General Schedule (GS) Payscale in Illinois for 2020

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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 28.59% 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$25,130$25,973$26,808$27,639$28,475$28,964$29,789$30,622$30,656$31,438
GS-2$28,256$28,929$29,865$30,656$31,000$31,912$32,824$33,736$34,647$35,559
GS-3$30,831$31,858$32,886$33,913$34,940$35,968$36,995$38,023$39,050$40,078
GS-4$34,610$35,763$36,917$38,070$39,224$40,377$41,531$42,684$43,838$44,991
GS-5$38,722$40,013$41,304$42,595$43,886$45,178$46,469$47,760$49,051$50,342
GS-6$43,164$44,603$46,042$47,481$48,919$50,358$51,797$53,236$54,675$56,114
GS-7$47,965$49,564$51,162$52,760$54,359$55,957$57,556$59,154$60,752$62,351
GS-8$53,121$54,891$56,662$58,433$60,203$61,974$63,745$65,515$67,286$69,057
GS-9$58,672$60,628$62,583$64,539$66,495$68,451$70,407$72,363$74,319$76,274
GS-10$64,611$66,765$68,919$71,073$73,227$75,381$77,535$79,689$81,842$83,996
GS-11$70,987$73,353$75,719$78,085$80,451$82,817$85,183$87,549$89,915$92,281
GS-12$85,084$87,921$90,758$93,594$96,431$99,268$102,104$104,941$107,778$110,614
GS-13$101,176$104,549$107,922$111,295$114,668$118,040$121,413$124,786$128,159$131,532
GS-14$119,559$123,544$127,529$131,514$135,499$139,484$143,469$147,454$151,439$155,424
GS-15$140,634$145,322$150,011$154,699$159,387$164,076$168,764$170,800*$170,800*$170,800*

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 17.65% 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$22,992$23,763$24,528$25,288$26,052$26,499$27,255$28,017$28,048$28,763
GS-2$25,852$26,468$27,324$28,048$28,363$29,197$30,031$30,865$31,700$32,534
GS-3$28,208$29,148$30,088$31,028$31,968$32,908$33,848$34,788$35,728$36,668
GS-4$31,665$32,721$33,776$34,831$35,887$36,942$37,997$39,053$40,108$41,163
GS-5$35,428$36,609$37,790$38,972$40,153$41,334$42,515$43,696$44,878$46,059
GS-6$39,492$40,808$42,125$43,441$44,758$46,074$47,391$48,707$50,024$51,340
GS-7$43,885$45,347$46,809$48,272$49,734$51,197$52,659$54,121$55,584$57,046
GS-8$48,601$50,221$51,841$53,461$55,081$56,701$58,321$59,941$61,562$63,182
GS-9$53,680$55,470$57,259$59,049$60,838$62,627$64,417$66,206$67,996$69,785
GS-10$59,114$61,085$63,056$65,026$66,997$68,968$70,938$72,909$74,880$76,850
GS-11$64,948$67,112$69,277$71,442$73,607$75,771$77,936$80,101$82,266$84,430
GS-12$77,845$80,441$83,036$85,632$88,227$90,822$93,418$96,013$98,608$101,204
GS-13$92,568$95,654$98,740$101,826$104,912$107,998$111,084$114,170$117,256$120,342
GS-14$109,387$113,033$116,679$120,325$123,971$127,617$131,263$134,909$138,555$142,201
GS-15$128,669$132,959$137,248$141,538$145,827$150,117$154,406$158,696$162,985$167,275

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 17.04% 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$22,873$23,640$24,400$25,157$25,917$26,362$27,113$27,872$27,902$28,614
GS-2$25,718$26,330$27,183$27,902$28,216$29,046$29,876$30,705$31,535$32,365
GS-3$28,062$28,997$29,932$30,867$31,802$32,737$33,672$34,608$35,543$36,478
GS-4$31,501$32,551$33,601$34,651$35,701$36,751$37,800$38,850$39,900$40,950
GS-5$35,244$36,419$37,594$38,770$39,945$41,120$42,295$43,470$44,645$45,820
GS-6$39,287$40,596$41,906$43,216$44,526$45,835$47,145$48,455$49,764$51,074
GS-7$43,657$45,112$46,567$48,022$49,476$50,931$52,386$53,841$55,296$56,750
GS-8$48,349$49,961$51,573$53,184$54,796$56,407$58,019$59,631$61,242$62,854
GS-9$53,402$55,182$56,962$58,742$60,523$62,303$64,083$65,863$67,643$69,423
GS-10$58,808$60,768$62,729$64,689$66,650$68,610$70,570$72,531$74,491$76,452
GS-11$64,611$66,764$68,918$71,071$73,225$75,378$77,532$79,686$81,839$83,993
GS-12$77,442$80,024$82,606$85,188$87,769$90,351$92,933$95,515$98,097$100,679
GS-13$92,088$95,158$98,228$101,298$104,368$107,438$110,508$113,578$116,648$119,718
GS-14$108,820$112,447$116,074$119,701$123,329$126,956$130,583$134,210$137,837$141,464
GS-15$128,002$132,269$136,537$140,804$145,071$149,338$153,606$157,873$162,140$166,407

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 15.95% (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$22,660$23,420$24,173$24,922$25,676$26,117$26,861$27,612$27,642$28,347
GS-2$25,479$26,085$26,929$27,642$27,953$28,775$29,597$30,419$31,242$32,064
GS-3$27,800$28,727$29,653$30,579$31,506$32,432$33,359$34,285$35,212$36,138
GS-4$31,208$32,248$33,288$34,328$35,368$36,408$37,448$38,488$39,529$40,569
GS-5$34,916$36,080$37,244$38,408$39,573$40,737$41,901$43,065$44,229$45,393
GS-6$38,921$40,218$41,516$42,813$44,111$45,408$46,706$48,003$49,301$50,598
GS-7$43,251$44,692$46,133$47,574$49,016$50,457$51,898$53,339$54,781$56,222
GS-8$47,899$49,496$51,092$52,689$54,285$55,882$57,479$59,075$60,672$62,269
GS-9$52,905$54,668$56,432$58,195$59,959$61,723$63,486$65,250$67,013$68,777
GS-10$58,260$60,202$62,145$64,087$66,029$67,971$69,913$71,855$73,798$75,740
GS-11$64,009$66,143$68,276$70,409$72,543$74,676$76,810$78,943$81,077$83,210
GS-12$76,721$79,278$81,836$84,394$86,952$89,510$92,068$94,626$97,183$99,741
GS-13$91,231$94,272$97,313$100,355$103,396$106,437$109,479$112,520$115,562$118,603
GS-14$107,807$111,400$114,993$118,587$122,180$125,773$129,367$132,960$136,553$140,146
GS-15$126,810$131,037$135,265$139,492$143,720$147,948$152,175$156,403$160,630$164,858

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 $170,800, 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/2020/illinois