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Waterloo Employment

Employment and Industries in the Waterloo, Iowa Area

Waterloo is a center for agriculture and agri-based manufacturing companies. Waterloo includes meat packing plants and tractor and farm equipment manufacturing facilities. Waterloo's top employment sectors include healthcare, education, manufacturing, finance and insurance, social assistance and food.

About 25% of the labor force is found in sales and office jobs. About 23% of the employees in Waterloo work in production, transportation and material moving occupations. Approximately 21% of the workforce is found in management, professional and related occupations. The city also has numerous metal and plastic workers.

The Cedar Valley Tech Works project has been designed to create a prominent bio-product cluster for the Waterloo-Cedar Falls region. The development of a central campus which connects manufacturers, producers, consumers and students has an objective of creating more jobs for the region and creating new biotechnology companies.

Some of the more popular jobs filled by those with a college degree are registered nurses, teachers, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives; child, family and school social workers; industrial engineers, medical and health services managers; advertising sales agents and financial managers.

The following is a list of the largest employers in Waterloo Iowa:

  • John Deere Waterloo Operations
  • Covenant Medical Center
  • Tyson Fresh Meats
  • University of Northern Iowa
  • Allen Memorial Hospital
  • Waterloo Community Schools
  • Bertch Cabinet Manufacturing
  • Omega Cabinet Ltd
  • HyVee Food Stores
  • Walmart
  • Hawkeye Community College
  • GMAC Mortgage
  • Area 267 Education Agency
  • Black Hawk County
  • Target Regional Distribution Center
  • The CBE Group Inc
  • City of Waterloo
  • Viking Pump
  • Cedar Valley Medical Specialists
  • Martin Brothers Distributing
  • Western Home Communities
  • Van G. Miller & Associates, Inc

Notable information about Waterloo Iowa: In 2008 the cost of living index was at 78.3. Regarding the adult population in Waterloo, approximately 19% have earned a bachelor's degree or better. In 2009 the average salary in Waterloo was $31,000.

Waterloo companies have opportunities to collaborate with helpful organizations such as:

WCFcourier.com is a good resource for those seeking to keep current with local business and industry news.

Jobs in Waterloo

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations88160$41,820$20.11100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations12680$34,640$16.6514.35
3Production Occupations12240$36,360$17.485.7
4Sales and Related Occupations9010$32,200$15.489.9
5Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations7660$21,390$10.288.55
6Transportation and Material Moving Occupations6920$37,240$17.96.55
7Education, Training, and Library Occupations5770$50,590$24.326.05
8Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations5130$72,770$34.995.8
9Management Occupations4310$91,040$43.776.15
10Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations3900$45,380$21.823.8
11Personal Care and Service Occupations3070$23,950$11.514.3
12Construction and Extraction Occupations3060$45,010$21.644.45
13Business and Financial Operations Occupations2880$58,990$28.365.25
14Cashiers2870$20,960$10.082.2
15Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations2620$26,860$12.913.65
16Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand2510$34,080$16.381.7
17Retail Salespersons2510$23,360$11.232.85
18Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food2500$19,430$9.342.3
19Healthcare Support Occupations2230$30,840$14.833
20Customer Service Representatives2060$32,010$15.391.75
21Registered Nurses1940$55,140$26.511.95
22Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers1740$43,230$20.791.2
23Office Clerks, General1710$35,470$17.051.9
24Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers1530$35,100$16.880
25Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1380$26,440$12.711.55
26Computer and Mathematical Occupations1340$66,130$31.792.9
27Waiters and Waitresses1330$20,510$9.861.7
28Community and Social Service Occupations1260$40,640$19.541.65
29Protective Service Occupations1220$38,110$18.322.2
30Stock Clerks and Order Fillers1220$28,110$13.521.3
31General and Operations Managers1200$98,930$47.561.5
32Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations1120$37,700$18.121.8
33Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive1110$34,110$16.41.5
34Personal Care Aides1050$23,220$11.161.5
35Nursing Assistants1040$27,950$13.441
36Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks890$34,250$16.471.05
37Architecture and Engineering Occupations870$66,960$32.191.7
38Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products870$65,450$31.470.9
39Maintenance and Repair Workers, General850$40,830$19.630.9
40Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers840$39,790$19.130.3
41Childcare Workers710$19,780$9.510.8
42Cooks, Restaurant710$22,080$10.610.8
43First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers700$34,270$16.481
44First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers670$52,350$25.170.95
45First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers620$59,940$28.820.4
46Construction Laborers550$34,670$16.670.8
47Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics540$38,540$18.530.5
48Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners540$22,730$10.930.9
49Tellers520$25,830$12.420.3
50Bartenders510$18,890$9.080.4
51Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers510$32,780$15.760.6
52Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators480$35,720$17.170.35
53Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers480$26,820$12.890.8
54Legal Occupations480$69,560$33.440.8
55First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers460$32,210$15.490.6
56Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers440$38,250$18.390.3
57Industrial Machinery Mechanics430$50,710$24.380.2
58Insurance Sales Agents420$52,580$25.280.3
59Accountants and Auditors410$53,970$25.950.9
60Receptionists and Information Clerks410$27,310$13.130.7
61Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters400$31,270$15.030.1
62Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators400$55,050$26.470.2
63Substitute Teachers400$29,470$14.170
64Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria390$27,540$13.240.3
65Financial Managers390$103,150$49.590.4
66Food Preparation Workers390$21,950$10.550.6
67Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop380$21,670$10.420.3
68Security Guards380$27,720$13.330.7
69Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks380$34,800$16.730.4
70Counter and Rental Clerks370$20,740$9.970.3
71Electricians370$47,990$23.070.4
72Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses370$40,470$19.460.5
73Machinists370$41,410$19.910.25
74Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists360$41,840$20.120.2
75Business Operations Specialists, All Other360$61,850$29.740.7
76Medical Secretaries310$33,210$15.970.4
77Carpenters300$40,180$19.320.7
78First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers300$63,430$30.50.3
79First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors300$61,090$29.370
80Home Health Aides300$25,500$12.260.7
81Pharmacy Technicians300$30,700$14.760.3
82Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants290$48,070$23.110.35
83First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers280$68,470$32.920.4
84Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers270$53,520$25.730.4
85Education Administrators, Postsecondary260$89,140$42.860.1
86Human Resources Specialists260$50,110$24.090.35
87Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations260$57,800$27.790.8
88Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters260$46,290$22.250.3
89Computer Systems Analysts250$76,690$36.870.4
90Billing and Posting Clerks240$33,580$16.140.3
91Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment240$23,810$11.450.2
92Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders230$34,010$16.350.1
93Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop230$18,560$8.930.3
94Paralegals and Legal Assistants230$37,000$17.790.2
95Computer User Support Specialists220$47,830$230.4
96Dental Assistants220$37,870$18.210.2
97Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks220$20,160$9.690.2
98Packers and Packagers, Hand220$33,090$15.910.45
99Sales Representatives, Services, All Other220$47,910$23.030.6
100Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers210$19,220$9.240.1
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Jobs More Common Near Waterloo Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$41,82088,160
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$34,64012,680
Production Occupations$36,36012,240
Sales and Related Occupations$32,2009,010
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$21,3907,660
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$37,2406,920
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$50,5905,770
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$72,7705,130
Management Occupations$91,0404,310
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$45,3803,900
Personal Care and Service Occupations$23,9503,070
Construction and Extraction Occupations$45,0103,060
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$58,9902,880
Cashiers$20,9602,870
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$26,8602,620
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$34,0802,510
Retail Salespersons$23,3602,510
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$19,4302,500
Healthcare Support Occupations$30,8402,230
Customer Service Representatives$32,0102,060
Registered Nurses$55,1401,940
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$43,2301,740
Office Clerks, General$35,4701,710
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$35,1001,530
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$26,4401,380
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$66,1301,340
Waiters and Waitresses$20,5101,330
Community and Social Service Occupations$40,6401,260
Protective Service Occupations$38,1101,220
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$28,1101,220
General and Operations Managers$98,9301,200
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$37,7001,120
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$34,1101,110
Personal Care Aides$23,2201,050
Nursing Assistants$27,9501,040
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$34,250890
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$66,960870
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$65,450870
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$40,830850
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers$39,790840
Childcare Workers$19,780710
Cooks, Restaurant$22,080710
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$34,270700
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$52,350670
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$59,940620
Construction Laborers$34,670550
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$38,540540
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$22,730540
Tellers$25,830520
Bartenders$18,890510

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$41,82088,160
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$34,64012,680
Production Occupations$36,36012,240
Sales and Related Occupations$32,2009,010
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$37,2406,920
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$50,5905,770
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$72,7705,130
Management Occupations$91,0404,310
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$45,3803,900
Construction and Extraction Occupations$45,0103,060
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$58,9902,880
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$26,8602,620
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$34,0802,510
Healthcare Support Occupations$30,8402,230
Customer Service Representatives$32,0102,060
Registered Nurses$55,1401,940
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$43,2301,740
Office Clerks, General$35,4701,710
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$35,1001,530
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$26,4401,380
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$66,1301,340
Community and Social Service Occupations$40,6401,260
Protective Service Occupations$38,1101,220
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$28,1101,220
General and Operations Managers$98,9301,200
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$37,7001,120
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$34,1101,110
Nursing Assistants$27,9501,040
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$34,250890
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$66,960870
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$65,450870
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$40,830850
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers$39,790840
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$34,270700
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$52,350670
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$59,940620
Construction Laborers$34,670550
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$38,540540
Tellers$25,830520
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$32,780510
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$35,720480
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$26,820480
Legal Occupations$69,560480
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$32,210460
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers$38,250440
Industrial Machinery Mechanics$50,710430
Insurance Sales Agents$52,580420
Accountants and Auditors$53,970410
Receptionists and Information Clerks$27,310410
Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters$31,270400

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