I don’t have any personal insight into this from a PA perspective (I have only traveled as a cardiac sonographer, but plan to get into Locums work as a PA after school and residency.) But there is a PA Facebook page with some seasoned Locum Tenens folks on there. They quoted not taking any locums contract for less than $100 per hour as 1099, and often had contracts in the $110-150/hr range. Some of it may have been because they reached out to facilities needing coverage themselves vs using agencies. Also, they stated UC typically paid less than ER (think 85/hr vs 90/hr plus for ER). Maybe Reach out to them and see what wisdom they may have to offer.