Data from a May 2007 survey conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the 166,990 nurses working in New York nursing jobs at that time made an average annual wage of $69,620, which comes to $33.47 per hour. This is considerably higher than the national average annual wage for nurses, coming in at $62,480, or $30.04 per hour, showing that New York nursing careers are among the higher paying options for registered nurses. Registered nurses in New York also make over $22,000 more per year than the average New Yorker who brings in $47,610 per year ($22.89 per hour).
The nationwide nursing industry is in the midst of a massive 23% growth in employment opportunities, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook 2008-2009 Edition. If this growth continues as expected, there will be an additional 587,000 jobs available for registered nurses by the year 2016. This increasing demand for highly qualified registered nurses will continue to grow as our nation’s population grows and ages, people begin to enjoy longer lifespans, current registered nurses begin to retire and registered nurses continue to expand their patient services to meet the demands for affordable health care.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics also puts forth that degree level will make a significant difference in job opportunities and opportunities for career advancement, with bachelor-level registered nurses enjoying better prospects than registered nurses without a bachelor’s degree, and registered nurses with graduate-level education enjoying the best prospects. This is useful information that prospective students may want to consider when choosing New York nursing programs.