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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.

Jobs in Dover

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations63290$44,910$21.59100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations9690$34,330$16.5114.35
3Sales and Related Occupations6910$32,050$15.419.9
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations6200$24,210$11.648.55
5Transportation and Material Moving Occupations5730$33,820$16.266.55
6Education, Training, and Library Occupations4570$56,870$27.346.05
7Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations3970$75,050$36.085.8
8Production Occupations3370$36,980$17.785.7
9Business and Financial Operations Occupations2870$66,760$32.15.25
10Retail Salespersons2620$25,080$12.062.85
11Personal Care and Service Occupations2530$27,620$13.284.3
12Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations2520$46,830$22.513.8
13Management Occupations2300$126,150$60.656.15
14Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations2110$28,290$13.63.65
15Cashiers2090$21,320$10.252.2
16Construction and Extraction Occupations2040$43,950$21.134.45
17Healthcare Support Occupations1930$30,150$14.493
18Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food1700$20,460$9.842.3
19Protective Service Occupations1420$48,970$23.542.2
20Community and Social Service Occupations1340$45,470$21.861.65
21Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive1340$37,630$18.091.5
22Registered Nurses1320$66,060$31.761.95
23Waiters and Waitresses1280$23,640$11.371.7
24Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1260$26,720$12.851.55
25Computer and Mathematical Occupations1060$73,090$35.142.9
26Stock Clerks and Order Fillers1050$24,050$11.561.3
27Office Clerks, General1030$28,350$13.631.9
28Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand900$27,240$13.11.7
29Nursing Assistants870$28,710$13.81
30First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers820$46,740$22.471
31Customer Service Representatives800$28,300$13.61.75
32First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers790$49,390$23.750.95
33Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers780$36,320$17.461.2
34Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks760$37,570$18.061.05
35Architecture and Engineering Occupations750$68,380$32.871.7
36Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations720$64,340$30.940.8
37Cooks, Restaurant700$23,520$11.310.8
38Personal Care Aides700$22,870$111.5
39Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations590$45,230$21.751.8
40Accountants and Auditors560$62,430$30.020.9
41Bus Drivers, School or Special Client560$31,670$15.230.3
42General and Operations Managers540$137,580$66.141.5
43Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria530$31,560$15.170.3
44First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers510$37,150$17.860.6
45Legal Occupations480$97,680$46.960.8
46Packers and Packagers, Hand470$24,000$11.540.45
47Medical Assistants430$29,420$14.140.45
48Medical Secretaries430$32,110$15.440.4
49Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics420$38,730$18.620.5
50Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses390$48,490$23.310.5
51Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers390$69,520$33.420.4
52Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers370$38,800$18.650.6
53Maintenance and Repair Workers, General370$36,240$17.420.9
54Receptionists and Information Clerks370$24,580$11.820.7
55Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop330$20,480$9.850.3
56Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers330$28,460$13.680.8
57Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders330$35,740$17.180.2
58Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners320$23,240$11.170.9
59Security Guards310$27,240$13.090.7
60Construction Laborers300$32,650$15.70.8
61Human Resources Specialists300$56,850$27.330.35
62Industrial Machinery Mechanics290$51,200$24.610.2
63Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators280$38,040$18.290.2
64Court, Municipal, and License Clerks270$34,370$16.520.1
65First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers270$63,450$30.510.3
66Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education270$33,790$16.240.3
67Bartenders260$25,870$12.440.4
68Childcare Workers260$27,530$13.230.8
69Management Analysts260$72,210$34.720.5
70Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists250$36,980$17.780.4
71Amusement and Recreation Attendants240$22,790$10.950.2
72Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers240$38,320$18.430
73Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment240$21,600$10.390.2
74Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors240$59,800$28.750.2
75Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics240$37,030$17.810.2
76Food Preparation Workers240$21,680$10.420.6
77Child, Family, and School Social Workers230$40,110$19.280.2
78First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors230$58,870$28.30
79Billing and Posting Clerks220$32,590$15.670.3
80Dishwashers220$19,730$9.490.3
81Electricians220$56,430$27.130.4
82Sales Representatives, Services, All Other220$46,180$22.20.6
83Computer User Support Specialists210$52,150$25.070.4
84Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks210$35,950$17.280.4
85Tellers210$28,230$13.570.3
86Carpenters200$45,710$21.980.7
87Civil Engineers200$79,960$38.440.2
88First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers200$64,510$31.020.4
89First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers200$70,090$33.70.4
90Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products200$58,210$27.980.9
91Business Operations Specialists, All Other190$70,440$33.870.7
92Computer Systems Analysts190$90,670$43.590.4
93Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers190$21,790$10.470.1
94Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations180$36,610$17.60.65
95Home Health Aides180$26,650$12.810.7
96Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers180$38,730$18.620.3
97Postal Service Mail Carriers180$50,200$24.130.2
98Counter and Rental Clerks170$29,540$14.20.3
99Dental Assistants170$37,910$18.230.2
100Network and Computer Systems Administrators170$64,000$30.770.25
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Jobs More Common Near Dover Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$44,91063,290
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$34,3309,690
Sales and Related Occupations$32,0506,910
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$24,2106,200
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$33,8205,730
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$56,8704,570
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$75,0503,970
Production Occupations$36,9803,370
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$66,7602,870
Retail Salespersons$25,0802,620
Personal Care and Service Occupations$27,6202,530
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$46,8302,520
Management Occupations$126,1502,300
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$28,2902,110
Cashiers$21,3202,090
Construction and Extraction Occupations$43,9502,040
Healthcare Support Occupations$30,1501,930
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$20,4601,700
Protective Service Occupations$48,9701,420
Community and Social Service Occupations$45,4701,340
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$37,6301,340
Registered Nurses$66,0601,320
Waiters and Waitresses$23,6401,280
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$26,7201,260
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$73,0901,060
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$24,0501,050
Office Clerks, General$28,3501,030
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$27,240900
Nursing Assistants$28,710870
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$46,740820
Customer Service Representatives$28,300800
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$49,390790
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$36,320780
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$37,570760
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$68,380750
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$64,340720
Cooks, Restaurant$23,520700
Personal Care Aides$22,870700
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$45,230590
Accountants and Auditors$62,430560
Bus Drivers, School or Special Client$31,670560
General and Operations Managers$137,580540
Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria$31,560530
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$37,150510
Legal Occupations$97,680480
Packers and Packagers, Hand$24,000470
Medical Assistants$29,420430
Medical Secretaries$32,110430
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$38,730420
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$48,490390

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$44,91063,290
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$34,3309,690
Sales and Related Occupations$32,0506,910
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$33,8205,730
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$56,8704,570
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$75,0503,970
Production Occupations$36,9803,370
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$66,7602,870
Retail Salespersons$25,0802,620
Personal Care and Service Occupations$27,6202,530
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$46,8302,520
Management Occupations$126,1502,300
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$28,2902,110
Construction and Extraction Occupations$43,9502,040
Healthcare Support Occupations$30,1501,930
Protective Service Occupations$48,9701,420
Community and Social Service Occupations$45,4701,340
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$37,6301,340
Registered Nurses$66,0601,320
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$26,7201,260
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$73,0901,060
Office Clerks, General$28,3501,030
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$27,240900
Nursing Assistants$28,710870
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$46,740820
Customer Service Representatives$28,300800
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$49,390790
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$36,320780
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$37,570760
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$68,380750
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$64,340720
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$45,230590
Accountants and Auditors$62,430560
Bus Drivers, School or Special Client$31,670560
General and Operations Managers$137,580540
Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria$31,560530
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$37,150510
Legal Occupations$97,680480
Medical Assistants$29,420430
Medical Secretaries$32,110430
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$38,730420
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$48,490390
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers$69,520390
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$38,800370
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$36,240370
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$28,460330
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders$35,740330
Security Guards$27,240310
Construction Laborers$32,650300
Human Resources Specialists$56,850300

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