Search Illinois public employee salary data

Every year, the Better Government Association compiles Illinois’ most comprehensive database to review, explore and compare compensation for public employees throughout Illinois. We do this because the BGA believes detailing how tax dollars are spent serves the public interest.

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The Illinois Public Salaries Database contains the base and additional pay (such as overtime) for 533,130 state, municipal, school and many other government employees across Illinois. It covers 1,843 units of government. We’ve recently updated the database so users find it easier to navigate. You can learn how to use this new database here.

Distribution of public salaries in 2017

It takes the BGA nearly a year to request, compile, organize and check data we receive from hundreds of taxing bodies across Illinois. Like what you see? Please consider making a donation to help us continue this work.

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Highest paid people in Illinois


Highest spending departments in Chicago


Highest spending police departments


Need help or see any problems or errors?

This database is a living document. We update it regularly and are always on the lookout to make it more robust and precise. If you think we are missing a government unit we should include, please let us know.

While we make every reasonable effort to vet the accuracy of compensation included in the database, it is impossible to double-check all numbers in an undertaking of this magnitude. The basic building blocks of this database are reports provided by public agencies and it is possible errors in those initial reports or others made along the way will be reflected in the numbers we publish. That is why we need help from the public to point out problems.

If you spot something that isn’t right, or if information is missing for a government unit you care about, please contact our data coordinator.