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Local nurses earn less than downstate, national peers

Rochester Business Journal
July 25, 2013

Rochester-area nurses on average earn less than their counterparts nationally and downstate but are paid comparably to nurses in the Albany and Syracuse regions.

Data released Thursday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics put the average annual salary earned by Rochester-area registered nurses as of May at $59,660 and the average annual pay of area licensed practical nurses at $37,790.

That compares to $67,930 for RNs and $42,400 for LPNs nationally. Across the state, RNs’ average pay is $74,100 and LPNs’ make an average of $44,250 a year.

Bringing up the state average is the $80,680 average yearly wage earned by RNs and the $50,790 a year LPNs earn in New York City, Long Island and Northern New Jersey. Also more highly paid are RNs and LPNs in the Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown region, who respectively earn average annual salaries of $70,660 and $44,580. RNs and LPNs in the White Plains, northern New York City and Wayne, N.J. area, also earn more, an average of $82,440 and $50,080, respectively.

Albany and Syracuse nurses collect much the same pay as Rochester nurses—$58,570 average annual salaries for Syracuse RNs and $38,170 a year on average for LPNs.  The BLS calculates that RNs in New York’s Capital District earn $59,040 on average. LPNs in that region, which includes Albany, Schenectady and Troy, earn $38,170 a year on average.
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