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Healthcare Travel Pay Trends by State

February 24, 2022

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Megan Bebout

Wage Trends by StateThe past few years have brought major changes in the world of healthcare travel. It seems like the notorious coronavirus and its variants have virtually taken over the entire healthcare field, causing an influx in travel healthcare professionals like yourself. The dramatic increase in demand has also come with wage increases for healthcare professionals across the board. Let’s take a look at a breakdown of healthcare wage trends by state to gain a better idea of what to expect.

Healthcare Travel Pay Trends by State

 

Recent changes in healthcare pay

Within a year, every state in the U.S. experienced changes in healthcare wages and out of the 50 states, 44 of them saw at least a 10% growth in wage. With a 51.6% pay increase, Alaska tops the U.S. state as no. 1 for the highest healthcare pay growth with Georgia followed behind at 47.7% and New Mexico at 40%.

Since winter enhances the spread of most viruses, the industry has seen a recent trend where wage increases mirror virus outbreaks within a particular state. In other words, the more infectious patients there are to treat, the more money you can make as a healthcare traveler. 

Of course, what comes up must come down and Wyoming healthcare workers felt firsthand the decrease in pay. For example, at the beginning of August 2021, healthcare professionals could expect a weekly salary of $2,538. But by the end of the month, that wage had decreased to $2,417, which is a decrease of 4.8% within the month.

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Healthcare travel wage trends by state

State

Weekly salary at the beginning of 2021

Weekly salary at the end of 2021

Percentage difference

 

Alabama

$2,074

$2,821

36%

Alaska

$2,154

$3,265

51.6%

Arizona

$2,375

$3,069

29.2%

Arkansas

$2,455

$2,911

18.6%

California

$2,587

$3,313

28.1%

Colorado

$2,157

$2,652

23%

Connecticut

$2,472

$2,542

2.8%

Delaware

$1,716

$2,810

38.9%

Florida

$2,402

$3,173

32.1%

Georgia

$2,456

$3,627

47.7%

Hawaii

$2,327

$2,367

1.7%

Idaho

$2,474

$3,173

28.3%

Illinois

$2,461

$2,879

17%

Indiana

$2,241

$2,908

20.1%

Iowa

$2,422

$2,677

10.5%

Kansas

$2,453

$2,756

12.4%

Kentucky

$2,325

$2,843

22.3%

Louisiana

$2,331

$2,925

25.5%

Maine

$2,311

$2,355

1.9%

Maryland

$2,284

$2,574

12.7%

Massachusetts

$2,419

$2,492

3%

Michigan

$2,296

$2,701

17.6%

Minnesota

$2,584

$2,970

14.9%

Mississippi

$2,348

2,814

19.9%

Missouri

$2,600

$3,022

16.2%

Montana

$2,091

$2,665

27.5%

Nebraska

$2,448

$2,680

9.5%

Nevada

$2,326

$2,863

23.1%

New Hampshire

$2,333

$2,600

11.4%

New Jersey

$2,309

$2,726

18.1%

New Mexico

$2,430

$3,401

40%

New York

$2,417

$2,788

15.4%

North Carolina

$2,289

$2,773

21.1%

North Dakota

$2,680

$3,396

26.7%

Ohio

$2,180

$2,581

18.4%

Oklahoma

$2,559

$3,025

18.2%

Oregon

$2,456

$3,211

30.7%

Pennsylvania

$2,441

$2,996

22.7%

Rhode Island

$2,259

$2,772

18.5%

South Carolina

$2,377

$2,749

15.7%

South Dakota

$2,392

$2,817

17.8%

Tennessee

$2,172

$2,588

19.2%

Texas

$2,270

$2,558

12.7%

Utah

$2,175

$2,727

25.4%

Vermont

$2,363

$2,457

4%

Virginia

$2,246

$2,546

13.4%

Washington

$2,307

$2,957

28.2%

West Virginia

$2,195

$2,569

17%

Wisconsin

$2,440

$3,159

29.5%

Wyoming

$2,538

$2,417

-4.8%

 

 

The healthcare industry goes through constant change, especially as the nation experiences infectious waves from illnesses like the coronavirus and influenza. As healthcare travelers become more and more in demand throughout the year, we can expect to see fluctuations in pay that mirror the demand. For you as a professional healthcare traveler, it’s important to keep up on current wage trends so you’re able to negotiate your pay with each assignment and ensure you’re making the most you can.

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