New York State Benefits Package

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New York State strives to offer salaries competitive with the job market. Salaries for nurse positions are based on job requirements and an employee’s education, experience and work location. They may include salary enhancements based on market forces. Positions assigned to the evening and night shifts at some locations may receive a shift pay differential.

Holidays and Leave

Health Care Coverage

Employees and eligible dependents can choose from a variety of health insurance plans available at an affordable, low premium cost through enrollment in the Empire Plan or a Health Maintenance Organization (HMO). Employees are also provided family dental and vision plans at no additional cost.

Retirement Program

NYS Employee’s Retirement System (ERS) is designed to provide income after retirement from State service. The plan also provides supplemental benefits such as loan privileges, disability retirement benefits, and death benefits for eligible employees. Enrollment in ERS is mandatory for full-time permanent employees. Retirement benefits are determined by the total years of credited service, age at retirement, and final average salary. NYS employees may continue to earn service credit when transferring between State agencies. For more information visit

Additional Benefits