Industry Snapshot

Jefferson County is located on the western edge of metropolitan Denver and is the gateway to the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountains. With its highly educated workforce, world renowned research institutions, and globally positioned companies, Jefferson County is a leader in the bioscience industry.

An aging population in the U.S. is fueling tremendous growth in health-related products and services, including the biosciences. Colorado is currently home to a thriving bioscience industry, comprised of biotechnology, medical device, agricultural-bioscience, diagnostic, pharmaceutical, health care providers, research institutions and businesses that provide critical services and products to bioscience companies.

This industry in Colorado is a vital part of the state’s economy, with employment growth surpassing the national average. Over 90% of the companies are located along the Front Range in close proximity to Colorado’s nationally ranked research institutions. Employment in Jefferson County’s bioscience cluster accounts for roughly 23% of all bioscience employment in the Metro Denver region. Industry employers in the county earned an estimated $238 million in wages in 2011, or an average annual salary of $76,760.

*Data is for the Denver-Aurora-Broomfield Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA).
Occupation Average Annual
Salary*
Biochemists & Biophysicists  
Biological Scientists, all other  
Microbiologists  
Chemists  
Medical Scientists, except Epidemiologists  
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists  
Biological Technicians  

NAICS Description Companies Employment
Pharmaceutical & medicine mfg. 32.2% 45.4%
Electromedical & analytical instruments mfg. 11.9% 6.5%
Other industrial machinery mfg. 0.8% 0.1%
Surgical & medical instrument mfg. 12.7% 39.6%
Surgical appliances & supplies mfg. 19.5% 5.8%
Dental equipment & supplies mfg. 4.2% 0.7%
Research & development in biotechnology 18.6% 1.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%