Registered Nurses in Illinois earn an average annual salary of $74,560 per year (or $35.85 per hour) as of May 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 80% of Illinois RNs earn between $52,470 and $103,210.
On average, RNs in Illinois earn about 7% less than the national average salary for nurses $80,010 (or $38.47 per hour).
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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 in 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.
|State||Avg. RN Salary||Avg. RN Salary (adjusted for COL)||Local Estimates|
|Illinois||$74,560||$78,484||Get Local Estimates|
|Nationwide||$80,010||-||Get Local Estimates|
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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 $77,970. Those within Kankakee can expect to earn a very similar salary of about $75,460.
|Metro Area||RNs Employed||Avg. RN Salary|
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Average RN salary vs similar healthcare professions in Illinois
With a $74,560 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 $97,060-$112,060, according to the BLS.
Here is a sample of these other types of healthcare professions compare to RN salaries in Illinois:
|Profession||# Employed||Avg. Salary|
|LPNs / LVNs||19,630||$54,580|
|Nurse Practitioners||6,890||$112, 060|
Job outlook for Registered Nurses in Illinois
About 127,450 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.