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Physician / Doctor, Emergency Room (ER) Salary

On average, Emergency Room Doctors in the United States earn six-figure salaries ($203K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. Cash earnings for Emergency Room Doctors — including $50K in bonuses and $100K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $101K to $403K depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most Emergency Room Doctors survey respondents are men (72 percent). Although nearly one in five lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and more than half get dental coverage, too. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$93,840 - $310,550
(Median)
$94K
$200K
$310K
MEDIAN: $203,455
10%
50%
90%

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$80.94 - $205.51
(Median)
$81
$150
$210
MEDIAN: $148.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$140K$280K$420K
Salary
$93,840 - $310,550  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $50,193  
Profit Sharing
$4,913 - $100,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$101,008 - $403,492  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 788
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$80$160$240
Hourly Rate
$80.94 - $205.51  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $215.60  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$160K$320K$480K
Bonus
$0.00 - $50,193  
   
Profit Sharing
$4,913 - $100,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$101,008 - $403,492  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 421

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Job Description for Physician / Doctor, Emergency Room (ER)

Emergency room doctors use their medical tools and training to assist patients in need of acute, life-saving care. These physicians must think and act quickly to diagnose and treat patients, providing cardiac life support, trauma care, and other actions that help patients in life-threatening scenarios.

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Physician / Doctor, Emergency Room (ER) Tasks

  • They need to be capable of diagnosing and caring for all types of patients, regardless of age and type of problem.
  • Diagnose and provide non-surgical treatment of diseases and injuries to patients in the emergency room.

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Pay by Experience Level for Physician / Doctor, Emergency Room (ER)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Emergency Room Doctors do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Six-figure salaries are not unusual for those just entering the occupation — survey respondents with less than five years' experience under their belts report receiving an average of $227K per year. Emergency Room Doctors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $255K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $276K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location


Phoenix is home to an above-average pay rate for Emergency Room Doctors, 19 percent higher than the national average. Emergency Room Doctors will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+6 percent) and Chicago (+6 percent). Boston ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 20 percent below the national average. Seattle and Los Angeles are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 16 percent lower and 15 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Physician / Doctor, Emergency Room (ER) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 12%


National Average
$246,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 150 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 21%
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