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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.

Jobs in Dubuque

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 57580 $40610 $19.53 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 7730 $33490 $16.1 14.8
3 Production Occupations 6500 $34750 $16.7 5.85
4 Sales and Related Occupations 6280 $30660 $14.74 10.15
5 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 5360 $21290 $10.23 8.3
6 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 4510 $35300 $16.97 6.45
7 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 3530 $68020 $32.7 5.75
8 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 3280 $47730 $22.95 6.15
9 Management Occupations 3040 $86860 $41.76 6.05
10 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 2820 $57020 $27.41 5.05
11 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 2430 $40010 $19.23 3.8
12 Personal Care and Service Occupations 2110 $24800 $11.93 4.1
13 Cashiers 2100 $19870 $9.56 2.25
14 Construction and Extraction Occupations 2090 $44080 $21.19 4.4
15 Retail Salespersons 1900 $23970 $11.53 3.1
16 Healthcare Support Occupations 1670 $29360 $14.11 3.05
17 Team Assemblers 1520 $32450 $15.6 0.75
18 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 1510 $25990 $12.5 3.7
19 Registered Nurses 1420 $52840 $25.4 1.9
20 Office Clerks, General 1350 $30520 $14.67 2
21 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 1180 $19280 $9.27 2.15
22 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 1130 $47710 $22.94 1.2
23 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 1060 $66610 $32.03 2.8
24 Waiters and Waitresses 920 $20860 $10.03 1.6
25 General and Operations Managers 900 $77930 $37.47 1.4
26 Customer Service Representatives 900 $33040 $15.89 1.75
27 Protective Service Occupations 820 $39520 $19 2.25
28 Nursing Assistants 820 $26940 $12.95 1.05
29 Community and Social Service Occupations 810 $37330 $17.95 1.65
30 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 810 $36810 $17.7 1.7
31 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 740 $26270 $12.63 1.6
32 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 740 $67070 $32.25 1.65
33 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 690 $30190 $14.51 1.6
34 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 670 $48800 $23.46 1
35 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 660 $32130 $15.45 1.6
36 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 640 $23190 $11.15 1.2
37 Packers and Packagers, Hand 610 $22870 $10.99 0.45
38 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 570 $35610 $17.12 1.1
39 Personal Care Aides 570 $22120 $10.64 1.3
40 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 500 $52880 $25.42 0.7
41 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 490 $32000 $15.39 0.9
42 Cooks, Restaurant 470 $22250 $10.7 0.75
43 Construction Laborers 460 $33660 $16.18 0.8
44 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 460 $34740 $16.7 0.35
45 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 450 $36680 $17.63 1
46 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 430 $18780 $9.03 0.3
47 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 430 $33430 $16.07 0.6
48 Financial Managers 420 $104030 $50.02 0.4
49 Accountants and Auditors 410 $58910 $28.32 0.9
50 Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic 400 $36090 $17.35 0.1
51 Receptionists and Information Clerks 390 $27890 $13.41 0.7
52 Bartenders 380 $20730 $9.97 0.4
53 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 380 $21710 $10.44 1
54 Machinists 380 $40780 $19.61 0.3
55 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 370 $35700 $17.16 0.3
56 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 360 $54840 $26.36 1
57 Childcare Workers 360 $18490 $8.89 0.8
58 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 350 $39360 $18.92 0.5
59 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 350 $30240 $14.54 0.6
60 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 330 $24580 $11.82 0.3
61 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 330 $38140 $18.34 0.5
62 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 320 $53950 $25.94 0.4
63 Carpenters 300 $41850 $20.12 0.6
64 Insurance Sales Agents 270 $43480 $20.9 0.3
65 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 260 $25860 $12.43 0.8
66 Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing 260 $27170 $13.06 0
67 Medical Assistants 250 $31750 $15.27 0.45
68 Medical and Health Services Managers 250 $84730 $40.74 0.2
69 Rehabilitation Counselors 250 $31970 $15.37 0.1
70 Security Guards 250 $26850 $12.91 0.7
71 Dishwashers 250 $18150 $8.73 0.3
72 Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors 240 $34690 $16.68 0.2
73 Food Preparation Workers 240 $20660 $9.93 0.6
74 Tellers 230 $27990 $13.46 0.3
75 Software Developers, Applications 230 $77910 $37.46 0.5
76 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 220 $43020 $20.68 0.5
77 Computer Systems Analysts 220 $77780 $37.39 0.4
78 Electricians 220 $64480 $31 0.4
79 Industrial Machinery Mechanics 220 $47730 $22.95 0.2
80 Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 220 $27310 $13.13 0.1
81 Legal Occupations 210 $62400 $30 0.8
82 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 210 $41600 $20 0.3
83 Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents 210 $68320 $32.85 0.2
84 Management Analysts 200 $60460 $29.07 0.5
85 Computer User Support Specialists 200 $38930 $18.72 0.4
86 Production Workers, All Other 190 $31960 $15.36 0.2
87 Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other 190 $32540 $15.65 0.2
88 Dental Assistants 190 $34590 $16.63 0.2
89 Financial Specialists, All Other 190 $57040 $27.42 0.1
90 Human Resources Specialists 180 $42240 $20.31 0.3
91 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 180 $60350 $29.02 0.4
92 Driver/Sales Workers 180 $21010 $10.1 0.3
93 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 170 $17740 $8.53 0.3
94 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 170 $50160 $24.12 0.2
95 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 170 $32230 $15.5 0.4
96 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant 170 $20890 $10.04 0.2
97 Administrative Services Managers 170 $80590 $38.75 0.2
98 Pharmacy Technicians 160 $29240 $14.06 0.25
99 Billing and Posting Clerks 160 $37530 $18.04 0.35
100 Cooks, Fast Food 160 $18070 $8.69 0.3
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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
All Occupations 40,610 57,580
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 33,490 7,730
Production Occupations 34,750 6,500
Sales and Related Occupations 30,660 6,280
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 21,290 5,360
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 35,300 4,510
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 68,020 3,530
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 47,730 3,280
Management Occupations 86,860 3,040
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 57,020 2,820
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 40,010 2,430
Personal Care and Service Occupations 24,800 2,110
Cashiers 19,870 2,100
Construction and Extraction Occupations 44,080 2,090
Retail Salespersons 23,970 1,900
Healthcare Support Occupations 29,360 1,670
Team Assemblers 32,450 1,520
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 25,990 1,510
Registered Nurses 52,840 1,420
Office Clerks, General 30,520 1,350
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 19,280 1,180
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 47,710 1,130
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 66,610 1,060
Waiters and Waitresses 20,860 920
General and Operations Managers 77,930 900
Customer Service Representatives 33,040 900
Protective Service Occupations 39,520 820
Nursing Assistants 26,940 820
Community and Social Service Occupations 37,330 810
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 36,810 810
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 26,270 740
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 67,070 740
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 30,190 690
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 48,800 670
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 32,130 660
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 23,190 640
Packers and Packagers, Hand 22,870 610
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 35,610 570
Personal Care Aides 22,120 570
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 52,880 500
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 32,000 490
Cooks, Restaurant 22,250 470
Construction Laborers 33,660 460
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 34,740 460
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 36,680 450
Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 18,780 430
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 33,430 430
Financial Managers 104,030 420
Accountants and Auditors 58,910 410
Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic 36,090 400

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 40,610 57,580
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 33,490 7,730
Production Occupations 34,750 6,500
Sales and Related Occupations 30,660 6,280
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 35,300 4,510
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 68,020 3,530
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 47,730 3,280
Management Occupations 86,860 3,040
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 57,020 2,820
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 40,010 2,430
Construction and Extraction Occupations 44,080 2,090
Healthcare Support Occupations 29,360 1,670
Team Assemblers 32,450 1,520
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 25,990 1,510
Registered Nurses 52,840 1,420
Office Clerks, General 30,520 1,350
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 47,710 1,130
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 66,610 1,060
General and Operations Managers 77,930 900
Customer Service Representatives 33,040 900
Protective Service Occupations 39,520 820
Nursing Assistants 26,940 820
Community and Social Service Occupations 37,330 810
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 36,810 810
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 26,270 740
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 67,070 740
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 30,190 690
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 48,800 670
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 32,130 660
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 35,610 570
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 52,880 500
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 32,000 490
Construction Laborers 33,660 460
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 34,740 460
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 36,680 450
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 33,430 430
Financial Managers 104,030 420
Accountants and Auditors 58,910 410
Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic 36,090 400
Receptionists and Information Clerks 27,890 390
Machinists 40,780 380
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 35,700 370
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 54,840 360
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 39,360 350
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 30,240 350
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 38,140 330
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 53,950 320
Carpenters 41,850 300
Insurance Sales Agents 43,480 270
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 25,860 260

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