11 Physician Specialties With Largest Declines in Average Compensation

From 2010 to 2011, general surgeons witnessed the largest declines, on average, in income and compensation, according to the Medscape Physician Compensation Report: 2012 Results.

General surgeons saw an average decline in compensation of 12 percent year-over-year, which was just ahead of orthopedists/orthopedic surgeons and radiologists. Here are the 11 physician specialties that had the largest declines in average compensation from 2010 to 2011, according to survey data.

1.    General surgery: 12 percent
2.    Orthopedics: 10 percent
3.    Radiology: 10 percent
4.    Emergency medicine: 8 percent
5.    Neurology: 5 percent
6.    Anesthesiology: 5 percent
7.    Cardiology: 3 percent
8.    Psychiatry: 3 percent
9.    Obstetrics/gynecology: 3 percent
10.    Infectious disease: 2 percent
11.    Dermatology: 2 percent

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