How much money do travel nurses make?

With nursing jobs on the rise and hospitals in need of nursing assistance travel nursing provides health care organizations with the perfect solution.

As a travel nurse you’ll work with one or more travel agencies who scout out health care facilities that are in need of assistance and will pay you to fly out to their destination and work on temporary assignments (usually lasting from 1 – 12 months) where you will provide nursing assistance to patient at that facility.

Because health care organizations are in such high demand for qualified nurses – travel nurses are often well compensated for relocating while on these temporary assignments and may benefit from various perks such as 401k plan contributions, special sign-on bonuses and job completion bonuses, higher wages, reimbursement for licenses and CEU’s, relocation pay and permanent job offerings after the completion of a nursing assignment.

In order to obtain a job as a travel nurse a qualified Registered Nurse, LPN, LVN or Allied Health Professional is generally required to have at least 1 year of experience in a clinical care setting before they are able to apply for a position as a travel nurse, however most travel nurse agencies suggest that a qualifying nurse has at least 2 – 3 years of experience because the additional experience may make it easier to get hired and nurses who have more experience may also be able to choose better assignments.

Travel Nurse Salary

The average salary a travel nurse is likely to make will vary greatly depending on the types of assignments they choose, how long they work on those assignments and the number of hours they work (including overtime) per assignment and annually.

Travel nurses can expect health care facilities to pay anywhere from $30 – $40 or more per hour (with a typical 12 hour work shift) depending on who they work for, however it is important to understand that some locations may be associated with a higher cost of living which can affect the expenses a travel nurse is likely to pay while living in that area.

When you include travel benefits, bonuses, car and/or housing compensations, 401 k contributions, tax-free travel reimbursement and various other perks travel nurses may acquire it becomes apparently clear that travel nurses can earn a very decent and sizeable income.

It is also important to note that not all travel agencies and/or health care organizations will provide the same level of benefits.

Some places will offer a ton of perks and bonuses to those who are willing to travel outside their home town while others may offer little or not benefits so it’s a good idea to shop around and work with various travel nursing agencies/recruitment firms to find the best work assignments and locations that are available.

Career opportunities

Travel nursing provides nurses with an amazing opportunity to travel the world while also allowing them to stay in their profession and work at hospitals and health care facilities all over the world.

One of the best ways for travel nurses to find available jobs in their field is to work with several travel nursing agencies that specialize in providing nurses with excellent job opportunities in the locations you desire.

In addition to finding a job a good travel nursing agency will also help you find health care facilities that offer a variety of perks and benefits such as high-end health insurance, 401k contributions, sign on/completion bonuses, paid luxury housing, rental car reimbursement and relocation pay, and will stay in contact with you to ensure that your relocation goes as smoothly as possible.

To assist you in your search for travel nursing job opportunities we have included several travel nursing agencies on this page.

Below you can find a number of travel nursing agencies that can help you find a job, negotiate benefits and pay, and assist you with your relocation.

Each travel nursing company has their own advantages and disadvantages, so it’s best to look around and find one or more travel agencies that fit your needs and desires, and can provide you with the best job opportunities and benefits.

Also keep in mind that this is not a complete list and that there are many more travel agencies available to you than are listed, so you may also want to do some additional searches of your own to find a suitable travel nursing agency that can meet your needs.

  • American Mobile Healthcare
  • American Travel Nurse Liaison
  • Axis Healthcare Staffing
  • Cirrus Medical Staffing
  • Cross Country TravCorps
  • Expedient Medstaff
  • Feeedom Healthcare Staffing
  • Flex Care Travel Nursing
  • Healthcare Seeker
  • Medical Express
  • Nightingale Nurses
  • Nurses Rx
  • NurseChoice
  • O’Grady Peyton International
  • Preferred Healthcare Staffing
  • Prime Time Healthcare
  • Premier Healthcare Professionals
  • Response 1 Medical Staffing
  • TaleMed
  • Valley Healthcare Systems

No one travel agency can provide you with all of the travel nursing job opportunities and/or benefits that are available to you, so your best option would be to work with several agencies to find the types of assignments you are most interested in, and if possible look for reviews and references to help you get a better idea of how each travel nursing agency performs in terms of relocation assistance, job opportunities, employee benefits and service.

Disclaimer: We are not affiliated with any of the companies/agencies listed on this page and are not responsible for any of the links, content, products and/or services offered by these websites. If you have any concerns with the companies/agencies listed on this page then it is in your best interest to do further research and gather as much information as possible before following their advice, giving out personal information or choosing a travel nursing agency to work with.

Those who are either currently working as travel nurses or interested in becoming a travel nurse will be happy to know that travel nurses have some of the best opportunities available in the nursing industry, and because they are willing to travel to locations that are in need of nurses there is not shortage of available jobs.

Travel nurses are in very high demand and with the nursing gap expected to increase by as much as 800,000 jobs by 2020 it will become more and more important for health care organizations in need of qualified nurses to look towards hiring traveling nurses to fill in the gap, and as the demand for nurses increase travel nurses can also look forward to increased benefits, perks and opportunities within the travel nursing industry.

Not only do travel nurses have the opportunity to enjoy some great perks, they also have the opportunity to travel to new locations and may be offered a full-time position at the end of their assignment where they can choose to stay in the state or country they are currently assigned in and work for that health care facility.