Travel Nurse Pay & Benefits

Understanding Travel Nurse Salaries and Your Benefits Package

How much do travel nurses & allied healthcare professionals make?


Many factors can affect your paycheck. Ultimately, the specialty, location and benefits you choose will affect the amount of money that goes into your pocket. If you are looking to optimize pay, it is good to understand that specialties in high demand pay better rates and that different areas of the country offer different salaries. For instance, a travel L&D nurse in California will make a different amount than a travel med surg nurse in Kentucky. And for allied professionals, pay varies widely for the same reasons. In general, travel clinicians are paid more generously than their staff counterparts.

Many travel nurses and allied clinicians bounce around between states and sometimes even specialties, and thus will be paid differently from assignment to assignment. But if dough is the name of the game for you, then we can always find you a high-paying job, especially if you remain flexible on location.

Molly and Austin standing in front of an autumn forest.
Molly and Austin
Tara standing in front of a lake.
Tara, Canada

Travel Nursing Benefits with Aya


401k Plan

Aya travelers are eligible for 401k contributions after working 4 consecutive months (and/or 1,000 hours worked in a year). After a year (with at least 1,000 hours worked) you’re eligible for matching!

Medical Plan

A comprehensive medical, dental and vision plan from the first day you start an assignment with Aya Healthcare. You also have the option to add a spouse and/or dependents to your plan!

Sick Pay

You’ll start accruing sick time on the first day of your assignment and earn 1 hour for every 30 hours worked which you can start to use after 90 days.

Perks & Discounts

Wellness and fitness programs (like free virtual meditation and yoga) employee assistance programs (including clinical escalation if your work environment could be improved) and so much more.

Where can I make the most money as a travel nurse?


Quite a few factors affect your pay – including location and demand. Facilities in less-popular locations with a high need for travel nurses tend to pay more. But with any job, there is much more than just pay to consider. When evaluating pay, you also have to take into account the cost of living in the area. You can rely on your recruiter and the rest of your Aya Healthcare team for valuable advice.