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Thursday, May 31, 2018

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Occupational Employment and Wages for Selected Nursing Occupations in Illinois’ Metropolitan Areas — May 2017

Among the 13 metropolitan areas located entirely or partially in Illinois, 11 had annual wages that were significantly below the national average for registered nurses, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Seven areas had below-average wages for both nursing assistants and nurse practitioners. Five areas had below-average wages for licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses. Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Charlene Peiffer noted that five areas had above-average wages for at least one of the selected occupations: Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, Bloomington, Danville, Kankakee, and Rockford. Nationwide, the average (mean) wage for registered nurses was $73,550; for nursing assistants, $28,540; for licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses, $45,710; and for nurse practitioners, $107,480. (See table A. For comprehensive definitions of metropolitan areas in Illinois, please see Technical Note.)

Table A. Average (mean) annual wages for selected nursing occupations in the United States, Illinois, and metropolitan areas in Illinois, May 2017
Area Registered nurses Nursing assistants Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses Nurse practitioners

United States

$73,550 $28,540 $45,710 $107,480

Illinois

72,090* 27,770* 49,320* 101,960*

Bloomington

64,670* 25,510* 47,830* 99,850*

Cape Girardeau

57,750* 24,130* 38,950* 102,950

Carbondale-Marion

64,450* 27,320 40,420* 97,080

Champaign-Urbana

69,000 26,000* 43,270 95,670*

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin

75,570* 28,730 52,940* 103,170*

Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights

76,640* 29,130 54,450* 102,830*

Elgin

72,370 27,630 50,950* 102,960

Lake County-Kenosha County

74,710 28,970 50,250* 99,130*

Danville

65,770* 31,190 49,360* (1)

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island

53,750* 26,740* 42,760* 97,680*

Decatur

61,880* 23,690* 44,400 111,750

Kankakee

70,290* 27,730 49,530* 103,760

Peoria

62,250* 25,430* 45,650 98,490*

Rockford

65,550* 28,170 49,970* 102,120*

Springfield

64,810* 27,490 42,610* 104,480

St. Louis

65,910* 26,770* 44,780* 95,100*

Footnotes:
(1) Data not available.

Note: An asterisk indicates that the mean annual wage for this area is significantly different from the national average of all areas at the 90-percent confidence level.

The Chicago-Naperville-Elgin area had a combined employment of 148,730 in the four selected nursing occupations, the largest among the 13 metropolitan areas located entirely or partially in the state. Over 79 percent (118,080) of those jobs were located in one of the area’s three divisions, Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights. Another division, Lake County-Kenosha County, had 10,740 jobs in the selected nursing occupations. With the exception of St. Louis (64,150), combined employment for the four nursing occupations was less than 8,100 in the remaining metropolitan areas for which data were available in Illinois. (See table B. The Chicago-Naperville-Elgin area’s other division, Gary, Ind., contains no counties in Illinois, and the data have not been presented in this release.)

Table B. Employment of selected nursing occupations in the United States, Illinois, and metropolitan areas in Illinois, May 2017
Area Registered nurses Nursing assistants Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses Nurse practitioners

United States

2,906,840 1,453,670 702,700 166,280

Illinois

123,100 61,390 19,790 4,610

Bloomington

1,360 870 250 110

Cape Girardeau

1,580 880 430 80

Carbondale-Marion

1,890 860 400 30

Champaign-Urbana

2,280 1,160 430 110

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin

93,710 39,640 12,060 3,320

Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights

75,320 31,170 9,340 2,250

Elgin

4,650 2,190 630 220

Lake County-Kenosha County

6,510 3,080 880 270

Danville

670 390 120 (1)

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island

3,670 2,230 670 220

Decatur

1,130 940 410 50

Kankakee

1,490 1,170 320 80

Peoria

4,520 2,270 970 250

Rockford

3,670 2,170 540 260

Springfield

3,340 1,250 680 170

St. Louis

36,670 18,970 6,440 2,070

Footnotes:
(1) Data not available.

Wages for registered nurses in metropolitan areas in Illinois

Registered nurses in the Chicago-Naperville-Elgin metropolitan area earned $75,570 per year, significantly above the U.S. average of $73,550. Wages were significantly below the national average for this occupation in 11 of the 13 metropolitan areas in Illinois, with wages ranging from $70,290 in Kankakee to $53,750 in Davenport-Moline-Rock Island.

Wages for nursing assistants in metropolitan areas in Illinois

Seven metropolitan areas had annual mean wages for nursing assistants that were significantly lower than the national average of $28,540, ranging from $26,770 in St. Louis to $23,690 in Decatur. The remaining six areas had wages that were not measurably different from the U.S. average.

Wages for licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses in metropolitan areas in Illinois

Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses in five metropolitan areas had wages that were significantly higher than the U.S. average of $45,710, ranging from $52,940 in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin to $47,830 in Bloomington. Five metropolitan areas had mean annual wages significantly below the national average, ranging from $44,780 in St. Louis to $38,950 in Cape Girardeau. Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses in the remaining areas earned wages that were not measurably different from the national average for this occupation.

Wages for nurse practitioners in metropolitan areas in Illinois

Seven metropolitan areas had average wages for nurse practitioners that were significantly lower than the $107,480 national average. Wages in these areas ranged from $103,170 in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin to $95,100 in St. Louis. Nurse practitioners in the remaining areas where data were available earned wages that were not measurably different from the U.S. average.

These statistics are from the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey, a federal-state cooperative program between BLS and State Workforce Agencies, in this case, the Illinois Department of Employment Security, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, the Iowa Workforce Development, the Missouri Division of Employment Security, and the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.

Note

A value that is statistically different from another does not necessarily mean that the difference has economic or practical significance. Statistical significance is concerned with the ability to make confident statements about a universe based on a sample. It is entirely possible that a large difference between two values is not significantly different statistically, while a small difference is, since both the size and heterogeneity of the sample affect the relative error of the data being tested.


Technical Note

The Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey is a semiannual survey measuring occupational employment and wage rates for wage and salary workers in nonfarm establishments in the United States. The OES data available from BLS include cross-industry occupational employment and wage estimates for the nation; over 650 areas, including states and the District of Columbia, metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs), metropolitan divisions, nonmetropolitan areas, and territories; national industry-specific estimates at the NAICS sector, 3-, 4-, and selected 5- and 6-digit industry levels; and national estimates by ownership across all industries and for schools and hospitals. OES data are available at www.bls.gov/oes/tables.htm.

OES estimates are constructed from a sample of about 1.2 million establishments. Each year, two semiannual panels of approximately 200,000 sampled establishments are contacted, one panel in May and the other in November. Responses are obtained by mail, Internet or other electronic means, email, telephone, or personal visit. The May 2017 estimates are based on responses from six semiannual panels collected over a 3-year period: May 2017, November 2016, May 2016, November 2015, May 2015, and November 2014. The overall national response rate for the six panels, based on the 50 states and the District of Columbia, is 72 percent based on establishments and 68 percent based on weighted sampled employment. The unweighted employment of sampled establishments across all six semiannual panels represents approximately 58 percent of total national employment. For more information about OES concepts and methodology, go to www.bls.gov/news.release/ocwage.tn.htm.

The May 2017 OES estimates are based on the 2010 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system and the 2017 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). Information about the 2010 SOC is available on the BLS website at www.bls.gov/soc and information about the 2017 NAICS is available at www.bls.gov/bls/naics.htm.

Metropolitan area definitions

The substate area data published in this release reflect the standards and definitions established by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.

  • Bloomington, Ill. Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) includes DeWitt and McLean Counties in Illinois.
  • Cape Girardeau, Mo.-Ill. MSA includes Alexander County in Illinois and Bollinger and Cape Girardeau Counties in Missouri.
  • Carbondale-Marion, Ill. MSA includes Jackson and Williamson Counties in Illinois.
  • Champaign-Urbana, Ill. MSA includes Champaign, Ford, and Piatt Counties in Illinois.
  • Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, Ill.-Ind.-Wis. MSA includes the following:
    • Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, Ill. Metropolitan Division includes the following: Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kendall, McHenry, and Will Counties in Illinois.
    • Elgin, Ill. Metropolitan Division includes DeKalb and Kane Counties in Illinois.
    • Gary, Ind. Metropolitan Division includes the following: Jasper, Lake, Newton, and Porter Counties in Indiana.
    • Lake County-Kenosha County, Ill.-Wis. Metropolitan Division includes the following: Lake County in Illinois and Kenosha County in Wisconsin.
  • Danville, Ill. MSA includes Vermilion County in Illinois.
  • Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, Iowa- Ill. MSA includes Henry, Mercer, and Rock Island Counties in Illinois and Scott County in Iowa.
  • Decatur, Ill. MSA includes Macon County in Illinois.
  • Kankakee, Ill. MSA includes Kankakee County in Illinois.
  • Peoria, Ill. MSA includes Marshall, Peoria, Stark, Tazewell, and Woodford Counties in Illinois.
  • Rockford, Ill. MSA includes Boone and Winnebago Counties in Illinois.
  • St. Louis, Mo.-Ill. MSA includes Bond, Calhoun, Clinton, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Monroe, and St. Clair Counties in Illinois and Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, St. Charles, St. Louis, and Warren Counties and St. Louis City in Missouri.
  • Springfield, Ill. MSA includes Menard and Sangamon Counties in Illinois.

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Last Modified Date: Thursday, May 31, 2018