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Occupational Employment and Wages for Nurses in New York's Metropolitan Areas – May 2012

Among New York’s 12 metropolitan areas, New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island was the only area to have wages significantly above the national average for registered nurses, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Two areas, New York-Northern New Jersey and Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, had wages significantly above the national average for licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses. Chief Regional Economist Martin Kohli noted that 8 areas across the state had wages for registered nurses that fell measurably below those for the nation and 10 areas reported significantly lower wages for licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses. Nationwide, the average (mean) wage for registered nurses was $67,930, and for licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses, $42,400. (See table A. For comprehensive definitions of metropolitan areas in New York, please see Technical Note.)

Of the 12 metropolitan areas located entirely or partially in the state, the New York-Northern New Jersey area had the largest numbers of both registered nurses (153,620) and licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses (33,920). The New York-Northern New Jersey area is made up of four metropolitan divisions; 60 percent of the area’s registered nurses worked in the New York-White Plains-Wayne division, and an additional 16 percent worked in the Nassau-Suffolk division. (See table B.The area’s other divisions, Newark-Union and Edison-New Brunswick, contain no counties in New York, and their data have not been presented in this release.) Buffalo-Niagara Falls and Rochester were the two other metropolitan areas in New York with at least 10,000 registered nurses, though Albany-Schenectady-Troy was close with 9,860. Buffalo and Rochester were the only other areas with at least 3,500 licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses.

Table A. Average (mean) annual wages for registered nurses and licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses in the United States and metropolitan areas in New York, May 2012
Area Registered Nurses Licensed practical and

licensed vocational nurses

United States

$67,930 $42,400

New York State

74,100 * 44,250 *

Albany-Schenectady-Troy

59,040 * 39,910 *

Binghamton

55,670 * 38,150 *

Buffalo-Niagara Falls

65,990 * 38,180 *

Elmira

66,560 36,640 *

Glens Falls

49,660 * 36,890 *

Ithaca

-- 39,180 *

Kingston

58,730 * 39,960 *

New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island

80,680 * 50,790 *

Nassau-Suffolk

79,020 * 51,920 *

New York-White Plains-Wayne

82,440 * 50,080 *

Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown

70,660 44,580 *

Rochester

59,660 * 37,790 *

Syracuse

58,570 * 38,170 *

Utica-Rome

56,960 * 35,300 *
* The mean annual wage for this area is significantly different from the national average of all areas at the 90-percent confidence level.

-- Estimate not released.

Table B. Employment of registered nurses and licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses in the United States and metropolitan areas in New York, May 2012
Area Registered Nurses Licensed practical and

licensed vocational nurses

United States

2,633,980 718,800

New York

166,950 48,520

Albany-Schenectady-Troy

9,860 2,990

Binghamton

2,310 690

Buffalo-Niagara Falls

11,440 4,240

Elmira

1,100 290

Glens Falls

1,250 580

Ithaca

-- 310

Kingston

1,100 420

New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island

153,620 33,920

Nassau-Suffolk

23,840 6,650

New York-White Plains-Wayne

92,060 19,950

Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown

4,480 1,670

Rochester

10,900 3,810

Syracuse

6,580 2,920

Utica-Rome

2,870 1,450
-- Estimate not released.

Wages for registered nurses in metropolitan areas in New York

In New York-Northern New Jersey, the average annual wage for registered nurses was $80,680 per year, nearly $13,000 above the U.S. average. By contrast, 8 of the 12 metropolitan areas in the state had wages for registered nurses that were significantly below the national average. Glens Falls ($49,660), Binghamton ($55,670), and Utica-Rome ($56,960) were among the lower-paying areas. (See chart 1. For the purpose of completeness, the chart also includes nonmetropolitan areas.)

Chart 1. Mean annual wages for registered nurses, by area, New York, May 2012

Wages for licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses in metropolitan areas in New York

Two areas had wages for licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses that were significantly above the national average: New York-Northern New Jersey ($50,790) and Poughkeepsie ($44,580). (See chart 2.) Ten metropolitan areas had measurably lower wages, with Utica-Rome ($35,300), Elmira ($36,640), and Glens Falls ($36,890) among the lower-paying areas.

Chart 2. Mean annual wages for licensed practical nurses and licensed vocational nurses, by area, New York, May 2012

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 New York State Department of Labor and the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

The OES wage data for registered nurses and licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses in the state and metropolitan areas were compared to their respective national averages based on statistical significance testing. Only those occupations with wages above or below the national wage after testing for significance at the 90-percent confidence level meet the criteria.

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 mail survey measuring occupational employment and wage rates for wage and salary workers in nonfarm establishments in the United States. Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands also are surveyed, but their data are not included in this release. OES estimates are constructed from a sample of about 1.2 million establishments. Forms are mailed to approximately 200,000 establishments in May and November of each year for a 3-year period. The overall national response rate for the six panels is 76.6 percent based on establishments and 72.9 percent based on employment. May 2012 estimates are based on responses from six semiannual panels collected over a 3-year period: May 2012, November 2011, May 2011, November 2010, May 2010, and November 2009. For more information about OES concepts and methodology, go to www.bls.gov/news.release/ocwage.tn.htm.

With the release of the May 2012 estimates, OES data are based on the 2010 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system for the first time. The OES survey provides estimates of employment and hourly and annual wages for wage and salary workers in 22 major occupational groups and more than 800 detailed occupations for the nation, states, metropolitan statistical areas, metropolitan divisions, and nonmetropolitan areas. In addition, employment and wage estimates for 94 minor groups and 458 broad occupations are available in the national data for the first time. Information about the 2010 SOC is available on the BLS website at www.bls.gov/soc.

The May 2012 OES estimates are the first to be produced using the 2012 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). Information about the 2012 NAICS is available on the BLS website at www.bls.gov/bls/naics.htm.

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

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, N.Y. Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) includes Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, and Schoharie Counties in New York.

Binghamton, N.Y. MSA includes Broome and Tioga Counties in New York.

Buffalo-Niagara Falls, N.Y. MSA includes Erie and Niagara Counties in New York.

Elmira, N.Y. MSA includes Chemung County in New York.

Glens Falls, N.Y. MSA includes Warren and Washington Counties in New York.

Ithaca, N.Y. MSA includes Tompkins County in New York.

Kingston, N.Y. MSA includes Ulster County in New York.

New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, N.Y.-N.J.-Pa. MSA

Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, N.Y. (MSA) includes Dutchess and Orange Counties in New York.

Rochester, N.Y. (MSA) includes Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, and Wayne Counties in New York.

Syracuse, N.Y. (MSA) includes Madison, Onondaga, and Oswego Counties in New York.

Utica-Rome, N.Y. (MSA) includes Herkimer and Oneida Counties in New York.

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Last Modified Date: July 25, 2013

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