Denver: Top Ranked Employer Brands by Job Seekers

Knowledge workers share the most appealing companies to work for


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It’s true: companies are only as successful as their people. And in order to attract the best and brightest, today’s innovative companies need a strong employer brand. A positive brand reputation can mean the difference between a company maintaining an all-star team and consistently losing dream candidates to a competitor.

  • Insight 1

    80% of tech workers would leave their current job for another one with a higher base salary

  • Insight 2

    82% of candidates are interested in working 100% remotely

  • Insight 3

    58% of candidates consider salary one of the most important things when job searching

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Top 20 Employer Brands

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  1. Ibotta
  2. SendGrid
  3. HomeAdvisor
  4. Arrow Electronics
  5. DaVita Healthcare Partners
  6. NetApp
  7. DigitalGlobe
  8. JumpCloud
  9. GoGo Business Aviation
  10. Healthgrades
  11. Havenly
  12. CenturyLink
  13. Four Winds Interactive
  14. TeamSnap
  15. Tendril
  16. Western Union
  17. Vertafore Inc
  18. RemoteLock
  19. CyberGRX
  20. GoSpotCheck

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Getting to know knowledge workers in Denver

What talent looks for in a company
  1. Compensation (i.e. base salary)
  2. Company culture
  3. Opportunity to learn new skills
What turns talent off from a company
  1. Poor reputation
  2. Poor company culture
  3. Not interested in the company mission

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Wage Gap: Pay Trends in Denver

Women in Denver ask for seven percent less on average than their male counterparts; they are offered six percent less on average.

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Distribution of the Wage Gap

60% of the time men are offered higher salaries than women for the same job at the same company and companies offer women 3% less on average than men for the same roles.

Frequence of roles Wage Gap
  • Job offers made to women that were less than job offers made to men
  • Job offers made to women that more or equal less than job offers made to men

Wage Gap in Denver

Denver boasts one of the smallest wage gaps of the 14 cities we analyzed. Women in Denver ask for four percent less on average than their male counterparts; they receive three percent less on average.

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  • Wage gap

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Denver Salary Trends for Software Engineers

Denver ranks as one of the top cities for tech professionals thanks to steady employment levels, a booming housing market, and average tech salaries that are higher than most other cities. Despite global market trends, salary levels have remained on a gradual rise. The paycheck increased between 2015 and 2016, growing from $112,000 to $114,000. It also rose by 4% between 2017 and 2018. By 2018, the average tech worker’s salary was $117,000, almost twice the national median household income ($63,179) and more than the median household income for Denver ($76,643). Employment in the city, particularly within the Denver metro area, grew by 32% between 2014 and 2019. Year-to-year gains in the average salary for software engineers, product managers, data scientists, and product designers topped 4%. Salaries played an important factor in most job decisions. six out of 10 workers considered salary to the most important thing during a job search, while eight out of 10 tech workers were willing to switch jobs if another offered a higher salary base. Most workers preferred the option of telecommuting. When asked, more than 80% of candidates preferred the option of working 100% remotely.

Top Brands hiring Software Engineers in Denver

When asked to choose the top brands in the city, local job seekers voted mobile technology company, Ibotta as the most appealing employer. SendGrid, a cloud-based tech company was ranked second, while HomeAdvisor (formerly known as ServiceMagic) featured third. Tech workers based their decision on multiple factors such as the company culture, base salary and the opportunity for growth. Employers with a poor reputation or unappealing company mission found it harder to attract top talent. Featured in the fourth and fifth positions were Arrow Electronics and DaVita Healthcare Partners. NetApp was voted sixth while DigitalGlobe, a subsidiary of Maxar Technologies, ranked seventh. JumpCloud and GoGo Business Aviation were voted eighth and ninth, putting HealthGrades—a company that provides information on health physicians and healthcare providers—in the 10th position.

Havenly Inc. ranked 11th ahead of CenturyLink and Four Winds Interactive. TeamSnap, founded in 2009, featured in the 14th spot ahead of Tendrils and financial services and communication company, Western Union. Vertafore Inc was ranked 17th followed by the SaaS cloud-based company RemoteLock. And rounding out the top 20 list were the network security company, CyberGRX and software solutions company, GoSpotCheck.

Most In-Demand Software Engineering Skills in Denver

Home to one of the highest concentrations of tech workers among American cities, Denver offers a lot of opportunities for software engineers. Topping the list of in-demand jobs were job roles that called for skilled full-stack engineers capable of working with front-end and server-side applications. Backend engineers were also in high demand, as employers looked for software developers capable of working with server-side development. Also trending were job positions for frontend developers and mobile engineers skilled with popular platforms such as iOS and Android. Data engineers were also in high demand, especially developers with experience in big data. Responding to evolving trends in modern technology, employers showed an increased preference for developers skilled in fast-rising languages. Kotlin and Go were a top-trending choice ahead of Microsoft’s Typescript. Scala, a popular language used for functional programming and strong static systems, ranked fourth on the top trending skills, while C#, another general-purpose programming language, was ranked fifth. Skill proficiency wasn’t the only major factor. For medium or senior-level positions, companies often hired software engineers with four or more years of experience in the desired field.

Denver Pay Gap Trends

Standing at 3%, Denver boasts one of the narrowest wage gaps among major tech cities. Women in Denver asked for 4% less on average than their male counterparts. They also received 3% less on average, compared to men working in similar positions. Positive trends were also recorded across salary levels. Women were offered hired salaries for the same job at the same company nearly 40% of the time. And in situations where women learned that they were being paid less than men, more than 30% took steps to search for a new job while over 25% approached the manager to discuss a salary review. More employers championed diversity programs, leading to an increased number of female candidates getting interviewed.

* However, certain roles were still slightly dominated by men. While women were equally represented in product management and design, more men were considered for positions in tech fields such as data analytics, DevOps and software engineering. *Tech workers can help close the gap by referencing high-quality salary data to know their worth and ask for it.