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Travel Contract Jobs &  Traveling Contract Workforces

Why consider traveling contract work?

There are many reasons to considering temporary contract work such as opportunities to travel around the country, job flexibility, the ability to make more money, but one of the most valuable reasons is for the professional growth that comes from working for different companies and a variety of projects.

Here at MADI, we have been placing traveling contract workforces nationwide since 1992 and we have a diverse range of clients ranging from publicly traded Fortune 100 companies to smaller privately held companies – regardless of the client, they’re looking for help because they need experienced workforces quickly or because they’re unable to hire the workers they need locally around their facilities.

What is a traveling contractor?  

A traveling contractor is hired to work in a specific location for a particular amount of time; typically they’re hired for 2 to 3 months minimum but projects may last for a year or more. Because the demand for skilled trades and production workers is so high, there are often labor shortages in certain areas of the country so companies hire experienced workforces from around the country that can step in, acclimate quickly, and help them get caught up on production backlogs, help during busy seasons, or bridge the gap until full-time employees are hired locally.

Will I have flexibility in choosing assignments? 

 As a traveling contractor, you're in charge of your career and can pick and choose your projects. Just let your recruiters know your availability, project preferences, and any other details that are important to you.  

What qualities will help me succeed as a traveling tradesperson? 

A traveling skilled trades or production worker should have the following characteristics to excel in the role:

  • Enjoys experiencing new cities, towns and traveling in general
  • Enjoys the experience of working in new organizations
  • Inquisitive and thrives on challenges and learning new things
  • Is able to live a flexible lifestyle and enjoys being able to pick and choose where to work and for what type of projects and companies


What are the certifications and requirements for becoming a traveling contract worker? 

Most companies that hire these types of workforces are looking for experienced talent in whichever industry and trade they’re hiring for – not people fresh out of trade school. 

For example, certified Boiler Operators, Welders, CNC Machinists with many years of experience. Experience with traveling contract work is preferred, but not required. 

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Three Main Components of Contract Staffing 

Contract Staffing Firm

At MADI, we’re the contract staffing firm and it’s our company that recruits and hires contractors from across the United States. We handle the advertising, interviewing, screening and onboarding for our client.

Client Company

Our clients hire us to place you, the contractor, into their facility or facilities.


We hire you, the contractor, directly and take care of the logistics to get you to the project site, you’re our W-2 employee and we ensure that all goes with your placement and experience at our client’s facility.

What Is Per Diem? 

Per diem is an allowance for lodging, meals and incidental expenses and varies by project location. For tax purposes, it’s recommended that you consult with a CPA familiar with contracting and per diem to determine your specific tax liabilities and deductible items.  

How Is Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Handled?  

Your recruiters will be able to provide details on the PPE requirements at each facility. Generally speaking, items such as steel toe boots, metatarsal boots, welding hoods, and some machinists tools are brought by contractors. Other items such as safety glasses or hearing protection are typically provided by the client company on-site. 

If you're looking for a new pair of workbooks, take a look at our blog post Who Makes The Longest Lasting, High-Demand Work Boots to learn which ones those in manufacturing and the skilled trades prefer. 

We also have a blog post on Who Makes The Best Safety Glasses if you're looking for some top-rated brands. 

Resume Tips for Traveling Contractors 

 Most staffing firms and companies these days use Applicant Tracking Systems [ATS] for hiring workers which is why keywords are more important than ever. Without the right keywords – your resume might not make it in front of recruiters!

Applicant Tracking Systems are looking for keywords related to the job opening and industry, so make sure your resume contains the right keywords. It’s also suggested to submit your resume as a Word document and not a PDF because sometimes computer systems have a hard time reading resumes in PDF format.

For traveling contract jobs specifically, you’ll want to make sure that your most recent project is at the top of your resume, that each project has start and end dates and that your licenses and certifications are clearly written at the top of your resume. For more suggestions, check out our 7 Resume Tips For Skilled Trades Workers.

Resume tips for skilled trades workers

How To Find Travel Contract Jobs

As with most job searches, the internet is your friend; use digital tools and job boards to your advantage. We could write forever about different options and different job boards for specific industries, so instead, we’ll keep it simple to get you started.

Rather than visit separate job boards, you can use a free job board aggregators such as Google and Indeed to search for jobs, create job alert emails as well as upload your resume.

Google For Jobs

Being the largest search engine in the world, it makes sense that Google step into the job search game – and that is exactly what they did in 2017 when they launched their new search engine tool Google For Jobs.

This is not a job board, but an aggregator of job openings that are already published on the internet. You can narrow down search results by title, location, date posted, type, company, type, and employer. You can save jobs you’re interested in as well as set up email alerts to have new jobs sent to your inbox instantly, daily or weekly!

Indeed For Job Seekers

Indeed is another job search engine aggregator pulling from thousands of job boards, however, it also has the ability for employers to post jobs directly to the site. According to their website, 70% of US Job seekers online use Indeed to look for jobs.

As an employer, we also have great success hiring traveling contract workers through this website so it’s worth checking out if you’re not familiar with it.

Facebook Groups 

Traveling Contract Jobs

About: This is a networking group for those looking for traveling contract jobs throughout the United States. Industries include, but aren’t limited to skilled trades, craftsmen/craftswomen, nursing, construction, etc.


About: This is a group for job postings only. We DO NOT hire, only post jobs related information. 

On the Road Again

About: We are a group of heavy industrial construction workers that travel job to job. Non-union and union. We work in refineries, nuke plants, power plants, trash burners, paper mills, oil field, and the shipyards.


Types of Travel Positions

At MADI, we hire all different sorts of travel labor from traveling Grinders, Assemblers, Machine Operators, Forklift Operators and Order Selectors to more skilled trades such as traveling Welders, CNC Machinists, and certified Boiler Operators. If a manufacturing facility needs labor, we'll mobilize teams of all skill sets to their facilities in need of operational support. 

Traveling Welders 

A traveling welder, your responsibilities will depend upon the type of work you're performing. The travel welders we hire are typically working in industrial manufacturing settings.  Your recruiters will provide you with specific details about the type of welding for each project, details about the client company, location, project duration, pay and per diem. 

How much does a traveling welder make a year? 

How much a traveling welder makes per year will vary depending upon the type of welding you do, how skilled you are and the number of projects you take on per year. 

According to, traveling welders have the ability to make the following salaries: 

  • Traveling Industrial Pipe Welders: $50,000 - $185,000 per year
  • Traveling Underwater Welders: $100,000.00 to well over $200.000.00 per year
  • Traveling Military Support Welders: $160,000.00 to more than $200,000.00 a year in the Middle East.

ZipRecruiter on the other hand places traveling welder salaries in the United States between $33,000 and $65,000. 


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