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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

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 63600 $43430 $20.88 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 9960 $33680 $16.19 14.8
3 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 6750 $23020 $11.07 8.3
4 Sales and Related Occupations 6670 $31210 $15.01 10.15
5 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 4980 $34240 $16.46 6.45
6 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 4780 $57160 $27.48 6.15
7 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 3980 $76120 $36.6 5.75
8 Production Occupations 3450 $33630 $16.17 5.85
9 Retail Salespersons 2880 $24520 $11.79 3.1
10 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 2670 $63300 $30.43 5.05
11 Personal Care and Service Occupations 2580 $26040 $12.52 4.1
12 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 2530 $46030 $22.13 3.8
13 Management Occupations 2230 $120230 $57.81 6.05
14 Healthcare Support Occupations 2130 $29460 $14.16 3.05
15 Protective Service Occupations 2110 $44450 $21.37 2.25
16 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 2090 $19940 $9.59 2.15
17 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 2010 $26210 $12.6 3.7
18 Construction and Extraction Occupations 1960 $44120 $21.21 4.4
19 Cashiers 1730 $20930 $10.06 2.25
20 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 1390 $31450 $15.12 1.6
21 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 1320 $37070 $17.82 1.6
22 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1310 $25270 $12.15 1.6
23 Waiters and Waitresses 1290 $21750 $10.46 1.6
24 Registered Nurses 1250 $66900 $32.16 1.9
25 Community and Social Service Occupations 1250 $44520 $21.41 1.65
26 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 1180 $23950 $11.51 1.2
27 Office Clerks, General 1020 $28400 $13.65 2
28 Nursing Assistants 1010 $28470 $13.69 1.05
29 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 930 $71610 $34.43 2.8
30 Customer Service Representatives 830 $27080 $13.02 1.75
31 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 770 $37480 $18.02 1.1
32 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 760 $65420 $31.45 1.65
33 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 730 $47240 $22.71 1
34 Cooks, Restaurant 720 $22720 $10.92 0.75
35 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 710 $48000 $23.08 1
36 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 680 $35630 $17.13 1.2
37 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 590 $29560 $14.21 0.3
38 General and Operations Managers 560 $135750 $65.27 1.4
39 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 540 $30140 $14.49 0.3
40 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 540 $44840 $21.56 1.7
41 Personal Care Aides 530 $22280 $10.71 1.3
42 Medical Secretaries 510 $32290 $15.53 0.4
43 Accountants and Auditors 500 $61430 $29.53 0.9
44 Legal Occupations 490 $79550 $38.25 0.8
45 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 460 $39100 $18.8 0.6
46 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 450 $39340 $18.91 0.5
47 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 450 $46240 $22.23 0.5
48 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 390 $67910 $32.65 0.45
49 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 390 $36450 $17.53 0.9
50 Medical Assistants 380 $29930 $14.39 0.45
51 Amusement and Recreation Attendants 370 $21610 $10.39 0.2
52 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 350 $40830 $19.63 0.6
53 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 320 $20400 $9.81 0.25
54 Security Guards 320 $25060 $12.05 0.7
55 Receptionists and Information Clerks 310 $25160 $12.1 0.7
56 Childcare Workers 300 $25190 $12.11 0.8
57 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 300 $36160 $17.38 0.4
58 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 290 $26160 $12.58 0.8
59 Construction Laborers 290 $31850 $15.31 0.8
60 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 290 $32210 $15.49 0.4
61 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 280 $37600 $18.08 0.2
62 Bartenders 280 $22640 $10.88 0.4
63 Court, Municipal, and License Clerks 270 $34870 $16.77 0.1
64 Electricians 270 $54450 $26.18 0.4
65 Driver/Sales Workers 270 $31100 $14.95 0.3
66 Billing and Posting Clerks 270 $32940 $15.83 0.35
67 Packers and Packagers, Hand 260 $24220 $11.65 0.45
68 Management Analysts 260 $63390 $30.48 0.5
69 Human Resources Specialists 260 $55390 $26.63 0.3
70 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 260 $21420 $10.3 1
71 Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors 250 $61300 $29.47 0.2
72 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 250 $61090 $29.37 0.3
73 Dishwashers 250 $20020 $9.62 0.3
74 Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics 240 $37420 $17.99 0.2
75 Industrial Machinery Mechanics 240 $50080 $24.08 0.2
76 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 240 $27030 $13 0.25
77 Child, Family, and School Social Workers 230 $38670 $18.59 0.2
78 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 230 $32650 $15.7 0.35
79 Home Health Aides 230 $26020 $12.51 0.7
80 Tellers 230 $27210 $13.08 0.3
81 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 230 $34330 $16.5 0.3
82 Civil Engineers 230 $77770 $37.39 0.2
83 Carpenters 230 $45670 $21.96 0.6
84 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 220 $57760 $27.77 1
85 Food Preparation Workers 220 $21670 $10.42 0.6
86 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers 210 $46720 $22.46 0.2
87 Counter and Rental Clerks 210 $27580 $13.26 0.3
88 Compliance Officers 210 $56420 $27.13 0.2
89 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 190 $44690 $21.49 0.6
90 Bill and Account Collectors 180 $35190 $16.92 0.2
91 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 180 $71410 $34.33 0.7
92 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 180 $68460 $32.91 0.4
93 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 170 $35580 $17.11 0.3
94 Computer User Support Specialists 170 $49610 $23.85 0.4
95 Paralegals and Legal Assistants 170 $47330 $22.75 0.2
96 Motor Vehicle Operators, All Other 170 $22590 $10.86 0
97 Dental Assistants 170 $34440 $16.56 0.2
98 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 170 $65710 $31.59 0.4
99 Postal Service Mail Carriers 170 $50660 $24.35 0.15
100 Parts Salespersons 160 $31540 $15.16 0.2
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Jobs More Common Near Dover Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 43,430 63,600
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 33,680 9,960
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 23,020 6,750
Sales and Related Occupations 31,210 6,670
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 34,240 4,980
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 57,160 4,780
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 76,120 3,980
Production Occupations 33,630 3,450
Retail Salespersons 24,520 2,880
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 63,300 2,670
Personal Care and Service Occupations 26,040 2,580
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 46,030 2,530
Management Occupations 120,230 2,230
Healthcare Support Occupations 29,460 2,130
Protective Service Occupations 44,450 2,110
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 19,940 2,090
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 26,210 2,010
Construction and Extraction Occupations 44,120 1,960
Cashiers 20,930 1,730
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 31,450 1,390
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 37,070 1,320
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 25,270 1,310
Waiters and Waitresses 21,750 1,290
Registered Nurses 66,900 1,250
Community and Social Service Occupations 44,520 1,250
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 23,950 1,180
Office Clerks, General 28,400 1,020
Nursing Assistants 28,470 1,010
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 71,610 930
Customer Service Representatives 27,080 830
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 37,480 770
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 65,420 760
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 47,240 730
Cooks, Restaurant 22,720 720
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 48,000 710
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 35,630 680
Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 29,560 590
General and Operations Managers 135,750 560
Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 30,140 540
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 44,840 540
Personal Care Aides 22,280 530
Medical Secretaries 32,290 510
Accountants and Auditors 61,430 500
Legal Occupations 79,550 490
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 39,100 460
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 39,340 450
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 46,240 450
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 67,910 390
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 36,450 390
Medical Assistants 29,930 380

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 43,430 63,600
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 33,680 9,960
Sales and Related Occupations 31,210 6,670
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 34,240 4,980
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 57,160 4,780
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 76,120 3,980
Production Occupations 33,630 3,450
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 63,300 2,670
Personal Care and Service Occupations 26,040 2,580
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 46,030 2,530
Management Occupations 120,230 2,230
Healthcare Support Occupations 29,460 2,130
Protective Service Occupations 44,450 2,110
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 26,210 2,010
Construction and Extraction Occupations 44,120 1,960
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 31,450 1,390
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 37,070 1,320
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 25,270 1,310
Registered Nurses 66,900 1,250
Community and Social Service Occupations 44,520 1,250
Office Clerks, General 28,400 1,020
Nursing Assistants 28,470 1,010
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 71,610 930
Customer Service Representatives 27,080 830
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 37,480 770
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 65,420 760
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 47,240 730
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 48,000 710
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 35,630 680
Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 29,560 590
General and Operations Managers 135,750 560
Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 30,140 540
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 44,840 540
Medical Secretaries 32,290 510
Accountants and Auditors 61,430 500
Legal Occupations 79,550 490
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 39,100 460
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 39,340 450
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 46,240 450
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 67,910 390
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 36,450 390
Medical Assistants 29,930 380
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 40,830 350
Security Guards 25,060 320
Receptionists and Information Clerks 25,160 310
Childcare Workers 25,190 300
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 36,160 300
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 26,160 290
Construction Laborers 31,850 290
Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 32,210 290

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