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Dothan Employment

Employment and Industries in the Dothan, Alabama Area

Dothan is a major commercial and transportation center in its region. Approximately half of the workforce is employed in white collar jobs. The combined healthcare and social services industry is the largest employer and manufacturing is second. The service industry includes a little over 20% of the workforce. About 17% of the workforce is employed by the government. Some of the other popular fields for employment are sales, aviation, fabricated metals and transportation. Aerospace and advanced technology industries also provide jobs. In addition, the Speculative Building Program encourages development and has brought new jobs to Dothan.

Approximately one-fourth of the nation's peanut crop is grown nearby which provides jobs at the city's processing plants. Cotton is also a significant factor for the economy. Distribution centers also have a significant role in the economy.

The city has one of the lowest cost of living levels in the nation. In 2006, US News and World Reports ranked Dothan #1 as the lowest cost of living city in the country. The ranking is primarily due to low local taxes. In addition, the average income in Dothan in early 2009 was $29,000. About 15% of the residents have a bachelor's degree and about 8% have a graduate degree.

The Southeast Valley Medical Center is the largest employer in Dothan. The other prominent employers in the Dothan area are:

  • Coca-Cola
  • L-3 Communications
  • Medical Connections
  • GAM Inc
  • AAA Cooper Transportation
  • Houston County Healthcare Authority
  • Triad of Alabama
  • Goldco
  • GGG Foods
  • Ansell
  • Sony Magnetic Products of America
  • General Electric
  • Michelen
  • Dunbarton
  • Barrington Seafood
  • Qualico Steel
  • Pemco World Air Services
  • McLane Company
  • International Paper
  • E & H Steel
  • Dixie Egg
  • Movie Gallery's distribution center
  • City of Dothan
  • Dupont Hospital
  • Community Health Systems
  • Gentiva Health Services
  • Amedisys
  • PTRRS

The Dothan Chamber of Commerceis the city's primary business organization.

The Dothan Eagle provides information on the current business activities in the city.

Most Popular Jobs in Dothan, Alabama Metro Area (2008 data)

Where the Majority of Workers Have College Degrees

Rank Title Local Jobs Local Mean Salary Typical Local Salary National Growth % 2006-2016 National % With College Degree
1 Registered nurses 1,540 $52,240 $38,050 - 65,990 24% 56%
2 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 770 $41,850 $23,120 - 70,960 8% 51%
3 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 710 $45,680 $35,620 - 57,030 6% 96%
4 Elementary school teachers, except special education 530 $43,670 $34,230 - 54,340 14% 95%
5 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 340 $45,700 $35,970 - 55,270 11% 95%
6 Accountants and auditors 320 $65,930 $34,490 - 121,290 18% 79%
7 Pharmacists 230 $106,030 $76,280 - 138,900 22% 97%
8 Advertising sales agents 140 $38,350 $20,190 - 63,900 20% 56%
9 Child, family, and school social workers 140 $36,240 $26,040 - 52,110 19% 77%
10 Financial managers 130 $79,850 $42,470 - 136,070 13% 60%
11 Legislators 130 $15,360 $12,840 - 17,020 1% 65%
12 Chief executives 120 $167,950 $90,560 - 2% 65%
13 Lawyers 120 $141,770 $56,510 - 11% 99%
14 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 120 $49,050 $37,730 - 63,210 12% 51%
15 Medical and public health social workers 120 $36,920 $26,290 - 51,180 24% 77%
16 Medical and health services managers 110 $98,760 $57,560 - 150,710 16% 57%
17 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 100 $70,510 $52,900 - 93,110 8% 78%
18 Sales managers 80 $101,490 $56,560 - 10% 69%
19 Librarians 80 $42,800 $28,980 - 55,030 4% 85%
20 Social and human service assistants 80 $23,730 $18,480 - 30,350 34% 58%
21 Special education teachers, secondary school 70 $44,860 $35,730 - 54,780 9% 87%
22 Public relations specialists 70 $40,630 $25,970 - 68,620 18% 81%
23 Graphic designers 70 $26,550 $18,560 - 35,310 10% 55%
24 Managers, all other 60 $77,320 $35,770 - 126,830 7% 55%
25 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 60 $30,790 $19,000 - 43,270 15% 51%
26 Self-enrichment education teachers 60 $27,210 $16,180 - 43,220 23% 54%
27 Physical therapists 50 $79,490 $55,960 - 107,680 27% 89%
28 Civil engineers 50 $72,730 $44,440 - 102,660 18% 87%
29 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 50 $64,260 $34,100 - 117,530 12% 51%
30 Network and computer systems administrators 50 $57,860 $39,350 - 80,060 27% 50%
31 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 50 $57,050 $14,570 - 76,310 17% 56%
32 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 50 $51,190 $41,230 - 63,570 13% 73%
33 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 50 $39,430 $27,510 - 55,740 5% 58%
34 Network systems and data communications analysts 40 $61,330 $28,970 - 85,190 53% 57%
35 Training and development specialists 40 $52,000 $29,710 - 67,350 18% 56%
36 Social and community service managers 40 $48,670 $32,860 - 76,220 25% 72%
37 Vocational education teachers, secondary school 40 $47,050 $37,500 - 58,020 -5% 96%
38 Special education teachers, middle school 40 $46,360 $40,410 - 52,950 16% 87%
39 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 40 $43,440 $34,300 - 52,570 20% 87%
40 Computer programmers 40 $42,020 $32,600 - 53,720 -4% 73%
41 Dentists, general 30 $161,540 $100,330 - 9% 100%
42 Personal financial advisors 30 $76,350 $31,810 - 157,070 41% 81%

Where the Majority of Workers Do Not Have College Degrees

Rank Title Local Jobs Local Mean Salary Typical Local Salary National Growth % 2006-2016 National % With College Degree
1 Retail salespersons 2,540 $21,550 $13,440 - 32,920 12% 25%
2 Cashiers 2,090 $15,980 $12,840 - 20,220 -3% 10%
3 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 1,520 $41,350 $25,250 - 61,080 10% 4%
4 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 1,480 $25,520 $17,820 - 34,250 1% 18%
5 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 1,420 $20,410 $14,160 - 26,550 2% 5%
6 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 1,230 $14,980 $12,790 - 18,400 18% 5%
7 General and operations managers 1,090 $80,880 $37,870 - 142,470 2% 48%
8 Waiters and waitresses 1,050 $16,610 $12,930 - 22,170 11% 14%
9 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 1,000 $35,660 $19,840 - 51,160 4% 25%
10 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 1,000 $19,840 $13,860 - 29,790 18% 7%
11 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 990 $28,740 $17,850 - 39,510 13% 16%
12 Office clerks, general 960 $20,370 $13,420 - 30,490 13% 19%
13 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 950 $32,840 $23,800 - 43,370 14% 7%
14 Stock clerks and order fillers 810 $20,170 $13,690 - 29,820 -8% 8%
15 Team assemblers 750 $19,580 $13,340 - 28,930 0% 5%
16 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 670 $43,730 $24,000 - 69,790 6% 29%
17 Customer service representatives 640 $24,280 $14,270 - 35,390 25% 22%
18 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 640 $17,830 $13,080 - 24,730 15% 4%
19 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 570 $27,850 $15,560 - 48,150 8% 4%
20 Security guards 530 $0 $ - 17% 13%
21 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 520 $45,770 $24,920 - 83,310 -5% 15%
22 Maintenance and repair workers, general 500 $26,360 $16,590 - 38,710 10% 6%
23 Receptionists and information clerks 500 $21,980 $15,230 - 31,490 17% 13%
24 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 480 $23,300 $13,910 - 37,580 11% 14%
25 Cooks, restaurant 480 $18,420 $13,250 - 25,510 12% 5%
26 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 460 $16,600 $13,170 - 20,260 13% 5%
27 Construction laborers 450 $20,390 $13,490 - 33,160 11% 5%
28 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 440 $54,400 $25,680 - 73,420 9% 10%
29 Sewing machine operators 440 $20,920 $16,800 - 25,510 -27% 5%
30 Counter and rental clerks 400 $20,270 $13,430 - 28,010 23% 16%
31 Cooks, fast food 380 $14,590 $12,730 - 17,030 8% 5%
32 Food preparation workers 370 $17,030 $13,350 - 20,560 15% 7%
33 Tellers 360 $21,140 $16,400 - 28,840 14% 16%
34 Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 360 $20,530 $13,700 - 29,550 -5% 5%
35 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 330 $25,870 $18,020 - 36,170 4% 15%
36 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 320 $47,460 $25,030 - 67,290 7% 13%
37 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 320 $30,800 $18,700 - 48,720 14% 4%
38 Industrial truck and tractor operators 320 $25,700 $18,200 - 32,950 -2% 2%
39 Medical assistants 310 $25,880 $18,400 - 38,180 35% 10%
40 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 300 $36,010 $24,370 - 51,610 11% 33%
41 Carpenters 300 $34,280 $22,950 - 49,370 10% 6%
42 Parts salespersons 270 $24,530 $17,030 - 35,720 -2% 6%
43 Bus drivers, school 270 $14,200 $12,790 - 15,900 9% 4%
44 Teacher assistants 260 $17,800 $13,870 - 21,360 10% 18%
45 Child care workers 260 $15,170 $12,850 - 18,640 18% 15%
46 Electricians 250 $30,430 $20,370 - 40,390 7% 7%
47 Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 250 $28,040 $21,310 - 37,330 9% 3%
48 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 250 $24,500 $14,820 - 35,770 4% 6%
49 Industrial machinery mechanics 240 $39,530 $28,310 - 50,630 9% 5%
50 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 240 $25,870 $20,130 - 32,680 5% 2%
51 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 240 $17,050 $13,160 - 22,270 11% 5%
52 Pharmacy technicians 230 $24,340 $16,150 - 32,850 32% 16%
53 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 220 $20,990 $16,170 - 28,220 18% 6%
54 Packers and packagers, hand 210 $20,440 $13,310 - 30,630 -12% 3%
55 Driver/sales workers 200 $30,510 $13,720 - 47,710 -5% 4%
56 Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 200 $25,900 $19,800 - 32,900 -15% 0%
57 Home health aides 200 $17,830 $13,290 - 23,820 49% 7%
58 Postal service mail carriers 190 $0 $ - 1% 11%
59 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 180 $40,140 $29,930 - 51,140 15% 18%
60 Bill and account collectors 170 $27,140 $18,310 - 37,210 23% 13%
61 Dishwashers 170 $15,770 $12,940 - 20,270 10% 3%
62 Physicians and surgeons, all other 160 $181,060 $45,400 - 0% 0%
63 Loan officers 160 $57,180 $32,570 - 86,160 12% 49%
64 First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 160 $54,340 $29,550 - 80,440 4% 38%
65 Machine feeders and offbearers 160 $21,280 $16,740 - 29,430 -15% 0%
66 First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 150 $47,510 $28,300 - 66,150 10% 17%
67 Food service managers 150 $41,980 $27,850 - 63,120 5% 24%
68 Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 150 $38,380 $29,630 - 49,210 12% 3%
69 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 150 $34,720 $21,310 - 57,200 12% 6%
70 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 150 $27,760 $18,570 - 38,650 -7% 14%
71 Refuse and recyclable material collectors 150 $21,590 $14,260 - 29,830 7% 3%
72 Switchboard operators, including answering service 150 $20,280 $16,320 - 26,770 -8% 10%
73 Radiologic technologists and technicians 140 $47,650 $32,870 - 63,950 15% 25%
74 Dental hygienists 140 $42,020 $32,220 - 50,800 30% 33%
75 Structural iron and steel workers 140 $38,970 $25,730 - 52,000 6% 4%
76 Farmworkers, farm and ranch animals 140 $24,350 $15,910 - 31,770 3% 4%
77 Medical records and health information technicians 140 $22,030 $15,110 - 31,560 18% 12%
78 Preschool teachers, except special education 130 $27,420 $17,710 - 38,630 26% 43%
79 First-line supervisors/managers of housekeeping and janitorial workers 130 $23,380 $16,410 - 32,760 13% 11%
80 Protective service workers, all other 130 $19,780 $16,040 - 24,740 13% 31%
81 Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 130 $15,980 $13,060 - 19,630 17% 14%
82 Amusement and recreation attendants 130 $15,160 $12,790 - 17,780 24% 22%
83 Medical transcriptionists 120 $27,740 $22,120 - 33,240 14% 10%
84 Dental assistants 120 $27,440 $20,900 - 34,050 29% 9%
85 Dental laboratory technicians 120 $25,970 $17,370 - 38,720 4% 12%
86 Loan interviewers and clerks 120 $25,310 $17,100 - 32,830 -1% 24%
87 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 120 $15,450 $12,910 - 19,070 10% 17%
88 Sales representatives, services, all other 110 $41,040 $15,360 - 81,480 28% 48%
89 Insurance sales agents 110 $38,290 $21,950 - 56,260 13% 45%
90 Medical secretaries 110 $26,430 $18,360 - 33,960 17% 18%
91 Cost estimators 100 $48,330 $22,500 - 76,510 19% 32%
92 Health technologists and technicians, all other 100 $43,130 $17,850 - 122,570 15% 27%
93 First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand 100 $34,960 $20,440 - 54,150 13% 17%
94 Machinists 100 $34,250 $23,290 - 52,440 -3% 3%
95 Surgical technologists 100 $33,540 $19,250 - 49,110 25% 16%
96 Sheet metal workers 100 $29,490 $18,370 - 47,840 7% 4%
97 Payroll and timekeeping clerks 100 $25,980 $18,420 - 33,240 3% 18%
98 Legal secretaries 100 $23,620 $17,200 - 36,510 12% 18%
99 Helpers--production workers 100 $21,580 $14,650 - 29,100 -1% 4%
100 Pressers, textile, garment, and related materials 100 $20,410 $14,660 - 29,930 -4% 3%
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Jobs More Common Near Dothan Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Farmworkers, farm and ranch animals 24,350 140 25
Dental laboratory technicians 25,970 120 8.5
Sewing machine operators 20,920 440 8.4
Legislators 15,360 130 7.4
Structural iron and steel workers 38,970 140 6.2
Protective service workers, all other 19,780 130 4.4
Pressers, textile, garment, and related materials 20,410 100 4.4
Machine feeders and offbearers 21,280 160 4.1
Medical transcriptionists 27,740 120 3.8
Health technologists and technicians, all other 43,130 100 3.7
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 32,840 950 3.5
Refuse and recyclable material collectors 21,590 150 3.5
Parts salespersons 24,530 270 3.1
Surgical technologists 33,540 100 2.9
Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 20,530 360 2.8
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 41,350 1,520 2.4
Switchboard operators, including answering service 20,280 150 2.4
Industrial machinery mechanics 39,530 240 2.4
Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 28,040 250 2.4
Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 25,900 200 2.4
Medical and public health social workers 36,920 120 2.2
Counter and rental clerks 20,270 400 2.2
Pharmacists 106,030 230 2.2
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 35,660 1,000 2.1
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 45,770 520 2.1
Medical records and health information technicians 22,030 140 2.1
Advertising sales agents 38,350 140 2.1
Dental hygienists 42,020 140 2
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 25,520 1,480 2
First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 54,400 440 1.9
Food service managers 41,980 150 1.9
Team assemblers 19,580 750 1.9
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 17,050 240 1.9
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 45,680 710 1.9
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 19,840 1,000 1.8
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 47,460 320 1.8
Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 49,050 120 1.8
Cooks, fast food 14,590 380 1.8
Pharmacy technicians 24,340 230 1.8
First-line supervisors/managers of housekeeping and janitorial workers 23,380 130 1.8
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 25,870 240 1.8
First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 47,510 150 1.8
Radiologic technologists and technicians 47,650 140 1.7
Bus drivers, school 14,200 270 1.7
General and operations managers 80,880 1,090 1.6
Sheet metal workers 29,490 100 1.6
Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 38,380 150 1.6
Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 25,870 330 1.6
Medical assistants 25,880 310 1.6
Tellers 21,140 360 1.6

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Dothan, Alabama Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Lawyers 141,770 1.38 120
Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 34,720 1.38 150
Medical and health services managers 98,760 1.17 110
Driver/sales workers 30,510 1.17 200
Chief executives 167,950 1.11 120
Accountants and auditors 65,930 1.1 320
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 41,350 1.1 1,520
Preschool teachers, except special education 27,420 1.08 130
Farmworkers, farm and ranch animals 24,350 1.05 140
Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 40,140 1.03 180
Physicians and surgeons, all other 181,060 1.02 160
Pharmacists 106,030 1.01 230
Packers and packagers, hand 20,440 1 210
Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 38,380 0.98 150
First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 43,730 0.97 670
Loan officers 57,180 0.97 160
Truck drivers, light or delivery services 27,850 0.96 570
First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 54,400 0.94 440
Radiologic technologists and technicians 47,650 0.93 140
Sewing machine operators 20,920 0.93 440
Medical assistants 25,880 0.92 310
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 35,660 0.92 1,000
Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 49,050 0.92 120
Receptionists and information clerks 21,980 0.92 500
Dishwashers 15,770 0.92 170
First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 47,510 0.91 150
Medical secretaries 26,430 0.91 110
Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 45,700 0.91 340
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 28,740 0.9 990
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 45,680 0.89 710
Tellers 21,140 0.89 360
Child, family, and school social workers 36,240 0.89 140
Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 25,900 0.89 200
Industrial machinery mechanics 39,530 0.89 240
Waiters and waitresses 16,610 0.89 1,050
Food preparation workers 17,030 0.89 370
Stock clerks and order fillers 20,170 0.88 810
Retail salespersons 21,550 0.88 2,540
Bill and account collectors 27,140 0.88 170
Elementary school teachers, except special education 43,670 0.88 530
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 25,520 0.88 1,480
Carpenters 34,280 0.87 300
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 15,450 0.87 120
Counter and rental clerks 20,270 0.87 400
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 14,980 0.87 1,230
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 16,600 0.87 460
Pharmacy technicians 24,340 0.87 230
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 20,990 0.87 220
Food service managers 41,980 0.86 150
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 45,770 0.86 520

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