These Are The 10 Highest Physician Salaries By State

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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Without fail, in surveys across basically every demographic, the number one most important aspect of a job for most people is the salary — how much do physicians get paid where I live?

And while there are many things to go into how much you can expect to make, there’s really good data for average salaries for physicians by state across America broken down by seniority level. So while your city may be slightly different than the state average, these averages give you a rough sense of what to expect for your salary.

So to better understand how physician salaries change across America, we decided to take a look the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for physicians by state.

Additionally, we wanted to adjust the salary based on the cost of living in a state — because your salary goes further in North Carolina than it does in California.

The state with the best salary for physicians after this adjustment? That would be Mississippi. Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for physician salaries:

  1. Mississippi
  2. Iowa
  3. Kansas
  4. Arkansas
  5. South Dakota
  6. Nebraska
  7. Kentucky
  8. South Carolina
  9. Alabama
  10. Georgia

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

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How we determined physician pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for physicians from the 2015 Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically their “Occupational Employment Statistics”.

However, to make the comparison of salaries apples to apples across states, we also took into account the living wage in each state as defined by MIT.

We then created an index by dividing the average wage for a state by the living wage in that state. As an example, the living wage in California is $57,315 and the average physician pay is $198,380, so our index value would be:

$198,380 / $57,315 = 3.46

We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for physicians.

Here’s a look at the full ranking for all states.

Detailed List Of Physician Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Living Wage
1 Mississippi $244,402 $223,250 $46,084
2 Iowa $242,126 $234,600 $48,882
3 Kansas $239,989 $228,590 $48,054
4 Arkansas $239,296 $211,410 $44,571
5 South Dakota $233,475 $210,150 $45,410
6 Nebraska $226,877 $216,200 $48,076
7 Kentucky $222,965 $191,400 $43,308
8 South Carolina $218,970 $202,120 $46,568
9 Alabama $218,969 $198,890 $45,824
10 Georgia $218,622 $207,770 $47,946
11 Alaska $218,494 $235,600 $54,400
12 Louisiana $217,091 $206,440 $47,975
13 Utah $216,573 $205,720 $47,922
14 Wisconsin $215,617 $218,480 $51,120
15 Ohio $211,129 $191,890 $45,853
16 Wyoming $210,698 $200,260 $47,951
17 Texas $207,866 $198,430 $48,160
18 Pennsylvania $207,516 $205,310 $49,914
19 North Dakota $206,838 $191,930 $46,814
20 Idaho $206,280 $187,270 $45,801
21 Montana $205,699 $191,970 $47,083
22 Washington $202,948 $206,250 $51,271
23 North Carolina $199,440 $195,980 $49,575
24 New Hampshire $195,948 $214,020 $55,103
25 Indiana $191,232 $177,540 $46,838
26 Florida $190,461 $197,090 $52,206
27 Colorado $190,182 $202,780 $53,792
28 Hawaii $189,683 $228,220 $60,700
29 Tennessee $188,095 $174,430 $46,785
30 West Virginia $185,062 $164,420 $44,823
31 Minnesota $184,066 $190,140 $52,115
32 Illinois $182,764 $189,480 $52,304
33 Michigan $180,119 $174,360 $48,837
34 Massachusetts $179,752 $212,210 $59,560
35 Oregon $176,498 $181,570 $51,900
36 New Mexico $175,489 $167,140 $48,050
37 Maine $174,828 $177,790 $51,305
38 California $174,619 $198,380 $57,315
39 Virginia $171,458 $184,420 $54,264
40 Missouri $169,934 $155,480 $46,159
41 Connecticut $166,802 $196,730 $59,502
42 Arizona $166,579 $169,520 $51,341
43 Rhode Island $165,166 $174,300 $53,240
44 Vermont $160,842 $165,710 $51,977
45 Delaware $156,712 $164,980 $53,112
46 New Jersey $156,523 $174,080 $56,109
47 Oklahoma $155,962 $144,100 $46,613
48 Maryland $155,579 $179,410 $58,178
49 New York $155,178 $181,870 $59,128
50 Nevada $153,242 $160,070 $52,698

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