Emergency medicine physician salary

How much do emergency medicine physicians make?

What is the salary for an emergency medicine physician?

LocumTenens.com conducted its Annual Compensation and Employment Survey in September of 2020. Survey respondents represent emergency medicine 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 emergency medicine physician salary in 2019


Historical salary data

How does this year's salary compare to other years?

The average salary for physicians working in emergency medicine has fluctuated since 2015, with a slight dip again in 2019 compared to 2018.

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Survey Results 

Demographic insights by gender

There are more male emergency medicine physicians, though since 2017 there has been a 12% increase in female emergency medicine physicians.

LocumTenens.com Emergency Medicine Physician Salary Survey - Male Salary


5% decrease
LocumTenens.com Emergency Medicine Physician Salary Survey - Female Salary


5% increase

Where do emergency medicine physicians work?

These are three of the top work settings for emergency medicine physicians.

Emergency Medicine Physician Salary Survey - Hospital Employed

Hospital employed

12% decrease
Emergency Medicine Salary Survey - Clinic or Community Center

Outpatient Facility

1% decrease
Emergency Medicine Physician Salary Survey - Group practice

Group practice

No change

How old are emergency medicine physicians?

Seventy-three percent of emergency medicine physicians who responded are either Baby Boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) or from Generation X (1965 to 1980). 

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Respondent demographics

Emergency medicine 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 LocumTenens.com, 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.

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