2021 Physician and Advanced Practice Salary Report

What are physicians and advanced practitioners making?

What is the average salary for a physician or advanced practitioner?

LocumTenens.com conducted its Annual Salary and Employment Survey in May of 2021. 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

$362,040

Average advanced practitioner salary

$142,250

How does this year's average physician salary compare to other years?

The average physician salary has increased by 16% since 2016, and despite the pandemic, physicians overall earned more in 2020 than in 2019. There was a slight dip in 2019 which was slightly regained last year.

How does this year's average advanced practice salary compare to other years?

The average advanced practitioner’s salary has increased by 13% since 2016, though there were periods of fluctuation over the past few years. Despite the pandemic, advanced practitioners overall earned more in 2020 than in 2019.

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Respondent demographics

Physicians and advanced practitioners who took this survey

Where are physicians and advanced practitioners physicians working?

In 2020, most physicians and advanced practitioners were employed by hospitals. This number grew since 2019, most likely due to the shift in patients being seen mostly in hospital settings during the pandemic.

Physician and Advanced Practice Salary Survey - Hospital Employed

Hospital employed

Physicians: 40%
AP: 43%
Physician and Advanced Practice Salary Survey - Clinic or Community Center

Group practice

Physicians: 18%
AP: 12%
Physician and Advanced Practice Salary Survey - Group practice

Clinic or community center

Physicians: 13%
AP: 20%

By region

Years in practice

Employment status in 2020

Age

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

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Methodology

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 LocumTenens.com, 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.

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