Colorado’s top employers don’t always pay stellar wages
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., is the largest private employer in the United States, and in Colorado it’s no different.
According to the most recent information from the state Office of Economic Development and International Trade, Wal-Mart is the state’s top employer with more than 23,000 workers — including part-time and full-time.
A list of the employers with the most employees includes retail outlets and a temp agency not known for the best wages and job satisfaction, according to federal data. It also includes food and pharmacy chains, including Safeway and King Soopers, whose workers have union protections.
Information from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics showed in 2007 that retail salespersons and cashiers made an average of $21,160 to $25,600 a year.
Recent Bureau figures also showed that full-time temp workers made an average of $21,000 annually in 2005, and that workers in temporary occupations were found to be the least likely to prefer their current occupation when compared to other alternative work arrangements like on-call workers and independent contractors. The Bureau also reported that temp agency employees were less likely to qualify for health insurance than non-temp employees.
1. Wal-Mart – Retail outlet – 23,730 employees
2. King Soopers/City Market – Retail outlet, including food and pharmacy – 17,134 employees
3. Centura Health – Health provider – 12,000 employees
4. Pro-Lease – Employer organization – 12,000 employees
5. Qwest Communications – Telecommunications – 10,400 employees
6. Safeway – Retail outlet, including food and pharmacy – 11,621 employees
7. HCA-Health One – Healthcare provider – 8,800 employees
8. McDonalds – Fast food – 8,680 employees
9. ADP TotalSource – professional employer organization, provides human resource, payroll services – 7,00 employees
10. Exempla Healthcare – Hospital – 6,850 employees
Clarification: Story has been updated to clarify ADP Total Source as a employer organization, not a temp agency.