Quote from ertravelrn
I have been offered a job in California as a traveler, the pay is 23.00 hour and 1180 a week for housing. Is this right? the pay sounds low.
According to your post, you will be making $1180 per week (which is $4720 per month), and $23 per hour, which works out to $828 per week. If you'll be doing 3-12s, this computes to a monthly of $3312, for a grand total of $8032. Depending on where you'll be living in California, this is not a lot of money.
The housing stipend sounds ok, but you still have to be careful because the cost of housing and other expenses depends entirely on where you decide to live. If, for example, you will be living in a so-so part of the San Francisco Bay area, you will be paying around $2000+ per month for a sardine can-sized apartment, that is unfurnished and doesn't include any utilities. This is presuming you will be in the area long enough for a long-term lease (at least one year). If you are going to do a short-term lease, and you require a furnished place that includes all utilities, the monthly cost will be significantly higher. Will you need a car? If you do, it may make more sense to drive your own to the assignment than to rent one. The cheapest car will cost over $800 per month, and you also need to think about the cost of gas. So, you can see how that $4720 can quickly evaporate.
I also, would not travel to any place in California for $23 an hour. In fact, For $23, I wouldn't travel to any place at all. Not unless the housing and per diem that they are paying is much, much higher than what they are quoting you. The $23 will be taxed, and remember that in California you are required to pay both federal AND state taxes. Plus, the costs of groceries and miscellaneous items are higher in California than in most other states. You need to earn MORE money to compensate for the higher COL, plus have something extra in your pocket at the end of the day to make the travel worthwhile. $23 an hour doesn't cut it in California for an RN. New grads in the lowest paying parts of the state are making more than that! Even in southern California, where the pay is lower, you should be able to get somewhere in the low to mid $30s/hour PLUS housing. Check around with other agencies.