Data & Demographics


Major Employers

Wake County is home to employers of all industries and sizes. The Major Employers List below provides a snapshot of both public and private companies in Wake County and Research Triangle Park that employ 2,000 or more people.


Employers # Employees
Duke University and Health System  38,591
State of North Carolina  24,083
Wake County Public School System  19,845
Wal-Mart  16,135
IBM Corporation  10,000
WakeMed Health & Hospitals  9,105
North Carolina State University  9,069
Target  8,000
UNC Rex Healthcare  7,400
SAS Institute, Inc.  5,632
Cisco Systems, Inc.  5,000
Harris Teeter  5,000
Blue Cross and Blue Shield North Carolina  4,700
North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services  3,800
Fidelity Investments  3,700
Xylem  3,691
City of Raleigh  3,673
Conduent Incorporated   3,300
GlaxoSmithKline  3,000
Food Lion  2,800
Duke Energy  2,800
Credit Suisse  2,700
Wells Fargo  2,658
Iqvia  2,600
Lowe's Cos.  2,600
Wake Technical Community College  2,547
Lenovo  2,500
Cree, Inc. (Wolfspeed)  2,500
First Citizens Bancshares Inc.  2,383
Grifols  2,250
RTI International  2,227
MetLife  2,000
Pharmaceutical Product Development, Inc. (PPD)  2,000
Red Hat, Inc.  2,000
Verizon Business  2,000

The complete Major Employers Directory, which contains companies located in Wake County and the Research Triangle Park that employ more than 250 people, can be viewed here.


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