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NYS: Pay increases for nurse positions to improve recruitment & retention efforts


Fri, Oct 14th 2022 12:50 pm

Pay increases benefit more than 6,500 employees across 15 state agencies

Gov. Kathy Hochul has announced a series of pay increases for nurse positions within New York state agencies to help improve recruitment and retention among the state's health care workforce. 

Her team said, “The increases, which account for the rising complexity of nursing tasks and high credential requirements for nurses, will bring the starting salary of registered nurses working the day shift to nearly $90,000 upstate and $108,000 downstate when coupled with pay differentials. The pay increases will benefit approximately 6,500 New York state employees located across 15 state agencies.”

Hochul said, "After more than two years on the frontlines in the battle against COVID-19, New York nurses deserve more than our gratitude – they deserve fair and competitive pay. These wage increases reflect our state's commitment to supporting our health care workers, and will help us retain and recruit the next generation of nurses to keep New Yorkers safe."

New York state upgraded select nursing titles, with the upgrades representing an average pay increase of 4.5% per title. Registered nurse titles will also now be hired at the midpoint of the salary range. In addition, registered nurse titles will receive an updated shift pay to include an increase of 7% of base pay for the evening shift (4 p.m. to midnight) and an increase of 10% of base pay for the night shift (midnight to 8 a.m.).

These pay increases are in addition to increased geographic pay differentials for registered and licensed practical nurse titles enacted earlier this year. In July, registered nurse positions located in Mid-Hudson and downstate locations received a $35,000 geographic pay differential, an increase of 94% from the previous $18,000 differential. Registered nurse positions located in the rest of the state also received a $20,000 geographic pay differential, an increase of 67% from the previous $12,000 pay differential. In May, licensed practical nurse positions located in Mid-Hudson and downstate locations received a $13,000 geographic pay differential, an increase of 550% from the previous $2,000 differential. Positions located in the rest of the state received a $4,000 geographic pay differential, an increase of 100% from the previous $2,000 differential.

The salary increase is expected to have the greatest impact at the following agencies, which currently have the largest number of eligible positions:

√ State University of New York – 3,381 employees

√ Office of Mental Health – 1,663 employees

√ Office for People with Developmental Disabilities – 674 employees

√ Department of Corrections and Community Supervision – 518 employees

√ Department of Health – 371 employees

√ Office of Addiction Services and Supports – 120 employees

New York State Department of Civil Service Commissioner Timothy Hogues said, "New York state employs thousands of nurses, who provide critical services across our state agencies to protect the health and wellbeing of New Yorkers. By offering our nurses with these well-deserved pay increases, our partner agencies will be better positioned to retain these talented and dedicated employees.”

Public Employees Federation President Wayne Spence said, "PEF advocated for years on behalf of pay equity and title restructuring for nurses in our union. We are pleased that Gov. Hochul and the Department of Civil Service have taken steps to increase salary grades and reward these dedicated public servants. At a time when we've all seen the importance of public health services, New York must continue to do everything it can to attract and retain nurses."

As part of the enacted fiscal year 2023 budget, Hochul is investing more than $10 billion in health care, including more than $4 billion to support wages and bonuses for health care workers. This includes a $1.2 billion investment for health care and mental hygiene worker retention bonuses, with up to $3,000 bonuses going to full-time workers who remain in their positions for one year, and pro-rated bonuses for those working fewer hours.

Hochul’s team said, “New York state fosters an environment that encourages and supports the professional growth and career opportunities for nurses, and employs thousands of nurse practitioners, registered nurses and licensed practical nurses in agencies located across the state.

“Nurses employed in state government receive:

√ “Comprehensive benefit package, including retirement benefits

√ “A wide range of career mobility options

√ “A broad selection of education, professional development, and training opportunities

√ “Tuition reimbursement and tuition assistance”

For more information on public service nursing careers, visit Nursing Careers in State Government. To learn more about working for the State of New York and how to take the next step in pursuing a career in public service, visit the Department of Civil Service website or follow on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn.

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