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Schools Offering Real Estate Programs in Illinois

Each year, roughly 0.0% of Illinois students graduate with degrees in real estate. That means an estimated 139 real estate professionals graduate from Illinois' 12 real estate schools each year.

Top Schools

Northwestern University, which was ranked 7th nationwide in 2010, is the top-ranked school in Illinois that has a real estate program. It is located in Evanston. In 2010, 2 students graduated from Northwestern University's real estate program. Tuition at Northwestern University was $40,223 per year.

The second-ranked school in Illinois with a real estate program is University of Illinois at Chicago, which is located in Chicago. In 2010, it was ranked 29th nationwide. In 2010, 5 students graduated from University of Illinois at Chicago real estate program. University of Illinois at Chicago charged in-state students $12,053 in tuition fees per year.

DePaul University, which is located in Chicago, is the third-ranked school in Illinois that has a real estate program. It received a ranking of 64th in the country in 2010. 32 students graduated with degree in real estate from DePaul University in 2010. Students at DePaul University paid $28,858 per year in tuition fees.


Real estate schools in Illinois, charge students an average tuition of $13,663 per year. But, tuition can be as much as $40,223 per year, or as little as $2,352 per year. In 2010, the real estate schools that charged the highest tuition rates in Illinois were:

  1. Northwestern University - located in Evanston, students are charged $40,223 per year
  2. DePaul University - located in Chicago, students are charged $28,858 per year
  3. Roosevelt University - located in Chicago, students are charged $23,300 per year

The lowest tuition rates at Illinois real estate schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. Waubonsee Community College - located in Sugar Grove, students are charged $2,352 per year
  2. Southwestern Illinois College - located in Belleville, students are charged $2,604 per year
  3. Oakton Community College - located in Des Plaines, students are charged $2,750 per year

A real estate degree from an Illinois school... what next?

The following counties have the largest number of Illinois real estate professionals:

  1. Cook County - 11,420 real estate professionals
  2. Lake County - 630 real estate professionals
  3. Boone County - 240 real estate professionals

Projected Growth

The government projects that, by 2018, the number of real estate professionals in the state of Illinois will grow to 19,260. This would require a 6% growth in the field.


On average, real estate professionals earn a salary of $62,993 per year in Illinois state. But, salaries for real estate professional can vary. In 2010, real estate professional made as little as less than $17,460 per year or as much as more than $154,480 per year in Illinois. Real estate professionals in the following Illinois counties make the highest salaries on average:

  1. Cook County - $65,920 per year
  2. Lake County - $62,753 per year
  3. Boone County - $60,370 per year

The following counties in Illinois have the lowest average salaries for real estate professional:

  1. Edwards County - $32,907 per year
  2. Bureau County - $38,080 per year
  3. Adams County - $39,995 per year

The real estate professionals with highest average salaries in Illinois were:

  1. Realtor - $72,440 per year
  2. Property Manager - $59,140 per year
  3. Assessor - $57,400 per year

The real estate professionals with lowest average salaries in Illinois were:

  1. Property Manager - $59,140 per year
  2. Assessor - $57,400 per year

More Information

Take a look at the graphs and charts below for additional Illinois statistics regarding a career in real estate and to compare salaries with a variety of related fields such as property management or small business.

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

  • Associate's Degree in Real Estate in Illinois
  • Bachelor's Degree in Real Estate in Illinois
  • Master's Degree in Real Estate in Illinois
  • Certificate in Real Estate in Illinois

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers 6,810 $59,140 37.9%
Real Estate Sales Agents 5,030 $72,440 10.8%
Appraisers and Assessors of Real Estate 2,530 $57,400 -8.7%

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