Traveling Nurse Pay and Benefits – Medical Express
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Pay and Benefits for Our Traveling Nurses

Whether you're just starting out as a traveling nurse or have your career well in hand, you expect and deserve premium benefits.

As a traveling nurse with Medical Express, you won't have to settle for anything less. Drawing on our experience and resources, we are able to offer our valued travel nurses one of the industry's most competitive benefits packages.

Find out more about the generous benefits you'll enjoy:
Money matters
Insurance benefits
Travel options
Programs and services 

Money matters

New take home pay program

At Medical Express we value your professionalism and vital contributions to the healthcare industry. That's why we are now offering new, higher, take home pay rates, where you could see up to 15% more each paycheck!  In addition to our exciting new take home pay rates for nurses, many of our traveling nurse assignments offer shift differentials for evening and night shifts, offering increased pay rates for each hour worked. Unlike some other companies, our new take home pay rates for nurses are completely compliant with IRS guidelines—giving you more cash in your pocket.

Generous completion bonuses

Many of our hospital clients also offer lucrative completion bonuses, which can range from $500 to $6,000 for a 13-week assignment. Ask your recruiter for further details.

Referral bonuses

Spread the word about Medical Express to your friends and colleagues and earn extra cash in the process! Once your friend completes a 13-week assignment, we'll mail you a check for $500.

401(k) retirement plan -- 401(k) matching returns in October

It's never too early to start planning for your retirement. You are eligible to enroll in our 401(k) as soon as you start an assignment! Starting 2009, you may contribute up to 50 percent of your salary or $16,500, whichever is lower, tax free. If you are age 50 or older, you may contribute $22,000 a year.  Our 401(k) plan offers a variety of well-known stock, bond and money market funds. Travelers who join the program can also take advantage of the 401(k) match that we offer. Ask a recruiter for details!

Guaranteed Pay program

Medical Express now offers our Guaranteed Pay program at thousands of facilities nationwide.  With Guaranteed Pay, you’re assured a paycheck even if your shift gets cancelled.  Plus, you’ll get paid on your next check instead of waiting until your assignment ends. To start enjoying the benefits of true income security, contact your recruiter today. Some conditions apply.

Insurance benefits

Medical and dental insurance

You’ll enjoy a high level of service with Medical Express' 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 from which you can choose, as well as greater provider discounts that lowers costs to employees. 

Your healthcare 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

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 less than the cost of an emergency room visit.

Discount vision program & voluntary plan

When you enroll in our medical and dental insurance, you'll automatically have access to our  no-cost  vision care benefit through our partnership with VSP. This discount vision program helps you and your family save on eye exams, prescription lenses, frames, contact lenses and other eye care products.
You also have the option to upgrade to a premium plan which includes expanded benefits for annual eye exams and the cost of lenses and frames. This voluntary plan is available to you even if you are not enrolled in any medical or dental plan.

Free basic life insurance

Medical Express travelers receive $10,000 of life and $10,000 of accidental death and dismemberment insurance coverage at no cost.

Professional Liability Insurance

Our excellent, comprehensive professional liability insurance―available to all our healthcare professionals, completely free of charge―provides you with coverage from the first day on assignment.


Premium housing

When you become a traveling nurse with Medical Express, you will be provided with free, private, quality housing conveniently located near your assignment facility. By working exclusively 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 and secure, clean, well-appointed and equipped with furniture, modern amenities and utilities. For more details, visit our housing section.

Travel options

The widest choice of assignments

Whether you're drawn to the neon lights and big-city action of New York, Chicago or Los Angeles, the breathtaking natural wonders of Arizona or Alaska, the sun-kissed beaches of Florida or the rolling hills and rustic villages of New England, Medical Express works in thousands of facilities in all 50 states. Tell us where you want to go and we'll get you there.

Programs and services

Free continuing education

Medical Express is committed to helping you further your career, even when you're on the road. As a Medical Express traveling nurse you can earn free contact hours through our partner site,, a fully accredited, leading provider of continuing education for nurses.

24-hour clinical support

If you have a clinical question or concern, you can depend on our dedicated clinical liaisons—all RNs with many years of experience in a variety of practice settings—to provide a solution. Each of our healthcare professionals has 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week access to a clinical liaison.

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 center provides all Medical Express travelers with real-time information on their timecards, direct deposit details and loyalty points, as well as access to many traveler forms.

Tuition discount program

If you're considering a degree or certificate program, we can offer exclusive discounts to our travelers from our education partners.

Discount benefits

Once you start an assignment with Medical Express, you'll automatically become a member of our MedEx Advantage program and be eligible to enjoy discounts on a wide variety of goods and services tailored to traveling healthcare professionals.

Credentialing assistance

To ensure that you meet all compliance criteria before starting an assignment, our knowledgeable quality management specialists will help you with every aspect of your credentialing and licensure requirements.

Direct deposit

Get your paycheck deposited into your bank account quickly and safely. It's the most convenient way to access your money, no matter where your travels may take you.

It's quick, easy and completely confidential. 
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