Average Salary for State of Illinois (IL) Employees

Headquartered in Chicago, Ill., State of Illinois (IL) offers a range of employment opportunities in the government sector, from Correctional Officer to Budget Analyst. State of Illinois (IL) pays its employees $56K per year on average. For the most part, employee paychecks at State of Illinois (IL) fluctuate depending on your experience level; what you do at the company and where you live also matter, but to a lesser degree. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

Employer: State of Illinois (IL)
Average Salary Range by Job
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National Data (?
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[-]Correctional Officer (3)
$30,980 - $69,624  
[-]Correctional Officer (3)
Salary$29,426 - $63,463  
Total Pay$30,980 - $69,624  
[+]Budget Analyst (2)
$31,577 - $58,372  
[+]Budget Analyst (2)
Salary$32,134 - $59,944  
Total Pay$31,577 - $58,372  
[+]Personnel Specialist (2)
$37,637 - $71,378  
[+]Personnel Specialist (2)
Salary$38,588 - $73,049  
Total Pay$37,637 - $71,378  
[+]Administrative Assistant (2)
$28,262 - $58,297  
[+]Administrative Assistant (2)
Salary$28,517 - $57,533  
Total Pay$28,262 - $58,297  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 41
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About This Company

Chicago, Illinois 


The State of Illinois

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Years of Experience

For those with one to four years of experience, paychecks typically reach around $51K. Those who have five to nine years of work experience see an average salaries of $51K. The largest slice of the State of Illinois (IL) workforce (34 percent) has been working for 20 years or more and earns $80K annually.


Correctional Officers rake in the most money, with average earnings of approximately $62K; Personnel Specialists come in second with typical earnings amounting to $50K, while Administrative Assistants and Budget Analysts rank near the top as well (about $44K and $42K, respectively).


Residents of Springfield pick up paychecks that are higher than any other city — the median salary is $55K per year; other top-paying cities include the company's headquarter city of Chicago (around $45K) and Waukegan (approximately $44K).

Certifications and Degrees

Being a First Aid Administrator certainly has its perks — salaries approach $64K and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. Becoming a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Specialist can certainly pay off here; those folks make about $64K. Those with a Bachelor's Degree at State of Illinois (IL) come out on top, and their salaries approach $63K annually.


In this position, it pays to have Microsoft Excel in your toolkit; employees who claim proficiency enjoy a higher median salary of $67K. Benefits & Compensation is a popular skill among State of Illinois (IL) workers, with nearly one in eight of those surveyed reporting using it on the job. Employees also tend to know Regulatory Compliance, Security Policies and Procedures, and Project Management.

Benefits and Perks

Benefits include paid time off, but State of Illinois (IL) hands out more vacation days than sick days; more than half of workers report receiving the former, but only 43 percent report receiving the latter. The firm looks out for its employees by sponsoring assorted retirement savings plans such as a company pension plan, a defined benefit retirement plan, and a 401(k) plan. Health insurance comes as part of the deal for the vast majority of workers, and a solid majority of workers report receiving dental coverage as well. Some other perks are life insurance, a casual working environment, and a defined benefit retirement plan.

Key Stats for State of Illinois (IL)


46 %
54 %
$31,273 - $81,519
$32,478 - $74,588
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.
$50,634 - $79,252

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