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Q: Compensation for locum tenens physicians ( No Answer,   0 Comments )
Subject: Compensation for locum tenens physicians
Category: Health > Medicine
Asked by: hadjuk72-ga
List Price: $50.00
Posted: 18 Aug 2006 14:42 PDT
Expires: 17 Sep 2006 14:42 PDT
Question ID: 757469
I am a physician board certified in pulmonary medicine. I am wondering
what the average hourly compensation rate in the U.S. is for locum
tenens work in a strictly outpatient setting. i.e. a clinic setting
with no hospital work or critical care work. Thank you.

Request for Question Clarification by sublime1-ga on 18 Aug 2006 22:12 PDT

I haven't found hourly compensation rates based on work in strictly
outpatient settings.

What I have found is the following, from, on a page
which also has the lowest, average and highest annual salaries for
pulmonary medicine, $143,229, $188,956, and $473,000, respectively:

"First, locum tenens positions will often set base pay scale on
 the national average income. The pay can be adjusted by local
 cost-of-living difference from the national average.

 In evaluating a physician job offer it is important to know
 the average pay for a given specialty. Independent of locum
 tenens positions, the national average of physician salaries
 in different specialties is often used as a target: a physician
 who generates the average patient income for the specialty
 receives the average . Bonuses are often pegged to the amount
 of income generated above the average.

 The average physician salary for an internist (see Internal
 Medicine Survey) can be used as a benchmark for comparison
 with other medical specialities."

Most locum tenens positions are made available through intermediary
agencies, and pay will vary with the agency and your ability to
negotiate with them. One such company,, states the
following about pay rates:

"It depends on your medical specialty and the job description. Most
 locum tenens companies pay the physician as an independent contractor
 on a per diem basis. Some contracts are based on an hourly scale,
 overtime and on-call time are paid at time and a half after a 40-hour
 workweek. Here's some examples of pay scales by specialty:

SPECIALTY               INCOME (per 8-hour day)

CRNA                       $720 to $880 	 
Family Practice            $400 to $450 	 
Internal Medicine          $400 to $450 	 
Pediatrics                 $400 to $430 	 
OB/GYN                     $600 to $800 	 
Hospitalist                $520 to $760 	 
General Surgeon            $650 to $750 	 
Orthopedic Surgeon         $800 to $900 	 
Neurosurgeon               $1,300 to $1,400 	 
Anesthesiologist           $1,000 to $1,500 	 
Psychiatrist               $500 to $600 	 
Radiologist                $1,200 to $1,500 	 
Cardiologist               $600 to $750 	 

 If you decide to work with, keep in mind that we
 cover your medical malpractice insurance, travel and housing expenses."

They don't have Pulmonary Medicine in that list, but they do have
Pediatrics. Since StudentDocs average salary for Pediatrics is
$143,754, and Pulmonary is $188,956 or about 31% more, it might
be reasonable to estimate that the daily income for Pulmonary
would be 31% greater than $400 to $430, the daily rate for 
Pediatrics, above, or ~$524 to $563. But again, much of the
bottom line would depend on your ability to negotiate.

Here is the root page on the topic from the StudentDoc site:

Here's a page of other resources, from the StudentDoc website:

And an excellent article on the general topic, on the site of the
American Academy of Family Physicians:

Since I'm not positive that this information fits your needs, or
if what you asked for truly exists, I won't post this as a formal
answer until you've confirmed that it satisfies your interests.

Let me know...

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