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Legislator Salary Information in Illinois

The average annual and hourly salaries for legislators in the state of Illinois are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of legislators among Illinois areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Legislators in Illinois

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$18,180
25th Percentile Wage
$18,820
50th Percentile Wage
$20,130
75th Percentile Wage
$69,350
90th Percentile Wage
$100,540

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for legislators in Illinois in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $100,540. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $20,130. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $18,180.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of legislators from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$20,130
2.63% 5.81%
2016
$19,600
-6.12% -
2015
$20,800
6.83% -
2014
$19,380
1.19% -
2013
$19,150
0.99% -
2012
$18,960
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Legislators in Illinois Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of legislators in some Illinois cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of legislators in state of Illinois ranges from $18,940 to $68,670. The highest paying area for legislators in Illinois is Springfield with a median annual salary of $68,670. The second highest paying city/area in Illinois State is Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area (mean annual salary $41,110). The lowest paying area is Danville with a median annual salary of $18,940.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Springfield
$68,670
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area
$41,110
Peoria
$36,580
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL Metropolitan Division)
$31,210
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL-IN-WI Area)
$29,050
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area
$19,370
Bloomington-Normal
$19,300
East Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area
$19,220
Decatur
$19,150
Kankakee-Bradley
$19,090
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area
$19,090
Rockford
$19,050
Champaign-Urbana
$18,980
Danville
$18,940




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