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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

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations1443130$57,400$27.6100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations204370$41,640$20.0214.35
3Sales and Related Occupations171460$48,950$23.539.9
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations130510$25,550$12.288.55
5Business and Financial Operations Occupations120260$79,150$38.055.25
6Transportation and Material Moving Occupations89950$43,720$21.026.55
7Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations76990$85,590$41.155.8
8Education, Training, and Library Occupations71620$57,240$27.526.05
9Computer and Mathematical Occupations71000$96,940$46.612.9
10Construction and Extraction Occupations69330$49,270$23.694.45
11Management Occupations68290$137,940$66.326.15
12Production Occupations52160$39,210$18.855.7
13Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations51510$52,350$25.173.8
14Personal Care and Service Occupations50930$29,340$14.14.3
15Retail Salespersons46530$29,930$14.392.85
16Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations42420$30,250$14.543.65
17Architecture and Engineering Occupations37650$92,370$44.411.7
18Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food32880$22,720$10.922.3
19Healthcare Support Occupations32220$35,840$17.233
20Cashiers30030$23,710$11.42.2
21Protective Service Occupations29530$49,300$23.72.2
22Customer Service Representatives28640$39,150$18.821.75
23Registered Nurses27130$74,010$35.581.95
24Business Operations Specialists, All Other26820$82,180$39.510.7
25Waiters and Waitresses26420$23,650$11.371.7
26General and Operations Managers24820$140,840$67.711.5
27Office Clerks, General23200$41,000$19.711.9
28Accountants and Auditors22930$81,650$39.250.9
29Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations22870$57,030$27.421.8
30Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive21600$39,660$19.071.5
31Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand20900$30,640$14.731.7
32Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners20650$28,310$13.611.55
33Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products19870$76,910$36.970.9
34Sales Representatives, Services, All Other18860$70,670$33.970.6
35Community and Social Service Occupations18340$50,750$24.41.65
36Cooks, Restaurant17990$27,490$13.210.8
37Stock Clerks and Order Fillers17950$29,980$14.411.3
38Software Developers, Applications17030$103,370$49.70.55
39Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks15480$42,570$20.471.05
40Legal Occupations14500$113,710$54.670.8
41Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations14500$79,480$38.210.8
42Personal Care Aides13210$25,490$12.261.5
43Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers12150$48,940$23.531.2
44First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers11640$63,880$30.710.95
45Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists11370$75,140$36.130.4
46Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers11140$31,560$15.170.8
47Construction Laborers10860$36,030$17.320.8
48Security Guards10690$32,600$15.670.7
49Maintenance and Repair Workers, General10600$42,060$20.220.9
50Nursing Assistants10490$34,620$16.641
51Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers10480$39,810$19.140.6
52Receptionists and Information Clerks10350$32,080$15.430.7
53First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers9820$51,150$24.591
54Computer Occupations, All Other9600$102,690$49.370.2
55Electricians9020$52,260$25.130.4
56Computer User Support Specialists8690$62,710$30.150.4
57Software Developers, Systems Software8560$125,420$60.30.3
58Lawyers8480$146,200$70.290.5
59Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents8480$77,520$37.270.2
60First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers8340$39,680$19.080.6
61Counter and Rental Clerks7940$33,280$160.3
62First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers7920$72,980$35.090.4
63Human Resources Specialists7630$68,960$33.160.35
64Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators7190$35,770$17.20.35
65Carpenters6960$46,030$22.130.7
66Management Analysts6860$86,490$41.580.5
67Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners6780$24,860$11.950.9
68Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants6760$56,370$27.10.35
69Network and Computer Systems Administrators6740$87,650$42.140.25
70Civil Engineers6480$89,910$43.230.2
71Bartenders6470$26,760$12.860.4
72Information and Record Clerks, All Other6260$43,430$20.880.1
73Food Preparation Workers6130$25,630$12.320.6
74Computer Systems Analysts5990$98,000$47.120.4
75Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks5870$33,920$16.310.4
76Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics5740$47,260$22.720.5
77Amusement and Recreation Attendants5610$22,090$10.620.2
78Childcare Workers5560$27,920$13.430.8
79Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop5420$23,180$11.140.3
80Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers5200$32,600$15.670
81Managers, All Other5130$140,900$67.740.6
82Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors5000$46,040$22.140.2
83Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers4940$21,660$10.410.3
84Home Health Aides4940$27,530$13.240.7
85Medical Assistants4880$37,440$180.45
86Computer and Information Systems Managers4820$165,620$79.630.2
87Insurance Sales Agents4680$67,360$32.390.3
88Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists4620$29,990$14.420.4
89Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education4620$31,260$15.030.3
90Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters4590$54,190$26.050.3
91Financial Managers4580$166,450$80.030.4
92Cooks, Fast Food4540$22,530$10.830.3
93Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment4410$25,070$12.050.2
94Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers4350$77,380$37.20.4
95Training and Development Specialists4330$72,470$34.840.2
96Electronics Engineers, Except Computer4230$102,410$49.240.1
97Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators4190$51,600$24.810.2
98Construction Managers4180$101,250$48.680.3
99First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers4100$73,330$35.250.3
100Packers and Packagers, Hand4090$25,910$12.460.45
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Jobs More Common Near Denver Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$57,4001,443,130
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$41,640204,370
Sales and Related Occupations$48,950171,460
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$25,550130,510
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$79,150120,260
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$43,72089,950
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$85,59076,990
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$57,24071,620
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$96,94071,000
Construction and Extraction Occupations$49,27069,330
Management Occupations$137,94068,290
Production Occupations$39,21052,160
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$52,35051,510
Personal Care and Service Occupations$29,34050,930
Retail Salespersons$29,93046,530
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$30,25042,420
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$92,37037,650
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$22,72032,880
Healthcare Support Occupations$35,84032,220
Cashiers$23,71030,030
Protective Service Occupations$49,30029,530
Customer Service Representatives$39,15028,640
Registered Nurses$74,01027,130
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$82,18026,820
Waiters and Waitresses$23,65026,420
General and Operations Managers$140,84024,820
Office Clerks, General$41,00023,200
Accountants and Auditors$81,65022,930
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$57,03022,870
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$39,66021,600
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$30,64020,900
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$28,31020,650
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$76,91019,870
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$70,67018,860
Community and Social Service Occupations$50,75018,340
Cooks, Restaurant$27,49017,990
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$29,98017,950
Software Developers, Applications$103,37017,030
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$42,57015,480
Legal Occupations$113,71014,500
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$79,48014,500
Personal Care Aides$25,49013,210
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$48,94012,150
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$63,88011,640
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists$75,14011,370
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$31,56011,140
Construction Laborers$36,03010,860
Security Guards$32,60010,690
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$42,06010,600
Nursing Assistants$34,62010,490

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$57,4001,443,130
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$41,640204,370
Sales and Related Occupations$48,950171,460
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$25,550130,510
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$79,150120,260
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$43,72089,950
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$85,59076,990
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$57,24071,620
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$96,94071,000
Construction and Extraction Occupations$49,27069,330
Management Occupations$137,94068,290
Production Occupations$39,21052,160
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$52,35051,510
Personal Care and Service Occupations$29,34050,930
Retail Salespersons$29,93046,530
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$30,25042,420
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$92,37037,650
Healthcare Support Occupations$35,84032,220
Protective Service Occupations$49,30029,530
Customer Service Representatives$39,15028,640
Registered Nurses$74,01027,130
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$82,18026,820
General and Operations Managers$140,84024,820
Office Clerks, General$41,00023,200
Accountants and Auditors$81,65022,930
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$57,03022,870
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$39,66021,600
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$30,64020,900
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$28,31020,650
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$76,91019,870
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$70,67018,860
Community and Social Service Occupations$50,75018,340
Cooks, Restaurant$27,49017,990
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$29,98017,950
Software Developers, Applications$103,37017,030
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$42,57015,480
Legal Occupations$113,71014,500
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$79,48014,500
Personal Care Aides$25,49013,210
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$48,94012,150
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$63,88011,640
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists$75,14011,370
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$31,56011,140
Construction Laborers$36,03010,860
Security Guards$32,60010,690
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$42,06010,600
Nursing Assistants$34,62010,490
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$39,81010,480
Receptionists and Information Clerks$32,08010,350
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$51,1509,820

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