Friday, April 9, 2021

Physician Employment in the U.S.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently released by-occupation employment and wage data from its Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics survey from May 2020.  This employment survey estimated that there were just over 663,000 physicians employed in the U.S. as of May 2020.  This represented approximately 7.7% of total U.S. employment in all healthcare practitioner and technical occupations, a broad BLS occupational grouping that excludes many healthcare support occupations.  BLS data reported the following about physicians employment in the U.S. (ranked by number employed) as of May 2020:

Occupation # Employed Annual Mean Wages
1 Physicians (all other) & Ophthalmologists 375,390 $218,850
2 Family Medicine Physicians 98,590 $214,370
3 General Internal Medicine Physicians 50,600 $210,960
4 Surgeons, except Ophthalmologists 37,900 $251,650
5 Anesthesiologists 28,590 $271,440
6 Pediatricians, general 27,550 $184,570
7 Psychiatrists 25,540 $217,100
8 OB/GYNs 18,900 $239,120
All Physicians 663,060 N/A
All Practitioner/Technical Occupations 8,579,180 $85,900

Source: BLS Economic News Release, March 31, 2021.

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