Wage Data

The Rockford Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) offers a strong workforce with competitive wages in key occupations. The State of Illinois updates these figures on a routine basis.

The document features salary data for entry, median and experienced career levels.

Occupational Salaries

Select annual mean salaries for the Rockford Region for the year 2020.

OccupationAnnual Mean Salary
Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technician$58,980
Architectural and Engineering Managers$116,050
Brickmasons and Blockmasons$67,630
Calibration Technologists and Technicians and Engineering Technologists and
Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other
Computer Network Architects$88,100
Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Tool Operators $38,840
Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Tool Programmers$52,380
Computer Systems Analysts$66,440
Education Administrators, Kindergarten through Secondary$91,840
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$83,150
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$48,450
Industrial Machinery Mechanics$53,720
Marketing Managers$107,630
Mechanical Engineers$84,260
Medical and Health Services Managers$112,350
Metal-Refining Furnace Operators and Tenders$63,210
Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines$77,330
Network and Computer Systems Administrators$87,490
Nurse Practitioners$118,100
Physician Assistants$117,180
Rolling Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$60,400
Tool and Die Makers$50,370

Source: Bureau of Labor and Statistics 2020

Salaries in the Rockford Region can be lower than other comparably sized cities; this is due to a lower cost of living for the area. Compare the Rockford Region’s cost of living to other cities throughout the US.

Cost of Living Comparison

2021 annual average costs include housing, food, utilities, transportation, miscelaneous good, and health care.

Metro AreaComposite Index
Birmingham, AL95.4
Tucson, AZ102.4
Little Rock, AR95.6
San Diego, CA146.3
Denver, CO114.7
Washington, DC154.4
Quad Cities (Davenport-Bettendorf-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL)89.8
Bloomington, IL94.9
Champaign-Urbana, IL89.8
Chicago, IL120
Rockford, IL92.9
Springfield, IL96.2
Indianapolis, IN91.6
Detroit, MI103.8
Minneapolis, MN102.5
St. Louis, MO87.7
New York (Manhattan), NY172.6
Chapel Hill, NC105.8
Raleigh, NC92.6
Cleveland, OH92.4
Portland, OR127.5
Pittsburg, PA100.7
Memphis, TN85.9
Austin, TX101.3
Seattle, WA149.4
Madison, WI105.8
Milwaukee, WI98.5

Source: C2ER