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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 from August to October 2023. 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 2023


Historical Salary Data

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

With more physicians choosing to work in this specialty before the pandemic, leading to an overly saturated market. However, COVID-19 left a clear mark on hospital medicine, with the average salary rebounding prominently since the start of the pandemic in the U.S., and evening out in 2023.

Hospitalists have an affinity for contract or locum tenens work overall (whether local or traveling work), where compensation potential is generally higher than permanent employment and more flexibility exists in their roles.

2021 data not available.

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Survey Results

Demographic insights by gender


LocumTenens Salary Survey - Male - Hospital Medicine


LocumTenens Salary Survey - Female - Hospital Medicine


LocumTenens Salary Survey - Non binary - Hospital Medicine

Non Binary

LocumTenens Salary Survey - Prefer not to answer - Hospital Medicine

Prefer not to answer


Where did hospitalists work in 2023?

LocumTenens Salary Survey - Hospital Employed - Hospital Medicine

Hospital employed


LocumTenens Salary Survey - Group Practice - Hospital Medicine

Group Practice Owned by Hospital or Hospital System


LocumTenens Salary Survey - Independent Medical Group - Hospital Medicine

Independent medical group



Hospitalists who took this survey

Hospitalists skew younger than other specialties, with the largest component having been in the practice for 5 or fewer years (36%) and over half (54%) of respondents born between from 1981 to 1996. The biggest segment of these medical workers are operating exclusively as contractor or locum tenens (44%). This profile reflects the new normal for hospital-based workforces after a global pandemic.

By region

Years in practice

Employment status

How old are hospitalists?


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%.