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ChicagoJanuary 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. January 2018 figures are current as of January 23, 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 $ 51,018 0.4%
Education
Median Base Pay YoY
Professor $ 98,569 -2.8%
Research Assistant $ 32,658 -1.5%
Teacher $ 53,074 0.7%
Engineering
Median Base Pay YoY
Civil Engineer $ 71,387 -1.4%
Design Engineer $ 76,751 1.5%
Electrical Engineer $ 78,934 0.4%
Field Engineer $ 68,778 1.2%
Mechanical Engineer $ 73,742 0.3%
Quality Engineer $ 74,506 -0.9%
Finance
Median Base Pay YoY
Accountant $ 59,725 -0.8%
Bank Teller $ 29,411 2.2%
Claims Adjuster $ 54,432 0.4%
Financial Advisor $ 52,809 0.6%
Financial Analyst $ 67,059 0.5%
Insurance Agent $ 41,456 -1.8%
Loan Officer $ 42,902 -4.5%
Tax Manager $ 105,534 -0.9%
Food Services
Median Base Pay YoY
Barista $ 25,782 1.6%
Bartender $ 34,599 -3.2%
Restaurant Cook $ 29,828 4.6%
Restaurant Manager $ 53,041 -1.8%
Server $ 35,203 1.0%
Health
Median Base Pay YoY
Certified Nursing Assistant $ 29,988 0.6%
Emergency Medical Technician $ 32,651 1.8%
Licensed Practical Nurse $ 49,658 0.7%
Medical Assistant $ 36,726 0.8%
Medical Technologist $ 54,872 3.3%
Pharmacist $ 120,947 0.3%
Pharmacy Technician $ 32,226 1.1%
Physical Therapist $ 75,393 -1.3%
Registered Nurse $ 69,931 0.5%
Human Resources
Median Base Pay YoY
Human Resources Manager $ 81,042 0.9%
Recruiter $ 53,222 0.2%
Labor
Median Base Pay YoY
Construction Laborer $ 43,683 0.3%
Delivery Driver $ 40,066 3.1%
Machine Operator $ 39,707 -2.7%
Maintenance Technician $ 47,661 1.0%
Maintenance Worker $ 43,098 -1.9%
Technician $ 48,356 -0.2%
Truck Driver $ 57,442 1.7%
Warehouse Associate $ 47,567 1.8%
Law
Median Base Pay YoY
Attorney $ 110,471 0.1%
Paralegal $ 56,368 2.5%
Manufacturing
Median Base Pay YoY
Manufacturing Engineer $ 74,281 0.7%
Material Handler $ 36,279 0.9%
Process Engineer $ 80,839 0.5%
Production Manager $ 70,344 0.7%
Media
Median Base Pay YoY
Producer $ 65,672 1.5%
Technical Editor $ 56,092 0.1%
Operations
Median Base Pay YoY
Operations Analyst $ 61,159 -0.3%
Operations Manager $ 70,195 -0.8%
Security Officer $ 36,130 1.3%
Professional Services
Median Base Pay YoY
Administrative Assistant $ 44,105 -0.3%
Business Analyst $ 73,523 0.9%
Business Development Manager $ 72,902 -1.2%
Communications Manager $ 76,625 -0.6%
Consultant $ 87,214 -1.1%
Customer Service Manager $ 59,383 -1.5%
Customer Service Representative $ 40,194 1.1%
Marketing Manager $ 79,622 -0.2%
Office Manager $ 50,270 -1.0%
Product Manager $ 98,194 0.2%
Program Manager $ 84,745 -1.5%
Project Manager $ 79,961 -0.5%
Real Estate
Median Base Pay YoY
Property Manager $ 55,747 -0.3%
Retail
Median Base Pay YoY
Buyer $ 64,229 1.0%
Cashier $ 28,562 1.7%
Retail Key Holder $ 30,930 -0.6%
Store Manager $ 53,061 -0.3%
Sales
Median Base Pay YoY
Sales Manager $ 67,926 -1.0%
Sales Representative $ 49,931 2.2%
Technology
Median Base Pay YoY
Data Analyst $ 65,552 0.8%
Data Scientist $ 99,441 -1.2%
Java Developer $ 80,086 -1.3%
Network Engineer $ 78,864 1.6%
Programmer Analyst $ 74,372 -1.6%
Software Engineer $ 87,884 0.7%
Solutions Architect $ 110,086 -1.7%
Systems Engineer $ 83,245 1.4%
Technical Support $ 52,767 2.8%
UX Designer $ 80,919 -1.3%
Web Designer $ 60,753 1.5%
Web Developer $ 75,011 2.0%

Chicago Quick Facts

January 2018 YoY
Chicago Median Pay $ 55,726 0.1%
U.S. Median Pay $ 51,364 0.9%
Job Openings 186,970 22.2%
November 2017 YoY
Labor Force Size* 4,882,913 0.0%
Total Employment* 4,654,658 0.5%
Unemployment Rate* 4.7% -0.5%

Industry

Median Base Pay
Accounting & Legal $ 56,579
Aerospace & Defense $ 58,548
Architecture & Civil Engineering $ 56,029
Arts & Entertainment $ 50,514
Automotive $ 51,131
Banking & Financial Services $ 55,275
Beauty & Fitness $ 50,094
Biotech & Pharmaceuticals $ 58,169
Business Services $ 52,635
Computer Software & Hardware $ 57,261
Construction $ 55,798
Consulting $ 56,828
Consumer Electronics $ 49,474
Consumer Services $ 49,527
Education & Schools $ 51,433
Energy & Utilities $ 60,136
Facilities $ 51,161
Farming & Agriculture $ 55,208
Government $ 55,370
Health Care & Hospitals $ 54,339
Information Technology $ 56,172
Insurance $ 55,999
Internet & Tech $ 56,183
Manufacturing $ 56,494
Marketing & Advertising $ 52,750
Media & Publishing $ 54,087
Nonprofit $ 52,666
Private Security $ 50,934
Real Estate $ 53,437
Recruiting & Staffing $ 53,235
Restaurants & Bars $ 51,232
Retail $ 51,272
Supermarkets $ 52,165
Telecommunications $ 54,160
Transportation & Logistics $ 54,095
Travel & Tourism $ 52,335
Wholesale $ 54,453

Employer Size

Median Base Pay
<51 $ 50,183
51-200 $ 52,319
201-500 $ 53,271
501-1000 $ 54,119
1001-5000 $ 55,321
5000+ $ 56,265