The median salary for ED physicians is somewhere between $173,097 and $226,957, depending on whose data you trust. The top salaries are close to $300,000. In general, physicians working in EDs in academic medical centers get paid the least - with the South at the bottom of the scale and the West at the top -- with the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine reporting a mean of $189,848 for the 2004-2005 year.

According to, the median hourly rate is $115 and the median bonus is $10,026.

Compared with other medical specialties, physicians practicing emergency medicine tend to amass fewer hours of work on an annual basis, partly because it is primarily shift work and partly because of the intensity of the job.

Indeed, it's not uncommon for there to be differentials in the base salary for the less desirable shifts, says Bettinger. "Many groups will pay an extra 10% over base salary for an 11-7 shift or a weekend or holiday shift."

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Publication Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2008