Chicago, IL Income and Economy

Chicago Unemployment

City unemployment is displayed in the following table. The unemployment rate city wide is 11.1%. Nationwide, the average is 7.9%.

Unemployment City State USA
Unemployment Rate
11.1%
8.6%
7.9%
National Average
Black or African American
19.3%
17.6%
14.0%
National Average
American Indian and Alaska Native
12.8%
12.3%
13.9%
National Average
Two or more races
12.2%
13.3%
12.2%
National Average
Hispanic
10.6%
10.0%
9.6%
National Average
Asian
7.2%
6.4%
6.4%
National Average
White
7.1%
7.0%
6.8%
National Average
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
4.2%
6.9%
10.5%
National Average

Chicago Median Income by Race

Median income by race is displayed below. White people make $38,428 on average, this is the highest paid group. The group with the lowest income ($21,874), are Hispanic people.

Race City State USA
White
$38,428
$32,955
$31,133
National Average
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
$34,511
$31,768
$26,563
National Average
Asian
$33,037
$37,689
$34,418
National Average
Two or more races
$26,383
$22,428
$22,664
National Average
American Indian and Alaska Native
$25,729
$25,285
$21,510
National Average
Black or African American
$25,509
$26,008
$25,062
National Average
Hispanic
$21,874
$22,327
$21,505
National Average

Chicago Median Household Income by Age

The following table continues the city's median income by age. The age range that has the highest income in Chicago, IL is < 25.

Age City State USA
< 25
$25,585
$25,854
$26,465
National Average
25 - 44
$54,104
$61,533
$57,132
National Average
45 - 64
$52,835
$68,668
$63,398
National Average
> 64
$27,437
$34,435
$33,906
National Average

Chicago Median Worker Income

Individual median worker income is displayed in the following table. The city's median individual worker income is $30,440. Nationwide, the average is $29,701.

Worker Type City State USA
Male
$32,916
$38,159
$35,201
National Average
Female
$27,083
$25,193
$24,139
National Average
Median Household Income
$46,877
$55,735
$51,914
National Average

Chicago Household Income Other than Earnings

Data for Chicago, IL household income, other than earnings, is shown in the below table. At $21,744, Retirement Income income is the highest category for other earnings. City wide social security other income from social security averages $13,769.

Income Type City State USA
Retirement Income
$21,744
$22,467
$21,489
National Average
Interest, Dividends, or Net Rental Income
$16,085
$14,427
$15,308
National Average
Social Security Income
$13,769
$15,844
$15,495
National Average
Public Assistance Income
$3,172
$3,365
$3,553
National Average

Top Chicago Occupations

Browse the table below to see popular occupations in Chicago, IL. The largest occupations are listed first.

Occupation City State USA
Sales and office occupations
24.2%
25.8%
25.4%
National Average
Service occupations
19.4%
16.3%
17.1%
National Average
Management, business, and financial occupations
15.0%
15.0%
14.3%
National Average
Production, transportation, and material moving occupations
13.8%
14.1%
12.4%
National Average
Education, legal, community service, arts, and media occupations
12.5%
10.5%
10.6%
National Average
Natural resources, construction, and maintenance occupations
6.3%
8.1%
9.8%
National Average
Computer, engineering, and science occupations
4.5%
5.0%
5.2%
National Average
Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations
4.4%
5.1%
5.2%
National Average
Notes
  • City rating based on comparing Chicago to other Illinois cities.
  • State rating based on comparing Illinois to other U.S. states.
  • All ratings are segmented into quintiles (very low, low, average, high, very high).
  • Data provided by the 2010 U.S. Census.
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