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General Schedule (GS) Payscale in Colorado for 2022

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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 28.1% 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$25,840$26,708$27,566$28,422$29,280$29,782$30,633$31,488$31,523$32,325
GS-2$29,056$29,747$30,709$31,523$31,879$32,817$33,754$34,692$35,630$36,567
GS-3$31,703$32,760$33,817$34,874$35,931$36,988$38,044$39,101$40,158$41,215
GS-4$35,589$36,775$37,961$39,147$40,334$41,520$42,706$43,892$45,078$46,265
GS-5$39,817$41,144$42,472$43,799$45,126$46,453$47,780$49,107$50,434$51,761
GS-6$44,385$45,865$47,344$48,824$50,304$51,783$53,263$54,742$56,222$57,701
GS-7$49,322$50,966$52,609$54,253$55,896$57,540$59,183$60,827$62,471$64,114
GS-8$54,623$56,443$58,264$60,084$61,904$63,725$65,545$67,365$69,186$71,006
GS-9$60,331$62,342$64,354$66,365$68,376$70,387$72,398$74,409$76,421$78,432
GS-10$66,438$68,653$70,867$73,082$75,297$77,512$79,727$81,942$84,157$86,371
GS-11$72,995$75,428$77,860$80,293$82,726$85,158$87,591$90,024$92,456$94,889
GS-12$87,491$90,408$93,325$96,242$99,158$102,075$104,992$107,909$110,826$113,743
GS-13$104,038$107,505$110,973$114,441$117,908$121,376$124,844$128,311$131,779$135,247
GS-14$122,941$127,039$131,137$135,235$139,333$143,431$147,529$151,627$155,725$159,823
GS-15$144,612$149,432$154,253$159,073$163,894$168,714$173,535$176,300*$176,300*$176,300*

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

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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 18.42% 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$23,888$24,689$25,483$26,274$27,067$27,531$28,318$29,109$29,141$29,882
GS-2$26,860$27,499$28,389$29,141$29,470$30,337$31,204$32,071$32,937$33,804
GS-3$29,308$30,285$31,262$32,239$33,216$34,193$35,170$36,147$37,123$38,100
GS-4$32,899$33,996$35,093$36,189$37,286$38,382$39,479$40,575$41,672$42,769
GS-5$36,808$38,035$39,262$40,489$41,716$42,943$44,169$45,396$46,623$47,850
GS-6$41,031$42,399$43,767$45,135$46,502$47,870$49,238$50,606$51,973$53,341
GS-7$45,595$47,115$48,634$50,153$51,673$53,192$54,711$56,231$57,750$59,269
GS-8$50,495$52,178$53,861$55,544$57,226$58,909$60,592$62,275$63,957$65,640
GS-9$55,772$57,631$59,491$61,350$63,209$65,068$66,927$68,787$70,646$72,505
GS-10$61,417$63,465$65,512$67,560$69,607$71,655$73,702$75,750$77,797$79,845
GS-11$67,479$69,728$71,977$74,226$76,474$78,723$80,972$83,221$85,470$87,718
GS-12$80,880$83,576$86,273$88,969$91,665$94,362$97,058$99,755$102,451$105,147
GS-13$96,176$99,382$102,587$105,793$108,999$112,204$115,410$118,615$121,821$125,027
GS-14$113,651$117,439$121,228$125,016$128,804$132,593$136,381$140,169$143,957$147,746
GS-15$133,684$138,140$142,597$147,053$151,509$155,965$160,421$164,877$169,333$173,790

The Colorado Springs locality pay rate also applies to Colorado Springs, Pueblo, and other cities 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 16.2% (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$23,440$24,227$25,005$25,781$26,560$27,015$27,787$28,563$28,594$29,322
GS-2$26,356$26,984$27,857$28,594$28,918$29,768$30,619$31,469$32,320$33,170
GS-3$28,758$29,717$30,676$31,634$32,593$33,552$34,510$35,469$36,428$37,386
GS-4$32,283$33,359$34,435$35,511$36,587$37,663$38,739$39,815$40,891$41,967
GS-5$36,118$37,322$38,526$39,730$40,934$42,138$43,341$44,545$45,749$46,953
GS-6$40,262$41,604$42,946$44,288$45,631$46,973$48,315$49,657$50,999$52,341
GS-7$44,740$46,231$47,722$49,213$50,704$52,195$53,686$55,176$56,667$58,158
GS-8$49,549$51,200$52,851$54,502$56,154$57,805$59,456$61,107$62,758$64,410
GS-9$54,727$56,551$58,375$60,200$62,024$63,848$65,673$67,497$69,321$71,146
GS-10$60,266$62,275$64,284$66,293$68,302$70,311$72,321$74,330$76,339$78,348
GS-11$66,214$68,421$70,628$72,834$75,041$77,247$79,454$81,661$83,867$86,074
GS-12$79,363$82,009$84,655$87,301$89,947$92,593$95,239$97,885$100,530$103,176
GS-13$94,373$97,519$100,664$103,810$106,955$110,101$113,246$116,392$119,537$122,683
GS-14$111,521$115,238$118,955$122,672$126,390$130,107$133,824$137,541$141,259$144,976
GS-15$131,178$135,551$139,923$144,296$148,669$153,041$157,414$161,786$166,159$170,532
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* For some high-paygrade workers pay under the GS scale may be capped at $176,300, 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/2022/colorado