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Critical care salary

How much do critical care physicians make?

What is the salary for a critical care physician? conducted its Annual Compensation and Employment Survey in September of 2020. 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 2019


Historical salary data

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

The average critical care physician's salary increased by approximately 20% between 2017 and 2018, but dipped slightly in 2019. There was no survey data prior to 2017. 

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Survey Results 

Demographic insights by gender

More female critical care physicians joined the field in 2019, with a 13% increase compared to 2018. Critical Care Salary Survey - Male Salary


13% decrease Critical Care Salary Survey - Female Salary


13% increase

Where do critical care physicians work?

These are the top three work places for critical care physicians.

Critical Care Salary Survey - Hospital Employed

Hospital employed

3% increase
Critical Care Salary Survey - Academic


1% decrease
Critical Care Salary Survey - Group practice

Group practice

6% increase

How old are critical care physicians?

Generation X (critical care physicians born between 1965 and 1980) make up half of all respondents. 

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Respondent demographics

Critical care physicians who took this survey

By region

Years in practice

Employment status

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Invitations for the survey were emailed to a database of more than 220,000 healthcare professionals in September 2020. Some recipients had been placed by, and some had not. There was a total of 2,080 respondents, both physicians and advanced practitioners, who were self-selected and spanned all 50 states. Best of Staffing Client Logo Best of Staffing Talent Logo Fortune Best Workplace Logo NALTO Logo Beyond Profit Logo Beyond Profit Logo