The median base salary for emergency department physicians will rise 6.4% in 2005 to $177,678, with median pay for ED physicians working outside teaching hospitals coming in higher than that of their colleagues in academic medicine, according to a recently released survey on physician compensation.
The median salaries -- exclusive of bonuses, benefits or additional compensation -- for ED physicians in nonteaching hospitals was $186,160, nearly 5.8% higher than the median $176,000 for ED physicians in teaching hospitals, based on a survey of 273 hospitals, group-practice facilities and HMOs by Oakland, N.J.-based Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service.
Physicians working the EDs in government hospitals were paid significantly less, with a mean salary of $161,017.
Average total compensation for all ED docs in the survey was $205,993.
Overall, physicians are likely to fare better this year than last, according to the survey results for all physicians: The planned increase in base pay for all physicians in 2005 is nearly 4.2%, up from a rise of about 3.3% last year.