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Legislator Salary Information in Colorado

The average annual and hourly salaries for legislators in the state of Colorado are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of legislators among Colorado cities is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Legislators in Colorado

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$19,520
25th Percentile Wage
$19,950
50th Percentile Wage
$44,290
75th Percentile Wage
$65,130
90th Percentile Wage
$121,330

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for legislators in Colorado in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $121,330. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $44,290. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $19,520.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of legislators from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$44,290
5.85% 8.69%
2016
$41,700
-33.26% -
2015
$55,570
-3.13% -
2014
$57,310
-1.45% -
2013
$58,140
30.44% -
2012
$40,440
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Legislators in Colorado Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of legislators in some Colorado cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of legislators in state of Colorado ranges from $24,320 to $99,050. The highest paying area for legislators in Colorado is Boulder with a median annual salary of $99,050. The second highest paying city/area in Colorado State is Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area (mean annual salary $56,720). The lowest paying area is Denver-Aurora-Broomfield with a median annual salary of $24,320.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Boulder
$99,050
Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area
$56,720
Colorado Springs
$48,350
West Colorado nonmetropolitan area
$48,340
East and South Colorado nonmetropolitan area
$46,400
Northcentral Colorado nonmetropolitan area
$27,390
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield
$24,320




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