Annual Compensation Plans & Reports

The policy of the State of Colorado is to provide a competitive total compensation package to ensure that the State is able to recruit, reward and retain a qualified workforce. To support this policy, the State’s total compensation philosophy is to provide employees with pay increases that recognize employee performance and contributions, and group benefit plans that are competitive with prevailing market trends.

The Department of Personnel & Administration, Division of Human Resources is responsible for setting and maintaining the State of Colorado compensation plans and follows the annual compensation timeline below. 

Annual Compensation Timeline

  • August 1: C.R.S. Section 24-50-104(10)(b) requires the State Personnel Director to contract with a third-party compensation consulting firm with actuarial expertise and national standing to perform the total compensation study. It must include retirement benefits, and compare the total and component costs and values of the State's total compensation.  
  • May: Following the legislative process, the State Personnel Director announces the final compensation plan for the upcoming fiscal year.
  • June 1: New pay tables are available for the upcoming fiscal year.
  • July 1: Implementation of the Annual Compensation Plan.

Annual Compensation Plans and Reports

Meet and Confer - FY 2018-19 Total Compensation Survey Process and Methodology 

Each year, the Colorado Department of Personnel & Administration, Division of Human Resources (DHR) conducts a survey to measure and compare the total compensation package offered to the State’s classified employees. Every odd year, DHR contracts with a third-party compensation consultant, with actuarial experience, to perform this survey analysis. The consultant performing the FY 2018-19 survey is Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. 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 to assist in developing his proposed budget.  

In partnership with DHR, this year’s third-party consultant, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., will conduct the following informational Meet and Confer session to explain the survey process and methodology used in collecting information and to answer questions. 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 1:00pm

Department of Personnel & Administration
1525 Sherman St., 1st Floor Conference Center
Denver, CO 80204

Documents from the Meet and Confer are available below.

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2017 Colorado State Minimum Wage

Effective January 1, 2017 - December 31, 2017

  • Minimum Wage: $9.30
  • Tipped Employee Minimum Wage: $6.28