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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 from August to October 2023. 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 2023


Historical salary data

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

After reaching a high water mark in 2022, the average Emergency Medicine physician's salary dropped 16.7% in 2023 to $302,200, highlighting the evolving relationship between healthcare workforces and their workplaces. Demand for Emergency Medicine physicians fluctuated through the pandemic due to patient decline, then rebounded as the nation's delay of care crisis began to catch up with its patient population. Between high demand, high burnout and a growing pattern of overcrowded emergency departments, physicians working in the ER continue to see strong salaries in full-time, permanent roles.

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 2023?

Most emergency medicine physicians worked in hospitals in 2023.

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

As of 2023, a solid core of Emergency medicine physicians boasts extensive professional experience, with 38% having practiced for 21 years or more. The majority are engaged in full-time or part-time employment (38%), while a comparable number opt exclusively for contract or locum tenens assignments (30%). Notably, the demographic makeup of this specialty reveals that it is predominantly male, constituting 80% of the workforce.

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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 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%.