The 100 Largest Companies In North Carolina For 2022

By Chris Kolmar
Jun. 7, 2021

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If you live in North Carolina and you’re looking for a job, you have come to the right place.

Because, sure, you can google things like ‘biggest companies in North Carolina’ and get a fairly long list of companies with a lot of employees, or perhaps that have the biggest names — but here, we bring you the companies with the most current employees that are actually headquartered in North Carolina.

Below, we’ll give you a complete list of North Carolina’s 100 largest companies, but first, here’s a look at the top 10:

  1. Compass Group (Jobs)

  2. Lowe’s Companies (Jobs)

  3. Bank of America (Jobs)

  4. Honeywell International (Jobs)

  5. Total S.A. (Jobs)

  6. Quintiles Transnational (Jobs)

  7. VF (Jobs)

  8. Hanesbrands (Jobs)

  9. Food Lion (Jobs)

  10. Family Dollar (Jobs)

Compass Group comes in at the top, with more current employees than any other company in the state. We’ll get to specifics in a moment; first, here’s a look at our methodology.

How we identified the biggest companies in North Carolina

Here at Zippia we have developed a database of over 250,000 companies that spans the entire country.

For this report, we looked at the companies headquartered in North Carolina with at least 100 employees. That left us with 1,028 companies.

We then ranked each company from most to least current employees to determine the biggest companies in North Carolina.

As it turns out, Compass Group looks to the be the biggest company in North Carolina clocking in with 595,841 employees.

Now, check out how the 100 biggest companies in North Carolina ranked.

Detailed List Of The 100 Biggest Companies In North Carolina

Rank Company City Employees Jobs
1 Compass Group Charlotte 595,841 Jobs
2 Lowe’s Companies Mooresville 310,000 Jobs
3 Bank of America Charlotte 204,489 Jobs
4 Honeywell International Charlotte 131,000 Jobs
5 Total S.A. Raleigh 104,000 Jobs
6 Quintiles Transnational Durham 70,001 Jobs
7 VF Greensboro 69,000 Jobs
8 Hanesbrands Winston-Salem 67,200 Jobs
9 Food Lion Salisbury 65,250 Jobs
10 Family Dollar Charlotte 60,000 Jobs
11 Lab Burlington 52,000 Jobs
12 Quintiles IMS Holdings Durham 50,000 Jobs
13 BBT Winston-Salem 37,000 Jobs
14 GKN Driveline – Newton Newton 31,000 Jobs
15 Draka Comteq B.V. Claremont 30,000 Jobs
16 Harris Teeter Matthews 30,000 Jobs
17 Duke Energy Charlotte 28,798 Jobs
18 Nucor Charlotte 25,100 Jobs
19 Belk Charlotte 25,000 Jobs
20 National Power Raleigh 22,650 Jobs
21 Grifols Durham 21,500 Jobs
22 Jeld-Wen Charlotte 21,100 Jobs
23 Pharmaceutical Product Development Wilmington 21,000 Jobs
24 CommScope Hickory 20,000 Jobs
25 Chiquita Brands Charlotte 20,000 Jobs
26 Old Dominion Freight Line Thomasville 19,183 Jobs
27 Ingles Markets Asheville 17,250 Jobs
28 PRA Health Sciences Raleigh 15,800 Jobs
29 Sealed Air Charlotte 15,000 Jobs
30 SAS Institute Cary 13,946 Jobs
31 The Fresh Market Greensboro 13,000 Jobs
32 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill 12,800 Jobs
33 Wake Forest Baptist Health Winston-Salem 12,563 Jobs
34 Vidant Health Greenville 12,224 Jobs
35 Mission Health Asheville 12,016 Jobs
36 Universal Furniture International High Point 12,000 Jobs
37 Progress Energy Raleigh 11,000 Jobs
38 The Moses H Cone Memorial Hospital Greensboro 11,000 Jobs
39 Duke University Durham 10,634 Jobs
40 Hanson Aggregates East Morrisville 10,600 Jobs
41 Red Hat Raleigh 10,500 Jobs
42 Cato Charlotte 10,500 Jobs
43 Bojangles’ Charlotte 10,100 Jobs
44 Laneventure Conover 10,001 Jobs
45 Machine Tool Heat Treat Service Raleigh 10,001 Jobs
46 Milkco Asheville 10,001 Jobs
47 Alex Lee Hickory 10,000 Jobs
48 Boddie-Noell Enterprises Rocky Mount 10,000 Jobs
49 Sonic Automotive Charlotte 9,750 Jobs
50 BEST Raleigh 9,403 Jobs
51 ConvaTec Greensboro 9,400 Jobs
52 Hvm Charlotte 9,300 Jobs
53 Hillco Kinston 9,000 Jobs
54 Debbie’s Staffing Winston-Salem 9,000 Jobs
55 Patheon Durham 9,000 Jobs
56 BMC Stock Holdings Raleigh 9,000 Jobs
57 Investors Management Raleigh 9,000 Jobs
58 Lowes Foods Winston-Salem 9,000 Jobs
59 Ply Gem Industries Cary 8,975 Jobs
60 Diversey Charlotte 8,600 Jobs
61 Qorvo Greensboro 8,600 Jobs
62 Martin Marietta Raleigh 8,111 Jobs
63 Hafele America Co. Archdale 8,100 Jobs
64 Hendrick Automotive Group Charlotte 8,086 Jobs
65 Curtiss-Wright Charlotte 8,000 Jobs
66 WakeMed Health Hospitals Raleigh 8,000 Jobs
67 East Carolina University Greenville 8,000 Jobs
68 SSI Schaefer Systems International Charlotte 8,000 Jobs
69 Atrium Health Charlotte 7,750 Jobs
70 NC Judicial Branch Raleigh 7,500 Jobs
71 Key Services Winston-Salem 7,500 Jobs
72 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Charlotte 7,250 Jobs
73 TransTech Energy Rocky Mount 7,000 Jobs
74 Cumberland County Hospital System Fayetteville 7,000 Jobs
75 Variety Wholesalers Henderson 7,000 Jobs
76 Biomerieux Durham 6,828 Jobs
77 Vrush Industries High Point 6,500 Jobs
78 Novozymes North America Franklinton 6,454 Jobs
79 Cree Durham 6,387 Jobs
80 UNC Health Chapel Hill 6,250 Jobs
81 Vectra Cary 6,200 Jobs
82 WilcoHess Winston-Salem 6,000 Jobs
83 SHOE SHOW Concord 6,000 Jobs
84 EnPro Industries Charlotte 6,000 Jobs
85 House of Raeford Farms Rose Hill 6,000 Jobs
86 SPX Charlotte 6,000 Jobs
87 Nash Johnson Sons Farms Rose Hill 6,000 Jobs
88 State Employees Credit Union Raleigh 5,800 Jobs
89 Guilford County Schools Greensboro 5,750 Jobs
90 Butterball Garner 5,500 Jobs
91 Renfro Mount Airy 5,500 Jobs
92 UNC REX Healthcare Raleigh 5,500 Jobs
93 Reynolds American Winston-Salem 5,400 Jobs
94 Elior North America Charlotte 5,168 Jobs
95 Rack Room Shoes Charlotte 5,000 Jobs
96 First Citizens BancShares Raleigh 5,000 Jobs
97 Sealy Trinity 4,817 Jobs
98 Blue Cross NC Durham 4,793 Jobs
99 International Textile Group Greensboro 4,750 Jobs
100 Mack Trucks Greensboro 4,500 Jobs

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Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar is a co-founder of Zippia and the editor-in-chief of the Zippia career advice blog. He has hired over 50 people in his career, been hired five times, and wants to help you land your next job. His research has been featured on the New York Times, Thrillist, VOX, The Atlantic, and a host of local news. More recently, he's been quoted on USA Today, BusinessInsider, and CNBC.

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