The ten largest employers in Charleston, S.C.


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Being a little under two hours from our capital city of Columbia + sitting on the coast of our state, Charleston is vital to South Carolina’s economy. After all, every road leads to I-26. But who may you ask is taking advantage of our ideal location? We have compiled a list of ten of the largest employers in our city to give you insider information, courtesy of Charleston County Economic Development.

Ranging from international giants to businesses that started right here, we are proud of how much Charleston has grown + developed over the years.

Let’s take it from the top.

Joint Base Charleston

22,000 employees | This U.S. Department of Defense joint base is under the jurisdiction of the United States Air Force 628th Air Base Wing, which supports 90,000+ Airmen, Sailors, Soldiers, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, civilians + more – and it is also Charleston’s largest employer. Find information on Joint Base Charleston careers here. Read reviews here.

Medical University of South Carolina

13,000 employees | Being S.C.’s only academic health science center, nearly 1,500 of MUSC’s employees consist of faculty members that serve 3,000+ students in six different colleges. The medical center includes a children’s hospital, Hollings Cancer Center, a Level I trauma center, Institute of Psychiatry, 100+ outreach locations across S.C. + S.C.’s only transplant center. Find MUSC careers here. Read reviews here.


7,000 employees | Not only is Boeing the largest manufacturing exporter in the U.S., it’s also the world’s largest aerospace company – serving U.S. and allied government customers in 150+ countries through manufacturing, goods + services. DYK that ~75% of all airplanes in the sky right now were manufactured by Boeing? Find Boeing careers here. Read reviews here.

Charleston County School District

6,500 employees | Charleston County School District encompasses 8 districts with a total of 87 schools ranging from kindergarten to high school and serves 50,000+ students. Out of S.C.’s 81 school districts, CCSD ranks 8th for Most Diverse School District, 12th for District with Best Teachers, and 13th for Best School District. Find CCSD careers here. Read reviews here.

Roper St. Francis Healthcare

5,500 employees | With the mission of “healing all people with compassion, faith and excellence,” Roper St. Francis Healthcare is Charleston’s only private, not-for-profit hospital system that has an award-winning team of employees, including 800+ doctors. Find Roper St. Francis careers here. Read reviews here.

Charleston County

2,600 employees | Dating back to 1769, Charleston County is swiftly growing + developing and continues to draw national recognition. Home of 401,000+ residents, the county’s mission is to “promote and protect the quality of life in Charleston County by delivery services of value to the community,” which is completed through values of trust, commitment, communication, versatility, accountability, teamwork, safety, diversity + customer service excellence. Find Charleston County careers here. Read reviews here.

Trident Health System

2,500 employees | Employees, physicians + volunteers are how Trident Health fulfills its mission for the care and improvement of human life. This Hospital Corporation of America hospital system is comprised of two acute care hospitals + two freestanding emergency departments that care for ~375,000 Lowcountry residents each year. Find Trident Health careers here. Read reviews here.


2,300 employees | “Each week, nearly 265 million customers and members visit our more than 11,200 stores under 55 banners in 27 countries and eCommerce websites in 10 countries” – making Walmart the largest retailer in the world. In 2018, the company achieved a revenue of $500.3 billion, employing over 2.2 million associates worldwide. Find Walmart careers here. Read reviews here.

College of Charleston

2,000 employees | Dating back to 1770, the College of Charleston is a nationally recognized public university that serves 11,000+ students in the heart of historic Charleston. The university is home to enthusiastic + dedicated faculty, including 500+ teachers. DYK CofC will be celebrating its 250th birthday this month? Find CofC careers here. Read reviews here.

Robert Bosch LLC

2,000 employees | The Bosch Group – a leading IoT company and global supplier of technology + services – is divided into four business sectors of Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods + Energy and Building Technology. With its slogan of “Invented for Life,” Bosch is dedicated to innovation, quality, sustainability + customer satisfaction. Find Bosch careers here. Read reviews here.

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