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Physician Earnings


Physicians and Surgeons Median annual wages, May 2012

Wages for physicians and surgeons are among the highest of all occupations. According to the Medical Group Management Association's Physician Compensation and Production Survey, median total compensation for physicians varies with their type of practice. In 2012, physicians practicing primary care received total median annual compensation of $220,942 and physicians practicing in medical specialties received total median annual compensation of $396,233.

Median annual compensation for selected specialties in 2012, as reported by the Medical Group Management Association, was as follows:

Anesthesiology $431,977
General surgery 367,885
Obstetrics/gynecology 301,737
Internal medicine 224,110
Psychiatry 220,252
Pediatrics/adolecent medicine 216,069
Family practice (without obstetrics) 207,117

Earnings vary with the physician's or surgeon's number of years in practice, geographic region of practice, hours worked, skill, personality, and professional reputation.

Many physicians and surgeons work long, irregular, and overnight hours. Physicians and surgeons may travel between their offices and hospitals to care for their patients. While on call, a physician may need to address a patient's concerns over the phone or make an emergency visit to a hospital or nursing home.

Create Date: 02-20-2014