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ChicagoNovember 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. November 2018 figures are current as of November 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 $ 52,396 2.4%
Education
Median Base Pay YoY
Professor $ 99,114 1.4%
Research Assistant $ 32,564 1.5%
Teacher $ 54,675 2.1%
Engineering
Median Base Pay YoY
Civil Engineer $ 74,321 3.8%
Design Engineer $ 75,923 -0.3%
Electrical Engineer $ 81,487 2.3%
Field Engineer $ 69,976 1.8%
Mechanical Engineer $ 76,408 2.9%
Quality Engineer $ 76,292 2.7%
Finance
Median Base Pay YoY
Accountant $ 61,052 1.9%
Bank Teller $ 31,949 8.9%
Claims Adjuster $ 55,726 1.8%
Financial Advisor $ 55,751 4.2%
Financial Analyst $ 68,576 2.6%
Insurance Agent $ 41,712 -0.7%
Loan Officer $ 40,975 -0.6%
Tax Manager $ 101,926 1.4%
Food Services
Median Base Pay YoY
Barista $ 26,009 4.1%
Bartender $ 36,906 4.5%
Restaurant Cook $ 30,334 3.8%
Restaurant Manager $ 52,691 2.1%
Server $ 35,402 2.2%
Health
Median Base Pay YoY
Certified Nursing Assistant $ 30,662 3.3%
Emergency Medical Technician $ 33,528 3.2%
Licensed Practical Nurse $ 51,823 3.0%
Medical Assistant $ 36,009 1.8%
Medical Technologist $ 55,470 1.0%
Pharmacist $ 119,772 0.2%
Pharmacy Technician $ 34,126 5.5%
Physical Therapist $ 77,253 0.1%
Registered Nurse $ 70,258 1.9%
Human Resources
Median Base Pay YoY
Human Resources Manager $ 83,286 2.5%
Recruiter $ 54,700 1.4%
Labor
Median Base Pay YoY
Construction Laborer $ 44,928 4.2%
Delivery Driver $ 41,427 3.1%
Machine Operator $ 40,756 2.6%
Maintenance Technician $ 48,176 2.6%
Maintenance Worker $ 44,740 6.1%
Technician $ 49,124 3.2%
Truck Driver $ 58,999 4.4%
Warehouse Associate $ 44,114 0.6%
Law
Median Base Pay YoY
Attorney $ 114,234 4.8%
Paralegal $ 58,440 2.3%
Manufacturing
Median Base Pay YoY
Manufacturing Engineer $ 75,909 1.5%
Material Handler $ 37,026 2.8%
Process Engineer $ 82,790 2.0%
Production Manager $ 70,259 2.8%
Media
Median Base Pay YoY
Producer $ 63,011 -3.5%
Technical Editor $ 57,221 2.4%
Operations
Median Base Pay YoY
Operations Analyst $ 64,734 4.7%
Operations Manager $ 73,647 1.2%
Security Officer $ 37,277 4.3%
Professional Services
Median Base Pay YoY
Administrative Assistant $ 47,309 3.8%
Business Analyst $ 75,027 1.5%
Business Development Manager $ 74,752 2.1%
Communications Manager $ 77,999 0.1%
Consultant $ 84,936 0.4%
Customer Service Manager $ 61,920 3.7%
Customer Service Representative $ 41,959 3.4%
Marketing Manager $ 81,905 2.0%
Office Manager $ 52,350 2.6%
Product Manager $ 101,590 3.3%
Program Manager $ 84,423 2.5%
Project Manager $ 76,804 -5.0%
Real Estate
Median Base Pay YoY
Property Manager $ 59,954 4.2%
Retail
Median Base Pay YoY
Buyer $ 64,261 1.2%
Cashier $ 29,460 5.6%
Retail Key Holder $ 31,876 1.7%
Store Manager $ 54,703 2.6%
Sales
Median Base Pay YoY
Sales Manager $ 71,920 2.6%
Sales Representative $ 53,004 3.5%
Technology
Median Base Pay YoY
Data Analyst $ 66,077 1.8%
Data Scientist $ 106,696 1.5%
IT Manager $ 100,476 1.4%
Java Developer $ 84,562 4.0%
Programmer Analyst $ 76,507 3.5%
Software Engineer $ 89,048 3.1%
Solutions Architect $ 117,253 5.3%
Systems Engineer $ 82,661 1.6%
Technical Support $ 53,721 3.1%
UX Designer $ 83,867 2.8%
Web Designer $ 64,703 2.3%
Web Developer $ 75,372 1.2%

Chicago Quick Facts

November 2018 YoY
Chicago Median Pay $ 57,211 2.4%
U.S. Median Pay $ 52,943 2.6%
Job Openings 218,155 18.4%

Industry

Median Base Pay
Accounting & Legal $ 57,998
Aerospace & Defense $ 59,817
Architecture & Civil Engineering $ 57,409
Arts & Entertainment $ 50,369
Automotive $ 51,915
Banking & Financial Services $ 56,662
Beauty & Fitness $ 50,556
Biotech & Pharmaceuticals $ 59,839
Business Services $ 54,308
Computer Software & Hardware $ 58,355
Construction $ 56,266
Consulting $ 58,016
Consumer Electronics $ 51,229
Consumer Services $ 50,829
Education & Schools $ 52,562
Energy & Utilities $ 61,282
Facilities $ 53,492
Farming & Agriculture $ 55,187
Government $ 56,473
Health Care & Hospitals $ 55,313
Information Technology $ 56,234
Insurance $ 56,237
Internet & Tech $ 58,345
Manufacturing $ 57,531
Marketing & Advertising $ 53,753
Media & Publishing $ 54,511
Nonprofit $ 52,256
Private Security $ 51,349
Real Estate $ 54,388
Recruiting & Staffing $ 53,412
Restaurants & Bars $ 51,241
Retail $ 51,711
Supermarkets $ 52,726
Telecommunications $ 54,774
Transportation & Logistics $ 55,369
Travel & Tourism $ 52,606
Wholesale $ 55,013

Employer Size

Median Base Pay
<51 $ 51,849
51-200 $ 53,989
201-500 $ 55,197
501-1000 $ 55,824
1001-5000 $ 57,248
5000+ $ 57,984