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2021 Highest Paid Special Education Graduates in Illinois

455 Bachelor's Degrees
$39,900 Avg Salary
$25,625 Avg Student Debt

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Highest Paid Special Education Graduates in IllinoisWith 455 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, special education is the #40 most popular major in Illinois. This means that 5.1% of the degrees earned in the country were from a school in the state. Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Highest Paid Special Ed Graduates ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

This year's Highest Paid Special Education Graduates in Illinois ranking analyzed 8 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in special ed.

The numbers used in this ranking are early career salaries, which we define to be 10 years after a student started college. This is the salary typically earned 4-6 years after graduation, but may be different depending on how long a person takes to complete their degree.

Salaries of Special Education Majors After Graduation

The average special education major who graduates from a school in Illinois earns about $39,900 per year during the early years of their career. That's right on par with the typical salary of a bachelor's degree holder with a degree from any field.

Nationwide, the average salary for graduates with a bachelor's degree in special ed is $36,194. This means that degree holders from schools in Illinois make 10% more than their countrywide peers.

Average Salary for Special Ed Graduates from Schools in Illinois  39,900
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Average Salary for Special Ed Graduates from Schools Nationwide  36,194
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National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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2021 Highest Paid Special Education Grads in Illinois

The following colleges produce the highest paid special ed graduates.

Top 10 Best Schools for Highly Paid Special Ed Graduates in Illinois

Illinois State University landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid special education school. Illinois State is a very large public school located in the medium-sized suburb of Normal. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in special ed from the school is $42,600.

While working on their bachelor's, special ed majors at Illinois State accumulate an average of around $20,930 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $223.

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Located in the small city of Champaign, UIUC is a public school with a very large student population. Special Ed majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $42,100.

On average, special ed graduates from UIUC take out $19,579 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $223.

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Our rankings recognize University of St Francis as the #2 school in this year's rankings. University of Saint Francis is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Joliet.

After completing their bachelor's degree, special ed graduates from University of Saint Francis carry an average student debtload of $25,399.

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The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Northern Illinois University. NIU is a large public school located in the suburb of Dekalb. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in special ed from the school is $41,700.

On average, special ed graduates from NIU take out $24,001 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $270, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Loyola University Chicago comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Chicago, Loyola Chicago is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

While working on their bachelor's, special ed majors at Loyola Chicago accumulate an average of around $23,503 in student debt.

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Bradley University

Peoria, IL

Our rankings recognize Bradley University as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Peoria, Bradley is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population. Special Ed majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $40,000.

After completing their bachelor's degree, special ed graduates from Bradley carry an average student debtload of $25,872. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $280, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Western Illinois University. Located in the remote town of Macomb, WIU is a public college with a medium-sized student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in special ed from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $39,400.

The average amount in student loans that special ed majors at WIU take out while working on their bachelor's is $26,883. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $280, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Southern Illinois University Carbondale landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid special education school. SIUC is a fairly large public school located in the city of Carbondale. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, special ed majors make an average salary of $38,700.

On average, special ed graduates from SIUC take out $22,781 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree.

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Our rankings recognize Northeastern Illinois University as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Northeastern Illinois University is a medium-sized public school located in the city of Chicago.

Special Ed majors at Northeastern Illinois University take out an average of $22,511 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree.

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Elmhurst University

Elmhurst, IL

Elmhurst University landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid special education school. Located in the large suburb of Elmhurst, Elmhurst is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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Best Special Education Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

Explore all the Best Special Education Schools in the Great Lakes Area or other specific states within that region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Michigan 255 274
Ohio 246 843
Indiana 227 261
Wisconsin 209 271

Special Education is one of 14 different types of Education programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 1,881
Teacher Education Subject Specific 924
General Education 85
Multilingual Education 13
Educational Assessment 7

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Notes and References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
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