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LocumTenens.com Salary Surveys

Emergency Medicine Salary

How much do emergency medicine physicians make?

What is the salary for an emergency medicine physician?

LocumTenens.com conducted its Annual Salary and Employment Survey in August and September 2022. 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 2022


Historical salary data

How does this year's salary for emergency medicine physicians compare to other years?

The average emergency medicine physician’s salary recovered in 2022 from a slump that predates the COVID-19 pandemic, reaching its former high point from 2018. During the pandemic, the demand for emergency medicine doctors dropped considerably due to patient decline, and the returning demand likely reflects patient comfort with seeking emergency care in person. Emergency Medicine physicians also report the most burnout across all medical specialties.

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2021 data not available.

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Survey results

Demographic insights by gender


LocumTenens Salary Survey - Male - Emergency medicine


LocumTenens Salary Survey - Female - Emergency medicine



Where did emergency medicine physicians work in 2022?

Most emergency medicine physicians worked in hospitals in 2022.

LocumTenens Salary Survey - Hospital Employed - Emergency Medicine

Hospital employed


LocumTenens Salary Survey - Medical Group - Emergency Medicine

Medical group / practice owned by hospital / system


LocumTenens Salary Survey - Community - Emergency Medicine

Independent medical group / practice



Emergency medicine physicians who took this survey

Contract and locum tenens work appear to be catching up to traditional full-time roles in this specialty. In 2022, over a quarter (28%) of emergency medicine physicians worked contract or locum tenens, while 38% worked as full-time employees – just 10% ahead.

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Years in practice

Employment status

How old are emergency medicine 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.