The nine-county Metro Denver region ranks second in private-sector aerospace employment out of the 50 largest metropolitan areas, with 20,020 workers. Colorado is the second-largest space economy in the United States, behind California.

Metro Denver Aerospace Employment Snapshot

Direct Employment20,020
Five-Year Employment Growth ('11-'16)2.3% (-3.2%)
One-Year Employment Growth (2016)1.9% (-0.9%)
Direct Employment Concentration (2016)0.9% (0.2%)
Average Wage$133,840
Employment Concentration Ranking (Among 50 largest metros)2

This region has attracted the nation’s top aerospace contractors to Metro Denver, including:

  • Intrex Aerospace
  • Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.
  • The Boeing Company
  • Harris Corporation
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Raytheon
  • Sierra Nevada Corporation

Source: Metro Denver EDC