Iowa Occupational Statistics

  • Total Employees in the State: 1,541,710
  • 1 Year Change in Employment: -119,420 (-7.2%)
  • Average Annual Pay in the State: $46,154
  • 1 Year Change in Annual Pay: $4,780 (11.6%)

Occupation Categories

There are 1,541,710 employed workers in Iowa. The occupation with the greatest number of workers is Office and Administrative Support Occupations, which employs 217,850 people. This represents 14.1% of all workers in the state. The next 2 occupations that have the most workers are Sales and Related Occupations and Production Occupations, which employ 154,650 and 148,650 respectively.

Occupation Category# Employees% of State
Office and Administrative Support Occupations217,85014.1%
Sales and Related Occupations154,65010.0%
Production Occupations148,6509.6%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations132,4608.6%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations119,9707.8%
Education Training and Library Occupations106,4306.9%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations87,5605.7%
Management Occupations83,8905.4%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations70,2404.6%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations67,2904.4%
Construction and Extraction Occupations66,8404.3%
Personal Care and Service Occupations52,5703.4%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations47,0003.0%
Healthcare Support Occupations40,0402.6%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations36,5302.4%
Protective Service Occupations22,8301.5%
Community and Social Service Occupations21,3701.4%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations20,8301.4%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations19,1401.2%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations12,0200.8%
Legal Occupations7,8700.5%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations5,6800.4%

Occupation Changes Since Last Year

The occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers is Sales and Related Occupations, which currently employs 154,650 people. In the last year, the number of workers has increased from 151,560 an increase of 3,090 or 2.0%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Business and Financial Operations Occupations and Education Training and Library Occupations, which increased 2,680 and 2,260 respectively.

The occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Production Occupations, which currently employs 148,650 people. In the last year, the number of workers has decreased from 153,830 or 3.4%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Office and Administrative Support Occupations and Construction and Extraction Occupations, which decreased 2,240 and 1,360 respectively.


Occupation Changes Since 2009

The occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers, since the recession ended in 2009, is Management Occupations, which currently employs 83,890 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has increased from 56,480 an increase of 27,410 or 48.5%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest change in workers are Personal Care and Service Occupations and Business and Financial Operations Occupations, which increased 17,300 and 12,400 respectively.

The occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Office and Administrative Support Occupations, which currently employs 217,850 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has decreased from 232,600 or 6.3%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Production Occupations and Healthcare Support Occupations, which decreased 7,450 and 6,650 respectively.

Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Personal Care and Service Occupations52,57049.1%
Management Occupations83,89048.5%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations36,53034.4%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations70,24021.4%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations87,56014.2%
Legal Occupations7,87013.2%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations20,83012.6%
Education Training and Library Occupations106,4308.4%
Protective Service Occupations22,8307.1%
Construction and Extraction Occupations66,8406.5%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations67,2906.4%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations19,1406.3%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations119,9703.3%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations132,4602.7%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations47,0000.3%
Sales and Related Occupations154,650-1.5%
Production Occupations148,650-4.8%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations217,850-6.3%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations5,680-6.6%
Community and Social Service Occupations21,370-12.3%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations12,020-12.8%
Healthcare Support Occupations40,040-14.2%


Detailed Occupations

The detailed occupation with the greatest number of workers is Cashiers, which employs 45,450 people. This represents 2.9% of all workers in the state. The next 2 occupations that have the most workers are Retail Salespersons and Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food, which employ 45,080 and 39,190 respectively.

The Top 10 Occupations in Iowa are:
Occupation Category# Employees% of State
Cashiers45,4502.9%
Retail Salespersons45,0802.9%
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers Including Fast Food39,1902.5%
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers38,4702.5%
Registered Nurses33,7702.2%
Customer Service Representatives32,7302.1%
Office Clerks General30,3002.0%
Laborers and Freight Stock and Material Movers Hand27,4801.8%
Janitors and Cleaners Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners24,7301.6%
General and Operations Managers23,5701.5%

Detailed Occupations Since 2009

The detailed occupation with the largest increase in the number of workers is Personal Care Aides, which currently employs 18,520 people. Since 2009, the number of workers has increased from 4,320 an increase of 14,200 or 328.7%. The next 2 detailed occupations that have the next largest change in workers are General and Operations Managers and Customer Service Representatives, which increased 12,860 and 7,510 respectively.

The detailed occupation with the largest decrease in the number of workers is Home Health Aides, which currently employs 3,940 people. In the last year, the number of workers has decreased from 10,620 or 62.9%. The next 2 occupations that have the next largest decreases in workers are Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants and Slaughterers and Meat Packers, which decreased 5,790 and 4,960 respectively.


The Top 10 Detailed Occupations With The Largest Increase Since 2009 are:
Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Logisticians1,860389.5%
Occupational Health and Safety Technicians260333.3%
Personal Care Aides18,520328.7%
Engineers All Other1,960326.1%
Woodworking Machine Setters Operators and Tenders Except Sawing2,280322.2%
Skincare Specialists200300.0%
Audio-Visual and Multimedia Collections Specialists180260.0%
Engineering Technicians Except Drafters All Other1,150248.5%
Human Resources Specialists5,380247.1%
Furniture Finishers370236.4%


The 10 Occupations With The Largest Decrease Since 2009 are:
Occupation Category# Employees% Change
Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters Operators and Tenders Metal and Plastic130-84.7%
Funeral Service Managers80-83.7%
Gas Plant Operators70-82.1%
Furnace Kiln Oven Drier and Kettle Operators and Tenders90-80.9%
Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators240-80.8%
Computer Operators330-75.7%
Patternmakers Metal and Plastic60-75.0%
Graduate Teaching Assistants160-74.6%
Electric Motor Power Tool and Related Repairers90-74.3%
Switchboard Operators Including Answering Service320-74.2%

Occupation Pay

The occupation with the highest annual pay is Management Occupations, which pays an average of $100,560 per year. This represents 117.9% above the state average pay. The next 2 occupations that have the highest average pay are Computer and Mathematical Occupations and Legal Occupations, which pay $78,720 and $76,040 per year, respectively.

Occupation CategoryAvg Payvs State Avg
Management Occupations$100,560217.9%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$78,720170.6%
Legal Occupations$76,040164.8%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$73,450159.1%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$72,640157.4%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$65,810142.6%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations$61,580133.4%
Education Training and Library Occupations$52,360113.4%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations$47,200102.3%
Construction and Extraction Occupations$46,670101.1%
Community and Social Service Occupations$45,21098.0%
Protective Service Occupations$44,52096.5%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations$41,03088.9%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$38,32083.0%
Production Occupations$38,24082.9%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$37,52081.3%
Sales and Related Occupations$36,04078.1%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations$35,27076.4%
Healthcare Support Occupations$32,21069.8%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$28,61062.0%
Personal Care and Service Occupations$26,43057.3%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$23,02049.9%

Occupation Pay Changes Since 2009

The occupation with the largest increase in the average annual pay, since the recession ended in 2009, is Management Occupations, which currently pays an average of $100,560 per year. Since 2009, pay has increased from $84,490 an increase of $16,070 or 19.0%. The next 2 occupations that pay the most to their workers are Computer and Mathematical Occupations and Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations, which increased $15,270 and $14,670 respectively.

Occupation CategoryAnnual $% Change
Healthcare Support Occupations$32,21025.7%
Farming Fishing and Forestry Occupations$35,27025.5%
Education Training and Library Occupations$52,36025.3%
Community and Social Service Occupations$45,21025.2%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$73,45025.0%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$37,52024.7%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$78,72024.1%
Protective Service Occupations$44,52021.4%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$38,32021.3%
Installation Maintenance and Repair Occupations$47,20020.6%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$28,61020.6%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$65,81020.1%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$23,02019.2%
Construction and Extraction Occupations$46,67019.1%
Management Occupations$100,56019.0%
Production Occupations$38,24019.0%
Personal Care and Service Occupations$26,43015.6%
Life Physical and Social Science Occupations$61,58015.2%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$72,64013.9%
Sales and Related Occupations$36,04012.7%
Arts Design Entertainment Sports and Media Occupations$41,03010.7%
Legal Occupations$76,04010.5%


Detailed Occupation Annual Compensation

The detailed occupation that pays their workers the most is Orthodontists, which pays $267,870 per year. This represents 580.4% above the state average of $46,154. The next 2 occupations that pay their workers the most are Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which pay $263,270 and $254,100 respectively.

Highest Paid Occupations

The Top 10 Paying Occupations in Iowa are:
Occupation CategoryAnn'l Pay% of State
Orthodontists$267,870580.4%
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons$263,270570.4%
Obstetricians and Gynecologists$254,100550.6%
Family and General Practitioners$246,670534.5%
Pediatricians General$237,030513.6%
Surgeons$231,450501.5%
Physicians and Surgeons All Other$219,300475.2%
Psychiatrists$211,870459.1%
Chief Executives$211,560458.4%
Internists General$211,250457.7%

Lowest Paid Occupations

The 10 Lowest Paying Occupations in Iowa are:
Occupation CategoryAnn'l Pay% of State
Motion Picture Projectionists$18,39039.8%
Locker Room Coatroom and Dressing Room Attendants$18,64040.4%
Gaming Dealers$19,04041.3%
Dishwashers$19,90043.1%
Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers$20,00043.3%
Hosts and Hostesses Restaurant Lounge and Coffee Shop$20,01043.4%
Ushers Lobby Attendants and Ticket Takers$20,11043.6%
Lifeguards Ski Patrol and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers$20,33044.0%
Cooks Fast Food$20,50044.4%
Amusement and Recreation Attendants$20,88045.2%



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