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Panama City Employment

Employment and Industries in the Panama City, Florida Area

Panama City's economy is powered by tourism and the military. Tourists are attracted by the beautiful beaches located close to Panama City. The municipality is home to the Coastal Systems Station Naval Surface Warfare Center. The Tyndall Air Force Base is nearby. Fishing, shipbuilding and manufacturing, including paper products and chemicals, also bolster the economy.

The Bay County Economic Development Alliance strives to improve the county's economy. The Alliance emphasizes the development of industries including aviation/aerospace, light manufacturing/metal fabrication, back office/financial services, defense/research and development, air cargo/distribution and logistics, site consultants and construction materials.

Some of the jobs more common in Panama City when compared to most other cities include personal care and service workers; coin, vending and amusement machine services and repairers; helpers of pipe layers, plumbers, pipe fitters and steam fitters; pharmacy aides, correctional officers and jailers, loan interviewers and clerks, engineering technicians and structural metal fabricators and fitters.

Shown below are the largest employers in the Panama City area:

  • Tyndall Air Force Base
  • Coastal Systems Station Naval Surface Warfare Center
  • Bay County School District
  • WJHG TV Inc
  • Bay Medical Center
  • Peoples First Properties Inc
  • Magic Broadcasting LLC
  • Folks Restaurants Ltd
  • Bay Hospital Inc
  • Bay County Board of County Commissioners
  • Edgewater Beach Resort Mgt
  • Eastern Shipbuilding Group Inc
  • City of Panama City
  • Florida Freedom Newspapers Inc
  • Peoples First Community Bank
  • Bay County
  • Johnstone Foods Inc
  • Royal American Management Inc
  • Gulf Power
  • Arizona Chemical
  • Stone Container
  • Sallie Mae
  • Berg Pipe

Panama City's major sectors for employment are:

  • Healthcare
  • Accommodation and food services
  • Arts, entertainment and recreation
  • Government
  • Education
  • Construction
  • Finance and insurance
  • Professional, scientific and technical services

Noteworthy information about Panama City: In 2009 the average salary was $26,000. In 2008 the cost of living index was at 83.9. The nation's average is 100. Approximately 19% of the residents have a bachelor's degree or higher.

Panama City companies have access to business organizations such as:

The News Herald offers up-to-date information regarding the business activities in Panama City.

Most Popular Jobs in Panama City, Florida 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 1,400 $51,340 $30,070 - 87,680 24% 56%
2 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 630 $45,970 $28,530 - 68,940 8% 51%
3 Accountants and auditors 410 $58,260 $30,800 - 97,060 18% 79%
4 Mechanical engineers 330 $86,660 $56,700 - 116,710 4% 78%
5 Computer systems analysts 290 $0 $ - 29% 68%
6 Electronics engineers, except computer 260 $91,100 $68,020 - 117,020 4% 81%
7 Management analysts 210 $65,790 $40,650 - 98,700 22% 78%
8 Pharmacists 190 $111,880 $90,440 - 158,290 22% 97%
9 Physical therapists 150 $73,470 $58,500 - 88,520 27% 89%
10 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 140 $79,100 $30,900 - 127,910 12% 51%
11 Lawyers 140 $69,920 $36,190 - 105,960 11% 99%
12 Engineers, all other 130 $76,260 $32,650 - 120,000 6% 82%
13 Training and development specialists 130 $39,920 $28,120 - 57,750 18% 56%
14 Civil engineers 120 $78,000 $50,760 - 123,710 18% 87%
15 Electrical engineers 110 $72,970 $41,140 - 110,380 6% 81%
16 Coaches and scouts 110 $39,990 $28,650 - 51,860 15% 60%
17 Chief executives 100 $177,570 $89,230 - 2% 65%
18 Sales managers 100 $104,110 $39,190 - 10% 69%
19 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 100 $51,490 $33,850 - 78,110 17% 56%
20 Sales and related workers, all other 100 $34,450 $19,890 - 40,010 14% 62%
21 Network systems and data communications analysts 90 $49,340 $34,080 - 72,690 53% 57%
22 Teachers and instructors, all other 90 $40,610 $18,530 - 77,190 9% 54%
23 Graphic designers 90 $35,410 $17,600 - 61,740 10% 55%
24 Social and human service assistants 90 $26,780 $15,720 - 38,680 34% 58%
25 Speech-language pathologists 80 $60,540 $45,940 - 79,620 11% 98%
26 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 80 $38,090 $26,580 - 58,990 5% 58%
27 Managers, all other 70 $81,700 $38,910 - 127,340 7% 55%
28 Network and computer systems administrators 70 $53,230 $29,670 - 90,870 27% 50%
29 Instructional coordinators 70 $46,900 $28,680 - 65,510 23% 79%
30 Self-enrichment education teachers 70 $34,740 $18,980 - 50,470 23% 54%
31 Mental health counselors 70 $33,470 $26,370 - 47,030 30% 73%
32 Child, family, and school social workers 70 $32,690 $21,270 - 47,110 19% 77%
33 Community and social service specialists, all other 70 $32,600 $17,900 - 50,060 25% 58%
34 Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 60 $71,820 $34,740 - 138,120 25% 67%
35 Industrial engineers 60 $71,500 $37,880 - 102,850 20% 74%
36 Operations research analysts 60 $67,720 $32,020 - 101,090 11% 71%
37 Librarians 60 $48,030 $34,440 - 69,170 4% 85%
38 Advertising sales agents 60 $47,870 $15,040 - 101,850 20% 56%
39 Public relations specialists 60 $47,250 $29,130 - 68,320 18% 81%
40 Floral designers 60 $20,830 $16,200 - 26,120 -9% 55%
41 Financial managers 50 $94,670 $59,850 - 138,450 13% 60%
42 Commercial pilots 50 $69,860 $52,710 - 82,830 13% 74%
43 Zoologists and wildlife biologists 50 $61,990 $34,170 - 99,600 9% 95%
44 Computer software engineers, applications 50 $54,900 $37,180 - 78,220 45% 85%
45 Chemists 50 $52,030 $33,930 - 91,060 9% 93%
46 Market research analysts 50 $50,140 $27,210 - 67,340 20% 82%
47 Environmental scientists and specialists, including health 50 $45,620 $29,870 - 65,100 25% 93%
48 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 50 $35,050 $25,610 - 51,270 18% 56%
49 Computer specialists, all other 40 $71,640 $54,280 - 95,440 15% 68%
50 Financial specialists, all other 40 $60,940 $33,360 - 90,210 12% 50%
51 Legislators 40 $39,200 $27,400 - 62,240 1% 65%
52 Personal financial advisors 40 $0 $ - 41% 81%
53 Medical and health services managers 30 $125,580 $62,740 - 16% 57%
54 Urban and regional planners 30 $69,600 $40,880 - 97,450 15% 92%
55 Computer programmers 30 $55,700 $37,250 - 77,970 -4% 73%

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 Waiters and waitresses 2,670 $20,060 $14,590 - 26,810 11% 14%
2 Retail salespersons 2,520 $27,090 $15,900 - 47,510 12% 25%
3 Cashiers 2,250 $18,030 $14,730 - 22,860 -3% 10%
4 Stock clerks and order fillers 1,700 $20,800 $15,590 - 28,600 -8% 8%
5 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 1,280 $28,850 $21,140 - 39,280 13% 16%
6 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 1,230 $16,540 $14,540 - 19,790 18% 5%
7 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 1,210 $26,510 $16,840 - 38,910 1% 18%
8 Office clerks, general 1,180 $23,690 $15,530 - 33,770 13% 19%
9 Maintenance and repair workers, general 1,150 $29,670 $19,030 - 45,670 10% 6%
10 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 1,030 $17,490 $14,610 - 21,310 13% 5%
11 Cooks, restaurant 870 $22,410 $17,130 - 29,220 12% 5%
12 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 820 $39,830 $24,650 - 57,130 4% 25%
13 Carpenters 800 $30,850 $18,800 - 40,210 10% 6%
14 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 760 $40,550 $25,760 - 59,310 6% 29%
15 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 740 $24,500 $17,520 - 33,260 18% 6%
16 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 740 $21,900 $17,500 - 26,570 18% 7%
17 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 720 $28,870 $19,530 - 43,900 10% 4%
18 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 710 $20,070 $14,580 - 29,020 15% 4%
19 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 690 $35,550 $24,770 - 49,010 15% 18%
20 Customer service representatives 690 $24,610 $17,750 - 33,410 25% 22%
21 Receptionists and information clerks 650 $22,630 $16,610 - 31,480 17% 13%
22 Construction laborers 620 $24,340 $18,310 - 31,590 11% 5%
23 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 620 $20,660 $15,990 - 28,550 2% 5%
24 Loan interviewers and clerks 610 $26,040 $18,390 - 36,530 -1% 24%
25 Dishwashers 610 $16,240 $14,560 - 19,000 10% 3%
26 Business operations specialists, all other 580 $53,810 $29,980 - 81,520 21% 49%
27 Correctional officers and jailers 570 $29,580 $25,390 - 36,340 17% 11%
28 Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 540 $41,510 $24,010 - 63,270 9% 3%
29 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 520 $30,000 $20,260 - 42,640 11% 14%
30 Tellers 510 $23,050 $16,800 - 30,220 14% 16%
31 Food preparation workers 490 $18,060 $14,700 - 22,800 15% 7%
32 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 480 $29,380 $18,360 - 46,350 8% 4%
33 Counter and rental clerks 480 $25,390 $15,410 - 38,810 23% 16%
34 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 480 $16,510 $14,390 - 20,540 10% 17%
35 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 460 $47,680 $29,030 - 71,420 9% 10%
36 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 460 $34,880 $27,890 - 42,030 14% 7%
37 General and operations managers 440 $80,260 $33,480 - 136,850 2% 48%
38 Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 430 $20,970 $15,150 - 25,920 17% 14%
39 Sales representatives, services, all other 420 $57,080 $27,510 - 88,220 28% 48%
40 Electricians 420 $37,080 $27,570 - 49,400 7% 7%
41 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 420 $36,640 $21,140 - 57,310 14% 4%
42 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 420 $27,220 $17,700 - 37,700 4% 6%
43 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 390 $38,050 $27,530 - 51,520 11% 33%
44 Computer support specialists 390 $37,330 $21,480 - 58,140 13% 43%
45 Home health aides 370 $19,630 $16,440 - 25,030 49% 7%
46 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 350 $34,090 $24,210 - 43,980 11% 4%
47 Cooks, fast food 350 $15,900 $14,520 - 17,910 8% 5%
48 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 330 $26,420 $17,590 - 33,570 11% 5%
49 Personal care and service workers, all other 330 $21,490 $16,690 - 33,340 -13% 21%
50 Insurance sales agents 320 $72,010 $36,570 - 150,820 13% 45%
51 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 310 $31,780 $22,850 - 47,110 8% 3%
52 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 310 $16,410 $14,400 - 21,170 12% 6%
53 Security guards 300 $22,450 $17,270 - 29,240 17% 13%
54 Loan officers 290 $53,200 $32,290 - 83,000 12% 49%
55 Child care workers 290 $19,020 $14,970 - 24,940 18% 15%
56 Amusement and recreation attendants 270 $17,900 $14,700 - 23,380 24% 22%
57 Real estate sales agents 260 $49,510 $25,320 - 97,830 11% 45%
58 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 260 $34,990 $22,120 - 58,030 5% 2%
59 Painters, construction and maintenance 260 $32,560 $21,030 - 43,800 12% 6%
60 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 250 $50,760 $34,760 - 72,260 -5% 15%
61 Fire fighters 250 $29,490 $19,710 - 43,960 12% 18%
62 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 240 $48,530 $33,210 - 68,820 7% 13%
63 Preschool teachers, except special education 240 $21,510 $14,790 - 40,970 26% 43%
64 Bartenders 240 $19,920 $14,460 - 32,220 11% 17%
65 Paralegals and legal assistants 230 $37,210 $19,420 - 48,620 22% 45%
66 Helpers--pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 230 $25,960 $19,890 - 32,930 12% 3%
67 Structural metal fabricators and fitters 220 $29,080 $21,580 - 38,670 -0% 0%
68 Industrial machinery mechanics 210 $45,130 $27,790 - 62,620 9% 5%
69 Helpers--production workers 210 $27,650 $17,630 - 38,460 -1% 4%
70 Parts salespersons 210 $25,530 $16,820 - 39,570 -2% 6%
71 Industrial truck and tractor operators 190 $25,040 $17,860 - 32,530 -2% 2%
72 Team assemblers 180 $25,080 $17,030 - 35,620 0% 5%
73 Medical assistants 180 $24,600 $18,710 - 32,410 35% 10%
74 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 180 $20,720 $16,110 - 28,190 10% 8%
75 Engineering technicians, except drafters, all other 170 $56,790 $33,330 - 85,140 2% 18%
76 Coin, vending, and amusement machine servicers and repairers 170 $27,470 $18,580 - 32,000 -3% 8%
77 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 170 $25,460 $16,590 - 35,270 12% 6%
78 Butchers and meat cutters 170 $23,710 $14,830 - 35,130 2% 2%
79 First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 160 $57,520 $31,120 - 86,360 4% 38%
80 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 160 $56,500 $31,450 - 86,820 0% 42%
81 All other information and record clerks 160 $31,110 $23,780 - 40,810 -13% 21%
82 Bill and account collectors 160 $30,540 $21,720 - 42,910 23% 13%
83 Medical secretaries 160 $27,200 $18,050 - 43,140 17% 18%
84 Pharmacy technicians 160 $26,340 $19,800 - 32,750 32% 16%
85 Postal service mail carriers 160 $0 $ - 1% 11%
86 Production, planning, and expediting clerks 150 $35,140 $18,700 - 50,680 4% 30%
87 Roofers 150 $33,160 $22,540 - 51,060 14% 3%
88 First-line supervisors/managers of housekeeping and janitorial workers 150 $30,190 $24,770 - 35,720 13% 11%
89 File clerks 150 $28,600 $18,610 - 47,350 -41% 20%
90 Recreation workers 150 $22,550 $15,060 - 35,310 13% 47%
91 Electrical and electronic engineering technicians 140 $51,780 $19,260 - 77,450 4% 18%
92 Surgical technologists 140 $33,080 $26,120 - 42,370 25% 16%
93 Helpers--electricians 140 $24,140 $18,430 - 31,180 7% 3%
94 Physicians and surgeons, all other 130 $220,870 $163,400 - 0% 0%
95 Cost estimators 130 $47,570 $33,480 - 64,860 19% 32%
96 Cement masons and concrete finishers 130 $33,390 $22,530 - 49,750 11% 2%
97 Construction and building inspectors 120 $49,090 $35,330 - 65,210 18% 23%
98 Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 120 $34,900 $26,340 - 49,200 12% 3%
99 Driver/sales workers 120 $29,460 $17,750 - 46,210 -5% 4%
100 Pest control workers 120 $25,070 $17,380 - 36,190 16% 9%
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Jobs More Common Near Panama City Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Personal care and service workers, all other 21,490 330 13
Coin, vending, and amusement machine servicers and repairers 27,470 170 10.9
Helpers--pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 25,960 230 7
Pharmacy aides 19,330 120 6.5
Correctional officers and jailers 29,580 570 6.2
Loan interviewers and clerks 26,040 610 6
Engineering technicians, except drafters, all other 56,790 170 5.9
Structural metal fabricators and fitters 29,080 220 4.7
Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 41,510 540 4.4
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 20,970 430 4.4
Pest control workers 25,070 120 4.3
Electronics engineers, except computer 91,100 260 3.9
Surgical technologists 33,080 140 3.4
Real estate sales agents 49,510 260 3.4
Electrical and electronics repairers, commercial and industrial equipment 50,660 110 3.4
Butchers and meat cutters 23,710 170 3.2
Mechanical engineers 86,660 330 3.1
Surveying and mapping technicians 34,360 100 3.1
Helpers--electricians 24,140 140 2.9
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 16,510 480 2.8
Roofers 33,160 150 2.7
New accounts clerks 28,870 100 2.7
Construction and building inspectors 49,090 120 2.7
Tire repairers and changers 19,400 100 2.5
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 17,490 1,030 2.5
Dishwashers 16,240 610 2.5
Amusement and recreation attendants 17,900 270 2.4
Waiters and waitresses 20,060 2,670 2.4
Counter and rental clerks 25,390 480 2.3
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 26,420 330 2.2
Painters, construction and maintenance 32,560 260 2.1
Fire fighters 29,490 250 2.1
Parts salespersons 25,530 210 2.1
Cooks, restaurant 22,410 870 2.1
Insurance sales agents 72,010 320 2
Maintenance and repair workers, general 29,670 1,150 1.9
Carpenters 30,850 800 1.9
Tellers 23,050 510 1.9
Stock clerks and order fillers 20,800 1,700 1.9
Physical therapists 73,470 150 1.9
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 31,780 310 1.9
Loan officers 53,200 290 1.9
Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines 33,370 100 1.9
Paralegals and legal assistants 37,210 230 1.8
Industrial machinery mechanics 45,130 210 1.8
Electrical and electronic engineering technicians 51,780 140 1.8
First-line supervisors/managers of housekeeping and janitorial workers 30,190 150 1.7
Engineers, all other 76,260 130 1.7
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 24,500 740 1.7
First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 47,680 460 1.7

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Panama City, Florida Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Insurance sales agents 72,010 1.28 320
Physicians and surgeons, all other 220,870 1.24 130
File clerks 28,600 1.21 150
Helpers--production workers 27,650 1.17 210
Mechanical engineers 86,660 1.17 330
Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 20,720 1.16 180
Driver/sales workers 29,460 1.13 120
Coaches and scouts 39,990 1.12 110
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 26,420 1.12 330
Retail salespersons 27,090 1.11 2,520
Electronics engineers, except computer 91,100 1.1 260
Sales representatives, services, all other 57,080 1.1 420
Counter and rental clerks 25,390 1.09 480
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 79,100 1.09 140
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 20,970 1.08 430
Waiters and waitresses 20,060 1.07 2,670
Pharmacists 111,880 1.07 190
Civil engineers 78,000 1.07 120
Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 56,500 1.07 160
Real estate sales agents 49,510 1.05 260
Engineering technicians, except drafters, all other 56,790 1.05 170
Electrical and electronics repairers, commercial and industrial equipment 50,660 1.03 110
Cooks, restaurant 22,410 1.03 870
Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 31,200 1.03 110
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 39,830 1.03 820
Bartenders 19,920 1.03 240
Industrial machinery mechanics 45,130 1.01 210
Truck drivers, light or delivery services 29,380 1.01 480
Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 25,460 1.01 170
Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 41,510 1.01 540
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 24,500 1.01 740
Automotive service technicians and mechanics 36,640 1.01 420
Physical therapists 73,470 1 150
Construction and building inspectors 49,090 1 120
Electrical and electronic engineering technicians 51,780 0.99 140
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 34,990 0.99 260
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 30,000 0.99 520
Bill and account collectors 30,540 0.99 160
Child care workers 19,020 0.99 290
Helpers--pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 25,960 0.98 230
Accountants and auditors 58,260 0.98 410
Tellers 23,050 0.97 510
Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 20,420 0.97 120
Cashiers 18,030 0.97 2,250
Amusement and recreation attendants 17,900 0.97 270
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 16,540 0.96 1,230
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 50,760 0.96 250
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 27,220 0.96 420
Painters, construction and maintenance 32,560 0.95 260
Engineers, all other 76,260 0.95 130

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