Physician / Doctor, Emergency Room (ER) Salary

Wages for Emergency Room Doctors in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($204K) per year. In the world of Emergency Room Doctors, overall income ranges from $101K near the bottom to $405K at the top; this can include more than $51K from bonuses and more than $96K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Some workers in this field — around one in five — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by the greater part. Work is enjoyable for Emergency Room Doctors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. 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. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$93,322 - $310,966
(Median)
$93K
$200K
$310K
MEDIAN: $203,852
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$79.90 - $206.44
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$210
MEDIAN: $148.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$140K$280K$420K
Salary
$93,322 - $310,966  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $50,515  
Profit Sharing
$4,904 - $96,354  
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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$100,856 - $405,162  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 795
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$80$160$240
Hourly Rate
$79.90 - $206.44  
   
Overtime
$-0.49 - $237.83  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$160K$320K$480K
Bonus
$0.00 - $50,515  
   
Profit Sharing
$4,904 - $96,354  
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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$100,856 - $405,162  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 418
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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 many Emergency Room Doctors, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries can reach six figures almost right off the bat; beginning workers who have less than five years' experience bring in a median of $229K per year. On average, Emergency Room Doctors make $257K following one to two decades on the job. After two decades in the workforce, the average Emergency Room Doctor generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $277K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Emergency Room Doctors, busy Phoenix offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 25 percent above the national average. Emergency Room Doctors will also find cushy salaries in Austin (+21 percent), San Francisco (+2 percent), Chicago (+1 percent), and Charlotte (+1 percent). Falling short of the national average by 19 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Seattle. Employers also pay below the national average in New York (14 percent lower) and Portland (11 percent lower).

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

Late-Career
up arrow 13%


Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$246,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 140 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: 47% employee benefits None: 21%
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