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Schools Offering Language Programs in Illinois

Around 0.3% of Illinois's graduates graduate from language degree programs every year. In other words, every year an estimated 1,148 language professionals graduate from Illinois' 48 language schools.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in Illinois with a language program is Northwestern University, which is located in Evanston. In 2010, it was ranked 7th nationwide. In 2010, 83 students graduated from Northwestern University's language program. Tuition at Northwestern University was $40,223 per year.

The second-ranked school in Illinois that has a language program is Wheaton College. Wheaton College, which was ranked 21st in the country in 2010, is located in Wheaton. 16 students graduated with degree in language from Wheaton College in 2010. Students at Wheaton College paid $27,580 per year in tuition fees.

The third-ranked school in Illinois that has a language program is Loyola University Chicago. Loyola University Chicago, which was ranked 28th in the country in 2010, is located in Chicago. In 2010, 42 students graduated from Loyola University Chicago language program. Tuition at Loyola University Chicago was $32,114 per year.


Language schools in Illinois, charge students an average tuition of $20,504 per year. But, tuition can be as much as $42,041 per year, or as little as $2,352 per year. In 2010, the following Illinois language schools had the highest tuition rates:

  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 language schools in Illinois that charged the lowest tuition rates were:

  1. Waubonsee Community College - located in Sugar Grove, students are charged $2,352 per year
  2. John A Logan College - located in Carterville, students are charged $2,520 per year
  3. Southwestern Illinois College - located in Belleville, students are charged $2,604 per year

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

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

  1. Cook County - 7,050 language professionals
  2. Lake County - 690 language professionals
  3. Adams County - 240 language professionals

Projected Growth

According the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of language professionals is expected to grow by 18% by 2018. There are projected to be 9,880 language professionals working in Illinois then. Of these 9,880 language professionals, the government predicts that 8,270 will be teacher of the speech and hearing handicappeds, 1,610 will be sign language interpreters, and an unknown number will be english as a second language instructors.


language professionals in Illinois make an average of $57,693 per year. But, salaries for language professional can vary. In 2010, language professional made as little as less than $17,340 per year or as much as more than $113,190 per year in Illinois. The following counties in Illinois have the highest average salaries for language professionals:

  1. Marshall County - $83,820 per year
  2. Boone County - $71,140 per year
  3. Champaign County - $68,350 per year

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

  1. Bureau County - $42,970 per year
  2. Adams County - $43,880 per year
  3. Edwards County - $51,570 per year

The language professionals with highest average salaries in Illinois were:

  1. Teacher Of The Speech And Hearing Handicapped - $68,050 per year
  2. English As A Second Language Instructor - $60,140 per year
  3. Sign Language Interpreter - $44,890 per year

On average, the lowest paid language professionals in Illinois were:

  1. English As A Second Language Instructor - $60,140 per year
  2. Sign Language Interpreter - $44,890 per year

More Information

Take a look at the graphs and charts below for additional Illinois statistics regarding a career in language and to compare salaries with a variety of related fields such as English or education.

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

  • Associate's Degree in Language in Illinois
  • Bachelor's Degree in Language in Illinois
  • Master's Degree in Language in Illinois
  • Doctoral Degree in Language in Illinois
  • Certificate in Language in Illinois

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Speech-Language Pathologists 6,990 $68,050 38.1%
English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary 2,620 $60,140 -14.1%
Interpreters and Translators 1,100 $44,890 46.7%

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