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 – especially millennials – to the growing metro area.

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

Job Market Index

Index Score: 8.1 /10

How we calculate this.


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

Average Annual Salary


Denver
$55,910

USA
$49,630

Unemployment Rate this Year

2.6%
of people are without a job

1.8% 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
156,800
Nursing Aide
Salary: $22k - $31k

Accommodation and Food Services

Total Employment
136,700
Waiter and Waitress
Salary: $18k - $26k

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

Total Employment
131,800
Accountant
Salary: $53k - $90k