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15.3% Jobs Projection
$72,250 Median Salary
8,690 Job Openings

You’re in luck! Jobs for Registered Nurses in Illinois are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.

  • Projected employment for Registered Nurses in Illinois is growing faster than average.

  • Registered Nurses in Illinois earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Registered Nurses Work in Illinois?

In Illinois, there were 129,400 people working as Registered Nurses in the year 2018.

There were 123,100 Registered Nurses employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 6,300 jobs between 2017 and 2018.


The typical state has 43,110 Registered Nurses working in it, which means Illinois has more Registered Nurses than average.


Job Projections for Illinois

Jobs for Registered Nurses in this state are growing at a rate of 15.3% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 14.8%.


Illinois Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates there will be 8,690 annual job openings, and 144,160 total jobs in 2026 for Registered Nurses in this state.

Nationwide, the prediction is 203,700 annual jobs and 3,393,200 total jobs in 2026.

What do Registered Nurses Make in Illinois?

In 2018 wages for Registered Nurses ranged from $51,190 to $101,650 with $72,250 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $24.61 to $48.87. The median hourly rate was $34.74.

Workers in this field were paid a median of $33.74 an hour in 2017.

The hourly rate grew by $1.00.

The median salary in Illinois is higher than the nationwide median salary.


Top Illinois Metros for Registered Nurses

The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Registered Nurses.

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 98,790 $76,290
St. Louis, MO-IL 36,770 $64,460
Peoria, IL 5,550 $63,440
Rockford, IL 3,850 $62,650
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 3,840 $54,230
Springfield, IL 3,090 $65,670
Champaign-Urbana, IL 2,240 $59,160
Carbondale-Marion, IL 1,850 $63,110
Kankakee, IL 1,540 $69,840
Cape Girardeau, MO-IL 1,470 $56,490
Bloomington, IL 1,380 $62,110
Decatur, IL 1,180 $59,150
Danville, IL 640 $68,040

Top States for Registered Nurses Employment

The table below shows the states where most Registered Nurses work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
California 294,510 $104,410
Texas 210,350 $72,000
New York 182,490 $85,300
Florida 177,600 $64,400
Pennsylvania 148,520 $69,170
Illinois 129,400 $72,250
Ohio 125,380 $64,200
North Carolina 102,500 $62,940
Michigan 96,680 $70,590
Massachusetts 80,630 $86,860
New Jersey 79,530 $81,820
Georgia 76,640 $67,870
Missouri 71,770 $62,270
Minnesota 69,000 $77,940
Indiana 67,870 $62,330
Virginia 64,750 $68,000
Tennessee 60,360 $60,120
Wisconsin 59,030 $70,150
Washington 56,290 $79,920
Arizona 54,690 $75,770

Below are the states where Registered Nurses get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
Hawaii $105,300
California $104,410
Oregon $91,220
District of Columbia $88,800
Alaska $87,650
Massachusetts $86,860
New York $85,300
Nevada $85,210
New Jersey $81,820
Connecticut $79,920

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