5 Top-Paid Medical Specialties

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Here are 13 statistics about compensation of the five highest-paid medical specialties, according to MGMA's Physician Compensation and Production Survey: 2010 Report Based on 2009 Data.

1. Orthopedic surgery — spine

• Orthopedic surgeons specializing in spine made an average of $710,055 in compensation in 2009.
• Orthopedic surgeons (spine) working in a multi-specialty group practice made more than those working in a single-specialty group practice, at $622,568 compared to $605,139.
• Orthopedic surgeons (spine) working in metropolitan areas of 50,000-250,000 residents made more than any other demographic classification, at $717,710.

2. Surgery — neurological

• Neurological surgeons made an average of $675,825 in compensation in 2009.
• Neurological surgeons working in a single-specialty group practice made more than those working in a multi-specialty group practice, at $601,117 compared to $599,933.
• Neurological surgeons working in metropolitan areas of 50,000-250,000 residents made more than any other demographic classification, at $782,332.

3. Dermatology — mohs surgery


• Dermatologists specializing in mohs surgery made an average of $674,454 in compensation in 2009.
• Dermatologists (mohs surgery) employed by a hospital made more than those not employed by a hospital, at $644,642 compared to $570,955.

4. Orthopedic surgery — sports medicine

• Orthopedic surgeons specializing in sports medicine made an average of $653,642 in compensation in 2009.
• Orthopedic surgeons (sports medicine) working in a single-specialty group practice made more than those working in a multi-specialty group practice, at $599,948 compared to $580,378.
• Orthopedic surgeons (sports medicine) working in metropolitan areas of more than 1,000,000 residents made more than any other demographic classification, at $617,913.

5. Ophthalmology — retina

• Ophthalmologists specializing in retina made an average of $619,114 in compensation in 2009.
• Ophthalmologists (retina) working in a multi-specialty group practice made more than those working in a single-specialty group practice, at $594,696 compared to $570,319.

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