Do Locum Doctors Earn Higher Salaries?

Depending on which specialty worked in, Locum Doctors report earning anywhere between $90 to $300 per hour. Compared to the average salary of a permanently employed Medical Doctor, Barton Associates’ Locum MD’s can almost double their yearly income depending on their specialty, location, experience, and demand. 

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Locum Doctor Salary FAQs

What Do Physicians Earn?

Q: What is the yearly average salary for Doctors and Physicians?

A: $352,000 USD, according to the 2023 Medscape Physician Compensation Report, though the range of salaries varies depending on the specialty. Self-employed doctors, which includes locum tenens physicians, earned even more on average: $374,000 USD.

Q: What is the starting salary for a Locum Doctor?

A: Starting rates for Locum Tenens Doctors depend on their specialty, location, and levels of demand, however, Locum MD average starting rates can be as much as 10.2% higher than the national average hourly rate for permanent Medical Doctors.

Q: How much do Locum Doctors earn per hour?

A:Locum Doctors can make anywhere between $90 to $300 or more per hour depending on their specialty, however, there are many other factors that impact rates including location, years of experience, and the level of demand.

Q: What was the difference in average salary in 2022 for Locum Doctors compared to 2020?

A. Barton Associates’ Locum Doctors earn on average 43% more in 2022 than they did in 2020.

Q. Where do Locum Doctors make the highest average salary in the United States?

A. Barton’s Travel Medical Doctors tend to earn the highest hourly rates in West Virginia, where their rates can earn them up to 97.5% more than permanently employed Medical Doctors.

Go Locum, Earn More


Find out how much more you could make as a locum  doctor using Barton’s Locum Tenens Salary Tool.

*Actual rates may vary based on experience, location, and other factors. Contact your recruiter for more information. Calculations based on Barton Associates data, and publicly available data from the following sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics,


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