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By May 10, 2010 0 Comments

Travel Nurse pay – how much more can you make?


The age old question about travel nursing is how much more can a traveling nurse make versus being a permanent staff nurse where they live? It’s pretty well known that a travel nurse will take home more pay than that of a staff nurse, and that’s just including salary.

The average salary for travel nurse jobs is $55,000. Average travel nurse salaries can vary greatly due to company, location, industry, experience and benefits.

This information is based on averages gathered by Simply Hired. A great way to use this site is to compare travel nurse pay in other cities versus your current residence. Let’s just say you’re currently living in Lincoln, NE and making $47,000  a year on average and now you want to  know what you could be making in your dream city, San Francisco, CA as at traveling nurse. According to Simply Hired, you could average around $73,000 a year, that’s a $26,000 difference! For simplicity’s sake we are using annual salary, hourly or even on 3 month increments may be a better measure.

Being a travel nurse doesn’t mean you have to stretch yourself across the country. No, you could be hired as a traveling nurse and still be within an hour of your hometown, which makes it much more appealing for those who want to stay close to family and friends.

So using our example above, living in Lincoln, NE you’d make around $47,000 a year and if you decided to travel an hour to Omaha for a traveling nurse job you’d make roughly $52,000 a year. A difference of $5000 may not sound like that much, but if you factor in all the other benefits that come along with being a travel nurse like, per diem allowances, free housing or housing stipends and your proximity to your hometown – you’ll soon realize that it truly does pay to be a traveling nurse, 13 weeks at a time.

Posted in: Finances, Travel Nursing

About the Author:

Patrick Fuerstenau here. Born in Kentucky, raised in Germany, landed in Nebraska and still here. I've been involved with Marketing and Advertising for over a decade. It all began with an internship at an ad agency in Omaha, followed by a 9 year stint as a graphic artist at the lone major newspaper in Omaha. A friend of mine told me about an opening at her company and said that it was the best gig she's ever had... So I decided to spread my proverbial wings and see what I could do for them and vice versa. So here I am at Medical Solutions as a Marketing Specialist for a great travel nursing company. This by far has been a major blessing in my life. I love the work I get to do just as much as I love the people who make up this fabulous company. I can see myself here for a long time... As long as they'll have me. Now that we've got the career timeline out of the way... Let me tell you a little about who I am. I am oh so passionate about the game of futbol! I've been playing soccer since the age of 8 and am still playing today. If I couldn't at least kick the ball around, I don't know what I would do with myself. I fear getting old. I also have a strong love for the arts... Music, Visual arts, Film, Design... pretty much anything and everything arty. I'm happy go lucky and am always looking to have a good time. Just ask my manager! And I love writing about travel nursing.

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