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Cedar Rapids Employment

Employment and Industries in the Cedar Rapids, Iowa Area

Cedar Rapids is located in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Technology Corridor and is a prominent economic center in the state of Iowa. The city is home to numerous large companies including Cargill, General Mills, Allient Energy, Quaker Oats, Rockwell Collins, GE Commercial Finance and Archer Daniels Midland. Rockwell Collins is the region's largest employer. The company produces aviation electronic and communication technology for the government, airline customers and aircraft manufacturers.

Numerous high-tech industries are situated in the area's Technology Corridor. The Technology Corridor is one of the primary centers in the nation for the defense electronics industry. The city also has more than 275 manufacturing facilities. Agribusiness as well as food manufacturing and processing are integral parts of the economy. Telecommunications and telemarketing also provide a significant number of jobs. Local firms are involved in electronic design and consultation, equipment manufacturing and systems planning.

A combination of research and development facilities, a mid-nation location and an educated and productive workforce has attracted new companies and industries. The productivity rate of the workforce is considerably above the nation's average. In addition, the city has ties with companies from all over the world including France, Canada, Ireland, Germany, Japan, Korea, Switzerland, Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

Cedar Rapids top employers are:

  • Rockwell Collins, Inc
  • Cedar Rapids Community School District
  • AEGON USA, Inc
  • St. Luke's Hospital
  • Maytag Appliances
  • Mercy Medical Center
  • Hy-Vee Food Stores
  • City of Cedar Rapids
  • MCI, Inc
  • McLeod USA Incorporated
  • Kirkwood Community College
  • Alliant Energy
  • Amana Refrigeration Products
  • Linn County Offices
  • Walmart Stores, Inc
  • Nash Finch Company
  • Linn-Mar Community Schools
  • General Mills Inc
  • Gazette Communications

The primary manufacturing employers in the Cedar Rapids area:

  • Maytag
  • Gazette
  • PMX Industries
  • Cargill Inc
  • Schneider Electric
  • ADM-Corn Processing Division
  • Cryovac Division, Sealed Air Corporation
  • Cedar Rapids Inc
  • Cedar River Paper
  • H.J. Heinz Company

Cedar Rapids top non-agricultural job providing sectors are:

  • Trade, transportation and utilities
  • Manufacturing
  • Education and health services
  • Government
  • Professional and business services
  • Finance
  • Information

Pertinent data about Cedar Rapids: In 2008 the cost of living index in the city was 78.8 which is low when compared to the country's average of 100. About 28% of the adult population has achieved a bachelor's degree or better. In 2007 the estimated median household income in Cedar Rapids was $47,000.

Cedar Rapids businesses collaborate with organizations including:

The GazetteOnline.com provides information about local businesses and industries.

Jobs in Cedar Rapids

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 142320 $47830 $23 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 21070 $35690 $17.16 14.8
3 Sales and Related Occupations 12570 $37740 $18.15 10.15
4 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 12470 $35750 $17.19 6.45
5 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 11400 $21150 $10.17 8.3
6 Management Occupations 9980 $102370 $49.22 6.05
7 Production Occupations 9640 $42530 $20.45 5.85
8 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 8760 $48520 $23.33 6.15
9 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 7410 $64060 $30.8 5.05
10 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 7080 $68880 $33.12 5.75
11 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 6480 $49350 $23.73 3.8
12 Construction and Extraction Occupations 6460 $46160 $22.19 4.4
13 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 6030 $80360 $38.63 2.8
14 Customer Service Representatives 4260 $33050 $15.89 1.75
15 Personal Care and Service Occupations 4130 $24840 $11.94 4.1
16 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 3880 $29010 $13.95 3.7
17 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 3820 $19630 $9.44 2.15
18 Healthcare Support Occupations 3660 $32100 $15.43 3.05
19 Retail Salespersons 3610 $26940 $12.95 3.1
20 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 3480 $71950 $34.59 1.65
21 Cashiers 3170 $20020 $9.62 2.25
22 Registered Nurses 2720 $55560 $26.71 1.9
23 General and Operations Managers 2610 $103550 $49.78 1.4
24 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 2570 $29410 $14.14 1.6
25 Office Clerks, General 2560 $34060 $16.37 2
26 Protective Service Occupations 2250 $45880 $22.06 2.25
27 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 2160 $30000 $14.42 1.6
28 Waiters and Waitresses 2130 $20770 $9.99 1.6
29 Community and Social Service Occupations 2120 $42600 $20.48 1.65
30 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 1830 $43390 $20.86 1.7
31 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 1660 $37150 $17.86 1.1
32 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 1630 $65270 $31.38 1
33 Software Developers, Applications 1600 $91600 $44.04 0.5
34 Nursing Assistants 1540 $26870 $12.92 1.05
35 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 1470 $25920 $12.46 1.2
36 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 1440 $32610 $15.68 1.6
37 Substitute Teachers 1370 $28960 $13.92 0
38 Construction Laborers 1220 $36680 $17.63 0.8
39 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 1200 $54220 $26.07 1
40 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 1180 $62920 $30.25 0.7
41 Computer and Information Systems Managers 1110 $124970 $60.08 0.25
42 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 1110 $44270 $21.28 0.9
43 Accountants and Auditors 1110 $66900 $32.16 0.9
44 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 1060 $34330 $16.5 0.6
45 Personal Care Aides 1020 $23470 $11.28 1.3
46 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 930 $38480 $18.5 1
47 Electricians 900 $59620 $28.66 0.4
48 Legal Occupations 900 $78080 $37.54 0.8
49 Financial Managers 890 $117760 $56.61 0.4
50 Food Batchmakers 880 $54070 $26 0.1
51 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 840 $46480 $22.35 0.5
52 Cooks, Restaurant 840 $23490 $11.29 0.75
53 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 820 $50660 $24.35 0.3
54 Computer Systems Analysts 810 $77830 $37.42 0.4
55 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 770 $40990 $19.71 0.5
56 Childcare Workers 770 $22930 $11.02 0.8
57 Industrial Machinery Mechanics 750 $62050 $29.83 0.2
58 Bartenders 730 $19280 $9.27 0.4
59 Receptionists and Information Clerks 720 $30670 $14.75 0.7
60 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 720 $21550 $10.36 1
61 Electrical Engineers 700 $89330 $42.95 0.1
62 Carpenters 700 $40280 $19.37 0.6
63 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 700 $51280 $24.66 0.3
64 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 700 $29470 $14.17 0.8
65 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 670 $28150 $13.54 0.6
66 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 670 $65110 $31.3 0.4
67 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 650 $19340 $9.3 0.3
68 Loan Officers 620 $72950 $35.07 0.2
69 Security Guards 610 $32090 $15.43 0.7
70 Tellers 610 $30640 $14.73 0.3
71 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 590 $68710 $33.03 0.6
72 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 590 $62120 $29.86 0.9
73 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 570 $46000 $22.12 0.25
74 Medical Assistants 560 $33690 $16.2 0.45
75 Food Preparation Workers 560 $22130 $10.64 0.6
76 Team Assemblers 560 $36350 $17.47 0.75
77 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 560 $25440 $12.23 0.3
78 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 550 $38800 $18.66 0.35
79 Computer User Support Specialists 540 $43930 $21.12 0.4
80 Child, Family, and School Social Workers 530 $44620 $21.45 0.2
81 Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers 520 $41800 $20.1 0.1
82 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 510 $56250 $27.05 0.35
83 Insurance Sales Agents 510 $64030 $30.79 0.3
84 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 500 $63890 $30.72 0.4
85 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 490 $79370 $38.16 0.3
86 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 490 $60690 $29.18 0.3
87 Medical Secretaries 480 $32910 $15.82 0.4
88 Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists 480 $46700 $22.45 0.2
89 Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks 470 $34510 $16.59 0.2
90 Dishwashers 470 $19560 $9.4 0.3
91 Human Resources Specialists 470 $55080 $26.48 0.3
92 Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment 460 $24360 $11.71 0.2
93 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 450 $41250 $19.83 0.5
94 Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products 440 $71710 $34.48 0.2
95 Helpers--Production Workers 430 $26420 $12.7 0.3
96 Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors 420 $27400 $13.17 0.2
97 Lawyers 420 $113130 $54.39 0.5
98 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 420 $39710 $19.09 0.3
99 Driver/Sales Workers 410 $27230 $13.09 0.3
100 Management Analysts 400 $84920 $40.83 0.5
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Jobs More Common Near Cedar Rapids Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 47,830 142,320
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 35,690 21,070
Sales and Related Occupations 37,740 12,570
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 35,750 12,470
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 21,150 11,400
Management Occupations 102,370 9,980
Production Occupations 42,530 9,640
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 48,520 8,760
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 64,060 7,410
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 68,880 7,080
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 49,350 6,480
Construction and Extraction Occupations 46,160 6,460
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 80,360 6,030
Customer Service Representatives 33,050 4,260
Personal Care and Service Occupations 24,840 4,130
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 29,010 3,880
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 19,630 3,820
Healthcare Support Occupations 32,100 3,660
Retail Salespersons 26,940 3,610
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 71,950 3,480
Cashiers 20,020 3,170
Registered Nurses 55,560 2,720
General and Operations Managers 103,550 2,610
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 29,410 2,570
Office Clerks, General 34,060 2,560
Protective Service Occupations 45,880 2,250
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 30,000 2,160
Waiters and Waitresses 20,770 2,130
Community and Social Service Occupations 42,600 2,120
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 43,390 1,830
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 37,150 1,660
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 65,270 1,630
Software Developers, Applications 91,600 1,600
Nursing Assistants 26,870 1,540
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 25,920 1,470
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 32,610 1,440
Substitute Teachers 28,960 1,370
Construction Laborers 36,680 1,220
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 54,220 1,200
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 62,920 1,180
Computer and Information Systems Managers 124,970 1,110
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 44,270 1,110
Accountants and Auditors 66,900 1,110
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 34,330 1,060
Personal Care Aides 23,470 1,020
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 38,480 930
Electricians 59,620 900
Legal Occupations 78,080 900
Financial Managers 117,760 890
Food Batchmakers 54,070 880

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 47,830 142,320
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 35,690 21,070
Sales and Related Occupations 37,740 12,570
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 35,750 12,470
Management Occupations 102,370 9,980
Production Occupations 42,530 9,640
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 48,520 8,760
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 64,060 7,410
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 68,880 7,080
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 49,350 6,480
Construction and Extraction Occupations 46,160 6,460
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 80,360 6,030
Customer Service Representatives 33,050 4,260
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 29,010 3,880
Healthcare Support Occupations 32,100 3,660
Retail Salespersons 26,940 3,610
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 71,950 3,480
Registered Nurses 55,560 2,720
General and Operations Managers 103,550 2,610
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 29,410 2,570
Office Clerks, General 34,060 2,560
Protective Service Occupations 45,880 2,250
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 30,000 2,160
Community and Social Service Occupations 42,600 2,120
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 43,390 1,830
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 37,150 1,660
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 65,270 1,630
Software Developers, Applications 91,600 1,600
Nursing Assistants 26,870 1,540
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 25,920 1,470
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 32,610 1,440
Substitute Teachers 28,960 1,370
Construction Laborers 36,680 1,220
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 54,220 1,200
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 62,920 1,180
Computer and Information Systems Managers 124,970 1,110
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 44,270 1,110
Accountants and Auditors 66,900 1,110
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 34,330 1,060
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 38,480 930
Electricians 59,620 900
Legal Occupations 78,080 900
Financial Managers 117,760 890
Food Batchmakers 54,070 880
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 46,480 840
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 50,660 820
Computer Systems Analysts 77,830 810
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 40,990 770
Industrial Machinery Mechanics 62,050 750
Receptionists and Information Clerks 30,670 720

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