Q: How does pay work? What is the breakdown?
A: Pay packages for travel therapists are different than a normal permanent position. A normal job would just give you either an annual salary or a hourly wage. All of it is taxed.
Your travel pay package will include three components.
First, you have your hourly rate. Typically, this will be lower than a normal hourly rate for a permanent employee.
Second, you will have a housing stipend. That number will be different in every area that you travel. It is based off of the actual cost of housing in that area (not based on GSA) and is non-taxable.
Lastly, there is a food stipend. This number will not change in the different areas of the country. This is also non-taxable.
That all said, ever facility has their own budget. So, sometimes the hourly rate will be more or less. We will always give you a complete breakdown of the numbers when we chat about jobs.
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