The Incredible Salaries Doctors Earn!

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This interesting article by Jacquelyn Smith outlines how much money various doctors earn based upon specialty. Some of the figures are truly astounding! Makes me wish I had gone to medical school …

By Jacquelyn Smith

The crippling student loans that burden many medical students may dissuade them from becoming family practitioners or pediatricians. Instead, foreseeing that they will owe about $140,000 at graduation, they might opt to pursue more lucrative specialties like cardiology or urology.

With a base pay offer of $189,000 a year, on average, family practitioners, pediatricians, and psychiatrists are offered the lowest pay of all physicians, according to the medical search and consulting firm Merritt Hawkins & Associates’ 2012 Review of Physician Recruiting Incentives.

That might seem like serious money, but it pales in comparison an orthopedic surgeon’s $519,000 paycheck. Cardiologists make an awful lot, too. They are guaranteed an average base salary of $512,000, according to the Merritt Hawkins data. The third highest-paying specialty: Urology. These specialists earn an average of $461,000, not including production bonuses or benefits. READ MORE …

[Published by Forbes]

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