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Chemistry in Illinois

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Schools Offering Chemistry Programs in Illinois

Approximately 0.2% of graduates in of Illinois receive chemistry degrees every year. That means an estimated 836 chemists graduate from Illinois' 46 chemistry schools each year.

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Northwestern University, which was ranked 7th nationwide in 2010, is the top-ranked school in Illinois that has a chemistry program. It is located in Evanston. 60 students graduated with a degree in chemistry from Northwestern University in 2010. Tuition at Northwestern University was $40,223 per year.

The second-ranked school in Illinois that has a chemistry program is Wheaton College. Wheaton College, which was ranked 21st in the country in 2010, is located in Wheaton. In 2010, 18 students graduated from Wheaton College chemistry program. The tuition rate at Wheaton College was $27,580 per year.

Loyola University Chicago, which was ranked 21st nationwide in 2010, is the third-ranked school in Illinois that has a chemistry program. It is located in Chicago. In 2010, Loyola University Chicago graduated 44 students from its chemistry programs. The tuition rate at Loyola University Chicago was $32,114 per year.


If you choose to attend a Illinois chemistry school, average tuition will be $22,188 per year. However, tuition at your particular institution may range from $7,492 per year to $42,041 per year. The highest tuition rates in 2010 at Illinois chemistry schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. University of Chicago - located in Chicago, students are charged $42,041 per year
  2. Northwestern University - located in Evanston, students are charged $40,223 per year
  3. Lake Forest College - located in Lake Forest, students are charged $35,525 per year

The following Illinois chemistry schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. Northeastern Illinois University - located in Chicago, students are charged $7,492 per year
  2. University of Illinois at Springfield - located in Springfield, students are charged $8,101 per year
  3. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville - located in Edwardsville, students are charged $8,401 per year

A chemistry degree from an Illinois school... what next?

Most people who graduate from chemistry school in Illinois go on to work as a chemist. Illinois had 2,500 chemists in 2010. The Illinois counties with the largest populations of chemists are:

  1. Cook County - 1,420 chemists
  2. Lake County - 590 chemists
  3. Marshall County - 70 chemists


On average, a chemist earns a salary of $69,010 per year in Illinois state. However, Illinois chemists earned anywhere in the range from as less than $28,570 per year to more than $136,480 per year in 2010. The following counties in Illinois have the highest average salaries for chemists:

  1. Marshall County - $99,500 per year
  2. Lake County - $74,050 per year
  3. Cook County - $68,100 per year

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

  1. Menard County - $52,970 per year
  2. Champaign County - $59,730 per year
  3. Adams County - $62,920 per year

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

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

  • Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry in Illinois
  • Master's Degree in Chemistry in Illinois
  • Doctoral Degree in Chemistry in Illinois

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Chemical Technicians 2,870 $45,750 33.5%
Chemists 2,500 $69,010 -9.4%
Chemical Plant and System Operators 1,880 $51,710 2.7%

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