These are the best (and worst) states for doctors to work in for 2020


Amid the Coronavirus pandemic, ahead of of National Doctors’ Day  (March 19), and given that “Physician” was the highest paying job of 2019, it’s an interesting time to look at the role of Doctor in the United States. WalletHub’s new study compares all 50 states and the District of Columbia across 19 key metrics, with the data set ranging from the average annual wage of physicians to hospitals per capita to quality of public hospital system.  As a result, Wallethub found the best and worst states for doctors to practice in.

Surprisingly, New York was the worst state for doctors due to a variety of reasons, including coming in the last place for the average annual wage of physicians– adjusted for the cost of living, of course. New York came in the 45th place for the average monthly starting salary of Physicians, again adjusted for the cost of living, 28th for the projected percentage of the population aged 65 and older by 2030, and 46th for projected amount of physicians per capita by 2026. New York also came in dead last for the number of hospitals per capita and malpractice award payout amount per capita.

Interestingly, Montana claimed the top ranking as the best state for doctors. Take a look at the top 15 cities for doctors in the US and how you can get hired in each state right now.

1. Montana: 39 healthcare jobs total

  • Total score: 71.19
  • Opportunity and Competition rank:22
  • Medical environment rank: 1

Current open roles for doctors in Montana include a Physician within SCL Health Medical Group in Butte, Montana, and a Hospitalist with Sound Physicians in Miles City, Montana.

2. Wisconsin: 233 healthcare jobs total

  • Total score: 69.61
  • Opportunity and Competition rank: 16
  • Medical environment rank: 4

Luxottica Group is searching for an Optometrist in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Additionally, there is an open Dentist role at Aspen Dental Management Inc in Madison, Wisconsin.

3. Idaho: 81 healthcare jobs total

  • Total score: 68.12
  • Opportunity and Competition rank: 14
  • Medical environment rank: 16

St. Lukes Health Corporation is currently hiring for a number of roles including a Breast Oncology Surgeon in Meridian, Indiana, an OB/GYN in Ketchum, Indiana, and a Cardiothoracic Surgeon in Boise, Indiana.

4. North Dakota: 21 healthcare jobs total

  • Total score: 68.01
  • Opportunity and Competition rank: 23
  • Medical environment rank: 27

Sanford Health is searching for a Director of Nursing Inpatient in  Bismarck, North Dakota. Additionally, Essentia Health is hiring for a Nocturnist in Fargo, North Dakota.

5. Minnesota: 171 healthcare jobs total

  • Total score: 66.73
  • Opportunity and Competition rank: 26
  • Medical environment rank: 10

Banfield Pet Hospital is currently hiring for a Veterinarian Doctor in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Health Partners, Inc is also hiring for a number of roles in Saint Paul, including an Allergist, an Internal Medicine Physician, and a Gastroenterologist.

6. Kansas: 39 healthcare jobs total

  • Total score: 66.65
  • Opportunity and Competition rank: 6
  • Medical environment rank: 7

Sedgwick County is currently hiring for a Psychiatrist in Wichita, Kansas. Other open roles include a Urology Physician in Wichita, Kansas for Ascension and a Physical Therapist Director at US Physical Therapy in Overland Park, Kansas.

7. Iowa: 69 healthcare jobs total

  • Total score: 66.29
  • Opportunity and Competition rank: 1
  • Medical environment rank: 31

Shriners Hospital for Children is currently looking to fill the open role of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon in Des Moines, Iowa. Additionally, UnityPoint Health is looking for a Family Medicine Physician in Dubuque, Iowa.

8. Tennessee: 109 healthcare jobs total

  • Total score: 65.92
  • Opportunity and Competition rank: 17
  • Medical environment rank: 12

American Dental Partners is currently looking to hire an Endodontist in Brentwood, Tennessee. Additionally, PhyMed Healthcare Group is searching for an OB Anesthesiologist in Nashville, Tennessee.

9. Mississippi: 59 healthcare jobs total

  • Total score: 65.30
  • Opportunity and Competition rank:5
  • Medical environment rank: 24

CoreCivic, Inc. is looking for a Psychologist in Tutwiler, Mississippi, while the Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation is searching for a General Surgeon to join the team in Columbus, Mississippi.

10. Nebraska: 39 healthcare jobs total

  • Total score: 64.95
  • Opportunity and Competition rank: 3
  • Medical environment rank: 6

Boys Town Pediatrics is hiring for a number of open roles in Omaha, Nebraska, including a Pediatric Surgeon, a Pediatric Neurologist, a Staff Otolaryngologist, and a Staff Pediatrician.

11. Alabama: 77 healthcare jobs total

  • Total score: 62.75
  • Opportunity and Competition rank: 18
  • Medical environment rank: 25

Compassus is currently hiring for a Hospice Director of Clinical Services in Roanoke, Alabama. Additionally, Sheridan Healthcare is looking to add a Pediatrician to the team in Dothan, Alabama.

12. South Dakota: 33 healthcare jobs total

  • Total score: 62.44
  • Opportunity and Competition rank: 11
  • Medical environment rank: 45

Regional Health is currently hiring for a number of roles in Rapid City, South Dakota, including a Cardiovascular Surgeon, a Nephrologist, a Neurologists, a Rheumatologist, and more.

13. Oklahoma: 91 healthcare jobs total

  • Total score: 62.43
  • Opportunity and Competition rank: 2
  • Medical environment rank: 18

The LASIK Vision Institute is searching for an Optometrist in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Additionally, INTEGRIS Health is hiring for a number of open roles, including a Family Medicine Physician in Enid, Oklahoma, a Hospitalist Physician in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and a Physician Assistant in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

14. Nevada: 99 healthcare jobs total

  • Total score: 62.11
  • Opportunity and Competition rank: 35
  • Medical environment rank: 40

Universal Health Services is searching for a Cardiologist in Sparks, Nevada. Additionally, UnitedHealth Group is searching for a Hematology and Oncology Physician in Las Vegas, Nevada.

15. Utah: 52 healthcare jobs total

  • Total score: 60.75
  • Opportunity and Competition rank: 40
  • Medical environment rank: 2

Smile Brands is currently hiring for an Endodontist in Bountiful, Utah, and an Associate Dentist in Salt Lake City, Utah. Additionally, BluePearl Veterinary Partners is hiring for a Veterinarian- Cardiologist and a Veterinarian – Surgeon in Midvale, Utah.