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 Occupations1478110$59,440$28.57100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations203630$42,970$20.6613.75
3Sales and Related Occupations167910$51,850$24.939.5
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations135570$27,290$13.128.7
5Business and Financial Operations Occupations127090$81,250$39.065.35
6Transportation and Material Moving Occupations91080$45,290$21.776.7
7Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations79170$86,010$41.355.85
8Computer and Mathematical Occupations77050$98,460$47.343
9Construction and Extraction Occupations72250$51,960$24.984.6
10Education, Training, and Library Occupations71550$58,530$28.146
11Management Occupations70680$141,400$67.986.35
12Personal Care and Service Occupations55200$31,230$15.014.65
13Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations53900$53,650$25.793.75
14Production Occupations51300$41,120$19.775.6
15Retail Salespersons45660$31,050$14.932.7
16Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations42510$31,100$14.953.6
17Architecture and Engineering Occupations36630$91,760$44.111.7
18Healthcare Support Occupations34180$36,940$17.762.85
19Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food33840$24,310$11.692.45
20Protective Service Occupations32370$50,960$24.52.2
21Business Operations Specialists, All Other29500$84,690$40.720.7
22Registered Nurses29040$75,340$36.221.95
23Customer Service Representatives28350$39,820$19.141.75
24Cashiers27960$25,870$12.442.2
25Waiters and Waitresses27010$24,930$11.991.65
26Accountants and Auditors23880$85,800$41.250.9
27Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations23300$58,790$28.271.8
28General and Operations Managers22940$143,600$69.041.5
29Stock Clerks and Order Fillers22250$31,480$15.131.25
30Office Clerks, General21820$42,670$20.511.9
31Sales Representatives, Services, All Other20750$74,450$35.790.7
32Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand20400$32,130$15.451.8
33Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive20140$40,930$19.681.4
34Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners19600$28,900$13.91.5
35Software Developers, Applications19520$106,040$50.980.65
36Community and Social Service Occupations19410$51,080$24.561.75
37Cooks, Restaurant18230$29,870$14.360.9
38Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products17930$80,610$38.760.85
39Personal Care Aides16100$26,950$12.951.7
40Legal Occupations15920$121,570$58.450.8
41Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks15180$44,560$21.421.05
42Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations14440$77,990$37.50.8
43Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists12450$76,130$36.60.45
44Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers12280$51,370$24.71.2
45First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers12140$66,320$31.880.95
46Security Guards11780$35,910$17.270.7
47Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers11600$33,710$16.210.75
48Computer Occupations, All Other11000$106,040$50.980.3
49Maintenance and Repair Workers, General10940$42,670$20.510.9
50Nursing Assistants10590$34,290$16.490.95
51Construction Laborers10540$38,100$18.320.9
52Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers10450$40,590$19.510.6
53Receptionists and Information Clerks10110$33,530$16.120.7
54Lawyers9650$156,000$750.5
55First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers9320$75,380$36.240.4
56First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers9320$41,160$19.790.6
57First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers9310$53,660$25.80.95
58Computer User Support Specialists9090$62,890$30.240.4
59Electricians8950$55,770$26.810.45
60Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents8700$77,820$37.420.3
61Human Resources Specialists8490$70,450$33.870.4
62Management Analysts7880$93,720$45.060.55
63Network and Computer Systems Administrators7470$87,280$41.960.2
64Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners7460$26,010$12.50.9
65Information and Record Clerks, All Other7280$44,180$21.240.1
66Civil Engineers7230$94,270$45.320.2
67Software Developers, Systems Software7230$127,440$61.270.3
68Food Preparation Workers7150$27,600$13.270.5
69Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators7140$37,120$17.850.4
70Counter and Rental Clerks7110$38,730$18.620.3
71Carpenters6990$48,460$23.30.6
72Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants6430$58,100$27.930.35
73Computer Systems Analysts6250$95,530$45.930.4
74Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop6060$25,880$12.440.3
75Medical Assistants5960$37,270$17.920.45
76Bartenders5910$27,340$13.150.4
77Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics5860$49,470$23.780.5
78Childcare Workers5860$28,950$13.920.7
79Dishwashers5620$24,220$11.640.3
80Managers, All Other5600$148,090$71.20.7
81Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors5530$47,190$22.690.2
82Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters5450$57,720$27.750.3
83Amusement and Recreation Attendants5430$24,760$11.90.2
84Computer and Information Systems Managers5350$168,400$80.960.3
85Financial Managers5310$172,970$83.160.4
86Insurance Sales Agents5310$65,680$31.580.3
87Buyers and Purchasing Agents5240$68,740$33.050.25
88Construction Managers5150$100,850$48.490.3
89Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks5130$35,180$16.920.4
90Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists5030$34,030$16.360.4
91Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers4940$24,080$11.580.3
92Driver/Sales Workers4820$34,640$16.660.3
93Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers4820$78,850$37.910.4
94Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators4730$52,590$25.290.25
95First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers4680$73,310$35.250.3
96Home Health Aides4650$27,200$13.080.6
97Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment4580$28,260$13.590.3
98Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education4560$33,550$16.130.3
99Computer Network Architects4530$118,730$57.080.1
100Billing and Posting Clerks4430$43,300$20.820.3
Source: 2019 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2018-28 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov
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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$59,4401,478,110
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$42,970203,630
Sales and Related Occupations$51,850167,910
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$27,290135,570
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$81,250127,090
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$45,29091,080
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$86,01079,170
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$98,46077,050
Construction and Extraction Occupations$51,96072,250
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$58,53071,550
Management Occupations$141,40070,680
Personal Care and Service Occupations$31,23055,200
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$53,65053,900
Production Occupations$41,12051,300
Retail Salespersons$31,05045,660
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$31,10042,510
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$91,76036,630
Healthcare Support Occupations$36,94034,180
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$24,31033,840
Protective Service Occupations$50,96032,370
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$84,69029,500
Registered Nurses$75,34029,040
Customer Service Representatives$39,82028,350
Cashiers$25,87027,960
Waiters and Waitresses$24,93027,010
Accountants and Auditors$85,80023,880
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$58,79023,300
General and Operations Managers$143,60022,940
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$31,48022,250
Office Clerks, General$42,67021,820
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$74,45020,750
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$32,13020,400
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$40,93020,140
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$28,90019,600
Software Developers, Applications$106,04019,520
Community and Social Service Occupations$51,08019,410
Cooks, Restaurant$29,87018,230
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$80,61017,930
Personal Care Aides$26,95016,100
Legal Occupations$121,57015,920
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$44,56015,180
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$77,99014,440
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists$76,13012,450
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$51,37012,280
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$66,32012,140
Security Guards$35,91011,780
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$33,71011,600
Computer Occupations, All Other$106,04011,000
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$42,67010,940
Nursing Assistants$34,29010,590

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$59,4401,478,110
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$42,970203,630
Sales and Related Occupations$51,850167,910
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$27,290135,570
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$81,250127,090
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$45,29091,080
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$86,01079,170
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$98,46077,050
Construction and Extraction Occupations$51,96072,250
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$58,53071,550
Management Occupations$141,40070,680
Personal Care and Service Occupations$31,23055,200
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$53,65053,900
Production Occupations$41,12051,300
Retail Salespersons$31,05045,660
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$31,10042,510
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$91,76036,630
Healthcare Support Occupations$36,94034,180
Protective Service Occupations$50,96032,370
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$84,69029,500
Registered Nurses$75,34029,040
Customer Service Representatives$39,82028,350
Cashiers$25,87027,960
Accountants and Auditors$85,80023,880
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$58,79023,300
General and Operations Managers$143,60022,940
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$31,48022,250
Office Clerks, General$42,67021,820
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$74,45020,750
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$32,13020,400
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$40,93020,140
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$28,90019,600
Software Developers, Applications$106,04019,520
Community and Social Service Occupations$51,08019,410
Cooks, Restaurant$29,87018,230
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$80,61017,930
Personal Care Aides$26,95016,100
Legal Occupations$121,57015,920
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$44,56015,180
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$77,99014,440
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists$76,13012,450
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$51,37012,280
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$66,32012,140
Security Guards$35,91011,780
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$33,71011,600
Computer Occupations, All Other$106,04011,000
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$42,67010,940
Nursing Assistants$34,29010,590
Construction Laborers$38,10010,540
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$40,59010,450

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