Travel Nursing Jobs in California

If you're looking for a travel nursing job in California, you're in luck. The Golden State is home to some of the most popular travel nursing destinations in the country. Whether you're looking for a big city like San Francisco or Los Angeles, or more rural areas near Yosemite National Park and the lush California Wine Country, California has something for everyone.

As a travel nurse in California, you'll have plenty of opportunities to explore all that the state has to offer. From its world-famous beaches to its towering redwood trees, California is a natural wonderland. You'll also enjoy its diverse culture, with everything from trendy restaurants and nightlife to classical music and art. If you're looking for a job in a beautiful and exciting state, California is the place for you.

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California Travel Nursing FAQ

How Much Do Travel Nurses Make in California?

The median salary for a registered nurse in the state of California was $118,410 per year or $56.93 0per hour in 2020 with most earning an annual salary between $93,970 and $147,830 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Entry-level RN jobs in California or those with the lowest 10% salary earned around $76,180, while the highest 10% earned more than $173,370. California tops the highest paying states in the country for registered nurses. The cost of living adjusted salaries for registered nurses in California is still the highest in the country at $85,248 even though California has the 4th highest cost of living in the country.

Typically, travel nursing assignments will provide higher hourly and weekly pay than permanent positions in the same specialty, facility, and location. The estimated weekly gross pay listed for travel RNs is based on the specified hours per week listed on job cards and includes available stipend amounts.

Is California a Nursing Compact State?

No, California is not a Nursing Compact State and has no pending legislation to become part of the eNLC.

How Do I Become a Travel Nurse in California?

Education & Licensure

In order to become a registered nurse (RN) in the state of California, you must first meet the requirements for licensure as set forth by the California Board of Registered Nursing. These requirements include completing an approved nursing program, passing the National Council Licensure Examination for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN), and submitting an application for licensure to the Board of Nursing. California is not part of the enhanced Nursing Licensure Compact

Licensure Resources

  • Board Address https://www.rn.ca.gov/
  • Application https://www.breeze.ca.gov/datamart/loginCADCA.do (must create an account to apply)
  • How Long Does It Take to Get a License? 10-12 weeks license, 2-3 temporary license
  • Permanent License Fee $350, $49 fingerprint fee
  • Temp License Fee $100
  • Compact state? No
  • NURSYS state? No
  • Walkthrough State? No

What are the Top Cities in California for Nurses?

California is a top destination for travel nurses, due to its diversity of healthcare settings and wide range of nursing opportunities in some of the most iconic cities in America. California's cities offer a wide variety of experiences and opportunities as well as some of the best hospitals in the country. If you are looking for a great travel nursing destination in California, any of these cities would be a great choice.

Top Cities in California for Travel Nursing Jobs

  • San Francisco, CA
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • San Diego, CA
  • Oakland, CA
  • Bakersfield, CA
  • Fresno, CA
  • Sacramento, CA
  • San Jose, CA
  • Santa Maria, CA
  • Redding, CA

Things to Do and Explore in California

California offers some of the most beautiful and varied landscapes in the country, from the rocky coastline and redwood forests of the north to the rolling hills and vineyards of the central valley to the sandy beaches and rugged mountains of the south.

Some of the top attractions in Northern California include Yosemite National Park, Napa Valley, Lake Tahoe, and San Francisco bay area. These destinations offer some of the best scenery, wine, and food in the state.

If you're looking for something a bit more off the beaten path, there are plenty of other great options. The Redwood National and State Parks are home to some of the tallest trees in the world, and offer great hiking and camping opportunities. The Gold Country is also a great option for history buffs, with plenty of old mines and ghost towns to explore.

The Disneyland Resort is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Southern California. This theme park features classic rides like Splash Mountain and Space Mountain, as well as new attractions like the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land.

Some of the most popular tourist attractions in Southern California include Disneyland Resort, Universal Studios, Hollywood, the San Diego Zoo, Santa Monica Pier, and Venice Beach.

Getting Started as a Traveling Nurse

Many travel nurses find work through recruitment agencies and marketplaces, which means you have better access to job boards to choose your schedule, location, and salary. When you begin browsing for jobs, be sure to consider the housing options, the benefits, the guaranteed hours' policy, and the recruiting company’s overall reputation.

The good news is that Fusion Marketplace has everything you need when it comes to finding the perfect California travel nursing jobs. Here, you have the freedom to compare benefits, packages, and staffing agencies—all in one place. So find your next job today.