ChicagoJanuary 2020

Methodology: The Glassdoor Job Market Report provides a real-time view of hiring trends and wage growth across the U.S. based on millions of online jobs and salaries on Glassdoor. To count job openings, we collect millions of job postings from high-quality online sources including jobs listed on company career sites and applicant tracking systems. Year-over-year comparisons are against the same month in the previous year.

To report pay, we apply a proprietary machine-learning algorithm that estimates median annual base pay for full-time workers. Year-over-year estimates for median salary growth are based on 3-month moving averages. Median base pay is presented in nominal dollars and is not adjusted for inflation or seasonality.

Metro areas are based on U.S. Census Bureau “core-based statistical areas” (CBSAs). January 2020 figures are current as of January 20, 2020.

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Open Jobs by Industry
 Open Jobs by Employer Size
– Pay by Job Title
– Pay by Industry
– Pay by Employer Size

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Chicago Quick Facts

January 2020 YoY
Chicago Open Jobs 184,657 -6.2%
U.S. Open Jobs 5,612,853 -3.1%
Chicago Median Pay $ 59,276 3.0%
U.S. Median Pay $ 54,430 2.6%

Open Jobs by Industry

Business Services
Open Jobs YoY
Consulting 3,104 -14.7%
Marketing & Advertising 2,794 -14.3%
Accounting & Legal 1,960 -22.3%
Private Security 951 -19.8%
Other Business Services 372 -17.2%
Subtotal 9,180 -16.9%
Construction & Real Estate Services
Open Jobs YoY
Real Estate 1,415 -14.6%
Construction 1,268 12.5%
Facilities 1,139 -5.7%
Architecture & Civil Engineering 1,100 -0.2%
Subtotal 4,922 -3.4%
Consumer Services
Open Jobs YoY
Beauty & Fitness 2,978 0.2%
Automotive 2,404 -3.5%
Travel & Tourism 1,790 -28.2%
Arts & Entertainment 1,770 -1.6%
Telecommunications 1,603 24.9%
Media & Publishing 644 -10.4%
Other Consumer Services 388 -3.5%
Subtotal 11,576 -4.8%
Finance & Insurance
Open Jobs YoY
Banking & Financial Services 5,632 -3.2%
Insurance 3,063 -26.8%
Subtotal 8,696 -13.1%
Food Services
Open Jobs YoY
Restaurants & Bars 16,498 20.1%
Subtotal 16,498 20.1%
Health Care
Open Jobs YoY
Health Care & Hospitals 22,142 -4.4%
Biotech & Pharmaceuticals 2,625 9.9%
Subtotal 24,768 -3.1%
Production
Open Jobs YoY
Manufacturing 8,708 -15.4%
Energy & Utilities 902 -7.1%
Aerospace & Defense 821 137.0%
Other Production 220 31.2%
Subtotal 10,651 -9.5%
Public Services
Open Jobs YoY
Education & Schools 9,580 7.1%
Nonprofit 2,253 -10.2%
Government 1,219 -2.0%
Subtotal 13,052 2.8%
Retail
Open Jobs YoY
Retail 12,492 -14.9%
Supermarkets 3,676 6.3%
Consumer Electronics 247 -7.8%
Subtotal 16,415 -10.8%
Tech
Open Jobs YoY
Information Technology 7,224 10.3%
Computer Software & Hardware 4,727 -10.1%
Internet & Tech 1,224 -21.6%
Subtotal 13,175 -1.5%
Trade & Transportation
Open Jobs YoY
Transportation & Logistics 14,397 -43.4%
Wholesale 1,644 18.1%
Subtotal 16,042 -40.3%

Open Jobs by Employer Size

Open Jobs YoY
<51 18,246 13.2%
51-200 18,121 3.4%
201-500 19,409 -10.4%
501-1000 10,531 -4.7%
1001-5000 33,693 -6.2%
5000+ 71,666 -11.4%
Other 12,990 -5.0%
Total 184,657 -6.2%

Pay by Job Title

Design
Median Base Pay YoY
Graphic Designer $ 53,669 2.2%
Education
Median Base Pay YoY
Professor $ 102,936 3.5%
Research Assistant $ 34,038 3.5%
Teacher $ 56,804 4.4%
Engineering
Median Base Pay YoY
Civil Engineer $ 76,966 2.9%
Design Engineer $ 78,670 4.4%
Electrical Engineer $ 83,493 1.9%
Field Engineer $ 70,367 1.2%
Mechanical Engineer $ 78,105 1.4%
Quality Engineer $ 75,800 -0.1%
Finance
Median Base Pay YoY
Accountant $ 63,439 3.1%
Bank Teller $ 32,527 0.6%
Claims Adjuster $ 57,613 3.2%
Financial Advisor $ 59,575 5.0%
Financial Analyst $ 69,730 2.4%
Insurance Agent $ 44,826 3.9%
Loan Officer $ 49,547 14.5%
Tax Manager $ 107,276 2.0%
Food Services
Median Base Pay YoY
Barista $ 26,103 4.3%
Bartender $ 39,240 -0.5%
Restaurant Cook $ 30,616 3.0%
Restaurant Manager $ 54,567 3.5%
Server $ 38,180 3.2%
Health
Median Base Pay YoY
Certified Nursing Assistant $ 31,268 3.5%
Emergency Medical Technician $ 34,590 4.7%
Licensed Practical Nurse $ 53,890 1.5%
Medical Assistant $ 37,379 3.4%
Medical Technologist $ 57,632 2.9%
Pharmacist $ 124,592 2.7%
Pharmacy Technician $ 35,048 4.5%
Physical Therapist $ 79,254 1.3%
Registered Nurse $ 71,635 2.8%
Human Resources
Median Base Pay YoY
Human Resources Manager $ 86,455 2.7%
Recruiter $ 57,941 5.3%
Labor
Median Base Pay YoY
Construction Laborer $ 46,634 3.2%
Delivery Driver $ 44,028 1.8%
Machine Operator $ 42,814 4.9%
Maintenance Technician $ 49,909 4.5%
Maintenance Worker $ 44,934 2.9%
Technician $ 52,264 4.7%
Truck Driver $ 62,225 1.7%
Warehouse Associate $ 45,483 2.2%
Law
Median Base Pay YoY
Attorney $ 114,359 2.0%
Paralegal $ 60,736 3.8%
Manufacturing
Median Base Pay YoY
Manufacturing Engineer $ 78,117 2.4%
Material Handler $ 38,295 3.2%
Process Engineer $ 84,332 2.1%
Production Manager $ 73,352 3.0%
Media
Median Base Pay YoY
Producer $ 68,038 5.4%
Technical Editor $ 57,117 3.0%
Operations
Median Base Pay YoY
Operations Analyst $ 65,005 2.5%
Operations Manager $ 76,636 2.7%
Security Officer $ 39,873 6.3%
Professional Services
Median Base Pay YoY
Administrative Assistant $ 48,651 4.3%
Business Analyst $ 76,322 2.6%
Business Development Manager $ 77,053 4.7%
Communications Manager $ 80,253 2.4%
Consultant $ 88,564 2.1%
Customer Service Manager $ 61,780 1.7%
Customer Service Representative $ 43,246 4.6%
Marketing Manager $ 82,642 1.4%
Office Manager $ 54,772 3.0%
Product Manager $ 104,585 1.7%
Program Manager $ 84,883 1.0%
Project Manager $ 82,782 1.6%
Real Estate
Median Base Pay YoY
Property Manager $ 63,532 3.9%
Retail
Median Base Pay YoY
Buyer $ 66,200 3.0%
Cashier $ 30,225 3.3%
Retail Key Holder $ 32,831 4.6%
Store Manager $ 56,239 3.6%
Sales
Median Base Pay YoY
Sales Manager $ 75,135 3.9%
Sales Representative $ 56,043 6.7%
Technology
Median Base Pay YoY
Data Analyst $ 68,325 3.6%
Data Scientist $ 106,222 2.0%
IT Manager $ 105,142 3.9%
Java Developer $ 86,180 1.3%
Programmer Analyst $ 78,971 3.4%
Software Engineer $ 92,685 3.4%
Solutions Architect $ 118,482 1.2%
Systems Engineer $ 84,756 1.2%
Technical Support $ 54,308 2.4%
UX Designer $ 86,289 5.5%
Web Designer $ 65,443 2.3%
Web Developer $ 78,913 4.1%

Pay by Industry

Median Base Pay
Accounting & Legal $ 59,294
Aerospace & Defense $ 61,453
Architecture & Civil Engineering $ 59,124
Arts & Entertainment $ 52,127
Automotive $ 52,853
Banking & Financial Services $ 58,267
Beauty & Fitness $ 53,595
Biotech & Pharmaceuticals $ 61,920
Business Services $ 55,748
Computer Software & Hardware $ 60,350
Construction $ 57,610
Consulting $ 58,988
Consumer Electronics $ 51,117
Consumer Services $ 52,681
Education & Schools $ 53,986
Energy & Utilities $ 63,590
Facilities $ 53,345
Farming & Agriculture $ 57,823
Government $ 58,032
Health Care & Hospitals $ 57,067
Information Technology $ 57,037
Insurance $ 57,941
Internet & Tech $ 59,305
Manufacturing $ 59,292
Marketing & Advertising $ 54,994
Media & Publishing $ 55,824
Nonprofit $ 53,276
Private Security $ 53,812
Real Estate $ 55,410
Recruiting & Staffing $ 55,056
Restaurants & Bars $ 52,886
Retail $ 53,440
Supermarkets $ 54,155
Telecommunications $ 56,969
Transportation & Logistics $ 56,925
Travel & Tourism $ 54,051
Wholesale $ 56,557

Pay by Employer Size

Median Base Pay
<51 $ 53,586
51-200 $ 55,826
201-500 $ 56,843
501-1000 $ 57,665
1001-5000 $ 58,951
5000+ $ 59,858