Physicians & surgeons

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Total Workforce

906k

Average Age

46.8

Average Salary

$233,287

Average Male Salary

$264,139

Average Female Salary

$183,829

About

Physicians & surgeons are most often employed by the Hospitals industry. The average yearly wage for Physicians & surgeons was $233,287 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Physicians & surgeons by wage are Chief executives & legislators, Dentists, and Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers.

Physicians & surgeons are part of the Healthcare practitioners & technical occupations, along with Chiropractors, Dentists, Dietitians & nutritionists, Optometrists, Pharmacists, Physicians & surgeons, Physician assistants, Podiatrists, Occupational therapists, Physical therapists, Radiation therapists, Recreational therapists, Respiratory therapists, Speechlanguage pathologists, Other therapists, including exercise physiologists, Veterinarians, Registered nurses, Nurse anesthetists, Audiologists, Health diagnosing & treating practitioners, all other, Nurse practitioners & nurse midwives, Clinical laboratory technologists & technicians, Dental hygienists, Diagnostic related technologists & technicians, Emergency medical technicians & paramedics, Health practitioner support technologists & technicians, Licensed practical & licensed vocational nurses, Medical records & health information technicians, Opticians, dispensing, Miscellaneous health technologists & technicians, and Other healthcare practitioners & technical Occupations

The top 3 locations that employ the most Physicians & surgeons are Upper East Side PUMA, NY, Philadelphia City (Center City) PUMA, PA, and Newton City & Brookline Town PUMA, MA. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Physicians & surgeons are San Juan Municipio (Sur) PUMA, PR, Norfolk (Northeast) & Middlesex (Southeast) Counties (West of Boston City) PUMA, MA, and St. Louis County (Central) PUMA, MO.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Physicians & surgeons and on wages and locations for those in the field. Hospitals is the industry that employs the most Physicians & surgeons, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Physicians & surgeons, by average wage, is Pharmaceutical & medicine manufacturing. Physicians & surgeons are paid most in Cayuga & Onondaga (South) Counties PUMA, NY but are relatively concentrated in San Juan Municipio (Sur) PUMA, PR.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$233,287

AVERAGE SALARY

± $4,335

In 2017, Physicians & surgeons earned an average of $233,287, $181,222 more than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Physicians & surgeons are the highest paid occupation in the US followed by Chief executives & legislators. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Physicians & surgeons as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.334

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Physicians & surgeons had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.334, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Physicians & surgeons (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Physicians & surgeons.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Physicians & surgeons

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Physicians & surgeons.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Physicians & surgeons, by number of employees, are Hospitals, Offices of physicians, and Outpatient care centers.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Physicians & surgeons, by average wage, are Pharmaceutical & medicine manufacturing, Offices of dentists, and Employment services.

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Industries by Share

906k

2017 Workforce

± 23,295

3.23%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 3.55%

The number of people employed as Physicians & surgeons has been growing at a rate of 3.23%, from 877,509 people in 2016 to 905,850 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Physicians & surgeons employed by various industries. Hospitals employs the largest share of Physicians & surgeons at  49%, followed by Offices of physicians with 32.6% and Outpatient care centers with 7.26%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Physicians & surgeons in the US. The average age of male Physicians & surgeons in the workforce is 49.3 and of female Physicians & surgeons is 42.7, and the most common race/ethnicity for Physicians & surgeons is White.

Gender Composition

558k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 18,303

348k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 14,466

61.6% of Physicians & surgeons are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Physicians & surgeons.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Physicians & surgeons

  1. White

  2. Asian

  3. Black

69.8% of Physicians & surgeons are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 21.1% of Physicians & surgeons, Asian is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Physicians & surgeons.

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Age by Gender

49.3

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 0.446

42.7

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 0.462

The median age of Physicians & surgeons is 46.8, and Male employees are generally 6.56 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Physicians & surgeons from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Physicians & surgeons is Biology but a relatively high number of Physicians & surgeons hold a major in Biology.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Physicians & surgeons from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Physicians & surgeons need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension and Critical Thinking. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Physicians & surgeons need more than the average amount of Science, Systems Evaluation, and Service Orientation.

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