Health Care

Nashville is home to a diverse health care cluster with leaders in a number of industry niches that impact the health care landscape locally, nationally and internationally. More than 500 health care companies are located in the Nashville region, making health care the region's largest industry. Seventeen publicly traded health care companies call Nashville home, with combined employment of nearly 570,000 and $92 billion in global revenue. The health care industry is also the region's largest and fastest-growing employer, directly employing more than 126,996 locally. Download our health care target industry brochure.


Nashville has long been known for its collaborative and entrepreneurial spirit, and in recent years, the city has gained a national reputation for cutting-edge technology and innovation. As a result, established healthcare companies like HCA Healthcare- along with startups and professional partnerships- are moving industry forward and improving patient care not just here but everywhere.

Sam Hazen Chief Executive Officer, HCA

Nashville's Health Care Industry

  • More than $1.6 billion in venture capital was invested in Nashville health care companies over the past 10 years.
  • Ninety-five percent of Nashville Health Care Council CEOs indicate a Nashville headquarters location is important to their company's success.
  • Nashville's health care industry creates $13 billion in personal income.
  • More than half of beds in for-profit hospitals are managed out of the Nashville region.
  • Nashville's health care industry has a $67 billion economic impact on the local economy every year.
  • The health care industry is Nashville's largest employer, contributing to 362,560 jobs annually.
  • There are 17 publicly traded health care companies in the Nashville region.


Health Care Industry Workforce

SOURCE: BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS, 2018
OCCUPATION NASHVILLE # OF EMPLOYEES AUSTIN # OF EMPLOYEES ATLANTA # OF EMPLOYEES CHARLOTTE # OF EMPLOYEES DENVER # OF EMPLOYEES
Home health aides $10.94 1,340 $10.92 1,650 $11.72 6,450 $10.27 6,380 $13.08 4,650
Medical assistants $16.93 4,010 $16.23 4,480 $16.16 14,520 $16.29 4,870 $17.92 5,960
Receptionists $14.06 6,420 $14.05 5,170 $14.01 15,040 $13.81 8,790 $16.12 10,110
Registered nurses $30.69 20,560 $33.78 13,540 $35.19 41,940 $30.85 22,450 $36.22 29,040
Surgical technologists $23.31 920 $24.25 860 $22.57 2,670 $20.08 930 $25.47 1,130
OCCUPATION NASHVILLE # OF EMPLOYEES INDIANAPOLIS # OF EMPLOYEES PHOENIX # OF EMPLOYEES RALEIGH # OF EMPLOYEES TAMPA # OF EMPLOYEES
Home health aides $10.94 1,340 $11.76 5,060 $12.22 14,080 $11.54 3,860 $11.20 3,860
Medical assistants $16.93 4,010 $16.40 4,840 $16.39 12,990 $15.84 2,130 $15.43 8,100
Receptionists $14.06 6,420 $14.28 5,750 $14.77 15,840 $14.39 5,090 $13.53 12,900
Registered nurses $30.69 20,560 $33.31 26,080 $37.54 38,270 $31.18 11,840 $32.70 30,450
Surgical technologists $23.31 920 $22.17 1,120 $24.71 1,720 $23.34 460 $21.10 910

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For more information about the Nashville Health Care Council, please visit healthcarecouncil.com.

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