I've been submitted for a contract at Keck USC Medical Center on their BMT Unit. This will be my first travel assignment, and while I've done my research, I am a bit confused with this "blended rate" in California.
The possible contract is $28/hr, with a 2K/month stipend, being paid weekly. Where I get confused is the $28/hr. THats a blended rate so it includes the 4 hr OT, PLUS the $35/day tax free for meals while on assignment (which is 7 days/week, 245/week). When I subtract that out, that's really only 21.19/hr BLENDED. To me, that seems REALLY low.
On one hand, that's about $710/week tax free. I know that I also get $500 tax free for relocation.
My understanding is the hourly is non-negotiable, but that I might be able to negotiate more stipend? When I totaled my pretax income, it actually didn't seem far off from what I was making in New York, so a part of me says don't be greedy. I also don't want to be taken advantage of on my first assignment.
I don't have the position yet, but I know my recruiter wants to move quickly (as do I) should I be offered this position. Any thoughts?