Registered Nurse Salary in Illinois

The average reported registered nurse (RN) salary in Illinois for 2020 is $73510 per year, with an hourly wage of $35.17 per hour. Numbers you see are the average of all data collected from reputable websites like ZipRecruiter, PayScale, Glassdoor, Indeed,, and BLS. Data is reasonably accurate for 2020, while we will need to wait for a few months for 2021 data.

When you check many popular websites and compare the average registered nurse salary in Illinois, you will notice that salary ranges wildly. The reason for this is the fact that those websites collect data that their users submit. Take all those numbers with a pinch of salt because your salary may (and will) be different. Here is a chart comparison of all reported RN salaries for 2020:

RN Salary in Illinois

According to many psychologists, women, on average, earn less compared with men in Illinois. The main reason for this is agreeableness and lack of negotiation skills. You need to negotiate your salary! If you are not confident, I would personally recommend you few courses that will help you overcome this issue, so check this page for more information.

The latest crisis with the COVID-19 showed us the state of healthcare globally and in the US. BLS website reports that we will need more healthcare workers, nurses in particular, and expect positive growth (up to 20% in some cases) for all nursing jobs. This means that you have a chance to negotiate for a better salary in Illinois.

RN Salaries by Year of Experience in Illinois

We have collected the following statistics for the average registered nurse salary in Illinois based on years of experience. Those statistics are including tips, bonuses, and overtime for all experience groups.

An entry-level RN nurse with less than one year of experience reportedly earns around $28.67 per hour. Compared to the nation average of $35 per hour that is -18.08%. RNs with one to four years of experience can expect an hourly rate of $30.05. When compared to the norm, this is -14.14%.

Registered nurses with five to nine years of experience working in the field should expect in Illinois around $33.52 per hour. If you compare this with the nation average, it is about -4.22%. Late career nurses with ten to fifteen years of experience should expect an hourly rate of $37.57. This is 7.34% compared to the nation average. RNs with more than 20 years of experience earn the most in Illinois, about $41.07 per hour, 17.34% compared to the average RN salary in the US.

Illinois Hourly Rate vs Nation Average

TOP 10 Highest Paying Cities for RNs in Illinois

We have created the following list of the top 10 highest paying cities for registered nurses in the Illinois. On the top of the list is Rockford, closely followed by Naperville and Chicago. Compared with the Illinois average salary, Rockford registered nurses can expect a slightly higher salary than average.

When you compare yearly registered nurse salaries in the Illinois, Rockford has a 2.77% compared to the national average. Naperville closely follows it with a -3.51% difference to the average. If you live in the Chicago, you can expect a salary that is -4.02% compared to the US average. In the worst position are RNs working in Aurora, Effingham, and Champaign, where they may expect a salary that is -14.54%, -15.2%, and -16.65% compared to the average yearly wage in the US, respectively.

Top 10 Cities in Illinois vs National Average

RN Salary in Illinois Compared to Nationwide

While we can see the salaries of RNs in Illinois can range from $49518 to $81947, most of the registered nurses have salaries in the range of $55623 to $68800. The difference between those two paychecks is significant, so you should invest in yourself. Even if you are satisfied with your current salary, you should check additional courses. For example, registered nurses with Infection Control Certification earn 39% more than base pay.

RN Salary Illinois BLS Data

When compared to nationwide pay of $73300, registered nurses in Illinois earn $73510. Of course, nurses in California, Florida, and New York make much more, but they have much higher expenses. Even though 68% of RNs say that they are satisfied with the job and salary, you would find a use for a few extra bucks. The easiest way to secure your future is to invest in yourself. Apply for certificates whenever you can spend some time learning new things and check selected courses.

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