Pierce County Major Employers

About the List

Each year, the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County (EDB) assembles and publishes the Pierce County Major Employers List. This list sorts and ranks the data of companies who report their full-time equivalent (FTE) employment.

The goal of the Major Employers List is to showcase and celebrate Pierce County employers.

The Major Employers List is the EDB’s most requested and downloaded resource making it Pierce County’s gateway to site consultants and prospective future employers from around the globe.

Data and trends discovered through this research are shared with the community and local governments, helping us to program smarter and provide greater support to our business community.

The Major Employers List uses FTE employment data to capture both fulltime and part-time employees. Companies reported data by phone, email, online submission form, and via the EDB’s Business Retention and Expansion program.

The 2021 Major Employers List is Now Accepting Applications!

We need your help, submit your data today!

Have 100+ FTEs? You could be on the “Major Employers” list!

Have between 50-99 FTEs? Your could be on the “Companies to Watch” list!

Submit Your Data Here


2020 Major Employers Lists for Download

Full 2020 Major Employers Annual Report
Full report with all of the Major Employer List data and more exciting information about our employers and business community.

Major Employers List – Data Packet
Report with just the lists/data

Major Employers List – 100+ FTEs Only

Major Employers Ranked & Sorted by Industry

Companies to Watch List
Medium sized employers with 50-99 FTEs

About Our Methodology

• We asked companies to report their full-time equivalency (FTE), not an employee headcount.

• Companies reported in person, via phone, via email, and via online surveys.

• In cases when a company was unable to provide the FTE, we asked for a headcount and the full-time/part-time employee breakdown.

• We assumed that part-time workers average 0.5 FTE.

• When retail and food service companies reported a headcount, we assumed that half of the employee count is comprised of part-time workers and calculated those at 0.5 FTE.

• Estimated FTEs are based on industry averages where indicated by the “‡” symbol.

• We do not calculate year-to-year comparisons for companies that do not report inconsecutive years, nor for those whose figures are based on industry averages.

Contact Us

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Jacqueline Moffo

Economic Development Manager

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