Over a two-year period, Chicago not only ranked in the country's top 20 tech markets, but, by adding almost 12,000 tech jobs, it also recorded a consistent growth rate of almost 20 percent. The impressive growth is due in part to the city's low rents — rents that are so low they have helped inspire big names such as Facebook, Twitter, and Salesforce to commit to expansion in the city. It's not all big business; initiatives such as Built in Chicago are helping to propel the city's already exciting startup scene. It seems that Chicago is serving up more than pizza these days.
Chicago, IL IT Job Market
Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for the Chicago-Joliet-Naperville metropolitan area shows that there are around 135,000 tech jobs. Of these, occupations including software application developers, computer systems analysts, computer programmers, and computer user support specialists account for around 50 percent. Software developers and network and computer system administrators, while not as prevalent, number more than 10,000 positions each. Chicago tech enjoyed $1.6 billion in funding, so it's likely that this investment will show itself in an increase in the number of IT jobs in Chicago, IL.
IT Salaries in Chicago, IL
With an average annual salary of $80,350, Chicago IT jobs come in around $4,000 less than the national average. As with most cities, computer user support specialist jobs attract the lowest salary of a little under $55,000. Software applications developers, database administrators, and computer systems analysts all pull in more than $80,000 a year. Only computer network architects take home more than $100,000, but these statistics from the BLS don't take into account the almost $7 billion in reported exit earnings in the city. In Chicago, it pays to sell a thriving tech firm.