Research Salaries in Illinois

One of the most important factors to consider for those interested in becoming a teacher in Illinois is salary. New teachers should note that completing the teaching requirements in Illinois does not guarantee a high starting salary. A teacher’s starting salary is often dependent on their specific educational background, and it can vary among districts and schools. Those interested in specific salary information should consult districts directly, but more general information is also available. The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) posts annual reports outlining minimum salary schedules, which can provide a rough idea of starting salaries for teachers in this state.

Individuals who are interested in becoming an Illinois certified teacher can examine the following spreadsheet from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which contains average teaching salary information on Illinois and the United States.

Occupation Annual mean wage in Illinois Annual mean wage in U.S.
Business Teachers, Postsecondary $72,560 $119,410
Physics Teachers Postsecondary $75,930 $90,570
Psychology Teachers Postsecondary $68,240 $76,060
Education Teachers Postsecondary $50,690 $65,630
English Language and Literature Teachers Postsecondary $59,430 $68,360
Preschool Teachers Except Special Education $29,470 $31,420
Kindergarten Teachers Except Special Education $51,020 $52,840
Elementary School Teachers Except Special Education $56,720 $56,320
Middle School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education $58,590 $56,630
Secondary School Teachers Except Special and Career/Technical Education $67,580 $58,260
Special Education Teachers Kindergarten and Elementary School $56,340 $56,690
Special Education Teachers Middle School $60,940 $39,370
Special Education Teachers Secondary School $66,090 $39,370

The region in which a teacher is employed can affect salary, too. Therefore, this table containing teaching salary information from three of Illinois’ biggest cities can be especially helpful for those seeking teaching certification in Illinois.

City Annual mean wage
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville IL $53,950
Rockford IL $51,970
Springfield, IL $47,180

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Augustana College

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639 38th St
Rock Island, IL 61201-2296
(309) 794-7000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Aurora University

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347 S Gladstone Ave
Aurora, IL 60506-4892
(630) 892-6431

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
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  • Post-Masters

Benedictine University

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5700 College Rd
Lisle, IL 60532-0900
(630) 829-6000

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  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
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Black Hawk College

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6600-34th Avenue
Moline, IL 61265-5899
(309) 796-5000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Blackburn College

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700 College Ave
Carlinville, IL 62626
(217) 854-3231

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  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Bradley University

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1501 W Bradley Ave
Peoria, IL 61625-0001
(309) 676-7611

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  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

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  • Bachelors
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Carl Sandburg College

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2400 Tom L. Wilson Boulevard
Galesburg, IL 61401
(309) 344-2518

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  • Public
  • 2-year

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  • Associates
  • Certificate

Chicago State University

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9501 S. King Drive
Chicago, IL 60628-1598
(773) 995-2000

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  • Public
  • 4-year

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  • Bachelors
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City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College

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30 E Lake St
Chicago, IL 60601-2449
(312) 553-5600

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  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

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City Colleges of Chicago-Harry S Truman College

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1145 W Wilson Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640-6063
(773) 907-4000

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  • Public
  • 2-year

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  • Associates
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College of DuPage

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425 Fawell Blvd.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137-6599
(630) 942-2800

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  • Public
  • 2-year

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  • Associates
  • Certificate

College of Lake County

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19351 W Washington St.
Grayslake, IL 60030-1198
(847) 543-2000

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  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
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Columbia College-Chicago

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600 South Michigan
Chicago, IL 60605-1996
(312) 663-1600

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
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Concordia University-Chicago

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7400 Augusta
River Forest, IL 60305-1499
(708) 771-8300

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  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

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DePaul University

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1 E Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 362-8000

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  • 4-year

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Dominican University

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7900 W Division Street
River Forest, IL 60305
(708) 366-2490

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  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

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Eastern Illinois University

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600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-5000

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  • Public
  • 4-year

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  • Bachelors
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Elmhurst College

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190 Prospect Ave
Elmhurst, IL 60126-3096
(630) 617-3500

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  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Governors State University

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1 University Pky
University Park, IL 60484
(708) 534-5000

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  • 4-year

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Greenville College

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315 E. College Ave
Greenville, IL 62246
(618) 664-2800

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  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

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