Criminal Justice in Illinois

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Schools Offering Criminal Justice Programs in Illinois


Around 1.0% of Illinois's graduates graduate from criminal justice degree programs every year. That means an estimated 3,782 criminal justice professionals graduate from Illinois' 90 criminal justice schools each year.

Top Schools

Loyola University Chicago, which was ranked 28th nationwide in 2010, is the top-ranked school in Illinois that has a criminal justice program. It is located in Chicago. In 2010, 68 students graduated from Loyola University Chicago's criminal justice program. Students at Loyola University Chicago paid $32,114 per year in tuition fees.

University of Illinois at Chicago, which is located in Chicago, is the second-ranked school in Illinois that has a criminal justice program. It received a ranking of 29th in the country in 2010. 141 students graduated with degree in criminal justice from University of Illinois at Chicago in 2010. University of Illinois at Chicago charged in-state students $12,053 in tuition fees per year.

The third-ranked school in Illinois that has a criminal justice program is Illinois Institute of Technology. Illinois Institute of Technology, which was ranked 30th in the country in 2010, is located in Chicago. Students at Illinois Institute of Technology paid $32,442 per year in tuition fees.

Cost

Tuition at Illinois' criminal justice schools ranges from $42,041 per year to $2,194 per year. But, the average tuition is $10,804 per year. In 2010, the criminal justice schools that charged the highest tuition rates in Illinois were:

  1. University of Chicago - located in Chicago, students are charged $42,041 per year
  2. Illinois Institute of Technology - located in Chicago, students are charged $32,442 per year
  3. Loyola University Chicago - located in Chicago, students are charged $32,114 per year

The criminal justice schools in Illinois that charged the lowest tuition rates were:

  1. Elgin Community College - located in Elgin, students are charged $2,194 per year
  2. Prairie State College - located in Chicago Heights, students are charged $2,348 per year
  3. Waubonsee Community College - located in Sugar Grove, students are charged $2,352 per year

A criminal justice degree from an Illinois school... what next?

criminal justice graduates in Illinois can go into a variety of professions such as special agent, private detective, security guard, bailiff, and transit police officer. 73,250 criminal justice professionals were working in Illinois in 2010. Of these, 11,990 were correctional officers. In addition, 2,970 were special agents, and 910 were private detectives. The following counties have the largest number of Illinois criminal justice professionals:

  1. Cook County - 48,540 criminal justice professionals
  2. Adams County - 3,020 criminal justice professionals
  3. Edwards County - 2,180 criminal justice professionals

Projected Growth

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts by 2018, an estimated 84,880 criminal justice professionals will be working in Illinois. This would require the number of criminal justice professional to grow by 11%.

Salary

criminal justice professionals in Illinois make an average of $44,259 per year. But, salaries for criminal justice professional can vary. In 2010, criminal justice professional made as little as less than $17,230 per year or as much as more than $132,180 per year in Illinois. The counties in Illinois with the highest average salary for criminal justice professionals are:

  1. Marshall County - $55,073 per year
  2. Menard County - $54,317 per year
  3. Cook County - $51,925 per year

The following counties in Illinois have the lowest average salaries for criminal justice professional:

  1. Kankakee County - $24,680 per year
  2. Vermilion County - $25,210 per year
  3. Macon County - $28,130 per year

On average, the highest paid criminal justice professionals in Illinois were:

  1. Special Agent - $83,270 per year
  2. Transit Police Officer - $56,820 per year
  3. Paralegal - $52,700 per year

The criminal justice professionals with lowest average salaries in Illinois were:

  1. Security Guard - $25,680 per year
  2. Bailiff - per year

More Information

For more data regarding a career in criminal justice in Illinois and to compare salaries with various related fields such as criminology or forensic science, take a look at the graphs and charts below.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice in Illinois
  • Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice in Illinois
  • Master's Degree in Criminal Justice in Illinois
  • Doctoral Degree in Criminal Justice in Illinois
  • Certificate in Criminal Justice in Illinois

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
1
Security Guards 46,570 $25,680 3.8%
2
Correctional Officers and Jailers 11,990 $51,700 -11.2%
3
Paralegals and Legal Assistants 9,010 $52,700 44.2%
4
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 2,970 $83,270 -18.6%
5
Bailiffs 1,520 n/a
6
Private Detectives and Investigators 910 $39,640 -2.2%
7
Transit and Railroad Police 280 $56,820 -24.3%
 

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