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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

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 81110 $38510 $18.51 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 13450 $31450 $15.12 14.8
3 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 11010 $23140 $11.13 8.3
4 Sales and Related Occupations 10300 $32020 $15.39 10.15
5 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 4880 $65450 $31.47 5.75
6 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 4870 $36010 $17.31 6.15
7 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 4270 $38960 $18.73 3.8
8 Construction and Extraction Occupations 3990 $35190 $16.92 4.4
9 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 3950 $31290 $15.04 6.45
10 Retail Salespersons 3760 $25240 $12.14 3.1
11 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 3620 $61920 $29.77 5.05
12 Production Occupations 3440 $33370 $16.04 5.85
13 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 3120 $19050 $9.16 2.15
14 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 3080 $25190 $12.11 3.7
15 Waiters and Waitresses 2740 $24660 $11.86 1.6
16 Protective Service Occupations 2630 $35210 $16.93 2.25
17 Customer Service Representatives 2590 $26810 $12.89 1.75
18 Cashiers 2460 $20680 $9.94 2.25
19 Healthcare Support Occupations 2240 $28580 $13.74 3.05
20 Management Occupations 2240 $95510 $45.92 6.05
21 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 1870 $82100 $39.47 1.65
22 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 1760 $32320 $15.54 1.6
23 Personal Care and Service Occupations 1590 $24640 $11.85 4.1
24 Registered Nurses 1540 $55840 $26.84 1.9
25 Office Clerks, General 1510 $27820 $13.37 2
26 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 1310 $24450 $11.75 1.2
27 Cooks, Restaurant 1280 $23880 $11.48 0.75
28 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 1170 $42650 $20.5 1
29 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 1060 $70940 $34.1 2.8
30 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 1030 $32910 $15.82 0.9
31 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1000 $25930 $12.47 1.6
32 Nursing Assistants 1000 $24630 $11.84 1.05
33 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 980 $21360 $10.27 1
34 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 970 $48290 $23.22 1
35 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 960 $61890 $29.75 0.7
36 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 960 $25090 $12.06 1.6
37 Community and Social Service Occupations 870 $37910 $18.23 1.65
38 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 860 $32560 $15.65 0.6
39 Receptionists and Information Clerks 840 $26530 $12.76 0.7
40 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 840 $33460 $16.09 1.1
41 Correctional Officers and Jailers 790 $33000 $15.87 0.3
42 Counter and Rental Clerks 720 $26070 $12.53 0.3
43 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 710 $37530 $18.04 0.5
44 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 710 $39220 $18.86 1.2
45 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 670 $24540 $11.8 0.8
46 General and Operations Managers 660 $105430 $50.69 1.4
47 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 620 $35670 $17.15 0.5
48 Medical Assistants 620 $28360 $13.64 0.45
49 Food Preparation Workers 620 $23460 $11.28 0.6
50 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 610 $56130 $26.98 1
51 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 580 $45110 $21.69 1.7
52 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 570 $71510 $34.38 0.9
53 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 560 $48580 $23.35 0.6
54 Substitute Teachers 550 $19240 $9.25 0
55 Dishwashers 550 $19530 $9.39 0.3
56 Security Guards 500 $22790 $10.96 0.7
57 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 490 $28780 $13.84 0.3
58 Construction Laborers 480 $25710 $12.36 0.8
59 Carpenters 480 $38990 $18.75 0.6
60 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 480 $41970 $20.18 0.45
61 Accountants and Auditors 460 $62060 $29.84 0.9
62 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 440 $20330 $9.78 0.25
63 Bartenders 430 $28240 $13.58 0.4
64 Legal Occupations 420 $74650 $35.89 0.8
65 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 410 $22610 $10.87 0.3
66 Electricians 400 $42290 $20.33 0.4
67 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 380 $29370 $14.12 0.6
68 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers 380 $36650 $17.62 0.2
69 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 350 $51980 $24.99 0.3
70 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 340 $50600 $24.33 0.4
71 Mechanical Engineers 340 $95390 $45.86 0.2
72 Management Analysts 330 $66880 $32.15 0.5
73 Firefighters 330 $35320 $16.98 0.2
74 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 320 $20160 $9.69 0.3
75 Tellers 320 $29530 $14.2 0.3
76 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 320 $20440 $9.83 0.3
77 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 310 $34400 $16.54 0.3
78 Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks 300 $26270 $12.63 0.2
79 Billing and Posting Clerks 300 $32860 $15.8 0.35
80 Pharmacy Technicians 300 $28350 $13.63 0.25
81 Packers and Packagers, Hand 300 $20440 $9.83 0.45
82 Driver/Sales Workers 300 $24700 $11.87 0.3
83 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 290 $49370 $23.74 0.4
84 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 290 $47270 $22.73 0.5
85 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer 280 $99140 $47.66 0.1
86 Amusement and Recreation Attendants 280 $19170 $9.21 0.2
87 Civil Engineers 250 $76920 $36.98 0.2
88 Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers 240 $56330 $27.08 0.2
89 Painters, Construction and Maintenance 230 $29000 $13.94 0.2
90 Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment 230 $21120 $10.15 0.2
91 Personal Care Aides 220 $21120 $10.15 1.3
92 Childcare Workers 220 $21590 $10.38 0.8
93 Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers 210 $45770 $22.01 0.1
94 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 210 $31110 $14.96 0.4
95 Cost Estimators 200 $57170 $27.49 0.1
96 Medical Secretaries 200 $30590 $14.71 0.4
97 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 200 $33280 $16 0.4
98 Lawyers 190 $100600 $48.37 0.5
99 Loan Officers 190 $63550 $30.55 0.2
100 Pharmacists 190 $120540 $57.95 0.2
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Jobs More Common Near Panama City Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 38,510 81,110
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 31,450 13,450
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 23,140 11,010
Sales and Related Occupations 32,020 10,300
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 65,450 4,880
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 36,010 4,870
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 38,960 4,270
Construction and Extraction Occupations 35,190 3,990
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 31,290 3,950
Retail Salespersons 25,240 3,760
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 61,920 3,620
Production Occupations 33,370 3,440
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 19,050 3,120
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 25,190 3,080
Waiters and Waitresses 24,660 2,740
Protective Service Occupations 35,210 2,630
Customer Service Representatives 26,810 2,590
Cashiers 20,680 2,460
Healthcare Support Occupations 28,580 2,240
Management Occupations 95,510 2,240
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 82,100 1,870
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 32,320 1,760
Personal Care and Service Occupations 24,640 1,590
Registered Nurses 55,840 1,540
Office Clerks, General 27,820 1,510
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 24,450 1,310
Cooks, Restaurant 23,880 1,280
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 42,650 1,170
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 70,940 1,060
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 32,910 1,030
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 25,930 1,000
Nursing Assistants 24,630 1,000
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 21,360 980
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 48,290 970
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 61,890 960
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 25,090 960
Community and Social Service Occupations 37,910 870
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 32,560 860
Receptionists and Information Clerks 26,530 840
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 33,460 840
Correctional Officers and Jailers 33,000 790
Counter and Rental Clerks 26,070 720
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 37,530 710
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 39,220 710
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 24,540 670
General and Operations Managers 105,430 660
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 35,670 620
Medical Assistants 28,360 620
Food Preparation Workers 23,460 620
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 56,130 610

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 38,510 81,110
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 31,450 13,450
Sales and Related Occupations 32,020 10,300
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 65,450 4,880
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 36,010 4,870
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 38,960 4,270
Construction and Extraction Occupations 35,190 3,990
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 31,290 3,950
Retail Salespersons 25,240 3,760
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 61,920 3,620
Production Occupations 33,370 3,440
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 25,190 3,080
Protective Service Occupations 35,210 2,630
Customer Service Representatives 26,810 2,590
Healthcare Support Occupations 28,580 2,240
Management Occupations 95,510 2,240
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 82,100 1,870
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 32,320 1,760
Registered Nurses 55,840 1,540
Office Clerks, General 27,820 1,510
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 42,650 1,170
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 70,940 1,060
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 32,910 1,030
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 25,930 1,000
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 48,290 970
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 61,890 960
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 25,090 960
Community and Social Service Occupations 37,910 870
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 32,560 860
Receptionists and Information Clerks 26,530 840
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 33,460 840
Correctional Officers and Jailers 33,000 790
Counter and Rental Clerks 26,070 720
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 37,530 710
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 39,220 710
General and Operations Managers 105,430 660
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 35,670 620
Medical Assistants 28,360 620
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 56,130 610
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 45,110 580
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 71,510 570
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 48,580 560
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 28,780 490
Construction Laborers 25,710 480
Carpenters 38,990 480
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 41,970 480
Accountants and Auditors 62,060 460
Bartenders 28,240 430
Legal Occupations 74,650 420
Electricians 42,290 400

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