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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.


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.


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

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