Tech Salaries in Chicago

Our 2022 Tech Salary Guide gives both tech professionals and hiring managers information about trends shaping tech salaries in Chicago in 2022.

In this guide you will find:

  • 2022 Chicago tech salaries for 120+ tech roles
  • Industry trends and insights from our Staffing Experts
  • Remote geographical salary variances

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What is the average tech salary in Chicago for software developers?

The average tech salary in Chicago is $115,000 but this varies significantly based on location, industry and company size. Download our guide to find the salary range in your role.


Why are Chicago tech salaries increasing?

Home to a growing mix of startups, incubators, accelerators and major tech corporations, Chicago’s tech hub offers thousands of employment opportunities for tech workers with the right qualifications. From 2010 through 2019, tech employment in Illinois grew by 15.6%, more than 5% over the national growth average. Demand is expected to continue increasing due to two main factors:

1. The leading trade association for the global information technology industry recently announced that 13 influential business leaders from the Chicagoland area will serve as executive council members for its Emerging Technology Community in 2021. The community identifies and promotes business opportunities in innovations such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, drones, the internet of things and 5G wireless technology with direct influences on tech salaries in the Chicago area.

2. As VCs are vetting startups digitally, as opposed to in-person, many coastal investors from Silicon Valley or New York are discovering and investing in midwest startups. This new reality will cause an inevitable increase in technology salaries and further tech professional demand in cities like Chicago.


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