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ChicagoOctober 2017

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. October 2017 figures are current as of October 19, 2017. 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 $ 51,061 1.2%
Education
Median Base Pay YoY
Professor $ 99,327 1.9%
Research Assistant $ 33,124 1.7%
Teacher $ 53,380 2.9%
Engineering
Median Base Pay YoY
Civil Engineer $ 71,767 1.4%
Design Engineer $ 75,809 1.6%
Electrical Engineer $ 79,268 0.9%
Field Engineer $ 67,785 2.3%
Mechanical Engineer $ 73,676 2.3%
Quality Engineer $ 74,821 -0.1%
Finance
Median Base Pay YoY
Accountant $ 59,913 1.9%
Bank Teller $ 29,546 4.6%
Claims Adjuster $ 55,207 2.6%
Financial Advisor $ 53,320 4.0%
Financial Analyst $ 66,623 1.6%
Insurance Agent $ 43,714 5.4%
Loan Officer $ 44,160 0.6%
Tax Manager $ 103,283 1.4%
Food Services
Median Base Pay YoY
Barista $ 25,733 5.4%
Bartender $ 35,815 1.3%
Restaurant Cook $ 29,170 4.9%
Restaurant Manager $ 54,170 2.3%
Server $ 35,143 1.8%
Health
Median Base Pay YoY
Certified Nursing Assistant $ 29,984 2.4%
Emergency Medical Technician $ 32,431 1.9%
Licensed Practical Nurse $ 50,160 3.6%
Medical Assistant $ 36,415 1.0%
Medical Technologist $ 54,141 2.9%
Pharmacist $ 121,591 0.6%
Pharmacy Technician $ 32,172 2.7%
Physical Therapist $ 75,648 1.1%
Registered Nurse $ 69,974 2.2%
Human Resources
Median Base Pay YoY
Human Resources Manager $ 81,182 1.0%
Recruiter $ 54,239 5.4%
Labor
Median Base Pay YoY
Construction Laborer $ 44,847 4.2%
Delivery Driver $ 39,081 3.3%
Machine Operator $ 41,214 0.7%
Maintenance Technician $ 47,321 -0.0%
Maintenance Worker $ 43,202 -0.4%
Technician $ 48,078 0.8%
Truck Driver $ 57,242 4.3%
Warehouse Associate $ 49,760 4.5%
Law
Median Base Pay YoY
Attorney $ 107,710 -0.0%
Paralegal $ 56,071 2.3%
Manufacturing
Median Base Pay YoY
Manufacturing Engineer $ 74,656 1.5%
Material Handler $ 35,991 2.9%
Process Engineer $ 81,455 1.7%
Production Manager $ 69,797 1.7%
Media
Median Base Pay YoY
Producer $ 64,269 1.6%
Technical Editor $ 55,748 1.7%
Operations
Median Base Pay YoY
Operations Analyst $ 60,868 1.1%
Operations Manager $ 70,656 2.1%
Security Officer $ 36,397 3.0%
Professional Services
Median Base Pay YoY
Administrative Assistant $ 43,663 1.0%
Business Analyst $ 73,492 2.5%
Business Development Manager $ 75,602 4.0%
Communications Manager $ 77,592 2.2%
Consultant $ 87,844 0.2%
Customer Service Manager $ 59,166 0.5%
Customer Service Representative $ 40,572 3.1%
Marketing Manager $ 78,738 0.0%
Office Manager $ 50,668 1.0%
Product Manager $ 97,506 1.2%
Program Manager $ 85,645 0.9%
Project Manager $ 79,578 0.6%
Real Estate
Median Base Pay YoY
Property Manager $ 58,206 2.2%
Retail
Median Base Pay YoY
Buyer $ 65,650 2.8%
Cashier $ 28,876 3.8%
Retail Key Holder $ 31,256 1.2%
Store Manager $ 53,905 4.1%
Sales
Median Base Pay YoY
Sales Manager $ 68,738 1.0%
Sales Representative $ 50,368 4.1%
Technology
Median Base Pay YoY
Data Analyst $ 64,332 1.6%
Data Scientist $ 100,866 1.1%
Java Developer $ 80,273 0.5%
Network Engineer $ 77,741 0.8%
Programmer Analyst $ 72,950 0.3%
Software Engineer $ 86,842 2.2%
Solutions Architect $ 110,082 2.2%
Systems Engineer $ 82,447 1.7%
Technical Support $ 52,451 2.2%
UX Designer $ 82,979 0.7%
Web Designer $ 61,731 3.7%
Web Developer $ 75,378 1.0%

Chicago Quick Facts

October 2017 YoY
Chicago Median Pay $ 55,659 1.7%
U.S. Median Pay $ 51,220 1.6%
Job Openings 185,645 10.5%
August 2017 YoY
Labor Force Size* 4,892,644 -0.9%
Total Employment* 4,635,436 -0.3%
Unemployment Rate* 5.3% -0.5%

Industry

Median Base Pay
Accounting & Legal $ 56,351
Aerospace & Defense $ 58,922
Architecture & Civil Engineering $ 56,738
Arts & Entertainment $ 50,703
Automotive $ 51,450
Banking & Financial Services $ 55,393
Beauty & Fitness $ 49,590
Biotech & Pharmaceuticals $ 58,101
Business Services $ 53,164
Computer Software & Hardware $ 57,360
Construction $ 56,084
Consulting $ 57,096
Consumer Electronics $ 49,432
Consumer Services $ 49,698
Education & Schools $ 51,511
Energy & Utilities $ 60,244
Facilities $ 51,348
Farming & Agriculture $ 55,415
Government $ 55,498
Health Care & Hospitals $ 54,458
Information Technology $ 56,443
Insurance $ 56,046
Internet & Tech $ 56,190
Manufacturing $ 56,778
Marketing & Advertising $ 52,795
Media & Publishing $ 54,069
Nonprofit $ 52,496
Private Security $ 51,013
Real Estate $ 53,452
Recruiting & Staffing $ 53,402
Restaurants & Bars $ 51,429
Retail $ 51,134
Supermarkets $ 52,241
Telecommunications $ 54,478
Transportation & Logistics $ 53,953
Travel & Tourism $ 52,463
Wholesale $ 54,565

Employer Size

Median Base Pay
<51 $ 50,161
51-200 $ 52,263
201-500 $ 53,254
501-1000 $ 53,972
1001-5000 $ 55,608
5000+ $ 56,329