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Ames Employment

Employment and Industries in the Ames, Iowa Area

Federal and state institutions are Ames' primary employers. Iowa State University is the largest employer. Numerous jobs are provided by the technology companies affiliated with the university's research park. The major job providing sectors in Ames include education, government, professional, scientific and technical services; accommodation and food services; and healthcare.

Jobs are also located in manufacturing industries such as containers, business forms, abrasives and metal products. Ames also has numerous computer specialists, post secondary teachers and life and physical scientists. Approximately 45% of the workforce is employed in management, professional and related occupations.

Ames is also home to the Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory, the prominent materials research and development center. Notable companies located in Ames include 3M, Sauer-Danfoss, Ball, Becker Underwood, Syngenta, Boehringer Ingleheim and Hach.

The top companies in Ames based on the number of employees are:

  • Iowa State University
  • Iowa Department of Transportation
  • Mary Greeley Medical Center
  • McFarland Clinic PC
  • Sauer-Danfoss
  • City of Ames
  • Ames Community School
  • Ames Laboratories
  • Hach Companies
  • 3M
  • Hy-Vee Food Stores
  • Sigler Companies
  • Ames Tribune
  • Barilla American Inc
  • Ball Corporation
  • First National Bank
  • Kmart
  • JC Penney
  • Kreg Tool
  • MH EBY, Inc
  • Nikkel & Associates
  • Sam's Club
  • UGS
  • Story Construction
  • Walmart

Noteworthy information about Ames Iowa: Placed in the "Top 20 best places to live and work" list by Employment Review magazine and BestJobsUSA.com. Named a "Five-Star quality of life metro" by Expansion Management Magazine. The cost of living index in 2008 was 87.1. The country's average is 100. About 59% of the adult population has earned a bachelor's degree or higher. In 2009 the average salary in Ames was $33,000.

Local businesses are provided help by organizations such as:

Ames newspaper the Ames Tribune is a good resource for local business and industry news.

Jobs in Ames

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations43960$49,020$23.57100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations5340$37,070$17.8214.35
3Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations4800$22,020$10.588.55
4Education, Training, and Library Occupations4090$69,540$33.436.05
5Sales and Related Occupations3860$34,800$16.739.9
6Production Occupations2990$42,500$20.435.7
7Management Occupations2660$98,730$47.476.15
8Business and Financial Operations Occupations2580$61,780$29.75.25
9Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations2220$78,400$37.695.8
10Construction and Extraction Occupations1920$42,360$20.374.45
11Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations1910$45,960$22.13.8
12Transportation and Material Moving Occupations1880$33,350$16.046.55
13Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food1860$20,980$10.092.3
14Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations1680$28,490$13.73.65
15Computer and Mathematical Occupations1410$79,490$38.222.9
16Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations1340$62,270$29.940.8
17Personal Care and Service Occupations1320$26,420$12.74.3
18Retail Salespersons1240$26,010$12.512.85
19Business Operations Specialists, All Other1230$60,040$28.860.7
20Cashiers1050$20,960$10.082.2
21Architecture and Engineering Occupations1020$70,520$33.91.7
22Healthcare Support Occupations1000$32,240$15.53
23Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners860$28,400$13.651.55
24Office Clerks, General810$35,860$17.241.9
25Waiters and Waitresses780$20,110$9.671.7
26Registered Nurses740$57,410$27.61.95
27General and Operations Managers670$95,980$46.141.5
28Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive630$38,780$18.651.5
29Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations590$43,520$20.921.8
30Nursing Assistants530$29,250$14.061
31Protective Service Occupations530$49,280$23.692.2
32Community and Social Service Occupations520$47,290$22.741.65
33Maintenance and Repair Workers, General520$40,330$19.390.9
34Stock Clerks and Order Fillers490$29,530$14.21.3
35Customer Service Representatives470$32,780$15.761.75
36Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand470$31,080$14.941.7
37Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers450$33,310$16.010
38Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks450$40,780$19.611.05
39Cooks, Fast Food400$20,140$9.680.3
40Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants390$46,400$22.310.35
41Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products390$60,830$29.250.9
42First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers360$39,130$18.811
43Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners360$22,870$10.990.9
44Computer Systems Analysts350$70,090$33.70.4
45Construction Laborers350$35,920$17.270.8
46First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers350$28,540$13.720.6
47Accountants and Auditors340$71,580$34.410.9
48Childcare Workers330$18,740$9.010.8
49Receptionists and Information Clerks330$28,670$13.780.7
50Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics320$39,470$18.980.5
51Software Developers, Applications320$87,400$42.020.55
52Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers300$42,690$20.521.2
53Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers300$30,770$14.790.8
54Biological Technicians270$46,020$22.130.1
55Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers260$34,900$16.780.6
56Cooks, Restaurant250$23,440$11.270.8
57First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers250$50,980$24.510.95
58First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers250$55,460$26.670.4
59Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education250$23,600$11.350.3
60Civil Engineers230$81,750$39.30.2
61Substitute Teachers230$26,340$12.660
62Agricultural and Food Science Technicians220$41,050$19.740
63Bartenders210$19,390$9.320.4
64Medical and Health Services Managers210$91,490$43.980.25
65Soil and Plant Scientists210$69,510$33.420
66Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria200$30,260$14.550.3
67First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers200$57,980$27.880.4
68Legal Occupations200$73,830$35.50.8
69Computer Network Support Specialists190$57,000$27.40.1
70Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers190$49,310$23.710.2
71Public Relations Specialists190$53,600$25.770.2
72Electricians180$50,840$24.440.4
73Industrial Machinery Mechanics180$59,070$28.40.2
74Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators180$45,810$22.030.2
75Recreation Workers180$23,780$11.430.25
76Tellers180$26,480$12.730.3
77Carpenters170$38,230$18.380.7
78Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors170$49,670$23.880.2
79Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors170$30,950$14.880.2
80Financial Managers160$95,430$45.880.4
81Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists160$28,130$13.530.4
82Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop160$18,620$8.950.3
83Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks160$22,440$10.790.2
84Personal Care Aides160$24,730$11.891.5
85Sales Representatives, Services, All Other160$55,320$26.60.6
86Food Preparation Workers150$24,480$11.770.6
87Civil Engineering Technicians140$66,100$31.780
88First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers140$59,570$28.640.3
89Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers140$49,360$23.730.3
90Printing Press Operators140$41,820$20.110.1
91Family and General Practitioners130$275,550$132.480.1
92Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations130$34,350$16.510.65
93Microbiologists130$94,000$45.190
94Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks130$35,550$17.090.4
95Computer Occupations, All Other120$118,150$56.80.2
96Computer and Information Systems Managers120$111,960$53.830.2
97Counter and Rental Clerks120$23,610$11.350.3
98Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists120$55,280$26.580.4
99Packers and Packagers, Hand120$19,290$9.270.45
100Pharmacy Technicians120$31,160$14.980.3
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Jobs More Common Near Ames Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$49,02043,960
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$37,0705,340
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$22,0204,800
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$69,5404,090
Sales and Related Occupations$34,8003,860
Production Occupations$42,5002,990
Management Occupations$98,7302,660
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$61,7802,580
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$78,4002,220
Construction and Extraction Occupations$42,3601,920
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$45,9601,910
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$33,3501,880
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$20,9801,860
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$28,4901,680
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$79,4901,410
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$62,2701,340
Personal Care and Service Occupations$26,4201,320
Retail Salespersons$26,0101,240
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$60,0401,230
Cashiers$20,9601,050
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$70,5201,020
Healthcare Support Occupations$32,2401,000
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$28,400860
Office Clerks, General$35,860810
Waiters and Waitresses$20,110780
Registered Nurses$57,410740
General and Operations Managers$95,980670
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$38,780630
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$43,520590
Nursing Assistants$29,250530
Protective Service Occupations$49,280530
Community and Social Service Occupations$47,290520
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$40,330520
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$29,530490
Customer Service Representatives$32,780470
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$31,080470
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$33,310450
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$40,780450
Cooks, Fast Food$20,140400
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants$46,400390
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$60,830390
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$39,130360
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$22,870360
Computer Systems Analysts$70,090350
Construction Laborers$35,920350
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$28,540350
Accountants and Auditors$71,580340
Childcare Workers$18,740330
Receptionists and Information Clerks$28,670330
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$39,470320

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$49,02043,960
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$37,0705,340
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$69,5404,090
Sales and Related Occupations$34,8003,860
Production Occupations$42,5002,990
Management Occupations$98,7302,660
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$61,7802,580
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$78,4002,220
Construction and Extraction Occupations$42,3601,920
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$45,9601,910
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$33,3501,880
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$28,4901,680
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$79,4901,410
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$62,2701,340
Personal Care and Service Occupations$26,4201,320
Retail Salespersons$26,0101,240
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$60,0401,230
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$70,5201,020
Healthcare Support Occupations$32,2401,000
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$28,400860
Office Clerks, General$35,860810
Registered Nurses$57,410740
General and Operations Managers$95,980670
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$38,780630
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$43,520590
Nursing Assistants$29,250530
Protective Service Occupations$49,280530
Community and Social Service Occupations$47,290520
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$40,330520
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$29,530490
Customer Service Representatives$32,780470
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$31,080470
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$33,310450
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$40,780450
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants$46,400390
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$60,830390
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$39,130360
Computer Systems Analysts$70,090350
Construction Laborers$35,920350
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$28,540350
Accountants and Auditors$71,580340
Receptionists and Information Clerks$28,670330
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$39,470320
Software Developers, Applications$87,400320
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$42,690300
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$30,770300
Biological Technicians$46,020270
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$34,900260
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$50,980250
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$55,460250

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