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Bookkeeping in Illinois

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Schools Offering Bookkeeping Programs in Illinois

Each year, roughly 0.1% of Illinois students graduate with certificates in bookkeeping. In other words, every year an estimated 459 bookkeeping clerks graduate from Illinois' 33 bookkeeping schools.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in Illinois that has a bookkeeping program is Northwestern University. Northwestern University, which was ranked 7th in the country in 2010, is located in Evanston. In 2010, Northwestern University graduated no students from its bookkeeping program. Northwestern University charged in-state students $40,223 in tuition fees per year.

Zarem Golde ORT Technical Institute, which is located in Skokie, is the second-ranked school in Illinois that has a bookkeeping program. It received a ranking of 64th in the country in 2010. 29 students graduated with certificate in bookkeeping from Zarem Golde ORT Technical Institute in 2010.

Taylor Business Institute, which was ranked 64th nationwide in 2010, is the third-ranked school in Illinois that has a bookkeeping program. It is located in Chicago. 2 students graduated with certificate in bookkeeping from Taylor Business Institute in 2010. Students at Taylor Business Institute paid $13,500 per year in tuition fees.


If you choose to attend a Illinois bookkeeping school, average tuition will be $7,047 per year. However, tuition at your particular institution may range from $2,348 per year to $40,223 per year. The highest tuition rates in 2010 at Illinois bookkeeping schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. Northwestern University - located in Evanston, students are charged $40,223 per year
  2. Northwestern College - located in Chicago, students are charged $20,980 per year
  3. Northwestern College-Southwestern Campus - located in Bridgeview, students are charged $20,900 per year

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

  1. Prairie State College - located in Chicago Heights, students are charged $2,348 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

A bookkeeping certificate from an Illinois school... what next?

Most people who graduate from bookkeeping school in Illinois go on to work as a bookkeeping clerk. If you decide to work as a bookkeeping clerk in Illinois, you will be joining the ranks of approximately 58,830 Illinois bookkeeping clerks as of 2010. In Illinois, the largest numbers of bookkeeping clerks work in the following counties:

  1. Cook County - 34,860 bookkeeping clerks
  2. Lake County - 4,170 bookkeeping clerks
  3. Adams County - 2,690 bookkeeping clerks

Projected Growth

The government projects that the number of bookkeeping clerks in Illinois will grow by 8%. By 2018, there will be an estimated 81,070 bookkeeping clerks working in Illinois.


A bookkeeping clerk in Illinois earns $35,460 per year on average. But, salaries for bookkeeping clerks can vary. In 2010, bookkeeping clerks made as little as less than $17,850 per year or as much as more than $55,390 per year in Illinois. The counties in Illinois with the highest average salary for a bookkeeping clerk are:

  1. Lake County - $38,890 per year
  2. Cook County - $37,500 per year
  3. Boone County - $33,370 per year

On average, bookkeeping clerks earns the least in the following Illinois counties:

  1. Clark County - $27,670 per year
  2. Kankakee County - $29,180 per year
  3. Edwards County - $29,340 per year

More Information

For more data regarding a career in bookkeeping in Illinois and to compare salaries with various related fields such as small business or finance, 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 Bookkeeping in Illinois
  • Certificate in Bookkeeping in Illinois

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 58,830 $35,460 -25.6%
Billing and Posting Clerks 18,470 $33,140 -3.7%

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