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ChicagoMay 2018

Methodology: Based on millions of anonymous salary reports shared on Glassdoor. The Local Pay Reports apply a proprietary machine-learning algorithm to estimate median annual base pay for full-time workers. May 2018 figures are current as of May 18, 2018. Metro areas are based on U.S. Census Bureau “core based statistical areas” (CBSAs). All 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 seasonally adjusted. (*) denotes Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

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Job Title

Design
Median Base Pay YoY
Graphic Designer $ 51,744 2.6%
Education
Median Base Pay YoY
Professor $ 99,976 -0.9%
Research Assistant $ 32,863 -0.9%
Teacher $ 54,418 2.8%
Engineering
Median Base Pay YoY
Civil Engineer $ 72,331 1.3%
Design Engineer $ 76,023 3.5%
Electrical Engineer $ 79,712 1.3%
Field Engineer $ 67,657 1.8%
Mechanical Engineer $ 75,005 2.8%
Quality Engineer $ 74,889 0.0%
Finance
Median Base Pay YoY
Accountant $ 60,462 1.5%
Bank Teller $ 31,037 6.4%
Claims Adjuster $ 56,285 3.5%
Financial Advisor $ 57,070 5.8%
Financial Analyst $ 67,985 2.1%
Insurance Agent $ 41,948 -1.7%
Loan Officer $ 41,139 -2.9%
Tax Manager $ 108,528 5.0%
Food Services
Median Base Pay YoY
Barista $ 25,518 3.3%
Bartender $ 34,981 -0.8%
Restaurant Cook $ 29,323 1.4%
Restaurant Manager $ 53,604 1.1%
Server $ 35,098 1.2%
Health
Median Base Pay YoY
Certified Nursing Assistant $ 30,378 2.5%
Emergency Medical Technician $ 32,632 2.7%
Licensed Practical Nurse $ 50,629 2.2%
Medical Assistant $ 37,275 3.1%
Medical Technologist $ 54,551 1.7%
Pharmacist $ 122,451 2.1%
Pharmacy Technician $ 32,346 2.8%
Physical Therapist $ 74,712 -1.2%
Registered Nurse $ 69,928 1.0%
Human Resources
Median Base Pay YoY
Human Resources Manager $ 80,266 1.5%
Recruiter $ 54,711 1.1%
Labor
Median Base Pay YoY
Construction Laborer $ 43,129 1.3%
Delivery Driver $ 39,820 2.2%
Machine Operator $ 39,972 0.9%
Maintenance Technician $ 48,552 2.3%
Maintenance Worker $ 46,078 0.5%
Technician $ 48,519 0.1%
Truck Driver $ 58,800 5.8%
Warehouse Associate $ 49,223 3.1%
Law
Median Base Pay YoY
Attorney $ 115,280 2.9%
Paralegal $ 56,380 0.5%
Manufacturing
Median Base Pay YoY
Manufacturing Engineer $ 74,438 1.0%
Material Handler $ 36,527 3.9%
Process Engineer $ 81,889 0.6%
Production Manager $ 69,091 1.4%
Media
Median Base Pay YoY
Producer $ 64,301 -0.3%
Technical Editor $ 58,753 1.2%
Operations
Median Base Pay YoY
Operations Analyst $ 61,856 2.9%
Operations Manager $ 71,652 -0.1%
Security Officer $ 37,379 4.1%
Professional Services
Median Base Pay YoY
Administrative Assistant $ 44,402 0.6%
Business Analyst $ 73,647 0.3%
Business Development Manager $ 74,348 4.1%
Communications Manager $ 75,323 -2.4%
Consultant $ 85,256 0.9%
Customer Service Manager $ 61,130 1.9%
Customer Service Representative $ 41,382 1.9%
Marketing Manager $ 81,531 2.0%
Office Manager $ 51,835 1.8%
Product Manager $ 100,713 2.1%
Program Manager $ 85,243 0.3%
Project Manager $ 79,815 -0.4%
Real Estate
Median Base Pay YoY
Property Manager $ 57,127 2.6%
Retail
Median Base Pay YoY
Buyer $ 63,543 1.0%
Cashier $ 29,348 3.8%
Retail Key Holder $ 31,379 3.1%
Store Manager $ 54,272 1.4%
Sales
Median Base Pay YoY
Sales Manager $ 70,808 2.2%
Sales Representative $ 52,252 2.2%
Technology
Median Base Pay YoY
Data Analyst $ 65,422 0.6%
Data Scientist $ 101,001 0.1%
Java Developer $ 80,272 1.5%
Network Engineer $ 76,179 0.3%
Programmer Analyst $ 75,491 -0.2%
Software Engineer $ 86,742 1.6%
Solutions Architect $ 113,999 4.7%
Systems Engineer $ 82,343 1.7%
Technical Support $ 52,654 2.3%
UX Designer $ 82,150 -0.3%
Web Designer $ 60,692 0.8%
Web Developer $ 77,847 4.6%

Chicago Quick Facts

May 2018 YoY
Chicago Median Pay $ 56,362 1.2%
U.S. Median Pay $ 52,070 1.3%
Job Openings 219,168 33.0%

Industry

Median Base Pay
Accounting & Legal $ 55,929
Aerospace & Defense $ 58,036
Architecture & Civil Engineering $ 57,246
Arts & Entertainment $ 50,331
Automotive $ 50,859
Banking & Financial Services $ 55,594
Beauty & Fitness $ 51,398
Biotech & Pharmaceuticals $ 58,383
Business Services $ 53,300
Computer Software & Hardware $ 57,369
Construction $ 56,060
Consulting $ 56,752
Consumer Electronics $ 50,013
Consumer Services $ 49,645
Education & Schools $ 51,916
Energy & Utilities $ 61,438
Facilities $ 51,417
Farming & Agriculture $ 55,706
Government $ 55,739
Health Care & Hospitals $ 54,582
Information Technology $ 55,599
Insurance $ 55,504
Internet & Tech $ 56,097
Manufacturing $ 56,810
Marketing & Advertising $ 53,293
Media & Publishing $ 53,865
Nonprofit $ 51,174
Private Security $ 51,382
Real Estate $ 54,040
Recruiting & Staffing $ 52,524
Restaurants & Bars $ 50,671
Retail $ 51,362
Supermarkets $ 52,703
Telecommunications $ 54,325
Transportation & Logistics $ 54,936
Travel & Tourism $ 51,855
Wholesale $ 54,527

Employer Size

Median Base Pay
<51 $ 50,967
51-200 $ 53,079
201-500 $ 54,148
501-1000 $ 54,931
1001-5000 $ 56,367
5000+ $ 56,955