They say everything’s bigger and better in Texas — and that saying definitely holds true when it comes to travel nurse and travel allied healthcare jobs! The Lone Star State conjures images of everything from prairies to ranches to beaches, from charming small towns to major urban hubs. The unique state of Texas contains all of these multitudes and much more! If you want your career in care to take you to Texas, read on to learn more about this great state and explore travel nursing job opportunities there.
Texas Travel Nursing by Specialty
The most popular nursing specialties with positions available in Texas include:
Texas Travel Nursing by City
We connect care by staffing top healthcare facilities in Texas with brilliant Travel Nurses.
All about Texas Travel Nursing
Due in part to its size and abundance of healthcare facilities, Texas consistently offers a steady stream of quality job opportunities for travel nurses and travel allied health professionals. Plus, it’s a really fun place to explore on your days off.
Best Hospitals in Texas
U.S. News & World Report’s 2020/2021 Best Hospitals list evaluated 566 hospitals in Texas, including #1-ranked Houston Methodist Hospital, #2-ranked UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, and #3-ranked Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston. Texas has more hospitals than any other state in the nation, so there are tons of other hospitals and non-hospital healthcare facilities throughout the state as well. U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best States list ranked Texas at #31 overall, #9 for economy, and #10 for fiscal stability. Texas is wonderful location to live, work, play, and make great pay!
Texas Nurse Licensure
Texas is currently in the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), which allows nurses to practice in other NLC states without having to get additional state licenses. New states are frequently joining so keep an eye on the latest NLC map. Our team is always happy to help you with any Texas state licensing questions.
Texas Travel Nurse Salaries
Registered Nurse pay offered in Texas varies based on several factors. The average hourly rate for RN positions in TX is $37.58/hr (approximately $71,000/yr). With that being said, the average hourly wage doesn’t provide much insight for a prospective travel nurse. Factor in the average overtime pay of $11,981 for a better idea of the average annual RN salary. However, this is still not that useful for most nurses.
Highest Paying RN Specialties in TX
The highest demand RN specialties are often in highest paying. The most in demand RN specialties are ICU, OR, ER, L&D, and NICU. MedSurg, Telemetry, and LTAC nurses are also in high demand. Becoming certified and gaining experience in a higher demand unit will help you earn a higher salary as a registered nurse in Texas.
Highest Paying Cities for Nurses in TX
Location is also a huge factor for RN pay. Cost of living factors in to what hospitals are willing to offer, and cost of living is higher in highly populated urban centers. While this is mostly always true, travel nursing opportunities can often pay more in rural areas due to the difficulties in attracting quality candidates. The highest paying areas in Texas are Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, Arlington, San Antonio, McAllen, Killeen, Austin, and Brownsville.
New grad nurses will be disappointed to learn that experience is one of the biggest factors in calculating salaries. This is doubly true when considering that RNs often have a higher earning potential with travel nursing. Registered nurses must have at least 2 years of experience in order to travel. This is a standard requirement that originates from the facility. However, some hospitals that are in dire straits may be willing to work with a nurse with only 1 year experience. This is the exception, not the rule. New nurses should focus on acquiring skills, becoming certified, and getting the requisite 2 years of experience before considering traveling.
Earning More As A Travel Nurse
Earning potential for travel nurses is quite different than staff nurses. As a travel nurse you will have an opportunity to earn stipends, have paid housing, receive signing bonuses, and loyalty bonuses. These can, and should, factor into your earning potential calculations.
To Do and See in Texas
Good news for travelers who want to mess with Texas: The Lone Star State offers a ton of variety, activities, history, and natural beauty for you to explore.
Popular attractions and destinations include the San Antonio Riverwalk, The Alamo, Space Center Houston, Padre Island National Seashore, Big Bend National Park, Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, Houston’s Museum District, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, and Cadillac Ranch.
You can also explore beautiful beaches, hike, bike, kayak, golf, stargaze, go boating, go shopping, attend a rodeo, and explore incredible arts, culture, and history statewide. Sports fans will have a blast in the state that made “Friday Night Lights” iconic, so be sure to take in a game with the Dallas Cowboys, San Antonio Spurs, Houston Astros, Texas Rangers, or another of the state’s many pro and collegiate teams.
When the chuckwagon comes a rollin’ ’round in Texas, taste buds are bound to be delighted. In addition to The Lone Star State’s world-famous barbecue, Texas is known for iconic faves like chili, chicken fried steak, kolaches, funnel cake, burgers, breakfast tacos, pecan pie, Gulf shrimp and oysters, peaches, Blue Bell ice cream, Frito pie, fried and pickled okra, Texas caviar, Vietnamese, Mexican, and Tex Mex faves like fajitas and queso. Wash it all down with an ice-cold sweet tea or frozen margarita and you’ll be living like a true Texan!
Quick Texas Facts
- State Nickname: The Lone Star State
- Capital City: Austin
- Largest Cities: Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth
- Charming Towns: Fredericksburg, Port Isabel, Marfa, Granbury, Bandera
- Random Trivia: Austin, Texas has been dubbed the live music capitol of the world.
Personalized Pay Packages
Texas Travel Nurses enjoy a personalized payment package with great wage rates, licensure and certification reimbursement, a 401(k) with an immediately vested company contribution, loyalty and referral bonuses, and more.Learn More
We offer our travel nurses and travel allied health professionals day one medical, dental, and vision insurance, plus the option of several additional voluntary benefits, including life, long-term disability, critical illness, accident, hospital indemnity, and AD&D insurance.Learn More
Employee Assistance Program
Current travelers also have automatic, free access to our employee assistance program (EAP) through Cigna, which includes eight free counseling sessions and many more free resources to support you and your family in every facet of life.Learn More
Travel Nurse Housing
When it comes to making a home in your latest location, Medical Solutions travelers have the option of company-provided, private, fully furnished, secure, pet-friendly housing arranged by our expert housing team or a non-taxable housing stipend that helps you arrange and pay for your own housing costs, depending on your eligibility and location.Learn More