Physician / Doctor, Emergency Room (ER) Salary

Emergency Room Doctors receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $203K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $50K and $100K, respectively — total cash payment to Emergency Room Doctors can bottom out near $101K or peak near $402K depending on individual performance. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Emergency Room Doctors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Male Emergency Room Doctors are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — close to a fifth lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and the greater part receive dental plans. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$95,133 - $310,524
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$95K
$200K
$310K
MEDIAN: $203,021
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$79.92 - $204.86
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MEDIAN: $147.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$140K$280K$420K
Salary
$95,133 - $310,524  
   
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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$101,141 - $402,054  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 778
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$80$160$240
Hourly Rate
$79.92 - $204.86  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $218.46  
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).
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$101,141 - $402,054  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 413

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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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Emergency Room Doctors — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $224K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $245K. Emergency Room Doctors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $257K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $274K.

Pay Difference by Location


Phoenix offers some of the highest pay in the country for Emergency Room Doctors, 19 percent above the national average. Emergency Room Doctors will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+6 percent) and Dallas (+2 percent). Emergency Room Doctors in Los Angeles report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 21 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Boston (20 percent lower) and Seattle (16 percent lower).

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

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$246,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 157 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 21%