Listed below are Houston’s Top 10 Employers based on number of employees.

1. Walmart

37,000 employees

Walmart over the last 50 years has grown to be the largest retailer in the world.  They have 11,700 stores around the world under 65 banners in 28 countries and eCommerce websites.  In the Houston area, more commonly recognized as Walmart or Sams Club.


2. Memorial Hermann Health System

24,108 employees

Memorial Hermann is the largest not-for-profit health system in Southeast Texas.  They have 15 hospitals and numerous specialty programs and services in and around the Houston area.  The Memorial Hermann location in the Texas Medical Center has one of the busiest Level 1 trauma centers in the nation.


3. H-E-B

23,732 employees

H-E-B is one of the largest grocery chains in Texas, with roughly 400 stores in Texas and in Mexico.  They have been in business since 1905 and in the Houston area is the more predominant of the grocery stores available to shop at.


4. The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

21,086 employees

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is the most premier cancer in the world, and one of the largest.  In total, MD Anderson has more that 25 buildings in the Houston and Central Texas area.


5. McDonald’s Corp

20,918 employees

With over 20,000 employees in the Greater Houston area, McDonald’s Corp is a top employer in Houston providing jobs with benefits such as 401K Plans, medical insurance and recognition programs for outstanding staff performance.


6. Houston Methodist

20,000 employees

Houston Methodist is currently hiring in and around the Greater Houston area for registered nurses and sign-on bonuses for those who qualify.  Houston Methodist is located in the Texas Medical Center, and has six community hospitals located throughout Houston.


7. Kroger

16,000 employees

Houston, Texas is home to the headquarters of The Kroger Co. Southwest Division, with dozens of grocery stores located throughout the Greater Houston area.  Kroger offers employees competitive Total Rewards and advocates for a healthy work-life balance.


8. United Airlines

14,941 employees

United Airlines believes that hiring talented employees and empowering them is what is critical to the success of the airline.  They have many business resource groups available to their staff and offer benefits and traveler privileges to employees.


9. Schlumberger

12,069 employees

Schlumberger is the leading provider in the world for supplying reservoir characterization, drilling, production and processing the oil and gas industry.  They working more than 85 countries and employ 100,000 people.


10. Shell Oil Co.

11,507 employees

Shell is a leading oil and gas producer in the deepwater of the Gulf of Mexico.  Also a pioneer in oil and gas exploration and production and a leading oil and natural gas producer.

Companies that follow the top 10:


11. Exxon Mobil Corp.

11,000 employees


12. Texas Children’s Hospital

10,992 employees


13. HCA

10,830 employees


14. Landry’s

10,800 employees


15. UTMB Health

9,928 employees


16. Harris Health System

9,174 employees


17. National Oilwell Varco

8,960 employees


18. UT Health Science Center at Houston

8,220 employees


19. Chevron

8,000 employees


20. The Home Depot

7,880 employees


21. Fluor Corp.

7,750 employees


22. Baylor College of Medicine

7,705 employees


23. CHI St. Luke’s Health

7,198 employees


24. JPMorgan Chase

6,850 employees


25. Whataburger

6,620 employees


26. Subway

6,168 employees


27. Academy Sports + Outdoors

5,800 employees


28. Baker Hughes

5,695 employees


29. S&B Engineers and Constructors

5,500 employees


30. Target Corp.

5,405 employees