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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

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 43690 $48040 $23.09 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 5410 $36160 $17.38 14.8
3 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 4670 $21220 $10.2 8.3
4 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 3970 $68180 $32.78 6.15
5 Sales and Related Occupations 3860 $34800 $16.73 10.15
6 Management Occupations 2790 $95500 $45.92 6.05
7 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 2750 $65630 $31.56 5.05
8 Production Occupations 2520 $37870 $18.21 5.85
9 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 2120 $79170 $38.06 5.75
10 Construction and Extraction Occupations 1980 $40030 $19.24 4.4
11 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 1970 $30250 $14.54 6.45
12 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 1910 $43540 $20.93 3.8
13 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 1600 $19920 $9.58 2.15
14 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 1520 $27270 $13.11 3.7
15 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 1520 $61790 $29.71 0.9
16 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 1440 $72070 $34.65 2.8
17 Personal Care and Service Occupations 1410 $26740 $12.86 4.1
18 Retail Salespersons 1330 $24380 $11.72 3.1
19 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 1230 $62170 $29.89 0.7
20 Healthcare Support Occupations 1030 $31950 $15.36 3.05
21 Cashiers 990 $20410 $9.81 2.25
22 Waiters and Waitresses 930 $19820 $9.53 1.6
23 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 910 $70260 $33.78 1.65
24 Office Clerks, General 780 $36000 $17.31 2
25 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 770 $28620 $13.76 1.6
26 Registered Nurses 730 $55570 $26.72 1.9
27 General and Operations Managers 700 $93580 $44.99 1.4
28 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 670 $42340 $20.36 1.7
29 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 590 $40190 $19.32 1.6
30 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 550 $38490 $18.5 0.9
31 Cooks, Fast Food 540 $19230 $9.25 0.3
32 Protective Service Occupations 530 $51030 $24.53 2.25
33 Nursing Assistants 510 $28680 $13.79 1.05
34 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 490 $37540 $18.05 1.1
35 Community and Social Service Occupations 460 $43030 $20.69 1.65
36 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 460 $28190 $13.55 1.2
37 Customer Service Representatives 440 $32930 $15.83 1.75
38 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 420 $26170 $12.58 1.6
39 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 390 $45710 $21.98 0.5
40 Childcare Workers 380 $20000 $9.61 0.8
41 Team Assemblers 380 $32330 $15.55 0.75
42 Substitute Teachers 370 $26960 $12.96 0
43 Computer Systems Analysts 360 $72420 $34.82 0.4
44 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 350 $68890 $33.12 1
45 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 350 $21000 $10.1 1
46 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 340 $37950 $18.24 1
47 Carpenters 340 $38620 $18.57 0.6
48 Construction Laborers 340 $32770 $15.75 0.8
49 Soil and Plant Scientists 330 $68190 $32.78 0
50 Accountants and Auditors 320 $66060 $31.76 0.9
51 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 310 $27670 $13.3 0.6
52 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 290 $40980 $19.7 0.5
53 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 290 $28270 $13.59 0.8
54 Personal Care Aides 290 $25730 $12.37 1.3
55 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 290 $38430 $18.48 1.2
56 Biological Technicians 290 $45430 $21.84 0.1
57 Software Developers, Applications 280 $82980 $39.9 0.5
58 Driver/Sales Workers 270 $18420 $8.85 0.3
59 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 270 $32380 $15.57 0.6
60 Civil Engineers 240 $77910 $37.46 0.2
61 Receptionists and Information Clerks 240 $27050 $13 0.7
62 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 220 $46790 $22.49 1
63 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 220 $33340 $16.03 0.4
64 Printing Press Operators 210 $33740 $16.22 0.1
65 Tellers 210 $26100 $12.55 0.3
66 Cooks, Restaurant 210 $21410 $10.29 0.75
67 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 210 $29350 $14.11 0.3
68 Agricultural and Food Science Technicians 210 $40500 $19.47 0
69 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 210 $51210 $24.62 0.4
70 Public Relations Specialists 200 $52930 $25.45 0.2
71 Medical and Health Services Managers 200 $91750 $44.11 0.2
72 Medical Secretaries 200 $32200 $15.48 0.4
73 Bartenders 180 $17860 $8.58 0.4
74 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers 180 $47230 $22.71 0.2
75 Financial Managers 180 $103050 $49.54 0.4
76 Computer Network Support Specialists 180 $56350 $27.09 0.1
77 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 170 $29020 $13.95 0.4
78 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 170 $55410 $26.64 0.6
79 Legal Occupations 170 $77850 $37.43 0.8
80 Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks 160 $20820 $10.01 0.2
81 Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors 160 $48790 $23.46 0.2
82 Computer User Support Specialists 160 $45320 $21.79 0.4
83 Electricians 150 $45910 $22.07 0.4
84 Food Preparation Workers 150 $23630 $11.36 0.6
85 Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors 150 $30240 $14.54 0.2
86 Production Workers, All Other 140 $43290 $20.81 0.2
87 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 140 $41470 $19.94 0.3
88 Loan Officers 140 $60790 $29.23 0.2
89 Public Relations and Fundraising Managers 140 $79250 $38.1 0
90 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 140 $43530 $20.93 0.2
91 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 140 $54710 $26.3 0.3
92 Billing and Posting Clerks 130 $34800 $16.73 0.35
93 Family and General Practitioners 130 $271910 $130.73 0.1
94 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 130 $31560 $15.18 0.3
95 Computer Occupations, All Other 130 $79170 $38.06 0.2
96 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 130 $59230 $28.48 0.4
97 Medical Assistants 130 $35180 $16.91 0.45
98 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 130 $37730 $18.14 0.25
99 Counter and Rental Clerks 130 $26330 $12.66 0.3
100 Microbiologists 130 $93830 $45.11 0
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Jobs More Common Near Ames Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 48,040 43,690
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 36,160 5,410
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 21,220 4,670
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 68,180 3,970
Sales and Related Occupations 34,800 3,860
Management Occupations 95,500 2,790
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 65,630 2,750
Production Occupations 37,870 2,520
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 79,170 2,120
Construction and Extraction Occupations 40,030 1,980
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 30,250 1,970
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 43,540 1,910
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 19,920 1,600
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 27,270 1,520
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 61,790 1,520
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 72,070 1,440
Personal Care and Service Occupations 26,740 1,410
Retail Salespersons 24,380 1,330
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 62,170 1,230
Healthcare Support Occupations 31,950 1,030
Cashiers 20,410 990
Waiters and Waitresses 19,820 930
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 70,260 910
Office Clerks, General 36,000 780
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 28,620 770
Registered Nurses 55,570 730
General and Operations Managers 93,580 700
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 42,340 670
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 40,190 590
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 38,490 550
Cooks, Fast Food 19,230 540
Protective Service Occupations 51,030 530
Nursing Assistants 28,680 510
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 37,540 490
Community and Social Service Occupations 43,030 460
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 28,190 460
Customer Service Representatives 32,930 440
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 26,170 420
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 45,710 390
Childcare Workers 20,000 380
Team Assemblers 32,330 380
Substitute Teachers 26,960 370
Computer Systems Analysts 72,420 360
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 68,890 350
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 21,000 350
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 37,950 340
Carpenters 38,620 340
Construction Laborers 32,770 340
Soil and Plant Scientists 68,190 330
Accountants and Auditors 66,060 320

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 48,040 43,690
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 36,160 5,410
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 68,180 3,970
Sales and Related Occupations 34,800 3,860
Management Occupations 95,500 2,790
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 65,630 2,750
Production Occupations 37,870 2,520
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 79,170 2,120
Construction and Extraction Occupations 40,030 1,980
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 30,250 1,970
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 43,540 1,910
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 27,270 1,520
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 61,790 1,520
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 72,070 1,440
Personal Care and Service Occupations 26,740 1,410
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 62,170 1,230
Healthcare Support Occupations 31,950 1,030
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 70,260 910
Office Clerks, General 36,000 780
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 28,620 770
Registered Nurses 55,570 730
General and Operations Managers 93,580 700
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 42,340 670
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 40,190 590
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 38,490 550
Protective Service Occupations 51,030 530
Nursing Assistants 28,680 510
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 37,540 490
Community and Social Service Occupations 43,030 460
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 28,190 460
Customer Service Representatives 32,930 440
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 26,170 420
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 45,710 390
Team Assemblers 32,330 380
Substitute Teachers 26,960 370
Computer Systems Analysts 72,420 360
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 68,890 350
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 37,950 340
Carpenters 38,620 340
Construction Laborers 32,770 340
Soil and Plant Scientists 68,190 330
Accountants and Auditors 66,060 320
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 27,670 310
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 40,980 290
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 28,270 290
Personal Care Aides 25,730 290
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 38,430 290
Biological Technicians 45,430 290
Software Developers, Applications 82,980 280
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 32,380 270

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