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Boulder Employment

Employment and Industries in the Boulder, Colorado Area

Science and technology are the major industries in Boulder. The city is also known for its economic diversity and academic resources. The area has developed prominent high-technology, aerospace and electronic industries with the assistance of the research performed at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The university and the numerous technology and research-oriented companies attract many college graduates and professionals into Boulder's labor market.

The economy is bolstered by the numerous defense contractors, satellite and communication firms and research centers. The flourishing technology sector has also increased Boulder's manufacturing sector. In addition, the economy is also powered by healthcare, education and the government.

Boulder includes a developing renewable energy sector. In addition, the municipality is expected to have a large impact on environmental sustainability and other global issues.

Jobs that are more common in the Boulder area when compared to most cities are atmospheric and space scientists, computer hardware engineers, physicists, social scientists and related workers, chemists, electronic engineers, chemical technicians, chemical engineers, aerospace engineers and environmental scientists and specialists, including health.

The major non-agricultural sectors for jobs in Boulder are shown below:

  • Government
  • Professional and business services
  • Trade, transportation and utilities
  • Manufacturing
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Leisure and hospitality
  • Information
  • Finance

Boulder's Economic Vitality Program offers a variety of assistance. The program's objective is to attract new companies and help existing companies expand. The program supports numerous industry clusters including bioscience, software, natural and organic food, sustainable technologies and creative services. In addition, the Colorado FIRST/Existing Industry Customized Training Programs fund employee training for transferable jobs skills in order to enhance a company's ability to compete in the marketplace and to enhance long-term job opportunities of employees.

Notable data about Boulder: The percentage of Boulder residents over the age of 25 that hold a bachelor's degree or higher is substantially higher than the nation's average. In 2008 the cost of living index was at 117.5. The nation's average is 100. In 2007 the estimated median household income was $52,000.

Shown below is a list of the major employers in the Boulder area:

  • University of Colorado at Boulder
  • IBM Corp
  • Boulder Valley School District
  • Sun Microsystems Inc
  • Storage Technology Corp
  • Ball Corp
  • St. Vrain School District
  • Electronic Data Systems Corp
  • Boulder Community Hospital
  • Level 3 Communications Inc
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Covidien
  • City of Boulder
  • National Center for Atmospheric Research
  • Amgen
  • Micro Motion
  • Crispin Porter + Bogusky
  • Crocs
  • Polycom
  • Qualcom
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Celestial Seasonings
  • Medtronic
  • Digital Globe
  • Pangea Organics
  • Rally Software Development Corp

Boulder companies have access to business organizations such as:

The Daily Camera.com offers up-to-date information regarding the business activities in Boulder.

Jobs in Boulder

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations178460$62,650$30.12100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations22880$40,870$19.6514.35
3Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations18170$27,400$13.188.55
4Sales and Related Occupations18100$51,250$24.649.9
5Computer and Mathematical Occupations13740$95,520$45.922.9
6Business and Financial Operations Occupations13530$84,000$40.395.25
7Education, Training, and Library Occupations12170$62,020$29.826.05
8Management Occupations9520$140,350$67.486.15
9Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations9480$87,620$42.125.8
10Production Occupations8360$40,320$19.395.7
11Architecture and Engineering Occupations8180$98,410$47.311.7
12Transportation and Material Moving Occupations6290$38,010$18.276.55
13Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations6170$84,620$40.680.8
14Retail Salespersons5390$31,760$15.272.85
15Personal Care and Service Occupations5360$36,910$17.754.3
16Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food5350$24,320$11.692.3
17Software Developers, Applications4980$104,670$50.320.55
18Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations4550$49,300$23.73.8
19Construction and Extraction Occupations4390$48,800$23.464.45
20Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations4130$32,750$15.753.65
21Healthcare Support Occupations3670$37,770$18.163
22Waiters and Waitresses3590$26,670$12.821.7
23Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations3570$57,530$27.661.8
24Business Operations Specialists, All Other3370$78,540$37.760.7
25Registered Nurses3000$75,130$36.121.95
26General and Operations Managers2970$137,660$66.191.5
27Office Clerks, General2910$40,350$19.41.9
28Cashiers2890$25,690$12.352.2
29Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive2780$38,740$18.631.5
30Accountants and Auditors2730$83,800$40.290.9
31Protective Service Occupations2250$55,890$26.872.2
32Community and Social Service Occupations2240$50,470$24.271.65
33Customer Service Representatives2200$38,180$18.361.75
34Sales Representatives, Services, All Other2180$64,000$30.770.6
35Cooks, Restaurant2090$30,150$14.490.8
36Stock Clerks and Order Fillers2070$30,510$14.671.3
37Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products2050$84,150$40.460.9
38Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists1870$78,530$37.760.4
39Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks1810$46,930$22.561.05
40Computer User Support Specialists1810$59,160$28.440.4
41Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1810$29,740$14.31.55
42Software Developers, Systems Software1700$118,590$57.010.3
43Computer Occupations, All Other1610$91,450$43.970.2
44Receptionists and Information Clerks1580$30,970$14.890.7
45Personal Care Aides1470$28,120$13.521.5
46Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand1320$28,950$13.921.7
47Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers1320$33,430$16.070.8
48Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education1240$31,940$15.360.3
49Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants1220$55,300$26.590.35
50First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers1160$59,700$28.70.95
51First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers1150$42,550$20.460.6
52Maintenance and Repair Workers, General1110$44,910$21.590.9
53Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers1080$33,490$16.10
54First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers1070$52,480$25.231
55Electronics Engineers, Except Computer1000$114,340$54.970.1
56Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health1000$93,380$44.890.1
57Network and Computer Systems Administrators990$84,320$40.540.25
58Electrical, Electronic, and Electromechanical Assemblers, Except Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers980$38,800$18.650
59Human Resources Specialists950$82,140$39.490.35
60Packers and Packagers, Hand950$26,230$12.610.45
61Computer Hardware Engineers940$125,190$60.190
62Computer and Information Systems Managers930$154,780$74.410.2
63Food Preparation Workers920$25,200$12.110.6
64Counter and Rental Clerks900$35,900$17.260.3
65Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers880$34,580$16.630.6
66Nursing Assistants870$31,880$15.331
67Mechanical Engineers820$99,010$47.60.2
68Physicists820$103,490$49.750
69Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors810$59,070$28.40.2
70Management Analysts790$112,720$54.190.5
71Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks790$37,020$17.80.4
72Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop770$25,810$12.410.3
73Medical Assistants750$35,790$17.210.45
74Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics740$46,110$22.170.5
75Carpenters730$43,800$21.060.7
76Construction Laborers730$37,950$18.250.8
77Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria720$31,930$15.350.3
78Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents710$91,940$44.20.2
79Bartenders700$30,060$14.450.4
80Managers, All Other690$136,080$65.420.6
81Industrial Engineers670$100,610$48.370.2
82Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists650$45,120$21.690.4
83Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers640$77,470$37.250.4
84First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers630$67,560$32.480.4
85Aerospace Engineers620$129,880$62.440
86Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers620$50,370$24.220.3
87Dishwashers610$22,840$10.980.3
88Information and Record Clerks, All Other610$42,760$20.560.1
89Self-Enrichment Education Teachers610$55,680$26.770.2
90Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers600$22,300$10.720.3
91Massage Therapists560$53,390$25.670.1
92Architectural and Engineering Managers550$177,460$85.320.1
93Computer Systems Analysts550$96,860$46.570.4
94Medical Secretaries550$40,770$19.60.4
95Graphic Designers540$64,730$31.120.2
96Engineers, All Other530$116,850$56.180.1
97Childcare Workers520$29,100$13.990.8
98Civil Engineers520$84,610$40.680.2
99Cooks, Fast Food520$23,780$11.440.3
100First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers520$68,850$33.10.4
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Jobs More Common Near Boulder Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$62,650178,460
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$40,87022,880
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$27,40018,170
Sales and Related Occupations$51,25018,100
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$95,52013,740
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$84,00013,530
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$62,02012,170
Management Occupations$140,3509,520
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$87,6209,480
Production Occupations$40,3208,360
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$98,4108,180
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$38,0106,290
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$84,6206,170
Retail Salespersons$31,7605,390
Personal Care and Service Occupations$36,9105,360
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$24,3205,350
Software Developers, Applications$104,6704,980
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$49,3004,550
Construction and Extraction Occupations$48,8004,390
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$32,7504,130
Healthcare Support Occupations$37,7703,670
Waiters and Waitresses$26,6703,590
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$57,5303,570
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$78,5403,370
Registered Nurses$75,1303,000
General and Operations Managers$137,6602,970
Office Clerks, General$40,3502,910
Cashiers$25,6902,890
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$38,7402,780
Accountants and Auditors$83,8002,730
Protective Service Occupations$55,8902,250
Community and Social Service Occupations$50,4702,240
Customer Service Representatives$38,1802,200
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$64,0002,180
Cooks, Restaurant$30,1502,090
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$30,5102,070
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$84,1502,050
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists$78,5301,870
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$46,9301,810
Computer User Support Specialists$59,1601,810
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$29,7401,810
Software Developers, Systems Software$118,5901,700
Computer Occupations, All Other$91,4501,610
Receptionists and Information Clerks$30,9701,580
Personal Care Aides$28,1201,470
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$28,9501,320
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$33,4301,320
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education$31,9401,240
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants$55,3001,220
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$59,7001,160

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$62,650178,460
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$40,87022,880
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$27,40018,170
Sales and Related Occupations$51,25018,100
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$95,52013,740
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$84,00013,530
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$62,02012,170
Management Occupations$140,3509,520
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$87,6209,480
Production Occupations$40,3208,360
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$98,4108,180
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$38,0106,290
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$84,6206,170
Retail Salespersons$31,7605,390
Personal Care and Service Occupations$36,9105,360
Software Developers, Applications$104,6704,980
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$49,3004,550
Construction and Extraction Occupations$48,8004,390
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$32,7504,130
Healthcare Support Occupations$37,7703,670
Waiters and Waitresses$26,6703,590
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$57,5303,570
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$78,5403,370
Registered Nurses$75,1303,000
General and Operations Managers$137,6602,970
Office Clerks, General$40,3502,910
Cashiers$25,6902,890
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$38,7402,780
Accountants and Auditors$83,8002,730
Protective Service Occupations$55,8902,250
Community and Social Service Occupations$50,4702,240
Customer Service Representatives$38,1802,200
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$64,0002,180
Cooks, Restaurant$30,1502,090
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$30,5102,070
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$84,1502,050
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists$78,5301,870
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$46,9301,810
Computer User Support Specialists$59,1601,810
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$29,7401,810
Software Developers, Systems Software$118,5901,700
Computer Occupations, All Other$91,4501,610
Receptionists and Information Clerks$30,9701,580
Personal Care Aides$28,1201,470
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$28,9501,320
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$33,4301,320
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education$31,9401,240
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants$55,3001,220
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$59,7001,160
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$42,5501,150

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