Congress has passed a retro-active 1.4% pay raise for 2019 in addition to a locality increase and 6 new localities.

General Schedule (GS) Payscale in Wisconsin 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.

Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin, 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*
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MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL, MN-WI

The MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL, MN-WI General Schedule locality region applies to government employees who work in Minneapolis and surrounding areas. General Schedule employees who work within this region are paid 23.37% 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$23,175$23,951$24,722$25,488$26,259$26,710$27,471$28,241$28,270$28,994
GS-2$26,057$26,678$27,540$28,270$28,591$29,432$30,274$31,115$31,957$32,798
GS-3$28,431$29,378$30,326$31,273$32,221$33,168$34,116$35,063$36,010$36,958
GS-4$31,917$32,981$34,044$35,107$36,171$37,234$38,298$39,361$40,425$41,488
GS-5$35,709$36,900$38,090$39,281$40,472$41,662$42,853$44,043$45,234$46,424
GS-6$39,804$41,130$42,457$43,783$45,109$46,435$47,761$49,088$50,414$51,740
GS-7$44,233$45,707$47,182$48,656$50,130$51,604$53,079$54,553$56,027$57,502
GS-8$48,987$50,620$52,253$53,887$55,520$57,154$58,787$60,420$62,054$63,687
GS-9$54,106$55,910$57,714$59,517$61,321$63,125$64,928$66,732$68,536$70,339
GS-10$59,584$61,570$63,557$65,543$67,529$69,515$71,502$73,488$75,474$77,460
GS-11$65,463$67,645$69,827$72,010$74,192$76,375$78,557$80,739$82,922$85,104
GS-12$78,463$81,079$83,694$86,310$88,925$91,541$94,156$96,771$99,387$102,002
GS-13$93,302$96,412$99,523$102,633$105,743$108,853$111,963$115,073$118,184$121,294
GS-14$110,256$113,931$117,606$121,281$124,957$128,632$132,307$135,982$139,657$143,332
GS-15$129,690$134,013$138,336$142,659$146,982$151,305$155,628$159,950$164,200*$164,200*
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MILWAUKEE-RACINE-WAUKESHA, WI

The MILWAUKEE-RACINE-WAUKESHA, WI General Schedule locality region applies to government employees who work in Milwaukee and surrounding areas. General Schedule employees who work within this region are paid 20.14% 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$22,568$23,324$24,075$24,821$25,572$26,010$26,752$27,501$27,530$28,235
GS-2$25,375$25,979$26,819$27,530$27,842$28,662$29,481$30,301$31,120$31,939
GS-3$27,686$28,609$29,532$30,454$31,377$32,300$33,222$34,145$35,068$35,990
GS-4$31,081$32,117$33,153$34,188$35,224$36,259$37,295$38,331$39,366$40,402
GS-5$34,775$35,934$37,093$38,253$39,412$40,571$41,731$42,890$44,049$45,209
GS-6$38,762$40,053$41,345$42,636$43,928$45,219$46,511$47,803$49,094$50,386
GS-7$43,075$44,511$45,946$47,382$48,818$50,253$51,689$53,125$54,560$55,996
GS-8$47,704$49,295$50,885$52,476$54,067$55,657$57,248$58,839$60,429$62,020
GS-9$52,690$54,446$56,203$57,959$59,716$61,472$63,228$64,985$66,741$68,498
GS-10$58,024$59,958$61,893$63,827$65,761$67,695$69,630$71,564$73,498$75,432
GS-11$63,749$65,874$67,999$70,125$72,250$74,375$76,500$78,626$80,751$82,876
GS-12$76,409$78,956$81,503$84,050$86,597$89,144$91,691$94,238$96,785$99,332
GS-13$90,859$93,888$96,917$99,946$102,974$106,003$109,032$112,061$115,089$118,118
GS-14$107,369$110,948$114,527$118,106$121,685$125,264$128,843$132,422$136,001$139,580
GS-15$126,295$130,504$134,714$138,924$143,134$147,343$151,553$155,763$159,972$164,182

The Milwaukee locality pay rate also applies to Milwaukee, and other cities within the region.

Government installations that use the Milwaukee GS locality include VA Medical Center, and other facilities within the region.

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Rest of Wisconsin

Any federal employees in Wisconsin 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 Green Bay, Madison, Fort McCoy, 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/wisconsin