Physicians & surgeons

Detailed Occupation

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2017 Workforce
870k
Average Age
46.7
Average Salary
$224,052
Average Male Salary
$252,426
Average Female Salary
$174,345

About

Physicians & surgeons are most often employed by the Hospitals industry. The average yearly wage for Physicians & surgeons was $224,052 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Physicians & surgeons by wage are Dentists, Chief executives & legislators, and Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Physicians & surgeons are Upper East Side PUMA, NY, Philadelphia City (Center City) PUMA, PA, and Near North Side, Loop & Near South Side PUMA, IL. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Physicians & surgeons are Philadelphia City (Center City) PUMA, PA, Newton City & Brookline Town PUMA, MA, and St. Louis County (Central) PUMA, MO.

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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 Douglas, Edgar, Coles & Cumberland Counties PUMA, IL but are relatively concentrated in Philadelphia City (Center City) PUMA, PA.

Yearly Wage

$224,052
AVERAGE SALARY
± $4,262

In 2017, Physicians & surgeons earned an average of $224,052, $168,098 more than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Physicians & surgeons are the highest paid occupation in the US followed by Dentists. 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

0.354
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Physicians & surgeons had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.354, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. 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

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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Highest Paying

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

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Industries by Share

870k
2017 Workforce
± 22,833
1.95%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 3.66%

The number of people employed as Physicians & surgeons has been growing at a rate of 1.95%, from 853,560 people in 2016 to 870,233 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Physicians & surgeons employed by various industries. Hospitals employs the largest share of Physicians & surgeons at  47.9%, followed by Offices of physicians with 34.1% and Outpatient care centers with 6.85%.

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Demographic information on Physicians & surgeons in the US. The average age of male Physicians & surgeons in the workforce is 49 and of female Physicians & surgeons is 42.7, and the most common race/ethnicity for Physicians & surgeons is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

554k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 18,238
316k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 13,791

63.7% of Physicians & surgeons are Male, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Physicians & surgeons.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Physicians & surgeons
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
  3. Black (Non-Hispanic)

65.1% of Physicians & surgeons are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 20.9% of Physicians & surgeons, Asian (Non-Hispanic) 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 Sex

49
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.437
42.7
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.49

The median age of Physicians & surgeons is 46.7, and Male employees are generally 6.35 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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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

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degrees. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree obtained.
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