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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

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations56400$38,790$18.65100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations8360$31,840$15.3114.35
3Sales and Related Occupations7850$30,680$14.759.9
4Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations5490$72,000$34.615.8
5Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations5350$20,310$9.778.55
6Transportation and Material Moving Occupations5180$32,430$15.596.55
7Production Occupations4990$30,820$14.825.7
8Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations2740$41,230$19.823.8
9Cashiers2620$19,750$9.492.2
10Education, Training, and Library Occupations2370$43,800$21.066.05
11Retail Salespersons2280$27,150$13.052.85
12Healthcare Support Occupations2090$26,780$12.873
13Construction and Extraction Occupations2060$36,430$17.514.45
14Registered Nurses1960$57,830$27.81.95
15Management Occupations1740$103,190$49.616.15
16Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food1680$18,410$8.852.3
17Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations1480$22,500$10.823.65
18Protective Service Occupations1460$34,310$16.52.2
19Personal Care and Service Occupations1380$20,840$10.024.3
20Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive1310$33,410$16.061.5
21Business and Financial Operations Occupations1230$65,890$31.685.25
22Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand1220$25,990$12.51.7
23Waiters and Waitresses1190$20,560$9.881.7
24Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers1180$45,480$21.871.2
25Nursing Assistants970$21,120$10.151
26Office Clerks, General910$22,940$11.031.9
27First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers860$40,810$19.621
28Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners830$21,080$10.131.55
29Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks750$33,850$16.271.05
30Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products750$44,740$21.510.9
31Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers740$31,990$15.380.6
32General and Operations Managers730$114,860$55.221.5
33Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses720$32,690$15.720.5
34Stock Clerks and Order Fillers680$24,860$11.951.3
35Cooks, Restaurant650$21,220$10.20.8
36Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations610$33,250$15.981.8
37Customer Service Representatives590$30,980$14.891.75
38Receptionists and Information Clerks570$25,600$12.310.7
39Architecture and Engineering Occupations550$71,340$34.31.7
40Bus Drivers, School or Special Client530$17,420$8.380.3
41Security Guards530$27,280$13.120.7
42First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers500$52,280$25.140.95
43First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers490$25,950$12.480.6
44Personal Care Aides480$17,750$8.541.5
45First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers450$53,770$25.850.4
46Medical Assistants450$27,530$13.240.45
47Accountants and Auditors380$75,270$36.190.9
48Community and Social Service Occupations380$44,310$21.31.65
49Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics360$31,510$15.150.5
50Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations360$30,590$14.710.65
51Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers360$39,960$19.210.4
52Maintenance and Repair Workers, General350$34,400$16.540.9
53Computer and Mathematical Occupations330$58,040$27.92.9
54Tellers310$27,190$13.070.3
55Parts Salespersons310$28,720$13.810.2
56Counter and Rental Clerks300$26,160$12.580.3
57First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers300$47,440$22.810.4
58Billing and Posting Clerks300$35,250$16.950.3
59Packers and Packagers, Hand300$21,410$10.290.45
60First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers280$62,980$30.280.3
61First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors280$55,560$26.710
62Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria270$18,620$8.950.3
63Electricians270$38,660$18.580.4
64Sales Representatives, Services, All Other250$55,970$26.910.6
65Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists250$46,200$22.210.2
66Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners250$17,550$8.440.9
67Pharmacy Technicians240$28,170$13.540.3
68Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers240$30,630$14.730.3
69Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks240$29,180$14.030.4
70Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers230$22,630$10.880.8
71Physicians and Surgeons, All Other220$270,670$130.130.25
72Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations210$63,120$30.350.8
73Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers210$19,630$9.440.1
74Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators210$50,400$24.230.2
75Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic210$28,270$13.590.1
76Medical Secretaries210$33,970$16.330.4
77Construction Laborers200$27,210$13.080.8
78Firefighters200$30,240$14.540.2
79Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment200$22,310$10.720.2
80Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators200$30,250$14.550.35
81Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics200$28,650$13.770.2
82Interviewers, Except Eligibility and Loan190$27,830$13.380.1
83Pharmacists190$126,880$610.2
84Legal Occupations190$84,920$40.830.8
85Carpenters190$26,000$12.50.7
86Driver/Sales Workers180$36,090$17.350.3
87Radiologic Technologists180$46,180$22.20.1
88Postal Service Mail Carriers180$49,480$23.790.2
89Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers170$32,340$15.550.1
90Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers160$27,190$13.070.3
91Industrial Machinery Mechanics160$36,460$17.530.2
92Butchers and Meat Cutters150$33,610$16.160.1
93Legal Secretaries150$32,010$15.390.1
94Correctional Officers and Jailers140$32,010$15.390.25
95Recreation Workers130$20,890$10.040.25
96Amusement and Recreation Attendants130$17,850$8.580.2
97Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks130$17,780$8.550.2
98Dental Hygienists130$49,350$23.720.1
99Dental Assistants130$35,830$17.230.2
100Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop130$18,930$9.10.3
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Jobs More Common Near Dothan Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$38,79056,400
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$31,8408,360
Sales and Related Occupations$30,6807,850
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$72,0005,490
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$20,3105,350
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$32,4305,180
Production Occupations$30,8204,990
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$41,2302,740
Cashiers$19,7502,620
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$43,8002,370
Retail Salespersons$27,1502,280
Healthcare Support Occupations$26,7802,090
Construction and Extraction Occupations$36,4302,060
Registered Nurses$57,8301,960
Management Occupations$103,1901,740
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$18,4101,680
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$22,5001,480
Protective Service Occupations$34,3101,460
Personal Care and Service Occupations$20,8401,380
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$33,4101,310
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$65,8901,230
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$25,9901,220
Waiters and Waitresses$20,5601,190
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$45,4801,180
Nursing Assistants$21,120970
Office Clerks, General$22,940910
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$40,810860
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$21,080830
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$33,850750
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$44,740750
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$31,990740
General and Operations Managers$114,860730
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$32,690720
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$24,860680
Cooks, Restaurant$21,220650
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$33,250610
Customer Service Representatives$30,980590
Receptionists and Information Clerks$25,600570
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$71,340550
Bus Drivers, School or Special Client$17,420530
Security Guards$27,280530
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$52,280500
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$25,950490
Personal Care Aides$17,750480
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$53,770450
Medical Assistants$27,530450
Accountants and Auditors$75,270380
Community and Social Service Occupations$44,310380
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$31,510360
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations$30,590360

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$38,79056,400
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$31,8408,360
Sales and Related Occupations$30,6807,850
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$72,0005,490
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$32,4305,180
Production Occupations$30,8204,990
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$41,2302,740
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$43,8002,370
Retail Salespersons$27,1502,280
Healthcare Support Occupations$26,7802,090
Construction and Extraction Occupations$36,4302,060
Registered Nurses$57,8301,960
Management Occupations$103,1901,740
Protective Service Occupations$34,3101,460
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$33,4101,310
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$65,8901,230
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$25,9901,220
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$45,4801,180
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$40,810860
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$33,850750
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$44,740750
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$31,990740
General and Operations Managers$114,860730
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$32,690720
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$33,250610
Customer Service Representatives$30,980590
Receptionists and Information Clerks$25,600570
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$71,340550
Security Guards$27,280530
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$52,280500
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$25,950490
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$53,770450
Medical Assistants$27,530450
Accountants and Auditors$75,270380
Community and Social Service Occupations$44,310380
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$31,510360
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations$30,590360
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers$39,960360
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$34,400350
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$58,040330
Tellers$27,190310
Parts Salespersons$28,720310
Counter and Rental Clerks$26,160300
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers$47,440300
Billing and Posting Clerks$35,250300
First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers$62,980280
First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors$55,560280
Electricians$38,660270
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$55,970250
Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists$46,200250

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