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!
"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
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