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General Schedule (GS) Payscale in Illinois for 2018

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The General Schedule (GS) payscale is the federal government payscale used to determine the salaries of over 70% of federal civilian employees.

Under the GS payscale, an employee's base pay depends on two factors - the GS Paygrade of their job, and the Paygrade Step they have achieved (depending on seniority or performance). This base pay is then modified based on a "Locality Pay Adjustment", which adjusts the GS payscale based on cost-of-living in different areas within the United States.

Illinois has one or more Locality Pay Adjustment areas with special locality pay adjustment rates. This page lists the locality-adjusted yearly GS pay scales for each area, with starting pay for a GS-1 broken down by county in the interactive map. For a detailed calculation of your pay as a GS employee in Illinois, see our General Schedule Pay Calculator.

CHICAGO-NAPERVILLE, IL-IN-WI

The CHICAGO-NAPERVILLE, IL-IN-WI General Schedule locality region applies to government employees who work in Chicago and surrounding areas. General Schedule employees who work within this region are paid 27.47% more than the GS base pay rates to account for local cost of living.

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*

The Chicago locality pay rate also applies to Aurora, Chicago, Elgin, Joliet, Naperville, Great Lakes, and other cities within the region.

Government installations that use the Chicago GS locality include Naval Station Great Lakes, and other facilities within the region.

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ST. LOUIS-ST. CHARLES-FARMINGTON, MO-IL

The ST. LOUIS-ST. CHARLES-FARMINGTON, MO-IL General Schedule locality region applies to government employees who work in Saint Louis and surrounding areas. General Schedule employees who work within this region are paid 16.47% more than the GS base pay rates to account for local cost of living.

GS Grade Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 Step 10
GS-1$21,879$22,611$23,339$24,063$24,791$25,216$25,934$26,661$26,689$27,373
GS-2$24,600$25,185$26,000$26,689$26,992$27,786$28,581$29,375$30,169$30,964
GS-3$26,841$27,735$28,629$29,524$30,418$31,313$32,207$33,102$33,996$34,891
GS-4$30,132$31,136$32,140$33,144$34,148$35,152$36,156$37,160$38,164$39,168
GS-5$33,712$34,836$35,960$37,084$38,208$39,332$40,456$41,580$42,704$43,828
GS-6$37,578$38,830$40,082$41,334$42,586$43,838$45,090$46,342$47,594$48,846
GS-7$41,759$43,151$44,543$45,935$47,326$48,718$50,110$51,502$52,894$54,286
GS-8$46,247$47,789$49,331$50,873$52,415$53,957$55,499$57,041$58,583$60,125
GS-9$51,080$52,783$54,486$56,189$57,891$59,594$61,297$63,000$64,703$66,405
GS-10$56,252$58,127$60,002$61,877$63,752$65,627$67,503$69,378$71,253$73,128
GS-11$61,801$63,862$65,922$67,982$70,043$72,103$74,163$76,224$78,284$80,345
GS-12$74,075$76,544$79,013$81,482$83,952$86,421$88,890$91,359$93,828$96,297
GS-13$88,084$91,020$93,956$96,893$99,829$102,765$105,701$108,637$111,574$114,510
GS-14$104,089$107,559$111,029$114,498$117,968$121,437$124,907$128,377$131,846$135,316
GS-15$122,437$126,518$130,599$134,680$138,761$142,842$146,923$151,005$155,086$159,167

The Saint Louis locality pay rate also applies to Belleville, Granite City, and other cities within the region.

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DAVENPORT-MOLINE, IA-IL

The DAVENPORT-MOLINE, IA-IL General Schedule locality region applies to government employees who work in Davenport and surrounding areas. General Schedule employees who work within this region are paid 16.08% more than the GS base pay rates to account for local cost of living.

GS Grade Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 Step 10
GS-1$21,806$22,536$23,261$23,982$24,708$25,131$25,848$26,572$26,600$27,281
GS-2$24,517$25,101$25,913$26,600$26,902$27,693$28,485$29,277$30,068$30,860
GS-3$26,751$27,642$28,534$29,425$30,317$31,208$32,100$32,991$33,883$34,774
GS-4$30,031$31,032$32,032$33,033$34,033$35,034$36,035$37,035$38,036$39,037
GS-5$33,599$34,720$35,840$36,960$38,080$39,200$40,320$41,441$42,561$43,681
GS-6$37,452$38,700$39,948$41,196$42,443$43,691$44,939$46,187$47,435$48,683
GS-7$41,619$43,006$44,394$45,781$47,168$48,555$49,942$51,329$52,717$54,104
GS-8$46,092$47,629$49,166$50,703$52,239$53,776$55,313$56,850$58,387$59,924
GS-9$50,909$52,606$54,303$56,000$57,698$59,395$61,092$62,789$64,486$66,183
GS-10$56,063$57,932$59,801$61,670$63,539$65,408$67,276$69,145$71,014$72,883
GS-11$61,594$63,648$65,701$67,755$69,808$71,862$73,915$75,969$78,022$80,075
GS-12$73,827$76,288$78,749$81,210$83,670$86,131$88,592$91,053$93,514$95,975
GS-13$87,789$90,715$93,642$96,568$99,494$102,421$105,347$108,274$111,200$114,126
GS-14$103,741$107,199$110,657$114,115$117,573$121,031$124,489$127,947$131,405$134,863
GS-15$122,027$126,094$130,162$134,229$138,297$142,364$146,431$150,499$154,566$158,634

The Davenport locality pay rate also applies to Rock Island, and other cities within the region.

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Rest of Illinois

Any federal employees in Illinois who do not live in an area for which a specific Locality Pay Adjustment has been set will receive the generic "Rest of the United States" locality pay adjustment of 15.37% (shown in the table below).

GS Grade Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 Step 10
GS-1$21,672$22,398$23,119$23,835$24,557$24,978$25,689$26,409$26,437$27,114
GS-2$24,367$24,948$25,754$26,437$26,737$27,524$28,311$29,097$29,884$30,671
GS-3$26,587$27,473$28,359$29,245$30,131$31,017$31,903$32,789$33,675$34,561
GS-4$29,847$30,842$31,836$32,831$33,825$34,820$35,814$36,809$37,803$38,798
GS-5$33,394$34,507$35,620$36,734$37,847$38,960$40,074$41,187$42,300$43,414
GS-6$37,223$38,463$39,703$40,944$42,184$43,424$44,664$45,905$47,145$48,385
GS-7$41,365$42,743$44,122$45,501$46,879$48,258$49,637$51,015$52,394$53,773
GS-8$45,810$47,337$48,865$50,392$51,920$53,447$54,975$56,502$58,030$59,557
GS-9$50,598$52,285$53,971$55,658$57,345$59,031$60,718$62,405$64,091$65,778
GS-10$55,720$57,578$59,435$61,293$63,150$65,008$66,865$68,722$70,580$72,437
GS-11$61,218$63,259$65,299$67,340$69,381$71,422$73,463$75,504$77,545$79,586
GS-12$73,375$75,821$78,267$80,713$83,159$85,605$88,050$90,496$92,942$95,388
GS-13$87,252$90,161$93,069$95,977$98,886$101,794$104,703$107,611$110,520$113,428
GS-14$103,106$106,543$109,980$113,417$116,854$120,291$123,727$127,164$130,601$134,038
GS-15$121,280$125,323$129,366$133,408$137,451$141,493$145,536$149,578$153,621$157,663

The Rest of U.S. locality pay rate also applies to Peoria, Rockford, Springfield, and other cities within the region.

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* For some high-paygrade workers pay under the GS scale may be capped at $164,200, which is the SES (Senior Executive Scale)'s Level 4 pay for the current year (5 U.S.C. 5304 (g)(1)).


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Source: www.federalpay.org/gs/2018/illinois