What kind of jobs are there in Denver, CO?

Denver features a concentration of research institutions, like the University of Colorado and the University of Denver. And since Lockheed Martin relocated its headquarters to Denver, the area has seen growth in the aerospace and defense sectors. Other prominent industries include biotech, health care, finance and telecommunications.

The hospitality sector is also thriving as more than 17 million people visit the area each year. Meanwhile, the blossoming recreational marijuana industry is creating jobs and luring more people to the growing metro area.

The Mile High City has a low unemployment rate compared with the national average. Denver residents also earn more on average than residents in other parts of the country.

Job Market Index

Index Score: 8.0 /10

How we calculate this.

Denver has a healthier job market than similarly sized metro areas.

Average Annual Salary



Unemployment Rate 2019

of people are without a job

1.0% lower than national average

Unemployment Rate Over Time

Data sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Top Industries in Denver

Health Care and Social Assistance

Total Employment
Nursing Aide
Salary: $24.34k - $33.58k

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

Total Employment
Salary: $55.07k - $92.91k

Accommodation and Food Services

Total Employment
Waiter and Waitress
Salary: $18.82k - $28.28k