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Schools Offering Engineering Programs in Illinois


Approximately 0.9% of graduates in of Illinois receive engineering degrees every year. In other words, every year an estimated 3,526 engineers graduate from Illinois' 43 engineering schools.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in Illinois with a engineering program is Northwestern University, which is located in Evanston. In 2010, it was ranked 7th nationwide. 572 students graduated with a degree in engineering from Northwestern University in 2010. Northwestern University charged in-state students $40,223 in tuition fees per year.

Wheaton College, which was ranked 21st nationwide in 2010, is the second-ranked school in Illinois that has a engineering program. It is located in Wheaton. Wheaton College charged in-state students $27,580 in tuition fees per year.

The third-ranked school in Illinois with a engineering program is University of Illinois at Chicago, which is located in Chicago. In 2010, it was ranked 29th nationwide. In 2010, 394 students graduated from University of Illinois at Chicago engineering program. University of Illinois at Chicago charged in-state students $12,053 in tuition fees per year.

Cost

If you choose to attend a Illinois engineering school, average tuition will be $10,016 per year. However, tuition at your particular institution may range from $2,194 per year to $40,223 per year. The Illinois engineering schools with the highest tuition rates in 2010 were:

  1. Northwestern University - located in Evanston, students are charged $40,223 per year
  2. Illinois Institute of Technology - located in Chicago, students are charged $32,442 per year
  3. Augustana College - located in Rock Island, students are charged $32,235 per year

The following Illinois engineering schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. Elgin Community College - located in Elgin, students are charged $2,194 per year
  2. Waubonsee Community College - located in Sugar Grove, students are charged $2,352 per year
  3. Rock Valley College - located in Rockford, students are charged $2,400 per year

An engineering degree from an Illinois school... what next?

Many Illinois engineering graduates become a agricultural engineer, transportation engineer, industrial safety engineer, marine engineer, and materials engineer. Illinois had 39,680 engineers in 2010. 6,050 of these engineers were engineering managers, 110 were agricultural engineers, and 6,630 were transportation engineers. The following counties have the largest number of Illinois engineers:

  1. Cook County - 29,280 engineers
  2. Lake County - 3,510 engineers
  3. Marshall County - 2,430 engineers

Projected Growth

The government projects that the number of engineers in Illinois will grow by 10%. By 2018, there will be an estimated 53,500 engineers working in Illinois. The greatest growth for engineer is predicted to be amongst Aerospace Technicians, who are expected to increase by 32% by 2018.

Salary

On average, engineers earn $71,942 per year. In 2010, however, some Illinois engineer earned as little as less than $17,330 per year or as much as more than $164,060 per year. Engineers in the following Illinois counties make the highest salaries on average:

  1. McLean County - $78,978 per year
  2. Cook County - $74,638 per year
  3. Menard County - $71,194 per year

The Illinois counties with the lowest average salary for engineers are:

  1. Vermilion County - $57,170 per year
  2. Kankakee County - $58,930 per year
  3. Clark County - $59,069 per year

On average, the highest paid engineers in Illinois were:

  1. Mining Engineer - $119,870 per year
  2. Engineering Manager - $111,920 per year
  3. Automotive Engineer - $86,960 per year

The engineers with lowest average salaries in Illinois were:

  1. Industrial Engineering Technician - $50,010 per year
  2. Environmental Engineering Technician - $38,940 per year

More Information

For more data regarding a career in engineering in Illinois and to compare salaries with various related fields such as mechanical engineering or civil engineering, 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 Engineering in Illinois
  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering in Illinois
  • Master's Degree in Engineering in Illinois
  • Doctoral Degree in Engineering in Illinois

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Distance School City State Rating Acceptance Rate Student Population
6,131 miles from location University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign IL 49.1299 41% 43,881
6,125 miles from location College of DuPage Glen Ellyn IL 13.8242 n/a 27,083
6,104 miles from location University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago IL 70.7646 34% 26,840
6,162 miles from location Northern Illinois University Dekalb IL 31.3806 29% 24,424
6,182 miles from location Southern Illinois University Carbondale Carbondale IL 29.5829 31% 20,350
6,106 miles from location Northwestern University Evanston IL 92.7945 32% 19,853
6,123 miles from location College of Lake County Grayslake IL 13.4699 n/a 18,092
6,126 miles from location Harper College Palatine IL 12.7765 n/a 15,711
6,221 miles from location Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Edwardsville IL 27.5134 33% 13,940
6,200 miles from location Illinois Central College Peoria IL 15.7341 n/a 13,049
6,111 miles from location City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College Chicago IL 8.94698 n/a 12,866
6,116 miles from location Oakton Community College Des Plaines IL 11.0092 n/a 12,087
6,127 miles from location Eastern Illinois University Charleston IL 31.7637 32% 11,966
6,139 miles from location Elgin Community College Elgin IL 15.1103 n/a 11,704
6,146 miles from location Waubonsee Community College Sugar Grove IL 14.036 n/a 10,532
6,107 miles from location City Colleges of Chicago-Richard J Daley College Chicago IL 7.92862 n/a 9,991
6,134 miles from location Parkland College Champaign IL 15.5147 n/a 9,633
6,173 miles from location Rock Valley College Rockford IL 14.228 n/a 8,659
6,175 miles from location John A Logan College Carterville IL 13.1135 n/a 8,568
6,103 miles from location City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College Chicago IL 6.60952 n/a 8,464
6,235 miles from location Lewis and Clark Community College Godfrey IL 11.0347 n/a 8,179
6,138 miles from location Lake Land College Mattoon IL 14.784 n/a 7,945
6,103 miles from location Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago IL 69.9334 26% 7,707
6,204 miles from location Lincoln Land Community College Springfield IL 12.2962 n/a 7,677
6,165 miles from location Rend Lake College Ina IL 19.4494 n/a 5,871
6,127 miles from location Benedictine University Lisle IL 26.9664 34% 5,836
6,205 miles from location Bradley University Peoria IL 35.5501 24% 5,800
6,173 miles from location Heartland Community College Normal IL 13.4655 n/a 5,266
6,107 miles from location Saint Xavier University Chicago IL 62.0777 14% 5,028
6,167 miles from location Kishwaukee College Malta IL 13.1722 n/a 4,735
6,114 miles from location Olivet Nazarene University Bourbonnais IL 28.6851 66% 4,666
6,178 miles from location Illinois Valley Community College Oglesby IL 16.1917 n/a 4,529
6,107 miles from location Kankakee Community College Kankakee IL 13.4446 n/a 4,298
6,170 miles from location Richland Community College Decatur IL 12.4452 n/a 3,595
6,098 miles from location Danville Area Community College Danville IL 12.2748 n/a 3,584
6,127 miles from location Wheaton College Wheaton IL 79.0634 46% 2,920
6,198 miles from location Sauk Valley Community College Dixon IL 15.3721 n/a 2,504
6,253 miles from location Augustana College Rock Island IL 33.5767 23% 2,472
6,208 miles from location Highland Community College Freeport IL 15.1624 n/a 2,455
6,298 miles from location Quincy University Quincy IL 21.8699 29% 1,845
6,206 miles from location Springfield College in Illinois Springfield IL 23.0466 n/a 559
6,244 miles from location Principia College Elsah IL 39.7521 97% 527
6,223 miles from location Morrison Institute of Technology Morrison IL 25.1756 n/a 103
 

Curious what studying Engineering gets you?

Check out the different options and how they're looking in Illinois

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
1
Marine Engineers and Naval Architects + n/a $64,820
2
Mechanical Engineers + n/a $86,960
3
Ship Engineers + n/a $63,030
4
Engineers, All Other + 9,590 $82,680 -2.6%
5
Civil Engineers + 6,630 $77,490 -8.8%
6
Architectural and Engineering Managers + 6,050 $111,920 -16.8%
7
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians + 4,920 $54,390 16.3%
8
Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other + 2,720 $54,490 -6.2%
9
Industrial Engineering Technicians + 2,210 $50,010 -20.2%
10
Mechanical Engineering Technicians + 1,830 $52,580 0.0%
11
Civil Engineering Technicians + 1,570 $54,800 -60.8%
12
Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors + 1,430 $83,140 41.6%
13
Materials Engineers + 760 $79,680 -16.5%
14
Environmental Engineering Technicians + 750 $38,940 31.6%
15
Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary + 720 $86,800 -71.1%
16
Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians + 210 $65,560 31.3%
17
Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers + 180 $119,870 -5.3%
18
Agricultural Engineers + 110 $67,790
 

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