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Hospital Medicine Salary

How much do hospitalists make?

What is the salary for a hospitalist?

LocumTenens.com conducted its Annual Salary and Employment Survey in August and September 2022. Survey respondents represent hospitalists 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 Hospitalist's Salary in 2022


Historical Salary Data

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

Until 2022, the average pay for hospitalists had been decreasing since 2017, which experts say is due to more physicians choosing to work in this specialty, leading to an overly saturated market. However, COVID-19 has left a clear mark on the hospital medicine, with the average salary rebounding prominently since the start of the pandemic in the U.S.

Many hospitalists helped out in COVID hot spots throughout the U.S. when cases were surging, and the segment of hospitalists working locum tenens has stayed strong at 30% (29% in 2020).

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 - Family Practice


LocumTenens Salary Survey - Female - Family Practice



Hospitalists who took this survey

Millennials (born between 1981 and 1997) and generation X (born between 1965 and 1980) dominate the hospital medicine specialty, making up a whopping 92% of hospitalist respondents when taken together. Experience levels span the spectrum of years in practice, and while nearly half (46%) of hospitalists are full-time employees, a large group (30%) works contract-based, or on a locum tenens basis.

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Employment status

How old are hospitalists?


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.