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Critical Care Physician Salary

How much do critical care physicians make?

What is the salary for a critical care physician?

LocumTenens.com conducted its Annual Salary and Employment Survey from August to October 2023. Survey respondents represent critical care physicians who practice on a locum tenens basis as well as those with permanent salaries. Compensation results consist of only full-time, permanent employees and consider only annual salary and bonuses.

Average critical care physician's salary in 2023


Historical salary data

How does this year's salary for critical care physicians compare to other years?

During the early months and years of the pandemic, much of the battle against COVID-19 fell on the shoulders of critical care providers, and the average salary rose along with demand. In 2023, critical care salaries have softened somewhat from a high point in the previous year, but still remain well above the $300,000 mark.

2021 data not available.

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Survey results

Demographic insights by gender


LocumTenens Salary Survey - Male - Critical Care


LocumTenens Salary Survey - Female - Critical Care


LocumTenens Salary Survey - Prefer not to answer - Critical Care

Prefer not to answer


Where did critical care physicians work in 2023?

Majority of critical care physicians worked in hospitals in 2023.

LocumTenens Salary Survey - Hospital Employed - Critical Care

Hospital employed


LocumTenens Salary Survey - Medical Group - Critical Care

Medical Group / Practice owned by a hospital / System


LocumTenens Salary Survey - Independent Medical Group - Critical care

Independent medical group / practice



Critical care physicians who took this survey

Like many medical specialties, generation X (born 1965 to 1980) make up the bulk of the critical care physician workforce at 59%. Southeastern states are home to nearly a third (32%) of our nation’s critical care providers.

By region

Years in practice

Employment status

How old are critical care physicians?


This report was compiled using data from an original survey conducted by LocumTenens.com from August to October 2023. Medical practitioners from the LocumTenens.com database were invited to participate in this survey. Some recipients had been placed by LocumTenens.com, and some had not. As incentive for completing the survey, respondents were offered a chance to win a $500 Amazon gift card. This survey takes into account clinicians currently practicing medicine. Of the 2,081 respondents who qualified for the survey, 1,675 completed it. At the 95% confidence level, the survey has an error range of +/- 2.4%.