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Colorado Government Pay Charts Colorado General Schedule Payscales

3,154 federal employees †
$82,817 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 Colorado Springs, Denver 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
Arvada   Civilian 11 Denver 27.13%
Buckley Air Force Base   Air Force 116 Denver 27.13%
Boulder   Civilian 197 Denver 27.13%
Centennial   Civilian 32 Denver 27.13%
Fort Carson   Army Unknown Colorado Springs 17.78%
Denver   Civilian 4,918 Denver 27.13%
Fort Collins   Civilian 1,395 Denver 27.13%
Lakewood   Civilian 6,152 Denver 27.13%
Pueblo Chemical Depot   Army 245 Colorado Springs 17.78%
Thornton   Civilian 13 Denver 27.13%
Westminster   Civilian 16 Denver 27.13%

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 486 $49,313.00 $22.00
General Business And Industry 394 $98,319.00 $272.00
Civil Engineering 361 $97,126.00 $419.00
Voucher Examining 347 $49,806.00 $0.00
Veterans Claims Examining 188 $74,426.00 $66.00
Financial Administration And Program 184 $86,884.00 $371.00
Medical Support Assistance 175 $42,660.00 $11.00
Management And Program Analysis 170 $82,133.00 $138.00
Social Work 142 $77,960.00 $14.00
Miscellaneous Clerk And Assistant 136 $45,268.00 $43.00
Information Technology Management 136 $116,440.00 $435.00
Miscellaneous Administration And Program 119 $74,666.00 $60.00
Environmental Protection Specialist 110 $116,043.00 $1,409.00
Accounting 104 $104,260.00 $257.00
Geology 102 $115,139.00 $132.00

This table lists the top fifteen occupations held by the approximately 3,154 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 1,350 $59,851.00 $41.00
Office Of The Secretary Of The Interior 572 $100,276.00 $271.00
Bureau Of Reclamation 241 $98,937.00 $607.00
Internal Revenue Service 225 $52,160.00 $20.00
Veterans Benefits Administration 188 $74,426.00 $66.00
Ofc Of Sr Coord For Rocky Mountains 143 $100,519.00 $745.00
Federal Highway Administration 120 $95,315.00 $231.00
Environmental Protection Agency 110 $116,043.00 $1,409.00
Public Buildings Service 103 $100,920.00 $48.00
Geological Survey 102 $115,139.00 $132.00

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 3,154 federal employees on the General Schedule payscale located within Colorado. The average federal employee in Colorado earns $82,817 per year, and the average yearly bonus is $244.

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 1,350 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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