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Psychology in Illinois

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Schools Offering Psychology Programs in Illinois

Each year, approximately 1.6% of Illinois graduates receive degrees in psychology. Thus, Illinois' 61 psychology schools put out approximately 5,994 psychology professionals each year.

Top Schools

Northwestern University, which is located in Evanston, is the top-ranked school in Illinois that has a psychology program. It received a ranking of 7th in the country in 2010. 248 students graduated with a degree in psychology from Northwestern University in 2010. Northwestern University charged in-state students $40,223 in tuition fees per year.

Wheaton College, which is located in Wheaton, is the second-ranked school in Illinois that has a psychology program. It received a ranking of 21st in the country in 2010. 99 students graduated with degree in psychology from Wheaton College in 2010. Tuition at Wheaton College was $27,580 per year.

The third-ranked school in Illinois with a psychology program is Loyola University Chicago, which is located in Chicago. In 2010, it was ranked 28th nationwide. In 2010, 333 students graduated from Loyola University Chicago psychology program. Loyola University Chicago charged in-state students $32,114 in tuition fees per year.


If you are hoping to attend one of Illinois' psychology schools, you can expect to pay an average tuition of $19,459 per year, though tuition can range from $42,041 per year to $7,492 per year. In 2010, the psychology schools that charged the highest tuition rates in Illinois were:

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

  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. Saint Augustine College - located in Chicago, students are charged $8,400 per year

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

In Illinois, the largest numbers of psychology professional work in the following counties:

  1. Cook County - 3,130 psychology professionals
  2. Lake County - 460 psychology professionals
  3. Adams County - 130 psychology professionals

Projected Growth

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts by 2018, an estimated 6,650 psychology professionals will be working in Illinois. This would require the number of psychology professional to grow by 8%.


psychology professionals in Illinois earn $75,873 per year on average. However, Illinois psychology professional earned anywhere in the range from as less than $24,670 per year to more than $126,180 per year in 2010. Psychology professionals in the following Illinois counties make the highest salaries on average:

  1. Cook County - $88,100 per year
  2. Lake County - $78,625 per year
  3. Boone County - $73,170 per year

On average, psychology professionals earn the least in the following Illinois counties:

  1. Adams County - $50,410 per year
  2. Clark County - $53,010 per year
  3. Marshall County - $57,330 per year

The psychology professionals with highest average salaries in Illinois were:

  1. Clinical Neuropsychologist - $90,780 per year
  2. Clinical Psychologist - $71,730 per year
  3. Organizational Psychologist - $65,110 per year

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

  1. Clinical Psychologist - $71,730 per year
  2. Organizational Psychologist - $65,110 per year

More Information

For more data regarding a career in psychology in Illinois and to compare salaries with various related fields such as sociology or sports psychology, 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 Psychology in Illinois
  • Bachelor's Degree in Psychology in Illinois
  • Master's Degree in Psychology in Illinois
  • Doctoral Degree in Psychology in Illinois

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists 4,460 $71,730 -18.6%
Psychologists, All Other 290 $90,780 45.0%
Industrial-Organizational Psychologists 40 $65,110

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