Become a Locum

Locum in Family Medicine

By embracing the role of a locum tenens physician, you unlock a realm of freedom and flexibility. You have the autonomy to determine your own schedule, select the locations where you practice, and liberate yourself from financial concerns associated with running your own practice. 

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Locum Earning Potential

The average income for physicians who exclusively engage in independent locum work within family practice settings stands at $208,152 annually, though this figure can fluctuate for a variety of reasons. It's important to note that this average pertains specifically to those who commit to locum work as their primary mode of practice, rather than individuals who undertake locum assignments sporadically alongside permanent positions. For locum tenens physicians, income potential often surpasses that of their permanently employed peers, but this advantage varies widely. Factors influencing income disparities include the individual's experience, chosen work schedule (whether part-time or full-time), the demand for their specialty in certain regions, and other pertinent considerations.

*This data represents an aggregation of salary statistics derived from four authoritative sources: the Bureau of Labor Statistics, ZipRecruiter,, and Indeed. Each source is recognized for its reliability and comprehensive coverage of employment data.

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South Carolina

Job ID: JN -052024-17224

Setting: Outpatient

Length: June 1st – 17th

On Call: No

Schedule: Part-Time

Degree: MD/DO


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Setting: Urgent Care

Length: Ongoing

On Call: No

Schedule: Full-Time – Part-Time

Degree: NP


Job ID: JN -052024-17210

Setting: Outpatient

Length: 9 days

On Call: No

Schedule: Part-Time

Degree: NP

What Does Locuming Do for Physicians?

Experience Diverse Environments

Taking on a variety of work assignments not only allows physicians to explore different practice settings and subspecialties but the skills and knowledge acquired help them build a quality CV.

Be Flexible

Working exclusively as a locum means you have control over when you work, where you work, and what kind of facility or setting you want to be in. Many seasoned physicians will utilize locum tenens as a way to transition to retirement.

Meaningful Work

By stepping away from the conventional bounds of permanent employment, many locum practitioners find themselves liberated to focus on the aspects of the job they love the most. The absence of office politics and administrative duties allows for a more patient-driven purpose and meaning to their work.

Supplement Income

Many of our practitioners use locum tenens as a way to supplement their primary income. Why? It’s a great tool for saving extra money for retirement, paying for trips, knocking out their student loans and so much more.

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Your First 5 Steps
Charting Your Course in Locum Tenens

Choosing to work independently as a healthcare practitioner outside of a typical permanent placement can seem very daunting. Locum tenens staffing agencies exist to help you navigate the job market and streamline the process of starting job assignments. Here are five steps to start a locum tenens career.

One of the primary considerations for providers pursuing locum tenens opportunities is securing state licenses. The application processes and approval times can vary significantly, ranging from weeks to several months. To expedite the process, take advantage of the Medical License Compact, which simplifies licensing in certain states. Ensure you meet all state requirements to avoid unnecessary delays in your locums career.

Partnering with a reputable locum tenens agency can make all the difference in your locum tenens journey. These agencies are well-versed in connecting providers with job opportunities that meet their specific needs, handling credentialing and paperwork specific to practitioners specializing in family medicine, and sometimes covering state licensure costs.

Take your time to research different agencies that offer locum tenens positions in family medicine. Working with a niche agency can be helpful, but it’s not required to find great placements. 

Consider factors like setting, supported states, and the agency’s reputation. Finding the right fit will set you on the path to a successful assignment and even a career as a locum.

Understanding your career goals and lifestyle preferences will help in choosing your ideal practice setting. Whether you prefer working in academic medical centers, a small clinic, or other healthcare facilities, communicating your preferences to the locum tenens agency is essential. Additionally, consider your comfort level with different subspecialties and share these details with your locum tenens recruiter.

Another detail to share with your locums recruiter is your preference of schedule. Are you looking for a full-time position or looking to take on extra work outside of your permanent job?

Once you’ve selected the perfect agency, it’s time to apply for locum positions. Prepare a comprehensive CV that highlights your qualifications, licenses, certifications, and references, emphasizing any specific expertise. During the application process, be ready to discuss your availability, compensation expectations, and preferred practice settings. A strong CV and help from locum tenens agencies increase your chances of getting the assignments you want.

Before you embark on your locums adventure, it’s essential to gather relevant information about the position and facility from your agency. Additionally, conduct your own research on the local culture, transportation options, and customs to ensure a seamless transition. Properly plan ahead and gather all necessary equipment and supplies, especially for remote assignments. By being well-prepared, you can make the most of your locum tenens career, enjoying rewarding experiences and flexibility.

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