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Critic Salary
in Chicago, Illinois

$70,164 (USD)

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Last updated: May 24, 2019

Salary Recap

The average pay for a Critic is $70,164 a year and $34 an hour in Chicago, Illinois, United States. The average salary range for a Critic is between $50,537 and $86,441. This compensation analysis is based on salary survey data collected directly from employers and anonymous employees in Chicago, Illinois.

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Job Summary

  • Writes critical reviews of literary, musical, or artistic works and performances for broadcast and publication: attends art exhibitions, musical or dramatic performances, reads books, or previews motion picture or television presentations.
  • Analyzes factors such as theme, expression, and technique, and makes comparisons to other works and standards.
  • Forms critical opinions based on personal knowledge, judgment, and experience.
  • Organizes material to emphasize prominent features, and writes review.
  • Presents oral review in live or recorded form when working in broadcasting medium.
  • May enter information into computer to prepare reviews.
  • May be designated according to field of specialization as art critic; book critic; drama critic; movie critic; music critic.
Critic Job Prevalence in Chicago, Illinois, United States

Job family: Writers and Authors

Job family population: 45,300

Estimated population of Critic jobs: 2,280

Rate of error: 1.9%

Salary Potential

Estimated salary in 2024:
5 Year Change:
16 %


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Description: Chicago ( (listen), locally also ), officially the City of Chicago, is the most populous city in Illinois, as well as the third most populous city in the United States. With an estimated population of 2,716,450 (2017), it is the most populous city in the Midwest. Chicago is the principal city of the Chicago metropolitan area, often referred to as Chicagoland, and the county seat of Cook County, the second most populous county in the United States. The metropolitan area, at nearly 10 million people, is the third-largest in the United States. Located on the shores of freshwater Lake Michigan, Chicago was incorporated...

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