Every year, the Working Poor Families Project analyzes U.S. Census data to collect key indicators about working families in the United States that are below the poverty line. Among the data are key breakdowns of the economy by low-wage and poverty-wage jobs.
As of 2015, 24.5% of Illinois jobs were in occupations with median annual pay below the poverty threshold for a family of four. This compares to 25.7% nationally. That means 24.5% of occupations in Illinois pay less than $24,250 a year.
As of 2015, 63.6% of Illinois jobs are in occupations with median annual pay below 200% of poverty threshold. This compares to 67.5% nationally. That means 63.6% of jobs in Illinois pay less than $48,500 a year.
See the graphics below for the total number of low-wage workers in Illinois as well as by race.