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Colorado Government Pay Charts Colorado General Schedule Payscales

3,230 federal employees †
$80,149 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 25.47%
Fort Carson   Army Unknown Colorado Springs 16.59%
Buckley Air Force Base   Air Force 116 Denver 25.47%
Fort Collins   Civilian 1,395 Denver 25.47%
Lakewood   Civilian 6,152 Denver 25.47%
Thornton   Civilian 13 Denver 25.47%
Arvada   Civilian 11 Denver 25.47%
Westminster   Civilian 16 Denver 25.47%
Pueblo Chemical Depot   Army 245 Colorado Springs 16.59%
Centennial   Civilian 32 Denver 25.47%
Boulder   Civilian 197 Denver 25.47%

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 460 $49,173.00 $20.00
Voucher Examining 371 $47,070.00 $0.00
Civil Engineering 368 $95,521.00 $329.00
General Business And Industry 303 $93,455.00 $292.00
Medical Support Assistance 198 $40,572.00 $145.00
Financial Administration And Program 185 $83,078.00 $217.00
Management And Program Analysis 185 $77,619.00 $49.00
Veterans Claims Examining 164 $74,847.00 $35.00
Information Technology Management 144 $112,354.00 $135.00
Miscellaneous Clerk And Assistant 143 $43,237.00 $59.00
Social Work 143 $74,741.00 $138.00
Environmental Protection Specialist 124 $113,978.00 $1,596.00
Miscellaneous Administration And Program 121 $75,912.00 $100.00
Accounting 112 $99,918.00 $127.00
Geology 105 $111,795.00 $333.00
Social Insurance Administration 104 $91,420.00 $255.00

This table lists the top sixteen occupations held by the approximately 3,230 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 1,380 $57,985.00 $70.00
Office Of The Secretary Of The Interior 613 $95,997.00 $122.00
Bureau Of Reclamation 243 $95,682.00 $401.00
Internal Revenue Service 241 $51,601.00 $39.00
Veterans Benefits Administration 164 $74,847.00 $35.00
Ofc Of Sr Coord For Rocky Mountains 131 $98,270.00 $575.00
Federal Highway Administration 125 $95,359.00 $257.00
Environmental Protection Agency 124 $113,978.00 $1,596.00
Geological Survey 105 $111,795.00 $333.00
Social Security Administration 104 $91,420.00 $255.00

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 3,230 federal employees on the General Schedule payscale located within Colorado. The average federal employee in Colorado earns $80,149 per year, and the average yearly bonus is $235.

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 1,380 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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