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Registered nurse salary in Chicago, IL

How much does a Registered Nurse make in Chicago, IL?

Average base salary

as national average
Average $42.46
Low $28.46
High $63.36
$12,000per year
Non-cash benefit
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The average salary for a registered nurse is $42.46 per hour in Chicago, IL and $12,000 overtime per year.2.2k salaries reported, updated at December 1, 2023

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Salaries by years of experience in Chicago, IL

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Less than 1 year
1 to 2 years
3 to 5 years
6 to 9 years
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Top companies for Registered Nurses in Chicago, IL

  1. Trusted Health
    52 reviews66 salaries reported
    $71.54per hour
  2. $49.03per hour
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Highest paying cities for Registered Nurses near Chicago, IL

  1. Springfield, IL
    $63.74 per hour
    322 salaries reported
  2. Peoria, IL
    $57.49 per hour
    696 salaries reported
  3. Aurora, IL
    $48.17 per hour
    94 salaries reported
  1. Hoffman Estates, IL
    $46.00 per hour
    31 salaries reported
  2. Rockford, IL
    $44.44 per hour
    237 salaries reported
  3. Elgin, IL
    $43.11 per hour
    149 salaries reported
  1. Chicago, IL
    $42.46 per hour
    2.2k salaries reported
  2. Geneva, IL
    $41.00 per hour
    84 salaries reported
  3. Bloomington, IL
    $40.51 per hour
    95 salaries reported
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Where can a Registered Nurse earn more?

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Best-paid skills and qualifications for Registered Nurses

Most recommended certification

Infection Control Certification

(earn +39.73% more)

The jobs requiring this certification have increase by 414.99% since 2018. Registered Nurses with this certification earn +39.73% more than the average base salary, which is $42.46 per hour.

Job Trend
YearNumber of job openings on Indeed requiring this certificationChange from previous year
2012366increase by 366
20131493increase by 307.92%
20141767increase by 18.35%
20151812increase by 2.55%
20161206decrease by 33.44%
2017434decrease by 64.01%
2018347decrease by 20.05%
20191787increase by 414.99%

Top companies hiring Registered Nurses with the recommended certification

West Suburban Medical Center
US Department of Veterans Affairs
Cook County Health & Hospitals System
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Rush University Medical Center
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Top schools offering Infection Control Certification

Hard Hat Training

10 reviews
Top skills
ICD Coding
Top fields of study
Public Health Degree
Top licenses

More critical skills and qualifications that pay well

Top SkillsSalaryJob openingsCompanies
16 jobs22
1,713 jobs12,686
102 jobs887
98 jobs207
239 jobs620
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Most common benefits for Registered Nurses

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • 403(b)
  • AD&D insurance
  • Continuing education credits
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Free parking
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Housing stipend
  • License reimbursement
  • Life insurance
  • Loan repayment program
  • Mileage reimbursement
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Paid sick time
  • Paid time off
  • Paid training
  • Pet insurance
  • Referral program
  • Relocation assistance
  • Retirement plan
  • Travel reimbursement
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance
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Salary satisfaction

Based on 4,450 ratings

63% of Registered Nurses in the United States think their salaries are enough for the cost of living in their area.

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Average $2,823 per week

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Common questions about salaries for a Registered Nurse

What kind of nurses get paid the most?

A certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) is one of the highest-paid nursing specialties. Registered nurses need additional certification in order to pursue this career path.

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What kind of nurses get paid the least?

Licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) and Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) have the least education requirements among nurses and therefore tend to make lower incomes than other nursing specialties. LVNs and LPNs can increase their income by getting an associate degree or a bachelor's degree in nursing.

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How much does a registered nurse make after 5 years?

A registered nurse with 5 years of experience will make $35.93 per hour on average in the U.S.

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