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Salaries and Benefits

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The state of Colorado’s statutory philosophy is to provide prevailing total compensation (competitive or comparable to the market) to recruit, retain and motivate a qualified workforce.


The major components of total compensation are summarized and include:



The department has developed a strategy that sets the vision and direction for achieving competitive total compensation. A history of benefits and compensation changes to the personnel system is documented in the Total Compensation Time Line.