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Active doctors of medicine in patient care in the U.S. 1975-2015

Active doctors of medicine in patient care in the U.S. from 1975 to 2015*

by John Elflein, last edited Sep 19, 2019
Active doctors of medicine in patient care in the U.S. 1975-2015 In 2015, there were approximately 827,260 active doctors of medicine in patient care in the United States. This is a substantial increase from 287,840 active doctors in patient care in the year 1975. The number of physicians in the U.S. differs by state and region and compensation varies depending on multiple factors.

Physicians by state

The states with the highest number of active physicians include California, New York, Texas, and Florida. In 2019, there were around 112,900 active physicians in the state of California. However, the states with the highest number of physicians in patient care per 10,000 population include Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, and Maryland.

Physician compensation

Physicians are known to be well paid, but annual compensation depends on the specialty and location, among other factors. The physician specialties with the highest annual compensation are orthopedics, plastic surgery, and otolaryngology. The states in which physicians can be expected to earn the highest annual compensation are Oklahoma, Alabama, and Nevada, with the average annual compensation for physicians in Oklahoma around 337,000 dollars.
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Active doctors of medicine in patient care in the U.S. from 1975 to 2015*

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