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Ask a Travel Nurse: What’s the normal range for Travel Nurse salary?

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Ask a Travel Nurse: What’s the normal salary range for Travel Nurses?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question:

I am a junior in high school and want to learn more about becoming a Travel Nurse. Can you tell me what the normal range for Travel Nurse salary would be? Thank you so much!

Ask a Travel Nurse Answer:

I’m sorry, but I am not able to give you a “normal” Travel Nurse salary range because there are just too many variables.

Pay rates for nurses in general can vary drastically depending on your specialty, the area of the country in which you work, and even the dem and at any given time. It can also depend on whether you work 12-hour shifts (36 hours/week) versus 8-hour shifts (40 hours/week).

As an example of this, the U.S. News and World Report website ( states that “the median salary for a registered nurse was $65,470 in 2012. The best-paid 10 percent of RNs made more than $94,720, while the bottom 10 percent earned less than $45,040.”

So as you can see, there is about a $50K difference between the highest and lowest paid nurses in the profession.

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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