Pay & Benefits

Travel Nursing Pay & Benefits

As a traveler with Onward Healthcare, you can expect travel nursing pay and benefits package that’s among the nursing industry's most competitive.

Travel Nursing Pay & Direct Deposit

In addition to higher take-home pay rates, many of our traveling nurse assignments offer shift differentials for afternoon and night shifts, with increased rates for each hour worked. Many of our clients also offer lucrative completion bonuses, which can range from $500 to $6,000 for a 13-week assignment. Ask your Onward Healthcare recruiter for further details. Onward Healthcare offers a Guaranteed Pay program at thousands of hospitals and healthcare facilities throughout the United States. Our Guaranteed Pay plan means you’re assured a paycheck, even if your shift gets cancelled. You’ll also get paid on your next check instead of waiting until your assignment ends. Some conditions apply; please contact your recruiter for details. We also offer direct deposit, so you can have your paycheck deposited into your bank account quickly and safely. Direct deposit is the most convenient way to access your salary, no matter where your travels may take you.

Nursing Referral Bonuses

Do you love your travel job with Onward? Spread the word! Refer a friend or colleague to Onward and you’ll be eligible for a bonus of up to $500. You receive your check after your nursing referral completes a full assignment. Check out our nursing referral page for more details .

401(k) Retirement Plan

It's never too early to start planning for your retirement. Our 401(k) plan offers a variety of well-known stock, bond and money market funds. The day you begin an assignment with Onward Healthcare, you’ll be eligible to enroll. You have the option to contribute up to 50 percent of your salary or $16,500, whichever is lower, free of taxes. (Nurses who are 50 years old and above can contribute $22,000 a year.)

Medical and Dental Insurance

Enjoy premium healthcare insurance with our provider of choice, CIGNA HealthCare. Recognized by J.D. Power and Associates for providing an outstanding customer service experience, CIGNA offers an extensive network of providers and healthcare facilities to choose from, as well as provider discounts that lower your costs. Plus, our comprehensive professional liability insurance ― available to all nurses, completely free of charge ― provides you with coverage from the first day of your assignment.

Your medical benefits include:

  • Preventive and wellness care
  • Primary and specialty care office visits
  • Hospital and outpatient services
  • Diagnostic X-rays and lab tests
  • Outpatient physical therapy
  • Mental health and substance abuse services
  • Prescription drug coverage
  • Dental care (basic and preventive care services)
  • No-cost vision care (voluntary)
  • $10,000 life/$10,000 accidental death and dismemberment coverage

CIGNA also offers the added feature of Convenience Care Clinics located throughout the country. These clinics can be used for non-emergency healthcare and your co-pay cost is the same as your doctor’s office visit, which is typically much lower than the cost of a visit to the ER.

Housing for Travelers

All nurses who travel with Onward Healthcare are provided with free, private, quality housing, located conveniently near your assignment facility. Thanks to our exclusive contracts with the country's largest and most reputable property management companies, we can confidently assure our travelers that wherever their assignments take them, their accommodations will be safe, clean, well-appointed and fully furnished. Get more details on our free travel nurse housing .

Continuing Education and Tuition Discounts

We’re committed to helping you further your career, even when you're on the road. As a traveling nurse with Onward Healthcare, you can earn free contact hours through our partner site,, a fully accredited, leading provider of continuing education for nurses. Read more about nursing CE here.

Considering an additional degree or nursing certificate program? Onward travelers enjoy exclusive discounts from our education partners:

The Service Connection

For your convenience, you will have easy access to your paycheck and other personal information through The Service Connection. This secure, web-based service provides all Onward nurse travelers with real-time information on their timecards, direct deposit details and loyalty points, as well as access to many traveler forms.

Nurse Licensing & Credentialing Assistance

To ensure you meet all compliance and licensing criteria before beginning an assignment, our quality management specialists are ready to help you with every aspect of the credentialing and licensure requirements. Get more details on nurse licensing here .

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