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Want to work in Illinois as an Engineer? Read this first!

4.2% Jobs Projection
$84,550 Median Salary
340 Job Openings

You’re in luck! Jobs for Engineers in Illinois are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.

  • Projected employment for Engineers in Illinois is growing slower than average.

  • Engineers in Illinois earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Engineers Work in Illinois?

In Illinois, there were 4,000 people working as Engineers in the year 2018.

There were 4,350 Engineers employed in this state in 2017.

That’s a decline of 350 jobs between 2017 and 2018.

Engineers in IL Employment Trend

The typical state has 1,540 Engineers working in it, which means Illinois has more Engineers than average.

Engineers in IL vs. the Average State

Job Projections for Illinois

Jobs for Engineers in this state are growing at a rate of 4.2% which is slower than the nationwide estimated projection of 6.4%.

Job Projections for Engineers: Nation vs. IL

Illinois Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates there will be 340 annual job openings, and 5,160 total jobs in 2026 for Engineers in this state.

Nationwide, the prediction is 9,500 annual jobs and 141,000 total jobs in 2026.

What do Engineers Make in Illinois?

In 2018 wages for Engineers ranged from $45,670 to $134,860 with $84,550 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $21.96 to $64.84. The median hourly rate was $40.65.

Workers in this field were paid a median of $40.65 an hour in 2017.

Wages between 2017 and 2018 did not increase or decrease.

The median salary in Illinois is higher than the nationwide median salary.

Engineers Earnings: IL vs. National Average

Top Illinois Metros for Engineers

The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Engineers.

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 2,660 $88,490
St. Louis, MO-IL 730 $79,000
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 460 $83,340
Decatur, IL 70 $68,360
Rockford, IL 60 $89,360
Champaign-Urbana, IL 50 $69,380
Springfield, IL 50 $103,360
Danville, IL 50 $75,010

Top States for Engineers Employment

View the list below to see where most Engineers work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
California 20,600 $107,300
Texas 10,710 $109,110
Florida 8,570 $77,020
Ohio 7,100 $89,390
Louisiana 5,400 $81,990
New York 4,910 $92,560
Pennsylvania 4,850 $93,400
Maryland 4,530 $128,230
Georgia 4,380 $92,030
Tennessee 4,250 $74,890
Virginia 4,190 $122,940
Illinois 4,000 $84,550
Alabama 3,730 $116,490
New Jersey 3,470 $116,570
Washington 3,160 $107,230
Massachusetts 3,090 $106,680
Oregon 2,760 $87,070
District of Columbia 2,640 $141,320
Colorado 2,500 $111,020
Minnesota 2,450 $101,270

Below are the states where Engineers get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
District of Columbia $141,320
Maryland $128,230
Virginia $122,940
Alaska $117,520
New Jersey $116,570
Alabama $116,490
New Mexico $114,000
Idaho $111,050
Colorado $111,020
Texas $109,110


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