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Top 200 Popular Jobs in Iowa

What professions have the highest employment in Iowa? In this article we show the top 200 jobs that employ the highest number of people in Iowa. We note that the total employment in Iowa is 1,512,740. The most popular job is the retail salesperson profession, which employs 46,810 people (3.09 percent of the total employment in Iowa). The second most common job is the cashier profession which employs 39,470 people (2.61 percent of the total employment). The employment and salary information in Iowa is computed from data published by BLS in May 2015 [1].

Table 1. 200 Most Popular Jobs in Iowa

Job Description # of
Empl. i
% of    
Empl. i
Average
Salary i
1 All Occupations
1,512,740
100.00% $33,100
2 Retail Salespersons
46,810
3.09% $20,990
3 Cashiers
39,470
2.61% $18,410
4 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
37,850
2.50% $17,900
5 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
37,410
2.47% $40,830
6 Registered Nurses
31,860
2.11% $53,220
7 Office Clerks, General
28,970
1.92% $29,820
8 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers
27,860
1.84% $26,420
9 Customer Service Representatives
25,820
1.71% $30,160
10 Waiters and Waitresses
24,330
1.61% $17,910
11 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners
24,010
1.59% $23,410
12 Nursing Assistants
23,590
1.56% $23,980
13 General and Operations Managers
23,050
1.52% $74,140
14 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive
20,540
1.36% $29,950
15 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks
18,820
1.24% $31,940
16 Teacher Assistants
18,730
1.24% $22,400
17 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers
18,630
1.23% $22,340
18 Team Assemblers
17,580
1.16% $31,480
19 Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education
16,470
1.09% $50,410
20 Wholesale and Manufacturing (Except Technical and Scientific Products) Sales Representatives
16,450
1.09% $53,350
21 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General
14,460
0.96% $36,370
22 Personal Care Aides
13,370
0.88% $22,070
23 Restaurant Cooks
12,950
0.86% $19,240
24 Packers and Packagers
12,750
0.84% $19,190
25 Construction Laborers
12,010
0.79% $31,530
26 Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
11,900
0.79% $48,670
27 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers
11,840
0.78% $32,300
28 Other Business Operations Specialists
11,310
0.75% $57,150
29 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants
10,760
0.71% $41,270
30 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners
10,560
0.70% $19,830
31 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers
10,250
0.68% $44,530
32 Accountants and Auditors
9,710
0.64% $55,770
33 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers
9,000
0.59% $28,020
34 Other Production Workers
8,980
0.59% $29,210
35 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers
8,800
0.58% $49,930
36 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers
8,690
0.57% $35,360
37 Receptionists and Information Clerks
8,580
0.57% $26,140
38 Institution and Cafeteria Cooks
8,320
0.55% $22,740
39 Substitute Teachers
8,210
0.54% $27,430
40 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers
8,170
0.54% $25,340
41 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
8,010
0.53% $36,650
42 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders
7,940
0.52% $28,810
43 Tellers
7,640
0.51% $24,810
44 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators
7,600
0.50% $31,590
45 Childcare Workers
7,540
0.50% $18,260
46 Industrial Machinery Mechanics
7,530
0.50% $43,710
47 Applications Software Developers
7,530
0.50% $76,920
48 Electricians
7,460
0.49% $49,960
49 Bartenders
7,430
0.49% $17,990
50 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers
7,140
0.47% $23,960
51 Financial Managers
7,120
0.47% $96,740
52 Carpenters
6,880
0.45% $38,180
53 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
6,640
0.44% $38,090
54 Home Health Aides
6,290
0.42% $22,410
55 Security Guards
6,160
0.41% $26,620
56 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers
6,130
0.41% $34,520
57 School or Special Client Bus Drivers
6,050
0.40% $32,540
58 Food Preparation Workers
5,960
0.39% $18,950
59 Insurance Sales Agents
5,800
0.38% $42,860
60 Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
5,790
0.38% $51,920
61 Other Sales Representatives
5,430
0.36% $47,330
62 Computer Systems Analysts
5,410
0.36% $75,500
63 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators
5,390
0.36% $42,600
64 Other Assemblers and Fabricators
5,360
0.35% $28,470
65 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks
5,290
0.35% $30,530
66 Medical Secretaries
5,220
0.35% $30,790
67 Medical and Health Services Managers
5,100
0.34% $72,580
68 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers
5,070
0.34% $54,870
69 Loan Officers
5,010
0.33% $60,560
70 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers
4,950
0.33% $53,580
71 Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers
4,830
0.32% $27,710
72 Social and Human Service Assistants
4,820
0.32% $27,010
73 Food Processing Workers, All Other
4,780
0.32% $27,210
74 Loan Interviewers and Clerks
4,780
0.32% $34,380
75 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters
4,720
0.31% $44,840
76 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop
4,710
0.31% $18,390
77 Medical Assistants
4,690
0.31% $29,290
78 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers
4,580
0.30% $57,840
79 Telemarketers
4,470
0.30% $22,600
80 Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
4,370
0.29% $32,040
81 Pharmacy Technicians
4,370
0.29% $28,650
82 Coaches and Scouts
4,330
0.29% $18,920
83 Driver/Sales Workers
4,280
0.28% $20,260
84 Billing and Posting Clerks
4,270
0.28% $33,900
85 Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment
4,190
0.28% $22,020
86 Human Resources Specialists
4,150
0.27% $50,340
87 Machinists
4,080
0.27% $36,770
88 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education
4,040
0.27% $24,100
89 Food Service Managers
4,030
0.27% $37,900
90 Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks
4,000
0.26% $35,760
91 Helpers--Production Workers
3,980
0.26% $25,270
92 Network and Computer Systems Administrators
3,830
0.25% $64,130
93 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
3,790
0.25% $51,510
94 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers
3,740
0.25% $46,390
95 Other Postsecondary Teachers
3,740
0.25% $62,500
96 Postal Service Mail Carriers
3,710
0.25% $55,280
97 Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists
3,700
0.24% $38,260
98 Pharmacists
3,640
0.24% $109,350
99 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists
3,620
0.24% $22,150
100 Child, Family, and School Social Workers
3,590
0.24% $39,830
101 Management Analysts
3,580
0.24% $71,960
102 Fast Food Cooks
3,560
0.24% $18,100
103 Slaughterers and Meat Packers
3,540
0.23% $27,030
104 Parts Salespersons
3,510
0.23% $32,030
105 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant
3,470
0.23% $20,140
106 Highway Maintenance Workers
3,450
0.23% $43,150
107 Dishwashers
3,370
0.22% $17,990
108 Construction Managers
3,330
0.22% $65,230
109 Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks
3,270
0.22% $19,370
110 Lawyers
3,270
0.22% $85,480
111 Sales Managers
3,270
0.22% $92,310
112 Correctional Officers and Jailers
3,250
0.21% $49,100
113 Recreation Workers
3,230
0.21% $21,580
114 Computer User Support Specialists
3,190
0.21% $42,830
115 Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic
3,130
0.21% $37,010
116 Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors
3,100
0.20% $21,830
117 All Other Managers
3,080
0.20% $73,320
118 Food Batchmakers
3,050
0.20% $31,920
119 Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers
3,040
0.20% $36,540
120 Computer and Information Systems Managers
3,040
0.20% $113,800
121 Bill and Account Collectors
3,030
0.20% $32,330
122 Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks
3,010
0.20% $42,090
123 Industrial Production Managers
3,010
0.20% $79,100
124 Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators
2,960
0.20% $51,110
125 Dental Assistants
2,920
0.19% $36,250
126 Industrial Engineers
2,910
0.19% $72,270
127 Butchers and Meat Cutters
2,850
0.19% $24,210
128 Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers
2,790
0.18% $35,350
129 Mechanical Engineers
2,790
0.18% $72,570
130 Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
2,720
0.18% $34,670
131 Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors
2,680
0.18% $48,840
132 Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products Sales Representatives
2,670
0.18% $66,010
133 Counter and Rental Clerks
2,650
0.18% $21,260
134 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop
2,640
0.17% $18,080
135 Postsecondary Health Specialties Teachers
2,610
0.17% $117,890
136 Farm Equipment Mechanics and Service Technicians
2,570
0.17% $38,380
137 Training and Development Specialists
2,560
0.17% $50,360
138 Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics
2,530
0.17% $31,380
139 Chief Executives
2,530
0.17% $150,890
140 Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents
2,500
0.17% $50,270
141 Soil and Plant Scientists
2,500
0.17% $65,500
142 Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products
2,490
0.16% $52,950
143 Elementary and Secondary School Education Administrators
2,470
0.16% $90,860
144 Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
2,460
0.16% $35,550
145 Administrative Services Managers
2,430
0.16% $69,150
146 Paralegals and Legal Assistants
2,370
0.16% $45,850
147 First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators
2,360
0.16% $53,400
148 Computer Network Support Specialists
2,360
0.16% $49,820
149 Printing Press Operators
2,340
0.15% $33,620
150 Dental Hygienists
2,300
0.15% $68,610
151 Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
2,280
0.15% $28,570
152 Radiologic Technologists
2,250
0.15% $47,570
153 Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
2,240
0.15% $30,750
154 Other Physicians and Surgeons
2,220
0.15% n/a
155 Order Clerks
2,210
0.15% $35,510
156 Financial Analysts
2,210
0.15% $70,850
157 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers
2,170
0.14% $18,090
158 Amusement and Recreation Attendants
2,150
0.14% $17,970
159 Systems Software Developers
2,150
0.14% $89,550
160 Social and Community Service Managers
2,150
0.14% $48,960
161 Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers
2,110
0.14% $60,290
162 Cost Estimators
2,110
0.14% $54,660
163 Rehabilitation Counselors
2,080
0.14% $29,830
164 Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators
2,050
0.14% $43,160
165 Postsecondary Education Administrators
2,050
0.14% $82,690
166 Agricultural Equipment Operators
1,990
0.13% $33,270
167 Civil Engineers
1,980
0.13% $77,000
168 Other Office and Administrative Support Workers
1,970
0.13% $31,350
169 Mail Clerks and Mail Machine Operators (Except Postal Service)
1,940
0.13% $25,120
170 Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers
1,920
0.13% $21,460
171 Unknown
1,910
0.13% $46,250
172 Medical Records and Health Information Technicians
1,900
0.13% $35,380
173 Graphic Designers
1,900
0.13% $37,140
174 Automotive Body and Related Repairers
1,870
0.12% $35,140
175 First-Line Supervisors of Housekeeping and Janitorial Workers
1,850
0.12% $34,110
176 Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers
1,830
0.12% $60,450
177 Architectural and Engineering Managers
1,830
0.12% $112,450
178 First-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers
1,820
0.12% $58,530
179 Firefighters
1,820
0.12% $41,210
180 Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers
1,810
0.12% $17,780
181 Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs
1,800
0.12% $21,970
182 Physical Therapists
1,800
0.12% $74,710
183 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers
1,780
0.12% $19,460
184 Legal Secretaries
1,750
0.12% $33,510
185 Court, Municipal, and License Clerks
1,740
0.12% $38,090
186 First-Line Supervisors of Personal Service Workers
1,740
0.12% $30,030
187 First-Line Supervisors of Helpers, Laborers, and Material Movers
1,720
0.11% $48,250
188 Other Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers
1,710
0.11% $35,660
189 Dispatchers, Except Police, Fire, and Ambulance
1,700
0.11% $38,740
190 Bakers
1,690
0.11% $23,720
191 Kindergarten and Elementary School Special Education Teachers
1,690
0.11% $49,300
192 Short Order Cooks
1,670
0.11% $19,720
193 Grinding/Lapping/Polishing/Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Pla
1,660
0.11% $30,080
194 Computer Programmers
1,650
0.11% $68,120
195 Compliance Officers
1,650
0.11% $58,180
196 Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers
1,640
0.11% $28,440
197 Advertising Sales Agents
1,640
0.11% $38,270
198 Public Relations Specialists
1,620
0.11% $51,940
199 Interviewers, Except Eligibility and Loan
1,610
0.11% $27,430
200 Property, Real Estate Managers
1,600
0.11% $40,230

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