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20 metro areas with highest, lowest physician compensation

Physicians across the U.S. saw a 4 percent increase in physician compensation from 2016 to 2017, but compensation varied significantly across metropolitan areas, according to Doximity's second annual Physician Compensation Report.

Doximity gathered self-reported compensation survey data from more than 65,000 licensed U.S. physicians who practice at least 40 hours a week. The report explores how compensation changed from 2016-17, evaluating trends across metropolitan areas, medical specialties and gender.

Doximity analyzed compensation in 50 U.S. metro areas to indicate how salary trends compare across regions. Metro areas with lower average compensation tended to have more academic institutions. Additionally, large medical schools in an area tended to lower physician compensation.

Here are the 10 metro areas with the highest average physician compensation in 2017.

  1. Charlotte, N.C. — $402,273
  2. Milwaukee — $398,431
  3. Jacksonville, Fla. — $379,820
  4. Indianapolis — $378,011
  5. San Jose, Calif. — $376,585
  6. Phoenix — $372,669
  7. Kansas City, Mo. — $372,555
  8. Dallas — $371,398
  9. Los Angeles — $371,227
  10. Salt Lake City — $370,472

Here are the 10 metro areas with the lowest average physician compensation in 2017.

  1. Durham, N.C. — $282,035
  2. Ann Arbor, Mich. — $302,692
  3. Baltimore — $304,002
  4. New Haven, Conn. — $308,262
  5. Rochester, N.Y. — $312,503
  6. Washington, D.C. — $312,834
  7. Denver — $313,895
  8. Philadelphia — $315,930
  9. Boston — $316,630
  10. Charleston, S.C. — $319,115

To download Doximity's full report, click here.

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