Physicians

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
864k
Average Age
46.7
Average Salary
$240,870
Average Male Salary
$270,793
Average Female Salary
$194,693

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Physicians and on wages and locations for those in the field. General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals is the industry that employs the most Physicians, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Physicians, by average wage, is Pharmaceutical & medicine manufacturing. Physicians are paid most in Orange County (Southeast) PUMA, NY but are relatively concentrated in Near North Side, Loop & Near South Side PUMA, IL.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$240,870
AVERAGE SALARY
± $4,627

In 2020, Physicians earned an average of $240,870, $184,916 more than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Surgeons make somewhat more than Physicians while Chief executives & legislators make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Physicians as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.331
WAGE GINI

In 2019, Physicians had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.331, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Physicians (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.

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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.

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Industries

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Industries by Share

864k
2020 Workforce
± 22,751
0.825%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 3.7%

The number of people employed as Physicians has been growing at a rate of 0.825%, from 856,681 people in 2019 to 863,745 people in 2020.

This graphic shows the share of Physicians employed by various industries. General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals employs the largest share of Physicians at  45.7%, followed by Offices of physicians with 33.2% and Outpatient care centers with 7.19%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Physicians in the US. The average age of male Physicians in the workforce is 49 and of female Physicians is 43.2, and the most common race/ethnicity for Physicians is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

524k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 17,743
340k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 14,291

60.7% of Physicians are Male, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Physicians.

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Race & Ethnicity

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

62.3% of Physicians are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 22.3% of Physicians, Asian (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Physicians.

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Age by Sex

49
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.463
43.2
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.488

The median age of Physicians is 46.7, and Male employees are generally 5.77 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Physicians from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Physicians is Biology but a relatively high number of Physicians 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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