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General Schedule (GS) Payscale in Colorado for 2015

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The General Schedule (GS) payscale is the federal government payscale used to determine the salaries of over 70% of federal civilian employees.

Under the GS payscale, an employee's base pay depends on two factors - the GS Paygrade of their job, and the Paygrade Step they have achieved (depending on seniority or performance). This base pay is then modified based on a "Locality Pay Adjustment", which adjusts the GS payscale based on cost-of-living in different areas within the United States.

Colorado has one or more Locality Pay Adjustment areas with special locality pay adjustment rates. This page lists the locality-adjusted yearly GS pay scales for each area, with starting pay for a GS-1 broken down by county in the interactive map. For a detailed calculation of your pay as a GS employee in Colorado, see our General Schedule Pay Calculator.

DENVER-AURORA, CO

The DENVER-AURORA, CO General Schedule locality region applies to government employees who work in Denver and surrounding areas. General Schedule employees who work within this region are paid 22.52% more than the GS base pay rates to account for local cost of living.

GS Grade Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 Step 10
GS-1$22,251$22,995$23,735$24,471$25,211$25,645$26,376$27,114$27,142$27,827
GS-2$25,017$25,613$26,441$27,142$27,448$28,256$29,063$29,870$30,678$31,485
GS-3$27,296$28,207$29,117$30,027$30,938$31,848$32,758$33,668$34,579$35,489
GS-4$30,643$31,665$32,687$33,709$34,731$35,753$36,774$37,796$38,818$39,840
GS-5$34,284$35,427$36,570$37,713$38,856$39,999$41,142$42,285$43,428$44,572
GS-6$38,216$39,491$40,765$42,039$43,313$44,587$45,862$47,136$48,410$49,684
GS-7$42,468$43,883$45,298$46,713$48,128$49,543$50,959$52,374$53,789$55,204
GS-8$47,032$48,600$50,168$51,737$53,305$54,873$56,441$58,010$59,578$61,146
GS-9$51,947$53,678$55,410$57,141$58,872$60,603$62,335$64,066$65,797$67,528
GS-10$57,206$59,112$61,019$62,925$64,831$66,738$68,644$70,551$72,457$74,364
GS-11$62,850$64,945$67,040$69,136$71,231$73,326$75,421$77,516$79,611$81,706
GS-12$75,333$77,844$80,356$82,868$85,379$87,891$90,403$92,914$95,426$97,938
GS-13$89,580$92,566$95,552$98,538$101,524$104,510$107,495$110,481$113,467$116,453
GS-14$105,856$109,385$112,913$116,442$119,970$123,499$127,028$130,556$134,085$137,613
GS-15$124,517$128,668$132,819$136,970$141,121$145,272$149,423$153,574$157,725$158,700*

The Denver locality pay rate also applies to Arvada, Aurora, Boulder, Centennial, Denver, Fort Collins, Lakewood, Thornton, Westminster, and other cities within the region.

Government installations that use the Denver GS locality include Colorado National Guard, Buckley Air Force Base, Buckley Air Force Base, and other facilities within the region.

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Rest of Colorado

Any federal employees in Colorado who do not live in an area for which a specific Locality Pay Adjustment has been set will receive the generic "Rest of the United States" locality pay adjustment of 14.16% (shown in the table below).

GS Grade Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 Step 10
GS-1$20,733$21,426$22,115$22,801$23,491$23,895$24,576$25,264$25,290$25,928
GS-2$23,310$23,865$24,637$25,290$25,575$26,328$27,080$27,832$28,585$29,337
GS-3$25,434$26,282$27,130$27,978$28,827$29,675$30,523$31,371$32,219$33,068
GS-4$28,553$29,505$30,457$31,409$32,361$33,313$34,265$35,217$36,169$37,121
GS-5$31,944$33,009$34,074$35,140$36,205$37,270$38,335$39,400$40,465$41,530
GS-6$35,609$36,796$37,983$39,171$40,358$41,545$42,732$43,920$45,107$46,294
GS-7$39,570$40,889$42,207$43,526$44,844$46,163$47,481$48,800$50,119$51,437
GS-8$43,823$45,284$46,745$48,206$49,668$51,129$52,590$54,051$55,513$56,974
GS-9$48,403$50,016$51,629$53,242$54,855$56,468$58,081$59,694$61,307$62,920
GS-10$53,302$55,079$56,855$58,631$60,408$62,184$63,960$65,737$67,513$69,289
GS-11$58,562$60,514$62,466$64,418$66,370$68,322$70,275$72,227$74,179$76,131
GS-12$70,192$72,533$74,873$77,213$79,554$81,894$84,234$86,574$88,915$91,255
GS-13$83,468$86,250$89,032$91,814$94,596$97,378$100,161$102,943$105,725$108,507
GS-14$98,633$101,921$105,209$108,497$111,784$115,072$118,360$121,648$124,936$128,223
GS-15$116,021$119,889$123,756$127,624$131,492$135,360$139,227$143,095$146,963$150,830
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COLORADO SPRINGS, CO

The COLORADO SPRINGS, CO General Schedule locality region applies to government employees who work in Colorado Springs and surrounding areas. General Schedule employees who work within this region are paid 14.16% more than the GS base pay rates to account for local cost of living.

GS Grade Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 Step 10
GS-1$20,733$21,426$22,115$22,801$23,491$23,895$24,576$25,264$25,290$25,928
GS-2$23,310$23,865$24,637$25,290$25,575$26,328$27,080$27,832$28,585$29,337
GS-3$25,434$26,282$27,130$27,978$28,827$29,675$30,523$31,371$32,219$33,068
GS-4$28,553$29,505$30,457$31,409$32,361$33,313$34,265$35,217$36,169$37,121
GS-5$31,944$33,009$34,074$35,140$36,205$37,270$38,335$39,400$40,465$41,530
GS-6$35,609$36,796$37,983$39,171$40,358$41,545$42,732$43,920$45,107$46,294
GS-7$39,570$40,889$42,207$43,526$44,844$46,163$47,481$48,800$50,119$51,437
GS-8$43,823$45,284$46,745$48,206$49,668$51,129$52,590$54,051$55,513$56,974
GS-9$48,403$50,016$51,629$53,242$54,855$56,468$58,081$59,694$61,307$62,920
GS-10$53,302$55,079$56,855$58,631$60,408$62,184$63,960$65,737$67,513$69,289
GS-11$58,562$60,514$62,466$64,418$66,370$68,322$70,275$72,227$74,179$76,131
GS-12$70,192$72,533$74,873$77,213$79,554$81,894$84,234$86,574$88,915$91,255
GS-13$83,468$86,250$89,032$91,814$94,596$97,378$100,161$102,943$105,725$108,507
GS-14$98,633$101,921$105,209$108,497$111,784$115,072$118,360$121,648$124,936$128,223
GS-15$116,021$119,889$123,756$127,624$131,492$135,360$139,227$143,095$146,963$150,830

The Colorado Springs locality pay rate also applies to Colorado Springs, Pueblo, and other cities within the region.

Government installations that use the Colorado Springs GS locality include Fort Carson, and other facilities within the region.

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* For some high-paygrade workers pay under the GS scale may be capped at $158,700, which is the SES (Senior Executive Scale)'s Level 4 pay for the current year (5 U.S.C. 5304 (g)(1)).


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Source: www.federalpay.org/gs/2015/colorado