Characteristics of employed and private practice U.S. physicians in 2018

Portrait of a U.S. physician 2018, by employment type This statistic is based on a survey and provides a portrait of an average physician in the United States, as of 2018, by employment type. As of that year, both employed physicians and private practice owners worked around 53 hours per week.
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Employed physiciansPrivate practice owners
Limit/do not see Medicaid patients20%53%
Limit/do not see Medicare patients17%28%
Spend between 11 and 15 hours each week on Non-clinical (paperwork) duties20%19%
Say morale is very or somewhat negative49%63%
Plan to retire in the next three years13%19%
Will switch to concierge3%2%
Workload at capacity or overextended26%21%
Would not recommend medicine as a career53%55%
Average hours per week (hours)53%52%
Average patients seen per day (number)20%23%
Employed physiciansPrivate practice owners
Limit/do not see Medicaid patients20%53%
Limit/do not see Medicare patients17%28%
Spend between 11 and 15 hours each week on Non-clinical (paperwork) duties20%19%
Say morale is very or somewhat negative49%63%
Plan to retire in the next three years13%19%
Will switch to concierge3%2%
Workload at capacity or overextended26%21%
Would not recommend medicine as a career53%55%
Average hours per week (hours)53%52%
Average patients seen per day (number)20%23%
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This statistic is based on a survey and provides a portrait of an average physician in the United States, as of 2018, by employment type. As of that year, both employed physicians and private practice owners worked around 53 hours per week.
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Release date
September 2018
Region
United States
Survey time period
April to June 2018
Number of respondents
8,774 physicians
Method of interview
Online survey
Supplementary notes
Figures have been rounded.

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