U.S. states with the most active physicians 2020

The states with the most active physicians include California, New York, Texas, and Florida. California currently has the most active physicians of any U.S. state, with around 114,000 physicians. In California, the specialty areas with the most physicians are psychiatry, anesthesiology, and emergency medicine.

Specialty areas

In general, the most common specialty areas for physicians in the U.S. are psychiatry, surgery, anesthesiology, and emergency medicine. As of 2020, there were around 55,600 psychiatrists in the U.S. Concerning the gender distribution of specialty physicians, males out number females in almost every specialty, with the only exceptions found in paediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology.


The specialty areas with the highest average annual compensation are orthopedics, plastic surgery, and otolaryngology. As of 2019, a physician in orthopedics earned an average of 482,000 U.S. dollars per year. Male physicians still earn more than their female counterparts in both primary care and specialty settings. This difference is especially large in specialty settings where male physicians earn around 92,000 dollars more per year than female physicians.

Leading 10 U.S. states based on the total number of active physicians as of 2020

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as of March 2020

Supplementary notes

Data includes currently active allopathic physicians (MDs) and osteopathic physicians (DOs).

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