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Illinois Government Pay Charts Illinois General Schedule Payscales

4,781 federal employees †
$76,773 average yearly pay
+5% salary raise this year

Federal employees in Illinois are paid an adjusted base salary based on which of the four General Schedule localities that cover Illinois in which they work. Localities that cover parts of Illinois include Chicago, Davenport, Saint Louis and Rest of U.S..

This table lists all of the major cities and military installations within Illinois where Federal employees work. Each city lists the GS Locality in which it is located, and the current Locality Adjustment applicable to that locality. Click on any city or locality to see the adjusted pay tables for that region.

City / Base Locality Type Federal Employee Count † GS Locality Name Locality Adjustment
Aurora   Civilian 81 Chicago 30.41%
Scott Air Force Base   Air Force Unknown Saint Louis 19.63%
Chicago   Civilian 8,651 Chicago 30.41%
Elgin   Civilian 36 Chicago 30.41%
Camp Price Support Center   Army Unknown Saint Louis 19.63%
Joliet   Civilian 64 Chicago 30.41%
Naperville   Civilian Unknown Chicago 30.41%
Peoria   Civilian 432 Rest of U.S. 16.82%
Rock Island Arsenal   Army 21 Davenport 18.66%
Rockford   Civilian 101 Chicago 30.41%
Springfield   Civilian 293 Rest of U.S. 16.82%
Naval Station Great Lakes   Navy 44 Chicago 30.41%

Employee count includes only Non-DoD Employees in the GS Pay Scale. However, these rates apply to all General Schedule (GS) employees, including those in the Department of Defense (DoD).

Illinois Federal Employment Statistics

This section provides statistics on Federal government employees in Illinois, including most common occupations, agencies with the most local employees, and the average paygrade and salary rates of general schedule employees in the area. All data in this section is derived from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM)'s most recent available listings of federal employees in Illinois.

Common Occupations in Illinois

Occupation Number Employed Avg. Salary Avg. Bonus
Medical Support Assistance 745 $46,533.00 $15.00
Social Insurance Administration 667 $94,942.00 $0.00
Contact Representative 425 $58,133.00 $2.00
General Legal And Kindred Administration 355 $63,515.00 $18.00
Nursing Assistant 350 $43,942.00 $0.00
Health Aid And Technician 345 $50,204.00 $57.00
Social Work 315 $92,226.00 $26.00
Information Technology Management 240 $116,097.00 $1.00
General Physical Science 206 $116,368.00 $0.00
Pharmacist 166 $142,671.00 $0.00
General Health Science 159 $94,186.00 $44.00
Environmental Engineering 146 $120,433.00 $0.00
Railroad Retirement Claims Examining 144 $86,276.00 $0.00
Contracting 140 $98,323.00 $0.00
Practical Nurse 139 $62,328.00 $0.00
Veterans Claims Examining 120 $84,797.00 $110.00
General Attorney 119 $131,902.00 $0.00

This table lists the top seventeen occupations held by the approximately 4,781 federal employees working in Illinois, Illinois, as well as average yearly compensation for Illinois based federal employees of that occupation.

Federal Agencies in Illinois

Agency Illinois Employees Avg. Salary Avg. Bonus
Veterans Health Administration 2,219 $63,235.00 $19.00
Social Security Administration 1,566 $87,123.00 $5.00
Environmental Protection Agency 352 $118,401.00 $0.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary For Information And Technology 240 $116,097.00 $1.00
Railroad Retirement Board 144 $86,276.00 $0.00
Executive Director, Office Of Acquisition And Logistics 140 $98,323.00 $0.00
Veterans Benefits Administration 120 $84,797.00 $110.00

There are seven Federal agencies with a significant workforce in Illinois. General Schedule employees at all of the agencies listed below will be paid according to the locality-adjusted GS payscale listed on this page.

Distribution of GS Employees in Illinois

There are approximately 4,781 federal employees on the General Schedule payscale located within Illinois. The average federal employee in Illinois earns $76,773 per year, and the average yearly bonus is $17.

Based on data provided by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the most common job title for federal employees based in Illinois is Medical Support Assistance. The Federal agency with the largest number of employees in Illinois is the Veterans Health Administration, which has total of 2,219 employees in the area.

The bar graph to the left shows the distribution of employees in Illinois by paygrade, from GS-1 to GS-15. To learn more about how paygrades are determined and how they affect a federal employee's salary, see how to calculate GS Pay.

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