Average Registered Nurse Salary in Illinois

Registered nurses in Illinois earn an average of $78,260 per year (or $37.63 per hour).

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Illinois registered nurses earn 5% lower than the national average salary for RNs, at $82,750 (or $39.78 per hour).

Registered nurse salary range in Illinois

Annual Salary Hourly Wage
90th Percentile $100,650 $48
75th Percentile $93,230 $44
Median $77,580 $37
25th Percentile $62,700 $30

80% of Illinois RNs earn between $59,640 and $100,650.

Cost-of-living adjusted registered nurse salary in Illinois

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Adjusted for cost-of-living, Illinois RNs earn about $77,870 per year. Cost-of-living in Illinois is 0% higher than the national average, meaning they face higher prices for food, housing, and transportation compared to other states.

Highest paying cities in Illinois for registered nurses

Elgin, IL $81,300 per year
Kankakee, IL $76,040 per year
Urbana, IL $74,800 per year
Springfield, IL $73,360 per year
Rockford, IL $72,830 per year
Decatur, IL $72,030 per year
Danville, IL $71,870 per year
Bloomington, IL $70,090 per year
Peoria, IL $68,630 per year
Carbondale, IL $67,960 per year

Illinois nursing salaries vary from region to region across the state. The area where registered nurses are paid the highest is Elgin, where the average RNs salary is $81,300 and 96,750 registered nurses are currently employed. The Kankakee area comes in second, with a $76,040 average RN salary and 1,300 registered nurses employed.

How much do similar professions get paid in Illinois?

Nurse Anesthetist $250,280 per year
Nurse Practitioner $120,470 per year
Nurse Midwife $115,690 per year
Physical Therapist $97,060 per year
Dental Hygienist $76,640 per year
Licensed Practical Nurse $54,580 per year
Pharmacy Technician $37,090 per year

At a $78,260 average annual salary, RNs in Illinois tend to earn less than nurse anesthetists ($250,280), nurse practitioners ($120,470), nurse midwives ($115,690), and physical therapists ($97,060). They tend to earn more than dental hygienists ($76,640), licensed practical nurses ($54,580), and pharmacy technicians ($37,090).

More about registered nurses

Registered nurses are licensed practitioners who help provide crucial care to patients in a wide variety of settings. Generally, they work under the supervision of a doctor or a nurse practitioner. Their day-to-day responsibilities depend on the specialty in which they choose to practice. Some of the most common specialties include ICU, pediatric, and medical-surgical nurses.

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