15 largest employers in Lakeland

Lakeland has experienced abundant growth and development over the past several years, bringing a 2.9% increase in employment rate. These are our city’s 15 largest employers.

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Publix Headquarters

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In between the two major cities of Orlando + Tampa, Lakeland plays a vital part to the state’s economy. After all, all roads lead to I-4. But who may you ask is taking advantage of our central location? We have compiled a list of fifteen of the largest employers in our city to give you inside information, courtesy of the Lakeland Economic Development Council (LEDC).

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

Let’s take it from the top.


Where shopping is a pleasure, Publix employs 8,000+ employees and remains the largest employee-owned grocery chain in the United States. It is known to be Lakeland’s largest private employer, and the franchise was originally founded right here in Polk County––Winter Haven, to be exact––in 1930. Publix is one of the ten largest-volume supermarket chains in the country, employing over 200,00 people total.

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Lakeland Regional Health

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Lakeland Regional Health

Originally named the Morrell Memorial Hospital back in 1916, Lakeland Regional Health, which has 6,000+ employees, serves as the fifth largest hospital in Florida with medical personnel practicing medicine in more than 25 specialties. The facilities feature modern, state-of-the-art equipment for innovative medical practice. One of the latest employee growth categories for LRH is the addition of the Graduate Medical Education program, which will bring in an additional 76 medical residents across 8 specialties starting in July 2023. At full capacity, the residency program will have 199 residents learning their craft and improving access to healthcare in Lakeland each year.

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GEICO Corporate Office

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Just wait right there because the next fifteen minutes could save you 15% or more on your car insurance… That’s right––GEICO, which holds 17 corporate offices, has an existing office planted here in Lakeland. While employing 3,800+ employees, this company continues to provide incredible career opportunities for locals, giving us more than one reason to love their iconic green gecko.

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City of Lakeland

Did you know our local government employees over 2,800 employees? From Parks + Recreation and Lakeland Electric to Community & Economic Development and the Lakeland Fire + Lakeland Police Departments, the City of Lakeland serves the LAL to preserve and inspire strong communities.

Watson Clinic

When it comes to Watson Clinic, they offer medical services of the highest quality since 1941. Providing walk-in, after hours, and weekend care, their hospital-based doctors at Lakeland Regional Health are also on-call around-the-clock available to offer emergency services + special care. While they continue to grow, they employ over 1,800 employees.

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Southeastern University

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Southeastern University

Known as one of the fastest growing private universities in the country, SEU employs 1,000+ personnel. Originally founded in Alabama and relocated to Lakeland in 1946, today they provide over 70 undergraduate degrees available in traditional, evening, or online formats.

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Amazon Fulfillment Center

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Amazon and Amazon Air Hub

If there’s one company we’ve come to appreciate is Amazon, with its fast deliveries and reliable inventory of price matching products for daily life. With over 2,500 employees locally, their Amazon Air Hub and their one-million sq. ft. warehouse on County Line Road are here to help fulfill your online shopping cravings.

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Saddle Creek Logistics Services

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Saddle Creek Logistics Services

Serving for over 50 years, Saddle Creek continues to build customized supply chain solutions for thousands of clients. They distribute to subscription box companies, e-commerce retailers, direct sellers, and more all over the United States. Saddle Creek employs over 1,280 people locally.

Rooms To Go

With around 800 employees in house, Rooms To Go has a 2.5M sq. ft. warehouse located in Lakeland. They provide furniture + delivery services to homes and businesses across the U.S.

Advanced Auto Parts

Offering a wide variety of accessories, equipment, and mechanical services for your vehicle, Advanced Auto Parts employs 615 people across Lakeland/Polk County.

Florida Southern College

Voted as #6 in one of the most beautiful college campuses in the South by Southern Living, Florida Southern College is a fast growing liberal arts college that employs 550 people.

Summit Consulting

Providing guidance and excellent customer service for worker’s compensation insurance, Summit Consulting proudly employs 540 people in its ever growing corporation.

Primo Water

Serving as a reliable purified water provider and delivery service, Primo currently employs 500 people at its Lakeland campus.


Leading innovative strategies to offer mobile pharmacy services, WellDyne Headquarters have 426 employees right here in its Lakeland corporate office.

MidState Machine & Fabrication

Equipping clients through machinery manufacturing, MidState currently welcomes 400 employees at its Lakeland office in Polk County.