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Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Salary in Illinois - IL

Different statistics available from a wide range of sources indicate that Illinois could be a good place for aspiring advanced practice nurses (APNs) in the psychiatric and mental health (PMH) field. These nurses in Illinois use the title clinical nurse specialist (CNS) in psychiatric and mental health (PMH) or CNS–PMH. The Keiser Family Foundation’s, www.statehealthfacts.org, reports that Illinois has 21.4% of its population living in mental health professional shortage areas. That means 2.76 million people in Illinois are underserved in this important field. The same website has one more telling statistic – the total number of nurse practitioners per 100,000 citizens is 29 versus a US average of 51 per 100,000 as of 2009.

Another website reporting state related data, www.statemaster.com, mentions that mental health state expenditure per capita in IL is $64 whereas the US average is $84.78. It also reports that the Health Index for Illinois is -1.17 vs. the national average of 2.1.

In light of these combined facts it becomes apparent that APNs including CNS–PMHs are likely to see continued growth in Illinois in the coming years.

Their salaries in the state are lucrative as well. These salaries depend on the experience, sub-specialty, and facility of practice in addition to location. www.indeed.com, a widely used website for reporting salaries based on current openings showed the following salaries for psychiatric nurse practitioners in Illinois

  • Metro area of Joliet – $107,000 - 9% higher than national average
  • Chicago – $100,000 – 3% higher than national average
  • Rockford – $88,000
  • Aurora – $82,000

The average psychiatric nurse practitioner salary in Illinois was $104,000, which is 7% higher than the national average as of February 10, 2011.  

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