Affordable Workforce

Buchanan County, Iowa is a great location for business and industries, their employees and their families. This part of the Cedar Valley Region houses a population of over 20,000 people and has a potential labor force of over 209,000 workers from a six county area.

The Buchanan County manufacturing sector continues to expand.  This sector has grown over the past few years with local industries continuing to expand both their physical plants as well as adding additional employees.  These local industries have rich ties to their community and see them as a positive place to do business as they continue to grow right here in Buchanan County .

Many opportunities await both employers and those seeking employment within the Buchanan County, Iowa area. These opportunities, partnered with a highly educated and motivated workforce, has attracted Fortune 500 companies such as Tyson to locate operations in Buchanan County as well.

In Buchanan County, the average hourly wage across all industries in 2019 was $20.80/hour. In the highest employment sector, manufacturing, the average wage is $16.32/hour with a welder with experience on average making $20.46/hour and an assembler making on average $17.03/hour.

Buchanan County and Cedar Valley Regional Data:

Executive Summary 2019 Laborshed Report Buchanan County

Cedar Valley Regional Executive Summary 2019

Cedar Valley Regional Workforce Needs Assessment 2017

Cedar Valley Region Wage report 2018

For additional workforce related information, visit Workforce Solutions

To view available jobs in Buchanan County, Iowa and the Cedar Valley Regional, visit Employment Opportunities

The following industry sector reports provides data on number’s employed, wage and benefits, workplace flexibility, skills and education:

Advanced Manufacturing 2019         Agriculture 2019          Biotech 2019              Financial Services 2019           Food Processing 2019      Health Care 2019

Skilled Trades 2019                             Information Technology 2019

Researched based information: 

Education based on age 25-64 for Buchanan County, Iowa 
Total In labor force Employed Unemployment rate
Population 25-64 11,500 82.9% 80.3% 2.6%
High school graduate (includes equivalency) 4,188 83.4% 80.9% 2.5%
Some college or associate’s degree 3,730 83.3% 80.5% 2.7%
Bachelor’s degree or higher 2,055 88.7% 87.8% 0.9%


Quick Look
Employees 640
Employers with over 150 employees 8
Per capita income $ 31,495
Median household income $ 61,409
Mean household income $ 79,904
Average wage per job $ 32,895
Median age 38.7 years
High school graduation rate 94.1%
Some college 20.9%
Degree 20.6%
Advanced Degree 5.6%