A Diverse Mix of Domestic and International Businesses

Investors are moving their world or regional offices to Miami and existing businesses are expanding to take advantage of a growing economy and trained workforce. Top employers run the gamut from aviation to health care and from tourism to banking. It’s no accident that most represent the target industries selected by Miami-Dade’s One Community One Goal strategic plan for growth and prosperity.

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Source: FL Labor Market Statistics, Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages Program

Top Private Employers

Miami-Dade’s diverse economy is reflected in the variety among its top private employers, which include the University of Miami, Baptist Health South Florida, Publix Supermarkets and American Airlines. Other leading private employers deliver business, personal and utility services to a wide range of markets.

CompanyNo. of EmployeesIndustry
Baptist Health South Florida11,353Health Care
University of Miami12,818Education
American Airlines11,031Aviation
Florida Power & Light Company3,011Utility
Carnival Cruise Lines3,500Hospitality and Tourism
Mount Sinai Medical Center3,321Health Care
Miami Childrens Hospital3,500Health Care
Royal Caribbean International/Celebrity Cruises2,989Hospitality and Tourism
Bank of America Merrill Lynch2,000Banking and Finance
Wells Fargo2,050Banking and Finance
LATAM Airlines/Lan Cargo900Aviation
AAR Corp.- Aircraft Services1,160Aviation
N.C.L. Corporation1,049Hospitality and Tourism
Federal Express1,161Trade and Logistics
Eulen America1,205Professional Services
Ryder Integrated Logistics1,106Trade and Logistics
Miami Herald Publishing Co.635Publishing
CitiBank1,000Banking and Finance
Fountainbleau Miami Beach1,987 Hospitality & Tourism
Burger King Corporation1,885Hospitality & Tourism
Mercy Hospital1,400Health Care
JP Morgan Chase1,300Banking and Finance
United Home Care810Health Care
Loews Miami Beach Hotel809Hospitality & Tourism
B/E Aerospace650Aviation
Ocean Bank690Banking and Finance
Perry Ellis650Creative Design
Seaboard Marine646Trade & Logistics
MasTec, Inc.605Information Technology
Biltmore Hotel563Hospitality & Tourism
Mandarin Oriental530Hospitality & Tourism
Intercontinental Miami503Hospitality & Tourism
Discovery Networks Latin America490Creative Design
SunTrust Bank500Banking and Finance

Source: The Beacon Council, 2015

Top Public Employers

Miami-Dade’s top public employers can be found in the education, healthcare, government and military sectors. Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami-Dade County and the federal government are traditionally the region’s three largest public-sector employers.

CompanyNo. of EmployeesIndustry
Miami-Dade County Public Schools33,477Education
Miami-Dade County25,502Local Government
Federal Government19,200National Government
Florida State Government17,100State Government
Jackson Health System9,797Health Care
Florida International University3,534Education
Miami Dade College2,390Education
City of Miami3,997Local Government
Homestead AFB3,250Military
Miami VA Healthcare System2,500Health Care
City of Miami Beach1,971Local Government
U.S. Southern Command1,600Military
City of Hialeah1,578Local Government
City of North Miami Beach420Local Government
City of Coral Gables730Local Government

Source: The Beacon Council, 2015

 Tax Structure

Compared to other major metropolitan areas in the United States and throughout the world, Miami-Dade County offers businesses of all sizes and industries a very favorable tax structure. Companies enjoy relatively low sales and property taxes and there are no local personal or local corporate income taxes.

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