Approximately 80% of the ~850 regular City of Evanston employees (non-seasonal, non-temporary) are union employees.  The union employees' titles, pay grades, and pay rates are included in their respective union contracts listed below.

The Mayor of Evanston receives an annual salary of $19,066 and each Alderman receives a salary of $12,784. The Mayor and each Alderman are eligible to receive health care benefits for the same cost as non-union represented employees. The Mayor has accepted less salary than established by resolution. The Evanston City Clerk is an elected full-time position. The salary of the City Clerk is $53,265. 

The Mayor and City Council do not receive retirement benefits from the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF). The City Clerk is covered by IMRF.

Note: Evanston's Mayor and Aldermen are part-time employees.


Current Pay Plans

City Manager Contract

City Manager Contract Amendment

Union Contracts

AFSCME Union Employees

IL Fraternal Order of Police Union Employees

International Association of Firefighters Union Employees


All full-time employees are able to enroll in the City’s health, dental, life, and vision plans. Plan eligibility and employee contributions are determined by individual collective bargaining agreements. The City provides a $1,500 incentive to employees who opt-out of the City’s health insurance coverage. Full-time employees who retire with an immediate pension from the City are eligible to continue their health insurance for life at 100% of the premium cost. Please see the benefit summary and premium rate sheet for more information on insurance.

2016 Premiums       

2016 IAFF Benefit Summary

2016 FOP Benefit Summary

2016 AFSCME Non Union Benefit Summary

All permanent employees receive sick and vacation accruals based upon collective bargaining agreement, work schedule, and years of employment. Certain employee groups are also eligible for 4-5 floating holidays per calendar year based on the City’s holiday schedule. Please refer to the collective bargaining agreements for more information

The City of Evanston participates in three pension funds: the Police Pension Fund, the Fire Pension Fund, and the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund.

The Police Pension Fund is for sworn members of the Evanston Police Department. For retirement eligibility, employees must have at least 20 years of service and be 50 years old. For more information on the Police Pension Fund, please contact Tim Schoolmaster.

Sworn members of the Evanston Fire Department participate in the Fire Pension Fund. To retire, employees must have at least 20 years of service and must be at least 50 years old. For more information regarding the Fire Pension Fund, please contact Deron Daugherty.

Permanent employees who work more than 1,000 hours per year and are not sworn members of the Police and Fire Departments participate in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF). To be eligible for retirement, IMRF participants must have 8 years of service and be at least 55 years old. Beginning January 1, 2011, employees newly enrolled with IMRF must complete 10 years of service and be 62 years old to be eligible for retirement. For more information regarding IMRF, please contact the Human Resources Division at 847-448-8204.  

Employee Demographics

Demographic data for full-time employees (as of 3/2015):

Race Breakdown    
White 479 64.82%
Black 170 23%
Hispanic 61 8.25%
Asian 27 3.65%
Two or More Races 2 .27%
Gender Breakdown    
Male 530 71.72%
Female 209 28.28%
Age Breakdown    
60+ 78 10.55%
50-59 187 25.3%
40-49 178 24.09%
30-39 215 29.09%
Under 30 61 8.25%
Residency Breakdown    
Evanston 154 20.84%
Chicago 187 25.3%
Skokie 48 6.5%
Morton Grove 15 2.03%
Mt. Prospect 14 1.89%
Glenview 12 1.62%
Gurnee 13 1.76%
Des Plaines 17 2.3%
Other 283 38.29%

Intergovernmental Personnel Benefit Cooperative

The City of Evanston joined the Intergovernmental Personnel Benefit Cooperative (IPBC) on December 1, 2009. This health/dental insurance cooperative allows the City to self-insure our benefits programs with the most efficient and flexible methods available. A description of the IPBC is provided below:

The Intergovernmental Personnel Benefit Cooperative (IPBC)