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LocumTenens.com Salary Surveys

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 in August and September 2022. 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 2022


Historical salary data

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

The average critical care physician’s salary had steadily been increasing over the years as the specialty became more in-demand, but during the pandemic the role became critical in the battle against COVID-19, and the average salary jumped by 6% since 2019. Critical care physicians now make 23% more annually than they did in 2017.

A considerable showing of critical care physicians (21%) worked contract or locum tenens. To learn more about current physician trends are changing, view the Future of Work Survey Report which presents in-depth insights about the evolving healthcare landscape in the U.S.

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



Where did critical care physicians work in 2022?

More than half of critical care physicians worked in hospitals in 2022.

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

Over half (53%) of critical care physicians who responded belong to generation X (born between 1965 and 1980). A noteworthy drop in full-time critical care physicians can be observed compared to two years ago, down to 47% from 2020’s 63%, which may reflect evolving work expectations.

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 September 2022. The 2,571 respondents represent a broad range of U.S.-based clinicians, roles, specialties, ages, facility sizes and experience levels. Some recipients had been placed by LocumTenens.com, and some had not. The age range of respondents is 26-79 and 46 medical specialties are represented. The data from the survey responses was compiled and analyzed by experts in the healthcare industry to formulate the insights shown here.