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ChicagoAugust 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. August 2018 figures are current as of August 20, 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 $ 52,212 2.9%
Education
Median Base Pay YoY
Professor $ 96,340 -0.4%
Research Assistant $ 32,495 1.3%
Teacher $ 54,169 2.7%
Engineering
Median Base Pay YoY
Civil Engineer $ 72,897 2.6%
Design Engineer $ 76,609 3.6%
Electrical Engineer $ 80,364 1.2%
Field Engineer $ 68,175 0.2%
Mechanical Engineer $ 75,710 2.4%
Quality Engineer $ 75,948 2.1%
Finance
Median Base Pay YoY
Accountant $ 61,186 2.8%
Bank Teller $ 31,543 7.9%
Claims Adjuster $ 56,214 2.9%
Financial Advisor $ 56,045 5.9%
Financial Analyst $ 68,443 3.1%
Insurance Agent $ 39,288 -4.8%
Loan Officer $ 42,286 3.4%
Tax Manager $ 99,825 1.3%
Food Services
Median Base Pay YoY
Barista $ 26,029 4.7%
Bartender $ 38,079 6.4%
Restaurant Cook $ 30,088 4.2%
Restaurant Manager $ 51,999 0.2%
Server $ 36,309 4.1%
Health
Median Base Pay YoY
Certified Nursing Assistant $ 30,511 4.0%
Emergency Medical Technician $ 33,497 4.4%
Licensed Practical Nurse $ 51,179 2.8%
Medical Assistant $ 36,066 3.5%
Medical Technologist $ 55,022 1.9%
Pharmacist $ 119,720 2.0%
Pharmacy Technician $ 33,936 5.7%
Physical Therapist $ 74,587 -1.6%
Registered Nurse $ 69,873 1.8%
Human Resources
Median Base Pay YoY
Human Resources Manager $ 83,964 4.5%
Recruiter $ 54,593 -0.1%
Labor
Median Base Pay YoY
Construction Laborer $ 44,336 0.6%
Delivery Driver $ 40,768 2.1%
Machine Operator $ 40,514 0.6%
Maintenance Technician $ 46,679 0.7%
Maintenance Worker $ 46,228 7.4%
Technician $ 48,435 1.7%
Truck Driver $ 58,902 4.1%
Warehouse Associate $ 42,114 -2.5%
Law
Median Base Pay YoY
Attorney $ 113,865 4.0%
Paralegal $ 57,423 1.2%
Manufacturing
Median Base Pay YoY
Manufacturing Engineer $ 75,121 1.3%
Material Handler $ 36,872 5.1%
Process Engineer $ 82,673 2.4%
Production Manager $ 69,204 2.8%
Media
Median Base Pay YoY
Producer $ 62,691 -1.3%
Technical Editor $ 57,111 2.3%
Operations
Median Base Pay YoY
Operations Analyst $ 63,445 3.5%
Operations Manager $ 72,863 0.3%
Security Officer $ 36,705 3.1%
Professional Services
Median Base Pay YoY
Administrative Assistant $ 46,497 2.4%
Business Analyst $ 74,823 2.1%
Business Development Manager $ 74,329 3.3%
Communications Manager $ 77,303 -0.6%
Consultant $ 85,463 1.4%
Customer Service Manager $ 61,371 3.7%
Customer Service Representative $ 41,640 2.6%
Marketing Manager $ 80,698 1.4%
Office Manager $ 51,982 2.7%
Product Manager $ 100,246 3.0%
Program Manager $ 83,160 -0.2%
Project Manager $ 78,011 -2.0%
Real Estate
Median Base Pay YoY
Property Manager $ 60,373 5.9%
Retail
Median Base Pay YoY
Buyer $ 64,525 2.4%
Cashier $ 29,219 5.0%
Retail Key Holder $ 32,340 3.6%
Store Manager $ 54,587 2.3%
Sales
Median Base Pay YoY
Sales Manager $ 70,655 2.0%
Sales Representative $ 51,834 1.3%
Technology
Median Base Pay YoY
Data Analyst $ 65,027 1.5%
Data Scientist $ 105,200 1.2%
Java Developer $ 83,616 3.2%
Network Engineer $ 73,435 -6.9%
Programmer Analyst $ 75,846 4.1%
Software Engineer $ 88,277 2.6%
Solutions Architect $ 112,048 2.4%
Systems Engineer $ 81,912 1.3%
Technical Support $ 52,557 2.8%
UX Designer $ 83,867 2.1%
Web Designer $ 64,197 1.5%
Web Developer $ 77,006 3.4%

Chicago Quick Facts

August 2018 YoY
Chicago Median Pay $ 56,636 2.3%
U.S. Median Pay $ 52,461 2.4%
Job Openings 259,036 51.2%

Industry

Median Base Pay
Accounting & Legal $ 56,839
Aerospace & Defense $ 58,628
Architecture & Civil Engineering $ 56,512
Arts & Entertainment $ 49,338
Automotive $ 51,010
Banking & Financial Services $ 55,625
Beauty & Fitness $ 49,802
Biotech & Pharmaceuticals $ 58,842
Business Services $ 53,071
Computer Software & Hardware $ 57,304
Construction $ 55,286
Consulting $ 56,993
Consumer Electronics $ 50,386
Consumer Services $ 50,222
Education & Schools $ 51,444
Energy & Utilities $ 60,105
Facilities $ 52,313
Farming & Agriculture $ 54,321
Government $ 55,574
Health Care & Hospitals $ 54,242
Information Technology $ 55,388
Insurance $ 55,088
Internet & Tech $ 57,268
Manufacturing $ 56,449
Marketing & Advertising $ 52,664
Media & Publishing $ 53,370
Nonprofit $ 51,290
Private Security $ 50,327
Real Estate $ 53,457
Recruiting & Staffing $ 52,486
Restaurants & Bars $ 50,307
Retail $ 50,836
Supermarkets $ 51,842
Telecommunications $ 54,128
Transportation & Logistics $ 54,273
Travel & Tourism $ 51,509
Wholesale $ 53,982

Employer Size

Median Base Pay
<51 $ 50,829
51-200 $ 52,940
201-500 $ 54,062
501-1000 $ 54,696
1001-5000 $ 56,189
5000+ $ 56,864