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Illinois Chicago, Illinois General Schedule Payscale

Location County Population Gov't Employees GS Locality
Chicago Cook County 2,722,389 8,651 Chicago (CHI)

There are approximately 8,651 federal employees under the General Schedule employed in Chicago. All federal employees in Chicago are paid under the adjusted General Schedule pay table for the Chicago GS Locality, which provides for a 28.05% pay increase above the base GS pay rates. Locality Adjustments are used to account for higher costs of living in Chicago, and to keep government salaries competitive with comparable private sector jobs.

The yearly base salaries of General Schedule employees in Chicago can be determined from the 2019 pay chart below, based on their GS Grade and Step. For more details, learn more about the GS Payscale or use our General Schedule salary calculator.


Note: We have projected the 2020 General Schedule payscale below based on last year's General Schedule base pay increase of 1.4%. We will publish the official General Schedule payscale for 2020 when it becomes available.
GS Grade Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 Step 10
GS-1$24,634$25,459$26,280$27,093$27,912$28,391$29,201$30,019$30,051$30,815
GS-2$27,698$28,358$29,275$30,051$30,388$31,281$32,175$33,069$33,963$34,856
GS-3$30,221$31,229$32,237$33,244$34,251$35,259$36,266$37,274$38,282$39,288
GS-4$33,927$35,058$36,187$37,318$38,448$39,579$40,708$41,839$42,970$44,099
GS-5$37,958$39,223$40,488$41,752$43,017$44,282$45,547$46,811$48,076$49,342
GS-6$42,312$43,723$45,133$46,544$47,955$49,366$50,777$52,188$53,599$55,010
GS-7$47,019$48,586$50,153$51,721$53,289$54,857$56,424$57,991$59,559$61,126
GS-8$52,072$53,808$55,543$57,278$59,014$60,749$62,486$64,221$65,956$67,692
GS-9$57,514$59,431$61,347$63,264$65,180$67,097$69,014$70,931$72,848$74,765
GS-10$63,336$65,448$67,558$69,668$71,780$73,890$76,000$78,111$80,222$82,332
GS-11$69,586$71,905$74,225$76,546$78,866$81,186$83,507$85,827$88,147$90,467
GS-12$83,404$86,185$88,965$91,747$94,527$97,308$100,088$102,869$105,649$108,430
GS-13$99,179$102,485$105,790$109,096$112,402$115,707$119,014$122,318$125,625$128,930
GS-14$117,200$121,107$125,014$128,921$132,829$136,736$140,642$144,549$148,456$152,364
GS-15$137,859$142,454$147,050$151,644$156,240$160,835$165,430$166,500*$166,500*$166,500*
GS Grade Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 Step 10
GS-1$24,391$25,208$26,020$26,825$27,637$28,111$28,912$29,722$29,754$30,510
GS-2$27,424$28,078$28,985$29,754$30,088$30,973$31,858$32,742$33,627$34,512
GS-3$29,923$30,920$31,918$32,915$33,913$34,910$35,908$36,905$37,903$38,900
GS-4$33,591$34,711$35,830$36,949$38,068$39,187$40,306$41,425$42,545$43,664
GS-5$37,583$38,835$40,087$41,340$42,592$43,844$45,097$46,349$47,601$48,854
GS-6$41,893$43,290$44,687$46,084$47,481$48,878$50,275$51,672$53,069$54,466
GS-7$46,554$48,106$49,658$51,210$52,762$54,314$55,866$57,418$58,970$60,522
GS-8$51,557$53,275$54,994$56,712$58,430$60,149$61,867$63,586$65,304$67,023
GS-9$56,945$58,843$60,741$62,638$64,536$66,434$68,331$70,229$72,127$74,024
GS-10$62,710$64,800$66,889$68,979$71,069$73,159$75,249$77,338$79,428$81,518
GS-11$68,897$71,195$73,492$75,789$78,086$80,383$82,681$84,978$87,275$89,572
GS-12$82,579$85,333$88,086$90,839$93,592$96,345$99,098$101,851$104,604$107,357
GS-13$98,198$101,471$104,744$108,017$111,290$114,562$117,835$121,108$124,381$127,654
GS-14$116,040$119,909$123,777$127,645$131,514$135,382$139,251$143,119$146,987$150,856
GS-15$136,495$141,045$145,594$150,144$154,693$159,243$163,793$166,500*$166,500*$166,500*
GS Grade Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 Step 10
GS-1$23,945$24,747$25,544$26,335$27,132$27,597$28,384$29,179$29,210$29,958
GS-2$26,923$27,564$28,455$29,210$29,541$30,411$31,280$32,149$33,019$33,888
GS-3$29,375$30,354$31,333$32,312$33,291$34,270$35,249$36,228$37,207$38,186
GS-4$32,978$34,077$35,175$36,274$37,373$38,472$39,571$40,669$41,768$42,867
GS-5$36,896$38,126$39,356$40,586$41,817$43,047$44,277$45,507$46,737$47,967
GS-6$41,127$42,497$43,868$45,238$46,608$47,978$49,349$50,719$52,089$53,460
GS-7$45,703$47,226$48,750$50,273$51,796$53,319$54,843$56,366$57,889$59,412
GS-8$50,615$52,302$53,990$55,678$57,365$59,053$60,741$62,428$64,116$65,804
GS-9$55,905$57,768$59,632$61,495$63,359$65,223$67,086$68,950$70,813$72,677
GS-10$61,564$63,616$65,669$67,721$69,773$71,826$73,878$75,930$77,982$80,035
GS-11$67,638$69,893$72,148$74,403$76,658$78,913$81,168$83,423$85,678$87,933
GS-12$81,071$83,773$86,476$89,178$91,880$94,583$97,285$99,987$102,690$105,392
GS-13$96,403$99,617$102,830$106,044$109,257$112,471$115,684$118,898$122,111$125,325
GS-14$113,920$117,717$121,515$125,312$129,109$132,907$136,704$140,501$144,299$148,096
GS-15$134,000$138,467$142,933$147,400$151,866$156,333$160,800$164,200*$164,200*$164,200*
GS Grade Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 Step 10
GS-1$23,500$24,287$25,068$25,846$26,627$27,084$27,856$28,636$28,667$29,392
GS-2$26,422$27,051$27,926$28,667$28,989$29,841$30,694$31,546$32,399$33,251
GS-3$28,829$29,791$30,752$31,714$32,675$33,637$34,598$35,560$36,521$37,480
GS-4$32,365$33,443$34,521$35,599$36,677$37,756$38,834$39,912$40,990$42,069
GS-5$36,209$37,417$38,625$39,832$41,040$42,247$43,455$44,663$45,870$47,078
GS-6$40,362$41,708$43,054$44,400$45,746$47,092$48,438$49,784$51,129$52,475
GS-7$44,853$46,348$47,844$49,340$50,835$52,331$53,826$55,322$56,817$58,313
GS-8$49,673$51,329$52,984$54,639$56,295$57,950$59,606$61,261$62,916$64,572
GS-9$54,864$56,693$58,522$60,351$62,181$64,010$65,839$67,668$69,497$71,326
GS-10$60,419$62,433$64,447$66,462$68,476$70,491$72,505$74,519$76,534$78,548
GS-11$66,379$68,592$70,804$73,016$75,228$77,441$79,653$81,865$84,077$86,290
GS-12$79,563$82,215$84,868$87,520$90,173$92,825$95,477$98,130$100,782$103,435
GS-13$94,610$97,763$100,917$104,070$107,224$110,377$113,531$116,684$119,838$122,991
GS-14$111,801$115,527$119,254$122,981$126,708$130,435$134,162$137,888$141,615$145,342
GS-15$131,508$135,892$140,276$144,660$149,044$153,428$157,812$161,900*$161,900*$161,900*
GS Grade Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 Step 10
GS-1$23,009$23,778$24,544$25,305$26,070$26,518$27,274$28,037$28,067$28,777
GS-2$25,869$26,485$27,342$28,067$28,386$29,221$30,057$30,892$31,728$32,563
GS-3$28,227$29,167$30,108$31,049$31,990$32,931$33,871$34,812$35,753$36,694
GS-4$31,687$32,744$33,800$34,856$35,912$36,968$38,025$39,081$40,137$41,193
GS-5$35,452$36,633$37,815$38,997$40,178$41,360$42,542$43,723$44,905$46,087
GS-6$39,519$40,836$42,153$43,470$44,787$46,104$47,421$48,738$50,056$51,373
GS-7$43,915$45,379$46,843$48,307$49,771$51,235$52,699$54,162$55,626$57,090
GS-8$48,634$50,255$51,876$53,496$55,117$56,738$58,358$59,979$61,600$63,221
GS-9$53,717$55,507$57,297$59,087$60,877$62,667$64,457$66,247$68,037$69,827
GS-10$59,155$61,127$63,099$65,071$67,043$69,015$70,986$72,958$74,930$76,902
GS-11$64,992$67,158$69,324$71,491$73,657$75,823$77,990$80,156$82,323$84,489
GS-12$77,899$80,496$83,093$85,689$88,286$90,883$93,479$96,076$98,672$101,269
GS-13$92,632$95,721$98,809$101,897$104,986$108,074$111,162$114,251$117,339$120,427
GS-14$109,463$113,112$116,761$120,410$124,059$127,708$131,357$135,006$138,655$142,304
GS-15$128,759$133,052$137,344$141,637$145,929$150,222$154,514$158,807$160,300*$160,300*
GS Grade Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 Step 10
GS-1$22,719$23,479$24,234$24,986$25,742$26,185$26,932$27,685$27,713$28,413
GS-2$25,544$26,152$26,998$27,713$28,026$28,851$29,675$30,499$31,324$32,148
GS-3$27,871$28,801$29,730$30,660$31,589$32,518$33,448$34,377$35,307$36,236
GS-4$31,289$32,332$33,375$34,419$35,462$36,505$37,549$38,592$39,635$40,679
GS-5$35,005$36,173$37,340$38,507$39,674$40,841$42,009$43,176$44,343$45,510
GS-6$39,021$40,322$41,623$42,924$44,225$45,526$46,827$48,128$49,430$50,731
GS-7$43,362$44,807$46,252$47,697$49,142$50,587$52,032$53,476$54,921$56,366
GS-8$48,022$49,623$51,225$52,826$54,427$56,029$57,630$59,231$60,832$62,434
GS-9$53,041$54,809$56,576$58,344$60,112$61,879$63,647$65,415$67,182$68,950
GS-10$58,410$60,357$62,304$64,250$66,197$68,143$70,090$72,036$73,983$75,929
GS-11$64,174$66,313$68,452$70,591$72,731$74,870$77,009$79,148$81,287$83,427
GS-12$76,919$79,484$82,048$84,613$87,177$89,742$92,306$94,871$97,435$100,000
GS-13$91,467$94,516$97,564$100,613$103,662$106,710$109,759$112,808$115,856$118,905
GS-14$108,085$111,688$115,291$118,894$122,497$126,100$129,702$133,305$136,908$140,511
GS-15$127,139$131,378$135,616$139,854$144,093$148,331$152,569$156,808$158,700*$158,700*
GS Grade Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 Step 10
GS-1$22,494$23,246$23,994$24,739$25,487$25,926$26,665$27,411$27,439$28,140
GS-2$25,291$25,893$26,730$27,439$27,746$28,562$29,377$30,193$31,009$31,824
GS-3$27,595$28,514$29,434$30,353$31,272$32,192$33,111$34,031$34,950$35,870
GS-4$30,979$32,011$33,043$34,075$35,107$36,139$37,171$38,203$39,235$40,267
GS-5$34,659$35,815$36,971$38,127$39,283$40,439$41,594$42,750$43,906$45,062
GS-6$38,635$39,922$41,209$42,496$43,784$45,071$46,358$47,646$48,933$50,220
GS-7$42,933$44,364$45,795$47,227$48,658$50,089$51,520$52,951$54,382$55,813
GS-8$47,547$49,132$50,717$52,302$53,887$55,472$57,057$58,642$60,227$61,812
GS-9$52,516$54,266$56,016$57,766$59,516$61,266$63,017$64,767$66,517$68,267
GS-10$57,832$59,760$61,688$63,616$65,544$67,471$69,399$71,327$73,255$75,183
GS-11$63,538$65,656$67,774$69,892$72,010$74,128$76,246$78,364$80,482$82,600
GS-12$76,157$78,695$81,234$83,772$86,310$88,849$91,387$93,925$96,463$99,002
GS-13$90,561$93,580$96,598$99,617$102,636$105,654$108,673$111,692$114,710$117,729
GS-14$107,016$110,582$114,149$117,715$121,282$124,849$128,415$131,982$135,548$139,115
GS-15$125,881$130,076$134,272$138,468$142,664$146,860$151,056$155,252$155,500*$155,500*
GS Grade Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 Step 10
GS-1$22,272$23,016$23,756$24,493$25,234$25,669$26,401$27,139$27,168$27,859
GS-2$25,041$25,637$26,465$27,168$27,473$28,281$29,090$29,898$30,706$31,514
GS-3$27,322$28,233$29,143$30,054$30,965$31,875$32,786$33,697$34,608$35,518
GS-4$30,672$31,694$32,716$33,738$34,760$35,782$36,804$37,826$38,849$39,871
GS-5$34,316$35,460$36,603$37,746$38,890$40,033$41,177$42,320$43,463$44,607
GS-6$38,252$39,527$40,801$42,076$43,351$44,626$45,900$47,175$48,450$49,725
GS-7$42,508$43,925$45,342$46,760$48,177$49,595$51,012$52,429$53,847$55,264
GS-8$47,076$48,645$50,214$51,783$53,351$54,920$56,489$58,058$59,626$61,195
GS-9$51,995$53,728$55,461$57,193$58,926$60,658$62,391$64,124$65,856$67,589
GS-10$57,260$59,169$61,078$62,987$64,896$66,805$68,714$70,623$72,532$74,441
GS-11$62,909$65,006$67,102$69,199$71,296$73,392$75,489$77,586$79,682$81,779
GS-12$75,403$77,916$80,429$82,943$85,456$87,969$90,482$92,996$95,509$98,022
GS-13$89,664$92,653$95,641$98,630$101,619$104,607$107,596$110,585$113,573$116,562
GS-14$105,956$109,488$113,019$116,551$120,082$123,614$127,145$130,677$134,209$137,740
GS-15$124,635$128,789$132,944$137,098$141,253$145,407$149,562$153,717$155,500*$155,500*
GS Grade Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 Step 10
GS-1$22,272$23,016$23,756$24,493$25,234$25,669$26,401$27,139$27,168$27,859
GS-2$25,041$25,637$26,465$27,168$27,473$28,281$29,090$29,898$30,706$31,514
GS-3$27,322$28,233$29,143$30,054$30,965$31,875$32,786$33,697$34,608$35,518
GS-4$30,672$31,694$32,716$33,738$34,760$35,782$36,804$37,826$38,849$39,871
GS-5$34,316$35,460$36,603$37,746$38,890$40,033$41,177$42,320$43,463$44,607
GS-6$38,252$39,527$40,801$42,076$43,351$44,626$45,900$47,175$48,450$49,725
GS-7$42,508$43,925$45,342$46,760$48,177$49,595$51,012$52,429$53,847$55,264
GS-8$47,076$48,645$50,214$51,783$53,351$54,920$56,489$58,058$59,626$61,195
GS-9$51,995$53,728$55,461$57,193$58,926$60,658$62,391$64,124$65,856$67,589
GS-10$57,260$59,169$61,078$62,987$64,896$66,805$68,714$70,623$72,532$74,441
GS-11$62,909$65,006$67,102$69,199$71,296$73,392$75,489$77,586$79,682$81,779
GS-12$75,403$77,916$80,429$82,943$85,456$87,969$90,482$92,996$95,509$98,022
GS-13$89,664$92,653$95,641$98,630$101,619$104,607$107,596$110,585$113,573$116,562
GS-14$105,956$109,488$113,019$116,551$120,082$123,614$127,145$130,677$134,209$137,740
GS-15$124,635$128,789$132,944$137,098$141,253$145,407$149,562$153,717$155,500*$155,500*
GS Grade Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 Step 10
GS-1$22,272$23,016$23,756$24,493$25,234$25,669$26,401$27,139$27,168$27,859
GS-2$25,041$25,637$26,465$27,168$27,473$28,281$29,090$29,898$30,706$31,514
GS-3$27,322$28,233$29,143$30,054$30,965$31,875$32,786$33,697$34,608$35,518
GS-4$30,672$31,694$32,716$33,738$34,760$35,782$36,804$37,826$38,849$39,871
GS-5$34,316$35,460$36,603$37,746$38,890$40,033$41,177$42,320$43,463$44,607
GS-6$38,252$39,527$40,801$42,076$43,351$44,626$45,900$47,175$48,450$49,725
GS-7$42,508$43,925$45,342$46,760$48,177$49,595$51,012$52,429$53,847$55,264
GS-8$47,076$48,645$50,214$51,783$53,351$54,920$56,489$58,058$59,626$61,195
GS-9$51,995$53,728$55,461$57,193$58,926$60,658$62,391$64,124$65,856$67,589
GS-10$57,260$59,169$61,078$62,987$64,896$66,805$68,714$70,623$72,532$74,441
GS-11$62,909$65,006$67,102$69,199$71,296$73,392$75,489$77,586$79,682$81,779
GS-12$75,403$77,916$80,429$82,943$85,456$87,969$90,482$92,996$95,509$98,022
GS-13$89,664$92,653$95,641$98,630$101,619$104,607$107,596$110,585$113,573$116,562
GS-14$105,956$109,488$113,019$116,551$120,082$123,614$127,145$130,677$134,209$137,740
GS-15$124,635$128,789$132,944$137,098$141,253$145,407$149,562$153,717$155,500*$155,500*
GS Grade Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 Step 10
GS-1$22,272$23,016$23,756$24,493$25,234$25,669$26,401$27,139$27,168$27,859
GS-2$25,041$25,637$26,465$27,168$27,473$28,281$29,090$29,898$30,706$31,514
GS-3$27,322$28,233$29,143$30,054$30,965$31,875$32,786$33,697$34,608$35,518
GS-4$30,672$31,694$32,716$33,738$34,760$35,782$36,804$37,826$38,849$39,871
GS-5$34,316$35,460$36,603$37,746$38,890$40,033$41,177$42,320$43,463$44,607
GS-6$38,252$39,527$40,801$42,076$43,351$44,626$45,900$47,175$48,450$49,725
GS-7$42,508$43,925$45,342$46,760$48,177$49,595$51,012$52,429$53,847$55,264
GS-8$47,076$48,645$50,214$51,783$53,351$54,920$56,489$58,058$59,626$61,195
GS-9$51,995$53,728$55,461$57,193$58,926$60,658$62,391$64,124$65,856$67,589
GS-10$57,260$59,169$61,078$62,987$64,896$66,805$68,714$70,623$72,532$74,441
GS-11$62,909$65,006$67,102$69,199$71,296$73,392$75,489$77,586$79,682$81,779
GS-12$75,403$77,916$80,429$82,943$85,456$87,969$90,482$92,996$95,509$98,022
GS-13$89,664$92,653$95,641$98,630$101,619$104,607$107,596$110,585$113,573$116,562
GS-14$105,956$109,488$113,019$116,551$120,082$123,614$127,145$130,677$134,209$137,740
GS-15$124,635$128,789$132,944$137,098$141,253$145,407$149,562$153,717$155,500*$155,500*
GS Grade Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 Step 10
GS-1$21,779$22,507$23,231$23,952$24,676$25,102$25,817$26,539$26,567$27,248
GS-2$24,488$25,070$25,880$26,567$26,864$27,654$28,444$29,233$30,023$30,813
GS-3$26,718$27,608$28,498$29,389$30,279$31,169$32,059$32,950$33,840$34,730
GS-4$29,995$30,994$31,994$32,993$33,993$34,992$35,992$36,991$37,991$38,991
GS-5$33,558$34,677$35,796$36,914$38,033$39,152$40,271$41,390$42,508$43,627
GS-6$37,406$38,653$39,900$41,146$42,393$43,640$44,886$46,133$47,380$48,626
GS-7$41,568$42,954$44,340$45,726$47,111$48,497$49,883$51,269$52,654$54,040
GS-8$46,036$47,571$49,106$50,640$52,175$53,710$55,244$56,779$58,314$59,849
GS-9$50,846$52,541$54,236$55,931$57,626$59,321$61,016$62,711$64,406$66,101
GS-10$55,994$57,861$59,727$61,593$63,460$65,326$67,192$69,058$70,925$72,791
GS-11$61,519$63,569$65,619$67,669$69,719$71,769$73,819$75,869$77,919$79,969
GS-12$73,736$76,193$78,651$81,108$83,565$86,022$88,480$90,937$93,394$95,852
GS-13$87,683$90,606$93,529$96,452$99,374$102,297$105,220$108,143$111,066$113,989
GS-14$103,614$107,068$110,522$113,977$117,431$120,886$124,340$127,795$131,249$134,703
GS-15$121,880$125,943$130,006$134,069$138,132$142,195$146,257$150,320$153,200*$153,200*
GS Grade Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 Step 10
GS-1$20,876$21,573$22,267$22,958$23,653$24,060$24,746$25,438$25,465$26,116
GS-2$23,471$24,030$24,806$25,465$25,749$26,506$27,263$28,020$28,777$29,534
GS-3$25,610$26,463$27,317$28,171$29,024$29,878$30,731$31,585$32,439$33,292
GS-4$28,750$29,709$30,668$31,627$32,586$33,545$34,503$35,462$36,421$37,380
GS-5$32,166$33,237$34,309$35,380$36,452$37,524$38,595$39,667$40,738$41,810
GS-6$35,854$37,050$38,245$39,440$40,636$41,831$43,026$44,221$45,417$46,612
GS-7$39,844$41,172$42,500$43,827$45,155$46,482$47,810$49,137$50,465$51,793
GS-8$44,126$45,597$47,068$48,539$50,009$51,480$52,951$54,422$55,893$57,364
GS-9$48,737$50,362$51,987$53,612$55,238$56,863$58,488$60,113$61,738$63,364
GS-10$53,671$55,461$57,250$59,039$60,828$62,618$64,407$66,196$67,986$69,775
GS-11$58,967$60,932$62,898$64,864$66,829$68,795$70,761$72,726$74,692$76,658
GS-12$70,676$73,033$75,389$77,745$80,102$82,458$84,814$87,170$89,527$91,883
GS-13$84,045$86,847$89,649$92,451$95,253$98,056$100,858$103,660$106,462$109,264
GS-14$99,315$102,625$105,935$109,246$112,556$115,866$119,177$122,487$125,798$129,108
GS-15$116,824$120,719$124,613$128,508$132,402$136,297$140,191$144,086$147,981$149,000*
GS Grade Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 Step 10
GS-1$20,254$20,930$21,604$22,274$22,948$23,343$24,008$24,680$24,706$25,330
GS-2$22,772$23,313$24,067$24,706$24,982$25,716$26,450$27,185$27,919$28,654
GS-3$24,846$25,675$26,503$27,331$28,159$28,987$29,815$30,644$31,472$32,300
GS-4$27,892$28,822$29,751$30,680$31,609$32,539$33,468$34,397$35,326$36,256
GS-5$31,206$32,246$33,286$34,327$35,367$36,407$37,447$38,487$39,527$40,567
GS-6$34,786$35,945$37,105$38,264$39,423$40,583$41,742$42,902$44,061$45,221
GS-7$38,656$39,945$41,233$42,522$43,810$45,099$46,387$47,676$48,964$50,253
GS-8$42,810$44,238$45,665$47,093$48,520$49,947$51,375$52,802$54,229$55,657
GS-9$47,284$48,860$50,436$52,012$53,588$55,164$56,740$58,315$59,891$61,467
GS-10$52,071$53,807$55,542$57,278$59,013$60,749$62,484$64,220$65,955$67,691
GS-11$57,210$59,117$61,024$62,931$64,839$66,746$68,653$70,560$72,467$74,375
GS-12$68,569$70,855$73,141$75,427$77,713$79,999$82,285$84,571$86,857$89,143
GS-13$81,540$84,258$86,976$89,695$92,413$95,131$97,850$100,568$103,286$106,005
GS-14$96,354$99,566$102,777$105,989$109,201$112,412$115,624$118,835$122,047$125,259
GS-15$113,341$117,119$120,897$124,675$128,453$132,231$136,009$139,787$143,565$145,400*

* The 2019 General Schedule payscale is capped at a maximum salary of $166,500 per year, which is Level 4 of the Senior Executive Service payscale.

Chicago Federal Employment Statistics

This section provides statistics on Federal government employees in Chicago, 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 Chicago.

Common Occupations in Chicago

Occupation Number Employed Avg. Salary Avg. Bonus
Social Insurance Administration 736 $86,864.00 $241.00
Contact Representative 410 $54,018.00 $174.00
General Legal And Kindred Administration 327 $60,430.00 $202.00
General Physical Science 202 $112,284.00 $1,254.00
Railroad Retirement Claims Examining 173 $75,349.00 $1.00
Environmental Engineering 156 $105,322.00 $1,143.00
Medical Support Assistance 156 $43,421.00 $34.00
Environmental Protection Specialist 147 $116,108.00 $1,396.00
General Attorney 137 $109,701.00 $211.00
Social Work 131 $82,218.00 $95.00
Miscellaneous Administration And Program 112 $107,504.00 $89.00
Health Insurance Administration 107 $104,057.00 $277.00
Information Technology Management 105 $109,399.00 $29.00
Veterans Claims Examining 101 $79,788.00 $125.00

This table lists the top fourteen occupations held by the approximately 3,000 federal employees working in Chicago, Illinois, as well as average yearly compensation for Chicago based federal employees of that occupation.

Federal Agencies in Chicago

Agency Chicago Employees Avg. Salary Avg. Bonus
Social Security Administration 1,610 $77,753.00 $207.00
Environmental Protection Agency 505 $111,238.00 $1,264.00
Railroad Retirement Board 390 $97,417.00 $40.00
Veterans Health Administration 287 $62,820.00 $65.00
Centers For Medicare & Medicaid Services 107 $104,057.00 $277.00
Veterans Benefits Administration 101 $79,788.00 $125.00

There are six Federal agencies with a significant workforce in Chicago. 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 Chicago

There are approximately 3,000 federal employees on the General Schedule payscale located within Chicago. The average federal employee in Chicago earns $89,033 per year, and the average yearly bonus is $377.

Based on data provided by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the most common job title for federal employees based in Chicago is Social Insurance Administration. The Federal agency with the largest number of employees in Chicago is the Social Security Administration, which has total of 1,610 employees in the area.

The bar graph to the left shows the distribution of employees in Chicago 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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