Travel Nursing Jobs

Travel nurses are registered nurses who fulfill temporary roles at hospitals, clinics, and other medical facilities around the world where there are often shortages. Travel nursing is a win-win: understaffed hospitals get the support they need, and travel nurses get the experience of exploring a new place. You can also get paid more doing it. Many healthcare professionals choose travel nursing for its perks, which can include competitive pay, tax-free housing and meal stipends, and travel reimbursement. When you consider total compensation, travel nurses tend to make more than a staff nurse.

Travel Nurse Salary

The average salary for a travel RN was $1,543 per week last year working an average of 36 hours per week, according to NurseFly data on thousands of job listings. This includes non-taxable compensation like living stipends, meal stipends, and housing. Keep in mind, many hospitals will offer higher compensation for specialties that require more knowledge and expertise, and many locations will offer higher salaries where there is a greater need for nurses. For example, Director of Nursing, CRNA, and First Assist specialties earned the highest weekly salaries on average in 2019. Similarly, states like California, New Jersey, and District of Columbia paid the highest average weekly salaries last year. How does a travel nurse salary compare to that of a staff nurse? Travel nurse pay is typically higher. According to 2019 BLS data, the average annual salary for a staff RN was $73,000 per year ($35.24/hour) or $1,409 per week working 40 hours per week. Staff RN’s were paid slightly less while working more hours. Additionally, meal stipends, housing stipends, and per diems for incidental expenses that travel nurses receive are often tax-free, which increases the total compensation.

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KPG Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
San Leandro, California
KPG Healthcare
posted 15 hours ago
$6,100/week
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Lead Healthstaff
Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
St. Mary Medical Center
Apple Valley, California
Lead Healthstaff
posted 16 days ago
$6,038/week
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KPG Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Long Term Acute Care
Northeast New Jersey, New Jersey
KPG Healthcare
posted 15 hours ago
$6,000/week
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MSSI
Travel Nurse RN - CVICU - COVID19
Baltimore, Maryland
MSSI
posted 5 days ago
CVICU and Tele Units. Requirements: Active D RN License or Compact State License, 3 years of CVICU RN experience, AHA BLS and ACLS. pre orientation test due within 24 hours of offer. Navy blue uniform ...
$5,876/week
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MSSI
Travel Nurse RN - CVICU
Baltimore, Maryland
MSSI
posted 5 days ago
3 years of CVICU RN experience, AHA BLS and ACLS. pre orientation test due within 24 hours of offer. Navy blue uniform (tops, bottoms and jacket) RN may be pulled to other units if not needed on CVICU ...
$5,876/week
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Ethos Medical Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Telemetry
Reno, Nevada
Ethos Medical Staffing
posted 4 hours ago
$2,879/week
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Ethos Medical Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
Fort Worth, Texas
Ethos Medical Staffing
posted 4 hours ago
$2,871/week
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Ethos Medical Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Med Surg
Reno, Nevada
Ethos Medical Staffing
posted 4 hours ago
$2,770/week
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - OR - Operating Room
Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - OR - Operating Room
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Host Healthcare
posted 5 hours ago
Registered Nurse - Operating Room position in Cedar Rapids, IA. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #514140 Why choose Host Healthcare? Because ...
$2,693/week
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Ethos Medical Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Med Surg
Conway, Arkansas
Ethos Medical Staffing
posted 4 hours ago
$2,588/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
Lawrence, Massachusetts
Host Healthcare
posted 5 hours ago
Registered Nurse - ICU position in Lawrence, MA. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #514045 Why choose Host Healthcare? Because a great Host pr ...
$2,347/week
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Progressive Care Unit
Shreveport, Louisiana
Host Healthcare
posted 4 hours ago
Registered Nurse - PCU position in Shreveport, LA. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #514199 Why choose Host Healthcare? Because a great Host ...
$2,143/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
Shreveport, Louisiana
Host Healthcare
posted 4 hours ago
Registered Nurse - ICU position in Shreveport, LA. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #514193 Why choose Host Healthcare? Because a great Host ...
$2,143/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Med Surg
Shreveport, Louisiana
Host Healthcare
posted 5 hours ago
Registered Nurse - Medical-Surgical position in Shreveport, LA. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #514184 Why choose Host Healthcare? Because ...
$2,143/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Pediatrics
Boston, Massachusetts
Host Healthcare
posted 5 hours ago
Registered Nurse - Peds Oncology position in Boston, MA. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #514018 Why choose Host Healthcare? Because a great ...
$2,041/week
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OneStaff Medical
Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
Riverside, California
OneStaff Medical
posted 5 hours ago
Intensive care unit (ICU) staff RNs provide care for patients with life-threatening medical conditions. These nurses work in the critical care unit of a hospital or healthcare facility and look after ...
$1,981/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Med Surg
Shreveport, Louisiana
Host Healthcare
posted 4 hours ago
Registered Nurse - Medical-Surgical position in Shreveport, LA. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #514197 Why choose Host Healthcare? Because ...
$1,928/week
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Ethos Medical Staffing
Travel Nurse RN - Long Term Acute Care
Fort Worth, Texas
Ethos Medical Staffing
posted 4 hours ago
$1,784/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
Gallatin, Tennessee
Host Healthcare
posted 5 hours ago
Registered Nurse - ICU position in Gallatin, TN. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #513974 Why choose Host Healthcare? Because a great Host pr ...
$1,735/week
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Host Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit
Shreveport, Louisiana
Host Healthcare
posted 4 hours ago
Registered Nurse - ICU position in Shreveport, LA. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #514200 Why choose Host Healthcare? Because a great Host ...
$1,607/week
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Travel Nursing FAQs

What hospitals currently have Travel Nursing job opportunities?

The hospitals on NurseFly that currently have the most Travel Nursing jobs are UCSF Medical Center Betty Irene Moore Women's Hospital at Mission Bay (69 jobs), Methodist Hospital (48 jobs), and Redmond Regional Medical Center (42 jobs).

What are the best agencies for Travel Nursing jobs?

The agencies on NurseFly that currently have the most Travel Nursing jobs are Host Healthcare (3205), OneStaff Medical (2635), and MedPro Healthcare Staffing (2353).

How Much Do Travel Nursing Jobs Pay?

For jobs available on NurseFly as of Saturday, March 6th 2021, the average weekly salary for a Travel Nursing is $2,174, but can pay up to $6,100 per week. In 2021, Registered Nurses on Nursefly receive a gross average weekly pay of $1,867 working an average of 36 hours per week. This includes non-taxable compensation like living stipends, meal stipends, and housing which add up to an average value of $1,155 per week.

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What are the benefits of travel nursing?

One of the top benefits of travel nursing is working and traveling at the same time. It’s a great way to meet new people, work in diverse settings, and explore different cities before settling down. Most travel nursing contracts last 13 weeks so there’s ample opportunity to get to know a new place beyond just a week-long trip. Travel nursing also affords nurses a more flexible lifestyle since you can control when and where you accept assignments. Maybe you want to work through winter and take off the summer months or you want to explore a city for a few months before moving there; you can have that flexibility as a travel nurse. An often overlooked benefit is that travel nurse pay tends to not only be higher than that of a staff nurse, but it also isn’t as dependent on experience. This can create more opportunity to advance your career and specialize in areas that may not be accessible where you live.

How much is a travel nursing salary?

The average salary for a travel RN was $1,543 per week last year working an average of 36 hours per week, according to NurseFly data on thousands of job listings. This includes non-taxable compensation like living stipends, meal stipends, and housing.

How do I choose a travel nursing agency?

Travel nursing agencies contract with employers like hospitals, clinics, and other medical facilities to recruit travel nurses for open positions. They make money when they find the right person for the right job. Building relationships with recruiters can help you land more jobs. In fact, many travel nurses work with multiple agencies when choosing their next assignment because it allows them to discover more opportunities and potentially receive multiple offers. When you have more options, that’s more leverage when negotiating a contract.

A good recruiter understands your career goals and will work on your behalf to help connect you with the jobs that are the best fit. They should also help you advocate for the best possible compensation based on your specific skills and experience. Finally, they should make the process easy, which will involve submitting documentation to verify your experience, signing a contract, and other communication related to the role itself.

How do I become a travel nurse?

You’ll need to be a Registered Nurse to apply for travel nursing jobs. At least one year of recent experience in the specialty that you are applying for is required, preferably in a hospital/acute care setting, and 2+ years experience is preferred. If you’re already a licensed nurse, then you can work as a travel nurse in your state. Each state requires a license, and you can typically transfer your license from state to state for a fee. This process takes a few weeks. In accordance with the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), a nurse that has a “compact license” can practice in any other compact license state without obtaining an additional license.

Do travel nurses get housing or meal stipends?

One of the advantages of travel nursing over many staff nurse jobs is that it is common to receive compensation in addition to your base salary like housing stipends, travel reimbursement, and meal stipends. If you’re able to claim a permanent tax-home, then you can be paid a blended rate, meaning your salary is taxed as ordinary income but your stipends are tax-free. When you consider this additional compensation and the tax savings, travel nurses can expect to make more than staff nurses.

What do travel nurses do?

Travel nursing encompasses a full breadth of nursing disciplines and specialties, from disciplines like RN, LPN, and Therapy to specialties within those disciplines like Med-Surg, ICU, OR, and many others. Not to be confused with nurses who “travel” to a patient’s home, travel nurses tend to work directly with patients at a single medical facility and on a specific unit as part of a short-term contract. While you can find part-time work as a travel nurse, most contracts are full time and last about 13 weeks. Travel nursing is a great way to gain experience in a specialized setting to advance your career because you’ll have access to opportunities that may not be available where you live.

How does travel nursing work? What’s the process?

Travel nurses fulfill short-term contracts at medical facilities all over the world so a big part of finding a job is choosing a location. To apply for travel nursing jobs you’ll need to have a license in good standing, and at least one year of experience. If you’re working in the US, you can usually transfer your license between states for a small fee. You’ll either work with a staffing agency or directly with an employer to choose a travel nursing assignment. You can review agencies and explore thousands of jobs on NurseFly. Or you can save time by creating a profile to share with recruiters. A travel nursing assignment typically lasts 13 weeks, and most are full-time roles. In many cases, you’ll receive travel reimbursement, a housing stipend, and/or meal stipends as part of your compensation package. This makes relocating a lot easier, but you’ll still need to do a lot of planning beforehand.

Can travel nurses bring their families?

Yes! Many travel nurses travel with their partners and children. It helps to also have a partner that can work remotely or seasonally. However, when children turn school aged this can be tough. Travel nursing with school-aged children can be made easier by taking longer contracts, extending assignments, or homeschooling your children. You may also be able to choose assignments that are during the summer months when most children have a break.

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travel assignment pay breakdown

Travel Assignment Pay Package Breakdown

Posted on Feb 20, 2021
One of the biggest benefits of travel nursing is being able to move around freely and explore the country, often making significantly more money than you would as a staff nurse. Travel nursing pay is often based on demand for nurses, and travel nurses need to decide if you are willing to be flexible with…

Need for nurses in Indiana during pandemic raises their prospects for higher pay

Posted on Nov 25, 2020
Indiana’s rise in cases means there is a need for traveling nurses here in Indiana. In fact, Hundreds of those positions are open across the state right now. News8 David joining us now. The president of Indiana’s hospital association said increasing hospitalizations are putting a strain on hospitals which creates staffing shortages in Indiana and…

Day in the Life: COVID-19 ICU Nurse

Posted on Nov 11, 2020
As the nation’s daily count of COVID-19 cases continues to rise, we are again seeing a major demand for nurses and travel nurses in facilities across the country. For some of us, we have experienced this public health catastrophe in waves, while others have been working COVID crisis contracts since March. Either way, nurses have…

Can I be a Travel Nurse as a New Grad?

Posted on Oct 16, 2020
It’s a very good question to ask: can you be a travel nurse as a new grad. At the end of the day, probably not. Unfortunately, new graduate nurses don’t make the best travel nurses due to lack of experience. It can be an uncomfortable experience for both the traveler and the facility staff. Most facilities…

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Ardor Health Solutions
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Manchester, Connecticut
MedWave Healthcare Staffing
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Travel Nurse RN - ICU - Intensive Care Unit - COVID19
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Manchester, Connecticut
MedWave Healthcare Staffing
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Travel Nurse RN - OR - Operating Room
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