The State of Colorado's compensation philosophy is to provide competitive compensation in order to recruit, retain, and motivate a qualified workforce. 

Job Classifications

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Annual Compensation Plans and Reports 

View compensation pay plans and reports of annual market compensation and benefit survey results. 

Performance Management 

Review of sound performance management, achievement pay, and dispute resolution.

Leave & Time Off

The State offers a comprehensive leave program. 

Personal Services Contracts 

The State's Compensation Team provides guidance on the statutes and procedures that govern the process for review and approval of personal services contracts.


Meet and Confer Meetings - FY 2017-18 Annual Compensation Survey Process and Methodology 

Each year, the Department of Personnel & Administration’s Division of Human Resources (DHR) conducts a survey to measure and compare the total compensation package offered to the State’s classified employees.  This survey is conducted to ensure the total compensation package is competitive when compared to private industry and other government entities.  Findings from the annual survey are used to develop recommendations for salary adjustments; medical, dental and basic life insurance plan premium contributions; and leave benefits.  The survey results are submitted to the Governor on August 1st to assist in developing his proposed budget.

DHR will conduct the following informational (“meet and confer”) sessions to explain the survey process and methodology used in collecting information, to answer questions, and to seek employee feedback on the process. All meet and confer meetings are for informational purposes only and attendance is not required.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

First session: 9 a.m. and  Second session: 1 p.m.

Department of Personnel & Administration
1525 Sherman St., Room 103
Denver, CO 80204

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

One session at 9 a.m.

Department of Personnel & Administration
1525 Sherman St., Room 103
Denver, CO 80204

Documents for the meet and confer meetings will be available at by Monday, June 6, 2016.  If you are unable to attend and would like to provide written feedback, please submit your comments to by Friday, June 17, 2016.

Annual Total Compensation Survey Proposed Process


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Employee Resources 

For more information, contact a member of the Compensation Team or email directly to