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General Schedule (GS) Payscale in Wisconsin 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.

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 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*
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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 24.66% 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$24,605$25,431$26,248$27,062$27,880$28,359$29,168$29,983$30,016$30,779
GS-2$27,667$28,325$29,241$30,016$30,353$31,246$32,139$33,031$33,924$34,816
GS-3$30,188$31,194$32,200$33,206$34,212$35,218$36,224$37,230$38,236$39,242
GS-4$33,888$35,017$36,146$37,276$38,405$39,535$40,664$41,794$42,923$44,052
GS-5$37,914$39,178$40,442$41,706$42,970$44,234$45,498$46,762$48,027$49,291
GS-6$42,263$43,672$45,081$46,489$47,898$49,307$50,715$52,124$53,533$54,941
GS-7$46,964$48,530$50,096$51,662$53,227$54,793$56,359$57,925$59,490$61,056
GS-8$52,012$53,746$55,480$57,214$58,948$60,682$62,416$64,150$65,884$67,618
GS-9$57,447$59,362$61,277$63,191$65,106$67,021$68,936$70,851$72,765$74,680
GS-10$63,262$65,372$67,481$69,590$71,699$73,809$75,918$78,027$80,136$82,246
GS-11$69,505$71,823$74,140$76,458$78,775$81,093$83,410$85,727$88,045$90,362
GS-12$83,309$86,086$88,864$91,641$94,419$97,196$99,974$102,751$105,528$108,306
GS-13$99,065$102,367$105,669$108,972$112,274$115,576$118,878$122,181$125,483$128,785
GS-14$117,064$120,966$124,868$128,770$132,672$136,574$140,476$144,377$148,279$152,181
GS-15$137,699$142,289$146,879$151,469$156,059$160,649$165,239$169,829$172,500*$172,500*
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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 20.96% 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$23,875$24,676$25,469$26,259$27,053$27,517$28,302$29,093$29,125$29,865
GS-2$26,846$27,485$28,374$29,125$29,453$30,319$31,185$32,051$32,917$33,783
GS-3$29,292$30,268$31,244$32,220$33,196$34,172$35,149$36,125$37,101$38,077
GS-4$32,882$33,978$35,074$36,169$37,265$38,361$39,457$40,553$41,649$42,745
GS-5$36,789$38,015$39,242$40,468$41,695$42,921$44,148$45,375$46,601$47,828
GS-6$41,009$42,376$43,743$45,110$46,476$47,843$49,210$50,577$51,944$53,311
GS-7$45,570$47,090$48,609$50,128$51,648$53,167$54,686$56,205$57,725$59,244
GS-8$50,468$52,151$53,833$55,516$57,198$58,881$60,563$62,246$63,929$65,611
GS-9$55,742$57,600$59,458$61,316$63,174$65,032$66,890$68,748$70,606$72,464
GS-10$61,385$63,431$65,478$67,525$69,571$71,618$73,665$75,711$77,758$79,805
GS-11$67,442$69,691$71,940$74,188$76,437$78,686$80,934$83,183$85,432$87,680
GS-12$80,836$83,531$86,226$88,921$91,616$94,311$97,006$99,701$102,396$105,091
GS-13$96,124$99,329$102,533$105,737$108,941$112,146$115,350$118,554$121,758$124,963
GS-14$113,590$117,376$121,162$124,948$128,734$132,520$136,306$140,092$143,878$147,664
GS-15$133,612$138,066$142,520$146,974$151,427$155,881$160,335$164,789$169,242$172,500*

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 15.95% (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 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 $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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