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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:

Those interested in staying current with Iowa City business activities may want to visit press-citizen.com

Jobs in Iowa City

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 90630 $47450 $22.81 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 12950 $36720 $17.65 14.8
3 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 9340 $21710 $10.44 8.3
4 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 8280 $79910 $38.42 6.15
5 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 8050 $73170 $35.18 5.75
6 Sales and Related Occupations 7950 $30400 $14.61 10.15
7 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 6260 $35180 $16.91 6.45
8 Production Occupations 5050 $35500 $17.07 5.85
9 Management Occupations 4700 $92800 $44.62 6.05
10 Personal Care and Service Occupations 3780 $25410 $12.22 4.1
11 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 3480 $62940 $30.26 5.05
12 Registered Nurses 3470 $63680 $30.62 1.9
13 Construction and Extraction Occupations 3220 $44790 $21.54 4.4
14 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 2970 $42270 $20.32 1.2
15 Healthcare Support Occupations 2870 $32740 $15.74 3.05
16 Retail Salespersons 2860 $26390 $12.69 3.1
17 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 2730 $29750 $14.3 3.7
18 Cashiers 2530 $20860 $10.03 2.25
19 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 2430 $43820 $21.07 3.8
20 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 2360 $68400 $32.88 2.8
21 Office Clerks, General 2240 $37380 $17.97 2
22 Waiters and Waitresses 2130 $18980 $9.13 1.6
23 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 2120 $20380 $9.8 2.15
24 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 2060 $59580 $28.65 0.9
25 Customer Service Representatives 1710 $35040 $16.85 1.75
26 Protective Service Occupations 1430 $42520 $20.44 2.25
27 Community and Social Service Occupations 1360 $49760 $23.92 1.65
28 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1360 $28400 $13.66 1.6
29 Personal Care Aides 1250 $23140 $11.12 1.3
30 General and Operations Managers 1240 $88170 $42.39 1.4
31 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 1230 $24520 $11.79 1.6
32 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 1130 $38810 $18.66 1.6
33 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 1080 $27360 $13.15 1.2
34 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 1080 $48290 $23.22 1.7
35 Nursing Assistants 1070 $29300 $14.09 1.05
36 Cooks, Restaurant 1020 $22620 $10.87 0.75
37 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 1010 $61490 $29.56 0.7
38 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 920 $48580 $23.35 0.5
39 Software Developers, Applications 880 $71130 $34.2 0.5
40 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 840 $70790 $34.03 1.65
41 Childcare Workers 780 $21420 $10.3 0.8
42 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 780 $34760 $16.71 1.1
43 Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists 770 $63350 $30.46 0.1
44 Team Assemblers 770 $32640 $15.69 0.75
45 Substitute Teachers 760 $26540 $12.76 0
46 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 760 $29940 $14.39 0.6
47 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 730 $27810 $13.37 1
48 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 710 $38430 $18.48 0.9
49 Medical and Health Services Managers 620 $101120 $48.61 0.2
50 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 620 $38370 $18.45 1
51 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 610 $53760 $25.85 1
52 Construction Laborers 600 $36950 $17.76 0.8
53 Bartenders 560 $20190 $9.71 0.4
54 Medical Assistants 520 $35570 $17.1 0.45
55 Carpenters 510 $41510 $19.96 0.6
56 Accountants and Auditors 480 $65010 $31.25 0.9
57 Recreation Workers 480 $26790 $12.88 0.3
58 Medical Records and Health Information Technicians 470 $47090 $22.64 0.1
59 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 460 $62160 $29.89 1
60 Pharmacy Technicians 440 $34720 $16.69 0.25
61 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 430 $36410 $17.51 0.6
62 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 430 $18650 $8.97 0.25
63 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 410 $20120 $9.67 0.3
64 Receptionists and Information Clerks 410 $27790 $13.36 0.7
65 Security Guards 400 $24190 $11.63 0.7
66 Biological Technicians 400 $44180 $21.24 0.1
67 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 370 $34010 $16.35 0.4
68 Medical Secretaries 360 $42600 $20.48 0.4
69 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 360 $27280 $13.12 0.3
70 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 350 $40990 $19.71 0.5
71 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 350 $57880 $27.83 0.4
72 Pharmacists 340 $113460 $54.55 0.2
73 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 340 $24340 $11.7 0.3
74 Insurance Sales Agents 340 $45540 $21.89 0.3
75 Financial Managers 340 $99640 $47.9 0.4
76 Electricians 330 $52020 $25.01 0.4
77 Food Preparation Workers 330 $22020 $10.59 0.6
78 Billing and Posting Clerks 320 $41920 $20.15 0.35
79 Computer Network Support Specialists 320 $55490 $26.68 0.1
80 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 320 $30490 $14.66 0.8
81 Driver/Sales Workers 310 $20200 $9.71 0.3
82 Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers 310 $42430 $20.4 0.1
83 Legal Occupations 300 $73040 $35.11 0.8
84 Packers and Packagers, Hand 300 $24470 $11.76 0.45
85 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 300 $33010 $15.87 0.35
86 Human Resources Specialists 300 $55940 $26.89 0.3
87 Tellers 290 $24090 $11.58 0.3
88 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 280 $59820 $28.76 0.45
89 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 270 $71720 $34.48 0.3
90 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 270 $56320 $27.08 0.4
91 Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 270 $225760 $108.54 0.2
92 Computer Systems Analysts 270 $75880 $36.48 0.4
93 Counter and Rental Clerks 270 $22710 $10.92 0.3
94 Dental Assistants 270 $39970 $19.22 0.2
95 Home Health Aides 270 $24450 $11.76 0.7
96 Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors 270 $56830 $27.32 0.2
97 Food Service Managers 270 $41410 $19.91 0.2
98 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians 250 $43310 $20.82 0.1
99 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 250 $47010 $22.6 0.2
100 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 240 $51680 $24.85 0.35
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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
All Occupations 47,450 90,630
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 36,720 12,950
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 21,710 9,340
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 79,910 8,280
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 73,170 8,050
Sales and Related Occupations 30,400 7,950
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 35,180 6,260
Production Occupations 35,500 5,050
Management Occupations 92,800 4,700
Personal Care and Service Occupations 25,410 3,780
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 62,940 3,480
Registered Nurses 63,680 3,470
Construction and Extraction Occupations 44,790 3,220
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 42,270 2,970
Healthcare Support Occupations 32,740 2,870
Retail Salespersons 26,390 2,860
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 29,750 2,730
Cashiers 20,860 2,530
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 43,820 2,430
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 68,400 2,360
Office Clerks, General 37,380 2,240
Waiters and Waitresses 18,980 2,130
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 20,380 2,120
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 59,580 2,060
Customer Service Representatives 35,040 1,710
Protective Service Occupations 42,520 1,430
Community and Social Service Occupations 49,760 1,360
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 28,400 1,360
Personal Care Aides 23,140 1,250
General and Operations Managers 88,170 1,240
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 24,520 1,230
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 38,810 1,130
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 27,360 1,080
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 48,290 1,080
Nursing Assistants 29,300 1,070
Cooks, Restaurant 22,620 1,020
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 61,490 1,010
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 48,580 920
Software Developers, Applications 71,130 880
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 70,790 840
Childcare Workers 21,420 780
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 34,760 780
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists 63,350 770
Team Assemblers 32,640 770
Substitute Teachers 26,540 760
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 29,940 760
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 27,810 730
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 38,430 710
Medical and Health Services Managers 101,120 620
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 38,370 620

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 Local Jobs
All Occupations 47,450 90,630
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 36,720 12,950
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 79,910 8,280
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 73,170 8,050
Sales and Related Occupations 30,400 7,950
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 35,180 6,260
Production Occupations 35,500 5,050
Management Occupations 92,800 4,700
Personal Care and Service Occupations 25,410 3,780
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 62,940 3,480
Registered Nurses 63,680 3,470
Construction and Extraction Occupations 44,790 3,220
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 42,270 2,970
Healthcare Support Occupations 32,740 2,870
Retail Salespersons 26,390 2,860
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 29,750 2,730
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 43,820 2,430
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 68,400 2,360
Office Clerks, General 37,380 2,240
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 59,580 2,060
Customer Service Representatives 35,040 1,710
Protective Service Occupations 42,520 1,430
Community and Social Service Occupations 49,760 1,360
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 28,400 1,360
General and Operations Managers 88,170 1,240
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 38,810 1,130
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 27,360 1,080
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 48,290 1,080
Nursing Assistants 29,300 1,070
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 61,490 1,010
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 48,580 920
Software Developers, Applications 71,130 880
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 70,790 840
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 34,760 780
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists 63,350 770
Team Assemblers 32,640 770
Substitute Teachers 26,540 760
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 29,940 760
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 27,810 730
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 38,430 710
Medical and Health Services Managers 101,120 620
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 38,370 620
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 53,760 610
Construction Laborers 36,950 600
Medical Assistants 35,570 520
Carpenters 41,510 510
Accountants and Auditors 65,010 480
Recreation Workers 26,790 480
Medical Records and Health Information Technicians 47,090 470
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 62,160 460

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