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Illinois RN Salary


RN Salary in Illinois - Earning Potential for Illinois Registered Nurses

Illinois is a big employer of RNs. The Chicago, Naperville and Joliet metropolitan district was the second largest metropolitan employer of registered nurses in the nation as of May 2010 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This area employed about 76,600 RNs. The St. Louis area was the seventh largest metropolitan employer of RNs in the country with 35,270 nurses working in this field. Jackson, Illinois had the ninth largest concentration of RNs with 1,770 registered nurses filling about 37.71 of every thousand jobs. Illinois on whole employed about 120,810 RNs for this time period. The average RN salary in Illinois was $66,660.

The median RN salary in Illinois was slightly lower than the mean, at $65,150. In this state, registered nurses with earnings in the top ten percent of their field made more than $91,810. The 75th percentile was $78,130 and the 25th percentile landed at $54,440. Illinois RNs with earnings in the bottom ten percent made less than $43,630 as of May, 2010. These statistics are very close to the national averages for RNs in this same time period. Accordingly, the average cost of living in Illinois is about 0.7% lower than the national average. The median home in Illinois costs about $178,800.

The areas with the highest RN salary in Illinois include the Lake County, IL metropolitan division and the Chicago, Naperville and Joliet metropolitan division. In both areas, the average RN salary is more than $71,000. However, the cost of living is generally higher in such areas. The cost of living in Chicago, IL is 16.2% higher than the national average, and 16.9% higher than the average cost of living in Illinois. Naperville's cost of living is 35.30% higher than the national average. Joliet is one of the more affordable options in the area with a cost of living just 3.7% above the US average.

The lowest-paying area for registered nurses in Illinois is Rock Island and Moline with an average RN salary of just $50,230. RNs with earnings in the top ten percent of their field here make more than $69,170 while those with earnings in the bottom ten percent earn less than $35,320 a year. Though this may seem discouraging, the cost of living in Rock Island is 14.4% less than the national average. In Moline, the cost of living is 12.1% lower than the US average. Before determining how far an RN salary in Illinois can go, it's always important to consider the associated costs of everyday life in that area.

What is the average pay for RN in Illinois?

The RN pay scale varies per state throughout the United States.

RN pay scale may also vary by employer.

An individual's compensation may also vary based on work experience.

Illinois RN Salaries

Illinois RNs earn an average of $64,020 per year.

Some RNs in Illinois earn up to $88,150 per year or more.

Illinois RN Hourly Wage

In 2008, the average hourly earnings of Illinois RNs was $30.78.

In some cases, RNs in Illinois earned up to $42.38 per hour or more.

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