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Dayton Employment

Employment and Industries in the Dayton, Ohio Area

The research and development department of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is the largest employer in Dayton. The base includes a large number of civilian employees. The Wright-Patterson Air Force Base has been acknowledged as attracting to the city one of the nation's highest concentrations of aerospace/high-technology companies. These companies provide jobs for engineers, technicians, scientists and specialists.

The U.S. Defense Department Joint Logistics Systems Center manages the installation of new computer systems for all military services. The center generates a large number of private sector jobs.

With the declining manufacturing sector, the economy has diversified and major economic components include healthcare, education, legal and insurance. The hospitals located in the Greater Dayton area employ a vast number of people and substantially contribute to the economy. In addition, numerous jobs are provided by the region's Miami Valley Research Park which is the site of government and corporate research firms.

Officials of the state of Ohio are working to make Dayton a prominent center for UAV research and manufacturing.

The largest job providers in the city:

  • Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
  • Premier Health Partners
  • Kettering Health Network
  • Wright State University
  • Delphi Automotive Systems
  • AK Steel Corp
  • Good Samaritan Hospital
  • Miami Valley Hospital
  • Med America Health Systems Corporation
  • NCR Corporation
  • Behr America, Inc
  • United States Postal Service
  • Veterans Health Administration
  • General Electric Capital Services, Inc
  • Delphi Corporation
  • JP Morgan Chase Bank, National Association
  • Dmax LTD
  • Dayton Osteopathic Hospital
  • Reynolds and Reynolds Company

The city includes numerous major companies such as:

  • Cargill
  • Reynolds and Reynolds
  • Cox Enterprises
  • Premier Health Partners
  • CareSource
  • Teradata
  • Standard Register
  • NewPage Corporation
  • Kettering Health Network

Dayton's major employment sectors:

  • Transportation, trade and utilities
  • Government
  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Manufacturing
  • Professional and business services
  • Leisure and hospitality

Noteworthy information about Dayton, Ohio: In 2007 the estimated median household income was $29,000. The cost of living index in 2008 was at 78.8. In Dayton, 14% of the adult population has a bachelor's degree or better.

Dayton businesses are invited to collaborate with helpful organizations such as:

Dayton Business Journal provides readers with news about local business and industry.

Jobs in Dayton

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations371610$48,700$23.42100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations53160$35,730$17.1814.35
3Sales and Related Occupations36300$37,020$17.89.9
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations36270$23,510$11.38.55
5Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations30390$77,310$37.175.8
6Production Occupations29210$37,320$17.945.7
7Transportation and Material Moving Occupations24960$31,830$15.36.55
8Education, Training, and Library Occupations23810$64,080$30.816.05
9Business and Financial Operations Occupations20050$73,210$35.25.25
10Management Occupations15320$108,480$52.156.15
11Healthcare Support Occupations14760$30,070$14.463
12Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations13190$43,880$21.13.8
13Computer and Mathematical Occupations12810$80,460$38.682.9
14Retail Salespersons11750$25,190$12.112.85
15Registered Nurses11670$67,150$32.281.95
16Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food11500$21,760$10.462.3
17Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations11270$27,930$13.433.65
18Architecture and Engineering Occupations10610$88,900$42.741.7
19Cashiers8980$20,790$9.992.2
20Personal Care and Service Occupations8870$25,200$12.114.3
21Construction and Extraction Occupations8490$47,280$22.734.45
22Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand7640$27,700$13.321.7
23Protective Service Occupations7560$43,170$20.752.2
24Waiters and Waitresses6920$23,270$11.191.7
25Office Clerks, General6640$34,430$16.551.9
26Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners6190$27,550$13.241.55
27Stock Clerks and Order Fillers5910$26,680$12.821.3
28Customer Service Representatives5480$34,750$16.711.75
29Nursing Assistants5420$27,630$13.291
30Community and Social Service Occupations5260$47,060$22.621.65
31Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive4830$35,650$17.141.5
32Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations4430$47,990$23.071.8
33General and Operations Managers4110$112,260$53.971.5
34Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers3980$40,530$19.481.2
35Home Health Aides3880$21,900$10.530.7
36Business Operations Specialists, All Other3810$79,930$38.430.7
37Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses3550$43,890$21.10.5
38Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks3520$39,870$19.171.05
39Maintenance and Repair Workers, General3200$40,280$19.360.9
40Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers2970$31,030$14.920
41Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations2910$81,770$39.310.8
42Medical Secretaries2890$32,840$15.790.4
43Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers2890$28,130$13.530.8
44First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers2820$35,330$16.980.6
45Sales Representatives, Services, All Other2810$58,780$28.260.6
46Software Developers, Applications2780$96,950$46.610.55
47First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers2770$55,950$26.90.95
48Cooks, Restaurant2670$23,390$11.240.8
49Computer Systems Analysts2650$90,050$43.290.4
50First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers2620$43,560$20.941
51Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products2610$64,650$31.080.9
52Security Guards2590$26,810$12.890.7
53Receptionists and Information Clerks2370$26,730$12.850.7
54Driver/Sales Workers2260$24,720$11.880.3
55Packers and Packagers, Hand2220$21,080$10.130.45
56Accountants and Auditors2220$76,330$36.70.9
57Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers2200$33,670$16.190.6
58Machinists2200$44,820$21.550.25
59Personal Care Aides2070$24,080$11.581.5
60Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks2060$32,700$15.720.4
61Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers1940$38,230$18.380.3
62Medical Assistants1930$31,800$15.290.45
63Management Analysts1800$89,500$43.030.5
64Engineers, All Other1800$105,500$50.720.1
65Legal Occupations1790$84,250$40.50.8
66Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics1720$36,980$17.780.5
67Food Preparation Workers1690$22,800$10.960.6
68First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers1660$61,950$29.780.4
69Computer User Support Specialists1650$46,520$22.360.4
70Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers1630$63,160$30.360.4
71Construction Laborers1560$40,090$19.270.8
72Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic1510$41,710$20.050.1
73Cooks, Short Order1510$20,810$100.1
74Human Resources Specialists1470$61,250$29.450.35
75Computer Occupations, All Other1460$74,170$35.660.2
76Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators1450$34,790$16.720.35
77Helpers--Production Workers1440$25,620$12.320.3
78Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1420$21,890$10.520.9
79Firefighters1360$46,980$22.590.2
80Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop1350$19,840$9.540.3
81Bartenders1350$23,460$11.280.4
82Physicians and Surgeons, All Other1350$224,870$108.110.25
83Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists1340$63,720$30.640.4
84Medical and Health Services Managers1260$106,940$51.410.25
85Electronics Engineers, Except Computer1200$107,150$51.510.1
86Electricians1200$49,370$23.740.4
87First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers1190$58,410$28.080.3
88Tellers1180$27,760$13.350.3
89Pharmacy Technicians1170$29,650$14.250.3
90Billing and Posting Clerks1150$36,820$17.70.3
91Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic1150$35,570$17.10.1
92Food Servers, Nonrestaurant1110$23,180$11.140.2
93Dishwashers1100$20,470$9.840.3
94Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants1080$53,590$25.760.35
95Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria1080$28,660$13.780.3
96Industrial Machinery Mechanics1080$49,270$23.690.2
97Mechanical Engineers1080$81,690$39.270.2
98Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks1070$45,730$21.990.2
99Counter and Rental Clerks1050$27,490$13.220.3
100Childcare Workers1040$23,380$11.240.8
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Jobs More Common Near Dayton Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$48,700371,610
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$35,73053,160
Sales and Related Occupations$37,02036,300
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$23,51036,270
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$77,31030,390
Production Occupations$37,32029,210
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$31,83024,960
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$64,08023,810
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$73,21020,050
Management Occupations$108,48015,320
Healthcare Support Occupations$30,07014,760
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$43,88013,190
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$80,46012,810
Retail Salespersons$25,19011,750
Registered Nurses$67,15011,670
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$21,76011,500
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$27,93011,270
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$88,90010,610
Cashiers$20,7908,980
Personal Care and Service Occupations$25,2008,870
Construction and Extraction Occupations$47,2808,490
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$27,7007,640
Protective Service Occupations$43,1707,560
Waiters and Waitresses$23,2706,920
Office Clerks, General$34,4306,640
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$27,5506,190
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$26,6805,910
Customer Service Representatives$34,7505,480
Nursing Assistants$27,6305,420
Community and Social Service Occupations$47,0605,260
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$35,6504,830
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$47,9904,430
General and Operations Managers$112,2604,110
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$40,5303,980
Home Health Aides$21,9003,880
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$79,9303,810
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$43,8903,550
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$39,8703,520
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$40,2803,200
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$31,0302,970
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$81,7702,910
Medical Secretaries$32,8402,890
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$28,1302,890
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$35,3302,820
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$58,7802,810
Software Developers, Applications$96,9502,780
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$55,9502,770
Cooks, Restaurant$23,3902,670
Computer Systems Analysts$90,0502,650
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$43,5602,620

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Dayton, Ohio Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$48,700371,610
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$35,73053,160
Sales and Related Occupations$37,02036,300
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$77,31030,390
Production Occupations$37,32029,210
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$31,83024,960
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$64,08023,810
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$73,21020,050
Management Occupations$108,48015,320
Healthcare Support Occupations$30,07014,760
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$43,88013,190
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$80,46012,810
Retail Salespersons$25,19011,750
Registered Nurses$67,15011,670
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$27,93011,270
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$88,90010,610
Personal Care and Service Occupations$25,2008,870
Construction and Extraction Occupations$47,2808,490
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$27,7007,640
Protective Service Occupations$43,1707,560
Office Clerks, General$34,4306,640
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$27,5506,190
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$26,6805,910
Customer Service Representatives$34,7505,480
Nursing Assistants$27,6305,420
Community and Social Service Occupations$47,0605,260
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$35,6504,830
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$47,9904,430
General and Operations Managers$112,2604,110
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$40,5303,980
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$79,9303,810
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$43,8903,550
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$39,8703,520
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$40,2803,200
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$31,0302,970
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$81,7702,910
Medical Secretaries$32,8402,890
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$28,1302,890
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$35,3302,820
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$58,7802,810
Software Developers, Applications$96,9502,780
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$55,9502,770
Computer Systems Analysts$90,0502,650
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$43,5602,620
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$64,6502,610
Security Guards$26,8102,590
Receptionists and Information Clerks$26,7302,370
Accountants and Auditors$76,3302,220
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$33,6702,200
Machinists$44,8202,200

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