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Iowa City Employment

Employment and Industries in the Iowa City, Iowa Area

Iowa City's economy is based on commerce, the University of Iowa and numerous national and international companies. Arts and entertainment are also significant economic elements. Iowa City is home to the corporate headquarters of Moore North America, ACT, Procter & Gamble and Oral B Laboratories/Gillette. The city's largest employer is the University of Iowa. The university's academic and research activities along with its healthcare services have a substantial impact on the region.

Iowa City's top employment sectors are education, healthcare, accommodation and food services, finance and insurance; and professional scientific and technical services. The city also includes numerous computer specialists. About 42% of the labor force is found in management, professional and related occupations.

Accolades for Iowa City: Forbes Magazine named Iowa City as the second best small metropolitan area for doing business in the nation. Iowa City was also ranked #8 in Forbes's list of up and coming tech cities. Ranked the 5th best metro area for expanding a business out of 329 by Expansion Management Magazine.

Some of the occupations more prevalent in Iowa City than most other cities include medical scientists, pre press technicians and workers, English language and literature teachers, post secondary; electrical and electronics repairers, commercial and industrial equipment; team assemblers, child care workers and chemists.

Shown below is a list of the top employers in Iowa City:

  • University of Iowa
  • University of Iowa Hospitals
  • Iowa City Community Schools
  • Veteran's Administration Hospital
  • Mercy Hospital
  • Hy-Vee
  • Rockwell International
  • ACT
  • Lear
  • City of Iowa City
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Oral B Laboratories
  • Systems Unlimited
  • MCI Mass Markets

Pertinent data regarding Iowa City Iowa: About 55% of the adults have earned a bachelor's degree or better. The cost of living index in 2008 was 84.3 and the nation's average is 100. In 2009 the average salary in Iowa City, Iowa was $32,000.

Businesses located in Iowa City work with organizations such as:

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Most Popular Jobs in Iowa City, 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 Elementary school teachers, except special education 660 $37,630 $26,600 - 52,170 14% 95%
2 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 560 $51,670 $24,700 - 78,180 8% 51%
3 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 500 $42,180 $27,260 - 58,040 6% 96%
4 Accountants and auditors 490 $50,270 $30,100 - 75,090 18% 79%
5 Computer software engineers, applications 450 $64,480 $45,560 - 89,020 45% 85%
6 Teachers and instructors, all other 440 $29,340 $26,020 - 32,320 9% 54%
7 Medical scientists, except epidemiologists 350 $62,580 $34,050 - 94,160 20% 99%
8 Pharmacists 310 $86,990 $36,390 - 106,650 22% 97%
9 Medical and health services managers 300 $89,680 $58,720 - 126,620 16% 57%
10 Managers, all other 250 $55,100 $29,740 - 84,310 7% 55%
11 Computer programmers 240 $58,640 $42,040 - 81,110 -4% 73%
12 Network and computer systems administrators 240 $58,300 $33,010 - 85,480 27% 50%
13 Training and development specialists 220 $50,170 $26,930 - 74,200 18% 56%
14 Coaches and scouts 220 $0 $ - 15% 60%
15 Computer and information systems managers 190 $117,980 $72,170 - 16% 73%
16 Instructional coordinators 190 $54,740 $41,270 - 72,160 23% 79%
17 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 180 $43,300 $27,860 - 61,420 11% 95%
18 Financial managers 160 $95,370 $56,500 - 137,730 13% 60%
19 Graphic designers 160 $42,890 $25,950 - 66,410 10% 55%
20 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 160 $33,460 $22,060 - 56,310 20% 87%
21 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 150 $77,420 $26,520 - 132,340 12% 51%
22 Child, family, and school social workers 150 $49,580 $20,870 - 74,430 19% 77%
23 Management analysts 140 $75,630 $47,780 - 101,420 22% 78%
24 Physical therapists 140 $66,190 $49,740 - 82,260 27% 89%
25 Computer systems analysts 140 $58,050 $36,060 - 86,900 29% 68%
26 Social and human service assistants 140 $23,990 $16,160 - 36,160 34% 58%
27 Lawyers 130 $71,940 $51,820 - 101,960 11% 99%
28 Librarians 130 $60,550 $43,290 - 83,550 4% 85%
29 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 130 $50,840 $15,540 - 75,980 17% 56%
30 Chemists 120 $52,720 $32,370 - 80,130 9% 93%
31 Medical and public health social workers 120 $49,550 $35,140 - 64,700 24% 77%
32 Civil engineers 110 $72,540 $44,930 - 102,090 18% 87%
33 Mechanical engineers 110 $66,490 $49,100 - 88,570 4% 78%
34 Editors 110 $45,210 $27,590 - 64,400 2% 81%
35 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 110 $44,790 $34,120 - 59,880 13% 73%
36 Public relations specialists 100 $53,860 $24,520 - 89,170 18% 81%
37 Sales and related workers, all other 100 $33,900 $17,940 - 61,870 14% 62%
38 Rehabilitation counselors 100 $28,400 $16,250 - 44,440 23% 73%
39 Sales managers 90 $84,800 $38,240 - 132,230 10% 69%
40 Database administrators 90 $61,060 $35,350 - 94,590 29% 72%
41 Financial analysts 90 $58,670 $29,820 - 96,820 34% 87%
42 Industrial engineers 80 $59,490 $42,400 - 82,130 20% 74%
43 Community and social service specialists, all other 80 $45,060 $19,310 - 74,570 25% 58%
44 Education administrators, preschool and child care center/program 80 $28,840 $22,290 - 38,440 24% 78%
45 Chief executives 70 $159,570 $68,640 - 2% 65%
46 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 70 $81,540 $57,540 - 110,590 8% 78%
47 Computer specialists, all other 70 $62,600 $27,760 - 101,850 15% 68%
48 Speech-language pathologists 70 $59,160 $42,430 - 78,580 11% 98%
49 Market research analysts 70 $54,400 $35,870 - 76,640 20% 82%
50 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 70 $52,910 $29,230 - 79,380 5% 58%
51 Social and community service managers 70 $50,510 $29,530 - 72,490 25% 72%
52 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 70 $46,480 $33,710 - 64,910 18% 56%
53 Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 60 $81,550 $29,190 - 128,230 25% 67%
54 Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists 60 $65,920 $46,910 - 85,350 16% 99%
55 Network systems and data communications analysts 60 $63,210 $37,390 - 91,490 53% 57%
56 Dietitians and nutritionists 60 $51,470 $37,780 - 68,880 9% 72%
57 Self-enrichment education teachers 60 $44,760 $26,750 - 63,940 23% 54%
58 Advertising sales agents 60 $35,100 $19,700 - 49,910 20% 56%
59 Special education teachers, secondary school 60 $33,630 $18,610 - 51,850 9% 87%
60 Mental health and substance abuse social workers 60 $0 $ - 30% 77%
61 Physician assistants 50 $100,230 $59,880 - 27% 67%
62 Public relations managers 50 $70,210 $45,320 - 99,880 17% 75%
63 Social workers, all other 50 $50,320 $34,990 - 75,060 18% 77%
64 Financial specialists, all other 50 $35,170 $24,410 - 48,880 12% 50%
65 Legislators 50 $27,570 $15,280 - 51,860 1% 65%
66 Social scientists and related workers, all other 50 $0 $ - 5% 90%
67 Architects, except landscape and naval 40 $81,860 $44,760 - 153,990 18% 88%
68 Marketing managers 40 $72,990 $35,920 - 111,480 14% 69%
69 Occupational therapists 40 $62,670 $45,600 - 84,110 23% 90%
70 Geoscientists, except hydrologists and geographers 40 $61,020 $43,680 - 80,210 22% 93%
71 Special education teachers, middle school 40 $48,670 $32,110 - 63,020 16% 87%
72 Technical writers 40 $45,230 $33,830 - 61,840 20% 74%
73 Veterinarians 30 $75,070 $54,680 - 103,710 35% 100%
74 Environmental engineers 30 $65,560 $41,090 - 87,480 25% 86%
75 Reporters and correspondents 30 $29,490 $21,830 - 39,060 1% 85%
76 Education, training, and library workers, all other 30 $0 $ - 11% 79%

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 Office clerks, general 3,320 $31,700 $17,880 - 47,440 13% 19%
2 Retail salespersons 2,770 $24,710 $15,620 - 41,320 12% 25%
3 Cashiers 2,170 $18,870 $15,400 - 23,930 -3% 10%
4 Waiters and waitresses 2,090 $16,770 $15,220 - 20,970 11% 14%
5 Team assemblers 1,920 $24,290 $16,850 - 37,390 0% 5%
6 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 1,710 $17,480 $15,250 - 20,440 18% 5%
7 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 1,450 $26,250 $16,940 - 35,120 15% 4%
8 Business operations specialists, all other 1,390 $49,080 $27,580 - 73,360 21% 49%
9 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 1,330 $34,020 $21,380 - 47,910 1% 18%
10 Cooks, restaurant 1,090 $18,570 $15,270 - 23,750 12% 5%
11 Customer service representatives 1,070 $28,970 $17,660 - 42,070 25% 22%
12 Stock clerks and order fillers 1,060 $24,210 $16,310 - 36,540 -8% 8%
13 Child care workers 1,020 $18,020 $15,490 - 22,090 18% 15%
14 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 940 $31,690 $19,300 - 46,680 13% 16%
15 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 880 $25,570 $19,660 - 33,160 18% 7%
16 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 750 $37,790 $22,010 - 59,250 4% 25%
17 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 750 $25,240 $16,700 - 39,040 2% 5%
18 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 740 $40,050 $27,780 - 53,350 15% 18%
19 Maintenance and repair workers, general 620 $34,430 $21,800 - 48,910 10% 6%
20 Industrial truck and tractor operators 590 $27,630 $20,400 - 34,750 -2% 2%
21 Receptionists and information clerks 570 $24,600 $16,570 - 35,130 17% 13%
22 Home health aides 550 $20,660 $17,130 - 25,360 49% 7%
23 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 520 $45,600 $28,350 - 63,460 6% 29%
24 Carpenters 520 $35,510 $25,270 - 48,190 10% 6%
25 General and operations managers 510 $92,320 $47,680 - 142,650 2% 48%
26 Bartenders 510 $17,830 $15,240 - 23,630 11% 17%
27 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 490 $33,870 $19,010 - 50,390 11% 14%
28 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 480 $19,780 $15,420 - 26,000 13% 5%
29 Medical secretaries 460 $34,980 $25,880 - 47,730 17% 18%
30 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 450 $18,230 $15,310 - 24,190 10% 8%
31 Food preparation workers 440 $22,170 $15,960 - 30,810 15% 7%
32 Teacher assistants 430 $20,180 $15,360 - 26,010 10% 18%
33 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 420 $25,790 $17,570 - 39,440 18% 6%
34 Construction laborers 400 $29,760 $21,770 - 39,290 11% 5%
35 Packers and packagers, hand 400 $22,830 $15,770 - 35,400 -12% 3%
36 Medical assistants 390 $29,870 $23,650 - 37,700 35% 10%
37 Computer support specialists 370 $42,990 $28,140 - 59,430 13% 43%
38 Personal and home care aides 370 $20,440 $16,730 - 24,920 51% 10%
39 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 360 $35,780 $26,640 - 47,630 4% 15%
40 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 330 $26,960 $19,400 - 38,410 11% 5%
41 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 320 $24,570 $16,160 - 34,510 12% 6%
42 Pharmacy technicians 310 $31,100 $20,490 - 45,830 32% 16%
43 Security guards 310 $22,040 $15,820 - 34,480 17% 13%
44 Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 300 $28,460 $15,710 - 38,170 -5% 5%
45 Office and administrative support workers, all other 300 $22,170 $15,650 - 29,530 -9% 32%
46 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 290 $32,450 $18,900 - 49,510 14% 4%
47 Telemarketers 290 $22,060 $15,550 - 34,020 -10% 14%
48 Electricians 280 $48,660 $31,290 - 64,650 7% 7%
49 Amusement and recreation attendants 270 $18,630 $15,330 - 24,940 24% 22%
50 Insurance sales agents 260 $43,110 $23,370 - 68,730 13% 45%
51 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 260 $29,760 $19,000 - 39,730 4% 6%
52 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 260 $17,150 $15,310 - 19,930 10% 17%
53 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 250 $48,150 $26,370 - 65,370 -5% 15%
54 Cement masons and concrete finishers 250 $34,370 $23,670 - 49,360 11% 2%
55 Tellers 250 $23,340 $18,520 - 29,390 14% 16%
56 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 240 $83,440 $33,220 - 9% 10%
57 Dental assistants 240 $31,350 $22,140 - 39,990 29% 9%
58 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 240 $31,110 $20,110 - 57,810 8% 4%
59 Dishwashers 230 $18,500 $15,700 - 22,690 10% 3%
60 Physicians and surgeons, all other 220 $175,230 $77,330 - 0% 0%
61 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 220 $39,850 $33,720 - 48,610 14% 7%
62 Counter and rental clerks 210 $20,130 $15,340 - 30,650 23% 16%
63 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 190 $47,310 $35,150 - 61,890 11% 33%
64 Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 190 $39,090 $26,200 - 51,460 9% 3%
65 Data entry keyers 190 $30,140 $18,210 - 47,140 -5% 18%
66 Driver/sales workers 190 $20,880 $15,280 - 43,290 -5% 4%
67 Loan officers 180 $52,910 $34,570 - 79,040 12% 49%
68 Painters, construction and maintenance 180 $40,700 $26,300 - 51,710 12% 6%
69 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 180 $37,570 $19,900 - 58,990 -7% 14%
70 Printing machine operators 180 $30,850 $19,610 - 48,130 -6% 6%
71 File clerks 180 $26,370 $19,500 - 33,610 -41% 20%
72 Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 180 $18,330 $15,570 - 22,310 17% 14%
73 Administrative services managers 170 $84,460 $44,370 - 128,480 12% 40%
74 Recreation workers 170 $27,100 $16,540 - 47,140 13% 47%
75 Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 160 $27,310 $15,200 - 49,130 27% 47%
76 Food servers, nonrestaurant 160 $19,190 $15,400 - 26,740 16% 9%
77 Postal service mail carriers 160 $0 $ - 1% 11%
78 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 150 $59,460 $40,040 - 82,700 11% 4%
79 Library assistants, clerical 150 $0 $ - 8% 37%
80 Electrical and electronics repairers, commercial and industrial equipment 140 $46,190 $27,360 - 77,130 7% 0%
81 Prepress technicians and workers 140 $40,210 $30,890 - 51,090 -21% 16%
82 Industrial machinery mechanics 140 $36,770 $25,720 - 50,160 9% 5%
83 All other information and record clerks 140 $36,750 $24,370 - 49,540 -13% 21%
84 Healthcare support workers, all other 140 $31,030 $21,910 - 44,180 16% 10%
85 Nonfarm animal caretakers 140 $30,480 $15,880 - 48,430 18% 16%
86 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 140 $18,540 $15,390 - 24,020 12% 6%
87 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 130 $51,140 $33,940 - 73,230 7% 13%
88 Sales representatives, services, all other 130 $45,760 $17,530 - 86,150 28% 48%
89 Medical records and health information technicians 130 $43,860 $26,590 - 60,730 18% 12%
90 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 130 $34,530 $22,690 - 49,590 8% 3%
91 First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 120 $50,180 $27,160 - 75,480 10% 17%
92 Bus drivers, transit and intercity 120 $34,920 $16,450 - 47,780 13% 4%
93 Extruding and drawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 120 $32,630 $26,190 - 41,870 -7% 0%
94 Mail clerks and mail machine operators, except postal service 120 $24,760 $15,570 - 35,570 -12% 9%
95 Parts salespersons 120 $22,740 $15,830 - 32,600 -2% 6%
96 First-line supervisors/managers of personal service workers 110 $36,270 $26,150 - 52,310 16% 26%
97 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 110 $22,000 $15,490 - 25,540 14% 3%
98 Food preparation and serving related workers, all other 110 $18,250 $16,040 - 20,350 13% 6%
99 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 100 $56,560 $37,170 - 78,250 0% 42%
100 Automotive body and related repairers 100 $38,020 $23,060 - 57,840 12% 3%
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Jobs More Common Near Iowa City Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Medical scientists, except epidemiologists 62,580 350 8.4
Food preparation and serving related workers, all other 18,250 110 5.6
Prepress technicians and workers 40,210 140 5
English language and literature teachers, postsecondary 0 100 4.3
Electrical and electronics repairers, commercial and industrial equipment 46,190 140 4.1
Team assemblers 24,290 1,920 3.9
Child care workers 18,020 1,020 3.6
Extruding and drawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 32,630 120 3.5
Instructional coordinators 54,740 190 3.1
Chemists 52,720 120 3
Library assistants, clerical 0 150 2.9
Coaches and scouts 0 220 2.8
Business operations specialists, all other 49,080 1,390 2.6
Cement masons and concrete finishers 34,370 250 2.6
Office and administrative support workers, all other 22,170 300 2.5
Cooks, restaurant 18,570 1,090 2.5
Pharmacists 86,990 310 2.4
Medical and health services managers 89,680 300 2.3
Amusement and recreation attendants 18,630 270 2.3
Office clerks, general 31,700 3,320 2.3
Nonfarm animal caretakers 30,480 140 2.2
Rehabilitation counselors 28,400 100 2.2
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 26,960 330 2.1
Bartenders 17,830 510 2.1
Training and development specialists 50,170 220 2.1
Industrial truck and tractor operators 27,630 590 2
Medical secretaries 34,980 460 2
Editors 45,210 110 2
Pharmacy technicians 31,100 310 2
Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 28,460 300 1.9
Printing machine operators 30,850 180 1.9
Teachers and instructors, all other 29,340 440 1.9
Telemarketers 22,060 290 1.9
Medical and public health social workers 49,550 120 1.8
Librarians 60,550 130 1.8
Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 24,570 320 1.8
Waiters and waitresses 16,770 2,090 1.8
Food servers, nonrestaurant 19,190 160 1.8
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 18,330 180 1.8
Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 18,230 450 1.8
File clerks 26,370 180 1.7
Mail clerks and mail machine operators, except postal service 24,760 120 1.7
First-line supervisors/managers of personal service workers 36,270 110 1.7
Physicians and surgeons, all other 175,230 220 1.7
Physical therapists 66,190 140 1.7
Personal and home care aides 20,440 370 1.7
Bus drivers, transit and intercity 34,920 120 1.7
Computer software engineers, applications 64,480 450 1.6
Dental assistants 31,350 240 1.6
Medical assistants 29,870 390 1.6

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Nonfarm animal caretakers 30,480 1.48 140
First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 83,440 1.44 240
Medical records and health information technicians 43,860 1.39 130
Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 59,460 1.29 150
Office clerks, general 31,700 1.25 3,320
Child, family, and school social workers 49,580 1.22 150
Medical secretaries 34,980 1.21 460
Painters, construction and maintenance 40,700 1.19 180
Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 35,780 1.18 360
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 34,020 1.17 1,330
Computer and information systems managers 117,980 1.17 190
Administrative services managers 84,460 1.16 170
Data entry keyers 30,140 1.16 190
Food preparation workers 22,170 1.15 440
Librarians 60,550 1.15 130
Bus drivers, transit and intercity 34,920 1.15 120
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 26,250 1.15 1,450
Prepress technicians and workers 40,210 1.14 140
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 26,960 1.14 330
Recreation workers 27,100 1.12 170
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 37,570 1.12 180
Packers and packagers, hand 22,830 1.12 400
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 33,870 1.12 490
File clerks 26,370 1.12 180
All other information and record clerks 36,750 1.11 140
Pharmacy technicians 31,100 1.11 310
Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 28,460 1.09 300
Medical and public health social workers 49,550 1.08 120
Dishwashers 18,500 1.07 230
Truck drivers, light or delivery services 31,110 1.07 240
Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 18,540 1.07 140
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 25,570 1.06 880
Graphic designers 42,890 1.06 160
Medical assistants 29,870 1.06 390
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 25,790 1.06 420
Healthcare support workers, all other 31,030 1.06 140
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 77,420 1.06 150
Stock clerks and order fillers 24,210 1.06 1,060
Medical and health services managers 89,680 1.06 300
Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 22,000 1.05 110
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 25,240 1.05 750
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 29,760 1.04 260
Extruding and drawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 32,630 1.04 120
Electricians 48,660 1.04 280
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 19,780 1.03 480
Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 40,050 1.03 740
Management analysts 75,630 1.03 140
Receptionists and information clerks 24,600 1.03 570
Financial managers 95,370 1.03 160
Personal and home care aides 20,440 1.02 370

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