Highest, Lowest Doctor Salaries

Radiologists at top, pediatricians at bottom
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 26, 2012 5:17 PM CDT

(Newser) – The annual survey from Medscape/WebMD has all kinds of interesting factoids about physician finances—including the fact that many doctors regret their career choice. Highlights:

  • Highest paid: Radiologists and orthopedic surgeons make $315,000, followed by cardiologists ($314,000), anesthesiologists ($309,000), and urologists ($309,000).
  • Lowest paid: Pediatricians ($156,000) make the least, followed by family medicine doctors ($158,000), internal medicine doctors ($165,000), diabeticians/endocrinologists ($168,000), and psychiatrists ($170,000).

  • Regrets: Nearly half (46%) of doctors say they would not go into medicine if they had to choose again, up from 31% last year. They're worried about declining pay, increasing red tape, the pay gap among specialties, and malpractice claims.
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