According to our research, the average cost of a locum tenens physician is approximately $1,600 per day. This includes an 8-hour shift plus being on-call until the next shift begins. (Rates vary significantly based on physician specialty.) The $1,600 per diem does not include travel or lodging expenses.
These and many more findings are published in a report, Cost of Physician Staffing Services: Hourly Rates for On-Site Work and On-Call Coverage, which is available for sale on this website here. (We would like to share the report with you. So, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a free copy.)
The study focuses on rates included in government contracts with 91 different physician staffing firms across the country. The data reflects 75 physician specialties and allied health positions and includes hourly rates for on-site services and hourly rates for after-hours on-call services and weekend on-call services. The summary below provides a nice overview; however, if you really want the details, send us an email.