I just started my contract at Stanford last week thru AMN. There were a couple dozen travelers starting the same day as me and I think pretty much everyone was there thru AMN. The people leading the orientation even referred to American Mobile by name so I don't think there are really any other options. And from what I've learned, I think everyone essentially makes the same amount with the only difference coming from whether you took housing or the stipend. I can confirm that the pay does suck but you can't really look at an hourly rate, you have to look at the net weekly pay because your pay can be broken down so many ways with the taxable/non-taxable portions that just looking at hourly rate would be comparing apples to oranges. My take home, with the housing stipend, is a little over $1400/week. Compared to my last assignment, also in the bay area, it's $600 less per WEEK! However, if you are specifically interested in the Stanford name you'll have to make sacrifices. There are a ton of travelers there and many of them extend so they must be happy. And as NedRN said, a lot of the permanent staff were first travelers. Here are the rumors I've heard...Stanford likes to hire travelers because they don't have to pay for the extended orientation period and because they have an agreement w/ AMN they can get away with the crappy pay because people just want to work there. If you want to take a permanent position you have to complete 2 contracts otherwise they have to pay AMN a "finders fee" which they won't do. My understanding is that once you hire on into a permanent position the pay is upwards of $60/hr plus huge night & weekend differentials and great benefits.