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Animation Schools
In Chicago, Illinois

Animation faculty can choose to work at one of 7 animation schools in Chicago. Below are statistics and other relevant data to help analyze the state of animation and animation education in Chicago, which includes animation training at the following levels:


Professional Trends

Chicago Vs. Illinois Animation Employment

Chicago 8,850
Illinois 11,190

Of the 11,190 animation professionals employed in Illinois, 8,850 work in Chicago. Between 2006 and 2010, the number of animation professionals in Chicago has grown by 19%. As the employment for animation professionals in Chicago has increased, overall employment in Chicago has also increased.

Chicago Vs. Illinois Animation employment growth

10,610 11,460 11,220 10,990 11,190
7,450 8,560 8,450 8,700 8,850
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Grey: Illinois
  • Dark Yellow: Chicago

Animation VS. All professions salaries in Chicago

$51,670 $46,550 $50,570 $53,163 $55,087
$43,430 $45,710 $47,740 $48,910 $49,140
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Animation in Chicago
  • Dark Yellow: All Professions in Chicago

As the number of animation professionals in Chicago has grown, salaries for animation professionals have also increased. In 2010 Chicago animation professionals earned an average yearly salary of $55,087. Animation professionals in Chicago made a yearly average salary of $51,670, four years earlier in 2006. The growth in the salary of animation professionals in Chicago is slower than the salary trend for all careers in the city.

Salary percentiles for Animation professionals in Chicago

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

Animation professionals in Chicago earn a median salary of $52,060 per year. The 10% of animation professionals in the lowest pay bracket earn less than $26,643 per year, while those in the highest pay bracket earn approximately $83,260 per year.

Average Salaries for Animation professionals and related professions in Chicago

Visual Communications
Graphic Design
Computer Animation
Game Development

Animation professional salaries in Chicago are, on average, higher than salaries earned for professionals in related fields.

Educational Trends

Animation schools in Chicago


There are 7 accredited animation schools in the city. Many of Chicago's animation professionals are graduates of one of these schools.

Animation Programs Offered In Chicago


There are a total of 10 degree and certificate programs in animation offered by Chicago's animation schools.

Student Completed Animation Degrees In Chicago


Approximately 124 students completed animation courses in 2010.

Animation Faculty Salaries in Chicago, Illinois

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