Largest Employers
Aerospace/Aviation
EMPLOYER # EMPLOYEES
Edwards Air Force Base 11,990
Naval Weapons Air Station – China Lake 6,520
Northrop Grumman 4,020
Lockheed Martin 3,000
NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center 1,218
Boeing n/a
Scaled Composites 596
The Spaceship Company 330
Stratolaunch 250
PPG Aerospace 180
Virgin Galactic 93
Education/Learning
EMPLOYER # EMPLOYEES
A.V. Union High School District 2,500
Lancaster School District 2,200
Palmdale School District 2,001
Antelope Valley College 1,500
Westside School District 1,273
Tehachapi Unified School District 518
Mojave Unified School District (includes contract personnel) 480
Southern Kern School District 436
Sierra Sands School District 400
Manufacturing/Mining
EMPLOYER # EMPLOYEES
Jacobs Technology
Rio Tinto Minerals 1,200
Lance Campers 465
Sun Select Produce 310
Kinkisharyo International, L.L.C 258
BYD 250
Incotec 250
Deluxe Checks 240
Sygma 240
Morton Manufacturing 220
US Pole 180
Delta Scientific 175
Golden Queen Mining 150
BAE 145
Progress Rail 140
Lehigh Southwest Cement, Co. 120
Cal Portland Cement 120
Granite Construction n/a
Energy/Renewables/Waste
EMPLOYER # EMPLOYEES
Southern California Edison 244
Southern California Gas Company
 Waste Management 135
GE Wind 134
World Wind & Solar 134
TerraGen 90
Government/Corrections
EMPLOYER # EMPLOYEES
County of Los Angeles 3,912
CA State Prison (LA County) 1,476
CA Correctional Institute (Tehachapi) 1,462
California City State Prison 683
City of Lancaster 350
City of Palmdale 186
City of California City 155
County of Kern (AV Region only) 100
Healthcare/Healing
EMPLOYER # EMPLOYEES
Antelope Valley Hospital Medical Center 2,600
 Palmdale Regional Medical Center 1,100
 Kaiser Permanente 1,030
 Ridgecrest Regional Hospital 721
 High Desert Health Systems (includes contract personnel) 585
 High Desert Medical Group 358
 Tehachapi Health District 260
Retailing
EMPLOYER # EMPLOYEES
Antelope Valley Mall (all stores) 1,975
Wal-Mart(5) 1,922
Albertson’s (all stores) 682
Rite-Aid Distribution Center 583
Michael’s Distribution Center 550
Home Depot (4) 550
Vallarta (combined) 435
Lowe’s (all stores) 350
Target (3) 345
Costco 325
Sam’s Club 190
Kohl’s 150

Aerospace photo: Masten Space Systems XA0.1E “Xoie” Rocket, Mojave, CA Photo credit: Ian Kluft –license (cropped)