Hospital medicine salary

How much do hospitalists make?

What is the salary for a hospitalist? conducted its Annual Salary and Employment Survey in May of 2021. 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 2020


Historical salary data

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

The average pay for hospitalists has 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, hospitalist compensation has most likely been impacted during 2020 as hospital medicine is in demand during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the average salary increasing by 4% over last year.

More than half (51%) of hospitalists said their workload increased during the pandemic and the same number said they were burned out due to COVID-19 last year. This could be why more than half (54%) are planning to take time off work or vacation in 2021.

Almost a third (29%) of hospitalists worked locum tenens in 2020, many who helped out in COVID hot spots throughout the U.S. Another 60% said they did not work locum tenens but would consider it in the future, largely due to flexibility and to make more time for family and friends after a year of being overworked during the pandemic.

To learn more about how physician trends changed due to COVID-19, view the full report here.

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Survey Results 

Demographic insights by gender

In 2020, the number of female hospitalists increased dramatically during the pandemic, unlike most other specialties which saw a decrease of female physicians. Hospital Medicine Salary Survey - Male Salary


12% decrease Hospital Medicine Salary Survey - Female Salary


12% increase

View clinician employment trends during the pandemic and insight into how COVID-19 affected their salary and workload.

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Respondent demographics

Hospitalists who took this survey

Almost half (49%) of hospitalists are from generation X (born between 1965 and 1980) and 32% are millennials (born between 1981 and 1997). This contrasts sharply with 2019, when the majority of hospitalists were millennials (42%). In 2020 hospitalists worked in the southeast. More than half (58%) were full-time employed physicians, though a quarter performed as locum tenens. More than a third (39%) have plans to change jobs within the next year. To learn more about how physician trends changed due to COVID-19, view the full report here.

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Years in practice

Employment status

How old are hospitalists?

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Invitations for the survey were emailed to a database of more than 220,000 healthcare professionals in May 2021. Some recipients had been placed by, and some had not. There was a total of 2300 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