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Dover Employment

Employment and Industries in the Dover, Delaware Area

State government is the primary employer in Dover. The government of Kent County and Dover Air Force Base are also significant employers. The city is one of the fastest growing municipalities in Delaware. The growth is partially attributed to a relatively low cost of living. The city is also the center for commerce and industry for Central Delaware. In addition, Dover is home to manufacturing facilities of General Mills, Playtex, Procter & Gamble, PPG Industries and Eagle Group.

The Dover Air Force Base has a significant impact on Dover's economy. The base includes the largest aerial port facility located on the East Coast. Aeropark, a large industrial center, is located near the Air Force base. Delaware has been ranked in the top five in the country by Corporation for Enterprise Development. The rankings are based on various economic factors.

Shown below, in descending order, are the largest non-agricultural sectors of employment in Dover:

  • Government
  • Trade, transportation and utilities
  • Education and health services
  • Leisure and hospitality
  • Manufacturing
  • Professional and business services
  • Construction
  • Finance

A list of the largest employers in Dover is provided below:

  • Dover Air Force Base - Government
  • Bayhealth Medical Center - Hospitals
  • Dover Downs - Gambling/Harness
  • Delaware State University - Education
  • Playtex - Personal care items manufacturer and distributor
  • Capital School District - Education
  • Kraft Foods - Food Products
  • Bank of America - Banking
  • Aetna U.S. Healthcare - Insurance
  • City of Dover - Government
  • Procter and Gamble Paper Products
  • Eagle Group - Files and storage cabinet manufacturer
  • PPG Industries - Paint products producer
  • Reichold Inc - Coatings, polyesters, emulsions and adhesives producer
  • Hirsch Industries - Consumer durable goods manufacturer
  • Sunroc Corporation - Water coolers and drinking fountains manufacturer
  • Silver Lake Center - Eldercare
  • Walmart- Retail
  • Delaware Tech College - Education
  • Mrs. K's Salsa - Food products

Noteworthy information about Dover: The city has been ranked #4 in the Milken Institute's list of best performing small cities. In 2007 the estimated median household income was $44,000. In 2008 the cost of living index was at 87.6 which is below the nation's average of 100. Approximately 29% of the residents over the age of 25 hold a bachelor's degree or better.

Dover companies are provided assistance from business organizations such as:

The Dover Post offers current information about the business endeavors in Dover.

Most Popular Jobs in Dover, Delaware 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 Elementary school teachers, except special education 1,030 $44,310 $21,610 - 68,280 14% 95%
2 Accountants and auditors 470 $54,690 $35,720 - 77,290 18% 79%
3 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 350 $45,740 $31,150 - 64,510 8% 51%
4 Child, family, and school social workers 330 $39,760 $25,530 - 54,630 19% 77%
5 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 270 $42,510 $28,160 - 59,990 5% 58%
6 Computer systems analysts 220 $70,540 $43,410 - 102,380 29% 68%
7 Civil engineers 210 $70,160 $50,390 - 99,210 18% 87%
8 Computer programmers 200 $61,960 $35,990 - 82,430 -4% 73%
9 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 200 $53,780 $35,160 - 78,940 13% 73%
10 Medical and health services managers 190 $83,280 $56,050 - 117,860 16% 57%
11 Lawyers 180 $106,700 $59,590 - 11% 99%
12 Social and human service assistants 180 $28,310 $18,460 - 38,740 34% 58%
13 Management analysts 170 $59,300 $41,910 - 80,290 22% 78%
14 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 170 $54,710 $41,330 - 74,170 17% 56%
15 Financial managers 140 $94,960 $54,730 - 132,640 13% 60%
16 Network and computer systems administrators 140 $50,810 $36,050 - 65,290 27% 50%
17 Environmental scientists and specialists, including health 130 $58,340 $42,320 - 78,720 25% 93%
18 Training and development specialists 120 $51,760 $34,130 - 67,620 18% 56%
19 Education administrators, postsecondary 110 $92,060 $51,140 - 151,620 14% 78%
20 Pharmacists 100 $95,610 $22,970 - 132,600 22% 97%
21 Chief executives 90 $187,410 $121,980 - 2% 65%
22 Computer and information systems managers 90 $93,780 $69,610 - 126,220 16% 73%
23 Legislators 90 $66,680 $41,310 - 133,630 1% 65%
24 Coaches and scouts 90 $55,410 $19,070 - 93,270 15% 60%
25 Public relations specialists 90 $52,920 $33,720 - 72,950 18% 81%
26 Personal financial advisors 80 $69,680 $43,000 - 112,090 41% 81%
27 Social and community service managers 80 $66,660 $45,260 - 103,260 25% 72%
28 Network systems and data communications analysts 80 $65,030 $42,690 - 92,170 53% 57%
29 Librarians 80 $57,280 $34,600 - 82,560 4% 85%
30 Sales managers 70 $110,310 $55,700 - 10% 69%
31 Industrial engineers 70 $71,550 $50,380 - 100,100 20% 74%
32 Instructional coordinators 70 $62,520 $42,380 - 97,560 23% 79%
33 Physician assistants 60 $91,650 $74,220 - 112,640 27% 67%
34 Chemists 60 $65,190 $44,460 - 97,630 9% 93%
35 Occupational health and safety specialists 60 $54,350 $35,080 - 82,020 8% 72%
36 Market research analysts 60 $41,290 $31,430 - 56,520 20% 82%
37 Managers, all other 50 $82,070 $51,980 - 116,640 7% 55%
38 Physical therapists 50 $78,070 $55,150 - 120,060 27% 89%
39 Budget analysts 50 $56,140 $40,070 - 82,640 7% 78%
40 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 50 $46,220 $39,540 - 52,090 18% 56%
41 Medical and public health social workers 50 $45,180 $32,790 - 57,780 24% 77%
42 Sales and related workers, all other 50 $36,310 $18,410 - 67,290 14% 62%
43 Graphic designers 50 $35,570 $24,940 - 49,080 10% 55%
44 Tax preparers 50 $34,290 $24,880 - 49,690 -8% 54%
45 Dentists, general 40 $192,310 $111,720 - 9% 100%
46 Veterinarians 40 $105,080 $61,930 - 163,370 35% 100%
47 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 40 $93,150 $31,640 - 152,730 12% 51%
48 Computer software engineers, systems software 40 $91,770 $70,460 - 109,920 28% 85%
49 Environmental engineers 40 $69,310 $49,960 - 93,180 25% 86%
50 Speech-language pathologists 40 $66,760 $49,780 - 84,310 11% 98%
51 Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 40 $46,670 $32,850 - 65,850 18% 56%
52 Engineering managers 30 $124,680 $92,100 - 7% 84%
53 Natural sciences managers 30 $91,840 $71,700 - 112,930 11% 93%
54 Financial specialists, all other 30 $79,370 $34,630 - 12% 50%
55 Financial analysts 30 $76,410 $32,590 - 122,610 34% 87%
56 Electrical engineers 30 $73,340 $65,470 - 84,010 6% 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 2,840 $25,090 $15,420 - 43,080 12% 25%
2 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 1,950 $16,710 $15,060 - 19,860 18% 5%
3 Cashiers 1,890 $18,610 $15,230 - 24,110 -3% 10%
4 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 1,260 $33,230 $22,540 - 45,740 1% 18%
5 Office clerks, general 1,170 $27,520 $16,210 - 42,850 13% 19%
6 Stock clerks and order fillers 1,040 $23,310 $15,950 - 34,480 -8% 8%
7 Waiters and waitresses 1,010 $19,690 $15,230 - 28,610 11% 14%
8 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 940 $22,780 $16,290 - 33,800 15% 4%
9 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 900 $25,270 $16,150 - 39,470 2% 5%
10 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 770 $30,510 $18,390 - 43,000 13% 16%
11 Customer service representatives 740 $27,200 $18,370 - 37,890 25% 22%
12 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 740 $26,500 $19,560 - 33,180 18% 7%
13 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 620 $33,600 $21,660 - 48,310 10% 4%
14 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 590 $38,300 $22,030 - 59,840 4% 25%
15 Maintenance and repair workers, general 550 $36,320 $22,980 - 51,480 10% 6%
16 Construction laborers 520 $26,630 $17,440 - 39,600 11% 5%
17 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 490 $41,170 $26,630 - 61,470 6% 29%
18 General and operations managers 450 $101,280 $50,280 - 2% 48%
19 Medical secretaries 450 $26,540 $20,570 - 36,180 17% 18%
20 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 450 $23,530 $15,990 - 32,410 10% 8%
21 Receptionists and information clerks 440 $22,510 $16,680 - 30,570 17% 13%
22 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 430 $35,640 $20,860 - 51,690 14% 4%
23 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 420 $31,410 $17,960 - 46,800 11% 14%
24 Bus drivers, school 420 $21,650 $15,050 - 32,970 9% 4%
25 Helpers--production workers 400 $17,790 $15,190 - 20,590 -1% 4%
26 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 390 $41,050 $25,090 - 59,880 15% 18%
27 Cooks, restaurant 390 $22,860 $17,080 - 29,990 12% 5%
28 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 380 $24,720 $17,490 - 35,680 18% 6%
29 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 360 $39,030 $19,090 - 62,260 8% 4%
30 Food preparation workers 360 $19,590 $15,380 - 25,680 15% 7%
31 Electricians 350 $42,780 $25,270 - 66,160 7% 7%
32 Teacher assistants 350 $34,370 $19,720 - 52,450 10% 18%
33 Carpenters 340 $36,070 $23,760 - 62,210 10% 6%
34 Medical assistants 330 $28,560 $21,100 - 38,640 35% 10%
35 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 320 $55,490 $35,120 - 79,910 11% 33%
36 Counter and rental clerks 320 $22,570 $15,170 - 40,200 23% 16%
37 Team assemblers 310 $25,960 $18,530 - 37,400 0% 5%
38 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 280 $56,430 $35,320 - 80,400 9% 10%
39 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 280 $43,960 $33,480 - 59,590 14% 7%
40 Industrial truck and tractor operators 280 $31,210 $21,550 - 45,690 -2% 2%
41 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 280 $18,270 $15,270 - 21,540 13% 5%
42 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 260 $61,150 $42,060 - 83,670 7% 13%
43 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 250 $30,370 $16,430 - 48,560 4% 6%
44 Driver/sales workers 250 $25,650 $15,260 - 42,610 -5% 4%
45 Child care workers 240 $23,880 $15,190 - 39,990 18% 15%
46 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 230 $37,360 $26,690 - 53,650 8% 3%
47 Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 230 $26,870 $17,360 - 41,330 -5% 5%
48 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 230 $25,940 $15,630 - 40,360 12% 6%
49 Security guards 230 $24,470 $17,870 - 32,370 17% 13%
50 Radiologic technologists and technicians 220 $61,030 $43,870 - 92,400 15% 25%
51 Sales representatives, services, all other 220 $51,170 $26,880 - 65,290 28% 48%
52 Industrial machinery mechanics 220 $49,730 $39,890 - 62,300 9% 5%
53 First-line supervisors/managers of housekeeping and janitorial workers 220 $32,390 $24,600 - 41,760 13% 11%
54 Bill and account collectors 220 $28,690 $21,170 - 37,990 23% 13%
55 Packers and packagers, hand 220 $25,620 $15,540 - 44,220 -12% 3%
56 Pharmacy technicians 220 $25,450 $15,880 - 32,740 32% 16%
57 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 220 $17,220 $15,070 - 20,410 12% 6%
58 Dishwashers 210 $17,560 $15,210 - 20,620 10% 3%
59 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 200 $53,010 $32,640 - 79,030 -5% 15%
60 Telecommunications line installers and repairers 200 $52,250 $32,150 - 64,890 5% 8%
61 Computer support specialists 200 $49,580 $29,690 - 68,650 13% 43%
62 Tellers 200 $22,520 $18,210 - 27,190 14% 16%
63 Bartenders 200 $20,350 $15,350 - 33,870 11% 17%
64 Assemblers and fabricators, all other 190 $32,890 $21,500 - 39,860 -9% 5%
65 Preschool teachers, except special education 190 $20,830 $15,480 - 30,330 26% 43%
66 Civil engineering technicians 180 $42,420 $30,690 - 56,790 10% 18%
67 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 180 $31,120 $22,510 - 42,070 4% 15%
68 Postal service mail carriers 180 $0 $ - 1% 11%
69 Business operations specialists, all other 170 $61,550 $42,420 - 81,580 21% 49%
70 Insurance sales agents 170 $59,850 $29,540 - 116,930 13% 45%
71 Legal secretaries 160 $33,120 $23,480 - 48,140 12% 18%
72 Data entry keyers 160 $26,360 $18,410 - 36,040 -5% 18%
73 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 160 $21,570 $15,310 - 30,370 14% 3%
74 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 150 $19,050 $15,530 - 23,920 10% 17%
75 Dental assistants 140 $32,470 $22,370 - 41,590 29% 9%
76 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 130 $50,290 $30,760 - 76,570 11% 4%
77 Law clerks 130 $38,690 $27,940 - 54,560 -1% 38%
78 Parts salespersons 130 $31,560 $16,030 - 51,000 -2% 6%
79 Crossing guards 130 $26,350 $20,570 - 32,130 2% 5%
80 Construction managers 120 $81,680 $47,630 - 132,430 16% 29%
81 Food service managers 120 $56,100 $42,050 - 78,930 5% 24%
82 Taxi drivers and chauffeurs 120 $21,420 $16,720 - 26,040 13% 15%
83 First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 110 $49,740 $28,240 - 80,600 10% 17%
84 Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers 110 $40,730 $24,350 - 53,830 3% 13%
85 Human resources assistants, except payroll and timekeeping 110 $34,120 $25,250 - 41,440 11% 29%
86 Amusement and recreation attendants 110 $20,430 $15,340 - 31,240 24% 22%
87 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 100 $52,340 $34,750 - 75,900 0% 42%
88 First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand 100 $43,530 $27,120 - 58,530 13% 17%
89 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 100 $37,360 $23,750 - 51,360 -7% 14%
90 Motor vehicle operators, all other 100 $30,270 $20,550 - 48,520 11% 0%
91 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 100 $30,200 $19,050 - 45,120 11% 5%
92 Recreation workers 100 $28,710 $17,540 - 46,600 13% 47%
93 Order clerks 100 $26,400 $15,750 - 38,990 -24% 16%
94 Switchboard operators, including answering service 100 $21,770 $17,280 - 28,490 -8% 10%
95 Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 100 $19,920 $16,090 - 24,840 17% 14%
96 Cooks, fast food 100 $19,460 $15,160 - 27,660 8% 5%
97 Loan officers 90 $52,500 $19,540 - 89,470 12% 49%
98 Paralegals and legal assistants 90 $41,440 $30,780 - 50,850 22% 45%
99 Computer, automated teller, and office machine repairers 90 $0 $ - 3% 25%
100 Administrative services managers 80 $78,840 $49,380 - 119,390 12% 40%
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Jobs More Common Near Dover Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Law clerks 38,690 130 12.8
Crossing guards 26,350 130 6.1
Civil engineering technicians 42,420 180 5.9
Environmental scientists and specialists, including health 58,340 130 4.6
Motor vehicle operators, all other 30,270 100 3.9
Education administrators, postsecondary 92,060 110 3.7
Telecommunications line installers and repairers 52,250 200 3.5
Child, family, and school social workers 39,760 330 3.5
First-line supervisors/managers of housekeeping and janitorial workers 32,390 220 3.3
Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 42,510 270 2.9
Radiologic technologists and technicians 61,030 220 2.9
Bus drivers, school 21,650 420 2.9
Medical secretaries 26,540 450 2.7
Helpers--production workers 17,790 400 2.5
Industrial machinery mechanics 49,730 220 2.4
Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 23,530 450 2.4
Educational, vocational, and school counselors 53,780 200 2.3
Assemblers and fabricators, all other 32,890 190 2.1
Civil engineers 70,160 210 2.1
Elementary school teachers, except special education 44,310 1,030 2.1
Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 54,710 170 2.1
Medical and health services managers 83,280 190 2
Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 26,870 230 2
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 16,710 1,950 2
Taxi drivers and chauffeurs 21,420 120 2
Counter and rental clerks 22,570 320 1.9
Driver/sales workers 25,650 250 1.9
Pharmacy technicians 25,450 220 1.9
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 33,230 1,260 1.9
Medical assistants 28,560 330 1.9
Automotive service technicians and mechanics 35,640 430 1.8
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 37,360 230 1.8
Human resources assistants, except payroll and timekeeping 34,120 110 1.8
Switchboard operators, including answering service 21,770 100 1.8
Retail salespersons 25,090 2,840 1.7
Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 25,940 230 1.7
Food service managers 56,100 120 1.7
Parts salespersons 31,560 130 1.7
Legal secretaries 33,120 160 1.7
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 61,150 260 1.6
Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers 40,730 110 1.6
Social and human service assistants 28,310 180 1.6
Training and development specialists 51,760 120 1.5
Data entry keyers 26,360 160 1.5
Cashiers 18,610 1,890 1.5
Electricians 42,780 350 1.5
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 26,500 740 1.5
Stock clerks and order fillers 23,310 1,040 1.5
First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand 43,530 100 1.5
Police and sheriff's patrol officers 55,490 320 1.5

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Dover, Delaware Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Teacher assistants 34,370 1.54 350
Truck drivers, light or delivery services 39,030 1.35 360
Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 23,530 1.32 450
Packers and packagers, hand 25,620 1.26 220
Assemblers and fabricators, all other 32,890 1.24 190
Child care workers 23,880 1.24 240
Radiologic technologists and technicians 61,030 1.19 220
Computer support specialists 49,580 1.18 200
Food service managers 56,100 1.16 120
Crossing guards 26,350 1.14 130
Police and sheriff's patrol officers 55,490 1.14 320
Telecommunications line installers and repairers 52,250 1.14 200
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 33,230 1.14 1,260
Industrial machinery mechanics 49,730 1.12 220
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 43,960 1.11 280
Amusement and recreation attendants 20,430 1.1 110
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 26,500 1.1 740
Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 50,290 1.09 130
Office clerks, general 27,520 1.08 1,170
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 61,150 1.07 260
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 19,050 1.07 150
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 30,370 1.07 250
Insurance sales agents 59,850 1.06 170
Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 41,050 1.06 390
Maintenance and repair workers, general 36,320 1.06 550
Cooks, restaurant 22,860 1.05 390
Waiters and waitresses 19,690 1.05 1,010
General and operations managers 101,280 1.05 450
Bartenders 20,350 1.05 200
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 25,270 1.05 900
Business operations specialists, all other 61,550 1.05 170
Educational, vocational, and school counselors 53,780 1.04 200
Lawyers 106,700 1.04 180
Industrial truck and tractor operators 31,210 1.04 280
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 31,410 1.04 420
Parts salespersons 31,560 1.03 130
Education administrators, postsecondary 92,060 1.03 110
Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 25,940 1.03 230
Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 26,870 1.03 230
Retail salespersons 25,090 1.03 2,840
Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 21,570 1.03 160
Training and development specialists 51,760 1.03 120
Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 31,120 1.03 180
Computer systems analysts 70,540 1.03 220
Financial managers 94,960 1.02 140
Stock clerks and order fillers 23,310 1.02 1,040
Food preparation workers 19,590 1.02 360
Dishwashers 17,560 1.02 210
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 24,720 1.02 380
Medical assistants 28,560 1.02 330

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