Ask a Travel Nurse: Do Travel Nursing companies ever post the hourly rate for jobs on their websites?

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Ask a Travel Nurse: Do Travel Nursing companies ever post the hourly rate for jobs on their websites?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question:

Hi David, Do Travel Nursing companies ever post the hourly rate for jobs on their websites?

Ask a Travel Nurse Answer:

I do not know of any company that does this and could probably tell you the reason.

To do this, a company would have to factor in MANY variables such as, if you were participating in their “tax advantage program, if you were taking a stipend rather than housing, and even how many deductions you would claim on your W2. When you add to that, that the rates could change, which would require constant updating from their IT department, and you should be able to see why no company I know of does this.

Plus, if they did, you might be tempted to just pick the highest hourly, which is NOT always your best compensation package.

I think the companies are actually wise NOT to do this as no “hourly rate” can exist in a vacuum. There are too many other factors that can influence your total compensation on any given assignment.

Sorry I couldn’t answer your question directly, but hopefully you understand why just shopping rates could actually prevent you from making the best deal.

David

david@travelnursesbible.com

About the Author:

Hello everyone. I’m a travel nurse originally from Ohio who graduated in 1993 from Mount Carmel School of Nursing in Columbus. I completed a critical care fellowship at Riverside Methodist Hospital in 1994 and started traveling in that specialty a year later. My first travel assignment was in Maui and since that time I have completed close to 40 different contracts in various states with multiple travel companies. I am the author of Travel Nurse’s Bible (A Guide to Everything on Travel Nursing), in addition to my writings here and in the pages of Travel Nursing publications such as Healthcare Traveler Magazine and American Nurse Today. I am presently on assignment in Phoenix, AZ and travel anywhere from six to eleven months of the year.

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