Congress has passed a retro-active 1.4% pay raise for 2019 in addition to a locality increase and 6 new localities.

General Schedule (GS) Payscale in Colorado for 2017

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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 24.65% 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$23,093$23,865$24,633$25,397$26,165$26,614$27,373$28,140$28,170$28,883
GS-2$25,963$26,582$27,442$28,170$28,486$29,324$30,162$30,999$31,837$32,675
GS-3$28,329$29,274$30,219$31,164$32,109$33,053$33,998$34,943$35,888$36,830
GS-4$31,803$32,863$33,922$34,982$36,041$37,101$38,160$39,220$40,279$41,339
GS-5$35,581$36,768$37,955$39,141$40,328$41,515$42,701$43,888$45,075$46,261
GS-6$39,662$40,985$42,307$43,630$44,953$46,275$47,598$48,920$50,243$51,565
GS-7$44,075$45,545$47,014$48,484$49,953$51,423$52,893$54,362$55,832$57,302
GS-8$48,812$50,438$52,065$53,692$55,318$56,945$58,572$60,198$61,825$63,452
GS-9$53,912$55,710$57,507$59,305$61,102$62,900$64,697$66,495$68,292$70,089
GS-10$59,371$61,350$63,330$65,309$67,289$69,268$71,247$73,227$75,206$77,186
GS-11$65,228$67,402$69,576$71,750$73,924$76,098$78,271$80,445$82,619$84,793
GS-12$78,183$80,789$83,396$86,002$88,609$91,215$93,822$96,428$99,034$101,641
GS-13$92,969$96,068$99,167$102,265$105,364$108,463$111,562$114,661$117,759$120,858
GS-14$109,862$113,524$117,186$120,848$124,510$128,173$131,835$135,497$139,159$142,821
GS-15$129,227$133,535$137,843$142,151$146,459$150,767$155,075$159,382$161,900*$161,900*

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 15.99% 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$21,488$22,207$22,922$23,633$24,347$24,765$25,471$26,185$26,213$26,876
GS-2$24,160$24,735$25,535$26,213$26,507$27,287$28,066$28,846$29,625$30,404
GS-3$26,361$27,240$28,119$28,999$29,878$30,757$31,636$32,515$33,395$34,272
GS-4$29,594$30,580$31,566$32,551$33,537$34,523$35,509$36,495$37,481$38,467
GS-5$33,109$34,214$35,318$36,422$37,526$38,630$39,735$40,839$41,943$43,047
GS-6$36,907$38,138$39,368$40,599$41,829$43,060$44,291$45,521$46,752$47,983
GS-7$41,013$42,380$43,748$45,115$46,483$47,851$49,218$50,586$51,953$53,321
GS-8$45,421$46,934$48,448$49,962$51,475$52,989$54,503$56,016$57,530$59,044
GS-9$50,167$51,839$53,512$55,185$56,857$58,530$60,202$61,875$63,547$65,220
GS-10$55,246$57,088$58,930$60,772$62,614$64,456$66,298$68,139$69,981$71,823
GS-11$60,696$62,719$64,742$66,765$68,788$70,811$72,834$74,856$76,879$78,902
GS-12$72,751$75,177$77,602$80,027$82,453$84,878$87,303$89,729$92,154$94,579
GS-13$86,510$89,393$92,277$95,161$98,044$100,928$103,811$106,695$109,578$112,462
GS-14$102,229$105,637$109,045$112,452$115,860$119,268$122,676$126,083$129,491$132,899
GS-15$120,249$124,258$128,266$132,275$136,284$140,292$144,301$148,309$152,318$156,327

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 15.06% (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$21,316$22,029$22,738$23,443$24,152$24,566$25,267$25,975$26,002$26,661
GS-2$23,966$24,537$25,330$26,002$26,295$27,068$27,841$28,614$29,387$30,161
GS-3$26,150$27,022$27,894$28,766$29,638$30,510$31,383$32,255$33,127$33,997
GS-4$29,356$30,334$31,312$32,290$33,268$34,246$35,224$36,202$37,180$38,158
GS-5$32,844$33,939$35,035$36,130$37,225$38,321$39,416$40,511$41,607$42,702
GS-6$36,611$37,832$39,053$40,273$41,494$42,715$43,936$45,156$46,377$47,598
GS-7$40,684$42,041$43,397$44,754$46,110$47,467$48,823$50,180$51,537$52,893
GS-8$45,056$46,558$48,059$49,561$51,062$52,564$54,066$55,567$57,069$58,570
GS-9$49,765$51,424$53,083$54,742$56,401$58,060$59,720$61,379$63,038$64,697
GS-10$54,803$56,630$58,457$60,285$62,112$63,939$65,766$67,593$69,420$71,247
GS-11$60,210$62,216$64,223$66,230$68,236$70,243$72,250$74,256$76,263$78,270
GS-12$72,168$74,574$76,980$79,386$81,792$84,197$86,603$89,009$91,415$93,821
GS-13$85,816$88,677$91,537$94,398$97,258$100,118$102,979$105,839$108,699$111,560
GS-14$101,409$104,790$108,170$111,551$114,931$118,312$121,692$125,073$128,453$131,833
GS-15$119,285$123,261$127,238$131,214$135,191$139,167$143,144$147,120$151,097$155,073
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* For some high-paygrade workers pay under the GS scale may be capped at $161,900, 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/2017/colorado