How much does a Medical Surgical Nurse make in Tennessee?

Average Medical Surgical Nurse Salary

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The average salary for a Medical Surgical Nurse in Tennessee is $2,763 per week. This is 13% lower than the US average of $3,124.

Estimate based on 3823 active jobs in the last 90 days.

How much does a medical surgical travel nurse make?

Medical Surgical “med-surg” nurses monitor patients who are acutely ill or recovering from surgery in a variety of hospital and clinical settings. There are many opportunities to work and travel as a med-surg nurse and earn a higher salary while doing it.

Travel nurses with a medical surgical specialty earned an average gross weekly salary of $1,543 working an average of 36.3 hours per week. This includes non-taxable compensation like living stipends, meal stipends, housing, and relocation which add up to an average value of $1,162 per week.

What are the most common benefits for a medical surgical travel nurse?

While there are many benefits to working as a travel nurse, the most common benefits included as compensation are housing stipends, meal stipends, and health insurance. Be sure to asses how your benefits are taxed because this can affect your net income. For example, if you qualify as having a permanent tax home, many of these stipends are tax-free, which can mean thousands of dollars in savings.

1. Housing stipend

Housing stipends can be used to cover costs associated with temporary housing like rent, utilities, and relocation expenses. In some cases employers will offer a choice between a stipend or employee housing. If you are confident your housing costs will be lower than the stipend amount, then you may be able to find your own place and save the difference.

On the other hand, housing provided by your employer can make the process of relocating a lot easier. Ask your recruiter how a stipend vs employee housing option is taxed. See our housing tips for travel nursing.

Avg housing stipend value: $584

2. Meal stipend

It’s common for employers to cover living expenses, especially food costs since it is one of the largest expenses when relocating. Employers describe this benefit differently sometimes providing a “per diem” which is a maximum daily allowance for meals and incidental expenses. Others may offer a “stipend”, which is a lump sum paid periodically. It’s important to keep detailed records of your expenses and to verify whether you qualify for tax-free stipends.

Avg housing stipend value: $668

3. Health Insurance

Many travel nurse employers offer health insurance at a reasonable rate, however coverage may only apply throughout the duration of your assignment. You’ll want to understand the exact start/end dates of your coverage before signing an agreement to avoid gaps in coverage.

As an alternative, many travel nurses choose private coverage or elect COBRA in between jobs. In some cases, you may be able to negotiate a higher rate of pay by choosing private insurance and opting out of the employer’s insurance option.

Where do medical surgical travel nurses make the most money?

In locations where there is a greater need for nursing staff, pay tends to be higher. Some states also have a higher cost of living so employers offer higher compensation relative to those costs. Keep in mind, each state has specific licensing requirements. The tables below show the states with the highest med-surg travel nurse salaries throughout last year and up to the current month.

What cities in Tennessee pay the most for Medical Surgical Nurse?

CityAverage Weekly SalaryMax Weekly Salary
Mountain City, Tennessee$3,873$4,378
Dickson, Tennessee$3,482$5,700
Shelbyville, Tennessee$3,425$3,930
Erwin, Tennessee$3,383$4,560
Savannah, Tennessee$3,322$3,725
Columbia, Tennessee$3,312$4,162
Greeneville, Tennessee$3,282$4,032
Paris, Tennessee$3,269$5,037

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How does the pay for Med Surg Nurses in Tennessee compare to nearby states?

Average Weekly SalaryMax Weekly Salary
North Carolina$3,146$6,894
South Carolina$3,107$7,408
West Virginia$3,011$6,020

Top Medical Surgical Nurse Jobs

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What are the highest paying Agencies for Medical Surgical Nurse jobs in Tennessee?

Average Weekly SalaryMax Weekly Salary
HealthTrust Workforce Solutions$5,670$5,700
GQR Healthcare$5,217$5,217
American Traveler$5,063$5,284
iDeal Personnel$4,199$5,304
Tact Medical Staffing$4,134$4,550
Cross Country Nurses$4,115$5,675
Providence Health Care Staffing$4,095$4,095
Gale Healthcare Solutions$3,888$4,560
Aureus Medical Group - Nursing$3,739$3,739