What kind of jobs are there in Des Moines, IA?

The cost of doing business in Des Moines is 15% lower than the national average, making the metro area an attractive place for both major corporations and startups. The region is a center for the insurance industry, with more than 80 insurance companies, including EMC Insurance, Nationwide/Allied Insurance, and Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, maintaining offices here.

Des Moines is also known for jobs in financial services, distribution and logistics, and publishing. Principal Financial Group, Ruan Transportation Management Systems and Meredith Corp. are all headquartered in Des Moines, while Wells Fargo is the largest employer. Those in the health care sector will find opportunities through major hospitals like MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center and UnityPoint Health.

Job Market Index

Index Score: 7.4 /10

How we calculate this.

Des Moines has a healthier job market than similarly sized metro areas.

Average Annual Salary

Des Moines


Unemployment Rate 2019

of people are without a job

1.0% lower than national average

Unemployment Rate Over Time

Data sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Top Industries in Des Moines

Finance and Insurance

Total Employment
Customer Service Representative
Salary: $26.73k - $42.97k

Health Care and Social Assistance

Total Employment
Nursing Aide
Salary: $24.34k - $33.58k

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

Total Employment
Salary: $55.07k - $92.91k