These Are The 10 Best/Worst States For Doctors 2017

We used the most recent data to determine the best states for doctors to open up shop.

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Doctors are one of the most highly respected jobs in America. Additionally, a significant number of people work as doctors in every state in the union — it’s not like they are all just concentrated in California or the South.

Since doctors are such a prominent occupation, we at Zippia wanted to look at where doctors have it the best: where there are plenty of jobs to go around, and people get paid what they deserve during every phase of their career.

To that end, we dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which states have the best opportunities for doctors. After all the numbers had been crunched, we were left with this list of the best of best for America’s doctors:

  1. Georgia
  2. South Dakota
  3. Arkansas
  4. Mississippi
  5. Indiana
  6. Alabama
  7. North Carolina
  8. Kentucky
  9. Minnesota
  10. Louisiana

So there you have it — Georgia is the best of the best when it comes to being a doctor.

How did it end up here and does it really deserve this ranking? Read on to see how we completed our research on the best states for doctors and for more on the top ten states.

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How we determined the best states to be a doctor

Here at Zippia, we talk to a lot of people of all different backgrounds looking for jobs. Our research has concluded that there are two common things people want in a job:

  • Availability of jobs
  • Pay

So in order to find out the best states for doctors in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well doctors get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupational Employment Statistics for 2015:

  • Location quotient. A measure of how common a job is a given state.
  • Average annual salary.
  • Average annual salary for entry level work.
  • Average annual salary for experienced professionals.

To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across states, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living.

Applying this standardization allows us to account for that fact that it costs more to live in certain in states. For example, the average salary for doctors in California is $199,200 and the average salary in Illinois is $185,190, but the Illinois salary actually goes further in paying for life’s essentials.

In order to develop and overall ranking, we ranked each state for each criteria from 1 to 50 where 1 was the best.

We then averaged all the rankings for a state into a Job Score with the state having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best state for doctors in America.

So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each state so great for doctors.

1. Georgia

Best States For Residency In Internal Medicines

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,440
Average Annual Salary: $260,370
Average Entry Level Salary: $163,120
Average Experienced Salary: $0
Location Quotient: 0.99

2. South Dakota

Best States For Residency In Internal Medicines

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 160
Average Annual Salary: $257,260
Average Entry Level Salary: $174,750
Average Experienced Salary: $0
Location Quotient: 1.07

3. Arkansas

Best States For Residency In Internal Medicines

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 320
Average Annual Salary: $265,360
Average Entry Level Salary: $171,000
Average Experienced Salary: $0
Location Quotient: 0.77

4. Mississippi

Best States For Residency In Internal Medicines

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 270
Average Annual Salary: $240,780
Average Entry Level Salary: $172,770
Average Experienced Salary: $0
Location Quotient: 0.69

5. Indiana

Best States For Residency In Internal Medicines

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 860
Average Annual Salary: $252,310
Average Entry Level Salary: $130,080
Average Experienced Salary: $0
Location Quotient: 0.82

6. Alabama

Best States For Residency In Internal Medicines

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 470
Average Annual Salary: $250,340
Average Entry Level Salary: $134,060
Average Experienced Salary: $0
Location Quotient: 0.71

7. North Carolina

Best States For Residency In Internal Medicines

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 960
Average Annual Salary: $249,070
Average Entry Level Salary: $156,910
Average Experienced Salary: $0
Location Quotient: 0.66

8. Kentucky

Best States For Residency In Internal Medicines

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 540
Average Annual Salary: $222,770
Average Entry Level Salary: $117,060
Average Experienced Salary: $0
Location Quotient: 0.84

9. Minnesota

Best States For Residency In Internal Medicines

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,000
Average Annual Salary: $232,520
Average Entry Level Salary: $108,600
Average Experienced Salary: $0
Location Quotient: 1.01

10. Louisiana

Best States For Residency In Internal Medicines

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 300
Average Annual Salary: $237,820
Average Entry Level Salary: $156,070
Average Experienced Salary: $0
Location Quotient: 0.44

There You Have It

If you’re looking to start out your career as a doctor these are the states that should be at the top of your list. You’ll find high pay, available jobs, and chances for career advancement.

If you’re curious, here are the worst states to be a doctor in America:

  1. Pennsylvania
  2. New York
  3. Tennessee

Detailed List Of The Best States For Doctors

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Georgia $260,370 $163,120 1,440
2 South Dakota $257,260 $174,750 160
3 Arkansas $265,360 $171,000 320
4 Mississippi $240,780 $172,770 270
5 Indiana $252,310 $130,080 860
6 Alabama $250,340 $134,060 470
7 North Carolina $249,070 $156,910 960
8 Kentucky $222,770 $117,060 540
9 Minnesota $232,520 $108,600 1,000
10 Louisiana $237,820 $156,070 300
11 Florida $205,460 $107,700 2,940
12 Utah $217,580 $118,160 310
13 South Carolina $214,970 $102,010 740
14 Texas $175,980 $77,850 6,750
15 Massachusetts $230,440 $130,790 3,030
16 Wisconsin $227,440 $124,910 410
17 Iowa $218,990 $126,170 110
18 Virginia $197,010 $107,420 1,220
19 Nevada $227,340 $133,420 200
20 New Jersey $210,840 $126,110 1,570
21 Ohio $199,250 $54,980 2,340
22 Oregon $214,810 $141,780 460
23 New Mexico $233,710 $106,480 120
24 New Hampshire $223,510 $135,900 160
25 Illinois $185,190 $55,420 2,690
26 Kansas $203,840 $88,390 280
27 Wyoming $231,040 $63,200 50
28 Nebraska $208,150 $104,480 140
29 Rhode Island $194,090 $89,130 240
30 Montana $222,950 $121,260 50
31 Washington $215,760 $120,270 450
32 Maryland $210,960 $113,990 910
33 Oklahoma $197,830 $69,700 290
34 Maine $204,820 $117,150 140
35 Michigan $143,080 $45,890 4,860
36 Vermont $178,320 $55,970 250
37 Missouri $223,600 $63,960 70
38 Delaware $196,570 $84,340 100
39 Connecticut $193,370 $55,960 890
40 Alaska $215,070 $92,450 100
41 California $199,200 $85,950 5,150
42 Hawaii $209,180 $119,210 180
43 Colorado $193,140 $61,670 440
44 Arizona $192,040 $60,900 360
45 Tennessee $175,000 $33,730 480
46 New York $187,170 $54,430 2,100
47 Pennsylvania $170,970 $55,630 680

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