Salaries for MSN-Educated Nurses in Illinois

RNs thinking about returning to school to earn a master’s degree are motivated in part by the direct correlation between higher education and higher salaries. The 2012 nurse salary survey conducted by the Advance Healthcare Network for Nurses clearly illustrates the financial benefits of a MSN degree in the Midwestern region of the US:

  • Bachelor’s Degree – $59,232
  • Master’s Degree – $77,090

There are 36 schools in Illinois accredited by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). According to the AACN, 5,845 Illinois nurses were enrolled in RN to MSN bridge programs in 2013 and 5,845 were studying to become Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs). Currently, only 4.8 percent of nurses in Illinois are APNs.

MSN-educated nurses also have many career options outside of the clinical environment in research, administration, education and informatics.

Regional Salaries for Nurse Practitioners in Illinois

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) annual survey of occupational wages is one of the most used indicators of US salaries. Their 2013 survey maintains that the 3,290 nurse practitioners working in Illinois earned the following:

Experience
Annual Salary
Entry-Level
$39450
Mean (Average)
$81400
75th Percentile
$97720
90th Percentile
$112680

Salaries tend to vary with location. The Illinois Department of Employment Security’s 2013 wage data report lists the following nurse practitioner annual salaries in various areas of Illinois:

Illinois Area
Entry-Level
Experienced
Statewide
$53758
$95222
Chicago MA
$70113
$96067
Rockford
$63723
$92592
Champaign-Urbana
$52305
$90041

In contrast, an RN with a baccalaureate degree earns the following in the Chicago-Joliet-Naperville Metropolitan area which the BLS maintains is the nation’s metropolitan area with the fourth highest employment level for this occupation.

  • Entry-Level – $52,893
  • Mean – $70,059
  • Experienced – $81,061

For the purpose of comparison, the following data provided by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics shows nurse practitioner salaries for different areas of Illinois:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Bloomington-Normal IL
40
58370
Cape Girardeau-Jackson MO-IL
130
91910
Champaign-Urbana IL
60
77460
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville IL Metropolitan Division
1890
87420
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville IL-IN-WI
2270
87120
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island IA-IL
110
88400
Kankakee-Bradley IL
Estimate not released
87160
Lake County-Kenosha County IL-WI Metropolitan Division
130
77060
Peoria IL
130
70470
Rockford IL
200
81250
St. Louis MO-IL
1650
85480
Springfield IL
170
56040
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area
50
88120
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area
120
81140
East Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area
50
79380
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area
90
78950

Regional Salaries for Nurse Anesthetists in Illinois

The 2013 US Bureau of Labor Statistics survey lists the following nurse anesthetist salaries for the 1,060 nurse anesthetists who were practicing in Illinois in 2013:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville IL Metropolitan Division
Estimate not released
148750
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville IL-IN-WI
670
155640
Lake County-Kenosha County IL-WI Metropolitan Division
210
163440
Peoria IL
Estimate not released
167550
St. Louis MO-IL
630
143390

The Illinois Department of Employment Security lists the following nurse anesthetist salaries for 2013:

Illinois Area
Entry-Level
Experienced
Statewide
$109049
$177842
Chicago MA
$131564
$157456
Champaign-Urbana
$69068
$179587

For the purpose of comparison, the following data provided by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics shows nurse anesthetist salaries for different areas of Illinois:

Regional Salaries for Nurse Midwives in Illinois

According to the 2013 US Bureau of Labor Statistics survey, there were only 180 nurse midwives practicing in Illinois. Their salaries were as follows:

Experience
Annual Salary
Entry-Level
$68830
Mean
$89300
75th Percentile
$105680
90th Percentile
$119410

The Illinois Department of Employment Security’s 2013 data for nurse midwife salaries in Illinois are:

Illinois Area
Entry-Level
Experienced
Statewide
$67962
$99968
Chicago MP
$63136
$99367

For the purpose of comparison, the following data provided by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics shows certified nurse midwife salaries for different areas of Illinois:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville IL Metropolitan Division
120
87290
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville IL-IN-WI
130
87550
St. Louis MO-IL
Estimate not released
85790

* These salary and wage figures are at or above $90.00 per hour and $187,199 per year. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics generally does not report annual salaries over $187,199 or hourly wages over $90.00.

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