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2021 Highest Paid Education Graduates in Illinois

3,367 Bachelor's Degrees
$35,362 Avg Salary
$24,936 Avg Student Debt

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Highest Paid Education Graduates in IllinoisOut of the 34 majors we analyze each year, education was ranked 10th in Illinois. In fact, 3,367 were awarded in the state in 2018-2019. This means that 3.8% of the degrees earned in the country were from a school in the state. The education school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Highest Paid Education Graduates.

This year's Highest Paid Education Graduates in Illinois ranking looked at 35 colleges that offer a bachelor's in education.

The numbers used in this ranking are early career salaries, which we define to be 10 years after a student started college. This is the salary typically earned 4-6 years after graduation, but may be different depending on how long a person takes to complete their degree.

Comparing Average Salaries of Education Majors

The average education major who graduates from a school in Illinois earns about $35,362 per year during the early years of their career. Unfortunately, that is 11% less than the average salary of a typical college graduate. However, graduates from the schools below may make more than this.

The national average salary for education bachelor's degree holders is $34,031. That's pretty close to the average for students who get their degree from a school in Illinois.

Average Salary for Education Graduates from Schools in Illinois  35,362
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70,800
Average Salary for Education Graduates from Schools Nationwide  34,031
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70,800
National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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70,800

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2021 Highest Paid Education Grads in Illinois

The highest paid education majors graduate from the following colleges and universities.

Top 10 Best Schools for Highly Paid Education Graduates in Illinois

Southern Illinois University Carbondale earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. SIUC is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Carbondale.

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Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Northwestern University landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid education school. Northwestern U is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Evanston.

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Concordia University - Chicago

River Forest, IL

Concordia University - Chicago comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of River Forest, Concordia University Chicago is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

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North Central College

Naperville, IL

North Central College landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid education school. North Central is a small private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Naperville.

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Illinois Wesleyan University

Bloomington, IL

Our rankings recognize Illinois Wesleyan University as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Illinois Wesleyan is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Bloomington.

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DePaul University

Chicago, IL

DePaul University comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of Chicago, DePaul is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

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Illinois State University comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Illinois State is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Normal.

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Trinity International University - Illinois earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large suburb of Deerfield, TIU Illinois is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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University of Illinois at Chicago earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. UIC is a very large public school located in the large city of Chicago.

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University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign landed the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid education school. Located in the city of Champaign, UIUC is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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Best Education Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

Explore all the Best Education Schools in the Great Lakes Area or other specific states within that region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Michigan 37 2,643
Ohio 34 4,316
Indiana 33 2,895
Wisconsin 31 2,573

Education Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 1,881
Teacher Education Subject Specific 924
Special Education 455
General Education 85
Multilingual Education 13

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 4,951
Psychology 4,086
Communication & Journalism 3,692
History 784
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 593

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Notes and References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Horadrim.

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