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Denver Employment

Employment and Industries in the Denver, Colorado Area

The Denver-Aurora metropolitan area has a very strong economy with substantial opportunities for business and professional growth. Colorado is home to seventeen Fortune 1000 company headquarters, sixteen of which are located in the Denver-Aurora metropolitan area. The largest company with their corporate headquarters in the Denver area is Qwest Communications. Probably the most famous companies with their headquarters in the area are Molson Coors Brewing and the Sports Authority.

The Denver area has a very well educated work force. According to U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, Denver ranks in the top 20 among American cities with a well educated work force. Almost 36% of the population has a college degree or higher. In 2005, Central Connecticut State University ranked Denver sixth among the most literate cities in the U.S. The Denver area was Number 12 in the Educational attainment category on Forbes magazine's 2005 list of "Best Places For Business and Careers".

Major business honors and awards received by the Denver metropolitan area include:

  • Number 14 on Entrepreneur magazine's 2005 list of "Hot Cities for Entrepreneurs", and number 8 for rapid growth in the same survey
  • Number 36 on Inc. magazine's 2006 list of "Best Cities for Doing Business" in the large cities category
  • Number 29 on Forbes magazine's 2005 list of "Best Places For Business and Careers" (out of the 150 largest metropolitan areas)
  • Number 13 on Expansion Management's 2005 list of "America's 50 Hottest Cities"
  • "5-Star Business Opportunity Metro" ranking from Expansion Management's 2005 Mayor's Challenge ranking of the "Top Business Opportunity Metros"

Major industries in the Denver metropolitan area include:

  • Aerospace
  • Bioscience
  • Energy
  • Financial Services
  • Info Tech/Software

Denver's central location makes it an ideal location for storage and distribution of goods to and from the Mountain States. The Denver-Aurora area also has a very large concentration of federal government institutions. The Denver metropolitan area has more federal workers than any other metropolitan area, with the exception of Washington D.C.

For business travelers, the Denver area is well served by the Denver International Airport (DIA). The Denver International Airport was voted the third best airport in the Americas and the third best airport in the world among airports with more than 25 million passengers annually in a 2006 AETRA passenger survey. According to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation, the Denver International Airport is the fourth busiest airport in the nation (as of March 2006). DIA also ranked sixth among North American airports in the 499,999 or less tons class in Air Cargo World's most recent "Air Cargo Excellence Survey".

Business commuters will also appreciate the fact that Denver has the nation's fourth shortest commute time for workers at slightly over 35 minutes.

Companies with headquarters or major operations in the Denver metropolitan area include:

  • AIMCO
  • Ball
  • Ball Corporation
  • Centura Health
  • CH2M Hill
  • Denver Health & Hospital Authority
  • Echostar Communications
  • First Data Corp.
  • Frontier Airlines
  • IBM Corporation
  • Janus
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Level 3 Communications
  • Liberty Global
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • MDC Holdings
  • Molson Coors Brewing
  • Newmont Mining
  • ProLogis
  • Qwest Communications
  • Sports Authority
  • Sun Microsystems
  • TransMontaigne
  • United Airlines
  • Wells Fargo Bank West N.A.
  • Western Gas Resources

Major business organizations and associations in the Denver metropolitan area include:

The Denver Business Journal, the "Business Section" of the Denver Post, and "Business Section" of the Rocky Mountain News are all good sources of information on business and the economy in the Denver-Aurora metropolitan area.

Most Popular Jobs in Denver, Colorado Metro Area (2008 data)

Where the Majority of Workers Have College Degrees

Rank Title Local Jobs Local Mean Salary Typical Local Salary National Growth % 2006-2016 National % With College Degree
1 Registered nurses 21,500 $66,880 $47,250 - 85,510 24% 56%
2 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 20,720 $61,720 $27,010 - 105,730 8% 51%
3 Accountants and auditors 18,270 $68,290 $39,550 - 105,920 18% 79%
4 Computer software engineers, applications 10,680 $90,960 $57,010 - 132,560 45% 85%
5 Elementary school teachers, except special education 9,690 $50,380 $34,380 - 72,040 14% 95%
6 Computer software engineers, systems software 9,590 $93,550 $63,200 - 132,540 28% 85%
7 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 8,390 $51,770 $35,110 - 73,570 6% 96%
8 Lawyers 7,670 $128,320 $57,960 - 11% 99%
9 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 6,850 $84,860 $35,490 - 144,750 12% 51%
10 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 6,290 $50,950 $34,470 - 72,900 11% 95%
11 Management analysts 6,260 $87,980 $48,680 - 132,020 22% 78%
12 Computer systems analysts 6,160 $82,590 $54,160 - 116,700 29% 68%
13 Public relations specialists 5,850 $64,170 $33,320 - 109,230 18% 81%
14 Network and computer systems administrators 5,230 $74,970 $45,370 - 108,770 27% 50%
15 Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 4,990 $76,790 $31,100 - 25% 67%
16 Civil engineers 4,690 $78,560 $48,600 - 111,860 18% 87%
17 Teachers and instructors, all other 4,410 $46,680 $28,710 - 72,090 9% 54%
18 Computer specialists, all other 4,300 $76,400 $45,890 - 109,200 15% 68%
19 Managers, all other 3,960 $109,310 $61,130 - 161,310 7% 55%
20 Financial analysts 3,850 $83,340 $37,290 - 159,770 34% 87%
21 Sales and related workers, all other 3,670 $35,800 $15,580 - 60,460 14% 62%
22 Computer programmers 3,330 $80,130 $48,110 - 120,090 -4% 73%
23 Financial managers 3,110 $118,340 $66,250 - 13% 60%
24 Electronics engineers, except computer 3,110 $89,650 $59,920 - 129,800 4% 81%
25 Network systems and data communications analysts 3,020 $79,610 $40,850 - 118,000 53% 57%
26 Computer and information systems managers 2,870 $126,130 $84,960 - 16% 73%
27 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 2,800 $53,320 $27,140 - 88,240 5% 58%
28 Airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers 2,580 $100,260 $66,860 - 133,580 13% 74%
29 Sales managers 2,520 $107,850 $45,650 - 10% 69%
30 Pharmacists 2,500 $106,400 $83,670 - 132,650 22% 97%
31 Coaches and scouts 2,490 $31,240 $16,770 - 50,920 15% 60%
32 Training and development specialists 2,480 $55,940 $33,750 - 84,310 18% 56%
33 Architects, except landscape and naval 2,430 $75,360 $37,990 - 138,140 18% 88%
34 Child, family, and school social workers 2,250 $47,770 $28,540 - 75,790 19% 77%
35 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 2,230 $54,080 $26,260 - 88,180 18% 56%
36 Database administrators 2,170 $72,930 $37,460 - 111,070 29% 72%
37 Mechanical engineers 2,150 $96,750 $54,640 - 141,270 4% 78%
38 Financial specialists, all other 2,050 $67,150 $37,280 - 98,450 12% 50%
39 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 1,900 $68,270 $39,120 - 104,100 17% 56%
40 Graphic designers 1,890 $45,620 $25,450 - 69,300 10% 55%
41 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 1,780 $54,360 $34,390 - 76,680 12% 51%
42 Social and human service assistants 1,710 $33,140 $22,000 - 47,000 34% 58%
43 Marketing managers 1,700 $117,260 $60,220 - 14% 69%
44 Industrial engineers 1,700 $81,650 $53,780 - 115,570 20% 74%
45 Mental health counselors 1,630 $36,940 $25,380 - 54,730 30% 73%
46 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 1,620 $81,710 $60,340 - 105,360 8% 78%
47 Medical and health services managers 1,600 $91,590 $49,030 - 135,750 16% 57%
48 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 1,600 $50,750 $29,640 - 77,920 13% 73%
49 Physical therapists 1,570 $69,890 $45,320 - 107,120 27% 89%
50 Engineering managers 1,560 $122,130 $80,900 - 7% 84%
51 Self-enrichment education teachers 1,500 $32,470 $21,010 - 53,290 23% 54%
52 Geoscientists, except hydrologists and geographers 1,440 $105,610 $50,890 - 164,200 22% 93%
53 Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 1,440 $63,120 $38,290 - 88,380 18% 56%
54 Chief executives 1,420 $175,930 $90,800 - 2% 65%
55 Community and social service specialists, all other 1,400 $38,840 $26,620 - 56,690 25% 58%
56 Personal financial advisors 1,390 $111,060 $36,140 - 41% 81%
57 Sales engineers 1,390 $91,950 $57,110 - 130,740 9% 79%
58 Librarians 1,390 $58,850 $35,390 - 90,900 4% 85%
59 Advertising sales agents 1,390 $56,420 $26,060 - 95,100 20% 56%
60 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 1,390 $54,990 $35,870 - 78,160 20% 87%
61 Environmental scientists and specialists, including health 1,370 $74,140 $41,310 - 116,220 25% 93%
62 Speech-language pathologists 1,300 $73,640 $46,210 - 102,950 11% 98%
63 Medical and public health social workers 1,280 $46,250 $30,910 - 63,510 24% 77%
64 Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists 1,220 $81,490 $41,870 - 122,280 16% 99%
65 Mental health and substance abuse social workers 1,170 $32,920 $22,180 - 49,040 30% 77%
66 Detectives and criminal investigators 1,160 $75,450 $53,650 - 96,910 17% 54%
67 Dentists, general 1,120 $150,520 $47,540 - 9% 100%
68 Insurance underwriters 1,100 $61,190 $37,220 - 86,660 6% 53%
69 Producers and directors 1,080 $63,550 $29,430 - 108,880 11% 75%
70 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 1,080 $35,120 $22,580 - 50,060 15% 51%
71 Instructional coordinators 1,030 $64,830 $43,080 - 88,430 23% 79%
72 Editors 1,020 $60,890 $36,850 - 92,030 2% 81%
73 Occupational therapists 1,010 $64,560 $48,170 - 83,690 23% 90%
74 Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists 900 $55,260 $36,480 - 78,320 11% 58%
75 Aerospace engineers 880 $106,020 $67,080 - 162,510 10% 87%
76 Surveyors 850 $55,400 $37,210 - 72,270 24% 82%
77 Budget analysts 840 $70,700 $48,810 - 98,660 7% 78%
78 Education administrators, postsecondary 820 $94,720 $48,560 - 164,130 14% 78%
79 Interior designers 810 $42,790 $23,950 - 67,480 20% 55%
80 Computer hardware engineers 800 $98,770 $56,740 - 141,280 5% 70%
81 Credit analysts 760 $83,650 $45,230 - 127,620 2% 60%
82 Physician assistants 750 $83,160 $58,250 - 113,380 27% 67%
83 Special education teachers, secondary school 740 $55,510 $36,590 - 77,430 9% 87%
84 Social workers, all other 730 $43,010 $27,890 - 64,130 18% 77%
85 Operations research analysts 710 $65,110 $43,930 - 94,610 11% 71%
86 Petroleum engineers 700 $150,240 $82,330 - 5% 80%
87 Environmental engineers 700 $87,050 $55,680 - 120,660 25% 86%
88 Social and community service managers 680 $64,250 $35,680 - 105,160 25% 72%
89 Technical writers 670 $66,800 $44,310 - 91,800 20% 74%
90 Special education teachers, middle school 660 $53,370 $35,690 - 75,700 16% 87%
91 Merchandise displayers and window trimmers 660 $25,510 $18,350 - 35,020 11% 55%
92 Meeting and convention planners 640 $46,680 $29,310 - 65,680 20% 67%
93 Veterinarians 620 $76,540 $45,680 - 106,260 35% 100%
94 Landscape architects 590 $60,500 $42,160 - 94,030 16% 88%
95 Natural sciences managers 580 $114,260 $83,400 - 155,750 11% 93%
96 Chemists 580 $71,780 $38,430 - 117,710 9% 93%
97 Cartographers and photogrammetrists 580 $71,390 $44,350 - 102,450 20% 82%
98 Public relations managers 540 $113,270 $63,860 - 17% 75%
99 Purchasing managers 540 $99,570 $52,450 - 138,060 3% 57%
100 Human resources managers, all other 510 $105,870 $60,920 - 155,650 11% 58%

Where the Majority of Workers Do Not Have College Degrees

Rank Title Local Jobs Local Mean Salary Typical Local Salary National Growth % 2006-2016 National % With College Degree
1 Retail salespersons 39,680 $27,040 $15,830 - 44,020 12% 25%
2 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 26,920 $17,960 $15,100 - 21,210 18% 5%
3 Customer service representatives 23,000 $34,330 $22,420 - 49,500 25% 22%
4 Cashiers 22,910 $21,980 $15,520 - 35,170 -3% 10%
5 General and operations managers 22,500 $113,060 $45,600 - 2% 48%
6 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 22,180 $33,250 $22,560 - 46,390 1% 18%
7 Waiters and waitresses 21,920 $23,060 $14,970 - 40,010 11% 14%
8 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 20,520 $44,680 $30,290 - 61,840 15% 18%
9 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 20,020 $22,480 $15,930 - 32,340 15% 4%
10 Business operations specialists, all other 18,520 $70,340 $37,120 - 110,510 21% 49%
11 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 18,150 $26,880 $17,040 - 41,450 2% 5%
12 Office clerks, general 18,030 $29,170 $16,880 - 41,330 13% 19%
13 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 16,940 $36,110 $21,700 - 51,220 13% 16%
14 Stock clerks and order fillers 14,720 $26,840 $17,210 - 40,270 -8% 8%
15 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 12,160 $41,540 $28,430 - 58,570 10% 4%
16 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 12,000 $54,570 $32,300 - 81,760 6% 29%
17 Construction laborers 11,050 $29,300 $19,330 - 39,570 11% 5%
18 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 10,840 $26,170 $17,330 - 38,730 18% 6%
19 Receptionists and information clerks 10,510 $27,500 $17,280 - 38,420 17% 13%
20 Maintenance and repair workers, general 10,450 $36,600 $21,470 - 56,190 10% 6%
21 Cooks, restaurant 9,630 $22,650 $16,000 - 30,410 12% 5%
22 Sales representatives, services, all other 9,580 $60,240 $27,970 - 109,930 28% 48%
23 Security guards 9,550 $26,090 $15,600 - 37,580 17% 13%
24 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 9,360 $33,460 $20,370 - 51,570 8% 4%
25 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 8,960 $27,840 $21,590 - 35,620 18% 7%
26 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 8,620 $42,780 $24,300 - 68,590 4% 25%
27 Electricians 8,140 $46,820 $26,110 - 66,620 7% 7%
28 Teacher assistants 8,000 $26,330 $18,880 - 34,530 10% 18%
29 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 7,780 $32,140 $19,450 - 48,100 11% 14%
30 Computer support specialists 7,750 $51,870 $31,140 - 77,080 13% 43%
31 Carpenters 7,490 $40,340 $23,730 - 60,640 10% 6%
32 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 7,170 $61,760 $40,480 - 88,420 9% 10%
33 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 7,130 $19,550 $15,360 - 25,310 13% 5%
34 Counter and rental clerks 7,040 $26,040 $16,390 - 39,630 23% 16%
35 Telemarketers 6,700 $26,550 $16,850 - 37,520 -10% 14%
36 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 6,400 $31,620 $20,290 - 46,210 4% 6%
37 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 6,140 $38,330 $18,660 - 60,640 14% 4%
38 Child care workers 6,140 $21,560 $15,300 - 31,140 18% 15%
39 Food preparation workers 5,600 $20,990 $15,600 - 28,880 15% 7%
40 Dishwashers 5,460 $18,040 $15,140 - 22,500 10% 3%
41 Personal and home care aides 5,270 $21,890 $16,870 - 33,420 51% 10%
42 Bartenders 5,080 $20,530 $14,980 - 31,210 11% 17%
43 Industrial truck and tractor operators 5,010 $32,010 $22,050 - 45,830 -2% 2%
44 Packers and packagers, hand 4,920 $19,590 $14,990 - 29,480 -12% 3%
45 Team assemblers 4,770 $26,850 $17,020 - 36,430 0% 5%
46 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 4,690 $46,740 $27,610 - 68,820 11% 4%
47 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 4,580 $18,350 $15,130 - 23,660 10% 17%
48 Home health aides 4,430 $24,420 $16,870 - 33,750 49% 7%
49 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 4,410 $63,390 $46,110 - 80,880 11% 33%
50 Bill and account collectors 4,390 $33,870 $23,570 - 46,590 23% 13%
51 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 4,220 $21,460 $14,950 - 31,240 14% 3%
52 Cement masons and concrete finishers 4,060 $36,750 $24,100 - 51,790 11% 2%
53 Tellers 4,010 $27,020 $21,720 - 33,670 14% 16%
54 All other information and record clerks 3,940 $37,830 $25,370 - 52,620 -13% 21%
55 Driver/sales workers 3,830 $24,470 $15,140 - 41,360 -5% 4%
56 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 3,790 $60,290 $37,930 - 83,610 7% 13%
57 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 3,690 $35,010 $23,870 - 48,210 4% 15%
58 Insurance sales agents 3,650 $72,680 $26,840 - 141,990 13% 45%
59 Loan officers 3,610 $69,500 $35,250 - 120,110 12% 49%
60 Paralegals and legal assistants 3,610 $50,150 $31,390 - 72,870 22% 45%
61 Medical assistants 3,610 $32,260 $23,990 - 41,800 35% 10%
62 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 3,600 $26,860 $15,840 - 40,010 12% 6%
63 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 3,550 $18,230 $14,980 - 24,180 12% 6%
64 Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 3,520 $38,420 $19,640 - 61,940 27% 47%
65 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 3,400 $52,480 $32,890 - 78,410 -5% 15%
66 Cooks, fast food 3,400 $17,600 $15,080 - 22,100 8% 5%
67 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 3,380 $43,640 $32,920 - 54,880 8% 3%
68 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 3,150 $63,190 $36,410 - 96,580 0% 42%
69 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 3,130 $44,650 $34,780 - 54,670 14% 7%
70 Cost estimators 3,090 $61,160 $32,090 - 95,760 19% 32%
71 Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers 3,080 $59,270 $48,630 - 70,400 3% 13%
72 Food servers, nonrestaurant 2,960 $22,260 $15,650 - 29,950 16% 9%
73 First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 2,920 $83,180 $37,390 - 138,140 4% 38%
74 Drywall and ceiling tile installers 2,920 $36,280 $23,120 - 50,090 7% 2%
75 Amusement and recreation attendants 2,920 $18,180 $15,050 - 22,770 24% 22%
76 Postal service mail carriers 2,870 $0 $ - 1% 11%
77 Order clerks 2,840 $33,890 $21,240 - 49,400 -24% 16%
78 Medical secretaries 2,830 $34,020 $25,010 - 47,390 17% 18%
79 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 2,820 $20,410 $15,200 - 29,780 10% 8%
80 Construction managers 2,770 $89,670 $55,420 - 139,060 16% 29%
81 Flight attendants 2,770 $27,840 $19,850 - 32,190 11% 31%
82 Insurance claims and policy processing clerks 2,750 $39,340 $27,700 - 53,310 -1% 22%
83 Dental assistants 2,720 $38,560 $27,800 - 51,990 29% 9%
84 Preschool teachers, except special education 2,560 $26,020 $15,300 - 39,810 26% 43%
85 Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 2,530 $29,230 $16,370 - 49,400 -5% 5%
86 Physicians and surgeons, all other 2,480 $125,740 $37,460 - 0% 0%
87 Loan interviewers and clerks 2,460 $37,700 $21,410 - 52,350 -1% 24%
88 Helpers--production workers 2,450 $25,780 $17,730 - 36,040 -1% 4%
89 Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 2,400 $45,100 $30,870 - 61,600 12% 3%
90 Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 2,390 $47,070 $29,320 - 65,840 9% 3%
91 Reservation and transportation ticket agents and travel clerks 2,390 $36,030 $21,850 - 50,350 1% 29%
92 Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators 2,390 $0 $ - -8% 12%
93 Health specialties teachers, postsecondary 2,350 $0 $ - 0% 0%
94 Correctional officers and jailers 2,330 $48,600 $35,180 - 64,450 17% 11%
95 Legal secretaries 2,320 $46,260 $27,720 - 63,220 12% 18%
96 First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 2,290 $52,720 $33,430 - 76,210 10% 17%
97 Production, planning, and expediting clerks 2,290 $45,050 $28,670 - 63,000 4% 30%
98 Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators 2,270 $60,930 $39,850 - 87,220 9% 47%
99 Pharmacy technicians 2,210 $32,880 $23,230 - 41,760 32% 16%
100 Machinists 2,200 $36,650 $21,930 - 52,260 -3% 3%
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Jobs More Common Near Denver Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Mining machine operators, all other 44,150 300 43.8
Mining and geological engineers, including mining safety engineers 100,680 300 11.8
Bicycle repairers 19,230 250 10.9
Earth drillers, except oil and gas 36,190 380 8.3
Geological and petroleum technicians 62,690 670 7.8
Soil and plant scientists 59,390 270 7.7
Umpires, referees, and other sports officials 24,000 420 7.5
Cartographers and photogrammetrists 71,390 580 7.5
Helpers--extraction workers 35,190 310 7.4
Floor sanders and finishers 38,410 220 7.1
Aerospace engineering and operations technicians 64,110 220 5.8
Flight attendants 27,840 2,770 5.3
Geoscientists, except hydrologists and geographers 105,610 1,440 5.3
Dancers 0 390 5.2
Airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers 100,260 2,580 4.7
Hydrologists 79,270 210 4.7
Electronic equipment installers and repairers, motor vehicles 30,890 520 4.6
Rail car repairers 41,020 150 4.5
Insulation workers, floor, ceiling, and wall 33,430 550 4.4
Petroleum engineers 150,240 700 4.3
Landscape architects 60,500 590 3.8
Entertainers and performers, sports and related workers, all other 0 190 3.5
Health specialties teachers, postsecondary 0 2,350 3.5
Wellhead pumpers 51,770 160 3.5
Radio and television announcers 51,910 670 3.5
Gaming change persons and booth cashiers 26,310 360 3.3
Real estate brokers 66,390 1,330 3.2
Hazardous materials removal workers 34,860 1,070 3.2
Physical scientists, all other 83,820 430 3.2
Glaziers 42,750 1,100 3.2
Engineering teachers, postsecondary 82,020 380 3.1
Audiologists 0 180 3
Court reporters 70,070 300 2.9
Slaughterers and meat packers 24,720 660 2.9
Entertainment attendants and related workers, all other 19,660 600 2.8
Public address system and other announcers 28,240 120 2.8
Forensic science technicians 55,780 180 2.7
Sales and related workers, all other 35,800 3,670 2.7
Survey researchers 25,470 420 2.7
Skin care specialists 33,350 490 2.6
Slot key persons 31,870 170 2.6
Plant and system operators, all other 48,960 140 2.5
Drywall and ceiling tile installers 36,280 2,920 2.5
Electric motor, power tool, and related repairers 36,210 310 2.5
Locksmiths and safe repairers 36,420 290 2.5
Conservation scientists 75,820 140 2.4
Computer software engineers, systems software 93,550 9,590 2.4
Motorcycle mechanics 40,190 170 2.4
Public relations specialists 64,170 5,850 2.4
Ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers 17,750 2,150 2.4

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Denver, Colorado Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Reporters and correspondents 63,480 1.55 400
Fire fighters 60,980 1.45 1,930
Geoscientists, except hydrologists and geographers 105,610 1.44 1,440
Broadcast technicians 50,510 1.42 470
Credit analysts 83,650 1.41 760
Court reporters 70,070 1.4 300
Personal financial advisors 111,060 1.39 1,390
Pharmacy aides 29,690 1.39 210
Wellhead pumpers 51,770 1.37 160
Real estate sales agents 64,160 1.36 1,870
Painters, transportation equipment 54,510 1.36 460
Nonfarm animal caretakers 27,700 1.34 1,030
Petroleum engineers 150,240 1.34 700
Physical therapist aides 33,120 1.34 160
Radio and television announcers 51,910 1.33 670
Transportation inspectors 82,830 1.33 180
Pest control workers 41,410 1.33 220
Managers, all other 109,310 1.32 3,960
Property, real estate, and community association managers 70,330 1.31 1,990
Public relations managers 113,270 1.31 540
Police and sheriff's patrol officers 63,390 1.31 4,410
Mechanical engineers 96,750 1.31 2,150
Film and video editors 64,990 1.3 230
Cartographers and photogrammetrists 71,390 1.3 580
Insurance sales agents 72,680 1.29 3,650
First-line supervisors/managers of police and detectives 94,040 1.29 440
Correctional officers and jailers 48,600 1.29 2,330
Legal secretaries 46,260 1.29 2,320
File clerks 30,340 1.28 1,640
Funeral attendants 29,630 1.28 170
Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers 31,750 1.28 690
Meter readers, utilities 45,170 1.28 190
Financial managers 118,340 1.28 3,110
Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 38,420 1.27 3,520
Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists 55,260 1.27 900
Public relations specialists 64,170 1.27 5,850
First-line supervisors/managers of correctional officers 70,420 1.27 210
Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 68,270 1.26 1,900
Police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers 43,550 1.25 670
Extruding, forming, pressing, and compacting machine setters, operators, and tenders 38,360 1.25 280
Lawyers 128,320 1.25 7,670
Mining and geological engineers, including mining safety engineers 100,680 1.25 300
Computer and information systems managers 126,130 1.25 2,870
Animal control workers 41,470 1.25 110
Detectives and criminal investigators 75,450 1.25 1,160
Computer programmers 80,130 1.25 3,330
Healthcare practitioners and technical workers, all other 62,940 1.24 220
Photographers 39,200 1.24 580
Reservation and transportation ticket agents and travel clerks 36,030 1.24 2,390
Computer support specialists 51,870 1.24 7,750

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