage of our ideal offerings?  We have compiled a list of ten of the largest employers in our city to give you insider information, courtesy of the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. 

Ranging from international giants to educational powerhouses, we are proud of how much Raleigh has grown + developed over the past several years. 

Let’s take it from the top.

1. Duke University and Health System

​38,591 employees | Est. annual revenue $2-$5B
Integrating education (Duke University School of Medicine, Duke University School of Nursing, Duke Global Health Institute, + Duke University) and research (Duke Clinical Research Institute, School of Medicine Research, and Duke Clinical & Translational Science Institute) Duke is “is committed to conducting innovative basic and clinical research, rapidly translating breakthrough discoveries to patient care and population health, providing a unique educational experience to future clinical and scientific leaders, improving the health of populations, and actively seeking policy and intervention-based solutions to complex global health challenges.” Find careers at Duke here. Read reviews here

2. State of North Carolina

24,083 employees | Est. annual revenue NA
With four international airports and two seaports, North Carolina is consistently ranked as one of the top U.S. states for doing business. Find State of North Carolina careers here. Read reviews here.

3. Wake County Public School System

19,537 employees | Est. annual revenue $1-$2B

The district boasts 191 schools (elementary through high school), with 10,421 teachers on staff. Graduation rates and test scores can be found here. Find Wake County Public School System careers here. Read reviews here.

4. Walmart

16,135 employees | Est. annual revenue $500+B

“Each week, nearly 265 million customers and members visit our more than 11,200 stores under 55 banners in 27 countries and eCommerce websites in 10 countries” – making Walmart the largest retailer in the world. In 2018, the company achieved a revenue of $500.3 billion, employing over 2.2 million associates worldwide. Find Walmart careers here. Read reviews here.

5. IBM Corporation

10K employees | Est. annual revenue $10+B

The tech giant focuses on AI, the cloud, IT infrastructure, security, services, and research. “IBMers believe in progress – that the application of intelligence, reason and science can improve business, society and the human condition.” Find IBM careers here. Read reviews here.

6. WakeMed Health & Hospitals

9,105 employees | Est. annual revenue $500+M

Serving the community since 1961, WakeMed Health & Hospitals is the leading provider of health services in Wake County.” Services include heart + vascular, women’s health, children’s care, rehabilitation, emergency + trauma, neuroscience + stroke care, orthopedics, surgical services, and more. Find WakeMed careers here. Read reviews here.

7.  North Carolina State University

9,069 employees | Est. annual revenue $500+M

What started as land-grant institution grounded in agriculture and engineering, is now a leading public research university with over 36K undergrad and graduate students. Top programs include agriculture, education, textiles, business + natural resources. Find North Carolina State University careers here. Read reviews here.

8. Target

8K employees | Est. annual revenue $10+B

“Target Corporation serves 49 states nationwide and at Since 1946, the corporation has given 5 percent of its income through community grants and programs like ‘Take Charge of Education.’ Today, that giving equals more than $4 million a week.” 

Find Target careers here. Read reviews here.

9. UNC Rex Healthcare

6,400+ employees | Est. annual revenue NA

“Founded in 1894, UNC REX Healthcare is a private, not-for-profit health care system.” Find UNC Rex Healthcare careers here. Read reviews here.

10. SAS Institute, Inc.

5,632 employees | Est. annual revenue $2-$5B

Offering analytics software + solutions for over 40 years, SAS empowers and inspires customers around the world to transform data into intelligence. Find SAS Institute careers here. Read reviews here.