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Hundreds of Samaritan’s registered nurses getting 14 percent raise

Published: Nov. 23, 2021 at 2:28 PM EST
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WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) - More than 400 registered nurses at Samaritan Medical Center are getting a 14 percent pay raise.

Members of the the New York State Nurses Association union voted Monday on a significant wage adjustment.

Samaritan Health announced Tuesday the union ratified the deal.

Under the agreement, the starting wage for RNs is increased from $30.41 to $34.67 an hour.

The pay hike will be retroactive to August 1 and affects 408 RNs at Samaritan Medical Center.

“We want to make sure we pay people fairly for the jobs that they do so for us. This is the just the next step as we evaluate wages across the system. As you know, even in our local market, wages have increased and we need to make sure we remain competitive and this is just part of that process,” said Leslie DiStefano, director of communication and public relations, Samaritan Medical Center.

The average full-time Samaritan RN earns approximately $82,500 a year.

More than 1,200 staff members received a pay increase over the summer, but that did not include RNs because Samaritan found their wages to be competitive with the market at that time.

However, in light of the recent labor shortage, officials decided RN wages needed to be adjusted.

See Samaritan’s news release

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