Average salary in Illinois

4 mins readLast updated April 19, 2023by Kate Morgan

Illinois is the sixth most populous state in the US, and its financial landscape can vary depending on where you live. The cost of living can be high in some areas, while other regions offer more affordable living options. It can be helpful to understand the average salaries and highest paying counties in Illinois, whether you currently reside there or are considering a move to the state.

According to the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center, Illinois is ranked 25th highest for the cost of living. This ranking indicates that while it is not the most expensive state in the country, it is still important to consider how far your income can stretch. Illinois offers a variety of opportunities for employment, and some counties have higher average salaries than others. But which cities and counties offer the highest average salaries? 

The US Census Bureau’s latest American Community Survey has calculated the average earnings for the largest cities in Illinois, which you can find ranked below.  

CityAverage earnings
Naperville $126,217
Arlington Heights $101,634
Bolingbrook $92,769
Schaumburg $80,227
Evanston $77,821
Palatine $71,794
Aurora $70,367
Elgin $67,646
Bloomington $67,471
Skokie $65,792
Joliet $65,725
Chicago $55,295
Springfield $51,313
Cicero $51,186
Peoria $48,146
Waukegan $48,029
Rockford $44,765
Champaign $43,785
Decatur $43,225

Average salary in Illinois by county

Reviewing average salaries in Illinois by city is not necessarily an adequate metric for average salaries across the state, since it’s entirely urban focused. A good idea is to weigh these figures up against the average salary in Illinois by county, as this will take areas outside the main cities into account and offer a broader idea of salary ranges.  

The same survey from the US Census Bureau gives further insight this way, with the average household income calculated for the largest counties in Illinois.   

County Average household income
Cook County $70,890
DuPage County $90,417
Lake County $92,250
Will County $76,955
Kane County $72,206
McHenry County $83,438
Winnebago County $56,626
St Clair County $58,539
Madison County $69,727
Sangamon County $63,466

Highest paying jobs in Illinois

There’s another weighty factor that will influence how much you earn if you live in Illinois: your job type. Average salaries for various sectors and job roles can vary massively across the state, so it’s absolutely something to consider when looking at salaries by location.  

Zippia has calculated a comprehensive list of annual salaries by job title. You can also find the top 10 highest-paying titles in Illinois below.  

Occupation Average salary
Staff Psychiatrist $223,082
Finance Services Director $216,899
Chief Medical Officer $216,019
Primary Care Pediatrician $214,739
Medical Director $207,402
Vice President, Corporate Development $204,379
Anesthesiologist, Pain Management Specialist $199,940
Acute Care Physician $196,519
Associate Medical Director $193,398
Senior Vice President Of Marketing $192,727

Frequently asked questions about salaries in Illinois

What is the average salary in Illinois by age? 

Alongside location and occupation, salaries in Illinois are also dependent on age, since more senior workers will be paid more. Then, when they retire, their income will dip again as they will rely on pensions and other forms of set income.  

The Census Bureau data finds that householders under 25 have a median household income of $43,066; householders aged 24 to 44 years old have a median income of $77,903; those aged 45 to 64 years old have a median income of $88,851; and those 65 and older have a median income of $53,508.  

What is a ‘good’ salary in Illinois? 

The median income in Illinois is $68,940. Defining ‘good’ relies on all sorts of variable factors and these should be taken into account. However, according to some estimates, a salary of around $90,000 per year can be considered a good salary in Illinois. 

What is the average salary in Illinois by hour? 

If Americans work an average of 1,801 hours per year—at 37.5 hours a week—then the average hourly salary in Illinois is $38.24.  

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Kate Morgan

Kate has written for leading publications and blue chip companies over the last 20 years.