Industries & Companies

Boulder has a diverse economy representing a variety of industries. Most employment is in government (including the University of Colorado and federal labs) and the professional services, manufacturing, accommodations and food services, retail, health care, and information industries. A list of Employment by Industry and Boulder’s Largest Employers can be found below.

Employment in city of Boulder by Industry (2013)
Industry Firms Employees Average Wages
Government (Federal, State, Local)* 41 18,720 $55,131
Professional, scientific, technical services 1,989 14,527 $91,977
Manufacturing 270 9,625 $81,382
Accommodation and food services 423 9,272 $19,291
Health care and social assistance 682 8,475 $45,341
Retail trade 573 8,077 $29,558
Information 222 5,594 $107,232
Finance and insurance 359 3,350 $92,524
Administrative and Support services 314 2,954 $36,169
Wholesale trade 464 2,941 $77,804
Other services 547 2,904 $40,148
Arts, entertainment, and recreation 155 1,865 $21,733
Construction 283 1,555 $50,929
Educational services (private) 161 1,455 $32,248
Real estate and rental and leasing 371 1,279 $45,752
Transportation and warehousing 44 877 $40,239
Management of companies & enterprises 54 567 $110,806
Total 6,987 94,347 $60,043

Largest Employers in Boulder
Employer
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder Valley School District
IBM Corporation
Boulder County
Boulder Community Health
Covidien
Ball Aerospace
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)/National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
City of Boulder
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Micro Motion
Qualcomm
Ricoh Production Print Solutions
Markit
Lockheed Martin
Rally Software
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Spectra Logic
Google
Crispin Porter + Bogusky
Elevations Credit Union
Northrop Grumman
Frasier Meadows
Wells Fargo
Array BioPharma
Celestial Seasonings
Research Electro-Optics

The city has a high concentration of employment in several key industry clusters including:

  • Aerospace
  • Biosciences
  • Data Storage
  • Natural & Organic Products
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Renewable Energy
  • Software
  • Tourism

*Includes the University of Colorado and federal labs

Source: Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, QCEW 2013; University of Colorado, Business Research Division

Top employers include the University of Colorado, Boulder Valley School District, IBM, Ball Aerospace, and Boulder Community Health.