How in Demand is My Specialty?

Is YOUR Specialty in Demand for Locum Tenens?

 

In 2016, an increasing number of health care systems, medical practices and private practitioners turned to locum tenens physicians to fill gaps in their practices. This number is expected to grow over the next decade, with an anticipated deficit of almost 100,000 doctors needed to care for the population of our country. However, not all specialties are in equal demand, and with unequal demand comes differences in duration of assignments, locations available, and pay structure. Today we shine some light on the average breakdown for each specialty.  We polled 5 of the top locum tenens agencies and averaged the responses to our questions. These are the results!

 

·       Allergy      

Demand: Low             

Typical Pay: $100-125/ hour  

Typical Schedule: M-F 8am-5pm for 1 week

 

·       Anesthesiology

Demand: High            

Typical Pay: $165-200/ hour  

Typical Schedule: M-F 7am-4pm for 1-3 months, some call expected

 

·       Cardiology

Demand: High            

Typical Pay: $115-205/ hour

Typical Schedule: M-F 8am-5pm for 3months

 

·       Cardiothoracic Surgery                

Demand: High            

Typical Pay: $1500-2500/ day

Typical Schedule: 24 hour call, 5-7 day blocks

 

·       Dermatology

Demand: Moderate    

Typical Pay: $115-205/ hour

Typical Schedule: M-F 8am-5pm 3-6 months

 

·       Emergency Medicine

Demand: High            

Typical Pay: $160-300/ hour

Typical Schedule: 8-12hr shifts, 4-12 shifts/month for 6 months

 

·       Endocrinology                  

Demand: Moderate    

Typical Pay: $120-150/ hour

Typical Schedule: M-F 8am-5pm, 1-3 months

 

·       Family Medicine

Demand: High            

Typical Pay: $90-125/ hour    

Typical Schedule: M-F 8am-5pm, some call, 3 months

 

·       General Surgery

Demand: High            

Typical Pay: $900-1500/ day  

Typical Schedule: M-F 8am-5pm or Nights and Weekends. 2-3weeks with long term assignments available

 

·       Gastroenterology             

Demand: Low             

Typical Pay: $240-250/ hour

Typical Schedule: M-F 8am-5pm for 2 weeks

 

·       Hematology/ Oncology

Demand: Moderate    

Typical Pay: $ 150-175/ hour

Typical Schedule: M-F 8am-5pm for 2-4 weeks

 

·       Hospital Medicine

Demand: High            

Typical Pay: $145-175/ hour

Typical Schedule: 12 hour shifts on 7 day rotation for 3 months

 

·       Internal medicine              

Demand: High

Typical Pay: $100-130/ hour  

Typical Schedule: M-F 8am-5pm, for 2-3 months

 

·       Infectious Diseases

Demand: High            

Typical Pay: $100-130/ hour  

Typical Schedule: M-F 8am-5pm, some call for 3 months

 

·       Interventional Radiology

Demand: Moderate    

Typical Pay: $200-250/ hour  

Typical Schedule: M-F 8am-5pm, with call, for 3 months

 

·       Nephrology

Demand: Low             

Typical Pay: $1200-1500/day 

Typical Schedule: M-F 8am-5pm for 1 week

 

·       Neurology

Demand: High            

Typical Pay: $1200-1400/day 

Typical Schedule: M-F 8am-5pm, with call ,for 2 weeks to 3 months

 

·       Neurosurgery

Demand: High            

Typical Pay: $2000-2500/day 

Typical Schedule: 24hr call, shift work or long term

 

·       Obstetrics and Gynecology

Demand: High            

Typical Pay: $90-120/ hour                

Typical Schedule: M-F 8am-5pm, 1:3 call, 3-6 months

 

·       Ophthalmology                

Demand: Low             

Typical Pay: $115-150/ hour  

Typical Schedule: M-F 8am-5pm, 1-3 months

 

·       Orthopedic Surgery

Demand: High            

Typical Pay: $1000-1500/day             

Typical Schedule: 7 day shifts, with call, for 1-3 months. Longer terms available

 

·       Otolaryngology

Demand: Moderate    

Typical Pay: $125-150/ hour              

Typical Schedule: M-F 8am-5pm, with call, 3-6 months

 

·       Pathology 

Demand: Low             

Typical Pay: $75-105/ hour                

Typical Schedule: M-F 8am-5pm for 2-3 weeks

 

·       Pediatrics

Demand: High            

Typical Pay: $100-130/ hour              

Typical Schedule: M-F 8am-5pm for 1-3 months

 

·       Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Demand: Moderate    

Typical Pay: $150-175/ hour              

Typical Schedule: M-F 8am-5pm with call, 1-3 weeks

 

·       Pulmonology                    

Demand: High            

Typical Pay: $200-225/ hour              

Typical Schedule: 8hr shift, 7-14 shifts/month for 3-6 months

 

·       Psychiatry

Demand: High            

Typical Pay: $150-200/ hour              

Typical Schedule: M-F 8am-5pm

 

·       Radiology-Diagnostic

Demand: Moderate                

Typical Pay: $185-225/ hour  

Typical Schedule: M-F 8am-5pm for 1-3months

 

·       Radiation Oncology

Demand: Moderate                

Typical Pay: $165-185/ hour  

Typical Schedule: M-F 8am-5pm for 7 days

 

·       Rheumatology                 

Demand: Moderate

Typical Pay: $120-150/ hour  

Typical Schedule: M-F 8am-5pm 1-3 months

 

·       Urology

Demand: High            

Typical Pay: $1200-1500/day 

Typical Schedule: M-F 8am-5pm, with call ,for 1-3 months

 

·       Vascular Surgery

Demand: High            

Typical Pay: $1200-1400/day 

Typical Schedule: 24hr call, shift or long term

 

These represent the norms for each specialty, but even within these, there are outliers. In a future post, we will determine what factors help certain locum tenens physicians get the best deal possible!

 

~ The Locums Life ~

 

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