Illinois Employment Statistics

  • 368,125 employers
  • 5,970,727 employees
  • $1,153 average weekly wage
  • The average weekly wage is 4.7% above the national average
  • The cost of living is 4.3% below the national average

Types of Employers (Private Sector vs Government Agency)

As an employer in Illinois, you are most likely to be running a private company rather than a government agency. 97.7% of employers run private companies in the state, BIGGER0.7% greater than the national average of 97.0. The remaining 2.3% of employers are government agencies: 0.6% work in a federal agency, 0.0% work for the state and 1.7% work for local government. The chart below illustrates the breakout of employers by type.
87.0% of employees work for a private company, this is 1.7% greater than the national average of 85.2%. Local government agencies employ 9.8% of the workers in the state, state government agencies employ 1.9% of the workers and the federal government employs 1.3%. The percentage of employees working for a government agency (13.0%) is 1.7% lower than the national average. The chart below illustrates the breakout of employees by type of employer.
The average weekly wage in Illinois is $1,153 per week, which is 4.7% less than the national average of $1,101 per week. Illinois workers that are employed by private businesses earn $1,162 per week, 5.6% greater than the national average for private company employees. Employees of federal government agencies in Illinois earn $1,538 per week, a premium of 32.4% compared to what employees of private companies earn. The chart below illustrates the average weekly by type of employer.


Leading Sectors

Businesses by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of businesses in the state is Professional services with 14.4% of the businesses in the state. Other services (10.7%) and Retail trade (9.7%) round out the top 3 sectors.
Table: Sectors by # of Businesses
Sector# Businesses% of Bus.
Professional services53,14114.4%
Other services39,37410.7%
Retail trade35,8699.7%
Construction32,2808.8%
Healthcare29,5398.0%
Accommodation and food services27,3007.4%
Wholesale trade24,8326.7%
Waste services19,9665.4%
Finance and insurance19,5015.3%
Manufacturing17,9114.9%
Transport and warehousing16,7464.5%
Real estate and rental12,9843.5%
Unclassified7,9322.2%
Information6,7141.8%
Arts and entertainment5,3151.4%
Educational services5,2041.4%
Agriculture and forestry2,1930.6%
Company management1,5890.4%
Mining and oil extraction5960.2%
Utilities5840.2%


Employees by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of employees in the state is Healthcare with 12.9% of the employees in the state. Retail trade (10.1%) and Manufacturing (9.8%) round out the top 3 sectors.
Table: Sectors by # of Employees
Sector# Employees% of Emp'
Healthcare772,73412.9%
Retail trade600,82210.1%
Manufacturing585,9179.8%
Accommodation and food services524,7418.8%
Waste services438,2147.3%
Professional services417,3387.0%
Wholesale trade294,1954.9%
Finance and insurance291,2984.9%
Transport and warehousing272,5044.6%
Construction225,9093.8%
Other services207,7163.5%
Educational services147,4412.5%
Information94,3291.6%
Company management92,8191.6%
Arts and entertainment92,1891.5%
Real estate and rental82,5351.4%
Utilities24,6170.4%
Agriculture and forestry18,6380.3%
Mining and oil extraction7,8040.1%
Unclassified1,0010.0%


Average Weekly Wage by Sector

The sector that pays their employees the highest is Company management paying $2,532per week compared with the state average of $1,162. Finance and insurance ($2,326) and Utilities ($2,246) round out the top 3 sectors.
Table: Wages by Sector
SectorWkly Wagevs St Avg.
Company management$2,532217.9%
Finance and insurance$2,326200.2%
Utilities$2,246193.3%
Professional services$1,941167.0%
Information$1,753150.9%
Wholesale trade$1,619139.3%
Mining and oil extraction$1,482127.5%
Construction$1,384119.1%
Manufacturing$1,383119.0%
Real estate and rental$1,335114.9%
Transport and warehousing$1,05290.5%
Educational services$1,00386.3%
Healthcare$97583.9%
Unclassified$84272.5%
Other services$81670.2%
Waste services$80369.1%
Agriculture and forestry$74764.3%
Arts and entertainment$70460.6%
Retail trade$60652.2%
Accommodation and food services$41435.6%


Leading Industries

Businesses by Industry

Each broad sector is made up of specific industries. In Illinois. the industry with the most businesses is Restaurants and other eating places with 5.7% of the businesses in the state (with 20,861 employing 409,268 workers). Private households (3.7%) and Computer systems design and related services (3.3%) round out the top 3 industries. The Top 10 Industries in the state are:
Industry# BusinessesEmp/Biz
Restaurants and other eating places20,86119.6
Private households13,7920.9
Computer systems design and related services12,1847.0
Management consulting services10,2477.7
Residential building construction8,4492.9
Unclassified7,9320.1
Offices of lawyers7,8266.6
Offices of physicians6,67014.0
Insurance agencies and brokerages6,1415.5
Accounting and bookkeeping services5,7648.6


Employees by Industry

The industry with the greatest number of employees in the state is Restaurants and other eating places with 6.9% of the businesses in the state. The industry employs 409,268 in 20,861 businesses, there are 19.6 employees on average in each of these businesses. General medical and surgical hospitals (3.9%) and Temporary help services (3.0%) round out the top 3 industries.
Table: Industries by # of Employees
Industry# EmpEmp/Biz
Restaurants and other eating places409,26819.6
General medical and surgical hospitals234,908804.5
Temporary help services178,33389.3
Supermarkets and other grocery stores94,80136.5
Offices of physicians93,21914.0
Management of companies and enterprises92,81958.4
Computer systems design and related services85,6797.0
Management consulting services79,3137.7
Nursing care facilities skilled nursing77,49198.1
Colleges and universities74,883224.9


Average Weekly Wage by Industry

The industry that pays their employees the most is Portfolio management, paying $6,952 compared with the state average of $1,162. Investment banking and securities dealing ($5,243) and Commodity contracts dealing ($5,181) round out the top 3 industries.
Table: Wages by Industry
IndustryWkly Wage% of Avg
Portfolio management$6,952598.3
Investment banking and securities dealing$5,243451.2
Commodity contracts dealing$5,181445.9
Miscellaneous intermediation$4,458383.6
Securities brokerage$3,965341.2
Securities and commodity exchanges$3,786325.8
Open-end investment funds$3,752322.9
Investment advice$3,672316.0
Spectator sports$3,583308.3
All other financial investment activities$3,542304.8


Company Size

Illinois Businesses by Size

The solopreneur company, has the most businesses in Illinois by far. 64.5% of all businesses in the state have fewer than 5 employees. The 347,361 small businesses in the state represent 95.1% of all private businesses. The national average is 92.6%. (Small businesses have fewer than 50 employees, Solopreneurs employ fewer than 5.) The pie chart below illustrates the ratio of business sizes.

Illinois Employees by Business Size

The largest companies in the state represent 206.0% of all employees, which is 67.6% higher than the national average of 138.4%. Smallest companies also employ a lower percentage of the states workforce than the largest companies. The solopreneur (those that employ fewer than 5) companies employ 85.4% of all workers, which is 6.1% lower than the national average of 91.5%. All small companies, those employing fewer than 50 people, represent 516.3% of the labor force in the state, 33.7% less than the national average of 550.0%.

Illinois Avg Weekly Wages by Business Size

The smallest companies in Illinois (those with fewer than 5 employees) pay workers 6.8% more than the national average ($1,046 per week as compared to the national average of $975 per week). The largest companies in Illinois (those with more than 1,000 employees) pay 9.5% workers below the national average ($1,718 per week as compared to the national average of $1,882 per week).



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About the Writer

This page was created and is maintained by Kurt Tietjen, Founder of Stavera, High Peak Media & HomeGearWorks.com. Kurt is an executive, data scientist and software engineer who holds an MBA in Management Information Systems. In 2010, he partnered with scientists at Northwestern University to launch The Street Wire. This was one of the first mainstream uses of what would become “Narrative Science”, an artificial intelligence platform specializing in natural language generation. You can contact Kurt on LinkedIn here.