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Dalton Employment

Employment and Industries in the Dalton, Georgia Area

Dalton is home to many of the country's floor covering manufactures. It's referred to as the "Carpet capital of the world." The city is home to a vast number of carpet plants and carpet outlet stores. The industry provides over 30,000 jobs in the region. Education and healthcare are other significant factors for the economy.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has included the Dalton area as one of four regions in the nation where the business community and education have been working effectively to improve educational performances for over a decade.

Some of the most popular jobs in Dalton where the majority of the workers are college graduates include wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, teachers, registered nurses, computer system analysts, accountants and auditors, computer programmers, sales managers, special education teachers and computer and information systems managers.

Shown below is a list of the largest employers in the Dalton area:

  • Shaw Industries Group Inc
  • Aladdin Mills
  • Collins Group
  • Fieldturf USA Inc
  • Whitfield Education Foundation Inc
  • Five Star Holding Company Inc
  • J&J Industries
  • Textile Rubber and Chemical Company Inc
  • Dalton Public Schools
  • Calfee Company of Dalton Inc
  • Windstream Georgia LLC
  • Marketing Alliance Group Inc
  • NPC South Inc
  • Oriental Weavers Rug Manufacturing Company Inc
  • TI Acquisition
  • Shaw Contract Flooring Services Inc
  • Product Concepts Residential LLC
  • North Georgia Electric Membership Corporation

The major sectors for employment in Dalton are:

  • Textile mills and textile products
  • Education
  • Accommodation and food services
  • Construction
  • Healthcare
  • Finance and insurance

Noteworthy data regarding Dalton: In 2007 the estimated median household income was $35,000. In 2008 the cost of living index was 85.3 which is less than the national average of 100. About 18% of the residents have a bachelor's degree or better.

Dalton companies have access to helpful business organizations including:

The Daily Citizen offers current information regarding the business activities in Dalton.

Most Popular Jobs in Dalton, Georgia 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 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 1,040 $58,130 $31,810 - 92,460 8% 51%
2 Elementary school teachers, except special education 1,010 $51,100 $36,250 - 68,440 14% 95%
3 Registered nurses 670 $52,050 $35,050 - 69,140 24% 56%
4 Computer systems analysts 590 $63,820 $29,800 - 84,400 29% 68%
5 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 410 $51,650 $37,050 - 66,530 11% 95%
6 Accountants and auditors 320 $68,980 $37,160 - 108,980 18% 79%
7 Chief executives 290 $144,550 $64,310 - 2% 65%
8 Sales managers 250 $100,250 $45,070 - 10% 69%
9 Computer programmers 250 $51,460 $30,710 - 74,220 -4% 73%
10 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 190 $47,800 $33,570 - 65,060 20% 87%
11 Computer and information systems managers 180 $102,780 $66,420 - 155,920 16% 73%
12 Computer software engineers, applications 170 $100,700 $66,620 - 152,150 45% 85%
13 Graphic designers 160 $59,740 $35,440 - 84,660 10% 55%
14 Management analysts 150 $81,010 $30,000 - 22% 78%
15 Social and human service assistants 130 $23,780 $14,320 - 33,570 34% 58%
16 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 120 $82,500 $62,210 - 105,230 8% 78%
17 Child, family, and school social workers 120 $33,570 $21,820 - 48,350 19% 77%
18 Financial managers 110 $85,520 $48,110 - 111,880 13% 60%
19 Mechanical engineers 100 $76,160 $56,300 - 100,690 4% 78%
20 Medical and health services managers 100 $76,120 $52,180 - 109,270 16% 57%
21 Managers, all other 90 $111,620 $66,240 - 7% 55%
22 Pharmacists 90 $98,450 $63,960 - 129,280 22% 97%
23 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 90 $73,290 $39,000 - 134,830 12% 51%
24 Training and development specialists 90 $37,310 $26,960 - 51,430 18% 56%
25 Special education teachers, middle school 80 $51,470 $38,460 - 65,500 16% 87%
26 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 80 $34,070 $18,670 - 56,690 15% 51%
27 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 70 $62,440 $39,800 - 89,750 13% 73%
28 Lawyers 70 $61,280 $38,460 - 117,880 11% 99%
29 Industrial engineers 60 $70,790 $47,610 - 101,460 20% 74%
30 Market research analysts 60 $52,900 $33,630 - 84,380 20% 82%
31 Marketing managers 50 $101,570 $46,480 - 160,800 14% 69%
32 Librarians 50 $59,860 $48,230 - 74,020 4% 85%
33 Self-enrichment education teachers 50 $41,340 $20,990 - 63,130 23% 54%
34 Instructional coordinators 40 $65,890 $36,050 - 85,680 23% 79%
35 Network systems and data communications analysts 40 $56,310 $40,350 - 72,910 53% 57%
36 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 40 $43,290 $28,100 - 60,250 5% 58%
37 Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists 40 $38,910 $27,840 - 51,710 11% 58%

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 Textile winding, twisting, and drawing out machine setters, operators, and tenders 3,900 $25,210 $19,410 - 31,960 -24% 0%
2 Textile knitting and weaving machine setters, operators, and tenders 2,340 $26,390 $17,460 - 34,500 -31% 0%
3 Customer service representatives 2,320 $30,950 $23,020 - 39,750 25% 22%
4 Retail salespersons 2,310 $23,710 $13,890 - 39,810 12% 25%
5 Industrial truck and tractor operators 2,270 $26,840 $19,840 - 32,060 -2% 2%
6 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 2,040 $22,450 $16,500 - 31,200 2% 5%
7 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 1,640 $15,170 $12,790 - 19,120 18% 5%
8 Textile cutting machine setters, operators, and tenders 1,590 $25,940 $17,760 - 32,650 -27% 0%
9 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 1,580 $36,010 $26,390 - 47,080 10% 4%
10 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 1,450 $44,860 $28,440 - 64,060 -5% 15%
11 Helpers--production workers 1,420 $20,800 $13,860 - 29,780 -1% 4%
12 Team assemblers 1,360 $24,240 $17,250 - 31,910 0% 5%
13 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 1,290 $27,760 $19,490 - 37,080 -7% 14%
14 General and operations managers 1,230 $92,040 $42,870 - 2% 48%
15 Maintenance and repair workers, general 1,220 $31,960 $21,760 - 40,960 10% 6%
16 Office clerks, general 1,220 $24,390 $14,810 - 33,730 13% 19%
17 Stock clerks and order fillers 1,150 $22,560 $14,530 - 32,400 -8% 8%
18 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 1,130 $28,730 $16,450 - 54,770 8% 4%
19 Cashiers 1,080 $16,680 $12,980 - 21,540 -3% 10%
20 Teacher assistants 910 $16,610 $13,110 - 21,360 10% 18%
21 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 890 $46,010 $27,440 - 71,930 6% 29%
22 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 890 $28,990 $20,170 - 39,770 1% 18%
23 Production workers, all other 880 $20,330 $16,790 - 24,720 2% 5%
24 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 810 $29,660 $17,350 - 40,690 13% 16%
25 Industrial machinery mechanics 800 $38,860 $28,940 - 51,240 9% 5%
26 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 770 $31,590 $17,250 - 51,340 4% 25%
27 Textile bleaching and dyeing machine operators and tenders 760 $27,090 $20,640 - 32,280 -30% 0%
28 Packers and packagers, hand 730 $23,820 $16,750 - 31,450 -12% 3%
29 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 720 $35,100 $26,560 - 46,030 15% 18%
30 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 660 $25,310 $17,340 - 33,470 4% 6%
31 Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 640 $20,910 $14,130 - 30,100 -5% 5%
32 Sewing machine operators 610 $25,090 $15,680 - 32,260 -27% 5%
33 Waiters and waitresses 600 $15,600 $12,870 - 20,310 11% 14%
34 Machine feeders and offbearers 580 $23,060 $17,570 - 30,470 -15% 0%
35 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 540 $21,400 $14,430 - 29,830 15% 4%
36 Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers, all other 460 $29,410 $21,260 - 45,480 -15% 10%
37 Receptionists and information clerks 450 $23,900 $17,040 - 31,010 17% 13%
38 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 400 $29,210 $18,560 - 41,850 14% 4%
39 Cooks, fast food 400 $15,900 $12,960 - 20,360 8% 5%
40 Production, planning, and expediting clerks 390 $34,490 $24,260 - 51,290 4% 30%
41 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 390 $30,710 $19,640 - 43,070 11% 14%
42 Mixing and blending machine setters, operators, and tenders 360 $29,310 $22,520 - 37,250 -5% 4%
43 Parts salespersons 360 $21,060 $14,720 - 33,230 -2% 6%
44 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 350 $50,150 $32,180 - 73,630 7% 13%
45 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 340 $34,410 $26,780 - 42,700 14% 7%
46 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 340 $19,960 $16,650 - 25,240 18% 7%
47 Extruding and forming machine setters, operators, and tenders, synthetic and glass fibers 330 $31,210 $25,310 - 38,820 -18% 10%
48 Construction laborers 320 $24,350 $17,920 - 31,470 11% 5%
49 Printing machine operators 300 $31,730 $18,090 - 48,370 -6% 6%
50 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 300 $29,580 $21,810 - 39,160 4% 15%
51 Order clerks 280 $29,270 $21,850 - 39,120 -24% 16%
52 Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 270 $29,210 $18,640 - 42,720 -15% 0%
53 Bus drivers, school 260 $15,270 $12,820 - 16,220 9% 4%
54 Computer support specialists 240 $34,690 $23,600 - 50,210 13% 43%
55 Carpenters 240 $30,660 $22,490 - 38,980 10% 6%
56 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 230 $24,570 $18,790 - 31,990 5% 2%
57 Machinists 220 $34,160 $22,660 - 43,950 -3% 3%
58 Extruding, forming, pressing, and compacting machine setters, operators, and tenders 220 $31,470 $26,600 - 39,220 -8% 0%
59 Tellers 220 $24,510 $19,500 - 30,840 14% 16%
60 Administrative services managers 210 $75,170 $43,240 - 107,600 12% 40%
61 Bill and account collectors 210 $28,280 $21,450 - 38,140 23% 13%
62 Coating, painting, and spraying machine setters, operators, and tenders 210 $25,750 $17,880 - 32,900 -13% 4%
63 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 210 $25,110 $16,510 - 39,890 18% 6%
64 Cooks, restaurant 210 $18,540 $13,420 - 24,850 12% 5%
65 Industrial production managers 200 $78,170 $49,620 - 124,900 -6% 43%
66 First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 200 $42,100 $26,930 - 64,020 10% 17%
67 Dishwashers 180 $15,320 $12,870 - 19,400 10% 3%
68 Kindergarten teachers, except special education 170 $49,630 $36,610 - 65,420 16% 43%
69 First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand 170 $35,840 $22,160 - 56,480 13% 17%
70 Bindery workers 170 $23,400 $13,890 - 37,330 -22% 7%
71 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 170 $16,920 $13,030 - 23,930 11% 5%
72 Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance 160 $40,120 $26,610 - 51,740 2% 11%
73 Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 160 $35,850 $27,890 - 43,680 12% 3%
74 Amusement and recreation attendants 160 $17,250 $13,170 - 23,080 24% 22%
75 Security guards 150 $25,370 $17,470 - 31,790 17% 13%
76 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 150 $18,240 $13,240 - 26,960 13% 5%
77 Electricians 140 $39,080 $30,570 - 49,540 7% 7%
78 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 140 $34,540 $26,310 - 42,430 11% 33%
79 Maintenance workers, machinery 140 $31,310 $23,190 - 41,530 -1% 0%
80 Fire fighters 140 $30,000 $19,170 - 41,430 12% 18%
81 Counter and rental clerks 140 $26,180 $14,280 - 36,560 23% 16%
82 Cutting and slicing machine setters, operators, and tenders 140 $23,350 $15,240 - 32,540 -9% 3%
83 Cutters and trimmers, hand 140 $18,200 $13,270 - 25,140 -6% 3%
84 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 140 $15,920 $12,910 - 20,690 10% 17%
85 Food preparation workers 130 $17,870 $13,210 - 25,070 15% 7%
86 Postal service mail carriers 130 $0 $ - 1% 11%
87 Insurance sales agents 120 $49,240 $24,400 - 92,600 13% 45%
88 Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines 120 $38,710 $28,840 - 49,910 12% 3%
89 Emergency medical technicians and paramedics 120 $30,630 $22,670 - 41,830 19% 14%
90 Medical secretaries 120 $27,710 $22,520 - 32,850 17% 18%
91 Medical assistants 120 $27,140 $20,410 - 33,800 35% 10%
92 Data entry keyers 120 $25,680 $20,070 - 32,560 -5% 18%
93 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 120 $17,090 $13,060 - 23,660 14% 3%
94 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 110 $48,900 $34,430 - 67,610 9% 10%
95 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 110 $33,440 $22,830 - 46,130 11% 4%
96 Preschool teachers, except special education 110 $25,510 $14,040 - 42,200 26% 43%
97 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 100 $30,440 $24,220 - 39,010 8% 3%
98 Weighers, measurers, checkers, and samplers, recordkeeping 100 $27,330 $19,680 - 33,100 -11% 13%
99 Police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers 100 $26,640 $20,430 - 33,530 14% 11%
100 Switchboard operators, including answering service 100 $26,180 $17,220 - 34,140 -8% 10%
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Jobs More Common Near Dalton Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Textile winding, twisting, and drawing out machine setters, operators, and tenders 25,210 3,900 405.1
Textile knitting and weaving machine setters, operators, and tenders 26,390 2,340 265.5
Textile cutting machine setters, operators, and tenders 25,940 1,590 254.6
Textile bleaching and dyeing machine operators and tenders 27,090 760 188.6
Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers, all other 29,410 460 161.5
Extruding and forming machine setters, operators, and tenders, synthetic and glass fibers 31,210 330 125
Cutters and trimmers, hand 18,200 140 17.8
Machine feeders and offbearers 23,060 580 11.2
Sewing machine operators 25,090 610 8.8
Production workers, all other 20,330 880 7.6
Extruding, forming, pressing, and compacting machine setters, operators, and tenders 31,470 220 7.5
Industrial truck and tractor operators 26,840 2,270 7.3
Helpers--production workers 20,800 1,420 6.2
Industrial machinery mechanics 38,860 800 6
Bindery workers 23,400 170 5.8
Mixing and blending machine setters, operators, and tenders 29,310 360 5.7
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 27,760 1,290 5.6
Coating, painting, and spraying machine setters, operators, and tenders 25,750 210 4.8
Cutting and slicing machine setters, operators, and tenders 23,350 140 4.7
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 44,860 1,450 4.5
Maintenance workers, machinery 31,310 140 4.3
Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 20,910 640 3.8
Parts salespersons 21,060 360 3.2
Weighers, measurers, checkers, and samplers, recordkeeping 27,330 100 3
Printing machine operators 31,730 300 3
Production, planning, and expediting clerks 34,490 390 2.6
Team assemblers 24,240 1,360 2.6
Industrial production managers 78,170 200 2.6
Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 29,210 270 2.4
Truck drivers, light or delivery services 28,730 1,130 2.3
Police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers 26,640 100 2.2
Order clerks 29,270 280 2.2
Kindergarten teachers, except special education 49,630 170 2
Computer systems analysts 63,820 590 2
Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines 38,710 120 2
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 36,010 1,580 1.9
Chief executives 144,550 290 1.9
Packers and packagers, hand 23,820 730 1.9
Customer service representatives 30,950 2,320 1.8
Maintenance and repair workers, general 31,960 1,220 1.8
First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 42,100 200 1.8
Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 47,800 190 1.8
First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand 35,840 170 1.7
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 22,450 2,040 1.7
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 25,310 660 1.6
Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance 40,120 160 1.6
Administrative services managers 75,170 210 1.5
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 50,150 350 1.5
Cooks, fast food 15,900 400 1.5
Teacher assistants 16,610 910 1.5

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Dalton, Georgia Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Graphic designers 59,740 1.48 160
Computer software engineers, applications 100,700 1.3 170
Packers and packagers, hand 23,820 1.17 730
Accountants and auditors 68,980 1.15 320
Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance 40,120 1.15 160
Counter and rental clerks 26,180 1.12 140
Sewing machine operators 25,090 1.12 610
Management analysts 81,010 1.1 150
Textile bleaching and dyeing machine operators and tenders 27,090 1.08 760
Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers, all other 29,410 1.07 460
Textile cutting machine setters, operators, and tenders 25,940 1.05 1,590
Kindergarten teachers, except special education 49,630 1.05 170
Customer service representatives 30,950 1.04 2,320
Order clerks 29,270 1.04 280
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 25,110 1.04 210
Tellers 24,510 1.03 220
Administrative services managers 75,170 1.03 210
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 58,130 1.03 1,040
Extruding, forming, pressing, and compacting machine setters, operators, and tenders 31,470 1.03 220
Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 51,650 1.03 410
Elementary school teachers, except special education 51,100 1.03 1,010
First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 46,010 1.02 890
Sales managers 100,250 1.02 250
Computer and information systems managers 102,780 1.02 180
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 30,710 1.02 390
Textile knitting and weaving machine setters, operators, and tenders 26,390 1.01 2,340
Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 82,500 1.01 120
Textile winding, twisting, and drawing out machine setters, operators, and tenders 25,210 1.01 3,900
Security guards 25,370 1.01 150
Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 29,210 1 270
Preschool teachers, except special education 25,510 1 110
Receptionists and information clerks 23,900 1 450
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 28,990 0.99 890
Truck drivers, light or delivery services 28,730 0.99 1,130
Stock clerks and order fillers 22,560 0.99 1,150
Data entry keyers 25,680 0.99 120
Emergency medical technicians and paramedics 30,630 0.98 120
Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 29,580 0.98 300
Retail salespersons 23,710 0.97 2,310
Printing machine operators 31,730 0.97 300
Medical assistants 27,140 0.97 120
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 36,010 0.96 1,580
Chief executives 144,550 0.96 290
Office clerks, general 24,390 0.96 1,220
Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 47,800 0.96 190
Medical secretaries 27,710 0.95 120
General and operations managers 92,040 0.95 1,230
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 18,240 0.95 150
Extruding and forming machine setters, operators, and tenders, synthetic and glass fibers 31,210 0.95 330
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 21,400 0.93 540

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