Pay Equity


Along with most Black women working in New York State, Rochester Black nurses are essential workers who are underpaid. 

  • Female nurses lose $6,000 every year (compared to male nurses) and the loss is greater for black female nurses due to the fact that New York State Black women on average earn 63% compared to white non-Hispanic men. 
  • Black women make up the majority of healthcare workers, including Certified Home Health Aides (CHHA) and Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA). But African American women account for about 8% of Registered Nurses (RN) and 17% of Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN). 
  • Black female nurses work more overtime and have less family time than other nurses. RBNA advocates for increased paid sick days, family & medical leave, and access to childcare.

What can you do? 

  • EDUCATE yourself with specific training to help Black women prepare to overcome bias in job interviews and pay negotiation. This link to the Pay Equity Coalition provides free online training from the American Association of University Women (AAUW), negotiation discussions on WXXI Connections, Department Of Labor videos about laws designed to protect women from bias, and the Know Your Rights Toolkit. 
  • TAKE ACTIONS with colleagues and allies by connecting with free training for résumé & interview preparation and quality job placement, advocating for better wages & benefits, and by visiting the Pay Equity Coalition website. 
  • VISIT to join the rally cry of underpaid women (including Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Black Women, Black Women with disabilities, Indigenous Women, LatinX, and all people of color) by being a voice for Black nurses and helping to make greater strides with other advocates for pay equity.