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$2,479.03$528.2518,596
New Jersey$2,425.63$577.5056,525
New York$2,423.72$555.37112,988
California$2,407.66$578.81188,071
North Dakota$2,406.93$481.4822,355
Massachusetts$2,396.22$535.0088,895
Wisconsin$2,316.97$448.3761,991
Arizona$2,273.49$462.2948,858
Hawaii$2,270.48$496.1322,628
District Of Columbia$2,259.14$468.769,843
Nevada$2,251.74$471.4910,518
West Virginia$2,246.65$419.9323,445
Connecticut$2,242.69$463.8129,195
Illinois$2,242.68$426.0570,492
Ohio$2,241.19$411.5678,073
Delaware$2,237.40$630.886,005
Washington$2,237.36$467.1579,959
Rhode Island$2,234.45$542.789,126
Colorado$2,222.27$481.3345,369
Wyoming$2,215.83$499.757,688
Maine$2,211.98$475.5028,147
Nebraska$2,207.82$500.0622,533
Minnesota$2,194.37$568.6330,130
Utah$2,188.68$389.498,377
Kentucky$2,184.44$405.4433,633
Oregon$2,167.64$504.4061,580
Pennsylvania$2,156.43$584.5786,089
Indiana$2,154.43$350.2061,417
New Hampshire$2,147.38$499.1635,520
Virginia$2,138.63$423.5880,714
Vermont$2,136.37$515.1822,249
Maryland$2,123.82$472.2949,199
South Dakota$2,119.54$465.4618,504
Iowa$2,108.01$434.1750,382
Idaho$2,099.02$392.4418,654
Montana$2,097.70$426.6022,888
Michigan$2,089.45$422.0153,050
Kansas$2,074.74$373.3727,856
Missouri$2,060.08$366.2453,520
New Mexico$2,047.35$428.7635,793
Tennessee$2,033.05$354.6545,244
Texas$2,023.78$406.89112,831
Oklahoma$2,015.88$378.6230,061
Arkansas$2,015.80$397.5617,764
North Carolina$2,007.15$368.0288,811
Louisiana$1,997.13$402.2921,347
Georgia$1,985.09$387.1964,962
Mississippi$1,976.57$371.219,202
Florida$1,942.72$390.5854,665
South Carolina$1,915.45$350.6737,653
Alabama$1,874.67$350.9919,934
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
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA / CRNA)$6,166.97$1,239.28197
Cardiovascular/Cardiothoracic Surgery (NP / CV/CT Surg)$6,109.43$984.814
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (RN / CRNA)$5,237.22$880.19109
Physicist (Non-Healthcare / Phys)$4,936.01$1,221.47221
Urgent Care (NP / Urgent Care)$4,186.35$1,429.686
Acute Care (NP / ACNP)$4,058.12$685.264
Emergency Medicine (PA / ED)$3,968.97$1,359.067
Family Nurse Practitioner (NP / FNP)$3,897.55$1,492.2985
Adult Medicine (NP / Adult Med)$3,764.74$752.808
Neonatology (NP / Neonatology)$3,684.35$689.654
Assistant Nurse Manager (RN / Asst RN Mgr)$3,502.41$926.03137
Critical Care Flight / Transport Nurse (RN / Flight)$2,983.01$896.07118
Dosimetrist (Allied / Dosimetrist)$2,967.90$608.58197
Pediatric Cardiovascular Operating Room (RN / Peds CVOR)$2,913.59$741.08193
Registered Nurse First Assistant (RN / RNFA)$2,838.26$738.194,560
Pediatric Hematology - Oncology (RN / Peds Heme/Onc)$2,823.90$496.81198
Hematology (RN / Heme)$2,786.82$668.7792
Cardiovascular Operating Room (RN / CVOR)$2,778.24$507.6524,808
Public Health (RN / Pub Hlth)$2,766.83$533.64146
Nurse Educator (RN / Education)$2,748.63$550.87713
Pediatric Operating Room (RN / Peds OR)$2,739.18$649.682,101
Pediatric Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (RN / Peds CVICU)$2,736.94$609.98902
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (RN / PICU)$2,694.73$622.7115,147
Electrophysiology Lab (RN / EP Lab)$2,692.30$505.942,707
Assistant Director of Nursing (RN / Asst. DON)$2,690.76$862.16178
Administrative (RN / Admin)$2,684.58$725.08317
Cardiac Cath Lab (RN / Cath Lab)$2,663.93$473.1047,931
Radiology (RN / Radiology)$2,658.02$551.044,161
House Supervisor (Supervisor / House Sup)$2,636.15$651.573,347
Interventional Radiology (RN / IR)$2,630.59$453.6513,666
Pediatric Post Anesthesia Care Unit (RN / Peds PACU)$2,613.42$472.80331
Audiologist (Allied / Aud)$2,611.86$586.60112
Pathology Assistant (Allied / Path Asst)$2,604.88$549.86752
Doctor of Pharmacy (Allied / PharmD)$2,603.74$484.783,252
Infection Control (RN / Infection)$2,599.80$594.22868
Nurse Practitioner (NP / NP)$2,592.68$1,236.3349
Hematology / Oncology (RN / Heme / Onc)$2,592.30$545.10596
Nurse Manager (RN / RN Mgr)$2,584.07$759.114,518
Lactation (RN / Lactation)$2,576.23$451.9340
Pediatric Progressive Care Unit (RN / Peds PCU)$2,534.99$468.14758
Therapeutic Apheresis (RN / Apheresis)$2,534.30$559.34131
Perfusionist (Allied / Perf)$2,514.88$1,274.731,208
Operating Room (RN / OR)$2,511.32$495.7999,271
Pediatric Oncology (RN / Peds Onc)$2,511.01$460.8097
Special Procedures (RN / Special Procedures)$2,504.38$472.03320
Director of Nursing (RN / DON)$2,500.34$770.501,487
Pediatric Emergency Department (RN / Peds ED)$2,492.53$490.943,863
Electrophysiology Lab Technician (Allied / EP Lab Tech)$2,487.91$416.182,940
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (RN / NICU)$2,487.83$544.1812,914
Obstetric Ultrasound - Sonographer (Allied / OB/GYN US)$2,482.51$411.8620
Bone Marrow Transplant (RN / BMT)$2,482.23$553.132,245
Special Procedures Technologist (Allied / Special Procedures Tech)$2,468.56$414.122,052
Cardiovascular Cath Lab Technologist (Allied / Cardiac Cath Lab Tech)$2,466.70$416.4443,210
Interventional Radiology Technologist (Allied / IR Tech)$2,458.19$419.2523,018
Psychologist (Allied / CP)$2,453.28$808.71249
Burn Intensive Care Unit (RN / BICU)$2,424.61$585.65840
Pediatrics (RN / Peds)$2,420.73$536.3912,875
Echo-Vascular Technician (Allied / Echo/Vasc Tech)$2,415.51$405.134,658
Perioperative (RN / Peri-op)$2,414.08$618.142,103
Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (RN / CVICU)$2,414.01$478.4520,163
Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (School Services / School)$2,413.76$197.0834
Radiotherapist (Allied / Radiotherapy)$2,411.97$484.653,827
Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit (RN / CTICU)$2,408.02$554.17336
Labor & Delivery (RN / L&D)$2,404.96$478.4352,607
Nurse Navigator (RN / RN Navigator)$2,404.95$216.5118
Echocardiograph Technologist (Allied / Echo Technologist)$2,402.36$412.3311,268
Pain Management (RN / Pain Mgt)$2,398.53$509.3654
Multi-Modality Technologist (Allied / Multi-Modality Technologist)$2,397.92$410.301,708
Vaccinations (RN / Vax)$2,394.90$0.004
Antepartum (Allied / Ante)$2,385.28$1,043.59310
Computed Tomography Technologist (Allied / CT Tech)$2,374.66$379.68119,962
Urology (RN / Urology)$2,372.51$415.13142
Admissions (RN / ADM)$2,371.91$404.7884
Echocardiograph Technician (Allied / Echo Tech)$2,366.99$384.9712,890
Neurology Intensive Care Unit (RN / Neuro ICU)$2,361.47$411.174,080
Float Pool (RN / Float)$2,352.47$428.421,406
Wound Care (RN / Wound)$2,344.24$436.282,017
Nurse Resident (RN / RN Resident)$2,343.10$671.4712
Vascular Technologist (Allied / RVT)$2,340.82$398.913,656
Infusion Therapy (RN / Infusion)$2,340.75$449.512,894
Utilization Review (RN / UR)$2,336.32$482.91720
Transplant (RN / Transplant)$2,333.85$417.52630
OB/GYN (RN / OB/GYN)$2,332.23$484.553,478
Vascular Access Nurse (RN / PICC RN)$2,328.74$370.60336
Cardiac Stepdown Unit (RN / CSDU)$2,323.93$396.931,083
Diagnostic Radiologist (Allied / Radiologist)$2,323.56$444.92549
Nuclear Medicine Technologist (Allied / CNMT)$2,323.07$360.358,332
Post Anesthesia Care Unit (RN / PACU)$2,319.37$428.8518,325
MRI Technologist (Allied / MRI Technologist)$2,318.30$357.1622,694
Surgical Oncology (RN / Surg Onc)$2,317.48$432.85221
Cardiology (RN / Cardio)$2,317.40$434.341,947
School Psychologist, Certified (School Services / NCSP)$2,312.29$882.17168
Same Day Surgery (RN / SDS)$2,309.81$410.8971
Patient Care Coordinator (RN / PCC)$2,306.02$663.5771
Case Management (RN / CM)$2,305.10$436.7615,147
Cytotechnologist (Allied / Cyto)$2,297.63$480.02905
Ultrasound-Sonography Technician (Allied / US/Sono Tech)$2,297.09$344.6412,071
Coronary Care Unit (RN / CCU)$2,296.08$355.907,736
Ultrasound Technologist (Allied / US Technologist)$2,296.06$391.0236,778
Ambulatory Care (RN / Amb)$2,295.45$475.702,997
MRI Technician (Allied / MRI Tech)$2,294.26$335.4811,424
Endoscopy (RN / Endo)$2,293.56$427.6211,371
Surgical Intensive Care Unit (RN / SICU)$2,291.02$444.971,587
Oncology (RN / Onc)$2,290.41$437.2931,243
Emergency Department (RN / ED)$2,279.88$399.19123,264
Neurology Progressive Care Unit (RN / Neuro PCU)$2,273.52$357.02803
Intensive Care Unit (RN / ICU)$2,271.06$385.0492,339
Gastrointestinal Lab (RN / GI Lab)$2,265.55$392.032,806
Postpartum (RN / PP)$2,263.68$481.125,220
Mammography Tech (Allied / Mammo Tech)$2,258.24$409.995,946
Step Down Unit (RN / SDU)$2,254.02$335.7622,995
Medical Surgical Telemetry (RN / Med Surg Tele)$2,249.34$342.5169,287
Radiology Technologist (Allied / X-Ray Technologist)$2,232.09$400.5755,179
Direct Observation Unit (RN / DOU)$2,231.98$343.091,981
Trauma Intensive Care Unit (RN / TICU)$2,222.39$401.09645
Urgent Care (RN / Urgent Care)$2,220.57$534.63511
Progressive Care Unit (RN / PCU)$2,219.58$359.8277,550
Telemetry (RN / Tele)$2,206.92$368.76106,464
CVOR Technologist (Allied / CVOR Tech)$2,205.41$372.8714,493
Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialist (RN / CDI)$2,204.57$631.0519
Outpatient Clinic (Allied / Outpatient)$2,200.79$231.5454
Postoperative (RN / Post-op)$2,193.50$390.5639
Psychiatric - Mental Health Technician (Allied / Psych Tech)$2,185.00$1,215.89307
Neurology (RN / Neuro)$2,181.98$362.415,898
Acute Care (RN / Acute)$2,181.70$488.434,855
Orthopedic Neurology (RN / Ortho / Neuro)$2,180.74$300.11373
Sub-Acute (RN / Sub-Acute)$2,178.14$223.2121
Outpatient Clinic (RN / Outpatient)$2,167.18$488.725,030
Certified Surgical First Assistant (Allied / CSFA)$2,161.73$427.322,729
Psychiatric - Mental Health (RN / Psych)$2,157.20$383.5628,768
X-Ray Technician (Allied / X-Ray Tech)$2,157.10$389.1219,855
Medical Surgical (RN / Med Surg)$2,149.27$370.90208,612
Stroke / Neuro (RN / Stroke / Neuro)$2,148.39$314.01191
Telehealth (RN / Telehealth)$2,141.19$427.52105
Orthopedic (RN / Ortho)$2,137.84$345.4910,053
Dialysis (RN / Dialysis)$2,136.96$366.9610,148
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (Allied / LCSW)$2,136.33$365.673,839
Cardiac Progressive Care Unit (RN / CPCU)$2,134.78$313.421,588
Radiology Technician (Allied / Rad Tech)$2,134.60$367.9015,379
Clinical Nurse Coordinator (RN / CNC)$2,131.64$337.621,519
Corrections (RN / Corr)$2,125.22$438.002,272
Nephrology (RN / Neph)$2,123.15$290.34218
Occupational Health (RN / Occ Health)$2,114.84$392.81217
Research / Clinical Research (RN / Research)$2,100.08$412.7657
Home Health (RN / HH)$2,082.57$364.2735,699
Long Term Acute Care (RN / LTAC)$2,081.21$329.6315,187
Hospice (RN / Hospice)$2,053.21$307.198,761
Registered Dietician (Allied / RDCD)$2,030.18$286.87302
Respiratory Therapist (Allied / RT)$2,026.40$403.4033,881
Electroencephalogram Technician (Allied / EEG Tech)$2,005.08$392.85708
Polysomnographer (Allied / Sleep Tech)$1,976.38$374.502,927
Recreational Therapist (Therapy / RT)$1,975.95$308.808
Board Certified Behavioral Analyst (School Services / BCBA)$1,973.24$286.3220
Operating Room / Surgical Technician (Allied / OR / Surg Tech)$1,939.75$363.9897,236
American Sign Language Teacher (School Services / ASL Teacher)$1,939.14$323.2820
Long Term Care (RN / LTC)$1,934.06$410.5424,899
Medical Tech / Medical Laboratory Scientist / Clinical Laboratory Scientist (Allied / MT / MLS / CLS)$1,930.98$447.0726,923
Physical Therapy (Therapy / PT)$1,919.37$294.65130,421
Special Education Teacher (School Services / Special Ed)$1,913.32$318.43378
Speech Language Pathologist Assistant (Allied / SLPA)$1,905.33$335.70327
Speech Language Pathologist (Allied / SLP)$1,898.70$271.1832,694
Rehabilitation Therapy (Allied / Rehab Therapy)$1,898.28$416.871,932
Obstetric Technician (Allied / OB Tech)$1,866.60$378.21932
Occupational Therapy (Therapy / OT)$1,851.22$285.1044,070
Electroencephalogram Technologist (Allied / EEG Technologist)$1,848.12$345.40803
Histotechnician (Allied / HT)$1,841.62$353.651,583
Skilled Nursing Facility (RN / SNF)$1,841.33$461.2814,800
School Nurse (RN / School Nurse)$1,819.85$373.50202
Rehabilitation (RN / Rehab)$1,816.81$507.4723,130
Charge Nurse (RN / Charge)$1,795.69$449.23656
Endoscopy Technician (Allied / Endo Tech)$1,779.17$462.971,275
Telemetry Monitor Technician (Allied / Tele / Monitor Tech)$1,744.79$657.23442
Home Health (Allied / HH)$1,734.74$304.1011
Anesthesia Technician (Allied / Anesthesia Tech)$1,714.17$743.79500
Emergency Department (LPN / LVN / ED)$1,604.99$407.39217
Corrections (LPN / LVN / Corr)$1,572.76$327.601,046
Home Health (LPN / LVN / HH)$1,564.27$224.823,938
Psychiatric - Mental Health (LPN / LVN / Psych)$1,553.33$366.39650
Electrocardiograph Technician (Allied / EKG Tech)$1,535.22$540.9888
Outpatient Clinic (LPN / LVN / Outpatient)$1,491.84$263.502,749
Telemetry (LPN / LVN / Tele)$1,490.50$342.06435
Antepartum (RN / Antepartum)$1,483.25$634.10580
Long Term Acute Care (LPN / LVN / LTAC)$1,462.29$235.973,173
Medical Surgical (LPN / LVN / Med Surg)$1,458.68$303.224,938
Long Term Care (LPN / LVN / LTC)$1,441.66$290.5030,075
( / Rehab)$1,420.33$273.98162
Paramedic (Allied / Paramedic)$1,414.79$321.48215
Hospice (LPN / LVN / Hospice)$1,413.09$206.091,518
School Nurse (LPN / LVN / School Nurse)$1,409.36$314.0473
Skilled Nursing Facility (LPN / LVN / SNF)$1,396.73$284.81521
LPN / LVN (LPN / LVN / LPN / LVN)$1,377.26$290.6718,308
Emergency Department Technician (Allied / ED Tech)$1,356.93$406.80138
Dialysis Technician (Allied / Dialysis Tech)$1,330.53$189.68397
Pharmacy Technician (Allied / Pharm Tech)$1,327.42$295.81789
Clerical (Non-Healthcare / Clerical)$1,325.10$695.909
Occupational Therapy Assistant (Therapy / OTA)$1,319.44$199.8910,332
Physical Therapy Assistant (Therapy / PTA)$1,317.45$223.4523,503
Sterile Processing Technician (Allied / SPT)$1,312.57$257.566,997
Home Health (CNA / HH)$1,286.69$653.1615
Patient Care Technician (Allied / PCT)$1,261.89$523.12198
Phlebotomy (Allied / Phlebotomist)$1,173.01$295.96280
Medical Surgical (CNA / Med Surg)$1,129.26$251.47261
Skilled Nursing Facility (Allied / SNF)$1,112.66$474.99704
Certified Medical Assistant (Allied / CMA)$1,056.35$325.49799
Long Term Care (CNA / LTC)$981.59$275.841,568
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA / CNA)$932.52$279.391,894
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
MedPro Healthcare Staffing$2,167.73$437.8699,593
Aequor Healthcare$2,099.40$452.7095,627
CoreMedical Group$2,002.75$459.7193,763
Aureus Medical Group$2,276.21$550.3789,269
Epic Travel Staffing (formerly Emerald Health)$2,243.86$449.3579,120
Host Healthcare$2,293.79$503.9778,266
Ventura MedStaff$1,999.21$427.5072,565
TotalMed$2,173.50$477.0951,999
Healthcare Staffing - IDR, Inc$2,122.47$461.4646,376
ADEX Medical Staffing$2,265.30$384.7940,524
Access Healthcare Staffing$2,330.68$522.9338,816
OneStaff Medical$1,987.62$505.5938,249
Stability Healthcare$2,212.97$453.0834,208
LeaderStat$2,124.98$522.7033,237
LanceSoft$2,433.47$440.1731,304
Marvel Medical Staffing$2,094.03$397.3529,865
CrossMed$2,089.64$388.0729,600
Medical Solutions$2,290.32$557.5129,427
RNnetwork$2,150.53$716.2728,082
GLC On-The-Go$1,943.41$567.8227,921
Focus Staff$2,219.80$401.9027,674
Cross Country Healthcare$2,223.87$556.3327,567
Ardor Health Solutions$2,084.11$489.9527,246
Nurse First Travel Agency$2,213.51$422.2426,904
Go Healthcare$2,109.73$412.1626,690
Healthcare Support$2,129.30$449.1126,153
Jackson Nurse Professionals$2,183.35$442.3525,334
Jackson Therapy Partners$1,807.61$401.4424,086
Nomad Health$2,350.09$443.4323,682
KPG Healthcare$2,244.82$480.2723,317
Amare Medical Network$1,987.75$598.0222,688
Triage Staffing$2,120.83$534.2722,243
Premier Healthcare Professionals$2,241.63$495.8322,079
Coast Medical Service$2,319.32$435.0921,062
Uniti Med$1,968.56$553.1220,191
HealthTrust Workforce Solutions$2,061.65$386.0919,906
Planet Healthcare$2,214.99$406.5919,479
Genie Healthcare$2,180.75$526.0619,403
Anders Group$2,144.31$456.4818,956
ADN Healthcare$2,164.32$398.8818,207
PRN Healthcare$2,104.65$465.5817,548
trustaff$2,300.55$517.4517,227
TactStaff$2,346.08$424.4116,923
Phaxis$2,141.48$344.7916,069
MedUS Healthcare$2,185.06$441.4716,045
TRS Healthcare$2,205.80$484.7815,415
Synergy Medical Staffing$2,080.95$485.0115,195
Destination Travelcare$2,224.63$483.3514,654
Nationwide Therapy Group$1,812.72$538.5414,490
Advantis Medical Staffing$2,220.18$439.1114,062
3D Medical Staffing$2,284.19$457.1013,476
Atlas MedStaff$2,168.35$451.2913,161
Springboard Healthcare$2,390.59$410.2012,570
GetMed Staffing, Inc.$2,100.74$458.3812,380
Assured Nursing$2,104.32$423.4612,365
American Traveler$2,235.00$400.6012,115
GHR Travel Nursing$2,517.98$478.7912,039
Travel Nurses Inc.$2,129.89$459.6711,859
AHS Staffing$2,143.76$408.8011,478
Vital Workforce Solutions$2,231.59$426.4611,175
CareTeam Solutions$2,180.14$452.9210,736
Magnet Medical$2,271.16$441.1610,309
FlexCare Medical Staffing$2,194.34$496.5210,071
American Mobile Healthcare (AMN)$2,176.54$576.3910,037
Vocaday$2,251.89$541.959,764
Skyline Med Staff$2,017.78$485.689,714
IntellaPro Staffing$2,163.25$504.649,412
NuWest Group$2,405.73$474.149,229
Supplemental Health Care$2,061.89$543.288,883
Sharp Medical Staffinglife$2,351.56$491.868,832
Junxion Med Staffing$2,147.16$426.638,726
LRS Healthcare$2,481.41$547.748,663
Health Specialists, Inc.$2,215.58$352.298,635
Wellspring Nurse Source$2,378.79$372.678,624
SkyBridge Healthcare$1,945.65$436.868,596
Premier Medical Staffing$2,184.71$369.898,582
Travel Nurse Across America$2,256.72$449.248,558
Lead Health$2,450.72$536.508,540
TLC Travel Staff$2,132.38$480.248,331
Next Move, Inc.$2,100.05$441.308,127
Vibra Travels$2,303.72$365.987,112
Health Carousel - Allied Travel$2,050.84$399.836,990
Pioneer Healthcare$1,885.93$612.606,730
Republic Health Resources$2,166.67$531.696,699
Gifted Healthcare$2,325.68$539.496,549
Nightingale Nurses$2,314.96$482.386,524
Prime Time Healthcare$2,382.39$495.456,376
Solomon Page$2,296.21$464.335,947
ARM Staffing$2,221.75$464.595,611
Nurses First Solutions$2,198.00$460.765,484
Ethos Medical Staffing$2,152.89$430.215,148
ALOIS Healthcare$2,134.55$536.365,140
Cynet Health$2,254.74$427.384,972
Accountable Healthcare Staffing$2,329.33$481.014,926
Guardian HealthStaff, LLC.$2,186.02$379.194,706
Excel Medical Staffing$2,051.76$515.594,646
Arrow Healthcare Staffing and Recruiting$2,045.69$435.954,482
GQR Healthcare$2,491.32$699.004,323
Ink - A Healthcare Staffing Co.$2,305.57$504.694,231
Source Medical Staffing$2,430.79$454.544,182
Summit Medical Staffing$2,423.95$444.713,886
Mynela Staffing$2,245.41$545.123,784
Centra Healthcare$1,737.08$413.843,765
Critical Connection, inc$1,940.96$239.333,680
RKA Recruiting$2,486.54$427.183,651
Titan Medical Group$2,349.61$422.063,538
Prime HealthCare Staffing$2,134.35$454.993,419
Club Staffing (AMN)$2,001.67$300.103,403
Impresiv Health$2,191.51$426.503,281
Health Advocates Network$2,269.24$404.153,237
Voyage Healthcare$2,208.24$504.403,070
NURSES Etc. STAFFING$2,123.54$595.093,069
Nurse 2 Nurse Staffing$2,323.37$526.103,047
HumanEdge$2,177.31$446.413,023
The Judge Group$2,584.02$458.733,005
GrapeTree Medical Staffing$1,608.03$465.092,847
Corratel Healthcare$2,886.28$668.572,803
Plains Medical Staffing$2,343.80$508.682,799
Thrive Staffing$1,835.92$489.282,776
Malone Healthcare Solutions$2,479.91$454.812,673
FlexUp Direct$2,153.36$578.482,637
Galaxy Healthcare$2,159.13$373.642,634
Catapult Healthcare$2,437.10$461.202,569
RCM Healthcare Services$2,066.76$517.432,556
Aya Healthcare$2,310.83$464.842,337
SambaCare$2,255.41$565.332,279
Remede Consulting Group, Inc.$2,056.54$409.372,278
Zack Group$2,209.07$377.022,256
QS Nurses$1,892.70$587.092,058
Specialty Professional Services$1,935.96$514.762,018
MedWave Healthcare Staffing$2,386.79$562.372,013
Med Travelers (AMN Allied)$1,863.52$432.181,992
Delta Healthcare Providers$2,015.12$233.741,976
Fusion Medical Staffing$2,054.39$545.541,973
Nurses 24/7$2,286.15$658.371,934
Allyon$2,287.58$599.261,891
Bluebird Staffing$2,199.22$320.261,840
Reliable Nurse Staffing$2,342.64$346.471,804
Trusted Resource Associates (TRA)$2,272.42$452.351,781
KingFish Healthcare$2,229.31$405.871,731
Triage Consulting Group$2,201.73$421.321,689
TinkBird Healthcare Staffing$2,457.74$465.191,627
AMN Healthcare Allied$1,710.78$354.151,512
Spire Workforce Solutions$2,366.57$474.651,499
Ascend National Healthcare Staffing$2,384.42$517.221,495
IMCS Group$1,963.13$536.531,482
Marshall Healthcare Staffing$2,345.34$527.661,468
Firstat Medical Staffing$2,267.54$434.241,462
MSSI$2,316.02$552.401,430
Onyx Health Care Staffing$2,147.88$461.701,429
Explore Tek$2,548.43$528.841,374
Trinity Health FirstChoice$2,313.88$377.161,359
Vighter$2,395.82$361.361,327
Consolidated Medical Travel$2,918.09$530.331,317
Medmetry$2,181.22$611.861,310
Health Carousel$2,110.29$436.351,304
Refined Medical Staffing$2,277.80$459.161,299
Bestica$2,489.99$412.961,298
Quality Clinicians$2,063.48$704.501,274
Providence Health Care Staffing$1,951.04$511.781,262
Convergence Medical Staffing$2,066.28$418.321,245
Alliance Healthcare Solutions$1,992.73$475.651,236
Maxim Healthcare Services$2,560.39$592.411,236
AB Staffing Solutions$2,161.55$646.031,208
MedCall Staffing$2,262.24$308.501,199
Soliant Health$2,461.22$522.011,154
National Staffing$2,022.29$494.681,149
MedQ GLOBAL STAFFING$2,490.38$469.021,145
Northside Hospital Choice+Local$2,162.96$479.901,115
Lifeline Healthcare Professionals$2,532.50$611.911,103
MAS Medical Staffing$2,181.00$335.301,099
Modern Healthcare Solutions$2,421.57$521.291,078
Rock Medical Group$2,090.22$519.26995
City Mobile Group$2,185.57$309.37989
Reliable Source Talent$2,480.12$382.44949
White Glove Placement$2,441.08$469.47915
Lahey Health$2,509.58$564.51896
Cure Healthcare Staffing$2,588.25$322.78883
Kiwi Healthcare$2,333.66$505.83880
iDeal Personnel$2,266.24$464.66879
Med Ninjas$2,239.74$714.01865
PRIDE Health$2,313.24$482.60851
FocusPoint$2,597.83$430.37844
The Good Life MedStaff$2,490.81$592.55837
Custom Healthcare Solutions$2,133.40$548.24820
TheraEX Staffing Services$2,303.27$592.64790
Connected Health Care$2,467.46$598.24784
Halcyon Nurse Staffing$2,173.89$384.27759
Trusted Health$1,908.27$607.18757
The Stepping Stones Group$1,993.53$391.68752
Vero Travel Nursing$2,272.08$403.46743
Lifeline Medical Staffing$2,200.32$431.75727
Medical Talent$2,280.24$450.21677
Journey Healthcare Solutions$2,258.85$524.60669
Sunbelt Staffing$2,630.53$565.16664
eTeam Inc$2,578.93$497.08658
Winston Staffing$2,446.29$515.72654
Treva Corporation$2,328.84$442.91630
Formation, Inc.$2,727.41$582.92620
Innovate Healthcare Staffing$2,364.04$340.00609
American Medical Staffing$2,382.98$445.30595
Oloop Technology Solutions$2,371.04$583.89533
Advocate Health Staffing$2,592.19$482.64532
Fiber Staffing$2,014.81$344.18480
Professional Nursing Service$3,084.78$577.52471
Health Reserves LLC$2,449.54$598.00468
Innovent Global$2,329.73$500.17412
Adventure Nursing LLC$2,489.87$429.10411
Insight Global$2,591.94$540.61404
Nurse Hustle$2,233.58$465.03372
Mindlance Health$2,582.08$486.16371
CareNational$2,268.27$655.30370
Hire Up Healthcare$2,561.79$473.72365
Seven Healthcare$2,480.12$571.17363
Vivino Group$1,912.31$632.62361
CareStaff Partners$2,258.71$626.01359
MedicalPeople Staffing, LLC$2,805.45$541.93353
WalkerHealthcare$2,281.89$349.69334
Care Partners Staffing$2,116.69$384.41318
Alliance Medical Staffing$2,102.05$444.50303
DT-Trak Consulting$2,605.54$369.09302
PS Companies$2,542.40$374.51293
Reliant Staffing Solutions$2,467.65$355.96282
Blu Medstaff$2,246.29$537.51280
Becker Health$2,748.67$561.79272
Avani Healthcare Staffing$2,406.24$526.67268
CareerStaff Unlimited$3,049.63$2,621.98261
Origin Travel Nurses$2,587.43$350.56260
Siemens Healthineers$2,410.28$606.26260
Cerebral Staffing$2,300.96$615.57259
Novo Connections$2,108.20$730.33256
Pulse Healthcare Services$2,319.31$445.45255
MARS Solutions Group$2,400.42$613.66244
Delta Medical Staffing$2,396.63$434.13237
Medmasa$2,269.69$538.23236
PeopleFirst RN Staffing$2,045.42$191.77229
Southeast HEALTH$2,613.58$337.04218
Froedtert Health$2,310.14$442.88214
Wayward Medical$1,503.93$288.65191
EGA Associates$2,103.95$585.75189
Saratoga Medical Staffing$2,592.10$517.44184
Fusion HCR$2,472.68$417.24179
NavAid Health$2,104.32$502.44176
Raisso Inc.$2,677.66$564.47176
Excite Health Partners$2,966.75$665.95172
Contemporary Healthcare Solutions$2,472.83$430.53166
MSG Staffing$2,519.40$673.22164
Cambay Healthcare$2,286.35$416.82162
Leaders in Care$2,160.89$484.53158
Platinum Healthcare Staffing$2,496.70$1,230.46155
Phoenix MedStaff$2,564.35$412.63152
Millbrook$2,510.12$498.29136
Solutions by Sanford$2,701.46$371.02133
TLC Nursing$2,344.45$561.42123
Loyal Source$2,277.32$542.09114
TruMED Healthcare Staffing$2,439.23$371.79114
Beebe Healthcare$2,540.41$577.21113
Fastaff Travel Nursing$2,823.83$573.95113
DirectShifts$3,258.81$1,203.97112
SojouRN$2,880.90$727.28107
Favorite Healthcare Staffing$2,449.76$416.54103
Elite365$2,464.37$512.4891
Greenstaff Medical$2,593.90$702.7086
GardaWorld Federal Services$2,038.63$451.2082
Peregrine Team$3,001.00$602.4978
Medasource$2,449.60$241.9775
Pluto Healthcare Staffing$2,462.49$371.1472
First Class Nurses, Inc.$2,412.35$489.3371
Grady Works$1,931.92$256.4071
Actriv Healthcare$2,067.75$793.7463
Scout Nurse Staffing$1,740.00$364.0560
Open Door Personnel$2,087.59$461.6458
WorkSquare$2,289.97$424.8650
Aura Staffing Partners$1,758.82$154.1047
CT Assist$2,783.17$687.8142
VitalHire$2,259.05$354.0939
VitalSolution (formerly CardioSolution)$3,013.23$407.4638
Primrose Group$2,487.49$464.2234
HealthCare Connections$2,398.20$462.7832
TrailBlazer Staffing Solutions$2,195.79$483.9730
ATC Healthcare$2,716.12$754.2227
Capstone Healthcare Staffing$2,394.09$250.3521
Exquisite Staffing Solutions$2,270.25$316.6216
Frontline Healthcare Staffing$2,164.54$382.7716
Gale Healthcare Solutions$2,708.80$410.7613
RightPro Staffing$2,052.44$796.0611
Softpath System, LLC$2,579.36$544.6310
Lucid Staffing Solutions$3,096.37$829.499
Prolink Staffing$3,476.94$1,076.309
Hamilton Staffing Solutions$2,126.08$485.145
Tallavera$2,982.42$917.215
Headwaters Healthcare$3,124.07$645.063
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

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