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EMN's Salary Survey

Following the Money

Hoffman, Lisa

doi: 10.1097/01.EEM.0000482481.58826.26
EMN's Salary Survey


It will come as no surprise to anyone that male emergency physicians earn more on average than their female counterparts — 24 percent more, in fact, according to the EMN Salary Survey. Men on average made $267,623 compared with women's $215,338, and the higher the salaries went, the more the disparity grew. More than 51 percent of the emergency physicians in the “less than $100,000” salary category were women, which was not statistically significant from the 48 percent of emergency physicians in that category who were men. But only 11.2 percent of the emergency physicians who earned more than $350,000 were women, compared with nearly 89 percent who were men.

Even as women rise through the ranks, they still make less than male emergency physicians. Female emergency medicine residents reported earning $85,625 on average while male EM residents earned $137,250 on average, and by the time these women became staff emergency physicians, they earned $242,401 compared with their male colleagues, who earned $270,666. Then as emergency physicians ascend to chief or director of the ED, the difference in salary is quite stark: $253,036 for women and $311,904 for men. The only time female emergency physicians earned more than male EPs was reported by those who were residency directors: $265,972 for men and $290,625 for women.

Thirty-eight percent of the 1,229 survey respondents work for independent emergency physician groups, 36 percent work for hospitals or health care systems, 24 percent work for contract management or staffing groups, and one percent work locum tenens. By far, those working locum tenens earn less than other emergency physicians, with the majority — 51 percent — making less than $175,000 a year, though 19 percent reported earning more than $325,000 each year. Half of those working for hospitals and health care systems earned $175,000 to $275,000 a year, compared with 38 percent of those in independent groups in and 39 percent contract management groups who earned in that salary range.

In the next highest salary category — $275,000-$350,000 — 30 percent worked for independent groups, 29 percent for hospitals and health care systems, and 22 percent for contract management groups. Thirty-one percent of emergency physicians earning more than $350,000, however, worked for contract management groups, while 24 percent and eight percent worked for independent groups or hospitals, respectively.

Most emergency physicians — 44 percent — work in suburban EDs, closely followed by urban (40%), rural (16%), and remote ones (1%). Twenty-two percent of suburban EPs make more than $350,000 a year, more than the percentage of their colleagues who work in urban (18%), rural (18%) and remote (17%) areas. One interesting number emerged looking at salary and practice locale: Thirty-three percent of emergency physicians working in remote areas make between $225,001 and $250,000, a far higher percentage of EPs earning in that range than EPs in other locales. A higher percentage of those same EPs (17%) reported making between $250,001 and $275,000, again a higher percentage than other EPs.

The type of hospital where an EP worked also seemed to factor into salary, with those working in hospitals and health care systems earning more across the board than their academic, critical care, clinic, and freestanding ER colleagues. On average, emergency physicians working in hospitals or health care systems earned more — $234,900 — than those working in other environments. EPs in academic settings earned $211,374 on average, compared with $110,000 for critical care, $166,477 for urgent care clinics, and $228, 707 for freestanding ERs.

Next month: Part 2 of What Do Emergency Physicians Earn? We'll cross-reference salary data with board certification, hours worked and spent seeing patients, annual salary increases, and how important EPs say salary is to them.

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More Data Online

Tables of the raw data on the topics covered this month are published in the EMN Salary Survey blog on our website. You can find those at

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