Iowa Business Analytics Salary

The Iowa economy neared $200 billion of total value in 2018, and the state’s gross domestic product has risen every year for the past nine consecutive years. Since the depths of the Great Recession, Iowa’s GDP has added nearly 40% in value.

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More than 80,000 employer firms are in operation across the state, and about 1.6 million people are employed in a diverse array of industries. Outside of farming, the trade, transportation and utilities sector is the largest in Iowa, accounting for almost 1 in 5 jobs. That’s followed by government at 16.4% and education and health services at 15%.

A total of six Fortune 1,000 companies have their headquarters in Iowa, and the state drew about $6 million in startup investment during the third quarter of 2019 alone. These conditions combine to make Iowa an ideal place for professionals working in the business analytics space.

What possible jobs can such professionals find here in Iowa, what educational opportunities exist, and what are some examples of possible employers?

Business Analytics Salaries in Iowa

Before we can dig into the data on salaries and employment, we first must explore some of the possible jobs that fall under the business analytics umbrella. The possibilities are broad, and there are jobs available for very different types of workers. For those who are mathematically inclined, jobs like Quantitative Modeler may be ideal, but for people with more of a footing in traditional business operations, Management Consultant roles may be better.

Here’s a look at some of the possible business analytics job titles that exist here in Iowa:

  • Data Scientist
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Management Consultant
  • Insights Analyst
  • Business Intelligence Specialist
  • Financial Analyst
  • Budget Analyst
  • Research Executive
  • Decision Engineer
  • Operations Research Analyst
  • Marketing Engagement Analyst
  • Quantitative Modeler

What can professionals expect to earn in the business analytics space in Iowa? Because the list of possible jobs is so long, we’ll take five specific job titles and analyze data from the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics to create a general outline of the state of business analytics employment in Iowa.

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Four of the five business analytics jobs we studied have lower wages in Iowa than in the U.S. as a whole. The exception is Operations Research Analyst, and Iowa’s wage is only a few hundred dollars higher than the overall U.S. median. However, all five roles have much higher typical salaries than the median wage in Iowa, which is just over $37,000.

Median annual wage, Iowa vs. U.S.

Job TitleIowaU.S.
Budget Analyst$72,550$76,220
Financial Analyst$73,710$85,660
Management Analyst$74,600$83,610
Market Research Analyst$54,090$63,120
Operations Research Analyst$83,690$83,390

In addition to beating the overall U.S. median for Operations Research Analyst salaries, Iowa’s wage for that job is among the highest in the country, putting Iowa at No. 18 nationally.

Median annual wage, Operations Research Analyst, top 20

District of Columbia$109,910
New Jersey$101,540
New Hampshire$93,170
New York$92,310
Rhode Island$90,350
New Mexico$83,170

Not only are business analytics jobs better-paying than most other occupations in Iowa, demand for all five of the jobs we studied is growing, and in some cases, Iowa ranks among the national leaders. For instance, Iowa is No. 7 for the long-term growth rate projected in Operations Research Analyst job openings.

Operations Research Analyst long-term job opening growth rate, top 10

South Dakota50.0%
North Dakota38.5%
South Carolina37.6%

With the exception of short-term growth in Budget Analyst jobs, which was not available, all jobs will see demand rise steadily over the next year and several years beyond that, and for four of the five jobs, long-term growth will be quite high.

Iowa job opening growth rate, short- and long-term

Job TitleShort-termLong-term
Budget Analyst3.3%
Financial Analyst2.5%17.9%
Management Analyst2.3%18.3%
Market Research Analyst3.8%25.2%
Operations Research Analyst6.9%39.7%

Note: Short-term 2016-2020; long-term 2016-2026

Typical business analytics salaries vary across the state, but in the case of all five jobs we studied, at least one major city or metro area in Iowa offers wages that are higher than the overall state median.

Median annual wage, Iowa vs. select cities

Job TitleIowaCedar RapidsDavenportDes Moines
Budget Analyst$72,550$81,430$79,460
Financial Analyst$73,710$75,610$79,690$76,840
Management Analyst$74,600$76,490$80,620$78,540
Market Research Analyst$54,090$50,580$48,990$62,460
Operations Research Analyst$83,690$71,600$98,850$85,700

Iowa Business Analytics Degree Programs

The state of business education in Iowa is strong, with many different educational opportunities in the cutting-edge and innovative field of business analytics.

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Here’s a look at some of the colleges and universities in Iowa that offer degrees in the field:

Business Analytics Degree Jobs in Iowa

To this point, we’ve looked at federal data on salaries and employment for a select few business analytics job titles, and we’ve looked at some educational opportunities for business analytics students here in Iowa. So where are all the jobs? To understand that, we dug through thousands of job postings in Iowa in late 2019.

Here are just a handful of the many examples of real-world employers who were looking to hire business analytics professionals in December 2019:

  • Grinnell Mutual
  • Guardian Life Insurance Co.
  • Global Atlantic Financial Group
  • University of Iowa
  • Heartland Financial USA
  • MidAmerican Energy
  • Wells Fargo Bank
  • Pella Corp.
  • Flexsteel Industries
  • State of Iowa
  • Casey’s General Stores
  • S. Bank
  • Dart
  • Fremont Area Medical Center
  • Kreg Tool Co.
  • Nationwide
  • Lee Enterprises
  • GoDaddy
  • National Hockey League
  • City of Dubuque
  • Mercy College


Regardless of the specific role, the future looks to remain bright for people with a passion for and education in business analytics, here in Iowa and across the world. That’s due in part to the fact that every single organization that aims to use data to guide decision-making requires the expertise of people who can crunch the numbers.