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Physician / Doctor, Emergency Room (ER) Salary

Salaries for Emergency Room Doctors in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($243K) per year. Cash earnings for Emergency Room Doctors — which occasionally include more than $50K from bonuses and more than $100K from profit sharing — stretch from around $100K to approximately $397K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Emergency Room Doctors who answered the questionnnaire. Health benefits are not claimed by all — nearly one in five lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. For the most part, Emergency Room Doctors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$90,578 - $306,943
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MEDIAN: $200,941
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$81.23 - $202.47
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National Salary Data

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$0$140K$280K$420K
Salary
$90,578 - $306,943  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $49,889  
Profit Sharing
$4,923 - $99,666  
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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$100,399 - $397,166  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 768
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$70$140$210
Hourly Rate
$81.23 - $202.47  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $210.00  
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$140K$280K$420K
Bonus
$0.00 - $49,889  
   
Profit Sharing
$4,923 - $99,666  
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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$100,399 - $397,166  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 403
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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.


For Emergency Room Doctors, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years report earning $212K on average, a generous six-figure sum for those just starting out. Emergency Room Doctors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $259K. Emergency Room Doctors who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $270K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 24 percent, Emergency Room Doctors in Austin receive some of the highest pay in the country. Emergency Room Doctors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Phoenix (+21 percent), San Francisco (+8 percent), Atlanta (+3 percent), and Chicago (+3 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in an Emergency Room Doctor's salary, with Houston Emergency Room Doctors earning salaries that are 27 percent less than the national average. Workers in Los Angeles and Boston earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 20 percent.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$243,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 183 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

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