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Schools Offering English Programs in Illinois

Each year, approximately 0.8% of Illinois graduates receive degrees in English. In other words, every year an estimated 2,924 english professionals graduate from Illinois' 59 English schools.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in Illinois with a English program is Northwestern University, which is located in Evanston. In 2010, it was ranked 7th nationwide. 100 students graduated with a degree in English from Northwestern University in 2010. Students at Northwestern University paid $40,223 per year in tuition fees.

Wheaton College, which was ranked 21st nationwide in 2010, is the second-ranked school in Illinois that has a English program. It is located in Wheaton. In 2010, 50 students graduated from Wheaton College English program. Tuition at Wheaton College was $27,580 per year.

The third-ranked school in Illinois with a English program is Loyola University Chicago, which is located in Chicago. In 2010, it was ranked 28th nationwide. In 2010, 101 students graduated from Loyola University Chicago English program. Tuition at Loyola University Chicago was $32,114 per year.


If you choose to attend a Illinois English school, average tuition will be $20,831 per year. However, tuition at your particular institution may range from $2,968 per year to $42,041 per year. The highest tuition rates in 2010 at Illinois English 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. School of the Art Institute of Chicago - located in Chicago, students are charged $36,150 per year

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

  1. College of Lake County - located in Grayslake, students are charged $2,968 per year
  2. Northeastern Illinois University - located in Chicago, students are charged $7,492 per year
  3. University of Illinois at Springfield - located in Springfield, students are charged $8,101 per year

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

The largest populations of Illinois english professional are working in the following counties:

  1. Cook County - 2,690 english professionals
  2. Lake County - 130 english professionals
  3. Boone County - 110 english professionals

Projected Growth

According the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of english professionals is expected to grow by 10% by 2018. There are projected to be 8,110 english professionals working in Illinois then. Of these 8,110 english professionals, the government predicts that 3,760 will be creative writers, 1,750 will be technical writers, and 2,600 will be literacy teachers.


On average, english professionals earn a salary of $55,400 per year in Illinois state. However, this number is only an average. English professional in Illinois had varying salaries from $17,690 to $105,190 per year in 2010. The following counties in Illinois have the highest average salaries for english professionals:

  1. Marshall County - $59,600 per year
  2. Cook County - $57,837 per year
  3. Lake County - $55,465 per year

The Illinois counties with the lowest average salary for english professionals are:

  1. Adams County - $22,400 per year
  2. McLean County - $32,990 per year
  3. Edwards County - $33,790 per year

The english professionals with highest average salaries in Illinois were:

  1. Creative Writer - $61,090 per year
  2. Technical Writer - $59,420 per year
  3. Literacy Teacher - $45,690 per year

The english professionals with lowest average salaries in Illinois were:

  1. Technical Writer - $59,420 per year
  2. Literacy Teacher - $45,690 per year

More Information

For more data regarding a career in English in Illinois and to compare salaries with various related fields such as language or creative writing, 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 English in Illinois
  • Bachelor's Degree in English in Illinois
  • Master's Degree in English in Illinois
  • Doctoral Degree in English in Illinois
  • Certificate in English in Illinois

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Writers and Authors 1,700 $61,090
Adult Basic and Secondary Education and Literacy Teachers and Instructors 1,390 $45,690 -47.1%
Technical Writers 1,020 $59,420 -19.7%

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