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Wisconsin Government Pay Charts Wisconsin General Schedule Payscales

1,825 federal employees †
$51,796 average yearly pay
+5% salary raise this year

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

This table lists all of the major cities and military installations within Wisconsin 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
Green Bay   Civilian 253 Rest of U.S. 16.82%
Madison   Civilian 1,905 Rest of U.S. 16.82%
Milwaukee   Civilian 3,116 Milwaukee 22.15%
Fort McCoy   Army Unknown Rest of U.S. 16.82%

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).

Wisconsin Federal Employment Statistics

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

Common Occupations in Wisconsin

Occupation Number Employed Avg. Salary Avg. Bonus
Veterans Claims Examining 480 $76,240.00 $1.00
Nursing Assistant 442 $41,096.00 $498.00
Medical Support Assistance 373 $45,278.00 $174.00
Financial Clerical And Assistance 169 $48,021.00 $0.00
Health Aid And Technician 134 $45,622.00 $455.00
Social Work 121 $86,811.00 $93.00
Miscellaneous Clerk And Assistant 106 $47,422.00 $114.00

This table lists the top seven occupations held by the approximately 1,825 federal employees working in Wisconsin, Wisconsin, as well as average yearly compensation for Wisconsin based federal employees of that occupation.

Federal Agencies in Wisconsin

Agency Wisconsin Employees Avg. Salary Avg. Bonus
Veterans Health Administration 1,345 $49,080.00 $278.00
Veterans Benefits Administration 480 $76,240.00 $1.00

There are two Federal agencies with a significant workforce in Wisconsin. 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 Wisconsin

There are approximately 1,825 federal employees on the General Schedule payscale located within Wisconsin. The average federal employee in Wisconsin earns $51,796 per year, and the average yearly bonus is $251.

Based on data provided by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the most common job title for federal employees based in Wisconsin is Veterans Claims Examining. The Federal agency with the largest number of employees in Wisconsin is the Veterans Health Administration, which has total of 1,345 employees in the area.

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