Portrait of a U.S. physician 2018, by employment type

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

by John Elflein, last edited Oct 18, 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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Characteristics of employed and private practice U.S. physicians in 2018

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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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by John Elflein, last edited Oct 18, 2018
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.
Show more
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