Physician Population Ratio Reports


Report of the Graduate Medical Education National Advisory Committee


The federally sponsored Graduate Medical Education National Advisory Committee (GMENAC) was created in 1976 by the Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare and consisted of 23 members, including physicians, nurses and laymen. The purpose of the Committee was to analyze the distribution among specialties of physicians and medical students and to evaluate alternative approaches to ensure an appropriate balance. The report was published in 1980.

In Our Opinion:

The GMENAC report is useful as a general guide to evaluate the demand for physicians nationally. However, many consider this a “dated” report and some data may no longer be relevant.

Click here for the GMENAC report.


Solucient is a healthcare information content company.


Solucient, conducted this study in 2003 using data derived from physician/patient visit rates from the Medical Group Management Association and National Ambulatory Healthcare Administration.

In Our Opinion:

Even though the Solucient study is over ten years old, it is the most recent physician population ratio report. Most healthcare organizations take both Solucient and GMENAC data (included in this section) into consideration in order to determine an accurate physician population ratio.

Click here for the SOLUCIENT report.

The following physician compensation data was compiled from January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018. This was a nationwide survey with a broad geographic distribution of physicians representing each region of the United States. The vast majority of physicians surveyed had between 1 and 10 years of practice experience. Compensation figures do not take into consideration physician benefits (such as 401(k) contributions), signing bonus, student loan repayment, etc. The amount does include salary, and/or bonus/performance incentives paid during calendar year 2016. Figures have been rounded to nearest thousandth. For more details on the survey, please call 1-800-576-9629.

Primary Care
Family Practice (no OB) $221,000
Internal Medicine $253,000
Internal Medicine (Hospitalist) $268,000
OB/GYN $315,000
Pediatrics $193,000
Medical Specialties
Cardiology $413,000
Dermatology $416,000
Endocrinology $198,000
Gastroenterology $432,000
Hematology/Oncology $439,000
Infectious Disease $222,000
Nephrology $302,000
Neurology $277,000
Psychiatry $242,000
Pulmonary Medicine $332,000
Rheumatology $247,000
Surgery Specialties
General Surgery $392,000
Neurosurgery $748,000
Ophthalmology $392,000
Orthopedic Surgery $546,000
Vascular Surgery $491,000
Urology $461,000
Emergency Medicine $309,000
Anesthesiology $439,000
Radiology $465,000