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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

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 88420 $41450 $19.93 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 13330 $33990 $16.34 14.8
3 Production Occupations 11510 $35980 $17.3 5.85
4 Sales and Related Occupations 9040 $32430 $15.59 10.15
5 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 7750 $20370 $9.79 8.3
6 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 7050 $35340 $16.99 6.45
7 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 5740 $51430 $24.73 6.15
8 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 5020 $70050 $33.68 5.75
9 Management Occupations 4510 $88470 $42.54 6.05
10 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 3620 $44130 $21.22 3.8
11 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 3120 $59350 $28.54 5.05
12 Construction and Extraction Occupations 3030 $43160 $20.75 4.4
13 Cashiers 2760 $20470 $9.84 2.25
14 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 2730 $26660 $12.82 3.7
15 Retail Salespersons 2700 $24810 $11.93 3.1
16 Personal Care and Service Occupations 2630 $22980 $11.05 4.1
17 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 2460 $18710 $9 2.15
18 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 2380 $32280 $15.52 1.6
19 Healthcare Support Occupations 2320 $29440 $14.15 3.05
20 Registered Nurses 2000 $54470 $26.19 1.9
21 Office Clerks, General 1810 $34670 $16.67 2
22 Customer Service Representatives 1690 $31990 $15.38 1.75
23 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 1680 $42190 $20.28 1.2
24 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1500 $26500 $12.74 1.6
25 Waiters and Waitresses 1460 $19600 $9.43 1.6
26 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 1430 $71580 $34.41 1.65
27 General and Operations Managers 1340 $91560 $44.02 1.4
28 Community and Social Service Occupations 1250 $40310 $19.38 1.65
29 Protective Service Occupations 1230 $38280 $18.4 2.25
30 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 1210 $67230 $32.32 2.8
31 Team Assemblers 1140 $36540 $17.57 0.75
32 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 1110 $33370 $16.05 1.6
33 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 1080 $27310 $13.13 1.2
34 Nursing Assistants 1030 $27160 $13.06 1.05
35 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 1010 $33050 $15.89 1.1
36 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 960 $37190 $17.88 1.7
37 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 860 $39840 $19.16 0.9
38 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 810 $63300 $30.43 1
39 Bill and Account Collectors 740 $29590 $14.23 0.2
40 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 730 $39260 $18.88 0.3
41 Personal Care Aides 730 $22570 $10.85 1.3
42 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 710 $62990 $30.28 0.4
43 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 700 $35430 $17.03 1
44 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 660 $51670 $24.84 1
45 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 660 $33650 $16.18 0.35
46 Cooks, Restaurant 650 $21000 $10.1 0.75
47 Tellers 620 $24220 $11.65 0.3
48 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 620 $22210 $10.68 1
49 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 580 $39540 $19.01 0.3
50 Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other 550 $33530 $16.12 0.2
51 Childcare Workers 540 $19130 $9.2 0.8
52 Accountants and Auditors 530 $60400 $29.04 0.9
53 Construction Laborers 510 $33650 $16.18 0.8
54 Bartenders 490 $17500 $8.41 0.4
55 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 480 $32720 $15.73 0.6
56 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 480 $36530 $17.56 0.5
57 Receptionists and Information Clerks 480 $26520 $12.75 0.7
58 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 460 $62750 $30.17 0.7
59 Mechanical Engineers 460 $75230 $36.17 0.2
60 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 450 $33860 $16.28 0.4
61 Home Health Aides 450 $25000 $12.02 0.7
62 Legal Occupations 440 $71500 $34.37 0.8
63 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 440 $25560 $12.29 0.3
64 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 430 $20230 $9.73 0.3
65 Insurance Sales Agents 430 $45090 $21.68 0.3
66 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 430 $44170 $21.24 0.5
67 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 430 $27240 $13.1 0.8
68 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 420 $30260 $14.55 0.6
69 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 410 $39270 $18.88 0.5
70 Industrial Machinery Mechanics 410 $50280 $24.17 0.2
71 Social and Human Service Assistants 400 $27240 $13.1 0.3
72 Financial Managers 390 $102300 $49.18 0.4
73 Electricians 380 $48110 $23.13 0.4
74 Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters 370 $30160 $14.5 0.1
75 Industrial Engineers 370 $76610 $36.83 0.2
76 Medical Secretaries 360 $34620 $16.65 0.4
77 Medical and Health Services Managers 350 $83170 $39.99 0.2
78 Food Preparation Workers 330 $22100 $10.62 0.6
79 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 330 $52960 $25.46 0.2
80 Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists 330 $41360 $19.88 0.2
81 Carpenters 310 $37360 $17.96 0.6
82 Counter and Rental Clerks 300 $21490 $10.33 0.3
83 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 300 $58560 $28.16 0.9
84 Substitute Teachers 300 $32120 $15.44 0
85 Machinists 300 $42530 $20.45 0.3
86 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 300 $52670 $25.32 0.45
87 Billing and Posting Clerks 290 $32750 $15.75 0.35
88 Pharmacy Technicians 280 $29720 $14.29 0.25
89 Security Guards 280 $27220 $13.09 0.7
90 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 280 $49630 $23.86 0.6
91 Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 270 $32900 $15.82 0.1
92 Medical Assistants 270 $31830 $15.3 0.45
93 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 270 $64810 $31.16 0.4
94 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 260 $18380 $8.84 0.25
95 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 260 $63760 $30.66 0.3
96 Packers and Packagers, Hand 260 $29220 $14.05 0.45
97 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 260 $46460 $22.34 0.3
98 Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks 260 $20610 $9.91 0.2
99 Amusement and Recreation Attendants 240 $18530 $8.91 0.2
100 Computer Systems Analysts 230 $75530 $36.31 0.4
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Jobs More Common Near Waterloo Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 41,450 88,420
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 33,990 13,330
Production Occupations 35,980 11,510
Sales and Related Occupations 32,430 9,040
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 20,370 7,750
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 35,340 7,050
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 51,430 5,740
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 70,050 5,020
Management Occupations 88,470 4,510
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 44,130 3,620
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 59,350 3,120
Construction and Extraction Occupations 43,160 3,030
Cashiers 20,470 2,760
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 26,660 2,730
Retail Salespersons 24,810 2,700
Personal Care and Service Occupations 22,980 2,630
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 18,710 2,460
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 32,280 2,380
Healthcare Support Occupations 29,440 2,320
Registered Nurses 54,470 2,000
Office Clerks, General 34,670 1,810
Customer Service Representatives 31,990 1,690
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 42,190 1,680
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 26,500 1,500
Waiters and Waitresses 19,600 1,460
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 71,580 1,430
General and Operations Managers 91,560 1,340
Community and Social Service Occupations 40,310 1,250
Protective Service Occupations 38,280 1,230
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 67,230 1,210
Team Assemblers 36,540 1,140
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 33,370 1,110
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 27,310 1,080
Nursing Assistants 27,160 1,030
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 33,050 1,010
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 37,190 960
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 39,840 860
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 63,300 810
Bill and Account Collectors 29,590 740
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 39,260 730
Personal Care Aides 22,570 730
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 62,990 710
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 35,430 700
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 51,670 660
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 33,650 660
Cooks, Restaurant 21,000 650
Tellers 24,220 620
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 22,210 620
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 39,540 580
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other 33,530 550

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 41,450 88,420
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 33,990 13,330
Production Occupations 35,980 11,510
Sales and Related Occupations 32,430 9,040
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 35,340 7,050
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 51,430 5,740
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 70,050 5,020
Management Occupations 88,470 4,510
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 44,130 3,620
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 59,350 3,120
Construction and Extraction Occupations 43,160 3,030
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 26,660 2,730
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 32,280 2,380
Healthcare Support Occupations 29,440 2,320
Registered Nurses 54,470 2,000
Office Clerks, General 34,670 1,810
Customer Service Representatives 31,990 1,690
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 42,190 1,680
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 26,500 1,500
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 71,580 1,430
General and Operations Managers 91,560 1,340
Community and Social Service Occupations 40,310 1,250
Protective Service Occupations 38,280 1,230
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 67,230 1,210
Team Assemblers 36,540 1,140
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 33,370 1,110
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 27,310 1,080
Nursing Assistants 27,160 1,030
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 33,050 1,010
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 37,190 960
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 39,840 860
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 63,300 810
Bill and Account Collectors 29,590 740
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 39,260 730
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 62,990 710
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 35,430 700
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 51,670 660
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 33,650 660
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 39,540 580
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other 33,530 550
Accountants and Auditors 60,400 530
Construction Laborers 33,650 510
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 32,720 480
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 36,530 480
Receptionists and Information Clerks 26,520 480
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 62,750 460
Mechanical Engineers 75,230 460
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 33,860 450
Legal Occupations 71,500 440
Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 25,560 440

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