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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.

Jobs in Denver

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 1415570 $55910 $26.88 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 204950 $40720 $19.58 14.8
3 Sales and Related Occupations 166380 $47910 $23.04 10.15
4 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 128880 $24250 $11.66 8.3
5 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 112600 $78960 $37.96 5.05
6 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 84560 $42730 $20.54 6.45
7 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 74090 $84410 $40.58 5.75
8 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 73890 $56060 $26.95 6.15
9 Construction and Extraction Occupations 67860 $47350 $22.77 4.4
10 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 66960 $96880 $46.58 2.8
11 Management Occupations 66370 $136270 $65.52 6.05
12 Production Occupations 52490 $37380 $17.97 5.85
13 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 51850 $49880 $23.98 3.8
14 Personal Care and Service Occupations 48170 $27710 $13.32 4.1
15 Retail Salespersons 44720 $28010 $13.47 3.1
16 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 43310 $28680 $13.79 3.7
17 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 36760 $91150 $43.82 1.65
18 Healthcare Support Occupations 35670 $34480 $16.58 3.05
19 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 33560 $21220 $10.2 2.15
20 Cashiers 30020 $22440 $10.79 2.25
21 Protective Service Occupations 29360 $47480 $22.83 2.25
22 Waiters and Waitresses 28510 $22860 $10.99 1.6
23 Customer Service Representatives 27000 $37030 $17.81 1.75
24 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 26500 $81500 $39.18 0.7
25 Registered Nurses 25890 $72360 $34.79 1.9
26 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 25190 $39080 $18.79 1.6
27 General and Operations Managers 25030 $142380 $68.45 1.4
28 Office Clerks, General 23870 $40480 $19.46 2
29 Accountants and Auditors 22910 $80360 $38.63 0.9
30 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 22300 $54710 $26.3 1.7
31 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 21610 $28990 $13.94 1.6
32 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 21310 $27250 $13.1 1.6
33 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 20760 $71400 $34.33 1
34 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 18740 $28710 $13.8 1.2
35 Community and Social Service Occupations 17590 $49380 $23.74 1.65
36 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 17220 $69950 $33.63 0.6
37 Cooks, Restaurant 17110 $26370 $12.68 0.75
38 Software Developers, Applications 15460 $105800 $50.87 0.5
39 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 15250 $41730 $20.06 1.1
40 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 14960 $76830 $36.94 0.9
41 Legal Occupations 14800 $110800 $53.27 0.8
42 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 12950 $49950 $24.01 1.2
43 Personal Care Aides 12810 $24340 $11.7 1.3
44 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 11460 $30190 $14.51 0.8
45 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 11390 $63080 $30.33 1
46 Construction Laborers 11350 $34960 $16.81 0.8
47 Security Guards 10960 $32350 $15.56 0.7
48 Receptionists and Information Clerks 10480 $32290 $15.52 0.7
49 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 10310 $40990 $19.71 0.9
50 Electricians 10240 $49860 $23.97 0.4
51 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 9650 $76540 $36.8 0.35
52 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 9500 $38210 $18.37 0.6
53 Nursing Assistants 9440 $32210 $15.48 1.05
54 Home Health Aides 9310 $28250 $13.58 0.7
55 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 9270 $48620 $23.38 1
56 Software Developers, Systems Software 8680 $125310 $60.25 0.3
57 Lawyers 8530 $145020 $69.72 0.5
58 Computer User Support Specialists 8350 $62590 $30.09 0.4
59 Computer Occupations, All Other 7820 $99520 $47.84 0.2
60 Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents 7760 $83260 $40.03 0.2
61 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 7730 $69980 $33.64 0.4
62 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 7710 $39320 $18.9 0.6
63 Counter and Rental Clerks 7610 $31230 $15.02 0.3
64 Human Resources Specialists 7110 $68040 $32.71 0.3
65 Carpenters 7100 $44190 $21.24 0.6
66 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 6980 $22330 $10.74 1
67 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 6970 $87670 $42.15 0.3
68 Bartenders 6880 $25150 $12.09 0.4
69 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 6480 $43210 $20.77 0.5
70 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 6360 $55710 $26.79 0.5
71 Computer Systems Analysts 6290 $97390 $46.82 0.4
72 Management Analysts 6080 $93960 $45.17 0.5
73 Civil Engineers 5790 $89290 $42.93 0.2
74 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 5730 $34180 $16.43 0.4
75 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 5530 $35410 $17.03 0.35
76 Childcare Workers 5350 $27410 $13.18 0.8
77 Information and Record Clerks, All Other 5300 $43350 $20.84 0.1
78 Medical Assistants 5270 $36070 $17.34 0.45
79 Food Preparation Workers 5160 $23440 $11.27 0.6
80 Managers, All Other 5050 $138300 $66.49 0.65
81 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 5030 $21600 $10.38 0.25
82 Insurance Sales Agents 4660 $60750 $29.2 0.3
83 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 4540 $27130 $13.04 0.4
84 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 4510 $29700 $14.28 0.3
85 Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors 4380 $42770 $20.56 0.2
86 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 4360 $20890 $10.04 0.3
87 Computer and Information Systems Managers 4290 $164730 $79.2 0.25
88 Financial Managers 4270 $167280 $80.42 0.4
89 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 4200 $74820 $35.97 0.45
90 Paralegals and Legal Assistants 4110 $55600 $26.73 0.2
91 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 4100 $71170 $34.22 0.3
92 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant 4050 $23640 $11.36 0.2
93 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 4000 $49970 $24.02 0.2
94 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products 3990 $108540 $52.19 0.2
95 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 3960 $51380 $24.7 0.3
96 Recreation Workers 3900 $27340 $13.14 0.3
97 Amusement and Recreation Attendants 3900 $20590 $9.9 0.2
98 Dishwashers 3850 $21770 $10.47 0.3
99 Loan Officers 3830 $72390 $34.8 0.2
100 Construction Managers 3820 $93520 $44.96 0.2
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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
All Occupations 55,910 1,415,570
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 40,720 204,950
Sales and Related Occupations 47,910 166,380
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 24,250 128,880
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 78,960 112,600
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 42,730 84,560
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 84,410 74,090
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 56,060 73,890
Construction and Extraction Occupations 47,350 67,860
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 96,880 66,960
Management Occupations 136,270 66,370
Production Occupations 37,380 52,490
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 49,880 51,850
Personal Care and Service Occupations 27,710 48,170
Retail Salespersons 28,010 44,720
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 28,680 43,310
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 91,150 36,760
Healthcare Support Occupations 34,480 35,670
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 21,220 33,560
Cashiers 22,440 30,020
Protective Service Occupations 47,480 29,360
Waiters and Waitresses 22,860 28,510
Customer Service Representatives 37,030 27,000
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 81,500 26,500
Registered Nurses 72,360 25,890
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 39,080 25,190
General and Operations Managers 142,380 25,030
Office Clerks, General 40,480 23,870
Accountants and Auditors 80,360 22,910
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 54,710 22,300
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 28,990 21,610
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 27,250 21,310
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 71,400 20,760
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 28,710 18,740
Community and Social Service Occupations 49,380 17,590
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 69,950 17,220
Cooks, Restaurant 26,370 17,110
Software Developers, Applications 105,800 15,460
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 41,730 15,250
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 76,830 14,960
Legal Occupations 110,800 14,800
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 49,950 12,950
Personal Care Aides 24,340 12,810
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 30,190 11,460
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 63,080 11,390
Construction Laborers 34,960 11,350
Security Guards 32,350 10,960
Receptionists and Information Clerks 32,290 10,480
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 40,990 10,310
Electricians 49,860 10,240

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 55,910 1,415,570
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 40,720 204,950
Sales and Related Occupations 47,910 166,380
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 78,960 112,600
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 42,730 84,560
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 84,410 74,090
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 56,060 73,890
Construction and Extraction Occupations 47,350 67,860
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 96,880 66,960
Management Occupations 136,270 66,370
Production Occupations 37,380 52,490
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 49,880 51,850
Personal Care and Service Occupations 27,710 48,170
Retail Salespersons 28,010 44,720
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 28,680 43,310
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 91,150 36,760
Healthcare Support Occupations 34,480 35,670
Protective Service Occupations 47,480 29,360
Customer Service Representatives 37,030 27,000
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 81,500 26,500
Registered Nurses 72,360 25,890
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 39,080 25,190
General and Operations Managers 142,380 25,030
Office Clerks, General 40,480 23,870
Accountants and Auditors 80,360 22,910
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 54,710 22,300
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 28,990 21,610
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 27,250 21,310
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 71,400 20,760
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 28,710 18,740
Community and Social Service Occupations 49,380 17,590
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 69,950 17,220
Cooks, Restaurant 26,370 17,110
Software Developers, Applications 105,800 15,460
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 41,730 15,250
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 76,830 14,960
Legal Occupations 110,800 14,800
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 49,950 12,950
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 30,190 11,460
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 63,080 11,390
Construction Laborers 34,960 11,350
Security Guards 32,350 10,960
Receptionists and Information Clerks 32,290 10,480
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 40,990 10,310
Electricians 49,860 10,240
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 76,540 9,650
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 38,210 9,500
Nursing Assistants 32,210 9,440
Home Health Aides 28,250 9,310
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 48,620 9,270

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