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ER Doctor Salary in 2018 | Health Worker Salary 2018

ER Doctor Salary in 2018

Doctor Salaries

The Average 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
  • Lowest and Highest Salary
  • Salary Range for Middle 50%





Average $259,790


$304,000 ($146/h)

Average $259,790







The middle 50% salary range for ER doctors does not take into account the top and bottom 25% of earners. When this data is removed, prospective ER doctors are left with a more accurate picture of the salary range they can expect to earn after working in the field for a year.

The Total Salary Package

Base Salary represents 75% : 

Benefits and bonuses includes : 

Retirement Accounts

Disability Insurance

Time Off

Social Security

Other Perks


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

CitiesAnnual Salary   
ER Doctor Salary in San Francisco, CA$317,230
ER Doctor Salary in New York, NY$306,319
ER Doctor Salary in Newark, NJ$306,000
ER Doctor Salary in Los Angeles, CA$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.

1. Experience

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.

2. Location

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..

Training and Certification Requirements

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 Doctors Salaries

CountriesAnnual Salary   
International ER Doctor Salary in the United Kindom£20,000 - £70,000
International ER Doctor Salary in CanadaC$60,000 – C$202,000
International ER Doctor Salary in AustraliaAU$150,000


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