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Colorado Government Pay Charts Colorado General Schedule Payscales

3,137 federal employees †
$82,816 average yearly pay
+1% salary raise this year

Federal employees in Colorado are paid an adjusted base salary based on which of the three General Schedule localities that cover Colorado in which they work. Localities that cover parts of Colorado include Denver, Colorado Springs and Rest of U.S..

This table lists all of the major cities and military installations within Colorado where Federal employees work. Each city lists the GS Locality in which it is located, and the current Locality Adjustment applicable to that locality. Click on any city or locality to see the adjusted pay tables for that region.

City / Base Locality Type Federal Employee Count † GS Locality Name Locality Adjustment
Denver   Civilian 4,918 Denver 26.3%
Fort Carson   Army Unknown Colorado Springs 17.19%
Buckley Air Force Base   Air Force 116 Denver 26.3%
Fort Collins   Civilian 1,395 Denver 26.3%
Lakewood   Civilian 6,152 Denver 26.3%
Thornton   Civilian 13 Denver 26.3%
Arvada   Civilian 11 Denver 26.3%
Westminster   Civilian 16 Denver 26.3%
Pueblo Chemical Depot   Army 245 Colorado Springs 17.19%
Centennial   Civilian 32 Denver 26.3%
Boulder   Civilian 197 Denver 26.3%

Employee count includes only Non-DoD Employees in the GS Pay Scale. However, these rates apply to all General Schedule (GS) employees, including those in the Department of Defense (DoD).

Colorado Federal Employment Statistics

This section provides statistics on Federal government employees in Colorado, including most common occupations, agencies with the most local employees, and the average paygrade and salary rates of general schedule employees in the area. All data in this section is derived from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM)'s most recent available listings of federal employees in Colorado.

Common Occupations in Colorado

Occupation Number Employed Avg. Salary Avg. Bonus
Contact Representative 484 $49,076.00 $7.00
General Business And Industry 394 $98,223.00 $244.00
Civil Engineering 362 $97,281.00 $425.00
Voucher Examining 345 $49,886.00 $0.00
Veterans Claims Examining 189 $75,151.00 $73.00
Financial Administration And Program 179 $87,426.00 $377.00
Medical Support Assistance 170 $42,742.00 $12.00
Management And Program Analysis 170 $81,813.00 $134.00
Social Work 143 $77,742.00 $14.00
Information Technology Management 138 $115,877.00 $436.00
Miscellaneous Clerk And Assistant 131 $45,234.00 $45.00
Miscellaneous Administration And Program 115 $75,678.00 $49.00
Environmental Protection Specialist 111 $115,872.00 $1,419.00
Accounting 104 $103,940.00 $254.00
Geology 102 $114,764.00 $117.00

This table lists the top fifteen occupations held by the approximately 3,137 federal employees working in Colorado, Colorado, as well as average yearly compensation for Colorado based federal employees of that occupation.

Federal Agencies in Colorado

Agency Colorado Employees Avg. Salary Avg. Bonus
Veterans Health Administration 1,321 $59,960.00 $38.00
Office Of The Secretary Of The Interior 571 $100,124.00 $272.00
Bureau Of Reclamation 243 $98,962.00 $617.00
Internal Revenue Service 237 $51,528.00 $0.00
Veterans Benefits Administration 189 $75,151.00 $73.00
Ofc Of Sr Coord For Rocky Mountains 143 $100,413.00 $670.00
Federal Highway Administration 119 $95,599.00 $233.00
Environmental Protection Agency 111 $115,872.00 $1,419.00
Geological Survey 102 $114,764.00 $117.00
Public Buildings Service 101 $101,003.00 $39.00

There are ten Federal agencies with a significant workforce in Colorado. General Schedule employees at all of the agencies listed below will be paid according to the locality-adjusted GS payscale listed on this page.

Distribution of GS Employees in Colorado

There are approximately 3,137 federal employees on the General Schedule payscale located within Colorado. The average federal employee in Colorado earns $82,816 per year, and the average yearly bonus is $238.

Based on data provided by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the most common job title for federal employees based in Colorado is Contact Representative. The Federal agency with the largest number of employees in Colorado is the Veterans Health Administration, which has total of 1,321 employees in the area.

The bar graph to the left shows the distribution of employees in Colorado by paygrade, from GS-1 to GS-15. To learn more about how paygrades are determined and how they affect a federal employee's salary, see how to calculate GS Pay.

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