Music Schools
In Chicago, Illinois

The city of Chicago has 12 schools where music faculty can find employment. The following statistics and charts help analyze the current state of the music academic community in Chicago, and the future trends. Academia in music includes music training at the following levels:

  • Music Certificate
  • Bachelors degree in Music
  • Masters degree in Music
  • PhD degree in Music


Professional Trends

Chicago Vs. Illinois Music Employment

Chicago 1,980
Illinois 2,780

Exactly 1,980 of Illinois' 2,780 music professionals work in Chicago. There has been a 519% growth in the number of music professionals in Chicago between the years 2006 and 2010. Overall employment in Chicago has also increased.

Chicago Vs. Illinois Music employment growth

2,630 400 460 2,740 2,780
320 340 390 2,140 1,980
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Grey: Illinois
  • Dark Yellow: Chicago

Music VS. All professions salaries in Chicago

$43,630 $43,070 $42,120 $47,790 $50,820
$43,430 $45,710 $47,740 $48,910 $49,140
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Music in Chicago
  • Dark Yellow: All Professions in Chicago

As the number of music professionals in Chicago has grown, salaries for music professionals have also increased. In 2010 Chicago music professionals earned an average yearly salary of $50,820. The average salary for music professionals in Chicago was $43,630 per year, four years earlier in 2006. The growth in the salary of music professionals in Chicago is faster than the salary trend for all careers in the city.

Salary percentiles for Music professionals in Chicago

10th percentile
25th percentile
50th percentile
75th percentile
90th percentile

Music professionals in Chicago earn a median salary of $48,620 per year. The 10% of music professionals in the lowest pay bracket earn less than $20,300 per year, while those in the highest pay bracket earn approximately $83,140 per year.

Average Salaries for Music professionals and related professions in Chicago

Music Production
Liberal Arts

On average music professionals in Chicago earn salaries that are lower than the salaries earned by other professionals in Chicago.

Educational Trends

Music schools in Chicago


Many of Chicago's music professionals are graduates of one of the 12 accredited music schools in the city.

Music Programs Offered In Chicago


There are a total of 38 degree and certificate programs in music offered by Chicago's music schools.

Student Completed Music Degrees In Chicago


In 2010 approximately 344 students graduated from music courses.

Music Faculty Salaries in Chicago, Illinois

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