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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.

Jobs in Dothan

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 55810 $37990 $18.26 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 8860 $31020 $14.91 14.8
3 Sales and Related Occupations 8010 $29910 $14.38 10.15
4 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 5190 $66950 $32.19 5.75
5 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 5160 $19470 $9.36 8.3
6 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 4640 $31670 $15.23 6.45
7 Production Occupations 4120 $32260 $15.51 5.85
8 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 3350 $40970 $19.7 6.15
9 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 2710 $40670 $19.55 3.8
10 Cashiers 2680 $18980 $9.13 2.25
11 Retail Salespersons 2530 $25330 $12.18 3.1
12 Healthcare Support Occupations 2090 $26070 $12.54 3.05
13 Registered Nurses 2010 $53730 $25.83 1.9
14 Construction and Extraction Occupations 1930 $35240 $16.94 4.4
15 Management Occupations 1810 $102180 $49.13 6.05
16 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 1450 $22800 $10.96 3.7
17 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 1390 $18050 $8.68 2.15
18 Protective Service Occupations 1380 $34900 $16.78 2.25
19 Personal Care and Service Occupations 1350 $20850 $10.03 4.1
20 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 1340 $32760 $15.75 1.6
21 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 1250 $25260 $12.15 1.6
22 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 1200 $39950 $19.21 1.2
23 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 1150 $70030 $33.67 5.05
24 Waiters and Waitresses 1100 $19170 $9.22 1.6
25 Office Clerks, General 1000 $21930 $10.54 2
26 Nursing Assistants 1000 $20770 $9.99 1.05
27 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 990 $41220 $19.82 1
28 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 840 $21260 $10.22 1.6
29 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 820 $23740 $11.42 1.2
30 General and Operations Managers 760 $120760 $58.06 1.4
31 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 760 $44200 $21.25 1
32 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 700 $33790 $16.24 1.1
33 Cooks, Restaurant 690 $19600 $9.42 0.75
34 Customer Service Representatives 670 $31090 $14.94 1.75
35 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 580 $32420 $15.59 0.5
36 Receptionists and Information Clerks 580 $25000 $12.02 0.7
37 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 570 $31080 $14.94 0.6
38 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 560 $47720 $22.94 1
39 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 550 $71140 $34.2 1.65
40 Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 490 $30640 $14.73 0.6
41 Security Guards 440 $28400 $13.65 0.7
42 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 430 $60430 $29.05 0.4
43 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 430 $29240 $14.06 1.7
44 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 430 $27270 $13.11 0.6
45 Community and Social Service Occupations 410 $42370 $20.37 1.65
46 Personal Care Aides 410 $17640 $8.48 1.3
47 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 400 $38570 $18.54 0.45
48 Accountants and Auditors 360 $87970 $42.29 0.9
49 Helpers--Production Workers 360 $19430 $9.34 0.3
50 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 350 $49800 $23.94 0.4
51 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 330 $20520 $9.86 0.3
52 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 330 $58590 $28.17 2.8
53 Tellers 320 $26880 $12.92 0.3
54 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 310 $17910 $8.61 0.3
55 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 310 $60710 $29.19 0.3
56 Medical Assistants 300 $26480 $12.73 0.45
57 Billing and Posting Clerks 290 $34430 $16.55 0.35
58 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 290 $36730 $17.66 0.5
59 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 280 $33020 $15.87 0.9
60 Parts Salespersons 270 $31060 $14.93 0.2
61 Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists 250 $44600 $21.44 0.2
62 Cooks, Fast Food 250 $18440 $8.86 0.3
63 Driver/Sales Workers 240 $35420 $17.03 0.3
64 Carpenters 230 $26910 $12.94 0.6
65 Pharmacy Technicians 230 $25670 $12.34 0.25
66 Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers 220 $19040 $9.15 0.1
67 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 220 $22590 $10.86 0.8
68 Pharmacists 220 $121680 $58.5 0.2
69 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 210 $28110 $13.52 0.4
70 Electricians 210 $37060 $17.82 0.4
71 Substitute Teachers 210 $17490 $8.41 0
72 Legal Occupations 210 $81720 $39.29 0.8
73 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 210 $27800 $13.36 0.35
74 Counter and Rental Clerks 200 $25260 $12.15 0.3
75 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 200 $28970 $13.93 0.3
76 Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 190 $27540 $13.24 0.1
77 Legal Secretaries 190 $34680 $16.67 0.1
78 Firefighters 190 $30100 $14.47 0.2
79 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 190 $18220 $8.76 1
80 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 180 $64530 $31.02 0.9
81 Medical Secretaries 180 $31890 $15.33 0.4
82 Radiologic Technologists 180 $44160 $21.23 0.1
83 Industrial Machinery Mechanics 180 $33200 $15.96 0.2
84 Couriers and Messengers 180 $24390 $11.73 0.1
85 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 170 $33820 $16.26 0.2
86 Postal Service Mail Carriers 170 $50550 $24.3 0.15
87 Correctional Officers and Jailers 160 $30680 $14.75 0.3
88 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 160 $18790 $9.03 0.4
89 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 160 $61250 $29.45 0.6
90 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 160 $28410 $13.66 0.3
91 Dental Assistants 160 $35110 $16.88 0.2
92 Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers 150 $22150 $10.65 0.1
93 Packers and Packagers, Hand 150 $22620 $10.88 0.45
94 Bill and Account Collectors 150 $26890 $12.93 0.2
95 Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment 140 $23100 $11.11 0.2
96 Construction Laborers 140 $27390 $13.17 0.8
97 Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics 140 $21600 $10.38 0.2
98 Food Preparation Workers 140 $19530 $9.39 0.6
99 Recreation Workers 140 $19820 $9.53 0.3
100 Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 130 $269580 $129.61 0.2
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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
All Occupations 37,990 55,810
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 31,020 8,860
Sales and Related Occupations 29,910 8,010
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 66,950 5,190
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 19,470 5,160
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 31,670 4,640
Production Occupations 32,260 4,120
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 40,970 3,350
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 40,670 2,710
Cashiers 18,980 2,680
Retail Salespersons 25,330 2,530
Healthcare Support Occupations 26,070 2,090
Registered Nurses 53,730 2,010
Construction and Extraction Occupations 35,240 1,930
Management Occupations 102,180 1,810
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 22,800 1,450
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 18,050 1,390
Protective Service Occupations 34,900 1,380
Personal Care and Service Occupations 20,850 1,350
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 32,760 1,340
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 25,260 1,250
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 39,950 1,200
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 70,030 1,150
Waiters and Waitresses 19,170 1,100
Office Clerks, General 21,930 1,000
Nursing Assistants 20,770 1,000
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 41,220 990
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 21,260 840
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 23,740 820
General and Operations Managers 120,760 760
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 44,200 760
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 33,790 700
Cooks, Restaurant 19,600 690
Customer Service Representatives 31,090 670
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 32,420 580
Receptionists and Information Clerks 25,000 580
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 31,080 570
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 47,720 560
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 71,140 550
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 30,640 490
Security Guards 28,400 440
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 60,430 430
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 29,240 430
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 27,270 430
Community and Social Service Occupations 42,370 410
Personal Care Aides 17,640 410
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 38,570 400
Accountants and Auditors 87,970 360
Helpers--Production Workers 19,430 360
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 49,800 350

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 37,990 55,810
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 31,020 8,860
Sales and Related Occupations 29,910 8,010
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 66,950 5,190
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 31,670 4,640
Production Occupations 32,260 4,120
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 40,970 3,350
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 40,670 2,710
Retail Salespersons 25,330 2,530
Healthcare Support Occupations 26,070 2,090
Registered Nurses 53,730 2,010
Construction and Extraction Occupations 35,240 1,930
Management Occupations 102,180 1,810
Protective Service Occupations 34,900 1,380
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 32,760 1,340
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 25,260 1,250
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 39,950 1,200
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 70,030 1,150
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 41,220 990
General and Operations Managers 120,760 760
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 44,200 760
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 33,790 700
Customer Service Representatives 31,090 670
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 32,420 580
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 31,080 570
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 47,720 560
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 71,140 550
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 30,640 490
Security Guards 28,400 440
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 60,430 430
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 29,240 430
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 27,270 430
Community and Social Service Occupations 42,370 410
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 38,570 400
Accountants and Auditors 87,970 360
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 49,800 350
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 58,590 330
Tellers 26,880 320
First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 60,710 310
Medical Assistants 26,480 300
Billing and Posting Clerks 34,430 290
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 36,730 290
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 33,020 280
Parts Salespersons 31,060 270
Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists 44,600 250
Driver/Sales Workers 35,420 240
Carpenters 26,910 230
Pharmacy Technicians 25,670 230
Pharmacists 121,680 220
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 28,110 210

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