Doctor's Incomes Are Up, and Orthopedic Surgeons Earn the Most

 Medscape's Physician Compensation Report was released on Monday. How does your salary match up with a practicing surgeon? 

At the top of the food chain:

 

  • Orthopedic surgeons, $405,000. Up 27% since 2011. 
  • Cardiologists, $357,000. Up 13% since 2011.
  • Radiologists, $349,000. Up 1% since 2011.

At the bottom end of the scale:

  • HIV/infectious disease specialists, $170,000 . Up 12% since 2011.
  • Pediatricians, $173,000. Up 7% since 2011.
  • Family practice doctors, $175,000. Up 5% since 2011. 

And now for some surprises: Only half of respondents would choose medicine as a career again. And only 41% would choose the same specialty. About 52% feel they are unfairly compensated for their work. Even among those highly-paid orthopedists, only 37% would chose the job again.

It might be that the physicians are feeling the pressure as they move into a new era of healthcare reform. They don't get to spend enough time with patients, or are forced to relearn surgical procedures becuase of Accountable Care Organizations, or Hospital Groups taking brand power away. 

These practitioners will need medtech support as we move forward. The Orthotec  will be held June 5-6. During the event, Kevin R. Stone will provide the end-user’s perspective on orthopedic technologies

Heather Thompson is editor-in-chief of MD+DI. 

 

 

 

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