Travel Home Health Nurse Salary by State

Like staff home health nursing jobs, travel home health nurses work in a non-traditional setting, generally within the patient’s home or a residential care setting. Home health care is one of the fastest growing specialties in the nation as more people choose to receive their care outside of hospitals. However, staffing shortages have hit home health the same as other segments of the healthcare industry. Lower home health nurse wages and common myths surrounding home health make it even less appealing, especially to younger clinicians. Travel home health nurses may take up the slack. 

 

Perm Versus Travel Home Health Nurse Wages 

While the job duties of home health travel nurses are essentially the same as permanent home health nurses, travel home health nurse wages are usually much higher. Currently, permanent positions pay an average of $37.24 per hour, working out to about $1,490 per week. Travel home health nurses earned an average weekly salary of $2,310 in September 2022, about $820 more per week and they’re not tied to one location. 

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Breakdown of Travel Home Health Nurse Wages by State 

Besides potentially earning a higher salary, travel home health care nurses also get to see different parts of the country while doing it. However, travel home health nurse wages differ by state, with some states paying much more than others. According to Vivian’s comprehensive salary tracker, average salaries range from a high of $2,973 in South Dakota to a low of $1,734 in Hawaii. 

 

State

Weekly Travel Home Health Nurse Salary

Max Weekly Travel Home Health Nurse Salary

Alabama

$1,931

$2,602

Alaska

$1,958

$3,292

Arizona

$2,249

$2,881

Arkansas

$1,964

$2,605

California

$2,408

$3,930

Colorado

$2,270

$2,906

Connecticut

$2,246

$2,718

Delaware

$2,243

$3,419

Florida

$2,029

$2,880

Georgia

$2,153

$2,836

Hawaii

$1,734

$2,240

Idaho

$2,286

$2,780

Illinois

$2,533

$3,672

Indiana

$2,444

$3,360

Iowa

$2,554

$3,200

Kansas

$2,080

$2,579

Kentucky

$2,136

$3,793

Louisiana

$2,151

$3,312

Maine

$2,530

$3,320

Maryland

$2,224

$3,245

Massachusetts

$2,709

$3,954

Michigan

$2,290

$3,360

Minnesota

$2,374

$2,990

Mississippi

$2,198

$2,734

Missouri

$2,369

$3,533

Montana

$2,162

$3,403

Nebraska

$2,521

$3,400

Nevada

$2,188

$4,363

New Hampshire

$2,223

$2,590

New Jersey

$2,102

$3,093

New Mexico

$2,513

$3,500

New York

$2,345

$3,156

North Carolina

$2,155

$3,310

North Dakota

$2,421

$3,588

Ohio

$2,104

$2,780

Oklahoma

$1,960

$2,800

Oregon

$2,390

$4,200

Pennsylvania

$2,161

$2,680

Rhode Island

$2,553

$3,205

South Carolina

$2,106

$2,743

South Dakota

$2,973

$3,360

Tennessee

$2,150

$8,495

Texas

$2,178

$3,156

Utah

$2,442

$2,926

Vermont

$2,862

$3,591

Virginia

$2,189

$3,408

Washington

$2,509

$4,626

West Virginia

$2,155

$2,840

Wisconsin

$2,556

$4,237

Wyoming

$1,799

$1,960


Highest Paying States 

The states that usually have the highest paying travel nursing positions in traditional roles aren’t always the same as the top paying states for travel home health nurse wages. For example, staff medical-surgical nurses and permanent home health nurses earned more in California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Oregon and Alaska. Although Massachusetts still makes the list, the other four highest-paying states differ for travel home health care nurses.

 

5 States with Highest Travel Home Health Nurse Wages

Average Weekly Travel Home Health Nurse Wages

South Dakota

$2,973

Vermont

$2,862

Massachusetts

$2,709

Wisconsin

$2,556

Iowa

$2,554

 

Lowest Paying States

Travel home health nurse wages in the states with the lowest weekly rates also differ compared to traditional or staff nurses. Hawaii tends to be one of the top five highest-paying states when it comes to other nursing roles but comes in last for travel home health nurse salaries. Alaska also flips to one of the lowest-paying states when it’s usually the opposite. The five states with the lowest wages for traveling home care nurses include the following.

 

5 States with Lowest Travel Home Health Nurse Wages

Average Weekly Travel Home Health Nurse Wages

Hawaii

$1,734

Wyoming

$1,799

Alabama

$1,931

Alaska

$1,958

Oklahoma

$1,960


Highest Paying Staffing Agencies

Recruiting younger clinicians to replace retiring nurses is vital to providing the travel home health staff facilities need to meet their clients’ needs. One way to entice travelers is through higher salaries. These five agencies posted the highest average travel home health rates in mid-September 2022.

 

Top 5 Agencies by Salary

Average Weekly Rate

Max Weekly Rate

Access Healthcare Direct

$3,726

$3,726

CareNational

$3,685

$3,685

Professional Nursing Services

$3,605

$3,605

Prime HealthCare Staffing

$3,394

$3,897

Bestica

$3,331

$3,470


Schedule a demo with Vivian Health to learn how we can help you with your travel home health recruiting endeavors.

Moira K. McGhee

Moira K. McGhee

Moira K. McGhee is Vivian’s Content Writer & Editor. As part of the Vivian Health team, she strives to help support the empowerment of nurses and other medical professionals in their pursuits to find top-notch travel, staff, per diem and local contract jobs.

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