2020’s Best & Worst States for Doctors – WalletHub Study

With doctors on the front lines against the threat of coronavirus, National Doctors’ Day coming up on March 30 and “physician” being the highest-paid job of 2019, the personal-finance website WalletHub has released its report on 2020’s Best & Worst States for Doctors as well as accompanying videos.

To identify the best states for those in the business of saving lives, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 19 key metrics. The data set ranges from average annual wage of physicians to hospitals per capita to quality of public hospital system.

Best States for Doctors

Worst States for Doctors

1. Montana 42. Hawaii
2. Wisconsin 43. Delaware
3. Idaho 44. Maryland
4. North Dakota 45. District of Columbia
5. Minnesota 46. New Jersey
6. Kansas 47. Alaska
7. Iowa 48. Massachusetts
8. Tennessee 49. Connecticut
9. Mississippi 50. Rhode Island
10. Nebraska 51. New York

Best vs. Worst:

  • Mississippi has the highest average annual wage for surgeons (adjusted for cost of living), $313,491, which is 2.1 times higher than in the California, the lowest at $152,850.
  • Minnesota has the lowest number of physicians per 1,000 residents, 1.09, which is 6.2 times lower than in the District of Columbia, the highest at 6.71.
  • Florida has the highest projected share of the population aged 65 and older by 2030, 27.08 percent, which is two times higher than in Utah, the lowest at 13.21 percent.
  • Wisconsin has the lowest annual malpractice liability insurance rate, $6,699, which is 6.1 times lower than in New York, the highest at $40,826.

To view the full report and your state or the District’s rank, please visit: