Doctor of Nursing Practice Salary in Illinois

Predicted job growth rates for advanced nurses in Illinois exceed the overall average job growth rate by as much as 3.7-fold between 2012 and 2022 according to the state’s Department of Employment Security:

  • Nurse Educators – 3.7 times the average rate
  • Nurse Practitioners – 3 times the average rate
  • Nurse-Midwives – 2.1 times the average rate
  • Nurse Anesthetists – 2 times the average rate
  • Nurse Administrators – 1.6 times the average rate
  • Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners – 1.1 times the average rate
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The projected demand for RNs will exceed supply according to a 2014 workforce survey by the Illinois Center for Nursing. Acute care, long-term care, and community-based care settings will provide most of the estimated job growth.

Nearly 53,000 RNs who were completing their renewal online responded to this survey. Of these respondents, 129 RNs had earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). More than half of those who responded with their age were at or near retirement age:

  • Age 65+ – 10%
  • Age 55-64 – 54%
  • Age 45-54 – 24%
  • Age 35-44 – 12%

Fortunately, a tremendous number of students in Illinois sought the high-level training afforded by a DNP in 2015 according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The AACN reported that 2,049 students enrolled in DNP programs in Illinois that year. The number of students seeking a DNP in Illinois exceeded those pursuing a PhD by more than 12-fold, thus demonstrating the value of this practice-based doctorate.

A DNP offers the assurance of high salaries as shown by an Advance Healthcare Network survey of nurse practitioners in the country in 2014. The Network identified a 13% salary increase for NPs with a DNP compared to those with an MSN as their highest degree.

Statewide Salary Data for DNP-Educated APRNs and More in Illinois

DNP-educated nurses in all their various roles are consistently recognized for earning top salaries (Illinois Department of Employment Security, 2014):

  • Nurse Anesthetists – $177,979
  • Nurse Administrators – $126,241
  • Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners – $105,956
  • Nurse-Midwives – $100,496
  • Nurse Practitioners – $99,763
  • Nurse Educators – $78,905

Salaries for DNP Nurses in the Major Cities of Illinois

The Illinois Department of Employment Security provides salary information for DNP-educated advanced nursing professionals in the most populated cities in the state (2014):

Nurse Anesthetists:

  • Peoria – $212,558
  • Bloomington – $211,089
  • Chicago – $150,534

Nurse Administrators and Executives:

  • Champaign-Urbana – $139,315
  • Bloomington – $135,950
  • Chicago – $130,766
  • Springfield – $128,965
  • Rockford – $114,003

Nurse Practitioners:

  • Chicago – $103,010
  • Bloomington – $99,710
  • Peoria – $99,520
  • Champaign-Urbana – $99,225
  • Springfield – $76,759

Other Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners:

  • Chicago – $100,327
  • Springfield – $80,081


  • Chicago – $100,157

Nurse Educators:

  • Rockford – $91,091

An Overview of Salaries for Illinois’ DNP-Educated Nurses as Published by the US Department of Labor

The US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics provides an overview of the annual and hourly salaries for Illinois’s nurses earning within the 75th and 90th percentiles to best represent earnings for DNP nurses (2014):

Hourly 75th percentile wage
Annual 75th percentile wage
Medical and Health Services Managers
Nursing Instructors and Teachers Postsecondary
Not available
Nurse Anesthetists
Nurse Midwives
Nurse Practitioners
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners All Other

*These values are equal to or greater than $90 an hour and $187,199 per year. The US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics does not report salary data higher than these values.

This page includes salaries that fall within the 75th and 90th percentiles for each nursing role to account for the fact that DNP-educated nurses are recognized as earning more than master’s-prepared nurses in the same roles.

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