What is the average salary for a physician or advanced practitioner?
LocumTenens.com conducted its Annual Compensation and Employment Survey in August of 2019. Survey respondents represent physicians and advanced practitioners 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 physician salary
Average advanced practitioner salary
How does this year's average physician salary compare to other years?
The average physician's salary has steadily been increasing over the years. The average salary for physicians increased by 16.5% since 2015.
How does this year's average advanced practice salary compare to other years?
The average advanced practitioner's salary has fluctuated over the past few years, but is back on the rise.
Opinions about Healthcare Consolidation
Physician and Advanced Practitioners weigh in on Healthcare Mergers and Acquisitions
Mergers and acquisitions have been especially prevalent in the healthcare industry over the past few years. In this year's Compensation and Employment Survey, 41 percent of physicians and advanced practitioners disclosed they had been employed at an organization where there was a merger or acquisition. The motivation behind these types of healthcare consolidations typically involves a combination of the following: improving quality of care for patients and making additional resources and expertise available to staff, all while reducing costs.
More than 41 percent of clinicians acknowledged that consolidation brought their organization increased access to additional resources, technology and expertise. However, when asked if they felt valued by the larger organization post consolidation, a staggering 48 percent of providers indicated they disagreed, with 27 percent of these respondents strongly disagreeing.
Have you ever been employed at a facility where there was a merger or acquisition?
Due to the merger or acquisition, were any members of the medical staff laid off?
Due to the merger or acquisition, how were you affected by the layoff?
How long did it take to integrate and unify the facilities involved in the new partnership?
"It helps patients as we will now have specialties we didn't previously have, so patients don't have to travel so far" -NP Neurologist from Northeast
In my experience with healthcare consolidation, the cost of care for our patients has decreased.
In my experience with healthcare consolidation, the quality of care we provide has increased.
"It leads to fewer choices of physicians (out of network) and increased confusion about patient bills or appropriate contact people for information" - Hospitalist from Southwest
In my experience with healthcare consolidation, my hospital or practice has gained access to additional resources, technology and expertise.
Post consolidation, we've become more efficient as an organization.
In my consolidation experience, our leaders paid specific attention to and placed value on shared culture.
Post consolidation, I feel I am valued by the larger organization.
"There is a loss of culture and a lack of genuine care of employees" - Ophthalmologist from the southeast
The future: What’s in store for physicians and advanced practitioners
Next job change
38% of physicians and advanced practitioners are considering changing jobs within the next year.
Considering locum tenens
73% of respondents said they had not worked locum tenens last year, but would consider it in the future.
Physicians and advanced practitioners who took this survey
Where are physicians and advanced practitioners physicians working?
Most physicians are employed by hospitals, while most advanced practitioners work in healthcare clinics.
Hospital employedPhysicians: 40%
Group practicePhysicians: 20%
Clinic or community centerPhysicians: 14%
Years in practice
Select your specialty below to see survey results specific to your specialty
Invitations for the survey were emailed to a database of more than 150,000 healthcare professionals in August 2019. Some recipients had been placed by LocumTenens.com, and some had not. There was a total of 3,580 respondents, both physicians and advanced practitioners, who were self-selected and spanned all 50 states. Physician respondents included those from 15 medical/surgical specialties: radiology; psychiatry; family practice; critical care; neurology; obstetrics/gynecology; pediatrics; anesthesiology; general surgery; orthopedic surgery; urology; cardiology; hospitalist; internal medicine; and emergency medicine. Advanced practitioner respondents included those from eight medical specialties: emergency medicine physician assistants; primary care physician assistants; critical care nurse practitioners; psychiatric nurse practitioners; emergency medicine nurse practitioners; primary care nurse practitioners; hospitalist nurse practitioners; and CRNAs.