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 Employement by Industry and Boulder’s Largest Employers can be found below.

Employment in city of Boulder by Industry (2012)
Industry Firms Employees Average Wages
Government (Federal, State, Local)* 41 18,914 $52,819
Professional, scientific, technical services 1,944 14,036 $87,649
Manufacturing 266 9,443 $82,546
Accommodation and food services 432 9,263 $18,164
Retail trade 576 7,930 $28,892
Health care and social assistance 682 8,313 $43,881
Information 218 5,803 $99,025
Finance and insurance 368 3,151 $83,254
Administrative and Support services 310 2,974 $38,137
Wholesale trade 440 2,819 $77,099
Other services 516 2,907 $39,180
Construction 294 1,494 $48,139
Arts, entertainment, and recreation 140 1,838 $19,373
Real estate and rental and leasing 361 1,233 $40,809
Educational services (private) 140 1,395 $30,330
Management of companies & enterprises 55 503 $97,304
Transportation and warehousing

43

820 $40,265
Total 6,877 93,154 $57,726

Largest Employers in Boulder
Employer
University of Colorado Boulder
IBM Corporation
Boulder Valley School District
Ball Aerospace
Boulder Community Hospital
Covidien
Boulder County
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
City of Boulder
MicroMotion
Whole Foods
Ricoh Production Print Solutions
InfoPrint Solutions
Lockheed Martin
Markit On Demand
Crispin Porter + Bogusky
Spectra Logic
Amgen
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Array BioPharma
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
YMCA of Boulder Valley
The Hain Celestial Group
Research Electro Optics
Corden Pharma Colorado
Google

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 Q1-Q4 2010 (unrevised); University of Colorado, Business Research Division

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