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  1. 0 Hi Everyone

    I will be starting my 1st travel assignment in Boston within a couple weeks. I'm afraid I got the low-end of the pay scale.....$28/hr with no diff + housing stipend. Is this the norm for Boston? Regardless, I'm still excited and it should be quite the experience!
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  3. Visit  louisa1 profile page
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    Hey I'm I first time traveler also and I'm trying to have my first assignment be in Boston as well. What hospital are you going to? Hopefully this week I hear back from Brigham and Women's Hospital with an offer and we can compare notes!
  4. Visit  Janethenurse profile page
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    I know a recruiter in the industry. Just talked to her. She said there are Cath Lab, L&D and Peds open in Boston right now for travel positions. I know that they pay housing and per diem.
  5. Visit  NedRN profile page
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    The time to ask that question is before you take an assignment. You are committed now so any answer is moot. The only real way to answer that question is to talk to several agencies and collect their offers and crunch the numbers. An easy way to compare those offers fairly is to use the Traveler's Calculator on PanTravelers.
  6. Visit  louisa1 profile page
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    Hey I got the job in Boston! My base is $31 but I'm going to a large teaching hospital so I think that's average. Hope that helps!
  7. Visit  louisa1 profile page
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    How much is your housing stipend because I'M finding mine is on the low end and the housing they supply is far from the boston area
  8. Visit  AllyRN82 profile page
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    Hi LaurenBlair,

    I am looking for an assignment in Boston, will be my 3rd assignment, and I'm finding the same type of pay rates. I was surprised with Boston, as I've made far more at my other assignments, but Boston's so great, I think I may accept. Yes, it's with the housing included. I attempted to find my own housing in Boston, but everything I found was outrageous. Best of luck to you!
  9. Visit  NedRN profile page
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    Pay rates for staff in union heavy Boston rivals San Francisco and can top out over $70 an hour. But like San Francisco, housing costs eat into the agency bill rate, cutting your hourly. Working in other parts of Massachusetts often end up being more lucrative than Boston. Springfield or Worcester for example.
  10. Visit  AllyRN82 profile page
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    Thank you for the info! Massachusetts board of nursing severely botched my name, didn't see it until my license came in the mail. This is delaying my assignment in MA, so looks like I'll be trying for it in the Spring! Thanks to the idget who misspelled my name! It was an error on their end- they even pulled out my original application to make sure it wasn't me who misspelled it (yeah, after 30 years, I forgot how to spell my name! haha).
  11. Visit  HDFXDWGRN profile page
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    Sorry NedRN, but what you said is very inaccurate other than both being union cities. A new grad BSN starts at over $100,000 in the Bay area. A Boston new grad BSN starts at around $65,000. Not that new grads can get a decent job in either place right now. Pay rates in San Fran top out at over $90 an hour for a very experienced RN. I have worked in both cities.
  12. Visit  NedRN profile page
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    I reread my post - not one mention of new grads. The poster I replied to is a not new grad either. We are talking about travel assignments. I have also worked in both places and nothing I said is inaccurate. Both places have very high pay topping out at over $70 an hour for staff positions, and both have very high housing costs.
  13. Visit  BluntForceTrauma profile page
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    I wouldn't take any travel assignment for $28/hr. You can make that at home. They are offering travel assignment in Hawaii for $26/hr plus housing..and that's a highly sought after place. Boston really isn't special to me. To practice in a teaching hospital, I would think you would make more money....but I may be wrong!
  14. Visit  HDFXDWGRN profile page
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    "Pay rates for staff in union heavy Boston rivals San Francisco and can top out over $70 an hour. But like San Francisco, housing costs eat into the agency bill rate, cutting your hourly. Working in other parts of Massachusetts often end up being more lucrative than Boston. Springfield or Worcester for example."

    Yes both areas have unions, California's has much more influence than any in Massachusetts.
    Pay rates in Boston do not rival San Francisco for New Grads or otherwise.
    As for agency bill rates, I don't think they are the same in Boston and Springfield. The two are different markets. As for Springfield and Worcester being more lucrative, that would depend on what you can negotiate with the company. The agency does anything they can to pay the nurse less, like say that housing costs eat into the bill rate.

    Again to quote you, "we are talking about travel assignments"
    But you stated pay rates for staff nurses in your post.
    No staff nurse I worked with in Boston was making $70 an hour, not even the ones that had been there 30+ years.
    I'll find the link for the UCSF RN pay scale when I get to a desktop and you let me know where a Boston nurse makes anywhere close to the money on it.
    Last edit by HDFXDWGRN on Aug 30, '12 : Reason: Figures

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