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Most Popular Cities for Travel Nurses 2020-2021

Sep 29, 2020
The Trusted Team

Through a combination of comprehensive data points (such as top paying travel nursing jobs) and some anecdotal evidence, we’ve listed below the most popular travel nursing destinations in the United States for 2020 thus far (and likely similar for 2021)!

Many of these cities are flocked to for their competitive travel nursing pay packages, while others for the culture, social ambience, or even beaches and natural beauty (and maybe all of these reasons!). Assignments can range from 4 to 13 weeks depending on the needs of the facility or travel nursing agency. 

Below are the most popular cities for travel nursing to work in throughout 2020 thus far, along with the average weekly pay travel nurses working in these cities receive. We used nursing’s most comprehensive salary calculator to put together this list, so if you’re looking for even more nursing salary details (whether it be on a state-by-state or city-by-city basis), check it out after you finish the article!

Without further ado…

Most Popular Travel Nursing Destinations of 2020-2021

San Francisco, California

  • Average weekly pay - $2,598
  • 28% above national average of $2,014
  • Staff nurses: $50.20/hour, 84% above national average
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San Francisco, California


New York, New York

  • Average weekly pay - $2,187
  • 8% above national average of $2,014
  • Staff nurses: $41.01/hour, 27% above national average
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New York, New York


Las Vegas, Nevada

  • Average weekly pay - $2,123
  • 5% above national average of $2,014
  • Staff nurses: $40.97/hour, 22% above national average
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Las Vegas, Nevada


Washington, D.C.

  • Average weekly pay - $2,044
  • 1% above national average of $2,014
  • Staff nurses: $42.69/hour, 10% above national average
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Washington, D.C.


Honolulu, Hawaii

  • Average weekly pay - $1,952
  • 3% below national average of $2,014
  • Staff nurses: $50.62/hour, 48% above national average
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Honolulu, Hawaii


While the above cities earned their place largely thanks to their greater than average compensation packages, the following cities present strong ties between popularity and overall cost effectiveness, especially in terms of cost of living (and so shouldn’t be ignored!).

If you’re prioritizing cost living instead of overall compensation, you might want to take a look at these great cities.

Top Cities for Travel Nurses by Cost of Living

Memphis, Tennessee

  • Average weekly pay - $2,079
  • Average apartment rent - $793/month
  • Average home price - $267,740
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Memphis, Tennessee


San Antonio, Texas 

  • Average weekly pay - $1,995
  • Average apartment rent - $1,276/month
  • Average home price - $250,921 
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San Antonio, Texas


Boise, Idaho

  • Average weekly pay - $1,959
  • Average apartment rent - $1,189/month
  • Average home price - $356,416
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Boise, Idaho


Tucson, Arizona

  • Average weekly pay - $1,895
  • Average apartment rent - $893/month
  • Average home price - $332,838
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Tucson, Arizona


Charlotte, North Carolina

  • Average weekly pay - $1,484
  • Average apartment rent - $1,214/month
  • Average home price - $307,320
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Charlotte, North Carolina


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