I am considering a travel assignment in Alaska. I have lived there before, in fact I graduated from nursing school in anchorage so I know what to expect as far as living there.
My question is regarding travel pay for labor and delivery. Has anyone traveled there? What is an appropriate hourly rate without the housing stipend? This will be my third travel assignment and I am starting to feel like my agency is not paying me well. I also need to always fork out the fees for licensure, travel, endorsements...etc then wait two weeks for reimbursement. I'm trying to budget all that....and I'm also talking with two other agencies to compare.
But the bottom line is I want to hear what a good hourly rate is for the anchorage area and for the bush. My recruiter told me of a job in Kodiak and one in Ketchikan. Neither place appeals to me so I'm holding out for closer to Anchorage. I didn't even bother asking her what the hourly rate is.
I have also noticed with my agency that I am offered "X" for hourly pay but if I push back a little they will counter offer with a better "XY" hourly pay offer or reimbursement.. Is this normal? Or should I expect them to pay well with the first quote?
Any help would be very appreciated.