Chicago employment information

IndexChicagoIllinoisNational
Income per capita$28,202$29,519$28,051
Median household income$47,408$56,853$53,046
Median income owner occupied$72,313$71,980$67,062
Median income renter occupied$31,546$31,476$32,212
Median earnings male$33,576$38,636$35,771
Median earnings female$28,225$26,030$25,299
Unemployment rate8.5%6.6%6.0%
Poverty level22.1%13.7%14.9%

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  • The income per capita in Chicago is 1% higher than the national average.
  • The median household income in Chicago is 11% lower than the national average.
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings.
  • The unemployment rate in Chicago is 43% higher than the national average.
  • The poverty level in Chicago is 49% higher than the national average.

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Chicago median earnings by income bracket

Chicago employment by industry

Labour TypeMaleFemale
Construction industry7.6%0.6%
Manufacturing sector12.3%0.2%
Financial & insurance services6.3%6.7%
Wholesale & retail services11.6%11.1%
Public administration5.0%4.0%
Transportation, warehousing & utilities8.1%3.3%
Education, health & social services12.3%32.9%
Other34.3%32.4%

Nearby cities with high median household income

City, StatePopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
Kenilworth, IL2,669$229,792333%
Golf, IL590$170,577222%
Western Springs, IL12,853$137,331159%
Burr Ridge, IL10,590$133,188151%
Wilmette, IL27,202$130,088145%
Chicago, IL2,702,471$47,40811%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
Houston, TX2,107,449$44,64816%
Los Angeles, CA3,804,503$49,7456%
Philadelphia, PA1,525,811$37,01630%
Phoenix, AZ1,462,368$47,86610%
San Antonio, TX1,335,287$44,93715%
Chicago, IL2,702,471$47,40811%
Source: The Chicago, IL employment data displayed above is derived from the United States Census Bureau.