Audit: State pay better than private in Colorado |

Audit: State pay better than private in Colorado

DENVER, Colorado – An audit says Colorado state employees make an average of 6 percent more than private-sector workers, but the review didn’t take into account the lower benefits the state offers.

The audit by Fox Lawson and Associates of St. Paul, Minn., was released Monday.

The report didn’t measure state workers’ total compensation package, which includes insurance and other benefits.

State personnel officials say that if the state’s less-generous benefits are factored in, Colorado employees make an average of 2 percent more than others.

The audit criticized the way the state determines pay, noting the Department of Personnel and Administration measures how much of an increase various jobs get in the broader market, rather than what the actual pay was for those non-state workers.

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