Want to see how your travel nurse salary stacks up in this unpredictable travel nurse job market?

How about making sure you're getting the higher compensation you should be in our challenging career?

You're in the right place to get all your questions answered about travel nurse pay.

Welcome to our interactive pay explorer - with auto-updates every month!

Since September 2019, we've been continuously tracking travel nurse pay packages.

View our full history of pay insights using the toggle in the right-hand corner of any of our graphs in this article.

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More than four million jobs analyzed and four years later, we're proud to bring you objective overviews on the travel RN job market you can't find anywhere else.

Get the full scoop in this ultimate guide:

How Much Do Travel Nurses Make?

Do travel nurses earn more money than full-time registered nurses? Overall, definitely!

Keep in mind: Travel nurses make higher salaries on average.

Your potential average annual income will depend on demand for your nursing specialty and where you work.

The averages you see below are measured across all specialties and locations nationwide for a general comparison.

Average Travel Nurse Salary vs Staff Nurse Salary

Travel NursesStaff Nurses
Hourly Rates$64.58$39.05
Weekly Pay$2,324.92$1,561.92
Annual Salary$111,596$81,220

The average hourly pay for full-time staff RN's in the U.S. is $39.05, or $1,561.92 per week, according to the most recent 2022 US Bureau of Labor Statistics registered nurse occupational outlook.

The average hourly rate for travel nurses is $64.58, or $2,324.92 per week, according to our Ultimate Travel Nurse Salary Guide in September 2023.

The average hourly wage for a travel RN is $25.53 higher than staff nurse pay, and the average salary per week is $736 more .

Extrapolating to compare the average annual salary of a staff nurse vs travel rn pay, the difference is significant, with travel nurses' average annual salary reaching upwards to $30,000 more.

We calculated the average annual salary for travel nurses for only 48 weeks a year. Travel nurses need time off to organize and move to new assignments.

Why Do Travel Nurses Make So Much?

In short, high demand = higher compensation.

We're all aware many healthcare facilities nationwide are experiencing "nursing shortages". Registered nurses are retiring and/or leaving the bedside altogether, a trend sped up by the pandemic.

It's estimated that by 2025 the US will have a staffing gap of 200,000-450,000 nurses. In other words, 10-20% of direct-patient care nursing jobs will be unfilled.

With nursing skills like ours in high demand, we deserve higher pay. Not to mention the inherent stress we put up with in our challenging career.

Travel nurses earn more competitive wages by having the adaptable skills necessary to fill critical staffing needs and provide meaningful patient care in a pinch with minimal to no orientation.

These critical needs are often on less desirable shifts, so preparing yourself to work night shift would open up more travel nurse job possibilities.

Healthcare facilities entice nurses with more competitive wages due to the extra hardships we take on with the lack of job stability while searching for new jobs every 13 weeks. There's also the lack of a consistent job benefits package and the inconveniences of travel costs and time.

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Is Travel Nursing Worth It?

If you're looking to get more satisfaction in your nursing career, it could definitely be worth it.

It turns out it really is better to be a travel nurse than a staff nurse. A sweeping study analyzing feedback straight from our fellow nurses confirms it.

Travel nurses report higher satisfaction and less workplace stress in their jobs than permanent staff nurses.

Nurses working in travel nurse jobs are more satisfied than permanent staff nurses in key areas:

  • better job satisfaction
  • less work-related stress
  • feeling safer on the job
  • more employer support
  • higher compensation

Working in a travel nurse job isn't easy, but it could elevate your bedside nursing practice and give you more control in your nursing career.

You'll have to decide if the pros outweigh the cons for yourself. The standard contract is only 13 weeks, so I recommend every nurse give it a try.

Pro tip: You should definitely take the time to research what to expect before you commit to a travel nurse job.

Get A Travel Nurse Pay Breakdown

Understanding how travel nurses' higher wages breakdown will help you compare pay offers and spot the jobs that are worth your relocation.

Travel nurses are typically hired as contracted temporary employees of travel nursing agencies, getting paid on a weekly basis to work in a variety of healthcare facilities.

The most common travel nurse contracts offered are for hospital inpatient units in a healthcare facility. These contracts usually commit you to work:

  • 12 hours/shift
  • 3 shifts/week
  • 36 hours/week
  • 13 weeks total
  • 468 work hours total per contract

Our interactive pay explorer above standardizes all travel nurse wage data around the average 36-hour weekly pay packages.

See A Pay Package Example

Here's an average travel nurse pay package offer for a Medical-Surgical Nurse working 36 hours/week:

  • $400 M&IE (Meals & Incidental Expenses) - per Week
  • $3,200 Housing Stipend - per Month
  • $750 Travel Reimbursement - One Time payment
  • $30 Base Rate - Hourly pay rate

It's confusing! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Let's break this offer down to view your pay per week and per hour. Convert all parts of your travel nurse wages to a standardized hourly rate, then combine to calculate.

Your "M&IE" (meals & incidental expenses) payment is meant to cover your living expenses and daily (diem) meal costs on assignment.

Your housing stipend covers your temporary housing in your assignment location. Remember you should be maintaining housing in your permanent tax home, as well.

Many travel nursing offer travel reimbursements to help offset the higher cost of life on the road.

Pay Package OfferPay per Week (36 hrs)Hourly rates
$400 M&IE Weekly$400$11.11
$3,200 Housing Stipend Monthly$800$22.22
$750 Travel Reimbursement One-time$57.69$1.60
$30 Base Rate Hourly$1,080$30
Total Gross Pay (Pre-Taxes)$2,337.69$64.94

Be aware you may have more living expenses coming out of your travel nursing paycheck, based on what employment benefits package you accept:

  • Taxes based on your permanent tax home rates
  • Agency health insurance - health benefits can start at $20/week
  • Agency 401k retirement plans

Ask your agency what other benefits they provide and how those affect your pay package.

Taxable vs Tax Free Pay

Following on from our pay example above, your travel nurse pay is made up of a taxable hourly wage and tax free income.

Weekly Income per OfferTaxable?
$400 M&IE (Meals & Incidental Expenses)N
$800 Housing StipendN
$57.69 Travel ReimbursementN
$1,080 Hourly Base RateY
$2,337.69 Total$1,080 Taxed

Notice that more than half of this pay package is tax free pay. Ka-ching!

Your tax free stipends, or "Per Diem" pay, are based on daily maximum rates set by the government.  Check gsa.gov's Per Diem rates for your next contract location.

Travel nurses are eligible for Per Diem tax free stipends when working away from your permanent tax home. When receiving tax free pay you MUST duplicate living/housing expenses, required per IRS rules.

This means paying fair market prices for both your accommodation at your travel nursing assignment, AND maintaining your own housing at your permanent tax home.

Many agencies also offer travel reimbursements to help you get money back you spent on travel expenses moving between assignments.

Pro tip: You can still "travel nurse" while living in your own housing at your permanent tax home. The difference is your income will be fully taxed, and you won't be eligible for the the tax free travel nursing pay.

Highest Paying States for Travel Nurses

Which states are really worth the higher cost license fees? Our map shows the highest paying states for travel nurses over the past 12 months.

To view the highest paying states averages since September 2019, use the toggle in the right-hand corner of any of our graphs.

These averages would include crisis rate market fluctuations.

Last 12 months 

Map Chart: Top Paying Travel Nursing States

Highest paying states for travel nurses. Standardized to 36/hour week contracts to compare data accurately.

For more specific travel nurse salary by state, see our table below with detailed pay trends and job availability.

We've included the standard deviation. This shows you how 68% of pay offers spread above and below the average travel RN rates. Picture a bell curve.

For example, 68% of California travel nurse salaries are $2,537.01 +/- $681.08 = pay range of $1,855.93 - $3,218.09.

The 'job count' column gives you a snapshot of each state's job availability.

Highest Paying States for Travel Nurses

Last 12 months 
State Average Weekly Pay Weekly Pay St. Deviation# Jobs Observed
Alaska$2,461.67$532.8020,995
New York$2,352.69$507.53125,845
California$2,339.65$540.57208,489
Massachusetts$2,330.95$486.79102,080
North Dakota$2,329.98$482.7728,078
New Jersey$2,321.21$551.2364,574
Wisconsin$2,272.73$474.9672,281
Maine$2,225.42$461.2034,293
Arizona$2,220.32$436.8858,099
Hawaii$2,217.46$487.7525,712
Utah$2,199.23$375.248,983
Illinois$2,198.24$407.2883,454
Rhode Island$2,196.15$523.209,603
Connecticut$2,188.67$422.8832,574
West Virginia$2,188.34$411.2128,161
Ohio$2,181.05$397.1690,679
Colorado$2,174.44$439.8654,544
District Of Columbia$2,172.87$405.0710,148
Washington$2,153.57$438.8190,235
Wyoming$2,148.04$469.679,557
Nevada$2,146.05$456.3011,698
Vermont$2,134.79$487.1528,174
Nebraska$2,134.22$469.1228,815
New Hampshire$2,129.69$485.7542,846
Minnesota$2,123.49$529.5434,779
Oregon$2,116.73$479.2570,827
Kentucky$2,097.37$352.3141,220
Virginia$2,094.29$413.0291,099
Indiana$2,090.47$351.1068,572
Montana$2,077.44$415.0027,777
Delaware$2,077.28$590.947,556
Iowa$2,066.17$415.1262,151
Michigan$2,065.36$428.7762,925
South Dakota$2,060.70$463.0725,098
Kansas$2,057.65$383.4830,949
Maryland$2,057.55$450.3754,558
Idaho$2,054.27$366.5321,051
Pennsylvania$2,044.24$530.1693,410
Missouri$2,027.70$357.1862,598
New Mexico$2,004.98$408.1642,512
Oklahoma$2,001.64$359.5836,955
Texas$1,967.39$396.23126,416
Tennessee$1,958.16$325.0652,929
North Carolina$1,955.25$359.73101,975
Georgia$1,948.60$387.6481,201
Louisiana$1,934.90$381.6824,260
Florida$1,919.31$389.1755,022
Arkansas$1,916.26$373.3119,706
South Carolina$1,897.72$353.6540,692
Mississippi$1,871.72$382.5712,119
Alabama$1,829.25$346.9624,726
Table: Travel Nurse States by Highest Paying. Standard deviation explanation.

Curious what the market looked like pre-COVID19?

Below is a compilation of the states that offered the higher pay from September 2019 - March 2020. Compare this list to our above map and table to see what difference crisis rates made.

Top 5 Highest Paying States for Travel Nurses (Pre - Covid19)

  1. California Consistently has the best pay and the most jobs by a long shot. Both inside and outside of the pandemic.
  2. New Jersey Solid opportunities for both pay and job availability.
  3. Washington D.C. Great income, but fewer job openings.
  4. Alaska Decent pay and lots of jobs, despite reputation for low rates. Current rates lower than pre-covid19.
  5. Connecticut Regularly pays above average with frequent job openings.

Highest Travel Nurse Salaries by Metropolitan Area

Not sure which areas of the country pay great for travel nurses?

We've got a summary here to get you started. Get even more location-specific data on high paying opportunities using our interactive pay explorer.

Top 5 Highest Travel Nurse Salaries by Metropolitan Area

Go after high pay AND lots of job openings in these locations:

  1. California Holds 9 of our top 10 spots for highest-paying metro areas
  2. East Coast New York City-Newark, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington DC
  3. Pacific Northwest Seattle-Tacoma, Portland
  4. Midwest St Louis, Chicago
  5. Arizona Phoenix, Tuscon

Pro Tip: Investing in a California license is worth your time and money if you're looking for LOTS of high-paying job options.

Highest Paying Travel Nurse Specialties

Feast your eyes on the largest travel nursing specialty comparison available including more than 130 specialties. Our interactive table shows nationwide pay averages including standard deviation for you to get an accurate overview of the highest paying specialties.

Last 12 months 
Travel Nursing Specialty Average Weekly Pay Weekly Pay St. Deviation# Jobs Observed
Cardiovascular/Cardiothoracic Surgery (NP / CV/CT Surg)$6,462.00$288.754
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA / CRNA)$6,323.18$1,221.71163
Physicist (Non-Healthcare / Phys)$5,302.92$1,143.89499
Family Nurse Practitioner (NP / FNP)$4,263.99$1,754.1168
Neonatology (NP / Neonatology)$3,858.85$665.754
Urgent Care (NP / Urgent Care)$3,759.53$719.674
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (RN / CRNA)$3,662.68$2,173.03157
Emergency Medicine (PA / ED)$3,270.87$1,375.263
Nurse Practitioner (NP / NP)$3,199.03$1,574.7874
Assistant Nurse Manager (RN / Asst RN Mgr)$3,104.24$668.12151
Dosimetrist (Allied / Dosimetrist)$2,917.06$613.16285
Hematology (RN / Heme)$2,867.97$644.9283
Perfusionist (Allied / Perf)$2,865.10$1,627.69976
Critical Care Flight / Transport Nurse (RN / Flight)$2,847.06$697.81163
Pediatric Cardiovascular Operating Room (RN / Peds CVOR)$2,793.67$537.02142
Registered Nurse First Assistant (RN / RNFA)$2,768.59$704.655,557
Public Health (RN / Pub Hlth)$2,706.83$532.75160
Cardiovascular Operating Room (RN / CVOR)$2,678.17$471.7623,121
Doctor of Pharmacy (Allied / PharmD)$2,612.78$491.114,686
Pathology Assistant (Allied / Path Asst)$2,607.54$481.661,275
Pediatric Hematology - Oncology (RN / Peds Heme/Onc)$2,606.55$489.97165
Pediatric Operating Room (RN / Peds OR)$2,605.04$571.231,468
Radiology (RN / Radiology)$2,585.17$510.823,983
Antepartum (Allied / Ante)$2,576.53$864.25508
Audiologist (Allied / Aud)$2,575.86$516.95252
Cardiac Cath Lab (RN / Cath Lab)$2,573.33$433.2845,945
Infection Control (RN / Infection)$2,563.05$612.991,112
Electrophysiology Lab (RN / EP Lab)$2,551.44$488.013,411
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (RN / PICU)$2,547.46$544.7713,256
Nurse Educator (RN / Education)$2,544.88$520.15681
Interventional Radiology (RN / IR)$2,540.29$452.8612,772
House Supervisor (Supervisor / House Sup)$2,538.90$537.973,512
Pediatric Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (RN / Peds CVICU)$2,531.08$522.02992
Nurse Manager (RN / RN Mgr)$2,525.80$742.184,678
Visual Impairments Teacher (School Services / School)$2,515.02$449.7044
Hematology / Oncology (RN / Heme / Onc)$2,513.57$515.97730
Special Procedures (RN / Special Procedures)$2,511.55$431.07425
Administrative (RN / Admin)$2,499.81$703.94448
Director of Nursing (RN / DON)$2,480.22$765.691,804
Lactation (RN / Lactation)$2,476.28$364.3134
Pediatric Oncology (RN / Peds Onc)$2,474.33$841.4195
Special Procedures Technologist (Allied / Special Procedures Tech)$2,471.07$425.592,117
Interventional Radiology Technologist (Allied / IR Tech)$2,465.67$412.8228,586
Psychologist (Allied / CP)$2,458.27$715.68341
Multi-Modality Technologist (Allied / Multi-Modality Technologist)$2,448.79$391.872,279
Therapeutic Apheresis (RN / Apheresis)$2,446.13$526.71200
Cardiovascular Cath Lab Technologist (Allied / Cardiac Cath Lab Tech)$2,442.72$423.0853,671
Electrophysiology Lab Technician (Allied / EP Lab Tech)$2,441.93$383.294,386
Pediatric Emergency Department (RN / Peds ED)$2,422.96$435.483,489
Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit (RN / CTICU)$2,415.78$502.96475
Operating Room (RN / OR)$2,406.22$446.0495,313
Pediatric Progressive Care Unit (RN / Peds PCU)$2,405.18$403.29590
Pediatric Post Anesthesia Care Unit (RN / Peds PACU)$2,402.11$407.16294
School Psychologist, Certified (School Services / NCSP)$2,401.24$1,053.76211
Bone Marrow Transplant (RN / BMT)$2,389.01$504.682,025
Echocardiograph Technologist (Allied / Echo Technologist)$2,386.85$389.7313,295
Obstetric Ultrasound - Sonographer (Allied / OB/GYN US)$2,384.94$390.1213
Radiotherapist (Allied / Radiotherapy)$2,379.03$492.224,779
Computed Tomography Technologist (Allied / CT Tech)$2,375.39$395.11154,009
Nurse Navigator (RN / RN Navigator)$2,368.81$231.2215
Echo-Vascular Technician (Allied / Echo/Vasc Tech)$2,365.60$403.336,174
Echocardiograph Technician (Allied / Echo Tech)$2,360.05$383.8215,568
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (RN / NICU)$2,350.29$444.8013,716
Vascular Technologist (Allied / RVT)$2,348.63$422.195,127
Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (RN / CVICU)$2,326.73$448.4221,811
Burn Intensive Care Unit (RN / BICU)$2,324.60$516.20869
Nuclear Medicine Technologist (Allied / CNMT)$2,324.23$358.7613,611
Labor & Delivery (RN / L&D)$2,320.74$446.3558,148
Ultrasound-Sonography Technician (Allied / US/Sono Tech)$2,320.64$406.8613,376
Pediatrics (RN / Peds)$2,318.05$474.3512,064
Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialist (RN / CDI)$2,315.88$446.0740
Nurse Resident (RN / RN Resident)$2,315.78$621.7615
OB/GYN (RN / OB/GYN)$2,314.18$473.734,587
Vascular Access Nurse (RN / PICC RN)$2,313.98$313.24447
Transplant (RN / Transplant)$2,313.90$404.84675
MRI Technician (Allied / MRI Tech)$2,306.50$431.5316,908
Pain Management (RN / Pain Mgt)$2,306.45$417.8880
Urology (RN / Urology)$2,303.98$368.26204
Same Day Surgery (RN / SDS)$2,300.88$391.1865
Mammography Tech (Allied / Mammo Tech)$2,300.32$473.657,682
Surgical Oncology (RN / Surg Onc)$2,296.12$355.67198
Cytotechnologist (Allied / Cyto)$2,289.99$438.131,458
Cardiology (RN / Cardio)$2,286.16$407.942,235
MRI Technologist (Allied / MRI Technologist)$2,280.48$369.6035,402
Neurology Intensive Care Unit (RN / Neuro ICU)$2,275.19$369.494,299
Patient Care Coordinator (RN / PCC)$2,273.57$641.4162
Perioperative (RN / Peri-op)$2,271.57$440.002,406
Wound Care (RN / Wound)$2,271.31$408.712,339
Float Pool (RN / Float)$2,264.42$410.221,792
Ultrasound Technologist (Allied / US Technologist)$2,264.25$372.5148,994
Case Management (RN / CM)$2,251.43$394.7516,773
Gastrointestinal Lab (RN / GI Lab)$2,251.37$427.482,899
Surgical Intensive Care Unit (RN / SICU)$2,240.20$378.781,779
Coronary Care Unit (RN / CCU)$2,239.86$316.888,476
Ambulatory Care (RN / Amb)$2,239.04$455.793,302
Post Anesthesia Care Unit (RN / PACU)$2,238.88$396.7423,627
Admissions (RN / ADM)$2,238.63$216.95115
Infusion Therapy (RN / Infusion)$2,235.36$364.072,866
Postpartum (RN / PP)$2,232.98$445.525,033
Oncology (RN / Onc)$2,225.22$399.9231,332
Urgent Care (RN / Urgent Care)$2,220.88$576.75658
Endoscopy (RN / Endo)$2,219.86$383.7412,204
Cardiac Stepdown Unit (RN / CSDU)$2,217.27$312.411,518
Assistant Director of Nursing (RN / Asst. DON)$2,217.02$798.97160
Utilization Review (RN / UR)$2,216.91$437.331,104
Radiology Technologist (Allied / X-Ray Technologist)$2,216.38$400.8067,440
Emergency Department (RN / ED)$2,203.18$366.43134,100
Neurology Progressive Care Unit (RN / Neuro PCU)$2,195.33$321.18898
Intensive Care Unit (RN / ICU)$2,194.90$364.16104,712
Step Down Unit (RN / SDU)$2,187.04$312.3728,048
Sub-Acute (RN / Sub-Acute)$2,184.61$253.1473
Outpatient Clinic (Allied / Outpatient)$2,183.37$244.0974
Clinical Nurse Coordinator (RN / CNC)$2,182.66$759.581,363
Medical Surgical Telemetry (RN / Med Surg Tele)$2,179.49$303.8979,351
Direct Observation Unit (RN / DOU)$2,174.93$302.282,039
Postoperative (RN / Post-op)$2,170.68$313.9256
Orthopedic Neurology (RN / Ortho / Neuro)$2,162.24$279.04317
Acute Care (RN / Acute)$2,162.02$383.615,483
CVOR Technologist (Allied / CVOR Tech)$2,155.34$362.7317,835
Certified Surgical First Assistant (Allied / CSFA)$2,149.52$413.763,282
Progressive Care Unit (RN / PCU)$2,143.04$323.6084,339
Nephrology (RN / Neph)$2,142.08$264.93303
Diagnostic Radiologist (Allied / Radiologist)$2,141.15$490.40748
Outpatient Clinic (RN / Outpatient)$2,139.36$465.135,882
Telemetry (RN / Tele)$2,138.33$346.42108,145
Trauma Intensive Care Unit (RN / TICU)$2,133.92$322.04652
X-Ray Technician (Allied / X-Ray Tech)$2,131.65$367.6211,246
Neurology (RN / Neuro)$2,128.47$324.686,609
Occupational Health (RN / Occ Health)$2,120.10$338.37314
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (Allied / LCSW)$2,118.65$344.044,577
Corrections (RN / Corr)$2,112.84$407.272,877
Home Health (RN / HH)$2,103.73$335.6937,697
Psychiatric - Mental Health (RN / Psych)$2,099.00$375.7428,074
Dialysis (RN / Dialysis)$2,096.22$353.4913,274
Radiology Technician (Allied / Rad Tech)$2,092.39$358.3226,840
Orthopedic (RN / Ortho)$2,085.15$324.5310,526
Medical Surgical (RN / Med Surg)$2,084.64$343.51226,399
Psychiatric - Mental Health Technician (Allied / Psych Tech)$2,079.29$1,060.78410
Cardiac Progressive Care Unit (RN / CPCU)$2,077.32$269.996,065
Telehealth (RN / Telehealth)$2,055.07$375.00110
Registered Dietician (Allied / RDCD)$2,052.30$248.34292
Long Term Acute Care (RN / LTAC)$2,043.01$316.5817,537
Hospice (RN / Hospice)$2,037.18$297.1810,275
Stroke / Neuro (RN / Stroke / Neuro)$2,025.21$274.23207
Research / Clinical Research (RN / Research)$2,025.10$372.3949
Electroencephalogram Technician (Allied / EEG Tech)$1,976.28$395.89808
Rehabilitation Therapy (Allied / Rehab Therapy)$1,971.93$385.911,368
Respiratory Therapist (Allied / RT)$1,968.82$374.8242,288
Board Certified Behavioral Analyst (School Services / BCBA)$1,968.42$279.9421
Polysomnographer (Allied / Sleep Tech)$1,925.53$357.292,914
Physical Therapy (Therapy / PT)$1,921.67$329.30195,351
Speech Language Pathologist (Allied / SLP)$1,915.57$283.4847,259
American Sign Language Teacher (School Services / ASL Teacher)$1,912.34$320.9922
Operating Room / Surgical Technician (Allied / OR / Surg Tech)$1,894.20$349.0996,451
Speech Language Pathologist Assistant (Allied / SLPA)$1,890.96$324.09343
School Nurse (RN / School Nurse)$1,868.94$580.72252
Occupational Therapy (Therapy / OT)$1,867.07$307.6859,920
Long Term Care (RN / LTC)$1,866.96$399.2330,537
Medical Tech / Medical Laboratory Scientist / Clinical Laboratory Scientist (Allied / MT / MLS / CLS)$1,854.34$456.7324,523
Skilled Nursing Facility (RN / SNF)$1,845.22$442.1113,491
Special Education Teacher (School Services / Special Ed)$1,844.32$314.62506
Obstetric Technician (Allied / OB Tech)$1,833.02$376.24875
Histotechnician (Allied / HT)$1,813.49$400.552,163
Electroencephalogram Technologist (Allied / EEG Technologist)$1,801.14$330.43762
Rehabilitation (RN / Rehab)$1,764.20$487.7525,076
Recreational Therapist (Therapy / RT)$1,749.05$429.6013
Charge Nurse (RN / Charge)$1,729.56$466.01897
Telemetry Monitor Technician (Allied / Tele / Monitor Tech)$1,723.07$608.74505
Endoscopy Technician (Allied / Endo Tech)$1,702.73$419.311,290
Home Health (Allied / HH)$1,684.93$296.566
Emergency Department (LPN / LVN / ED)$1,671.37$421.97194
Anesthesia Technician (Allied / Anesthesia Tech)$1,671.11$717.48531
Electrocardiograph Technician (Allied / EKG Tech)$1,584.09$582.7479
Corrections (LPN / LVN / Corr)$1,576.90$283.961,460
Home Health (LPN / LVN / HH)$1,551.91$219.844,654
Telemetry (LPN / LVN / Tele)$1,546.01$340.41416
Psychiatric - Mental Health (LPN / LVN / Psych)$1,518.21$312.95772
Long Term Acute Care (LPN / LVN / LTAC)$1,512.95$193.231,304
Paramedic (Allied / Paramedic)$1,508.41$359.21196
Emergency Department Technician (Allied / ED Tech)$1,473.77$417.30101
Outpatient Clinic (LPN / LVN / Outpatient)$1,464.59$266.083,657
Antepartum (RN / Antepartum)$1,434.96$673.75809
Medical Surgical (LPN / LVN / Med Surg)$1,434.11$280.565,638
School Nurse (LPN / LVN / School Nurse)$1,433.32$288.9964
Long Term Care (LPN / LVN / LTC)$1,407.71$276.5435,948
Hospice (LPN / LVN / Hospice)$1,396.82$215.061,494
( / Rehab)$1,394.06$255.40195
Skilled Nursing Facility (LPN / LVN / SNF)$1,372.32$319.81577
Pharmacy Technician (Allied / Pharm Tech)$1,348.02$311.37810
LPN / LVN (LPN / LVN / LPN / LVN)$1,341.10$281.8321,701
Physical Therapy Assistant (Therapy / PTA)$1,333.52$225.7938,922
Dialysis Technician (Allied / Dialysis Tech)$1,326.94$193.35659
Occupational Therapy Assistant (Therapy / OTA)$1,323.42$201.7713,879
Sterile Processing Technician (Allied / SPT)$1,301.91$253.566,326
Patient Care Technician (Allied / PCT)$1,257.84$540.40177
Skilled Nursing Facility (Allied / SNF)$1,206.76$352.61136
Phlebotomy (Allied / Phlebotomist)$1,204.71$300.00220
Home Health (CNA / HH)$1,187.61$442.4414
Clerical (Non-Healthcare / Clerical)$1,103.08$185.168
Medical Surgical (CNA / Med Surg)$1,097.07$255.32236
Certified Medical Assistant (Allied / CMA)$1,080.20$319.20815
Long Term Care (CNA / LTC)$1,019.35$285.321,125
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA / CNA)$951.97$257.801,540
Table: Travel Nurse Specialties

We removed specialties with very low job counts and supervisory roles. This keeps our data relevant to the travel nursing specialties with high pay AND regular job availability.

For a different view, we've got an interactive bubble chart displaying the highest paying travel nurse specialties by their job availability. Hover over the bubbles to identify the specialties.

Last 12 months 
Chart: Travel Nurse Specialties Bubble Chart

Not all nursing specialties have a regular high need for travel nurses. For example, RN's in Electrophysiology Lab (EP Lab) regularly have higher pay offerings, but don't have the plentiful job options that ICU or L&D nurses have.

Pro tip: If you aspire to work consistently as a travel nurse, gain experience in a specialty with higher job availability.

I repeat: Higher demand = Higher compensation.

How To Find the Highest Paying Travel Nursing Jobs

How can you cut through the lowball offers to find and land the best paying travel nurse salaries? We started StellarNurse to help you.

After analyzing the market for 4+ years, here's our best advice:

  • Use our interactive pay explorer to check pay trends, job availability and best agencies for your specialty
  • Check out the newest & highest-paying travel nursing jobs to get an objective overview on your best current opportunities
  • Message agencies anonymously on our StellarNurse jobs marketplace, focus on agencies that pay best and have lots of jobs for your specialty
  • Keep current state licenses for the locations that have your specialty's best pay and highest job availability
  • Breakdown pay packages to weekly or hourly income to accurately compare job offers
  • Prioritize high pay - above personal convenience, best locations, nicest recruiter or agency loyalty
  • Move fast for Crisis or Rapid Response rate offers

In a nutshell, stay flexible. The best offers are competitive and often need help fast. Be ready to adjust plans quickly, coordinate with a new agency or arrange travel to an unexpected location.

Bonus tip: If you like your agency, tell fellow travel nurses. Make an easy $500-$1,000. Every agency offers referral bonuses if a nurse you referred works with them too.

How To Find The Best Paying Travel Nurse Agencies

With more than 500 agencies posting travel nursing jobs daily it’s overwhelming to find which ones might be the best travel nurse companies for you.

After analyzing 4 million jobs over the past 4 years, we’ve organized our data to help you make informed decisions on which agencies to prioritize contacting first.

Find the best paying travel nurse agencies for your specialty and preferred locations. Use the filters to see which agencies have the most jobs available.

Last 12 months 
Agency Average Weekly Pay Weekly Pay St. Deviation# Jobs Observed
Aequor Healthcare$2,021.51$430.91126,358
Aureus Medical Group$2,194.33$476.03121,328
Epic Travel Staffing (formerly Emerald Health)$2,207.99$421.7693,633
MedPro Healthcare Staffing$2,127.18$430.4692,417
Ventura MedStaff$1,988.05$433.5091,200
CoreMedical Group$1,962.71$417.0579,588
Host Healthcare$2,259.14$689.0773,381
Triage Staffing$2,029.60$668.1261,082
TotalMed$2,098.75$430.4152,605
Premier Healthcare Professionals$2,195.23$475.9548,737
Access Healthcare Staffing$2,279.70$518.5145,240
Healthcare Staffing - IDR, Inc$2,068.46$448.7345,166
LeaderStat$2,136.42$457.2641,121
OneStaff Medical$1,969.92$499.7838,296
Marvel Medical Staffing$2,021.41$405.1037,641
LanceSoft$2,331.75$401.0236,961
ADEX Medical Staffing$2,240.66$346.7236,957
RNnetwork$2,059.03$652.7835,301
Jackson Therapy Partners$1,838.91$409.6235,226
Healthcare Support$2,092.11$411.5634,276
Cross Country Healthcare$2,107.17$507.2732,984
CrossMed$2,030.90$390.5831,905
HealthTrust Workforce Solutions$2,024.54$372.6331,589
Planet Healthcare$2,190.27$421.3830,862
GLC On-The-Go$1,884.33$534.8229,656
Genie Healthcare$2,122.90$474.3829,180
Jackson Nurse Professionals$2,154.55$436.2228,862
Medical Solutions$2,157.11$458.3128,201
Uniti Med$1,856.68$536.4927,190
Nurse First Travel Agency$2,177.24$385.8626,987
Go Healthcare$2,052.03$470.9826,891
Stability Healthcare$2,122.39$401.0324,541
Coast Medical Service$2,238.07$422.3624,137
Focus Staff$2,175.67$475.8023,803
Ardor Health Solutions$2,054.39$432.4722,696
KPG Healthcare$2,191.53$475.6622,567
Anders Group$2,123.52$443.5221,592
American Traveler$2,149.34$352.1121,542
TactStaff$2,236.53$370.6020,557
ADN Healthcare$2,182.03$407.2520,227
Nomad Health$2,332.86$425.2118,772
Nationwide Therapy Group$1,768.73$526.6217,813
Phaxis$2,105.81$337.1416,105
Springboard Healthcare$2,357.60$378.4115,815
CareTeam Solutions$2,024.45$469.3415,752
Advantis Medical Staffing$2,130.76$388.9015,729
FlexCare Medical Staffing$2,133.17$445.3815,425
TRS Healthcare$2,117.28$426.7115,063
PRN Healthcare$2,124.27$412.0314,973
Vibra Travels$2,201.33$317.7214,814
Synergy Medical Staffing$1,992.46$471.2514,724
GetMed Staffing, Inc.$1,997.71$456.0814,650
MedUS Healthcare$2,179.64$426.1114,479
Travel Nurse Across America$2,221.00$438.9813,643
TLC Travel Staff$2,112.49$469.1813,346
Vocaday$2,158.61$480.2613,199
Travel Nurses Inc.$2,117.30$406.5213,113
GHR Travel Nursing$2,323.03$402.6412,530
Republic Health Resources$2,107.01$488.3512,408
Assured Nursing$2,050.45$404.4212,327
AHS Staffing$2,130.03$371.7012,231
SkyBridge Healthcare$1,880.96$402.7112,100
NuWest Group$2,303.90$429.5811,739
Gifted Healthcare$2,143.10$521.1711,705
Atlas MedStaff$2,139.38$395.2111,703
Amare Medical Network$2,086.31$484.8711,632
Solomon Page$2,209.87$477.7811,205
ALOIS Healthcare$2,097.81$499.6910,648
Destination Travelcare$2,186.98$466.8010,622
Sharp Medical Staffinglife$2,355.14$420.2810,474
Skyline Med Staff$1,984.77$472.2410,377
trustaff$2,130.87$418.1110,375
Wellspring Nurse Source$2,296.86$388.6010,277
LRS Healthcare$2,283.54$489.1810,260
Summit Medical Staffing$2,260.16$413.259,895
3D Medical Staffing$2,231.40$452.569,790
Cynet Health$2,202.40$434.959,626
Health Specialists, Inc.$2,199.94$352.819,482
AMN Healthcare Allied$1,893.35$461.319,421
Lead Health$2,340.88$453.518,712
IntellaPro Staffing$2,204.24$502.418,383
American Mobile Healthcare (AMN)$2,261.91$546.158,377
ARM Staffing$2,121.05$445.558,265
Health Advocates Network$2,247.58$393.108,034
Magnet Medical$2,270.38$456.777,977
Supplemental Health Care$1,954.42$542.887,917
Prime Time Healthcare$2,382.06$457.507,825
Vital Workforce Solutions$2,188.91$391.187,408
Nightingale Nurses$2,293.70$458.267,309
Health Carousel - Allied Travel$1,981.46$374.017,076
Premier Medical Staffing$2,128.51$343.317,045
Next Move, Inc.$2,072.79$375.396,716
Junxion Med Staffing$2,093.74$440.856,646
Nurses First Solutions$2,137.66$435.906,365
Zack Group$2,148.26$371.776,196
GrapeTree Medical Staffing$1,628.21$433.295,807
Guardian HealthStaff, LLC.$2,131.91$363.665,720
Critical Connection, inc$1,942.32$250.075,664
Delta Healthcare Providers$1,974.33$239.565,610
National Staffing$1,925.42$542.745,581
Ethos Medical Staffing$2,112.72$387.135,553
Excel Medical Staffing$2,057.05$487.235,500
Centra Healthcare$1,705.85$347.215,432
Thrive Staffing$1,854.39$475.725,154
Fusion Medical Staffing$2,050.04$455.215,044
Arrow Healthcare Staffing and Recruiting$2,062.91$404.114,787
Source Medical Staffing$2,311.66$424.414,609
FlexUp Direct$2,026.61$540.224,600
Accountable Healthcare Staffing$2,228.92$427.074,500
GQR Healthcare$2,401.19$586.254,416
Impresiv Health$2,201.83$443.484,396
SambaCare$2,292.01$518.894,222
RCM Healthcare Services$2,099.17$456.464,111
Aya Healthcare$2,286.21$466.683,918
Corratel Healthcare$2,639.66$565.503,804
HumanEdge$2,148.33$396.323,717
Titan Medical Group$2,292.65$392.093,713
QS Nurses$1,856.69$562.983,690
Remede Consulting Group, Inc.$2,090.33$397.813,656
PRIDE Health$2,154.01$393.613,589
Prime HealthCare Staffing$2,054.13$410.693,579
Catapult Healthcare$2,338.67$539.843,397
RKA Recruiting$2,455.32$421.903,369
Specialty Professional Services$1,983.71$521.073,303
Ink - A Healthcare Staffing Co.$2,368.73$410.103,274
Reliable Nurse Staffing$2,307.28$351.533,223
Voyage Healthcare$2,111.21$491.993,146
NURSES Etc. STAFFING$2,094.54$568.693,115
The Judge Group$2,545.04$474.662,869
Galaxy Healthcare$2,173.29$370.482,854
Plains Medical Staffing$2,279.76$511.382,834
Providence Health Care Staffing$1,731.69$590.642,834
Bluebird Staffing$2,187.45$326.142,774
Firstat Medical Staffing$2,250.02$422.272,700
Health Carousel$2,053.98$442.852,667
Club Staffing (AMN)$2,041.70$307.362,562
Trusted Resource Associates (TRA)$2,250.34$420.522,541
Favorite Healthcare Staffing$2,102.92$319.302,483
AB Staffing Solutions$2,109.86$578.852,439
Vighter$2,381.80$359.682,320
Malone Healthcare Solutions$2,405.47$431.682,277
Northside Hospital Choice+Local$2,149.80$472.942,218
TinkBird Healthcare Staffing$2,349.33$501.712,213
Pioneer Healthcare$1,609.66$403.032,210
Trinity Health FirstChoice$2,297.97$378.532,180
KingFish Healthcare$2,161.50$297.892,136
Cure Healthcare Staffing$2,422.62$343.691,997
eTeam Inc$2,351.34$567.561,958
Trusted Health$2,024.68$576.071,931
Nurse 2 Nurse Staffing$2,217.73$501.991,822
MSSI$2,287.44$503.851,764
Med Travelers (AMN Allied)$1,846.29$431.681,759
Connected Health Care$2,187.28$447.551,732
Refined Medical Staffing$2,209.13$472.591,722
Fiber Staffing$1,973.03$313.641,669
Marshall Healthcare Staffing$2,264.70$532.251,669
TheraEX Staffing Services$2,205.01$579.391,633
Consolidated Medical Travel$2,786.42$496.421,593
Nurses 24/7$2,231.37$638.011,590
Onyx Health Care Staffing$2,141.49$461.011,550
Alliance Medical Staffing$2,041.16$468.791,541
Med Ninjas$2,330.54$641.491,516
Allyon$2,222.32$549.321,499
IMCS Group$1,963.13$536.531,482
Bestica$2,335.29$347.771,477
Spire Workforce Solutions$2,289.33$370.991,477
MAS Medical Staffing$2,169.74$353.921,453
Lifeline Healthcare Professionals$2,425.32$534.061,436
Halcyon Nurse Staffing$2,165.02$348.511,427
Soliant Health$2,403.96$528.061,409
Rock Medical Group$2,119.85$548.061,392
Kiwi Healthcare$2,286.35$469.321,297
The Good Life MedStaff$2,325.10$559.341,268
City Mobile Group$2,198.91$312.511,259
MedCall Staffing$2,262.24$308.501,199
MedWave Healthcare Staffing$2,308.41$516.591,168
Innovate Healthcare Staffing$2,315.02$326.151,149
Modern Healthcare Solutions$2,344.95$412.351,146
Journey Healthcare Solutions$2,155.62$506.031,144
Triage Consulting Group$2,154.41$395.451,138
Maxim Healthcare Services$2,476.67$554.011,055
American Medical Staffing$2,178.42$431.751,004
FocusPoint$2,626.82$427.71987
Lahey Health$2,539.33$559.95983
MedQ GLOBAL STAFFING$2,479.32$461.00972
Convergence Medical Staffing$2,109.75$406.89950
Lifeline Medical Staffing$2,165.48$438.08926
Explore Tek$2,450.99$492.11915
Mynela Staffing$2,173.49$491.32890
Greenstaff Medical$2,223.00$581.88861
Medical Talent$2,155.62$437.12829
The Stepping Stones Group$1,969.72$391.91802
Treva Corporation$2,202.28$341.93782
Pulse Healthcare Services$2,187.33$590.80759
iDeal Personnel$1,892.22$450.42722
Seven Healthcare$2,293.05$500.20695
Sunbelt Staffing$2,519.40$471.37650
Alliance Healthcare Solutions$1,765.66$422.96648
Care Partners Staffing$2,064.01$378.45629
Custom Healthcare Solutions$2,054.45$470.72624
Reliant Staffing Solutions$2,392.45$562.84602
Avani Healthcare Staffing$2,205.75$501.01596
Mindlance Health$2,509.74$466.22590
Reliable Source Talent$2,500.89$348.87574
ICONMA$2,294.49$377.84562
Siemens Healthineers$2,460.11$484.64524
PS Companies$2,501.05$345.90504
Nurse Hustle$2,184.74$399.12495
Insight Global$2,442.50$568.05492
Formation, Inc.$2,663.81$607.28449
DT-Trak Consulting$2,596.95$382.87420
Lucid Staffing Solutions$2,387.72$1,026.24402
Delta Medical Staffing$2,320.24$466.87371
MedicalPeople Staffing, LLC$2,603.57$478.69363
Innovent Global$2,247.76$538.72341
Becker Health$2,602.67$462.63340
Froedtert Health$2,256.02$433.33339
Professional Nursing Service$2,760.27$548.61334
CareNational$2,112.46$570.05322
PeopleFirst RN Staffing$2,100.72$233.91291
Origin Travel Nurses$2,577.99$354.40267
Adventure Nursing LLC$2,365.23$360.47263
Medmasa$2,340.08$573.61263
Blu Medstaff$2,002.63$425.23260
Advocate Health Staffing$2,572.64$512.97251
White Glove Placement$2,415.29$614.28249
TLC Nursing$2,412.72$647.44246
Winston Staffing$2,319.56$499.57239
Hire Up Healthcare$2,534.34$402.57238
MARS Solutions Group$2,235.19$715.73223
CareerStaff Unlimited$3,350.38$2,918.29219
Excite Health Partners$2,658.14$552.69217
Cambay Healthcare$2,237.89$561.04215
Novo Connections$2,189.44$681.86178
Open Door Personnel$2,089.49$380.13169
Medasource$2,461.46$253.74166
Cerebral Staffing$2,265.15$617.63159
EGA Associates$2,075.38$590.19159
Millbrook$2,519.46$372.08149
Fastaff Travel Nursing$2,654.04$551.37144
WalkerHealthcare$2,163.07$262.49144
Solutions by Sanford$2,449.96$447.70142
SojouRN$2,720.55$517.99133
WorkSquare$2,105.52$347.89131
Southeast HEALTH$2,647.88$391.36130
VitalHire$2,378.53$283.81122
Vero Travel Nursing$2,300.88$451.94121
Saratoga Medical Staffing$2,494.87$575.90114
Leaders in Care$2,142.19$352.48110
Peregrine Team$2,970.41$591.6799
Platinum Healthcare Staffing$2,612.36$1,233.8999
Grady Works$1,929.95$268.0591
TruMED Healthcare Staffing$2,484.06$306.5173
Loyal Source$2,307.96$624.4669
ATC Healthcare$2,624.66$682.7967
Raisso Inc.$2,554.09$561.7066
Pluto Healthcare Staffing$2,382.08$345.6659
Alto Healthcare Staffing$2,392.06$351.4957
RightPro Staffing$2,238.93$224.8257
Fusion HCR$2,367.74$408.0256
Aptiva Healthcare$2,784.66$770.0853
DirectShifts$2,250.15$729.3553
Aura Staffing Partners$1,758.82$154.1047
CT Assist$2,651.43$689.6746
Beebe Healthcare$2,410.71$519.3239
NavAid Health$1,928.48$447.3138
Health Reserves LLC$2,643.98$584.2637
Primrose Group$2,458.04$455.4634
Axis Medical Staffing$2,297.43$534.7032
VitalSolution (formerly CardioSolution)$2,910.97$473.4922
Capstone Healthcare Staffing$2,394.09$250.3521
First Class Nurses, Inc.$2,473.17$584.1017
Tallavera$2,498.13$762.8417
Quality Clinicians$2,411.25$648.6716
Exquisite Staffing Solutions$2,186.16$225.7214
Phoenix MedStaff$2,588.08$362.4614
Elite365$2,229.25$400.3513
Softpath System, LLC$2,579.36$544.6310
Headwaters Healthcare$3,050.19$561.487
Hamilton Staffing Solutions$2,095.03$510.785
Epic Special Education Staffing (formerly TherapyTravelers)$2,538.00$31.183
All Medical Personnel$1,752.77$604.803
Table: Top Travel Nursing Agencies with Pay Transparency

Refer back to our interactive pay explorer for in-depth pay trends on the best travel nursing agencies for your specialty and locations.

StellarNurse answers three important questions you should consider in your travel nurse agency choices.

Which travel nurse agencies have:

  • The highest paying jobs for your specialty?
  • The most jobs available for your locations?
  • The benefits you’re looking for?

More questions you should consider when choosing a travel nurse agency are:

  • What sets this agency apart?
  • What agency resources are available if you have issues?
  • How responsive is this agency?

Furthermore, find unbiased reviews to guide your choices.

Since I prefer to read reviews directly from my fellow nurses, here's where I look:

Bonus tip: You can message recruiters anonymously on the StellarNurse jobs marketplace totally risk-free. Get all your questions answered before giving up your contact info.

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All our data is publicly available on the named travel nursing agency's website or Google jobs listings.

Methodology

We'll be publishing more technical details on our GitHub in the near future.

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