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Attending Physician Demographics in the US

The average employee age for attending physicians is 47 years. The attending physician workforce reached a whopping 36,011 in 2020!

Among attending physicians, we discovered that 56.0% of them are women, while 34.4% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among attending physicians is White, which makes up 64.1% of all attending physicians. Comparatively, there are 17.9% of the Asian ethnicity and 9.6% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity.

Attending Physician Statistics and Facts in the US

After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 36,011 attending physicians currently employed in the United States.
  • 56.0% of all attending physicians are women, while only 34.4% are men.
  • The average age of an employed attending physician is 47 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of attending physicians is White (64.1%), followed by Asian (17.9%) and Hispanic or Latino (9.6%).
  • The majority of attending physicians are located in NY, New York and IL, Chicago.
  • Attending physicians are most in-demand in New York, NY.
  • Attending physicians are paid an average annual salary of $201,943.
  • The manufacturing industry is the highest-paying for attending physicians.
  • Colorado Springs, CO pays an annual average wage of $183,336, the highest in the US.
  • Attending physicians average starting salary is $122,000.
  • In 2021, women earned 89% of what men earned.
  • The top 10% of highest-paid attending physicians earn as much as $332,000 or more.
  • 20% of all attending physicians are LGBT.
  • New Hampshire is the best state for attending physicians to live.
  • Attending physicians are more likely to work at private companies in comparison to education companies.

Attending Physician Statistics by Race

The most common ethnicity among attending physicians is White, which makes up 64.1% of all attending physicians. Comparatively, there are 17.9% of the Asian ethnicity and 9.6% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity.

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  • White, 64.1%
  • Asian, 17.9%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 9.7%
  • Black or African American, 5.4%
  • Unknown, 2.8%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.1%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Attending Physicians

The chart below shows that 59.6% of attending physicians speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 9.6% and Chinese is the third-most popular at 5.8%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 59.6%
  • French, 9.6%
  • Chinese, 5.8%
  • Carrier, 3.8%
  • Mandarin, 3.8%
  • Other, 17.4%

Types of Attending Physician Degree Levels

We assessed our data to determine the typical level of education for attending physicians. The most common degree for attending physicians is bachelor's degree. In fact, 25% of attending physicians earn that degree. A close second is doctoral degree with 16% and rounding it off is associate degree with 10%.

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  • Bachelors degree, 25%
  • Doctorate degree, 16%
  • Associate degree, 10%
  • Masters degree, 7%
  • Other Degrees, 42%

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Attending Physician Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ attending physicians. We found that the most common company type is private. In addition, the industry that employs the most attending physicians is the health care industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire attending physicians.

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< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

The Types Of Companies Attending Physician Work In

Employees with the attending physician job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most attending physicians prefer to work at private companies over education companies.

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Top Industries Hiring Attending Physicians

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ attending physicians. Those industries include health care, education and professional.

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Health Care



Non Profits


Attending Physician Diversity

From race to gender and even age, we found the average demographic information on those who work as attending physicians. Keep reading to find out what the results for attending physicians were.

Attending Physician Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2008-2018 among attending physicians.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Attending Physician Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the attending physician position over time.


Attending Physician Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of attending physicians changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Average Age of an Attending Physician Based On Race And Gender

We determined the average age of attending physicians based on ethnicity and gender.


The Average Number of Years That Attending Physician Stay in a Job

By looking over 1,366 attending physicians resumes, we figured out that the average attending physician enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 30%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Attending Physician Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of attending physician employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of attending physicians is 40+ years old, which represents 72% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

Attending Physician Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, flight surgeon and nutrient management specialist have the biggest difference in gender.

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Job Titleascdesc
Perinatal Nurse3%92%
Therapeutic Dietitian3%94%
Obstetrical Nurse4%92%
Attending Physician34%56%
Associate Doctor66%23%
Nutrient Management Specialist71%29%
Flight Surgeon78%21%
Flight Surgeon
Nutrient Management Specialist
Associate Doctor
Attending Physician
Obstetrical Nurse
Therapeutic Dietitian
Perinatal Nurse

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Attending Physicians with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to attending physicians.

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Job Titleascdesc
Registered Dietitian10.79%
Language Pathologist19.27%
Attending Physician19.76%
General Activities Therapist21.51%
Outpatient Physical Therapist22.56%
Surgical Physician Assistant23.61%
Staff Occupational Therapist24.15%

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Attending Physician Gender Pay Gap

Male Income
Female Income

Attending Physician Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

We found interesting that Asian men and White men make more money compared to others.

  • Male
  • Female
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino

Attending Physician Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

All Race and Ethnicity
Doctorate Degree$188,065
Master's Degree$215,457

Attending Physician Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

  • Asian
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White
Master's Degree
Doctorate Degree

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Attending Physician Heatmaps

Where Do Attending Physicians Earn The Most?

The map here shows where attending physicians earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Attending Physicians Located?

By looking through more than 1,366 resumes, we found that the most popular places for attending physicians are NY, New York and IL, Chicago.

Number of Attending Physicians

Where Are Attending Physicians In High Demand?

We looked over job openings to determine where in the country attending physicians are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings