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General Schedule (GS) Payscale in Illinois for 2021

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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$25,381$26,232$27,076$27,916$28,759$29,253$30,087$30,928$30,962$31,749
GS-2$28,539$29,218$30,163$30,962$31,310$32,231$33,152$34,072$34,993$35,914
GS-3$31,139$32,177$33,215$34,253$35,290$36,328$37,366$38,403$39,441$40,479
GS-4$34,956$36,121$37,286$38,451$39,616$40,781$41,946$43,111$44,276$45,441
GS-5$39,109$40,413$41,717$43,021$44,325$45,629$46,933$48,237$49,541$50,844
GS-6$43,596$45,049$46,502$47,955$49,408$50,861$52,314$53,767$55,220$56,673
GS-7$48,445$50,060$51,675$53,290$54,905$56,520$58,136$59,751$61,366$62,981
GS-8$53,652$55,440$57,229$59,018$60,806$62,595$64,384$66,172$67,961$69,750
GS-9$59,258$61,233$63,208$65,184$67,159$69,134$71,109$73,084$75,059$77,034
GS-10$65,257$67,433$69,608$71,784$73,960$76,136$78,311$80,487$82,663$84,839
GS-11$71,697$74,087$76,478$78,868$81,259$83,649$86,040$88,430$90,821$93,211
GS-12$85,935$88,800$91,665$94,530$97,395$100,260$103,125$105,990$108,855$111,720
GS-13$102,188$105,594$109,001$112,407$115,813$119,220$122,626$126,032$129,439$132,845
GS-14$120,755$124,780$128,805$132,830$136,854$140,879$144,904$148,929$152,954$156,979
GS-15$142,041$146,775$151,510$156,245$160,979$165,714$170,449$172,500*$172,500*$172,500*

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$23,222$24,001$24,772$25,541$26,312$26,764$27,528$28,297$28,328$29,048
GS-2$26,111$26,732$27,597$28,328$28,647$29,489$30,331$31,174$32,016$32,858
GS-3$28,490$29,440$30,389$31,338$32,288$33,237$34,187$35,136$36,086$37,035
GS-4$31,982$33,048$34,114$35,180$36,246$37,312$38,377$39,443$40,509$41,575
GS-5$35,782$36,975$38,168$39,361$40,554$41,747$42,940$44,133$45,326$46,519
GS-6$39,887$41,216$42,546$43,875$45,205$46,534$47,864$49,193$50,522$51,852
GS-7$44,323$45,801$47,279$48,757$50,234$51,712$53,190$54,667$56,145$57,623
GS-8$49,087$50,724$52,360$53,997$55,633$57,270$58,906$60,543$62,179$63,816
GS-9$54,217$56,024$57,831$59,638$61,445$63,252$65,059$66,866$68,673$70,481
GS-10$59,705$61,696$63,686$65,677$67,668$69,658$71,649$73,639$75,630$77,621
GS-11$65,597$67,784$69,971$72,158$74,345$76,533$78,720$80,907$83,094$85,281
GS-12$78,624$81,246$83,867$86,488$89,109$91,731$94,352$96,973$99,594$102,215
GS-13$93,494$96,611$99,727$102,844$105,960$109,077$112,193$115,310$118,426$121,543
GS-14$110,482$114,164$117,846$121,529$125,211$128,894$132,576$136,259$139,941$143,624
GS-15$129,956$134,288$138,620$142,952$147,284$151,616$155,947$160,279$164,611$168,943

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$23,101$23,876$24,644$25,408$26,176$26,625$27,385$28,150$28,181$28,897
GS-2$25,976$26,594$27,454$28,181$28,498$29,336$30,174$31,012$31,850$32,688
GS-3$28,342$29,287$30,231$31,176$32,120$33,065$34,009$34,954$35,899$36,843
GS-4$31,816$32,877$33,937$34,997$36,058$37,118$38,178$39,239$40,299$41,360
GS-5$35,597$36,783$37,970$39,157$40,344$41,530$42,717$43,904$45,091$46,278
GS-6$39,680$41,003$42,325$43,648$44,970$46,293$47,615$48,938$50,260$51,583
GS-7$44,094$45,564$47,034$48,504$49,974$51,444$52,914$54,384$55,854$57,324
GS-8$48,833$50,461$52,089$53,717$55,345$56,973$58,601$60,229$61,857$63,485
GS-9$53,936$55,733$57,531$59,329$61,126$62,924$64,722$66,520$68,317$70,115
GS-10$59,395$61,376$63,356$65,336$67,317$69,297$71,277$73,258$75,238$77,218
GS-11$65,257$67,433$69,608$71,784$73,960$76,136$78,311$80,487$82,663$84,839
GS-12$78,217$80,824$83,432$86,040$88,647$91,255$93,863$96,470$99,078$101,686
GS-13$93,009$96,110$99,210$102,311$105,411$108,511$111,612$114,712$117,812$120,913
GS-14$109,909$113,572$117,235$120,899$124,562$128,226$131,889$135,552$139,216$142,879
GS-15$129,282$133,592$137,901$142,211$146,520$150,829$155,139$159,448$163,758$168,067

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$22,886$23,654$24,414$25,172$25,932$26,377$27,130$27,888$27,918$28,628
GS-2$25,734$26,346$27,198$27,918$28,233$29,063$29,893$30,723$31,553$32,384
GS-3$28,078$29,014$29,950$30,886$31,821$32,757$33,693$34,628$35,564$36,500
GS-4$31,520$32,570$33,621$34,671$35,722$36,772$37,823$38,873$39,924$40,974
GS-5$35,265$36,441$37,616$38,792$39,968$41,144$42,319$43,495$44,671$45,847
GS-6$39,311$40,621$41,931$43,241$44,551$45,862$47,172$48,482$49,792$51,103
GS-7$43,683$45,139$46,596$48,052$49,508$50,965$52,421$53,877$55,334$56,790
GS-8$48,378$49,991$51,604$53,216$54,829$56,442$58,055$59,668$61,281$62,894
GS-9$53,433$55,214$56,995$58,776$60,557$62,338$64,119$65,900$67,681$69,462
GS-10$58,842$60,804$62,766$64,728$66,690$68,652$70,614$72,575$74,537$76,499
GS-11$64,649$66,805$68,960$71,116$73,271$75,427$77,582$79,738$81,893$84,049
GS-12$77,488$80,072$82,655$85,238$87,822$90,405$92,988$95,572$98,155$100,739
GS-13$92,143$95,215$98,286$101,358$104,429$107,501$110,572$113,644$116,715$119,787
GS-14$108,885$112,514$116,144$119,773$123,402$127,031$130,661$134,290$137,919$141,548
GS-15$128,078$132,348$136,617$140,886$145,155$149,425$153,694$157,963$162,233$166,502

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 $172,500, 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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