Largest Employers
Aerospace/Aviation
EMPLOYER # EMPLOYEES
Edwards Air Force Base 11,457
Naval Weapons Air Station – China Lake 6,520
Northrop Grumman 4,200
Lockheed Martin 3,700
NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center 1,370
Scaled Composites 502
The Spaceship Company 449
Virgin Galactic 400
PPG Aerospace 280
Stratolaunch 250
BAE 145
Education/Learning
EMPLOYER # EMPLOYEES
A.V. Union High School District 2,500
Lancaster School District 2,200
Palmdale School District 1,792
Antelope Valley College 1,118
Westside School District 587
Tehachapi Unified School District 518
Mojave Unified School District (includes contract personnel) 456
Southern Kern School District 436
Sierra Sands School District 400
Manufacturing/Mining
EMPLOYER # EMPLOYEES
Rio Tinto Minerals 1,200
BYD 800
Lance Campers 575
Granite Construction 400
Sun Select Produce 310
Sygma 270
Kinkisharyo International, L.L.C 258
Incotec 250
Deluxe Checks 240
AVTA 220
Morton Manufacturing 214
Delta Scientific 175
Golden Queen Mining 170
Progress Rail 140
Lehigh Southwest Cement, Co. 120
Cal Portland Cement 120
Energy/Renewables/Waste
EMPLOYER # EMPLOYEES
Southern California Edison 244
 Waste Management 207
GE Wind 134
World Wind & Solar 134
TerraGen 88
Government/Corrections
EMPLOYER # EMPLOYEES
County of Los Angeles 4,136
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 197
City of California City 153
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 1,000
 Ridgecrest Regional Hospital 721
 High Desert Health Systems (includes contract personnel) 585
 High Desert Medical Group 358
 Tehachapi Health District 260
Retailing
EMPLOYER # EMPLOYEES
Wal-Mart(5) 1,922
Antelope Valley Mall (All Stores) 1,800
Albertson’s (All Stores) 682
Lancaster Auto Mall 590
Rite Aid Distribution Center 568
Home Depot (4) 550
Michael’s Distribution Center 550
Vallarta (All Stores) 435
Lowes (All Stores) 350
Target (3) 345
Costco 336
Sam’s Club 190
Kohl’s 150

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