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Dubuque Employment

Employment and Industries in the Dubuque, Iowa Area

For a long time manufacturing was the base of Dubuque's economy. Manufacturing is still a major economic factor, however the economy has diversified and is substantially bolstered by other sectors such as healthcare, tourism, education, financial services and publishing.

The major job providing sectors in Dubuque, Iowa are healthcare, education, accommodation and food services, machinery, metal and metal products, finance and insurance, and social assistance. About 28% of the labor force is employed in management, professional and related jobs. About 26% of the jobs in Dubuque are provided by sales and office occupations.

Some of the popular occupations in Dubuque that are primarily filled by those with college degrees are registered nurses, teachers, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, child, family and school social workers; social and human service assistants, coaches and scouts, pharmacists, graphic designers and financial managers.

Dubuque's major non-government employers include:

  • Deere and Company
  • Mercy Medical Center - Dubuque
  • Eagle Window & Door Co
  • Medical Associates
  • Finley Hospital
  • Flexsteel Industries
  • Hy-Vee
  • Walmart
  • Woodward Communications
  • Prudential Financial
  • Barnstead/Thermolyn
  • McKesson Corp
  • Quebecor World
  • Diamond Jo Casino
  • The McGraw-Hill Companies
  • A.Y. McDonald Mfg
  • ThermoFisher
  • Nordstrom
  • Swiss Valley
  • Alliant Energy
  • Cottingham & Butler
  • The Metrix Company

Pertinent data about Dubuque Iowa: In 2008 the cost of living index in Dubuque was at 78.9 which is lower than the country's average of 100. The estimated median household income in 2007 was $43,000. Regarding the adult residents in Dubuque, about 23% have achieved a bachelor's degree or better.

Dubuque businesses have opportunities to collaborate with helpful organizations such as:

The Dubuque Telegraph Herald is an excellent resource for people that want to stay current with local business and industry news.

Most Popular Jobs in Dubuque, Iowa Metro Area (2008 data)

Where the Majority of Workers Have College Degrees

Rank Title Local Jobs Local Mean Salary Typical Local Salary National Growth % 2006-2016 National % With College Degree
1 Registered nurses 1,150 $49,500 $37,220 - 63,920 24% 56%
2 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 730 $42,520 $28,530 - 60,560 6% 96%
3 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 700 $65,330 $27,800 - 127,240 8% 51%
4 Elementary school teachers, except special education 490 $36,790 $24,240 - 53,130 14% 95%
5 Accountants and auditors 280 $57,050 $30,750 - 89,030 18% 79%
6 Teachers and instructors, all other 220 $28,170 $24,020 - 31,820 9% 54%
7 Child, family, and school social workers 180 $35,970 $18,520 - 61,560 19% 77%
8 Social and human service assistants 150 $23,120 $15,640 - 30,540 34% 58%
9 Coaches and scouts 130 $29,140 $17,880 - 45,630 15% 60%
10 Pharmacists 120 $89,110 $74,690 - 106,450 22% 97%
11 Graphic designers 120 $36,880 $26,450 - 54,870 10% 55%
12 Financial managers 110 $102,770 $49,040 - 13% 60%
13 Sales managers 110 $70,780 $42,060 - 123,760 10% 69%
14 Managers, all other 110 $57,480 $26,100 - 108,940 7% 55%
15 Medical and health services managers 100 $62,910 $40,880 - 83,510 16% 57%
16 Mechanical engineers 100 $53,630 $36,440 - 73,330 4% 78%
17 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 100 $37,420 $15,310 - 67,000 17% 56%
18 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 100 $36,690 $27,540 - 52,420 20% 87%
19 Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 100 $0 $ - 25% 67%
20 Chief executives 90 $162,450 $71,850 - 2% 65%
21 Computer programmers 90 $48,730 $31,260 - 71,070 -4% 73%
22 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 80 $72,830 $31,710 - 101,640 8% 78%
23 Education administrators, postsecondary 80 $70,890 $45,730 - 104,290 14% 78%
24 Advertising sales agents 80 $42,840 $19,080 - 75,430 20% 56%
25 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 80 $41,650 $29,660 - 59,690 5% 58%
26 Lawyers 70 $101,950 $36,830 - 11% 99%
27 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 70 $42,120 $28,090 - 55,580 13% 73%
28 Marketing managers 60 $84,370 $44,810 - 137,880 14% 69%
29 Physical therapists 60 $68,870 $56,870 - 81,940 27% 89%
30 Social and community service managers 60 $51,750 $29,450 - 77,380 25% 72%
31 Network and computer systems administrators 60 $51,530 $33,520 - 72,180 27% 50%
32 Computer systems analysts 60 $50,620 $28,160 - 81,860 29% 68%
33 Market research analysts 60 $44,710 $28,290 - 62,460 20% 82%
34 Dentists, general 50 $170,260 $115,400 - 9% 100%
35 Industrial engineers 50 $61,030 $44,150 - 79,610 20% 74%
36 Librarians 50 $56,740 $39,750 - 75,790 4% 85%
37 Computer software engineers, applications 40 $61,640 $37,480 - 84,010 45% 85%
38 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 40 $55,740 $23,900 - 97,290 12% 51%
39 Technical writers 40 $45,620 $33,690 - 61,610 20% 74%
40 Dietitians and nutritionists 40 $43,810 $33,600 - 53,250 9% 72%
41 Medical and public health social workers 40 $40,840 $34,090 - 50,300 24% 77%
42 Meeting and convention planners 40 $38,820 $26,570 - 58,930 20% 67%
43 Training and development specialists 40 $38,430 $25,670 - 51,960 18% 56%
44 Sales and related workers, all other 40 $38,330 $23,650 - 58,940 14% 62%
45 Clergy 40 $38,190 $19,650 - 60,830 19% 75%
46 Computer and information systems managers 30 $75,030 $49,180 - 104,220 16% 73%
47 Veterinarians 30 $73,300 $48,870 - 103,280 35% 100%
48 Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 30 $52,770 $35,520 - 79,550 18% 56%
49 Public relations specialists 30 $50,890 $31,760 - 65,820 18% 81%
50 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 30 $46,630 $41,120 - 54,010 12% 51%
51 Architects, except landscape and naval 30 $42,600 $34,180 - 50,730 18% 88%
52 Community and social service specialists, all other 30 $28,020 $21,920 - 36,090 25% 58%

Where the Majority of Workers Do Not Have College Degrees

Rank Title Local Jobs Local Mean Salary Typical Local Salary National Growth % 2006-2016 National % With College Degree
1 Retail salespersons 2,130 $23,810 $15,320 - 42,610 12% 25%
2 Team assemblers 1,790 $29,020 $22,120 - 37,210 0% 5%
3 Cashiers 1,530 $17,170 $15,260 - 20,350 -3% 10%
4 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 1,290 $17,110 $15,250 - 20,350 18% 5%
5 Customer service representatives 1,260 $29,680 $17,860 - 42,040 25% 22%
6 Office clerks, general 1,040 $24,250 $16,020 - 34,460 13% 19%
7 Waiters and waitresses 960 $18,330 $15,230 - 25,620 11% 14%
8 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 940 $24,710 $16,990 - 32,960 1% 18%
9 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 930 $36,270 $27,350 - 49,120 10% 4%
10 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 880 $26,240 $17,720 - 36,550 2% 5%
11 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 750 $23,740 $18,980 - 29,730 18% 7%
12 Stock clerks and order fillers 740 $21,200 $15,600 - 29,930 -8% 8%
13 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 730 $23,130 $15,940 - 31,940 15% 4%
14 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 670 $27,580 $16,020 - 40,360 13% 16%
15 Teacher assistants 660 $21,860 $17,540 - 25,480 10% 18%
16 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 540 $32,000 $19,260 - 50,220 4% 25%
17 Maintenance and repair workers, general 490 $32,360 $19,240 - 47,520 10% 6%
18 Receptionists and information clerks 470 $21,820 $15,720 - 28,890 17% 13%
19 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 410 $28,070 $21,280 - 36,150 4% 6%
20 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 400 $27,290 $16,790 - 37,870 8% 4%
21 Cooks, restaurant 400 $20,800 $16,250 - 26,550 12% 5%
22 Food preparation workers 400 $18,850 $15,360 - 24,450 15% 7%
23 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 400 $18,780 $15,660 - 23,870 13% 5%
24 Industrial truck and tractor operators 380 $26,070 $20,430 - 32,750 -2% 2%
25 Carpenters 370 $34,470 $22,710 - 45,530 10% 6%
26 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 340 $42,960 $27,120 - 62,530 6% 29%
27 Tellers 330 $22,250 $17,640 - 27,700 14% 16%
28 Bartenders 330 $19,710 $15,610 - 26,510 11% 17%
29 Child care workers 330 $17,360 $15,280 - 20,900 18% 15%
30 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 310 $16,900 $15,280 - 19,700 10% 8%
31 Construction laborers 300 $32,760 $22,040 - 40,510 11% 5%
32 Home health aides 300 $20,400 $16,910 - 25,780 49% 7%
33 General and operations managers 290 $88,870 $40,600 - 151,600 2% 48%
34 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 290 $48,310 $33,020 - 65,590 -5% 15%
35 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 280 $28,690 $18,960 - 40,590 11% 14%
36 Data entry keyers 280 $26,230 $19,610 - 32,930 -5% 18%
37 Machinists 270 $34,420 $26,750 - 40,870 -3% 3%
38 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 270 $32,910 $22,980 - 46,690 15% 18%
39 Sales representatives, services, all other 260 $42,670 $23,560 - 77,050 28% 48%
40 Packers and packagers, hand 260 $20,860 $15,370 - 30,420 -12% 3%
41 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 250 $32,040 $20,470 - 48,480 14% 4%
42 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 240 $36,530 $28,370 - 42,920 14% 7%
43 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 240 $22,730 $15,670 - 34,410 18% 6%
44 Security guards 220 $27,670 $16,210 - 43,960 17% 13%
45 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 210 $22,640 $17,730 - 26,290 11% 5%
46 Driver/sales workers 210 $20,440 $15,270 - 32,010 -5% 4%
47 Cement masons and concrete finishers 200 $29,590 $19,810 - 40,330 11% 2%
48 Pharmacy technicians 200 $27,280 $19,790 - 34,620 32% 16%
49 Business operations specialists, all other 180 $48,660 $23,810 - 88,310 21% 49%
50 Insurance sales agents 180 $45,210 $25,810 - 77,230 13% 45%
51 Printing machine operators 180 $34,710 $20,680 - 48,750 -6% 6%
52 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 180 $34,600 $26,070 - 47,070 5% 2%
53 Assemblers and fabricators, all other 180 $30,430 $25,360 - 38,300 -9% 5%
54 Sewing machine operators 180 $25,840 $19,340 - 31,200 -27% 5%
55 Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 170 $37,760 $26,300 - 49,960 12% 3%
56 First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 160 $61,280 $31,900 - 98,360 4% 38%
57 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 160 $24,060 $15,690 - 32,600 4% 15%
58 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 160 $22,040 $15,470 - 36,140 12% 6%
59 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 160 $20,320 $15,410 - 30,100 14% 3%
60 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 160 $17,390 $15,300 - 20,370 12% 6%
61 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 160 $17,040 $15,190 - 20,760 10% 17%
62 Dishwashers 160 $16,950 $15,250 - 20,270 10% 3%
63 Loan officers 150 $57,930 $40,490 - 79,210 12% 49%
64 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 150 $46,220 $35,250 - 57,760 8% 3%
65 Industrial machinery mechanics 150 $39,740 $30,840 - 49,880 9% 5%
66 Dental assistants 150 $31,060 $23,700 - 38,960 29% 9%
67 Helpers--production workers 150 $26,270 $21,750 - 31,330 -1% 4%
68 Production workers, all other 150 $25,720 $17,070 - 33,810 2% 5%
69 Radiologic technologists and technicians 140 $46,900 $33,130 - 62,970 15% 25%
70 Production, planning, and expediting clerks 140 $36,570 $26,130 - 51,770 4% 30%
71 Paper goods machine setters, operators, and tenders 140 $31,120 $23,240 - 39,200 -18% 0%
72 Parts salespersons 140 $30,690 $16,300 - 46,820 -2% 6%
73 Cooks, fast food 140 $16,770 $15,210 - 20,420 8% 5%
74 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 130 $49,410 $34,010 - 70,300 9% 10%
75 Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 130 $28,150 $25,000 - 31,700 -15% 0%
76 Recreation workers 130 $24,390 $15,620 - 34,040 13% 47%
77 Preschool teachers, except special education 130 $20,930 $15,370 - 30,770 26% 43%
78 Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 130 $19,330 $16,300 - 23,960 10% 5%
79 Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 130 $18,300 $16,060 - 20,870 17% 14%
80 Postal service mail carriers 130 $0 $ - 1% 11%
81 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 120 $46,770 $41,090 - 53,550 11% 33%
82 First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 120 $44,560 $31,660 - 62,190 10% 17%
83 Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 120 $37,870 $28,580 - 51,880 9% 3%
84 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 120 $37,030 $24,580 - 50,550 -7% 14%
85 Medical assistants 120 $28,830 $21,340 - 39,130 35% 10%
86 Structural metal fabricators and fitters 120 $28,270 $25,340 - 31,950 -0% 0%
87 Lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers 120 $17,290 $15,270 - 20,100 19% 31%
88 Dental hygienists 110 $55,200 $46,080 - 64,520 30% 33%
89 Cost estimators 110 $44,450 $32,930 - 60,380 19% 32%
90 Electricians 110 $43,690 $32,990 - 58,380 7% 7%
91 Computer support specialists 110 $38,910 $29,670 - 51,440 13% 43%
92 Medical secretaries 110 $29,450 $21,370 - 39,300 17% 18%
93 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 100 $51,280 $34,450 - 68,120 7% 13%
94 Loan interviewers and clerks 100 $31,390 $22,990 - 38,980 -1% 24%
95 Multiple machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 100 $28,030 $21,530 - 38,680 0% 3%
96 Taxi drivers and chauffeurs 100 $25,980 $15,270 - 48,050 13% 15%
97 Prepress technicians and workers 90 $33,230 $21,210 - 47,470 -21% 16%
98 Coating, painting, and spraying machine setters, operators, and tenders 90 $31,390 $24,270 - 39,680 -13% 4%
99 Computer operators 90 $28,930 $21,290 - 37,800 -25% 27%
100 Counter and rental clerks 90 $19,920 $15,240 - 27,910 23% 16%
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Jobs More Common Near Dubuque Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Team assemblers 29,020 1,790 5.3
Paper goods machine setters, operators, and tenders 31,120 140 5.2
Multiple machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 28,030 100 4.3
Sewing machine operators 25,840 180 4.1
Structural metal fabricators and fitters 28,270 120 3.6
Lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers 17,290 120 3.5
Cement masons and concrete finishers 29,590 200 3
Data entry keyers 26,230 280 2.9
Printing machine operators 34,710 180 2.8
Coaches and scouts 29,140 130 2.4
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 42,520 730 2.3
Assemblers and fabricators, all other 30,430 180 2.1
Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 37,760 170 2.1
Machinists 34,420 270 2.1
Child, family, and school social workers 35,970 180 2.1
Production workers, all other 25,720 150 2
Radiologic technologists and technicians 46,900 140 2
Bartenders 19,710 330 2
Parts salespersons 30,690 140 1.9
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 22,640 210 1.9
Industrial truck and tractor operators 26,070 380 1.9
Dental hygienists 55,200 110 1.8
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 18,300 130 1.8
Pharmacy technicians 27,280 200 1.8
Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 28,150 130 1.8
Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 19,330 130 1.8
Industrial machinery mechanics 39,740 150 1.8
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 36,270 930 1.8
Taxi drivers and chauffeurs 25,980 100 1.8
Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 16,900 310 1.7
Tellers 22,250 330 1.7
Driver/sales workers 20,440 210 1.7
Child care workers 17,360 330 1.7
First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 44,560 120 1.7
Teacher assistants 21,860 660 1.7
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 23,740 750 1.6
Graphic designers 36,880 120 1.6
First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 61,280 160 1.6
Insurance sales agents 45,210 180 1.6
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 34,600 180 1.6
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 28,070 410 1.6
Customer service representatives 29,680 1,260 1.6
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 24,710 940 1.5
Dental assistants 31,060 150 1.5
Production, planning, and expediting clerks 36,570 140 1.5
Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 36,690 100 1.5
Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 20,320 160 1.4
Social and human service assistants 23,120 150 1.4
Recreation workers 24,390 130 1.4
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 17,110 1,290 1.4

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Dubuque, Iowa Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 65,330 1.16 700
Sewing machine operators 25,840 1.15 180
Assemblers and fabricators, all other 30,430 1.15 180
Helpers--production workers 26,270 1.11 150
Financial managers 102,770 1.11 110
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 37,030 1.11 120
Security guards 27,670 1.1 220
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 26,240 1.09 880
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 46,220 1.08 150
Team assemblers 29,020 1.06 1,790
Printing machine operators 34,710 1.06 180
Construction laborers 32,760 1.05 300
Medical assistants 28,830 1.03 120
Packers and packagers, hand 20,860 1.02 260
Bartenders 19,710 1.02 330
Medical secretaries 29,450 1.01 110
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 23,130 1.01 730
Recreation workers 24,390 1.01 130
Data entry keyers 26,230 1.01 280
Parts salespersons 30,690 1.01 140
Customer service representatives 29,680 1 1,260
Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 17,390 1 160
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 17,110 0.99 1,290
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 23,740 0.99 750
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 28,070 0.98 410
Dishwashers 16,950 0.98 160
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 34,600 0.98 180
Teacher assistants 21,860 0.98 660
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 18,780 0.98 400
Food preparation workers 18,850 0.98 400
Waiters and waitresses 18,330 0.98 960
Loan officers 57,930 0.98 150
Paper goods machine setters, operators, and tenders 31,120 0.98 140
Retail salespersons 23,810 0.98 2,130
Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 19,330 0.97 130
Pharmacy technicians 27,280 0.97 200
Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 20,320 0.97 160
Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 28,150 0.97 130
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 36,270 0.97 930
Police and sheriff's patrol officers 46,770 0.96 120
Cooks, fast food 16,770 0.96 140
Dental assistants 31,060 0.96 150
Home health aides 20,400 0.96 300
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 17,040 0.96 160
Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 37,760 0.96 170
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 22,640 0.96 210
Cooks, restaurant 20,800 0.96 400
Accountants and auditors 57,050 0.95 280
Office clerks, general 24,250 0.95 1,040
First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 42,960 0.95 340

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