Des Moines employment information

IndexDes MoinesIowaNational
Income per capita$25,437$28,872$29,829
Median household income$48,088$54,570$55,322
Median income owner occupied$62,227$66,527$70,586
Median income renter occupied$30,436$30,828$35,192
Median earnings male$32,100$37,409$36,919
Median earnings female$25,228$25,115$26,250
Unemployment rate5.0%3.1%4.7%
Poverty level19.0%12.3%15.1%
The Des Moines, IA employment information can be a key indicator when searching for a new job. A good indicator of the strength of the job market is the income per capita and the median household income. The income per capita in Des Moines is $25,437, which is 12% lower than than the Iowa average and 15% lower than than the national average. The median household income is $48,088, which is 12% lower than than the Iowa average and 13% lower than than the national average. The unemployment rate in Des Moines is 5%, which is 7% higher than than the national average. The poverty rate in Des Moines is 19% which is 26% higher than than the national average.
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am i middle class

$Input your household income
$32,055$48,088$96,176
City
$36,376$54,570$109,140
State
$36,877$55,322$110,644
Nation
According to the PEW research center, the middle class is defined as a range from two thirds (2/3) of the median household income to a multiple of two (2) times the median household income. Displayed above are the city, state and national median household income averages. Simply enter your median household income to determine if your income falls into the middle class or if your household income is considered upper or lower class.

Did you know?

  • The income per capita in Des Moines is 15% lower than the national average.
  • The median household income in Des Moines is 13% lower than the national average.
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings.
  • The unemployment rate in Des Moines is 7% higher than the national average.
  • The poverty level in Des Moines is 26% higher than the national average.

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Des Moines median earnings by income bracket

Des Moines employment by industry

Labour TypeMaleFemale
Construction industry12.1%1.1%
Manufacturing sector14.9%0.9%
Financial & insurance services8.2%14.6%
Wholesale & retail services16.0%12.8%
Public administration3.1%3.8%
Transportation, warehousing & utilities6.6%2.4%
Education, health & social services10.0%30.0%
Other26.9%27.4%

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Polk City, IA4,115$90,21663%
Grimes, IA10,422$83,12550%
Des Moines, IA212,859$48,08813%

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Birmingham, AL212,424$32,40441%
Spokane, WA212,078$43,27422%
San Bernardino, CA214,581$38,45630%
Rochester, NY210,291$31,68443%
Richmond, VA216,773$41,18726%
Des Moines, IA212,859$48,08813%
Source: The Des Moines, IA employment data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).