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2021 Highest Paid Foreign Languages & Linguistics Graduates in Illinois

831 Bachelor's Degrees
$29,283 Avg Salary
$23,414 Avg Student Debt

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Highest Paid Foreign Languages & Linguistics Graduates in IllinoisIn 2018-2019, 831 bachelor's degrees were awarded to foreign languages and linguistics students who went to a Illinois college or university. This makes it the #20 most popular major in the state. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 3.5% of all the foreign languages and linguistics bachelor's degrees in the country. When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Highest Paid Foreign Languages & Linguistics list to help you make the college decision.

This year's Highest Paid Foreign Languages & Linguistics Graduates in Illinois ranking looked at 12 colleges that offer a bachelor's in foreign languages and linguistics.

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 Foreign Languages & Linguistics Majors

After graduating, foreign languages and linguistics majors that go to school in Illinois go on to jobs making an average of $29,283 per year. That's not so great, since it is 26% less than the national average salary of a typical bachelor's degree holder. However, graduates from the schools in this list may make more.

The national average salary for foreign languages and linguistics bachelor's degree holders is $28,955. That's pretty close to the average for students who get their degree from a school in Illinois.

Average Salary for Foreign Languages & Linguistics Graduates from Schools in Illinois  29,283
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Average Salary for Foreign Languages & Linguistics Graduates from Schools Nationwide  28,955
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58,600
National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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58,600

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2021 Highest Paid Foreign Languages & Linguistics Grads in Illinois

Below you'll see a list of the colleges and universities that produce the highest paid foreign languages and linguistics majors.

Top 10 Best Schools for Highly Paid Foreign Languages & Linguistics Graduates in Illinois

#1

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Our rankings recognize Northwestern University as the #1 school in this year's rankings. Northwestern U is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Evanston.

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Illinois State University comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. Illinois State is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Normal.

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The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. SIUE is a large public school located in the large suburb of Edwardsville.

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University of Illinois at Chicago landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid foreign languages and linguistics school. UIC is a very large public school located in the large city of Chicago.

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University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

University of Chicago earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. UChicago is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chicago.

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Wheaton College Illinois landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid foreign languages and linguistics school. Wheaton College Illinois is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Wheaton.

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Illinois Wesleyan University

Bloomington, IL

The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Illinois Wesleyan University. Illinois Wesleyan is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Bloomington.

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University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Champaign, UIUC is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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Our rankings recognize Northern Illinois University as the #6 school in this year's rankings. NIU is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Dekalb.

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The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Loyola University Chicago. Located in the city of Chicago, Loyola Chicago is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

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State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Michigan 37 882
Ohio 34 830
Indiana 33 699
Wisconsin 31 756

Foreign Languages & Linguistics Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Romance Languages 501
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 147
Classical Languages & Literature 36
Germanic Languages 35
East Asian Languages 35

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Visual & Performing Arts 4,299
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 1,333
English Language & Literature 1,319
Theology & Religious Vocations 792
Philosophy & Religious Studies 440

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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 John Stephen Dwyer.

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