Travel Emergency Department Nurse Salary Guide

Emergency room (ER) nurses, also called emergency department (ED) nurses, remain in high demand due to ever-increasing visits to emergency departments each year. If you’re attracted to a fast-paced and rewarding work environment, becoming an ER nurse may be right for you. Learn facts about emergency room nursing, average salaries, ways to boost your earning potential, and more in this guide.

How Do You Become an ER Nuse?

To become an Emergency Room Nurse, you must have:

  • An associate’s degree in nursing (ASN) or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

  • A nursing license by passing the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX)

  • Any other state-level RN licensing requirements and/or facility-level requirements, such as earning Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) certification

Professional certifications may or may not be required but always make you a more desirable candidate. BCEN recommends 2 years of experience in emergency room nursing before
pursuing the CEN certification. Other ER nursing specialties you may want to pursue, including flight (CFRN), critical care ground transport (CTRN), and pediatric emergency (CPEN).

Average Travel Emergency Department Nurse Salary

$2,116/week

This is equal to the nursing US average

Last updated on May 27, 2024. Based on 11,931 active jobs on Vivian.com in the last 7 days.

Salaries for Travel Emergency Department Nurse compared to Registered Nurse National Averages

$2,116/week

This is equal to the nursing US average

$2,114/week

United States

Where do Travel Emergency Department Nurses get paid the most?
StateAverage Weekly SalaryMax Weekly Salary
New Jersey$2,426$3,242
Massachusetts$2,397$3,536
New York$2,373$3,819
Maine$2,349$3,091
Alaska$2,327$3,102
Delaware$2,318$2,503
Arizona$2,286$3,354
Connecticut$2,270$3,346
Vermont$2,268$3,110
California$2,266$4,894
Oregon$2,263$2,802
New Hampshire$2,256$3,032
Minnesota$2,247$2,853
Wyoming$2,223$2,544
Nebraska$2,171$2,942
Washington$2,171$2,807
Wisconsin$2,157$2,751
Michigan$2,151$3,046
Iowa$2,141$3,156
What cities pay the most for Travel Emergency Department Nurses?
CityAverage Weekly SalaryMax Weekly Salary
San Leandro, California$4,894$4,894
Northampton, Massachusetts$3,400$3,400
Newton, Massachusetts$3,128$3,128
Warwick, Rhode Island$2,975$3,205
Brooklyn, New York$2,958$3,147
Newburyport, Massachusetts$2,937$3,063
Waterloo, Iowa$2,880$2,880
Portland, Maine$2,878$3,091
Anaheim, California$2,859$2,859
Burlington, Massachusetts$2,836$3,030
What are the highest paying Employers and Agencies for Travel Emergency Department Nurse jobs?
Average Weekly SalaryMax Weekly Salary
Consolidated Medical Travel$3,735$3,735
Medmasa LLC$3,442$3,442
Enterprise Solutions Inc$3,171$3,200
Capstone Health$3,066$3,066
ND Global Consulting Services$3,060$3,060
Converdia Health Staffing$3,031$3,031
Infojini, Inc.$3,005$3,005
Noor Inc.$2,980$2,980
Excite Health Partners$2,883$3,526
TinkBird Healthcare Staffing$2,844$2,844

Last updated on May 27, 2024. Information based on active jobs on Vivian.com.

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Travel Emergency Department Nurse FAQs

What is an Emergency Department RN?

Visits to emergency departments increase every year, which keeps emergency department nurses in demand. ED nurses work in unpredictable, high-intensity environments, treating patients in all age groups. They primarily work in emergency departments at hospitals, but they may also find employment in trauma units, burn centers, urgent care centers, disaster zones, military bases and correctional facilities. The rising need for RNs in the emergency medical field often fuels hefty salaries, but several factors can impact an ED nurse’s paycheck.

Emergency department nurses are registered nurses who specialize in providing immediate assessments and care to patients experiencing potentially life-threatening crises. They prioritize care based on the critical nature of each case and help stabilize and treat patients. ED nurses may discharge patients once the emergency passes or arrange hospital admittance for further treatment.

There aren’t any special educational requirements to become an ED nurse beyond what’s required to become a registered nurse. Therefore, they must earn an Associate or a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from a program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Upon graduation, they must pass the NCLEX-RN licensing exam.

How an Emergency Department RN salary is based

The base salary of an ED nurse may be impacted by numerous factors, such as years of experience. Experience is something you can only gain with time on the job; as your years in the field grow, so will your base salary. Other key elements potentially affecting your salary that you have more immediate control over include certifications, work setting and physical location of the job.

ED nurses must have Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support training and certification, so having these certifications likely won’t improve your base salary. Because they may treat patients of any age, Pediatric Advanced Life Support also may be required. If it’s not required, get it anyway. Obtaining any professional certification relevant to the emergency nursing field could boost your salary base. Studies have shown that certified nurses usually earn more than those who aren’t.

Hospitals tend to pay more than other workplace settings, which is convenient since ED nurses are frequently employed in these settings. The geographical location of the hospital can have a bigger impact on base salary. ED nurses in California tend to have some of the highest salaries nationwide. Locations on both the East and West Coasts and in the New England states tend to pay more while ED positions in midwestern states and many areas in the south typically pay less.

How to increase your Emergency Department RN salary

You can become an ED nurse with only an associate degree but pursuing your BSN can potentially increase your salary. If you already possess a BSN, consider an advanced degree. A Master of Science in Nursing may open career paths in advanced roles that come with higher salaries, such as an emergency nurse practitioner position.

If you want to become an emergency nurse practitioner, you first need national certification as a family nurse practitioner. Once you have this credential, there are three routes you can take to sit for the exam for Emergency Nurse Practitioner Certification. You can complete:

Becoming a certified emergency nurse practitioner should increase your salary significantly. You can also enhance your skills and potentially your pay through professional certifications that only require an unrestricted RN license and no additional education.

The Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing offers two relevant certifications. Two years of experience in an emergency department setting is recommended but not required to sit for either certification exam. The Certified Emergency Nurse credential is ideal for ED nurses wanting to demonstrate their expertise and skills in emergency nursing. Because ED nurses may treat trauma patients, you may also consider the Trauma Certified Registered Nurse credential to demonstrate your expertise and knowledge in trauma nursing. Either certification has the potential of increasing your salary since many employers favor certified staff.

What professional certifications can potentially increase my salary as a Emergency Department RN?

Earning your Advanced Disaster Life Support (ADLS), Domestic violence nurse examiner (DVNE) or Covid-19 Certification (Covid-19 Certification) often increases your salary potential as a emergency department nurse or makes you eligible for another position with greater responsibilities, which also might include a bump in wages.

Can having a Advanced Disaster Life Support (ADLS) boost my salary as a Emergency Department RN?

Yes, having a Advanced Disaster Life Support (ADLS) or any relevant professional certification has the potential to boost your salary as a emergency department nurse.

Can having a Domestic violence nurse examiner (DVNE) boost my salary as a Emergency Department RN?

Yes, having a Domestic violence nurse examiner (DVNE) or any relevant professional certification has the potential to boost your salary as a emergency department nurse.

Can having a Covid-19 Certification (Covid-19 Certification) boost my salary as a Emergency Department RN?

Yes, having a Covid-19 Certification (Covid-19 Certification) or any relevant professional certification has the potential to boost your salary as a emergency department nurse.

Where can I learn more about working as a Travel ED Nurse?

Take a look at Vivian's Travel ED Nurse Career Guide for more information, including required education, responsibilities, pros and cons and more.