The oil and gas industry is impacting the Colorado economy to the tune of $29.6 billion last year. The study was done by researchers at the University of Colorado’s Leeds School of Business and was conducted for the Colorado Oil and Gas Association. The report showed the industry supported more than 110,000 high paying jobs with an average salary of $101,171 which is about 101% higher than the state’s average salary. Between 2000 and 2012, the oil and gas industry added 17% more jobs, bringing the total number of people working in core positions to 29,254 and related employment to 21,977 jobs. The oil and gas industry contributed about 3.8 billion in employee income to Colorado households last year, or about 2.8% of total salaries in the state.