Updated August 18, 2021
Average Medical Director Salary
$222,000 yearly
$106.95 hourly

Entry level Salary
$140,000 yearly
$140,000
10 %
$222,000
Median
$352,000
90 %
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PercentileascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
90th Percentile
$352,000
$29,333
$169
75th Percentile
$283,000
$23,583
$136
Average
$222,463
$18,539
$107
25th Percentile
$174,000
$14,500
$84
10th Percentile
$140,000
$11,667
$67

Average Medical Director Salary By State

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Medical Director average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdescJob Countascdesc
Alabama
$172,677
$83.02
Alaska
$188,619
$90.68
Arizona
$158,368
$76.14
Arkansas
$160,668
$77.24
California
$160,242
$77.04
Colorado
$190,561
$91.62
Connecticut
$172,507
$82.94
Delaware
$175,583
$84.41
District of Columbia
$172,895
$83.12
Florida
$147,312
$70.82
Georgia
$162,768
$78.25
Hawaii
$101,805
$48.94
Idaho
$180,106
$86.59
Illinois
$186,968
$89.89
Indiana
$181,530
$87.27
Iowa
$174,058
$83.68
Kansas
$181,847
$87.43
Kentucky
$165,095
$79.37
Louisiana
$167,638
$80.60
Maine
$175,634
$84.44
Maryland
$166,025
$79.82
Massachusetts
$180,810
$86.93
Michigan
$178,801
$85.96
Minnesota
$187,350
$90.07
Mississippi
$169,835
$81.65
Missouri
$187,011
$89.91
Montana
$200,456
$96.37
Nebraska
$204,416
$98.28
Nevada
$175,022
$84.15
New Hampshire
$172,271
$82.82
New Jersey
$163,434
$78.57
New Mexico
$176,532
$84.87
New York
$168,375
$80.95
North Carolina
$166,665
$80.13
North Dakota
$197,222
$94.82
Ohio
$170,392
$81.92
Oklahoma
$169,258
$81.37
Oregon
$184,571
$88.74
Pennsylvania
$162,376
$78.07
Rhode Island
$192,870
$92.73
South Carolina
$177,908
$85.53
South Dakota
$195,877
$94.17
Tennessee
$184,471
$88.69
Texas
$166,363
$79.98
Utah
$165,570
$79.60
Vermont
$174,548
$83.92
Virginia
$169,330
$81.41
Washington
$177,061
$85.13
West Virginia
$180,200
$86.63
Wisconsin
$186,681
$89.75
Wyoming
$184,678
$88.79

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Highest Paying Cities For Medical Director

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Denver, CO
$270,478
$130.04
Memphis, TN
$246,288
$118.41
North Chicago, IL
$245,997
$118.27
Appleton, WI
$245,433
$118.00
Minneapolis, MN
$241,829
$116.26
Las Vegas, NV
$238,500
$114.66

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How much does a Medical Director make?

  • The average medical director makes $222,463 in the United States.
  • The average hourly pay for a medical director is $106.95.
  • The average entry-level medical director salary is $140,000.
  • Highest paying states for medical director are Nebraska ($204,416), Montana ($200,456), North Dakota ($204,416) and South Dakota ($204,416).
  • Highest paying cities for medical director are Denver, CO ($270,478), Memphis, TN, North Chicago, IL, Appleton, WI and Minneapolis, MN.
  • Medical directors on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $140,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $352,000.
  • The best-paid 25% made $283,000 that year, while the lowest-paid 25$ made $174,000
  • Industries with the highest medical director salaries are pharmaceutical, health care and non profits.

Average Medical Director Salary Over Time

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Location
    YearascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc% Changeascdesc
    2021
    $222,000
    $106.95
    +1.4%
    2020
    $219,000
    $105.47
    +1.8%
    2019
    $215,000
    $103.53
    +2.1%
    2018
    $211,000
    $101.34
    +1.8%
    2017
    $207,000
    $99.53
    +2.0%

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Director Of Professional Services

    Avg. salary: $145,894

    A director of professional services is responsible for evaluating and improving the professional services offered by the firm. Directors of professional services assess the operational processes and systems to ensure high-quality outputs and deliverables. They review contracts for project requirements and specifications and design strategic techniques to achieve goals and objectives within the budget limitations and agreed timetables. A director of professional services must have excellent communication and leadership skills, especially in directing the project team for project solutions.
    104,205 Director Of Professional Services Jobs
    Director Of Clinical Operations

    Avg. salary: $128,388

    A director of clinical operations is responsible for monitoring the overall operations of a clinic facility, ensuring the efficiency of staff performance in providing the best quality care services for the patients. Directors of clinical operations enforce safety guidelines and security procedures during operations for everyone's strict compliance to prevent hazards and unforeseen circumstances within the premises. They also assist in clinical trials, as well as reviewing medical procedures, recommending strategic plans to improve medical approaches. A director of clinical operations handles the clinic budget, allocates adequate resources for every department's needs, and tracks medical inventory reports.
    121,381 Director Of Clinical Operations Jobs
    Director, Network Operations

    Avg. salary: $137,460

    As a network operations director, you will be responsible for overseeing the availability and overall performance of a company's network. You will perform varied tasks that include analyzing the network and recommending changes or upgrades, ensuring compliance to best practices, promoting continuous information operations, and overseeing other technical resources. A network operations director is expected to provide expertise in networking and operating system and project management. You are responsible for managing all vendor-related support contracts for software, hardware, and connectivity.
    74,309 Director, Network Operations Jobs
    Director Of Health Services

    Avg. salary: $92,525

    A Director Of Health Services is responsible for evaluating and supervising the overall activities for health maintenance and promotion of a health department. They are also responsible for budgeting, procurement, and requisition of biological supplies and equipment.
    93,578 Director Of Health Services Jobs
    Medical Consultant

    Avg. salary: $110,409

    A medical consultant assists doctors and other medical staff in running a healthcare facility. They give advice on matters such as salaries, staffing, advertising, safety, patient confidentiality and insurance plan compliance. They are also responsible for gathering and analyzing data, coming up with conclusions, providing recommendations to the employer, helping the institution ensure they are compliant with insurance and safety standards, and offering advice that will help optimize the performance of the health facility.
    49,476 Medical Consultant Jobs
    Laboratory Director

    Avg. salary: $88,627

    A Laboratory Director is responsible for the overall operation and administration of the laboratory. They examine data, create reports, manage the staff, and ensure that the lab facility operates in accordance with the regulatory provisions of the government and the organization.
    65,005 Laboratory Director Jobs
    Job TitleascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly RateascdescJob Openingsascdesc
    Director Of Professional Services
    $145,895
    $12,158
    $70.14
    104,205
    Director Of Clinical Operations
    $128,389
    $10,699
    $61.73
    121,381
    Director, Network Operations
    $137,460
    $11,455
    $66.09
    74,309
    Director Of Health Services
    $92,525
    $7,710
    $44.48
    93,578
    Medical Consultant
    $110,410
    $9,201
    $53.08
    49,476
    Laboratory Director
    $88,627
    $7,386
    $42.61
    65,005
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    Medical Director Salaries By Years Of Experience

    The salary for a medical director can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

    Which Companies Pay Medical Directors The Most?

    To earn a high income as a medical director, working for Landmark Health or Baxter Regional Medical Center might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like Eisai and AstraZeneca report highly competitive wages for medical directors.
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    Recently Added Medical Director Salaries

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    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Alumni Healthcare Staffing
    Clinical Medical Director: Locum Tenens
    Clinical Medical Director: Locum Tenens
    Metropolis, IL
    08/31/2021
    $313,050
    08/31/2021
    Saint Francis Veterinary Center
    Medical Director-New Jersey !
    Medical Director-New Jersey !
    Swedesboro, NJ
    08/31/2021
    $225,000
    08/31/2021
    Reap Healthcare Agents
    Physician/Internal Medicine/Family Medicine/Geriatrics-Medical Director
    Physician/Internal Medicine/Family Medicine/Geriatrics-Medical Director
    Salem, OR
    08/31/2021
    $300,000
    08/31/2021
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    Illinois Emergency Medicine Medical Director-Low Volume ED
    Illinois Emergency Medicine Medical Director-Low Volume ED
    Sparta, IL
    08/31/2021
    $360,000
    08/31/2021
    Olesky & Associates
    Psychiatry Medical Director (Child-Adolescent-Adult)
    Psychiatry Medical Director (Child-Adolescent-Adult)
    Nevada, MO
    08/30/2021
    $280,000
    08/30/2021
    Illinois Department of Human Services
    Medical Director (Medical Administrator II OPT D/6)
    Medical Director (Medical Administrator II OPT D/6)
    Kankakee, IL
    08/29/2021
    $186,000
    08/29/2021
    Caloptima
    Medical Director (Behavioral Health)
    Medical Director (Behavioral Health)
    Orange, CA
    08/29/2021
    $221,400
    08/29/2021
    Vytalize Health
    Remote ACO Medical Director (Based
    Remote ACO Medical Director (Based
    New York, NY
    08/28/2021
    $200,000
    08/28/2021
    Universal Health Services
    Medical Director Opportunity In Big TEN University Community; Less Than From Indianapolis!
    Medical Director Opportunity In Big TEN University Community; Less Than From Indianapolis!
    Bloomington, IN
    08/26/2021
    $405,000
    08/26/2021
    Alumni Healthcare Staffing
    Clinical Medical Director: Locum Tenens
    Clinical Medical Director: Locum Tenens
    Franklin, WI
    08/26/2021
    $292,180
    08/26/2021

    Average Medical Director Salary by Demographic

    Medical Director Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $254,028
    female-income
    Female Income
    $229,520
    Genderascdesc
    Incomeascdesc
    Male$254,028
    Female$229,520
    Median Medical Director Income by Race
    Asian medical directors have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or african american medical directors have the lowest average salary at $231,502.
    $260,000
    $208,000
    $156,000
    $104,000
    $52,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$243,702
    Black or African American$231,502
    Asian$258,941
    Hispanic or Latino$235,345
    Average Medical Director Salary by Education Level
    Medical directors with a Doctorate degree earn more than those without, at $332,051 annually. With a Masters degree, medical directors earn a median annual income of $270,968 compared to $229,520 for medical directors with an Bachelors degree.
    $335,000
    $268,000
    $201,000
    $134,000
    $67,000
    $0
    High School Diploma or Less
    Master's Degree
    Bachelor's Degree
    Doctorate Degree
    Some College/ Associate Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    High School Diploma or Less$174,293
    Master's Degree$270,968
    Bachelor's Degree$229,520
    Doctorate Degree$332,051
    Some College/ Associate Degree$201,178

    Medical Director FAQs

    How much money do medical directors make?

    Medical directors make between $180,000 per year and $390,000 per year. This salary range is so high because it reflects the intensity of the responsibilities of a medical director.

    To become a medical director, extensive education is necessary. A medical director is required to be a licensed doctor. On top of that, several years of experience are typically required before someone can be considered qualified for a career as a medical director.

    The high potential salary of a medical director also reflects the massive time investment that medical directors have made to advance their careers.

    For medical directors that earn upwards of $250,000 per year, decades of experience as a practicing licensed doctor are typical. Additionally, a higher rate of compensation may reflect the medical director's unique executive or management qualifications.

    The medical director may also possess one or more certifications that increase their value as candidates for a medical director position.

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