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Illinois Government Pay Charts Illinois General Schedule Payscales

4,869 federal employees †
$78,311 average yearly pay
+1% 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
Chicago   Civilian 8,651 Chicago 28.05%
Aurora   Civilian 81 Chicago 28.05%
Rockford   Civilian 101 Rest of U.S. 15.67%
Joliet   Civilian 64 Chicago 28.05%
Naperville   Civilian Unknown Chicago 28.05%
Springfield   Civilian 293 Rest of U.S. 15.67%
Peoria   Civilian 432 Rest of U.S. 15.67%
Elgin   Civilian 36 Chicago 28.05%
Scott Air Force Base   Air Force Unknown Saint Louis 17.05%
Rock Island Arsenal   Army 21 Davenport 16.49%
Camp Price Support Center   Army Unknown Saint Louis 17.05%
Naval Station Great Lakes   Navy 44 Chicago 28.05%

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
Social Insurance Administration 736 $86,920.00 $238.00
Medical Support Assistance 520 $43,507.00 $60.00
Contact Representative 414 $54,030.00 $175.00
Information Technology Management 390 $107,235.00 $84.00
General Legal And Kindred Administration 326 $60,364.00 $200.00
Health Aid And Technician 285 $45,623.00 $70.00
Social Work 267 $80,051.00 $51.00
General Physical Science 202 $112,122.00 $1,259.00
Railroad Retirement Claims Examining 174 $75,275.00 $1.00
Environmental Engineering 157 $105,222.00 $1,139.00
Pharmacist 149 $132,833.00 $51.00
Environmental Protection Specialist 147 $116,047.00 $1,396.00
General Health Science 146 $82,729.00 $23.00
Nursing Assistant 141 $38,348.00 $4.00
General Attorney 138 $109,901.00 $212.00
Practical Nurse 124 $57,519.00 $10.00
Contracting 120 $90,125.00 $0.00
Miscellaneous Clerk And Assistant 115 $26,038.00 $0.00
Miscellaneous Administration And Program 110 $107,696.00 $91.00
Health Insurance Administration 108 $103,943.00 $275.00
Veterans Claims Examining 100 $80,643.00 $72.00

This table lists the top 21 occupations held by the approximately 4,869 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 1,632 $63,027.00 $46.00
Social Security Administration 1,614 $77,804.00 $206.00
Environmental Protection Agency 506 $111,130.00 $1,265.00
Railroad Retirement Board 389 $97,107.00 $40.00
Dep Asst Sec For Info And Technology 285 $106,120.00 $138.00
Dep Asst Sec For Acquis And Logistics 120 $90,125.00 $0.00
Internal Revenue Service 115 $26,038.00 $0.00
Centers For Medicare & Medicaid Services 108 $103,943.00 $275.00
Veterans Benefits Administration 100 $80,643.00 $72.00

There are nine 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 4,869 federal employees on the General Schedule payscale located within Illinois. The average federal employee in Illinois earns $78,311 per year, and the average yearly bonus is $221.

Based on data provided by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the most common job title for federal employees based in Illinois is Social Insurance Administration. The Federal agency with the largest number of employees in Illinois is the Veterans Health Administration, which has total of 1,632 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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