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Which locum tenens physician specialty is highest paid?


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Almost 94 percent of healthcare facility managers responding to a newly released survey said they used locum tenens physicians in the past year, up from 91 percent in 2014 and 74 percent in 2012.

Which locum tenens physician specialty is highest paid?

Locum tenens physicians specializing in radiology earn the highest daily rates, according to analysis of industry rate estimates published in Have Stethoscope, Will Travel: Staff Care’s Guide to Locum Tenens in 2014.

The per diem rates for locum tenens physicians paid by healthcare facilities and physician practices to locum tenens agencies vary, but surgical and diagnostic specialists tend to earn more than primary care physicians.

The range of daily rates for locum tenens physicians by specialty are estimated as follows:

Radiology — $1,900 to $2,500
Anesthesiology (Specialties) — $1,775 to $1,975
Anesthesiology (General) — $1,675 to $1,800
Orthopedic Surgery — $1,570 to $1,880
Urology — $1,360 to $1,640
Obstetrics/Gynecology — $1,350 to $1,550
Gastroenterology — $1,335 to $1,900
General Surgery — $1,300 to $1,500
Cardiology — $1,275 to $2,000
Psychiatry — $900 to $1,200
General Internal Medicine — $735 to $810
Family Practice — $735 to $800
Pediatrics — $735 to $800

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