ChicagoDecember 2019

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). December 2019 figures are current as of December 20, 2019.

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Quick Facts
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

December 2019 YoY
Chicago Open Jobs 183,496 -4.6%
U.S. Open Jobs 5,641,516 -1.8%
Chicago Median Pay $ 59,410 2.6%
U.S. Median Pay $ 54,614 2.3%

Open Jobs by Industry

Business Services
Open Jobs YoY
Consulting 3,160 -12.3%
Marketing & Advertising 2,832 -12.0%
Accounting & Legal 2,007 -18.6%
Private Security 839 -32.2%
Other Business Services 342 -23.8%
Subtotal 9,180 -16.4%
Construction & Real Estate Services
Open Jobs YoY
Real Estate 1,464 -9.1%
Construction 1,261 11.8%
Facilities 1,142 -7.5%
Architecture & Civil Engineering 1,085 0.9%
Subtotal 4,953 -1.9%
Consumer Services
Open Jobs YoY
Beauty & Fitness 2,910 -3.1%
Automotive 2,400 5.4%
Travel & Tourism 1,784 -19.3%
Arts & Entertainment 1,766 0.6%
Telecommunications 973 -28.9%
Media & Publishing 648 -2.3%
Other Consumer Services 421 2.4%
Subtotal 10,902 -6.7%
Finance & Insurance
Open Jobs YoY
Banking & Financial Services 5,580 -8.9%
Insurance 3,313 -21.5%
Subtotal 8,892 -14.0%
Food Services
Open Jobs YoY
Restaurants & Bars 16,265 20.1%
Subtotal 16,265 20.1%
Health Care
Open Jobs YoY
Health Care & Hospitals 21,482 -0.7%
Biotech & Pharmaceuticals 2,720 12.5%
Subtotal 24,202 0.6%
Production
Open Jobs YoY
Manufacturing 9,012 -12.6%
Energy & Utilities 914 6.6%
Aerospace & Defense 717 102.5%
Other Production 207 39.0%
Subtotal 10,850 -7.0%
Public Services
Open Jobs YoY
Education & Schools 8,926 6.9%
Nonprofit 2,260 -7.8%
Government 1,321 -0.5%
Subtotal 12,507 3.1%
Retail
Open Jobs YoY
Retail 13,054 -18.4%
Supermarkets 3,448 -1.6%
Consumer Electronics 214 13.4%
Subtotal 16,715 -15.1%
Tech
Open Jobs YoY
Information Technology 6,290 0.1%
Computer Software & Hardware 4,670 -4.7%
Internet & Tech 1,496 30.2%
Subtotal 12,456 1.0%
Trade & Transportation
Open Jobs YoY
Transportation & Logistics 15,718 -23.0%
Wholesale 1,678 17.9%
Subtotal 17,396 -20.3%

Open Jobs by Employer Size

Open Jobs YoY
<51 17,336 9.8%
51-200 18,067 10.3%
201-500 19,185 9.7%
501-1000 11,548 1.7%
1001-5000 32,939 -10.7%
5000+ 72,191 -7.7%
Other 12,230 -24.6%
Total 5,641,516 -1.8%

Pay by Job Title

Design
Median Base Pay YoY
Graphic Designer $ 54,049 2.3%
Education
Median Base Pay YoY
Professor $ 101,049 2.4%
Research Assistant $ 33,535 2.2%
Teacher $ 56,589 4.2%
Engineering
Median Base Pay YoY
Civil Engineer $ 76,544 2.1%
Design Engineer $ 78,896 5.1%
Electrical Engineer $ 83,345 1.3%
Field Engineer $ 70,403 0.1%
Mechanical Engineer $ 77,903 1.2%
Quality Engineer $ 77,417 1.7%
Finance
Median Base Pay YoY
Accountant $ 63,445 2.6%
Bank Teller $ 32,813 1.6%
Claims Adjuster $ 57,217 3.4%
Financial Advisor $ 60,324 7.7%
Financial Analyst $ 69,289 1.4%
Insurance Agent $ 43,969 3.7%
Loan Officer $ 48,437 12.7%
Tax Manager $ 101,889 1.3%
Food Services
Median Base Pay YoY
Barista $ 27,115 3.4%
Bartender $ 38,552 -1.2%
Restaurant Cook $ 30,648 2.5%
Restaurant Manager $ 54,666 2.9%
Server $ 38,003 2.8%
Health
Median Base Pay YoY
Certified Nursing Assistant $ 31,415 4.4%
Emergency Medical Technician $ 34,779 5.5%
Licensed Practical Nurse $ 53,676 0.5%
Medical Assistant $ 37,380 3.3%
Medical Technologist $ 57,687 2.2%
Pharmacist $ 119,761 0.1%
Pharmacy Technician $ 36,450 5.3%
Physical Therapist $ 78,530 -0.6%
Registered Nurse $ 71,327 2.3%
Human Resources
Median Base Pay YoY
Human Resources Manager $ 85,622 1.7%
Recruiter $ 57,424 4.7%
Labor
Median Base Pay YoY
Construction Laborer $ 46,445 3.1%
Delivery Driver $ 43,543 2.2%
Machine Operator $ 43,072 6.6%
Maintenance Technician $ 49,635 4.4%
Maintenance Worker $ 44,610 2.3%
Technician $ 51,716 2.6%
Truck Driver $ 61,452 1.4%
Warehouse Associate $ 46,755 2.0%
Law
Median Base Pay YoY
Attorney $ 116,989 3.8%
Paralegal $ 59,957 1.9%
Manufacturing
Median Base Pay YoY
Manufacturing Engineer $ 78,443 3.1%
Material Handler $ 38,311 3.4%
Process Engineer $ 84,951 2.5%
Production Manager $ 73,302 2.5%
Media
Median Base Pay YoY
Producer $ 67,461 4.2%
Technical Editor $ 58,370 2.6%
Operations
Median Base Pay YoY
Operations Analyst $ 64,376 1.7%
Operations Manager $ 76,526 2.5%
Security Officer $ 42,219 5.7%
Professional Services
Median Base Pay YoY
Administrative Assistant $ 48,382 3.1%
Business Analyst $ 76,181 2.1%
Business Development Manager $ 75,064 2.7%
Communications Manager $ 80,100 0.7%
Consultant $ 89,212 1.7%
Customer Service Manager $ 62,089 1.2%
Customer Service Representative $ 43,058 4.2%
Marketing Manager $ 83,558 1.3%
Office Manager $ 54,409 2.8%
Product Manager $ 105,142 1.3%
Program Manager $ 84,540 -0.9%
Project Manager $ 83,337 1.3%
Real Estate
Median Base Pay YoY
Property Manager $ 63,642 5.3%
Retail
Median Base Pay YoY
Buyer $ 66,677 3.7%
Cashier $ 30,197 3.1%
Retail Key Holder $ 33,472 5.3%
Store Manager $ 56,400 4.2%
Sales
Median Base Pay YoY
Sales Manager $ 75,190 3.6%
Sales Representative $ 54,849 4.9%
Technology
Median Base Pay YoY
Data Analyst $ 68,608 4.1%
Data Scientist $ 106,814 1.9%
IT Manager $ 104,494 3.3%
Java Developer $ 84,792 -1.9%
Programmer Analyst $ 78,313 3.0%
Software Engineer $ 92,130 3.1%
Solutions Architect $ 118,486 -0.3%
Systems Engineer $ 85,165 1.7%
Technical Support $ 53,865 1.5%
UX Designer $ 85,894 4.7%
Web Designer $ 65,271 2.2%
Web Developer $ 80,414 6.4%

Pay by Industry

Median Base Pay
Accounting & Legal $ 59,533
Aerospace & Defense $ 61,951
Architecture & Civil Engineering $ 59,708
Arts & Entertainment $ 51,852
Automotive $ 53,489
Banking & Financial Services $ 58,433
Beauty & Fitness $ 53,601
Biotech & Pharmaceuticals $ 61,968
Business Services $ 56,230
Computer Software & Hardware $ 60,645
Construction $ 58,095
Consulting $ 59,155
Consumer Electronics $ 52,306
Consumer Services $ 53,020
Education & Schools $ 54,173
Energy & Utilities $ 63,638
Facilities $ 53,068
Farming & Agriculture $ 58,162
Government $ 58,278
Health Care & Hospitals $ 57,302
Information Technology $ 57,483
Insurance $ 58,518
Internet & Tech $ 59,517
Manufacturing $ 59,667
Marketing & Advertising $ 55,411
Media & Publishing $ 56,023
Nonprofit $ 53,157
Private Security $ 53,654
Real Estate $ 56,417
Recruiting & Staffing $ 54,636
Restaurants & Bars $ 53,287
Retail $ 53,588
Supermarkets $ 54,791
Telecommunications $ 56,745
Transportation & Logistics $ 57,248
Travel & Tourism $ 54,133
Wholesale $ 57,114

Pay by Employer Size

Median Base Pay
<51 $ 53,726
51-200 $ 55,921
201-500 $ 57,009
501-1000 $ 57,827
1001-5000 $ 59,030
5000+ $ 60,114