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Do you prefer stocks that pay part of their return in dividend income? For ideas on how to start your search, we ran a screen.

We began with a list of "dividend champions" from DRiP Investing. These stocks have consistently raised their dividend over the last 25 years. We then screened these names to find those with high profitability, with higher gross, operating, and pretax margins than their industry averages.

This indicates that these names are taking a greater percentage of their revenues as profits.

Interactive Chart: Press Play to compare changes in market cap over the last two years for the top six stocks mentioned below. Analyst ratings sourced from Zacks Investment Research.

We also created a price-weighted index of the stocks mentioned below, and monitored the performance of the list relative to the S&P 500 index over the last month. To access a complete analysis of this list's recent performance, click here.

Do you think these stocks will continue raising their dividends? Use this list as a starting point for your own analysis.

1. AFLAC Inc. (NYSE:AFL): Provides supplemental health and life insurance. Dividend yield at 2.89%, payout ratio at 29.26%. TTM gross margin at 14.38% vs. industry average at 14.19%. TTM operating margin at 14.38% vs. industry average at 11.29%.TTM pretax margin at 13.5% vs. industry average at 8.62%.

2. The Chubb Corporation (NYSE:CB): Provides property and casualty insurance to businesses and individuals. Dividend yield at 2.42%, payout ratio at 26.24%. TTM gross margin at 18.35% vs. industry average at 14.19%. TTM operating margin at 16.23% vs. industry average at 11.29%.TTM pretax margin at 16.23% vs. industry average at 8.62%.

3. Commerce Bancshares Inc. (NASDAQ:CBSH): Operates as the bank holding company for Commerce Bank, N. Dividend yield at 2.29%, payout ratio at 31.10%. TTM gross margin at 90.61% vs. industry average at 68.74%. TTM operating margin at 48.79% vs. industry average at 39.24%.TTM pretax margin at 34.59% vs. industry average at 21.42%.

4. Colgate-Palmolive Co. (NYSE:CL): Manufactures and markets consumer products worldwide. Dividend yield at 2.58%, payout ratio at 45.27%. TTM gross margin at 60.09% vs. industry average at 51.84%. TTM operating margin at 23.22% vs. industry average at 18.51%.TTM pretax margin at 22.64% vs. industry average at 16.51%.

5. Community Trust Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ:CTBI): Operates as the holding company for Community Trust Bank, Inc. Dividend yield at 3.95%, payout ratio at 48.82%. TTM gross margin at 80.09% vs. industry average at 72.13%. TTM operating margin at 48.12% vs. industry average at 40.05%.TTM pretax margin at 27.5% vs. industry average at 22.31%.

6. Dover Corp. (NYSE:DOV): Manufactures and sells industrial products and components, and consumables. Dividend yield at 2.02%, payout ratio at 25.89%. TTM gross margin at 42.23% vs. industry average at 32.%. TTM operating margin at 15.3% vs. industry average at 13.51%.TTM pretax margin at 13.78% vs. industry average at 11.55%.

7. The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO): Distributes, and markets nonalcoholic beverages worldwide. Dividend yield at 2.85%, payout ratio at 49.97%. TTM gross margin at 65.14% vs. industry average at 59.27%. TTM operating margin at 23.47% vs. industry average at 21.87%.TTM pretax margin at 24.57% vs. industry average at 20.31%.

8. McDonald's Corp. (NYSE:MCD): Operates as a foodservice retailer worldwide. Dividend yield at 2.93%, payout ratio at 47.42%. TTM gross margin at 44.81% vs. industry average at 36.72%. TTM operating margin at 30.71% vs. industry average at 19.2%.TTM pretax margin at 29.67% vs. industry average at 17.44%.

9. The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. (MHP): Provides various information services for financial, educational, and business information markets worldwide. Dividend yield at 2.16%, payout ratio at 35.19%. TTM gross margin at 61.58% vs. industry average at 41.34%. TTM operating margin at 23.78% vs. industry average at 18.98%.TTM pretax margin at 21.57% vs. industry average at 14.21%.

10. McCormick & Co. Inc. (NYSE:MKC): Engages in the manufacture, marketing, and distribution of flavor products and other specialty food products to the food industry worldwide. Dividend yield at 2.38%, payout ratio at 40.76%. TTM gross margin at 43.83% vs. industry average at 32.28%. TTM operating margin at 14.91% vs. industry average at 11.65%.TTM pretax margin at 13.98% vs. industry average at 9.27%.

11. 3M Co. (NYSE:MMM): Operates as a diversified technology company worldwide. Dividend yield at 2.67%, payout ratio at 36.31%. TTM gross margin at 51.18% vs. industry average at 49.4%. TTM operating margin at 20.86% vs. industry average at 16.74%.TTM pretax margin at 20.37% vs. industry average at 13.59%.

12. Sigma-Aldrich Corporation (NASDAQ:SIAL): Develops, manufactures, purchases, and distributes a range of chemicals, biochemicals, and equipment worldwide. Dividend yield at 1.10%, payout ratio at 19.12%. TTM gross margin at 57.09% vs. industry average at 37.43%. TTM operating margin at 26.15% vs. industry average at 17.42%.TTM pretax margin at 25.55% vs. industry average at 16.55%.

13. Tompkins Financial Corporation. (NYSEMKT:TMP): Provides banking and financial services to individuals, corporations, and other business clients in New York. Dividend yield at 3.51%, payout ratio at 43.77%. TTM gross margin at 81.23% vs. industry average at 72.13%. TTM operating margin at 40.4% vs. industry average at 40.05%.TTM pretax margin at 28.14% vs. industry average at 22.31%.

14. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE:WMT): Operates retail stores in various formats worldwide. Dividend yield at 2.62%, payout ratio at 31.95%. TTM gross margin at 26.84% vs. industry average at 24.51%. TTM operating margin at 5.96% vs. industry average at 5.58%.TTM pretax margin at 5.46% vs. industry average at 5.13%.

*Profitability data sourced from Fidelity, all other data sourced from Finviz.

Source: 14 Dividend Champions With Impressive Profitability