ER Doctor Salary

The average salary of ER doctor in US is $259,790.

An ER doctor is a professional that is seen in the emergency room. These doctors are regular doctors by training, but choose to work in the high-paced, often critical stages of healthcare: when a patient first enters the emergency room in need of treatment.

Median ER Doctor Salary

  • $259,790 per year
  • $125 per hour

An ER doctor has a median salary of $259,790 ($125/hour). The median salary is derived from a mid-point of data and is not to be confused with an average salary.

Salary range for middle 50% of ER Doctors

  • $221,000 – $304,000
  • $106 – $146 per hour

A more accurate range of salaries is derived from cutting out the top and bottom 25% of salaries in a given set of data. The remaining salaries provide a more accurate range of salary data, with ER doctors earning $221,000 to $304,000 a year. The middle 50% also provides hourly estimates of $106 to $146.

Lowest and highest salary

  • Lowest – $186,100 ($89/hour)
  • Highest – $344,800 ($166/hour)

The least and most experienced professionals will earn the least and most respectively. At the bottom 10th percentile are ER doctors that have just entered the field. These professionals earn $186,100 a year. Top experts find themselves in the top 10th percentile of earners, demanding a salary as high as $344,800 a year. Hourly, the lowest 10th percentile makes $89, while the top 10th percentile earns $166.

The total salary package

Total salary package in this field is $348,000. This salary is derived from the true value of an employee, and adds in bonuses, Social Security, disability, pension, retirement, time off and all other data that can reflect a true compensation value.

The median salary of $259,790 only accounts for 74.6% of total salary compensation.

Cities with the highest paying ER Doctors

  • ER Doctors in San Francisco, CA earn $317,230.
  • ER Doctors in New York, NY earn $306,319.
  • ER Doctors in Newark, NJ are paid $306,000.
  • ER Doctors in Los Angeles, CA earn $284,800.

States with the highest paying ER Doctors

  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • California
  • Illinois

Factors affecting ER Doctor Salaries

Unlike most fields, industry does not play a big role in the salary of an ER doctor. All doctors in this field will work in a hospital’s emergency room, which results in a less-varied salary.

Working in metropolitan areas is the biggest factor that affects the salaries of these professionals.

New York and New Jersey are two states where the salary of an ER doctor is abnormally high. Being the biggest metropolitan area in the country, an ER doctor working in New York, NY will have a very demanding schedule and be paid more money as a result. While many areas in New Jersey are more rural, it is the country’s most densely populated state, resulting in a heavy workload for an ER Doctor.

Experience does play a role in a doctor’s salary. Nearly 23% of all emergency room doctors have 2 – 5 years of experience, while 18% have 5 – 10 years of experience. Only 15% of professionals in this field have 15+ years of experience, with 26% of all ER doctors having under one year of experience.

Nearly 20% of doctors in this field have 10 – 15 years of experience.

Training and certification requirements for ER Doctors

An ER Doctor is a medical specialization that falls under the category of a physician. Intensive schooling is required in this field.

Graduating with a bachelor’s degree is the first step. Afterwards, a student will need to start applying for medical school.

Medical school takes 4 years to complete going full time. After medical school, obtaining the USMLE license is required. During school, a residency program will be required. Residency is a 3-year education wherein a doctor will need to go to conferences, perform lab work and work in clinical simulation environments.

Doctors that work in the field and have experience helping patients can choose to later transition into the role of an ER doctor. Additional training may be required to go from a regular physician to working in the emergency room.

International ER Doctor Salaries

ER Doctors earn £20,000 – £70,000 per annum in the United Kingdom.

ER Doctors earn C$60,000 – C$202,000 per annum in Canada.

ER Doctors earn AU$150,000 per annum in Australia.

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