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Panama City Employment

Employment and Industries in the Panama City, Florida Area

Panama City's economy is powered by tourism and the military. Tourists are attracted by the beautiful beaches located close to Panama City. The municipality is home to the Coastal Systems Station Naval Surface Warfare Center. The Tyndall Air Force Base is nearby. Fishing, shipbuilding and manufacturing, including paper products and chemicals, also bolster the economy.

The Bay County Economic Development Alliance strives to improve the county's economy. The Alliance emphasizes the development of industries including aviation/aerospace, light manufacturing/metal fabrication, back office/financial services, defense/research and development, air cargo/distribution and logistics, site consultants and construction materials.

Some of the jobs more common in Panama City when compared to most other cities include personal care and service workers; coin, vending and amusement machine services and repairers; helpers of pipe layers, plumbers, pipe fitters and steam fitters; pharmacy aides, correctional officers and jailers, loan interviewers and clerks, engineering technicians and structural metal fabricators and fitters.

Shown below are the largest employers in the Panama City area:

  • Tyndall Air Force Base
  • Coastal Systems Station Naval Surface Warfare Center
  • Bay County School District
  • WJHG TV Inc
  • Bay Medical Center
  • Peoples First Properties Inc
  • Magic Broadcasting LLC
  • Folks Restaurants Ltd
  • Bay Hospital Inc
  • Bay County Board of County Commissioners
  • Edgewater Beach Resort Mgt
  • Eastern Shipbuilding Group Inc
  • City of Panama City
  • Florida Freedom Newspapers Inc
  • Peoples First Community Bank
  • Bay County
  • Johnstone Foods Inc
  • Royal American Management Inc
  • Gulf Power
  • Arizona Chemical
  • Stone Container
  • Sallie Mae
  • Berg Pipe

Panama City's major sectors for employment are:

  • Healthcare
  • Accommodation and food services
  • Arts, entertainment and recreation
  • Government
  • Education
  • Construction
  • Finance and insurance
  • Professional, scientific and technical services

Noteworthy information about Panama City: In 2009 the average salary was $26,000. In 2008 the cost of living index was at 83.9. The nation's average is 100. Approximately 19% of the residents have a bachelor's degree or higher.

Panama City companies have access to business organizations such as:

The News Herald offers up-to-date information regarding the business activities in Panama City.

Jobs in Panama City

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations80480$39,460$18.97100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations12710$32,140$15.4514.35
3Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations11080$23,240$11.178.55
4Sales and Related Occupations10030$31,710$15.259.9
5Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations4870$64,910$31.215.8
6Education, Training, and Library Occupations4650$36,440$17.526.05
7Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations4300$40,330$19.393.8
8Production Occupations4100$33,920$16.315.7
9Transportation and Material Moving Occupations3870$34,340$16.516.55
10Retail Salespersons3720$23,930$11.512.85
11Construction and Extraction Occupations3620$36,610$17.64.45
12Business and Financial Operations Occupations3420$63,760$30.665.25
13Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations3140$25,340$12.183.65
14Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food3060$19,680$9.462.3
15Waiters and Waitresses2670$23,850$11.471.7
16Management Occupations2610$93,960$45.176.15
17Cashiers2600$20,960$10.082.2
18Customer Service Representatives2390$26,630$12.81.75
19Protective Service Occupations2350$35,730$17.182.2
20Healthcare Support Occupations2090$30,050$14.453
21Architecture and Engineering Occupations2030$81,720$39.291.7
22Personal Care and Service Occupations1780$24,290$11.684.3
23Registered Nurses1710$56,480$27.151.95
24Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive1650$33,230$15.981.5
25Office Clerks, General1480$28,700$13.81.9
26Cooks, Restaurant1410$24,700$11.880.8
27Stock Clerks and Order Fillers1290$24,300$11.681.3
28Computer and Mathematical Occupations1250$76,690$36.872.9
29First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers1100$39,660$19.071
30Maintenance and Repair Workers, General1090$31,760$15.270.9
31Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand1080$26,870$12.921.7
32Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1050$21,780$10.470.9
33First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers970$49,430$23.760.95
34Community and Social Service Occupations920$38,180$18.361.65
35Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners890$25,110$12.071.55
36Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks840$35,480$17.061.05
37Nursing Assistants840$25,700$12.361
38Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers820$44,780$21.531.2
39Business Operations Specialists, All Other810$66,620$32.030.7
40Receptionists and Information Clerks800$26,990$12.980.7
41General and Operations Managers780$98,380$47.31.5
42Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers780$24,920$11.980.8
43First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers730$36,600$17.60.6
44Correctional Officers and Jailers720$33,060$15.90.25
45Bartenders610$24,470$11.770.4
46Construction Laborers590$26,880$12.920.8
47Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics580$37,000$17.790.5
48Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations570$65,650$31.560.8
49Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations560$43,050$20.71.8
50Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses560$37,700$18.130.5
51Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products530$54,550$26.230.9
52Substitute Teachers530$19,600$9.420
53Counter and Rental Clerks510$27,510$13.230.3
54Sales Representatives, Services, All Other500$46,350$22.280.6
55Carpenters490$37,740$18.140.7
56Medical Assistants490$31,090$14.950.45
57Accountants and Auditors460$58,800$28.270.9
58Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers450$39,200$18.850.2
59Security Guards450$24,140$11.610.7
60First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers430$49,970$24.020.3
61Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop430$20,950$10.070.3
62Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers430$39,790$19.130.4
63Legal Occupations410$84,310$40.530.8
64Mechanical Engineers390$92,930$44.680.2
65Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop380$20,920$10.060.3
66Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers380$19,750$9.490.3
67Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers380$32,250$15.50.6
68First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers370$49,300$23.70.4
69Childcare Workers360$19,450$9.350.8
70First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers360$48,160$23.160.4
71Food Preparation Workers350$24,440$11.750.6
72Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters340$36,910$17.750.3
73Tellers320$29,800$14.330.3
74Electronics Engineers, Except Computer310$97,400$46.830.1
75Personal Care Aides310$21,540$10.361.5
76Management Analysts300$73,340$35.260.5
77Billing and Posting Clerks290$34,960$16.810.3
78Pharmacy Technicians290$30,180$14.510.3
79Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers290$48,540$23.340.2
80Amusement and Recreation Attendants280$19,470$9.360.2
81Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education260$21,950$10.550.3
82Firefighters250$35,880$17.250.2
83Community and Social Service Specialists, All Other240$34,970$16.810.1
84Electricians240$45,470$21.860.4
85Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers240$20,830$10.020.1
86Logisticians230$80,860$38.880.1
87Medical Secretaries230$31,220$15.010.4
88Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants220$49,190$23.650.35
89Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists220$33,070$15.90.4
90Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks220$24,990$12.010.2
91Packers and Packagers, Hand220$21,520$10.350.45
92Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks220$33,980$16.340.4
93Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment210$21,890$10.520.2
94Computer User Support Specialists210$50,480$24.270.4
95Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers210$56,550$27.190.3
96Human Resources Specialists200$59,570$28.640.35
97Lawyers200$113,000$54.330.5
98Pharmacists200$118,710$57.070.2
99Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers200$57,110$27.460.15
100Home Health Aides190$24,630$11.840.7
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Jobs More Common Near Panama City Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$39,46080,480
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$32,14012,710
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$23,24011,080
Sales and Related Occupations$31,71010,030
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$64,9104,870
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$36,4404,650
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$40,3304,300
Production Occupations$33,9204,100
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$34,3403,870
Retail Salespersons$23,9303,720
Construction and Extraction Occupations$36,6103,620
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$63,7603,420
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$25,3403,140
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$19,6803,060
Waiters and Waitresses$23,8502,670
Management Occupations$93,9602,610
Cashiers$20,9602,600
Customer Service Representatives$26,6302,390
Protective Service Occupations$35,7302,350
Healthcare Support Occupations$30,0502,090
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$81,7202,030
Personal Care and Service Occupations$24,2901,780
Registered Nurses$56,4801,710
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$33,2301,650
Office Clerks, General$28,7001,480
Cooks, Restaurant$24,7001,410
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$24,3001,290
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$76,6901,250
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$39,6601,100
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$31,7601,090
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$26,8701,080
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$21,7801,050
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$49,430970
Community and Social Service Occupations$38,180920
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$25,110890
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$35,480840
Nursing Assistants$25,700840
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$44,780820
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$66,620810
Receptionists and Information Clerks$26,990800
General and Operations Managers$98,380780
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$24,920780
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$36,600730
Correctional Officers and Jailers$33,060720
Bartenders$24,470610
Construction Laborers$26,880590
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$37,000580
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$65,650570
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$43,050560
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$37,700560

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Panama City, Florida Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$39,46080,480
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$32,14012,710
Sales and Related Occupations$31,71010,030
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$64,9104,870
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$36,4404,650
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$40,3304,300
Production Occupations$33,9204,100
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$34,3403,870
Construction and Extraction Occupations$36,6103,620
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$63,7603,420
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$25,3403,140
Management Occupations$93,9602,610
Customer Service Representatives$26,6302,390
Protective Service Occupations$35,7302,350
Healthcare Support Occupations$30,0502,090
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$81,7202,030
Registered Nurses$56,4801,710
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$33,2301,650
Office Clerks, General$28,7001,480
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$76,6901,250
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$39,6601,100
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$31,7601,090
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$26,8701,080
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$49,430970
Community and Social Service Occupations$38,180920
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$25,110890
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$35,480840
Nursing Assistants$25,700840
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$44,780820
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$66,620810
Receptionists and Information Clerks$26,990800
General and Operations Managers$98,380780
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$36,600730
Correctional Officers and Jailers$33,060720
Construction Laborers$26,880590
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$37,000580
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$65,650570
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$43,050560
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$37,700560
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$54,550530
Counter and Rental Clerks$27,510510
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$46,350500
Carpenters$37,740490
Medical Assistants$31,090490
Accountants and Auditors$58,800460
Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers$39,200450
First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers$49,970430
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers$39,790430
Legal Occupations$84,310410
Mechanical Engineers$92,930390

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