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General Schedule (GS) Payscale in Colorado for 2018

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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 25.47% 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$23,570$24,359$25,143$25,922$26,706$27,164$27,938$28,721$28,751$29,488
GS-2$26,501$27,132$28,009$28,751$29,078$29,933$30,789$31,645$32,500$33,356
GS-3$28,915$29,878$30,842$31,805$32,769$33,733$34,696$35,660$36,623$37,587
GS-4$32,460$33,542$34,623$35,705$36,787$37,868$38,950$40,031$41,113$42,194
GS-5$36,317$37,528$38,739$39,950$41,160$42,371$43,582$44,793$46,004$47,214
GS-6$40,482$41,830$43,179$44,528$45,877$47,226$48,574$49,923$51,272$52,621
GS-7$44,986$46,485$47,985$49,484$50,983$52,483$53,982$55,482$56,981$58,480
GS-8$49,820$51,482$53,143$54,804$56,465$58,126$59,788$61,449$63,110$64,771
GS-9$55,027$56,862$58,696$60,530$62,365$64,199$66,034$67,868$69,702$71,537
GS-10$60,598$62,618$64,638$66,658$68,679$70,699$72,719$74,739$76,759$78,779
GS-11$66,577$68,796$71,016$73,236$75,455$77,675$79,894$82,114$84,333$86,553
GS-12$79,799$82,459$85,119$87,779$90,439$93,099$95,759$98,419$101,079$103,739
GS-13$94,890$98,054$101,217$104,380$107,543$110,706$113,869$117,032$120,195$123,358
GS-14$112,133$115,870$119,608$123,346$127,084$130,821$134,559$138,297$142,035$145,772
GS-15$131,898$136,294$140,691$145,087$149,484$153,880$158,277$162,673$164,200*$164,200*

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 16.59% 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$21,901$22,635$23,363$24,087$24,816$25,242$25,961$26,689$26,717$27,401
GS-2$24,625$25,211$26,026$26,717$27,020$27,815$28,610$29,405$30,200$30,995
GS-3$26,868$27,764$28,659$29,554$30,450$31,345$32,241$33,136$34,031$34,927
GS-4$30,163$31,168$32,173$33,178$34,183$35,188$36,193$37,198$38,203$39,208
GS-5$33,747$34,872$35,997$37,122$38,247$39,372$40,498$41,623$42,748$43,873
GS-6$37,617$38,870$40,123$41,377$42,630$43,883$45,137$46,390$47,643$48,897
GS-7$41,802$43,195$44,589$45,982$47,375$48,768$50,162$51,555$52,948$54,341
GS-8$46,294$47,838$49,382$50,925$52,469$54,013$55,556$57,100$58,644$60,187
GS-9$51,133$52,837$54,542$56,247$57,951$59,656$61,360$63,065$64,769$66,474
GS-10$56,309$58,187$60,064$61,941$63,818$65,695$67,572$69,449$71,326$73,203
GS-11$61,865$63,927$65,990$68,052$70,115$72,177$74,240$76,302$78,365$80,427
GS-12$74,151$76,623$79,095$81,566$84,038$86,510$88,981$91,453$93,925$96,397
GS-13$88,175$91,114$94,053$96,992$99,932$102,871$105,810$108,749$111,689$114,628
GS-14$104,196$107,670$111,143$114,616$118,089$121,563$125,036$128,509$131,982$135,455
GS-15$122,563$126,648$130,734$134,819$138,904$142,989$147,075$151,160$155,245$159,331

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 15.37% (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$21,672$22,398$23,119$23,835$24,557$24,978$25,689$26,409$26,437$27,114
GS-2$24,367$24,948$25,754$26,437$26,737$27,524$28,311$29,097$29,884$30,671
GS-3$26,587$27,473$28,359$29,245$30,131$31,017$31,903$32,789$33,675$34,561
GS-4$29,847$30,842$31,836$32,831$33,825$34,820$35,814$36,809$37,803$38,798
GS-5$33,394$34,507$35,620$36,734$37,847$38,960$40,074$41,187$42,300$43,414
GS-6$37,223$38,463$39,703$40,944$42,184$43,424$44,664$45,905$47,145$48,385
GS-7$41,365$42,743$44,122$45,501$46,879$48,258$49,637$51,015$52,394$53,773
GS-8$45,810$47,337$48,865$50,392$51,920$53,447$54,975$56,502$58,030$59,557
GS-9$50,598$52,285$53,971$55,658$57,345$59,031$60,718$62,405$64,091$65,778
GS-10$55,720$57,578$59,435$61,293$63,150$65,008$66,865$68,722$70,580$72,437
GS-11$61,218$63,259$65,299$67,340$69,381$71,422$73,463$75,504$77,545$79,586
GS-12$73,375$75,821$78,267$80,713$83,159$85,605$88,050$90,496$92,942$95,388
GS-13$87,252$90,161$93,069$95,977$98,886$101,794$104,703$107,611$110,520$113,428
GS-14$103,106$106,543$109,980$113,417$116,854$120,291$123,727$127,164$130,601$134,038
GS-15$121,280$125,323$129,366$133,408$137,451$141,493$145,536$149,578$153,621$157,663
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* For some high-paygrade workers pay under the GS scale may be capped at $164,200, 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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