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Psychiatrist Salary

How much do psychiatrists make?

What is the average psychiatry salary?

LocumTenens.com conducted its Annual Salary and Employment Survey in August and September 2022. Survey respondents represent psychiatrists 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 psychiatrist salary in 2022


Historical salary data

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

The average psychiatrist’s salary shows fluctuation over time (having declined 14% since the beginning of the pandemic), but nevertheless remains higher than it was in recent years after a period of overall growth. As telehealth became a reality for many patients during the pandemic, psychiatry proved to be particularly suited for diagnosing and prescribing via videoconferencing sessions.

To learn more about how 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 - Emergency medicine


LocumTenens Salary Survey - Female - Emergency medicine



Where did psychiatrists work in 2022?

In 2022 most psychiatrists worked in Government.

LocumTenens Salary Survey - Hospital Employed - Psychiatry

Hospital employed


LocumTenens Salary Survey - Government - Psychiatry



LocumTenens Salary Survey - Community center- Psychiatry

Medical group / practice owned by a hospital / system



Psychiatrists who took this survey

Gig-based work abounds in psychiatry, with 44% of respondents working contract or locum tenens – and indeed, this is the specialty with the highest job satisfaction at a healthy 80%.

Millennials (born between 1981 and 1997) and generation X (born between 1965 and 1980) have a strong showing in the psychiatric field, but baby boomers (born between 1946 and 1964) still make up the largest age group at 41%. Almost half (47%) of psychiatrists have been practicing for more than 21 years.

By region

Years in practice

Employment status

How old are psychiatrists?


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.