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Audio Production in Illinois

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Schools Offering Audio Production Programs in Illinois

Approximately 0.2% of graduates in of Illinois receive audio production degrees every year. In other words, every year an estimated 776 audio producers graduate from Illinois' 19 audio production schools.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in Illinois that has a audio production program is Northwestern University. Northwestern University, which was ranked 7th in the country in 2010, is located in Evanston. In 2010, 78 students graduated from Northwestern University's audio production program. The tuition rate at Northwestern University was $40,223 per year.

The second-ranked school in Illinois that has a audio production program is North Central College. North Central College, which was ranked 35th in the country in 2010, is located in Naperville. In 2010, 12 students graduated from North Central College audio production program. Tuition at North Central College was $28,224 per year.

DePaul University, which is located in Chicago, is the third-ranked school in Illinois that has a audio production program. It received a ranking of 64th in the country in 2010. Tuition at DePaul University was $28,858 per year.


If you are hoping to attend one of Illinois' audio production schools, you can expect to pay an average tuition of $12,618 per year, though tuition can range from $40,223 per year to $2,348 per year. In 2010, the following Illinois audio production schools had the highest tuition rates:

  1. Northwestern University - located in Evanston, students are charged $40,223 per year
  2. DePaul University - located in Chicago, students are charged $28,858 per year
  3. North Central College - located in Naperville, students are charged $28,224 per year

The lowest tuition rates at Illinois audio production schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. Prairie State College - located in Chicago Heights, students are charged $2,348 per year
  2. Rock Valley College - located in Rockford, students are charged $2,400 per year
  3. Southwestern Illinois College - located in Belleville, students are charged $2,604 per year

An audio production degree from an Illinois school... what next?

A large number of Illinois audio production graduates become audio producers. If you decide to work as an audio producer in Illinois, you will be joining the ranks of approximately 1,490 Illinois audio producers as of 2010. The following counties have the largest number of Illinois audio producers:

  1. Cook County - 1,160 audio producers
  2. Lake County - 60 audio producers
  3. Menard County - 40 audio producers

Projected Growth

The government projects that by 2018, the number of audio producers in the state of Illinois will grow to 1,280. This would require a 11% growth in the profession.


An audio producer in Illinois makes an average of $46,570 per year. In 2010, however, some Illinois audio producers earned as little as less than $19,760 per year or as much as more than $73,940 per year. The counties in Illinois with the highest average salary for an audio producer are:

  1. Menard County - $47,300 per year
  2. Cook County - $45,830 per year
  3. Lake County - $44,960 per year

An audio producer in the following counties in Illinois make the lowest salaries on average:

  1. Marshall County - $24,580 per year
  2. Lake County - $44,960 per year
  3. Cook County - $45,830 per year

More Information

The charts and graphs below have additional Illinois statistics regarding a career in audio production. Take a look and compare salaries with various related fields such as audio production or music production.

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

  • Associate's Degree in Audio Production in Illinois
  • Bachelor's Degree in Audio Production in Illinois
  • Master's Degree in Audio Production in Illinois
  • Doctoral Degree in Audio Production in Illinois
  • Certificate in Audio Production in Illinois

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Audio and Video Equipment Technicians 1,490 $46,570 0.7%
Broadcast Technicians 1,160 $43,560 8.4%
Sound Engineering Technicians 700 $44,470 125.8%

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