Academic v. non-academic hospitalist compensation: 11 statistics

Compensation for all adult hospitalists — including internal and family medicine — has increased since 2012, according to the Society of Hospital Medicine's 2014 State of Hospital Medicine report.

Over the past two years, median compensation for non-academic adult hospitalists increased 8.2 percent annually, from $233,855 to $252,996. For non-academic pediatric hospitalists it increased 9.5 percent, from $178,885 to $195,832.

Although compensation has increased across the board, some geographic regions are doing better than others. For instance, the median compensation for physicians at non-academic hospitals is highest in the Midwestern region.

  • Eastern: $238,676
  • Midwestern: $261,868
  • Southern: $258,020
  • Western: $249,894

Additionally, the median physician compensation was highest at non-academic, physician-owned hospital medicine groups compared to other group types.

  • Physician-owned: $268,400
  • Hospital/IDS-owned: $250,538
  • Other majority-owned: $248,745
  • Since 2012, the median compensation for academic internal medicine hospitalists has also increased, although more modestly than at academic hospitals. The median is now $187,600, up 6.1 percent from $176,837 since two years ago. However, the median for academic internal medicine hospitalists is still 26.1 percent lower than the $253,977 compensation of non-academic internal medicine hospitalists.

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