Chicago employment information

Income per capita$28,623$30,019$28,555
Median household income$47,831$57,166$53,482
Median income owner occupied$73,163$72,851$68,142
Median income renter occupied$32,743$32,466$33,219
Median earnings male$34,331$39,039$36,116
Median earnings female$29,058$26,489$25,692
Unemployment rate8.7%6.6%5.8%
Poverty level22.7%14.4%15.6%

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  • The income per capita in Chicago is equal to 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 50% higher than the national average.
  • The poverty level in Chicago is 46% higher than the national average.

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Hours worked per week

Chicago median earnings by income bracket

Chicago employment by industry

Labour TypeMaleFemale
Construction industry7.1%0.6%
Manufacturing sector11.6%0.2%
Financial & insurance services6.0%6.2%
Wholesale & retail services11.9%11.0%
Public administration4.8%3.9%
Transportation, warehousing & utilities8.2%3.4%
Education, health & social services12.7%33.5%

Nearby cities with high median household income

City, StatePopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
Kenilworth, IL2,648$179,922236%
Golf, IL490$167,500213%
Western Springs, IL13,066$140,361162%
Wilmette, IL27,345$126,471136%
Burr Ridge, IL10,678$113,576112%
Chicago, IL2,712,608$47,83111%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
Houston, TX2,167,988$45,72814%
Los Angeles, CA3,862,210$49,6827%
Philadelphia, PA1,546,920$37,46030%
Phoenix, AZ1,490,758$46,88112%
San Antonio, TX1,385,438$46,31713%
Chicago, IL2,712,608$47,83111%
Source: The Chicago, IL employment data displayed above is derived from the United States Census Bureau.