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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

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 370840 $47280 $22.73 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 54100 $34930 $16.79 14.8
3 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 36820 $22320 $10.73 8.3
4 Sales and Related Occupations 35940 $36550 $17.57 10.15
5 Production Occupations 29980 $36560 $17.58 5.85
6 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 28850 $76100 $36.59 5.75
7 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 24670 $31590 $15.19 6.45
8 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 23230 $62000 $29.81 6.15
9 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 20600 $71470 $34.36 5.05
10 Healthcare Support Occupations 15380 $28980 $13.93 3.05
11 Management Occupations 15270 $106670 $51.28 6.05
12 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 13350 $42480 $20.42 3.8
13 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 12510 $20470 $9.84 2.15
14 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 12020 $79200 $38.08 2.8
15 Retail Salespersons 11380 $24720 $11.89 3.1
16 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 11140 $27340 $13.14 3.7
17 Registered Nurses 11020 $64630 $31.07 1.9
18 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 9870 $86090 $41.39 1.65
19 Personal Care and Service Occupations 8820 $24670 $11.86 4.1
20 Construction and Extraction Occupations 8710 $46570 $22.39 4.4
21 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 8280 $27640 $13.29 1.6
22 Cashiers 8170 $20640 $9.92 2.25
23 Protective Service Occupations 7590 $42740 $20.55 2.25
24 Waiters and Waitresses 6470 $21620 $10.39 1.6
25 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 6200 $27050 $13.01 1.6
26 Office Clerks, General 6150 $32070 $15.42 2
27 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 6120 $26190 $12.59 1.2
28 Nursing Assistants 5430 $27560 $13.25 1.05
29 Customer Service Representatives 5410 $34770 $16.72 1.75
30 Community and Social Service Occupations 5280 $45680 $21.96 1.65
31 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 5060 $35580 $17.1 1.6
32 Home Health Aides 4420 $21210 $10.2 0.7
33 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 4420 $48110 $23.13 1.7
34 General and Operations Managers 4230 $113330 $54.49 1.4
35 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 3900 $43000 $20.67 1.2
36 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 3850 $38210 $18.37 1.1
37 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 3800 $78010 $37.5 0.7
38 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 3350 $43390 $20.86 0.5
39 Medical Secretaries 3320 $31470 $15.13 0.4
40 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 3300 $39320 $18.9 0.9
41 Cooks, Restaurant 3020 $22530 $10.83 0.75
42 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 2910 $40460 $19.45 1
43 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 2790 $27770 $13.35 0.8
44 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 2770 $60990 $29.32 0.6
45 Software Developers, Applications 2710 $92280 $44.37 0.5
46 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 2690 $80220 $38.57 0.9
47 Packers and Packagers, Hand 2670 $20500 $9.85 0.45
48 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 2640 $62460 $30.03 1
49 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 2620 $34910 $16.78 0.6
50 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 2580 $56200 $27.02 1
51 Security Guards 2430 $28490 $13.7 0.7
52 Accountants and Auditors 2430 $74010 $35.58 0.9
53 Computer Systems Analysts 2420 $90200 $43.37 0.4
54 Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other 2370 $29840 $14.35 0.2
55 Machinists 2300 $47330 $22.75 0.3
56 Receptionists and Information Clerks 2140 $25520 $12.27 0.7
57 Medical Assistants 2080 $29810 $14.33 0.45
58 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 1990 $34630 $16.65 0.6
59 Management Analysts 1980 $86330 $41.51 0.5
60 Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products 1960 $76430 $36.75 0.2
61 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 1950 $35570 $17.1 0.5
62 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 1950 $19240 $9.25 0.3
63 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 1930 $32520 $15.63 0.4
64 Legal Occupations 1880 $79910 $38.42 0.8
65 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 1840 $37940 $18.24 0.3
66 Driver/Sales Workers 1840 $21820 $10.49 0.3
67 Computer User Support Specialists 1800 $46290 $22.26 0.4
68 Construction Laborers 1700 $39030 $18.76 0.8
69 Personal Care Aides 1700 $22390 $10.76 1.3
70 Engineers, All Other 1690 $103690 $49.85 0.1
71 Food Preparation Workers 1680 $21600 $10.38 0.6
72 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 1620 $58480 $28.12 0.4
73 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 1600 $61470 $29.55 0.45
74 Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic 1500 $41490 $19.95 0.1
75 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1500 $21330 $10.25 1
76 Firefighters 1420 $43330 $20.83 0.2
77 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 1410 $64920 $31.21 0.35
78 Human Resources Specialists 1400 $60160 $28.92 0.3
79 Bartenders 1400 $23990 $11.54 0.4
80 Helpers--Production Workers 1380 $25820 $12.41 0.3
81 Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 1350 $223460 $107.43 0.2
82 Childcare Workers 1340 $22920 $11.02 0.8
83 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 1340 $23320 $11.21 0.4
84 Electricians 1320 $50160 $24.12 0.4
85 Pharmacy Technicians 1270 $28550 $13.73 0.25
86 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 1240 $19410 $9.33 0.25
87 Team Assemblers 1210 $27310 $13.13 0.75
88 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 1190 $51020 $24.53 0.5
89 Medical and Health Services Managers 1190 $103420 $49.72 0.2
90 Cooks, Short Order 1180 $21080 $10.13 0.1
91 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 1180 $27280 $13.12 0.3
92 Billing and Posting Clerks 1170 $36640 $17.62 0.35
93 Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 1160 $36410 $17.51 0.1
94 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer 1160 $104420 $50.2 0.1
95 Mechanical Engineers 1160 $77380 $37.2 0.2
96 Counter and Rental Clerks 1140 $28600 $13.75 0.3
97 Substitute Teachers 1130 $25660 $12.34 0
98 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 1130 $25860 $12.44 0.3
99 Computer and Information Systems Managers 1120 $132170 $63.54 0.25
100 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 1110 $59950 $28.82 0.3
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Jobs More Common Near Dayton Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 47,280 370,840
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 34,930 54,100
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 22,320 36,820
Sales and Related Occupations 36,550 35,940
Production Occupations 36,560 29,980
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 76,100 28,850
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 31,590 24,670
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 62,000 23,230
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 71,470 20,600
Healthcare Support Occupations 28,980 15,380
Management Occupations 106,670 15,270
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 42,480 13,350
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 20,470 12,510
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 79,200 12,020
Retail Salespersons 24,720 11,380
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 27,340 11,140
Registered Nurses 64,630 11,020
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 86,090 9,870
Personal Care and Service Occupations 24,670 8,820
Construction and Extraction Occupations 46,570 8,710
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 27,640 8,280
Cashiers 20,640 8,170
Protective Service Occupations 42,740 7,590
Waiters and Waitresses 21,620 6,470
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 27,050 6,200
Office Clerks, General 32,070 6,150
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 26,190 6,120
Nursing Assistants 27,560 5,430
Customer Service Representatives 34,770 5,410
Community and Social Service Occupations 45,680 5,280
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 35,580 5,060
Home Health Aides 21,210 4,420
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 48,110 4,420
General and Operations Managers 113,330 4,230
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 43,000 3,900
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 38,210 3,850
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 78,010 3,800
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 43,390 3,350
Medical Secretaries 31,470 3,320
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 39,320 3,300
Cooks, Restaurant 22,530 3,020
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 40,460 2,910
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 27,770 2,790
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 60,990 2,770
Software Developers, Applications 92,280 2,710
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 80,220 2,690
Packers and Packagers, Hand 20,500 2,670
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 62,460 2,640
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 34,910 2,620
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 56,200 2,580

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 47,280 370,840
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 34,930 54,100
Sales and Related Occupations 36,550 35,940
Production Occupations 36,560 29,980
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 76,100 28,850
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 31,590 24,670
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 62,000 23,230
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 71,470 20,600
Healthcare Support Occupations 28,980 15,380
Management Occupations 106,670 15,270
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 42,480 13,350
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 79,200 12,020
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 27,340 11,140
Registered Nurses 64,630 11,020
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 86,090 9,870
Construction and Extraction Occupations 46,570 8,710
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 27,640 8,280
Protective Service Occupations 42,740 7,590
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 27,050 6,200
Office Clerks, General 32,070 6,150
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 26,190 6,120
Nursing Assistants 27,560 5,430
Customer Service Representatives 34,770 5,410
Community and Social Service Occupations 45,680 5,280
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 35,580 5,060
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 48,110 4,420
General and Operations Managers 113,330 4,230
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 43,000 3,900
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 38,210 3,850
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 78,010 3,800
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 43,390 3,350
Medical Secretaries 31,470 3,320
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 39,320 3,300
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 40,460 2,910
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 27,770 2,790
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 60,990 2,770
Software Developers, Applications 92,280 2,710
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 80,220 2,690
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 62,460 2,640
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 34,910 2,620
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 56,200 2,580
Security Guards 28,490 2,430
Accountants and Auditors 74,010 2,430
Computer Systems Analysts 90,200 2,420
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other 29,840 2,370
Machinists 47,330 2,300
Receptionists and Information Clerks 25,520 2,140
Medical Assistants 29,810 2,080
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 34,630 1,990
Management Analysts 86,330 1,980

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