Pay for agency nurse

  1. What does the agency/travel company make off us RNs that work for them?
    Thinking about independ contracting? What hourly wage can I set for a contact to be competitive with locale agencies?

    thanks
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  3. by   rnmaven
    Quote from DLHRNUSAF
    What does the agency/travel company make off us RNs that work for them?
    Thinking about independ contracting? What hourly wage can I set for a contact to be competitive with locale agencies?

    thanks
    From the contract I saw lying around a nursing office, my agency basicly bills double what they pay me. I was actually surprised because for some reason I thought maybe they'd get 20-30% more......but the nurses are in great demand here in NJ so the agency seems to be able to bill at that rate. So basicly, when I'm getting between $48-$50/hr the agency is billing between $96+ per hour. And if I get OT they bill the time and a half too.

    I don't know if independent contracting would work in NJ but I think in a more rural area it might work. I asked around in upstate NY and they don't have agencies......so I might try independent contracting there if I move.

    Good luck!
  4. by   javanurse2000
    Quote from rnmaven
    From the contract I saw lying around a nursing office, my agency basicly bills double what they pay me. I was actually surprised because for some reason I thought maybe they'd get 20-30% more......but the nurses are in great demand here in NJ so the agency seems to be able to bill at that rate. So basicly, when I'm getting between $48-$50/hr the agency is billing between $96+ per hour. And if I get OT they bill the time and a half too.

    I don't know if independent contracting would work in NJ but I think in a more rural area it might work. I asked around in upstate NY and they don't have agencies......so I might try independent contracting there if I move.

    Good luck!
    Things to do:
    #1 - Finish my LPN to RN
    #2 - Move to NJ
  5. by   rnmaven
    Quote from nursewendy2000
    Things to do:
    #1 - Finish my LPN to RN
    #2 - Move to NJ
    You should definitely finish up your LPN to RN goal but DON'T move to NJ! Even though the pay rates quoted seem great, it all gets eaten up by the cost of living here!

    For example:

    Current pricing on new construction in my town $725,000 for a 4 BR home on virtually NO property.......taxes on that home would be well over $15,000 per year......car insurance......$3600/yr for my car and my son's car.....both 5 years old......I have friends paying well over $11,000 for their cars with one son driving. It just never ends!

    The money sounds good......like you can say......I make well over 6 figures working at the bedside......nobody believes that! But believe me, I can't wait to leave this state! Hope to finish school this year (MSN) and move upstate NY and teach.......I don't care what they pay!

    In the end.......it's never the money that keeps you in a job. You have to really enjoy what you are doing!

    Good luck!
  6. by   javanurse2000
    Quote from rnmaven
    You should definitely finish up your LPN to RN goal but DON'T move to NJ! Even though the pay rates quoted seem great, it all gets eaten up by the cost of living here!

    For example:

    Current pricing on new construction in my town $725,000 for a 4 BR home on virtually NO property.......taxes on that home would be well over $15,000 per year......car insurance......$3600/yr for my car and my son's car.....both 5 years old......I have friends paying well over $11,000 for their cars with one son driving. It just never ends!

    The money sounds good......like you can say......I make well over 6 figures working at the bedside......nobody believes that! But believe me, I can't wait to leave this state! Hope to finish school this year (MSN) and move upstate NY and teach.......I don't care what they pay!

    In the end.......it's never the money that keeps you in a job. You have to really enjoy what you are doing!

    Good luck!
    Lol...actually I was just teasing...I am a transplant from PA...SC is ok but I miss the northern food, everything is deep fried here (even the turkey). I lived in Susquehanna County near the New York state line...beautiful country and very affordable. I get homesick sometimes but have been raising the kids here and this is where they call home so I guess I'll stick around. Once I get my RN, I think things will be better. The cost of living is on the rise here but still rather low in comparison to many other parts of the country in comparison to earnings. Best wishes to you with your new career and move!
  7. by   LoriRN911
    Hi Nurse Wendy,

    Next spring I will be a transplant from Boston to SC. Where are you located in the state? I am looking for some traveling or hospitals to look into for a job. We are 20 mins from the NC/SC border (Costal area) Any thoughts??

    Thanks

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