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General Schedule (GS) Payscale in Colorado for 2016

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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 22.93% 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$22,549$23,303$24,052$24,799$25,549$25,987$26,729$27,476$27,506$28,201
GS-2$25,352$25,955$26,795$27,506$27,818$28,637$29,455$30,274$31,093$31,911
GS-3$27,662$28,584$29,506$30,428$31,350$32,272$33,194$34,116$35,038$35,959
GS-4$31,053$32,088$33,123$34,159$35,194$36,229$37,264$38,299$39,334$40,369
GS-5$34,742$35,900$37,058$38,216$39,374$40,532$41,690$42,848$44,006$45,164
GS-6$38,728$40,019$41,309$42,600$43,891$45,182$46,472$47,763$49,054$50,345
GS-7$43,037$44,471$45,906$47,340$48,775$50,210$51,644$53,079$54,513$55,948
GS-8$47,661$49,249$50,838$52,426$54,014$55,602$57,191$58,779$60,367$61,955
GS-9$52,642$54,397$56,151$57,905$59,659$61,413$63,168$64,922$66,676$68,430
GS-10$57,971$59,904$61,836$63,769$65,701$67,634$69,566$71,499$73,431$75,363
GS-11$63,691$65,814$67,937$70,060$72,183$74,306$76,429$78,552$80,675$82,798
GS-12$76,341$78,885$81,430$83,975$86,519$89,064$91,609$94,153$96,698$99,243
GS-13$90,779$93,805$96,832$99,858$102,885$105,912$108,938$111,965$114,991$118,018
GS-14$107,272$110,848$114,424$118,001$121,577$125,153$128,729$132,305$135,881$139,457
GS-15$126,183$130,389$134,596$138,803$143,009$147,216$151,423$155,629$159,836$160,300*

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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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 14.52% 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$21,006$21,708$22,407$23,102$23,801$24,210$24,900$25,596$25,624$26,272
GS-2$23,617$24,180$24,962$25,624$25,915$26,677$27,440$28,203$28,966$29,728
GS-3$25,769$26,628$27,487$28,346$29,205$30,064$30,923$31,782$32,640$33,499
GS-4$28,929$29,893$30,857$31,822$32,786$33,750$34,714$35,679$36,643$37,607
GS-5$32,366$33,444$34,523$35,602$36,681$37,760$38,838$39,917$40,996$42,075
GS-6$36,078$37,281$38,483$39,686$40,888$42,091$43,293$44,496$45,698$46,901
GS-7$40,092$41,429$42,765$44,102$45,438$46,775$48,111$49,447$50,784$52,120
GS-8$44,401$45,880$47,360$48,839$50,319$51,799$53,278$54,758$56,237$57,717
GS-9$49,041$50,675$52,309$53,944$55,578$57,212$58,846$60,480$62,115$63,749
GS-10$54,005$55,806$57,606$59,406$61,206$63,007$64,807$66,607$68,407$70,208
GS-11$59,334$61,312$63,289$65,267$67,245$69,223$71,201$73,178$75,156$77,134
GS-12$71,118$73,489$75,859$78,230$80,600$82,971$85,341$87,712$90,083$92,453
GS-13$84,568$87,388$90,207$93,027$95,846$98,666$101,485$104,305$107,124$109,944
GS-14$99,934$103,265$106,596$109,928$113,259$116,591$119,922$123,253$126,585$129,916
GS-15$117,550$121,469$125,388$129,307$133,226$137,145$141,063$144,982$148,901$152,820

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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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 14.35% (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$20,975$21,676$22,374$23,068$23,765$24,174$24,863$25,558$25,586$26,233
GS-2$23,582$24,144$24,925$25,586$25,876$26,638$27,399$28,161$28,923$29,684
GS-3$25,731$26,589$27,446$28,304$29,162$30,019$30,877$31,734$32,592$33,450
GS-4$28,886$29,849$30,812$31,774$32,737$33,700$34,663$35,626$36,589$37,551
GS-5$32,318$33,395$34,472$35,549$36,626$37,703$38,781$39,858$40,935$42,012
GS-6$36,025$37,225$38,426$39,627$40,828$42,028$43,229$44,430$45,630$46,831
GS-7$40,033$41,367$42,702$44,036$45,371$46,705$48,040$49,374$50,709$52,043
GS-8$44,335$45,812$47,289$48,767$50,244$51,722$53,199$54,676$56,154$57,631
GS-9$48,968$50,600$52,232$53,863$55,495$57,127$58,759$60,391$62,022$63,654
GS-10$53,925$55,723$57,520$59,318$61,116$62,913$64,711$66,508$68,306$70,103
GS-11$59,246$61,221$63,196$65,170$67,145$69,120$71,095$73,070$75,044$77,019
GS-12$71,012$73,380$75,747$78,114$80,481$82,848$85,215$87,582$89,949$92,316
GS-13$84,443$87,258$90,073$92,889$95,704$98,519$101,335$104,150$106,965$109,781
GS-14$99,785$103,112$106,438$109,765$113,091$116,417$119,744$123,070$126,397$129,723
GS-15$117,376$121,289$125,202$129,115$133,028$136,941$140,854$144,767$148,680$152,593
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* For some high-paygrade workers pay under the GS scale may be capped at $160,300, 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/2016/colorado