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Teacher Jobs in Illinois

The state of Illinois employs 131,777 teachers throughout 866 public school districts in the state. With a starting salary of $37,166, teacher meet or exceed the state average wage of $44,815 in a few short years teaching. Particularly in the Chicago area there is a need for elementary teachers - especially those with bilingual education qualifications. Teachers seeking employment are encouraged to apply to districts with high student enrolment first, like those of Chicago, School District U-46, Indian Prairie School District 204, and Rockford Public Schools.

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Illinois Teacher Salary & Employment

Total Employed

60,960

Salary Range

$43,900 - $95,770

Elementary school teachers have a salary range between $43,900 to $95,770 a year in Illinois. There are around sixty thousand employed elementary school teachers. Read about what it takes to become an elementary school teacher.

Elementary School Teachers
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Kankakee 670 $64,830
Carbondale, Marion 640 $47,670
Decatur 540 $45,380
Danville 420 $45,420
Chicago, Naperville, Arlington Heights 30 $64,840
Lake County, Kenosha County 5 $64,420
Elgin 3 $70,500
Rockford 2 $78,240
Champaign, Urbana 1 $48,430
Peoria 1 $45,570

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Elementary School Teachers (SOC Code: 25-2021)

Total Employed

2,440

Salary Range

$51,190 - $131,850

English teachers have a salary range between $51,190 to $131,850 a year in Illinois, with over 2,440 employed in the state. See details on how to become an english teacher.

English Language and Literature Teachers (College Professor)
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Elgin 260 -
Bloomington 80 $77,360
Lake County, Kenosha County 60 $73,280
Springfield 50 -
Chicago, Naperville, Arlington Heights 1 $73,430

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for English Language and Literature Teachers (College Professor) (SOC Code: 25-1123)

Total Employed

44,360

Salary Range

$50,390 - $108,960

As a high school teacher in Illinois you can expect to make between $50,390 - $108,960. There are around forty thousand employed high school teachers. Take the next step and learn to how to become a high school teacher.

High School Teachers
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Springfield 850 $58,280
Champaign, Urbana 670 $49,110
Bloomington 390 $57,700
Carbondale, Marion 350 $55,340
Decatur 340 $50,780
Kankakee 230 $67,250
Danville 200 $55,400
Chicago, Naperville, Arlington Heights 23 $77,660
Lake County, Kenosha County 3 $73,440
Elgin 2 $66,940

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for High School Teachers (SOC Code: 25-2031)

Total Employed

820

Salary Range

$65,990 - $132,820

In Illinois, a history teacher's salary may range from $65,990 to $132,820. There are around 820 employed history teachers. Get more information about becoming a history teacher.

History Teachers (College Professor)
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Chicago, Naperville, Arlington Heights 610 $91,450
Bloomington 40 $80,780
Elgin 30 -

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for History Teachers (College Professor) (SOC Code: 25-1125)

Total Employed

4,030

Salary Range

$43,700 - $90,220

Kindergarten teachers in Illinois, can earn between $43,700 to $90,220 a year. There are around four thousand employed kindergarten teachers. Read about what it takes to become a kindergarten teacher.

Kindergarten Teachers
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Elgin 380 $63,260
Lake County, Kenosha County 300 $62,870
Peoria 170 $54,530
Champaign, Urbana 100 $45,730
Decatur 80 $50,830
Rockford 80 $68,650
Springfield 70 $54,110
Carbondale, Marion 30 $53,600
Chicago, Naperville, Arlington Heights 2 $62,010

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Kindergarten Teachers (SOC Code: 25-2012)

Total Employed

142,350

Salary Range

$43,700 - $132,000

As a math teacher in Illinois you can expect to make between $43,700 - $132,000. Illinois is home to about ninety thousand math teachers. See our guide on how to become a math teacher.

Mathematical Science Teachers (College Professor)
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Lake County, Kenosha County 230 $75,400
Elgin 160 -
Bloomington 110 $92,350
Springfield 30 -
Chicago, Naperville, Arlington Heights 1 $76,180

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Mathematical Science Teachers (College Professor) (SOC Code: 25-1022)

Total Employed

9,230

Salary Range

$19,210 - $76,860

P.e. teachers have a salary range between $19,210 to $76,860 a year in Illinois. Illinois is home to about nine thousand p.e. teachers. See our guide on how to become a p.e. teacher.

Coaches and Scouts
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Elgin 750 $37,000
Lake County, Kenosha County 710 $38,600
Peoria 370 $32,930
Bloomington 270 $42,370
Rockford 180 $26,260
Springfield 180 $29,720
Champaign, Urbana 170 $54,010
Decatur 150 $28,330
Carbondale, Marion 110 $23,150
Danville 70 $22,650

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Coaches and Scouts (SOC Code: 27-2022)

Total Employed

19,230

Salary Range

$23,870 - $51,710

In Illinois, a preschool teacher's salary may range from $23,870 to $51,710, with over 19,230 employed in the state. See details on how to become a preschool teacher.

Preschool Teachers
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Elgin 880 $31,270
Peoria 560 $36,460
Springfield 550 $28,390
Rockford 480 $44,890
Champaign, Urbana 320 $29,480
Bloomington 200 $26,500
Kankakee 170 $27,980
Decatur 110 $30,340
Carbondale, Marion 100 $25,780
Chicago, Naperville, Arlington Heights 12 $33,600

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Preschool Teachers (SOC Code: 25-2011)

Total Employed

14,810

Salary Range

$36,560 - $149,230

As a school administrator in Illinois you can expect to make between $36,560 - $149,230. Illinois is home to about fourteen thousand school administrators. Take the next step and learn to how to become a school administrator.

Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare Center/Program
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Lake County, Kenosha County 140 -
Elgin 120 $47,490
Bloomington 30 $48,920
Rockford 30 $44,680
Chicago, Naperville, Arlington Heights 1 $64,730
Peoria - $42,610

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare Center/Program (SOC Code: 11-9031)

Education Administrators, Elementary, Middle, and High School
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Elgin 620 $103,640
Peoria 350 $86,860
Springfield 310 $92,270
Champaign, Urbana 190 $85,740
Bloomington 140 $89,890
Decatur 110 $84,340
Carbondale, Marion 90 $84,350
Danville 70 $87,080
Chicago, Naperville, Arlington Heights 6 $109,390
Lake County, Kenosha County 1 $105,790

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Education Administrators, Elementary, Middle, and High School (SOC Code: 11-9032)

Total Employed

10,340

Salary Range

$38,390 - $98,120

School counselors in Illinois, can earn between $38,390 to $98,120 a year, with over 10,340 employed in the state. See our guide on how to become a school counselor.

Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Lake County, Kenosha County 550 $58,270
Elgin 480 $59,480
Champaign, Urbana 220 $53,360
Springfield 210 $50,120
Peoria 210 $51,490
Rockford 150 $71,110
Carbondale, Marion 140 $24,320
Kankakee 130 $55,970
Chicago, Naperville, Arlington Heights 6 $60,050
Bloomington - $56,450

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors (SOC Code: 21-1012)

Total Employed

6,070

Salary Range

$40,110 - $88,130

School librarians have a salary range between $40,110 to $88,130 a year in Illinois. Illinois is home to about six thousand school librarians. Read about what it takes to become a school librarian.

Librarians
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Lake County, Kenosha County 400 $54,500
Elgin 230 $62,200
Champaign, Urbana 230 $53,980
Peoria 160 $45,020
Rockford 150 $53,360
Springfield 90 $54,730
Carbondale, Marion 80 $29,190
Bloomington 80 $46,060
Decatur 50 $41,270
Kankakee 40 $50,970

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Librarians (SOC Code: 25-4021)

Total Employed

19,630

Salary Range

$43,500 - $102,910

In Illinois, a special education teacher's salary may range from $43,500 to $102,910. Illinois is home to about nineteen thousand special education teachers. Interested in becoming a special education teacher?

Special Education Teachers (Preschool)
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Chicago, Naperville, Arlington Heights 880 $69,170

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Special Education Teachers (Preschool) (SOC Code: 25-2051)

Special Education Teachers (Kindergarten and Elementary School)
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Elgin 310 $63,210
Lake County, Kenosha County 300 $60,300
Springfield 200 $59,680
Rockford 200 $74,100
Carbondale, Marion 180 $56,070
Peoria 150 $50,580
Champaign, Urbana 140 $51,150
Kankakee 60 $55,200
Danville 40 $47,600
Chicago, Naperville, Arlington Heights 3 $67,370

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Special Education Teachers (Kindergarten and Elementary School) (SOC Code: 25-2052)

Special Education Teachers (Middle School)
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Lake County, Kenosha County 270 $63,650
Elgin 170 $58,350
Springfield 130 $57,420
Peoria 80 $49,750
Champaign, Urbana 40 $47,600
Kankakee 40 $54,730
Chicago, Naperville, Arlington Heights 3 $71,320

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Special Education Teachers (Middle School) (SOC Code: 25-2053)

Special Education Teachers (High School)
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Elgin 570 $65,330
Lake County, Kenosha County 450 $56,420
Springfield 220 $52,180
Decatur 130 $48,270
Peoria 130 $57,600
Bloomington 90 $58,980
Kankakee 80 $83,080
Carbondale, Marion 40 $47,550
Danville 30 -
Chicago, Naperville, Arlington Heights 3 $73,560

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Special Education Teachers (High School) (SOC Code: 25-2054)

Total Employed

19,340

Salary Range

$24,340 - $58,740

In Illinois, a substitute teacher's salary may range from $24,340 to $58,740. Illinois is home to about nineteen thousand substitute teachers. Read about what it takes to become a substitute teacher.

Substitute Teachers
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Peoria 930 $30,470
Rockford 380 $27,390
Kankakee 310 $28,730
Springfield 290 $32,150
Bloomington 280 $24,160
Champaign, Urbana 200 -
Carbondale, Marion 170 $22,230
Danville 150 $40,300
Chicago, Naperville, Arlington Heights 10 $42,010
Lake County, Kenosha County 2 $36,920

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Substitute Teachers (SOC Code: 25-3098)

Total Employed

58,250

Salary Range

$19,910 - $38,970

In Illinois, a teaching assistant's salary may range from $19,910 to $38,970. There are around fifty thousand employed teaching assistants. Interested in becoming a teaching assistant?

Teacher Assistants
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Springfield 780 $23,360
Bloomington 720 $23,560
Carbondale, Marion 590 $21,050
Kankakee 360 $27,900
Danville 360 $25,000
Decatur 270 $34,620
Chicago, Naperville, Arlington Heights 34 $28,990
Lake County, Kenosha County 3 $28,840
Elgin 2 $27,110
Rockford 2 $25,290

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Teacher Assistants (SOC Code: 25-9041)

Largest School Districts in Illinois

School District Schools Teachers
City of Chicago School District 299 682 23,320
Sd U-46 School District 57 2,170
Rockford School District 205 51 1,876
Indian Prairie Community Unit School District - Cusd 204 33 1,758
Plainfield School District 202 30 1,580
Community Unit School District - Cusd 300 27 1,249
Valley View Community Unit School District - Cusd 365u 20 1,181
Naperville Community Unit School District - Cusd 203 22 1,080
Peoria School District 150 32 1,057
Springfield School District 186 36 1,049
Schaumburg Ccsd 54 27 1,040
Oswego Community Unit School District - Cusd 308 23 986
Waukegan Community Unit School District - Cusd 60 24 948
Community Unit School District 200 20 870
St Charles Community Unit School District - Cusd 303 17 854
Mclean County Unified School District 5 24 841
Aurora East Unified School District 131 19 831
Township Hsd 211 7 777
Palatine Ccsd 15 20 755
Champaign Community Unit School District - Cusd 4 18 751
Township Hsd 214 11 730
Aurora West Unified School District 129 17 726
Cicero Sd 99 16 711
Joliet Psd 86 School District 21 660
Evanston/Skokie School District 65 17 605
Barrington Community Unit School District - Cusd 220 12 587
Consolidated School District 158 8 535
Crystal Lake Community Consolidated School District 47 12 534
Glenbard Township High School District 87 4 518
Cons Hsd 230 3 494
Comm Cons Sd 59 14 483
Belvidere Community Unit School District - Cusd 100 12 480
Wheeling Ccsd 21 13 475
Galesburg Community Unit School District - Cusd 205 10 470
Harlem Ud 122 School District 11 469
Alton Community Unit School District - Cusd 11 11 452
Decatur School District 61 23 439
Edwardsville Community Unit School District - Cusd 7 14 429
Round Lake Community Unit School District - Cusd 116 9 429
Oak Park Esd 97 10 428
Woodland Community Consolidated School District 50 4 427
Quincy School District 172 12 425
Moline Unified School District 40 18 425
New Trier Twp Hsd 203 2 420
Maine Township Hsd 207 4 413
Glenview Ccsd 34 8 409
Lincoln Way Community High School District 210 4 408
Woodstock Community Unit School District - Cusd 200 12 399
Rock Island School District 41 14 398
Community High School District 155 4 394

Data obtained from the Public Elementary/Secondary School Universe Survey 2014

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