The salaries for RNs and LP/VNs range greatly, depending on many diffferent factors.
1. The agency you work for. All agencies aren't created equal. Each offers different pay, housing, and benefits. You would need to do a search on which one meets your needs. Do not
go with the first one you hear about! It's a difficult task to pick the right agency, and without doing your homework, you could end up being in a big mess...and on the losing end! There are those agencies out there...to whom you're nothing but a number, and a warm body! The most important thing you can do is interview a prospective agency and the recruiter you're assigned to. That recruiter is your best advocate, and can make or break your assignment with any
I have been doing this since 6/92, and I have worked with at least 5 or more different agencies. The first one I was with for 5yrs. But when the company changed hands...and my recruiter was changed...so did my experience with them!
Everything in travel nursing is negotiable, and if the agency or recruiter won't negotiate with you, then more on to the next!
The pay on any contract is determined by the contract that the agency and the hospital signs. There are many factors that go into the contract between the hospital and the agency. Your pay is also determined by the fact of whether or not you're a "green traveler" or an experienced one. How desperate the hospital is, what area the hospital is in. The cost of living in a certain area many times determines who much the pay is.
Some agencies have a tier system...as in they determine pay by how long you have been with that agency. They also determine bennies the same way. Some agencies only provided shared housing, and some have pathethic benefits!
You must do the research before
you decide with agency to take an assignment with. But never just sign up with one...find at least 3
! Also check out this forum...as they're are thousands of posters about agencies and hospitals, that could keep you from making some big
This forum is invaluable...because you can talk to recruiters, and to experienced travelers, and find out a wealth of information, that if would take hours for me to communicate to you!
Just remember.... DON"T
jump into signing a contract with any
agency until you have done your homework! There are waaaaaay
too many horror stories out there!