If that amount of salary is very important to you, then advice them move to NY after graduation. Tell them to be prepare for the high taxes, rent in a decent area of Brooklyn in Brooklyn about 1700$ For 1 bedroom excluding utilities. My co-worker did few ot's and made 156 last yr, she paid back an additional of over 5k in taxes. I stopped doing OT's and enjoy my days off window shopping, at the beach, or take short vacations. My son is 21 and started working as a respiratory therapist, his salary including night differential is 71k and change, much less stress than nursing.