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  Doctors Salary 2017: Doctors’ Earnings On the Rise

Doctors Salary 2017 — Physician incomes have steadily increased for the seventh year in a row — from $206,000 in 2011 to $294,000 in 2017 — according to Medscape’s 2017 Physician Compensation Report, which comprises responses from more than 19,200 physicians in some 27 specialties.And the pay gap between the incomes of specialists and primary care providers — $316,000 versus $217,000, respectively — has remained a steady at 45% since 2015, when specialists earned $284,000 and primary care providers earned $195,000.

Highest-paying physician specialties

This year, the top four earners among all physician specialties are:

  • Orthopedists ($489,000)
  • Plastic surgeons ($440,000)
  • Cardiologists ($410,000)
  • Urologists ($400,000)

Lowest-paying physician specialties

And at the bottom of this year’s list are:

  • Pediatricians ($202,000)
  • Family Medicine Specialists ($209,000)
  • Endocrinologists ($220,000)
  • Internists ($225,000)

The fastest income growth

The majority of specialties saw a salary increase this year. In fact, seven specialties saw double-digit growth:

  • Plastic surgeons (24%)
  • Allergy & Immunology Specialists (16%)
  • Otolaryngologists (13%)
  • Ophthalmologists (12%)
  • Pulmonologists (11%)
  • Orthopedists (10%)
  • Pathologists (10%)

Exceptions to this upward trend are cardiologists and oncologists, which are both experiencing little or no pay growth.Medical News For You 

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