Low ball offer?

  1. Hi, I am new to travel nursing and got my first offer through Aya. My recruiter sent me the pay breakdown and after calculating it out on PanTravelers I am almost offended. I have heard that Austin, Texas pays relatively low to the surrounding major cities but this is like a slap in the face. Is this really what Austin pays or are they low balling me?

    Specialty: ICU
    Shift: 3 12 hour
    Shift (times and any special conditions): 36 hours 19:00-07:00
    Relocation: $100.00
    Weekly Housing Stipend: $500.01
    Housing Stipend per shift: $166.67
    Taxable hourly wage: $20.00
    Total gross weekly pay for 36 hours $1,220.04

    Currently I work PRN in San Antonio and make 11$/hr MORE with shift differential included. The above offer was for nights as well and includes NO BENEFITS.
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   NedRN
    I doubt very much that Austin pays less for travelers than DFW/Houston. While Aya is on my never recommend to a new traveler shortlist, I'm wondering if you have missed the M&IE (meals and incidentals). If a housing reimbursement is provided, the IRS requires that agencies provide M&IE - although all agencies are not yet compliant. It is possible that your housing stipend quote includes both the housing and M&IE that comprise a per diem and was just not broken down, but I would clarify that.

    Regardless of my opinion of Aya, you should shop around! Travel pay should not be less than PRN. By the way, is your PRN work through an agency or direct hospital?
  4. by   CyclicalEvents
    Somehow the meals and incidentals didn't copy paste - Meals per diem per shift: $23.33 (70$/week). I work directly through my hospital PRN.
  5. by   Argo
    what is your take home pay check going to be from your prn job for the same 36 hours for the week.

    If you are solely looking at the $20/hr then you are not doing your calculations correct.
  6. by   CyclicalEvents
    Quote from Argo
    what is your take home pay check going to be from your prn job for the same 36 hours for the week.

    If you are solely looking at the $20/hr then you are not doing your calculations correct.
    You're right! I did not enter in the total housing for the length of the contract correctly. I came up with $38.05/hr after fixing it in the PanTravelers calculator. This is in line with what I make PRN (39/hr)
  7. by   sweetgurly25
    this is very low even for texas.

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