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20 cities with highest, lowest physician compensation in 2018

Physicians saw a less than 1 percent decrease in pay between 2017 and 2018, with compensation still varying greatly across metropolitan areas, according to Doximity's 2019 Physician Compensation Report.

Doximity collected self-reported compensation survey data from more than 90,000 licensed U.S. physicians who practice at least 40 hours a week. The report examines how compensation changed from 2017-18, evaluating trends across metropolitan areas, medical specialties, gender and employment type.

Researchers found metro areas with lower average compensation often house more academic institutions and health systems, which can pay less than private institutions.

Here are 10 metro areas with the highest average physician compensation in 2018. Cities that made the list for a second consecutive year are marked with an asterisk.

  1. Milwaukee — $395,363*
  2. New Orleans — $384,651
  3. Riverside, Calif. — $371,296
  4. Minneapolis — $369,889
  5. Charlotte, N.C. — $368,205
  6. Dallas — $362,472*
  7. Atlanta — $362,267
  8. Los Angeles — $356,390*
  9. Cincinnati — $354,129
  10. Hartford, Conn. — $352,129

Here are 10 metro areas with the lowest average physician compensation in 2018:

  1. Durham, N.C. — $266,180
  2. Providence, R.I. — $267,013
  3. San Antonio — $276,224
  4. Virginia Beach, Va. — $294,491
  5. New Haven, Conn. — $295,554
  6. Las Vegas — $297,776
  7. Austin, Texas — $299,297
  8. Denver — $303,454
  9. Washington, D.C. — $305,216
  10. Boston — $305,634

To view Doximity's full report, click here.

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