Average RN salaries in Illinois can vary on a number of things. On a national average, RNs in Illinois can expect to earn an estimated annual salary of $73,510 per year (or $35.34 per hour) as of May 2019, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The cost of living in a region can impact what nurses tend to earn in those areas. Illinois has a Cost of Living Index of 95.8 in Q3 2020, so nurses can expect cheaper prices for food, housing, and transportation compared to other states. The lower cost of living makes it understandable that their earnings would also be slightly lower than the national average.
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Average RN Salary In Illinois Cities
Illinois RN salaries vary across the state. The highest-paying regions for RNs include the Chicago metropolitan, with average RN salaries at around $77,430. Springfield is coming in second at $70,090. Those within Kanakee can expect to earn a very similar salary of about $70,370.
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Average RN salary vs similar healthcare professions in Illinois
With a $73,510 average annual salary, RNs in Illinois earn slightly less than other healthcare workers in the state. Across these professions, “Nurse Practitioners” and “Physical Therapists” in Illinois earn an average salary ranging between $91,750-$107,860, according to the BLS.
Here is a sample of these other types of healthcare professions compare to RN salaries in Illinois:
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|LPNs / LVNs||19,930||$53,290|
Job outlook for Registered Nurses in Illinois
About 133,930 Registered Nurses are in Illinois. More jobs are expected to become available for RNs in Illinois. RN positions are projected to increase by 12.4% from 2018 to 2028. This an increase of 16,660 new RNs in Illinois in the coming years.
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