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29 physician specialties ranked by annual compensation

The average overall physician salary for 2019 is $313,000, which marks a 20 percent increase from 2015, according to Medscape's annual Physician Compensation Report.

The report is based on survey responses from nearly 20,000 practicing U.S. physicians in 30 specialties. Physicians answered questions about salary, number of hours worked, amount of time spent seeing patients and job satisfaction.

Below is a list of annual physician compensation by specialty. Note: The list includes a tie, which is denoted with a bullet point and results in a numerical listing of 28.

  1. Orthopedics: $482,000
  2. Plastic surgery: $471,000
  3. Otolaryngology: $461,000
  4. Cardiology: $430,000
  5. Dermatology: $419,000
  • Radiology: $419,000
  1. Gastroenterology: $417,000
  2. Urology: $408,000
  3. Anesthesiology: $392,000
  4. Ophthalmology: $366,000
  5. Surgery, general: $362,000
  6. Oncology: $359,000
  7. Emergency medicine: $353,000
  8. Critical care: $349,000
  9. Pulmonary medicine: $331,000
  10. Pathology: $308,000
  11. Physical medicine and rehabilitation: $306,000
  12. Nephrology: $305,000
  13. OB-GYN: $303,000
  14. Allergy and immunology: $275,000
  15. Neurology: $267,000
  16. Psychiatry: $260,000
  17. Rheumatology: $259,000
  18. Internal medicine: $243,000
  19. Infectious diseases: $239,000
  20. Diabetes and endocrinology: $236,000
  21. Family medicine: $231,000
  22. Pediatrics: $225,000
  23. Public health and preventive medicine: $209,000

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