The 100 Largest Companies In Tennessee For 2021

By Chris Kolmar - Jun. 7, 2021

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

Because, sure, you can google things like ‘biggest companies in Tennessee’ 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 Tennessee.

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

  1. FedEx
  2. HCA Healthcare
  3. Dollar General
  4. Dolgencorp
  5. Community Health Systems
  6. AutoZone
  7. Cracker Barrel
  8. Brookdale Senior Living
  9. LifePoint Health
  10. Envision Healthcare

FedEx 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.

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How we identified the biggest companies in Tennessee

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 Tennessee with at least 100 employees. That left us with 741 companies.

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

As it turns out, FedEx looks to the be the biggest company in Tennessee clocking in with 425,000 employees.

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

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Detailed List Of The 100 Biggest Companies In Tennessee

Rank Company City Employees
1 FedEx Memphis 425,000
2 HCA Healthcare Nashville 249,000
3 Dollar General Goodlettsville 130,000
4 Dolgencorp Goodlettsville 130,000
5 Community Health Systems Franklin 120,000
6 AutoZone Memphis 87,000
7 Cracker Barrel Lebanon 73,000
8 Brookdale Senior Living Brentwood 62,550
9 LifePoint Health Brentwood 60,000
10 Envision Healthcare Nashville 57,750
11 International Paper Memphis 56,000
12 Life Care Centers of America Cleveland 42,000
13 Steward Chattanooga 40,000
14 Vanguard Health Systems Nashville 36,600
15 Ruby Tuesday Maryville 32,100
16 Tractor Supply Company Brentwood 29,000
17 Regal Cinemas Knoxville 26,047
18 Perkins Restaurant and Bakery Memphis 25,000
19 Perkins Restaurants Memphis 25,000
20 Pilot Flying J Knoxville 24,300
21 Parallon Franklin 21,070
22 O’Charley’s Nashville 21,000
23 Genesco Nashville 21,000
24 CKE Restaurants Franklin 20,200
25 TeamHealth Knoxville 20,000
26 Vanderbilt University Medical Center Nashville 19,000
27 Nissan North America Franklin 16,840
28 TruGreen Lawn Care Memphis 16,000
29 Ardent Health Services Nashville 15,300
30 Change Healthcare Nashville 15,000
31 National Healthcare Murfreesboro 14,450
32 Bridgestone Tires Nashville 14,088
33 Sedgwick CMS Holdings Memphis 14,001
34 Eastman Chemical Company Kingsport 14,000
35 ServiceMaster Memphis 13,000
36 Iasis Healthcare Franklin 12,200
37 Quorum Health Brentwood 12,150
38 Methodist Healthcare Memphis 11,459
39 U.S. Xpress Chattanooga 10,885
40 Franke Smyrna 10,500
41 Purity Dairies Nashville 10,080
42 Craftworks Restaurants Breweries Chattanooga 10,000
43 Correct Care Solutions Nashville 9,909
44 Baptist Memorial Health Care Memphis 9,877
45 OHL Concesiones Mexico S.A. Brentwood 9,722
46 Unum Chattanooga 9,400
47 Southern Tennessee Medical Center: Ellis Paul MD Winchester 9,300
48 American Blue Ribbon Holdings Nashville 9,078
49 Sms Holdings Nashville 9,000
50 Memorial Health Care System Chattanooga 8,800
51 Terminix Memphis 8,500
52 University of Tennessee Knoxville 8,500
53 Tennessee Valley Authority Knoxville 8,000
54 Kirkland’s Brentwood 7,900
55 Averitt Express Cookeville 7,819
56 Pinnacle Airlines Memphis 7,700
57 Fred’s Memphis 7,324
58 Cellular Sales Knoxville 7,200
59 Diversicare Healthcare Brentwood 7,050
60 Logan’s Roadhouse Nashville 7,000
61 Alpha Natural Resources Kingsport 6,700
62 Janus Global Operations Lenoir City 6,473
63 Wellmont Health System Kingsport 6,332
64 Captain D’s Nashville 6,000
65 BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Chattanooga 5,948
66 McKee Foods Collegedale 5,800
67 First Horizon National Memphis 5,577
68 RCCH HealthCare Partners Brentwood 5,460
69 Turner Holdings Covington 5,200
70 Oak Ridge National Laboratory Oak Ridge 5,100
71 American Esoteric Laboratories, … Memphis 5,004
72 Antioch High School Nashville 5,000
73 EMSI Examination Management Services Memphis 5,000
74 Dialysis Clinic Nashville 5,000
75 Surgery Partners Brentwood 5,000
76 Kenco Group Chattanooga 5,000
77 ERMC II, L.P. Chattanooga 5,000
78 Merry Maids Memphis 5,000
79 Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro 4,750
80 NN Johnson City 4,730
81 Rogers Group Nashville 4,545
82 Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital Nashville 4,500
83 Verso Memphis 4,500
84 St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Memphis 4,483
85 Covenant Transport Chattanooga 4,400
86 East Tennessee State University Johnson City 4,250
87 Mueller Industries Memphis 4,244
88 Astec Industries Chattanooga 4,218
89 Forward Air Greeneville 4,189
90 Murray Guard Jackson 4,000
91 LifeWay Christian Resources Nashville 4,000
92 Anderson Media Knoxville 4,000
93 Delek US Holdings Franklin 3,941
94 Louisiana-Pacific Nashville 3,900
95 Scripps Networks Interactive Knoxville 3,600
96 Calsonickansei North America Shelbyville 3,553
97 J. Alexander’s Holdings Nashville 3,500
98 Crye-Leike, Realtors Memphis 3,500
99 Times-News Online Kingsport 3,418
100 Mastercorp Crossville 3,400

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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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