2023 Chicago IT Salary Figures

Motion’s 2023 Chicago Tech Salary Guide has arrived. Get compensation info on over 120 specific job titles as well as trends and advice from our team of tech industry experts. Hiring managers and job candidates alike, download your free copy here.


Chicago IT Salaries and Tech Market Insights for 2023


Continuing to be a strong sector in Chicago, the tech industry keeps making tremendous strides and growth in 2022 despite the uncertainty of the national economy. While salaries are normalizing, unemployment rates are below pre-pandemic levels and remote or hybrid work is increasingly accepted, so IT workers have more choices than ever on what and where they want to work. Motion's 2023 Chicago Tech Salary Guide pours through the data to give technologists in-depth insights into the most pressing topics inside the tech industry, including:

  • How the Recent Inflation and Recession Fears Have Impacted Tech Hiring
  • How to Secure Career Growth in Uncertain Times
  • Emerging Tech Industries that are Increasing Hiring
  • Advice from Experts on How to Succeed in 2023

In addition to market insider information that 30 years of experience deep inside the tech recruiting world brings, our 2023 Chicago Tech Salary Guide includes in-depth compensation averages for hundreds of IT job titles. As always, our goal is to provide you with the data and insights you need to make the right decisions in the tech job market and have the proper expectations when hiring top IT talent.


Tech Market Experts

What tech hiring or job seeking trends
do you expect to see in 2023?

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Dane Robinson
Executive Director

"The hybrid office is here to stay, and in Chicago, 2023 will be about how businesses adapt their hiring practices to this new office setup. For some, this means having workers come into the office 2-3 times a week. However, other companies will narrow their candidate search from nationally to regionally, so while an employee doesn't have to be in the Chicagoland area, they live a reasonable driving distance away for in-office strategy sessions and team building without spending on costly flights and lodging.

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Kelsey Prisby
Vice President

"For junior-level workers in the tech community, 2023 will be the year of contracting. With some companies looking to reduce costs, contracting will become a way for those getting their start in IT to get their foot in the door and establish experience. Those that thrive in that environment will then have their options open to be full-time or to continue on as a contractor in new positions.

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John Rosenbaum
Chief Information Officer

"In 2023, the tech industry will see increased spending and hiring in both Cloud Computing and Machine Learning. The increase in computing power due to the advances in quantum computing and AI has been a boon to tech companies, and continuing to advance in this sector will be key to success for many businesses.


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