Per Diem Rates for Travelers

What is per diem? 

Per diem is the allowance for lodging (excluding taxes), meals and incidental expenses. The General Services Administration (GSA) establishes per diem rates for destinations within the Continental United States (CONUS). The State Department establishes the foreign rates (for example, Russia, Aruba, Bahamas, Europe, etc.). The Department of Defense (DOD) establishes non-foreign rates such as Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Guam. For more information on non-foreign rates, visit DOD's Per Diem, Travel, and Transportation Allowance Committee at and foreign rates can be found at

Visit the GSA site for the most current per diem rates for healthcare travelers.

Many of your travel assignments may be eligible for a per diem allowance, which are stipends and reimbursements that are typically tax-free dollars allotted to you for traveling away from your primary residence. Per diem covers the expense of your meals, transportation and many costs associated with traveling.