Analysis of occupational licensing burdens ranks Iowa No. 37


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Iowa ranked 37th among U.S. states that have burdensome licensing laws for lower-income jobs, according to a report by the Institute for Justice (IJ).

Iowa requires an occupational license for 71 out of 102 lower-income jobs studied in the IJ analysis, making it the 12th “most broadly and onerously licensed state.” The report says licensed workers pay an average of $178 in fees and lose an average of 288 days to education, experience, and usually about one exam.

How do the burdens of getting an occupational license compare in Iowa?

Iowa occupational licensing requirements

Burden RankOccupationStates LicensedFeesEstimated Calendar Days LostEducationExperienceExams
1HVAC Contractor (Commercial)37$8902,190

6 years2
1HVAC Contractor (Residential)35$8902,190

6 years2
1Sheet Metal Contractor, HVAC (Commercial)37$8902,190

6 years2
1Sheet Metal Contractor, HVAC (Residential)36$8902,190

6 years2
5Preschool Teacher, Public School50$5122,1904 years2 years2
6Fire Alarm Installer39$1,2081,825

5 years3
7Interpreter, Sign Language22$7951,4694 years and 40 clock hours                           *

2
8Athletic Trainer49$4201,4604 years

1
9Security Alarm Installer37$893730

2 years2
10Earth Driller, Water Well51$450730

2 years2
11Veterinary Technician36$3357302 years

2
12Barber51$1354902100 clock hours

2
13Cosmetologist51$1184902100 clock hours

1
13Shampooer37$1184902100 clock hours

1
15Mobile Home Installer39$3003668 clock hours1 years1
16Dental Assistant9$8618520 clock hours6 months3
17Makeup Artist41$118140600 clock hours

1
17Skin Care Specialist50$118140600 clock hours

1
19Manicurist50$11876325 clock hours

1
20School Bus Driver51$72315 clock hours

6
21Truck Driver, Tractor-Trailer51$520

5
22Bus Driver, City/Transit51$260

5
23Massage Therapist44$315117500 clock hours

1
24Pharmacy Technician44$1690

1
25Truck Driver, Other51$520

4
26Emergency Medical Technician51$11026110 clock hours

2
27Wildlife Control Operator23$250

2
28Milk Sampler42$201

1 days2
29Coach, Head (High School Sports)48                         *$851565 contact hours

0
30Vegetation Pesticide Applicator51$750

3
31Gaming Cage Worker29$680

0
31Gaming Dealer28$680

0
31Gaming Supervisor30$680

0
31Slot Supervisor28$680

0
35Security Guard, Unarmed34$400

0
35Taxi Driver/Chauffeur16$400

0
37Pest Control Applicator51$750

2
38Fisher, Commercial43$2020

0
39Animal Breeder28$1750

0
40Landscape Contractor (Commercial)47$750

0
40Landscape Contractor (Residential)48$750

0
42Carpenter/Cabinet Maker Contractor (Commercial)25$500

0
42Carpenter/Cabinet Maker Contractor (Residential)30$500

0
42Cement Finishing Contractor (Commercial)24$500

0
42Cement Finishing Contractor (Residential)30$500

0
42Door Repair Contractor (Commercial)24$500

0
42Door Repair Contractor (Residential)29$500

0
42Drywall Installation Contractor (Commercial)25$500

0
42Drywall Installation Contractor (Residential)30$500

0
42Floor Sander Contractor (Commercial)22$500

0
42Floor Sander Contractor (Residential)27$500

0
42Glazier Contractor

(Commercial)

26$500

0
42Glazier Contractor

(Residential)

30$500

0
42Insulation Contractor (Commercial)25$500

0
42Insulation Contractor (Residential)30$500

0
42Iron/Steel Contractor (Commercial)26$500

0
42Iron/Steel Contractor (Residential)30$500

0
42Mason Contractor

(Commercial)

26$500

0
42Mason Contractor (Residential)31$500

0
42Painting Contractor (Commercial)22$500

0
42Painting Contractor

(Residential)

28$500

0
42Paving Contractor

(Commercial)

24$500

0
42Paving Contractor (Residential)28$500

0
42Pipelayer Contractor27$500

0
42Sheet Metal Contractor, Other (Commercial)26$500

0
42Sheet Metal Contractor, Other (Residential)31$500

0
42Terrazzo Contractor (Commercial)23$500

0
42Terrazzo Contractor (Residential)28$500

0
69Taxidermist28$180

0
70Travel Agency7$150

0
71Bill Collection Agency31$100

0
Source: Institute for Justice

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